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  • HSBC avoided US money laundering charges because of 'market risk' fears

    07/12/2016 5:46:32 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 25 replies
    bbc ^ | 7/12 | bbc
    US officials refused to prosecute HSBC for money laundering in 2012 because of concerns within the Department of Justice that it would cause a "global financial disaster", a report says. A US Congressional report revealed UK officials, including Chancellor George Osborne, added to pressure by warning the US it could lead to market turmoil. The report alleges the UK "hampered" the probe and "influenced" the outcome. HSBC was accused of letting drug cartels use US banks to launder funds.
  • It's loco in Acapulco: Horrific photographs from just one month's bloodshed show how former [tr]

    08/11/2016 6:24:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 11, 2016 | Liam Quinn
    Extreme and gruesome violence has turned a city once beloved by holidaymakers from around the world into a war zone. Acapulco, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, has been gripped by such bloody chaos in recent years that it has been dubbed one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Shocking new photographs captured in little more than two months on the streets show just have horrifying life there has become, with death seemingly able to strike anywhere in the city.
  • Law enforcement destroys cartel marijuana grow in remote corner of Curry County

    08/10/2016 12:48:22 PM PDT · by AuntB · 16 replies
    NBC 16 ^ | Aug. 9, 2016 | NBC 16
    BROOKINGS, Ore. - Law enforcement put nearly 12,000 mature marijuana plants through a wood chipper Monday while dismantling a grow operation found in a remote corner of Curry County near the California border, Sheriff John Ward said. A helicopter surveyed the area from the air, and an armed ground team entered the grow first to make sure the area was safe, Ward said. They found a camouflaged living structure and evidence of weapons and chemicals. No one was present as law enforcement moved in. "It was obvious that whoever was tending to the marijuana had left prior to the eradication...
  • Poll: US-Mexico border residents feel ignored, oppose wall

    07/18/2016 11:52:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 18, 2016 2:37 PM EDT | Russell Contreras
    Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border are feeling ignored in the midst of a U.S. presidential election in which immigration, border security and a proposed wall are being hotly debated, a poll released Monday suggests. A Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll found a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the border are against the building of a wall between the two countries and believe the campaign’s tone n is damaging relations. Residents feel Democrats and Republicans are ignoring their concerns and aren’t proposing solutions to help their economies or combat drug trafficking and human smuggling, journalists...
  • Lynch admits she had whistleblower's evidence on banksters

    03/27/2015 11:44:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    wnd ^ | 3/27/15 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – President Obama’s attorney-general nominee, Loretta Lynch, admitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee that her investigators in the money-laundering probe of HSBC were aware of evidence compiled by whistleblower John Cruz but she chose, nevertheless, not to bring criminal charges. Lynch provided written answers to questions submitted by committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in a document posted on the panel’s website dated Feb. 18. As WND reported, Lynch’s confirmation vote in the Senate initially was postponed after Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, opened the investigation of Lynch’s role in the HSBC...
  • The House of Death

    07/12/2016 1:44:11 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Dec 3, 2006 | David Rose
    (2006) The US media have virtually ignored this story. The Observer is the first newspaper to have spoken to Janet Padilla, and this is the first narrative account to appear in print. The House Of Death suddenly seemed set to become a major national scandal. On 24 February, Sandy Gonzalez, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA office in El Paso wrote to his Ice counterpart, John Gaudioso. 'I am writing to express to you my frustration and outrage at the mishandling of investigation that has resulted in unnecessary loss of human life,' he began, 'and endangered the lives...
  • Senators push for wilderness within New Mexico monument

    06/11/2016 5:48:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2016 | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
    Almost a half-million acres in southern New Mexico were designated as a national monument two years ago. Now, members of the state's congressional delegation are pushing for portions of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area to be set aside as wilderness. While praised by environmentalists, the effort is reigniting the concerns of local law enforcement about their ability to access the area to fight crime. The legislation introduced by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both Democrats, would set aside more than 376 square miles - or nearly half of the monument - as wilderness. ... The Southwestern Border Sheriffs' Coalition...
  • Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    05/29/2016 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2016 2:48 AM EDT
    Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said. A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was...
  • Testimony Begins On Clinton Email (Weekly Update)

