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  • Former ATF Agent: Empower Police To Nab Terrorists Smuggling Cigarettes

    09/29/2014 12:37:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 28, 2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Strict laws must be put in place to combat New York City’s massive tobacco smuggling problem, former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Assistant Director Rich Marianos told The Daily Caller News Foundation.“Street gangs, narcotics crews, Russian and Asian organized crime networks, and terrorists are trading cigs for guns, narcotics — even humans,” Marianos, who was with the ATF for 27 years, said.NYC’s disproportionately high cigarette tax is allowing hardened criminals and even terrorists to fund illicit activity and make huge profits, with almost no risk, thanks to lax tobacco smuggling laws.Since 2006, the tax rate on NYC...
  • Lethbridge student suspended for dealing banned Pepsi from locker

    09/15/2014 11:34:14 AM PDT · by Phlap · 79 replies
    CBC ^ | 12/15/2014 | CBC News Staff
    A Grade 12 student in Lethbridge, Alta., was suspended last week for dealing Pepsi to fellow students out of his locker. Keenan Shaw was suspended for two days by Winston Churchill high school for selling the soft drink to students, violating a school policy that only permits diet pop on the premises. Shaw says he was told the sales violated the nutrition and marketing policies, and that he was operating a business without a licence. But compared with what some other students sell at the southern Alberta school, Shaw says, his transgressions were minor. "I'm not going to name any...
  • Fed court lays ground rules in immigrant court case

    09/01/2014 11:34:16 AM PDT · by GilGil
    Themonitor.com ^ | 08/31/2014 | Emma Perez-Trevino
    She also alleges that some immigrants who have entered the country illegally pose a threat to national security and safety. In her court filings, Taitz referred to an order Hanen entered in December 2013 in an unrelated case, United States of America vs. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez, who was convicted of attempting to smuggle a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador. Court records show that the girls mother Salmeron Santos, an immigrant illegally in the country, admitted that she had hired smugglers to transfer her child from El Salvador to Virginia and paid a $6,000 advance for the service. DHS delivered the...
  • TEXAS BORDER BUST: CASH, WEAPONS AND GRENADES SEIZED

    08/24/2014 1:24:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 24, 2014 | by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    MCALLEN, Texas Border Patrol agents seized more than $650,000 in cash that had been left behind near the Rio Grande River that separates Texas from Mexico. The seizure was made Thursday night when U.S. Border Patrol Agents following a set of footprints near Sullivan City ended up coming across four backpacks filled with bulk cash and a little more than a kilo of cocaine, an agency news release shows. Inside the four backpacks the agents ended up finding a mixture of dollars and pesos that added up to $650,000 as well as the cocaine which had a value of...
  • 173 unaccompanied immigrant children placed in Minnesota; 50 in Wisconsin

    07/26/2014 6:47:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-24-14 | Administration Propaganda
    The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year. The Office of Refugee Resettlement on Thursday issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7. The specific locations of the placements were not specified. Fifty have been placed in Wisconsin. Texas, New York, Florida and California are receiving the most unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border, according to the information. Federal and state governments are scrambling to find shelter for the children fleeing...
  • Federal jury convicts Minnesota man of smuggling guns to Nigeria

    06/18/2014 3:40:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/18/14 | AP
    A federal jury has convicted a Minnesota man of smuggling arms to Nigeria and lying on firearms purchase records. Fifty-one-year-old Sheriff Olaleran Mohammed was convicted of one count of smuggling goods from the U.S. and 17 counts of providing false statements while purchasing a firearm.
  • Reynolds American-Sponsored Website Looks at 'New Tobacco Road'

