Naval Base Uses Unique Strategy to Combat Suicides, Stress: A Dog

Sr. Chief Brad posing for the camera on Joint Base Andrews.  (Fox News)

Every day, Senior Chief Brad greets sailors and Marines as they enter a military clinic for their regular doctor’s appointments. Throughout the day, he makes his rounds and visits patients sitting in the waiting area, cuddling with them briefly. If he senses they are down, he takes action.

But he’s no medical professional. He’s a golden retriever yellow lab mix initially trained as a seeing-eye dog, a post-traumatic stress disorder therapy dog and, now, a stress dog.

As suicides across the military have steadily increased since 2013, according to the Department of Defense (DOD), a naval clinic on Joint Base Andrews in Maryland has found a secret weapon to sniff out military members dealing with extreme stress — a dog.

When Senior Chief Brad senses someone is down, he instantly alerts his handler, Chief Bobby Long. Long, a medical technician, counsels the patient to figure out if they need professional help.

“People that need a little extra attention or are maybe showing signs of irritability, stress, depression, whatever it could be; he will really focus in on that person and then he wants my attention,” Long said. “Some of the science behind that shows that dogs can pick up on pheromones that people emit when they are highly stressed and some science points to body language, cues that people leave.”

There are only 29 dogs across the country with this ability, according to Kim Hyde, a manager with Southeastern Guide Dogs.

“Dogs like Senior Chief have actually helped service members who have seen too much and that have come back with emotional scars,” Naval Air Facility-Washington (NAF-W) commanding officer Capt. Robert Coogan told Fox News.

Coogan is responsible for coordinating the well-being of the 4,000 service members based at Joint Base Andrews. He has seen firsthand the impact an anti-stress dog has on sailors.

“Chief Brad has helped hundreds of sailors on JBA, not only with small day-to-day interactions. But there has been three cases specifically on the Navyside that have dealt with severe stress, combat deployments and the incidents that have really hit to the heart of readiness of the units: tragic events, accidents, suicides or combat deployments or situations regarding family members,” Coogan said.

For more than two years, Chief Brad and his handler have worked with sailors and marines in medical facilities on JBA and across Washington, D.C. metro area.

“It’s rare. I think most dogs have the ability to pick up, read people’s emotions better than humans do. But to get a dog that pick up on it and act on it…that’s the hard part,” Long said.

Long and his anti-stress dog also make “house calls” to units around the base to provide emotional support to anyone who is having a bad day.

“Just kneeling with Brad, rubbing his ear, watching his tail wag, it rejuvenates me. It reminds me of what’s important in life,” Navy Commander Damon Hildebrand told Fox News.

He also offers puppy therapy to members of a unit trying cope with a traumatic event, like suicide.

“(What) Brad does for us is…he lifts us to a higher level. He lifts us to a place where we can heal effectively, take our mind off that stress even just momentarily, enabling us to heal in a proper manner, a healthy manner,” Hildebrand said.

Luis Glinton, a Navy hospital corpsman, said Brad helped him with a change in his career.

“Facing a transition period in my life (going from military to civilian world involuntarily), and pretty much an emotional wreck, Brad helps lift up my spirits just by being around and allowing me to pet him,” Glinton wrote in a letter to Fox News.

Navy Chief Sean Gregar is an aviation support equipment technician. He said Brad helped him deal with the stress of going to the doctor’s office.

“I really don’t like hospitals, but when you walk through the door and see Brad there is an instant feeling of happiness that overcomes you,” Gregar wrote to Fox News. “Plus, it is also a good time playing fetch with him down the hall and watching him run into people to get his ball!”

The duo will be retiring in May and taking their services to Kosovo to work with the Department of State and other military branches.

“It’s more of an emotional bond that’s really unique in what a dog can provide,” Coogan said, “and we look to expand this program not only with the branch medical clinic here at JBA but across the Navy fleet.”



