Former CIA official says it would be 'terribly irresponsible' for Western leaders to treat Putin's threats of nuclear war as 'empty' or mere 'saber-rattling'
Former CIA official Rolf Mowatt-Larssen said that, with the Ukrainians gaining ground, Putin may see nuclear weapons as his "only good option."news.yahoo.com
Angst over China, Russia lessens chance of US nuke changes
Joe Biden’s arrival in the White House nearly a year ago seemed to herald a historic shift toward less U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons and possibly a shrinking of their numbers. Then China happened — revelations about its expanding nuclear force and talk of potential war with Taiwan. Now, major shifts in U.S. nuclear weapons policy seem much less likely, and while Biden may insist on certain adjustments, momentum toward a historic departure from the Trump administration's policy appears to have stalled.news.yahoo.com
An autonomous robot may have already killed people – here's how the weapons could be more destabilizing than nukes
The term 'killer robot' often conjures images of Terminator-like humanoid robots. Militaries around the world are working on autonomous machines that are less scary looking but no less lethal. John F. Williams/U.S. NavyAutonomous weapon systems – commonly known as killer robots – may have killed human beings for the first time ever last year, according to a recent United Nations Security Council report on the Libyan civil war. History could well identify this as the starting point of the next manews.yahoo.com
Member of Wolverine Watchmen faces felony weapons charge
LANSING, Mich. – A known member of the Wolverine Watchmen and Clarkston resident was arraigned on two felony weapons charges Monday, announced Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Maxwell Wyckoff, 22, was arraigned Monday in the 52nd District Court, Division 3, in Oakland County before Magistrate Marie Soma. “My office will not hesitate to pursue and prosecute any individual who would go to such lengths.”As a member of the Wolverine Watchmen, Wyckoff attended multiple field training exercises at a location in Munith, Michigan. The FBI and the Michigan State Police conducted an extensive investigation into the Wolverine Watchmen and their activities. As a result of this investigation and the information obtained, search warrants were authorized on the residences of multiple members of the Wolverine Watchmen, including Wyckoff.
Detroit police chief says parents must be ‘held accountable’ after 2 children shot in same day
DETROIT – After two shootings that involved children occurred just hours apart on Tuesday, Detroit police chief James Craig says the parents must be held accountable. On March 9, two separate shootings took place in Detroit that involved and injured children. One shooting occurred on Justine Street, where a 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his 10-year-old cousin. The second shooting took place on Omira Street, where a 3-year-old was accidentally shot in the arm by another child. Police said a 4-year-old and a 13-year-old were also inside the home when the shooting happened, but no adults were there.
First-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons enters into force
United Nations —The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons entered into force on Friday, hailed as a historic step to rid the world of its deadliest weapons but strongly opposed by the world's nuclear-armed nations. Japan on its own renounces use and possession of nuclear weapons, but the government has said pursuing a treaty ban is not realistic with nuclear and non-nuclear states so sharply divided over it. It also bans any transfer or use of nuclear weapons or nuclear explosive devices — and the threat to use such weapons — and requires parties to promote the treaty to other countries. The letter said the treaty "turns back the clock on verification and disarmament" and would endanger the half-century-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, considered the cornerstone of nonproliferation efforts. Fihn countered at the time that a ban could not undermine nonproliferation since it was "the end goal of the Nonproliferation Treaty."cbsnews.com
Threats of violent cause safety concerns at the Capitol Building in Lansing
LANSING, Mich. – Concerns at the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing are on the rise amid chatter of widespread protests in the days leading up to President-Elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Jan. 20. Under the recommendation of Michigan State Police, a six-foot tall fence around the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing will be completed Friday to guard against the possibility of violence. On Monday, the Michigan State Capitol Commission unanimously voted to ban the open carry of guns from inside the Michigan Capitol. Michigan State Police circled the Capitol Building in Lansing in large numbers -- on foot and on bikes -- ahead of the fence going up Friday. Additionally, Michigan’s State Capitol Commission voted to ban open carry of firearms at the Capitol on Monday.
6-foot fences to be installed around Michigan Capitol Building due to threats of violence
“Michigan is ground zero for those who are wishing to take over state government,” said Michigan AG Dana Nessel. I’m exceedingly worried.’”On Monday, the Michigan State Capitol Commission unanimously voted to ban the open carry of guns from inside the Michigan Capitol, effective immediately. Nessel said security inside the Michigan Capitol isn’t as impactful as she’d like. New Michigan Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth held a briefing Wednesday morning along side Speaker Pro Tempore Pamela Hornberger. Additionally, Michigan’s State Capitol Commission voted to ban open carry of firearms at the Capitol on Monday.
State to install 6-foot fence around Michigan Capitol building ahead of possible armed protests
LANSING, Mich. – The state of Michigan is planning to install a six-foot tall fence around the Capitol building due to the possibility of armed protests, Capitol Commissioner John Truscott said. On Monday, the Michigan State Capitol Commission unanimously voted to ban the open carry of guns from inside the Michigan Capitol, effective immediately. The commission, which is responsible for overseeing the Capitol, voted 6-0 in favor of banning firearms from inside the Lansing Capitol building. “No lawmaker, reporter, staff member, or anyone who works in the Michigan Capitol should fear for their safety at work,” Whitmer said. I am hopeful that the Capitol Commission will recognize the need for further action, and I stand ready to assist in implementing this policy to keep Michiganders safe.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls for ‘immediate action’ to ban all weapons at Michigan Capitol
Gretchen Whitmer is calling for a ban on all weapons at the state Capitol, citing April’s armed protests in Lansing and the insurrection in Washington, D.C., last week. “No lawmaker, reporter, staff member, or anyone who works in the Michigan Capitol should fear for their safety at work,” Whitmer said. On Monday, the Michigan State Capitol Commission unanimously voted to ban the open carry of guns from inside the Michigan Capitol, effective immediately. The commission, which is responsible for overseeing the Capitol, voted 6-0 in favor of banning firearms from inside the Lansing Capitol building. I am hopeful that the Capitol Commission will recognize the need for further action, and I stand ready to assist in implementing this policy to keep Michiganders safe.”
