Archive for March, 2010

the corruption spreads out in every direction

Starting at Penny’s: Drasius Keyds - When the law failed him, he got justice!

He is a Dad, a Father, who shot dead a judge and senior politician who molested his daughter.

Keyds’ nightmare began a year ago when daughter Deimantela told him about a meeting set up by his then fiancee with Judge Jonas Furmanavicziusa and the Speaker of Lithuania’s parliament , Andrius Us.

The pair allegedly raped and abused the youngster who reported her ordeal to her father.

But a year long campaign for a police investigation failed when detectives told Keyds there was not enough evidence to proceed with a case.

So after a year of stalling and other such baloney. He gunned them down.

…”Stories of my four-year old daughter about naked men, her being undressed, her being licked and requests to lick big sysalai (as the little girl calls men’s genital organs), dripping out cream, her being covered with that “natural” cream, becoming of sysalas very little (after the “cream” run out), putting sysalas into her mouth, its pulling forward/ back, shouting strange sounds, putting and pulling sysalas in the room, bathroom, lavatory… everywhere, always, hundreds of times when she visited her “Mummy” at weekends (even on Christening day of my daughter) do not move none of officers involved in prejudicial inquiry. Nothing happened here… The girl is alive. Her mother got money from those with big sysalai for living.”

From the full letter:

Ten psychologists that participated in interrogations were not able to determine “lies” of the child. However, all this does not mean anything in our Legal State. Categorical request of prosecutors to constantly interrogate the child (after she was interrogated and examined already) allows them to take the decision – the child was not sexually abused.

So now who is wanted for a crime? Drasius Keyds of course. This is part of the continuing cover-up — to accuse the parents who try to defend their children.

INTERPOL denies the necessity to publish arrest warrants for 17 paedo criminals wanted by the Dutch police in the Zandvoort file, but readily publishes the one for Drasius Kedys, victim of the corruption that covers paedocriminality and accused of having gunned down a judge. The largest international police organization, with 188 member countries, has a long history of covering the crimes involving personalities.

INTERPOL is supposed to facilitate cross-border police co-operation, and support and assist all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime. In truth, INTERPOL refuses to communicate with the organizations that provide evidence of international crimes, when they involve personalities.

INTERPOL & THE ZANDVOORT TRAP IN SWITZERLAND

In 1998, the Belgian organization Werkgroep Morkhoven has exposed the ZANDVOORT file: 88539 unique pictures of real crimes upon children. French and Swiss justice decided of a large scale trap to imprison the parents who filed complaints, with the help of INTERPOL.

The French justice systematically gave the custody of the children to the parent, which these children had accused of sexual abuse. So-called child protection organisations invited the parents who had filed complaints, to run away with their children. They thus exposed these parents to heavy prison sentences for parental abduction. They all kept silent on the Werkgroep Morkhoven that had discovered the file and could help them with undeniable evidence.

The Swiss justice invited these parents to identify their children on the ZANDVOORT file, which the French justice refused to show them. George Glatz, member of the Swiss Parliament and civil-servant of child protection, promised these parents a political asylum. Glatz was setting this trap for years with this promise, thus knowing that Switzerland refuses political asylum to the citizens of so-called “democracies”. The victims have been systematically arrested by INTERPOL and jailed in their homeland since decades.

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Dr?sius Kedy has presented to his daughter dozens of photographs, cut like a card game, asking her if she recognised among these men, the friends of Andrius. Little Deimantele took the photo of Jonas Furmanavi?ius, Judge at the Court of Kaunas and said: “this is Jonas”.

Blame the parents. Blame the child. They’re already powerless.

Scroll to the top of the page to read about the Zandvoort network of child pornography, which goes back decades. It links into Marc Dutroux. It links into UNICEF. There is a mailing list and close to 100,000 photos.

The address books of the networks CRIES-UNICEF and SPARTACUS are copies of computer files, where the names are listed alphabetically and by code. “GR”, for example, identifies the groups or networks of individuals who promote the trade of picture of real crime and provides protection to one another….The Interpol report on the contents of this CD-ROMS shows 93′081 pictures, of which 88′539 unique specimens, according to the Belgian Federal Police, thus 4′542 duplicates. The Dutch police only forwards 3 CD-ROMS to French justice. One only gathers 710 photographs. The second is a compilation falsely attributed to Marcel Vervloesem of 1600 photographs. The third one assembles the 572 photographs used to make the portraits for the opinion research. This only leaves 2882 photographs, or 3.5% of the complete file.

1987, New York Times: Child sex scandal roils UNICEF unit.

Two UNICEF officials running a pedophile studio in the basement of the building, and their mailing list.

The scandal erupted last week, when the Belgian police arrested Jos Verbeek, 63 years old, the director of Unicef’s Belgian committee, and charged him with inciting minors to debauchery. The arrest followed the discovery of a secret photographic studio in the basement of the Brussels building where the committee’s offices are housed. The studio was used to take pornographic photographs of children, many of whom were of North African origin, the police said. #1,000 Photos Seized The police said more than 1,000 such photographs were seized, along with a mailing list of some 400 names in 15 European countries that had been prepared on the Unicef office computer. Similar photographs found in several other European countries appear to have been taken in the Unicef office in Brussels, according to investigators. Among those arrested was another Unicef employee, Michel Felu, 45, who the police say organized evening computer classes for children in the organization’s offices. These children were then sometimes made to pose for pornographic photographs, the police said.

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How do these rings go on and on and on for decades? The lady justice must be taking her blindfold off from time to time. Like she must take the blindfold off every time anyone gets near to exposing someone powerful who is involved.

Henry Makow wrote specifically about pedophile judges: When pedophile judges fear exposure.

Under a thin veneer of Law, we are governed by a secret network of traitors, pedophiles, Satanists and criminals, masquerading as prominent lawyers and judges, politicians, businessmen and police chiefs.

They are often Freemasons who derive their power from the central banking cartel based in London which controls the mass media and seeks to impose its tyranny in the guise of “world government.”

If you don’t believe me, you’ve probably never heard  the names Renate Andres-Auger, Jack Cram and Bruce Clark. They are Vancouver lawyers who were dragged from the courtroom, drugged, disbarred and committed to a mental asylum when they attempted to expose this clique in the 1990’s.

Beautiful Vancouver B.C., site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, was described by the Christian Science Monitor in 1997 as “a pedophile paradise,” a place known for its “notorious sex trade,” with an international reputation “as a city where it is easy to find a child for sex.” In 1999, UNESCO named Vancouver one of the world’s top three centers for sex trafficking, child porn and pedophilia because of “suspected judicial protection for child sex offenders.”

This problem spreads out in every direction.

It’s so big most people cannot believe it, because it means that the pedophiles are not some creeps off in drug dens or otherwise cut off from the society of normal people. On the contrary. The pedophiles walk around among us.

Look here. Pedophiles don’t wear a sign around their necks. They blend right in.

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You can read more about the British Columbia case here.

This also cross references to the serial killer business (Dave McGowan, There’s Something About Henry). One of the accused murderers in Vancouver, Willie Pickton, may have had accomplices.

Consider the violence in Cuidad Juarez.

And a comment by Dan at Henry’s Makow’s piece gives us even more directions to look in. It’s a pattern of genocide:

Perhaps the most insidious companion in the pattern of genocide is the abduction and exploitation of target groups children and women who turn up victims in pedophile and sex slavery rings operated for the elite politicians. Anywhere these things come to light, they all go together as part of the same pattern of genocide. While sterilizing the target groups women through covert eugenics practices developed most notably by Nazi scientists using the death camps as research labs, we find evidence that the elite are also using target group children for their sexual entertainment, as well as for human sacrifice in their Luciferian rituals.
Not only is this heinous enough to know has gone on in one’s own country, one’s own ‘backyard’, it gives the game away that the common denominator between the governing elites of these nations know no borders. Evidence that they’re covertly connected.
When discovered and exposed, we also see how all the supposedly separate establishments the country come into action in unison to suppress the information coming to light.
1. The FBI and RCMP each have gone on record saying it doesn’t exist, or such cases that they can’t explain away completely are ‘isolated incidents’, always stopping investigation and prosecution with low level procurers. Witnesses have died questionable deaths in the hundreds around such cases as the Omaha Franklin case (USA, 80’s), and the Residential School genocide program (Canada).
2. The media ignores the stories, or if ‘pressed’ spread disinformation and white wash.
3. Attorneys and advocates who dare to take the cases to court and government bodies tend to be framed as mentally unstable. Careers ruined. Sometimes murdered in questionable ’suicides’ such as a couple of cases where men supposedly shot themselves in the back of the head - twice.

He also mentions orphanages.

We know now that the same pattern and modus operandi of covert genocide on target groups in both Canada and the US. As a matter of fact the same pattern has come to light in the UK and Europe.
The markers of ‘quiet’ and covert genocide are,
1. isolation or the target group’s children in separate schools, and orphanages in general.
2. harmful medical ‘treatment’ under cover of state clinics.

Sterilization, and vaccinations which cause illness and immune deficiency throughout life. Autism for instance.

Orphanages. That brings us to Haiti and all the orphaned children in Haiti, and all the important people who have rushed down there to “help.” People like Jorge Puello and Laura Silsby.

Yesterday when I wrote about Russia and the oligarchs, Haiti came up again. I was trying to find out the name of the orphanage that Israel Flying Aid and Orange Israel Telecommunications are rebuilding in Port au Prince to house over 200 children.

But I just can’t find the name of it anywhere. It seems to be a closely guarded secret.

