Why don’t they just admit we are under a systemized attack?
Federal agents in Sacramento made a “national security” arrest Thursday.
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, is being charged with allegedly
“Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab allegedly traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations and lied to U.S. authorities about his activities,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the nation from terrorism, and we will continue to hold accountable those who seek to join or aid the cause of terrorism, whether at home or abroad.”
The Department of Justice said Al-Jayab allegedly traveled to Syria to “take up arms with terrorist organizations and concealed that conduct from immigration authorities.”
Al-Jayab is being held at the Sacramento County Jail. The Department of Justice said he is not a threat to public safety.
“While he represented a potential safety threat, there is no indication that he planned any acts of terrorism in this country,” said United States attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
In response to the Houston area arrest, Governor Greg Abbott released a statement, which reads in part: “I applaud the FBI for today’s arrest of this dangerous subject. However, this is precisely why I called for a halt to refugees entering the U.S. from countries substantially controlled by terrorists.”
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said in a statement that he is certain today’s arrests prevented a future terror event.
“I applaud the thorough law enforcement investigation that resulted in this arrest,” Patrick said. “Based on the facts, as we know them, today’s action may have prevented a catastrophic terror related event in the making and saved countless lives.”
CHP: Los Banos teen arrested in fatal DUI crash
A Los Banos teenager was jailed Wednesday after investigators said she was swerving her vehicle “on purpose” while high on marijuana when the car overturned and her passenger was ejected and killed.
The victim, Brannae Martin, 21, of Dos Palos, was ejected from a 1996 Geo Tracker and died. The driver, 19-year-old Olivia J. Hawkins-Kepney of Los Banos, was arrested, Officer Lance Velez said.
Olivia J. Hawkins-Kepney Merced County Sheriff’s Office
The crash was reported around 3:45 p.m. on Highway 165, south of the San Joaquin River.
Investigators said Hawkins-Kepney was driving south on the highway at around 55 mph when she started “swerving from side to the side of the road on purpose and lost control of the vehicle.”
“The vehicle went off the west side of the roadway and overturned, causing the ejection,” Velez said. “The victim was not wearing a seat belt.”
Officers found a suspected marijuana pipe inside the vehicle, Velez said. A sample of the driver’s blood was sent to the Department of Justice for analysis, he said, adding it could be several months before results are available.
Another passenger in the vehicle, Sharae Davis, 23, of Oakland, was not injured, officers said.
Hawkins-Kepney was treated for minor injuries and booked at Merced CountyjJail on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs causing injury, both felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to booking records.
She remained in custody Thursday with bail set at more than $300,000.
Just a few generalizations about society these days
The other day I went to get my mail at the post office, there was a sign on the door that said due to recent break-ins of the boxes the doors will now be secured and will be opened at 6:15am and closed at 5:00pm. Then “open all night” concept was perfect for me and anyone else that has trouble getting there during those hours.
I realize there is and has always been a problem with mail theft, recent break-ins at the Neighborhood community mail boxes lately, mail trucks are always broken in to and post office boxes being busted open. I started using the PO Boxes because of the problems with the mailboxes where I live.
I got to thinking about this and we as a society tend to just accept these inconveniences as a part of life, But should we? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. The small number of idiots committing crimes make everyone pay, either financially or in this case mere inconvenience. I enjoyed the ability to be able to go anytime and get my mail, it was open 24/7 and which included a mail drop inside, (I hate those drops outside).
Why did the postal office make the decision to adversely affect their clients? Why did they simply lock the doors, and why are we willing to simply accept this? It seems to me that some things are done to make things easier for them not their customers. How much thought was put into solutions and trying to figure out the problems.
This thought can be applied to all areas of our Lawmaking and Guvment decisions. 90% (or more) of the laws enacted are designed to affect law abiding people lives not the criminals who are in need of the most regulations. And we all know the criminals have so many built in laws we do not have simply because we choose to not commit a crime. In my opinion decision makers are simply putting on a band aid on top of a broken bone. They only pass legislation that affects you and me not the criminal, he will simply go break in somewhere else. Why are we so willing to accept so little from the people we pay to do the right thing?
I do not like people who simply bitch and have no solutions so here is a thought on solutions for just the PO Boxes problem:
- Put in a security system at the post office doors where you have to use your key, ID or code to get in.
- Put in place CCTV to monitor real time the PO Boxes
Put security guards on scene to monitor the boxes
These are just a few ideas that popped into my head and They are not all the solutions available I am sure. They are not overly expensive means of security either.
There are some things that are simply a part of life and we must just accept that. But the point I am really trying to make is we, a majority of the people, are willing to simply accept so little because of the action of a few shitheads who have no social conscience and have self-serving needs.
