17 members of the Afghanistan military are missing and have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base, the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, according to FNC. However, this this is breaking news? Well not quite, the reality is that these AWOL Afghan’s have been missing for two years and none in the last three months. ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!
A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, FoxNews.com has learned.
The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security
badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations, according to the lookout bulletin, “Afghan Military Deserters in CONUS [Continental U.S.],” issued by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas, and obtained by FoxNews.com.
Just a question America, if our government can lose 17 Afghan military folks in three years … do you really want these people handling your health care? Just a thought.
Oh but don’t worry America there is nothing to fear, these missing, AWOL Afghan military types were only here to learn how to fly planes and speak English. It’s not like that is anything that a terrorist woulld want to learn. OUR MILITARY WAS TEACHING AFGHANS WHAT!!! And the hits keep on coming, after two years not all of the VISAS have been revoked? Exactly what are we waiting for, a terrorist attack? How do 17 Afghan individuals with military clearance just go missing in the US? Would they be considered illegal immigrants by the Obama WH? Maybe they just wanted to come to America and do the jobs that Americans just don’t want to do … like attack America.
“I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute,” said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland AFB. “They disappeared over the course of the last two years, and none in the last three months.”
Each Afghan was issued a Department of Defense Common Access Card, an identification card used to gain access to secure military installations, with which they “could attempt to enter DOD installations,” according to the bulletin. Base security officers were encouraged to disseminate the bulletin to their personnel.
“The visas issued to these personnel have been revoked, or are in the process of being revoked. Lookouts have been placed in TECS,” it reads.
The names of the missing and AWOL Afghans courtesy of No Sheeple Here.
16 Year Old Abby Sunderland Missing, Feared Lost at Sea Attempting to Become Youngest Sailor to Circumnavigate the Globe (UPDATE: Found Safe)
16 year old Abby Sunderland is missing and feared lost at sea. Abby Sunderland was attempting to be the youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate the globe. Her support crew lost contact with Abby, who was in heavy seas in the Southern Indian Ocean. At her last contact, Sunderland was in 20-25 foot waves at the time of last contact, with 35-knot winds.
”The boat is most likely not completely submerged because there’s another alarm that sends off a signal if it goes 15 feet underwater,” Zac Sunderland said in an interview with Ron Kilgore of KNX radio in Los Angeles. “So yeah, she’s pretty banged up out there right now, and [we're] just trying to get the rescue teams out.”
Abby’s mother, MaryAnne Sunderland, told ABC News that Abby manually activated two emergency beacons sometime before 6 a.m. Pacific Time today.
A plane from Qantas air, based in Australia, planned to fly over Sunderland’s location at first light Friday — or late Thursday evening Eastern Time.
One really has to question how on earth a parent would allow a 16 yeao old to attempt such a risky and dangerous endeavour. Presently, a search operation is underway for the missing Abby Sunderland. She is believed to be alive and floating in the Indian Ocean.
The engineer behind Abby Sunderland’s solo trip around the world says he believes the 16-year-old Thousand Oaks sailor is “alive” and “most likely floating” in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Speaking to a throng of reporters outside the family’s home, Jeff Casher said he spoke to her at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, then lost contact after she went to check on some equipment on her boat. About an hour later, she apparently activated her emergency beacons – devices that sent automatic alerts to the Coast Guard and her family.
Casher said the family is looking at three possible scenarios. Either the boat’s mast came down, giving her no ability to sail the vessel; the keel hit something and possibly flipped the boat upside down; or she may have broken an arm or leg while being whipsawed about in violent waters.
Abby Sunderland: Australia Sends Airbus to Find Sailor Lost in Indian Ocean.
UPDATE I: 16 Year Old Abby Sunderland Found Alive
Thankfully, Abby Sunderland has been located and she is well; however, she still needs to be rescused. SM understands that sailing is this girl’s passion, but at 16 and with this near tragic event that occured, it will be interesting to see whether her parents allow another such voyage. However, in the end than God that she is safe and sound. As stated at Balloon Juice, maybe some risk management assessments need to be more thought out if you are going to let a 16 year ols risk their life in such an adventure.
A spotter jet over the Indian Ocean late Thursday made contact with 16-year-old Abby Sunderland, the Thousand Oaks solo sailor who was adrift in rough seas and heavy winds in her quest to circumnavigate the globe, a spokesman for the teen’s family said.
The Qantas Airways jetliner with dozens of harbor patrol spotters on board made radio contact with Sunderland.
