Saturday, November 22, 2014

New DHS immigration rules: Drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, gun offenders not top deportation priorities

New DHS immigration rules: Drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, gun offenders not top deportation priorities


The Department of Homeland Security has just released new "Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." Designed to fill in the details after President Obama's announcement that at least four million currently illegal immigrants will be given work permits, Social Security numbers and protection from deportation, the DHS guidelines are instructions for the nation's immigration and border security officers as they administer the president's directive.
The new priorities are striking. On the tough side, the president wants U.S. immigration authorities to go after terrorists, felons, and new illegal border crossers. On the not-so-tough side, the administration views convicted drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, and gun offenders as second-level enforcement priorities. An illegal immigrant could spend up to a year in prison for a violent crime and still not be a top removal priority for the Obama administration.

In the memo, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says his department must develop "smart enforcement priorities" to exercise "prosecutorial discretion" in order to best use his agency's limited resources. Johnson establishes three enforcement priority levels to guide DHS officers as they decide whether to stop, hold, or prosecute an illegal immigrant.

Priority One is the "highest priority to which enforcement resources should be directed," the memo says. The category includes "aliens engaged in or suspected of terrorism or espionage, or who otherwise pose a danger to national security." It also includes "aliens apprehended at the border or ports of entry while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States." In addition, any illegal immigrant convicted of an offense involving a criminal street gang, or convicted of a felony -- provided that immigration status was not an "essential element" of the charge -- is targeted. Finally, any illegal immigrant convicted of an aggravated felony is included in Priority One.
The guidelines say Priority One aliens "must be prioritized" for deportation unless they qualify for asylum or unless there are "compelling and exceptional" factors that indicate the alien is not a threat.
Priority Two offenders, whose cases are less urgent than criminals in Priority One, include the following:
aliens convicted of a "significant misdemeanor," which for these purposes is an offense of domestic violence; sexual abuse or exploitation; burglary; unlawful possession or use of a firearm; drug distribution or trafficking; or driving under the influence; or if not an offense listed above, one for which the individual was sentenced to time in custody of 90 days or more (the sentence must involve time to be served in custody, and does not include a suspended sentence)
DHS further defines a "significant misdemeanor" as an offense for which the maximum term of imprisonment is one year or less, but greater than five days. In addition, the guidelines contain a possible out for illegal immigrants accused of domestic abuse. "Careful consideration should be given to whether the convicted alien was also the victim of domestic violence," the guidelines say. "If so, this should be a mitigating factor."
Priority Two also includes "aliens convicted of three or more misdemeanor offenses, other than minor traffic offenses or state or local offenses for which an essential element was the alien's immigration status." But there's an important footnote to that. The three offenses must arise out of three separate incidents. If an illegal immigrant committed a single act that resulted in multiple misdemeanor charges, it would count as one charge for DHS counting purposes.
The guidelines say Priority Two aliens "should" be removed — not "must," as with Priority One — unless they qualify for asylum or there are "factors" indicating the alien is not a threat. It's a significantly lower standard than Priority One.
Finally, Priority Three includes those who have simply violated the nation's immigration laws seriously enough to have been issued a final order of removal. The DHS memo describes them as the "lowest priority for apprehension and removal." They can be allowed to stay not only if they qualify for asylum but also if, "in the judgment of an immigration officer, the alien is not a threat to the integrity of the immigration system or there are factors suggesting the alien should not be an enforcement priority." In practice, that could prove a remarkably lenient standard.
So there they are: the rules that will guide implementation of President Obama's new "prosecutorial discretion" policy. Illegal immigrants who are also terrorists are clearly a top priority, as they should be. Illegal immigrants who are drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, and gun offenders — not so much. In addition, an illegal immigrant can run up a significant number of misdemeanor convictions — not arrests, not charges, but convictions — and still fall short qualifying for deportation. The president's new policies will likely make a number of illegal immigrants who are also criminals very happy.

Who knew these were jobs Americans won't do?

