Reckless endangerment is a crime consisting of acts that create a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. The accused person isn’t required to intend the resulting or potential harm, but must have acted in a way that showed a disregard for the foreseeable consequences of the actions.
President Barack Obama’s lax immigration policies are inviting another massive jihad attack similar to the 9/11 atrocity, says Kenneth Palinkas, president of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees’ union.
not sufficiently strict or severe, careless
Obama’s deputies are “lessening the vetting of each and every alien who applies for permanent residency or citizenship in the U.S.,” Palinkas said in a statement Tuesday.
“By not scrutinizing each and every applicant to the fullest extent possible to ensure America’s security, we invite an even more catastrophic event than what occurred on 09/11/2001,” he said.
Obama’s rollback of security checks means that “it is more than likely that any attack from terrorists will come from within the borders of the U.S., and it is further likely that ISIS or Al Qaeda would try to launch these attacks by obtaining a visa or working with elements already here on visas,” he said.
Numerous legal immigrants have launched, or tried to launch, jihad attacks in the United States.
In April 2013, for example, two ethnic Chechen Muslim refugees detonated bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three victims. They also killed a cop as they fled.
This month, three more migrants were arrested in Brooklyn for planning jihad attacks in the United States.
“Our current immigration system leaves us vulnerable to terrorist threats and terrorism in general by providing entry avenues for people sworn to destroy America… We must remain diligent and not continue lessening our guard against extremists who seek to destroy this nation,” Palinkas said.
“We must not govern based on politically correct clichés about relaxed immigration that only serve to weaken the country.”
The statement was released shortly before Sen. Jeff Sessions held his first hearing on immigration issues at the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest on Tuesday.
Sessions is a major advocate for reduced immigration, and was recently bumped from the top slot in the Senate’s budget committee.
The hearing is about the administration’s management of the USCIS agency. –Neil Murdo, The Daily Caller
Two Chinese provinces report new H7N9 cases
(CIDRAP) Two of China’s provinces—Anhui and Guangdong—reported new H7N9 avian influenza infections today, according to official reports translated and posted by FluTrackers, and infectious disease news message board.
Anhui province’s patient is a 50-year-old man from Chaohu who had contact with live poultry before he got sick. His H7N9 infection was confirmed yesterday, and he is being treated in the hospital.
Guangdong province’s latest case-patient is a 36-year-old woman from Chaozhou whose illness was confirmed yesterday. She is hospitalized in critical condition.
FluTrackers said two Mar 1 H7N9 cases from Zhejiang province reported yesterday by Macau’s health department, both involving children, have been retracted. Given that development, the new cases reported today keep the global total from H7N9 at 622, according to a case list maintained by FluTrackers.
Mar 3 FluTrackers thread on Anhui case
Mar 3 FluTrackers thread on Guangdong case
FluTrackers H7N9 case list
Source: CIDRAP – Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Saudis report another MERS case, raising March total to 12
Saudi Arabia reported another MERS case today, raising the count for the first 3 days of March to a dozen, 11 of which occurred in Riyadh.
The case involves a 70-year-old Saudi woman in Riyadh who has a preexisting disease and is in critical condition, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported. She is not a healthcare worker and has no history of recent exposure to other MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases, but possible animal exposure is under investigation.
The new case increased the MOH’s cumulative MERS tally to 932 cases, including 400 deaths, 503 recoveries, and 29 patients still under treatment. The latter figure includes two patients on home isolation.
The 12 cases reported so far this month follow 75 cases reported in Saudi Arabia in February, but just 20 cases in January.
February marked the third most active month of the past 11 months for MERS in Saudi Arabia, according to an analysis posted today on ProMED-mail, the reporting service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.
ProMED Deputy Editor Marjorie P. Pollack wrote that data on the MOH site show that 209 cases were reported in May 2014, during a springtime MERS surge, and that partial data for April 2014 show 177 cases. In October there were 36 cases, but all other months since last spring were marked by fewer than 30 cases, according to Pollack.
She noted that 22 of the 86 cases reported from Feb 1 through Mar 2 involved contact with MERS in a healthcare setting, pointing to ongoing transmission in hospitals and clinics. In addition, 10 of the 86 patients were exposed to camels or camel products in the 2 weeks before their illness.
Mar 3 MOH statement on new case
Mar 3 ProMED-mail post on MERS cases
Source: CIDRAP – Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Technological Hazard – Nuclear Reactor Shutdown
North America – USA | State of Illinois, Ogle County, Rockvale Township, Byron Station, Unit 1
Location: 42°04’27.0″N 89°16’55.0″W
Present Operational Age: ~30years
Damage Level: Non- Emergency (Hot Shutdown)
Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 04 March, 2015 at 04:16 (04:16 AM) UTC.
