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Just checked for any news on the prison scandal. There's nothing - not a word to be found. Apparently then, there is no scandal. The information clampdown appears to be total; a trickle of stories for a few days after the initial reports, then no further news. Even more disturbingly, there's practically no one asking why there's no news. Meanwhile, the death toll has risen to three.
A recounting of the few facts available can be found in the local coverage of the memorial service for Gary Weston, one of the three murdered guards:
Little is yet known of the reasons for the attack, which also killed Kim Bigley, former warden of Shawnee Correctional Center. Officials are investigating the possibility the shooter had ties to Hamas, a militant Palestinian group. Some witnesses told journalists the man, Sgt. Maj. Ahmed Mustafa Ibrahim Ali, of Jordan, was smiling during the attack before he was killed by return fire.
Witnesses also said that Weston, the son of an Illinois State Police officer and entrepreneurial mother who owned shoe stores, pushed fellow officer Michelle Lindo of Michigan to the floor and out of harm's way. A few seconds later two bullets struck him in the head.
Lindo received only a bruise where Weston had forced her to safety.
Weston survived the terrible wounds, but never regained consciousness. He was flown home last week and spent several days in the hospital in St. Louis before family members made the decision to donate his organs.
On Monday, Weston's older brother, Ed, said the knowledge that at least four others benefited from that donation was helping ease the family's pain.
Though lacking any "new news" on the topic, Denis Boyels in NRO notes:
The Kosovo adventure, in which NATO bombed the civilian population of Serbia in order to protect Kosovar nationalists, then handed over the province to the U.N. and NATO for "peacekeeping" ? which turned out to mean allowing the Kosovars to slaughter Serbs and burn their ancient churches and monasteries, reached a low point a month ago when the U.N. forces were ordered to withdraw instead of defending Serbs against Kosovar mobs. But then it went even lower a couple of weeks ago when the peacekeepers started shooting at each other. Now, according to the BBC, the U.N.'s heroes in Kosovo are involved in sex trafficking, selling girls as young as 11 into sexual servitude.
No nude photos though, so no "pictures at 11".
But wait a minute, I thought the UN was the answer to all problems everywhere. You know, that multinational cooperation liberals love so much. I guess the UN is not the panacea many would have us believe it is.Posted by Shawn at May 13, 2004 06:24 PM
I'll repeat a question I instictively had based upon the published "news" stories:
400 rounds from a single weapon? Did he have 30 round magazines, the most commonly used size? If so, this represents 14 magazines of amunition!! Assuming burst fire (90 rounds per minute), this also represents four and a half minutes of actual rock-and-roll time. The assertion that his "colleagues ... helped him by feeding his weapon as he fired" is absurd to anyone familiar with the weapon, unless they got it wrong and Ali was Rambo-ing an M-60. It seems far more likely to me that these "colleagues" were active participants to get this much ordnance on target (or, in their case, mostly near target).
It just seems to me that anyone with any knowlege of weapons would have asked the same questions prior to publishing. Of course, that assumes there was someone in the news room who either has actually fired a weapon or is honest enough to understand the limits of their knowlege and ask someone questions.Posted by submandave at May 13, 2004 07:01 PM
Thanks for your vigilance on this. We need to start raising some hell about this. Let's make the media start responding to OUR outrage for a change.Posted by Posse Inictatus at May 13, 2004 07:04 PM
Submandave, didn't you read that this was done with an Evil Assault Weapon (TM)? Everybody knows that those things just keep firing and firing as long as you hold down the trigger. And we know from Hollywood movies that they don't have to be reloaded - the bullets just keep spraying out.Posted by Roger Ritter at May 13, 2004 07:25 PM
What a quagmire--how could we let a Democratic president lead us into such a mess? and where are the congressmen calling for us to get out?Posted by CJ at May 13, 2004 08:19 PM
Maybe someone should let the Pope know about this?Posted by Tim at May 13, 2004 08:53 PM
Shawn!! Where did you learn the word "panacea?" Don't you mean pancake. Us folks who lean more conservative are idiots and moroons. I seen it in the papers. You quit using words you don't no nuthin' bout an stick to beeliving yor betters!Posted by JD at May 13, 2004 09:55 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(7) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)