ABC Dilutes North Korean Hostage Victory By Whining About the Iran Deal

There was great news out of the Korean Peninsula Wednesday as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo retrieved the three Americans that North Korea arrested on trumped up charges going as far back as 2015. The North Korean regime released the hostages from their labor camps as a good faith measure ahead of the historic summit with the United States. Despite the wonderful news, ABC felt the need to rain on everyone’s parade and bring up the anti-American backlash from Iran over the Iran deal.

From the get-go, ABC was looking to crackdown on the joy of the hostage release. While they kicked off World News Tonight with coverage of the hostages, they mixed the story with that of the Iran nuclear deal. “President Trump says he plans to be there when they arrive at Andrews Air Force base at 2:00 in the morning. Just as Iran tonight sends the President its own message, after he tore up the nuclear deal,” announced anchor David Muir.

When it came down to the time allowed for each topic in the report, the hostage release did get the most, but just barely. Between Muir’s introduction and White House correspondent Jon Karl’s report, they allowed one minute and 51 seconds for the hostages and the summit while giving Iran deal backlash one minute and 21 seconds.

But even as he pursues one nuclear deal, he is facing global blowback for pulling out of another. In Iran today, anti-American protests, including the burning of American flags and photos of President Trump,” Karl said as he transitioned away from the positive news. He even quoted “lawmakers there” who were “questioning the President’s, quote, ‘mental capacity.’

 

 

But Karl didn’t dare quote them chanting “death to America” or report that they had burned an American flag on the floor of their legislature.

After the prerecorded report ended, Muir questioned Karl about how North Korea inspections would work when they weren’t enough to keep Trump in the Iran deal, never mind the ridiculous sunset clause or announced inspections. Karl couldn’t see Trump’s plan for North Korea working out at all, despite how the Iran deal allowed them to build nukes in a few years.

In sharp contrast, NBC Nightly News actually went out and interviewed a family member of one of the hostages that were finally coming home. “The family of Tony Kim, held for more than a year, thanking the President for engaging directly with North Korea and Sun Soul Kim telling NBC News his anxious to reunite with his father,” reported White House correspondent Peter Alexander.

I don’t know what I would do. I don’t know if I’ll cry or jump up and down. I don’t know will I faint because I missed him so much,” Sun Soul Kim told Alexander.

The release of the American hostages was a time for joy and celebration, but ABC just wanted to be downers.

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ABC’s World News Tonight
May 9, 2018
6:31:41 PM Eastern 

DAVID MUIR: Three Americans held hostage in North Korea are on their way home right now. President Trump first tweeting that they were on their way. It comes ahead of his face-to-face with Kim Jong-un. The three men flying out with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. President Trump says he plans to be there when they arrive at Andrews Air Force base at 2:00 in the morning. Just as Iran tonight sends the President its own message, after he tore up the nuclear deal. ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl leading us off.

[Cuts to video]

JON KARL: The President made the announcement himself, calling the release of the American prisoners an important moment for the country.

(…)

KARL: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea to secure their release, meeting for a second time with Kim Jong-un. The three former prisoners are Korean-American. Two of them detained last year, the third imprisoned since 2015.

(…)

KARL: The President is now focused on meeting Kim himself.

(…)

KARL: The location still a mystery. Kim seldom travels. Though North Korea today released this picture of the North Korean dictator on his plane in China. The President is already envisioning making history.

(…)

KARL: But even as he pursues one nuclear deal, he is facing global blowback for pulling out of another. In Iran today, anti-American protests, including the burning of American flags and photos of President Trump. Lawmakers there are questioning the President’s, quote, “mental capacity,” and threatening to restart its nuclear program.

(…)

[Cuts back to live]

MUIR: So, let’s get to Jon Karl live at the White House tonight. And Jon, Iran had agreed to what international observers had called the most robust nuclear inspections. As we all know now, that wasn’t enough to keep President Trump in the agreement. We also know North Korea already has nuclear weapons. Jon, you and I have talked about this. Will Kim Jong-un agree to inspections anywhere close to what Iran was already allowing?

KARL: It’s uncertain David. North Korea has cut itself off from almost all of the outside world for more than a half a century. It is hard to imagine that such an isolated and secretive regime would suddenly open itself up, including its most sensitive military facilities, but the White House insists that any deal with North Korea will be fully verifiable, and that would mean inspections beyond anything we have ever seen in North Korea.

