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  • Snitchgate -- Sharpton Is Still Lying

    04/17/2014 5:26:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Larry Elder
    <p>If the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bigoted, anti-Semitic, non-tax paying race-hustling poverty pimp, had any credibility left, it just vanished.</p> <p>The beneficiary of a lifetime of passes from our race-conscious mainscream media, Sharpton ran into an outlet not afraid of him -- The Smoking Gun. They obtained material that exposed Sharpton as an FBI "informant." Sharpton, of course, denies that this constitutes "snitching." No, he says he "volunteered" to "cooperate" with the FBI -- and for the most honorable of motives.</p>
  • Sharpton was ‘eager to get slice of 1980s coke deal’: pal

    04/12/2014 7:46:36 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 12, 2014 | Frank Rosario
    DURHAM, NC — A drug trafficker who worked for Al Sharpton’s nonprofit in the 1980s said that despite the preacher’s denials, he was eager to get a slice of the lucrative drug deal captured on FBI surveillance video. “It was greed. He just wanted money,” Robert Curington, 72, told The Post during a two-day interview at his North Carolina home, detailing for the first time how Sharpton stepped into the FBI’s trap — and was then forced to become a federal informant.
  • Sharpton was ‘eager to sell coke’ in the ’80s: pal [yet more skeletons in Al's closet]

    04/12/2014 2:54:31 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | Saturday, April 12, 2014 | Frank Rosario
    ....At the third meeting with Quintana, Sharpton made sure to go alone — wearing a cowboy hat and chomping on an unlit cigar, which was made famous in footage from the FBI surveillance leaked in 2002.... And once he was caught, he had no choice but to wear a wire to save his ample hide from prison. “Sharpton said they could do whatever they wanted with him after that,” Curington said. “Because they had him. Either he worked for them or they put that news out there that he was into coke.”.... Curington said the activist put on a good...
  • WH Report: Chronic Marijuana Users Up 84% in 10 Years

    04/01/2014 3:52:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 1, 2014 - 2:21 PM | Ali Meyer
    The number of chronic marijuana users—defined as those who used it on four or more days in the past month—increased 84.3% between 2000 to 2010, according to a RAND Corporation report commissioned by the White House. “In January 2012, the U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked RAND to generate national estimates of the total number of users, total expenditures, and total consumption for four illicit drugs from 2000 to 2010: cocaine (including crack), heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine (or meth),” says the report, What America’s Users Spend on Illicit Drugs: 2000-2010. …
  • Experts: Iran Exerting Troubling Influence in Latin America

    02/21/2014 12:20:10 AM PST · by Cindy · 21 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | February 4, 2014 | by Daniel Wiser
    Snippet: "Iran and its terrorist proxy groups’ influence in Latin America remains a troubling security threat to the region and world, experts said at a congressional hearing on Tuesday."
  • BREAKING: Trey Radel Resigning From Congress

    01/27/2014 6:46:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 125 replies
    WPEC-TV ^ | 1/27/14 | Michele Wright
    According to reports from Politico, Southwest Florida Congressman Trey Radel is resigning from Congress. Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in November and was sentenced to one-year probation. He also just completed a stint in rehab.
  • Trey Radel to resign House seat (GOP FL-Rep busted for cocaine)

    01/27/2014 6:40:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | January 27, 2014 | Jack Sherman and Alex Isenstadt
    Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) will resign from Congress on Monday, according to multiple sources. Radel, 37, was caught buying cocaine last year from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility. He returned to Congress after the winter recess.
  • DEA operations chief decries legalization of marijuana at state level

    01/20/2014 3:45:55 AM PST · by Wolfie · 122 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/20/2014
    DEA operations chief decries legalization of marijuana at state level The chief of operations at the Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday called the legalization of marijuana at the state level “reckless and irresponsible,” warning that the movement to decriminalize the sale of pot in the United States will have severe consequences. Capra’s comments marked the DEA’s most public and pointed criticism of the movement toward decriminalization in several states, where local officials see it as an opportunity to generate tax revenue and boost tourism. “It scares us,” James L. Capra said, responding to a question from a senator during a...
  • Lil Za [D-bag Bieber's thug sidekick] says reporters were being racist by exaggerating drug charges

