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  • U.S. Air Force reveals ‘neighborhood watch' spy satellite program

    02/23/2014 8:26:42 AM PST · by shove_it · 10 replies
    Reuters/Drudge ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The United States plans to launch a pair of satellites to keep tabs on spacecraft from other countries orbiting 22,300 miles above the planet, as well as to track space debris, the head of Air Force Space Command said. The previously classified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) will supplement ground-based radars and optical telescopes in tracking thousands of pieces of debris so orbital collisions can be avoided, General William Shelton said at the Air Force Association meeting in Orlando on Friday. He called it a "neighborhood watch program" that will provide a more detailed...
  • Don't go arming everyone

    11/06/2013 12:01:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 6, 2013 | The Editorial Board
    When new Police Chief Cecil Smith arrived in Sanford, Fla., in April, he suspended the city's neighborhood watch program — the one under whose auspices George Zimmerman had patrolled the streets until he fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Now Smith is restarting the program, but the police department says it will exercise more control over volunteers, including doing background checks and asking them not to carry guns. "We just don't see the need for anybody to be armed," Smith told the Associated Press. Smith has chosen to ask the volunteers rather than order them, perhaps because Florida law allows...
  • Sanford won't force Neighborhood Watch volunteers to leave guns at home

    11/04/2013 7:56:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 4, 2013 | Susan Jacobson
    The Sanford Police Department is backing off a proposal to ban Neighborhood Watch members from carrying guns, but it still wants volunteers to leave their firearms at home and will make that recommendation at a community meeting Tuesday night, police Chief Cecil Smith said Monday. "We originally came out with a stern, 'You should not,'" Smith said. "We took a second look at it." Smith now recommends that people forgo their guns while they are performing their Neighborhood Watch duties. Smith said he could legally have dictated a ban, but he decided it was better to include people rather than...
  • National Night Out: Zimmerman case not expected to hinder event honoring neighborhood watch groups

    08/06/2013 9:03:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    CBS News' Crimesider ^ | August 6, 2013 | Stephanie Slifer
    The National Association of Town Watch will hold its 30th annual National Night Out celebration, otherwise known as "America's Night Out Against Crime," on Tuesday. The event, which celebrates crime prevention throughout the country, encourages communication between communities, police and neighborhood watch groups. While National Night Out is intended to be a fun event, filled with celebratory block parties and cookouts, one might wonder whether the George Zimmerman case has cast a shadow on neighborhood watch groups and influenced how they are perceived. "Everyone uses the neighborhood watch umbrella for what [Zimmerman's] group is, when really there is a severe...
  • Local Zimmerman verdict reaction: Vigilance, not vigilantism (Another one w/o a clue)

    08/05/2013 7:41:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | August 5, 2013 | Mark Maroney
    Vigilance, not vigilantism. No weapons, other than pepper spray for self-defense. More reliance on paper and cellphones. For almost everyone on neighborhood watch groups in Williamsport, a question of what message did the George Zimmerman verdict send was followed by a common answer: Those involved do not take the law into their own hands. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., got out of his car after police instructed him not to. His actions led to an altercation with unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whom Zimmerman said he shot in self-defense on Feb. 26, 2012. Martin died and in a...
  • Citizens Seek Security Alternatives as Police Forces Downsize

    06/20/2013 7:01:53 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 20, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    As cities across the U.S. face police shortages and violent crime rebounds, some communities have begun to police themselves through other means. One such watch group was created in a neighborhood in Milwaukee, Oregon and calls itself a "Glock Block."KOIN News reports: “We’re starting a new group,” said Coy Tolonen, who lives in unincorporated Clackamas County. “We don’t feel neighborhood watch is sufficient, and we don’t feel the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is sufficient.” Tolomon and a group of Jennings Lodge neighbors say they’re responding to escalating crime on their block by also making fliers that read “This is a...
  • “This Is A Glock Block” – Frustrated Homeowners Are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

    06/19/2013 7:13:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    TEC ^ | 06/19/2013 | Michael Snyder
    All over the United States, frustrated homeowners are banding together, arming themselves and patrolling their own streets. One of the primary reasons this is happening is because police budgets all over the nation are being slashed at a time when violent crime rates in the United States are increasing and many our our largest cities are being transformed into crime-infested war zones. So instead of waiting for government to come up with a solution, many Americans are taking matters into their own hands. For example, one community group in Milwaukie, Oregon has started posting flyers with an ominous message for...
  • Neighborhood Watch - Movie Trailer

    04/10/2012 8:16:23 PM PDT · by donna · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 29, 2012
    movie release set for July 27th
  • Zimmerman neighbor on robberies by ‘young black men’ before Trayvon shooting: ‘If you plant corn,

