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  • What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

    09/12/2014 1:54:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10 September 2014 | Tyler Durden
    If, when in February Victoria Nuland infamously launched a (not so) covert campaign to replace the ruling Ukraine president oblivious to the human casualties, resulting in a civil war in east Ukraine, NATO encroachment along the borders of Russia, and a near-terminal escalation in hostilities between Ukraine, Russian, and various regional NATO members, the US intention was to provoke the Kremlin so hard that the nation with the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources would jettison the US Dollar and in the process begin the unraveling of the USD reserve currency status (as much as Jared Bernstein desires...
  • Kerry: I Never Said Syria Response Had to Be Swift

    09/01/2013 7:40:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/1/13 | William Bigalow
    John Kerry, speaking on Face the Nation, defended Barack Obama’s delay in implementing action against Bashar Assad while he goes to Congress for authorization. Host Major Garrett asked, "I know you believe the president’s decision to seek congressional authorization is courageous, but isn’t it bowing to a political reality that had been communicated to the president late this week that there would be significant congressional backlash if he didn’t give Congress a role, and that backlash, in part, reflected the inability of the Administration to make its case this past week?" Kerry responded that President Obama had not shown any...
  • Swift pays cash for $17M home [Country Girl Singer Drops Millions for Rhode Island Mansion]

    04/30/2013 1:58:09 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 70 replies
    Taylor Swift is adding to her property portfolio after securing a $17.75 million deal for a new seaside home in Rhode Island. The I Knew You Were Trouble hitmaker recently went house hunting along the U.S. northeast coast with her mother Andrea, father Scott and younger brother Austin, and she appears to have settled on a lavish estate in the town of Westerly. The property, which boasts five bedrooms and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, had reportedly been on the market for $20 million - but Swift managed to use her charms to negotiate the lower price -- she...
  • On Swift raid anniversary, immigrants hold vigil for reform

    12/13/2012 6:52:48 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    KSL.COM ^ | December 12th, 2012 | Jed Boal and Mike Anderson
    SALT LAKE CITY — Undocumented and legal Latinos gathered with a diverse crowd Wednesday night in Salt Lake to send a message to Washington: They want change in U.S. immigration laws. "This is a human issue and ... these are families that are being separated," said Itza Hernandez. "We need some kind of change to the broken immigration system." Hernandez, a member of the Salt Lake Dream Team, is an undocumented immigrant who has lived in Utah since she was 4 years old. She and others who spoke at the vigil hoped that lawmakers in Washington and neighbors at home...
  • ‘SWIFT’ Reaction: Iran May Block Oil Exports

    03/18/2012 8:38:45 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 17 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 3/18/2012 | By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Iran may impose a blockade on oil exports that threaten the world’s economies as a reaction to new unprecedented sanctions, says its former intelligence minister Ali Fallahian. Belgium’s Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), which handles most international bank transfers, has eliminated Iran from its services. The move is a “direct result of international and multilateral action to intensify financial sanctions against Iran," said SWIFT CEO Lazaro Campos. The embargo on Iran took effect Saturday and reduces Iran’s ability to use a secure network to receive payments. It also will affect Iranians wanting to receive money from relatives outside...
  • A SWIFT Denial - How In Europe, Even Admission Of A "Plan B" Is Equivalent To Failure

    12/27/2011 10:41:47 AM PST · by Mariner · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 12/25/2011 | Tyler Durden
    While we have long known that the drachma, and recently the lira, have seen significant "when issued" interest by institutional clients desiring to hedge their currency collapse exposure, and thus early markets by various trading desks, little did we realize just how destabilizing this fact to the system would be, at least according to SWIFT. According to the WSJ, this organization, best known for making an abrupt appearance any time one wishes to do a wire transfer, then promptly disappearing until the next such instance, ended up promptly shutting down any Plan B optionality when "at least two global banks...
  • Star-Eating Black Hole May Be Producing Universe's Biggest Blast