Well you know, I’m sure they’re shy about publicizing all their good works.

the pure driven snow

“Do you guys understand now? Putin is the puppet of a few oligarchs, that fought against another faction of oligarchs.”
(source — see comments)

March 2009:

Putin’s retinue of loyal oligarchs—such as Oleg Deripaska, Vladimir Potantin, Igor Makarov, and others—are now beginning to realize that Putin, their protector for nearly a decade, will not be able to protect them much longer; and each man will have to fend for himself in order to survive, even if this involves stripping the assets of their own companies. (Jamestown Foundation)

March 2010:

Russia has more billionaires than any other country in Europe, according to Forbes’ annual list of the world’s richest people. The number of billionaires in Russia has doubled in just over one year, from 32 to 62 persons.

50 of the 62 Russian billionaires live in Moscow which makes the capital of Russia #2 in the “billionaire city” list, with New York topping it with 60 of America’s super-rich and London in third position with 32 billionaires.

Vladimir Lisin, the Russian steel producer, was named Russia’s wealthiest man with US$15.8 billion dollars and has settled on the 32nd line of Forbes’ billionaire rating list He leapfrogged last year’s winner, ONEXIM Group owner Mikhail Prokhorov ($13.4 billion), TNK-BP’s managing director Mikhail Freidman ($12.7 billion) and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich ($11.2 billion). (Russia Today)

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This is strictly my opinion, but Putin takes his job and the Russian people a lot more seriously than any American politican I’ve seen in my lifetime.

For evidence, please see this excerpt of his three four hour Q&A session in which he took questions from people all over Russia on a wide variety of topics and answered fully and thoughtfully from his head.

Question: Mr Putin, how do you relax after such marathons? Do you have any special relaxation techniques?

Vladimir Putin: I do not get that stressed, so I don’t need to do anything special to relax. This is part of my work, and it is a very useful part. Of course, it requires greater concentration, and you need to put extra time into the preparation. But in fact the preparation does not take that long, because my colleagues and I work hard throughout the year, dealing with all the problems mentioned today.

Question: This is your tenth Question & Answer session on TV. I understand that when you actually visit the place, you have enough time to go into the problems in some depth. But this four-hour session requires immediate response from you. Isn’t that too much pressure?

Vladimir Putin: Certainly not. Let me repeat that I consider this kind of work extremely useful, especially in this new format. I was able to return to the companies I visited. I did not just study their problems on my visits, we sat down together and tried to find and draft solutions, to set goals for the federal and regional government bodies, and company shareholders. Then we tried to implement our plans together; and we keep trying now.

This is not the sort of thing people in The West hear about Putin. But he does his damn job and politicians in The West do not, so he makes them look bad, see? Therefore we shouldn’t hear about it.

In any case, whether or not certain oligarchs toy with him and use him while other oligarchs busy themselves throwing him under the bus, it seems to me that he would not appreciate it either way.

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One of the oligarchs, Michael Cherney, is not one of “Putin’s komanda.” He lives in Israel.

This Website will discuss and examine Russian oligarchs. Who they are, their contributions to society and the harassment that many of them have suffered under the government of Vladimir Putin.

A Business oligarch is a synonym for a Russian “business magnate” or “tycoon.” These are honest, intelligent and hard working individuals who have built up substantial financial resources and as such share many social responsibilities. Some oligarchs have political power while others may influence such power as a result of their potent roles in domestic and international trade and commerce. The term oligarch came into wide circulation after the collapse of the Soviet Union in application to the people that became extremely wealthy in some post-Soviet republics.

Russian oligarchs are business entrepreneurs who started under Gorbachev during his period of market liberalization. Oligarchs emerged as well connected entrepreneurs who started from nearly nothing and secured wealth through participation in the marketplace with democratically elected, government of Russia during the state’s transition to a market-based economy.

Mikhail Chernoy (Michael Cherney, Mikhail Chernoi, Mikhail Chorny) is one of the so-called Russian oligarchs. Cherney resides in Israel, where he established the Michael Cherney Foundation whose purpose is to aid the victims of Islamic terrorism.

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Last fall Lieberman reported to Israeli police investigators that a brown folder appeared on his desk with transcripts between him and his friend, Michael Cherney. This story is dated December 12, 2009.

The folder which Lieberman was surprised to see on his desk contained e-mail printouts, most of which in Russian. Having read them Lieberman was seized with the suspicion that a certain organized group was secretly tapping his telephone conversations with a close friend of his – Michael Cherney, a businessman and a multimillionaire.

“It was evident from those e-mail transcripts that attempts had been made to bribe politicians of Israel and Great Britain”, Lieberman said, “and it was clear to me that there was a connection between the organized group’s representatives and the police.”

…When the investigating authorities conducted searches in the suspects’ residences, it became clear that the main target tracked was not Avigdor Lieberman but Michael Cherney.

Reportedly, Cherney and Lieberman speak to each other every day by telephone and have since 1996.

Meanwhile Cherney and Oleg Deripaska are locked in a bitter legal battle over soured business dealings.

Deripaska belongs to “Putin’s revenue of loyal oligarchs.”

But Cherney really likes Lieberman. A lot. Cherney claims to be persecuted, demonized by Deripaska and his cohorts. His friend Lieberman is being dragged down into the mud too, because of Deripaska, who allegedly owes Cherney money, like three billion dollars. By the way.

“In the past 13 years, there have been no bigger enemies to The System than me and Lieberman. We are like Satan. Worse than terrorists even”, said Cherney angrily. “Just try to imagine yourself in my and Lieberman’s shoes in order to understand all that. It costs me even more dearly because someone believes that to do a great harm to a person, that person’s friend should be made to look like a wicked character, the biggest villain on earth”.
“And who, in your opinion, runs that puppet show?”
“I don’t know.”

Avigdor Lieberman (source)

…Cherney says that the image of a mafioso, which has been attached to him as a result of lies and compromising campaigns, created by former associates of the secret Soviet services. According to Cherney, the only thing he did was to avail himself of the situation. The economy was being born again: everything that was not forbidden was permitted.

And how is he supposed to defend himself from this onslaught?

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The Michael Cherney Foundation supports Israel Flying Aid. Remember that? Gal Lusky’s organization.

As the Israel Defense Forces continued to care for and transfer the critically injured to other hospitals, they slowly began to pack their supplies and take down their green tents. The IDF had arrived within 3 days of the earthquake and within 8 hours were operating on patients.

But contrary to press reports that Israel is leaving this Caribbean nation, Israel Flying Aid has announced that it plans to move its tent camp to a nearby orphanage.

Yesterday, Israel Flying Aid and the Israel Defense Forces visited an orphanage in Haiti where they examined 50 children who were suffering from severe starvation. Many of the children had bloated stomachs, something that Jews had not seen since the Holocaust. An IDF Lt. Colonel and three nurses began to vaccinate the children, while professional clowns which were brought to Haiti by Israel Flying Aid, provided the children with treatment for trauma. The children quickly grabbed and ate the fish, rice, beans and fresh milk that IFA had brought to them – food that they had not seen for almost two weeks.

Israel Flying Aid and Orange Israel Telecommunications announced that they plan to aid humanitarian efforts in Haiti by creating an orphanage which will immediately accommodate 70 children. This will be the first of three stages of establishing an orphanage which is expected to absorb over 200 children in Haiti.

The above news story was edited and SEO optimized by the Leyden Communications Internet Marketing, Digital PR, New Media, Crisis Communications Group www.IsraelPr.com with sponsorship for coverage of the Haiti earthquake disaster by the Bernard Leyden Memorial Foundation, Michael Cherney Foundation and the Rochelle and Richard Maize Foundation.

The Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy) Foundation renders help new arrivals to Israel, victims of catastrophes, terrorist acts and to low-income victims of terror in other countries. The Michael Cherney Foundation is also involved in the news, media and information effort with regards to providing facts on Israel democracy and Islamic terror.

Remember?

terrorism in Moscow

Timetable of Moscow blast.

07:52 Explosion at Lubyanka station in central Moscow. Two carriages were destroyed, 24 people dead, 39 injured.
08:30 Evacuation of Lubyanka station completed.
08:36. Explosion at Park Kultury station in the third wagon of the train. 12 people dead, 23 injured.
09:05 Criminal investigation into terrorist attacks opened.
09:10 FSB head Alexander Bortnikov informs President Dmitry Medvedev of the explosions.
09:15 Prosecutor’s Office employees start work at the scenes of the attacks.
09:15 Traffic police advise people not to drive into the city centre.
09:25 Traffic in Moscow paralysed because of the explosions.
09:30 Prosecutor General Yury Chaika says he will control the investigation personally.
09:39 More than 70 ambulances took injured commuters from the blast sites.
09:50 Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov arrives at Park Kultury station. Head of Traffic police Sergei Kazantsev, head of Mosgortrans Pyotr Ivanov and the leaders of Moscow Emercom are all there. No less than 100 fire engines are at Park Kultury station. Movement of transport on Sadovoye Koltso is restricted.
09:56 Moscow police switch to an intensified schedule, working both on finding the people responsible and preventing any further attacks.
10:06 An airmobile hospital is set up next to Park Kultury.
10:21 Mobile phone lines in Moscow collapse under the increased volume of calls.
10:26 The explosions were intended to cause more casualties, says Luzhkov.
10:33 Sergei Shoigy, head of the emergency services, reported to Medvedev on the attacks.
10:55 More than 50 Muscovites apply for help after nervous breakdowns.
11:09 Rail station and airport security increased.
11:31 Metro services on the affected lines to be restored in 3.5 hours after all checks are done.
11:35 The Serbsky institute opens a hotline for those affected by the explosions.
11:41 Additional security measures introduced on the St. Petersburg metro.
11:49 Investigators announce that plastic explosives were used at Park Kultury, about 1.5kg of TNT. Video footage from surveillance cameras is taken for police scrutiny.
12:03 The State Duma should hold a parliamentary investigation of the explosions, thinks Lyubov Sliska, Vice Speaker of Duma.
12:07 Half of those injured in the explosions are said to be in a serious condition.
12:09 The prosecutor’s office announces it is investigating a theory that terrorist groups from Caucasus are responsible for the explosions.
12:10 No children were caught up in the blasts, officials report.
12:06 Russian Railways increases passenger and baggage control on the train stations.
12:15 Details are circulated of two women wanted for questioning in connection with helping the bombers, Interfax reports.

