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this calls for an owl

We read this and find it very plausible, except for the preliminary rational that enriching uranium had anything to do with why Japan would be made an example of:

Did the Dimona Dozen Murder the Fukushima 50

Speaking of the camera, note the language here:

March 19, 2011:

http://blog.etcenter.org/2011/03/israeli-firm%E2%80%99s-3d-surveillance-cameras-watch-damaged-nuclear-core/

Hi-tech security cameras installed by an Israeli defense firm are recording events at the damaged core in Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, says a report by The Jerusalem Post.

Magna BSP—based in Arava, Israel—specializes in producing and installing stereoscopic sensory and thermal imaging cameras, and is the contractor that installed cameras around the nuclear core that has been overheating and where explosions have occurred.

Magna’s head, Haim Siboni, said the thermal cameras also have the ability to detect the presence of radioactive clouds in the air. “Using these special cameras, we can also identify radioactive clouds, due to the spectrum that our cameras can sense,” Siboni said.

However, despite having the ability to gain remote access to its computer system—which is receiving the cameras’ images—Magna officials have not accessed the images because the company has not been authorized to do so, according to Siboni.

LET’S REPEAT WHAT THAT SAYS.

DESPITE having the ability to gain remote access to the computer system, which is functioning and capturing images, Magna officials have not accessed the images, because they are not authorized to look.

Does any of that sound remotely plausible to anyone?

First of all, they say their camera survived the explosions? And is still operating? And sending pictures from inside the biggest nuclear disaster in human history? But they won’t look at them? Because some unknown higher authority has not let them?

What can we say. That calls for an owl.

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And there’s more juicy “goodness” from the light unto the nations, same link up top:

Arava-based Magna BSP, which specializes in producing and installing stereoscopic sensory and thermal imaging cameras, has been contracted to place cameras around one of the Fukushima plant’s six nuclear cores – the one that has been experiencing explosions and overheating.

The Israeli defense firm’s thermal cameras were installed due to their ability to detect presence of radioactive clouds in air. Magna has also been asked to secure a second core at the Fukushima plant in the near future.

Here’s a prayer that the cameras do their work quickly and Israeli firms and relief organizations can continue aiding and rebuilding Japan.


So *another* camera, reported March 16? One was not enough? Who really asked for the second camera? And a prayer TOO, that the “cameras do their work quickly”? Right. That links over to a Jpost article about ZAKA and IsraAID, who we learned about during the Haiti earthquake.

Entering the wayback machine: February 2010

American Red Cross claims to have spent $106 million dollars in Haiti

Yes, maybe they spent it in Haiti. That doesn’t mean they spent it on Haitians.

Every time anything bad happens people send their hard-earned money to help. But where does the money go?

superstahs for Haiti

1. 7500 people need to be relocated within 10 days because they are at high risk of flooding or mudslides in the makeshift camps at the Petionville golf course. 6000 were moved. The remaining 1500… not moved yet.

“It has been a challenge because we’ve had less than a week to prepare,” said Laura Bank, a spokeswoman for World Vision.

It is unclear where the remaining 1,500 people in high-risk areas will be moved, because there is no room for them at the Corail-Cesselesse camp, which covers nearly 11 square miles.

A lot of time was lost searching for adequate land, Liz Satow, World Vision’s acting response manager, said in a statement this week.

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2. Well, not to worry. Shakira is also looking for land in Haiti too, to build a school for needy children. What do you think? Do you think Shakira will find suitable land to build a school for needy children? I bet she will. NPR is on the story.

Hip-shaking Colombian pop star Shakira is meeting with Haitian earthquake survivors living in makeshift camps and she says she is searching for suitable land to build a school for needy children.

Arriving Sunday, the singer waved to onlookers and greeted infants living on a Haitian golf course that has turned into a sprawling makeshift camp for 50,000 quake survivors.

Her Barefoot foundation provides nutrition to more than 6,000 children in Colombia, and she is member of the ALAS foundation that advocates for children across Latin America.

Shakira was greeted by actor Sean Penn, who is providing humanitarian aid at Haitian refugee camps. The two stars spoke about challenges confronting Haiti since the Jan. 12 disaster.

source: NPR

3. Actually Shakira is a role model. She has done this sort of thing before.

Singer Shakira is shedding her wardrobe, for a good cause.