3 men in custody after multi-vehicle crash in Romulus
ROMULUS, Mich. – Three men are in custody after a multi-vehicle crash in Romulus. Michigan State Police were called to the area of I-275 and Eureka Road on the report of a three-vehicle hit-and-run crash. Police said a black Chrysler 300 crashed in the middle of Eureka Road, over I-275. A trooper at the scene approached the car, opened the rear passenger door and found a man with a loaded .233 pistol. A Romulus officer removed the front-seat passenger and located a loaded 9mm pistol in his waistband.
Story behind emerging trend of more women learning how to use weapons for protection
DETROIT – There is a new and emerging trend at local gun shops and ranges. More women seem to be arming themselves and learning how to use those weapons for protection. What’s the story behind the trend? Local 4 reporter Paula Tutman has been doing some digging. You can watch her full report in the video player above.
19 Detroit men face drug charges; feds reveal ‘climate of fear’ created by gang’s violence, control
Feds have charged 19 Detroit men in connection with drug crimes, and in one indictment, they broke down how the “It’s Just Us” gang initiated its members, operated stash houses, moved guns and drugs, and even gained control of restaurants and bars while creating a “climate of fear” on the east side.
UN: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force
“The United Nations was formed to promote peace with a goal of the abolition of nuclear weapons,” Fihn said. It says the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, known as the TPNW, “turns back the clock on verification and disarmament and is dangerous” to the half-century-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, considered the cornerstone of global nonproliferation efforts. “It would be unfortunate if the TPNW were allowed to derail our ability to work together to address pressing proliferation.”Fihn has stressed that “the nonproliferation Treaty is about preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and eliminating nuclear weapons, and this treaty implements that. There’s no way you can undermine the Nonproliferation Treaty by banning nuclear weapons. Secretary-General Guterres said in an Associated Press interview on Wednesday: “It is clear for me that we will only be entirely safe in relation to nuclear weapons the day where nuclear weapons no longer exist.
US urges countries to withdraw from UN nuke ban treaty
It says the treaty “turns back the clock on verification and disarmament and is dangerous” to the half-century-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, considered the cornerstone of global nonproliferation efforts. “The Nonproliferation Treaty is about preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and eliminating nuclear weapons, and this treaty implements that. There’s no way you can undermine the Nonproliferation Treaty by banning nuclear weapons. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the nuclear weapons ban treaty “a very welcome initiative." “It is clear for me that we will only be entirely safe in relation to nuclear weapons the day where nuclear weapons no longer exist," he said in an interview Wednesday with AP.
Video captures parking lot fight in Bruce Township
BRUCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Macomb County police have released video footage of a fight involving multiple men with dangerous weapons. There was an Escalade, a black Dodge Ram and a blue Ford with a white trailer,” said Malinczak. It did some massive damage to the trailer,” Malinczak recalled. I mean it was lit up like a Christmas tree in the parking lot,” added MalinczakFive people were arrested. “You see the front end damage on it.
Metro Detroit father advocates for gun safety training after reports of several children shot
A Metro Detroit man involved in a 2014 shooting is advocating for gun safety and protection, especially among children. Ever since then, he has been advocating for gun safety and protection. “I do frequent training, not only with self-defense, but also in safety," Weldon said. The man says his weapons are locked away in his home, and he has gun safety measures in place as well. These incidents only further prove to Weldon that understanding gun safety is important, no matter your age.
Despite travel restrictions, more than 80 guns seized at Michigan ports of entry this year
DETROIT Since COVID-19 travel restrictions began March 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Michigan ports of entry have seized more weapons than they did in all of 2019. That includes pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and more. With so many weapons seized at the border with restricted travel, Local 4 Defenders want to know how could this be happening? In 2019, only 62 firearms were seized. So far this year, 81 firearms and 4,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized during a period of restricted travel due to COVID-19.
2 Lyon Township residents taken into custody after drugs, weapons, 2 babies found inside vehicle, police say
LYON TOWNSHIP, Mich. A man and woman were taken into custody Sunday morning in Lyon Township after weapons and drugs were reportedly found in the vehicle. When police saw a blue emergency light affixed to the vehicle, police pulled the vehicle over. Police said the 51-year-old driver of the vehicle was known to detectives as a convicted felon who later admitted to having a firearm in his vehicle. The driver and the woman were taken into police custody. The man was charged with weapons-ammunition possession by a felon, cocaine possession and use/possession of flashing light.
Raytheon wins U.S. Army contract for new Patriot radars
(Reuters) - Weapons maker Raytheon Co has been selected to provide the U.S. Army with a new radar for its Patriot air and missile defense system, the company said on Thursday. The radar, known as Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS), will replace the current Patriot radars, also made by Raytheon. Raytheon said it would receive more than $384 million in proceeds from the army to deliver six production representative units of the LTAMDS.feeds.reuters.com