Tallahassee lawyer fights the War on Terrorism Tallahassee lawyer fights the War on Terrorism September 1, 2003 Managing Editor Regular News Mark D. Killian Managing EditorWhen Islamic terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Tim Leadbeater, a Tallahassee tax attorney, “was stunned,” but also knew he soon would play a role in hunting down those who dealt the blow to his adopted homeland.“As soon as I saw those planes crashing, I was very sure it was a terrorist attack and knew that we were going to be mobilized,” said Leadbeater, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. “I was ready for it and in many ways grateful to have an opportunity – because like so many other people who were stunned and angered and wanted to be able to do something – this was an opportunity to actually be able to do something.”A few months later, Leadbeater – a Canadian by birth and American by choice – was deployed to Camp Doha in Kuwait, where he served as the deputy comptroller of Coalition Forces Land Component Command until August 2002. In prosecuting the War on Terrorism, Leadbeater said, CFLCC exercised command and control over land combat operations in Afghanistan and prepared for possible combat operations against Iraq.“We would send people down into Afghanistan,” said Leadbeater, who practices with Ausley & McMullen. “In our case we literally sent down guys with bags of American money to be able to provide [goods] and pay bills that our forces on the ground needed.”The initial months of the campaign against the Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies reminded him of the “Wild West.”“Our ground forces needed various things in way of support of facilities, contracting locally with Afghan vendors, including buying horses that our special forces people needed and actually used while they were in Afghanistan,” Leadbeater said, noting at one point his unit sent two sergeants into Afghanistan carrying a million dollars in $20 bills. “Then they had to sleep with it in tents, because there was nothing in terms of permanent facilities and then they had to be able to control and procure items locally [for the troops]. That was challenging because you did not know who you were dealing with.”Leadbeater retired from the military in April after 30 years of enlisted and commissioned service, including as an Army Airborne Ranger and as a paratrooper in the 82d Airborne Division. After leaving active duty in 1981 he served in the Army Reserve until his recent retirement.Because Leadbeater had more than 20 “good” years for retirement purposes, he could have retired and left the war for others to resolve. But he choose not to, saying it was difficult for him to “conceive of a more important mission, at that moment, than supporting the War on Terrorism.”Leadbeater also felt he owed it to his adopted country to help defend it. Leadbeater emigrated from Canada in 1964 along with his parents and six younger siblings and remembers vividly the excitement of seeing the Statue of Liberty as they sailed into New York harbor on an aging Italian liner.“We sold everything up in Canada.. . and just loaded up our possessions,” Leadbeater said. “Just knowing my father, that was the most economical way to move our family of nine from Halifax down to Deerfield Beach, especially since we did not have a car.”After clearing immigration and customs, the family traveled by train to Deerfield Beach. There his father and another Canadian expatriate opened a small retail office supply store, Royal Stationery, and he and his family “partook of the bounties of this great land.”Leadbeater said he has always deeply appreciated the opportunities the nation has afforded him and countless others.One of those opportunities came as a “second chance” for Leadbeater to get an education after graduating from Pompano Beach Senior High School in 1969 with an abysmal 1.7 GPA. That second chance came in the form of Palm Beach Junior College, where a high school diploma was the only entrance requirement. There he found a mentor who taught him how to study and take tests.“I had someone who cared enough to give me the kind of support I needed,” Leadbeater said. “He was a family friend who was also a high school math teacher. His name was Doug Traxler and he tutored me that first semester at no charge. More importantly he encouraged me and gave me the confidence I needed to go on to earn four degrees and three board certifications.“I firmly believe that in virtually any other country my high school performance would have relegated me to a station in life that would have been virtually impossible to change,” he saidLeadbeater, who once pumped gas and bagged groceries to make ends meet, earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1973, Master of Business Administration (accounting) in 1985, his Juris Doctor in 1988, and a Master of Laws in taxation degree in 1989. He also is a Florida Bar board certified tax lawyer, a certified financial planner, and a certified public accountant.Leadbeater became a naturalized American in June 1973, which he considers one of the most significant events in his life. Three weeks later, as the draft and war in Vietnam was winding down, Leadbeater enlisted in America’s new all volunteer army.He went through basic training at Ft. Knox with the last draftees and was accepted to Officer Candidate School in 1974, while serving with a ranger unit in Washington.Leadbeater said it was a very sobering experience to board that military charter in November 2001, wearing his desert camouflage uniform and carrying two duffle bags not knowing his final destination nor when or even if he’d be returning.“The experience gave me a new appreciation for the service and sacrifices many others have made before,” Leadbeater said.When he returned home from Kuwait in August 2002, “it was with an invigorated appreciation for America and a realization that our way of life, our freedoms are more fragile than I had realized.”Leadbeater, 52, reached his mandatory military retirement date during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq, which left him somewhat disappointed.“I have friends in the reserves and on active duty who have been or are over there,” he said. “What a civilian might not understand is that if you are working with people, there is a bond that develops, especially in those circumstances, and when you see how well they have operated, you kind of wish you were there.”For Leadbeater, the American way of life has always been something worth defending and the events of 9/11 only deepened that conviction.“I am a grateful American,” he said.