Ten lies from Obama's illegal immigration policy speech


“The one [a president] can confer no privileges whatever; the other [the king] can make denizens of aliens, noblemen of commoners; can erect corporations with all the rights incident to corporate bodies.” 
– Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 69
Make no mistake about it. Obama’s illegal amnesty will not just apply to 5 million individuals. It will apply by default to all 12-20 million illegals in the country as well as the millions more who will now come here to enjoy the permanent cessation of borders and sovereignty.
Lie #1: Every President has Taken Executive Action on Immigration: No other president has ever issued an amnesty of anywhere near this scope, created it out of thin air, or built it upon a prior executive action instead of a statute. And in the case of President Eisenhower, his executive action was to deport 80,000 illegal immigrants. 
Lie #2: Illegal Immigrant Crossings are Down: Actually, this is the third straight year that border crossings have gone up, not to mention the entirely new wave from Central America. 
Lie #3: It does not grant citizenship or the right to stay here permanently: Under the royal edict, the work permits can be renewed every three years, and most likely, they will be renewed at the same 99.5% acceptance rate as DACA applications.  And once they get Social Security cards, they are going nowhere.  So yes, this is permanent.  And yes, they will be able to get green cards, which puts them on an automatic path to citizenship: “we are reducing the time that families are separated while obtaining their green cards.  Undocumented immigrants who are immediate relatives of lawful permanent residents or sons or daughters of US citizens can apply to get a waiver if a visa is available.”
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Lie #4: Only 5 Million: Make no mistake about it.  Obama’s illegal amnesty will not just apply to 5 million individuals.  It will apply by default to all 12-20 million illegals in the country as well as the millions more who will now come here to enjoy the permanent cessation of borders and sovereignty.  Given the numerous options for people to become eligible for amnesty, ICE and CPB will be restricted from enforcing the law against anyone because each individual has to be afforded the opportunity to present themselves and apply for status.  There is no way those who were here for less than 5 years will be deported and there’s no way the new people rushing the border and overstaying their visas will be repatriated.
Lie #5: Deport Felons: Obama claims he is going to focus on deporting felons. Yet, he has done the opposite.  36,000 convicted criminal aliens were released last year, 80,000 criminal aliens encountered by ICE weren’t even placed into deportation proceedings, 167,000 criminal aliens who were ordered deported are still at large, 341,000 criminal aliens released by ICE without deportation orders are known to be free and at large in the US.  Again, this is cessation of deportations for everyone. They are leaving no illegal behind.
...the bureaucracy will be flooded with applications of illegals, and those are the applications that will be prioritized, those families who came here legally will have to wait longer to be united. There is no longer an incentive to enter the legal immigration process.
Lie #6: Don’t deport families: Obama is playing the family card. It works like this: people are encouraged to come here illegally, Obama grants them amnesty, then their relatives all get to come, even though they would otherwise be ineligible under public charge laws.  Yet, at the same time, because the bureaucracy will be flooded with applications of illegals, and those are the applications that will be prioritized, those families who came here legally will have to wait longer to be united. There is no longer an incentive to enter the legal immigration process.
Lie #7: They have to pay taxes to stay: Aside from the absurd notion that they would turn someone away for not paying taxes, almost every one of these illegal immigrants lacks a high enough income to incur a net positive tax liability.  Hence, by paying taxes, he actually means they will collect refundable tax credits!
Lie #8: Background Checks: Just the thought of a criminal background check of people coming from the third world on a lawless program is a joke.  But the reality is that Obama has already done this with DACA, and 99.5% of applications were approved, including those of criminals.  
Lie #9: Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration at the Border: Obama promises to beef up resources at the border.  But as we’ve seen over the past few years, what good are more agents if they are explicitly intimidated into turning a blind eye.  Moreover, there is no promise to build a fence or implement a visa tracking system, so any talk of enforcement is an insult to our intelligence.  Moreover, he is unilaterally abolishing the Secure Communities program, the only successful interior enforcement program left after he abolished 287g state-federal cooperation in 2012.  At a time when we are facing threats from Islamic terror and deadly diseases, this invitation to the world will present a security nightmare.
Lie #10: Scripture tells us, we shall not oppress a stranger: It’s great to see him quoting the Bible for once, but nice try.  There are different variations of this verse throughout the Bible, but each one uses the Hebrew word “Ger” to describe what Obama translates as “stranger.”  A Ger is a convert to Judaism.  The commandment was not referring to people who illegally migrate to a nation state.  And more importantly, it is downright offensive to Americans to insinuate that not granting them benefits is tantamount to oppression, especially given the fact that they have been the biggest recipients of our generous legal system.  Moreover, if there is oppression taking place it is to the American taxpayer and worker and those who suffer from gangs like MS-13.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2014/11/top-10-lies-from-obamas-nullification-speech#sthash.edjumbzU.dpuf