12:17 Fragments of an alleged suicide bomber’s body found on Park Kultury.
12:19 The terrorists used explosive devices without shells, investigators say.

12:21 Rosaviation demands tighter security measures at all airports in Russia.
12:22 Emercom psychologists start work with the injured.
12:23 Riot police officers, some of them with dogs, patrol metro entrances.
12:28 NATO and EU denounce the terrorist acts.

12:34 Terrorists may be identified as their faces were not harmed in the explosion, says Vladimir Markin.

12:40 Moscow Metro was almost empty after the explosions, taxis reportedly charge up to 10 times the usual fares.
12:42 Medvedev announces a meeting on dealing with the consequences of the explosions.
12:46 The number of confirmed injuries rose to 64.
12:50 Medvedev demanded tighter security control in the country.
12:52 Park Kultury circle station entrance opened. The radial line remains closed
13:08 A North Caucasus terror group may be responsible for the explosions, FSB chief Bortnikov said in a meeting with the President.

13:16 Hexogen used in the explosions, said the FSB.

13:33 Lists of the dead and injured published on Emercom website.
13:44 Announcement of a day of mourning in Moscow on Tuesday.
14:07 The two women that helped the bombers are said to have Slavic appearance.
14:08 Emercom starts moving the bodies out of Lubyanka station.
14:41 Emercom starts moving the bodies out of Park Kultury station.
17:13 The number of victims rose to 38 people. 22 of them were identified, 19 men and 3 women.

Initial thoughts…

  • It’s curious that the second explosion occurred just a few minutes after the first station had been evacuated.
  • Hexogen, also known as RDX, is commonly used in military and industrial applications.
  • Women suicide bombers. Women accomplices.

Al Qaeda?

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Putin looks pissed.

Who are these terrorists?

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Late last month, Russian drug control chief Viktor Ivanov explained that a large drug trafficking route had shifted. Instead of going from Afghanistan and southeast through Pakistan and into India, drug trafficking has shifted west through Iran and then north through Azerbaijan. Georgia plays a large role in this new route.

“According to our data and information from foreign sources, the high level of corruption among Georgian authorities is preventing the fight against drug transit across the country from being effective,” Ivanov said.

And in the northeast corner of Georgia, Pankisi Gorge. “Russian-Georgian relations have long been strained over the presence of Chechen rebels in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge and Georgia’s refusal to let Russian troops flush the rebels out.”  (source)

The militants hide out in very beautiful, ancient places, where people have lived in peace, close to the land, for centuries.

Is that fair?
Pankisi Gorge is the little red mark in the northeast corner

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There have been many reports over the past few years of al Qaeda linked terrorists in the Northern Caucasus.

September 2004: al Qaeda tie to Beslan school massacre probed

November 2007: al Qaeda associate, Doku Umarov, declares Islamic Caucasus emirate

February 2009: al Qaeda has gained strength in North Caucasus

August 2009: notorious al Qaeda militant from Algeria killed by Russian forces

March 2010: associate of Doku Umarov killed by Russian forces

Some groups in the Northern Caucasus have been linked to Wahabbi Islam and Saudi Arabia.

The Special Purpose Islamic Regiment (SPIR), designated by the U.S. Department of State as a terrorist organization Feb. 28, 2002 , is a Chechen terror group engaged in a bloody, ethno-nationalist struggle for the independence of the Republic of Chechnya and Ichkeria from almost 150 years of Russian subjugation.  While most of the citizens of Chechnya adhere to a mild form of Sufi Islam — mysticism based on certain indigenous pre-Islamic traditions — members of the SPIR are Sunni Islamic radicals, imbued with a passionate fundamentalism of the Wahhabi creed, who, along with two other Chechen groups recently added as terrorist organizations, have appropriated the tactics of international terrorism with Islamic connections as a means to advance their nationalist objectives. The Oct. 23, 2002 , attack on Moscow ’s Poshipnikov Zavod Dubrovka Theater was a case in point — an al Qaeda-style attack that possibly could portend things to come.  This would especially be true if SPIR and other groups decide to sabotage the results of the March 23 referendum, where Chechens voted overwhelmingly for political autonomy while remaining a part of Russia .

But while the SPIR shares the desire for independence with the mainstream Chechen population, who are moderates and largely reject fundamentalist ideologies, their interests are not the same.  The SPIR, in addition to Chechen independence, seek the implementation of their fundamentalist ideology throughout the Caucasus region as well.  This would mean, ideally, areas from the North Caucasus republics in Russia , Abkhazia in Georgia , and parts of Azerbaijan would be under the rule of an Islamic caliphate.  SPIR has managed to muddy the mainstream Chechen struggle through violent acts of terrorism and promotion of its preferred version of Islam.  As Wahhabists, the SPIR and similar groups have transformed the Chechen struggle for national liberation into the appearances of a religiously-inspired rebellion, jihad, with direct links to the most notorious and pernicious terror group the world has ever seen.

In 2005, Israel reportedly invited one of Putin’s deputies for the Northern Caucasus to Tel Aviv for a meeting to discuss building a security fence between Stavropol in the south of Russia and Chechnya and Daghestan in the North Caucasus.

The information on Dmitry Kozak’s planned visit to Israel came before an armed conflict in the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, the city of Nalchik. This republic is in the central part of Northern Caucasus and also has the common border with Stavropol territory. Yesterday’s fights in Nalchik will push the Russian authorities even more strongly towards activization of cooperation with Israelis, including in erection of the protective wall on Caucasus.

…In both of these republics, regardless of the massive presence of the army units and various security services, the Kremlin is unable to establish order for 15 years already. Every day the skirmish and explosions, and even massive military operations of the government forces against the local supporters of independence or of the radical Islam, take place there. As a result, the Russian authorities decided to ask Israelis for help, taking into consideration the effectiveness of the security fence separating Israel from the West bank of Jordan river.

…According to information available, Kozak also plans to meet with the head of Israeli Foreign Intelligence Mossad, Meir Dagan. If this meeting takes place, it will mean that the members of the Russian delegation come to Israel not only to discuss the security fence project (this issue is absolutely out of Mossad’s competence).

Does Russia really need Israel, and Israel’s “help”? Does any country really need Israel? It’s laughable. And it’s a lot more laughable now than it was in 2005.

But Israel has their little pet Saakashvili in Georgia. And Georgia just happens to be so strategically located. According to a widely circulated article this month by Eric Wahlberg, Russia Azerbaijan/Armenia: All Roads Lead to the Caucasus, US special forces trained Georgian troops in the Pankisi Gorge for five years.

Interestingly, from 2002-2007, more than 200 US Special Forces troops were training Georgian troops in Pansiki, though neither the Americans nor the Georgians were able to end the attacks on Russia.

Why do you suppose they weren’t able to end the attacks on Russia hmm?

And did they bump into any al Qaeda linked rebels there in the gorge?

Maybe they share pup tents.

blogging? i’m on it.

h/t to Kenny’s Sideshow for finding this video. very interesting, a few little bobbles in my opinion but overall pretty solid and coming from an insider, that’s the key. you know we people who have been doing what he’s suggesting for a few years, we figured this out without being told. people who think bloggers are wacky conspiracy theorists — they are the ones who need to hear it from an inside person, an “authority” or an “expert” if you will, because they’re just not going to believe a fellow citizen no matter how many links or proof we throw at them.

but hey, whatever it takes to get you there… wake up and smell the coffee. no we’re not making this shit up.

evil is a point of view

See if you can detect a pattern.

beautiful people rule the world
but are they doing a good job?

A math whiz discovers that Madoff’s returns are literally impossible in 1999. He tries to blow the whistle to the SEC in 2001, but he’s just too nerdy for anyone to give him the time of day. He contacted journalists and politicians. Even now, after being vindicated, the kewl kids still can’t find anything nice to say about him.

Harry Markopolos, the man who tried for years to blow the whistle on mega-fraudster Bernie Madoff, has published a book about his 10-year crusade to unmask the financier’s Ponzi scheme. The appropriately-titled No one would Listen tells how Markopolos first surmised the incredible truth - that the well-known and respected Madoff had been carrying out the biggest fraud of all time for decades - as far back as 1999. Markopolos is an almost-comic figure: a voluble, self-confessed maths nerd who for many years, while he struggled to have Madoff denounced, looked under his car every morning in case it was booby-trapped and carried a Smith & Wesson revolver.

…Markopolos was a ‘quantitative financial specialist’ for a Boston firm when, in the late 1990s, he was asked to work out a way to produce the same spectacular – and remarkably consistent - returns as Madoff. It took him only a few months to come to the utterly logical deduction that Madoff’s results seemed impossible because they were impossible.
Another factor [in his being ignored - ed.] may have been Markoplos’s personality. While some in the US have hailed him a hero, he has also been painted as an obsessive and a self-publicist. Last month, John Coffee, securities law professor at Columbia Law School told the Wall Street Journal Markopolos was “an emotionally unstable idiot savant”, adding: “He was right but that does not mean he will be right again.”

