Sonic Judgment, Posse Comitatus and Public Notice

F-15; U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers

Shortly before 7 pm Friday night many thousands of South Florida residents were startled by a loud noise that shook homes from Weston to Wellington.
West Boca News received dozens of messages, calls, text messages along with hundreds of comments from readers. We were unable to find solid answers for hours.
Some local officials put out short, vague notices. The Broward Sheriff was particularly confusing:

A military event could mean a lot of things – an attack on our country, a coup, a training exercise, etc.
This morning we did find a release from NORAD that seems credible.

A pair of Air Force F-15s … intercepted an unresponsive general aviation aircraft near the Palm Beach, Fla., area at approximately 7 p.m. EST.
The intercept required the Air Force F-15s from Homestead Air National Guard Base to travel at supersonic speeds, a sound noticed by area residents, to get to the general aviation aircraft where they were able to establish communications.

This leaves us with two concerns about the judgment of whoever made the decision to go supersonic.
First, was it necessary and appropriate?

Air Force procedures require that, whenever possible, flights be over open water, above 10,000 feet and no closer than 15 miles from shore. Supersonic operations over land must be conducted above 30,000 feet or, when below 30,000 feet, in specially designated areas approved by Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C., and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Going supersonic is not something the Air Force is supposed to take lightly. Moreover, military operations within the borders of the United States are supposed to be limited by the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.
The reports are that the sonic booms started in Weston and continued to somewhere near Boynton Beach or Wellington. That’s in the ballpark of 40 miles. At 750 mph (just below the speed of sound) a plane would travel that distance in just over 3 minutes. At 1500 mph an F15 would get there in half the time. Going supersonic got them there perhaps 90 seconds quicker.
We would like to give the Air Force the benefit of the doubt and hope that yesterday’s decision was correct under the circumstances. But that leads to our second concern.
If they’re going to rattle homes over a 40 mile densely populated stretch, alarming over 100,000 people, they should let us know what happened immediately. We heard numerous reports of distress, including police coming out of their stations with guns drawn, children crying, 911 calls overwhelming the operators, and neighbors rushing outside their homes and getting to know each other.
NORAD should have plans in place to notify local law enforcement and media when this happens. We don’t expect West Boca News to make the list but the local TV stations and major regional newspapers certainly should.

Text of Judge Donnelly Order Staying Trump's "Muslim Ban"

A federal judge in Brooklyn issued an “emergency order” (similar to a TRO or temporary restraining order) staying President Trump’s recent executive order putting a hold on immigration from certain countries. The media has been inaccurately referring to it as a “Muslim ban”. The order applies to people from countries on a list of “countries of concern” that was maintained by the Obama administration.
We were unable to find the text of the order in a regular internet search so we went and got it. Unfortunately, and somewhat mysteriously, the motion papers seeking this emergency order were protected so that we were unable to see them – even the memorandum of law. The pdf of the order is at bottom, followed by the Petition and Complaint.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
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HAMEED KHALID DARWEESH and
HAIDER SAMEER ABDULKHALEQ
ALSHAWI, on behalf of themselves and others
similarly situated,
Petitioners, DECISION AND ORDER
– against – 17 Civ. 480 (AMD)
DONALD TRUMP, President of the United
States; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
HOMELAND SECURITY (“DHS”); U.S.
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
(“CBP”); JOHN KELLY, Secretary of DHS;
KEVIN K. MCALEENAN, Acting
Cotnmissioner of CBP; JAMES T.
MADDEN, New York Field Director, CBP„
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Respondents.
ANN DONNELLY, District Judge.
On January 28, 2017, the petitioners filed an Emergency Motion for Stay of Removal on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated.
IT APPEARING to the Court from the Emergency Motion for Stay of Removal, the other submissions, the arguments of counsel, and the hearing held on the 28th of January, 2017,
1. The petitioners have a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the removal of the petitioner and others similarly situated violates their rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution;
2. There is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals from nations subject to the January 27, 2017 Executive Order;
3. The issuance of the stay of removal will not injure the other parties interested in the proceeding;
4. It is appropriate and just that, pending completion of a hearing before the Court on the merits of the Petition, that the Respondents be enjoined and restrained from the commission of further acts and misconduct in violation of the Constitution as described in the Emergency Motion for Stay of Removal.
WHEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the respondents, their officers, agents, servants, employees, attorneys, and all members and persons acting in concert or participation with them, from the date of this Order, are
ENJOINED AND RESTRAINED from, in any manner or by any means, removing individuals with refugee applications approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen legally authorized to enter the United States.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that to assure compliance with the Court’s order, the Court directs service of this Order upon the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York, and further directs the United States Marshals Service to take those actions deemed necessary to enforce the provisions and prohibitions set forth in this Order.
SO ORDERED.
Dated: Brooklyn, New York January 28, 2017
Ann M. Donnelly
United States District Judge
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West Boca's Newest Superpuppy: Chloe the Powerfluff

AKid is an undercover student and superhero in a West Boca school. No, it’s not Ben.
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Currently in West Boca, danger has been raining down hard, and this tiny puppy has been saving the day without anyone noticing. In fact, Michael Rance’s sunset was not even ruined during the Trump campaign event, thanks to … of course, Chloe the Powerfluff! She’s only ten weeks old, and seems unstoppable.
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What does Charlotte the Wonder Puppy have to say about this? “RrrrUFF ruff!” When translated to English this means, “Great to have a helping hand!” According to one reader, Charlotte was seen working with Chloe when they brought a runaway dog back to its home. This happened just yesterday behind Wendy’s in Loggers’ Run! Sadly, the duo worked together so quickly, no high quality pictures were able to be taken. We could not confirm whether a few discarded burgers were also rescued.

Charlotte the Wonder Puppy in her younger days.
Charlotte the Wonder Puppy in her younger days.

Charlotte and Chloe are sure to be saving the day together more often, since their teamwork is stunning. Their owners are grateful to have such heroic puppies. More West Barking News coming soon!
Mature puppy Charlotte resting after a long hard day.
Mature puppy Charlotte resting after a long hard day.

Trump Ruins Black Man's Sunset in West Boca

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Michael Rance loves living in West Boca and is an avid reader of West Boca News – and commenter. We learned from Mr. Rance that the upcoming Donald Trump event in South County Regional Park has a darker side. It’s ruining the sunset.
Rance takes photographs of the gorgeous sunsets in the park as part of his regular routine.
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And now his daily sunset ritual is being disrupted by thousands of Trump supporters filling the park in and around Sunset Cove Amphitheater, obviously named for its great views. Rance is concerned not only with the supporters, but with Trump’s “hate and bigotry.”

I watch sunset at sunset cove almost every day now my Sunday is f##### up because of this piece of trash

Rance really does take a lot of photos and he shares them on his BlackXeres Instagram account. He has over 1000 followers and a typical sunset photo will get dozens of likes from them, often over 100. Here’s an example:
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And this is what Rance’s sunset will look like this evening:
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On the bright side, Mr. Rance’s routine should return to normal on Monday.
This message was not paid for by Marco Rubio nor any PACs affiliated with any candidates or party officials. If you’re angry at this article you are in serious need of a sense of humor. Thanks to Mr. Rance for playing along.