    04/10/2011 8:07:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 81 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 7 April 2011 | Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
    Enlarge Image Breathing fire. A distant cosmic explosion detected 28 March (left) continues to put out a series of high-energy flares (right). Astronomers believe it's a star being consumed by a black hole 3.8 billion light-years away. Credit: (left, galaxy) ASA/Swift/Stefan Immler; (right, diagram) NASA/Swift/Penn State/J. Kennea Astronomers have observed possibly the biggest blast ever seen in the cosmos. When NASA's SWIFT space observatory first spotted it 10 days ago, observers thought it was a massive star blowing up as a supernova and expected it to fade within hours or even minutes. But the high-energy radiation from the source...
  • Swift plant sued over treatment of Muslim workers

    08/31/2010 5:46:07 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 68 replies
    TheDenverPost ^ | 08/31/2010 | staff reporter
    OMAHA — Federal officials say a JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plant should give Muslim employees prayer time and not retaliate against workers who ask to pray. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of more than 80 Somali Muslims. A message left at JBS Swift's U.S. headquarters in Greeley wasn't immediately returned. Hundreds of Muslim workers walked off the job at the Grand Island, Neb., plant during Ramadan in 2008, saying they needed time to pray at sunset and break a day-long fast. Management adjusted the work schedule the next day. Non-Muslims protested and the...
  • Data transfers To USA: European Parliament states its terms

    05/18/2010 8:22:23 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 169+ views
    finExtra.com ^ | May 6, 2010 | EU Parliament
    Any new agreement on providing bank data to the United States - for example via the SWIFT system - must avoid "bulk data" transfers until they can be processed within the EU, warned MEPs on Wednesday. As for Passenger Name Records, Parliament opted to postpone its vote on the existing agreements with the United States and Australia and called for those accords be renegotiated on the basis of new criteria. MEPs voted on two resolutions in Brussels today, one on the opening of negotiations for an EU-US agreement to provide the US Treasury Department with bank data to combat terrorism,...
  • NYC Bomber May Have Learned How To Bypass Detection From Leaks To The MSM

    05/07/2010 12:43:17 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 586+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-07-10 | Curt
    Are the NYT's and James Risen at fault here? Investigators of the failed car bombing in Times Square are looking for a money courier they say helped funnel cash from overseas to finance a Pakistani-American's preparations to blow up the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb in the heart of New York, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Investigators have the name of the courier they believe helped Faisal Shahzad pay for the used SUV and other materials to rig up a car bomb that would have caused a huge fireball in Times Square if it had gone off, the official...
  • Taylor Swift ~ Is it for kids?

    12/10/2009 9:08:54 PM PST · by incredulous joe · 43 replies · 1,822+ views
    self | December 11, 2009 | Incredulous Joe
    I first have to admit to the fact that I am a total and complete pop culture drop-out; I have never seen an episode of "Sponge Bob", I didn't know what "I'd hit it." meant for the longest time and I really hadn't a clue about who Paris Hilton was, nor what she had done to become so incredibly famous. A word to the wise, DO NOT google Paris Hilton and if you do, make sure the kids are out of the room. Anyway, my daughter, who is 8 years old, came home from a playdate signing Taylor Swift songs....
  • Train Hits Trailer, Spilling Cases Of Beans

    10/06/2009 1:23:26 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 975+ views
    The Greeneville Sun ^ | October 06, 2009 | BILL JONES
    A tractor-trailer loaded with canned beans was struck by a southbound Norfolk Southern freight train at the Coile Street railroad crossing off Snapps Ferry Road about 6:45 a.m. this morning. No injuries were reported as a result of the collision. GPD Officer Jeff Craft said at the scene this morning that Bobby Coffey, the driver of the Swift Transportation tractor-trailer, told police he had been attempting to enter the lot of the So-Pak-Co plant when he encountered a closed gate and came to a stop. The rear of the trailer was on the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, police said. As...
  • Kanye West is the biggest jerk, ratbag, foolish blowhard that ever lived!