    06/03/2014 10:13:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    CSPnet.com ^ | May 30, 2014 | CSPnet.com
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Cigarette smuggling costs states an estimated $5.5 billion annually. Much of that traffic takes place on the East Coast along Interstate 95, as cigarettes from lower-tax states are being smuggled to states with higher taxes in the Northeast. A new website, sponsored by RAI Services Co., a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., calls the I-95 corridor "The New Tobacco Road."The website draws attention to the problem to encourage states to pass stiffer penalties for smuggling and devote more resources to enforcement.The website, www.thenewtobaccoroad.com, shows how I-95 has become a key transit route for cigarette smuggling from southern...
  • Exclusive: Obama Contracting With Taliban Heroin Smugglers in Afghanistan

    05/05/2014 11:18:41 AM PDT · by Randall_S
    TCS News ^ | May 4, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Government IT projects have a tendency to fall on their rear ends more often than not. After the miserable debacle that was Healthcare.gov last October, I made the case for why the larger than life public face of Obamacare had zero chance of succeeding in original form. Fast forward six months, and after some contractor firings and a public about face consisting of a "tech surge", the website is finally working at nominal levels. That's not to say no one didn't take the fall for the mess of this bungled IT project gone haywire. The former head honcho of the...
  • Report: 57% of Cigarettes Sold in New York Are Smuggled

    03/21/2014 7:00:51 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 57 replies
    Time ^ | 03-19-2014 | Denver Nicks
    A majority of the cigarettes for sale in New York are illegally smuggled into the state, according to a report out Wednesday from the conservative research group the Tax Foundation. According to the report, 56.9% of the cigarettes sold in New Yorkthe highest importer of smuggled cigarettesoriginated from out of state. Since 2006, cigarette smuggling in the state has risen sharply, by 59%, in tandem with a massive hike in cigarette taxes of 190%. New York state now has the highest cigarette taxes in the country, at $4.35 a pack. Residents of NYC must also pay an extra $1.50 per...
  • Officials find more than 100 people in Houston house in suspected human smuggling operation

    03/20/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/19/2014 | Fox News
    A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered just outside Houston on Wednesday, a police spokesman said. The suspected stash house was found during a search for a 24-year-old woman and her two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, that were reported missing by relatives late Tuesday after a man failed to meet them as planned at an undisclosed location on the city's north side, said John Cannon, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department. Many of the people in home that authorities said appeared to be part of...
  • More Than 100 Illegals Found in Houston Stash House

    03/19/2014 3:54:00 PM PDT · by CARTOUCHE · 42 replies
    KHOU-TV ^ | Mar 19, 2014
    More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants were found in an apparent stash house in south Houston on Wednesday, police say. Officers say the immigrants were held against their will in deplorable conditions. snip...one toilet, no ho hot water and human waste everywhere.
  • Rare Iguanas Stuffed in Socks Seized at Heathrow Airport

    02/08/2014 10:56:35 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Smugglers stuffed 13 incredibly rare iguanas into socks and tried to take them through Heathrow Airport. The endangered lizards were found by customs officers in a suitcase at Terminal Five when they stopped two Romanian women who arrived from the Bahamas. They were trying to take the San Salvador rock iguanas, which are native to the Bahamas and under threat of extinction, on to Dusseldorf in Germany. Each was wrapped in a sock and 12 survived the journey, while one died. Rare iguanas stuffed in socks seized at Heathrow Airport The iguanas were smuggled inside one suitcase (Picture: PA) Grant...
  • Federal Courts: Obama Partnership With Drug Cartels Deeper Than Weapons

    12/22/2013 9:31:53 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 50 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | December 22, 2013 | Brandon Walker
    Presented in a Federal Judges court ruling is an insight we have never seen in Federal Courts. It seems very prominent that Obamas partnership with drug cartels go way beyond the weapons we knew about! A federal court in Texas has issued a formal opinion on the court case United States of America v. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez. The judge, Andrew Hanen, presented his opinion from the case that threw open the doors to watch the travesty of justice that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the shear lawlessness of the Obama Administration. This goes way beyond the Fast and...
  • Texas Lt. Governor: We Shut Down the Border Ourselves

