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In a few minutes after posting this, I actually expect to be arrested.

Why?  This site is well monitored.

EBOLA virus is transferred through contact with body fluids..  I am not a Virus or infectious Physician.  But I can predict that if bodily fluids (saliva, etc.) enter the USA in person or containers, it could easily be spread at “Salad Bars” or Tyson Foods from Garden City, Kansas.

Dept. of Homeland Security is thankful I am not a terrorist.

Ken Dunwoody

kdunwoody2@aol.com

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Through a properly executed KORA request, NOlathe was able to retrieve documents that represent the agenda and items discussed at the Johnson County Board of Commissioners’ “Retreat” on February 10, 2011.  (Held off site and only announced prior that day.)

Now keep in mind this “Retreat” was held among the quiet halls of Johnson County Community College.  There is no digital recording of the meeting and there is no Transcript or Journal.  Notes taken by the attendees are not subject to KORA.  The premise of the “Retreat” is learning how “to work with each other”.  So let’s now look at what happened VERY shortly following the non-recorded meeting “Retreat”.

Taken from County Manager Weekly Report dated February 24, 2011. 37980902262011023435995  page 2

By eliminating the transcripts there is no longer any written record of discussions during any meeting.  Just like the “Retreats”.  The journals only record motions and votes. 

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Federal Court Denies DOJ Motion for Delay, Orders Release of Fast and Furious Documents List to Judicial Watch by October 22

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

“The government’s arguments for even more time are unconvincing.”

– U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on September 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that by October 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) must submit a “Vaughnindex” listing Fast and Furious materials Judicial Watch sought in its June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)).  A Vaughn index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.

On July 18, Bates ordered the Department of Justice to produce the documents list by October 1. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates denied a motion by the Obama DOJ that it be given until over an extra month, until November 3, to produce the Vaughn index. Judge Bates noted that the Justice Department’s request showed the Justice Department was, “at best, it means the Department has been slow to react to this Court’s previous [July 18, 2014] Order. At worst, it means the Department has ignored that Order until now.”

In its FOIA lawsuit, Judicial Watch sought all of the documents the Obama White House was withholding from the House of Representatives under its June 20, 2012, executive privilege claims. The House had been separately litigating to obtain the documents but had gotten nowhere until after Judge Bates ruled that the DOJ finally had to disclose the document information to Judicial Watch.  On September 9, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing Judicial Watch’s success, ordered the DOJ to begin producing information to Congress by November 3.

In denying the DOJ’s motion for an extension until the day before the November elections, Bates ruled, “The government’s argument for even more time is unconvincing,” and granted the government just 21 additional days to produce the Vaughn index to Judicial Watch.

Judge Bates cites three reasons for denying the Justice Department’s request and gave the agency until October 22 to produce the information – “and no further”:

The Department first points to Judge [Amy Berman] Jackson’s November 3 deadline in House Committee [lawsuit for DOJ Fast and Furious documents] … But this misreads Judge Jackson’s opinion. As that court reasoned, ‘[s]ince the deadline in Judicial Watch was set first, it makes sense for defendant to complete that effort and then turn his attention to the list that is due in this case’ … This rationale counsels against dramatically shifting the goalposts in this case.

The government argues next that the sheer volume of documents involved in this case requires additional time to produce a Vaughn index, and it relies on the declaration testimony of Allison Stanton, a Director of E-Discovery at the Department of Justice, to substantiate this claim … She produced her declaration as part of the House Committee case, and her testimony describes the Department’s difficulties in responding to the order in that case … Nowhere does Stanton mention the present FOIA litigation or this case’s (much less onerous) Vaughn index requirement.

Finally, the government argues that it must devote significant numbers of attorneys to this matter if it hopes to comply with the current Vaughn index deadline … But the Department has known about its Vaughn index obligations since July 18, 2014 … At best, it means the Department has been slow to react to this Court’s previous Order. At worst, it means the Department has ignored that Order until now.

Judge Bates ruled:

[S]eventy-five days—plus another twenty-one, based in part on Judicial Watch’s consent—is enough time for the government to prepare the index that this Court has ordered, given that this matter has been pending for over two years. The Court will therefore extend the Department’s Vaughn index submission deadline to October 22, 2014—and no further.

“The Obama administration failed to game the courts and now will have to account for its Fast and Furious lies.  Two federal courts have now rejected Eric Holder’s election-related ploy to keep this information from the American people,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This is a battle that put Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, saw Nixonian assertions of executive privilege by Barack Obama, and a hapless Congress in the face of all this lawlessness.  This latest court ruling shows again that Judicial Watch’s independent investigations and lawsuits are more effective than Congress and the rest of the media.  We are pleased we may get some accountability for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of others who lost their lives as a result of Obama’s Fast and Furious program.”

