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Posted on 01/01/2012 5:51:39 PM PST by MestaMachine
“Im glad to be a part of TM and am certain many of us will be much more involved with this thread in the coming months.”
Oh, Lord, I sure hope so.
I haven’t seen a Threat Matrix thread in a Very long time. Thank You and please add me to your ping list.
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Holy Mackerel! Thank you. I was not EVEN expecting this kind of response. Thank you all so much.
Kudos to you for that! I agree!
Police in New York state said they arrested a man they suspect stole an empty Greyhound bus for a 2-hour joyride.
Snip: In March 2010, thieves struck a Lynnwood gun shop, making off with nearly 100 handguns. At the time, Lynnwood police joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in asking the public for tips leading to anyone responsible.Later that spring, they said no arrests had been made, and none of the guns had been recovered.Now, more than a year and a half later, investigators won't discuss the case. It's not clear what happened to all the stolen weapons or if arrests ever were made.Lynnwood police referred all questions to federal investigators. An ATF spokeswoman said they do not discuss ongoing cases.
thieves are breaking into law enforcement vehicles in the Pine Bluff area and making off with weapons and uniforms, among other items.
The Pine Bluff Police Department said several vehicles have been broken into recently, although the exact number was not given.?
Weapons, body armor, flashlights, digital cameras, GPS systems and uniforms are among the items that have been taken from the vehicles.
Montgomery County Sheriffs Department deputies and Security Force personnel routinely seize guns, knives, razor blades or pepper spray from visitors trying to bring those belongings into the courthouse or other county offices.
We need the research guys to do what they do best. This year is one of the most important and most dangerous in our history. We need to start connecting ALL the dots.
Please help whenever you can.
Wow, LucyT!!! THANK YOU!!!!
Excellent MestaMachine! Nicely done! Reposting here some of the posts you requested. To ALL: The entire thread below is worth perusing. It contains much information.
He also says that DEA officials tipped Loya-Castro about U.S. and Mexican investigations, allowing top Sinaloa Cartel leaders such as Joaquin Chapo Guzman-Loera and Zambada-Niebla s own father, Ismael El Mayo Zambada, to avoid capture.
Those men, also charged in the Chicago case, remain fugitives. Guzman-Loera is considered one of the worlds top drug kingpins.
MORE BACKGROUND INFO
Joaquin Chapo ("shorty") Guzman-Loera, or most often called Joaquin Guzman
Local police and federal agents in Arizona said they recently have received at least two law enforcement alerts focused on Guzmans reported orders that his smugglers should use their weapons to defend their loads at all costs.
Guzman is believed to have delivered the message personally in early March, during a three-day gathering of his associates in Sonoita, a small Mexican town a few miles south of the Arizona border, according to confidential U.S. intelligence bulletins sent to several state and federal law enforcement officials, who discussed them on the condition of anonymity.
Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, 53, is arguably the world's most infamous drug trafficker, and has extended his empire from Colombia to China since he broke out of prison in a laundry van on January 19, 2001.......
Forbes magazine estimates his wealth at $1 billion, and experts say his cartel moves up to two-thirds of drugs into the United States. "Guzman is number one because of the sheer volume of drugs he handles and the violence he has unleashed," said another U.S. anti-drug official.
Mexico knows it cannot stem insatiable U.S. demand for drugs, but the growing power of Guzman's cartel to corrupt officials, extort businesses and control parts of the country is a major concern as the oil-producing nation aims to convince investors it is an attractive market.
PACT WITH THE DEVIL? Amid the mayhem of severed heads and blood-stained streets, Guzman and his right-hand man Ismael Zambada have adeptly taken territory from gangs weakened by army operations while bringing in raw materials from China to make meth, using Africa as a route for cocaine into Europe, and growing their business in Colombia and across Central America.
"In the past five years, the Sinaloans have transformed themselves into a global criminal organization with operations in 52 countries," said Edgardo Buscaglia, a drug trade export at Mexico's private ITAM university, who compares the Sinaloa cartel's reach to the Russian mafia in the 1990s.
Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel, gave birth Aug. 15 to twin girls at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, according to birth records and a senior U.S. law enforcement official.
Turns out Coronel, a 22-year-old former beauty queen, holds U.S. citizenship, which entitles her to travel freely to the United States. By being born in California, and to a mother who is an American citizen, her little girls also have U.S. citizenship.
Guzman, 54, the multibillionaire fugitive head of the Sinaloa cartel, married Coronel the day she turned 18 in a lavish wedding in the highlands of central Mexico in 2007. She is believed to be his third or fourth wife and is a niece of Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, a onetime partner of Guzman who was killed in a July 2010 shootout with the Mexican army.