But Markopolos has earned many fans: it has been proposed he should become the new head of the SEC, the organisation which resisted his approaches for so long. The Wall Street Journal, which sat on a dossier about Madoff provide by Markopolos for two years without using it, recently dismissed this idea with more than a trace of hauteur: “This is a crazy idea for a lot of reasons.”

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In the UK, a shopowner is pinned down and her shop cleaned out stock worth £30,000, by bailiffs, over a  debt of £193. She calls the police but they help the bailiffs and shake hands when it’s over.

Today, a News of the World investigation reveals that Britain’s bailiff industry - long criticised for its practices - is hitting struggling small businesses harder than ever before.
We can reveal some bailiffs have:

DOUBLED the charges they levy to up to £1,000 for a single visit;
BUMPED UP fees with unexplained charges;
And STRIPPED victims of goods worth far more than they owe, even CLEARING OUT entire homes or stores.

Yet while complaints against them have soared, the Government has failed to act. Campaigners claim that’s because the vast majority of bailiffs’ work is collecting debts for the Government - through arrears on such as council tax, business rate, and child maintenance. Consumer groups are being bombarded with claims of rogue bailiffs threatening victims, tricking their way into their home or premises, and forcing them to hand over huge sums.

Rina admits she fell into debt, running up a £626.55 advertising bill. She says a court reduced that by £350, and let her pay at £50 a month. She fell behind but believed she owed just £193 when bailiffs arrived demanding £1,800. A string of extra charges were added to the bill - as is legally allowed - including judgment costs of £497, execution costs of £101.75, and officers’ fees of £769.42.

One of the comments: “She owed the money and didnt pay it. She got everything she deserved.” Various other people made comments vehemently defending the bailiffs, justifying the egregious behavior because they believe that people who fall into debt are slackers who maliciously create a burden on everyone else.

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In Sweden, a 14 year old girl accused a boy of raping her in the school bathroom. People began to question the girl’s account, but the boy confessed and physical evidence backed her up. Still the town persisted in a campaign against the girl, literally hounding her and her family out of town.

Despite the clear convictions passed down by the courts, the campaign against Linnea continued with pupils at the school even going out on strike in support of the popular boy. SVT reported that Oskar’s brother began to maintain a blog on the case and almost 2,000 signed a petition to have the conviction overturned. Bjästa is home to 1,800 people. Oskar’s mother launched a further Facebook group to argue for Linnea’s ‘guilt’, soon attracting 4,000 members, many of whom arguing that the 14-year-old should be ashamed of herself.

But despite the fact that Linnea’s story remained consistent throughout, was identical to Oskar’s confession, and despite the upheld conviction, the rumours persisted at the school and in the community. The situation ultimately became unsustainable for Linnea and her family, and she was forced to move 500 kilometres to a new school, a long way from the Örnsköldsvik community that she had grown up in.

Furthermore when the end of the school term arrived, three months later, Oskar was allowed to attend an awards ceremony in the local church service with the consent of the pastor, despite no longer attending Bjälsta school, and despite having a restraining order against him to stay away from Linnea. The service ended in a vocal public demonstration in support of the 15-year-old. Film footage from the service posted by Oskar’s mother on the internet, broadcast in the SVT programme, showed him passing out flowers to his former schoolmates and receiving applause and hugs in return.

The film was used as part of the campaign orchestrated by the boy’s family to “free Oskar”, SVT reports.

…Later that day, Oskar joined up with the his schoolmates to celebrate the end of term at a nearby beach. During the evening the boy raped a further 17-year-old girl, Jennifer.

…But support for Oskar remained strong in the Bjästa community despite the second rape conviction.

The campaign continued with Jennifer now taking Linnea’s place at the centre of the community’s ire and suspicions. Comments on the Facebook page, blog and other internet sites, which had collected 4,000 members, became more and more accusatory against the girls.

Many of the comments and threats directed at the girls were made openly by people unconcerned with hiding their identities, according to SVT.

The programme reported that not one single adult at Bjästa school took a stand against either Oskar or the campaign or rumours that spread around the small community - neither before nor after the court convictions.

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Petty. Vicious. Cowardly.

Evil is a point of view. ~ Anne Rice

what do you mean you lost His Highness?

Remember this post from the other day: teevee pimps? Regarding the Georgian station Imedi?

To quickly recap, Imedi ran that stunt recently simulating a Russian attack on Georgia. The post was about who owned the station, which is a matter of some confusion.

Joseph Kay claimed to be the long lost nephew and executor of the original Georgian oligarch owner, Badri Patarkatsishvili.

Patarkatsishvili was the owner of the Imedi TV station which was stormed by special forces on 7 November 2007. On his death Kay announced that Patarkatsishvili, whom he claimed was a relative (the claim is disputed), had given him control of Imedi.

Kay last year then said - in a statement subsequently underlined by Mikheil Saakashvili’s own office - that he had sold 90% of Imedi to the sovereign wealth fund of the Gulf emirate Rah Al-Khaimah.

The 90% ownership interest, Ras Al-Khaimah Invesment Authority (RAKIA), is (one of?) the (many) sovereign wealth fund(s) of the absolute monarchy of the United Arab Emirates.

Now that things have gone sort of pear-shaped after that teevee stunt, RAKIA claims to have nothing to do with Imedi.

But allegedly, through a series of unfortunate mishaps and poor spelling choices and barely plausible explanations, as though these guys can’t afford lawyers or something, RAKIA now claims they do not never have never did have anything to do with any of this no way. Nope. Never heard of it. It was RAAK, not RAK, and not RAKIA. Innocent mistake. Sorry we missed it, we’re just really busy counting our money. ‘ Kay?

And now, I couldn’t make this up if I tried, we learn that the head of ADIA (and RAKIA?) has gone missing when his glider crashed in a lake in Morocco.

The United Arab Emirates state news agency says the head of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund — the world’s largest — is missing after his glider crashed in Morocco.

The official Emirates News Agency said that Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s glider went down in a lake in Morocco on Friday. The pilot of the aircraft was rescued in good condition, but authorities continued the search for Al Nahyan.

Al Nahyan is the managing director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. He is also the younger brother of Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the leader of the United Arab Emirates. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority could not be immediately reached for comment.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al Nahyan, managing director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)
Tina Hager/Arabian Eye (BusinessWeek)

o_O

Wow that’s really really strange huh? He just disappeared in the lake?

One of these lakes?

And he had just restructured the board last week.

And his brother reportedly died in a helicopter crash in 2008.

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I’ll be honest and say I do not understand how all these funds are structured. Very very confusing. For an idea of how much money the UAE has to invest, start at #25 on this list. RAKIA seems to be a separate and much smaller fund than ADIA, but both are UAE funds.

25.Abu Dhabi Investment Council/ADIC - Abu Dhabi/UAE - 100% Government of Abu Dhabi - oil rich Emirate - Abu Dhabi the world’s richest city - ADIC bought a 90% stake worth some $800 Million in the Chrysler Building, one of New York’s most iconic skyscrapers

…25a)Abu Dhabi Investment Authority/ADIA - Abu Dhabi - with estimated $900 Billion ADIA is actually the world’s largest SWF, providing Citigroup with $7,5 Billion /4,9% joining the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation’s /GIC injection of $6,9 Billion - total provided $14,4 Billion, holds 8% stake in EFG Hermes/investment bank and 10% pre IPO stake in Apollo Management/ private US equity firm - ADIA filed an arbitration claim against Citigroup saying it was misled when it invested the $7,5 Billion in the bank two years ago, seeking rescission of the investment or damages in excess of $4 Billion - U.S.- bank considers claim entirely without merit, but apparently failed in its relation with this important investor

25b)Mubadala Development Co. - Abu Dhabi -$14,7 Billion - increasingly powerful state investment company -invested $1,4 Billion/7,5% into US private equity firm Carlyle Group/ triangular industry-government-defence (top defence tecnologies, energy supply and strategic information tecnology)

And way down the list… after 26(f):

27. RAK Investment Authority/Rakia - Ras al-Khaimah/ UAE - $1,2 Billion

It’s almost like a little leftover pile of fun money.

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In 2008, the ADIA made a big deal with Citigroup (links removed).

It was a whirlwind of negotiations for Citigroup and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). For a week, dealmakers from both sides, some dressed in traditional white Arab robes and others in Western suits, worked furiously across the globe. Then, on the Monday after Thanksgiving they signed a deal, with the biggest bank in the U.S. agreeing to sell a 4.9% stake to the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund in ADIA’s new headquarters, the tallest skyscraper in Abu Dhabi. Citigroup (C) chairman Robert E. Rubin, on hand as Citigroup’s top official, shook hands on the deal with Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ADIA’s managing director and the 12th son of Abu Dhabi’s late patriarch Sheikh Zayed, before dashing off to meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan. Forty eight hours later, the investment arm of the richest Gulf emirate, wired $7.5 billion to a Citigroup account.

Our pain is their gain.

The dollar looks sick, and U.S. stocks are getting pummeled. But those jitters are merely wetting the appetite of ADIA and other sovereign wealth funds for U.S. investments. These mega investors can afford to take a long term view. “The short term for us is three to five years forward,” says Sheikh Ahmed in his dark mahogany paneled office, after a servant poured small cups of Bedouin style cardamom-flavored coffee. “We find (the American market) very attractive.

