PowerLine – ISIS Killer Omar Mateen Worked For Company That Provides Security to Federal Buildings

PowerLine  – ISIS Killer Omar Mateen Worked For Company That Provides Security to Federal Buildings

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  • Omar Mateen Worked For Company That Provides Security to Federal Buildings
  • Loose Trumps (2) [With Comment by John]
  • Mass Murder In Orlando [With Multiple Updates]
  • The persistence of mendacity (2)
  • Trump being crushed in his favorite poll

Omar Mateen Worked For Company That Provides Security to Federal Buildings

Posted: 12 Jun 2016 12:59 PM PDT

(John Hinderaker)

Ponder this: G4S, a major, nationally known security firm, has confirmed that Omar Mateen had been employed by them since 2007.

G4S’s web site says:

For more than 50 years, G4S has partnered with government agencies – from the Department of State to the Department of Homeland Security among several others – in many capacities that include:

* Systems integration services that deliver world-class electronic and physical security solutions for critical infrastructure and government facilities

* Security management products, including access control, video management and facility management software

State-of-the-art security software, risk management, incident reporting and facility management technology

* Security personnel who are consistently ranked the best in the security business

Mateen had a security license, and I take it that he was one of those “security personnel.” Then there is this:

Ensuring the safety of travelers and the efficiency of the international transport system

In the global economy, international trade and travel is reliant upon the security of our vast network of ports and airports.

At G4S, we know that the key to releasing wider benefits for our clients is to always look at the overall picture to consider solutions that transform performance.

G4S works with clients to understand the specific security issues they face. We design solutions to meet those issues, bringing together our expertise in logistics, technology, project management and managing the world’s biggest security personnel work force.

Our solutions and capabilities include:

* Design and build automated video surveillance systems to improve security and enable facility operators to detect and monitor threats

* Perimeter security enhancements that include lighting, thermal imaging cameras, CCTV and motion-detecting systems

* Video analytics, wireless communications links and vessel traffic monitoring systems

And this:

Nuclear Facility Security

High-risk facilities need a partner with the experience and capability to deliver comprehensive security solutions

As the security solutions pioneer for the high-level critical infrastructure industry, G4S has an outstanding reputation, strong historical commitment and unsurpassed expertise for our clients.

* G4S has partnered with more than 90 percent of U.S. nuclear facilities

* Our force-on-force prep has sites earning a 100 percent passing rate

* Our engineering team has performed design work for more than 80 percent of U.S. nuclear facilities

* Our technology has systems in more than 70 percent of U.S. nuclear facilities

In the wake of Mateen’s terrorist attack, liberals have already begun blathering about guns. Bernie Sanders, for example:

I gotta tell you over 25 years ago, I believed that in this country we should not be selling automatic weapons which are designed to kill people. We have got to do everything that we can on top of that to make sure that guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them, criminals, people who are mentally ill. So that struggle continues.

Mateen didn’t use an automatic weapon. He used a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun that presumably was also semiautomatic. A large majority of the handguns sold in the U.S. are semiautomatics, and, while I haven’t seen statistics on rifles, the most popular rifle in the U.S. is the AR-15. Many millions have been sold, and many other rifles are also semiautomatics. And, news flash, Bernie: every firearm is “designed to kill people.”

Everyone would agree that it is desirable to keep guns out of “the hands of people who should not have them.” In fact, that is tautological. But Omar Mateen wasn’t mentally ill, and until yesterday he wasn’t a criminal. He evidently passed whatever background check was necessary to work for a well-respected security firm. While we don’t yet know where he obtained his firearms, it is reasonable to assume that he bought them legally, and would have been able to buy them legally under any regime that liberals have proposed, other than a ban on semiautomatic rifles.

Rather than talking about keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, how about a narrower focus on how we can insure that jihadists are not hired to provide security at federal buildings, airports and nuclear power plants?


Loose Trumps (2) [With Comment by John]

Posted: 12 Jun 2016 08:45 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

A cliché going around for a while is that Donald Trump is just one terrorist attack away from a landslide victory in November. Let’s see how he—and the opinion polls—respond over the next 72 hours to the Orlando attack. It appears the Islamist behind the Orlando attack is a native born citizen, which means the previously proposed immigration ban wouldn’t work as a policy measure, but it does raise the salience of having something serious to say about home-grown Islamic radicalization. Will Trump call for investigating radical clerics and closing down radical mosques? If he does, watch the liberal/media outrage machine melt down.

This thought is not original to me, but bears repeating just now: if you like historical election cycle analogies, we’re going through 1968 all over again, with Trump in the Nixon/Wallace role. The 1968 election was much less about the economy that usual. Though there were some worrying signs in the economy, it was still doing reasonably well, with the trouble being stored up (especially inflation) not becoming apparent for a few more years. The economy today, while not great, is doing okay. The 1968 election was much more a cultural election—a reaction against the irresponsibility and chaos of the Great Society, along with a reaction against a botched foreign policy. Do these factors sounds familiar? Nixon and Wallace together utterly shattered the old Democratic Party electoral coalition.

