Threats sent to schools in South Florida, Houston
A Congressman’s Step-By-Step Guide to the Perfect Terrorist Hoax.
Miami-Dade Public Schools on Wednesday night received a “threat similar” to ones in Los Angeles and New York, but the district’s police department says it’s “less than credible” and classes will be open Thursday as scheduled, according to an email bulletin sent to parents and students. “All Broward County Public Schools will be open today, Thursday, 12/17, as usual, following a less-than-credible threat,” the district said in a statement.
The decision to close Los Angeles’ public schools after a school board member received a vaguely worded threat showed that city leaders might need better coordination the next time there is an emergency.On Tuesday morning, as the nation’s second-largest school district was shutting down in response to a suspected terrorist threat, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took the microphone at a news conference led by L.A.The conventional wisdom coming out of Tuesday night’s debate has it that Chris Christie did nothing to either dramatically improve or terribly hurt his quest to prove that a living, breathing New Jersey stereotype can get elected president.
Later in the day, the city of New York revealed that it too had received a “similar” email, but did not deem it “credible,” which necessitated that officials in L.A. explain why they decided to abruptly tell some 600,000 kids to stay home. New York City received a threat as well, but kept its school campuses open. “Awareness, preparedness, vigilance, communication, but not fear, must continue to be the appropriate actions to less than credible threats,” Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted Thursday morning. Los Angeles Times One of the attackers in the San Bernardino mass shooting expressed support for jihad in private messages but neither Syed Rizwan Farook nor his wife Tashfeen Malik openly wrote about those feelings on social media, according to the FBI. “The investigation continues, but we have not found that kind of thing.
He unabashedly lied in the service of his self-aggrandizing narrative, which paints him as a bold anti-terrorist warrior baptized in the fire of 9/11 — behavior that, in a better world, would disqualify him from ever again showing his face in polite society. The sender threatened that “something very big” would happen, warning that he or she was a “devout Muslim” who had “teamed up with a local jihadist cell” and planted “bombs hidden in lockers at several schools.” Something big is going down. In the world of right-wing politics, it will probably get him a few more millions in super PAC funds and a few more months of press until he folds his campaign and slinks off to spend his post-gubernatorial career in the same netherworld to which the GOP has banished that other notorious 9/11 pitchman, Rudy Giuliani. He released a detailed statement—which you can read on his website—explaining the differences between the emails received by each city, and why decision makers in L.A. perceived theirs to be more serious.
According to Sherman, the hoaxer claimed to be a student of the “Los Angeles Unified district,” which he writes is “is terminology that someone familiar with the Los Angeles schools would use.” On the other hand, in the email to New York officials, the hoaxer said he was a student of the “New York City School District.” Sherman says that “someone who is actually familiar with the New York would use the term ‘New York City Schools’ or ‘DOE’,” which, given what kids do and don’t pay attention to, seems dubious to me. Referencing the closure of all Los Angeles public schools that day over a bomb threat that turns out to most likely have been a hoax, Christie said, “America has been betrayed. Regardless, the lesson for hoaxers here is obvious: make sure you don’t sound like a foreign nob if you’re trying to position yourself as an insider. The Office of Inspector General found inmates with sensitive needs were often placed in violent settings, while gang members inflicted abuse to settle drug and gaming debts. Garcetti said one lesson of Tuesday’s school shutdown was that officials of different agencies should try to coordinate more closely during future city emergencies.
Think about the effect that that’s going to have on those children when they go back to school tomorrow wondering filled with anxiety to whether they’re really going to be safe. Meanwhile, some critics say the false alarm has laid bare potential shortcomings in officials’ capacity to handle future crises, both in the nuts and bolts of coordination among government agencies and in the less quantifiable ability to reassure the public.