This can be applied to the traffic laws, gun laws, and all other legislations enacted.
We are told not to judge all Muslims by the actions of a few and I agree 100% with that, but all gun owners are judged, by some people, by the actions of a few. All police officers are judged by the actions of a few, there are many good hard working men and women patrolling the streets and doing a good job that are being harshly criticized by the public.
The list goes on and on and I hope you get my point here. Knee jerking and band aids do not solve anything, the underlying issues why someone feels they are entitled to take someone else’s property or life are still there. And Maybe we are just getting lazy and not doing the work to find out the real issues or solutions involved. We just take the easy way out.
Tax agency expects to dramatically scale back telephone assistance and face-to-face assistance, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson says
Such a move threatens to create a “pay to play” system where the only taxpayers who get personal service are those who can afford to pay for it, she warns
Doing business with the Internal Revenue Service of the future will feel a lot like doing business with an online retailer or your bank. You’ll file your taxes online and be notified through a secure email account that the IRS got them. Questions, payments – even audits – will be communicated to you electronically. No more letters in the mail.
The IRS says its jump to widespread automation sometime in the next five years will be a necessary act of catching up to the modern world. But a new report issued Wednesday by the national advocate for taxpayers alleges that the IRS of the future will more or less wipe out taxpayers’ interaction with a human being, either on the phone or in person.
“Based on our internal discussions with IRS officials, (we) have been left with the distinct impression that the IRS’s ultimate goal is ‘to get out of the business of talking with taxpayers,'” National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson wrote in her annual report to Congress.
“The widespread expectation is that traditional taxpayer services – telephone assistance and face-to-face assistance – will be scaled back dramatically.”
Olson, who is a congressionally appointed watchdog of the IRS, says the evolving IRS plan has “many positive components” that would speed information to taxpayers and handle many of their interactions with the agency.
But she warned that the push toward relying on technology and tax preparers to answer questions threatens to create a “pay to play” system where the only taxpayers who will get personal service are those who can afford to pay for it.
The report cites the agency’s “future state” plan to use online accounts for the 150 million individual taxpayers and 11 million businesses seeking help and information as its number one “most serious problem for taxpayers” this year. Olson calls this a secret plan that IRS officials have not, and should, release to the public. And she says the public should, but has not, been consulted on its development.
Olson says the plan for online accounts will put taxpayers at a huge disadvantage if they are poor and don’t have access to the Internet, feel uncomfortable discussing sensitive financial matters online or need to resolve issues that are not “cookie cutter” questions that can be resolved by talking to a person (or computer) on line.
The plan “says little about reductions in core taxpayer services,” Olson writes. “Many taxpayers will find it much harder to resolve their problems and will have to pay third parties to assist them.” The result, she says, will be “frustration and alienation” that may lead over time to more tax cheats.
More than 9 million filers had delays with their refunds or received IRS notices proposing to adjust tax payments last year, the report said, underscoring the need for taxpayers to talk to employees.
The IRS started large-scale planning for the future 18 months ago, dubbing its effort a “future state” plan for how the agency will do business by 2019. The plan has already cost millions of dollars, Olson writes.
It came largely out of necessity after five years of congressional budget cuts the IRS acknowledges have caused a significant erosion of taxpayer services. (These were the subject of Olson’s report to Congress last year).
In the last filing season, for example, taxpayers found themselves on hold for long periods and agents were unable to provide answers to anything but “basic” tax-law questions. After the filing season, they stopped answering tax-law questions at all. And the agency halted its longstanding practice of preparing returns for elderly, disabled and low-income taxpayers.
In an interview, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen called the move to online interactions an obvious effort to “catch up to get into the early 21st century” following the agency’s move to electronic filing and other services online.
“Our surveys show that this is what taxpayers want,” he said. “Our problem today is that we have a whole lot of people who would rather not see us at all, who want to go online, transact their business and move on.”
The more taxpayers who do this, the more staff will be freed up to interact directly with those who need help, he said.
“There’s nothing in the ‘future state’ that says we’re not going to have people answer the phones or have someone see an IRS agent in person,” he said and claimed that Olson has “misconceived what’s happening.”
Koskinen said he has spoken broadly about the plan publicly and testified before Congress about the agency’s need to do business differently.
Some taxpayers could get online accounts later this year in a pilot program, he said, using some of the 40 million emails the IRS has on file.
But Olson’s report says that gradual automation actually has resulted in increased demand for person-to-person service. Taxpayers made 5.6 million visits to IRS walk-in centers in fiscal 2015 and more than 100 million calls to agents.