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Gang Used Drone Swarm To Thwart FBI Hostage Raid

FBI agents covertly surveilling a criminal gang suspected of holding at least one person hostage had their cover blown when a swarm of drones descended on them.

Joe Mazel, the head of the FBI’s operational technology law unit, said the small unmanned units hovered around the agents and made “high-speed low passes” at them.

“We were then blind ― without the situational awareness,” he said.

Mazel, a veteran federal agent, recounted the incident this week while speaking to attendees at the AUVSI Xponential tech conference in Denver, according to Defense One.

He said it happened in a large U.S. city last winter but was reportedly careful not to share identifying details about the incident, saying it is “law enforcement sensitive.” 

The drones, according to Mazel, not only buzzed the agents but also livestreamed the entire thing.

They “put the footage to YouTube so that [other members of the gang] who had cellular access could go to the YouTube site,” see the video and know the agents’ location, he said.

The criminals reportedly managed to foil the FBI’s plans. Mazel did not indicate whether any follow-up attempts were made.

Drones are becoming less expensive and easier to operate. (Getty Images)Drones are becoming less expensive and easier to operate. (Getty Images)

The proliferation of drone use has been of increasing concern to law enforcement agencies as the technology has become easy to acquire and operate. Drones can be flown using GPS technology — meaning it takes minimal practice to fly them — and they can be adapted to carry small payloads.

The technology presents a range of opportunities for criminals. They permit low-risk reconnaissance missions and can been used for everything from drug smuggling to dropping drugs and weapons behind prison walls.

Mazel said criminal organizations have also been using drones to monitor activity outside police departments to see “who is going in and out of the facility and who might be cooperating with police.”

Gene Robinson of Drone Pilot Inc, which works with law enforcement and emergency response agencies, said drone countermeasures are somewhat limited because of FAA rules and potential liability issues.

“There are effective jamming and spoofing methods out there, but the FCC says it’s a federal offense to jam any signal,” he said. “They don’t make exceptions for anyone, including law enforcement.

Other strategies, such as capturing drones in nets shot from the ground or another drone, can also be problematic, according to Robinson.

“It’s a huge liability issue,” he said. “What if that thing falls to the ground and hits someone in the head? Or what if it’s loaded with explosives and detonates near a group of people? Who takes ownership of that?”

The most viable solution right now, Robinson said, is to educate the public.

“We do a lot in regard to counterdrone measures, but more than anything else, we educate people so they can recognize nonstandard configurations,” he said. “Typically, if you see a drone, you know what it’s supposed to look like with a camera on it, but if you see some big cube hanging off the bottom or a shuttlecock, you know it’s going to be bad.”

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A Criminal Gang Used a Drone Swarm To Obstruct an FBI Hostage Raid

Last winter, on the outskirts of a large U.S.city, an FBI hostage rescue team set up an elevated observation post to assess an unfolding situation. Soon they heard the buzz of small drones — and then the tiny aircraft were all around them, swooping past in a series of “high-speed low passes at the agents in the observation post to flush them,” the head of the agency’s operational technology law unit told attendees of the AUVSIXponential conference here. Result: “We were then blind,” said Joe Mazel, meaning the group lost situational awareness of the target. “It definitely presented some challenges.”

The incident remains “law enforcement-sensitive,” Mazel said Wednesday, declining to say just where or when it took place. But it shows how criminal groups are using small drones for increasingly elaborate crimes.

Mazel said the suspects had backpacked the drones to the area in anticipation of the FBI’s arrival. Not only did they buzz the hostage rescue team, they also kept a continuous eye on the agents, feeding video to the group’s other members via YouTube. “They had people fly their own drones up and put the footage to YouTube so that the guys who had cellular access could go to the YouTube site and pull down the video,” he said.

Mazel said counter surveillance of law enforcement agents is the fastest-growing way that organized criminals are using drones.

Some criminal organizations have begun to use drones as part of witness intimidation schemes: they continuously surveil police departments and precincts in order to see “who is going in and out of the facility and who might be co-operating with police,” he said.

Drones are also playing a greater role in robberies and the like. Beyond the well-documented incidence of house break-ins, criminal crews are using them to observe bigger target facilities, spot security gaps, and determine patterns of life: where the security guards go and when.