    09/22/2009 11:28:22 AM PDT · by brycemax · 12 replies · 988+ views
    The title of this thread pretty much says it all! NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and please refrain from copying the cartoon within this thread. Thanks!
  • Kanye West defended Bush during Obama's inauguration. Called Bush a "human being"

    09/15/2009 3:46:03 AM PDT · by Felicity_in_Christ · 16 replies · 1,336+ views
    CNN Anderson Cooper 360 (youtube video) ^ | January 20, 2009 | Kanye West
    At Obama's main celebrity inaugural ball, Kanye West was interviewed by a CNN anchor during "Anderson Cooper 360" about his feelings about the election. Rather than solely focusing on Obama's victory though, Kanye West ended up using the air time to DEFEND PRESIDENT BUSH. He wasn't even being asked about him. "At the end of the day, Bush, he was a human being...a real person with feelings and hurts too... and a lot of things got overshadowed...it's a shame." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2bs22JsdA0 (Statement is made at the last 1 minute of the interview)
  • NY TIMES Reveals Another US State Secret

    08/21/2009 9:05:49 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 772+ views
    Why would the New York Times divulge information that could prove harmful to the national security of the United States? Is it so consumed is it by hatred of anything outside their left wing agenda that the paper actually wants America to lose the war on terror. One case in point was an article the Times published on June 30, 2008, Amid U.S. Policy Disputes, Qaeda Grows in Pakistan, which quoted from a "highly-classified Pentagon order" describing internal disputes at the Pentagon over plans to capture Osama Bin Laden and defeat al Qaeda. In June 2006, both The New York...
  • Cheney's "Secret Counterterrorism Program" Not So Secret After All [NYT reported on it in Dec 2002]

    07/14/2009 1:51:59 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies · 885+ views
    Cheney's "Secret Counterterrorism Program" Not So Secret After All On Sunday the Times hinted darkly about a "secret counterterrorism program" Dick Cheney concealed from Congress. Now the details are out -- and it turns out the Times reported the program (killing Al Qaeda's leaders) on its front page back in December 2002. Posted by: Clay Waters 7/14/2009 2:04:26 PM The Times' lead story Sunday was on a C.I.A. program allegedly hidden by Dick Cheney, and abruptly ended by new C.I.A. director Leon Panetta when he learned of it. The headline to intelligence reporter Scott Shane's story huffed: "Cheney Is Linked...
  • Swiftboating health care (Obama libels Swiftboat Veterans to Push Nationalized Health Care Agenda)

    05/17/2009 2:12:47 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 31 replies · 892+ views
    http://my.barackobama.com ^ | May 17, 2009 | David Plouffe
    Dear Obamaphile -- We knew healthcare reform would face fierce opposition -- and it's begun. As we speak, the same people behind the notorious "swiftboat" ads of 2004 are already pumping millions of dollars into deceptive television ads. Their plan is simple: torpedo healthcare reform before it sees the light of day by scaring the public and distorting the President's approach. We need the resources to take them head on with an urgent, grassroots campaign to pass real healthcare reform in 2009. When the swiftboaters flood the airwaves with distortions, we'll flood the streets with volunteers armed with facts....
  • One thing about Liveshot, he knows when to back a loser

    05/09/2009 5:53:30 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies · 553+ views
    BostonHearald.com ^ | May 8, 2009 | Howie Carr
    One thing about Liveshot, he knows when to back a loser By Howie Carr | Friday, May 8, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists Sen. John Forbes Kerry has spent the week futilely trying to prop up two of his oldest, dearest friends - the Boston Globe and a convicted kiddie-porn pervert named Wade Sanders. You know about the Globe. Despite Kerry’s Senate hearings into the implosion of arrogant left-wing newspapers, El Globo continues to circle the drain. You’ve heard less about Wade Sanders, or nothing at all if you rely on the Globe. He’s a liberal and a pervert and...
  • Obama Vows Swift Overhaul As Chrysler Enters Bankruptcy

