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McSally Appointed to House Armed Services Committee

TUCSON – Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally today announced her placement on the House Armed Services Committee, a committee responsible for overseeing U.S. military policy and the Department of Defense. With two major military installations in Southern Arizona and a growing defense industry presence, the Armed Services Committee represents a key assignment for McSally.

“I’m honored to serve on a committee that has such a large impact on our district and country,” said McSally. “The Armed Services Committee plays a key role in ensuring our military is ready and able to defend America, its interests, and its citizens, and with two major military bases in Southern Arizona in Davis-Monthan and Fort Huachuca, you couldn’t ask for a better assignment.”

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Martha to the committee, and we are excited about what she brings to the table,” said Armed Services Chairman-select Mac Thornberry. “With her many years’ experience serving in the military and extensive national security expertise, there’s no doubt Martha will be a strong asset to the committee, a strong leader for our country, and an effective advocate for the people she represents.”

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, McSally will have direct input on legislation affecting U.S. military policy. McSally, who retired from the Air Force as a full Colonel in 2010, served 26 years in uniform and holds two masters degrees-one from Harvard and one from the U.S. Air War College-focused on national security. She also served in two joint assignments and six deployments to the Middle East/Afghanistan for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and led oversight of counter-terrorism missions in Africa.

McSally has declared victory in the race for CD-2 after initial counting of all ballots showed her leading the incumbent by 161 votes. Due to the slim margin of victory, an automatic recount of all ballots has been ordered and is underway.

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS fighter worked at Minneapolis airport – KMSP-TV

A disturbing report coming out of Minneapolis. What is really disquieting is how many open questions remain about this individual and his work at the airport there. Note that he had no criminal record that would prevent him from working at the airport. This means that we may never be able to know how many ISIS fighters have worked, or even now are working at our ports, airports etc.

That much is bad enough. But what is even worse is how much information about airport operations, security procedures etc. was passed on to ISIS by this individual and others ? It is not possible to completely secure our ports, and airports. The continued vigilance of loyal, patriotic Americans is our last best chance. This is a war, and we are all on the front lines ! Remain alert always !

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS fighter worked at Minneapolis airport – KMSP-TV.

Saudi King Warns of Global Terror Threat

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz warned that terrorists will target the West if the world does not unite to confront them. King Abdullah made the statement during a presentation of credentials ceremony held in Jeddah yesterday for new ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, including U.S. Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal.

“If neglected I’m sure they [terrorists] will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” said King Abdullah.

King Abdullah called on the ambassadors to convey to their governments the importance of a united pledge to confront terrorism. “The evils of terrorism must be fought with force, reason and speed,” he added.

King Abdullah also underlined the sanctity of human lives which terrorists ignore. “They even kill themselves,” said King Abdullah.

King Abdullah called for the establishment of an international center to combat terrorism more than 10 years ago out of his firm belief that terrorism can be most effectively fought when nations work closely together in all areas. In 2005, Saudi Arabia hosted the Counter-Terrorism International Conference in Riyadh during which the proposal for the establishment of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCCT) was unanimously adopted. King Abdullah pledged $10 million to the U.N. to establish the center and, in 2011, Saudi Arabia signed an agreement with the U.N. to launch the UNCCT. Earlier this month, King Abdullah provided the center with a donation of $100 million to enhance its capabilities and effectiveness in helping countries combat terrorism.

SOURCE Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Information Office

Faith-Based Organizations Host Disaster Recovery Volunteers

Check out this article from our sister blog about how Faith Based Organizations are assisting long term disaster recovery in Alaska.

Faith That Inspires Action

ANCHORAGE, AK (FEMA) – Faith-based organizations in Anchorage and Fairbanks are welcoming hundreds of volunteers with open arms, providing them food, transportation and shelter as they prepare for the final leg of a journey to help rebuild communities hit by last year’s flooding and ice jams along the Yukon River. Armed with a wide range of construction skills, men and women from across the country began arriving in Fairbanks on the first of June and more arrived in Anchorage starting the first of July.

The host groups are partnering with the State of Alaska and Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the volunteers have a local base where they receive training and orientation before heading out to the affected communities. Many are returning to continue the repair efforts they supported last summer.

“I feel really good about the volunteers coming in,” said FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison Susie Calvert. “The churches…

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SDPD Staffing, Resource Issues Raise Public Safety Concerns | NBC 7 San Diego

This story is being repeated all over the country. The latest chapter is spelled out in this story out of San Diego.

SDPD Staffing, Resource Issues Raise Public Safety Concerns | NBC 7 San Diego.

10th Annual Church Security Conference

Check out this interesting article from our sister blog Faith That Inspires Action !

Faith That Inspires Action

FRISCO, Texas, May 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM™) will present its Tenth Annual Church Security Conference to be held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs on August 8-9, 2014.

Session highlights:
“Initial Responder™” Tactics (What to do until SWAT gets there?), Pastoral Protection, Close Quarters Combat, Active Shooters, Armed Security Teams, Control and restraint techniques, Childcare Security, Mission Trip Security — these are all buzzwords that every church is dealing with. Church leaders are asking, “What are the liabilities? What are other churches doing to address these issues?” and “What is legal in my state?”

“Each year we try to have new speakers and new subject matter to add to our attendee’s security skill set.” says Chuck Chadwick (President of NOCSSM),”This year is no different. It is hard for me to believe that we have been helping to protect our church…

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Agents Foil Human Smuggling Event near Catalina Island

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents took custody of 17 Mexican nationals last Friday west of Santa Catalina Island.  The group was in a small panga boat and was attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) observed a heavily laden panga boat during a routine ocean patrol.  The boat was observed off the coast of Long Beach and CBP’s Office of Air and Marine responded by air and could not detect any identifying marks on the vessel.approximately seven miles west of Santa Catalina Island.  OAM agents noticed the vessel had no visible hull identification numbers so they contacted the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in Los Angeles for assistance.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., a USCG vessel intercepted the panga, which was 27-feet in length, and confirmed the presence of 17 migrants on board.  Border Patrol agents arrived shortly after on an Orange County Sheriff’s boat and determined that all 17 individuals were Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S.  Agents assigned to the Border Patrol’s Smuggling Interdiction Group and Coastal Border Enforcement Team took custody of the subjects and transported them to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing.

This event is part of an ongoing investigation by a Los Angeles-based task force, the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST-LA), headed by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations.  Two of the subjects have been charged with alien smuggling and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol agents intercepted the vessel and agents took custody of all 17 Mexican national passengers, who were illegally present in the U.S.During the course of this event, the USCG received a conflicting anonymous report of a second suspected panga.  Further investigation determined that this was a diversionary ploy by the smuggling organization, intended to hamper law enforcement efforts.  Actions such as these potentially endanger the boating public by diverting USCG assets to investigate false reports.

The U.S. Border Patrol collaborates with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies through the Regional Coordinating Mechanism (ReCoM) to address the transnational maritime threat along the Southern California coast.  The ReCoM mission is to increase homeland security by eliminating transnational crime along the coast.

If you have information about maritime smuggling or suspicious activity along the coast of California, please contact the Joint Harbor Operations Center at 1-800-854-9834.