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  • Traffickers 'laughed' as they capsized boat to drown refugees

    09/19/2014 9:05:59 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 24 replies
    AFP at Ynet ^ | 09.19.14 | AFP staff
    Survivors of Europe's most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, as the EU cried murder and vowed to step up the fight against people smugglers. Fresh witness testimony confirmed around 500 people drowned after their boat sank off Malta on Wednesday, including up to 100 children who had been making the treacherous journey from Egypt to Italy, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. "After they hit our boat they waited to make sure that it had sunk completely before leaving. They were laughing," one...
  • Eric Holder: We Will Go After Gun Traffickers

    01/18/2013 4:46:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/18/13 | dentonexabledentonexable
    Holder goes for the guns
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • Brazil moves to prevent 'massacre' of Amazon tribe by drug traffickers

    08/09/2011 12:10:21 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Guardian ^ | 8/9/11 | Tom Phillips
    Brazilian indigenous protection officers to make emergency visit to isolated community facing threat from heavily armed gangsThe head of Brazil's indigenous protection service is to make an emergency visit to a remote jungle outpost, amid fears that members of an isolated Amazon tribe may have been "massacred" by drug traffickers. Fears for the tribe's wellbeing have been escalating since late July when a group of heavily armed Peruvian traffickers reportedly invaded its land, triggering a crisis in the remote border region between Brazil and Peru. On 5 August Brazilian federal police launched an operation in the region, arresting Joaquim...
  • Report: Mexican traffickers cement grip in US

    03/28/2010 11:46:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 678+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON – A government report says Mexican criminal organizations have more than doubled heroin production in a year and have cemented their grip as the predominant wholesale suppliers of illicit drugs in the United States. The National Drug Threat Assessment concluded Thursday that Mexican groups were the only drug trafficking enterprises operating in every region of the United States.
  • Official: Mexican Drug Runner Shot by Border Agents Smuggled More Drugs Into U.S.

    02/28/2007 2:32:35 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 136 replies · 4,285+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 28, 2007 | Liza Porteus
    The Mexican drug runner whose testimony sent two Border Patrol agents to prison for shooting him in the buttocks brought drugs into the United States more than once, thereby diminishing his credibility as a witness in the investigation, according to a California congressman. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., presented new evidence in a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday that revealed what he says was U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's deliberate attempt to mislead the public about Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila's involvement in the transport of a second load of drugs in October 2005.[snip].... ....[snip]But the Drug Enforcement Agency found that Aldrete-Davila brought in another...
  • 4 drug traffickers extradited to U.S. (Thank ye kindly, President Calderon, 10 others too)

    01/20/2007 12:29:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 391+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/07 | Lisa J. Adams - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico extradited four major drug traffickers to the U.S. on Friday, a sign that the nation's new president will deliver on his promise for more cooperation in fighting cross-border crime. Osiel Cardenas, the purported Gulf cartel leader who is believed to still be running the drug organization from behind bars in Mexico, was extradited along with 13 others wanted in the U.S., all of whose appeals against extradition had run out, the Attorney General's office said in a news release. The United States has long been frustrated by Mexico's reluctance to extradite Mexican drug lords also wanted...
  • Mexico's Big War

    01/05/2007 7:37:15 PM PST · by gcruse · 55 replies · 1,504+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 1/5/2007 | Sum Gai
    The invasion and rout of an Arizona National Guard station by Mexican traffickers Wednesday signals that Mexico's fierce new war against smugglers is spilling over into the U.S. We should have been prepared. Not since the days of Pancho Villa has the U.S. fallen to armed Mexican invaders stealing in and making raids. [...] Al-Qaida terrorists have been eyeing our unfortified border with interest for some time. They must be looking at this rout of the U.S. military by mere lowlife Mexican dopers with pure fascination.
  • Calderón tells troops it´ll be long offensive

    01/04/2007 4:18:46 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 5 replies · 476+ views
    El Universal (Mexico) ^ | 4 Jan 2007 | Kelly Arthur Garrett
    Sounding increasingly like a war president in his second month in office, President Calderón rallied federal troops Wednesday, urging them "not to lose heart" in what he said could be a drawn-out offensive against organized drug traffickers. As the president spoke in the Michoacán town of Apatzingán Wednesday morning, more than 3,200 Army, Navy and federal police personnel prepared to open a second front in the offensive that appears to be defining Calderón´s early presidency. "Operation Tijuana" will deploy mainly Army troops - using 21 planes, nine helicopters and 247 military vehicles - to crack down on the Tijuana cartel...
  • Drug cartels adopt beheading as message

    09/27/2006 6:51:10 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 7 replies · 1,660+ views
    MEXICO CITY - To send a chilling message to their underworld rivals, Mexican drug cartels are adopting a method of intimidation made notorious by Middle Eastern terrorist groups. At least 26 people have been decapitated in Mexico this year, with heads stuck on fences, dumped in trash piles and -- most recently -- tossed onto a nightclub dance floor. Although beheading goes back centuries as a form of execution, it has become the latest tactical escalation of an ongoing turf war that gets nastier all the time, with hit men looking for new ways to instill fear. "Before, they tortured...
  • Cheeky Like A Fox