The hip-swinging Colombian pop sensation is auctioning off more than 40 articles of clothing she wore on her 2007 Oral Fixation tour to benefit her Bare Feet Foundation, which is building a school for impoverished children in her homeland.

A shiny lavender skirt with turquoise and coral beading; a bright red dress with a plunging neckline and huge, winglike sleeves; a blue tank top emblazoned with the slogan “For Those Who Love to Rock”; and other items are up for bid on the eBay’s Giving Works website.

The auction began on Friday and continues for 10 days.

“We have bids from all over the world. It’s very exciting,” said Eric Gazin, president of Auction Cause, the Los Angeles company running the auction.

While most auctions start out slow, bids for Shakira’s clothing have already been flooding in, Mr Gazin said.

Last November, Shakira auctioned off clothing from the 2007 film Love in the Time of Cholera, which won her nomination for a Golden Globe for the original song Despedida.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/people/shakira-sheds-her-shreds/2008/02/06/1202233925943.html

4. meanwhile, as mentioned, officials are rushing to provide tents for Haitians before rainy season starts

PORT-AU-PRINCE, April 8 (AFP) - More than a million Haitians, about 90 percent of those made homeless in January’s devastating earthquake, have received tents or other means of shelter, UN officials said Thursday.

At the current pace, all Haitians who lost their homes in quake will have some form of shelter by May 1, said officials from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

OCHA has been racing to get shelter for Haitians still without homes ahead of the start of the rainy season.

more here

5. one of the companies supplying tents is ShelterBox. read all about it. ShelterBox is headquartered in Cornwall UK.

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/VDUX-84CLKR?OpenDocument

“The President and Royal Patron of ShelterBox, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the charity’s HQ in Cornwall last month to than staff and volunteers for their relief efforts in Haiti.”

Do you know who the Duchess of Cornwall is? Camilla Parker Bowles. The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall are very fond of the Caribbean.

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Last Friday, February 8, 2008, it was released from the Governor’s Office here in Montserrat that Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were scheduled  to visit Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Montserrat and Jamaica on a tour of the Caribbean from 4th to 14th March, 2008.

This visit by Prince Charles and his second wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall  to the Caribbean, it is said will reinforce Britain’s ties with the important Commonwealth countries of Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia and Jamaica and the UK Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It will advance key British Government priorities in the promotion of sustainable development, environmental protection and youth opportunity.

This will be the Prince’s first official visit to Montserrat, having visited Jamaica three times previously, in 1966, 1993 and 2000. The Prince had visited Montserrat aboard a British naval vessell previsously.

But, according to a story from the ‘British’ Telegraph.co.uk newspaper by Andrew Pierce, titled, “Prince Charles hires a lavish yacht to cut costs”,  the Prince of Wales has hired one of the world’s most expensive private yachts to sail round the Caribbean - as a cost-cutting measure.

The article says “the Prince, sensitive to criticisms of the costs of his overseas tours which are funded by the taxpayer, will travel with his entourage to Trinidad on a scheduled flight rather than a chartered plane”.

http://www.themontserratreporter.com/index.pl/article_local?id=1301560

“youth opportunity”

6. 3/15/10: and just last month, Prince Charles and Camilla visited Poland! what a coincidence.

WARSAW, Poland - Britain’s Prince Charles arrived in Poland on Monday with his wife, Camilla, to start a nine-day tour that will take them through central Europe.

Charles, wearing a dark suit, and Camilla, dressed in red and clutching a handbag, were welcomed in the afternoon in the courtyard of Poland’s presidential palace by President Lech Kaczynski and the first lady, Maria Kaczynska.

The couples shook hands on a red carpet, posed for photographs, then walked into the palace, passing through a door festooned with British flags.

Later, Charles and Camilla laid a wreath at the grave of the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko, a priest who was kidnapped and killed in 1984 by Poland’s communist-era secret police. Popieluszko, who was aligned with the anti-communist Solidarity movement of Lech Walesa, is considered a martyr for the faith by the Vatican and is to be beatified in June.

The royal couple also met with Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

After three days in Poland, they will travel to Hungary and the Czech Republic, a trip aimed at promoting Britain’s relations with the three ex-communist countries, all of whom are now European Union members.

http://omg.yahoo.com/news/prince-charles-and-camilla-begin-visit-to-poland/37445

7. and now, weirdly, Charles and Camilla come under a cloud of secrecy regarding the legality of their wedding. what’s this all about? do some people have an interest in putting up a firewall between Charles and Camilla when he becomes king? why?