    01/16/2014 3:35:09 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 37 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | JANUARY 16, 2014 | wenn.com
    Justin Bieber's rapper pal Lil Za has accused reporters of racial discrimination by exaggerating his drug possession arrest to make him "look bad". The 19 year old was taken into custody on Tuesday following a police raid on Bieber's Calabasas, California mansion in connection to an alleged neighbourhood vandalism incident. Cops claim to have discovered illegal substances in "plain view" during the property search and arrested Lil Za on suspicion of felony drug possession. The white powder allegedly found was determined to be MDMA, a form of ecstasy frequently referred to as molly, but the teenager, real name Xavier Smith,...
  • How Delaware investigators brought down a violent drug cartel kingpin

    01/14/2014 11:25:25 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 4 replies
    The News Journal (Delaware) | January 11, 2014 | Sean O’Sullivan
    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20140112/NEWS01/301120061/A-cargo-plane-a-pickup-modified-to-conceal-dope-and-a-federa
  • Former Mountie who pleaded guilty in cocaine case resented RCMP colleagues: Court documents

    01/08/2014 3:21:13 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CANADIAN PRESS ^ | January 8th, 2014
    Rapinder Singh Sidhu has pleaded guilty to his role in smuggling cocaine across the Canada-U.S. border and is expected to be sentenced to eight years in prison later this week. U.S. District Attorney Jenny Durkan says Sidhu also contributed to the corruption of a fellow law enforcement officer who sabotaged his own career by becoming involving in the drug-smuggling scheme ... a Canadian border inspector recruited by Sidhu allowed the vehicle to enter B.C. without inspection. Durkan says that in the case of the California load, both drivers received 12 years behind bars and that there’s no justice in the...
  • Obama commuted sentence of Deval Patrick kin

    12/20/2013 10:56:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    One of the eight federal prisoners granted sentence commutations by President Barack Obama Thursday is a first cousin of Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass), one of the president's most devoted supporters on the national political scene. Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr. was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in Illinois federal court in 1994 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base and possession with intent to distribute crack. He was 19 at the time of his arrest and 17 at the time he got involved running drugs for the Gangster Disciples gang. He...
  • Calling sentence disparities unfair, Obama pardons 8 crack offenders

    12/19/2013 2:06:20 PM PST · by Zakeet · 72 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama on Thursday commuted the prison sentences for eight people convicted of crack cocaine offenses and pardoned 13 others, surpassing in the fifth year of his presidency all the acts of clemency from his entire first term. “I am commuting the prison terms of eight men and women who were sentenced under an unfair system,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “Commuting the sentences of these eight Americans is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness.” [Snip] “We are excited for the families of those who were granted commutations today, and we are glad that...
  • President Obama commutes drug sentence of Deval Patrick’s first cousin

    12/19/2013 6:24:10 PM PST · by massmike · 25 replies
    boston.com ^ | 12/19/2013 | Matt Viser and Tracy Jan
    Obama on Thursday granted a rare commutation to the first cousin of Governor Deval Patrick, allowing the release of a man who in 1994 was given a life sentence on charges of dealing crack cocaine. Patrick said that he does not recall ever meeting his first cousin Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr., 39 of Rockford, Ill., and had no involvement in his application for clemency, which has been a cause of national advocates for years and has been featured in the national media. “There’s a significant age gap between the two and the governor has no recollection of having met Mr....
  • Report: Boehner told Radel not to resign

    11/21/2013 11:58:20 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/21/2013 | Rebecca Shabad
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other Republicans told Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) they didn’t want him to resign and would support him, according to Radel’s father. “He had a meeting with John Boehner and some of the Republicans,” Skip Radel told Ohio’s The Cincinnati Enquirer. “They told him they didn’t want him to resign, and they wanted to back him.” According to the report, Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, declined to comment on the father’s remarks. Steel stood by the statement his office issued Wednesday: “Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be...
  • Tea Party Rep. Radel sentenced for cocaine possession

    11/20/2013 9:26:10 AM PST · by stonewall_jackson215 · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/20/13 | Athena Jones
    (CNN) -- U.S. Rep. Trey Radel was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor cocaine possession -- a charge that authorities say came after he bought a small amount of cocaine in a sting in the nation's capital last month. Radel, a 37-year-old first-term Republican from Florida, said at his sentencing in D.C. Superior Court that he plans to enter an inpatient drug treatment program in Naples, Florida. It wasn't immediately clear how long he would be in treatment. A tea party favorite, Radel was elected last year to represent southwest Florida's 19th Congressional District....
  • Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession

    11/19/2013 5:45:30 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 11-19-13 | John Bresnahan
    Rep. Trey Radel, a Florida Republican elected in 2012, will be in court Wednesday on charges that he possessed cocaine. Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday.
  • Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession

    11/19/2013 1:57:44 PM PST · by AuH2ORepublican · 74 replies
    Politico ^ | November 19, 2013 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    Rep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, was arrested on Oct. 29 for possession of cocaine in the District of Columbia, according to D.C. Superior Court documents. Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. Radel faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a possible fine up to $1,000. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia declined to comment on Radel’s arrest or criminal cases. The Florida Republican is a former journalist, TV anchor and radio talk-show...
  • European Parliament VP to resign over alleged cocaine use

    11/17/2013 11:58:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | +A Published 14 November 2013; updated 15 November 2013
    Alexander Alvaro, a prominent German liberal MEP and European Parliament vice-president, had cocaine in his blood when he was involved in a car crash that killed a 21-year old passenger last February, an attorney said. Alvaro is expected to resign over the issue, German press reports. The daily Bild quotes attorney Ulrich Bremer as saying that the blood test on Alvaro, who was badly injured in the crash, left no doubt that he was under the influence of drugs. …
  • Oprah Plays Obama-Race-Card (Oprah Who?)

    11/16/2013 5:56:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2013 | Jeff Crouere
    As President Obama stumbles and fumbles his way through his second term, his mistakes are impossible to overlook. From his handling of the turmoil in the Middle East to his failed economic policies to the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, it has been a year of train wrecks for the President. Opponents of President Obama have plenty of ammunition to use as they criticize his second term agenda. Almost all of these critics have focused their attention on Obama’s policies, not his race. Despite the facts, the President’s defenders continually use the race card to invalidate criticism from his opponents. The...
  • Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt accused in cocaine smuggling ring, appears in Australian court

    11/17/2013 4:04:17 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 33 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | November 15, 2013 | AP
    <p>SYDNEY, Australia — Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt was extradited from Los Angeles to Sydney on Friday to face cocaine conspiracy charges.</p> <p>The 45-year-old actress and Playmate of the Month for October 1987 appeared in a Sydney court after her arrival Friday morning on a flight from the United States.</p>
  • Toronto mayor admits he bought illegal drugs; council urges him to step aside

    11/13/2013 10:20:23 AM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2013 | Cameron French
    Toronto's embattled mayor, Rob Ford, professed a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and gangs on Wednesday, but he also admitted he has bought illegal drugs in the past two years. Speaking after Toronto City Council almost unanimously urged Ford to take a break from his duties, Ford said he could not change the past and would continue his efforts as mayor to save Toronto money.
  • Clintons to get public health awards from Harvard

    10/20/2013 1:49:09 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    chron.com ^ | 10/20/13 | houston Chronicle
    BOSTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton are among those who will be honored during events celebrating the Harvard School of Public Health's centennial.
  • Study finds Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, morphine

    10/16/2013 7:23:58 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 95 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | Oct. 16, 2013 | Lauren Zima
    Oh, oh, oreo. Ever feel like you could eat the whole bag yourself? According to a new study — you’re not a glutton, you’re addicted. A student at Connecticut College found lab rats that ate oreos were just as strongly associated to them as lab rats that were injected with cocaine or morphine. (Via WNCN) And, this sounds even more dangerous — eating Oreos activated even more neurons in the “pleasure centers” of rats’ brains than those addicted drugs did. (Via YouTube / Oreo)
  • Study: Oreo Cookies As Addictive As Cocaine

    10/15/2013 4:59:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    Study: Oreo Cookies As Addictive As Cocaine Research Indicates High Fat, High Sugar Foods Trigger Pleasure Center In Brain October 15, 2013 4:59 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Research out of Connecticut College shows that “America’s Favorite Cookie” may be as addictive as cocaine. Connecticut College psychology professor Joseph Schroeder and four students studied in rats whether high fat, high sugar foods can be as addictive as drugs of abuse. The research looked at the behaviors and the effects the cookies had on the brain. “We found that the behavior they exhibited was equally strong for Oreo cookies as it...
  • Up in smoke: Police burn more than a ton of cocaine confiscated from Dominican Republic drug lords

    10/11/2013 1:32:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:51 EST, 11 October 2013 | Emma Thomas
    Holy smoke! Police set light to $250 million of cocaine seized from an international organized crime ring. Armed officers stood by as others burned 2,551 lbs of the Class A drug inside a military base in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. According to the attorney general, the 1.2-ton haul was confiscated from a drug smuggling gang in a recent police operation in Peravia Province. …
  • Jay Z: Crack dealing was my job experience

