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  • Who Is Raymond Liddy? California Deputy Attorney General Charged With Child Porn

    08/06/2017 10:56:10 AM PDT · by azkathy · 32 replies
    IB Times ^ | 7-28-2017 | VISHAKHA SONAWANE
    A California deputy attorney general pleaded not guilty to charges related to possession of child pornography, according to reports Thursday. Raymond Joseph Liddy was arrested Tuesday but was later released after posting a $100,000 bond. In January, an electronic service provider tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a user uploading an image appearing to be child porn. A similar tip was sent to the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force about a month later and it the activity was traced to a house in Coronado in San Diego County. Federal authorities recovered 10...
  • Marines are finally about to receive their first new pistol in 35 years

    05/22/2020 1:04:47 PM PDT · by PROCON · 124 replies ^ | May 21, 2020 | Jared Keller
    The Marine Corps has officially begun procurement of the Army's Modular Handgun System to replace its existing pistol arsenal, the service announced on Tuesday. The M18 service pistol — a compact variant of the striker-fired M17 that, based on Sig Sauer's P320, the Army adopted under the MHS program in 2017 — will finally see fielding this fiscal year, according to Marine Corps Systems Command. MARCORSYSCOM spokesman Maj. Ken Kunze had previously pegged the start of fielding at some time during the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, with a target completion date in "late 2023." The M18 will replace...
  • Ex-Marine accused by Spain of North Korean embassy break-in freed on bail

    07/10/2019 12:58:07 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | Louis Casiano, Fox News
    A former U.S. Marine accused of breaking into North Korea's embassy in Madrid and assaulting diplomatic personnel was freed on $1.3 million bond in Los Angeles on Tuesday. As a condition of his release, Christopher Ahn must confine himself to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills ahead of his possible extradition to Spain and must wear an ankle monitor. “I spent a lot of time reading about you and I’m confident you’re going to do the right thing,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Jean Rosenbluth told Ahn, who had several family members in attendance at the hearing.
  • Man pushed in front of El train, killed was Marine who served in Afghanistan

    04/09/2020 6:15:06 AM PDT · by Bonemaker · 21 replies
    WGNTV ^ | 04/08/2020 | Tonya Francisco
    CHICAGO — Family members say a former Marine who served two tours in Afghanistan was killed in a Chicago subway tunnel Tuesday after he was pushed onto the tracks and struck by a Red Line train. Al Balde and his daughter came to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Wednesday to identify the body of 27-year-old Mamadou Balde, who was killed Tuesday.
  • Coronavirus outbreak at Marine Corps boot camp infects dozens of recruits, staff members

    03/31/2020 5:41:46 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 20 replies
    WAPO via MSN ^ | 03/30/2020 | Dan Lamothe
    A coronavirus outbreak has infected dozens of Marine recruits and staff members at the service’s East Coast recruit training center, prompting the suspension of additional arrivals for the foreseeable future, defense officials said Monday. The cases at Parris Island, S.C emerged following a “wave in testing” over the weekend
  • The Marine Corps plans to get rid of its tanks and shrink its force to take on China

    03/24/2020 10:46:40 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 123 replies
    businessinsider. ^ | 3/24/2020 | Jeff Schogol, Task & Purpose 16 hours ago
    The commandant of the Marine Corps is pushing an ambitious plan to shrink the Corps and turn it into a more mobile fighting force. Part of that plan is a reduction in manpower, but the service's top officer also wants to cut a number of other units, including all of the Corps' tank battalions.
  • New Marine Grenade Launchers Get Rave Reviews After Field Tests

    03/17/2020 6:54:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies ^ | 3/15/2020 | Jack Davis
    In its quest to be more lethal than America’s adversaries, the Marine Corps is rolling out a new grenade launcher. The M320A1 has a range of 150 meters on a single target, which might be a window, and a 350-meter maximum range on an area target, according to The Washington Times. The new grenade launcher can be used by itself or mounted onto another weapon, such as the M27 rifle.
  • Roundup of Saudi Royals Expands With Detention of a 4th Prince