Obama releases more dangerous Gitmo murderous Islamist thugs.

Guantanamo Bay prisoners released to Slovakia and Georgia included 'high risk' al-Qaeda members who traveled with Osama bin Laden and produced forged passports

  • One former detainee toured Afghanistan with bin Laden as he received pledges of obedience from terror cell leaders

  • Another was a prolific forger based in Iran who helped Islamist extremists cross into Afghanistan

  • A third was convicted in absentia for his role in a foiled terror attack aimed at killing American military personnel on an air base in Belgium

  • Five in all were sent this week to the nations of Georgia and Slovakia
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  • Most recent prison release leaves 'Gitmo' with 143 detainees

  • Men were called high-risk prisoners in classified 2008 Pentagon evaluations, but were reevaluated after Barack Obama became president and cleared to leave when a country could be found to take them

  • Obama famously pledged in 2008 to close the prison camp 

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Five prisoners released Thursday from the U.S. Navy prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba included hard-core al-Qaeda members who traveled and worked closely with terror leaders Osama bin Laden and Abu Zubaydah.
The move is being seen as part of the Obama administration's effort to shutter the military detention center, a promise the president made during his 2008 campaign but which he has yet to fulfill.
Although an administration task force found in 2009 that they no longer posed a great enough threat to keep behind razor wire indefinitely, classified documents demonstrate that only a year earlier they were deemed high-risk and likely to re-engage in hostilities against the United States and its allies.
In an April 2008 evaluation report, the Department of Defense determined that one of the men, 36-year-old Yemeni citizen Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, was 'a member of al-Qaeda who reportedly accompanied Osama Bin Laden throughout Afghanistan.'
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The U.S. Naval detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is a political hot potato, with President Barack Obama insisting it should be closed and congressional Republicans saying there's nowhere safe to send hardened al-Qaeda terrorists
The U.S. Naval detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is a political hot potato, with President Barack Obama insisting it should be closed and congressional Republicans saying there's nowhere safe to send hardened al-Qaeda terrorists
Former Guantanamo Bay detainees Hashim Bin Ali Bin Amor Sliti (left) and Husayn Salim Muhammad Al-Mutari Yafai (right) have been released to the government of Slovakia
Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim (left) and Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani (right) were sent to the nation of Georgia
Intelligence agents learned that he went with the 9/11 mastermind as he toured Afghanistan to receive 'bayat' – declarations of allegiance – from terror cell leaders. 
Less than a year before the Obama administration first reclassified him as a detainee who could leave, the Pentagon ruled that Ahmad Hakim was a 'high risk' prisoner, 'as he is likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interests and allies.'
He was also described in the report as having 'high intelligence value' to the United States. 
That assessment was based on the conclusion that he was 'a member of Abu Zubaydah's Martyrs Brigade, a Faisalabad [Pakistan] cell intended to conduct IED attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces.
A second released terror suspect, 37-year-old Husayn Salim Muhammad Al-Mutari Yafai, also from Yemen, was an al-Qaeda forger.
Another April 2008 Department of Defense report referred to him as 'an al-Qaeda facilitator located in Iran providing travel and false travel documents to Arab extremists attempting to enter Afghanistan.'
He, too, was deemed 'a high risk, as he is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies.'
Yafai, his assessment concluded, 'is an assessed al-Qaeda member who has information on al-Qaeda associated guesthouses and safe houses in Afghanistan and Iran.'
In January 2009 before Obama's task force met, the Pentagon declared in a supplemental report that he was 'a probable recidivist candidate.'
'If released without rehabilitation, close supervision, and means to successfully reintegrate into his society as a law-abiding citizen,' the addemdum read, 'it is assessed detainee would seek out prior associates and reengage in hostilities and extremist support activities at home and abroad.'
The reports covering Hakim and Yafai recommended 'continued detention under DoD control' for both men.
Yafai was released to Slovakia. Akim went to the former Soviet nation of Georgia.
Sliti, a 48-year-old Tunisian, was a member of an Islamist extremist organization called the Tunisian Combatant Group. 
His classified assessment revealed that in 2004, he was convicted in absentia on terrorism-related charges for his role in suicide attacks – 'including a foiled attack against U.S. military personnel at the Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium.' 
