Sunday, November 30, 2014

Russian media doctors up a Fathead commercial for anti-Western propaganda


On November 28, 2014, Russian mainstream television channel Russia-1 aired a shocking video. The program claimed that by the first grade, Western children are forced to learn everything there is to know about sexual intercourse and are told to pick which gender they would like to be. Decrying the loss of traditional values in the Western society, the host proclaimed that Europe is obediently following the United States off the cliff.

Russia-1 proceeded to show the video, purportedly depicting an American boy being led to his bedroom by his father. The astonished child is subsequently shown a newly-decorated wall above his bed, depicting cartoon images of naked adult males, posing on their own and during sexual activities. The host angrily exclaims: “Is it appropriate for a child’s bedroom to look this way?”

The program’s guest commentator, Maria Mamikonyan of the Russian Parenthood Resistance movement, proceeded to add that Western societies are normalizing previously prohibited sexual activities, including incest. The program went on to show images of children watching videos that depict kissing adults. Another guest tearfully rejoices that only Russia has real democracy. Subsequent discussions claim that children are being taken away from any parents who support traditional values, in what the program refers to as “gender fascism” in the West.

In reality, the clip of a shocked American boy was crudely doctored up to deliver the desired impression. The latest fake of Russian propaganda was created on the basis of a Fathead commercial, which shows the child’s bedroom that was decorated with the image of a monster-truck. Blatant fabrications by the Russian media have become so commonplace that they no longer shock seasoned observers. In light of Putin’s crackdown on Internet and rapidly dwindling freedom of the press, Russian audiences have very limited opportunities for learning the truth.

Mickey Rourke wins a staged boxing match in Russia


On November 28, 2014, 62-year-old Mickey Rourke fought an exhibition match against 29-year-old Elliott Seymour in Moscow. It’s difficult to fathom what motivated the aging actor to participate in such a “match” against a decades-younger opponent. Rourke ended his original boxing career at the age of 21.

Mickey Rourke entered the auditorium a-la Burt Reynolds in “Striptease,” wearing a cowboy hat, a fringed red robe, gold-colored boxing gloves and a set of cowboy-shaped booties. Rourke wearily pranced about the stage, half-heartedly throwing a few air punches to impress the receptive Moscow audience. He bounced against the ropes and winked to the camera. Seymour, for his part, looked resigned to his pre-determined fate and did his best to keep a straight face.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Obama pardoned more turkeys than people in 2014

Obama pardoned more turkeys than people in 2014

On November 26, 2014, President Barack Obama has carried out the annual White House tradition by pardoning two turkeys. He extended the executive clemency to Mac and Cheese – two lucky birds that will now live out the remainder of their days on a farm in Virginia, instead of becoming Thanksgiving dinner.

President Obama referred to this tradition as "puzzling." Perhaps even more puzzling is the fact that in 2014, he pardoned more turkeys than people. The only other clemency extended by President Obama this year was the commutation of the sentence of a prisoner who was serving an additional term of three-and-a-half years in prison because of a clerical error. Ceasar Cantu, a convicted drug dealer from Katy, Texas, was sentenced at the wrong level of the sentencing guidelines. Instead of a mandatory 11-and-a-half year sentence, he was facing 15 years behind bars.

Ferguson protesters in Los Angeles will be freed in time for Thanksgiving dinner


Los Angeles protesters, who remained in police custody after being arrested in connection with demonstrations against the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, will be released in time for Thanksgiving dinner. On November 27, 2014, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck ordered that the approximately 90 people still jailed on Thanksgiving Day be released on their own recognizance.

“We have every legal right to keep them until they post bail," LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told the Los Angeles Times, "but in light of the holiday … [Beck] called and said he wants everybody who is eligible for release to be released by dinner time." Before they can be released, protesters currently being held in jails, downtown Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley and South L.A. facilities, will have to sign a promise to appear in court. They won’t need to post bail. Any protesters with warrants out for their arrest will not be eligible for this release.

The Los Angeles Police Department has made more than 338 arrests in the last three days, as protests continued over the grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. On Wednesday, demonstrators marched on the LAPD's headquarters, before heading to the downtown county jail, chanting, "Kill killer cops." Most of the arrestees were adults who failed to disperse when ordered to do so by police, according to the LAPD. The number of arrests in Los Angeles surpassed those reported in other major U.S. cities on the second and third night of protests.

Colombian machete murderer removed from the United States

Colombian machete murderer removed from the United States

Pedro Nel Moreno-Romero, 51, was removed from the United States on November 24, 2014 by the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Miami, Florida. Moreno-Romero was convicted of aggravated murder in 2013 in Colombia and sentenced to 35 years imprisonment. He murdered a friend, then dismembered the body with a machete and discarded the remains in a plastic bag.

Moreno-Romero had been on the run since 2007. He fled Colombia the next day after committing the murder and illegally entered the United States at or near Hidalgo, Texas, in August 2007. He’s been living in the U.S. undetected for seven years. Moreno-Romero was finally apprehended and ordered removed by an immigration judge in May 2014. His subsequent appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals was denied in October 2014. Moreno-Romero was immediately taken into custody by Colombian authorities upon his arrival in Bogota.

Since 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has removed more than 720 foreign fugitives from the United States, who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder. In 2013, ICE conducted 368,644 removals nationwide. Over 82 percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had been previously convicted of a criminal offense.

Department of Homeland Security’s OIG report: murder, drugs and corruption

Department of Homeland Security’s OIG report: murder, drugs and corruption

Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General recently released the second part of its semiannual report to Congress. In response to OIG’s investigations, the DHS declined to prosecute 111 cases, accepted 56 investigations for prosecution and achieved 56 convictions. OIG audits resulted in questioned costs of $59,424,677, of which $2,679,489 did not have supporting documentation. As a result of disallowed costs, the DHS recovered or de-obligated $32,743,847. OIG issued 14 reports, identifying $898,468,917 in funds that could be put to better use by the DHS.

OIG determined that the Department of Homeland Security cannot ensure it has sufficient personal protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures for a pandemic response. Previous OIG report, “DHS Has Not Effectively Managed Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment and Antiviral Medical Countermeasures,” found that the Department of Homeland Security is “ill-prepared for pandemic response.”