…Abu Dhabi wants to be among the world’s most attractive destinations, and ADIA’s Sheikh Ahmed is pushing the giant fund to be best in class as well. So ADIA is tapping the best financial brainpower. And with huge fees and potential capital stakes at stake, top Wall Street players are more than willing to oblige. In recent months, veteran investor Wilbur Ross, BlackRock (BLK) CEO Larry Fink, and Goldman Sachs (GS) CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein all have visited executives at the fund.

When this article was written in 2008, money people considered ADIA extremely thorough and saavy investors. ADIA had already made many prominent investments, outmaneuvering Wall Street firms. ADIA created smaller investment vehicles for certain high risk projects.

I think that’s where RAKIA fits in.

I can see how it makes sense to set up separate funds for risky investment that may or may not turn out to be good ideas. Like theoretically buying a teevee station and using it for blatant psyops against Russia.

Still it’s hard to believe that this has anything to do with Sheikh al Nahyan disappearing, but still, what a coincidence.

UPDATE: A few more details about ADIA and how sovereign wealth funds work…

Back to October 2008, the Santiago Principles govern the way sovereign wealth funds are supposed to behave themselves as they gobble up assets of the industrialized world.

Given the massive size of some of these entities, many industrialized countries are justifiably concerned about how these can be used to achieve geopolitical objectives which may have little to do with investing in the sense SWFs were originally intended for–preserving and enhancing sovereign wealth.

Independence - us Westerners don’t like you foreigners using SWFs to further your national objectives by buying our firms in the defense, transportation, energy, and natural resource sectors. Your financial interests in them may diminish our “national security,” although we don’t feel the need to define these considerations too specifically;
Transparency - insofar as us Westerners cannot really regulate the activities of your SWFs, we would at least appreciate it if you could tell us what they’re investing in so we can take action if necessary (nevermind that we don’t demand similar levels of transparency from our hedge funds);
Accountability - us Westerners know that you authoritarian regimes can pretty much use your SWFs to invest in whatever you please. Maybe you should be more “democratic” so that the populace can have greater discretion about where their sovereign wealth is invested in.

In April 2009, ADIA hired a senior investment banker from Rothschild, Alex Carré de Malberg as head of investment banking to lead its advisory business for Middle East and Africa.

“Opportunities are emerging when families and corporates reposition their portfolios. In times of crisis, you only keep parts of your business that fit your long term objectives, and you sell anything that is not synergistic.”…Carré de Malberg, who worked for over a decade at independent family-owned investment bank Rothschild, said investors often need “a second, non-conflicted” opinion on cross-border situations in developed markets, alongside U.S. or European investment banks or lending banks…Carré de Malberg developed an intimate knowledge of the Middle East as he set up Rothschild’s operations in the United Arab Emirates. …M&A activity went relatively quiet in the last half of 2008 as the global economic crisis unfolded and credit dried up, but signs are emerging that companies, family offices and private equity firms are on the hunt for acquisitions as asset valuations have fallen…He has advised family offices, companies and private equity firms on M&A and leveraged buy-outs, helped governments with privatization programmes, worked on initial public offerings and arranged pre-IPO financing.

In November 2009, playing the role of “trusted adviser” to Gordon Brown and others, the Rothschild family.

Baron Rothschild shares most people’s view that there is a new world order. In his opinion, banks will deleverage and there will be a new form of global governance. “But you have to be careful of caricatures: we don’t want to go from ultra liberalism to protectionism.”

So how did the Rothschilds manage to emerge relatively unscathed from the financial meltdown? “You could say that we may have more insights than others, or you may look at the structure of our business,” he says. “As a family business, we want to limit risk. There is a natural pride in being a trusted adviser.”

It is that role as trusted adviser to both governments and companies that Rothschilds is hoping to build on in the region. “In today’s world we have a strong offering of debt and equity,” he says. “They are two arms of the same body looking for money.”

End of November 2009, Rothschild adviser comes on board to restructure Dubai’s assets.

Paul Reynolds, head of Rothschild’s advisory operations in the Middle East, was this week asked to work for the Dubai government’s chief restructuring officer alongside Aidan Birkett of Deloitte, who was appointed on Wednesday. The team is tasked with assessing the group’s assets, which is likely to result in a large scale sell-off of assets…The neighbouring emirate of Abu Dhabi is seen as one of the main buyers of Dubai’s assets.

About a week later, Dubai starts to fall apart.

“Dubai will struggle to tap the debt capital market in the near business cycle,” Stephen de Stadler, managing director at Fitch Ratings in the Middle East told Zawya Dow Jones. “Now that the bond is rated junk, certain investors will be forced to sell.” …Deloitte’s Aidan Birkett has been appointed to restructure Dubai World. Rothschild and Moelis & Co. are also advising on the restructuring.

Two weeks ago, ADIA says as much as 45% invested in the developed world.

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the worlds’ largest sovereign wealth funds, has invested as much as 45 percent of its assets in developed markets, the fund said in its first annual review….Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to about 8 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves, is trying to diversify away from oil. ADIA and its Norwegian and Chinese peers are the three largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, managing over $1 trillion between them, Preqin Ltd said March 11. The emirate lent neighboring Dubai $20 billion last year to help it meet its debt obligations.

Thanks to James for the links.

one down…thousands to go

Like trafficking rings, much internet treachery falls under the protected business of organized crime.

It’s that “Russian Mafia” again, Russian meaning Jewish, because the top bananas have Israeli passports, and they’re safe there from the T-rex arms of the law.

rule of law! rule of law!



Rings need lots of soldiers. Guys like this.

About six months ago Alberto Gonzalez was arrested and charged with hacking something like 130+ million credit and debit card numbers.

Alberto Gonzalez, 28, from Miami, and two unnamed computer hackers, based in or near Russia, allegedly targeted 7-Eleven and other large corporations by uploading millions of customers’ details from internal computer systems onto servers that worked as hacking platforms.

They allegedly breached the firewall of Heartland Payment Systems, a New Jersey-based bank card payment processor, stealing 130 million numbers. They allegedly stole 4.2 million card details from Hannaford Brothers, a Maine-based supermarket chain. An undisclosed number of card details were hacked from 7-Eleven, the Texas-based convenience store chain with outlets around the world, prosecutors said in a statement.

They men started in 2006, scouting potential victims by visiting retail stores to identify payment processing systems and their vulnerabilities, prosecutors claimed. They used malicious software known as malware and so-called injection strings to attack the computers and steal data, prosecutors said.

The suspects allegedly planned to sell the data to others who would use it to make fraudulent purchases. They tried to trade their wares with computers in New Jersey, California, Illinois, Latvia, Ukraine and the Netherlands using “sophisticated hacker techniques to cover their tracks and to avoid detection by anti-virus software used by their victims,” the Justice Department said.

“These servers, located in New Jersey and around the world, were used by the coconspirators to store information critical to the hacking schemes and subsequently to launch the hacking attacks,” prosecutors said.  “The scheme is believed to constitute the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted by the US Department of Justice,” the statement said.

This definitely qualifies as a ring, an international crime ring in fact, and other people were also arrested in May 2008.

The DOJ also announced charges Tuesday against Christopher Scott and Damon Patrick Toey, both of Miami. Other defendants face numerous charges in California and New York, the DOJ said. Three of the defendants are U.S. citizens, one is from Estonia, three are from Ukraine, two are from China and one is from Belarus, the DOJ said. One individual is only known by an online alias, and his place of origin is unknown. [Maksym "Maksik" Yastremskiy of Kharkov, Ukraine, Aleksandr "Jonny Hell" Suvorov of Sillamae, Estonia, Hung-Ming Chiu and Zhi Zhi Wang, both of China, and a person known only by the online nickname "Delpiero," Sergey Pavolvich of Belarus, and Dzmitry Burak and Sergey Storchak, both of Ukraine - ed.]

Gonzalez and others were allegedly able to conceal and launder their fraud proceeds by using anonymous Internet-based currencies and by channeling funds through bank accounts in Eastern Europe, the DOJ said.

Funny how they can’t find that one guy.

Also, and this might surprise you or maybe not, but:

Gonzalez was previously arrested by the Secret Service in 2003 for access device fraud. During the course of that investigation, the U.S. Secret Service discovered that Gonzalez, who was working as a confidential informant for the agency, was involved in this case, the DoJ said….These indictments and complaints are the result of a three-year undercover investigation conducted out of the San Diego Field Office of the U.S. Secret Service.

Oh, oops.

The Secret Service was paying him $75,000 a year.

The information comes from one of Gonzalez’s best friends and convicted accomplices, Stephen Watt. Watt pleaded guilty last year to creating a sniffer program that Gonzalez used to siphon millions of credit and debit card numbers from the TJX corporate network while he was working undercover for the government.

Watt told Threat Level that Gonzalez was paid in cash, which is generally done to protect someone’s status as a confidential informant. The Secret Service said it would not comment on payments made to informants. Gonzalez’s attorney did not respond to a call for comment.

“It’s a significant amount of money to pay an informant but it’s not an outrageous amount to pay if the guy was working full time and delivering good results,” says former federal prosecutor Mark Rasch. “It’s probably the only thing he was doing — other than hacking into TJX and making millions of dollars.”

Haha, yeah aside from that…

Rasch says Gonzalez’s $75,000 is nothing compared to the million-dollar payouts some undercover informants get for high-risk, high-value cases such as Mafia investigations. But Gonzalez’s payments dwarf the meager handouts given previous computer crime informants….The Secret Service’s embrace of Gonzalez as a professional informant may have reinforced his criminal behavior. Gonzalez felt he’d been rewarded for his preoccupation with computers, according to a letter written by his sister to one of his sentencing judges.

