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Portsmouth UK cops catch a sexual predator after 30 years

Below is an article that appeared on an internet UK news site “The News”. Portsmouth UK cops were able to match DNA evidence found on a rape victim that occurred 30 years ago to a suspect. When they arrested the predator he admitted to additional crimes. This arrest and the perpetrator is worth noting because the suspect is not only a pedophile but has assaulted adults too. Very unusual.

By Gareth Bethell
Court reporter “The News”

Philip Andrew thought he had got away with the assault on a 19-year-old in an alleyway near Clarence Road in Southsea.

Philip Andrew
“The News Picture”

The sexual predator went on to attack another woman in her home, threatening her with a knife and smothering her face with a pillow.

But now, thanks to advances in forensics, Andrew has been told he could face a life sentence in prison.

The 54-year-old was the first person to be arrested as part of a major operation by Hampshire police looking into cold cases.

Andrew had been due to go on trial for the rape but he changed his plea to guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Wearing grey trousers and a red and white T-shirt, he showed no emotion during the hearing and spoke only to enter his plea. Recorder Christopher Parker QC warned him he may face a life sentence because of his long history of offending.

Police initially launched an investigation after the attack took place about 3.25am on July 2, 1982.

But the culprit was never found.

Andrew, of Whitcombe Gardens, Milton, Portsmouth, was arrested earlier this year as part of the review into cases dating back to 1980.

Prosecutor Iain Wicks said Andrew’s first offence was when he was just 14 years old.

On that occasion he sexually assaulted a four-year-old child at a bus stop.

Eight years later, in 1978, he raped and assaulted a woman at Butlins in Bognor Regis, where he was working at the time.

Andrew told his victim ‘You’ve made a big mistake tonight, if you make a sound I will kill you’ before subjecting her to an horrific attack.

He was jailed for the assault and on his release he carried out the rape that until now had gone unpunished.

In 1989 he stole a key to a woman’s home in the Portsmouth area.

He let himself into her house at 3am, took a knife from her kitchen and jumped on the woman in bed and threatened to rape her.

She managed to talk him out of the attack and Andrew was later jailed for five years for burglary with intent to rape.

Richard Button, defending, asked for Andrew’s sentencing to be adjourned so that a psychiatric report could be carried out.

He said: ‘He has a history of depression and mood swings.’

Recorder Parker told Andrew: ‘I’m adjourning sentence now so that a psychiatric report can be prepared on you to look into your background, to examine the circumstances of your offending and in particular to consider the size of the risk to the public that you represent at present.

‘The court is bound to have in mind the possibility of a sentence of life imprisonment for you because of your record.’

Andrew was remanded in custody to be sentenced in December.

Detectives are looking at a total of about 2,500 unsolved cases across the area under Operation Galaxy.

So far they have reviewed about 700 cases – the majority of which are serious sex assaults – which happened between 1980 and 1985.

Forty of those have been singled out for further investigation by the Forensic Science Service who are looking at evidence such as swabs taken from crime scenes, victims, or clothing.

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We will kill Arpaio says Cartel

I had expected that the news floating around  about the threat  on Sheriff Arpaio’s life by the Mexican Cartel would have dominated the internet media.  It did not.

I have written several articles about Sheriff Arpiao because as a retired police officer I have heard of  and admired Arpaio for years.  And as a former resident of Arizona I saw first hand some of his professional efforts and the effects.

Its probably true that Sheriff Arpaio receives threats against his life by unhappy people in Arizona because he is either loved or hated and I mean real hate. After all his approach to the law is strict. His approach to the inmates in his jail is even more strict.

People who enforce our laws are allowed a certain amount of latitude in the their approach to our laws. Good officers  rely on common sense as to who should and should not be held to task.  In my opinion Arpaio is stricter than most but not to the point of being unreasonable. He is widely criticized for his approach. Those who are on the receiving end of his and his deputies approach to the law are no doubt angry. After all Boulder Colorado did not make them wear pink underwear.  I doubt the victims of their crimes are complaining.

And  so we must be wary  of this latest threat on his life. It was not uttered and passed on by unreliable sources. Sheriff Arpaio was informed of this threat by our own FBI.  I doubt that the FBI would pass on this information had it not originated from a source they believed to be credible.

Unfortunately there are those who would discount this threat. After all it was not made at a good time for the pro immigrant groups in this country. But there is information that I became aware of  last year when writing about the crime in Arizona that indicates that there is a clear and definable relationship between the passing of illegal immigrants across our borders and the death of our police officers.

Written 1m 2009.

FBI says 41 police officers killed in 2008.

