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  • Hells Angels charges dismissed

    08/17/2014 1:22:01 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 8 replies
    [Myrtle Beach] Sun-News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kenneth A. Gailliard
    A Georgetown lawyer representing members of the Myrtle Beach Hells Angels said in a statement Friday that more than 100 charges against his clients related to arrests in April 2012, have been dismissed. John M. Hilliard III said his clients were charged in what Horry County Police called Operation Red Harvest, where he said allegations included charges of kidnapping and lynching along with various marijuana-related charges against members of the club. “There was never any credible evidence against any of my clients, a fact that I have repeatedly pointed out to the prosecution since the time of the original arrests,”...
  • Venezuela: Ex-Intel Chief's Release a 'Victory' over US Ideological Foes

    07/29/2014 9:01:55 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    NewsMaxWorld ^ | July 29, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters.
    WASHINGTON — The United States is "deeply disappointed" the Netherlands released a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief detained over U.S. drug trafficking allegations, and is "disturbed" at reports indicating Caracas used threats to obtain his freedom, the State Department said on Monday. Instead of being extradited to the United States, retired Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal flew home on Sunday from the Netherlands' Caribbean island of Aruba after the Dutch government ruled he had diplomatic immunity. He had been arrested on Aruba on Wednesday. Jubilant Venezuelan officials hailed Carvajal's release at a ruling Socialist Party congress, calling it a "victory" over...
  • Reports: CIA Working with Mexican Drug Cartels

    05/07/2014 7:44:26 AM PDT · by mgist · 14 replies
    Reports: CIA Working with Mexican Drug Cartels By Alex Newman | The New American | Aug. 17, 2011 The Central Intelligence Agency was intimately involved with the federal government’s infamous “Operation Fast and Furious” scheme to send American weapons to Mexican drug cartels while simultaneously working with other agencies allowing narcotics to be shipped over the border, according to a series of explosive reports. Map courtesy of Stratfor.com, see their Drug Cartel analysis here Citing an unnamed CIA source, a Washington Times article theorizes that U.S. officials were actively aiding organizations such as the Sinaloa cartel with guns and immunity...
  • Millions in CIA 'ghost money' paid to Afghan president's office: New York Times

    04/28/2013 11:20:58 PM PDT · by LucyT · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 28, 2013 | Jason Reed
    Tens of millions of U.S. dollars in cash were delivered by the CIA in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags to the office of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade, according to the New York Times, citing current and former advisers to the Afghan leader. The so-called "ghost money" was meant to buy influence for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) but instead fuelled corruption and empowered warlords, undermining Washington's exit strategy from Afghanistan, the newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying. "The biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan", one American official said, "was the United States."
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • When opium was cheaper than whiskey – and Great Britain waged a "wicked" drug war

    02/19/2012 12:32:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Cannon Beach Gazette ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Robert Lewis Knecht
    When opium was cheaper than whiskey – and Great Britain waged a "wicked" drug war When Opium Was Cheaper Than Whiskey - and Great Britain waged a "wicked" drug war The bottles have a beautiful aqua color to them. If you hold them up to the light, rainbows fire across the delicate patina. But their beauty belies the deadly reality behind the delicate hues. The bottles once held opium based "elixirs," such as Dr. McMunn's Elixir of Opium, most claiming to be a cure for a host of ailments, including the relief of "convulsions and spasmodic action," as well as...
  • Former Mexican Governor Admits Past Presidents Controlled Drug Trade

    02/28/2011 11:58:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/28/2011 | Grace Wyler
    The Mexican political world was sent reeling this weekend after a former PRI politician admitted his party had exercised strong control over Mexico's drug trafficking routes. During a recent university conference, former Nuevo Leon governor Socrates Rizzo said that previous PRI presidents had formalized agreements with drug cartel leaders to coordinate and protect Mexico's lucrative drug trade, Milenio reports. Rizzo argued that presidential control over smuggling prevented the widespread violence that has been commonplace since the 2000 election of PAN president Vicente Fox, which ended more than 70 years of PRI control. To add insult to injury, in a Wikileaks...
  • Police: Illegals responsible for majority of drug trade