The OIG report examined widely-reported releases of hundreds of immigration detainees (including aliens with criminal convictions) by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in February and March 2013. The publicized releases were allegedly motivated by the budget shortfalls and were determined by the OIG to be “problematic.”

Banana bandit: man arrested for pointing fruit at sheriff's deputies

Nathen Channing of Fruitvale, Colorado

A man in western Colorado was arrested and is facing a felony menacing charge, after two sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them. Self-proclaimed comedian, Nathen Channing, 27, thought it would be funny to make law enforcement go bananas. Depending on the source, descriptions of this incident range from comical to “life threatening.”

The banana bandit is a resident of Fruitvale. He was taken into custody on November 23, 2014, after pointing a banana at a pair of Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies. Both law enforcement officials claim they initially believed that the piece of fruit was a handgun.

Tensions in the area were already high, as the arrest for banana menacing took place one day before a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson. In a widely criticized designation, Officer Wilson classified Michael Brown as “menacing” before he shot and killed him. Deputy Sheriffs Joshua Bunch and Donald Love, who mistook a banana for a handgun, are being criticized for overreacting, although some say that Channing got exactly what he deserved for antagonizing them. Both of them identified themselves as “victims” in the case against the menacing banana bandit.

Los Angeles Council votes for handgun restrictions

Los Angeles Council votes for handgun restrictions

On November 25, 2014, Los Angeles Council unanimously voted 11 to 0 to make residents lock up handguns or disable them with a trigger lock when not in use. Los Angeles lawmakers will now start drafting a city ordinance with the same requirements and bring it back to lawmakers for approval.

With this decision, Los Angeles is following in the footsteps of San Francisco. The San Francisco gun restrictions were challenged by gun owners, but were upheld by a federal appeals court earlier this year. City Councilman Paul Krekorian has argued that some Americans "think it is their God-given right to keep an unlocked and loaded firearm on their bedstand ... It is not. It is not their right. It is not responsible."

At the same meeting, Los Angeles Council unanimously voted in favor of new rules that require firearm vendors in the city to electronically send records of all ammunition sales to the Police Department. Any seller who fails to do so would be facing misdemeanor charges. Until now, ammunition vendors were obligated to keep records of their transactions for at least two years, but didn't have to turn them over to the Los Angeles Police Department, unless specifically requested. Krekorian said that the new rules would help law enforcement check the records against databases of people barred from buying ammunition.

Sony Pictures computer systems hacked

Photo from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Sony Pictures Entertainment said its computer system is still down as of November 25, 2014, for the second day in a row, after a major hack paralyzed the computer systems of the film and television studio. The Amazing Spider-Man couldn’t help the staff of Sony Pictures, when they tried to log on to their computers and were greeted with an ominous warning. An image of a red skeleton appeared on the screen under, along with messages "Hacked By #GOP," reportedly short for "Guardians of Peace," and a list of threats. The warning said: "We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning … We’ve obtained all your internal data including your secrets and top secrets … We continue till our request be met ... If you don't obey us, we'll release data shown below to the world." As a precaution, Sony’s computers in Los Angeles were shut down, while the corporation is attempting to deal with the breach.

On day two of the hack, Sony’s bicoastal staff is unable to log on to the company’s computers or access corporate email. They’re now reportedly using old-fashioned pen and paper to complete assignments, while taking calls on landline telephones and sending faxes instead of e-mails.

Sony, the media giant behind movies such as "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," doesn’t have the best reputation concerning their treatment of the company’s workers. Persons identifying themselves as the hackers who took down Sony Pictures' computer systems say that they want "equality," but “Sony doesn’t.” They are also suggesting that Sony employees aided in the hacking attack. The exact goals of the hackers remain unclear.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Attorney hypnotized female clients into performing sexual acts at his office


On November 21, 2014, Ohio attorney Michael W. Fine agreed to the suspensionproposed against him by the Lorain County Bar Association. He is accused of hypnotizing female clients into performing sexual acts during professional meetings at his office. The unscrupulous attorney also reportedly used hypnosis on his clients inside conference rooms at the Lorain County Justice Center, while the women thought they were preparing for their court cases. Fine may have been inspired by the Woody Allen’s comedy, “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion,” in this unusual case that is infinitely stranger than fiction.

The first victim, identified only as Jane Doe #1, came to the Sheffield Village Police Department in September, 2014. She reported having no recollection of what happened during meetings with her attorney, who was handling a custody dispute case on her behalf. She strongly felt that something sexual was occurring without her consent, based on her physical sensations and the clothes that were clearly out of place. The victim wore a hidden camera and a microphone, which confirmed that her attorney, Michael Fine, was in fact using hypnotic techniques for his sexual gratification. Bar Association attorney Chris Cook told FOX 8 News, “Even a lay person could recognize that what appears to be going on is some hypnotic trance, things that you might associate with that, such as counting backwards, relaxation techniques, breathing techniques, focusing on colors, what are called code words I’ve come to learn … the use of hypnosis is real, and can be used for immoral, illegitimate and a very dark purpose.”

Robocops on patrol in California


New security robots are patrolling the streets of Silicon Valley, California. Soon, these 300-pound, five-foot tall robocops are expected to be everywhere. These futuristic-looking robots are called the Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machines. They were designed by Knightscope, a robotics company located in Mountain View, California. The K5s have no firepower, but they possess rudimentary artificial intelligence, can videotape suspects and their vehicles, alert the authorities and track suspicious activities in progress.

The K5 robots are equipped with microphones, speakers, cameras, laser scanners and sensors, as well as a laser navigation guide and an SOS alarm system that alerts the control center if anyone tries to tamper with the machine. These sophisticated robots have the ability to detect heat and odor. They can also detect the sounds of breaking glass or other loud sounds that might be associated with home burglaries or business break-ins. The K5's camera can recall up to 300 number license plates a minute, while monitoring traffic.

Watercolor painting by Adolf Hitler auctioned off for $161,000 in Nuremberg

Watercolor painting of Munich's old city hall, believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler in 1914, has been sold for ($161,000 at an auction in Germany to an anonymous buyer from the Middle East.