    04/03/2012 12:06:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 76 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 3, 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    George Zimmerman's Sanford, Fla., neighbor, said the neighborhood watchman protected his residence from a potential burglary several weeks before the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Frank Taaffe, a former neighborhood watch captain, told CNN that his house was in the process of being robbed on Feb. 2, but Zimmerman called Sanford police, who thwarted the robbery. "My house was being robbed, and George on his nightly rounds watched this burglary in progress, called Sanford P.D., waited for them, and helped ensure that nothing bad happened to my house," Taaffe said. "And it's documented in the 911 call for February 2. That...
  • Martin's Parents Plan To Sue Homeowners Group(FL barf alert)

    04/03/2012 6:58:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    npr.org ^ | 2 April, 2012 | Greg Allen
    In Florida, questions continue to swirl about the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman gun down the teen in February. Zimmerman hasn't been charged because he claimed self-defense. One question that hasn't been answered: Is the homeowners association liable for the death. Here's NPR's Greg Allen. GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: There are nearly 200 townhomes at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, the community in Sanford where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. It's possible the owners of those townhomes may also be held liable in Trayvon Martin's shooting. Lawyers for the Martin family say they plan...
  • (TN) Bradley County gets 39th Neighborhood Watch program (Martin mention)

    03/26/2012 9:35:42 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 1+ views
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | March 26, 2012 | Randall Higgins
    CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Inspired by his high school criminal justice class, Zachery Gallegos asked his neighbors in a developing subdivision to form a Neighborhood Watch program. "Once we started talking about speeders and how little kids could get hurt, people said OK," the teen said. So Thursday evening the Silver Springs subdivision, a new community off Old Freewill Road, became Bradley County's 39th Neighborhood Watch group. "This program is for everybody," Lt. Bob Hancock of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office said before meeting with the group. "It is for affluent neighborhoods, apartment complexes, trailer parks, anyone." Hancock coordinates the local...
  • Police chiefs endorse anti-terror citizens watch (iWatch)

    10/03/2009 3:57:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 838+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/3/09 | Eileen Sullivan and P. Solomon Banda - ap
    DENVER – A store clerk's curiosity about why Najibullah Zazi was buying large quantities of beauty supply products indicated that something about the transaction wasn't quite right — and it's an example of the kind of citizen vigilance that can combat terror, a police commander said Saturday. Los Angeles police Cmdr. Joan McNamara cited this summer's incident as police chiefs meeting in Denver adopted a model for a nationwide community watch program that teaches people what behavior is truly suspicious and encourages them to report it to police. Federal authorities allege Zazi, 24, tried to make a homemade explosive using...
  • Retooling Obama's campaign machine for the long haul [Obama's "Neighborhood Spy Watch"]

    Quote: Reporting from Washington - As Barack Obama builds his administration and prepares to take office next week, his political team is quietly planning for a nationwide hiring binge that would marshal an army of full-time organizers to press the new president's agenda and lay the foundation for his reelection. The organization, known internally as "Barack Obama 2.0," is being designed to sustain a grass-roots network of millions that was mobilized last year to elect Obama and now is widely considered the country's most potent political machine. Organizers and even Republicans say the scope of this permanent campaign structure is...
  • Police meet with Hispanics to discuss profiling, immigration

    06/17/2007 12:36:41 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 18 replies · 525+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 06/17/07 | HURST LAVIANA
    Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams met with more than 100 members of the city's Hispanic community Saturday to try to clear up misconceptions about how his officers deal with minorities. A major concern was a fear that any illegal immigrant in Wichita would be immediately arrested if he or she has any contact with Wichita police. "When a citizen is the victim of a crime, we do not ask if they are documented or undocumented," Williams said. The meeting at Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet School was arranged by Hispanos Unidos, a branch of Sunflower Community Action. Organization president Lore...
  • Iraqi citizens thwart car bomb attack

    11/18/2005 3:23:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 643+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 17, 2005 | Maj. Russ Goemaere
    BAGHDAD (Army News Service, Nov. 17, 2005) -- Alert Iraqi neighborhood watch members in east Baghdad stopped a potential car bomb attack Nov. 15. Shortly before 6 p.m., local residents noticed a suspicious vehicle getting fuel from a roadside gasoline dealer. When the neighborhood watch members approached the driver, he pulled a pistol and pointed it at them and then attempted to flee. “The citizens tried to stop the suspect but were unsuccessful,” said Oday Fakhan, the leader of the neighborhood watch in the area. As he fled, the would-be car bomber attempted to highjack a get-away vehicle at gunpoint,...
  • A Draft Proposal to Eliminate Illegal Drug use through Volunteer Community Involvement

