NEWS of the Day - May 14, 2012
on some LACP issues of interest

NEWS of the Day - May 14, 2012
on some issues of interest to the community policing and neighborhood activist across the country

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following group of articles from local newspapers and other sources constitutes but a small percentage of the information available to the community policing and neighborhood activist public. It is by no means meant to cover every possible issue of interest, nor is it meant to convey any particular point of view ...

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From the Washington Times

Official: Top Kony commander captured

by Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan forces have captured a senior commander of Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army after a brief fight with rebels near the Congo - Central African Republic border, Ugandan army official said Sunday.

Kony lieutenant Caesar Acellam was captured Saturday with two other rebel fighters, Lt. Col. Abdul Rugumayo said.

Col. Rugumayo said they were in a group of about 30 LRA rebels. The others escaped.

Although Mr. Acellam is not one of the LRA commanders indicted along with Mr. Kony in 2005 by the International Criminal Court, Ugandan officials say he was Mr. Kony 's top military strategist.

Mr. Kony recently became the focus of international attention after the U.S. advocacy group Invisible Children made an online video seeking to make him famous.

U.S. forces are helping Ugandan troops find Mr. Kony and his top lieutenants.



Lawmakers: Probe, punish ‘bomb' leak

Intel sources, methods feared at risk

by Paige Winfield Cunningham

Congressional lawmakers called Sunday for a criminal investigation over the leak revealing that the so-called “underwear bomber” who boarded a U.S.-bound jet last month was actually a Saudi Arabian intelligence agent who had volunteered for the mission, warning that the leak could seriously damage American credibility.

After the Associated Press reported the story last week, American and foreign officials admitted that the agent had infiltrated al Qaeda in Yemen and had posed as a suicide bomber before handing the bomb and other inside intelligence over to the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi intelligence.

While applauding the mission's success, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, and Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, expressed outrage that details of the operation were made public even before top lawmakers knew, saying the leak could discourage foreign intelligence agencies from working with the U.S. on crucial anti-terrorism efforts.

“The leak really did endanger sources and methods, and the leak, I think, has to be prosecuted,” Mrs. Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

And Mr. King, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said he's troubled that the AP obtained the story even though fewer people knew about the mission than when Osama bin Laden was killed one year ago.

“It put people's lives at risk, and it also sends a signal to countries willing to work with us that we can't keep a secret,” he told CNN 's Candy Crowley. “It really is criminal to leak out this kind of classified, sensitive information.”

The FBI is currently analyzing the bomb to determine whether it would have gone undetected at an airport, but Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, said he thinks existing protocols would have uncovered the bomb.

“The odds are pretty good our systems would have detected this device before the individual carrying it would have got on the plane,” he told CNN.

Mrs. Feinstein said the takeaway for Americans is to cooperate with the Transportation Security Administration's efforts, despite complaints that new full-body scanners violate privacy.

“I think it's very important that TSA keeps up its efforts, that we Americans who travel a lot understand what's at stake,” she said. “When you see the number of people on these large planes, you're aware of the fact that this is very necessary to do and especially right now.”

Lawmakers also urged President Obama to remain committed to the war in Afghanistan in the wake of the news that an Afghan peace negotiator appointed by President Hamid Karzai was assassinated Sunday.

The key question is whether Mr. Obama will follow the advice of his top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John R. Allen, to leave 68,000 troops in the country next year, Mr. Lieberman said.

“[The Taliban] are not interested in genuine peace talks,” Mr. Lieberman said, adding, “I sure hope the president as commander-in-chief supports Gen. Allen's opinions, because I think it's the right one - as these attacks made clear.”



From Google News

New Jersey Fort Lee police crack down on jaywalking after 3 deaths

FORT LEE -- Police in this Bergen County community are ticketing pedestrians who don't stay in the crosswalks or cross an intersection against the light.

Fort Lee police hope the $85 jaywalking tickets will save lines.

Police Chief Thomas Ripoli tells The Record newspaper more than 20 pedestrians have been struck in the town this year. Three people have been killed.

Police have stopped 575 jaywalkers since the beginning of the year and issued 117 tickets since mid-March.

Capt. Keith Bendul tells the newspaper police are also targeting motorists who do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, as required by law.