    05/28/2016 10:07:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 27, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    First Deposition Testimony from Clinton Email Discovery Released State Department Office of Inspector General Slams Clinton Email Practices Justice Department Documents Reveal the Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons by Major Mexican Drug Cartels – Linked to at Least 69 Killings Memorial Day: Why We Fight First Deposition Testimony from Clinton Email Discovery Released The court-ordered discovery to uncover details about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email system has produced the first testimony from her top aides. This week we released the deposition transcript of Ambassador Lewis Lukens, former deputy assistant secretary of state and executive director...
  • Judicial Watch: Justice Department Documents Reveal Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons...

    05/25/2016 11:25:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 25, 2016
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Justice Department Documents Reveal Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons by Major Mexican Drug Cartels – Linked to at least 69 Killings From December 2012 to March 2016, 94 Fast and Furious weapons were seized; Fast and Furious weapon found in “Chapo” Guzman hideout(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today released Justice Department documents showing that weapons sent from the U.S. into Mexico as part of the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning program have been widely used by major Mexican drug cartels. According to the new records, over the past three years, a...
  • Border Patrol union chief dares to speak obvious truths before Congress

    05/24/2016 3:24:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hot ^ | May 24, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, testified before the Senate this week and provided some remarkable clarity on subjects which probably strike anyone without a vested interest in electing Democratic candidates as blindingly obvious common sense. The subject at hand was the effect that lax immigration policy has on the illegal drug trade and continued border incursions. The long and the short of it was that when you make it ridiculously easy for people to break the law and provide them with every opportunity to face no consequences for it, they have every incentive to keep...
  • Mexico warns of repercussions if remittances from US are blocked

    05/21/2016 6:44:35 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 91 replies
    .msn. ^ | 5/12/2016 | Tracy Wilkinson
    If a new U.S. administration blocks the flow of remittances — the estimated $20 billion that Mexicans working in the U.S. send home each year — then joint efforts to stop money laundering and other illicit forms of finance will be dealt a dangerous setback, a senior Mexican official warned Thursday. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has vowed, if elected, to make Mexico pay to build a wall along the entire Southwest border, even if it means impounding remittance payments. Fernando Aportela, Mexico’s deputy secretary for finance, said any attempt to seize remittances would force Mexicans to hide...
  • ‘El Chapo’ may not be coming to America any time soon

    05/21/2016 10:09:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot ^ | May 21, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    So who’s ready for an American trial of Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman? You may be getting understandably excited about the prospect. After all, the gang lord was already moved from the Altiplano lockup further south in Mexico (and the scene of his now famous tunnel escape) to a cell in Ciudad Juarez, just over the border from us earlier this month. And the Mexican Government has approved his extradition. He’s certainly in high demand on this side of the Rio Grande. We’re looking at bringing him to Brooklyn to stand trial, but he’s also wanted for...
  • Border Patrol Union Chief: Obama’s Policies Are Helping Bankroll Drug Cartels

    05/19/2016 12:24:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/19/2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The president of the National Border Patrol Council testified in the Senate Thursday that the Obama administration’s loose immigration policy is the biggest factor driving illegal immigration into the United States, which in turn helps fund Mexican drug cartels. “Most illegal immigrants believe that they will either not be caught, or even if they are caught, they will not be deported back to their home country. Most believe that they will simply be issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) and will be released,” Brandon Judd said before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. “Candidly, they are not...
  • Another Clinton Email Coverup (Weekly Updtae)

    04/30/2016 9:49:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 29, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Obama State Department Hid Key Clinton Benghazi Email from Judicial Watch New Benghazi Documents Reveal September 11, 2012, Hillary Clinton ‘Call Sheet’ Describes Benghazi Assault as Attack by ‘Armed Extremists’ Cartels Help Terrorists in Mexico Get to U.S. to Explore Targets; ISIS Militant Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir among Them Obama State Department Hid Key Clinton Benghazi Email from Judicial Watch It has taken several years of persistent legal pressure from Judicial Watch even to begin to expose Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. This week, for example, we reported that we could have known about her email games two years ago,...
  • Youngest Ohio family member received Facebook threat before murders