    04/30/2009 8:18:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 1,048+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/30/09 | Peter Whoriskey, Brady Dennis and Kendra Marr
    Chrysler, the nation's third-largest automaker, filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday, with President Obama promising that court relief would give the company a "new lease on life." The administration's efforts to avert a bankruptcy filing were frustrated by some hedge funds, which Obama referred to as "a small group of speculators," that rejected the government's final offer to settle their claims against Chrysler out of court. Now largely under government control, Chrysler will seek in court to strip itself of its overwhelming debts. Then, according to the administration plan, the company will get roughly $10 billion in new government aid and...
  • (Vanity) A Modest(o) Proposal, or, Keeping California Green

    03/29/2009 6:23:17 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 713+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | March 29, 2009 | grey_whiskers
    One of the interesting things about the economy is how fortunes change with time. In the 1970's, the Rust Belt was hit particularly hard; in the dot.com (Web 1.0) era, vast fortunes were made in California; today, it is the Deep South who prospers -- Louisiana has actually gained jobs, while New York as the financial center, and California, with its profligate spending, have fallen upon hard times. Everyone seems to know about the travails of the banking industry. What about California? First of all, recall that their problems are not new. The Governator (and Kennedy spouse!), if you recall,...
  • Muslims get the Last Laugh at Swift Plant

    11/11/2008 9:25:50 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 12 replies · 348+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Nov, 11Th 2008 | Christopher Logan
    This appears to be what is the final follow up on the story of the Muslims at Swift Plant who demanded extra break times to pray for the month of Ramadan. After a back and forth struggle which saw about 100 Muslims being fired, Swift will be paying the Muslims hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Muslim workers fired from JBS Swift plant; Cubans to replace

    10/12/2008 11:38:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies · 1,325+ views
    World News Network ^ | 12 October 2008 | TRACY OVERSTREET AND HAROLD REUTTER
    About 150 Muslim workers have been fired from a Grand Island meatpacking plant in a dispute over prayer... Plant officials at the JBS Swift meatpacking plant are bringing in Cuban workers to replace them...
  • Swift dispute, radical Muslims DVD flare scrutiny of Islam

    09/22/2008 2:08:27 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 11 replies · 275+ views
    Greeley Tribune (Greeley, CO) ^ | September 21, 2008 | Chris Casey
    Abdiamar Bare, 21, walks up to the nondescript mosque in Greeley for noon prayers and pauses a moment to talk about his faith. He is asked by a visitor if he's seen the DVD "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West." No, he says. He's asked if the principles of Islam allow other religions to coexist with it. "Every religion is the same. No religion is better than another religion," Bare says. "I believe in Islam. I like my religion, and I don't want it to interfere with other religions." Bare is one of about 120 Muslim workers recently fired...
  • Nebraska plant fires Muslims amid prayer dispute

    09/20/2008 12:37:12 AM PDT · by americanophile · 17 replies · 306+ views
    Statesman ^ | September 20, 2008 | Jean Ortiz
    OMAHA, Neb. — Officials at a meatpacking plant in Grand Island fired at least 86 workers Friday after they walked off the job amid a dispute over prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the company said. However, a Muslim leader and one of the fired workers disputed the plant's numbers, saying 150 people had lost their jobs at the JBS Swift & Co. facility, which employs about 2,500 people, not including management. About a fifth of them are Muslim. JBS Swift spokeswoman Tamara Smid, who confirmed 86 firings late Friday, said the action was taken against employees who...
  • Swift Plant has had Enough and Fires 150 Muslims

    09/19/2008 10:41:42 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 45 replies · 291+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Sept. 19, 2008 | Christopher Logan
    First Swift Company tells Muslims that their demands for special break times would no longer be met. Now Swift has fired 150 Muslims who worked there. They were fired for being selfish and taking unauthorized work breaks to accommodate Islam. A few Muslim workers actually fainted on the job because of lack of food. Them fainting makes me wonder how much other Muslim workers slacked off this month due to lack of energy.
  • Swift Plant Changes Mind and Tells Muslims no.