    12/07/2013 3:18:06 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/7/13 | Brandon Darby
    Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced a Texas-led three-week effort that he says reduced illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking to a standstill in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S./Mexico border. The Lt. Governor spoke with me in an interview for Breitbart News; he stated: In the Rio Grande Valley sector, nearly nothing moved in those three weeks. We shut it down. We had teams of Texas law enforcement in the brush, high altitude aircraft, gun boats, and more," he explained. Our intel revealed that the Gulf cartel was growing frustrated with our three-week effort. The border issue...
  • Jamaican authorities seize 3,300 warheads

    11/30/2013 4:12:44 AM PST · by GregNH · 88 replies
    FoxNY ^ | 11/296/13 | Unknown
    <p>KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets.</p> <p>Deputy Police Superintendent Steve Brown said Friday that custom officials discovered the weapons late Thursday aboard a ship at Kingston Wharf.</p>
  • 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>
  • TSA Agent Arrested for Smuggling Illegal Aliens

    09/14/2013 5:54:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent was arrested Friday for conspiring to smuggle illegal aliens into the country.Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers arrested David Alexander Daz-Torres in Orlando, Fla., according to the Justice Department.Daz-Torres and five others were charged in a 13-count indictment for bringing, transporting, harboring, and shielding illegal aliens within the United States.According to a Justice Department press release, a group of Brazilian nationals were smuggled through the Luis Muoz Marn International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Daz-Torres allegedly allowed the Brazilians through a TSA security checkpoint without questioning them.The group then flew to New York, Boston, and...
  • Number of Teens Who Smuggle Illegal Immigrants Across Border Is On the Rise

    08/10/2013 2:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Doing the Work Americans Wont Do Authorities now believe teens who smuggle illegal immigrants across the border is on the rise.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Valley Central reported: Authorities in Hidalgo County are battling a rise in teens who smuggle humans. A repeat offender was back in juvenile court facing several charges. Authorities believe a 15-year-old human smuggler has smuggled immigrants into the country more than once and has been deported twice. Hidalgo County authorities said coyotes use their age to get them in and out of the system, making them a threat to the community. Human smugglers are now turning to teens to do...
  • Teens smuggling humans across the border on the rise

    08/10/2013 7:36:21 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    valleycentral. ^ | 08.09.2013 | Nadia Galindo
    Authorities in Hidalgo County are battling a rise in teens who smuggle humans. A repeat offender was back in juvenile court facing several charges. Authorities believe a 15-year-old human smuggler has smuggled immigrants into the country more than once and has been deported twice. Hidalgo County authorities said coyotes use their age to get them in and out of the system, making them a threat to the community. Human smugglers are now turning to teens to do their dirty work. "If the federal government cant touch them, then what do they have to lose?" Because of their age, teen smugglers...
  • CIA 'running arms smuggling team in Benghazi when consulate was attacked'

    08/02/2013 6:57:16 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/2/2013 | Damien McElroy
    The CIA has been subjecting operatives to monthly polygraph tests in an attempt to suppress details of a US arms smuggling operation in Benghazi that was ongoing when its ambassador was killed by a mob in the city last year, according to reports. Up to 35 CIA operatives were working in the city during the attack last September on the US consulate that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, according to CNN.
  • Vatican accountant under arrest after 20M cash smuggling attempt

    06/28/2013 7:02:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/28/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Pope Francis pledged to reform the Curia and resolve the cloud over the Institute for Religious Works (IOR in Italian), commonly known as the Vatican Bank. Earlier this week, the pontiff appointed a five-member commission to delve deeply into the IOR’s operations, but Italian authorities pressed on with their own investigations. Earlier today, they arrested a suspended accountant from a Vatican financial group after he tried to smuggle €20 million ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland: A Vatican official already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank was arrested Friday in a separate operation: Prosecutors allege...
  • The adventures of a Libyan weapons dealer in Syria

