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Opinion: Is Comey Anti-woman?

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

Many have called the press release regarding the emails found on the laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner by lifelong Republican FBI director Comey a political and partisan act. But is it really? Could it be that in his world, a woman as president of the United States is unfathomable? His boss, Loretta Lynch, Attorney General for the United States advised that pursuant to Justice Department protocol, such a release would be a violation of that protocol in that it was too close to a national election. Comey did it anyway.  Would he have done it anyway had his boss been a man? He had no obligation to inform Congress of anything, especially something he had not seen. Most also recognize that those emails could indeed be duplicates. Did he care? Worried about what might be said after the election is not sufficient grounds for his actions. And worrying about leaks from his own department is insufficient as well. Leaks would not have had the same impact as a letter signed by him, sent directly to Republican members of Congress and only cc’d to Democrats. (The ranking member of the Congressional committee learned of the letter via tweet.) He had no obligation to notify Congress of anything, unless it was substantial. He also neglected to say that the emails belonged to someone else entirely. All of his excuses fall very short of being legitimate and point towards a ‘traditional’ attitude by some conservatives – women are not equal to men when it comes to the office of the presidency.

Then again today, the FBI, making it clear whom they favor in this election, released data regarding someone who Bill Clinton pardoned at the end of his presidency. Apparently hoping that this additional information would sway the election. Seriously? Bombarding the public with ancient history?  This is even more sexist  in that the attempt to make her husband’s record her own making it apparent that a woman must belong to a man, even his record.  Apparently they could find nothing else, so they dug up something about Bill. Would this happen to a man who is a presidential candidate? Yes, the press looked into Melania Trump and her immigration status, but only because it related to his hypocritical stance on immigration. But men are allowed to have their own record, their own flaws, but are not tied to the record of their wives.

Yet, Comey has refused to release anything regarding the investigations and inquiries relative to Donald J. Trump and the Russia connection. So the cries of partisanship abound in political circles, with no one daring to say the obvious. That the possibility exists that Comey is one of those anti-woman persons who feel that a woman’s place is in the home, and that the world should be run by men.  Look at the disdain on his face. What was that about? And why a press conference? Because he wanted to do damage.

Even his unprecedented press conference earlier this year proved to be indicative of gender-bias. Watching it again, he cleared her of criminal wrongdoing, but, not without throwing stones at her for her handling of information. He was dismissive of her, as sexist men usually are towards women. As if to say, without saying it, she’s a woman, so she made mistakes.  He admitted that she had done nothing criminal, but could not resist tearing her down with unsubstantiated and speculative comments. Usually, the FBI issues a press release advising that no charges will be filed.

So it just well may be that it was not partisan, but rather a sexist action, trying to save America from having a woman president.  Something to think about when you cast your vote – and when you factor in all of this recent news, consider not only the source, but the rationale.

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Opinion: Alton Sterling- Was It Murder?

 

Alton Stewart portrait

#AltonSterling

When reviewing the video tape of the shooting of Alton Sterling, one need only look at the tape closely to develop the opinion that the actions of the  police officers exhibited an intent to kill. Now, intent, according to my information, and to legal scholars, is difficult to prove. Simply because it requires that one review the available evidence and use it to get inside the mind of the person committing the act.  Both of the available videos present information that is not only troubling, but displays what appears to be deliberate deception in an attempt to conceal their intent to murder Alton Sterling. A review of the tape leaves one with the opinion that Officers Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni.

First, it does not matter what happened at the beginning of the video as some seem to suggest, as if the murder of someone requires what led up to the actual shooting. That may be so in some cases, but clearly not so in this particular case.

Next, the fact that the body cameras belonging to both of the officers became “dislodged” is dubious. One perhaps, but two? One need only see how the body cameras are secured to the front of the officer’s shirt, and then see it dangling at the side of Officer Blane Salamoni and that is where the problems begin. And, the fact that the officers make certain that they  are hidden behind a vehicle is also suspicious.

Then, one must note that both of Alton Sterling’s hands were pinned down, and that is clearly visible in the tape. And both of his hands were empty.

But it is the deception which makes their motives clear. For, they seem to perform for the benefit of the recorders. Suddenly, when they have both of his hands tied down, Lake shouts “Gun! …”, then with the gun pointing at his chest, pinned down, on the ground, Lake says, “Get on the ground! …”  Sterling was already on the ground! So why would they yell for him to get on the ground? For the purpose of documenting, ( without benefit of the body cameras), the events which led to what they were about to do. Because, at the time, not only was Sterling pinned down and unable to move, but Salamoni’s gun was pointed directly at the chest of Alton Sterling. He fires, several times at point-blank range into the chest of Alton Sterling. Lake then pulls something out of Sterling’s pocket, and it appears as if it was Sterling’s gun, and, an eyewitness says that it was indeed a gun. then as he moves away, Sterling moves his hand, and Salamoni tosses it aside as if the arm is a piece of garbage. However, that is not all.

Salamoni then moves far away from Sterling, and fires several more shots. (It is not clear if he is doing that for the purpose of the dash cam on the police vehicle or not, but one can surmise that was his purpose for doing so.) He poses with his gun aimed in the direction of Sterling, who already appears to be dead. So it looks as if Salamoni was attempting to establish a visual record.

Even more troubling is the fact that, were it not for the two videos, their cover story of him brandishing a gun, their story would have been believed and would have been credible. A story that they have told before.

The fact that these two had been cleared prior regarding other excessive force towards African-American citizens on four previous occasions leads one to several conclusions and opinions: a) That they had done this before; and b) that they were doing it with malice and out of hatred.

Have they killed anyone else? At this point, there is no way to be certain. But, in the opinion of this writer, they have indeed done this before, for the cold and calculated manner in which they killed Alton Sterling and the performance in which they verbally engaged in suggests that they knew that they were going to kill him. Could they be serial killers? Is that possible? They acted in such lock-step with one another, these questions must surely be ones that come to mind. Review the tape and answer them for yourself. However, paid administrative leave should not be in force at this time. They should be arrested. Even though the Department of Justice, in a rare move, took over the complaint immediately per the request of Louisiana officials, they should be arrested.

The Baton Rouge Police Department has already issued a report which contains an obvious lie.   A detective says in a report, apparently quoting one of the officers, that Sterling had reached for his gun. When? While they were throwing him on the hood of a car?  Or when they had him pinned down and both of his hands were empty? The words within the report cannot erase what one has seen with their own eyes. Again, they should be arrested … now.

The video and documentation of the prior complaints against Blaine and Lake are provided on the links below.

#AltonSterling

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/07/07/alton-sterling-baton-rouge-police-shooting-witness-sot-newday.cnn/video/playlists/alton-sterling-shot-in-baton-rouge/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/alton-sterling-shooting-police-baton-rouge-shown-in-new-video/

http://www.wafb.com/story/32394209/the-investigators-both-involved-officers-have-had-previous-use-of-force-incidents

http://www.bet.com/news/national/2016/07/12/update–officers-who-killed-alton-sterling-make-new-claims-about.html

 

 

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