    09/19/2008 8:17:46 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 23 replies · 155+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Sept. 20Th, 2008 | Christopher Logan
    The walk out staged by the non-Muslims at Swift Plant has worked, at least for now. As the Muslim employees were told that their demands were causing too much trouble and they would not be met any longer. I applaud the non-Muslims at Swift Plant for not allowing Islam to be imposed on them. As for the Muslims there, they need to learn to keep their religion to themselves or move to an Islamic country.
  • Muslim protest for right to prayer (Outraged Muslims walk off Swift plant job)

    09/15/2008 7:53:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies · 282+ views
    theindependent.com ^ | September 15, 2008 | Tracy Overstreet
    GRAND ISLAND — A group of 500 Muslim workers from Grand Island's JBS Swift & Co. plant staged a protest Monday afternoon. Members of the B shift (3 to 11:30 p.m.) and some members of the morning A shift walked off the job after being denied time to pray during what they said is the holiest of times for them -- Ramadan. A group of protesting women said they were kicked by a supervisor when they attempted to pray at work. Asha Abdi said she knelt to pray when the supervisor said, "You can't pray here," kicked her feet and...
  • Colorado meatpacking plant lays off 100 Muslim workers

    09/13/2008 6:22:47 PM PDT · by captain_dave · 42 replies · 288+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 11, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi
    JBS Swift & Co. fires about one-fourth of 400 workers who had walked off the job, demanding break time to pray during the holy month of Ramadan. The union local says it will fight the action. ... When Ramadan began Sept. 1, workers said supervisors informally gave them time to break their daylong fast at sundown. But non-Muslim employees protested, and on Friday, JBS Swift & Co. officials refused to give workers break time to pray and eat. About 400 workers left the company's meatpacking plant, which dominates this city of 90,000. By Tuesday, 250 had not returned, and Swift...
  • Swift fires up to 150 Muslim workers following Ramadan dispute

    09/10/2008 9:51:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies · 870+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 10, 2008
    At least 130 Muslim workers at the north Greeley JBS Swift & Co. plant were fired Wednesday afternoon, apparently over a dispute involving breaks during Ramadan. At issue is a request by Muslim workers to be able to take their lunch breaks at sunset to end their fast during Ramadan... expressed their dissatisfaction with negotiations by saying, “No prayer, no work.”
  • Muslim Swift workers sacked after walkout

    09/11/2008 12:00:26 PM PDT · by ljco · 71 replies · 251+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 9/11/2008 | David Migoya
    More than 100 Muslim workers were fired from a Greeley slaughterhouse Wednesday after refusing to report for work a day earlier in protest of the company's refusal to allow a prayer break during the work shift. ... "This action is a direct violation of our collective-bargaining agreement," Swift said of the walkout in a statement. "Employees were told . . . failure to report to work when recalled would result in their immediate termination." ... "There were no negotiations (Wednesday), nothing," said Ahmed Mohamud, a spokesman for the workers and one of those fired Wednesday. "I honestly thought we'd work...
  • Talks break down between Muslims and Swift

    09/10/2008 7:58:41 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 30 replies · 297+ views
    Greeley Tribune ^ | September 10, 2008 | Chris Casey
    Wednesday, September 10, 2008Talks break down between Muslims and Swift Chris Casey Talks between JBS Swift & Co. officials and Muslim workers seeking prayer breaks during Ramadan broke down Tuesday afternoon and turned into calls of breach of contract. The roughly 250 workers, who've been suspended since walking off the job Friday night, say they will not return to work and may take legal action. They also acknowledge they may face mass terminations. A mid-afternoon meeting between the Muslim representatives and about 80 of the suspended workers grew heated in a downtown Greeley park when the representatives relayed information to...
  • Refugees fill jobs in Cactus, TX after immigration sweep (BARF ALERT)

    04/19/2008 4:43:48 PM PDT · by DFG · 6 replies · 117+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 04/19/08 | DAVID McLEMORE
    Sixteen months ago, federal agents swept into the Panhandle town of Cactus, Texas, in Moore County as part of a massive raid of Swift & Co. beef processing plants across the country. They arrested 297 workers on immigration violations and sent hundreds more fleeing the community for fear of more raids.
  • Star explodes halfway across universe (NASA's Swift detects star's GRB; reached Earth early Wed.)