    09/26/2006 10:46:48 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 5 replies · 693+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 26 Sept 2006 | Staff
    The Border: It takes a lot of nerve for a chief of state to criticize another nation's crime rate. It takes even more nerve to ship one's own criminals there and then complain about the crime rate. Two weeks ago, when U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza warned tactfully about an explosion of crime on the Mexican border and urged U.S. citizens to be cautious there, he was only doing his job. But it didn't take long for Mexican President Vicente Fox and Foreign Minister Ernesto Derbez to jump all over the U.S., piously claiming that crime at the border...
  • Street drugs - 1 million Mexicans addicted to hard drugs and causing a surge in street violence

    07/31/2005 12:43:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies · 1,140+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2005 | IOAN GRILLO Houston Chronicle Foreign Service
    NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO - When Esteban Perez sold $35 bags of heroin on the streets of this violent border city, he said he felt three things: fear, dread and terror. He feared not having enough money to bribe the local police to look the other way. He dreaded not having enough heroin left to feed his addiction. And he was terrified of not having enough cash for the drug smugglers who had sold him the narcotics and demanded a share of his profits. "I was scared of them, most of all," Perez, 24, said of the traffickers. "They ask you...
  • NY Prosecutors Arrest 18 Suspected Arms Traffickers

    03/15/2005 8:34:47 AM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 6 replies · 392+ views
    NY Prosecutors Arrest 18 Suspected Arms TraffickersNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York prosecutors said on Tuesday 18 people have been arrested on charges of trafficking in arms from Russia, including rocket-propelled grenades and shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles. "The arrests resulted from a year-long wiretap investigation that utilized a confidential informant posing as an arms trafficker selling weapons to terrorists," the U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement. U.S. authorities have been on high alert since the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks. Experts have warned that attackers might use surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) to try to down a plane. The charges include...
  • Different Terrain, Common Tactics in Brazil

    03/10/2004 7:18:45 AM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 153+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 9, 2004 | By Jim Garamone
    You'd be hard-pressed to find similarities between the Amazonian jungles of Brazil and the mountains of Afghanistan, but there are some. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, kicked off a trip to South America with a stop here in the capital of Amazonia. During a briefing from Brazilian Maj. Gen. Eduardo Dias da Costa Villa Boas, the commander of army forces in the region, Myers was struck by the similarity of tactics the coalition uses in Afghanistan and tactics the Brazilian government is using in this far-flung region of the country. The Brazilian...
  • Different Terrain, Common Tactics in Brazil

    03/09/2004 4:51:32 PM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 165+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 9, 2004 | By Jim Garamone
    You'd be hard-pressed to find similarities between the Amazonian jungles of Brazil and the mountains of Afghanistan, but there are some. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, kicked off a trip to South America with a stop here in the capital of Amazonia. During a briefing from Brazilian Maj. Gen. Eduardo Dias da Costa Villa Boas, the commander of army forces in the region, Myers was struck by the similarity of tactics the coalition uses in Afghanistan and tactics the Brazilian government is using in this far-flung region of the country. The Brazilian...
  • Mexico to investigate slayings of 90 women

    05/11/2003 3:59:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 223+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 5-11-03 | Mary Jordan, Kevin Sullivan
    <p>Mexico City -- The federal government has begun investigating this country's most notorious series of slayings -- the rape and killing of 90 women in Ciudad Juarez over the past 10 years -- based on an informant's allegation that some of the victims may have been butchered by organ traffickers.</p>
  • Experts Thieves Pillaged Iraqi Museums

    04/17/2003 8:39:43 PM PDT · by Unwavering Conservative · 38 replies · 230+ views
    Biloxi Sun Herald ^ | 4-17-03 | Jocelyn Gecker
    Expert Thieves Pillaged Iraqi Museums JOCELYN GECKER Associated Press PARIS - Professional thieves, likely organized outside Iraq, pillaged the nation's priceless ancient history collections by using the cover of widespread looting - and vault keys - to make off with irreplaceable items, art experts and historians said Thursday. The bandits were so efficient at emptying Iraqi libraries and museums that reports have already surfaced of artifacts appearing on the black market, some experts said. Certain thieves apparently knew exactly what they wanted from the irreplaceable Babylonian, Sumerian and Assyrian collections, and exactly where to find them. "It looks as if...
  • US Culture Advisers Resign Over Iraq Museum Looting

    04/17/2003 3:26:35 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 26 replies · 277+ views
    Guess they didnt read the WSJ article today that the looting was an inside job US Culture Advisers Resign Over Iraq Museum Looting By Niala Boodhoo WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two cultural advisers to the Bush administration have resigned in protest over the failure of U.S. forces to prevent the wholesale looting of priceless treasures from Baghdad's antiquities museum. Martin Sullivan, who chaired the President's Advisory Committee on Cultural Property for eight years, and panel member Gary Vikan said they resigned because the U.S. military had had advance warning of the danger to Iraq (news - web sites)'s historical treasures. "We...