    04/26/2016 7:51:02 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 40 replies ^ | 4/26/16 | ap/cbs/foxnews
    The youngest of the eight Ohio family members found slain in execution-style murders last week received a threat on Facebook before the mass killings, Ohio's attorney general said Monday. ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Rhoden Jr., a 16-year-old freshman at Piketon High School, was the subject of the threat, CBS News reported. "I'm aware of the Facebook threat," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. "Every piece of information is valuable and our investigators are certainly taking that into consideration." The threat is just one emerging piece of evidence in the investigation, which has also uncovered cockfighting chickens and a marijuana growing operation at...
  • Another Day, Another Otay Mesa Drug Tunnel

    04/24/2016 12:57:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    San Diego Reader ^ | April 20, 2016 | Don Bauder
    But this one led to over a ton of coke and was 800 yards longFederal officials announced today (April 20) that they made arrests related to what is believed to be the longest cross-border drug transportation tunnel (800 yards in length), stretching from a house in Tijuana to a commercial lot in an Otay Mesa industrial park. Following an investigation that began on April 12, authorities seized 2242 pounds of cocaine and more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana. The cocaine stash is believed to be the largest ever seized from a tunnel. Six men (believed to be of Mexican descent,...
  • Obama Pushes Amnesty for Marxist Narco-Terrorists in Colombia

    04/08/2016 2:53:05 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 07 April 2016 | Alex Newman
    The Obama administration has simple demands for the long-suffering people of Colombia and their legitimate government: Do not just negotiate with murderous Marxist narco-terrorists, but surrender to them. Give them full amnesty for everything from mass murder and kidnapping to torture and treason, and then allow them into positions of power. That was the message delivered most recently by Obama's Secretary of State John Kerry in Havana meetings last month amid “peace” talks between Colombian authorities and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army, or “FARC,” as the savage terror group (shown) is more commonly known.
  • Former Mexican President Vincent Fox To Trump: 'You're Not Welcomed' In Mexico

    04/08/2016 1:15:36 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/07/16 | Katie McHugh
    Former Mexican president Vicente Fox tweeted a selfie of himself smiling in Cancun, telling GOP frontrunner Donald Trump “YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE” in his latest rage against the billionaire and his plan to halt uncontrolled illegal immigration from Mexico. Trump,this beautiful Cancun. YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE. — Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) April 7, 2016 The viral tweet topped off a fresh Fox Twitter rant the former president typed in English. Pathetic,Trump suffers from, disruptive narcissist personality. Which means,the belive that he is special and unique. — Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) April 7, 2016 Trumps narcisism means he needs,excessive...
  • Nigerian agents arrest 4 Mexicans allegedly helping build meth 'super lab'

    03/20/2016 2:02:31 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 13 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | March 14, 2016 | Fox News Latino
    The four Mexicans apparently wanted to be pioneers of sorts. But they were breaking the law in a big way, Nigerian officials say, to achieve that distinction. Nigerian drug agents say they have arrested four Mexicans who were helping to build a methamphetamine "super lab." It is believed to have had the potential to rake in billions of dollars, the nation's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said Monday. Spokesman Mitchell Ofoyeju said it was the first industrial-scale production of crystal meth found in West Africa, and possibly on the continent. "The Nigerians invited the Mexicans in to leverage their expertise...
  • The Whole Nation Is On The Verge Of Civil War (Mexico)

    03/08/2016 3:33:27 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 56 replies ^ | March 8, 2016 | Theodore Shoebat
    (Title too long: "Mexican Drug Cartel Agents Take A Woman And Her Two Children, They Slaughter Them And Char Their Bodies. The Violence In Mexico Is Getting So Horrendous That The Whole Nation Is On The Verge Of Civil War") Cartel agents in Mexico took a woman and her two children, slaughtered them and burned and charred their bodies. The gruesome incident took place in a residence located in Urbi Quinta de Tonala, where the triple execution that was so horrifying for a family took place. Authorities arrived at the site of the crime and ordered the transfer of human...
  • Alleged Mexican cartel leader is extruded to US [Yes, that's the headline]