    10/08/2005 4:43:17 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 51 replies · 845+ views
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | Oct 8, 2005 | Jeff Head
    Yesterday my wife and I attended a community awareness meeting called at our church to talk about the growing methamphetamine and illegal drug problem in our little Idaho community. The County Attorney and a Captain with the Idaho State Troopers made the presentation, with the local Police Chief and Sheriff also in attendance. About 300 people attended. Idaho is an increasing target for the Mexico Drug Cartels for developing and deciminating drugs. The officials clearly showed and demonstrated how these drugs are being funneled, using illegal aliens as carriers, from Mexico, across the remote sections of the US border and...
  • Armed militia protects its New Orleans neighborhood

    09/10/2005 7:02:27 PM PDT · by TERMINATTOR · 172 replies · 5,221+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 10, 2005 | Bob Dart
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Algiers Point militia put away its weapons Friday as Army soldiers patrolled the historic neighborhood across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. But the band of neighbors who survived Hurricane Katrina and then fought off looters has not disarmed. "Pit Bull Will Attack. We Are Here and Have Gun and Will Shoot," said the sign on Alexandra Boza's front porch. Actually, said the woman behind the sign, "I have two pistols." "I'm a part of the militia," Boza said. "We were taking the law into our own hands, but I didn't kill anyone." She did...
  • Immigration Official Praises Citizen Patrols

    07/21/2005 12:41:41 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 102 replies · 1,035+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 21, 2005 | Solomon Moore
    The nation's top immigration enforcement official on Wednesday praised the work of citizen patrols along the U.S-Mexican border and said his agency is looking at creating a volunteer reserve program to help beef up security. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner said his initial concerns about possible vigilantism by citizen patrol groups have been eased by the volunteers' conduct. "We welcome the eyes and ears of citizens who help us gain control of our borders, especially when they do so in a peaceful way," Bonner said during a visit to the Port of Los Angeles. "I applaud the...
  • Minuteman Project plans Canadian expansion

    06/19/2005 7:00:35 PM PDT · by KevinNuPac · 4 replies · 327+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 16, 2005 | Brock N. Meeks
    The civilian-led border watch group known as the Minuteman Project plans to expand its membership into Canada, MSNBC.com has learned. The American-Canadian Conservative Coalition (AC3) has agreed to recruit and field Canadian volunteers who will join with the U.S.-based Minutemen to hold simultaneous cross-border vigils along the Michigan-Ontario border sometime this summer. The joint project will be called “Michigan-Ontario Minuteman Border Neighborhood Watch, according to a Minuteman Project spokesperson. The Minuteman Project came to prominence in April when the group fielded about 900 volunteers to patrol a 23-mile stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border. Earlier this week Chris Simcox, founder of...
  • When state police aren't really state police

    03/10/2005 3:43:04 PM PST · by Willie Green · 18 replies · 791+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Tom Barnes
    HARRISBURG -- Way back in 1872, a deputy sheriff from Philadelphia traveled all the way to the northwest corner of Pennsylvania to bring back a suspect. But instead, the suspect killed the sheriff, and the killer was then captured and hanged by a private group of "volunteers" who called themselves the State Police of Crawford and Erie Counties. The vigilantes then carried the bodies of both dead men back to Philadelphia. "The group was also created to round up horse thieves," apparently a serious problem at the time, Col. Jeffrey Miller, commander of the Pennsylvania State Police, told a state...
  • My Neighbor's Keeper: Residents fight to take back the streets

    12/28/2003 2:40:42 AM PST · by The Other Harry · 153+ views
    News Virginian (Waynesboro) ^ | Sunday, December 28, 2003 | MICHAEL L. OWENS
    Sunday, December 28, 2003 My Neighbor's Keeper: Residents fight to take back the streets By MICHAEL L. OWENS News Virginian Staff Writer He never much cared for the beer cans strewn on his lawn. And Ron McCutcheon cared even less for the strangers who guzzled the beer on his front porch while he was at work. He moved to North Charlotte Avenue from Charlottesville last year and, as a newcomer to Waynesboro, never anticipated home improvement would include a battle for the neighborhood. Drugs, junked cars and speeding motorists were just a few of the conversation topics he shared with...
  • Community Policing Institute Visits Russian Community

    05/11/2003 2:50:51 PM PDT · by steplock · 1 replies · 62+ views
    Contact: Barb Chamberlain, WSU Spokane/WSU News Bureau, 509/358-7527, 509/869-2949 (cell), chamberlain@wsu.edu Mike Erp, director, Washington State Institute for Community Oriented Policing, 509/358-7951, erpmj@wsu.edu Community Policing Institute Visits Russian Community SPOKANE, Wash. -- A community policing institute founded at Washington State University Spokane and that served first as a model for the United States may inspire Russia as well. A delegation from the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety at WSU Spokane recently returned from Russia, where they participated in an exchange to pave the way for community-oriented policing. WRICOPS is one of 22 congressionally funded regional community policing...