Days after Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s arrest of 60 people in a two day crime sweep, the FBI reminds us of the number of police officers killed in the line of duty for 2008.  41 police officers were killed in the United States and Puerto Rico in 2008. There have been 530 police officers killed in the line of duty since 1999.

Mexicans walking the border fence

Sheriff Arpaio’s tactics have been severely criticized since he took on the responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws. His critics say that he is profiling and that profiling is not acceptable. But if the FBI statistics are accurate, they seem to suggest an outrageous increase in the number of police officers murdered in states that have immigration issues. Do we really want to stop Arpaio’s efforts?

Although the FBI statistics reflect crimes committed by race region and many other tables, they apparently do not reflect crimes committed by immigrants, whether legally in this country or not.

Arizona ranks sixth in Officers killed since 1999 with 16 officers lost. Arizona rose to fourth in officers killed in the last two years losing 5 officers, behind an astounding 12 officers killed in Texas, 9 in Florida and 7 in California and Louisiana.   All of these states are either on the Mexican border or the Gulf of Mexico. Not even New York with its huge populace can equal any one of these statistics.

Arizona lost three officers during 2007. Of these three, a Glendale police officer and a Phoenix police officer were killed by illegal immigrants. All three officers were killed by persons with extensive criminal histories.

One might assume that the Mexican Cartel has been at war with Sheriff Arpaio and for that matter with all United States Police officers for years and now feel confident enough to publicly announce their intentions.

What gave the Cartel their confidence ?

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The two faces of Janet Napolitano

On December 30, 2009 I wrote this article for the “Examiner”. I did not know then how accurate my thoughts would be.  You can decide for yourself.

Janet Napolitano’s Two Faces

In light of the recent lapses in our National security the question now is who is running our Homeland Security? Obama or Napolitano ? Is Napolitano a figure head that is going to suffer the wrath of the media and absolve the Obama administration of accountability? Or is Obama going to admit that Napolitano is really not qualified and he needs a true military or police security professional in charge of protecting US Citizens.
The Examiner reported on 12-28-2009 that the qualifications of Napolitano may not be appropriate for the position she holds or what the Obama administration expected.

Now that the news media frenzy begins to bring out the performance of our Homeland Security the spot light is on Napolitano’s laundry. She cannot escape her history as the Arizona Governor, or her actions to protect Arizona’s borders from the influx of Mexican drugs and illegal immigrants. She certainly cannot take back her words.

It seems that Napolitano has two resumes. One that was effective enough to convince the Obama administration to offer her the position of Secretary of Homeland Security (not to mention her pro Obama campaign efforts) and one that most Arizonian’s know as the real Napolitano.

No matter if your a Republican or a Democrat the facts stand on their own. Napolitano has tried to walk the line. One side advocates a hard line secure the border stance with severe penalties for employment of illegal immigrants and the other is a soft stance to Immigrants and Arizona business’s who hire these immigrants to increase their profits and who presumably contribute to the political candidates who sympathize with their plight.

Napolitano is a savvy politician and in an effort to court the Obama administration Napolitano provided this press information on November 23rd 2008.

Washington bureau David G Savage:

As governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano last year signed into law the nation’s harshest penalty for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, a measure that would take away their business licenses for a second violation.

She called it the “business death penalty” and the “most aggressive action in the country” to stem the flow of illegal workers. She also criticized Congress and the federal government for failing to act on immigration overhaul. “The states will take the lead, and Arizona will take the lead among the states” she said.

But in Arizona her press is different:

Arizona Republic: December 28th, 2008.

“Still, Napolitano has resisted pressure from the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to take an even harder stance against illegal immigration. She vetoed more than a dozen bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants”

Some of the bills that Napolitano vetoed are…
1. A bill that denied in-state tuition and day care for illegal immigrants.
2.A bill that would have given all Arizona police officers the authority to enforce immigration law. (and   her law)
3.A bill that would have designated English the official Arizona language
4.A bill that would have prohibited the use of a Mexican ID card called the “Matricula Consular” from use     as a form of proof of identity in Arizona. According to the FBI, this form of ID is easy to forge, and is in wide circulation  through out the United States in fraudulent from.

In addition Napolitano also yanked $1.6 million in state funding from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to blunt his efforts to arrest illegal immigrants through crime sweeps that critics said were terrorizing immigrant communities and violating civil rights.”

In December 2009 Napolitano told the Arizona Republic: “What I would say is that we are undoubtedly safer now than prior to 9/11. I would give credit in the Department of Homeland Security context to my tow predecessors (Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff). Building a federal department is not easy work. We’re still building it”.

