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Why Broward Sheriff Allowed Failed Cop to Get $105K Pension and Defended Obama’s Leniency “Promise” Program

Posted by FactReal on January 8, 2019

TAXPAYERS FINANCING FAILED POLICIES AND FAILED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Via Tucker Carlson (1/4/2019): Did Parkland Cop Protect Sheriff Scott Israel’s Son?
From video:

– Did Deputy Scot Peterson, who failed to stop the Parkland school shooting in 2018, covered up an alleged sexual assault involving the son of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel?
– Sheriff Israel did not fire Deputy Scot Peterson.
– Peterson was allowed to keep his $105,000 a year pension (plus health-care benefits) paid by taxpayers…for the rest of his life!
– Obama’s “Promise” Program (a school policy to report fewer arrests, suspensions) and the Parkland school shooting.

[PROMISE Program (Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support, and Education).]

Via Real Clear Investigations (RCI), Fla.: The Sheriff, the Sheriff’s Son, and the ‘Coward of Broward’ (1/3/2019):

Parents of children gunned down in the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year have never understood two actions taken by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: his refusal to fire a campus-based deputy who failed to enter the school during the rampage that took 17 lives, and his continued defense of controversial Obama-era school policies that allowed the  accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to avoid arrest and a police record and thereby purchase the murder weapon.

Some now think they have found the answer in a single incident that occurred in 2014. A police report shows that’s when Israel’s then-17-year-old son, Brett, was accused of participating in a sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas  High School.

The case was investigated by Scot Peterson — the armed deputy who took cover while children and staff were shot last February. Using the Obama-era guidelines, Peterson’s recommendation helped his boss’s son receive just a three-day suspension.[…]

While Israel publicly criticized Peterson for inaction during the shooting, he didn’t fire his deputy, instead letting him resign and  receive a public pension of almost $105,000 a year (not including health-care benefits). The 55-year-old Peterson will collect  monthly payments of more than $8,700 for the rest of his life.[…]

Parkland parents and their lawyers believe one reason for Sheriff Israel’s continued defense of a controversial no-arrest pact he signed with Broward County Public Schools to divert offenders from jail to counseling is that his son benefited from the  lenient policy.

The 2013 agreement, known generally as the PROMISE program, was designed to reduce school-based arrests for minor  offenses and stop the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” disproportionately affecting minorities.

[…]

In 2013, Israel jointly developed the no-arrest PROMISE program with Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie as part of a crusade first launched in 2011 by the Obama administration to end disproportionate arrests and suspensions of minority students. It required school districts to report data on discipline disparities by race and close racial gaps in suspensions and arrests. The national policy, known as the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, was announced in July 2011 by then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Runcie’s former boss and longtime mentor. Three months later, on Duncan’s recommendation, Runcie was hired by the Broward school board. Records show Runcie met with Obama officials in the White House as he put the policy into practice at the largest school district in the country.

As Runcie pioneered the most lenient discipline policies in the nation, the [Obama] administration pumped millions of dollars in education grants into his district. More than 50 other large school districts adopted similar programs as the administration opened race-bias investigations and threatened funding cuts for those who failed to comply with the lower disciplinary standards.[…]

The Florida state safety commission’s draft report also revealed that the Broward district has been systematically underreporting crimes committed on campus since revising its  discipline policies, helping it appear that the PROMISE program and its required “restorative justice” counseling  sessions were  working to reduce the number of students who reoffend and control overall crime on campus.

Officials at Stoneman Douglas, for example, failed to report  dozens of instances of violence, bullying, theft, robbery and trespassing in the  2016-2017 school year, making the school look much safer than it was prior to the shooting.[…]

The sheriff even mirrored the no-arrest policy at the county jail.

In a related  program, Israel agreed to back off arrests of students who commit various crimes outside of schools, offering them civil citations and the same “restorative justice” counseling in lieu of incarceration, even for repeat offenders. Restorative justice is a controversial alternative punishment in which delinquents gather in “healing circles” with counselors – and sometimes even the victims of their crime – and  discuss their feelings and the “root causes” of their anger and actions.

Within two years of adopting the discipline reforms, Broward’s juvenile recidivism rate surged higher than the Florida state average.  The negative trends continued through 2017, the most recent juvenile  crime data show.