U.S. federal agents allegedly cut a deal with the Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed it to traffic tons of narcotics across the border, in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to documents filed in federal court.
Remember this? The Mexican border is as secure as it has ever been. Or what about this; violence along the Mexican border is merely a mistaken perception because the Obama Administration has successfully fostered a secure and prosperous region. Napolitano also said that misinformation about safety is negatively impacting border communities and that the U.S.-Mexico border is not overrun or out of control.
The truth is that Mexican drug cartels do in fact control access to the U.S.-Mexico border and the smuggling routes across it, according to the Justice Departments drug assessment, which has been kept quiet by the administration. No press conferences or photo ops to promote this report, which concludes that the unprecedented levels of violence in Mexico will continue for years to come.
This is hardly shocking news. The National Drug Intelligence Center has for years determined that Mexican drug trafficking organizations represent the greatest crime threat to the United States. In fact, the agencys 2009 report says that the violence, intimidation, theft and financial crimes carried out by the illicit operations pose a significant threat to the nation as a whole.
Jean Baptiste Kingery seems to be yet another thug that took advantage of the Obama Administration's criminal stimulus package for the southwest, building grenades and IEDs for the Sinaloa cartel.
So what did the Department of Justice do when they caught him. They released him free as a bird within hours.
On Saturday, October 1, 2011, investigative journalist Bill Conroy of the Narcosphere reported scandalous and highly troubling new developments in the criminal case against accused Mexican narco-trafficker Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla.
The breaking story unravels the U.S. governments ugly national-security interests in the drug war by exposing a quid pro quo deal between the US government and the most powerful international narco-trafficking organization on the planet- the Sinaloa Cartel, and the US governments recent attempt to cover this up by filing a motion in the case seeking to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), a measure designed to assure national security information does not become public during court proceedings.
The leaders of a powerful Mexican cartel, frustrated that U.S. law enforcement was interfering with their lucrative drug business, plotted a military-style attack on a U.S. or Mexican government building to "send the gringos a message," federal prosecutors allege in documents filed this week.
Leaders of the Sinaloa cartel sought dozens of American-made weapons for an attack in Mexico City on possible targets that included government buildings, an embassy or consulate or media outlet, according to documents in the case against Vicente Zambada, an alleged top lieutenant in the cartel.
Zambada is in jail in Chicago awaiting trial, one of dozens of defendants charged in the city as part of a sweeping international investigation. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to import and sell large amounts of cocaine and heroin in the United States, including Chicago.
Authorities say his father, Ismael Zambada, runs the cartel along with Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. There's nothing in the documents to indicate the plot was carried out.
Vicente Zambada's lawyers claim he and other cartel leaders were granted immunity by U.S. agents and carte blanche to smuggle cocaine over the border in exchange for intelligence about rival cartels engaged in bloody turf wars in Mexico. Prosecutors have denied that such an agreement exists.
But deals with key players in...
During the conversation, the documents say, Guzman suggests they target a Mexican or American government building in Mexico City. Vicente Zambada then turns to Margarito Flores and tells him to find a U.S. soldier returning from overseas to give him 20-30 "big powerful weapons," specifying that they be American-made. During a later recorded phone conversation, prosecutors say, Vicente Zambada reiterates with Flores that the cartel will buy the weapons...
The evidence is mounting that the Fast and Furious gun giveaway was orchestrated and/or initiated from the top of the Obama administration. Forbes Magazine is calling it Obamas Watergate. Are we to believe that they gave away enough guns to equip a small army of narcoterrorists out of a simple error? We would have to be pretty gullible to believe that.
We have to ask just what they intended to achieve by doing this. It was a truly extravagant gift to the Sinaloa Federation Cartel. It was not just expensive in tax dollars; it was expensive in political capital, and it was so close to the 2012 election.
People dont give such expensive things away for nothing. The Obama people must have expected something in return.
Consider the fact that Eric Holder, the Attorney General, and the Obama Administration has a long and continuing pattern of giving gifts to the Sinaloa Cartel:
As we continue to watch the general uproar over the Operation Fast and Furious program, and specifically what Attorney General Holder knew and when he knew it, it needs to be noted that perjury is not the only apparent violation of law to have occurred.
I refer to the apparent violation of at least one (probably two) major U.S. laws by the Holder Justice Department. A few years ago, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, the follow-on to the Trading with the Enemy Act) was expanded in order to criminalize any transactions between U.S. entities to include departments and agencies of the U.S. government and all foreign drug cartels.