A watercolor painting of Munich's old city hall, which is believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler in 1914, has been auctioned off for $161,000 at an auction in Germany to an anonymous buyer from the Middle East. The painting is entitled “Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen” (Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich). It was sold at the Weidler auction house in Nuremberg, the site of the post-war Nuremberg Trials in 1945 and 1946.

The watercolor painting was sold along with the original bill of sale and a signed letter from Hitler's adjutant, Albert Bormann. The text of the undated Bormann letter states that the art in question appears to be "one of the works of the Fuehrer."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Obamnesty ends Department of Homeland Security’s Secure Communities program

Obama is rushing to Las Vegas to speak about immigration reform

President Barack Obama’s executive immigration action, announced on November 20, 2014, will put an end to the six-year-old multimillion dollar enforcement program, Secure Communities. Under the program, local authorities shared digital fingerprints from everyone booked into jail with federal authorities, who searched the records to determine whether the arrestees were illegally present in the United States. Eighty-two percent of all illegal aliens deported from the interior of the U.S. in 2013 had been convicted of a crime. Many of them were identified through the Secure Communities program, which was greatly expanded by Obama’s former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

In a November 20, 2014 memo, Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Secretary, Jeh Johson writes: “The Secure Communities program, as we know it, will be discontinued. The goal of Secure Communities was to more effectively identify and facilitate the removal of criminal aliens in the custody of state and local law enforcement agencies.” Secure Communities will eventually be replaced with what the administration is calling the Priority Enforcement Program. DHS Secretary Johnson is rewriting the rules that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will use to determine which illegal aliens are a priority for deportation. The aim is to remove only the most dangerous criminal aliens from the United States. The new policy prioritizes the removal of aliens suspected of terrorism or espionage, those apprehended while attempting to illegally cross the border, illegal immigrants involved in gang-related activities, repeat offenders, as well as aliens involved in felonious activities (illegally entering the U.S., which is a federal felony, is specifically excluded from consideration under the new priority designations).

Russian website is live streaming webcams of unsuspecting victims worldwide


On November 20, 2014 The United Kingdom government, through the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), issued a shocking warning: live footage streaming from your webcam may be currently shown on a Russian website, which features video footage from thousands of unsuspecting victims all over the world.

If you didn’t change default settings on your computer, you too may be unwittingly starring in a creepy show, along with people in more than a hundred countries. Russian hackers infiltrated a number of systems and are live streaming webcam footage from bedrooms, hospitals, offices, baby monitor cameras, gyms, stores and bars. Nearly 5,000 of these feeds originate in the U.S., according to the BBC. About 2,000 feeds are coming from France, 1,500 from the Netherlands, 500 from the U.K. and thousands more from other countries.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov charged with felony

Slava Voynov and his wife, Marta Varlamova

On November 20, 2014, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Viatcheslav Leonidovich “Slava” Voynov was charged in connection with an alleged attack on his wife, Marta Varlamova, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. He faces one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury.

The government alleges that during an argument at the couple’s Redondo Beach home, Voynov caused his wife to suffer injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck. The injuries were serious and required medical attention at a local hospital, where Voynov brought his wife for medical treatment and was subsequently arrested.

Even after the felony charge was brought forth, the case remains under investigation by the Redondo Beach Police Department. If convicted as charged, Voynov faces a possible maximum sentence of nine years in state prison. He is a citizen of Russia and may be deported from the United States by the Department of Homeland Security, if convicted.

V for Vicodin: married San Diego Police officers plead guilty to drug offenses

Jennifer Charpentier and Bryce Charpentier, former SDPD officers

On November 19, 2014, two married San Diego Police officers have pleaded guilty to numerous criminal charges, which included burglarizing homes while on duty and running a hydrocodone distribution network. Bryce Charpentier, 32, and Jennifer Charpentier, 41, admitted to selling and furnishing a narcotic substance, possession of a firearm by an addict, conspiracy to commit a burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime: possession and sale of a controlled substance.

Both of them were fired from the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) as of the date of their guilty plea. Bryce, a six-year veteran of the SDPD, and Jennifer, an 18-year veteran, were arrested in June 2014, during a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigation. The pair went to see twelve different doctors, obtaining prescriptions for hydrocodone and re-selling medications online. According to the government’s filings, Jennifer obtained 71 prescriptions for numerous drugs and then traveled to 17 pharmacies to fill them. Bryce traveled as far as Oakhurst near Yosemite to fill 79 prescriptions from six different doctors at different pharmacies. Investigators say that in text messages to each other, the married couple referred to Vicodin as “V.”

Star Wars: is Russian mystery object in space inspector or satellite killer?

Star Wars: is Russian mystery object in space inspector or satellite killer?

Earlier this year, Russia launched a mysterious object into space. Recent orbital maneuvers of "Object 2014-28E" have raised concerns that the satellite may be utilized as a space weapon. It was launched along with three military communications satellites, but not declared as part of the launch. The object was originally thought to be space junk, but over the past several weeks satellite trackers have watched it perform a number of interesting maneuvers.

On November 17, 2014, Financial Times reported that the object’s movements are stoking fears over the revival of a defunct Kremlin project, “Istrebitel Sputnikov” (Satellite Killer). Russia previously scrapped this anti-satellite weaponry program, but its military officials have publicly stated that they would restart research in the event of a deterioration in relations with the US. Oleg Ostapenko, General Director of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said that as of 2010, Russia was again developing “inspection” and “strike” satellites.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Obamnesty: Department of Homeland Security will prioritize tourism and commerce

Obamnesty: Department of Homeland Security will prioritize tourism and commerce

On November 19, 2014, the White House posted a Facebook video, stating that President Barack Obama will announce executive orders on immigration on Thursday evening, during an address to the nation. Obama’s announcement is set to be followed by a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. The state of Nevada was strategically selected, as it has the highest proportion of illegal immigrants in the United States. President Obama’s executive action will reportedly allow millions of undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation, with a reprieve being extended to parents of American citizens and legal permanent residents. Most children of unauthorized immigrants (over 73 percent) are U.S. citizens by birth. Illegal immigrants are having babies in the U.S. at a much higher rate than the general population, according to the Pew Hispanic Center studies.

