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  • FBI agent Robert Levinson dies 'in Iranian custody,' family announces

    03/26/2020 10:00:59 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/25/2020 | oel Gehrke
    Robert Levinson, a former FBI special agent who disappeared while traveling on Iran’s Kush Island in 2007, has “died while in Iranian custody,” his family announced Wednesday. ---SNIP--- “Those who are responsible for what happened to Bob Levinson, including those in the U.S. government who for many years repeatedly left him behind, will ultimately receive justice for what they have done,” the announcement said. That’s a reference to President Barack Obama’s administration, which did not secure Levinson’s release despite years of negotiating with Tehran in the lead-up to the implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
  • Border Wall System Update (12 Oct 2020)

    10/12/2020 9:30:05 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 25 replies
    @USBPChief (twitter) ^ | 12 Oct 2020 | Chief Rodney Scott
    360 miles completed, 221 miles under construction, 157 miles under pre-construction. (738 Total)
  • Wall goes up along NM border

    10/11/2020 5:50:22 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 40 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 10 Oct 2020 | MATTHEW REISEN
    The border wall is well underway in southern New Mexico. And James Johnson couldn’t be happier. The third-generation farmer, wearing sunglasses, blue jeans and dusty work boots, beamed as he talked about the wall that winds alongside the southern edge of his farm, about 12 miles west of Columbus. “It’s beautiful. I mean, we’re ecstatic,” Johnson, the owner of Carzalia farms, told the Journal... Just over a year ago, Johnson told the Journal he was “eager” to see the wall built and even granted the federal government an easement to get the ball rolling. Johnson said that construction began on...
  • Shift to Armed Human Smuggling in South Texas Worries Feds

    10/10/2020 11:19:48 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Oct 2020 | JAESON JONES
    Over the course of a week, law enforcement in Roma, Texas, documented two armed human smuggling incidents. One is particularly raising eyebrows among authorities. Most of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, is now under the control of Los Zetas aka Cartel Del Noreste (CDN). This is leading to a shift in smuggling tactics. The first incident of concern took place on September 26, when a camera captured migrants crossing the border illegally. The image identified a red, four-door GMC truck. As law enforcement responded, the driver sped away until a bailout was performed. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure...
  • 10,800 Assault Weapons Parts Seized by CBP in Louisville

    06/29/2020 5:05:09 AM PDT · by ptsal · 25 replies
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection ^ | 26 June 2020 | U.S. Government
    LOUISVILLE, Ky—At the Express Consignment Operations hubs in Louisville U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a shipment from China that contained over 10,000 Assault Weapons parts being smuggled into the country.
  • ICE agents seek information on bogus law enforcement badges

    03/05/2009 1:08:47 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 824+ views
    ICE.GOV - News Release ^ | February 27, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.ice.gov/pi/nr/0902/090227la.htm ICE agents seek information on bogus law enforcement badges LOS ANGELES - Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are seeking information from people who may have received in the mail what appear to be, genuine law enforcement badges and credentials, from a group calling themselves the "International Police Commission (IPC)." These fraudulent police credentials and badges imply that those who use them are police officers with United Nations and Interpol authorities, according to ICE investigators. The fake items, manufactured in the Philippines, have been mailed out to targeted individuals...
  • Gulftainer Update!

    04/19/2020 9:44:48 AM PDT · by Eglman1 · 4 replies
    Standupamericaus.org ^ | April 18 2020 | Paul Vallely
    Gulftainer is a Middle-Eastern based ports management company that operates Delaware’s Port of Wilmington. The Obama administration brought Gulftainer into the United States with its first lease at Florida’s Port Canaveral, bypassing the required CFIUS National Security Threat Analysis. Gulftainer illegally blocked Wawa from its fuel supplies at the tank farm adjacent to the Port of Wilmington. Wawa is a Pennsylvania-based chain of convenience store gas stations with nearly 900 locations on the East Coast of the United States. Gulftainer attempted to extort $1 million in “fees” in exchange for allowing the Wawa tanker trucks to access their own fuel...
  • Pritzker says secret charter flights to China needed to keep feds from seizing medical supplies