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Logan Act Used as Pretext to Investigate Flynn (READ: Court Docs)

Posted by FactReal on December 18, 2018

12/4/2018: FLYNN’S SENTENCING MEMO CITED THE ‘LOGAN ACT’…BUT IT DOES NOT APPLY TO THE PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION TEAM

Summary:
* Under this dormant 218-year old statute no one has ever been convicted.
* It prohibits private citizens from interfering in diplomatic disputes with foreign governments
* But it does not apply to members of presidential transition teams.
* Lawyers, judges, and constitutional scholars regard the law as unconstitutional.
* Every president-elect has his transition members engage with foreign governments to prepare for the challenges that lay ahead.
* Yet Democrats seized on the Logan Act at the end of the Obama administration as a pretext to investigate the Trump team, and to interview Flynn on Jan. 24, 2017.

[Also see: Nothing Wrong with Flynn Talking to Russia during Transition]

READ THE COURT DOCUMENT: (Mueller’s Sentencing Memo for Flynn)
Name: GOVERNMENT’S MEMORANDUM IN AID OF SENTENCING
Case 1:17-cr-00232-EGS Document 46 Filed 12/04/18
PDF: Justice Department | Scribd | Google

REPORT: Prosecutors recommend no jail for Trump’s ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn
Via CBS: (12/4/2018)

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a sentencing memo Tuesday night [12/4/2018] suggesting that Michael Flynn has given the government “substantial assistance,” and it recommends that Flynn serve no time for making a false statement to the FBI. The sentencing guidelines for Flynn’s offense suggest zero to six months of incarceration. […]

Flynn met with the special counsel 19 times as part of his agreement to cooperate with the government in its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. According to the filing, Flynn has been cooperating in “several ongoing investigations.”

ANALYSIS: Logan Act used as pretext to investigate Trump team:
From Kimberley A. Strassel‘s article, ‘Mueller’s Gift to Obama’: (12/6/2018)

The Flynn sentencing document, meanwhile, contained yet another outrageous gift to Obama alumni. In laying out the “serious” nature of Mr. Flynn’s crimes, the document asserts that one of the questions about the Flynn-Kislyak discussion was whether “the defendant’s actions violated the Logan Act,” a 1799 statute that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments that are in dispute with the U.S.

Only two defendants have ever been charged under the Logan Act, the more recent one in 1852, and neither was convicted. It is normal for members of a presidential transition team to talk to their foreign counterparts, and on all manner of subjects. Yet Democrats seized on the Logan Act in the waning days of the Obama administration as a pretext to investigate the Trump team, and to intervene in the Flynn case. It was on Logan Act grounds that then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates dispatched FBI agents to interview Mr. Flynn on Jan. 24, 2017—the interview now central to Mr. Mueller’s charge that he lied to investigators.

It’s hard to overstate how unserious the Logan Act claim is. If Mr. Mueller has no case to make that Mr. Flynn violated the Logan Act, he has no business bringing it up. The only conceivable reason to throw it in was to give cover to the Obama officials who used it as their excuse to target Mr. Flynn in the first place, which they then used to help justify the appointment of a special counsel.

ANALYSIS: Logan Act doesn’t apply to presidential transition members like Flynn:
From Gregg Jarrett ‘s article headlined, ‘Mueller strikes out trying to nail Trump – Flynn sentencing memo is a big nothing’: (12/5/2018)

[T]he Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from interfering in diplomatic disputes with foreign governments… Lawyers, judges, and constitutional scholars regard the law as unconstitutional.

Nevertheless, this long dormant law does not apply to members of presidential transition teams who are acting not as private citizens, but as incoming government representatives of the person about to assume the presidency. They would therefore be constitutionally authorized to conduct foreign affairs. Every president-elect has his transition members engage with foreign governments to prepare for the challenges that lay ahead.

Not even Mueller would be foolish enough to bring a case under the Logan Act, especially since Flynn did not interfere in a diplomatic dispute under the meaning of the act. To the contrary, Flynn sought ways to de-escalate tensions over U.S. sanctions President Obama imposed on Russia by asking the Russian government to limit its response “in a reciprocal manner.”

By doing this, Flynn was acting for the benefit of the U.S. government and in a manner not inconsistent with the Obama administration’s wishes and policy.