    03/21/2008 4:07:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 82 replies · 1,085+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/21/08 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON - The explosion of a star halfway across the universe was so huge it set a record for the most distant object that could be seen on Earth by the naked eye. The aging star, in a previously unknown galaxy, exploded in a gamma ray burst 7.5 billion light years away, its light finally reaching Earth early Wednesday. The gamma rays were detected by NASA's Swift satellite at 2:12 a.m. "We'd never seen one before so bright and at such a distance," NASA's Neil Gehrels said. It was bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. However, NASA...
  • FBI Investigates TN Trucking Company

    02/26/2008 11:08:58 AM PST · by 1curiousmind · 30 replies · 567+ views
    The FBI is investigating a Tennessee trucking company. Agents from the FBI, Secret Service, Bureau of Immigration and Customs and several other agencies searched the Swift Transportation trucking company in Memphis on Monday. Swift Transportation dispatches more than 500 trucks per day, transporting mainly for the United Parcel Service. Employees said agents seized computers but authorities have not released what they were looking for. "I haven't a clue,” said training driver James Richardson. “All I know is all of the training activities have been put on hold right now until an investigation is over...
  • Bob Perry endorsed Brian Klock for the TX CD-22 Fiery Billboard ad heats race up.

    02/25/2008 10:33:12 PM PST · by BellStar · 5 replies · 1,094+ views
    KTRH ^ | Monday, February 25, 2008 | KTRH's August Skamenca
    Texan and super-conservative Bob Perry formally endorsed Brian Klock for the Texas Congressional seat in CD-22. A Republican candidate for the District 22 congressional seat will be getting a lot of attention today with a very unique campaign ad. klockforcongress.orgIt's yet to be seen just whether it's negative or in his favor. Now in the private sector, Brian Klock remains a commander in the US Navy Reserve. He's an underdog candidate trying to gain new ground. Later Monday, his campaign will unveil a billboard (pictured above) on the Southwest Freeway near Fountainview. It shows crosshairs trained on downtown Houston, it...
  • Muslim workers in Neb. allege harassment [Council on American-Islamic Relations has drafted...]

    07/22/2007 2:49:07 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 1,176+ views
    Muslim workers in Neb. allege harassment By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press Writer 26 minutes ago Supervisors at a meatpacking plant have fired or harassed dozens of Somali Muslim employees for trying to pray at sunset, violating civil rights laws, the workers and their advocates say. The five- to 10-minute prayer, known as the maghrib, must be done within a 45-minute window around sunset, according to Muslim rules. The workers at the Swift & Co. plant in Grand Island say they quit, were fired or were verbally and physically harassed over the issue. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has drafted a...
  • 19 arrested in raids at Swift plants

    07/12/2007 12:09:09 PM PDT · by Dubya · 23 replies · 1,088+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/12/2007 | MIKE WILSON
    Nineteen people were arrested at Swift & Co. meatpacking plants around the country as part of a sweep involving illegal immigrant workers at the plants, according to a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Agents made the arrests Tuesday in Cactus, Texas; Marshalltown, Iowa; Grand Island, Neb.; Worthington, Minn.; Greeley, Colo.; and Hyrum, Utah; where Swift has plants. They involved current or former Swift workers suspected of identity theft, ICE officials said in a news release. Seven of the arrests were at the Swift plant in Cactus, Texas, said Carl Rusnok, an ICE spokesman in Dallas. "Swift is to be...
  • Prison for last 4 ex-Swift workers from immigration raid

    06/21/2007 3:52:09 PM PDT · by Dubya · 10 replies · 329+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Jun. 21, 2007 | The Associated Press
    AMARILLO, Texas -- Prison awaits the last four now-ex-workers of a Swift meatpacking plant in Cactus targeted in an illegal immigration bust. A federal judge in Amarillo today sentenced the final defendants of the 53 people arrested in the December 12th raid. Each pleaded guilty to charges related to false identification. Prosecutors say Jesus Gutierrez-Ramos, Manuel Castro-Pablo and Cristino Pablo-Alonzo pleaded guilty to using fraudulently obtained identity documents. Each must serve eight months in prison. Domingo Velasquez-Gutierrez pleaded guilty to the same charge and received a six-month prison term. No charges were filed against Colorado-based Swift.
  • At Public Schools, Immigration Raids Require New Drill