    07/21/2010 7:26:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | July 21, 2010 | Joe Pyrah
    Most of the groups busted by the Utah County Major Crimes task force are made up of Hispanics, said director Lt. Phil Murphy. "The majority of them are not residents," . His Weber-Morgan county counterparts have kept statistics on their drugs busts. Of the 483 busts made between May 2009 and May 2010, 8 percent involved undocumented immigrants. But those 38 people were responsible for 82 percent of the total amount of drugs seized. Just a few short years ago, Utah was infamous across the country for having a massive number of meth labs. Strict laws have since cut the...
  • Canadians slain in Mexico tied to drug trade: police

    09/30/2009 12:49:43 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 658+ views
    (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) CBC.ca - Canada - THE CANADIAN PRESS ^ | Last Updated: Monday, September 28, 2009 | 9:56 PM ET | n/a
    Note: Photo included. "2 Canadians slain in Mexico tied to drug trade: police 3 gunmen believed responsible for shootings" Last Updated: Monday, September 28, 2009 | 9:56 PM ET The Associated Press SNIPPET: "Gang investigators in British Columbia say two men gunned down in Mexico were involved in the drug trade, and had been on the radar of gang investigators before they were found shot to death in a Puerto Vallarta condo complex."
  • LOOK OUT BELOW!!! The Terrorist Threat From South America

    04/01/2009 9:48:28 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 537+ views
    the American/Yidwithlid ^ | 4/1/09 | Yidwithlid
    Last week the Washington Times reported that Hezbollah is using the same southern narcotics routes that Mexican drug kingpins do to smuggle drugs and people into the United States, reaping money to finance its operations and threatening U.S. national security. The Iran-backed Lebanese group has long been involved in narcotics and human trafficking in South America's tri-border region of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Increasingly, however, it is relying on Mexican narcotics syndicates that control access to transit routes into the U.S. Hezbollah relies on "the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartels," said Michael...
  • This War is Not the Answer

    02/27/2009 2:41:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 645+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2009 | Burt Prelutsky
    I believe it is long past time to end the War on Drugs. That’s not because I approve of drug use or have any desire to encourage it. But this particular war has already gone on longer than the ones in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, put together, with no end in sight and far less to show for it. I would not only decriminalize drug use, I would give it the same legal status as tobacco and alcohol, and with the same age restrictions. For one thing, this would provide a great source of new tax revenue. Also, it...
  • Afghanistan Earmarks

    10/14/2008 9:40:28 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 132+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 14, 2008 | Lance Nation
    Afghanistan Earmarks by: Lance Nation, October 14, 2008 Seven years ago the United States military entered Afghanistan to eliminate Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Now this once straightforward mission is becoming increasingly complex as politicians continue to tack on non-military objectives. “The military had initially resisted other attempts to broaden its mission in Afghanistan, and yet ended up adopting those expanded roles within months,” stated Dr. Ted Galen Carpenter. “For example, the military command insisted that it would not take part in nation-building activities and would not try to maintain security on the country’s far-flung road system. It has since...
  • Diamonds Are No Longer A Girl's Best Friend

    01/06/2007 7:44:37 PM PST · by blam · 276 replies · 4,459+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-7-2006 | Chris Hastings - Stephanie Plentl - Beth Jones
    Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend By Chris Hastings, Stephanie Plentl and Beth Jones, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:29am GMT 07/01/2007 Diamonds have been synonymous with Hollywood glamour since Marilyn Monroe declared them to be a girl's best friend in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But now a new generation of Hollywood stars is shunning the stones as a new film exposes the darker side of the international diamond trade. Blood Diamond tells the story of forced-labour diamond mines For the first time in the 79-year history of the Oscars, certain kinds of diamond will be absent from...
  • U.S. marshal dies in shootout with police

