Last month, the deadly shooting at a Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station called attention to the Saudi servicemen training at US military installations. Several Saudi trainees at the Pensacola base were confined to their quarters after the shooting. The FBI began an investigation into the tragedy as a possible terror attack. The Pentagon also initiated a review of all 850 Saudi military trainees in the US.
According to CNN, about one dozen Saudi trainees will be expelled from the US after the review. The expelled Saudi trainees aren’t accused of assisting the Saudi Air Force second lieutenant who killed three American sailors. CNN sources say some of the Saudis have connections to extremist movements.
A spokesman for the Department of Defense Lt. Col. Robert Carver:
“In the wake of the Pensacola tragedy, the Department of Defense restricted to classroom training programs foreign military students from Saudi Arabia while we conducted a review and enhancement of our foreign student vetting procedures. That training pause is still in place while we implement new screening and security measures.”
THE PREVIOUS REPORT ON THE DECEMBER SHOOTING:
Yesterday, at 6:30 am CT, an attack took place on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
The shooter who opened fire, killing three people and injuring several others, has been identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
The AP reported that the Florida Naval station shooting suspect was an aviation officer in the Saudi Air Force, U.S. officials said Friday, as the FBI and other authorities began investigating the incident to determine if it was terrorism-related.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the suspect was a second lieutenant attending the aviation school at the base. Military from around the globe attends the Naval Air Station in Pensacola for flight training.
The shooter was killed after local Escambia County Police Officers responded. Two heroic police officers were shot during their attempt to stop the shooter but are expected to recover.
BREAKING: Rep. Matt Gaetz just announced to ABC News: “This was not a murder. This was an act of terror.”
This was not a murder. This was an act of terrorism. pic.twitter.com/AJfTQOOE68
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 6, 2019
The style of the #Pensacolashooting doesn’t necessarily resemble one group over another. However, given that ISIS has very little to lose at this point, it wouldn’t be surprising if it claimed the attack, regardless of the attacker’s potential allegiances.
BREAKING: Tweet by #Pensacola attacker Alshamrani suggests terrorist motive. Does not claim allegiance to any group, but echos Bin Laden: “The security is a shared destiny…You will not be safe until we live it as reality in [Palestine], and American troops get out of our land.”
BREAKING: Tweet by #Pensacola attacker Alshamrani suggests terrorist motive. Does not claim allegiance to any group, but echos Bin Laden: “The security is a shared destiny…You will not be safe until we live it as reality in [Palestine], and American troops get out of our land.” pic.twitter.com/KALH4PXYKy
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) December 7, 2019
The Gateway Pundit reports – According to Laura Ingraham, three Saudi nationals were filming the terrorist attack today at the Pensacola base.
Six Saudi nationals were arrested following the terrorist attack.
by Matt Palumbo Posted: February 5, 2020
It’s another month, another blowout jobs report, and this one comes to start out the year.
As CNBC reports, the economy kicked off 2020 in grand fashion, adding 291,000 in private payrolls for the best monthly gain since May 2015, according to a report Wednesday from ADP and Moody’s Analytics.
That was well above the 150,000 estimate from economists surveyed by Dow Jones The total also was a sharp gain from the 199,000 in December.
Some critics argue that there is a “luck” factor in January due to weather. Leisure and hospitality and construction are both weather-sensitive and got boosts from the higher than normal temperatures and low precipitation. Taking that into effect, economist Mark Zandi said the underlying trend for monthly job gains is about half of the January report, or around 150,000, still enough to maintain the unemployment rate. In other words, even assuming Zandi is 100% correct, the addition in jobs would’ve still been enough to maintain the lowest unemployment rate since 1969.
From a size standpoint, the expansion was concentrated in businesses that have 50 to 499 employees, with growth of 128,000. Small companies added 94,000 while large industries grew by 69,000.
That’s not bad news to start out a day for President Trump that will be concluded with his acquittal in the Senate.
The unemployment rate is already below what the Federal Reserve defines as “full employment.” As such, most new jobs are coming from outside of the labor force. According to HiringLab: Workers who are outside the labor force have been the majority of people moving into jobs since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking these flows. For example, recent graduates entering the job market and caretakers returning to paid work skip unemployment and move right into employment. What’s notable is how high this share of flows into employment has gotten. At the peaks of the economic expansions in 2000 and 2007, the share of flows into employment from outside the labor force only briefly got close to 70%. As of November 2019, it has moved all the way up to 74.3%.
The labor force participation rate stood at 63.2% as of December (data isn’t available for January as of writing), and there is still room for growth. The economy headed into the 2008-09 financial crisis with 66% participation, and peaked in the 2000s at just over 67%. America’s unemployment rate is currently so low that it would have to nearly double to be on par with the European average.