Yes, it seems fair to conclude so.

Meanwhile…

Stephen Watt is described as a “minor participant,” but prosecutors have hundreds of pages of phone and text messages to say otherwise.

Stephen Watt

Watt, a 7-foot-tall software engineer who was working for Morgan Stanley at the time the hacks occurred, pleaded guilty in December to creating a sniffing program dubbed “blabla” that Gonzalez and others allegedly used to steal millions of credit and debit card numbers from TJX and other companies. …After Watts moved to New York, his lifestyle changed. He began experimenting with drugs and hanging out in clubs. He left Morgan Stanley in 2007 for a higher paying job at Imagine Software, developing real-time trading programs for financial firms, earning about $130,000. That is, until August 13, 2008, when authorities swooped into his work place to search the premises. Watt was promptly fired and is now banned from working in the securities industry.

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You can read more about this here and here.

It’s always fascinating how some people and companies manage to keep their names secret.

Admitted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez has identified two Russian accomplices who helped him hack into numerous companies and steal more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers….The two Russian hackers, who have until now been named in court documents only as “Hacker1? and “Hacker2?, are identified in the new memo only by their online handles “Grigg” and “Annex.” The document indicates that Gonzalez identified four credit card processors that were “under attack” by the Russian hacking team at the time of his arrest, though it does not identify the processors.

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A US judge sentenced Gonzalez yesterday to two concurrent 20 year sentences.

As for the rest of the ring? No doubt they moved on long ago. Just like every other type of organized crime problem — drugs, human trafficking, guns — the criminals always seem to be just out of reach of those short little arms of the law.

cultures of impunity

You have heard the phrase “a culture of impunity?”

Australian police have come under fire for their “culture of impunity:”

More than 100 police have been caught up in the scandal over the distribution of racist, homophobic and pornographic emails, described by Mr Overland as “offensive” and “shocking”.

Two officers received section 68 notices from Mr Overland, in which they were asked to explain why they should not be sacked.

One of the officers facing the sack, Sergeant Tony Vangorp, responded by resigning last Friday. He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot on Monday night at the Healesville police station, where he had gone to collect personal belongings.

The most offensive emails are believed to include a graphic image of an ethnic man being tortured and another featuring bestiality, police sources told AAP.

Hot on the heels of that, some police officers have been captured on video using excessive force.

Interestingly, their defense seems to be something about having to deal with the “culture of impunity” of all those people who show up in their community to drink and misbehave. Who on earth approved all those liquor licenses anyway, and what were they thinking!?

All this chaos, the NWO at work, the poison of NWO ideas corroding the social fabric. Mix up the people, send them all over the place. Put them under stress, economic stress, emotional stress. Encourage them in licentiousness. Let them provoke each other and send in our cops.

The “culture of impunity” surrounds us. We live inside it. Each group has reasons to justify their own “culture of impunity” because each group feels assailed by some other group or groups. Division reigns. Chaos reigns. Violence reigns. This has not happened by accident.

Trust has been destroyed on purpose, because people must be divided before they can be conquered.

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Meanwhile, the Vatican continues to twist in the wind for overlooking their own “culture of impunity.” And this time, there’s no defense. No defense. Well, this is the defense:

The following is part of a statement from the Vatican Press Office to the New York Times regarding the child sexual abuse cases involving Fr. Lawrence Murphy, which a report says then-Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland communicated to now-Pope Benedict XVI in 1996:

“The tragic case of Father Lawrence Murphy, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, involved particularly vulnerable victims who suffered terribly from what he did. By sexually abusing children who were hearing-impaired, Father Murphy (1) violated the law and, (2) more importantly, the sacred trust that his victims had placed in him.

Notice how the defense proceeds, focusing on that law violation…

“During the mid-1970s,

a long time ago…

some of Father Murphy’s victims reported his abuse to civil authorities,

some people said something to some other people, maybe some police officers, who have nothing to do with us…

who investigated him at that time;

and they looked into it…

however, according to news reports, that investigation was dropped.

and hey we’re just going by the news reports too, and yeah uh looks like the whole thing was dropped.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was not informed of the matter until some twenty years later.

REGRETTABLY, our special office that handles this stuff knew nothing about it until twenty years later. REGRETTABLY, it was too late to do much about it then.

“It has been suggested that a relationship exists between the application of Crimen sollicitationis and the non-reporting of child abuse to civil authorities in this case.

1962 Vatican document on the manner of proceeding when a priest solicits sex from a penitent, ie: crimen sollicitationis, click to enlarge

“The Instruction specifically states that those involved in processing cases under these norms are bound by the Secret of the Holy Office. Violation of the secret resulted in automatic excommunication, the lifting of which was especially reserved to the Holy Father. In fact, this represents the highest degree of Vatican secrecy which is imposed for the most serious processes and situations.”
(source)

So um maybe some people are saying that this was covered up or dealt with internally in the church, you know, because there was a procedure for that, and this suggestion indicates that the church knew and covered up this priest abusing all those deaf boys in Milwaukee for two or three decades.

In fact, there is no such relationship.

That never happened. That is a scurrilous suggestion. We did not cover this up internally.

Indeed, contrary to some statements that have circulated in the press, neither Crimen nor the Code of Canon Law ever prohibited the reporting of child abuse to law enforcement authorities.”

Somebody should have told the police.

This is not our fault.

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Here’s the story.

Shared secrets reveal much suffering in silence, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 25, 2006

Thirteen-year-old Arthur Budzinski hid under his bed crying. Born to hearing parents who did not speak sign language, he could not tell them of the terror he faced back at St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis. It was 1962. When the truth was told decades later, they all would weep….Sometimes it was during confession, and often it was in the dead of night.

How many deaf children Murphy molested remains unknown. He was at St. John’s for 24 years. The victims who have come forward, who said they saw many of their classmates being abused, think he molested more than 100 boys. Murphy admitted to molesting at least 30, according to Alisa Cohen-Stein, a clinical social worker in the Chicago area who has worked with several of Murphy’s victims. She said she was told of Murphy’s admission by an employee of the archdiocese.

The children were uniquely isolated. Note the abuse and bad advice of authorities.

Murphy, who was fluent in sign language, became a key link to the hearing world for the many deaf children who, like Budzinski, were unable to talk with their hearing parents….”When you had a deaf child, the public health nurse would say, ‘Send them to some school.’”

The church falls back on confidentiality.

The Milwaukee Archdiocese has acknowledged that Murphy abused boys at the school, which was at 3680 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in St. Francis, but has provided few details. The residential school closed in 1983 for financial reasons.
The archdiocese denied requests for church records regarding Murphy’s offenses, citing victim confidentiality.

Pompous and patronizing to the end, the church knows what’s best. The church believes it’s best for these victims to pour their little hearts out. Digging up arcane facts that might make us look bad? Um no thanks. The church believes that’s really not for the best.

“We firmly believe that these individuals have suffered so desperately in their lives that it is far more appropriate to listen to them - hear their stories of pain, grief and suffering - than it is to dig through our records for arcane facts and data, which we believe must be held in confidence,” Kathleen Hohl, communications director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, wrote in her response to the newspaper.

Murphy did so much good, raising money, making people feel like a million bucks, schmoozing with his powerful connected friends to help the deaf community…

At the center of the building frenzy was Murphy, a gregarious Irishman, short in stature with a smile that could melt ice. Yearbook photos and newspaper clippings show him as a whirlwind of activity, accepting thousands of dollars for the school from civic groups, coaching basketball and giving speeches all over town about deafness and why people should contribute to St. John’s.

But it was Murphy’s ability to speak American Sign Language so gracefully and beautifully that sealed his closeness to the deaf community. Parents and students loved to see him sign the Sunday Mass, which was described by some as truly spiritual.

Murphy’s well-connected friends contributed basketballs and baseballs and supported his push to replace the old, castle-like buildings. He established an athletic program and an alumni association.

…By all accounts, Murphy was enthusiastic and patient with the children.

Murphy abused his power to molest the boys. He left them horribly confused.

The men’s stories are similar. Murphy would call them to his bedroom in the school, or visit them in their dorm beds late at night, masturbate them and leave. Sometimes he would go on to other boys. Often he would say nothing. Sometimes when the boys saw him molesting other boys in the dorm room, they would cover their heads with their blankets, hug themselves tightly and weep. At times, he would take their confession in a second floor walk-in closet in the boy’s dorm and molest them.

“Murphy was so powerful and it was so hard,” said Geier who was molested when he was in seventh grade and said he saw more than a dozen other boys molested. “You couldn’t get out. It was like a prison. I felt so confused. Here I had Father Murphy touching me. I would be like, ‘God, what’s right?’ “

Geier said the boys received no sex education and had no idea what was happening to them. Some, he said, believed it must be all right because it was being done by a priest.

And this is what happens:

Like other victims, Joe Daniels, 58, of Union Grove was not believed when he tried to quietly tell family members and other adults about the molestations when he was in his 20s. “It was an awful thing,” Daniels said. “I felt anger and shame.”

…”One person actually said: ‘I would have to rebuild myself if I started talking about this. I would fall apart because all of the threads are so tangled.’ “

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Here’s the “culture of impunity.” Notice that somebody did, in fact, tell the police. And that accomplished nothing.

Staring abuse straight in the face, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 26, 2006

Murphy’s dark side might never have surfaced if not for Bolger, Budzinski and Gary Smith, who began having flashbacks in their 20s about the sexual abuse and started sharing their experiences with each other. In 1974, they decided it was time to tell their secret. They wanted to save other deaf boys from being molested by Murphy.