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He did explore some of the deeper causes of racial disparities in the world’s richest country, saying that more would be put into healthcare and the ability to raise business capital in minority communities.Later, in an interview with the generally friendly Fox News network, he described the “horror” of watching Floyd’s death on cellphone footage shot by a witness.But critics say he is incapable of embracing broader public fears, pointing to the contrast between shows of empathy from previous presidents during crises and Trump’s instinct for fighting and insulting foes, even in the midst of calamity.”For weeks we’ve seen President Trump run away from a meaningful conversation on systemic racism and police brutality. Instead, he’s further divided our country,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday.”Today’s trip to Texas won’t change any of that. President Trump is more interested in photo ops than offering a healing voice as our nation mourns.”Despite his poll numbers being underwater five months ahead of election day, Trump is betting that he needn’t change tack.His base has remained loyal throughout the extraordinary turmoil, and he has made clear his priority is getting back on the campaign trail.Immediately after his remarks in Dallas, the president heads to his first campaign fundraiser since the COVID-19 lockdown began — a $580,600 per couple event. Then he flies to his golf course resort in New Jersey for the weekend, another post-COVID first.On June 19 he will restart his mothballed series of rallies — raucous, often two-hour love fests between Trump the entertainer-in-chief and thousands of his most loyal supporters — with an event in Oklahoma. “We have to work together to confront bigotry and prejudice wherever they appear, but we will make no progress and heal no wounds by falsely labeling tens of millions of decent Americans as racist or bigots,” Trump said.The Republican has struggled to find the right tone to address the explosion of protests over the last two weeks in the wake of the death of an unarmed African-American man, George Floyd, as he was arrested in Minneapolis.That crisis, coupled with the economic devastation of the COVID-19 shutdown — and the fact that the pandemic continues to kill up to 1,000 people a day — has left the country crying out for healing.Trump, whose political style is built largely on fierce division and exciting his right-wing base, faced pressure to encourage unity in Dallas. Magnet for controversy Some Americans may want calm after months of rancor, but that’s one thing the former reality TV star is not giving.Even the choice of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for his resumption of rallies generated controversy.June 19 is known as “Juneteenth,” the day marking the end of slavery in the United States. Tulsa, however, is notorious as the site of a 1921 massacre of African-Americans.As he left for Dallas, Trump lambasted Democratic leaders of Washington state, where he said “domestic terrorists” had taken over Seattle, referring to protesters.He also doubled down on his latest culture wars battle, insisting again he will refuse demands to change the names of US military bases honoring leaders of the slave-owning, rebel South during the Civil War.Back in Washington, there were new tensions between the White House and the military when the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Mark Milley, apologized for appearing alongside Trump during a controversial walk to a church on June 1, minutes after police violently dispersed protesters.”I should not have been there,” Milley said in his unexpected comments. Hitting the trail The choice of Texas for Thursday’s trip was notable because the state — Republican for decades — is turning in to a battleground. Trump won narrowly in 2016 and a Quinnipiac poll last week put him only one percentage point ahead of Biden.In 2016, polls and politics watchers in general got it wrong about Trump, who ran a chaotic campaign against the ultra-professional Hillary Clinton yet still scored a famous electoral college win.This has left many election watchers gun-shy. Even so, current polls make grim reading for the Republican.The FiveThirtyEight average shows Trump’s approval rating at just 41 percent, having taken a big hit from his handling of the COVID-19 and racism crises.The RealClearPolitics average for a presidential election match-up puts Biden at 49.8 to Trump’s 41.7.Worse for Trump — given his hope of repeating his electoral college win, even if losing the overall popular vote — Biden leads in almost every swing state. Topics : US President Donald Trump on Thursday rebooted his flagging reelection campaign with a speech starkly rejecting nationwide protesters’ claims of police racism, saying only a “few bad apples” are to blame.Far from reaching out to demonstrators’ searing anger, he offered only a vague proposal to “encourage” officers to meet “the most current professional standards for the use of force.””You always have a bad apple, no matter where you go,” said Trump, who is making law and order a new keystone of his bid to win a second term on November 3. “There aren’t too many of them in the police department.”