    06/21/2013 6:12:40 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:06pm BST | Jessica Donati, Ghaith Shennib and Firas Bosalum
    (Reuters) - Abdul Basit Haroun says he is behind some of the biggest shipments of weapons from Libya to Syria, which he delivers on chartered flights to neighbouring countries and then smuggles over the border. After fleeing Libya in his 20s, Haroun established himself as a property developer in Manchester. After about two decades in the British city, he returned to Libya in 2011 to fight in the revolution, where he became a prominent rebel commander. ... Haroun's associate, who also runs a relief organisation, said that about 28 tonnes of weapons had been delivered by air so far. "We...
  • China Downgraded to Lowest Human Trafficking Ranking

    06/20/2013 11:33:20 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | June 19, 2013 | Parameswaran Ponnudurai
    China was downgraded Wednesday to the lowest ranking in an annual U.S. survey of human trafficking across the globe, raising the prospect of rare sanctions from Washington. The U.S. State Department said China together with Russia and Uzbekistan have been dumped to the Tier-3 blacklist of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report after languishing on Tier-2 Watch List, the second lowest rank, for nearly a decade. They join the other countries that have been on the blacklist for yearsNorth Korea, Syria, Zimbabwe, and Iran. In downgrading China, the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons cited an...
  • Woman sentenced ( Probation) for transporting undocumented immigrants

    05/19/2013 12:44:17 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    A Honduran woman with legal immigrant status was sentenced to two years probation Friday in Baton Rouge federal court after admitting that she illegally transported minivan loads of undocumented immigrants from Houston to Miami. Eight months of her probation must be served at a halfway house. Sonia Lisseth Suazo, 39, of Houston, could have been sentenced to as many as 14 months in prison under federal guidelines. But she begged Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson for leniency. I dont want to leave my daughters alone by themselves, Suazo said through a Spanish interpreter. They need me, as does...
  • Venezuela Holds U.S. Vessel And Crew On Suspicion Of Arms Trafficking

    09/06/2012 6:17:13 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6 Sep 2012 | Christopher Helman,
    The Venezuelan government has seized a U.S. flagged ship and detained its captain for more than a week. The ship Ocean Atlas has been at port in Maracaibo, Venezuela since August 29. After four hours in port, the ship was boarded by armed security personel, and the captain was detained on suspicion of trafficking in arms or drugs. The rest of the crew of 16 Americans has remained on board under guard. According to a well-placed source arrest warrants have been issued for all of the crewmembers, who are to be taken off the ship for questioning. Incredibly, my Forbes...
  • KFC smugglers bring buckets of chicken through Gaza tunnels

    05/16/2013 5:57:14 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/16/2013 | Ahmed Aldabba
    For six years, Rafat Shororo longed for the taste of a KFC sandwich he had eaten in Egypt. This week, he got his finger lickin' fix at home in the Gaza Strip after a local delivery company managed to smuggle it from Egypt through underground tunnels. "It has been a dream, and this company has made my dream come true," says Mr. Shororo, an accountant, as he receives his order from the delivery guy. The al-Yamama company advertises its unorthodox new fast-food smuggling service on Facebook. It gets tens of orders a week for KFC meals despite having to triple...
  • More on Eric Holders Flying Monkeys at Media Matters

    09/18/2012 9:51:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 17, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    For more than a year, PJ Media has been reporting on the corrupt press shop inside the Department of Justice. The unit is headed byPress Harpy Tracy Schmaler. We broke a story in July about this relationship after a PJ Media public records request revealed communications between Media Matters Matt Gertz and Schmaler about Fast and Furious. (More on the corrupt DOJ press shop: Tracy Schmalers (and Eric Holders) Trip to the Tropics , DOJ Leaks to TPM Muckraker Florida Will Be Sued Over Voter Rolls , Tracy Schmaler DOJ Shrieker in Chief.) Tracy Schmaler Today,...
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/ He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • 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...
  • Vietnam police seize 53 king cobras from car

    04/22/2013 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-22-2013 | Author unknown
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) Vietnamese police say they have seized 53 king cobras from a car in Hanoi and arrested the driver. Officer Dang Van Hanh said Monday the live snakes were taken to a wildlife rescue center near the capital where they treated before being released into the wild.
  • Reserve deputy smuggled illegal immigrants into U.S., officials say

