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Fort Lee Army Base On Lockdown - Active Shooter (Update: "All Clear" Given)

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UPDATE: An “all clear” was issued shortly before 10 a.m., according to Fort Lee media relations. No other information at this time.

According to Facebook:

“An active shooter incident has been reported on Fort Lee at CASCOM HQ, Bldg. 5020.


All personnel should enact active shooter protocols immediately. The installation is being locked down until further notice. More info to follow.”


CASCOM stands for Combined Arms Support Command.


"We’ve had an active shooter incident," said Stephen Baker, a post spokesman. "The installation is locked down... it is still active," he said at 9:34 a.m.

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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:41 | 5140159 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Active shooter protocol would logically entail drawing your service pistol and abrubtly ending the activity. Or rifle, if handy.

Oh, but this is the dis-armed armed forces.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:49 | 5140195 paint it red ca...
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Militarize the domestic police, demilitarize domestic military.

Makes perfect sense.......... to a fool.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:50 | 5140214 sodbuster
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Religion of peace at it, again?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:53 | 5140222 NoDebt
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Fort Lee is in New Jersey, for those not familiar with it.  So it could just be somebody who got fed up with their property taxes.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:53 | 5140231 the not so migh...
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Virgina i think

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:56 | 5140241 NoDebt
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I just down-voted myself.  Virginia, not Jersey.  That'll teach me to start posting on ZH immediately after vacation.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:05 | 5140279 Latina Lover
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I don't how exactly how, yet, but I smell a gun grab coming....

Never let a good crisis go to waste.

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Mossad and Obama's handler/butt buddy.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:07 | 5140306 conscious being
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COMEX/ CRIMEX, won't open. Get me an active shooter story  before the open.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:48 | 5140500 whotookmyalias
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I bet they end up finding some guy carrying an umbrella. 

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:41 | 5140720 Thanatos
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This mornings BE VERY SCARED OF MEN WITH GUNS DRILL has concluded.

OR Strangelovian enough

Hey! This is a Military Base!

We don't allow weapons carrige or use here!

In any case:

Back to your regularly scheduled fear-porn consumption.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:57 | 5140246 FishHockers
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Fort Dix is in NJ. Never heard of Fort Lee NJ.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:00 | 5140261 cchoo
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Google is your friend.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:00 | 5140265 NoDebt
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Yeah, I fucked up.  There is a TOWN called Fort Lee in NJ, but not a military base.  Fort Lee (the military base) is in Virginia, as corrected, above.  Dix is the base in NJ, just as you say.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:05 | 5140289 ShortBusDoorGunner
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Its too late now. You can't stop us from posting dozens of "me too" messages to show our superior intellect and geographic snobbery.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:31 | 5140401 KickIce
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Just imagine what we'd do to Belushi and a certain Animal House line...  :)

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:52 | 5140499 Pure Evil
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You have to give him kudos for the "tired of paying Jersey property taxes line."

But, isn't that why they've practically taken everyone's guns away in Jersey?

To keep them from starting a new anti property tax revolution?

Having worked in Jersey, but not being a Jersey native I knew people that had guns. But, they needed a permit from their township just to buy one and keep it in the house and another permit to transport anywhere in the state.

And, if gun hating liberals ran your township, which in Jersey was more likely than Obunga staying off the golf course, then you could be up shits creek if you wanted that permit.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:53 | 5140525 greatbeard
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>> Its too late

Oh good, I can still jump on this one.

Ft. Lee is in Alabama, dumbass!!!!



Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:55 | 5140600 Pure Evil
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I didn't see any Fort Lee in Alabama.

Can you provide a link?


Edit: It's now 11:53 and still no link to Alabama. Has Ted gone off his rocker?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:05 | 5140291 holmes
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If they squeezed an army base into the Ftl Lee NJ area (near the GW Bridge) it would have to be the size of a telephone booth.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:09 | 5140310 Theta_Burn
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 Roseanne Roseannadanna

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:04 | 5140276 Theta_Burn
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Fort Lee is a town in Jersey, recently famous for the GW bridge-lane closures, al la Gov. Chris Christie...