    03/07/2016 6:47:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies
    An accused leader of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been extradited to the United States to face charges in San Diego. Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum made an initial court appearance Monday on conspiracy and money laundering charges. Prosecutors said he was extradited Friday, nearly four years after his arrest by Mexican authorities at a highway checkpoint near Guadalajara.
  • Mexican Drug Cartel Slaughters Three Hundred People,...

    02/12/2016 9:25:35 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 26 replies ^ | Feb. 12, 2012 | Theodore Shoebat
    (Too long title: Mexican Drug Cartel Slaughters Three Hundred People, They Take The Victims, Murder Them And Burn Their Bodies To Nothing But Chard Pieces Of Human Flesh) In the El LimĂłn Rance, which lies in the Mexican state of Veracruz, in the town of Tlalixcoyan, almost three thousand fragments of human corpses were discovered, leading investigators to believe that around three hundred bodies were buried on this very spot. The three thousand human remains were found after three days of investigation by forensic experts. The investigation was launched after locals began to make reports on the bodies to authorities....
  • Ann Coulter–Heroin: Blame It on America

    02/03/2016 4:20:20 PM PST · by george76 · 69 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 3 Feb 2016 | Ann Coulter
    Any politician who claims to care about the drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation, but does not demand that we build a wall, deport illegal aliens and end the anchor baby scam, is a liar. In 2014, more people died from drug overdoses than any year in U.S. history: 47,055. That's more than die in car accidents -- and it's not even close. This is a huge, horrible problem -- and it's a problem caused entirely by the fact that Mexico is on our southern border. The diverse, hardworking people of Mexico manufacture the majority of heroin in the U.S....
  • WARNING GRAPHIC: 9 Reasons to Fear Mexican Cartels More than ISIS

    01/13/2016 11:02:49 AM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 12, 2016 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Mexican drug cartels continue to fascinate the minds of Americans who tend to idolize outlaw gunmen with fast cash, fancy cars, guns and women. However, few realize that Mexican drug cartels are as ruthless and sadistic as Middle Eastern terror groups like ISIS with whom they actually have many tactics in common. For most in America, the closest they have come to a drug cartel is the small-time drug peddler in the street corner, the glamorous TV shows, or the Mexican narco-ballads. However, taking a step back and looking at their entire structure, and how those drugs got from...
  • 'El Chapo' returned to Mexico Altiplano prison (where he escaped from)

    01/08/2016 10:57:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 9, 2016
    Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been recaptured and sent back to the maximum-security prison he escaped from six months ago. He was paraded before cameras before being bundled into a helicopter to Altiplano prison in central Mexico. He escaped from there in July through a tunnel dug in the showers. ...
  • Drug Cartels Are Hacking US Border Patrol Drones

    01/01/2016 1:03:33 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    NEWS Softpedia ^ | JAN 1, 2016 | By Catalin Cimpanu
    Drug Cartels Are Hacking US Border Patrol Drones Border patrol drones are vulnerable to GPS spoofing attacks The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency are reporting on incidents where drug traffickers have hacked unmanned air vehicles (UAVs, drones) in order to illegally and secretly cross the US-Mexican border. UAVs have become a common presence in the US military, but they have also spread to other US law enforcement agencies like local police and border patrol. Unlike their military counterparts, which cost millions of dollars, the drones used by other law enforcement...
  • Eye in the sky Aerostat system detects aerial incursions into U.S. for decades

    11/22/2015 12:12:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    FORT HUACHUCA — For decades, the large, helium-filled aerostat has floated silently against the horizon above Sierra Vista, time enough for both long-time residents and new arrivals to possibly lose sight of the skyborne equipment’s mission as an important link a chain of detection spanning the entire international border. The Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS, traces its origins back to the 70s and 80s, when traditional, ground fixed radar systems were being evaded by the newly airborne efforts of South American drug cartels.
  • The “other” Fast & Furious, headed to a theatre near you