One year earlier, a deaf boy went to the St. Francis Police Department to report that Murphy molested him, records show. The case was dropped after Murphy told police the boy was mentally retarded, according to a deaf teacher who was at the school at the time.

How convenient is that? The ACCUSED tells the police the boy is retarded, and the police drop the case! Hey, do you suppose it might have something to do with all the powerful friends and all those nice things Murphy did all the time raising money for the deaf community, that encouraged the police to drop the case? No other interviews with other boys, other witnesses? Well anyway how could they talk to the boys? Murphy has to translate everything?!?

Now adults, the men go to the district attorney’s office and the police to file statements.

Murphy denied the allegations, and the police investigation was dropped. No criminal charges were issued because the men were adults and the crimes were beyond the statute of limitations.

So to be clear, in 1973 a BOY reported abuse to police. The next year men in their 20s reported their abuse while boys, to police. Would that not justify re-opening the investigation, at the very least? What kind of police work is going on here?

Another had reported the abuse to priests, which also didn’t accomplish anything.

He said he reported the abuse to three priests on three separate occasions through the years. Two indicated they did not believe him, and the other told him to forget about it.

Some other people, hearing people, get involved. They finally get 15-20 affidavits and secure a meeting with the archbishop for May 9, 1974.

“There were at least a dozen people in the room. Some were other staff from St. John’s.

…Conway said he was stunned when the archbishop began to explain that they had been aware of the problem for years.

“Then they proceeded to tell us that they understood our desire to have Father Murphy removed from the school, but they felt that Murphy was so important to the school, its livelihood and history that they did not want to remove him,” he said. “Instead they said they would remove him from having any contact with the children. I was frankly shocked.”

After faculty members and others described the good things Murphy had done for the deaf community, Conway, who served as an interpreter, said he, Quant and the victims who attended walked out of the meeting in disgust.

And there, I suppose you have it. The school’s livelihood and history, the church’s livelihood and history, Murphy’s livelihood and history, outweigh the livelihood and history of all those boys who had their bodies raped and their minds fragmented and their souls crushed under the guilt and shame of Murphy’s abuse.


The church JUSTIFIED sacrificing all these boys, deaf boys, trapped boys, powerless boys, to keep Murphy happy. Because Murphy brought home the bacon. And the police helped the church, because the culture of impunity for the powerful extends right through to various circles of authority, including the police of course. All it takes is for the order to come down from on high. You do what you’re told or you lose your job, right? We all know this. It is the bane of working people everywhere, to play their little part in the machine, like it or not.


But the orders always come from on high. That’s the point. Otherwise the cover ups could never happen.

teevee pimps

Oh brother. I was going to tell you about this new show offered by the same teevee station, Imedi, that ran the fake news of Russia invading Georgia… remember that? Vineyard of the Saker covered that fiasco here.

Georgia

In case you’re interested, you can read about the new show here, here, here. Evidently the people at Imedi want to sex up those uptight Georgians, so they hired a playboy bunny hostess to show them the ropes. Even MSN Lifestyle covered the news, so you *know* that Georgia must be a bunch of people desperately in need of loosening-their-morals cultural help from “The West.” So anyway, interesting as that may be, I couldn’t help but wonder, who own this station?

Well, I am not the only person to wonder.

First off, here’s an excellent analysis trying to make sense of who would decide to run the war simulation and why…

The most down-to-earth question remains: why exactly did Imedi embark upon this adventure controversial and potentially risk the survival of the media group? A citizens’ movement has already announced that it would drag the matter to court. In the fake report, the use and falsification of outrageous lyrics and existing persons of importance (Barack Obama, Eric Fournier, the French Ambassador, the leaders of Baltic states and Poland, who all called for aid to save Georgia ) would be sufficient to bring down the group in the lawsuit.

Currently, Imedi is run by a close associate of President Saakashvili, Giorgi Arveladze. However, it differs from the public channels and those that are clearly and openly allied to the power such as Rustavi 2. For a time the opposition’s main media source, owned by Badri Patarkatsishvili–personal opponent to Saakashvili–had been closed following the events of November 7, 2007. After the astonishing death of Patarkatsishvili during the presidential campaign in which he participated, the question of its ownership, with the purchase of a major part of shares by a certain Joseph Kay, whom the opposition accuses of being a government agent, has been a murky issue. In any case, Imedi has since become another voice of the party in power.

About Giorgi Arveladze: “A longtime ally and deputy of president Mikhail Saakashvili, Arveladze was a central actor in the Rose Revolution of November 2003. He was put in charge of President Saakashvili’s PR campaign of 5 January Georgian presidential election.” (wikipedia)

Supposedly Arveladze did not expect the simulation to cause such a panic. Mm hmm.

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As for the mysterious Joseph Kay…

Kay *claimed* to be the cousin of the last owner of the station, who died of a “heart attack” while exiled in the UK.

The last owner of the station, Badri Patarkatsisvili, was a Jewish Georgian oligarch. He was into it all — all the typical oligarch business interests, dirty cut-throat dealings, the whole thing.

Arkady Shalovich Patarkatsishvili, was born in 1955, to a family of the Jewish Georgian intelligentsia in Tbilisi, then capital of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. …[big snip covering his life as an oligarch - ed.]

Although Patarkatsishvili had initially supported the administration of President Saakashvili, he became disillusioned, notably after the mysterious death of the Prime Minister, Zurab Zhvania (obituary, February 4, 2005) . He became involved in opposition politics, and it was after a rally in November last year that the Georgian government declared a state of emergency, shut down Imedi and accused Patarkatsishvili of plotting a coup. The station was later allowed to reopen.

Patarkatsishvili went into exile in Britain and Israel. In December it was claimed in The Sunday Times that a Georgian government official had been plotting to kill Patarkatsishvili. Despite this, he launched a chaotic campaign in the snap presidential elections called by Saakashvili. Unable to return to Georgia, and pulling out and then re-entering the race days before the vote, he scored only 7 per cent.

Despite this failure, Patarkatsishvili was a household name in Georgia. People knew him for his eccentric appearance, with his moustache a flamboyant blaze of white on his upper lip - and for his excesses. While he was in Moscow rumours spread that, for example, he bought his wife the whole floor of an apartment block in the heart of the city. He also owned a large estate in Georgia, as well as the Dinamo Tblisi football team, and a multimillion-pound mansion in Leatherhead, Surrey, where he died

I’m guessing a split opened up between these guys, probably because Saakashvili reportedly has very serious personality defects, like tie-sucking under stress, which tends to reduce confidence in his abilities. But, probably Saakashvili seemed easier to control for TPTB. In any case, Patarkatsishvili opposed Saakashvili.

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Anyway, back to Kay, who suddenly claimed to be this dead oligarch’s cousin, and the executor of his will as a matter of fact.

In what has been described as a “desperate step”, controversial US-based buisnessman Joseph Kay, who has claimed to the be the executor of the will of Badri Patarkatsishvili (pictured) has now accused the late billionaire’s widow of having him murdered in a new law suit filed in New York.

Patarkatsishvili died two years ago today, in exile in Surrey, England. He had fled Georgia after being accused of plotting a coup against Mikheil Saakashvili.

Patarkatsishvili was the owner of the Imedi TV station which was stormed by special forces on 7 November 2007. On his death Kay announced that Patarkatsishvili, whom he claimed was a relative (the claim is disputed), had given him control of Imedi.

Kay last year then said - in a statement subsequently underlined by Mikheil Saakashvili’s own office - that he had sold 90% of Imedi to the sovereign wealth fund of the Gulf emirate Rah Al-Khaimah.

Well most of this has since fallen apart.

But Patarkatsishvili’s family never accepted Kay’s claims and two weeks ago announced a major victory over him which has quickly led to the unravelling of much of Kay’s claims and seen the stain of corruption spread into the President’s office. In particular the authorities in Ras Al-Khaimah have chosen to claim that they did not buy Imedi - effectively exposing the president to the claim of having lied about a major business deal for reasons of political convenience.

…We are still searching for information about the mysterious “Mark Monem” who Kay said represented the RAK Invesment Authority when he announced the sale of Imedi. Please look here for more details.

The statement from the oligarch’s family begins…

Recently, several European courts have dealt with the dispute between the Estate of Badri Patarkatsishvili and his step cousin Joseph Kay. The High Court in England recently ruled that Joseph Kay is an unfit character to manage or have any control over assets as an Executor and is banned from doing so in England. Courts in Gibraltar and Liechtenstein also recently ruled against Joseph Kay’s claims that numerous assets under his management were his and not Badri’s.

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This all devolves into chaos pretty quickly. The 90% ownership interest, Ras Al-Khaimah Invesment Authority (RAKIA), is the sovereign wealth fund of the absolute monarchy of the United Arab Emirates.

But allegedly, through a series of unfortunate mishaps and poor spelling choices and barely plausible explanations, as though these guys can’t afford laywers or something, RAKIA now claims they do not never have never did have anything to do with any of this no way. Nope. Never heard of it. It was RAAK, not RAK, and not RAKIA. Innocent mistake. Sorry we missed it, we’re just really busy counting our money. ‘ Kay?

In fact they ask us to believe they let a year go past where a bunch of imposters, with the active connivance of the president of Georgia, the Georgian telecommunications regulator, the national TV media and Giorgi Arveladze, passed themselves off as representatives of RAKIA when they were nothing of the sort. Indeed we all now know that the company that bought the station was RAAK, and not RAK, Georgia Holding.

mystery man, Mark Monem

And the only person who would seem to know is the person introduced by Joseph Kay as the local representative of the holding company which allegedly purchased 90% of Imedi, Mark Monem.

