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The Los Angeles Police Department has pledged to open an investigation into a claim that a TSA officer shot at LAX airport earlier this month laid on the ground bleeding for over half an hour as paramedics who could have helped stood by.

Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez was shot in the chest at 9:20 a.m. on Nov. 1 when a gunman opened fire inside a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The suspected shooter, Paul Ciancia, was neutralized five minutes later, yet it took 28 minutes for paramedics to reach Hernandez, who was lying about 20 feet from an exit door.

Two law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity told AP that paramedics were delayed because of a police order to stay away from the area.

Multiple officers were seen checking on Hernandez during the time before emergency personnel was allowed in, with one, a 26-year veteran of the LAPD, saying more than once that Hernandez was dead.

When paramedics were finally allowed into the area, they helped Hernandez into a wheelchair and into a waiting ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, although it remains unclear if his life could have been saved had he received medical care earlier.

“When somebody is shot and they’re bleeding to death, lifesaving skills need to be implemented immediately, in a couple minutes, and they’re very simple, pressure dressings, tourniquets, adequate bandages to stop the bleeding,” said Dr. Lawrence E. Heiskell, a physician and reserve police officer who founded the International School of Tactical Medicine.

“I basically think there’s a lack of coordination between entities at this airport. That lack of coordination may have led to something that shouldn’t have happened,” he said. “We may be talking about Office Hernandez as a survivor.”

One person tried to walk past the officer to Hernandez and was told, “He’s dead,” to which they replied, “What do you mean he’s dead? If he’s dead, whatever, we can’t make that determination.”

The story has become a point of contention for TSA officers, especially Victor Payes, who worked with Hernandez and serves as the president of the local union.

It has yet to be determined whether TSA policy is to blame or if police, fire, and other responding agencies failed to coordinate their actions. Upon hearing Friday’s news, the head of the TSA union told AP that the delay was “absolutely unacceptable.”

It is possible that the delay was not caused by incompetence, but by safety policy. As mass shootings like the one in question become less rare, authorities have no choice but to train for a variety of situations they could suddenly experience.

Ciancia was shot four times by security officers. As travelers tried to make their way to safety, there were reports of a possible second shooter in the area. Officials were also worried that there were bombs in the terminal.

Marshall McClain, president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, said the events on Nov. 1 are evidence of a power struggle between police and fire officials. Police officers are usually the first responders to an emergency of this sort and, as such, fire and EMT crews are sometimes made to wait longer than necessary.

McClain told AP that four command posts were set up directly after the shooting, none of which were clear on which agency was in charge of the scene.

He also reported speaking with multiple people involved in the investigation who approached the officer standing in front of Hernandez. A doctor must be the person to declare a person dead, with decapitation the only exception to that rule.

Source: RT

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(NaturalNews) One in three adults in the United States today has high blood pressure, medically referred to as hypertension. However, lots of people are not even aware they have this condition, simply because it has no warning signs and symptoms. It is typically caused by improper diet, smoking and alcohol abuse. When high blood pressure occurs along with increased levels of blood sugar and cholesterol, it could cause severe damage to the vital organs of the body. Nevertheless, this is now easy to detect and manage clinically and naturally.

Studies have indicated that smoking a cigarette can elevate one’s blood pressure for half an hour. Diet comprised mostly of fat and no exercise can result in high levels of cholesterol, which can lead to blood vessels becoming narrow due to fatty deposits. When this occurs, the heart will have more difficulty in pumping and circulating blood to the rest of the body. Chronic hypertension that is not properly managed can eventually lead to different outcomes such as stroke, heart attack and other heart ailments.

Conventional medicines for hypertension

Like other medicines today, medications used to manage hypertension may have certain side effects that need to be carefully monitored or treated as well when they occur. This means more drugs to take and more side effects that will need to be properly managed.

Natural remedies for hypertension

These treatments work efficiently as conventional medications. A lot of individuals were able to manage their blood pressure problems well by simply adapting a healthier lifestyle – cutting down on vices, eating healthy foods and engaging in a regular exercise routine.

Herbs for hypertension

Herbs are also beneficial in treating hypertension. They actually help in the prevention of high blood pressure and lowering or maintaining its levels. If you are clinically diagnosed with this condition, you will likely be given a prescription. However, there are other natural means to manage high blood pressure. These include:
Gotu kola (Hydrocotyle asiatica)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Cayenne pepper
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Mistletoe
Ginseng
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycantha)
Coleus
Rauwolfia (Rauwolfia serpentina)
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Kelp (Fucus vesiculosus)
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Stinging nettle
Black cohosh
Hyssop
Bayberry
An excellent example of an herb that has helped numerous people manage their high blood pressure is garlic. Like other herbs, it contains a number of compounds that can provide health benefits. Garlic helps in reducing fat in the body, can break up the accumulation of cholesterol on the arteries and clears out plaque that developed in the blood vessels. At the same time, it also lowers blood pressure and helps to improve the body’s defense against pathogens.

Magnesium is another natural substance that facilitates the regulation of vital mineral components, including sodium and potassium, in the blood.

Other benefits of herbs

A lot of herbs used to manage blood pressure facilitate regulated flow of blood in the entire body system.

Others can lower blood pressure by eliminating mucoid substance from arteries in the bronchus.

They can calm down the nervous system, eradicating tension and anxiousness, which have been proven to be major causes of the onset of hypertension.

They are rich in calcium and minerals which assist in the maintenance of the heart and blood vessels.