    10/25/2015 9:15:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | October 23, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Special Agent John Dodson blew the whistle on the Department of Justice (DOJ) ill-fated “Fast and Furious” operation in an interview with me in 2011. Dodson explained that the U.S. government had been instructing federal agents like him to encourage gun dealers to sell thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to traffickers for Mexican drug cartels. ... Beyond Fast and Furious, similar “gunwalking” cases by the government were reported in numerous cities: Phoenix, Tucson and Houston to name a few. “Walked” guns were used by illegal Mexican bandits in an Arizona shootout that killed...
  • AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu: Drug Cartels With AK-47s Control American Soil 30 Miles from Phoenix

    08/21/2015 10:14:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 20 Aug 2015 | Pam Key
    Pinal Co., AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu said drug cartels armed with AK-47’s “control many areas on American soil” noting that they are only 30 miles from Phoenix. Babeu detailed touring the border yesterday with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and said, “We flew him in our helicopter, showed him the drug smuggling routes, the actual caves—these cartel scouts live on top of mountains, 30 days at a time. And how on mountain top to mountain top, over a 50-mile swath of land, and this is only 30 miles from Phoenix.” This is literally an unsecured border. We have cartels that...
  • Mexican Cartels Smuggle Terrorists into U.S. Through Rural Texas Border Region

    07/29/2015 3:24:58 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 29, 2015 | Judicial Watch
    Mexican drug cartels are smuggling foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small Texas rural town near El Paso and they’re using remote farm roads—rather than interstates—to elude the Border Patrol and other law enforcement barriers, according to Judicial Watch sources on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border. The foreigners are classified as Special Interest Aliens (SIA) and they are being transported to stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso on a state road – Highway 20. Once in the U.S., the SIAs wait for pick-up in the area’s sand hills just...
  • New Details Emerge in Prison Escape of Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman; Manhunt Underway

    07/12/2015 7:52:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Mexican authorities have launched a manhunt to find drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, who has broken out of prison again, the country’s National Security Commission said Sunday. Guards at the Altiplano Federal Prison discovered during a routine check on Saturday that Guzman, known as “El Chapo,” was missing, a statement from the commission said. Guzman escaped through a hole in his cell that led to a tunnel nearly a mile long, Mexico National Security spokesman Monte Alejandro Rubido García confirmed Sunday morning at a press conference in Mexico City. The hole led to a tunnel that was lighted and ventilated, the...
  • Donald Trump Was Right… Rape Trees Found Along US Southern Border

    07/04/2015 4:34:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 4, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Donald Trump has stirred up controversy in recent days for claiming “rapists” and “killers” are migrating over the United States’ southern border. Univision and NBC Universal cut ties with Trump this past week, refusing to air the “Miss Universe” pageant he partially owns as a result, and Macy’s announced Wednesday it was also discontinuing his clothing line. But Trump was right. Rapists are crossing over into the US southern border. And officials are finding rape trees. Women’s undergarments hang in a tree near the US reported on this tragic development in 2009: “From beheading to kidnappings, there seems to...
  • Read the Scathing Letter Donald Trump Just Sent the CEO of Univision: ‘Please Be Advised…’

    06/26/2015 5:05:15 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/26/2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Republican presidential hopeful and billionaire real-estate mogul Donald Trump sent a scathing letter to Univision’s CEO Friday, banning the network’s staff from his Miami golf resort. “Please be advised that under no circumstances is any officer or representative of Univision allowed to use Trump National Doral, Miami — its golf courses or any of its facilities,” Trump wrote to CEO and President Randy Falco. “Also, please immediately stop work and close the gate which is being constructed between our respective properties,” Trump added. “If this is not done within one week, we will close it.” The billionaire, known for his...