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3View Search Services Announce Strategic Partnership with World Peace One & Arts for Humanities Global at Sundance Film Festival 2010 for Haitian Relief & Search Efforts
In an EXCLUSIVE with3View Search Services Foundation, they have announced a strategic partnership with World Peace One and Arts For Humanity Global at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah to aid humanitarian relief and search and recovery efforts in Haiti.
The aerial imaging breakthrough technology developed by 3View Founder Sean Henady is critical for both recovery and rebuilding initiatives in the devastated region.
Sean Henady, President and founder of 3View Search Services and co-founder
and Vice President Mandy Albritton will be keynote speakers this evening at the
Sundance Film Festival Twenty Ten.
By invitation, they will also be meeting with ancillary organizations to create further alliances and partnerships that will progress search efforts in Haiti.
These partnerships are structured to facilitate prompt responses for future humanitarian search efforts globally as well; when ever and where ever such services are needed.
3View Search Services is a non-profit 501C3 organization that offers
industry-leading, remote aerial monitoring and surveying for the commercial,
industrial and agricultural industries while developing unique tools and
techniques for search and rescue operations.
Most recently, 3View was tapped for aerial imagery in efforts to locate Caylee Marie Anthony, missing 34 month old Orlando toddler. Sean Henady has been named as a witness for the State in the prosecution of her mother, Casey Anthony, in her murder.
The core units of 3VSS develops and deploys radio-controlled
mini-helicopters and airplanes that carry a variety of sensors and high
resolution imagery equipment. These UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) feature
onboard computers complete with stabilization and realtime image monitoring.
As stated by Sean Henady, President of 3View Search Services, “With the
remote-controlled equipment, you can cover so much territory in a little
time and at a fraction of the cost of using a full-size plane or helicopter.
And it’s not like we’re just flying over an area, hoping to see something.
We’re capturing high-quality images that we can review from the ground and
then study more in-depth later.”
The strategic alliances with such groups like World Peace One, Art for
Humanity and others will greatly advance the response capabilities and expand the
scope of searches for missing persons both domestically and
3View expects to deploy it’s assets to the Haitian relief and recovery efforts within the next week.
As Thousands Remain Missing in Haiti Including Many Americans (Lynn University Students) … Haiti Calls off Search & Rescue, Now only Search & Recovery
Haiti announces they will stop looking for the missing … Many Americans still unaccounted for in Haiti.
A little more than a week after the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, the Haitian government has called off the search and rescue phase of the earthquake relief effort. Much to the sadness and horror of families hoping beyond hope that their loved ones will be found alive underneath the rubble, they hear today that search efforts to find people alive have been stopped. The curious part of this decision is that just yesterday two individuals were rescued from the rubble.
Four students from Lynn University, Stephanie Crispinelli, Courtney Hayes, Christine Gianacaci, and Britney Gengel, are all still missing in Haiti following last week’s devastating earthquake.
(Courtesy Lynn University)
Haiti’s government has ended the search and rescue phase of the quake relief effort after two people who spent 10 days buried under rubble were pulled out alive and the death toll soared to more than 110,000.
The United Nations said 132 people had been saved from debris but that “the government has declared the search and rescue phase over.
“There were 132 live rescues by international search and rescue teams,” the UN’s Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs added in its latest situation report on the relief effort. Related article:Aid brings relief for some
An 84-year-old woman and 22-year-old man defied the odds by being rescued from the rubble in Port-au-Prince on Friday.
HELP THE VICTIMS OF HAITI …
Earthquake ravaged Haiti needs your help folks. The American Red Cross is already sending money and supplied to help the victims of this terrible and devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Please help, if you are able.
To help, people can make an unrestricted donation to the International Response Fund at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The public can also help by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
Send a $10 Donation by Texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999
You can make a donation by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or click on the Donate Now button.
The Red Cross is contributing an initial $1 million from the International Response Fund to support the relief operation, and has opened its warehouse in Panama to provide tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets for approximately 5,000 families.
More relief info can be found HERE.
As our friends at The Jawa Report state, it’s times like this when LEFT and RIGHT unite.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 7.0 quake struck Haiti shortly before 5 pm and was centered about 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince. As reported by the AP, US officials reported bodies in the streets and many feared dead. An aid official described “total disaster and chaos.”
Numerous pics of the devastation can be seen HERE.
Please pray for those in Haiti. The Haiti Ambassador to the US said stated, “please tell the world that Haiti needs them right now.”
The United States has always come to the aid of Haiti in the past and will once again step up to the plate to help the people of Haiti in the wake of this terrible disaster.
A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, knocking down buildings and power lines and inflicting what its ambassador to the United States called a catastrophe for the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.