Herbs are proven effective alternative therapies. However, hypertension can be a severe condition if not treated properly. If it continues beyond the hazardous marks despite natural remedies, self-treatment needs to be stopped, and you should immediately have a medical practitioner perform an evaluation.

Source: Natural News

President Obama said Thursday that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked.

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House.
“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”

Obama’s comments come 10 days after NBC News’ Lisa Myers reported that the administration has known since the summer of 2010 that millions of Americans could lose their insurance under the law.

Obama has made repeated assurances that “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan” with Obamacare.

Consumers who buy insurance on their own — about five percent of the population — are at risk of being forced off their current policies because their plans have changed and don’t meet the new standards of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama’s statement has been called into question as Americans have begun to receive cancellation notices, effectively forcing them to enroll in a new plan either with their current insurer or through the government exchanges, in many cases at a higher rate.

Guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services dating back to July 2010 estimated that “40 to 67 percent” of the 14 million consumers in that marketplace could lose their policies due to turnover in the individual insurance market, NBC News found.

That part of the law does not impact the 80 percent of Americans who receive their health insurance through employers or through Medicare or Medicaid.
“Obviously we didn’t do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law,” Obama said in the interview Thursday. “And, you know, that’s something I regret. That’s something we’re gonna do everything we can to get fixed … We’re looking at a range of options.”

After the initial NBC News report, the administration insisted that the president did not mislead Americans, arguing that the law could not have accounted for insurers altering existing plans after passage of the law.
Yet earlier this week, Obama tweaked his promise, acknowledging that plans that have been substantially changed since passage of the law would no longer be “grandfathered” into acceptance under the ACA.

“If you had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,” he said.

On Thursday, Obama said many of the people being canceled could get better cheaper plans in the marketplaces, but he acknowledged glitches are preventing that.
“The majority of folks will end up being better off,” he said. “Of course, because the website not working right they may not know it.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney has also argued those being forced to find new plans will receive better quality of coverage.

“What we’re talking about here is the five percent in the country who currently purchase insurance on the individual market,” Carney said last month. “And that market has been like the Wild West. It has been under-regulated, it is the place where Americans have most keenly felt the challenges posed by the insurance system in this country.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sebelius acknowledged in a hearing Wednesday that a “majority” of those in the individual market would end up with plans with better coverage while “others will have to choose” an ACA-compliant policy.

In Thursday’s interview, Obama defended his health secretary and argued that the website bugs aren’t necessarily her fault: “Kathleen Sebelius doesn’t write code. She wasn’t our IT person.”

Frustration among even some Democrats supportive of the Obamacare bill boiled over this week as coverage of the dropped plans continued.

Sen. Max Baucus, the Democratic Senate Finance Committee Chairman and a key author of the bill, called the problems “unacceptable” during a hearing at which Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was grilled on Wednesday.

“It has been disappointing to see members of the administration say they didn’t see the problems coming,” he said.

House Speaker John Boehner responded to the president’s comments Thursday, saying, “an apology is certainly in order, but what Americans want to hear is that the president is going to keep his promise.”

Pointing to a scheduled House vote next week on a measure that would allow insurance companies to continue policies that don’t meet the ACA’s standards, Boehner added, “if the president is sincerely sorry that he misled the American people, the very least he can do is support this bipartisan effort. Otherwise, this apology doesn’t amount to anything.”

Source: NBC News

A law school professor and former criminal defense attorney explains why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police:

Video Link

We’ve previously documented that there are so many federal and state laws in the United States, that no one can keep track of them all, and everyone violates laws every day without even knowing it.
As such, it is best to avoid law enforcement when possible.

It’s vital to note, however, that the Supreme Court ruled this year that your silence CAN be used against you (the link is to the website of one of America’s top constitutional law professors) … at least until you’re read your Miranda rights. Therefore, if you remain silent when police are questioning you, it is very important to tell the police that you are exercising your right to remain silent. As the Atlantic notes:

Basically, if you’re ever in any trouble with police… and want to keep your mouth shut,you will need to announce that you’re invoking your Fifth Amendment rightinstead of, you know, just keeping your mouth shut. “Petitioner’s Fifth Amendment claim fails because he did not expressly invoke the privilege against self-incrimination in response to the officer’s question,” reads the [Supreme Court] opinion….

It’s Not Andy Griffith’s America Any More

This is not to say that all law enforcement personnel are bad folks. Many of them are outstanding people.

But our police forces have become so insanely militarized and the fear of terror has become so wildly overblown that many law enforcement personnel have become hair-trigger tense.

People have been severely harassed when they’ve asked for help from law enforcement. For example, an anti-war website was spied on for 6 years after they asked for help by the FBI. And the FBI rifled through all of a woman’s electronic communications after she told the FBI that she was being harassed.

Police have recently tasered numerous deaf or retarded people for “failing to follow orders”.

And they’ve shot and killed people who were just looking for help. See this and this.

Again, we’re not trying to paint with a broad brush; most law enforcement personnel are good folks just trying to do their job. And police are human, too … sometimes they get scared and overreact.

But it’s not the same ole Andy Griffith show type demeanor among law enforcement today. So it’s best to be careful.

Source and Video’s at: Infowars

A video put together by The Washington Free Beacon reveals how the president lied over and over again from 2009 to the present day, giving false reassurances regarding the health care plans of Americans.

“If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.” Obama stated again and again and again, in the same monosyllabic tone that clearly put many to sleep.
The clip even includes footage from Fox news, broadcast just five weeks ago, where the president states that under Obamacare “you don’t have to do anything” if you already have insurance.

Watch the video and continue reading at: Infowars


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