    05/15/2006 11:07:16 AM PDT · by Btrp113Cav · 31 replies · 1,935+ views
    CNN ^ | Monday, May 15, 2006 | AP
    MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- A deputy U.S. marshal was killed in a shootout with police officers who had stopped the agent for driving erratically early Sunday, authorities said.
  • Mexico: Walls won't stop migrants

    01/02/2006 2:25:04 PM PST · by Pikamax · 81 replies · 1,557+ views
    CNN ^ | 01/02/05 | AP
    MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- The death of a Mexican man shot by U.S. authorities while trying to sneak into California proves that extending border walls will not curb illegal immigration, President Vicente Fox's office said Monday. Guillermo Martinez died Saturday in a Tijuana hospital, a day after he was shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near a metal wall separating that city from San Diego, according to prosecutors in Baja California state. Authorities said Martinez was on the Mexican side of the border at the time, but may have picked up rocks and made motions as if to...
  • NUEVO LAREDO POLICE HELD BY FEDS (CATHOLIC BISHOPS CRITICIZE DEPLOYMENT OF TROOPS TO STOP VIOLENCE)

    06/13/2005 9:11:10 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 25 replies · 745+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 13 June 2005 | Dudley Althaus
    NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO - Mexican authorities flew 41 detained city police officers to Mexico City on Sunday for questioning related to the weekend shooting of a plainclothes federal agent here.City officials here said the police were being interrogated in the capital by federal authorities about events surrounding the Saturday morning wounding of Feliciano Campos, an agent of the Federal Investigation Agency, or AFI. The agency is Mexico's equivalent of the FBI. Campos was shot in the chest after municipal police pulled over a convoy carrying about 25 agents on a highway leading to a main border crossing. The agents were...
  • QUESTION AND ANSWER SERIES EL SALVADOR RE-EMERGENCE OF “SOCIAL CLEANSING” DEATH SQUADS

    06/12/2005 4:57:01 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 1,460+ views
    INS RESOURCE INFORMATION CENTER ^ | MARCH 1999 | DOUGLAS PAYNE
    DISCLAIMER The July 27, 1990 Regulations, “Aliens and Nationality: Asylum and Withholding of Deportation Procedures,” mandated the creation of a new corps of Asylum Officers to provide an initial, nonadversarial adjudication of asylum claims. Asylum Officers use asylum law, interviews with asylum applicants, and relevant information on country conditions to determine the merits of individual claims for asylum. As specified in the Regulations (8 CFR 208.12), as amended, such information may be obtained from “the Department of State, the Office of International Affairs, other Service offices, or other credible sources, such as international organizations, private voluntary agencies, news organizations, or...
  • The threat from Mexico - (Reagan's Defense Sec. predicted war with Mexico by 2003!)

    06/06/2005 9:27:29 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 85 replies · 2,255+ views
    WORLD NET DAILY.COM ^ | JUNE 6, 2005 | JOSEPH FARAH
    Ronald Reagan's defense secretary, Caspar Weinberger, credited with engineering the demise of the Soviet Union, once predicted – because of illegal immigration and social unrest south of the border – the U.S. would be at war with Mexico by 2003. As the U.S. becomes increasingly concerned about just those issues – and one more, the growing power and violence of the drug cartels operating in and around the border – some U.S. intelligence and military analysts are dusting off Weinberger's "Operation Aztec" battle plan for review. Weinberger's scenario outlined a rapid three-pronged military invasion designed to control domestic Mexican unrest...
  • Colombian rebels kill 13 police in two ambushes

    05/20/2005 1:28:57 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 225+ views
    sandiego.com - REUTERS ^ | May 19, 2005 | Luis Jaime Acosta
    BOGOTA, Colombia – Marxist rebels staged two ambushes on Colombian police on jungle roads Thursday, killing 13 officers, the police said. News of the ambushes came as details emerged of a weekend attack in which the U.S.-backed army and air force killed 16 rebels. Guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia detonated explosives as a police patrol drove near the town of Tado in the northern rain forest province of Choco and then opened fire with assault rifles, an official with the National Police said. Ten police officers were killed. Three more police were killed in a similar ambush...
  • 'Funding Evil': A Worldwide Criminal Enterprise - (superb column by Alan Caruba)