    04/19/2013 9:51:15 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 19, 2013 | Tony Perry
    SAN DIEGO -- A reserve deputy with the Imperial County Sheriff's Department has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S., officials said. Elizabeth Hernandez, 23, of El Centro, was arrested Wednesday after being spotted by Border Patrol agents smuggling three illegal immigrants past a checkpoint on Highway 86 near Salton City, prosecutors said. The three were in the trunk of Hernandez's personal car, according to prosecutors. She was wearing her uniform and carrying her department-issued firearm, court documents indicate. Hernandez admitted to agents that she has smuggled immigrants about eight times and has been paid more...
  • Inside Congo's Link in the Gold Chain

    04/14/2013 5:22:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 14, 2013, 7:56 p.m. ET | NICHOLAS BARIYO, FRANCESCA FREEMAN, LIAM PLEVEN
    ... The rise in smuggling has helped sustain Congo's violent insurgencies. But it also now threatens to taint the precious metal, much like so-called "blood diamonds" from Africa did at the turn of the 21st century. ... Besides, gold smuggling is more lucrative, providing margins as high as 30% on sales. "I keep getting new orders every week," says Mr. Buzima, flipping through paperwork on his office table. "It's a changing environment and we have to follow suit." The World Gold Council also is adapting, and last year the mining trade group published guidelines for miners to keep conflict gold...
  • DHS Watchdog Indicted for Covering Up Illegal Alien, Drug Smuggling (Inspector General)

    04/11/2013 1:41:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 11, 2013
    In a case thats rocked the beleaguered Department of Homeland Security (DHS), two officials assigned to crackdown on corruption at the agency have been indicted for ordering the falsification of recordsincluding active criminal probesto obstruct an investigation into crooked federal agents. The case comes out of Texas and it is quite serious. A special agent in charge of DHSs Office of Inspector General (OIG), Eugenio Pedraza, directed agents to engage in a scheme to falsify documents in open criminal investigative case files, including numerous probes in which DHS employees were suspected of participating in the illegal smuggling of undocumented aliens...
  • The Polonium Diversion

    12/27/2006 12:16:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 555+ views
    EdwardJayEpstein.com ^ | December 10, 2006 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The Polonium Diversion At least a dozen people have been contaminated by the rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210. The list includes Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB who died from a dose of Polonium 210 in London on November 23rd; Andrei Lugovoi, a former colleague of Litvinenko in the KGB, who met with Litvinenko at the Pine bar of the Millennium Hotel in London the day he became ill, November 1st; Dmitry Lugovoi, Lugovois business associate, who also attended that November 1st meetings; 7 employees of the Millennium Hotel; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who dined with...
  • Mali's Islamist warlord declares war on the West

    08/20/2012 1:03:05 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 15 replies
    channel4.com ^ | 20AUG12 | Lindsey Hilsum
    A militant Islamist leader whose forces have just conquered two-thirds of the West African state of Mali vows to launch holy war against the West. Omar Ould Hamaha, the military commander of Ansar Dine, or "Defenders of the Faith", which has scored a stunning victory in Mali against the failed state's armed forces, now controls a region larger than France which includes three paved runways that could be used to fly in weapons or drugs. He said: "Even if they (western forces) don't come here, when we have finished conquering France, we will come to the USA, we will come...
  • 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>
  • Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantnamo jumpsuit

    01/09/2013 1:12:31 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 46 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 08 Jan 2013 | Barney Henderson
    Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantnamo jumpsuit By Barney Henderson 8:44PM GMT 08 Jan 2013 The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran in 2007, have released pictures of him dressed in an orange jumpsuit like a Guantnamo Bay prisoner, as they continue to hold hope that he is still alive.
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • Gaza's Not the Key, Philadelphi Is