Rakeen used a specially established vehicle, RAK Georgia Holding, to buy the company, introducing Mark Monem (see video), a local representative of Rakeen at the press conference where the sale was announced.

…Who Mark Monem was or is, is not explained.

Are we supposed to believe this bizarre tale?

Noted expert on Georgia Cory Welt says we should. He might be right, but we confess to being not entirely convinced.

RAKIA’s denial of ownership just as they are staring down the barrel of a legal gun seems just too convenient. What sort of serious company lets people steal its brand for a year and says nothing about it?

One person who surely knows the answer is the mysterious Mark Monem (pictured).

Which is exactly why we are asking for all the help we can get to find out who he is.

And who is “noted expert on Georgia” Cory Welt, who encourages us to believe that it was all an honest mixup? No idea. He runs a blog to “monitor and promote democratic reform in Georgia.” His blogroll includes a few NGOs and government links. He has posted 13 times. He lists himself in Washington DC. He’s been on booger since October 2009. He has 110 profile views.

I’m not gonna say it. Draw your own conclusions based on your experience of the internet.

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Kay’s lawyer hails from New York. This is from March 2008. According to this source, Kay’s lawyer, Seltzer, was known to be a document forger two years ago:

Oddly, no one had known that Josef Kay is the Badri’s heir, except an American lawyer Mr. Seltzer. As reported by Josef Kay himself, “Mr. Seltzer came to me on the second or third day and told me that Badri Patarkatsishvili had left a will. He left it with Mr. Seltzer in New York.”

In the mean time, Mr. Seltzer is known to have been involved in a few scandalous cases, the last of them being the action by Sergei Veselkov, the owner and founder of Nord Service, Inc (NSI). The action was brought to the Texas Court against former Company’s managers Palter and Keiser, and the lawyer of those two is Mr. Emmanuel Seltzer.

In his suit, the owner accused his hired managers of stealing his company.  During the court proceedings, the lawyer Seltzer presented a number of documents and witnesses to prove the alleged fact of selling the company by Mr. Veselkov.

Besides, poor Mr. Veselkov – whose oil drilling companies are working successfully in Siberia and who started the company in question in America for enlarging his business and patenting the technologies - was accused by Mr. Seltzer of procuring, organizing the channel of illegal immigration to the USA, and money laundering.

The experts from NSI managed to prove that all the submitted documents were forged.

3 March the judge Leonard Davis recognized the fact of falsification and declared Sergei Veselkov to be the only legal owner of NSI. It becomes clear from the court’s decision that Palter and Keiser could not be people who have forged the signatures at the presented deeds, as their signatures and those by the false witnesses were just copied from other documents. It’s difficult to figure out by whom it could have been done, if not by the lawyer Seltzer.

Emmanuel Seltzer, a USA citizen of Russian origin, was considered in the USA to be an expert in struggle with money laundering and organized crime. He cooperated with the US investigative bodies about the case of money laundering through the Bank of New York.
12 March [2008] Emmanuel Seltzer was arrested at the Minsk airport. It is known that the lawyers of Patarkatsishvili’s family had applied to Georgian and Byelorussian authorities, accusing Mr. Seltzer of fraud and forgery of the hereditary deeds. At the time being, Mr. Seltzer is arraigned under the Article 380 Part 2 of the Byelorussian Criminal Code – that’s about use of the forged documents by a group of accomplices.

Josef Kay (his real name is Soso Kakiashvili) said the arrest of his lawyer to be the result of intrigues by Berezovsky.

So why is anyone listening to Kay? He has ZERO credibility.

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I started by noting the corrosive effect played by Imedi teevee, given the decision to do a sex talk show in a largely Orthodox Catholic society, hot on the heels of disturbing the Georgian people with a clumsy and outrageous “war of the worlds” stunt.

It’s all still a little murky, but by their fruits shall ye know them.

Meanwhile, in other Georgian news…

Mikheil Saakashvili to visit Brussels on March 25

US Congress delegation to visit Georgia March 27-28

69 suspected Georgian mafia members arrested in huge crackdown in Europe, most detained in SPAIN

Puello arrested, but will he finger the ring?

Great find over at Penny’s via Maggie that police in the Dominican Republic arrested Puello. Penny also notes that Silsby was caught trying to smuggle *other* children before the children that caused her to be arrested.

Most importantly:

“According to documents of the US and Dominican authorities… this person is an important part of a network of alien smugglers (targeting) women and children from Central America and the Caribbean,” added Lebron. (source)

He is “an important part of a network” means he works in a human trafficking ring smuggling women and children from Central America and the Caribbean.

Who runs organized crime?

Now to see how much of that ring we might learn about as a result of his arrest.

Regarding the charges in Vermont, from the Salt Lake Tribune (Some Mormons would be interested in this no doubt…):

Authorities also have an outstanding warrant for his arrest on an alleged U.S. parole violation following a 2003 federal indictment out of Vermont accusing him of smuggling illegal migrants from Canada into the United States.

Puello was living in Canada at the time and said he was working undercover for U.S. authorities.

Okaaay. He was also running operations from Canada into the US. Maybe even officially “on the payroll” at the same time.

Funny that they decided to “find him” now. Did something need to be resolved first? Some evidence taken care of or something? He was detained by request of the US leaving a McDonald’s restaurant. That indicates he had been moving around freely in the Dominican Republic, a small country. But now it’s time to bring him in. Why now?

And funny that his MOM is going to represent him in court and believes the entire community will come out to support him. (source)

Is she talking about the Sephardic community in the Dominican Republic? Chabad? If they’re so supportive, can’t they provide him with an actual attorney so he doesn’t have to rely on his mother?

A judge has 30 days to meet with Puello, Dominican authorities, and an attorney representing the U.S. government before deciding whether to honor the government’s extradition request, he said.

Puello is wanted in the U.S. state of Vermont and in Canada for smuggling illegal immigrants, and in the U.S. city of Philadelphia for probation violations related to fraud charges, said a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

He is wanted in El Salvador for crimes against children; sexual exploitation of minors for pornography and prostitution; organized crime; and human trafficking, ICE said. Interpol issued an arrest warrant for Puello at El Salvador’s request.

Puello has denied all of the allegations. His mother, Soledad Puello, secretary of internal affairs for the National Party of Veterans and Civilians, told The Associated Press on Friday that she will represent him in court.

“In the Dominican Republic … the entire community will come out to defend him,” she said. Soledad Puello had told the AP on Thursday that she and others were negotiating with Salvadoran prosecutors for her son to turn himself in.

I don’t know about counting on the Sephardic community coming out to defend him. I’m thinking, no. I’m thinking they will continue to deny knowing him.

From Failed Messiah on February 15th:

He falsely portrayed himself as a lawyer in the Dominican Republic. He wrongly claimed to be the leader of the country’s Sephardic Jewish community. And he initially told reporters he had never been to El Salvador, but now says he has deep connections to the Central American country, including five children there.

Later, Ana Puello married Franco Cerminara, a businessman from Italy, and they moved to South Florida. “That’s when Jorge began to go wrong,” said Cerminara, now retired.

The couple showed a photo of a young Jorge in a starched white military academy uniform in the Dominican Republic. But as a 15-year-old in Miami, they said, he began dating a stripper, who was a single mother and 10 years older than him. He soon left home for Philadelphia, where Cerminara said he was convicted of bank fraud and later moved to Puerto Rico to work as a hotel receptionist.

At some point, he apparently served in the U.S. military. A family photo shows him in fatigues standing next to two Army trucks. Puello said he served in the Army from 1996-2000 but gave no further details.

About four years ago, he emerged in Santo Domingo saying he wanted to establish a Sephardic Jewish community. Cerminara and Ana Puello said everyone in their family is Catholic and that Jorge Puello’s converted on his own. “He is Jewish by conviction,” she said. “He practices the religion and believes it in his heart.”

The Dominican Republic is home to about 50 Jewish families, a tightly knit and low-key community that includes Sephardim and Ashkenazim, and some had doubts about the new arrival, said Isaac Lalo, secretary of the Centro Israelita de Republica Dominicana, the main synagogue.
Jorge Puello began identifying himself as the “newly elected president of the Jewish Communities of Dominican Republic” in a Jewish newsletter and elsewhere even though he was never elected to any such role and had no congregation.
“This guy has nothing to do with our community,” Lalo said. “Sephardic Jews don’t just set up a community out of the blue.”

So here’s what we now know:

1. Puello was known by the tiny Dominican Jewish community for approximately four years.
2. He was not denounced by that Jewish community until after news of his criminal background surfaced last week.
3. While questions remain about who converted him or if he was converted at all, there is no record of any part of the Jewish community denouncing him or questioning his Judaism until after his criminal record was made public last week.
4. Chabad’s claim that they did not know Puello and had never heard of him are simply not believable in a community as small as the Dominican Jewish community. And a source points out Puello at one point prayed regularly at Chabad.
5. Puello’s claims of being the head of the Sefardic Community of the Dominican Republic were known for some time by the Jewish community. There is no record of any denunciation of those claims until after Puello’s criminal history surfaced last week.

Video from aangirfan:

Who led him into problems? Must be those other people in the ring. Damn them.
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Who are the other people in the ring???

Well, you can always read my little series on the curious case of Moshe Saba’s helicopter crash and ZAKA rushing to Haiti right afterwards for some background on related trafficking issues, starting here.

And you can read about organized crime in the TBA (South America), starting here.

That’s just for starters.