Minerva @ Midnight: prosecuting the previous guy, former FedEx employee kills 8, plus Freedom Flies
Do we really have the will to prosecute Trump for anything? Or will he escape yet again because he’ll try to bargain his way out of an indictment because he holds something, something national security secret. This is probably how Kushner guaranteed his safety after leaving the Trump regime. For example, there seems to have been no Russian bounty on US troops in Syria.
In June 2020, The Washington Post reported that intelligence suggesting the existence of a bounty operation dated to as early as 2018. The Washington Post and Associated Press both reported that Trump administration White House officials were informed of the intelligence reports in early 2019. In June 2020, The New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed, several months earlier, that Unit 29155 of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU had secretly offered Taliban-associated militants bounties to kill U.S. troops and other coalition personnel in Afghanistan, including during peace talks with the Taliban. The New York Times reported that “Officials said there was disagreement among intelligence officials about the strength of the evidence about the suspected Russian plot.” Defense Department officials reported that U.S. military intelligence was unable to corroborate the reported program.
In April 2021, the U.S. government reported that the U.S. intelligence community had “low to moderate confidence” in the bounty allegations. In a separate assessment, U.S. intelligence had “high confidence” that Russian military intelligence managed “interaction with individuals in Afghan criminal networks” and that this unit's involvement is “consistent with Russia's encouraging attacks against U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan.”
Eight people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday before killing himself, according to police.
Four others who were shot and another who was injured were taken to hospitals, officials said, adding that some may have been privately transported to medical facilities.
No law enforcement officers were hurt in the shooting carried out by a former employee who last worked at the facility in the fall, authorities said Friday afternoon.
A motive for the attack wasn't immediately clear, but a year ago, the shooter's mother said she feared he might be suicidal.
“In March 2020, the suspect’s mother contacted law enforcement to report he might try to” attempt “suicide by cop,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan, who runs the bureau's Indianapolis field office.
The phrase “suicide by cop” refers to a self-destructive person who intentionally draws the attention of police in hopes of a deadly confrontation.
FedEx prohibits employees from having their phones on while they are working. It made it difficult to contact family members
French lawmakers approved a ban on short-haul domestic flights
Actually the effect of banning 2.5 hour flights seems to be minimal and in some cases encourages greater high=speed rail use, but does show how climate crisis regulation will come into play. This could also promote the use of private planes.
French lawmakers approved a ban on short-haul domestic flights late Saturday, paving the way for one of the most controversial climate bills in Europe. If it passes the French senate, the ban would force airlines to cancel all domestic flights under two and a half hours and force travelers and commuters to instead take trains. www.thedailybeast.com/…
…This vote was made by the National Assembly, but there will be two more sets of votes before this is formally approved.
This vote came shortly after it was announced that the French government would more than double its stake in Air France-KLM, which is coming with some significant provisions.
This latest bill is part of an overall effort by the country to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, bringing them back down to 1990 levels.
Other ideas under consideration included banning flights where there are train connections of less than four hours, and even banning the construction of new airports and expansion of existing airports.