Portrait of a badass. This is Kevin Vickers moments after he brought down a suspect who had already claimed one victim. He’s Mr. Carson with a pistol, dusting off his jacket and rebuffing any notions of heroism with the declaration that this is simply his job.
— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) October 23, 2014
Parliament reopened today, and Vickers got the kudos he deserves:
In other security news, Secret Service dogs Hurricane and Jordan are unhurt after a tussle with the White House fence jumper yesterday.
The Secret Service dogs that tussled with a White House fence jumper, including one dog that was violently kicked by the suspect, are recovering today, officials said.
The canines, named Hurricane and Jordan, were taken to a veterinarian after the attack and treated for minor bruising. Both were cleared to return to duty.
Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, barely made it onto the lawn before he was subdued as he fought off two police dogs, the Secret Service said.
“Dog got him,” a Secret Service spokesman said…
His father, Victor Adesanya, told CNN affiliate WMAR that his son is paranoid and hears voices.
Adesanya was arrested near the White House about two months ago and charged with a misdemeanor, his father said.
“He had done it before. … He didn’t get that close,” the father told the affiliate. “He didn’t cross the fence. He was at the gate, fussing at the people, wanting to talk to the President to tell the President about his situation.”
And, though the AP deemed them the villains in the aftermath of yesterday’s terrorist attack by car in Jerusalem, I’ll also thank the Israeli police for doing their job in preventing more casualties and bringing a suspect in after the heartbreaking loss of a three-month old baby girl. Seth Mandel on the appalling and appallingly routine bias in the reporting on this story:
But the AP wasn’t alone. Scanning the BBC, I had noticed their initial headline (since changed as well): “Nine hurt as car hits pedestrians at Jerusalem station.” As the Jerusalem Post’s Seth Frantzman pointed out, the headline on the version he saw, and took a screenshot of, was “Car hits people at Jerusalem station.” Either the BBC was deliberately downplaying the story, or the editor in charge thought he was posting a story about an evil car magically becoming sentient only to lash out, like Black Sabbath’s Iron Man, at the humans around him.
Later in the day, after executives at the BBC located a shred of integrity hidden somewhere in the sofa cushions, that was changed as well. It now reads: “Jerusalem car ‘attack’ kills baby at rail station.” I say “a shred of integrity” because the BBC still saw fit to wrap “attack” in scare quotes. What are the options, here? Was it a car “love tap”? It was a terrorist attack, perpetrated by a member of a terrorist organization.
After the attack and the Jerusalem mayor’s declaration that the murdered baby was an American citizen, the bright shining star at the State Department, spokeswoman Marie Harf, apparently could only muster the following, as reported by the Times of Israel: “The Israelis are currently looking into the incident. We are in touch with them and we’ll see what more information we can get, also urge all sides to exercise restraint and maintain calm.” I suppose if the driver of the car had said something mean about John Kerry, she’d really let him have it.
The baby killed was an American citizen living in Israel, and according to some reports was born to her parents after a long struggle to have children. Keep them in your prayers. Same for 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s family, friends, and country.