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Gulf Cartel Border City Turf War Kills at Least 20 Gunmen, Innocents in Week
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-War on Police-
Supreme Court rules for Border Patrol agent in suit filed by Mexican family over cross-border shooting
[FoxNews] A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of a Border Patrol agent who faced a lawsuit from parents of a Mexican child he killed in a June 2010 cross-border shooting.

Jesus Mesa Jr. and the parents of 15-year-old Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca gave different accounts of what happened, with the parents claiming the teen and his friends were playing a game where they ran back and forth across the border, and Mesa claiming they threw rocks at him during an illegal border-crossing attempt. The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling said that regardless of the circumstances, precedent regarding lawsuits against officers, known as "Bivens claims," does not apply to cross-border shootings.

"As we have made clear in many prior cases," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion, "the Constitution’s separation of powers requires us to exercise caution before extending Bivens to a new 'context,' and a claim based on a cross-border shooting arises in a context that is markedly new."

In the 1971 opinion Bivens v. Six Unknown Fed. Narcotics Agents, the Supreme Court held that a person claiming they were unlawfully arrested and searched could bring a lawsuit under the Fourth Amendment, even if there was no statutory basis for it. In Tuesday's opinion, Alito noted the high standard of extending Bivens to a "new context" and gave several reasons why it was inappropriate in this case.

The first factor was the impact a lawsuit in such a case could have on foreign relations.

"A cross-border shooting is by definition an international incident; it involves an event that occurs simultaneously in two countries and affects both countries’ interests," Alito wrote. "Such an incident may lead to a disagreement between those countries, as happened in this case." The U.S. had determined that Mesa should not face criminal charges or be extradited to Mexico.

“To avoid upsetting the delicate web of international relations, we typically presume that even congressionally crafted causes of action do not apply outside our borders," the opinion said. “These concerns are only heightened when judges are asked to fashion constitutional remedies. Congress, which has authority in the field of foreign affairs, has chosen not to create liability in similar statutes, leaving the resolution of extraterritorial claims brought by foreign nationals to executive officials and the diplomatic process.”

Alito also pointed to concerns with the court getting involved with matters of national security.

"Since regulating the conduct of agents at the border unquestionably has national security implications, the risk of undermining border security provides reason to hesitate before extending Bivens into this field," he said.

The court also pointed to Congress' history of not awarding damages in cases against federal officials where the injuries took place outside the U.S. While Mesa was on American soil at the time, Hernández was on the Mexican side of the border when Mesa shot him.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hooray! Progress.
Posted by: Lex || 02/26/2020 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  claiming the teen and his friends were playing a game where they ran back and forth across the border

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/26/2020 7:05 Comments || Top||

#3  playing a game where they ran back and forth across the border throwing rocks and concrete chunks at border agents while running interference for smuggling cartels. Saw that show and the sequel.
Posted by: Count Galeazzo Untervehr7098 || 02/26/2020 7:34 Comments || Top||

#4  What #2 Alan said.
Posted by: Barbara || 02/26/2020 20:34 Comments || Top||

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Defense team of #Nigeria's #SheikhIbrahimZakzaky has expressed deep concern that the government is stalling his trial
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

'Army not recruiting ex-Boko Haram members,' says Group
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

#1  why would they
Posted by: Chris || 02/26/2020 11:58 Comments || Top||

NAF set to dislodge bandits in Niger
[PULSE.NG] The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said it was battle ready to collaborate with other security forces to end banditry and other forms of criminality in Niger.

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff (CAS), made this known during an inspection of the air force facilities in Minna, Niger.

The CAS also paid a courtesy visit on Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger at Government House, Minna.

"I have inspected our equipment and personnel on ground, I must tell you that we are combat ready to tackle the security challenges in parts of Niger state.

"The NAF will give air support to the army, police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps and others to ensure that we end the activities of suspected bandidos in the state,’’ he said.

Abubakar who was satisfied with the equipment and personnel deployed for the operation "Gama-Aiki" said "we are ready."

He said that the air force would collaborate with other security agencies to tackle the menace.

"We will continue to do our best to make sure that these criminal elements terrorising parts of the state are flushed out from their hideouts," he said.

The CAS assured the governor that NAF would deploy its medical personnel for free medical care to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state, as a result of incessant bandidos attacks on their communities.

Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

Relief and donor agencies are preparing to suspend aid to #Houthi controlled areas in #Yemen
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Britain: Jerusalem construction 'undermines future Palestinian state'
[Arutz 7] - ..."Settlement construction in these highly sensitive areas undermines the viability of a future Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. The UK’s position on Israeli settlements is clear: they are illegal under international law and damaging to renewed efforts to launch peace negotiations. We urge Israel to reverse this decision immediately," he added.
Perfidious AND perceptive?
The English government bureaucracy is just bursting out all over today. Prime Minister Johnson would be wise to crack down immediately on such nonsense, or he will end up reigning rather than ruling.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2020 03:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And that is a bad thing?
Posted by: JFM || 02/26/2020 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Spain has the same feelings about any British constructions in the Gibraltar Zone...
Posted by: magpie || 02/26/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Britain: Jerusalem construction 'undermines future Palestinian state'

And...? As JFM says...maybe actions have consequences and the Paleos should've taken the old offered deals? Consider it a hard lesson of life
Posted by: Frank G || 02/26/2020 11:59 Comments || Top||

#5  O England, your greenswards and woods,
Bright meadows and dark, concrete hoods,
Were all very well
Till your heads went to hell
And you builded an Anglican Quds.

But since you've gone and done it... what's absorbing a few million Pals compared to absolution for the B.D. and all that, wot?
Posted by: Omuling Lumplump2121 || 02/26/2020 12:07 Comments || Top||

#6  It just reduces the greenhouse destruction backlog on the Paleo-animals…..
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/26/2020 13:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Worst case scenario Israel is building homes that would be transferred to Palestinians.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/26/2020 14:12 Comments || Top||

#8  1) International law is a myth, just agreements and treaties.
2)There is no East Jerusalem.
3)There is no British Empire.
4) Britain can't re-draw map boundaries any more.
5) Britain can't enforce its will.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 02/26/2020 18:02 Comments || Top||

#9  Worst case scenario Israel is building homes that would be transferred to Palestinians.

...who would then pound them into dust instead of moving into them. We saw what happened to the state of the art greenhouses in Gaza.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/26/2020 21:14 Comments || Top||

Sanders considers moving U.S. embassy back to Tel Aviv if elected
[YNet] - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said at a party debate Tuesday that he would consider moving the U.S. embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv if elected president.

When asked at the South Carolina event to address U.S.-Israeli relations and whether he would move the American Embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv, Sanders said, "The answer is it’s something we would take into consideration."

The Vermont senator took pride in his Jewish heritage and then went on to attack Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, labeling him a "reactionary racist."

"I am very proud of being Jewish," Sanders said. "I actually lived in Israel for some months, but what I happen to believe is that right now, sadly, tragically, in Israel, through... Netanyahu, you have a reactionary racist who is now running that country."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2020 03:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [453 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I suspect that you and tw have already explained this using one-syllable words, but tell me again why any American Jew in his right mind would think about voting for Sanders?
Posted by: Matt || 02/26/2020 7:22 Comments || Top||

#2  ^why any American Jew in his right mind
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2020 7:31 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ See the term "Useful Idiot". More devout in worshiping the United Front of the Left than their own group's interests and/or religion.
Posted by: magpie || 02/26/2020 9:49 Comments || Top||

#4  You can think of this as 2000 years of Stockholm syndrome.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Why should someone's religion determine what they think about a foreign country?

Is a Catholic president supposed to put the Vatican's interests first? That was one of the major arguments against electing JFK.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/26/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||

#6  I think JFK was as much a Catholic as Bernie is a Jew.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#7  To be fair, I don't think the pope lets his Catholicism get in the way of his policy.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2020 11:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Israel is a foreign country just like Mexico, Hungary, or Japan. Ally or not, imagine a US president putting their interests before our own. Just because he's the same religion as them? Insanity.

And since when do countries have state religions anyway? Isn't that something that went out centuries ago, for very well-founded reasons? Separation of church and state is a sound principle.

AMERICA FIRST. I don't get what's so hard to understand about this concept.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/26/2020 12:03 Comments || Top||

#9  Don't feed the troll.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2020 12:17 Comments || Top||

#10  We get it. You don't like Jooos or Israel. They are, however, a pretty-dependable ally and security cooperator, national and international. Keep up the self-defeating agitprop
Posted by: Frank G || 02/26/2020 12:17 Comments || Top||

#11  NO foreign country comes before America, ever. I don't care if you share their religion or not. Every country looks to its own interests and putting our interests last in favor of foreigners is what led us to the huge problems we have today.

Somehow I think more of the same isn't the solution. A change is needed, a clean break.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/26/2020 12:43 Comments || Top||

#12  Why should someone's religion determine what they think about a foreign country?

Would it be rude to mention Islam?
Posted by: SteveS || 02/26/2020 12:44 Comments || Top||

#13  I think what Herb is saying is that George W. should have just nuked everything from Saudi to Pakistain, but let his Christian beliefs put foreign civilian lives ahead of US policy, the world would be peaceful, especially considering all those countries' governments operate according to their state religion of Islam.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2020 12:55 Comments || Top||

#14  Just started Raymond Ibrahim’s’s book Sword and Scimitar. It makes it pretty clear why religion is a key concern in foreign policy opinions. And as for America First, absolutely, and America’s good friends a close second. After all the decades of trying to find a solution, why are we still talking about this.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 02/26/2020 12:56 Comments || Top||

#15  You're feeding the troll. Didn't you even notice how he changed the subject from Bernie "anti-Zionism" to "NO foreign country comes before America, ever."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2020 13:17 Comments || Top||

#16  Since when does shutting down argument ever result in more wisdom?