His jailers considered him a high-risk prisoner, writing in 2008 that he had 'holds anti-US sentiment and on more than one occasion has threatened to kill members of the guard force.'
An older assessment on another inmate released this week, written in 2004, concerned the 52-year-old Al-Dhabi, a Saudi- born Yemeni man.
He was trained to use rocket-propelled grenades and small arms at the Sadeeq terrorist camp in Afghanistan, the Pentagon found. And 'in Kandahar, the detainee and his family stayed in an apartment provided by the Taliban.'  
'This detainee is a member of Al-Qaeda and/or its global terrorist network,' the report concluded, adding that he 'has demonstrated a commitment to jihad, has links to key facilitators in Al-Qaeda's international terrorist network, has participated in terrorist training, likely participated in direct hostilities against the U.S. and coalition forces, and maintains the capability to continue to do so if released.'
The report's author, U.S. Army Brigadier General Jay Hood, wrote that Al-Dhabi's specialized terror training suggested that the only safe way to release him would be to transfer him to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he could be monitored intensely.
'He is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies,' Hood wrote 
The Defense Department reports, classified as 'SECRET,' were first released by the controversial Wikileaks website in 2011 but have since been lost in the Internet's staticky coverage of America's war on terror.
EMPTYING: The Obama administration has released nearly 100 Guantanamo Bay prisoners
EMPTYING: The Obama administration has released nearly 100 Guantanamo Bay prisoners
Leaving for what? Many released Guantanamo Bay detainees have returned to the battlefield in the Middle East, including one who is now in the ISIS leadership structure
California Republican Rep. Buck McKeon, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said Thurdsay that 'as long as detainees are rejoining the battlefield, these transfers must stop.'
“I have written to Secretary [Chuck] Hagel expressing my frustration and great concern over a new swell of recidivism. If just one U.S. soldier loses their life over these transfers, we will have failed in our duty to the American people.'
'What the Obama Administration is doing is dangerous and, frankly, reckless,' McKeon said. 'They have chosen many times to put politics above national security. It’s time they stop playing with fire and start doing what’s right. Until we can assure the terrorists stay off the battlefield, they must stay behind bars.'
Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, likely to be the next chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also slammed the White House for its latest move. 
'For years, we’ve seen the president put politics over America’s national security by releasing Guantanamo Bay detainees and transferring them to other nations,' he said in a statement. 
'Dangerous and, frankly, reckless': House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon blasted the White House
'Dangerous and, frankly, reckless': House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon blasted the White House
'These are dangerous terrorists who will continue to plot ways to harm and kill Americans, just like previous detainees released to foreign countries who have reengaged in terrorism.'
Obama, he said, 'seems more occupied with efforts to fulfill a campaign promise than ensuring these terrorists cannot rejoin the fight.'
Guantanamo Bay now holds 143 prisoners, about 100 fewer than the number when Obama took office. 
Congress had repeatedly prohibited the release of any inmate to domestic American prisons and put tight restrictions on other releases as well. But those limits were mostly lifted in December 2013, and more of what the White House and the Pentagon call 'resettlements' are expected before the end of the year.
Another 74 prisoners at Guantanamo have already been cleared to leave. Fifty-five got the green light from an Obama-appointed task force in 2010. 
'These men were approved for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force,' the Pentagon said Thursday in a press release.
Overall, 620 detainees have been released from the prison camp; 107 have returned to the battlefield and another 77 are suspected of doing so, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 
One of the confirmed terrorist fighters who returned to the Middle East, Abdul Raheem Muslimdost, was determined to no longer be an 'enemy combatant' in 2006, during the George W. Bush administration. A Pakistani newspaper reported this year that he is now among several Pakistanis with leadership positions in the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. 
The Associated Press reported Thursday that U.S. State Department envoy Clifford Sloan has been trying to persuade countries to accept prisoners from Guantanamo.
Three were sent to Georgia and two to Slovakia. Those countries now hold a total of 16 former terror detainees once held at the prison.
'We are very grateful to our partners for these generous humanitarian gestures,' Sloan said in a statement.
'We appreciate the strong support we are receiving from our friends and allies around the globe.'  