New York City truck jihadi will admit to murdering eight people if he’s spared death penalty

This is an odd and anomalous development, left unexplained, of course, by a clueless, lazy, and agenda-driven establishment media. Ordinarily jihad mass murderers want the death penalty (cf. Fort Hood jihad mass murderer Nidal Malik Hasan and Oklahoma beheader Alton Nolen), because they think it will seal their reception of Allah’s guarantee of Paradise to those who “kill and are killed” for him (Qur’an 9:111). Not wanting execution could be an indication of apostasy, or else of a decision to try to tie up as much of the Infidel’s time and money as possible in useless court proceedings. Note that the defense has said that if the prosecution seeks death, they will need until September 2019 to prepare their defense. Yet everyone knows this jihadi was the perpetrator. If Saipov is telling his defense attorneys to go this route, it’s just a jihad of wasting the kuffar’s resources. If they originated the strategy, they’re just playing the Useful Idiot role quite nicely.

An Isis terrorist accused of killing eight people by deliberately driving a truck down a Manhattan bike path at Halloween will plead guilty to the crime if he is spared the death penalty.

Sayfullo Saipov’s lawyer David Patton made the announcement in court papers Wednesday, writing: ‘In short, a decision by the government not to seek the death penalty would bring immediate closure to the case without the need for the public and victims to repeatedly relive the terrible events.’

Mr Patton and lawyers from Federal Defenders of New York added that if the government does seek death, they will need until September 2019 to prepare their defense.

Uzbekistan immigrant Saipov, who initially pleaded not guilty, is said to have had Isis propaganda on his cell phone.

And he is still likely to face the death penalty, with prosecutors saying they will not decide whether to push for it until his lawyers provide them with any mitigating circumstances….

Saipov arrived in the U.S. as a legal immigrant in 2010….


Sweden: Police station bombed in heavily Muslim city of Malmö

A war that only one side acknowledges is being fought. The other side thinks it will win over its enemy with good-will gestures and welfare programs.

A Swedish police station was bombed Wednesday evening, only the latest of several attacks against such symbols of the Swedish state in recent years.

The apparent attack against Sweden’s police in the migrant ghetto neighbourhood of Rosengård in Sweden’s migrant crisis frontier city Malmö took place around nine o’clock Wednesday night. There were no injuries, but several cars belonging to police officers and the facade of the recently built police station were damaged.

Two police cars were reported to be outright destroyed, and the explosion was so loud it was heard several neighbourhoods over.

Surveillance footage of the station showed a man in the vicinity of the station shortly before the blast. Officers have made two arrests and are appealing for those with more information to come forward, reports Aftonbladet. Although several news outlets have reported the explosion was caused by a grenade, police have not confirmed the nature of the powerful blast.

The attacked station is the same one visited by Breitbart London shortly after it was opened in 2015, during the height of the migrant crisis. As Sweden’s border city with Europe, Malmö became the new home of hundreds of thousands of new arrivals as they flooded across the border from Denmark, having already come through Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Balkans corridor.

any of those who arrived in Sweden gravitated towards the already heavily migrant-populated suburbs of Sweden’s major cities, including the so-called no-go zone of Rosengård, in Malmö. The decision to build Rosengård’s new European Union funded, security fence-ringed, and bulletproof police station came after the previous building was riddled with bullets by unknown would-be killers.

Although the new station was lauded by the Swedish government at the time and was to be the launching point for a new surge of officers being deployed to the neighbourhood, a Breitbart London investigation into Sweden’s no-go zones found the station, and the surrounding neighbourhood, bereft of police. The surrounding streets were instead populated by drug dealers and migrants who gladly spoke of being in open war with rival migrant gangs from nearby tower-blocks.

Several police officials and senior politicians have spoken out after Wednesday’s attack, reports Sweden’s Expressen, with all issuing strongly-worded condemnations against the perpetrators of “serious crime”. No links were drawn between the impact of the migrant crisis on Sweden and the rise of grenade attacks in migrant populated areas, but speaking at a press conference Thursday morning, officers blamed a lack of educational achievement for the attack….


Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Palestinian territories are among most dangerous places on earth for Christians

Another report by the European-based Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need reported before Christmas that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, and that Christianity could be wiped out in Iraq within three years. The Charity “accused the UN for failing to help persecuted Christians and criticised the western media for failing to highlight the problems facing them.” What is striking is that while jihadists were and are busy wiping out Christianity, the UN has been long hijacked by Islamic supremacist and jihad-funding countries; while “professing Christ is becoming a hate crime in the West,” and criticizing jihad is “Islamophobic.” It does not bode well for Christians in the Middle East. The world has abandoned them. To speak out about their plight is now considered “hate speech.”