    03/24/2005 3:33:06 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 640+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | MARCH 23, 2005 | ALAN CARUBA
    I don’t know when it first dawned on me that the study of history was the study of a worldwide criminal enterprise, but a look back at just the last century reveals that the Nazis had it in mind to control and loot all of Europe, while the Empire of Japan sought to do the same with China and Pacific Basin nations. If you go back in history, Pax Romana, imposed by the Roman Empire was, in essence, a huge extortion scheme in which the conquered nations paid Rome to “protect” them and provide some good roads. If you come...
  • U.S. Fuels Border Violence

    02/20/2005 7:44:23 PM PST · by 82Marine89 · 40 replies · 1,406+ views
    CREATORS SYNDICATE ^ | 20Feb05 | Froma Harrop
    MATAMOROS, MEXICO - Garcia's is where Americans go for a quick taste of Mexico. Or did. Garcia's is a vast emporium here, selling leather purses, silver jewelry and other Mexicana. Just a 10-minute walk across the bridge from Brownsville, Texas, its shelves groan with merchandise. And the store's attractive restaurant stands ready to serve its fajita specials. But the mariachi bands play for almost no one. Few Americans are patronizing Garcia's, or other businesses that cater to day-trippers. They're too afraid to cross the Rio Grande River. When something goes wrong at the border, it goes wrong for a...
  • Damaging evidence of FARC - Venezuela's Chavez link

    01/23/2005 4:37:51 AM PST · by alekboyd · 1 replies · 303+ views
    Vcrisis ^ | 23.01.05 | Aleksander Boyd
    London 23.01.05 | Yesterday morning I listened to what appears to be a VHF communication, although it has been reported as a telephone conversation, between FARC leaders Juan Santrich and Jorge Tivieras. Radio Caracol of Colombia reports that Tivieras is thought to be the international liaison chief of a guerrilla front with seat in Caracas, Venezuela's capital. Tivieras gives account to Santrich about 41 credentials that he has obtained for an equal number of guerrilla members to assist and participate in the officialy sponsored Bolivarian congress held in Caracas on December 6-9 2004. Furthermore Tivieras states that he is in...
  • The Cavalry Rides In - (Stupendous narrative by a Lt. in 7th Cav. Fallujah,Najaf,Iraq)

    12/23/2004 8:45:13 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 599+ views
    AMERICAN ENTERPRISEONLINE.COM ^ | DECEMBER 22, 2004 | LT. MICHAEL ERWIN, 7TH CAV.
    Following are extracts from a letter to TAE's editor from a young West Point-educated Army officer who has been at the center of intelligence operations connected to two of the trickiest and most successful combat actions carried out by the U.S. military in the last half century--August 2004's Battle of Najaf and November's Battle of Fallujah. He provides details on the Fallujah fight, including the previously unreported revelation that Muslim holy warriors traffic in illicit drugs. On November 7, Prime Minister Allawi gave the green light to the American and Iraqi military. All day long, Air Force and Marine Corps...
  • Help needed to unravel the financial dealings of John Kerry and his key money people

    MJB Posted on Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:12 pm  Your help is urgently needed – over on the Swift Vets message board there’s a thread that trying to unravel the financial dealings of John Kerry and a number of his key money people. There are some incredible people on this board – NavyChief, who did the leg work leading to Thomas Lipscomb’s recent article that Kerry was the only possible author of the after action report that led to his own Bronze Star medal; Navy Wife – who has helped to compile and post a treasure trove of documents relating...
  • A MURDER IN MEXICO

    06/24/2004 7:42:37 AM PDT · by JesseHousman · 9 replies · 561+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Jun. 24, 2004 | Miami Herald Editorial Staff
    OUR OPINION: KILLING IS A BLOW AGAINST ALL WHO VALUE TRUTH IN JOURNALISM The murder of Mexican journalist Francisco J. Ortiz Franco in Tijuana should be condemned in the strongest terms. By shooting this valiant newsman in front of his children, the killers not only committed a brutal act of cowardice, but also sought once more to intimidate a muckraking publication that represents some of the best in journalism. Mr. Ortiz Franco was a founding editor of the Zeta newsweekly, which frequently has exposed the nefarious deeds of narcotics traffickers, money launderers and their friends in positions of power. It...
  • THE DRUG TRADE: HAITI'S COCAINE CONNECTION