    11/27/2012 5:11:12 PM PST · by forty_years · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 27, 2012 | Daniel Pipes
    The Second Hamas-Israel War of Nov. 10-21 inspired a mighty debate over rights and wrongs, with each side appealing to the large undecided bloc (19 percent of Americans according to CNN/ORC, 38 percent according to Rasmussen). Is Israel a criminal state that has no right to exist, much less to deploy force? Or is it a modern liberal democracy with the rule of law that justifiably protects innocent civilians? Morality drives this debate.To any sentient person, it is obvious that Israelis are 100-percent justified to protect themselves from wanton attacks. A cartoon from the First Hamas-Israel War of 2008-09 symbolically...
  • DPS helicopter opens fire during chase; 2 dead

    10/25/2012 6:45:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 98 replies
    The Monitor ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Jacqueline Armendariz and Ildefonso Ortiz
    NEAR LA JOYA A Texas Department of Public Safety sharpshooter opened fire on an evading vehicle loaded with suspected illegal immigrants, leaving at least two people dead. A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden attempted to pull over a vehicle suspected of smuggling immigrants Thursday afternoon along Farm-to-Market Road 2221. A DPS helicopter was called in to assist in the pursuit and a sharpshooter opened fire on the evading vehicle a policy permitted by the agency. Once the smuggler's vehicle stopped along FM 2221 near Mile 7 Road, troopers found three people shot inside, DPS spokeswoman Katherine...
  • Iran Loses the Economic Battle

    10/04/2012 1:23:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 4, 2012 | John Allen Gay
    While negotiations on Irans nuclear program are at a standstill, news this week indicates that Iran is clearly losing the economic battle. As in other cases, currency problems in Iran may contribute to an unpredictable and destabilizing political outcome. Irans currency fell by more than 18 percent against the dollar on Monday and another 8 percent on Tuesday, marking a new low in Irans continuing economic crisis. The figures are grim: a sheaf of rials worth ten thousand dollars a year ago would be worth about $3,750 Monday and $3,500 Tuesday; on Wednesday, there were protests in the bazaar.Short of...
  • Irish Trading Firm and Its Officers Charged in Scheme to Supply Iran with Sensitive U.S.Technology

    03/24/2009 5:47:23 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 505+ views
    US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release ^ | March 24, 2009 | n/a
    March 24, 2009 Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2009/March/09-nsd-264.html Irish Trading Firm and Its Officers Charged in Scheme to Supply Iran with Sensitive U.S. Technology WASHINGTON An Irish trading company and three of its officers have been charged with purchasing helicopter engines and other aircraft components from U.S. firms and illegally exporting them to Iran using companies in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Among the alleged recipients of these U.S. goods was an Iranian military firm that has since been designated by the United States for being owned or controlled by entities involved in Irans nuclear...
  • Missing a Father in Iran

    06/21/2008 6:28:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 96+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2008 | Daniel Levinson
    Missing a Father in Iran Daniel Levinson June 22, 2008 It has been 471 days since my father, Robert "Bob" Levinson, went missing in Iran -- more than the 444 days that 52 American diplomats were held hostage after they were seized in Iran in 1979. These past 15 months have brought my mother, four sisters, two brothers and me nothing but grief and sadness. We are no closer to finding answers than we were when our father disappeared March 9, 2007, on Kish Island, Iran. He was on a private business trip, and I emphasize "private" because, although he...
  • Massive 240-yard drug smuggling tunnel with lights, air shafts and sophisticated support beams

    07/12/2012 7:41:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/12/12 | Staff
    Authorities in Arizona unearthed a sophisticated 240-yard drug-smuggling tunnel stretching into Mexico that included engineered support beams, lights and ventilation. The six-foot-high corridor ran from a store in an abandoned strip mall near Yuma to an ice shop across the border in San Luis Rio Colorado. It provided a direct link to the US for Mexican drug cartels. The Mexican Army also found a second, incomplete, tunnel under a bathroom sink in Tijuana that stretched more than 200 yards into San Diego, California. The diggers had not yet reached the surface when authorities shut it down.
  • Illicit EU cigarette consumption at record high