    10/01/2013 9:49:43 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/30/13 | David K. Li
    How did Jay Z develop the business acumen he needed to become a music mogul? By dealing crack, of course. “I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer,” the hip-hop titan boasted to Vanity Fair magazine, referring to his days on Brooklyn’s mean streets. “To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up.”
  • Obama’s Own Drug Use a Backdrop to More Lenient Sentences

    08/13/2013 7:06:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8-13-13 | Devin Dwyer
    President Obama knows something about being a low-level, nonviolent drug offender, such as the kind the Justice Department today exempted from harsh mandatory prison sentences. In a sense, he was one himself once, although the young Barry Obama was never arrested or charged with a crime. Obama wrote openly in his 1995 memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” about using marijuana and “maybe a little blow” during his high school days in Hawaii in the 1970s. Biographer David Maraniss reported that Obama was even a pot-smoking trend-setter and leader in the “Choom Gang.” But decades later, openly reflecting on the “stupid”...
  • Letterman's audience hurls BOOS at liberal comedian Bill Maher after Zimmerman jokes

    07/17/2013 7:23:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 17, 2013 | David Martosko
    HBO's resident left-wing comic Bill Maher drew disapproval from late night host David Letterman's audience on Tuesday after he told a pair of jokes mocking George Zimmerman in the wake of his acquittal for the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin. Maher was in New York City to watch the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. When Letterman mentioned that Maher was among the owners of the New York Mets, whose stadium hosted the annual mid-season classic, Maher noted that he was only a 'minority owner.'
  • Man Dies After Police Tase Him; Family Puzzled

    05/29/2013 10:25:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 24 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | 05/29/2013 | Reporting Joel Thomas
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Relatives of a man who was killed after police entered his home and tased him are struggling to come to terms with how he died. “They physically pulled him off the couch because, like I said, he was asleep. They pulled him off the couch and they tried to put him on his stomach. He can’t breathe on his stomach. He don’t even lie on the bed on his stomach,” said Donna Randle, the mother of victim Jarmaine Darden, 34. Zero tolerance officers were executing a search warrant at his southeast Fort Worth house on May...
  • US wants to keep 9 bases in Afghanistan, Karzai says

    05/09/2013 7:37:33 AM PDT · by haffast · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5-9-2013 | KATHY GANNON
    KABUL -- The U.S. wants to keep nine bases in Afghanistan after American combat troops withdraw in 2014 and the Afghan government will let them as long as it gets "security and economic guarantees," President Hamid Karzai said Thursday in his first public offer in talks about the future relationship between the two uneasy allies. U.S. officials have made no final announcement about how many troops might remain in Afghanistan after 2014, although they have said as many as many as 12,000 U.S. and coalition forces could remain to train and advise Afghans and continue counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida and...
  • Cocaine-filled coconuts shipped through Port Everglades

    05/01/2013 6:57:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 30, 2013 | Paula McMahon
    Customs agents thought something didn't seem right with the coconuts that arrived at Port Everglades. When they looked closer, they found 90 of them were hollowed out and stuffed with pounds of cocaine. The routine inspection of a container of produce shipped from the Dominican Republic to Fort Lauderdale turned up bags that were missing labels. Federal agents put tracking devices into some of the fruit and let them be delivered to a produce-importing business in Miami, leading investigators to two men who unloaded and separated out the suspicious bags and a third man who took them to his home.
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1908.aspx Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...
  • Rand Paul on Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing: ‘Barack Obama and George Bush Were Lucky’

    04/14/2013 10:21:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 12, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday he has introduced a bill to repeal mandatory minimum sentencing for drug use and told the story of two young men—Barack Obama and George W. Bush—who were said to use drugs but did not go to jail. “In this story, both young men were extraordinarily lucky. Both young men were not caught using illegal drugs, and they weren’t imprisoned. Instead, they went on to become presidents of the United States. Barack Obama and George Bush were lucky,” Paul said in a speech at Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, DC. “The law...
  • IS IMUS CRAZY?

