Comment by Jim Campbell
August 16, 2018
This may sound like tongue in cheek but I ask you, who presents the biggest threat to CA, Ameen who shot an Iraqi policeman who for the most part are known to be crooked, (Source) or members of the CA Assembly controlled by Progressive Democrats who pass burdensome anti business tax increases that are causing people to flee the state in droves? (Source)
One of California’s most ardent gas tax supporters got the boot in a recall election, eliminating the Democratic super-majority in the state senate and demonstrating voters’ unhappiness with California’s costly gas tax. (Source)
The Orange County-area state senator who voted to raise gas taxes is out of a job after Tuesday’s primary election, denying Senate Democrats a super-majority for the rest of the year.
Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman will be replaced by former Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang after he was recalled for voting to raise gas taxes last year.
While all Americans are dealing with increasing gas prices, California residents are dealing with the highest rates in the country.
AAA currently shows The Golden State paying an average of $3.73 per gallon, more than any other state.
The rate is even higher when the state’s major cities are included. Like the rest of the U.S., California is facing higher prices because of a litany of geopolitical and national issues.
Let’s try mismanagement with how the current gas taxes are spent.
However, pain at the pump is harsher because of a very unpopular gas tax passed by state legislators.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a gas tax bill that was meant to raise funds for new road and bridge construction in April 2017.
The law officially went into effect in November, charging an extra 12 cents per gallon and sending California drivers into a frenzy.
A repeal campaign has been underway and it has claimed its first win.
Jerry Brown Wants To Tax Drinking Water To Fix California’s Busted Up Infrastructure. (Source)
Some things you just can’t make up!
Look for progressive/ Democrats to attempt to tax the air we breathe next.
The Iraqi police have had a long history of corruption and, despite funds and retraining efforts, they’ve managed to maintain their corruption.
Let’s not forget, the Assembly already passed a 12 cents per gallon gas tax which CA voters were unaware. (Source)
It will likely be repealed during the upcoming elections.
Iraqi police continue to be highly sectarian and take part in kidnappings, ransom payments and bribery.
They have proven to be ineffective at controlling terrorism efforts and protecting civilians in the ways they need to be.
Omar Abdulsattar Ameen is expected to be extradited to Iraq.
The government of Iraq has charged Ameen with premeditated murder that happened during an ISIS takeover of the Rawah District of the Al-Anbar Province.
ISIS took control of the area on June 21, 2014, and the next day investigators say Ameen was part of a four-vehicle ISIS convoy that opened fire on a home of a former Iraqi police officer on June 22.
The Iraqi government alleges Ameen fired his weapon at the victim, Ihsan Abdulhafiz Jasim, who was on the ground, killing him with a gunshot wound to the chest.
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A man was arrested in Sacramento on suspicion of a 2014 murder of a former police officer in Iraq believed to be carried out by the Islamic State.
READ THE COMPLAINT: Omar Abdulsattar Ameen criminal complaint
A federal agent removes items from an apartment following the arrest of Omar Ameen, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Ameen, a 45-year-old Iraqi refugee, was arrested on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman in 2014 while serving with the Islamic State terror organization.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
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- June 21, 2014 – ISIS seizes control of the Rawah District of Al-Anbar Province, erects checkpoints.
- June 22, 2014 – An four-vehicle ISIS convoy opens fire on a home. The man inside returns fire, but is eventually killed. A witness says Omar Abdulsattar Ameen fired the lethal shot into the victim’s chest.
- April 11, 2014 – Intelligence officials say they have information on the murder of Jasim.
- April 12, 2018 – Court receives details about the 2014 attack. Details came from a witness who investigators say was able to identify Ameen as the shooter from ISIS videos and photos.
- May 16, 2018 – A judge in Iraq issues a warrant for Ameen’s arrest.
- June 4, 2018 – Iraqi government files request for extradition
- July 18, 2018 – American Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman certifies the request by the Iraqi government
- Aug. 14, 2018 – Warrant submitted by investigators and granted by a judge in Sacramento.
- Aug. 15, 2018 – Ameen is taken into custody and has his first hearing in Sacramento
- Aug. 20, 2018 – Ameen’s next scheduled hearing.
The Iraqi government says a witness came forward and was able to identify him.
Investigators with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms searched the Eastern Villa Apartments on Eastern Avenue. Agents took boxes of evidence from the apartment.
An intelligence report from Iraqi intelligence says Ameen worked with building material supplies and had a shopping center in the Rawah district. Investigators tied him to terrorist cells in 2004, saying he was a founder of al-Tawhid Wa al Jihad, an Al Qaida organization. They also say he was a close associate of Abu Mus’ab Al-Zaraqawi, a man at the center of many bombings, attacks and beheadings in Iraq before his death in a U.S. strike in 2006.
The report also links Ameen to an armed attack against an Iraqi army headquarters in 2006 where soldiers were taken hostage and executed.
Neighbors say they were surprised by the arrest.
“It makes me nervous. We were shocked, didn’t ssupect anything like that,” said Greg Hudson. “He didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to make you feel suspicious, just a friendly Muslim, family man.”
Former federal prosecutor Bill Portanova says, “It’s a wakeup call that bad guys can end up anywhere in the world.”
The Department of Justice says Ameen fled Iraq to Turkey and later settled in Sacramento as a purported refugee while concealing his ties to terrorist groups.