    06/21/2012 2:13:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06/21/2012 @ 09:28 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The demand for cheap cigarettes in Europe is fueling the manufacture and consumption of illicit tobacco at unprecedented levels. A report, released on Wednesday (20 June) by Philip Morris International (PMI), says Europeans smoked more than 65 billion illicit cigarettes in 2011. Of those, more than 12 billion were consumed in Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta. Western and central EU countries consumed a combined total of 36.5 billion. But in Spain alone, cigarette contraband jumped by 300 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. In Greece, illicit consumption increased five-fold compared to 2008. Despite efforts by law enforcement authorities...
  • Naked man chasing girl convicted of immigrant smuggling

    06/07/2012 4:38:11 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Brownsville Herald ^ | June 07, 2012 | By JARED TAYLOR/The Monitor
    McALLEN Federal jurors Thursday convicted a San Juan man in an immigrant smuggling case involving a 16-year-old girl with whom he tried to have sex. Pedro Salazar, 56, was convicted Thursday of conspiracy and harboring illegal aliens in U.S. District Court in McAllen. Jurors spent less than three hours deliberating the verdict following a two-day trial. Prosecutors said a group of three illegal immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala fled a two-vehicle accident Feb. 24.After the group hid in the brush for a few hours, they wandered down a road, where Salazar passed and asked if they needed help....
  • Smuggling ring uncovered during traffic stop, police say

    06/05/2012 8:40:48 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 04, 2012 | ScottMcCabe
    routine traffic stop resulted in the discovery of a human trafficking operation, according to law enforcement officials. Fairfax County police pulled over a white Ford E-350 with Texas plates on Interstate 66 on Wednesday and found 19 people jammed inside the van, including 18 illegal aliens, charging documents said. Police called in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who charged two people with transportation of illegal aliens. Sixteen of the passengers were from Guatemala. The 17th, an unaccompanied 11-year-old girl, was from El Salvador. Overloaded vans are dangerous, experts say. In April, nine illegal immigrants were killed when a Chevy...
  • Mother Straps Cash to Daughters, Sister to Smuggle into Mexico

    05/02/2012 6:41:16 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Hispanically Speaking News ^ | May 1, 2012 | LATINO BLOTTER
    A mother in Texas has been arrested for allegedly using her children and teenage sister to smuggle narco cash from Dallas to Mexico. After pulling over Betzabeth Perez-Torres, 23, in a Mercedes Benz in Combes en route to Brownsville, an officer noticed the three children in the car were fidgeting. The officer became suspicious when Perez-Torres told the children to stop fidgeting and to keep their coats on. The officer eventually discovered the children had cash in plastic bags wrapped around their waists and hidden by the coats. The two younger children, aged 2 and 6, are said to have...
  • How a Barmaid Found God While Locked Up Abroad

    04/25/2012 8:07:34 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 25, 2012 | JP
    The sixth season of Locked Up Abroad premiers tonight on National Geographic Channel. The modern day morality play tells the true-to-life stories of persons arrested in foreign countries (usually for smuggling drugs) and thrown in prison. My favorite episode of the series appeared last season. It featured Brigene Young, who was a 20-year old South African barmaid when she got caught up in a heroin sting in Mauritius, the island nation roughly 1,250 miles off the southeast coast of the African continent. The gullible young woman was offered an all-expenses-paid holiday to the tropical island by a guy she met...
  • 15-Year-Old Texas Boy Charged With Murder In Deaths Of 9 Illegal Immigrants

    04/16/2012 11:21:50 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies
    CBS Houston/AP ^ | April 16, 2012
    PALMVIEW, Texas (AP) A 15-year-old South Texas boy has been charged with nine counts of murder among other charges after a van he was driving crashed, killing nine of the suspected illegal immigrants packed inside. The boy, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, appeared at a probable cause hearing Monday. He was also charged with 17 counts of smuggling a person and causing serious bodily harm including death, and one count of evading.