    05/31/2015 9:14:53 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 30 2015 | SYLVIA LONGMIRE
    As more money continues to flow into the pockets of Mexican drug cartels, traffickers need to maintain a solid network of places—often along the southwest border—where they can launder drug money. However, in an attempt to stymie these efforts, several major US banks have been closing numerous branches in the region and shutting down hundreds of customer accounts. According to a WSJ report, the Arizona border town of Nogales, population 21,000, is feeling the financial pinch most strongly. In the past several months, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc.-owned Banamex USA have shut a total of four...
  • Mexico: 43 dead in 3-hour firefight on ranch in west

    05/23/2015 9:02:48 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 29 replies
    Yahool News ^ | E. Eduardo Castillo and Katherine Cocoran
    At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory. All the dead were suspected criminals except for one federal police officer, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. He said the officer died trying to help a colleague wounded in the shootout.
  • DEA Chief Explains Why She Can't Fire Agents Involved in Sex Parties Paid for by Drug Cartels

    04/15/2015 10:01:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4-15-15 | Susan Jones
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart said she is "offended by the behavior" of DEA agents who engaged in prostitution and sex parties while working on the taxpayers' dime. But Leonhart told the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday there's nothing she can do about it except to write memos stating that "these kinds of behaviors require significant discipline." If you can't fire the agents or even recommend that they be fired, "What the hell do you get to do?!" an exasperated Rep. Trey Gowdy asked her.
  • Holder warns DOJ employees against soliciting prostitutes

    04/11/2015 4:12:18 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 37 replies ^ | April 11, 2015 | The Associated Press and Fox News’ Matt Dean
    Attorney General Eric Holder sent a memo to employees of the Department of Justice Friday, reminding them that soliciting prostitutes is against agency rules and that violation of those rules could lead to suspension or termination. “The solicitation of prostitution threatens the core mission of the Department, not simply because it invites extortion, blackmail, and leaks of sensitive or classified information, but also because it undermines the Department's efforts to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking,” the memo said. The memo was sent weeks after a Justice Department watchdog report alleged several Drug Enforcement Administration agents attended "sex parties" with...
  • America's Cartel Problem, Part I

    03/28/2015 9:23:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 28, 2015 | Matthew Thomas
    I know many people do not understand the very real battle happening in the United States. More specifically, here in the Southwest U.S. we have been involved in an extended battle with a foreign criminal element. These organized criminals, known as Mexican cartels, have been discussed plenty but mainly in a general sense. Many times, the intricate details of this battle cannot be fully disclosed, as it can compromise the safety of those involved in the fight against these criminals. However, what can be shared is some general knowledge and information to help educate those who do not understand the...
  • Mexico’s Gulf Cartel Made $38 Million in a Few Months during Last Year’s Immigration Surge

    03/17/2015 11:51:41 AM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 4 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | March 15, 2015 | ILDEFONSO ORTZ
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Gulf Cartel made $38 million smuggling illegal aliens during last year’s immigration surge, taking advantage of the situation to smuggle tons of drugs with little intervention by authorities. The quantification of the cartel’s involvement was made in a report by the top law enforcement agency in Texas. As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) had prepared the report to inform lawmakers about the border surge, the potential for terrorists, and the funding needs of the agency. The report had initially been leaked by the Houston Chronicle; however that publication mainly...
  • Mexican Drug Cartels Caused the Border Crisis

    03/06/2015 7:03:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/06/2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Mexico’s warring drug cartels helped orchestrate the massive influx of unaccompanied alien children that streamed through the Rio Grande Valley last summer, according to a leaked report from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Contrary to the narrative articulated by the Obama administration and promoted by major news organizations, the children did not enter the country entirely “unaccompanied.” How, when, and where the alien children crossed into the United States appears to have been determined by transnational criminal organizations who exercise control over much of the southern border, according to the leaked report first obtained by the Houston Chronicle. Intelligence...
  • Obama eliminated the NDIC, Agency that monitored terrorism, drugs on border.