    06/18/2007 4:37:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies · 729+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 18, 2007 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- On Dec. 12, just after 7:30 a.m., Superintendent Steve Joel got a call from the police chief saying "something big" was about to happen at the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant. Mr. Joel realized what that meant: Dozens of Swift workers were about to be rounded up in an immigration raid. What would happen to their children, students in his district? Would some seniors ever be able to graduate? "It was like a tornado," says the head of the Grand Island School District. The twister that struck this Midwestern town was part of far-reaching operation targeting...
  • [Texas:] Six more plead guilty in aftermath of immigration raid

    04/18/2007 12:13:54 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 507+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 18, 2007
    AMARILLO, Texas — Six more former workers arrested during a raid of the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant in Cactus pleaded guilty to federal charges this week and could go to prison. The six entered pleas in federal court in Amarillo on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release issued Wednesday. Charges against them stem from a December immigration raid at the Swift plant in the Panhandle conducted as part of an investigation into the use of Social Security numbers by illegal immigrants to gain employment. Four of the defendants — Jesus Gutierrez-Ramos, Domingo Velasquez-Gutierrez, Manuel Castro-Pablo...
  • Swift Raid: Many hires quit because they can't cut it

    03/13/2007 12:09:48 PM PDT · by batter · 30 replies · 1,276+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 13 March 2007 | Jennifer W. Sanchez
    HYRUM - There are rumors whispered among the Swift plant workers here that immigration agents will return for a second raid - the night shift might be next. But employees rarely speak openly about the Dec. 12 roundup at the Swift & Co. meat processing plant, where 158 undocumented workers were arrested. The plant hasn't been the same since the raid, employees say. Some workers never returned after the roundup. And there's a lot of work, but many new people can't cut it. "They've been hiring right and left," said Maria, a Swift employee who asked that her last name...
  • Jane Swift backs McCain over Romney

    02/14/2007 11:53:23 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies · 573+ views
    AP ^ | February 14, 2007
    BOSTON - Jane Swift, whom Mitt Romney stepped over in 2002 to become governor of Massachusetts, announced Wednesday she was endorsing Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential race. ”Senator John McCain is a principled leader whose unwavering determination to improve the lives of Americans is admirable,” Swift said of the Arizona Republican in a statement issued by his presidential exploratory committee.
  • Damage Done

    02/05/2007 8:51:32 AM PST · by Signalman · 3 replies · 463+ views
    commentarymagazine.com ^ | 2/2/2007 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    Back in June 2006, the front page of the New York Times carried news of a highly secret CIA-Treasury department intelligence program to track al Qaeda financing that drew on data supplied by a European banking consortium based in Belgium known as SWIFT. President Bush denounced the newspaper’s disclosure of the classified counterterrorism operation as “disgraceful.” Prior to publication, administration officials had strenuously warned the newspaper not to run the story, arguing, among other things, that it would endanger national security by placing the SWIFT consortium under intense pressure to stop sharing information with U.S. intelligence. Bill Keller, his paper...
  • Swift & Co. considering sale, merger, going public

    01/24/2007 9:19:44 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 20 replies · 494+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 1-23-07 | David Milstead And Joanne Kelley
    Greeley-based Swift & Co. says it will consider a sale, merger or IPO after unnamed suitors approached the giant meatpacker. Swift, at more than $9 billion in revenue, is one of the nation's biggest private companies. It was part of ConAgra until the Omaha-based agri-giant sold it in 2002 to a partnership between buyout firm HM Capital - formerly Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst - and George Gillett's Booth Creek. Gillett serves as Swift's chairman. Over the five years of ownership, Swift has dealt with a Japanese beef ban that crimped sales and prompted layoffs, as well as a raid...
  • Hearings demanded for Swift detainees[Illegals]