Israel is in secret talks with several Arab states on establishing ties, premier Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, ahead of the Jewish state’s first commercial flight to the UAE following a normalization accord.”There are many more unpublicized meetings with Arab and Muslim leaders to normalize relations with the state of Israel,” the prime minister said, without naming any countries.A US-brokered agreement between the Jewish state and Dubai to normalize ties was announced on August 13, making the UAE the first Gulf country and only the third Arab nation to establish relations with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan. The talks in Abu Dhabi will seek ways to boost cooperation in areas including aviation, tourism, trade, health, energy and security, Netanyahu’s office said.Since the agreement between the UAE and Israel was unveiled, there have been frequent bilateral phone calls between ministers and the signing of commercial contracts.On Saturday, the Emirates repealed a 1972 law boycotting Israel.”It will be permissible to enter, exchange or possess Israeli goods and products of all kinds in the UAE and trade in them,” read a federal decree issued by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. The first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE will on Monday morning carry a US-Israeli delegation led on the American side by White House advisor Jared Kushner, who stood next to Netanyahu during the Israeli premier’s remarks on Sunday. “Today’s breakthrough will become tomorrow’s norms,” Netanyahu said. “It will pave the way for other countries to normalize their ties with Israel.”Netanyahu’s office said last week that National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat will lead the Israeli delegation. ‘New sense of optimism’US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week undertook a regional tour, which took him to Sudan, Bahrain and Oman, in the hope of convincing other countries in the region to follow the Emiratis. “While this peace agreement was thought to be impossible, the stage is now set for more,” Kushner said of the Israel-UAE accord on Sunday.”What I felt over the last couple of weeks is a new sense of optimism, and we must seize that optimism and we must continue to push to make this region achieve the potential that it really has.”Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who also met with Kushner on Sunday, called on “other Arab and Muslim states to follow this path of friendship and to establish full and warm relations with the State of Israel –- peace between nations and peoples, peace for peace.”As part of the normalization agreement announced by US President Donald Trump, Israel agreed to suspend planned annexations in the occupied West Bank, although Netanyahu quickly insisted the plans remained on the table in the long-run.The Palestinians dubbed the UAE’s agreement with Israel a “stab in the back”, as it opens the Arab world to the Jewish state while their own conflict remains unresolved.Saudi Arabia, in keeping with decades of policy by most Arab states, says it will not follow the UAE’s example until Israel has signed a peace deal with the Palestinians establishing an independent Palestinian state. Topics :
Sophomore forward Katy Josephs has scored three goals and added an assist this season, but following a rough weekend against Minnesota, will need to provide more offense for the Badgers to compete with their westward rival.[/media-credit]In losing back-to-back games against No. 1 Minnesota this weekend, the missing piece for the No. 8 Wisconsin women’s hockey team was clear: offensive depth.The Badgers (15-9-2, 11-9-2 WCHA) were able to net just one goal in the 120 minutes of hockey they played. While the competition couldn’t get much harder with the undefeated Gophers (26-0-0, 20-0-0 WCHA) sitting on the opposing bench, the University of Wisconsin has struggled to expand scoring beyond its top line.“I think it’s tough when you look at the points, and people who have scored and who haven’t,” junior forward Madison Packer said. “We don’t have a lot of people producing points.”Packer scored the team’s lone goal this weekend during Sunday’s 5-1 loss. She is one of few players repeatedly appearing on the scoreboard for UW, with Sunday’s goal marking her 13th on the season. Alongside Packer on Wisconsin’s top line, senior forward Brianna Decker continues to dominate. She leads the team in points, goals and assists this season, with her most recent contribution coming with an assist on Packer’s goal Sunday. Beyond this duo and sophomore line mate Karley Sylvester, the Badgers are not seeing consistent offensive production from their other lines.