Operation Fast and Furious was a Justice Department/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gun-running” operation in which the Obama administration allowed guns to go to Mexican drug cartels in hopes that they would end up at crime scenes, thereby advancing gun-control policies. Fast and Furious weapons have been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of other innocents in Mexico. Guns from the Fast and Furious scandal are expected to be used in criminal activity for years to come.

Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt by the House of Representatives over his refusal to turn over documents about why the Obama administration may have lied to Congress and refused for months to disclose the truth about the gun-running operation.  It marked the first time in U.S. history a sitting Attorney General was held in contempt of Congress.

On June 20, 2012, the eve of the contempt citation, President Obama stepped in and invoked “executive privilege” over the Fast and Furious documents the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had subpoenaed eight months earlier.  This invocation, besides ensuring no disclosures would be made before President Obama’s reelection, also had the effect of protecting Holder from being prosecuted for contempt, because it is the “practice” of the DOJ to not prosecute contempt of Congress charges if the documents in dispute are being withheld pursuant to executive privilege claims.

Judicial Watch filed its FOIA request for the “executive privilege” documents just two days after President Obama made his unprecedented assertion of this presidential privilege. When the DOJ denied that request, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit on September 12, 2012.  On February 15, 2013, Judge Bates stayed the Judicial Watch lawsuit, in part to allow ongoing settlement discussions between the Justice DOJ and the House Committee to continue.  But on July 18, 2014, after a 16-month delay, Judge Bates ordered the DOJ to turn over to Judicial Watch a “Vaughn index” of all Fast and Furious materials by October 1 (the date, under this week’s court ruling, is now October 22).

Judicial Watch has filed several other FOIA lawsuits to obtain Fast and Furious scandal:

  • On October 11, 2011, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ and the ATF to obtain all Fast and Furious records submitted to the House Oversight Committee.
  • On June 6, 2012, Judicial Watch sued the ATF seeking access to records detailing communications between ATF officials and Kevin O’Reilly, former Obama White House Director of North American Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council.
  • On September 5, 2013, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ seeking access to all records of communications between DOJ and the House Oversight Committee relating to settlement discussions in the Committee’s 2012 contempt of Congress lawsuit against Holder. The contempt citation stemmed from Holder’s refusal to turn over documents to Congress related to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.
  • On May 28, 2014, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ on behalf of ATF Special Agent John Dodson, who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious and was then subjected to an alleged smear campaign designed to destroy his reputation.

 

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/11/politics/obama-yemen-somalia-airstrikes/

(CNN) — When President Barack Obama said that U.S. strategy to combat the terror group ISIS could follow the models of strikes in Yemen and Somalia, it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona took to the Senate floor Thursday to say the administration’s tactics in both of those countries had not succeeded and would be even less effective when used against ISIS.

“That is so disturbing, to think that a strategy against ISIS would be the same as against al Qaeda in Somalia and Yemen,” said McCain. “Yes, we have been killing with drones. But we have by no means defeated them,” he said.

He was responding to Obama’s speech Wednesday night: “This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

Another Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, told CNN Thursday that not only had the administration’s strategy in Yemen and Somalia come up short, but also that it was not the right template to apply to Syria.

“ISIL poses a risk very different from the risk posed by terrorists in those two countries,” Rubio told CNN, using an alternate acronym for the militant group. “ISIL is a terrorist group, but it has insurgent elements to it. They are working with people on the ground. They control territory. They’ve got funding, and they carry out military-style operations. They pose a much different risk.”

CIA: ISIS can ‘muster’ between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters

But the White House defended the comparison, saying that there have been some successes against both groups, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen and Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

“There is still more work to do in those countries. But what has been put in place is a counterterrorism strategy that has succeeded in degrading the threat, and making those organizations less capable of threatening the American people,” said spokesman Josh Earnest.

“In both of those situations, the President has selectively and strategically brought American military might to bear in support of those ground troops to mitigate and counter the threat.”

Over the past few years, the amount of territory that extremists control in Yemen and Somalia has indeed been rolled back. And several terrorist leaders in both countries have been killed by American strikes, including Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane, and AQAP’s No. 2, Said Ali al-Shihri, and top propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki.

A frightening, far-reaching new world of terror threats since 9/11

But Thomas Joscelyn at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies maintains the fight against AQAP has been no success story.

“AQAP is still planning attacks against the U.S. homeland,” Joscelyn said.

And the group’s top leadership is still mainly intact, he said.

“Naser al-Wahishi, who was groomed by Osama bin Laden to run an al Qaeda branch, has in fact been the emir with that organization for years now. He is still in place,” he said. “Many of his top lieutenants are still in place, including the chief theologians and the chief military officers.”