The Government was accused of a cover-up last night after it was ruled that the legal advice that enabled Prince Charles to marry the Duchess of Cornwall must remain secret until after his death.

Doubts about the legality of the wedding have long persisted, with some constitutional experts arguing that legislation prevented the couple from taking part in a civil ceremony.

In the latest development, it was decided to withhold details of the legal advice because of its constitutional ‘sensitivity and significance’. Justice Secretary Jack Straw blocked a Freedom of Information request to make public the advice given to the then Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer before he gave the wedding the go-ahead.

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In 2008 a senior Ministry of Justice official told Mr Jones that secret information relating to Lord Falconer’s decision had been found in Government files.

But it could not be revealed because it was against the public interest - and could lead to the legality of the Government’s decision being challenged in court.

The Justice Department told him: ‘The disclosure of legal advice has a high potential to prejudice the Government’s ability to defend its legal interests by unfairly exposing its legal position to challenge.

‘We recognise that there is a public interest in citizens knowing that decisions of this nature have been taken with the benefit of sound legal advice. However, in the circumstances of this case, the public interest does not outweigh the opposing public interest in maintaining the current convention.’

A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘This is not something we would wish to comment on.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1265095/Charles–Camilla-marriage-Legal-advice-sealed-Princes-death.html

at large

Regarding child trafficking for the purposes of sex slaves, snuff films and organ harvesting, let me start by saying this really happens. This is huge business, and it’s protected business because it’s organized crime. Corrupt people on the inside make it possible: politicians, police, social workers, judges, military, doctors, coroners, religious organizations, corporations, etc. You cannot approach a problem like this by giving all these people the benefit of the doubt. You must approach it assuming that some of them are definitely dirty rotten scumbags, and see where news reports confirm that assumption.

NY Rep Eric Massa
No sir, you can’t grope your male staffers like the old days in the Navy. Sorry.
“I make no bones about it. The United States Navy in 1983 and 1984 was incredible bawdy. Incredible.” (TPM Muckraker)
On the Crossing the Line ceremony: “It looks like an orgy in Caligula. And anybody who’s been in the Navy knows it.” Also, Rahm Emanuel bullied him in the Congressional showers. (FOX News)

Unfortunately, when we turn on the teevee and hear about Jihad Jane we are distracted by ridiculous, manufactured news designed to highlight the phony, manufactured terrorism run by evil, corrupt intelligence agencies throughout the world, and we forget that this manufactured activity gets funded by illegal trafficking.

Furthermore, we tend to focus on drug trafficking, as though the drug trafficking network operates in a different universe from the human and child trafficking network. Not so. The organized trafficking networks serve multiple purposes. Corrupt people who traffic drugs will also traffic human beings. They don’t have a fit of morality over it. I don’t think they really give a shit. Guns, drugs, human beings — whatever. It all comes down to money.

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Jorge Puello, fugitive, claims a Dominican Republic military general helped Silsby with the border crossings.

Puello continues to claim no history with Laura Silsby prior to his introduction to her in jail. Instead, he claims, another high-ranking Dominican lawyer, and a Dominican military officer were helping her with documents and other help needed to bring Haitian children into their country. If his claims prove true, one of these named individuals has a past link with trafficking.

…According to Jorge Puello — con man extraordinaire, wayward son, Jewish convert, and wanted sexual trafficker – Laura Silsby and her colleague Charisa Coulter are innocent of trafficking – at least to the best of his knowledge. They were duped, they were played, he puts it simply. That doesn’t mean they didn’t get mixed up with bad people – they did. And he’s not talking about himself, though his emails to Sean Lankford reflect a man who couldn’t daven enough to say he’s sorry for all the trouble he’s caused them. He’s talking about the ‘Lady Lawyer’ behind the famous ‘letter’ Silsby was telling everyone she had – or was supposed to have - and the ‘General’ who was going to assist her in getting into the Dominican Republic with her busload of children.

In response to questions, Puello states that he was put in contact by Silsby with a woman lawyer. The name he provided matches that of a high ranking lawyer and provincial district attorney who is active in Dominican politics. He claims that he contacted this woman when he noticed her name on some legal documents connected to Silsby. When he talked to this lawyer, the women told Puello that Silsby was supposed to go to the border where “the papers were going to be there, ready.” But when the lawyer contact learned that Silsby had been detained, she “got nervous and hung up,” claims Puello. His statements about a ‘General’ helping Silsby also matched Silby’s original statements to me, the night of our meeting, about a Dominican ‘minister’ who was helping her, and had given her his personal assurance her group would have no trouble getting into the Dominican Republic.