The entitlement mentality Sandra Fluke award winner

Suing mom and dad

What is it about kids in New Jersey suing their parents for tuition? 
Last fall, Rachel Canning walked out on her parents and then demanded they still pay her tuition at a local Catholic high school. She lost her suit, and is now back with her mom and dad.
But Caitlyn Ricci hit the jackpot. This South Jersey daughter is on the outs with her folks, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey. This month, mom and dad took a financial hit when a state judge ordered them to pay $16,000 a year toward Caitlyn’s tuition at Temple University after she sued them. 
There are conflicting stories about whether Caitlyn left her mother’s house on her own or was kicked out. 
But there’s no dispute on the other main facts: Her parents are split; Caitlyn is living with her paternal grandparents; and she and her folks have barely spoken to one another these past two years.
In his ruling, the judge cited a 1982 New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that parents may be required to pay their children’s college education. That’s nuts. The good news is that a state assemblyman is proposing a law that would prevent these kind of suits. 
We understand family squabbles can be nasty, and children are often the victims. But Caitlyn Ricci is not a helpless child. She’s a 21-year-old adult. Even in New Jersey, it should not be impossible to hope the law would treat her as one

NYC school chief lies to smear charter schools. It's the ideologues way

Fariña fibs

If you can’t beat ’em — make up excuses. And who cares if they’re true?
That seems to be Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s preferred method for dealing with charter schools that put the traditional schools she oversees to shame.
“There shouldn’t be a whole movement [of students] out of charters the month before the test,” Fariña said Thursday, implying charters push out weaker kids to inflate their average test scores. 
She also warned against charters admitting only high-scoring students, whom they recruit by sending them “postcards.”
One problem: There’s no evidence for either claim. None. In fact, charters retain students, even lower-performing special-ed ones, at higher rates than traditionals. 
And it would be hard (if not impossible) for charters to know which kids to recruit, since individual scores are not public.
Spokeswoman Devora Kaye told The Post Fariña’s comments didn’t “refer to the majority of charter schools.” She insisted her boss “is committed to uplifting all our children.” 
But Fariña made her views clear back when she opposed giving charters space: “We need space for our own kids,” she said. Charter kids, that is, come second, even if they’re no less public-school students than kids at traditional schools.
On top of this, the mayor — Fariña’s boss — is well-known for his anti-charter hostility and on Friday backed up his chancellor.
Of course, Fariña’s falsehoods about charters are a backhanded admission that the schools she runs are being outperformed. 
But how much better our schoolchildren would be with a chancellor who spent her time copying what works instead of making excuses for what doesn’t.

Obama quietly increases US involvement in Afghanistan...proving his previous decisions were wrongheaded.

Obama expands US military role in Afghanistan

President Obama has quietly ordered an expanded role for US troops in Afghanistan through 2015, including permission to target Taliban fighters in the war-torn country.
Earlier plans had limited US soldiers to counterterrorism strikes against al Qaeda after this year.
The decision won’t affect the total number of US troops in Afghanistan, which will be about 9,800 by year’s end and half that by the end of 2015.
The earlier plan would have only allowed attacks on Taliban if they threatened US forces or gave direct support to al Qaeda.
“To the extent that Taliban members directly threaten the United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan or provide direct support to al Qaeda, however, we will take appropriate measures to keep Americans safe,” a US official said.
The Taliban is much more powerful in Afghanistan than al Qaeda.
The president’s decision was made after military commanders said they wanted to be able to continue battling the Taliban.
The president wants all US troops out of Afghanistan by 2016 when his presidency will come to an end.
The US war in Afghanistan began in 2001 and has resulted in more than 3,400 US and coalition casualties.