It’s true that the influx of immigrants across our borders has decreased, and the crime rate in border cities has decreased , but some have said that our global economy has been, in part, the reason and the crime rate is not the result of Homeland Security’s performance. The rate of drugs passing over our borders has not decreased but increased.

In some cases States and local jurisdictions have taken it upon themselves to do what the Federal Government would not. In Napolitano’s own state of Arizona the Sheriff of Maricopa County has empowered his deputies to round up illegal immigrants and hand them over to the Homeland Security (ICE) in a effort to enforce Federal Immigration Laws that were not being enforced by the State of Arizona or the Federal Government.

And in Texas, according to Washington Post writer Spencer Hsu on March 12th 2009:

President Obama is reviewing a request from Texas Gov. Rick Perry to send National Guard troops to the Mexican border in response to violence triggered by Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, the White House said.

“We’re going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense,” Obama told reporters from regional newspapers on Wednesday as reported by the Dallas Morning News and McClatchy Newspapers.

“I’m not interested in militarizing the border,” Obama said.

In the most direct comments so far on the drug fight that has killed 7,000 people in Mexico since the beginning of 2008, the president praised Mexico President Felipe Calderon for “taking some extraordinary risks under extraordinary pressure” to fight the cartels.

US Officials say the amount of violence that has spilled over into the United States so far does not warrant major concern. Nevertheless, Obama added, “I think it’s unacceptable if you’ve got drug gangs crossing our borders and killing U.S. Citizens”

Perry, who called on Washington to pay for 1,000 additional troops or federal agents on the border, called Obama’s statement “a mistake”.

Certainly Napolitano’s background validates her report card of the Homeland Security’s performance in the last year and mirrors her performance as the governor of Arizona but is it in concert with Obama’s security plan for the United States of America ? Is our Homeland Security responding to Obama’s vision or Napolitano’s vision? Possibly they are one in the same.

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The Toughest Sheriff inThe Country is Raising Money to Stop Amnesty for Immigrants

Today Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent out a mass appeal to raise money to fight a perceived movement by Democrats to grant Amnesty to all immigrants who are in this country illegally.

Arpaio is well known for his battle against illegal immigrants in Arizona. He is also well known for his tough stance against crime in Arizona and touts a strong  popularity among Arizona voters.

Arpaio’s battles were not limited to criminals and immigrants. He has resisted  Janet Napolitano’s attempt to stop his enforcement of Federal Immigration laws when Napolitano was Governor of Arizona.

THE FOLLOWING IS ARPAIO’S BLOG

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The PRO-AMNESTY forces are actively building  coalitions to force on America a “comprehensive immigration reform” scheme that grants Amnesty to illegals in the United States.  If you haven’t already, please sign B.A.N.’s CITIZEN PETITION and send a loud message to the pro-Amnesty liberals that America opposes Amnesty, once and for all!Thank you again for visiting B.A.N. – America’s leading coalition of conservatives united to BAN AMNESTY NOW!  Now more than ever, what we need most is YOU!

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President & CEO

WHAT DOES SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO SAY ABOUT B.A.N.?

“I’ve been called ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff‘ because I enforce the law and go after the criminals, even when the Liberals in the media and the Socialists in Washington disagree.”Today, I’m asking you to support B.A.N., Ban Amnesty Now, because they are America’s toughest anti-illegal immigration organization, and they are our best hope for stopping the Obama Amnesty scheme in its tracks.”

~Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Hon. Co-Chairman
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SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SEN. RUSSELL PEARCE
Hon. Co-Chairman, BanAmnestyNow.com
Sponsor, Arizona Law SB1070

Dear Fellow Americans,

The White House and Congress are mobilizing against Americans who oppose Amnesty and support secure borders!White House and Congressional Leaders just held meetings with leaders the Southern Baptist Leadership Conference, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and the powerful National Association of Evangelicals to plot strategy to MAKE AMNESTY LAW!!!

Collectively, these organizations boast membership in the tens-of-millions! This is just the sort of base and clout the pro-Amnesty Lobby needs to kick off their national drive for Amnesty all illegals living in the United States!

We believe there should be a pathway for earned legal status and citizenship,” said a leader of one of the evangelical groups leading the charge for Amnesty.

Abortion divides us, gay rights divide us, war and peace divides us, but comprehensive immigration reform [amnesty] unites us,” said another.

While the pro-Amnesty Washington Establishment works behind closed doors to craft their latest Amnesty scheme, I need your help today. We successfully stopped their Amnesty plans in 2007. We passed SB 1070 in Arizona this year.