On at least twenty-two previous occasions Obama admitted that separation of powers does not permit him to act unilaterally, since he is not an Emperor. On September 17, 2013, President Obama was specifically asked whether he would expand the deferred action executive order for the “Dreamers” to their parents. In response, he said that broadening such an order “would be ignoring the law in a way that would be very difficult to defend legally.” One year later, Obama is apparently prepared to ignore the law, which is bound to have explosive political consequences.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inmate and psychologist who loved him charged with threatening a murder witness


The FBI describes this case as “one of the more outrageous prison plots the FBI has investigated in recent memory.” An Ohio inmate—and the clinical psychologist who was in love with him—were indicted and charged with threatening a murder witness, along with three other accomplices. “I’ve seen a lot of creative inmates trying to get released,” said Special Agent Eric Rardain, who investigated the case out of the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office, “but never in my 22 years of law enforcement have I seen anyone go to this extreme.”

On October 16, 2014, the FBI announced that Nicholas Stanishia, 44, an Ohio prison inmate, clinical psychologist Marcia J. Weber, 46, of Loveland, Ohio, Martin Jay Wilson, 43, of Kansas City, Missouri, Jody Six, 40, an Ohio prison inmate and Anthony Vaughn, 41, an Ohio prison inmate were indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with an interstate conspiracy to transmit threats to a witness.

Desperate housewives of ISIS: Virginia woman arrested for lying to the FBI


On November 17, 2014, Heather Elizabeth Coffman, 29 of Henrico County, Virginia, made her first appearance in U.S. District Court in Richmond. She is charged with making a false statement regarding an offense involving international or domestic terrorism. According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent, Coffman promoted ISIS on several Facebook accounts she maintained under various aliases. Court documents also accuse her of offering to help an undercover FBI agent connect with the terrorist group in Syria. When she was questioned by the authorities, Coffman lied, denying that she engaged in these activities.

Mark Henry Schmidt, Coffman’s defense attorney, said that his client was born and raised in the United States, lived with her parents and cared for her 7-year-old child. He seemed to blame the case on “Facebook going badly.” The FBI’s investigation of Coffman commenced when agents took note of her Facebook postings and sought search warrants to access her various accounts. In her social media postings, Coffman exclaimed, “I love ISIS!” and posted images with text that said: “We are all ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq & Sham.” The court ordered her to remain in custody until the next hearing on Wednesday.

Study finds that more than 1 million people in Russia live as modern day slaves

Study finds that more than 1 million people in Russia live as modern day slaves

On November 17, 2014, the Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, released its latest slavery index. Estimated number of people in modern slavery globally is 35.8 million, with 61% of them living in India, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Russia.

For the second year in a row, India was found to have the greatest number of slaves in the world, at 14.3 million people. Top five countries with the biggest numbers of people living in conditions tantamount to slavery:

  1. India (an estimated 14.29 million enslaved people)
  2. China (3.24 million enslaved people)
  3. Pakistan (2.06 million enslaved people)
  4. Uzbekistan (1.2 million enslaved people)
  5. Russia (1.05 million enslaved people)
The criteria used by the Walk Free Foundation takes into account the number of people born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, trapped in debt bondage or exploited for forced labor. The index defines slavery as the control or possession of people in such a way as to deprive them of their freedom with the intention of exploiting them. "From children denied an education by being forced to work or marry early, to men unable to leave their work because of crushing debts they owe to recruitment agents, to women and girls exploited as unpaid, abused domestic workers, modern slavery has many faces," the report said.

Five countries are appearing in the Global Slavery Index for the first time: Taiwan, South Sudan, North Korea, Kosovo and Cyprus.

Sheriff's officers arrested for smuggling phones, drugs to gang member inmate


Three San Mateo County, California Sheriff's Department officers, Michael Del Carlo, George Ismael and Juan Lopez, have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs, cellphones and other contraband to a gang member inside a detention facility. Lopez is a deputy, Del Carlo and Ismael are correctional officers at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City. All of them have been charged with bringing an unauthorized communication device into the jail and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Lopez has been a sheriff’s deputy in San Mateo County for 26 years. Earlier this year, he challenged his boss, Greg Munks, running for the post of Sheriff. Del Carlo has worked for the county for 19 years and Ismael has 15 years of experience as a law enforcement officer.

"The Sheriff's Office has hundreds of people who go to that jail. Any time you have a breach of security, such as bringing in contraband, that taints everything," said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County District Attorney.

Mexican drug cartel leader extradited to the US after importing tons of cocaine


On November 17, 2014, Department of Justice officials announced that Mexican drug kingpin Alfredo Beltran Leyva, also known as El Mochomo (The Desert Ant), was extradited to the United States from Mexico. He is one of the alleged leaders of the Beltran Leyva Organization, a Mexican drug-trafficking cartel that imported multi-ton quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States for decades.

According to the DEA’s Special Agent in Charge Hunt, “For years Alfredo Beltran Leyva, along with his brothers, was responsible for not only smuggling tons of cocaine to the United States, but also for the violence that has plagued the lives of Mexican citizens.”

According to government’s filings, between the early 1990s until his January 2008 arrest by Mexican law enforcement, Beltran Leyva headed the Beltran Leyva Organization with his brothers Hector Beltran Leyva and Arturo Beltran Leyva. During that time, this drug smuggling organization, working closely with the Sinaloa Cartel, shipped tons of cocaine from South America into the United States via land, air and sea. They used shipping routes through Central America and Mexico. The Beltran Leyva Organization hired hitmen who carried out hundreds of acts of violence, including murders, kidnappings, torture and violent collections of drug debts.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Putin: the pariah of G20


Russian President Vladimir Putin turned out to be the Anna Karenina of the Group of 20 major economies summit (G20), where he was ostracized by all Western leaders. On November 16, 2014, he was the first world leader to leave the G20 in a hurry, before the official conclusion of the summit. Putin claimed thathe wanted to leave early to catch up on sleep before going to work, as though attending the most important summit of world leaders was not part of his official duties. Putin faced intense criticism from Western leaders over Russia's unsavory involvement in Ukraine, but attempted to downplay it.