So Puello remains at large, somehow, and he is talking to people, and in doing so he is explaining that there are corrupt officials in the Dominican Republic who are involved with human trafficking.

And sure enough, the US canceled some visas of some retired Dominican generals in connection with a drug trafficking ring.

Santo Domingo.- The United States will reportedly question Prisons director, retied general Manuel de Jesus Perez, for the hundreds of phone calls on drug trafficking operations allegedly made from Dominican jails, as the alleged involvement of some of the country’s generals in drug trafficking now focuses on “lists.”

News source 7dias.com.do reports that an investigator revealed that the United States will request nine generals in extradition for their link to the Quirino Paulino case and published a list of the senior military officers wanted in the U.S. for their involvement in drug trafficking….n a phone interview from Washington by CDN Radio, the source said the Paulino case involves 147 military, who have yet to be “touched” by anybody. “They haven’t even been pinched.”

And in other news, the drug money is laundered through real estate.

Arture del Tiempo, Torre Atiemar and 1200kg of cocaine sent from the Dominican Republic to Spain is the probably just the top of the iceberg behind the recent years construction boom in Santo Domingo. What’s more interesting is that President Lionel Fernandez has stated that this project was a model for foreign investments in his country….The Spanish authorities suspect a powerful international network of large drug shipments is behind the case and which launders money by investing in the construction of residences and apartments.

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So…. is Puello now some sort of a good guy for fingering these corrupt Dominicans? What is going on here? Isn’t Puello himself accused of trafficking? Why yes. Yes he is. But somehow he has managed to remain at large while staying in touch with reporters as he tries to clear his name.

Do you think if the authorities wanted to bring Puello in that they could? I think they could. It seems that they don’t want to bring him in. It seems that he is being allowed to remain at large and spread this information. Why?

What purpose does this serve? Is he running a limited hangout? Are a few people going to be sacrificed to protect the larger operation?

What is the larger operation?

What’s worse than drug trafficking and trafficking people across borders illegally for cheap labor or illegal adoptions?

How about using adults and children as sex slaves. How about killing adults and children in snuff films. How about killing adults and children for their organs.

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Mexican  children trafficked into rape camps in San Diego:

In one of several related cases, hundreds of Mexican girls between 7 and 18 were kidnapped or subjected to false romantic entrapment by organized criminal sex trafficking gangs. Victims were then brought to San Diego County, California. Over a 10 year period these girls were raped by hundreds of men per day in more than 2 dozen home based and agricultural camp based brothels.

A Latina medical doctor employed by a U.S. federal agency provided condoms to the victims for years, and was told by her supervisors not to speak out and organize efforts to rescue the victims. This doctor was ordered under threat of legal action to keep quiet about the mass victimization of children in “rape camps.”

Mexican children trafficked into brothels in Queens, NY:

Before the night is over, the girls of “Zona Rosa” - a notorious red-light district just a few blocks from the main tourist drag in this Mexican border town - will make as much as $250 each by selling sex. It’s cold-blooded sexual slavery - forced prostitution that began when they were kidnapped from their small towns in Mexico and Central America and smuggled through a dangerous corridor that leads into the United States. After they work their apprenticeships in Tijuana, many of the girls end up as sexual servants in New York’s illegal brothels.

As many as 17,500 sex slaves are smuggled into the United States each year, according to the latest federal statistics. One out of every three people trafficked into New York is forced into prostitution, according to Safe Horizon, a Manhattan-based human rights organization.

…During a recent trip to Zona Rosa, The News found dozens of cops standing by as hundreds of girls sold sex to strangers.

The Disappeared of Canada:

George Brown’s group documented a link between the disappeared women of the downtown eastside and the trans-pacific organ trafficking network based in China . According to sources within the network, at least a dozen women and men are abducted and murdered every month in Vancouver , their bodies disposed of in protected grave sites on the north shore, and their organs shipped overseas.

Most of the disappeared are homeless men, transient youth or sex trade workers.

keeping track of children

1. EU leaders prepare for Morocco meeting in Granada Spain — will children be invited to the parties?

The European Union is to hold a summit with Morocco in Granada, Spain, this weekend (6-7 March), the first meeting since the two sides formalised Morocco’s ‘advanced status’ in its relations with the Union in October 2008.

Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain’s prime minister, will host Abbas El Fassi, Morocco’s prime minister, for a dinner on Saturday evening and two hours of discussion on Sunday. Spanish attempts to secure the participation of King Mohammed IV have been unsuccessful.

Sunday’s talks will also be attended by Štefan Füle, the European commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy, and Karel De Gucht, the commissioner for trade.

The EU sees Morocco as a strategic partner on a range of issues, and Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spain’s foreign minister, has described the summit as one of Spain’s main priorities in the six months that it holds the presidency of the Council of Ministers.

He cited the fight against illegal migration and terrorism, including radicalisation, as special concerns.

more here

2. Spain leads quest to fight child trafficking in Haiti — WITH BIOMETRIC DATABASE. Just like Fulan Gong prisoners have their blood type and other health data checked into a database….

The aim of the ‘DNA-Prokids in Haiti’ project is twofold: it will use DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing to help trace the children in a bid to prevent human trafficking, and it will help reunite missing and displaced children with their families.

…DNA-Prokids will initially take 6,000 samples of genetic data from adults who have reported missing children, from adults who are blood relatives of missing children, and from displaced children in order to deter their trafficking in the confusion after the earthquake.

Before the earthquake there were around 380,000 orphans in Haiti, but the number is now estimated at nearly 1 million. UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) and other humanitarian organisations are warning of the problems of abduction of missing children by child sex traffickers in the chaos after the disaster - a situation that was also widely feared following the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

…Data interchange will make family reunification possible in some cases, it will force a continued search in other cases, but it will save children from abuse and organised crime in all cases.’  REALLY?? HOW SO?????

DNA-Prokids has made contingency plans for other national and international laboratories to help in the data analyses if the University of Granada becomes overwhelmed by the number of cases that will need to be analysed.

The DNA-Prokids in Haiti project was established in 2004 at the University of Granada and was joined in 2009 by the Health Sciences Department of the University of North Texas, US. The project has many financial supporters including the Andalusian regional government in Spain, Spanish financial institutions, and the US-based Life Technologies Foundation. It also collaborates with many other countries to increase its scope including the Guatemala, Mexico, the Philippines, Thailand and the US.

more here

3. Life Technologies Foundation — hoping to establish a WORLDWIDE LINKED DATABASE for DNA profiles — to prevent trafficking. or would it actually FACILITATE TRAFFICKING?????

http://www.pr-inside.com/life-technologies-foundation-and-dna-r1750818.htm

To date, approximately 5,000 DNA collection kits and computers, digital cameras for photo documentation, database software and other supporting materials have been shipped to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to help address the catastrophic situation in Haiti. In February, the Spanish Government agreed to manage and coordinate identification efforts processed by DNA – PROKIDS with the Haitian Government. The collection of samples will be done through the help of the International Red Cross and the United Nations UNICEF programs. At this time, more than 1,200 children and more than 3,000 relatives of missing children displaced by the earthquake have been located and are awaiting participation in the DNA – PROKIDS effort, which will hopefully reunite these individuals with their families.

The Life Technologies Foundation is supporting the US Pro-KIDS effort through a grant to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification at the UNT Health Science Center. Arthur Eisenberg, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the department of forensic and investigative Genetics at UNT has been actively involved in establishing the DNA – PROKIDS program in developing countries. Dr. Eisenberg formed a professional relationship with Jose Lorente, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of legal and forensic medicine at the University of Granada-Spain to help establish a worldwide DNA database to help reunite children with their parents and deter the trafficking of children.

“It is our hope that a program such as DNA – PROKIDS will be a deterrent and prevent criminals from kidnapping and trafficking children, the most vulnerable of all victims,” said Dr. Eisenberg. “By making a difference in Haiti, perhaps all countries throughout the world will develop national databases that will link to an international repository of these DNA profiles.”