“When we are having trouble this year, in the games we’ve lost, it has been due to scoring,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We need to figure out ways to get to three or four [goals]. If we do, then our chances are pretty good, but some nights we aren’t able to do that.”Johnson’s connection between winning games and scoring goals seems obvious, but this season’s results clearly show scoring more than one goal has kept UW off the losing end every time. In all 15 wins and both ties, Wisconsin has scored at least two goals. In all nine losses, they have scored a single goal, or been shut out.The equation going forward for Wisconsin seems simple: score more goals. However, with just seven Badgers with point totals in the double-digits this season, that equation may be hard to solve, unless others begin to step up.Forward Katy Josephs admits this season has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. The sophomore notched a goal in the previous series at North Dakota in game two, which UW went on to win 2-1. However, it marked just her third goal of the season.“We need a couple of younger players to step up,” Packer said. “Josephs had a big goal last weekend against North Dakota and we need more of that.”With only four points thus far next to her name, Josephs knows she, and the rest of her team, need to start finding the back of the net with greater consistency.“We need to definitely put forth some goals, we have faith in ourselves that we can score,” Josephs said. “I know Blayre [Turnbull] has a lot in her that she can put out there and there are more goals in me that I can put out there. There are a bunch of people on this team that have a lot of skill to put the puck in the net, but we aren’t yet.”To see how much depth can elevate a team, Wisconsin needs to look no further than the Minnesota team they just suffered a pair of loses to.All but one player in the Gophers’ top three lines have tallied 10 or more points this season. Wisconsin was able to hold Minnesota’s top player and the nation’s leading goal scorer Amanda Kessel in check, somewhat, limiting her line to just two scores this weekend. Yet, contributions from their other lines and three goals by defensemen were too much for Wisconsin.“They aren’t undefeated for one reason they are undefeated for a lot of reasons and certainly their offense is one,” Johnson said. “They are deep and usually the teams that are winning their league championships or playoff championships and getting into the Frozen Four are teams that are deep.”Even looking back to the first series at Minnesota in December, Johnson saw Minnesota’s depth as a problem for his own team’s game.“That was one of our problems when we played up there, they could dictate the matchups and it causes a few headaches, and even in [Sunday’s] game and in Friday’s.”The Gophers swept that series as well, with 2-0 and 4-1 victories.Looking ahead, the ability for all three lines to score and win games is going to be extremely important. The Badgers will be fighting for home ice advantage in the WCHA Tournament during their six remaining regular season games.“We can’t just rely on Decker, and Packer and Karley [Sylvester] to put all our goals in the net because that is how it has been. Teams are going to be expecting that so they are going to put their tough lines against them,” Josephs said. “It will be up to the second and third lines.”With next weekend off, Wisconsin will have extra time to work on getting every line prepared to contribute moving forward. Losing two games to an arch-rival is never easy, but Josephs said the team is motivated to move on and learn from their past mistakes.“I want to work on being more consistent with my shooting and my play. I have been up and down all the time, and I think a lot of people need to work on staying focused and being more consistent in their play,” Josephs said. “I think we were hoping to pull out a win in one of these games, but it shows we have a lot of work to do and need to push forward.”
Photo: All Stars And we’ll hear from Padraic on tonight’s Straight Talk with Jackie Cahill, from 6.Meanwhile, the football All-Stars and the top individual awards will also be announced at the function.No Tipperary footballer was nominated for a 2017 PwC football All-Star award but Mayo and Dublin are expected to dominate the team.The Dubs pair of Stephen Cluxton and James McCarthy are shortlisted for the Footballer of the Year award along with the Westerners Andy Moran and David Clarke.Joe Canning, Kevin Moran and Jamie Barron are the nominations for the Hurler of the Year. Tipperary senior hurling captain Padraic Maher is set to receive his All Star Award this evening.He’s Tipperary’s sole representative on the team, which also sees 7 Galway, 5 Waterford and 2 Cork players collecting awards.Maher will receive his fifth All-Star at a black-tie gala at the Convention Centre in Dublin – which leaves him one award behind Premier County legends Nicky English and Eoin Kelly – who each have 6.