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:11 | 5140320 Chupacabra-322
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Yup, drove by there many times on my way to Washington Heights to go Cop way back in the day.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:42 | 5140463 linniepar
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The "good ol' days" :)

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:17 | 5140625 Police Commissi...
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Lindbergh lived there when his baby was "kidnapped," didn't he?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:01 | 5140227 camaro68ss
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Hurry, grab scissors


Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:06 | 5140294 lordylord
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"Hurry, grab scissors"

I believe you are supposed to piss and shit yourself.  Oh wait, thats for rape.  In the case of a shooter, you're supposed to just give up your life in the hopes that your death precipitates the coming of the liberal/Statist utopia.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:07 | 5140305 e_goldstein
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Scissors up!

Don't shoot!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:54 | 5140530 clade7
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Does Pachmeyer make aftermarket grips for Fiskars? 

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:43 | 5141385 docmac324
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Now THAT is funny.  "Grips for Fiskars"

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:55 | 5140239 Anusocracy
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So does having government.

Once it may have been a net benefit to survival, now it is a net loss.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:49 | 5140203 Pool Shark
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Guns don't kill people;

it's those darn bullets...


Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:00 | 5140268 ShortBusDoorGunner
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Guns just make the bullets go really fast.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:54 | 5140225 Freddie
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Hope and Change.  Any parent who let's their kid join Obama's-banksters Red Shield military is guilty of child abuse.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:25 | 5140368 HardAssets
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Unfortunately, the 'young, dumb, & full of cum' 18 year olds often make such stupid decisions on their own.
Friends of the family's kid signed up for an extended enlistment in the Army. Went in to be a M.P. (Military Police). - - The military is pushing for lots of new MPs. For domestic use ? -- While in Korea, was told that a tour in Iraq 'would enhance his career'. So he requested assignment there. Every bit of the way, his parents were appalled. His mother told me that when he volunteered for Iraq she "coulda killed him for doing that !"

This fellow was a good kid - a jock. He's a good young man. Has hated being an MP and hated the Army. He's very happy to be getting out in a few months. I woulda worried about him if he liked it.

The lesson ? Set them straight when they're real young - jr high school. Especially with jock kids who like team sports and doing things physical. The recruiters will be working on them. You see gear like Humvees & the military at all sorts of public events. PR. Recruiting when they're still very young.

PS - I'm from a military family, was an 'Army brat' and also served.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:25 | 5140381 WillyGroper
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See the NCLB law complete with loopholes on just how they target them for recruitment.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:46 | 5140493 HardAssets
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They hire PR and advertising firms to produce very sophisticated propaganda campaigns targeted at the young.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:59 | 5140772 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Good articles for those trying to dissuade someone from 'volunteering'.

You also might want to take the young potential volunteer to a VA hospital and have him/her visit with some of the veterans there.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:35 | 5140919 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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They always have. They always tend to go after the easily programmed types or those that come from troubled backgrounds looking to straighten themselves out.

Im my personal experience every guy I went to school with who joined the military out of HS were a bunch of first class fuck ups. Though I will admit the military did also straighten them all out and they've all went on to be good citizens afterwards at least the ones I've had contact with in the past few years.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:23 | 5140370 WillyGroper
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Tell us oh wise sage: When they're of legal age just HTF do you stop them from doing anything thay want?

Honest to Pete, Freddie you can really spew some stupid shit.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:53 | 5140228 MeMongo
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Mongo is pretty sure he's already possibly identified the shooter right after his workout!

Purely a guess on Mongo's part! Bout as legit as the MSM though!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:01 | 5140777 Thom_333
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No , No...just buy a shotgun and stick it out thru the window and squeeze off two rounds. That will scare him (or them)!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:42 | 5140160 DaddyO
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Another gun free zone shooting spree!?!

When will we learn?


Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:57 | 5140248 headhunt
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When we elect people who believe in the Constitution and freedom

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:58 | 5140545 Meat Hammer
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Good one, headhunt!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:43 | 5140163 Gringo Viejo
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God bless the servicemen.
Godamn the government.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:50 | 5140207 Anusocracy
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Um, the servicemen keep the government in power.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:53 | 5140221 Pickleton
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Um, you were searching for the NSA, CIA, FBI and DHS and came up short.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:55 | 5140238 headhunt
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Not in America... Not yet.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:57 | 5140534 HardAssets
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"Not in America... Not yet."

