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Marines and Soldiers Returning from Iraq not allowed into Oakland terminal. On September 27th 204 Marines and soldiers who were returning from Iraq were not allowed into the passenger terminal at Oakland International Airport. Instead they had to deplane about 400 yards away from the terminal where the extra baggage trailers were located. This was the last scheduled stop for fuel and food prior to flying to Hawaii where both were based. The trip started in Kuwait on September 26th with a rigorous search of checked and carry on baggage by US Customs. All baggage was x-rayed with a "backscatter" machine AND each bag was completely emptied and hand searched. After being searched, checked bags were marked and immediately placed in a secure container. Carry on bags were then x rayed again to ensure no contraband items were taken on the plane. While waiting for the bus to the airport, all personnel were in quarantined in a fenced area and were not allowed to leave.
Well; one side sees all sorts of Californication of our Soldiers and Marines, while the other thinks it is a bogus WingNut story along the lines of what Soros does on the Left.
Me? I think it is close to the middle. Just a clueless gov'munt bureaucracy that six years into a war still does not know what those silly people dressed in sand-blending clothes do for a living. Just read the Port Manager's excuse laden explanation.
The airport received information that the passengers were not TSA-screened at their originating airport and that weapons were on-board the aircraft. Together with our security partners, the airport made a decision to park this aircraft at a remote location on the tarmac. It is the responsibility of the charter airline that its operation is compliant with TSA screening requirements.Nothing sinister methinks. Just good people doing a difficult job not having a full clue. All done!
An analysis of the incident and prior correspondence between OAK’s Airside Operations and the ground handler determined that the airport did not receive clear communication in advance from the charter airline that was hired by the military.
I am out of town starting tomorrow for a convention. If you have any further inquiries about this incident and the way it was handled, Rosemary Barnes who is part of our Public Affairs team would be happy to speak with you. You may also call Joanne Holloway, the acting manager of the Port’s Community and Customer Relations Department.
Section 6. The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States. They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.
I'd like nothing more than Mouth Murtha to get his just due. I give credit to the Federal Judge that is at least prepared to question the limits of Article 1, Section 6 of the constitution. Unfortunately, there is no speach more protected than that of a Congress Critter.
Update via Findlaw
U.S. Supreme Court HUTCHINSON v. PROXMIRE, 443 U.S. 111 (1979) Indeed, the precedents abundantly support the conclusion that a Member may be held liable for republishing defamatory [443 U.S. 111, 128] statements originally made in either House. We perceive no basis for departing from that long-established rule. Mr. Justice Story in his Commentaries, for example, explained that there was no immunity for republication of a speech first delivered in Congress:
- Round three:
WASHINGTON - A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a defamation case brought by a Marine from Connecticut against Rep. John P. Murtha and ordered the Pennsylvania Democrat to give a sworn deposition in the case.Thus far charges against four Marines involved in the case have been dropped. According to the AP,
Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, from Meriden, is suing the 18-term congressman for alleging "cold-blooded murder and war crimes" by unnamed soldiers in connection with the deaths of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha
The investigating officer overseeing the Haditha case is expected to recommend soon whether Wuterich should stand trial.U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer...
...did not set a date for Murtha's testimony but said she would also require him to turn over documents related to his comments.It's beginning to look like Murtha is a cold blooded liar.
"You're writing a very wide road for members of Congress to go to their home districts and say anything they choose about private persons and be able to do so without any liability. Are you sure you want to do that?" Collyer said, adding later, "How far can a congressman go and still be protected?"
Collyer said she was troubled by the idea that lawmakers are immune from lawsuits regardless of what they say to advance their political careers.
No comment from Murtha yet. However, earlier this month,
JEFF GANNON: In May 2006, you said that Marines killed innocent Iraqis citizens in cold blood at Hatitha. A year later, some of them have been exonerated. At some point are you going to apologize to these men?In reality, charges were dropped before any trials even began.
REP. MURTHA: The trial's not over yet.
JEFF GANNON: You've spoken out before. You went on national television and called these men "cold blooded killers."
REP. MURTHA: The trial's not over yet.
And just cause it warms my heart to see my fellow GIs use him as a punching bag...
I'll never get tired of that one.All done!
Navy Cross recipient Sgt. Marco Martinez's new book, Hard Corps: From Gangster to Marine Hero, is about as gritty a book as NYC publishers will allow. The neck-breaking action comes, of course, in the combat scenes and also his portrayal of his former gang life. But you have to love this USMC bootcamp scene wherein Martinez is trying to get around the fact that he has a gang tattoo.
My interrogation would be conducted by a staff sergeant. These men knew gang tattoos like sports fans know jersey numbers. And unlike the gunny back at the MEPS, this man didn't need a reference manual. As soon as I rotated my torso to display my past, the staff sergeant instantly recognized my gang's markings.
"Are you a punk-ass gangster?" the staff sergeant demanded.
"Then why the f--k do you have a gang tattoo, ass?"
"I was stupid, sir. I'm here to change my life, sir."
"Martinez, you better not f--ck up my Corps."
I'd eked through again, but the same could not be said for the guy
right after me.
"What the f--ck is that?" I heard the staff sergeant yell. "Is that a f--cking
swastika? Get the f--k out of my office, you piece of s--t!"
A DI quickly came and escorted anti-Semite swastika boy through the doors where all the other
nonhackers went. It was at about this point that I thought I would pass out from sleep deprivation.
My cell phone rang...
Actually, the area of my cell phone was vibrating just as we were walking into "The Kingdom" (more on that later). I was originally going to ignore the fuzzy buzzing, but as I was just inside the doorway, I looked to see who was calling. I didn't recognize the area code, but there were those last four numbers telling me it was coming through a DoD switching station. We'd become accustomed to those last four numbers when Noah and Our Guys were in Iraq the last time.
At first, there was that pause and fleeting moment of confusion 'cause, of course, Noah's not there, he's here... and just as quickly I knew it was someone calling from The Sandbox. Having had one of those calls once, my heart did a quick uptic in beats as I reversed course back out to the lobby, flipped open the phone and said, "Hello?"
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