In Putin’s press statement following the G20 summit, he made no mention of Ukraine, until journalists started asking pointed questions. Putin’s initial responses included abrupt statements, such as “Ukraine hasn’t even come up yet” and “Ukraine was not discussed in any official context during the G20 discussions.” He was then forced to acknowledge that “[A]ll of the bilateral meetings dealt practically entirely with Ukraine.”

The event has been undoubtedly permeated by hostility towards Putin, amid fierce criticism of the Kremlin’s involvement in fostering the crisis in Ukraine. A chilly reception towards Russia’s unrepentant leader commenced with his arrival to the summit in Brisbane. While President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping were enthusiastically welcomed by Australia's Governor General and Attorney General, Putin was greeted by the Assistant Defense Minister. Australian Attorney General George Brandis was standing nearby, but made no attempt to greet Putin. Even the docile koala bear, held by Putin during world leader photo-ops, didn’t seem comfortable to be in the grasp of the controversial figure.

BB gun robber who shot a woman in the face gets 374 years in prison

Window glass damaged by BB-gun pellet

Jose Lewis Avila, 33, shot a woman in the face with a BB gun as she held her child during one of a series of home invasion robberies in San Gabriel Valley, California. On November 13, 2014, Avila was sentenced to 374 years to life in prison. Avila’s crime spree included three robberies, one of which involved two victims, in Alhambra. Three of the attacks committed by Avila occurred in San Gabriel, one took place in Arcadia and another one transpired in Monterey Park. Avila’s hefty sentence is due in part to him being a third strike offender. He had gone to jail in 2005 for a previous string of robberies. Avila was paroled in 2011, only to embark on another crime spree.

In July 2014, Avila was convicted for nine counts of second-degree robbery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and one count of child abuse. Jurors also found true special allegations that Avila used a BB gun, deadly and dangerous weapon, and that he inflicted great bodily injury.

He often targeted lone female drivers and followed them home. Avila accosted the women at their homes, demanding money and other items, according to the office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney. During these robberies/home invasions, Avila covered his face with a bandanna or mask. He also brandished a BB gun, shooting one of his victims in the face, as she held a child. This led to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse. Avila also threatened a witness not to contact the police, leading to the charge of dissuading a witness. He would shoot robbery victims with his BB gun, even if they cooperated.

New York City hired a con artist for Ebola clean-up

Sal Pane of Bio-Recovery on the scene of Ebola clean-up

A recent BuzzFeed News investigation unearthed an unbelievable story: New York City officials awarded a government contract for Ebola clean-up to a con artist. Sal Pane, 32 boasted about his alleged experience, proclaiming: “I’ve been dealing with pathogens, bacterias, and terrorism types of anti-warfare for decades.” No one seemed to question the obvious implausibility of such a statement. “Twenty-seven years,” he told one radio station. “Not my first rodeo.” This would mean that Pane ventured into the business of hazardous material clean up at the tender age of four.

In fact, Pane turned out to be a mortgage scammer and a convicted felon, who duped a dead man’s grieving sister into selling her deceased brother’s business, along with his truck and performance record. When Pane and his Bio-Recovery crew showed up at the home of Dr. Craig Spencer, New York City’s first Ebola patient, they brought a truck bearing permit numbers that belonged to a dead man. Pane and Bio-Recovery have claimed to have certifications from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the EPA. In reality, Bio-Recovery’s state permit to haul medical waste expired in 2012, before Pane was associated with the company.

Rat poison found in pills linked to deaths at India’s sterilization camp

Rat poison found in pills linked to deaths at India’s sterilization camp

Tablets linked to the deaths of at least fifteen women at a government-run sterilization camp in Chhattisgarh, India, were likely contaminated with a chemical compound commonly used in rat poison, two senior state officials said on Saturday. On November 14, 2014, Chhattisgarh government seized tablets of various "substandard" drugs manufactured by Mahawar Pharma.

The government seized over 200,000 tablets of Ciprocin 500, as well as over 4 million other tablets. Police have arrested Ramesh Mahawar, managing director of Mahawar Pharma. In 2012, Mahawar Pharma was found to have produced sub-standard drugs, but it did not lose its license and was temporarily barred from manufacturing medications for a mere 90 days.

Preliminary tests of the antibiotic Ciprocin tablets were found to contain zinc phosphide. The antibiotics were handed out to women at a recent mass sterilization. In addition to fifteen deaths, around twenty women who attended the camp remain in intensive care. The death toll is expected to rise. Additional victims are arriving from the nearby villages, complaining of vomiting, dizziness, swelling and other symptoms consistent with suspected zinc phosphide poisoning.

Anti-polygraph crusader indicted, entrapped by Department of Homeland Security

Anti-polygraph crusader indicted, entrapped by Department of Homeland Security

On November 13, 2014, Douglas Williams, 69, of Norman, Oklahoma, was charged in a five-count indictment in the Western District of Oklahoma with mail fraud and obstruction.

According to allegations in the indictment, Williams is the owner and operator of the website “Polygraph.com.” He marketed his training services to help people appearing for polygraph examinations before federal law enforcement agencies, federal intelligence agencies, and state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as people required to take polygraph examinations under the terms of their parole or probation.

The indictment reveals that Williams was entrapped in a sting by two undercover agents with the Department of Homeland Security.

Friday, November 14, 2014

First non-citizen to be transported to the United States for Ebola treatment


Dr. Martin Salia, a citizen of Sierra Leone, who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to receive treatment. Dr. Salia is a green card holder (permanent U.S. resident). On November 13, 2014, government officials said that Dr. Salia will receive treatment for the deadly virus at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is expected to arrive in the United States on Saturday.

Dr. Salia is the first non-citizen to be transported from West Africa for Ebola treatment in the United States. A hospital spokesman said that the patient would soon be evaluated for possible treatment.

Under the laws of the United States, spelled out in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a non-citizen could be deemed inadmissible on “health-related, security, criminal and labor certification grounds.” The Act states that: “Any alien who is determined (in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to have a communicable disease of public health significance, is inadmissible.”