Boehner hits Obama for ruling out boots on the ground

Also still at large is AQAP’s master bomb-maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri. He is believed to be behind the nearly successful printer-cartridge bombs placed on American-bound planes in 2010, and the underwear bomb on a plane to Detroit in 2009.

“There’s concern now he may be sharing his bomb-making technology with jihadist groups in Syria,” said terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank.

Carrying out air strikes against ISIS could be even more difficult than against AQAP and Al-Shabaab, because while the governments of Somalia and Yemen have complemented American airstrikes by deploying ground forces against extremists, the U.S. has no such partner in Syria’s government. And according to Cruickshank, ISIS fighters are more inextricably mixed in with civilian populations in Iraq and Syria.

But he added that military action against extremists can be successful, even if it does not produce total victory.

“The more you can shrink the space they can operate, the more you can take out training camps so they can’t provide bomb-making instructions to Western recruits, you’re clearly then limiting their ability to plot terrorist attacks against the West.”

Still, he warned, “It’s going to be a long time before that capability to theoretically plot attacks against the West is going to be wiped out.”

Kerry: U.S. not at war with ISIS

September 21, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/world/middleeast/yemens-prime-minister-resigns-amid-chaos-and-another-cease-fire.html?_r=1

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Let’s start by taking a look at Overland Park’s code enforcement http://www.opkansas.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/726-property-maintenance.pdf with selected highlights below.

 

Next, look at the County’s assessment of King Louie at time of purchase and how $1,600,000 needs to be spent immediately.   Button Up

 Here is partial presentation supplied to the Commissioners 11/17/2011.

Under Kansas laws the definition of “reasonable person” appears several times.  So as a “reasonable person” I submitted a lawful KORA (Kansas Open Records Act) request to The City of Overland Park for violations of the above ordinance filed to 8788 Metcalf aka King Louie.  Expecting $100’s of dollars in expense for copying charges to me, I awaited a massive file.  Here is what I received 8788metcalf with the two most recent reports highlighted below:

Documents show that according to Overland Park with their extensive safety ordinance in place and functioning, a total of $1,450 was required to prevent condemnation or severe violation compliance from…

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JCSOJuly2nd-ResponsetoDiscussionPaper

Ask why the secrecy to nullify HOME RULE CHARTER here……………

County Chairman

Chairman

Ed Eilert
913-715-0500 | Bio | ed.eilert@jocogov.org

First District Commissioner

First District Commissioner

C. Edward Peterson
913-715-0431 | Bio | ed.peterson@jocogov.org

Second District Commissioner

Second District Commissioner

James (Jim) P. Allen
913-715-0432 | Bio | jim.allen@jocogov.org

Third District Commissioner

Third District Commissioner

Steven C. Klika
913-715-0433 | Bio | steve.klika@jocogov.or

Fourth District Commissioner

Fourth District Commissioner

Jason Osterhaus
913-715-0434 | Bio | jason.osterhaus@jocogov.org

Fifth District Commissioner

Fifth District Commissioner

Michael Ashcraft
913-715-0435 | Bio | michael.ashcraft@jocogov.org

Sixth District Commissioner

Sixth District Commissioner

John Toplikar
913-715-0436 | Bio | john.toplikar@jocogov.org

From: Cynthia.Dunham@jocogov.org
To: Kdunwoody2@aol.com
Sent: 7/15/2014 3:34:22 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: RE: Commissioner Ashcraft

Mr. Dunwoody:

As a follow-up to my prior email, attached JCSOJuly2nd-ResponsetoDiscussionPaper please find the Response to the Johnson County Auditor’s Discussion Paper, which was prepared by the Sheriff’s auditor, BKD. This Response was received subsequent to my prior email. Additionally, please note the restrictions on publication and reproduction set forth in BKD’s…

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Shortly after being sworn in as Chairman, Eilert and the County Manager conspired to eliminate written “transcripts” of official BOCC meetings.  After this was made public https://nolathe.net/2011/02/26/our-clear-and-present-danger/  NOlathe notified all Commissioners repeatedly that this was illegal to do without a vote.  NOlathe also offered to pay the $25,000 estimated annual expense to continue providing the necessary “transcripts” to no avail.  As a last resort we notified the BOCC that this was a violation of the ADA (Americans Disability Act) depriving the hearing impaired from information discussed during official BOCC meetings.
 
Now months later, Chairman Eilert puts a happy face on this fiasco and claims his leadership has solved a major and long standing problem.  The other six Commissioners sit as if they are hearing impaired, their silence with this debacle is deafening.
 
 

Closed caption option begins for County Commission meetings

POSTED: 2:16 pm CDT June 8, 2011
The June 9…

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