    04/11/2013 6:21:02 PM PDT · by chooseascreennamepat · 70 replies
    Imus In the Morning | self
    I was tuning around channels the other morning and tuned into "Imus In the Morning". He had some inane/insane comments and suddenly he went on a rant. He was defending that commie bit*h who said kids should be brought up by the "collective". He also defended the word 'collective' stating it was NOT a communist word. He called Sarah Palin a number of names, he called Rush a fat, pill popping pig plus few other nasty names. His 'sidekick' Colin McShane just sat there and agreed half heartedly (he strikes me as being terminally stupid). He ranted like a village...
  • Zapping the brain with magnets could cure cocaine addiction

    04/04/2013 1:36:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:04 EST, 3 April 2013 | Anna Hodgekiss
    Cocaine addicts could be cured using a technique that stimulates the brain with magnets. Experiments on mice addicted to cocaine found they were weaned off the drug after laser beams were used to change neurons in a particular part of the brain. Scientists who report their study in the journal Nature say a similar strategy using magnets could work on human drug abusers—and clinical trials should start soon to see if it works. They showed by stimulating a region called the pre-frontal cortex with light they could wipe away addictive behavior in the lab animals—or conversely turn non-addicted rats into...
  • Genghis Khan Found Guilty (Convicted of Cocaine and Marijuana Possesion)

    03/27/2013 7:44:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Rockland County Times ^ | March 26, 2013 | Rockland County Times
    Genghis Khan Found Guilty in Rockland Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced Tuesday, March 26 that Genghis Khan (DOB 06/01/89) of 1008 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, New York was found guilty following a jury trial of: One count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class “A-II” Felony One count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a Violation On April 30, 2012, at approximately 4:40 p.m., Khan was traveling on the New York State Thruway (I-87) in the Town of Clarkstown. During a traffic stop, state troopers found the defendant in possession of approximately...
  • Senator Rob Portman's Homosexual Descent

    03/20/2013 6:13:00 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 30 replies
    New American ^ | 3-20-13 | Selwyn Duke
    In another case in the annals of conservative "adaptation" to yesterday's liberal innovation, Ohio Republican senator Rob Portman has just announced that he now supports faux marriage. The change was motivated, he said, by his son having come out to him and his wife as a homosexual. Well, it's a good thing his son didn't announce that he was involved in bestiality. Talk about a pandering parent. We can also talk here about letting your personal life influence your public policy. If I were a statesman and learned that a child of mine were hooked on cocaine or had joined...
  • Rajaratnam Surfaced in U.S. Terrorism Probe [Funded DNC, 0, and Hillary!]

    10/17/2009 8:11:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 1,516+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | October 17th 2009
    OCTOBER 17, 2009 Rajaratnam Surfaced in U.S. Terrorism Probe By EVAN PEREZ and MATTHEW ROSENBERG WASHINGTON—The hedge-fund billionaire charged as part of a vast insider-trading case surfaced in an earlier, separate probe into U.S. fundraising by a Sri Lankan terrorist group, people familiar with the probe said. As part of that investigation, federal agents said they uncovered documents showing that Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group, was among several wealthy Sri Lankans in the U.S. whose donations to a Maryland-based charity made their way to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, according to people familiar with the probe. Raj...
  • Oh, we are in deep, deep trouble

    03/16/2013 7:33:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 182 replies
    Barnhardt.biz ^ | 03/16/2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    Posted by Ann Barnhardt - March 16, AD 2013 8:08 PM MST Here is the full video of Pope Francis' first Mass in the Sistine Chapel. The consecration of the Host happens at 51:47. The consecration of the Chalice happens at 52:32. I cannot believe I am about to type these words. The Pope DID NOT GENUFLECT after either consecration. He did a weird bow thing, but didn't feel the need to bend his knee to God Almighty, physically present in his hands upon the altar. HE. DID. NOT. GENUFLECT. This is absolutely stunning. And unprecedented. Oh yeah, we're in...
  • Cops’ firing for drugs reversed; Report slams testing

    03/07/2013 2:23:06 PM PST · by Ken H · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 07, 2013 | n/a
    Six Boston cops fired after testing positive for cocaine have been ordered reinstated — with back pay — after a state board struck down hair tests as unreliable in a bombshell ruling that could have a far-reaching impact on how city workers are drug-tested. In a stunning, 134-page ruling, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission this week ordered the six cops back on the job, finding that “the present state of hair testing for drugs of abuse ... does not meet the standard of reliability necessary to be routinely used” to fire someone.
  • US military expands its drug war in Latin America

    03/01/2013 10:40:48 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | MARTHA MENDOZA
    Hundreds of thousands of kilograms (pounds) of cocaine are seized en route to the U.S. every year, and the Defense Department estimates about 850 metric tons of cocaine departed South America last year toward the U.S., down 20 percent in just a year. The most recent U.S. survey found cocaine use fell significantly, from 2.4 million people in 2006 to 1.4 million in 2011. ... Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield, head of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs said the goal is to make it so hard for traffickers to move drugs to the U.S. that...
  • Police: $10M worth of cocaine found in man's home