FBI’s letter, demanding that Martin Luther King commit suicide, released in full


In 1999, the family of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prevailed in a jury trial that found the government responsible for MLK’s murder. The family sought a mere $100 in damages, to make the point that their only goal was justice. The verdict was read aloud by the judge: “In answer to the question did Loyd Jowers participate in a conspiracy to do harm to Dr. Martin Luther King, your answer is yes. Do you also find that others, including governmental agencies, were parties to this conspiracy as alleged by the defendant? Your answer to that one is also yes. And the total amount of damages you find for the plaintiffs entitled to is one hundred dollars. Is that your verdict?” The jury responded in unison, with a resounding “Yes.”

Decades after Dr. King’s murder, the FBI’s un-redacted letter, demanding that MLK kill himself, was made public on November 11, 2014. It was found by a Yale University historian, who was conducting research in the national archives. The letter is rife with vile descriptions and accusations, referring to Dr. King as “a colossal fraud and an evil, vicious one at that … dirt, filth, evil … evil, abnormal beast.” It concludes with a demand that MLK commit suicide within 34 days, or else compromising information about his alleged sexual indiscretions would be made public.

OIG report: New Orleans PD failed to investigate 1,111 sex crime calls

OIG report: New Orleans PD failed to investigate 1,111 sex crime calls

On November 12, 2014, the City of New Orleans, Louisiana Office of Inspector General released its report examining the handling of sex crime investigations by five Detectives in the Special Victims Section of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) over a three-year period. The report is replete with chilling details of justice being denied to numerous victims of sex crimes and violence, including infants.

Out of 1,290 sex crime-related calls for service that were assigned to the five detectives, only 179 contained supplemental reports documenting any additional investigative efforts beyond the initial report. The remaining 1,111 cases were not investigated.

Dutch bitcoin entrepreneur is one of about 1,500 people injected with RFID chips


Dutch bitcoin entrepreneur, Martijn Wismeijer, has had two microchips containing the virtual currency injected into his hands, AFP reported on November 12, 2014. The chips are enclosed in a 2mm by 12mm capsule of "biocompatible" glass. They were injected by a professional, utilizing special syringe. The chips are meant to allow their carrier to serve as a “virtual wallet,” enabling him to make contactless payments.

RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips emit radio signals, using Near Field Communication (NFC). Each microchip can store up to 888 bits of information. Besides storing bitcoins, along with a smartphone, the chips can be programmed to perform other tasks. For example, they can be used to open doors electronically or turn off an alarm clock.

Continue reading: http://www.examiner.com/article/dutch-bitcoin-entrepreneur-is-one-of-about-1-500-people-injected-with-rfid-chips

Senior intel officer removed after stating that China is a military threat

Senior intel officer removed after stating that China is a military threat

Telling the truth can be a dangerous proposition for government workers and members of the military. On November 10, 2014, Navy Times reported that a senior Navy intelligence official Captain James Fanell, the director of intelligence and information operations at the U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), has been removed from that position by his boss, Admiral Harry Harris. Capt. Fanell was subsequently reassigned within the command. He is a California native and a career intelligence officer for nearly 29 years. Capt. Fanell was responsible for providing damage assessments for Pacific Fleet during operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

Capt. Fanell was abruptly removed, after making comments that were considered to be too provocative and perhaps too honest. His insights about Chinese military hostility stirred up an international controversy. During his public appearance in February 2014, Capt. Fanell warned about recent Chinese amphibious exercises, which led to naval intelligence assessment that China's strategy was to be able to launch a "short, sharp war" with Japan.

Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur stricken from school calendar

Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur stricken from the school calendar

On November 11, 2014, Montgomery County, Maryland Board of Education voted 7-1 to strike the names of Christian and Jewish holidays from the 2015-2016 school calendar. Gone are Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This decision was undertaken in response to a request from Muslim community leaders to give equal billing to the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha.

Board members said that the new calendar will reflect days the state requires the school system to be closed. It will also close on other days that have shown a high level of student and staff absenteeism, which happen to coincide with major Christian and Jewish holidays. Board members insisted that the days off aren’t meant to observe religious holidays, which they say is not legally permitted.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Department of Homeland Security allowed convicted terrorist to become US citizen

Naturalization ceremony

On October 10, 2014, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 66, was convicted on immigration fraud charges for failing to disclose terrorism conviction to immigration officials. According to the indictment, Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in the 1969 bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem. Those bombings were carried out on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine ("PFLP"), a designated terrorist organization. Odeh and her co-conspirators placed multiple bombs at the British Consulate and in a supermarket. One of the bombs placed at the supermarket detonated, killing two people and injuring several others. A bomb placed at the British Consulate caused structural damage to the facility.

Israeli military authorities sentenced Odeh to life imprisonment, but she was released after serving 10 years, as part of a prisoner exchange. After her release, Odeh returned to the West Bank. In 1995, Odeh immigrated to the United States, in spite of her terrorism conviction.

In 2004, the Department of Homeland Security failed to detect that Odeh was arrested, convicted and imprisoned overseas. It’s unclear how this case slipped through the cracks, since the fingerprints and criminal histories of immigrants applying for naturalization are typically subject to close scrutiny. The Department of Homeland Security has a duty to verify the applicants’ criminal history or lack thereof with their countries of origin. Arrests, convictions or imprisonment are considered to be material facts for the U.S. government in determining whether the applicant is qualified to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Brittany Murphy's untimely death - timeline, interviews and press clippings

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Federal judge rules that alien smuggling is not a state crime

Federal judge rules that alien smuggling is not a state crime

On November 7, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton struck down Arizona immigration law that made smuggling immigrants a state crime. In her ruling, Judge Bolton claimed that this state law infringed upon federal authority. Arizona's efforts to secure its borders against the tsunami of illegal immigration have repeatedly hit the wall in federal courts.

Judge Bolton ruled that the state law was “preempted” by the U.S. government’s authority to enforce immigration laws. She failed to mention that the federal government, namely the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is grossly ineffective. The DHS operates a “catch and release” program, mass releasing illegal aliens in spite of their criminal records. Some aliens are immediately returned to Mexico via the “Expedited Removal” procedure. Others are given “Notice to Appear” (NTA) and are released into the streets of the United States, pending hearings in immigration courts. About 90 percent of them never show up for these hearings and remain in the U.S.