Several eyewitnesses reported heavy damage and bodies in the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, where concrete-block homes line steep hillsides. There was no estimate of the dead and wounded Tuesday evening, but the U.S. State Department has been told to expect “serious loss of life,” department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.
Many more pics can be seen HERE.
There are reports of damage and casualties. Communications have been badly affected and in many areas there have been loss of electricity.
“It’s really dark, there’s no electricity. There’s a lot of cars on the streets, and people are afraid to get inside of the house. We cannot expect electricity for anytime soon,” said Pedrel.
“I see a lot of people on the streets, crying for help. I know there’s a lot of people under the building collapse. A lot of traffic, people crying, people bleeding. It’s a disaster,” Pedrel said.
It is also being reported that there are bodies in the street. US official said a “serious loss of life” was expected. I cringe to think what the loss of life may be like in this impoverished Caribbean nation.
Witnesses reported damaged buildings throughout the capital, including the president’s residence and century-old homes nearby, and The Associated Press reported that a hospital collapsed. President Rene Preval is safe, Joseph said, but there was no estimate of the dead and wounded Tuesday evening.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, this is about the last thing that Haiti needed. What they will need is our support, help and prayers.
The NY Post is reporting it as a 7.3 magnitude earthquake with two powerful aftershocks measuring 5.9 and 5.5 on the Richter scale.
The Red Cross pledged an initial $200,000 in aid. “We do have staff on the ground – we have not been able to reach them,” said Red Cross spokesman Abbi Weaver.
Witnesses said the streets of the capital were full of panicked people, and screams were coming from under the piles of rubble seen everywhere.
People were clawing at the rubble with their bare hands, trying to save loved ones, witnesses said.
Relief Agencies Ready Haiti Preparations: Government Agencies and Nonprofits Ready to Help Haiti after Earthquake and Reports of “Significant Damage”
UPDATE I: Disaster Alert: Earthquake in Haiti
The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake, and is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation. As with most earthquakes, we expect to see immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations, you can donate through their International Response Fund.
Phone lines are down in Haiti, he said, but families can call the embassy in Washington at 202-332-4090.
23 Year Old Neha Chhikara, Wife of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Crewmember Jumps Overboard in Bahama (Update: Search Called Off)
The wife of a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship crew member aboard the Monarch of the Seas is reported missing. It was initially thought that she fell off the cruise ship; however, it is now being reported that she jumped overboard in the Bahamas. 23 year old Neha Chhikara was reported missing at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Thursday; however, ship surveillance video later showed the passenger jumping overboard at 4:11 a.m.
Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez says the guest was reported missing by her husband. Security camera footage showed the 23-year-old woman going overboard from the 11th deck early that morning.
Martinez said Friday that Bahamian government officials reviewed the footage and determined that the woman jumped overboard.
The ship left Port Canaveral, Fla., on Monday for a five-day cruise through the Bahamas. It’s due to return Saturday.
UPDATE I: Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas Back in Port, Still no sign of Neha Chhikara
A C-130 aircraft was dispatched Friday afternoon to aid in the search for Neha Chhikara, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen of the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami. The 23-year-old was reported missing from Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas at about 2 p.m. Thursday. A helicopter, a jet and a cutter were sent out to look for the woman.
“The search is continuing today, although so far we’ve had no leads,” Ameen said Saturday.
UPDATE II: Family of Neha Chhikara Crying Foul
Well this is rather bizarre, the family claims dowry harassment led to incident on New Year’s Eve; couple worked on luxury liner going from Miami to Bahamas.
The family of former air hostess Neha Chhikara, who allegedly committed suicide on January 1, has submitted a written complaint to the Gurgaon police alleging that she had been physically and mentally tortured for dowry by her husband and in-laws. The police are yet to register an FIR. Neha’s father-in-law is the Gurgaon civil surgeon, S S Dalal.
Neha, 23, daughter-in-law of Gurgaon Civil Surgeon Dr SS Dalal, got killed under suspicious circumstances on a luxury ship on way from Miami in the USA to Bahamas.
Nearly an hour before her death, Neha had reportedly sent an e-mail to her brother, Anuj Chhikara, a local advocate, complaining about torture by her husband.
In the e-mail, reportedly sent on the afternoon of December 31, 2009, Neha had written that her husband Ankit Dalal, a manager with the Royal Caribbean Cruise “Monarch of Seas”, often used to get impulsive and beat her up without any reason.
The Coast Guard stopped searching Saturday afternoon for 23-year-old Neha Chhikara. She was reported missing Thursday afternoon from Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas as the ship headed from Nassau to CocoCay.