    01/16/2007 12:08:07 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 8 replies · 424+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 15 Jan 2007 | Bruce Finley
    Attorneys representing foreign workers jailed in the recent crackdown at meatpacking plants accused immigration officials of violating a federal court order to hold bond hearings within 48 hours for the detainees. Today the attorneys asked U.S. District Court Judge John Kane for an emergency order to force the government to hold bond hearings for 61 Mayan workers from Guatemala who now are held without bond at a federal facility in El Paso, Texas. The order was for all of the roughly 260 detainees who have not had a bond hearing to receive one, attorneys said. A court filing by Jim...
  • Judge seeks whereabouts of raid suspects (arrested in a meatpacking raid in Colorado)

    01/12/2007 2:22:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 603+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/12/07 | Robert Weller - ap
    DENVER - A federal judge demanded Friday that U.S. immigration officials disclose the whereabouts of 265 people arrested in a meatpacking raid last month in Colorado. U.S. District Judge John L. Kane gave Immigration and Customs Enforcement until Jan. 22 to submit a list accounting for all the detainees, including those who have been deported. "There are people in custody — there is an urgency to this," Kane said. Union attorneys are contesting the arrests at the Swift & Co. meat processing plant in Greeley, one of six Swift plants in six states that were raided Dec. 13. In all,...
  • JOBS WHO WON'T DO? (immigration debate's hoariest cliche libels American workers)

    12/22/2006 4:54:19 AM PST · by Liz · 29 replies · 1,061+ views
    NY POST ^ | 12/22/06 | EDITORIAL
    One of the hoariest cliches in the immigration debate is that illegal aliens in the workforce "do the jobs Americans won't do" - hence the need for a general amnesty......Vicente Fox said it....President Bush has referred to "good, honorable, hardworking people here doing jobs Americans won't do" as he tried to drum up support for his "path to citizenship" ........ But is the conventional wisdom true? Last week, as part of a broader ID theft and illegal-document probe, ICE agents raided Swift & Co. plants in six states - rounding up hundreds of illegal workers. Yet the plants managed to...
  • Now Hiring (Reality-check time for we need illegals to do work that Americans shun)

    12/22/2006 5:09:32 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 21 replies · 1,078+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 22 December 2006 | Staff
    Few would call it a dream job. But the position of slaughterer at the Swift & Co. plant in Greeley, Colo., was drawing some interest last week... The Rocky Mountain News observed that the line of applicants “was out the door” at the county employment office.... ...Meanwhile in Nebraska, union officials said Tuesday that 40 to 50 workers had been hired at the Grand Island plant, one of six Swift plants raided by the ICE in a sweep that led to nearly 1,300 arrests. And funny thing —they say Swift has been improving its wages, benefits and bonuses since before...
  • Former workers file suit against Swift

    12/19/2006 3:41:55 PM PST · by atomic_dog · 13 replies · 697+ views
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | Dec 19, 2006 | Dallas Business Journal
    A spokesman for Swift & Co. says a lawsuit filed recently by eighteen former Swift & Co. employees is "completely without merit." The $23-million lawsuit alleges that the meat packing company conspired to manipulate and depress the labor market and wages by hiring illegal immigrants. The lawsuit, filed late Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, alleges that defendants including Swift and its owners, HM Capital Partners LLC in Dallas -- formerly Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst -- engaged in an "enterprise that grossly affected commerce through a pattern of racketeering activity" in violation of...
  • Immigration arrests denounced at rally(MN-illegals whine and yell at Coleman)

    12/19/2006 3:43:37 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 29 replies · 876+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-19-06 | JOHN BREWER
    They came to tell the stories they say aren't being told. In the wake of last Tuesday's raids at Swift & Co. meatpacking plants in Worthington, Minn., and five other states, a group of about 200 people gathered Monday afternoon outside the St. Paul offices of U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman to condemn the federal action and demand immigration reform. After a 40-minute rally, a smaller group walked into the Republican senator's office and read stories about families affected by the Minnesota roundup of more than 200 workers on alleged immigration violations. "One woman is pregnant and is terrified to leave...