In Australia, criminal groups have begun have used drones as part of elaborate smuggling schemes, Mazel said. The gangs will monitor port authority workers. If the workers get close to a shipping container that houses illegal substances or contraband, the gang will call in a fire, theft, or some other false alarm to draw off security forces.’

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Trump Held Hostage in the White House

Trump Held Hostage in the White House



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Trump’s actions show weakness, not strength – bowing to pressure, abandoning his inauguration day promises straightaway on taking office.



He yielded authority to dark forces running things in Washington, appointing a rogue’s gallery of neocons to key administration posts.



They notably include hugely dangerous Russophobic/Islamophobic extremists, figures committed to endless wars of aggression, wanting all sovereign independent governments forcefully toppled, an agenda risking catastrophic nuclear war.



Trump gave up on wanting improved relations with Moscow, imposing more illegal sanctions, likely intending more.



He’s “preparing to expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the US in response to the (alleged) nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK” – according to Bloomberg Politics, citing “two (unnamed) people familiar with the matter on Saturday.”



An announcement may come on Monday. Moscow promised a tit-for-tat-response to all provocative US and EU actions.



Before announcing expulsions, Trump wants assurance from EU leaders that they intend going the same way, said Bloomberg.



Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said the Trump administration “stands firmly with the United Kingdom in condemning Russia’s outrageous action. The president is always considering options to hold Russia accountable in response to its malign activities.”



Fact: No US or EU officials in a position to know believe Moscow had anything to do with the Skripal incident.



What happened in Britain was a likely joint UK/US orchestrated false flag, continuing longstanding Western hostility toward Russia, escalating tensions to a dangerously higher level.



Further provocations are likely coming, risking unthinkable East/West confrontation if the madness doesn’t stop.



Appointing notorious Russophobes/Islamophobes Mike Pompeo and John Bolton to key administration geopolitical positions made greater war more likely – Russia, China, Iran, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela key US regime change targets.



Publicly Trump said getting along with Russia and other countries “is a good thing, not a bad thing.” Privately his agenda is hostile.



On Sunday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blasted Britain for blaming Russia for the Skripal incident, saying:



“We are stating that this is quite unprecedented – international affairs bordering, maybe, on banditry. What stands behind this? Is it Britain’s internal problems or the problems of Britain’s cooperation with its allies, or something else? Looks like this is not our business.”



It’s always a nation’s business when unfairly targeted. US hostility toward China is another worrisome issue.



A day after Trump’s announced intention to impose $60 billion in tariffs on its imports, a US warship provocatively sailed within 12 nautical miles of a South China Sea Beijing-constructed artificial island.



China’s Defense Ministry said the USS Mustin was “warned off” by two Chinese frigates. Its spokesman Ren Guoqiang said “(w)hat the US is doing will damage the military-to-military relations and atmosphere.”



“It could easily cause misjudgments and accidents at air or sea. This is a serious political and military provocation,” adding:



Beijing intends boosting its defensive capability. Earlier the Pentagon called Russia and China Washington’s two greatest military threats – bald-faced lies repeated by media scoundrels instead of responsibly condemning the accusations.



Large-scale Beijing South China Sea aerial military exercises are underway. According to an air force statement, these type drills are “rehearsals for future wars and are the most direct preparation for combat” China hopes can be avoided.



Chinese naval vessels are conducting their own drills at the same time. According to military expert Song Zhongping, the “PLA (People’s Liberation Army) is committed to be battle-ready through simulated combat training.”



China expressed concern about repeated US provocations earlier, why its military preparedness is essential for self-defense.



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4 Dead As Hostage Standoff Ends At California Veterans Home

A standoff at a veterans home in Yountville, California, ended Friday night with the deaths of three female employees and the gunman who took them hostage, the California Highway Patrol said.

Police identified the shooter as Albert Wong, a military veteran they said was armed with a high-powered rifle. The gunman stormed the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in Napa County midmorning Friday during a farewell party for an employee. He exchanged gunfire with a Napa County sheriff’s deputy, then took three hostages into a room, where he stayed throughout the day. The others in the building fled.

The victims have been identified as Jennifer Golick, 42; Jennifer Gonzalez, 29, and Christine Loeber, 48.

Hostage negotiators were never able to contact Wong, 36, as law enforcement officers and a SWAT team circled the veterans home. Officers finally entered the building about 6 p.m. local time and found the four bodies, Chris Childs, assistant captain of the California Highway Patrol, said at a news conference late Friday.

