Sunday, March 31, 2019

Law Enforcement Officers Charged in Federal Court With Taking Bribes to Falsify Immigration Documents and Protect Drug Trafficking Proceeds

United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that nine individuals, including seven law enforcement officers, have been indicted in federal court in South Carolina on visa fraud and drug charges.

One of the schemes alleged in the Indictment involved fraudulent U Nonimmigrant Visas, which are set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse as a result of the crime.

To obtain a U-Visa, a law enforcement official must certify that the alien is assisting that law enforcement agency in the investigation or prosecution of the crime of which the alien was a victim.

According to the Indictment, four officers helped individuals obtain fraudulent U-Visas by taking bribes for fraudulent certifications and creating fraudulent incident reports indicating that aliens were victims of crimes.

The Indictment further alleges that officers took bribes in exchange for protecting methamphetamine and cocaine or the proceeds of drug trafficking.

"With this Indictment, we honor the hard work and dedication of the very fine officers across South Carolina who put on the police uniform every day and risk their lives to protect the rest of us," said U.S. Attorney Lydon.

The investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from ICE - Homeland Security Investigations and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

NSA Whistleblower: Page FISA Warrant Likely a Gateway to Spy on Entire Trump Campaign

The Obama-era FISA warrant obtained to monitor the communications of Carter Page was most likely utilized as a gateway to spy on the rest of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, contended William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official turned whistleblower.

The same warrant against Page technically could also have been used to legally justify collecting data on the Republican National Committee or the leadership of the Republican Party, Binney said.

He explained that if Page had called anyone from the Trump campaign or the RNC, the NSA could legally have spied not only on that second individual but on others called by the second person.

Stated Binney: "If you get a warrant on say Carter Page and for example he has a call or an email to the Republican National Committee or anybody in the Trump campaign, that warrant then allows them to go out two degrees from the RNC to everybody associated with the RNC and from anyone from the Trump campaign to anyone they are associated with."

In late October 2016, then-FBI director James Comey signed the first of three successful FISA applications to obtain warrants to spy on Page, the American financial consultant who was tangentially associated with the campaign as an adviser.

All three applications reportedly cited as key evidence against Page the largely-discredited dossier produced by the controversial Fusion GPS firm which was paid for its anti-Trump work by Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee via the Perkins Coie law firm.

Binney argued that the warrant on Page was likely used to "Legitimize" and "Justify" spying on the entire Trump campaign.

Three Previously Deported Hondurans Caught Running Salt Lake City Drug Ring

Three previously deported illegal aliens have been charged by the Utah Attorney General's Office with running a drug ring throughout Salt Lake City in addition to other felonies, reports

All three men told authorities they had been previously deported but snuck back in through the Texas border.

Via KSL:. Arrazola-Raudales has a history of drug distribution and has been previously deported twice, the charges state.

Valle-Raudales told investigators "He is an immigrant from Honduras who has been in the United States for approximately three months. attempted to cross the border in 2014. Valle-Raudales again crossed the border approximately six months ago and again was deported," the charges state.

The attorney general's SECURE Strike Force "Received information about a group of Honduran nationals selling narcotics throughout the Salt Lake Valley, specifically heroin and cocaine" and quickly moved in on the suspects.

"In the bathroom, agents found an empty plastic gum container and two twists on the floor with water near them. Based on your training and understanding of drug distributors it appears likely the suspects were flushing drugs down the toilet," the attorney generals office said.

Records say one of the suspects confessed to receiving "Narcotics from some Mexicans in the evening and would separate them into individual packaging for selling at night. The next day they would go throughout the Salt Lake Valley and sell the packages of narcotics."

Trump Administration Threatens Sanctions Against Russia for Meddling in Venezuela

President Donald Trump's special envoy to Venezuela warned that the administration could impose financial sanctions against Russia if it continues to meddle in Venezuela.

Elliott Abrams said he has already delivered a list of options to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, including diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions, that can be employed against Russia if it continues to send military personnel to Caracas.

The Trump administration ratcheted up its warnings Friday against Russia and other countries who may be considering sending military personnel to Venezuela by calling the action a direct threat to peace and security in the region.

The Russians caught the attention of the United States and regional allies this week after two Russian planes landed in Caracas filled with about 100 Russian soldiers.

Pompeo earlier warned that the United States wouldn't "Stand idly by" as Russians sent troops into Venezuela.

Trump was even more forceful when asked about the Russian activity during his meeting Wednesday with Guaido's wife.

The Red Cross announced Friday that it would start distributing humanitarian aid in Venezuela in about 15 days.

CIA May Stop Giving Adam Schiff Information Because He Leaks ‘Like A Screen Door On A Submarine'

Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy predicted Sunday that the U.S. intelligence community might stop providing information to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff because he leaks "Like a screen door on a submarine."

Gowdy was asked to weigh in on Republicans' decision Thursday to call on Schiff to step down as chairman of the House panel.

"Adam is a deeply partisan person. He did everything he could to make sure Hillary Clinton became president. And he's done everything he could to keep a cloud over the Trump presidency," Gowdy said of Schiff.

Gowdy suggested House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could potentially remove Schiff as chairman of the committee.

"The next thing that's going to happen is the different intelligence entities are going to say, 'You know what, Chairman Schiff, if you don't believe the information we provide to you if you have the president of the United States, not just indicted but in jail and you continue to leak like a screen door on a submarine, we're going to quit giving you information,'" said Gowdy.

"That's when Pelosi will replace Adam Schiff with someone like Jim Himes, who is someone who is a smarter and a lot more reasonable."

Schiff has long been accused of leaking information to the media regarding the Russia probe.