One of the two units at the Byron Generating Station automatically shut down Tuesday morning, according to an Exelon Corporation spokesman. Unit 1 shut down at 11:01 a.m., according to Paul Dempsey, who covers Nuclear Communications with the company. “This did not impact local power service to customers,” said Dempsey. Dempsey said a large chunk of ice was found underneath the unit’s transformers leading them to believe an “ice intrusion” interrupted power to it. “It was a very icy this morning, even in our parking lot,” said Dempsey. Workers have also checked to see if ice is a problem on the still functioning Unit 2 at the plant. “Even if Unit 2 went down as well right now, it would not affect local service because of the way it’s set up,” said Dempsey. The automatic shutdown is designed to be a safety mechanism, said Dempsey, who said there is no timetable of when Unit 1 will be back online. He said crews will be working shifts to make the necessary repairs. According to Exelon’s website, “Byron Generating Station, like all U.S. nuclear energy facilities, is based on a “defense-in-depth” design, which means there are redundant layers of safety. There are multiple layers of safety systems to provide water to the reactor core. These safety systems, and their backup safety systems, are powered by multiple and redundant power sources. Nuclear energy plants are built with multiple physical barriers, including thick, steel-reinforced concrete walls around the reactor to contain radioactive materials.” The plant is located in Ogle County about 30 miles south of Rockford. Together, the units provides electricity for about 2.3 million homes.
Source: RSOE EDIS
Israel’s prime minister delivered a sober reminder of the risks of dealing with Iran—and painted Obama as naive in the process.
Congressional Republicans haven’t had many victories in their lasting conflict with President Obama, but Tuesday brought one. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s somber, provocative speech to Congress checked all the boxes.
It called into question the efficacy of any deal the administration might strike with Iran over its nuclear program; it likely renewed momentum for another round of Iranian sanctions on the Hill; it positioned the GOP politically as the party more worried about Israeli security, and, despite the White House’s best efforts, made the president appear petty and churlish.
Obama, in an interview with Reuters, had dismissed the speech as a “distraction,” and aides made sure everyone knew he would be too busy to watch it. But if the president didn’t cast an eye at a TV, he might have been the only person in Washington not to. And that’s the problem.
For weeks, the White House has worked steadily to write the speech off as a thinly veiled Republican ploy to undermine the delicate negotiations with Iran. But network coverage treated it for what it was: the head of state of a critical ally delivering a controversial address on American soil. That served the interests of both House Speaker John Boehner, who was the impetus behind the speech, and Netanyahu, elevating both of them while key Democrats such as Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren stayed offstage.
Netanyahu was hailed in the House chamber like a conquering hero. The moment felt, well, presidential. He smartly rose to the occasion by taking time to thank Obama’s various and sometimes underpublicized efforts on Israel’s behalf. “I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support,” he said.
Then, to little surprise, he quickly reminded Congress and the public at large of Iranian threats to annihilate Israel and kill its citizens. But beyond that, he painted a picture of a global, existential struggle against religious extremism using the kind of loaded language that Obama won’t touch. He said Iran is a regime “hijacked by religious zealots” who are on an ideological mission to wage “jihad.”
Netanyahu suggested that “Western diplomats”—such as Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, who is driving the talks—are naive and are being charmed and duped by feints toward a nuclear agreement. The Iranian regime will always be “an enemy” of America. “Don’t be fooled,” he said. He said Iran is no different than ISIS, even though Iranian forces are fighting now to free the Iraqi city of Tikrit. “The enemy of your enemy is your enemy,” he said.
In that context, Netanyahu argued that any deal struck by Obama and Kerry would fail to significantly slow Iran’s nuclear program and instead would “guarantee” that Tehran would obtain nuclear weapons. He profoundly disagreed with administration assessments on how soon Iran could build a bomb if it chose to break the compact with the United States and its allies. He was dismissive of Obama’s belief that it isn’t realistic to expect Iran to completely dismantle its program.
The potential deal, Netanyahu said, “does not block Iran’s path to the bomb. It paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”
He called on the West to keep sanctions in place until Iran shifts in tone and behavior. “If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country,” he said. “This is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.” That prompted an ovation.
In short, Netanyahu accomplished everything Republicans wanted and the White House feared. Polls show that the American public is skeptical of Iran’s motives in striking a deal, and the Israeli prime minister stoked those suspicions. Obama has taken a large—and likely a legacy-defining—risk in advocating for the talks. And Netanyahu reminded the world of just how large a risk it is.
The president’s challenge in that regard just got tougher. And it doesn’t help that he didn’t bother to engage with Netanyahu at all. In the interview with Reuters, Obama clung to the notion that he didn’t want to affect the outcome of Israeli elections in two weeks, even as he suggested that Netanyahu’s judgment with regard to Iran couldn’t be trusted.
Yes, the speech to Congress was, at heart, a propaganda piece, one carefully orchestrated by Obama’s adversaries. But that didn’t make it any less effective. And it was one whose aftereffects this White House could be feeling for a long time. — James Oliphant via National Journal