    07/12/2014 4:08:23 PM PDT · by mgist · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 2014 | Judicial Watch
    Obama quietly eliminated the NATIONAL DRUG INTELLIGENCE CENTER, that was monitoring terrorist activity on the border. Mexican cartel violence is at an all-time high along the increasingly porous southern border yet the Obama Administration has shut down a critical intelligence agency dedicated to identifying, tracking and severing the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism. It’s a senseless move, which is why it was done very quietly. The only real way to discover that the Justice Department’s 19-year-old National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) has been closed is by trying to visit its website. It simply says that on June 15, 2012,...
  • Obama: I've 'Been Very Restrained with Respect to Immigration'

    11/24/2014 7:13:59 AM PST · by Cheerio · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | Tony Lee
    President Barack Obama claimed he has been "restrained" on immigration and that his position on executive actions has not changed after he unilaterally granted temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. On ABC's This Week, Obama said that he has "been very restrained with respect to immigration" and has "bent over backwards and will continue to do everything I can to get Congress" to pass a more permanent and comprehensive executive amnesty bill.
  • Mexico confirms US agent wounded in north in July

    11/22/2014 3:18:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2014 5:53 PM EST
    The Mexican navy confirmed on Saturday that a U.S. marshal was wounded in Mexico while working with naval personnel in the northwestern state of Sinaloa during the summer. But the navy denied a report in the Wall Street Journal that the marshal and other U.S. officers were dressed as Mexican marines while participating in an operation against organized crime. It said the marshal was only training Mexican naval personnel and wasn’t wearing a Mexican uniform. …
  • Anaheim cuts power, water to shut down pot shops (California)

    10/14/2014 1:14:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
    Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses. Officials have used its operation of utilities to cut off water and power to dispensaries in the city that’s home to Disneyland, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday. …
  • Immigration protest canceled over ‘death threats from Mexican cartels’

    09/21/2014 5:29:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Saturday 20 September 2014 16.38 EDT | Jessica Glenza
    Conservative activists who planned to protest against illegal immigration and President Obama’s immigration policies on Saturday said they had canceled all events after receiving death threats from Mexican drug cartels. Activists had planned to use vehicles as barricades to shut down border crossings at 17 locations in four states—Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. But the event, called Shut Down All Ports of Entry, was canceled early on Saturday morning by organizer Stasyi Barth, who said she had received the threats. In August, a similar protest was canceled after organizers claimed they had been threatened by Mexican drug cartels. The...
  • ISIS Plans To Invade United States Through Mexico, But Drug Cartels Could Fight Back

    09/11/2014 11:53:11 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 17 replies
    ISIS militants have reportedly been talking about invading the United States through the border with Mexico, a United States official warned this week. Speaking before a Senate committee, the under secretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security said militants have been caught on social media discussing ways to infiltrate the United States. “There have been Twitter and social-media exchanges among ISIL adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility,” said Francis Taylor in response to a question from Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican. Taylor added that the ISIS invasion talk wasn’t too much...
  • Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents (Fast and Furious)

    08/21/2014 3:36:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 8:19 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential and President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure. …
  • Hand grenades becoming key weapon in Mexican cartels' arsenals, say authorities

    08/14/2014 6:23:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Mexican drug cartels, whose trafficking efforts into the U.S. have grown bolder amid the border crisis, are increasingly utilizing a frightening weapon in their arsenal: the hand grenade. Whether packed with explosives, hollowed out and filled with steel to give them authentic heft or even used to deliver handwritten death threats, grenades are turning up in greater frequency in encounters with suspected cartel members, according to law enforcement authorities and border experts. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed to that they’ve seen a “trend increase” involving the devices along the entire southwest border, although details were not disclosed...
  • DOJ Report: Nearly Half of Fed Crimes Near Mexican Border

    08/05/2014 11:06:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 5, 2014
    Crime is so high along the Mexican border that nearly half of all the criminal cases filed by federal prosecutors in the United States last fiscal year were concentrated in a handful of districts located in that region, according to the U.S. government’s figures. It’s not as if this is new, but to see it spelled out in a government report with a detailed breakdown is truly alarming. The statistics illustrate that the Mexican-border region is a cesspool of crime that’s costing American taxpayers a chunk of change not to mention loads of grief. There are 94 federal court districts...