Russia claims its Venezuela intervention is justified by - are you ready - the Monroe Doctrine

Now Russia is using the terms of the doctrine as its justification - claiming that it's part of the Western hemisphere.

The doctrine was put there to ensure none of them started any new 'projects' - which is exactly what Russia is doing in Venezuela.

Russia is one of those very few overseas powers that stand in the way, and doesn't particularly care if Venezuelans like it or not, let alone can make themselves free or not.

"Part of Russia's territory, the Chukotka Peninsula, is located in the Western Hemisphere. So for Russia the American continent is a close neighbor."Zakharova also refuted claims that Russian military specialists arrived in Venezuela to conduct "Military operations." The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman stressed that Russia had already "Clearly stated the purpose of the arrival of its specialists in Caracas."

"There can be no talk of any 'military contigents'. Accordingly, speculation about Russia holding some kind of 'military operations' in Venezuela are completely groundless," the spokeswoman noted, suggesting that perhaps Washington was mistaking Moscow's actions for its own behavior, including in countries like Colombia, where US military instructors are operating out in the open.

According to the spokeswoman, Washington has already introduced so many sanctions against Russia that "Moscow has simply lost count and stopped paying attention to them."

Now Russia is not only telling America the Monroe Doctrine also makes it a protector due to its hemispheric spike of land, it also seeks to separate the U.S. decisively from its ally Colombia.

Disinfo Maginot Line: Protecting EU From "Russian Influence" By Manufacturing History

You can learn all about the history of disinformation from both Google and the National Endowment for Democracy which are two entities which have received financial support from the CIA. What about the EU? Does Brussels think that Russia is an inherently dishonest nation? Are they aware that the CIA could be manufacturing Europe's history this very moment? Members of the European Parliament so concerned about disinformation might want to study the documented atrocities of the CIA, some of which were carried out in Europe.

Members condemned Russia's involvement in the Skripal case, and in disinformation campaigns and cyberattacks carried out by the Russian intelligence services aimed at destabilising public and private communications infrastructure and at increasing tensions within the EU and its Member States.

The EU claims these 'alternative narratives' are the product of a Russian disinformation campaign and has developed resources to 'disprove' that disinformation.

The Task Force reports on and analyses disinformation trends, explains and exposes disinformation narratives, and raises awareness of disinformation coming from Russian State, Russian sources and spread in the Eastern neighbourhood media space.

Firstly, who defines what is disinformation? Is it just assumed that any information emanating from a Russian media outlet is automatically disinformation?

It checks facts and identifies disinformation coming from Russian State, Russian language and Eastern Neighbourhood media.

' Never mind history, reason and common sense - just bring out a nice Twitter graphic! According to disinfo mavens, any spike in Twitter activity with the words 'Russia' 'Moscow' or 'Putin' in reference to Venezuela is proof of a 'pro-Kremlin' disinformation campaign, says Team East StratCom.

New Middle East Alliance Shakes World Powers

The leading members of the new bloc are Turkey, Iran, and Qatar; with Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan submitting to the new bloc.

In Tehran, Assad commit-ted to supporting the new bloc and to support the greater Middle East the bloc members were trying to create.

On March 19, 2019, PRC Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan stressed the rôle of Iran as "The strategic part-ner" in the greater Middle East for "The further development of economic and trade ties" with the entire region.

Russian experts explained in late December 2018 that "Turkey, Iran, and Qatar are moving in a direct course towards creating a full-fledged alliance in the Middle East, threatening to make serious adjustments to the status quo in the region." And even though the tripartite summit in Damascus and other regional fora hailed their friendship with Russia, the Kremlin was apprehensive regarding the ascent of the bloc.

Most important, the Kremlin's grand design for the future of the greater Middle East rests on the ascent of the Fertile Crescent of Minorities - where the Kurds are assigned a key rôle - as a buffer zone containing the upsurge of the Sunni Arab milieu and blocking the access of both Iran and Turkey into the heartlands of al-Jazira.

Since US influence in the Arab Middle East had, by 2019, become close to non-existent, despite the pres-ence of US forces in Syria-Iraq-Jordan and special relations with Saudi Arabia, the US focus has been on stifling the primary north-south and east-west arteries between Russia, the PRC, and the greater Middle East by hitting the weakest link: Azerbaijan.

This would only galvanize both Turkey and Iran into further anti-US actions in and around the greater Middle East, thus further empowering "The Middle Eastern Entente".

Omar Refuses To Condemn Gays Being Stoned To Death Under Sharia Law, Violence Against Israel From Hamas

"This is abhorrent and inhumane," Omar tweeted of the conditions in which a group of detained migrants was being kept.

Omar has been embroiled in an anti-Semitism scandal since the first day she arrived in Washington, D.C. Omar has been condemned multiple times by her Democratic colleagues for pushing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories used by Nazi Germany and using anti-Semitic tropes.

Omar has compared Israel to the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism in media interviews where she also suggested that Israel should not be allowed to exist as a Jewish state.

Omar has suggested that her Jewish colleagues devised a plan to silence her by accusing her of being anti-Semitic and suggesting that Omar was expecting one of her Jewish colleagues to have dual loyalties to Israel.

Omar also claimed that pro-Israel groups were paying off U.S. politicians to have dual loyalties to Israel.

Pelosi went as far as too suggest that Omar was "Anti-American" in her speech, saying: "This month, the full House came together to condemn the anti-Semitic myth of dual loyalty, and all forms of bigotry, with a resolution that rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the United States-Israel alliance. I simply declare to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-American. It has no place in our country."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also took at aim at Omar during AIPAC. See Hoyer's, Pelosi's, and Netanyahu's full remarks about Omar here.