It's the implied threat.

Remember Hank Paulson said there would be martial law and troops on the streets if congress didn't bail out the banks.

They use that threat to terrorize the citizenry - whether the vast majority of servicemen know that, or not.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:45 | 5140164 Dr. Engali
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It's about that time in the news cycle again. Quick ram through some legislation and send out the fund raising letters. Election time is just around the corner. In the mean time our trained military people are told to hide under a desk and grab a pair of scissors.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:54 | 5140234 NoDebt
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Yep, I guess its about time for a good ramming.

No, wait.  That didn't come out right at all.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:57 | 5140537 Pure Evil
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Obunghole took time off from the golf course.

As Ram Emanuel said, Obunga never let a good Reggie Ramming go to waste.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:04 | 5140280 Chupacabra-322
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Absolutely Dr. Time to "Shelter in place" & commence the PsyOp, Flase Narrative & Propaganda.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:26 | 5140380 wiebern
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Was he wearing body armor?
HR 5344?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:43 | 5140168 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Surely it's just some workplace violence.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:43 | 5140170 Theta_Burn
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Shaping up to be a long week..

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:01 | 5141026 Otto Zitte
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Better here than Paris

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:44 | 5140174 Sudden Debt
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Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:47 | 5140494 Ginsengbull
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Do you like fishsticks?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:46 | 5140176 JustObserving
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Perhaps, Time, The Economist, and Der Spiegel can also blame Putin for that as they did for MH!7.

Since the beginning of the week, the three most influential mass circulation newsmagazines of the United States, Britain, and Germany—Time, The Economist, and Der Spiegel—have published cover stories that combine wild accusations against Vladimir Putin with demands for a showdown with Russia.

The most striking and obvious characteristic of these cover stories is that they are virtually identical. The CIA has scripted them all. The stories employ the same insults and the same fabrications. They denounce Putin’s “web of lies.” The Russian president is portrayed as a “depraved” mass murderer.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:54 | 5140226 aleph0
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" Time, The Economist, and Der Spiegel" .... tons more NATO Propaganda in Foreign Languages ...

Now they're blaming Russia for the Ebola virus :


Russia has made Ebola weapon

Even in Soviet times Moscow put a secret biological weapons program - contrary to all international agreements and treaties.  It was possible to make the Ebola virus weaponized - and more dangerous.

Google English :

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:58 | 5140257 IridiumRebel
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We're all gonna be nuked.....

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:05 | 5140286 Chupacabra-322
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Eventually, but yes.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:07 | 5140299 p00k1e
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Good find.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:18 | 5140345 IridiumRebel
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The comments were along the lines of "WWWIIII is coming" and "There is no proof the Russians would do this and why should we trust the Americans?"

basically commenters were calling HORSESHIT on this story, but the march to war moves on.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:58 | 5140249 Freddie
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I am sure you will see the same thing in Australia and New Zealand.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:03 | 5140781 Thom_333
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Yes - goes for Putin as well. He should also get at shotgun , stick it out thru the window and squeeze off a couple of blasts!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:45 | 5140179 the not so migh...
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He did not like his new orders going to Syria and cutting off baby heads with our ISIS allies. 

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:45 | 5140180 Seasmoke
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Everyone grab their scissors and drop in place 

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:46 | 5140184 paint it red ca...
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Every general in history would laugh their ass off at the fact rampage shooters can extract a toll on a modern military base. WTF????????????

Who the hell is running this clusterfuck, ronald mcdonald?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:48 | 5140193 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Ronald is in a Siberian prison. Must be someone else.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:49 | 5140196 Quinvarius
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A fairly decent facsimile.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:15 | 5140332 MsCreant
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The Hamburgler.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:03 | 5140784 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The Hamburglar is the obvious choice, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll see who is the real power behind the scenes.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:15 | 5141073 hoist the bs flag
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mcGrim-aSS...I see what u did there

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:50 | 5140191 IridiumRebel
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Shelter in place! Wait....don't bases have like shitloads of guns and MPs and shit? 

