The Public Wants Heads To Roll At FBI.

Robert Massimi.

People blame the NRA, Trump and gun laws but bad people will always find a way to have guns, leaving law abiding citizens without them. The fact is, Obama did nothing about gun control, he talked about it but did nothing.

Both sides need to come together and come up with a solution to this vast problem. In the meantime, the FBI dropped the ball on Parkland and the public want answers as well as heads to roll at the inept FBI. People are angry that millions are spent on the Russian collusion and little is done to protect schools.

 

Politics

Trump blasts FBI over Parkland shooting, says ‘too much time’ spent on Russia probe

President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested the FBI was “spending too much time” on the Russia investigation when it failed to follow up on a tip about a man who would go on to kill 17 people at a Florida high school this week.

“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable,” Trump said in a Tweet shortly after 11 p.m.

“They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!” the president said on Twitter.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion with anyone connected to the Trump campaign. On Friday the indictments of 13 Russian nationals were announced.

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Trump’s Saturday tweet came hours after survivors of Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rallied against the gun lobby and called for gun control, and criticized Trump and others for offering what they said was little more than thoughts and prayers.

Alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested and has confessed to the shooting, according to a police affidavit. His state-appointed defense attorney said Friday that Cruz is willing to plead guilty to life without parole in order to be spared the possibility of a death sentence.

Trump on Thursday on Twitter appeared to suggest that members of the community did not do enough to warn people of Cruz’s behavior. The FBI confirmed Friday that someone did warn the agency weeks before the shooting, but it wasn’t properly followed up.

Related: At rally, Parkland shooting survivors rail against gun laws, NRA and Trump

The FBI said Friday that someone who knew Cruz called an agency tip line on Jan. 5 and left information about Cruz’s “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”

That tip should have been “assessed as a potential threat to life” and forwarded to the bureau’s Miami field office for investigation, but “these protocols were not followed,” the FBI said.

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Trump’s Saturday night tweet about the FBI, the shooting, and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election comes a day after Mueller announced the indictments of 13 Russian nationals.

The indictment says that some of those defendants “communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign.”

Trump also reacted to comments his National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster made earlier regarding Russian interference.

“General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems,” the president tweeted.

Related: After Parkland school shooting, hundreds attend nearby gun show in Miami

McMaster had told delegates at the annual Munich Security Conference that “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible” of Russian cyber-meddling.

The White House had said in a statement the investigation indicates there was “NO COLLUSION” between the campaign and Russia. But the indictments did not clear the campaign, and Mueller’s investigation continues.

Trump’s Saturday night tweets weren’t the only ones the president made that mentioned issues raised in the aftermath of the high school shooting, but which also seemed aimed at politics.

Earlier Saturday, after the rally held by survivors calling for action on guns, the president tweeted “why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration,” adding, “Because they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!”

Trump last February quietly rolled back a contentious Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to buy guns.

News

Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers

WASHINGTON — Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday.

The postcard verification is Facebook’s latest effort to respond to criticism from lawmakers, security experts and election integrity watchdog groups that it and other social media companies failed to detect and later responded slowly to Russia’s use of their platforms to spread divisive political content, including disinformation, during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Facebook revealed the plans a day after U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed an indictment accusing 13 Russians and three Russian companies of conducting a criminal and espionage conspiracy using social media to interfere in the election by boosting Republican Donald Trump and denigrating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

INTERACTIVE Russia timeline: Key players, meetings and investigation details

The process of using postcards containing a specific code will be required for advertising that mentions a specific candidate running for a federal office, Katie Harbath, Facebook’s global director of policy programs, said. The requirement will not apply to issue-based political ads, she said.

“If you run an ad mentioning a candidate, we are going to mail you a postcard and you will have to use that code to prove you are in the United States,” Harbath said at a weekend conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State, where executives from Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google also spoke.

Author: nobullwithragingrobert

Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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