ANALYSIS: Israel Claim Does Not Fall under Logan Act:
Gregg Jarrett: also clarified: (12/5/2018)

Flynn’s other contact with Russia, also referenced in the court documents, dealt with a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements on the West Bank. However, this, too, would not fall under the Logan Act, since the U.S. took no position on the U.N. resolution. By abstaining, it neither supported the resolution nor opposed it.

And since the U.N. measure imposed no sanctions, it was nothing more than an idle diplomatic statement. Flynn, or anyone else in the incoming Trump administration, can hardly be accused of interfering.

RELATED
Nothing Wrong with Flynn Talking to Russia during Transition
Flynn Targeted for Destruction? He Opposed Obama Policies
Crimes Against Flynn Ignored by Mueller
Comey: “I Sent FBI to Flynn, Broke Protocol and Got Away with It” (Video)

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Flynn Targeted for Destruction? He Opposed Obama Policies

Posted by FactReal on December 17, 2018

In charging Gen. Michael Flynn, Mueller Turned a Policy Dispute into Criminal Activity (12/5/2018)
Via Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel:

So why was Flynn targeted for destruction? […]

He was first targeted for destruction at the end of the Obama administration, when as DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency] director, he appeared to publicly disagree with Obama’s policies about radical Islamic actors, resulting in his reported forced retirement from the military.

It appeared that the worst was over, but then Gen. Flynn entered the political arena, choosing to throw his support behind the man hated most by the legacy media: Donald J. Trump.

Obama Officials Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn…planted series of stories to discredit Flynn, bolster Iran deal (2/14/2017)
Via The Washington Free Beacon:

The abrupt resignation … of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media. […]

Flynn had been preparing to publicize many of the details about the nuclear deal that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal, these sources said. […]

Eli Lake, a Bloomberg View columnist and veteran national security reporter well sourced in the White House, told the Free Beacon that Flynn earned a reputation in the Obama administration as one of its top detractors. […]

“[Flynn] was a withering critic of Obama’s biggest foreign policy initiative, the Iran deal,” Lake said. “He also publicly accused the administration of keeping classified documents found in the Osama bin Laden raid that showed Iran’s close relationship with al Qaeda. He was a thorn in their side.”

RELATED
Crimes Against Flynn Ignored by Mueller
Comey: “I Sent FBI to Flynn, Broke Protocol and Got Away with It” (Video)

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Crimes Against Flynn Ignored by Mueller

Posted by FactReal on December 17, 2018

SELECTIVE JUSTICE
Crimes against Flynn Ignored by Mueller:
* They leaked Flynn’s classified phone conversations
* They revealed Flynn’s identity

Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes? (12/9/2018)
By Victoria Toensing from the law firm diGenova & Toensing:

The matter of Gen. Michael Flynn began with criminal conduct. But it was not committed by Flynn. The crimes were leaking the contents of classified telephone conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and revealing the identity of Flynn as a party to the conversations.

The sorry saga began with a January 12, 2017 column about the Flynn/Kislyak conversations by The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, who described his source as a “senior U.S. government official,” i.e., an Obama administration functionary. Whoever told Ignatius the fact of and substance of the eavesdropped conversations committed a felony by leaking classified information.

The second crime is publicly revealing a U.S. citizen’s identity as being a party to those conversations. When there is authorized intelligence collection of foreign officials, the identity of the U.S. person who is incidentally picked up during that collection is to be minimized (not disclosed), even within the U.S. government. […] Providing it [Flynn’s identity] to Ignatius was a crime.

[…]

Thus, before Flynn flunked remembering every word of a conversation he was asked to recall weeks later, an Obama administration official had egregiously broken the national security and privacy laws. But only Flynn has been charged with a crime.

In charging Gen. Michael Flynn, Mueller turned a policy dispute into criminal activity (12/5/2018)
By Jordan Schachtel:

So why was Flynn targeted for destruction?

The decorated general made plenty of political adversaries during his military service as Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief in the Obama administration and as a member of the Trump campaign and administration. This has resulted in a ruthless campaign targeting his reputation and his livelihood for destruction. The story is not so much about Flynn’s alleged abuses of power, but instead about the abuses of power committed by the individuals and groups going after Flynn.