Recall that Obama said in a 2012 speech to the UN General Assembly: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

“Hard-line Islamic views and state-sanctioned ‘religio-ethnic cleansing’ are the key drivers behind the Christian genocide”; meanwhile, hard-line Muslim Brotherhood views are behind the Western media’s fear and failure to highlight the problems facing Christians in the Middle East, the cradle of their faith.

Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian territories are amongst the most dangerous places on earth for Christians, according to a new report.

Although Christians claim the area as their Biblical heartland alongside Israel, persecution and discrimination, especially in the past 15 years, means they now constitute no more than three to four per cent per cent of the region’s population, down from 20 per cent a century ago.

Hard-line Islamic views and state-sanctioned “religio-ethnic cleansing”are the key drivers behind the Christian genocide.

Just 12 months ago, the Islamic State branch that operates in and around Egypt designated the northern African country’s Christian minority their “favorite prey” in a 20-minute propaganda video.

Now the latest report released by the British Christian charity group Open Doors, an organization that monitors ill-treated Christians worldwide, reveals Egyptian Christians in particular are found to suffer in “various ways” such as pressure to convert to Islam, severe restrictions on building places of worship and congregating, and outright violence.

Egypt’s Coptic Christian community, which comprises roughly 10 percent of the country’s population, has been the frequent target of Islamic terrorism with Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta both struck by suicide bombers last April, killing 49 and leaving more than 100 injured on Palm Sunday.

Last December, a squad of terrorist gunmen attacked the Mar Mina church in southern Cairo, killing between eight and ten people and wounding at least five more.

“Christians in Egypt face a barrage of discrimination and intimidation yet they refuse to give up their faith. It is hard for us…to imagine being defined by our religion every single day in every sphere of life,” Open Doors UK and Ireland CEO Lisa Pearce said in a statement.

“In Egypt, as in many other Middle Eastern countries, your religion is stated on your identity card,” she said. “This makes discrimination and persecution easy — you are overlooked for jobs, planning permits are hard to obtain and you are a target when you go to church.”…..


Obama’s ICE didn’t follow procedure for checking illegal immigrants’ ties to terrorism

What could possibly go wrong, you greasy Islamophobe?

During the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not following proper procedures when checking if illegal aliens were known terrorists, jeopardizing national security, according to an audit.

The office of inspector general found that between 2013 and 2015, ICE was not screening illegal immigrants who had been released for terrorist ties. Every single case of a suspected terrorist reviewed by the inspector general included errors, where ICE officials were not in compliance with security standards.

“ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) faces challenges in implementing the Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol (KSTEP) screening process, which is used to identify aliens who may be known or suspected terrorists,” the inspector general said. “Although ERO uses KSTEP to screen all aliens who are in ICE custody, ERO policy does not require continued screening of the approximately 2.37 million aliens when released and under ICE supervision.”

Between 2013 and 2015 there were 142 cases of illegal immigrants who were detained and identified as “known or suspected terrorists.” The inspector general reviewed 40 of those cases.

“All 40 files had at least one instance of noncompliance with KSTEP policy, generating greater concerns regarding the population of aliens screened and determined to have no connections to terrorism,” the inspector general said.

In addition to not following security protocols, the majority of ICE field offices do not have access to the Department of Homeland Security’s classified networks, which enables them to “communicate about derogatory information related to known or suspected terrorists.”

“As a result, ERO may be missing opportunities to identify, take into custody, communicate status of, and make decisions on those aliens who pose the highest risk to national security and public safety,” the inspector general said.

Of the 40 cases reviewed under the audit, nearly half were missing required background checks while the illegal alien was detained.

“ERO is to conduct separate biographic and biometric queries on every alien taken into custody and/or released,” the inspector general said. “However, in these instances, at least one of the required queries was either run by non-ERO personnel, was not performed while the subject was in ICE custody, or was not applied.”

In addition, ICE did not always run initial background checks, “contact the appropriate external personnel at the required points in the process,” or “fully document its actions.”

ICE blamed these deficiencies on “limited program oversight and weak management controls.”

In 10 cases, ICE had not completed requirements for “reporting aliens confirmed as known or suspected terrorists,” including not placing a hard copy noting the alien’s terrorism ties in their case file.