I wish I had the sense that Trump has even half of Nixon’s political moxie. Nixon’s great abilities weren’t enough to enable him to overcome the leftist onslaught against him. Imagine what life is going to be like for Trump if he wins. It’s going to be the political equivalent of World War III starting the morning after the election, with the aim being to discredit him and drive him from office, just like Nixon. (Yes, I know, the political World War III is already under way; the point is, the campaign against him will continue in being. MoveOn will change its name to, “WaitAMinuteStop/Never Trump”) And like Nixon, I could see it done with the active cooperation of Republicans in Congress. Keep your eye on Trump’s choice of a running mate. If it is Spiro Agnew redux, it will represent an attempt at impeachment insurance.

One thing that will serve Trump well is his instinct to be on the attack all the time. Nixon didn’t always do that. But if Trump’s public approval ratings slump, his attack mode may not help him.

One story out is that Trump says he’ll remember who doesn’t support him in the GOP. Is this the first case in history of someone who gets up an enemies list before the election? And with one more look back at Nixon, as my old mentor M. Stanton Evans commented at the time, anyone who needs to keep an “enemies list” doesn’t belong in politics. Do you really need to look at the anchors of the “Today Show” and say, “Gee—I better check the list to see if they’re an enemy.”

JOHN adds: It is true that a prospective ban on Muslim immigration wouldn’t have prevented the Orlando attack since Omar Mateen was born here. But a great many people will take that attack as more evidence that a certain percentage of Muslims will never be able to exist peacefully in our society, and therefore we should stop importing them by the millions.

By the way, I haven’t yet seen any comment by Trump on the Orlando murders. It will be interesting to see how he responds. It strikes me that there is both risk and reward in relating the incident directly to his proposed policies.

UPDATE: Trump has now weighed in on Twitter.

Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

That’s probably a good approach. It’s tough to argue with “tough, smart and vigilant.” What that means can be left to the imagination.


Mass Murder In Orlando [With Multiple Updates]

Posted: 12 Jun 2016 08:26 AM PDT

(John Hinderaker)

In a horrific crime that is being investigated as a terrorist attack, a 29-year-old man named Omar Mateen murdered 50 people and wounded more than 50 more at a gay night club in Orlando. Mateen is an American-born Muslim. So far, no radical Islamic associations have come to light [see update], but Mateen’s father says he became very angry several months ago when he saw two gay men kissing.

The murders were committed, apparently, over a three-hour period between 2 a.m and 5 a.m. Mateen took a number of hostages, and police surrounded the night club, which is called Pulse. Finally police broke into the night club with a vehicle and engaged in a shootout with Mateen, who was killed. I haven’t seen a report on whether Mateen shot all 100-plus victims at the beginning of the attack, or whether he was murdering hostages over the course of several hours.

Mateen’s parents are Afghan immigrants and are not U.S. citizens, but Omar is U.S.-born. Mateen apparently worked, or had worked, in security, and held a Florida security officer’s license. He also had a Florida concealed carry permit, so this is a rare instance of a firearms-related crime committed by a permit holder. Mateen reportedly was armed with a semiautomatic rifle and a pistol, and there are reports of some kind of explosive device, although it doesn’t appear that such a device was detonated. Mateen was a registered Democrat. There are a couple of photographs of Mateen wearing NYPD shirts, and he reportedly was a former resident of New York. (He was living in Florida currently.) I haven’t seen it reported whether Mateen was at one time a New York police officer.

There were several hundred people in the night club when the attack began. They could have overpowered Mateen, but understandably everyone’s instinct was to flee. As far as I have been able to tell, no one in the night club other than Mateen was armed. It hasn’t been reported whether the club was a gun-free zone.

UPDATE: A “senior law enforcement source” has told the Daily Beast that the FBI investigated Omar Mateen twice, in 2013 and again in 2014. On neither occasion did the FBI find enough to warrant further investigation. So Mateen evidently had radical Islamic connections of some kind. No doubt the details will emerge before long.

“He’s a known quantity,” the source said. “He’s been on the radar before.”

So this is apparently another case of “known wolf” Islamic terrorism.

The Orlando Sentinel has the basic news, and Jim Hoft has a good roundup of what we know about Omar Mateen.

MORE: Donald Trump has now weighed in on Twitter:

Horrific incident in FL. Praying for all the victims & their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart & vigilant?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016

MORE: Homeland Security officials reportedly are saying that Mateen had some connection to ISIS, although it is not clear yet whether he was in contact by that group or was merely inspired by its call for terrorist attacks on America.