Mueller’s Gift to Obama
Shouldn’t the special counsel investigate the crimes that drew Flynn into his probe?
(12/6/2018)
By WSJ’s Kimberley A. Strassel

It’s hard to overstate how unserious the Logan Act claim is. If Mr. Mueller has no case to make that Mr. Flynn violated the Logan Act, he has no business bringing it up. The only conceivable reason to throw it in was to give cover to the Obama officials who used it as their excuse to target Mr. Flynn in the first place, which they then used to help justify the appointment of a special counsel.

RELATED
Comey: “I Sent FBI to Flynn, Broke Protocol and Got Away with It” (Video)

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Flashback: Obama Kicked Heckler out of White House: “You’re in my House” (Video)

Posted by FactReal on November 8, 2018

THIS IS HOW OBAMA TREATED SOMEONE WHO DISRESPECTED HIM AT THE WHITE HOUSE
CNN called it an “awful situation” that someone had interrupted then-president Obama at the White House in 2015. Obama responded, “Hey, listen you’re in my house. It is not respectful when you get invited to somebody’s– you’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me. Shame on you.”

Later Obama kicked out the heckler from the White House.

Attendees celebrated how Obama handled the heckler.

2015 REPORT: Obama Kicks Transgender Demonstrator Out Of LGBT Pride Reception: “You’re In My House”
RealClear Politics reported on June 25, 2015:[1]

At an LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, a transgender woman interrupted him, yelling, “President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention!”

“Okay you know what. No, no, no. Hold on a second” the president said. “Hey, listen you’re in my house. It is not respectful when you get invited to somebody’s– you’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me. Shame on you.”

Fusion’s Jorge Rivas identified the woman as Jennicet Gutiérrez, a founding member of the immigrant rights organization FAMILIA TQLM. She said in a statement:

2015 REPORT: CNN called it “an awful situation that a heckler interrupted Obama:”[2]
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer started his report by saying, “Awful situation: A heckler interrupting the President of the United States…”

BUT IN 2018 WITH TRUMP…

The Trump administration is being attacked:
– for suspending Acosta’s pass to the White House for placing his hand on a female staffer to block her from doing her job.
– for Trump calling a rude reporter “rude.”
– because Trump is not a leftist and loves his country.

YES, ACOSTA DID PLACE HIS LEFT HAND ON THE INTERN’S ARM
Pay attention to Acosta’s left hand

Watch the female White House intern’s arm going down when CNN’s Jim Acosta presses his hand on her arm.

Leftists and others [who have not seen the FULL video of CNN’s Jim Acosta interaction with Trump yesterday (about 1.5 minutes)] are attacking the White House for suspending Acosta’s press pass.

C-Span video shows:
1. Trump gave Acosta plenty of time to ask his accusatory questions.
2. After 1:20 minutes Trump says “that’s enough” and points at another reporter.
3. Acosta rudely continues peppering Trump with questions.
4. Trump tells Acosta again, “That’s enough.”
5. The female White House intern tries to take the mic back from Acosta to pass it to the other reporter. (Normally, other reporters surrender the mic at this point – but not Acosta)
6. Acosta refuses to hand over the mic.
7. Acosta presses his left hand against the left arm of the female intern.
8. Acosta hogs the mic & refuses to surrender it – denying others the opportunity to ask questions to the president.

(Rewind the C-Span video from the start)

SARAH SANDERS BEING ATTACKED FOR PROTECTING FEMALE INTERN
Now, people are saying the video posted by Sarah Sanders is “doctored” but the person behind the video says he just zoomed in
(see tweets below):

Jim Hoft reports: The White House video originally posted by Paul Joseph Watson at Infowars — WAS CLEARLY NOT DOCTORED!.

The person claiming to be behind the WH video, Paul Joseph Watson, tweeted:

Here’s the video that proves I did not “doctor” or “speed up” the Acosta video, as some media outlets claim. I merely zoomed in.

Nice try to distract from Acosta’s behavior, but this kind of dishonesty is why the media has a massive trust issue.

Please correct your stories.

[Disclaimer: We don’t follow InfoWars or PrisonPlanet, but embedded their tweet here because they are saying they are the authors of the zoomed video being used by the White House.]