“This is a tragic piece of news, one that we were really hoping we wouldn’t have to come before the public to give,” Childs said.

Childs thanked the deputy who confronted the gunman and prevented him from “going out and finding other victims.” The deputy was not injured.

Officers found the gunman’s rental car nearby, and a police dog indicated there may have been an explosive inside. “We found a cellphone, not a bomb,” Childs said. 

He did not say what kind of gun the shooter used or give a time of death for the gunman and the hostages. Authorities were reaching out to family members of the victims late Friday.

California state Sen. Bill Dodd (D) told reporters that the gunman was a participant in The Pathway Home, an independently run program on Veterans Home grounds that works with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder. The gunman was apparently “a veteran who served in the Middle East and has PTSD,” Dodd told ABC News. The man had been in the program since last year but had been asked to leave earlier this week, Dodd said. All of the victims had reportedly worked with the shooter in the Pathway program.

The standoff began after the county sheriff’s office responded to a call about 10:30 a.m. when a gunman walked into a party hosted by The Pathway Home.

Larry Kamer said his wife, Devereaux Smith, was one of about 10 to 15 people at the party when the gunman came in, according to The Associated Press. The gunman reportedly allowed everyone, including Smith, to leave except for the three people he took as hostages.

“Potentially” 30 shots were heard being fired, Veterans Home spokesman Joshua Kisser told HuffPost.

The Veterans Home is built on roughly 600 acres, making it the largest veterans home in the U.S., Kisser said. The facility, about an hour north of San Francisco, is home to about 1,000 retired service members. 

Jan Thornton, 51, said her father is a World War II veteran who lives in the skilled nursing section of the facility. She said staff immediately locked down the buildings, along with individual rooms, upon reports of an active shooter Friday morning. 

“I called my dad’s friend [who lives there] right away, because my dad has dementia and I didn’t want to panic him,” Thornton said, adding that her father was safe.

Brian Goder, a 59-year-old Air Force veteran who has lived at the Veterans’ Home for a little over two years, said he was walking to the dining hall when he was put on lockdown.

“As I was walking, people kept yelling ‘Sir! Sir!’ to me,” Goder told HuffPost. “I turned around and there were probably about a dozen police officers with ARs running past me.”

Ground and air ambulances were initially staged near the Veterans Home, police said. Police also cleared out the nearby Vintners Golf Club, which is open to the public.

“My poor dad,” Thornton said. “He saw enough of this at war. He doesn’t need to see this at home.”

Sarah Ruiz-Grossman contributed reporting. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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The Zio Deep State Media Conspiracy to Destroy Donald Trump and Make Him a Hostage President!

The Zio Deep State Media Conspiracy to Destroy Donald Trump and Make Him a Hostage President!

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Today Dr. Duke and Dr. Slattery talked about the rapidly unraveling Russiagate hoax. A new article from the Federalist called “The Media Stopped Reporting The Russia Collusion Story Because They Helped Create It” names the (((names))) of the overwhelmingly Jewish media contingent that built up this story of Russia hacking the election in collusion with Trump based on incestuous circular anonymous sources.

President Obama being (((interviewed))) by Atlantic editor-in-chief and former Israeli military prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg

This corroborates what Dr. Duke and Dr. Slattery have been talking about for over a year. The project of legitimizing the Trump presidency and preventing him from fulfilling his campaign agenda, including improving ties with Russia, has been a Jewish-directed affairs run out of the editorial offices of major news organizations.

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FBI Responds to Kidnapping by Killing the Innocent Hostage—Criminals Just Fine

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Houston – A community is shocked and searching for answers after an innocent father was tied up and taken hostage by men who claimed they were with “the cartel,” and then shot and killed by the same FBI agents who were supposed to rescue him.

Ulises Villadares was at home with his 12-year-old son when two men forced their way into the house with guns and took both Villadares and his son hostage. According to a report from Click2Houston, the men started by tying up the home’s residents and then searching for Villadares’ brother, who they claimed owed them $8,000.

The men then took Villadares from the home, leaving his son alone. They left the young boy tied up and told him that if he called the police, they would kill his father. The report noted that the boy was eventually able to free himself, and he reached out to a neighbor who let him call his uncle.

The uncle then received a call from an unknown number, with a man on the line claiming that he was with “El Cartel Del Golfo,” and that Villadares was being held for a ransom of $20,000. While the men who kidnapped him repeatedly said that they would kill him if anyone contacted police, it was not the gang members who murdered Villadares.