    04/16/2020 8:13:15 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 31 replies
    The Center Square ^ | 4/15/20 | Kevin Bessler
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker defended his decision Wednesday to arrange for two charter flights to transport millions of masks and gloves from China to Illinois to bolster the state's limited supply of personal protective equipment as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The flights, which cost about $1.7 million, were listed in a new state comptroller portal that tracks state spending on the public health crisis. Details of the fights are being kept secret out of fear President Donald Trump's administration might seize the cargo, Pritzker said. “It is true that the federal government seems to be interrupting supplies that are...
  • Coronavirus Causing Migrants to Default On Coyotes Payments

    04/16/2020 1:00:22 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 30 replies
    vice.com ^ | Apr 14 2020
    Maria was terrified when her 23-year-old daughter, Daniela, fled their small Guatemalan village for the United States. The young woman had taken out a 70,000-quetzales, or $9,000, loan to pay coyotes to smuggle her north. She used as collateral the only thing of value her family had: the house that had been in the family for generations. She made it to Los Angeles, where she spent the past year cleaning houses to send money home to Maria and her two children. But now that the novel coronavirus pandemic has locked down the city, and much of the country, she’s out...
  • ‘It changes everything’: CBP touts benefits of new border wall system

    03/10/2020 1:25:11 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 34 replies
    World Tribune ^ | March 10, 2020 | World Tribune Staff
    “It changes everything,” CBP Chief Rodney Scott said of the 135 miles of new wall, roadways, and high-tech spyware. “There is a huge return on investment,” Scott said at a press briefing. Scott said that the new wall system has essentially ended illegal crossings of humans and cars in the San Diego area. The new wall system, Scott said, is especially good at stopping trucks and cars... “It shut down that entire threat. Anywhere we built the border wall system, the first thing it does is shut off those drive-throughs. The second thing is, it shuts off massive amounts of...
  • Billionaire art collector is fined £44million and sentenced to 18 months in prison for trying to smuggle a Picasso out of Spain

    01/16/2020 11:21:39 PM PST · by mairdie · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 January 2020 | Ross Ibbetson
    They discovered Picasso's 'Head of a Young Woman', a 1906 painting valued at £22million, stowed away on the vessel by the ship's captain. Prosecutors argued Botin had been attempting to sell it abroad, in breach of rules over paintings of cultural significance to Spain. But Botin denied the charges and claimed he was simply taking it to Switzerland for safe-keeping.
  • Judge refuses to second-guess family separations at border

    01/13/2020 5:31:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 13, 2020, 4:40 PM | Elliot Spagat - AP
    SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge ruled Monday that the Trump administration is operating within its authority when separating families stopped at the Mexican border, rejecting arguments that it was quietly returning to widespread practices that drew international condemnation. The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the administration was splitting families over dubious allegations and minor transgressions including traffic offenses. It asked the judge in July to rule on whether the government was justified in separating 911 children during the first year after the judge halted the general practice in June 2018.
  • FHP troopers find $1.2 million of cocaine in Florida woman’s car

    01/09/2020 2:44:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 8, 2020 | Joe Mario Pedersen
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers only meant to write a simple citation, but it quickly turned into a felony arrest after they found $1.2 million worth of cocaine. Troopers pulled over 27-year-old Elizabeth Espinoza on Tuesday afternoon after observing illegal window tint on her vehicle on Interstate 75 southbound. Troopers noticed she was acting exceedingly nervous, which stood out because of the innocuous nature of the stop.
  • Israelis: Soleimani Intercept Sparked Drone Strike; US Reinforces Region