I am familiar with these prohibitive statues because several years ago, while serving as the senior drug analyst for the Senate Intelligence Committee, I was tasked to initiate and became the principal drafter of legislation which became known as the Kingpin Act (21 U.S.C. §§ 1901-08).
The Kingpin Act is an extension of the highly successful IEEPA sanctioning program specifically targeting Colombian drug cartels. It expands sanctions authority against various drug cartel operations worldwide including Mexico which have been determined by the president [????] to be threats to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.
A violation of any of the IEEPA sanctioning programs or the Kingpin Act carries stiff penalties, both criminal and civil, and potentially totaling decades in prison and tens of millions of dollars in fines.
It is not necessary that an individual or governmental entity be shown to have knowingly violated any of these programs: it is illegal for any U.S. entity or individual to aid, abet, or materially assist or in the case of Operation Fast and Furious, to facilitate others to aid, abet, or materially assist designated drug traffickers. There are no exceptions within IEEPA programs for unlicensed U.S. law enforcement or intelligence agency operations.
"There goes the "we were letting guns randomly "walk" into Mexico to see where they went" lie. It was a quid pro quo with the Sinaloa international terrorist drug cartel."
"0bama, Holder and the whole lot of them are sponsors of terrorism, murder, drug trafficking, human slavery, money laundering and arms trafficking with intent to undermine a sovereign friendly nation."
[emphasis added... because I vociferously think this as well and have so posted! You and I are in the minority on this.]
Setting aside your last point, the one that I emphasized, for the moment...
Some thoughts for the thread's reflection and critique:
Early into my understanding of Fast and Furious, I suspected that the motives of the crime reached far beyond the attempt to outlaw guns. That may be the "face" of the Obama adm's public rationalization---but ONLY because it is the "sexy," convenient, PC face.
The Obama adm ALWAYS tries to kill as many birds with one stone as possible---and the bird they publicize to kill is rarely the chief bird they are aiming for.
As has been posted on this thread (see post 26), this may backfire on us---BUT
Not to mention:
"Sinaloa drug cartel was sending elite assassins to train on weapons and explosives with Islamic radicals in Iran.44 The article reported that this travel was facilitated through Venezuela, courtesy of the direct airline flights established between the two countries, and that some of the operatives even used Venezuelan travel documents.45 This mutually beneficial arrangement allowed the assassins to receive training in guerilla tactics, while the extremists gained entry into Latin America with its relative ease of access to the Untied States.
The article went so far as to claim that some extremist group members were purchasing marriages to local Venezuelan and Mexican nationals in order to take on Latino surnames, increasing ease of entry into the United States.46 Taken together, these reports indicate extensive associations between Iran, Hezbollah and drug cartels, highlighting the potential for Hezbollah to utilize these groups existing support networks and infrastructure.
It is a known fact that Hezbollah is working with MANY cartels. Why is the media emphasis on Zetas alone?
The Sinaloa Cartel is a global criminal organization that moves up to two-thirds of drugs into the United States and operates in 52 countries.
The Obama regime is brilliant (Obama being merely the useful figurehead)---a fascist oligarchy criminally operating like queen bees...worker bees firmly in tow.
Untethered from ethics, morality, and law...
I am not optimistic.
Having said that, I forwarded my post to someone who is in regular contact with a successful federal prosecutor, now also a respected journalist. Although not in his area of expertise, I am hoping he might weigh in on the legalities of the last link I cited in my post:
I wish Mark Levin and other legal experts who have the public's ear and respect would do the same.
I am also curious if Issa has this statute in mind.
We can't defer hope to the next election; however, GOP candidates have a bully pulpit few of our conservative leaders are willing to use. Will any candidate be willing to aim for the jugular? I doubt it. The outcry will have to come from a conservative grassroots groundswell.
IMO, the factual evidence for a big-picture conspiracy is beginning to come into view---of which F & F was only one important thread that unraveled by the death of Brian Terry, and now that unraveled thread threatens to unravel the whole fabric of the conspiracy. Is it any wonder that F & F is depicted as just a "botched" operation inspired by misguided and errant underlings who only deserve "reassignment" as penalty for their keystone-cops plan?
Good point---"follow the money." This sleeper scandal came to mind when I read your post.
The first link is from the Guardian. To my knowledge it was the most indepth article published.
A review of some of the facts [The entire article should be read]:
"On 10 April 2006, a DC-9 jet landed in the port city of Ciudad del Carmen, on the Gulf of Mexico, as the sun was setting. Mexican soldiers, waiting to intercept it, found 128 cases packed with 5.7 tons of cocaine, valued at $100m. But something else more important and far-reaching was discovered in the paper trail behind the purchase of the plane by the Sinaloa narco-trafficking cartel."