Together we can and will STOP AMNESTY again!
Friends, we can keep the pro-Amnesty forces at bay, but only if we act today! Please join me on the front lines of stopping the Obama Amnesty scheme by JOINING B.A.N. right now with a contribution of $20, $30, $50 or even $100.Every $20 donation allows us to reach more than 1,000 new potential supporters, so please be generous today. Our first goal is to collect 1,000,000 signatures to BAN’s national petition against Amnesty! With your help, we’ll reach that goal – but one thing is certain: we can’t do it without the support of patriots like you.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Your friend,

RUSSELL PEARCE
State Senator, Arizona

P.S. Please join me with a contribution of $20, $30, $50 or even $100 today. Your support is critical to stopping Amnesty in its tracks!P.P.S. For everyone who contributes $50 or more June 30th, we will send you, as a special “thank you”, a BanAmnestyNow.com bumper sticker and a special invitation to the upcoming BAN kickoff TELE-TOWN-HALL, which I’ll host. We will talk about SB1070, how it can work in every state in the nation, as well as how we can stop the new Obama assault on Amnesty!

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Obama ICE Appointment Signals Push for “Sanctuary Nation”
June 27, 2010, 01:51 AM
Former Houston Policy Chief Harold Hurtt is President Obama’s appointee to run the 287g program within the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This is the program intended to assist law enforcement to identify illegal aliens. This is done by empowering local law enforcement to investigate the immigration status of a criminal after their arrest.  If that sounds familiar, it should: it’s the same policy as the new Arizona law, SB-1070, signed into law this spring – and which takes effect July 29. SB 1070, of course, was sponsored by Ban Amnesty Now national co-chairman Sen. Russell Pearce (R-AZ)…..
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ACTION ALERT: Amnesty Bill Gets 100th Co-Sponsor in Congress
June 25, 2010, 10:34 AM
Yesterday, pro-Amnesty leaders in Congress announced they had reached an important milestone with their 100th co-sponsor for legislation putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship. The legislation supporters claim the comprehensive immigration reform measure is not Amnesty because it requires a $500 fine and a background check in order to begin the citizenship process…..
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SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO: Help Me Ban Amnesty Now!
June 24, 2010, 06:02 PM
In this letter from Sheriff Joe Arpaio to conservatives across the nation, America’s Toughest Sheriff explains why signed on as a new B.A.N. national co-chairman, and why he needs your help to Ban Amnesty Now… before Obama and the Washington Establishment can force their schemes on America!
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Obama is Holding a Dead Mans Hand

If you havn’t been paying attention you might have overlooked the fact that in spite of all the critics flogging President Obama over decisions he has been making or lack thereof, his popularity is holding steady

AP Pic

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For the time being Presidential advisors are banking on consistency. This explains why, for instance, the administration is willing to alienate supporters of Arizona’s new immigrant law by directing the Department of Justice to challenge the law in the nations Supreme Court. 

Its risky business. If the polls generally do not show a decline in the President’s popularity when other polls show that 60% of all Americans support Arizona it makes political sense to try to capture the declining Latino vote by attempting to stop Arizona from enforcing their new immigration law. Win or lose, Obama gets kudos   for trying. 

Gallop — “Hispanics’ approval of President Barack Obama’s job performance slipped to 57% in May, after falling from 69% in January to 64% in February. By contrast, whites’ and blacks’ approval of the president has been steady throughout 2010.” 

Congressional mid-term candidates do not share the steady approval that is held by Obama. 

According to Gallop “Americans who believe most members of Congress do not deserve to be re-elected support their position by saying representatives are simply doing a bad job, that they have been in office too long, that they are not making decisions based on what’s best for the country, or that they are too focused on self-interest, special interests, and partisanship. Relatively few cite Congress’ performance on specific issues.” 

No matter what the polls are revealing today, American sentiment is traditionally slow to raise its ugly head. The actual truth about Obama’s popularity remains hidden until November 6th, 2012 when we shall learn if Obama’s political cards were a royal flush or he dealt himself a dead mans hand. 

Mexicans who died crossing Arizona's desert

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Mexicans who died trying to cross into the US Arizona border. 

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Voters Give Washington A One-Two Punch

Voters landed two punches square on the chin of the political fat cats in Washington.

It appears that the national voter sentiment about electing new candidates who lack experience and thus are not in the grasp of either the Democratic or Republican Party is alive  in California and South Carolina.

Last Tuesday voters in California passed Proposition 14.  Proposition 14 is to a politician what Arizona’s Immigration Proposition 1070 is to Illegal Immigrants.