    02/03/2013 7:59:12 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Rosemary Regina Sobol and Mitch Smith
    A search of a South Side home Friday revealed about $10 million worth of cocaine and more than $500,000 cash, leading to the arrest of the 21-year-old man who lived there. Two others also face felony charges in the case. Jose Pelayo-Aguilar, of the 3600 block of South Leavitt Avenue, was charged with manufacturing or delivering and possessing more than 900 grams of cocaine. During a Sunday court appearance, Judge Israel Desierto ordered him held on a $75,000 cash bond.
  • Two Houston police accused of helping smuggle cocaine

    01/29/2013 7:28:33 AM PST · by Calamari · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 28, 2013 11:54pm | Dane Schiller
    Two Houston police officers are facing life in prison without the possibility of parole after allegations they accepted $2,000 in bribes to protect a stash of cocaine being smuggled through the city
  • Paraguay: Alleged Hezbollah Financier Detained [Wassim el Abd Fadel]

    01/24/2013 4:30:57 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies
    INFOSUR HOY.com ^ | 24/01/2013 | By Marta Escurra for Infosurhoy.com
    "Paraguay: Alleged Hezbollah financier detained Wassim el Abd Fadel, a Lebanese with Paraguayan citizenship, faces human trafficking and narco-terrorism charges."  SNIPPET: "ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay – Wassim el Abd Fadel is behind bars inside Tacumbú prison in Asunción, Paraguay, as he awaits trial on human trafficking, money laundering and narco-trafficking charges. But Paraguayan authorities suspect the Lebanese with Paraguayan citizenship’s involvement in crime is much greater, which is why he’s being investigated for financing the terrorist organization Hezbollah. Fadel, 31, was arrested on Dec. 21 in Ciudad del Este, which is on the border shared by Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, about...
  • Bali drugs: Death sentence for Briton Lindsay Sandiford

    01/22/2013 8:54:52 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    A 56-year-old British grandmother has been sentenced to death by firing squad in Indonesia for drug trafficking. Lindsay Sandiford was arrested at Bali's airport in May last year after 4.8kg (10.6lb) of cocaine was found in the lining of her suitcase during a routine customs check. Sandiford, whose last UK address was in Gloucestershire, said she was coerced into bringing the drugs to the island. Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire has condemned the sentence. He told MPs the government strongly objected to the death penalty imposed. Her lawyers have said they were "surprised" at the verdict and would appeal. Prosecutors...
  • The Chávez Legacy in Venezuela

    01/11/2013 2:08:13 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jaime Daremblum
    Shortly after Hugo Chávez won his first election as Venezuelan president in December 1998, a lawyer from the western state of Barinas, which was then governed by Chávez's father, delivered a prescient warning to Newsweek magazine: "Venezuelans are dreaming of a savior, but Chávez is a dictator. People don't know what they are getting."  More than 14 years later, a cancer-stricken Chávez is reportedly near death, but his autocratic legacy is very much alive. Venezuela long ago ceased to be a real democracy: The ruling regime effectively controls the Supreme Court (which in 2004 was expanded and packed with Chávez allies), the National Assembly...
  • Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels

    01/12/2013 10:43:25 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Rukmini Callimachi
    <p>The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists from a town seized earlier this week.</p>
  • Have We Lost the Drug Wars?

    01/08/2013 10:59:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 367 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    Forty-odd (exceedingly odd, I might add) years ago, who would have envisioned a national war against drugs? Nobody took drugs -- nobody you knew, nobody but jazz musicians and funny foreign folk. Then, after a while, it came to seem that everybody did. Drugs became a new front in the war on an old social culture that was taking hard licks aplenty in those days. I still don't understand why people take drugs. Can't they just pour themselves a nice shot of bourbon? On the other hand, as Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy argue, in a lucid piece...
  • Mexico's Cartels and the Economics of Cocaine

    01/06/2013 8:41:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Stewart Scott
    At Stratfor, we follow Mexico's criminal cartels closely. In fact, we are currently finishing our 2013 cartel forecast, which will be released later this month. As we analyze the Mexican cartels, we recognize that to understand their actions and the interactions between them, we need to acknowledge that at their core they are businesses and not politically motivated militant organizations. This means that although violence between and within the cartels grabs much of the spotlight, a careful analysis of the cartels must look beyond the violence to the business factors that drive their interests -- and their bankrolls.  There are several distinct business factors that have...