    03/08/2020 7:54:35 PM PDT · by bitt · 45 replies
    nytimes ^ | 3/7/2020 | By David D. Kirkpatrick, Ben Hubbard
    The arrests have raised questions about whether the crown prince was on the verge of taking full power from his father, King Salman. The scope of a new roundup of Saudi royals widened on Saturday with word that a fourth senior prince has been detained under orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to two Saudis close to the royal family, in a sign that he is determined to crack down on even whispers of dissent. The wave of arrests has ensnared a former head of army intelligence, Prince Nayef bin Ahmed, as well as at least three other...
  • Top Marine stresses need for more female infantry officers, research on 1-year paid maternity leave

    02/25/2020 2:18:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 98 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2020 | Douglas Ernst
    The nation’s top Marine, Commandant Gen. David Berger, took to social media Tuesday morning to stress the service’s “most important matters.” A series of eight tweets telegraphed a wide range of areas the officer wants his chain of command to focus on in 2020, which includes a push for more female infantry officers and and examination of the cost of one-year paid maternity leave. Gen. Berger wrote: “While I am aware of the good work already being done across the force in support of my planning guidance implementation, these are some of my most important matters for immediate execution. (1/8)”...
  • Don’t ask permission, ask forgiveness: The USMC pilot who “borrowed” a helo to end a sniper situation has died

    02/19/2020 12:37:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Lt. General Charles "Chuck" Pitman passed away this past Thursday at age 84. His career spanned over 40 years, including three combat tours in Vietnam. He also was involved in Operation Eagle Claw, the attempted rescue of the American hostages in Tehran in 1980. He commanded an Air Wing and was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Marine Corps Aviation. He earned the Silver Star, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. But for all his achievements in uniform, Pitman is better known for ignoring military protocol and breaking a bunch of regulations so he could...
  • Trump Administration Appoints Numerous Texas Judges

    02/17/2020 6:01:08 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    The final vacant judicial seat in Texas is about to be filled by another of many Trump appointees. Houston lawyer Drew Tipton is expected to be confirmed soon to a lifetime appointment to a district judgeship in Corpus Christi. When Trump took office, Texas had more vacant judicial seats than most other states. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, changed Senate procedures to speed the process of filling court vacancies. Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz say the new judges are strict constitutional interpreters.
  • Remarks by President Trump at a Signing Ceremony for the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

    01/29/2020 2:21:25 PM PST · by ransomnote · 33 replies ^ | January 29, 2020 | White House
    South Lawn 11:11 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. That’s beautiful music. Such talented musicians, and we appreciate it very much. We have a tremendous — (applause) — we have a tremendous list of people here today. In fact, so long that if I announced every name, we’d be here for about three hours. (Laughter.) And we have to get back to business. Everybody does. Please sit down. Please. But I want to thank everybody for coming — coming to the White House on this very momentous, historic, and joyous occasion. It’s been a long time. Everybody...
  • President Donald J. Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Delivers a Historic Win for American Workers

    01/29/2020 2:18:24 PM PST · by ransomnote ^ | Jan 29, 2020 | White House
    The USMCA is the largest, most significant, modern, and balanced trade agreement in history. All of our countries will benefit greatly. President Donald J. Trump DELIVERING ON HIS PROMISE: President Donald J. Trump is replacing the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Today, President Trump is signing his historic USMCA deal, making good on his promise to deliver fairer and more reciprocal trade for the American people.USMCA will replace the terrible NAFTA agreement that resulted in the loss of millions of American jobs and devastated communities across our county.The deal marks a...
  • Marine who brought weapons to Strategic Air Command Offutt AFB pleads guilty to gun charges