Obama administration sent Clapper to North Korea, but no envoy for Tahmooressi

Obama administration sent Clapper to North Korea, but no envoy for Tahmooressi

After months in detention, two Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea were released, following an unusual visit by a top U.S. official and a letter of apology from President Barack Obama. On November 8, 2014, Matthew Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae arrived to the United States at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.

Miller and Bae were released after Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went to Pyongyang as a “personal envoy” of President Obama, according to the letter Clapper brought for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The North Korean government described the letter and Clapper’s message as an "earnest apology" from Obama to North Korea. It also said the two Americans were "sincerely repentant of their crimes and (were) behaving themselves while serving their terms."

Off-duty Border Patrol agent arrested after shooting civilian multiple times

Off-duty Border Patrol agent arrested after shooting civilian multiple times

On November 8, 2014, an off-duty Border Patrol agent John Demery, 40, has been arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting a 27-year-old Adam Thomas in southwestern Riverside County, authorities said. Thomas had been shot by Demery multiple times at a Riverside County home in Hemet, about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Los Angeles, California.

The off-duty Border Patrol agent, John Demery, reportedly confronted the victim. Shots were fired following an argument, according to the Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the East Hemet residence on what was initially reported as an assault call. Upon their arrival, deputies found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Adam Thomas was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Demery works at the Border Patrol's San Diego Sector Newton-Azrak Station in Murrieta. Border Patrol’s San Diego office and the internal affairs unit of the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are cooperating with sheriff’s investigators in their probe. Demery has worked as a Border Patrol agent for six years. He has been suspended from his job as a Border Patrol agent with the Department of Homeland Security, as authorities investigate the shooting. The Riverside Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.

FBI refuses to turn over classified phone intercepts

FBI refuses to turn over classified phone intercepts

Irfan Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, was indicted on terrorism charges, along with his father and brother — both Muslim imams at South Florida mosques. They were accused of conspiring to provide up to $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban terror group. Irfan Khan spent 319 days in solitary confinement, but in June 2012, federal prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges. Khan's brother was also acquitted by a federal judge, due to the lack of evidence. The elderly father, Hafiz Khan, was convicted at trial and sentenced to 25 years behind bars.

Irfan Khan is currently suing the U.S. government for malicious prosecution. He is accusing authorities of manufacturing a non-existent case against him. A Miami federal judge refused the attempt by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to get the case dismissed. It is currently set for trial in June 2015.

This is not the first time the government stands accused of overreach in its “war on terrorism.” The odds are stacked against the defendants in criminal cases, as well as plaintiffs attempting to successfully sue the government on the grounds of malicious prosecution. In this lawsuit, the FBI is refusing to turn over thousands of classified phone intercepts. The agency is claiming that it would take about two years to declassify and translate up to 40,000 calls from the Pashto and Urdu languages, before they could be released to Irfan Khan for the lawsuit. This statement is very alarming, since it shows that the FBI didn’t bother to translate thousands of telephone calls deemed to be relevant to the prosecution at issue. The calls, potentially containing exculpatory evidence, should have been declassified and turned over to Khan's lawyers in the criminal case, years earlier.

Supercookies used by Verizon, AT&T to track Internet activity of their customers

Supercookies used by Verizon, AT&T to track Internet activity of their customers

While the dizzying extent of government surveillance is disturbing enough to make your head spin, private companies are also doing their best to demolish every last shred of Internet privacy. Verizon has been covertly tracking Internet activities of its 106 million customers with aptly-dubbed “supercookies.” AT&T is in process of actively testing this technology. Unlike the usual “cookies,” these trackers are so powerful that even savvy users would have trouble attempting to erase them.

“Supercookies” cannot be evaded by using “in-private” or “incognito” browser settings. Only encryption can keep a “supercookie” from tracking a user. While everyday consumers had no say in how their activities are being tracked and recorded, Verizon excluded all government and some business customers from the program.

Verizon and AT&T are using the “supercookie” technology to monitor the websites visited by their customers, meticulously collecting this information. The companies claim to have taken steps to alert their customers about this tracking. However, sending out multi-page notices in fine print, also known as "mouseprint," is a move designed to protect corporations from potential litigation — it isn’t meant to notify surveillance-weary consumers.

Harvard students secretly photographed by the university

Harvard Students secretly photographed by the University

During the spring 2014 semester, Harvard students were subjected to covert surveillance via hidden cameras placed in classrooms. They were photographed without any notice.

Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Peter K. Bol, finally admitted that this surveillance took place, in response to a question from Computer Science professor Harry R. Lewis ’68, who learned of the covert photographing from two of his colleagues. The two unidentified colleagues found out that covert surveillance of the students took place when a senior Central Administration official called them in to discuss the results.

The students, who were photographed without their knowledge or consent, have not yet been told of the study. “Just because technology can be used to answer a question doesn’t mean that it should be,” Lewis said. “And if you watch people electronically and don’t tell them ahead of time, you should tell them afterwards.”

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Remains of missing 20th Century Fox distribution exec Gavin Smith are located


October 5, 2014 ― the first day of the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California ― was marred by the news that is sure to shock many in Hollywood. The remains of Gavin Smith, a 20th Century Fox distribution executive who went missing more than two years ago, have been found and positively identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner.

Smith, an 18-year veteran of Fox's distribution department, was last seen on the night of May 1, 2012, at his female friend's residence in Oak Park, not far from Smith’s office in Calabasas, California. He was legally declared dead on May 1, 2014 by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

A source close to the investigation told FOX 11 that the body of missing studio exec was found in the Angeles National Forest. The coroner’s office said the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has ordered a "hold" on releasing any information as to the manner of death or the location where the remains were discovered.

In February 2013, Gavin Smith’s black Mercedes-Benz E420 sedan was located in a Simi Valley storage facility connected to convicted drug dealer John Creech. Smith allegedly had an affair with the drug dealer’s wife, Chandrika Creech, whom he met in rehab. The Creech residence was searched by the authorities after Smith disappeared. Creech received an eight-year sentence for an unrelated drug conviction. In 2012, he pleaded ‘no contest’ to one count of selling and transporting cocaine. Creech admitted his involvement as a middleman between drug producers and lower-level street dealers.