    01/04/2020 12:28:32 PM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 95 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | 3 January, 2020 | Arie Egozi and Colin Clark
    TEL AVIV: Five days ago, an undisclosed intelligence agency intercepted a telephone call made by the head of Iran’s Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in which he was heard ordering his proxies in Iraq to attack the U.S embassy in Baghdad, as well as other Israeli and American targets, with the aim of taking hostages, Israeli sources say. It’s unclear whether this was a lapse in tradecraft on the part of the usually savvy Soleimani or whether the notorious Iranian military leader’s phone calls were being routinely intercepted. Nor is it clear whether it was the US or another...
  • Exclusive Video: Chaos Erupts in Texas Border Town as Los Zetas Cartel Attempts Complex Smuggling Operation

    12/16/2019 5:39:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Dec 2019 | Bob Price
    RIO BRAVO, Texas — Chaos erupted in a small Texas border town as Los Zetas smugglers launched a complex smuggling operation. Border Patrol agents responded to an illegal crossing that quickly tied up agency resources in the area, enabling smugglers to move higher-value cargo elsewhere. What had only moments earlier been a quiet neighborhood became a scene of chaos as Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) helicopter aircrew leaped into action following the illegal crossing of a few migrants. Agents captured at least one in the presence of...
  • US Customs Seizes Thousands of Fake IDs From China

    11/29/2019 9:47:10 PM PST · by bitt · 14 replies
    epoch times ^ | 11/29/2019 | EVA FU
    U.S. custom officials recently seized nearly 3,000 fake driver’s licenses—including one shipment going to a convicted child rapist —all of which were sent from China. The six intercepted shipments, heading to different individuals in the New York area, contained 2,909 counterfeit driver’s licenses and 3,123 blank card stocks used to make fake licenses, according to a Nov. 25 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release. One of the shipments was bound for a convicted child rapist in the New York area, who officials suspect “entices minors with alcohol and counterfeit IDs before engaging in illicit activity,” CBP said. The...
  • U.S. Navy Officer, His Wife, and Two Chinese Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle

    11/02/2019 3:06:58 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 48 replies
    justice.gov ^ | November 1, 2019 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 1, 2019 U.S. Navy Officer, His Wife, and Two Chinese Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle Military Style Inflatable Boats and Evinrude Military Outboard Motors to China Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez for the Middle District of Florida announces the return of an indictment today of four individuals, including two Chinese nationals, an active-duty United States Navy officer, and his wife, on charges relating to a conspiracy to unlawfully smuggle military-style inflatable boats, with Evinrude MFE military outboard motors, to the...
  • ICE Identifies More Than 200 Fraudulent Families

    10/21/2019 8:47:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2019 | Bronson Stocking
    U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) has identified 238 fraudulent cases of individuals claiming to be related in order to secure entry into the United States. Illegal aliens from Central and South America have been exploiting children to take advantage of loopholes in U.S. immigration policy. In April, the Family Fraud Initiative was launched by ICE, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Border Patrol, to investigate individuals posing as family members when applying for asylum in the United States. Under the policy known as "catch and release," families with minor children arriving to the United States are released...
  • DHS Complicit In Drug Cartel Human Trafficking

    12/21/2013 7:55:52 AM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 21, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Border: A federal judge finds that the Department of Homeland Security, instead of arresting cartel members and the clients who pay them to smuggle children into the U.S., helps the drug lords complete the transactions. Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano once proclaimed the U.S. border to be as secure as it has ever been. Yet her department has been found by Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas to have actively undermined that security by enabling drug cartels engaged in the lucrative smuggling of children. The case before Judge Hanen — United...
  • Research shines camera on little-known, much abused pangolins

    10/16/2019 10:12:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    UPI ^ | October 16, 2019 / 3:00 AM | By Paul Brinkmann
    White-bellied tree pangolins are being hunted illegally in large numbers in West Africa. Photo courtesy of Justin Miller/Pangolin Conservation ========================================================== ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Researchers from Florida and Illinois are leading a global effort to understand and protect the world's most trafficked mammal -- the little-known pangolin. Also called a scaly anteater, the cat-size pangolin is hunted and killed for its scales and meat in Africa and Southeast Asia. New research includes the so-called "Pango-Cam" attached to their backs to provide crucial information about the pangolin diet and territory. Without quick efforts to understand how to breed the...