Will Code Pink notice or protest? Will the lefties howl? This happened weeks ago, where was the mainstream media? 

More Islamist murder and terrorism this time in Kenya.

Extremists slaughter 28 on hijacked bus


NAIROBI, Kenya — Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya’s north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday.
The bus traveling to the capital Nairobi with 60 passengers was hijacked at dawn Saturday about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the town Mandera near Kenya’s border with Somalia, said two police officers.
The police insisted on anonymity because Kenya’s police chief ordered that officers should not speak to the media.
Some of the dead were public servants who were heading to Nairobi for the Christmas vacation, the officers said. About 20 gunmen ordered all the passengers out of the bus and separated those who appeared to be non-Muslims from the rest and shot them at close range, the officers said.
A shortage of personnel and lack of equipment led to a slow response by police when the information was received, the officers said. They said the attackers have more sophisticated weaponry than the police who waited for military reinforcements before responding.
The attack is suspected to have been carried out by al-Shabab, the Islamic militant rebels in Somalia.
Kenya has been hit by a series of gun and bomb attacks blamed on al-Shabab, who are linked to al-Qaida, since it sent troops into Somalia in October 2011. Authorities say there have been at least 135 attacks by al-Shabab since then, including the assault on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall in September 2013 in which 67 people were killed. Al-Shabab said it was responsible for other attacks on Kenya’s coast earlier this year which killed at least 90 people.
Kenyan troops are part of the African Union Mission in Somalia which is bolstering Somalia’s weak U.N.-backed government against the al-Shabab insurgency. Al-Shabab has continued to carry out attacks in Somalia’s capital despite being pushed out of Mogadishu in August 2011. Somali government troops backed by AU forces are making progress in seizing the remaining al-Shabab strongholds. Recently, they captured the port town of Barawe.
Al-Shabab was also dealt a heavy blow when their leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed in early September by a U.S. airstrike. Godane has been replaced by Ahmed Omar, also known as Abu Ubeid.
Kenya has been struggling to contain growing extremism in the country. Earlier this week the authorities shut down four mosques at the Kenyan coast after police alleged they found explosives and a gun when they raided the places of worship.
Some Muslims believe the police planted the weapons to justify closing the mosques, Kheled Khalifa, a human rights official said Friday warning that methods being used to tackle extremism by government will increase support for radicals.
One person was killed during the raid on two of the mosques on Monday. Police said they shot dead a young man trying to hurl a grenade at them.
The government had previously said the four mosques were recruitment centers for al-Shabab.

Black Panther Ferguson bomb plot

FBI arrests 2 New Black Panther members in Ferguson bomb plot

FERGUSON Mo. – Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.
Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets Friday, came ahead of the grand jury’s widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges.
The Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Brown under disputed circumstances became a flashpoint for U.S. racial tensions, triggering weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb by demonstrators calling for officer Darren Wilson’s arrest.
He was instead placed on administrative leave, and Ferguson has been bracing for a new wave of protests, especially if the grand jury chooses not to indict Wilson. An announcement was believed to be imminent.
Against this backdrop of heightened tensions, according to a law enforcement source, two men described as reputed members of a militant group called the New Black Panther Party, were arrested in the St. Louis area in an FBI sting operation.
As initially reported by CBS News, the men were suspected of acquiring explosives for pipe bombs that they planned to set off during protests in Ferguson, according to the official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the case.
The official said the two men are the same pair named in a newly unsealed federal indictment returned on Nov. 19 charging Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis with purchasing two pistols from a firearms dealer under false pretenses.
Both men were arraigned on Friday in federal court, the law enforcement source said.
The FBI and other federal agencies were reported to have stepped up their presence in the St. Louis area in recent days in anticipation of renewed protests after the grand jury’s decision in the Brown case is made known.
An FBI official in St. Louis declined to comment except to say that the two men named in the indictment had been arrested. Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for eastern Missouri were not immediately available for comment.