ICE warned that the problem is continuing into the Trump administration, noting the agency has identified “at least 19 more cases since January 2016 when field personnel did not transmit the required incident reports to ICE headquarters.”…


Egypt: Muslims murder Christian for having cross tattoo, vow to “kill more Cops”

The cross is an affront to Islam. The Qur’an claims that Jesus was not crucified, although in somewhat equivocal language for what is supposed to be the perfect word of an omniscient god:

“And their saying, ‘Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah.’ And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but another was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.” (4:157)

And a hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts).” (Bukhari 46.37.2476)

This means he will destroy Christianity (break the cross), force the Christians to obey the Islamic food laws (kill the pigs) and end the second-class dhimmi status (abolish the jizya) that Islamic law specifies for Christians, such that they will either have to convert to Islam or be killed.

In any case, many Coptic Christians have cross tattoos, and many are in danger if Muslims see them.

Why does the al-Sisi regime allow this, even as it has pledged to protect Egypt’s Christians? Either al-Sisi cannot stop this ongoing Muslim persecution of Christians, or he will not. If he cannot, then he is a weak and ineffective ruler. If he will not, it may be that he is practicing steam control, as did Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak before him. That is, despite his affirmations of support for the Christian community, he could be quietly allowing this escalating Muslim persecution as a way to placate the pro-Muslim Brotherhood elements within Egypt, and to keep them from turning in force against his regime.

Meanwhile, Christian leaders in the West largely remain silent about this ongoing persecution, so as not to harm the “dialogue” they’re enjoying with Muslim leaders that has thus far not prevented one Christian from being persecuted or one church from being attacked.

“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)

Militants belonging to the ‘State of Sinai’ group in Egypt have promised to “kill more Cops” after murdering a 27-year-old Coptic man because of the tattoo of a cross on his wrist.

Bassem Herz Attalhah, also known as Haythem Shehata, was on his way home from work in El-Arish, capital of North Sinai governorate, on Saturday evening (13 January), with his brother Osama and neighbour and friend Mohamed, when they were stopped by three armed men, aged between 23 and 25.

“We thought they were policemen because they weren’t masked… They were wearing black jackets,” Osama, 38, told World Watch Monitor. “They approached us and asked Bassem to show them the wrist of his right hand, and when they saw the tattoo of the cross, they asked him: ‘Are you Christian?’ Bassem answered ‘Yes, I am Christian’, and repeated that again in a loud voice.”

The men then asked Mohamed his name and made him show his wrist. When they saw he had no tattoo, he was allowed to leave.

Then they turned to Osama.

Osama is a common name, also among Muslims, and the men didn’t know he was Bassem’s brother.

“Bassem told them that I had children,” Osama recalls. “They asked me to show them the wrist of my right hand and, when they didn’t see any cross, they thought that I was Muslim.” The men didn’t see the cross that Osama has tattooed on the top of his hand because it was hidden under his sleeve.

“They fired two shots on the ground close to my legs and asked me to leave,” he recalled. “And then they shot Bassem in the head. I could not believe what happened to my brother. He fell on the ground in front of me and I was unable to do anything.”

On his way to find help, Osama says his legs gave way from the shock. Their mother, upon hearing the news, fainted and had to be taken to hospital.

“We lost a person dear to our hearts. My brother Bassem was a very good and kind man. He had a strong relationship with God. He was always reading in the Bible, praying and going to the church. He was loved by all people,” Osama said.

String of killings

When Bassem’s close friend Milad Wasfi heard he had been killed, he couldn’t believe it and called his friend’s phone. His call was answered, but not by his friend.

“The terrorists answered me and said they belong to State of Sinai and promised to kill more Copts before they put down the phone,” he told World Watch Monitor.

Scores of Coptic Christian families left for Ismailia and Suez, about 200km away, after a string of killings in El-Arish last year – including one incident where a woman witnessed her husband and son killed by a gunman who then ticked them off an IS hit-list. In March 2017 it was estimated that 70 per cent of the 160 Coptic Christian families living in the city had left.

Bassem, Osama and their parents had been among those who fled the city. Struggling to find work in Ismailia, however, the two brothers left for Cairo, and when things did not work out for them there either, they decided to return to El-Arish in September….