Gunman who opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola was Saudi Arabian flight student by Zachary Halaschak

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Gunman who opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola was Saudi Arabian flight student
by Zachary Halaschak
December 06, 2019 12:53 PM
Updated Dec 06, 2019, 04:33 PM
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/man-who-shot-up-naval-air-station-pensacola-was-a-saudi-aviation-student

The suspect who killed three and wounded several others at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia.

Officials are investigating Friday’s shooting to determine if it was terrorism-related. The suspect was a foreign national named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani from Saudi Arabia who was in the United States for flight training.
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The U.S. Navy confirmed that the gunman and two other people were killed in the mass shooting, which took place in one of the base’s classrooms. Eight people were transported to the hospital where an additional victim died.

Two of those wounded in the shooting were deputies who engaged in a shootout with the man. One was shot in the arm and another in the knee, but both are expected to survive. The gunman was killed shortly before 8 a.m. by other responding law enforcement officers.

President Trump is monitoring the situation. He said in a tweet that he received a full briefing on the shooting and has spoken with DeSantis.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

Trump also said he spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Mohammed bin Salman who called to offer his sympathies after the attack.

“King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida,” Trump said.

“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people,” he added.

Speaking at the White House Friday afternoon Trump also briefly noted the call from King Salman.

Trump said the king told him that “the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter and that this person in no way, shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people, who love the American people so much.”

Trump didn’t offer any further details on the motive or the suspect but said that investigators are “getting to the bottom of it.”

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida also issued a statement over Twitter after the news about the suspect’s nationality.

“It’s possible today’s attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola was motivated by a personal grievance & not ideology, but it has many of the markings of an act motivated by international terrorism. We will know more very soon,” Rubio said.

NAS Pensacola has more than 23,000 military and civilian employees. It is one of the county’s oldest stations and home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team.

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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery” 07/30/2015

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Former US President Jimmy Carter speaks with the Associated Press following a press conference which outlined the initial assessments of the Carter Center’s election observation mission in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday, May 26, 2012. The Carter Center, which former President Carter founded, monitors elections world wide and deployed 102 observers to Egypt to monitor the Presidential elections that took place on the 23rd and 24th of May. While he expressed satisfaction with the overall order and peacefulness of the elections, he also cited concerns over restrictions placed on the delegation by the Egyptian authorities. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)
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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”
Jon Schwarz
July 30 2015, 7:09 p.m.
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Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United.

Transcript:

HARTMANN: Our Supreme Court has now said, “unlimited money in politics.” It seems like a violation of principles of democracy. … Your thoughts on that?

CARTER: It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members. So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election’s over. … The incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves. Somebody’s who’s already in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than somebody who’s just a challenger.

I’ve added Carter’s statement to this list of politicians acknowledging that money controls politics. Please let me know if you have other good examples.

(Thanks to Sam Sacks for pointing this out.)

In 2014: The US is an oligarchy, study concludes

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(Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans Photo: Bloomberg)

The US is an oligarchy, study concludes
Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters
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By Zachary Davies Boren
10:58AM BST 16 Apr 2014

The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

The report, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system.

After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile) and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite.

The peer-reviewed study, which will be taught at these universities in September, says: “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favour special interests and lobbying organisations: “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.”

The positions of powerful interest groups are “not substantially correlated with the preferences of average citizens”, but the politics of average Americans and affluent Americans sometimes does overlap. This is merely a coincidence, the report says, with the the interests of the average American being served almost exclusively when it also serves those of the richest 10 per cent.

The theory of “biased pluralism” that the Princeton and Northwestern researchers believe the US system fits holds that policy outcomes “tend to tilt towards the wishes of corporations and business and professional associations.”

The study comes in the wake of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a controversial Supreme Court decision which allows wealthy donors to contribute to an unlimited number of political campaigns.

Trump shares image of hero dog injured in Baghdadi raid By Maegan Vazquez, CNN

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Trump shares image of hero dog injured in Baghdadi raid
By Maegan Vazquez, CNN
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Updated 6:40 PM ET, Mon October 28, 2019
Trump shares image of hero dog who chased down Baghdadi

Washington (CNN)There are good dogs — and then there are hero dogs who chase down the world’s top terrorist to his fatal demise.
President Donald Trump said that a dog, part of the US operation that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend, was injured while chasing Baghdadi down a dead-end tunnel.
Trump declassified a photo of the dog on Monday afternoon, tweeting, “We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!”

The dog is believed to have been sent down the tunnel after it was feared that Baghdadi was wearing a suicide vest. Baghdadi was indeed wearing a suicide vest and detonated it in the tunnel, killing himself and three children.

The President said that the tunnel collapsed during the explosion. He also appeared to refer to more than one dog on the scene of the chase, saying Sunday morning that Baghdadi “reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down.”

The dog, part of the Army Delta force, which executed the raid, was believed to have been injured from an electrocution and is recovering, a US defense official said.

The President called the dog “beautiful” and “talented,” but so far its name and handler remain a mystery. Additionally, a description of the breed has not been released.

“It’s a Delta operation, we can’t tell you the name of the dog,” one defense official told CNN.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley also declined to name the K-9, saying that the dog is still “in theater” and returned to duty with its handler “so we are not going to release just yet photos or names of dogs or anything else.”

“We’re not releasing the name of the dog right now. The dog is still in theater. The dog, the K-9, the military working dog, performed a tremendous service as they all do in a variety of situations,” he said at a Pentagon news conference Monday.

The US military typically relies on German shepherds and Belgian Malinois.

This isn’t the first time American armed forces have relied on a dog for backup in operations targeting terrorists. In 2011, a dog named Cairo took part in the raid that led to Osama bin Laden’s death. Cairo secured the area around the bin Laden compound while Navy SEALs went in.
CNN’s Barbara Starr and Jamie Crawford contributed to this report.

This story has been updated.