I look forward to having my views challenged! I enjoy argument!

What I don't enjoy is whataboutism and name-calling. People who do this know their arguments can't win in an open marketplace of ideas. They have to have complete control over the conversation to stay afloat. They always have to push for a situation that makes it harder for any voice but theirs be heard.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/26/2020 13:56 Comments || Top||

#17  Brandolini principle.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/26/2020 14:09 Comments || Top||

#18  It was intersting to see the moderators try to pin warren down on that question. They really wanted an answer.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/26/2020 14:13 Comments || Top||

#19  the real question is not why an American jew would support Israel or not, but why any Jew would support Communist ideology.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/26/2020 14:14 Comments || Top||

#20  after all, National Socialism worked out so well for them
Posted by: Frank G || 02/26/2020 14:31 Comments || Top||

#21  Ref #16: Let us know if it gets too tough in here. None recently, but we have approved dozens of blogospheric transfers in the past. Please keep us posted. We are here for you.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/26/2020 14:40 Comments || Top||

#22  imagine a US president putting their interests before our own

Uh, Clinton?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/26/2020 14:40 Comments || Top||

#23  Imagine a leader unbound by the moralities of religion.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/26/2020 15:02 Comments || Top||

#24  Mmmm, Obama?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/26/2020 15:26 Comments || Top||

#25  Obama was loyal to Islam.
Posted by: Crusader || 02/26/2020 15:34 Comments || Top||

#26  Ref #16 Whataboutism is a fully acceptable and valid basis for argument.
Posted by: Ebboluns Shong6204 || 02/26/2020 15:54 Comments || Top||

#27  Like it was said by someone I cannot recall:

Nations do not have friends, but they may have common interests with other nations.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/26/2020 16:12 Comments || Top||

#28  There are no American flags or flags of any country on Judgement Day HM. In Christianity, Christ comes first. Get over it.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 02/26/2020 18:09 Comments || Top||

US sanctions 13 foreign entities for supporting Iran missile program
[AlAhram] The United States announced on Tuesday it was imposing sanctions on 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
for supporting Iran's missile program.

The State Department said the action included new sanctions against five firms or individuals in China and Turkey.

It named a Chinese individual sanctioned as Luo Dingwen and three Chinese entities as Baoding Shimaotong Enterprises Services Co. Ltd., Gaobeidian Kaituo Precise Instrument Co. Ltd., and Wuhan Sanjiang Import and Export Co. Ltd.

It named the Ottoman Turkish firm as Eren Carbon Graphite Industrial Trading Co. Ltd.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#Syria Army Gains: "Operations won't stop despite Turkey threats"
Posted by: Fred || 02/26/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Popcorn! Get your Popcorn and hot, roasted nuts!
Posted by: magpie || 02/26/2020 9:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Turkey is looking for a fight anywhere, anytime and the longer Erdoğan struts his stuff the sooner they'll get it.

Hint: Don't mess with Israel.
Posted by: jpal || 02/26/2020 11:12 Comments || Top||

#3  if Turkey was to comment their full time army with its best equipment then Syria wouldn't stand much of a chance

but if Turkey just gives its mercenaries used equipment and tells them to fight the Syrians, well that will end in a mess
Posted by: lord garth || 02/26/2020 21:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Syria has a bear friend
Posted by: Frank G || 02/26/2020 22:12 Comments || Top||

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Wed 2020-02-26
  Gulf Cartel Border City Turf War Kills at Least 20 Gunmen, Innocents in Week
Tue 2020-02-25
  Hosni Mubarak sleeps with the pharaohs
Mon 2020-02-24
  Car drives into German carnival parade, around 30 injured
Sun 2020-02-23
  Last year Hezbollah received ~$700 million in funding
Sat 2020-02-22
   Erdogan confirms the presence of pro-Turkish Syrian fighters in Libya
Fri 2020-02-21
  Missile intercept by #Saudi forces in #Yanbu
Thu 2020-02-20
  Turkey asks NATO to provide air support for the operation in Idlib
Wed 2020-02-19
  Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll, Abdullah rejects results
Tue 2020-02-18
  LNA claims to destroy Turkish arms ship in Tripoli harbor.
Mon 2020-02-17
  24 Killed In Brutal Terror Attack On Burkina Faso Church; Local Pastor Targeted
Sun 2020-02-16
  Switzerland Thwarts Major Islamic State Terror Attack
Sat 2020-02-15
  Six Cartel Kidnappers Busted with Mexican Border City Victim in Trunk
Fri 2020-02-14
  US navy ship seizes 150 Iranian-manufactured anti-tank guided missiles after boarding a vessel in the Arabian Sea
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  Hafiz Saeed sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for terror financing
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  Sudan will hand over Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court

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