SOURCES:
[1] – RealClear Politics: Obama Kicks Transgender Demonstrator Out Of LGBT Pride Reception: “You’re In My House” (June 25, 2015)
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/06/25/obama_kicks_demonstrator_out_of_lgbt_pride_reception_at_white_house.html
[2] – CNN: “Obama shuts down White House heckler: ‘You’re in my house!'” (June 25, 2015)
#https://www.cnn.com/2015/06/24/politics/obama-heckler-white-house-lgbt/index.html
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Trump Mocking? Obama Mocked the Tea Party Anti-Tax Protests

Posted by FactReal on October 4, 2018

OBAMA LAUGHED AT AMERICANS WORRIED ABOUT HIGH BUDGET DEFICITS
On April 15, 2010, Obama mocked and dismissed the Tea Party protests: “You would think they’d be saying thank you.”

Obama was laughing at millions of Americans for attending Tea Party rallies asking government to be fiscally responsible. Americans were concerned about the trillion of dollars Obama’s policies were adding to the budget. Even the liberal Newsweek reported then that huge tax increases would be needed to close the “growing gap between the government’s promises and the existing tax base.” Obama found that funny.

The Left and the media have been demonizing the Tea Party movement since it started. The media today are attacking Trump claiming he mocked Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. But did he? Wasn’t Trump just going over the many inconsistencies of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony?]

Real Clear Politics[1] gave the details of what Obama said on April 15, 2010:

AP: President Barack Obama said Thursday he’s amused by the anti-tax tea party protests that have been taking place around Tax Day.

Obama told a fundraiser in Miami that he’s cut taxes, contrary to the claims of protesters.

“You would think they’d be saying thank you,” he said.

Allahpundit[2] responded to Obama:

Let’s see. For starters, he’s lying: He has raised some taxes, contrary to his campaign pledge two years ago. But more than that, he seems almost to be laughing at people for being concerned about deficits. Did we or did we not learn just last night that a majority of tea partiers think their taxes are fair? They’re not some fanatic “zero tax” movement, in other words. They’re willing to pay what they’re paying now; what they want is a government small enough to make ends meet with what they’re paying. By The One’s logic, if he lowered the top marginal income tax bracket to one percent, we should expect tea partiers to fall on their knees and shout hallelujah even though it would mean annual deficits many times the trillion-dollar leviathans we’re currently saddled with. Anyone think that would happen? Anyone except Obama not yet grasp that conservatives want fiscal responsibility, not lower taxes at any and all costs?

Newsweek[3] painted the bleak picture: (Hat tip: Malkin)

By all estimates, the budget outlook is daunting. The latest projections of the Congressional Budget Office reckon the cumulative deficits under President Obama’s policies to be $12.7 trillion from 2009 to 2020. In 2020 the estimated annual deficit will be $1.25 trillion, or 5.6 percent of the economy (gross domestic product), despite assumed “full employment” of 5 percent. And the deficits get larger with every succeeding year. Given unavoidable uncertainties, these precise projections are likely to prove wrong. But their basic message seems incontestable: there’s a large and growing gap between the government’s promises and the existing tax base.

How big a tax increase would be needed to close the gap? Well, huge. To put things in perspective, all federal taxes (income, payroll, and excise) averaged 18.1 percent of GDP from 1970 to 2009. Under CBO’s assumptions about Obama’s policies, taxes in 2020 would already be slightly higher, at 19.6 percent of GDP. But on top of that, there’d need to be a further tax boost approaching a third to balance the budget, because spending is projected at 25.2 percent of GDP. Needless to say, this would be the largest tax burden in U.S. history, even including World War II.

SOURCES:
[1] Obama On Tea Partiers: “You Would Think They’d Be Saying Thank You”
#https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/04/16/obama_on_tea_partiers_you_would_think_theyd_be_saying_thank_you.html

[2] Obama Mocks Tea Partiers: You Should Thank Me For Cutting Taxes
#https://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/15/obama-mocks-tea-partiers-you-should-be-thanking-me-for-cutting-taxes/

[3] Newsweek: APRIL 15, 2010: THE BEST TAX DAY OF YOUR LIFE (April 14, 2010)
#https://www.newsweek.com/april-15-2010-best-tax-day-your-life-70743

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