To Brad Sherman’s credit, he didn’t specify the exact number of accomplices that seems most credible, but you can basically figure it out. 15? 20? Garcetti’s repeated efforts throughout the day to emphasize his lack of ownership of the decision gave the impression that he and the police department he oversees were not fully committed to the school district’s course of action, said Joe Domanick, associate director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. But had the mayor chosen to take a more assertive role, Schnur said, he might have been vulnerable to accusations that he was playing politics with the safety of schoolchildren by trying to influence Cortines’ deliberations. No, what sets the teeth on edge while watching Christie’s statement is his wrapping himself in clichéd “Oh won’t someone please think of the children” talk on the day after the three-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. If you’re going to play off of America’s generalized Islamaphobia, be diligent in your proofreading and make sure all references to “Allah” are properly stylized.
Asked why he had explicitly stated several times on Tuesday that he did not make the call to close the district, Garcetti said he wanted to “simply sort out confusion.” With the “national coverage” of the event by media organizations, he said, many people might not be aware that as mayor he is not in charge of the schools. Because over the last decade and a half, America has seen many, many more school shootings by disaffected, angry American teenagers with easy access to semi-automatic weapons than it has seen jihadi terrorist bombings, of schools or anywhere else. Yet efforts that Barack Obama and gun-control advocates have made to limit access to such weapons have been fought by, among others, Chris Christie, when he found it politically advantageous to do so. It is tough to accurately measure Christie’s views on gun control, since he opportunistically shifts them based on which way the political winds are blowing. In 2013, months after Sandy Hook, he signed a few gun-control measures that, among other things, prevented people on the federal terrorism watch list from buying guns.
Harran was accused of willfully violating state labor codes by failing to provide proper safety training and failing to require protective gear for lab workers. Brian Michael Jenkins, a counterterrorism expert at the Rand Corp., said that the mayor and police chief ideally should have been consulted on the possibility of closing city schools as soon as district officials began to consider it seriously. “You’re not going to wake people in the middle of the night for every stupid phone call or threat,” Jenkins said. But he also last year vetoed bills that would have outlawed possession of magazines that hold over 10 rounds and civilian ownership of a .50 caliber sniper rifle used by the military.
However, “If this is sufficient that closing down the district is even an option … they should be brought in immediately at that point.” Much remains unknown about what took place between about 10 p.m. It was during the process of vetoing the magazine bill that Christie refused to meet with the parents of a couple of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook, who had lobbied for the bill and gathered more than 55,000 signatures on a petition supporting it. Political observers suggested the governor was plotting a run for the White House and didn’t want to have to explain to the gun-friendly voters of New Hampshire and Iowa why a less rural state like New Jersey might find gun-control measures desirable, even if he was being responsive to the desires of his constituents.
Sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, however, someone vandalized the meter. “What was stolen is an entirely useless mechanical piece that is intrinsically linked to our specific account and totally worthless to anyone else,” creator Adam Tenenbaum wrote on Facebook. Sherman notes that the email sent to L.A. was received at 10 p.m. local time on Monday, which gave officials a safe window to announce that schools would be closed on Tuesday. Orange County Register Boy, oh, boy: California’s former state attorney general and state treasurer is a father for the second and third time at the age of 74. SF Gate Political reporting: A longtime political reporter who covered Ronald Reagan’s last term as governor and Jerry Brown’s first has died at age 77. If you cancel classes, the bombings will take place regardless, and we will bring our guns to the streets and offices of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Bakersfield, and San Diego.
Fairly unremarkable, writes one neighbor. “Growing up in San Bernardino, you live in a radius of violence, so you come to expect horror being within walking distance.” Zocalo Public Square Flight attack: A 54-year-old man was indicted after allegedly choking and punching a woman when she reclined her seat on a Southwest flight bound for San Francisco, prosecutors said. Of course those ecosystems had grown in the ruins of past disruptions, taking root as best they could in the disturbed soil kicked up by money as it raced ever forward, disguised, always, as progress.” Los Angeles Magazine Mouthful of soap: At Birds of a Feather Rescue in Santa Rosa, there is a Congo African grey parrot with a filthy mouth.
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