Dan Bongino, former U.S. Secret Service agent and conservative pundit, spoke before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday form the perspective of a former law enforcement official who personally understands the serious sacrifices police make on behalf of American citizens.
“These are good men and women,” Bongino said before the committee members. “Yes, as with any profession, there are officers, no question, who aren’t suited for the job. Some would cause trouble, sometimes worse, we’ve seen that.”
Further, Bongino added that bad cops are “extremely rare” to find among the police community.
“I ask you please with the greatest respect and humility, please stop this defund police abomination before someone gets hurt,” Dan Bongino
“The special agents I work with and remain friends with to this day in the Secret Service join members of the NYPD, New York City Fire Department, on that tragic day of September 11, 2001. And what they did is they sprinted into those burning buildings and personally escorted people out. As we all know, those buildings collapsed, taking many of those brave NYPD and FDNY souls with them. Those brave souls were running into the buildings, everyone else was evacuating. These are the types of people I was honored and deeply privileged to work with. Public safety came first, everything else came second, sometimes even their own families,” Bongino explained.
Calls to defund the police, which have come with a rise in anger among public protests that have erupted nationwide, Bongino said, “will target these heroes.” “It’s not some amorphous mass that will be affected, it’s real heroes in real-time right now. Moving these heroes from your community and my community, will do nothing but ensure chaos and destruction.”
He continued, “Police officers are the frontlines, putting themselves between the evildoers among us and the honest hardworking Americans just yearning for some security and prosperity in a small slice of Americana.”
Holding police accountable, Bongino said, is something “we can and should commit to” but that it’s important to do so “without shredding the thin wall between civilization and chaos.”
“There are few jobs in this country as stressful as policing,” Bongino said. “I receive an email or a text a few times a year notifying me about the death or injury of a police officer that I knew, worked with, or knew someone that I worked with. Imagine if that was happening at your job. Think about that just for a minute. God forbid, you found out a coworker of yours was killed or injured in the line of duty in the course of doing their job. You didn’t just get this text, you got the text a couple times a year. That’s policing. That’s what they do. They risk their own lives for yours.”
Bongino said that years ago, he was approached by a spouse of a fallen officer who told him ‘the most wonderful sound in the world from a spouse of a police officer is the sound of velcro at night,’ referring to police officer’s body armor coming off after a shift. That sound, Bongino concluded, signifies that “they’re home safely.”
“I ask you please with the greatest respect and humility, please stop this defund police abomination before someone gets hurt,” Bongino concluded.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Mr. Bongino testified before the House Oversight Committee when he actually spoke before the House Judiciary Committee.
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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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