7 Year Old Somer Renee Thompson Missing in Orange Park, FL Since October 19, 2009 (Found Deceased in Landfill)
Another child is missing in Florida.
7 year old Somer Renee Thompson has been missing since the afternoon of October 19, 2009. She was walking home from the from Grove Park Elementary School at approximately 2:50 pm with her twin brother, her sister and some friends when she ran ahead of the group and was never seen again.
An AMBER ALERT has been issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Police suspect foul play in the 7 year olds disappearance. After 200 leads, questioning of 58 sex offenders and searches by 100’s of law enforcement, there are no “persons of interest” or physical evidence indicating where missing Somer Renee Thompson might be.
It appears that Tim Miller and the volunteers of Texas EquuSearch will be coming to Florida to help search for Somer Renee Thompson.
Plea from mom Diena Thompson: “She’s One of the Most Loving Little Girls in the Whole Wide World”
“They should know that she’s one of the most loving little girls in the whole wide world. She doesn’t know a stranger,” Diena Thompson said of her daughter, Somer. “And if somebody has her, please just bring her home.”
UPDATE I: Body of Missing Somer Renee Thompson found in Landfill
Sadly, the body of 7 year old Somer Renee Thompson has been found in a Georgia landfill. Investigators have confirmed that the body of a young girl that was found in a Georgia landfill about 50 miles from the Jacksonville, FL area where Somer went missing was Somer Renee Thompson.
Officials from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say that they will not determine, nor disclose, until an autopsy is performed tomorrow morning if the body is that of little Somer Thompson. Thompson vanished on her mile-long walk home from school Monday in Orange Park, Florida. John Bankhead, spokesman for the GBI tells Fox that the investigators are still at the scene where the body was discovered, but that the body of the young female has been sent to Savannah, GA for the autopsy in the morning.
After sifting through 100 tons of garbage, investigators found the body of deceased 7 Year Old Somer Renee Thompson. One thing is for certain that if Somer was sexually assaulted and DNA evidence can be found, it is most probable that there will be an arrest. It is hard to believe that this was not an abduction of opportunity by a sex offender. The fact that she was walking home from school, a prime opportunity for a sex offender to snatch a victim, cannot be lost here. Predators wait until one separates from the pack and then they pounce.
The partially covered body was found in a Georgia landfill near the Florida state line, after investigators followed garbage trucks leaving the neighborhood where Somer disappeared.
Beseler said investigators searched through 100 tons of garbage before finding the body.
CNN: The body of a small child found in a south Georgia landfill has been identified as that of a missing 7-year-old Florida girl, Clay County, Florida, Sheriff Rick Beseler said Thursday morning.
Our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends of Somer Renee Thompson and may she rest in eternal peace.
Curaçao trying it’s best not to become the next Aruba. It is amazing how fast and thorough an investigation into a missing person occurs when an individual is wanted to be found.
49 year old James Hogan, a US Diplomat vice-consul has been missing in Curacao since last Thursday evening when he left his home in Toni Kunchi, went for a walk and never returned. His wife filed a missing persons report the following day.
The investigation into his disappearance began Friday as police started a search along the route that Hogan usually walked.
On Friday afternoon, the Public Prosecutor and the police started with the Team Large-scaled Search (TGO), which consists of fifteen to twenty persons. The police circulated an official missing person report later on. This led to tips, which are currently being investigated
Bloodstained jeans have been found Baya Beach on Friday afternoon that were forwarded to the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) in Rijswijk.
The clothes possibly belong to the vice-consul James Hogan (49) who is missing since Thursday evening, but the NFI is yet to give a definite answer. Officer of Justice Ludmilla Vicento stated the aforementioned during the press conference yesterday. For the time being, the authorities are assuming that the man is missing, but they are also taking into account all scenarios from a crime, a kidnapping to an assault. A team from the NFI with four specially trained dogs arrived on the island last Sunday. The area surrounding Baya Beach at the peninsula of the Caracas Bay is fenced off until further notice. Family, colleagues, and neighbors have meanwhile been heard, but this did not yield any results yet.
It would appear that the cooperation and rush for resources and help into Curacoa for missing James Hogan is occurring at a much more brisk pace than it was for Natalee Holloway in Aruba. It’s amazing how fast a government and LE operate when they actually want to find a missing person. Earlier disappearances are still fresh in the memory of the Netherlands Antillean people like Dutch trainee nurse Marlies van der Kouwe who was killed on Bonaire and US teenager Natalee Holloway who disappeared without trace in Aruba.