"During a 22-month investigation by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and others, it emerged that the cocaine smugglers had bought the plane with money they had laundered through one of the biggest banks in the United States: Wachovia, now part of the giant Wells Fargo."
Criminal proceedings were brought against Wachovia, though not against any specific individual.
The case never came to court.
In March 2010, Wachovia settled the biggest action to date brought under the US bank secrecy act.
Wachovia paid $110m in forfeiture, and a $50m fine.
"Wachovia was sanctioned for failing to apply the proper anti-laundering strictures to the transfer of $378.4bn [between May 2004-May 2007] a sum equivalent to one-third of Mexico's gross national product into dollar accounts from so-called casas de cambio (CDCs) in Mexico, currency exchange houses with which the bank did business."
Wachovia's total fine was less than 2% of the bank's $12.3bn profit for 2009.
"At the height of the 2008 banking crisis, Antonio Maria Costa, then head of the United Nations office on drugs and crime, said he had evidence to suggest the proceeds from drugs and crime were "the only liquid investment capital" available to banks on the brink of collapse. "Inter-bank loans were funded by money that originated from the drugs trade," he said. "There were signs that some banks were rescued that way.""
[Note to Hoosiermama: If the above paragraph is true, How could anyone follow THIS money trail?] The only entity with the means to do so is the government, and they don't have the will (foremost, because it would require the government to indict itself)---except in selected cases, like Wachovia, where punishing the crime became self-serving to the government.
The Guardian article was written with the assistance of Martin Woods (one of the most important whistleblowers of our time.") If for no other interest, the article is worth a read to hear his story. I barely touched the highlights---and perhaps not even the most important ones.
Martin Woods: "Is it in the interest of the American people to encourage both the drug cartels and the banks in this way? Is it in the interest of the Mexican people? It's simple: if you don't see the correlation between the money laundering by banks and the 30,000 people killed in Mexico, you're missing the point."
One last note: The article suggests that the settlement doesn't preclude additional liability on the specifics of this case---which just tells me that the government has a powerful inducement for Wachovia (purchased by Wells Fargo) to play ball.
IMO Off shore banking in the Caribbean should be monitored. Any/all transfer of funds in any amount from one of these banks to any on shore immediately noted and followed.
...and my reply (post 141)
Your comment reminded me of this quote by the whistleblower Martin Woods in the article in post 126. I don't think I quoted it in #126. I should have. Woods has extensive knowledge about operations in London:
"New York and London," says Woods, "have become the world's two biggest laundries of criminal and drug money, and offshore tax havens. Not the Cayman Islands, not the Isle of Man or Jersey. The big laundering is right through the City of London and Wall Street.
THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!!!
Thank you for saving this. And this is STILL ONLY the tip of the iceberg.
I gotta go bsck over the last three matrix threads and pull the banking stuff, the gold securities that went missing, the shariah banking stuff, and the fake gold bullion stuff. These bastiches looted the whole world and moved dirty money from bank to bank, country to country, IMF and World Bank as well.
Anybody wonder why i-bama didn’t want the sanctions on iran to interfere with their central bank?
Plus they have been moving drugs and weapons, not to mention slavery, porn, gambling.
This is gonna be a heck of thread.
The whole government needs to be cut about 80%, regulations need to be cut about 90%, taxes by 80%, flat tax or fair tax, get free markets back, the immigration issue, the border fence, Fast and Furious mess, gun control, MB, Drill here, Drill now, free up small business, . . I could go on and on. . So much at stake. . Education of Truth is the Key. . . Fight on!
Maggief; hoosiermama, and I have more posts on banking info, Wachovia and Robert Steel primarily, but it seemed best to leave it on the other thread for now---for the very reason you stated above. It's hard enough to wrap one's mind around that reality...let alone research it.
It is worth skimming over it however, so I will make note of it here. See post 129 through about post 150:
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Question: where my mind is right now is with the republican elite and how they manage to support the marxist agenda of i-bam,corp.(originator of the occupy movement). It is my firm belief that Republican elites are trying to throw the election. I think they want obama back. Would this type of research be compatible with the thread?
And speaking of elections: my personal approach to not cooperating with the repub elites is to vote for Rick Santorum in primary and general, despite who is on ballot. I won’t be one who agrees to vote for whoever runs against i-bam. That’s the set-up argument. It’s how they keep the masses doing what they want.
Soap box rant off now. Thanks for getting us back on track, MM!
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Note: Amrish Mahajan ==India ==Mutual Bank Chicago (Since the emphasis was on BLANKO initially in thread, most information was related to him. Ie: he raised over a half million dollars for his election campaign. IIRC India is on the drug courier route.