Starbucks reneges on guns

Starbucks CEO says guns not welcome in stores

 

Starbucks is becoming a gun-free zone.

After months of wrangling over the highly-emotional issue, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz late Tuesday announced that guns are no longer permitted in Starbucks stores — or in Starbucks outdoor seating areas.

Schultz made the comments in an open letter to his “Fellow Americans” that was posted on the company’s website.

In an interview with USA TODAY, also Tuesday, Schultz says: “The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.”

But, to be clear, Starbucks will not slap an outright ban on guns, he says, because enforcing such a ban “would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers.”

Full-page newspaper advertisements announcing the change will appear in Thursday’s editions of USA TODAY, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

For Starbucks, which has been embraced by the gun lobby for permitting guns in stores in those parts of more than 40 states that allow them, it’s a major change of policy certain to have immediate blow-back from pro-gun enthusiasts.

The move comes just days after the mass-killing left 13 dead at Washington’s Navy Yard, but Schultz insists the timing of the policy change is unrelated. In fact, he says, the company thought about postponing the announcement after Monday’s massacre, but opted to move ahead.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/09/18/starbucks-coffee-guns-ceo-schultz/2829937/

 

In my state they can put up signs and do whatever they want, but they can’t ban them.  If you’re carrying concealed then “Concealed means Concealed”.  Keep it that way.  If they ask you to leave if you’re open carrying then you could be charged with trespassing if you refuse.  (State of Colorado)  Of course that also depends on whether you’re in certain cities too.  Boulder, Denver and others still try to hassle people carrying weapons.

Navy reporting 6 dead

AP is reporting that several witnesses encountered the gunman, described as wearing “All blue”.

The Security Forces wear blue or dark blue on most of the bases. The military wears camo.

AP reporting that the Navy is reporting that at this time, “at least six are dead”.

Bolling AFB has NOT had a shooting (denied by Public Affairs personnel).

Washington Post reports two gunmen.

US Navy reporting TWO GUNMEN DOWN:

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/…-Yard-shooting

The US Navy tells 11Alive’s sister station WUSA that two shooters have been neutralized in the incident at the Navy Sea Systems Command headquarters in southeast Washington.

Breaking News: HQ NSSC breached!

Monday, September 16, 2013

BREAKING! Headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems Command breached!

STICKY POST FOR NOW – CONSTANTLY UPDATED AS WE LEARN MORE

Washington Navy Yard. Less than a mile from the U.S. Capitol, I believe.

The Navy Yard is an extremely secure facility! Documents with the highest classification!

This post stuck here for a while so that updates can be added as they occur.

For local coverage that is really on top of developments, go to WUSA.

PASTORIUS UPDATE – This is a Secure Operations building – highly classified – The War Plans are in this building.

FOX NEWS PUT UP A SCROLL A FEW MINUTES AGO, SAYING, “AMBULANCES ARRIVE ON SCENE WITH POLICE ESCORT.

I have never heard of ambulances being given a Police Escort before.

This could mean one of two things,

1) they anticipated terrible traffic problems, so they believe they needed a convoy of Emergency vehicles all with sirens blaring (but frankly, that would just cause even more trouble,

or

2) THEY BELIEVE THIS IS A TERRORIST OPERATION WHICH MAY ROLL OUT IN STAGES, and that a stage might be planned wherein Emergency responders are attacked.

THIS COULD BE THE FIRST STAGE OF JIHADIST ATTACKS IRAN THREATENED US WITH IN RESPONSE TO SYRIA.

RELATED? – This story came out yesterday – FBI WARNS: MUSLIM TERRORISTS PLAN TO ATTACK FUEL STORAGE PLANTS INSIDE U.S.

AOW here….This facility houses the command center for naval operations in the eastern Mediterranean.

4 civilians and one officer shot.

Another man shot very close to one of the Navy Yard’s gates @ New Jersey and M.

All flights at DCA (Reagan Washington National) are grounded indefinitely.

11th Street Bridge is closed and being used as triage center.

Streets being closed all over D.C., including those around Capitol Hill.

PASTORIUS – This photograph (picked up from Twitter) seems to indicate the shooter SHOT HIS WAY INTO THE BUILDING.

AOW here….Local news now stating that at least 10 people have been shot.

PASTORIUS –

NBC4 Washington: Four Dead, 12 Shot at D.C. Navy Yard; Active Shooter Still At Large
live feed Washington DC Fire, and EMS Live Audio Feed

Shooter 'contained'...
3,000 workers told to 'shelter in place'...
NBC: At least 2 cops among victims...
Flights halted out of Reagan airport...
WH: 'Citizens: Listen to the Authorities'...

KRLA LOS ANGELES RADIO: SHOOTER DESCRIBED AS A “BLACK MALE, WITH A BEARD, WEARING A CAP”

MULTIPLE SHOOTERS ARE BEING REPORTED BY SOME SOURCES NOW, INCLUDING THE WASHINGTON POST:

WaPo sticking with three gunmen, according to police spokeswoman

WaPo
One of the shooters is “down,” police said, but two remain in a building on the grounds.

One of the shooters at large is dressed in fatigues. At least one has a long gun, police said.


NBC: Authorities originally believed there was a lone gunman, but sources later confirmed to News4 that the shooting was carried out by at least two gunmen.


USA TODAY – The shooter was described as a black male with a dark complexion, approximately 5’10” to 6 feet tall, 170 pound with a black shirt and black hat. He is believed to be barricaded somewhere and have multiple guns.

White House had NSA Limits Reversed

Sep 10, 2013

UPI

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington,Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

The Obama administration quietly got a court to undo U.S. surveillance limits on the use of intercepted phone calls and emails, The Washington Post reported.

The 2011 reversal of a 2008 restriction let the National Security Agency search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, the Post said, citing newly declassified documents and interviews with government officials.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court also extended the length of time the NSA may legally hold onto intercepted U.S. communications, increasing it to six years from five, a recently released 2011 opinion by court Chief Judge John D. Bates said.

Bates, appointed to the secret court by Chief Justice John Roberts in 2006, is a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, nominated by President George W. Bush in 2001.

An undated, unsigned cover letter outlining the documents’ release was posted on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website. It can be found at tinyurl.com/UPI-DNI-letter.

A redacted, unclassified version of Bates’ opinion can be found at tinyurl.com/UPI-FISA-Court-ruling.

Many details in the Post story were reported Aug. 9 by British newspaper The Guardian from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Post confirmed the information from the declassified documents.

What was not earlier reported, the Post said, was the 2008 ban imposed by the court, at the government’s request, on the very kinds of searches the Obama administration in 2011 got the court to allow once again.

The court decision written by Bates permitted the NSA “to query the vast majority” of its databases using email addresses and phone numbers of Americans and legal residents without a warrant.

The queries must be “reasonably likely to yield foreign intelligence information,” the opinion said. Query results would be subject to NSA privacy rules.

Alex Joel, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s civil liberties protection officer, told the Post the renewed authority was needed in case the NSA learned of a rapidly developing terrorist plot and suspects a U.S. person may be involved.

Searching for communications to, from or about that person could help determine what involvement the person has and whether he or she was in touch with surveillance-targeted terrorists, Joel told the newspaper.

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/09/10/obama-white-house-had-nsa-limits-reversed.html?ESRC=eb.nl