The Conroe Police Department was called, and they reached out to the FBI for assistance with the hostage situation. FBI agents tracked the anonymous call Villadares’ brother received to a nearby Best Western hotel.

Jimmy Tony Sanchez, 38, and Nicholas Chase Cunningham, 42, were arrested at the hotel, according to the report, and they now face charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Cunningham told the officers that Villadares was being held at his girlfriend’s house.

However, the details of what happened when officers arrived at the house, and why they opened fire on Villadares when he was tied up, are still not clear. Click2Houston reported:

“Investigators and the FBI went to the house where FBI agents made entry into the home where Villadares was being held. Court records indicate that authorities found Villadares’ with his hands bound with tape. According to sources, FBI agents accidentally shot Villadares. He was taken to LBJ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

Neighbors told Click2Houston that they heard multiple gunshots around 3 a.m. on Thursday. “We just heard gunshots. It was like four, pop, pop, pops,” one neighbor said.

Conroe Police Chief Philip Dupuis told KHOU News that Villadares’ son is in CPS custody and had not yet been told about this dad’s murder.

“The system failed, whether it was accidental or not, the man is not going home to his family,” Dupuis said.

The two men who kidnapped Villadares and the girlfriend who allowed him to stay as a hostage in her home could face capital murder charges—even though they did not shoot the man, according to Dupuis.

During a press conference, Houston FBI Public Affairs Officer Christina Garza admitted that there were several people in the home, including two children, when the FBI agents entered, and opened fire on Villadares.

The names of the FBI agent who is responsible for shooting and killing Ulises Villadares has not yet been released, and it is not clear if he will face any charges.

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MSNBC Touts Deported Immigrant, But Ignored Illegal Hostage Taker

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NY Times Review of Ivana Trump’s Book: Eek, We’re ‘Held Hostage by a Throbbing Blister’!

In May, The New York Times published two poison-pen reviews of Ivanka Trump’s book Women Who Work. Jessa Crispin (Twitter handle @theBookSlut) ranted it sounded like “the scrambled Tumblr feed of a demented 12-year-old.” So it’s not surprising that the Times would slam her mother Ivana’s new book Raising Trump, complete with her ex-husband described as a “throbbing blister.”

Does anyone wonder why the Trumps might think the Times has an animus against them?

The Sunday Times Book Review carried this attack on the front cover, by liberal Vanity Fair scribbler James Wolcott. Ivana’s book was reviewed alongside Jerry Oppenheimer’s new biography of the Kardashians. Wolcott notes that Ivana Trump boasts that her children Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka are all “faithful spouses, superb parents, accomplished business people and sterling assets during their father’s presidential campaign.” Wolcott finds that barely worth contemplating: he thought the title Raising Trump was all about “husband-wrangling.” 

I fear Ivana has mistimed her memoir and misread the mood of the troubled country, which isn’t interested in heartwarming holiday tales, family recipes, cute anecdotes about her trying to order a glass of Chablis at a Taco Bell, tips on teaching kids manners and the grown-up kids’ rote testimonials reiterating throughout the text what a swell mom she was and is (Ivanka’s initial entry has all the warmth and personality of a ribbon-cutting ceremony). We’re past the point of indulging hokum with a high thread count.

Uppermost on the reader’s inquiring mind is how Ivana’s intimate perspective might help us unlock how the slick wheeler-dealer who charmed and courted her when she arrived in Manhattan in the 1970s — “an all-American good guy,” her instincts told her — mutated over the decades into a president so seething with ignorance, malice, prejudice and destruction. Some hints, that is, of how we got into our present predicament of being held hostage by a throbbing blister.

The only positive mention comes when Wolcott suggests Ivana “might have been a more inspiriting first lady than the inscrutable, animatronic Melania.” Oddly, he claims that since Ivana grew up in communist Czechoslovakia, invaded by the Soviets to put down rebels in 1968, she might be tougher on the Russians than Melania….who, ahem, grew up in communist Yugoslavia, which wasn’t liberated from the Russian orbit until she was 21. 

When Ivana suggests her daughter could become the first female — and Jewish — president, Wolcott could only write “I’vana throw up.” 

Earlier: The New York Times gushes over the “candor” of Hillary’s whiny What Happened

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