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:01 | 5140557 Meat Hammer
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And tanks.  I hear they have tanks.  Or is it a "Tank-Free Zone"?  I get so confused.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:03 | 5140787 Thom_333
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Tanks..? I already told ya - just get a shotgun and stick out thru the window and squeeze off a couple of buck shots!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:11 | 5141055 wtf1369
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That's the comical part of the military. When I was stationed at Camp Lejeune in the mid 90's no firearms could be kept in the barracks, all had to be kept in the unit armory. We were even told fighting/hunting knives had to be kept in the unit armory. This may or may not have been a load of shit but surprise personal locker inspections for "contraband" were pretty standard and keeping a firearm as a barracks rat just seemed like another pain in the ass in a life filled with enough hassles.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:49 | 5140198 HardAssets
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How come the town of Kennesaw, Georgia - where everyone must have a gun by law - is more secure than our military bases in the USA ?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:13 | 5140303 Chupacabra-322
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They open carry, that's why. Which should be the Universal Law of a Free Rebublic. However, we live in Totalitarian Authoritarian Fascist Dictatorship.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 19:02 | 5142488 Ckierst1
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Geez, maybe this time they'll be able to keep the damn Yankees out of town!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:52 | 5140223 sheikurbootie
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In case everyone didn't's forbidden for an active duty soldier to carry a personal firearm.  It's also forbidden to carry a issued firearm LOADED, unless specifically authorized (MP or at a live fire range).  Weird, but true.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:30 | 5141133 XitSam
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I was pay guard once and issued a .45 pistol.  I told them I wasn't qualified with a .45 (I don't think anyone was in our (aviation) battalion), but they said do it anyway.

Ft. Lee, VA, another shooting incident at a post I was stationed at.  And the crazy psychiatrist major at Ft. Hood.

Is CASCOM HQ that huge concrete, windowless cube building? Anyone?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:54 | 5140232 john milton
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is the isis attacking or what???

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:59 | 5140256 IndianaJohn
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Another army base that can't defend itself from a gunman. No wonder we lost the war.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:05 | 5140793 Thom_333
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That´s because they are short on shot-guns. Assault rifles are no good.They are much harder to shoot. Now - just get a shotgun...stick it out thru the window and squeeze off acouple of rounds in the air.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:02 | 5140275 DeliciousSteak
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Soldiers just soldiering. A job well done.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:28 | 5140296 Seize Mars
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Hey look! The government is murdering Americans again, so they can impugn the Bill of Rights. Whee!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:09 | 5140308 q99x2
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Have the NWO merceneries shelter in place. Obama is going to take care of them.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:10 | 5140317 hoist the bs flag
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If you want your MK ULtra ELF can keep your MK ULtra ELF weapons.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:20 | 5140349 MsCreant
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We are all MK-ULTRA now...

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:05 | 5140788 TheFourthStooge-ing
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I think you mean McUltra with cheese.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:09 | 5140807 Thom_333
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NOW you get it. The ELF gun was a shot gun with the word ELF on the stock! Just get a shot-gun, stick it out thru the window and squeeze off a couple of blasts into the air.That will scare all of them away! The next day you should see a dentist to get the complete set of porcelain teeth crowns and then call a press conference.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:13 | 5140819 Thom_333
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BTW - they are called shitgums.Those porcelain crowns. Just ask your dentist for the real set of shitgums.Shitgums för a shiteating shotgun grin.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:30 | 5140395 Son of Captain Nemo
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I think we need to send a letter to the White House that every Monday should be "Active Shooter/Lockdown" Day!...

We've had so many of these in the last 4 years already -Why not???!!!

Maybe this will work out as a novel approach for the Fed to help shorten the work week and outsource even more labor outside the U.S.?...

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:57 | 5140444 Emergency Ward
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Recall the National Guard from Ferguson and send them where there are real killers on the loose.  Ha ha ha...