    01/16/2020 12:17:58 PM PST · by KierkegaardMAN · 21 replies
    Al-kazahy said she thinks he was victimized by the Marines and targeted for prosecution because of racism. “No matter what you do in life, if you are a person of color it’s always going to be 10 times harder for you,” she said. “You have to work 10 times harder than the person who is white.” The Marine Corps said in a statement that an investigation found the accusations of discrimination to be unsubstantiated.
  • Florida man charged with impersonating a security member for Trump's Marine One

    01/11/2020 3:29:03 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01 11 2020 | J. Edward Moreno
    A former Marine allegedly impersonated a security team member for Marine One, the helicopter that transports President Trump on short trips, and breached two checkpoints last week at Palm Beach International Airport, according to authorities. Brandon Magnan, 37, is charged with false personation of an officer or employee of the United States, according to federal court documents. The helicopter unit, known as HMX-1, takes Trump to and from his residence in Florida. Trump was spending his winter vacation at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach at the time of the incident. Magnan approached a security checkpoint near where the helicopter was housed...
  • With Soleimani dead, the world is safer, but it’s not enough.

    01/05/2020 3:01:37 AM PST · by hassan.mahmoud · 5 replies
    Jan.5,2020 | Hassan Mahmoudi
    On January 3, 2020, near Baghdad's airport, a U.S. air raid targeted Qasem Soleimani, commander of Quds Force, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (“IRGC’s”) terrorist arm. He was killed instantly. To understand how important this is, one needs to understand who Qasem Soleimani (1957-2020) was. Soleimani, a one-time construction worker and weightlifter, joined the IRGC after the 1979 revolution and soon headed one of the IRGC’s main cadres. Khomeini assigned Soleimani to suppress a Kurdish movement in Mahabad, Western Azerbaijan. Soleimani's brutality earned him command over a Quds Guard Corps unit in Kerman. The Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) gave Soleimani opportunities...
  • Al-Shabaab Claiming Terrorists Attack at Camp Simba (Kenya Navy/US Marines) -Ongoing

    01/04/2020 10:15:04 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    China Daily Africa via Twitter ^ | 1-4-2029 | China Daily
    Lots of tweets and videos showing smoke rising. Akbars claiming “Many casualties and aircraft destroyed” Reports say a suicide car bomb hit the front gate.
  • Thirty-Fifth Anniversary of the Marine Barracks Bombing [article from Oct. of 2018]

    01/04/2020 2:53:42 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 11 replies ^ | Oct 28, 2018 | Admiral James A. Lyons
    With all the media focus on the caravan, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi murder, and later the pipe bombs, there was scant coverage of the tragic Beirut US Marine Barracks bombing October 23, 1983. We had proof positive intelligence the orders for that bombing came direct from Tehran, but we never responded. It is well to review the events surrounding this tragedy and why we never responded. On that day, 241 of our finest military personnel were killed, with scores more seriously injured. Almost simultaneously, a similar attack was carried out at the French military headquarters, killing 58 French paratroopers....
  • Marine MPs to be allowed to carry concealed firearms on base

    01/01/2020 4:07:35 PM PST · by aimhigh · 28 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | 01/01/2020 | Gina Hawkins
    Marine Corps law enforcement personnel who meet specific federal qualifications are now authorized to carry their own concealed firearms on base -- even when off duty, a three-star general announced. Marine Corps law enforcement professionals can now carry privately owned weapons "for personal protection not in the performance of official duties," a new service-wide message released Tuesday states. While the new rules apply only to Marine law enforcement personnel, Lt. Gen. George Smith Jr., head of Marine Corps Plans, Policies and Operations, indicated that additional concealed carry policies could be in the works.
  • Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines

    01/01/2020 4:38:58 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Propublica ^ | Dec. 30, 2019 | Robert Faturechi, Megan Rose and T. Christian Miller
    Marine commanders did not act on dozens of pleas for additional manpower, machinery and time. When a training exercise ended in death, leadership blamed the very men they had neglected.