ONE MORE: Under Florida law, guns can’t be carried into bars. So Pulse was a gun-free zone. That is one legal change that should be made.

FINAL UPDATE: ATF says that Omar Mateen “legally purchased a handgun and a long gun within the last few days.” “‘He is not a prohibited person,’ [Assistant Special Agent in Charge Trevor Velinor] said.” They never are.


The persistence of mendacity (2)

Posted: 12 Jun 2016 05:40 AM PDT

(Scott Johnson)

When the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, Dick Morris polled possible responses for Bill Clinton. Morris determined that truth was not an option if Clinton wanted to remain in office. “Well, we just have to win then,” Clinton concluded. Thus Clinton’s finger-wagging denial of what proved to be the facts of the case.

When Clinton was finally questioned under oath by one of the lawyers working in the office of the independent counsel operating under Kenneth Starr, Starr’s office had obtained and tested Monica’s blue dress. The lying was over, but Clinton nevertheless prevailed in the court of public opinion.

Clinton’s lying bought him the time he needed to survive. With the time public opinion came around to the new line he had adopted about the whole thing being a private matter. Clinton succeeded in lowering public opinion to meet his gargantuan needs.

The missus was instrumental in helping Clinton buy the time he needed to sway public opinion. In her infamous interview on the Today show after the scandal broke (transcript here), Hillary decried the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that she asserted was the real story of the scandal. That helped, of course, but the key point she asserted twice in the course of the interview was this. The charges against the Big Dog would not be “proven true.”

The missus took a similar tack in her FOX News Special Report interview with Bret Baier last week. Clinton persisted in the falsehoods and evasions have reflected the order of the day in the matter of her private server for official State Department business (video below at about 4:15).

“You’ve said you’ll talk to anybody any time,” Baier observed. Why not the State Department Inspector General, Baier asks. He’s somebody.

Clinton’s response offered no subtlety. It did not depend on the meaning of “is.” The lying was rampant and obvious. It is the verbal equivalent of brute force.

“You said you sent or received nothing that was marked classified,” Baier notes, but she had signed a non-disclosure agreement providing that markings don’t matter. Classification inheres in the information, not the marking.

She purports not to recall that, but “the fact is, nothing that I sent or received was marked classified and nothing has been demonstrated to contradict that.”

Where have we heard that before? Ah, history!

We have seen every assertion of fact Clinton has made about the use of her private server fall by the way. As Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne now report, this one is no exception. Austin Bay has more here.

Does it make a difference at this point? As always in the scandals of Bill and Hillary, time allows us to accommodate ourselves to their lies. The best defense is the persistence of mendacity.

Today the editors of the New York Post take a look back at the week that was in Clinton emails. They have plenty of developments to review without even getting to the latest report from Herridge and Browne. The editors declare: “Hillary’s final email defense: Mass amnesia.” The Post editors ask whether anyone will hold the lady to account and provide this answer: “We strongly doubt the Obama Justice Department will indict the woman the president just endorsed to be his successor. Any ‘law enforcement’ action is up to the voters.”

I’ll take that as a “no.”


Trump being crushed in his favorite poll

Posted: 11 Jun 2016 09:17 PM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)

Hillary Clinton has an 11 point lead over Donald Trump, 46-35, according to today’s Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll. Trump also trails Clinton in the latest Fox News and Rasmussen surveys, albeit by considerably smaller margins.

Dan McLaughlin of NRO notes that the Reuters/Ispos poll has been Trump’s favorite throughout the campaign season. The tycoon and his supporters repeated tweeted and touted its results during the primaries and when, not long after Trump delivered his knockout blow in Indiana, he surged into a very slight lead in the Reuters/Ispos survey. I doubt that Trump will be tweeting this latest result.

What happened? Did Mexicans buy out Reuters? Or is the public already wearying of Trump?

Trump calls Mitt Romney a “choke artist” because he couldn’t defeat Barack Obama. What will that make Trump if he can’t defeat Hillary Clinton, a weaker candidate running without the advantage of being the incumbent?

Speaking of Romney, Harry Enten of FiveThrityEight points out that, according to the polls, Trump has the same edge over his opponent with white voters that Romney enjoyed in 2012 — 17 points. This margin wasn’t sufficient to elect Romney and it almost surely won’t be sufficient to elect Trump.

Can Trump expand his edge with white voters to beyond 20 points, as he almost very probably must do to win? Possibly.

But women make up at least half of the white vote. Trump only runs about even with Clinton among white women.

Lots of whites have college degrees. Trump only runs about even with Clinton among whites with a college degree.

They say that a lot can change between now and the election, and so it can. But I’m pretty sure Trump won’t change.

So it seems unlikely that he will suddenly become a hit among white women and whites with a college degree. And unless he does, the math is likely to consign him to choke artist status.


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