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:43 | 5140464 FrustratedLogician
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And of course FBI came to investigate. I did not read the article but it's one of those FBI several week cycle staged shooting events to make FBI relevant. In my opinion. 

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:48 | 5140973 Mi Naem
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Couldn't finish watching. 

Gotta go take a blood pressure pill. 

Agents seemed like nice folks.  Sauron's cogs can be. 

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:52 | 5140515 Son of Captain Nemo
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"We’ve had an active shooter incident," said Stephen Baker, a post spokesman. "The installation is locked down...

IC response unit : DEVELOPING....

Update story with news release that the "active shooter" at Fort Lee Army base is an ISIS operative working for Russia and might be a carrier of the Ebola virus...

Fixed it!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:00 | 5140550 JRobby
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It was only a drill.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:23 | 5140631 Police Commissi...
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Fort Lee is located on land situated between Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights, VA, about 20 miles south of Richmond. It's the Army's quartermaster headquarters, or it was 15 years ago when I lived there.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:18 | 5140838 Ginsengbull
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Is there such thing as an inactive shooter?

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:23 | 5140868 IridiumRebel
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Was the guy carrying an umbrella?


SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Cal State University San Marcos was locked down Wednesday after a man carrying an umbrella caused a gun scare.

Students and faculty were ordered to take shelter around 9 a.m. after San Diego County Sheriff’s Department received a report that a bald white man wearing a black shirt and jean was seen carrying a possible rifle.

Campus police said they located the man shortly after 9 a.m. He was carrying an umbrella, not a weapon, a sheriff’s spokesperson said.

A teacher at the campus told Fox5, the man realized he fit the description, called the police and “had to walk outside with his hands up.”

The campus lockdown was lifted around 9:30 a.m.

A neighbor the man shared pictures of the incident with Fox 5, one of a close up of the umbrella wrapped in a twisted sleeve.

Fall classed begin at the university on Monday, but about 400 students were on campus Wednesday for orientation activities, school officials said.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:43 | 5140946 Mi Naem
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OK, that's it! 

We need priority consideration of emergency federal legislation to mandate that all umbrellas sold or held in the US be fitted with permanent red flowery tips that twirl delightfully in the breeze in order to protect citizens from a hail of gunfire from Peace Officers. 

Can I get an AMEN!

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 18:54 | 5142465 Ckierst1
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I look forward to buying a new Saiga 12 with a red flowery muzzle brake that twirls delightfully in the breeze.

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:52 | 5140992 Otto Zitte
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Chickenshit conformists

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:59 | 5141017 Otto Zitte
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Be afraid. Be very afraid...

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 22:52 | 5143326 astitchintime
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Hey Y'all,

I read thru this thread earlier, and while I felt most of the comments were pretty sarcastic and basically what I expected to find I just wanted to share with y'all how I feel.

I live here, and I can tell you I was shocked to hear that Ft Lee was on lockdown.  As one commenter said, this is the base for the Quartermaster Corps of the Army, but it has expanded a LOT in the past decade to include many new training capabilities.  I am not sure what all training is being conducted, but I can attest to all the new construction of training facilities (in a 'past' life I was a construction estimator and prepared bids on said training facilities)  Along that line, I will also tell y'all that in a 'past' life I was a 63Hotel in God's US Army and a HARD-stripe E-5 Sargeant in said Army.

This incident today involved one each SFC (E-7) female soldier with 17 years service.  I do not know her MOS and I do not know why she chose to put a bullet in her head, but I can tell you that the empath in me tonight is hurting and dying inside alongside her.  My goodness, it is extremely sad to me that a soldier feels so despondent STATESIDE and basically in a training facility!  My father was a retired Marine Corps veteran of Korea and 3 tours in Viet Nam and as screwed up as he was at least he didn't take his own life.

Being in the military is a hard enough life, I know, I have lived it both firsthand and secondhand as a dependent.  It is a totally different SUCKY kind of thing when the people you lay your life on the line for (for a pittance and your family having to rely on welfare to get by on when (if) you are in 'country' in some shithole thirdworld toilet trying to do the right thing) joke about your service and your death when you decide, for whatever reason, you have had enough.

/rant off

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