In 2012, Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told Smith’s sister, Tara Addeo, that her brother is not coming back. "There was enough biological evidence to prove that Gavin was killed … He died on the night of his disappearance," Dolson reportedly added.

Cyber fugitive John Gordon Baden arrested by the FBI

Cyber fugitive John Gordon Baden arrested by the FBI

On November 4, 2014, FBI announced the arrest of John Gordon Baden, 38, who was considered one of San Diego, California’s FBI Most Wanted Cyber Fugitives. Baden was arrested on November 1, 2014, in Tijuana, Mexico, by officers from the Tijuana Municipal Police Department (TPD). Tijuana PD officers were working with FBI agents.

On Monday, November 3, 2014, Mexican police and immigration officials transported Baden to the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection officers took custody of Baden, who was subsequently turned over to FBI agents. On November 4, 2014, Baden was transferred to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Metropolitan Correctional Center.

John Gordon Baden and his co-conspirators, Jason Ray Bailey and Victor Alejandro Fernandez, were indicted by a federal grand jury seated in the Southern District of California. They stand accused of stealing the identities of 40,000 people and then using the stolen information to siphon funds from their bank accounts, as well as purchasing expensive items with their victims’ credit. The losses are estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

Department of Homeland Security spent $30,000 on Starbucks to keep you safe


Department of Homeland Security’s employees went out of their way to make sure Americans are safe. In fact, they went all the way to Starbucks, spending $30,000 on designer coffee and other Starbucks Coffee products in one year.

Some of the agency’s purchases appear to have been intentionally tailored not to cross over that threshold. For example, on April 22, 2013, DHS spent $2,491 at the Starbucks store in Alameda, California. On May 9, 2013, DHS spent $2,498.05 at the same store. On December 11, 2013, DHS employee(s) returned again and spent $2,688.95, courtesy of American taxpayers. That’s about 757 Grande Lattes, or 26 gift cards of $100 each, purchased in one day.

Using government purchasing cards, DHS bought plenty of Starbucks -- not only in the United States, but also in foreign countries.The DHS policy considers such items being bought with at the taxpayers’ expense "micropurchases," as long as they cost less than $3,000. The agency uses this designation to avoid disclosing or detailing the purchases to the public. In 2013, federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.

Former LA County deputy sheriff sentenced to probation for taking bribes

Former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy sentenced to probation for taking bribes to fix traffic tickets

On November 4, 2014, Edwin Allan Tamayo, 43, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to resign from the Sheriff’s Department by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Vanderet. In September 2004, Tamayo pleaded no contest to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. The former deputy sheriff was assigned to the Malibu/Lost Hills Station, until his resignation on August 14, 2014.

In his capacity as the deputy sheriff, Tamayo managed to fix traffic tickets in exchange for bribes, by removing the citations before they were filed in court. He also stole court notices from a colleague’s office mailbox, without the other deputy’s knowledge. In one instance, Tamayo was paid at least $1,000 by a driver to get rid of three traffic tickets in 2012.

Tamayo also fixed a ticket for a person who donated $500 in 2011 to sponsor a Sheriff's Department group at a golf tournament held by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce. The ticket fixer participated in the said golf tournament.

Tamayo was convicted of fixing a total of eight tickets, including one that was referred to him by a lieutenant, whose acquaintance had been issued a citation. The original charges included accepting bribes, preparing false documentary evidence and conspiring to obstruct justice, carrying up to nine years and eight months in prison.

Russian national indicted for 2009 terrorist attack on US forces in Afghanistan

Russian national indicted for 2009 terrorist attack on US forces in Afghanistan

On November 4, 2014, Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin, 55, a Russian national, made his first appearance in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on federal terrorism offenses, arising from his alleged participation in an attack on U.S. troops and Afghan Border Police in the Khost Province of Afghanistan in November 2009.

The charges stem from a Nov. 29, 2009 attack on Afghan police at Camp Leyza, in Khost province on Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan. According to the indictment, Hamidullin took part in the attack and commanded three groups of insurgents. The indictment states that Hamidullin also planned to shoot down U.S. military helicopters. During the assault, Hamidullin fired on U.S. and Afghan forces.

Hamidullin had been a Russian officer and tank commander in the early 1980s. In 2001, he became a follower of Mullah Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, according to the indictment. Since October 2009, Hamidullin also took orders from Sirajuddin Haqqani, a Taliban leader and a commander in the Haqqani Network, a Taliban-linked Islamist group.

Russians will be paid to reject Apple, iPhone monument faces public destruction

This 18-carat gold plated iPhone 5s features the image of Russia’s controversial President and is available only in Russia at the cost of over four thousand dollars. All available Putinphones were sold out.

Russia is still not done punishing the iPhone monument, which has been recently dismantled in St. Petersburg, Russia to combat “gay propaganda.” ZEFS (West European Financial Union) announced that it intends to carry out a public destruction of the memorial to Apple founder Steve Jobs in December 2014. The company plans to hold a public vote on the Internet, to make everyday citizens feel like they’re participating in the unilateral decision. The final determination will be made ​​before December 1, 2014.

In December, ZEFS will also unveil its plan to offer "massive compensation" for Russian citizens who publicly renounce the use of Apple products.

A memorial to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been dismantled in St Petersburg, Russia and is now facing public destruction, because his successor, Tim Cook, recently came out as being gay.

A memorial to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been recently dismantled in St. Petersburg, Russia, to combat “gay propaganda,” after Jobs’ successor, Tim Cook, came out as being gay. The structure in the shape of an iPhone was over six feet tall and featured an interactive screen with photos, videos and text about Jobs, Apple’s late co-founder. The iPhone monument was erected in January 2013 by ZEFS, the same group of Russian group of companies that now intends to destroy it. It was installed in Technopark Research University of Information Technologies in St. Petersburg.

In a press release, ZEFS explained that its intent to subject the monument to public destruction is meant to symbolize the eradication of Russia’s “blind and false faith in the legend of the genius of Steve Jobs, who created the largest global IT-company from scratch. Public and blasphemous calls for sodomy by Tim Cook became the last straw.” ZEFS said that it wants the destruction of the iPhone monument to be “public and meaningful.”