    06/03/2004 7:13:59 AM PDT · by JesseHousman · 29 replies · 418+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | June 03, 2004 | Joe Mozingo
    GONAIVES, Haiti - The plane came from the south, as they all do, touching down on the dirt road here as a police convoy rumbled in from the capital to greet it. In the scrub nearby, dozens of neighbors watched from their huts. Presence Jae, a charcoal-maker and father of four, had seen the planes many times before that day in January, and he figured just a pound of its merchandise could forever deliver him from his bare-earth existence. But he was uninterested . ''I don't get involved,'' Jae said. ``These guys have large weapons.'' For the last two decades,...
  • Inmate with gun accused of killing to avenge robbery. Wrong person died in shooting

    11/13/2003 5:48:37 AM PST · by JesseHousman · 212+ views
    The Toledo Blade ^ | 11/13/2003 | CHRISTINA HALL
    <p>Prentiss Williams, flanked by his lawyers, Spiros Cocoves, left, and Jeff Helmick in juvenile court, is certified to be tried as an adult for a 1994 slaying.</p> <p>TOLEDO, OHIO -Prentiss Williams, the inmate who recently fired a smuggled gun inside the Lucas County jail, was once a hired killer, court records indicate.</p>
  • Powell: N. Korea Must Target Drug Trade

    05/06/2003 4:20:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 204+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 05/06/03 | N/A
    http://asia.news.yahoo.com/030505/ap/d7qrdhp01.html Tuesday May 6, 05:34 AM Powell: N. Korea Must Target Drug Trade Secretary of State Colin Powell added illicit narcotics Monday to nuclear weapons and missiles as programs North Korea must end to avoid being shunned by much of the world. Powell said North Korea's drug trafficking activities were highlighted two weeks ago when Australian sailors seized a North Korean cargo ship after it was said to have unloaded 110 pounds of heroin in southern Victoria state. North Korea also is believed to be a major supplier to Japan of methamphetamines, a potent stimulant that has long been the...
  • UNO: Afghanistan a Major Opium Producer

    10/29/2002 9:43:52 AM PST · by Jasonconley · 144+ views
    PRAVDA.Ru ^ | Oct, 29 2002 | Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY
    Antonio Maria Costa said that what is needed for the future is an increase in international support “in establishing and developing law enforcement institutions” and providing the local farmers with alternative crops. This year’s production is estimated to be worth around 200 million USD to its Afghan growers, far more than they would receive from conventional crops.
  • Afghanistan: Past, Present, Future

    08/19/2002 9:27:10 AM PDT · by Jasonconley · 193+ views
    PRAVDA.Ru ^ | Aug, 19 2002 | Dmitry Sudakov
    The main festivities will be held at the Kabul stadium where public executions were performed under the Taliban regime. To save money, the Afghan authorities decided not to hold the traditional military parade this year. President Hamid Karzai is expected to participate in the festivities and deliver a speech.
  • China Executes 64 on Anti-Drug Day

    06/27/2002 5:21:26 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 91 replies · 274+ views
    AP ^ | 6-26-02 | Anon AP Asia Stringer
    SHANGHAI, China (AP) - China marked U.N. anti-drug day by executing 64 people accused of drug crimes, officials and state media said Wednesday. Many of the executions on Tuesday and Wednesday came immediately after public rallies where thousands watched judges condemn the accused. China usually marks International Anti-Drug Day on June 26 with a wave of publicized executions, underscoring authorities' belief that harsh punishments are an effective weapon against the spread of drugs. Officials from the United Nations ( news - web sites) have said they do not condone the practice. Another 188 people also accused of drug crimes were...