Also on Tuesday voters in South Carolina followed up with an upper cut by electing a virtual unknown in the State primary to represent Democrats in the November Senatorial Election.

It appears that the voters in California don’t take kindly to the idea that money can buy anything, even a primary election. Tuesdays Republican primary election of Meg Whitman for governor  and Carley Fiorina for Senate seem to be evidence that if you have enough money you don’t really need good old-fashioned voter support or their donations.

Jae C. Hong Associated Press

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Whitman spent 71 million dollars of her own money to defeat long time politician Steve Poizner.

Carley Fiorina spent 5 million dollars of her own money to win her nomination for Senator. In addition Chris Kelley who was running for California Attorney general lost his bid but not before he spent 12 million dollars of his own money.

In response to this voters passed proposition 14.  Proposition 14 is the first step to take away the two-party system in California.  It takes effect in the primary elections in 2012. This law does away with the notion that only Democrats and Republicans can vote in the State’s Primary. It also does away with the notion that you must actually be a Democrat or Republican to be a candidate in the State’s Primary election.

“Specifically, Proposition 14 provides for a “voter-nominated primary election” for each state elective office and congressional office in California. Voters can vote in the primary election for any candidate for a congressional or state elective office without regard to the political party affiliations of either the candidate or the voter. Candidates can choose whether or not to have their political party affiliation displayed on the ballot. “ (Ballot Pedia)

In South Carolina voters elected a virtual unknown person as their democratic candidate for Senate Alvin Green and sent home long time Democratic politician Vic Rawl. To add insult to injury, Mr. Green did not have a campaign, did not have campaign money, and has a questionable personal history. Rawl just doesn’t believe he lost to Green and is reportedly challenging the outcome.

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No matter what happens in the November General Election, the election of Mr. Green is an acute message to Washington and a victory for Democracy.

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A 2010 Memorial Day Tribute To our Children and a Caution

Editorial

There will not be any posted  links and advertisements  here today just my thoughts.

As a veteran who served from 1966 to 1968,  I wonder what my fallen comrades would think of our country, our political leaders, and the general direction our country is taking today.

It brings a tear.  I see the same indifference to the lives of those who serve today as the souls who served back in the 60’s.   Back then (Back in the day) I was proud to step forward. I believed in what our political leaders told us.  So did my brother Rick.  And  my parents?  I think so. It was a proud nation. A proud generation. As it turned out, a generation of change.

I thought I was going to serve and protect our country from future aggression. “Protect the world” I was told.  I didn’t understand the reality of it all until many years later. Its interesting. I didn’t think much of all the protests against the war or the draft dodgers or politicians who put their careers on the line to protest but as I look back I am compelled to wonder who the realist was me or the war protesters?

Who protested this war, was it our senators, our congressmen, or our President? In 1966 it was my classmates, the future generation.  Who is protesting now?

The song  phrase “I aint no  Senator’s Son” by JC Fogerty applied to me  and  800,000 other sons.

It’s different now you say. We (Those of us who do not have a title) have smartened up.  Have we?. Our children, our babies, are once again coming home in boxes draped with flags or alive  physically and mentally maimed.  Our government is still making loop-hole filled promises  to take care of them as they did during Viet Nam .

Our survivors are getting pats  on their backs now as they did in 1966 and those who did not survive received  a piece of metal attached to  red white and blue  ribbons laid on their caskets followed by  a lawyer’s  promise   to their loved ones to end  the war.

Do not get me wrong. Our boys have served proudly. I stand as a guardian. No one should dare tarnish their brave service to me without suffering my wrath.

But as a father now,  I have walked in the shoes of my parents and my parent’s parents.  Did we fail our children? Have we allowed our leaders to send  our children into harms way the same way my parents did during the Viet Nam conflict (War) ?  And did we allow death for  political decisions like Viet Nam, a country that had the significance of a flea on a dog?   I think yes.

Are we accustomed to war? Are we sheep?  Are we  protesting  immigration laws but not a war that is taking our children our future generation? What about  our  children? Are we going to put them  on the line for sand and oil?

Let us bow our heads at the white stones standing at formation in our National Cemeteries and pay homage.  Let us read the names and honor them. Let us beg for forgiveness. Let us promise them to honor what they have sacrificed.  Let us stop future sacrifice without protest.

Most important, let us hold our leaders responsible for their decisions and their deeds.  It’s not too late for our future generations, our babies.  Our tendency to vote based on  a political party affiliation  rather than on a candidates character should to change.

Those of you who vote purely based on party lines are  taking a huge gamble and your chips are our children, our land, our seas and our future.

JD Benish