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Amid protests, Pentagon squirms under pressure to do Trump’s political bidding

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first_imgTopics : Minutes earlier, he had declared that he was dispatching “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers” to help quell unrest, which appeared to invoke the rarely used Insurrection Act to involve the US Army in domestic peace-keeping.The Pentagon stressed that the Insurrection Act had not been activated.But Trump’s words, and the picture of Milley in his camouflage battle dress at the White House, left many nervous.Likewise did Esper telling governors of US states earlier Monday that they should “dominate the battlespace” to end the protests, sounding like he too viewed the situation as war. President Donald Trump wants the US military to take the lead in stopping violent race protests, making the Pentagon increasingly vulnerable to accusations of being a tool for his political goals.Trump put the issue out in front Monday in a made-for-TV show of force.After having police fire tear gas to clear away peaceful protestors in front of the White House, he walked with Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley at his side to a nearby church to pose for pictures. ‘Not aware’ The Pentagon sought Tuesday to dampen the concerns, even as hundreds of army policemen were placed on standby for duty if violence continued in the US capital.A senior official, speaking on grounds of anonymity, insisted that Esper’s “battlespace” was simply his habit of using the jargon of the US military.”It’s the common term we use for the area we are operating in,” he said.As for Milley’s and Esper’s presence when Trump made his political display, the official claimed they had been called to the White House at short notice — hence Milley’s camouflage uniform — and did not know it was going to happen.”The president indicated an interest in viewing the troops outside and the secretary and the chairman went with him,” the official said.”They were not aware that the police and law enforcement had made a decision to clear the square.”center_img ‘Autocratic rule’ That failed to douse concerns that the two top military leaders were being sucked and pressured into Trump’s political plans.”I remain gravely concerned about the President Trump’s seemingly autocratic rule and how it affects the judgment of our military leadership,” said the chair of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith. “The role of the US military in domestic US law enforcement is limited by law,” he added.”It must not be used in violation of those limits and I see little evidence that President Trump understands this fundamental premise.”Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for president, accused Trump of “using the American military against the American people.”It was clear, too, that African Americans in the US military had their focus on brutality toward blacks and less so on Trump’s machinations.  “Just like most of the Black Airmen and so many others in our ranks … I am outraged at watching another Black man die on television before our very eyes,” tweeted Chief Master Sergeant Kaleth Wright, the senior-most enlisted man in the US Air Force.”I am George Floyd,” he wrote.  One week after the killing of handcuffed African American George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman sparked protests and riots for racial justice across the country, such talk sparked anger and concerns that Trump would use the military against political foes, and to boost his own stature.”America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy,” said retired General Martin Dempsey, who held Milley’s job from 2011 to 2105.”I am not convinced that the conditions on our streets, as bad as they are, have risen to the level that justifies a heavy reliance on military troops,” Mike Mullen, Dempsey’s predecessor as the top Pentagon commander, wrote in the Atlantic on Tuesday.”Furthermore, I am deeply worried that as they execute their orders, the members of our military will be co-opted for political purposes.”last_img read more

Lloyd A. Shea, 83, Wellington: Dec. 6, 1929 – Feb. 28, 2013

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first_imgLloyd A. Shea, of Wellington, died Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington at the age of 83.Lloyd was born the son of Elmer and Faye (Lantis) Shea on December 6, 1929 at his family home near Pomona.He married Naomi Ruth Osborn in April of 1953 on Mac Dill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. They were later separated.He served in the Air Force, loading bombs on planes during the Korean War. After the military, he and his family settled in Wichita for a short time, before returning to Florida. Boeing, which provided a section of the Apollo spacecraft, sent Lloyd to create and lead a quality control program at Cape Canaveral. He was involved with the majority of the Apollo missions. His aptitude for organization, attention to detail, and precision served him well throughout his working years.Survivors include his children Steven Lloyd Shea and Cynthia Lee (Shea) Wiley, both of Oxford, older brother Eugene Victor Shea and his wife Dixie of Hannah, Wyoming, grandchildren Cristy Lynn (Coffey) Newlin of Wellington and Bryson Lloyd Mahurin of Oxford, great-grandchildren Quentin Newlin (son of Cristy) and Aubrey Annah Persinger (daughter of Bryson) and a cousin, Delores (Beightol) Whiteman of Winfield. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Nancy Ellen (Davis) Shea and his younger brother John Frank Shea.A burial will take place at the Oxford Cemetery at a later date.Memorials have been established in his loving memory with Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice 3210 West Kellogg Drive, Wichita. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Ricedesigned Flood Alert System performs well

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first_imgShare1Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David [email protected] [email protected] Flood Alert System performs wellMonitor provides early warning to Texas Medical Center institutions HOUSTON – (May 26, 2015) – The Rice University and Texas Medical Center Flood Alert System 3 performed up to spec and beyond during the storm that deluged Houston May 25 and 26, according to its designer, Phil Bedient. Bedient is the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering at Rice and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.The system, put into place in 1997 and upgraded since, gives advance warning of floods that could affect the scores of buildings in the densely packed medical center. It also monitors Brays Bayou, which runs through the center, in real time with flow charts and webcams.Bedient said the Memorial Day event dropped 8.4 inches of rain over 24 hours in the watershed area and pushed Brays to the limit.Where it passes beneath Main Street, Brays overflows its banks when water flows through at about 29,000 cubic feet per second. The system predicted a peak flow of 28,000. “I think the chart speaks for itself,” Bedient said.Bedient monitored the system until the rain slowed at 3 a.m. Tuesday. “We were in communication with the medical center the whole evening,” he said. “It was a monster amount of rain with a great intensity, but the predictive system worked as well as I’ve ever seen it. I was actually amazed.”Bedient said that while the bayou overflowed its banks further downstream, there were no reports of flooded buildings in the medical center as the institutions “completely locked down” due to the warnings. “They can shut the whole medical center down like a castle, and they did that early on,” he said.-30-This news release can be found online at https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG133.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more