Organ Transplantation. DNA zygosity testing can be used to identify a donor for organ transplant. (Identical, or monozygotic, twins are logically the best donors). DNA banking is offered by some of the same laboratories that perform DNA testing. DNA banking involves extracting DNA from cells and freezing or refrigerating it for future testing. DNA is stable even outside of cells and therefore can be stored for years. DNA banking may be offered to terminally ill patients with a known or suspected genetic disease, persons with a genetic disorder for which no testing is yet available, or persons who do not presently wish to pursue available testing but would like to reserve the option for the future. (http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/genetics_center/louisiana/article_dnatesting.htm)

4. the unimpeachable investigators of CHINESE organ trafficking

“If you could, you know, know the blood types of everyone you had in prison and if you could execute people to order, um, then you could certainly deliver (laughing) hearts and livers, um, and…and…anything else you wanted to do…um…on a short time frame. You know the current wait in New Jersey for kidneys is 4-5 years, in New York City it’s 8-10 years.” — Dr. Michael Shapiro, Transplant Surgeon



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logistical prowess: Part V: conclusions

Some questions surround the timeline of ZAKA’s activities.

When did the ZAKA team depart for Mexico to get to the Moshe Saba Masri helicopter crash? The story given in most reports — that the ZAKA team arrived in Mexico from Tel Aviv on the morning of January 11th is, frankly, not possible given the other information reported.

One possibility is that the team left Israel on the afternoon of January 10th. However, the helicopter crashed on the evening of the same day, according to reports. So why would they leave for a crash that hadn’t occurred yet?

Another possibility is that they didn’t leave from Tel Aviv, but from a closer location. But if so, why lie?

Both possibilities imply they had foreknowledge.

Also, who was in the helicopter, and who or what was in the ambulance?

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Quick and dirty timeline:

1/10/10 – 8pm? – Saba helicopter reportedly crashes in Mexico. Witnesses say it explodes mid-air, although the weather is cited (foggy and rainy). Another highly credible source says Saba didn’t leave NY until 3AM Sunday/Monday morning, putting their departure well after the crash time.

INDISPUTABLE FACT: Time in Israel + 8 hours, therefore it’s 4am in Israel (the next day) at the time of the reported 8pm crash in Mexico.
INDISPUTABLE FACT: Travel time Israel to Mexico is at least 18 hours on commercial flights.

1/11/10, am – ZAKA team reportedly arrives from Israel.

1/11/10, pm – ZAKA team reportedly leaves from Israel after meeting with rabbis and procuring instructions.

Pick One. Explain.


Part I: ZAKA in Mexico and the difference between five and six
Part II: Moshe Saba Masri, Mexican billionaire and Sephardi Jew
Part III: ZAKA and private ambulances
Part IV: ZAKA goes to Haiti

logistical prowess: Part I: ZAKA in Mexico and the difference between five and six

As I wrote the other day, a ZAKA team rushed to Haiti from Mexico, where they had been working the crash site of Moshe Saba’s (Moises Saba Masri) helicopter. The crash occurred on Sunday night, 1/10/10. News reports said nobody on the ground was hurt. Apparently there’s a deep ravine next to the house or the three story building or the billboard, or whatever the helicopter supposedly hit before bursting into flames while in the air, on on the ground, on the outskirts of Mexico City, in the foothills, in the fog, killing five or maybe six people.

responders at the crash site
it is nighttime
  • The family had arrived at the international airport in Toluca, 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of the capital, on a flight from New York City and was heading home to Mexico City.
  • Moreno said it was unusual for a helicopter to be flying in the area at night, especially since the foothills were covered in fog….”The question is who authorized the flight.”
  • No deaths or injuries were reported on the ground, even though Moreno said the craft sheared off a railing on the roof of a three-story home, then hit two parked cars and a tree before tumbling into a 65-foot-deep (20-meter-deep) creek bed. The wreckage covered a radius of 60 yards (meters) in the pine-clad hills on the city’s western edge.
  • Initial reports indicated another person had been on board, but Moreno confirmed there were only five.
Some reports said the remains were charred.

ZAKA team at the crash site
it is morning
“First photographs of ZAKA volunteers at Mexico helicopter crash site” (source)
ZAKA volunteers arrived from Israel in the morning, local time, and went straight to the crash scene to carry out their sacred work of collecting all human remains for burial. The four-man delegation from Israel is working with other ZAKA volunteers from the US and Mexico.

ZAKA arrived Monday morning, local time, from Israel. Quite the feat, actually, considering that if you left Israel at night and traveled non-stop, it would still take a good 18 hours or so to get to Mexico. Also quite the feat since Israel is eight hours ahead of Mexico, which means it was early morning in Israel when the crash happened, which means they could not have left at night to arrive in the morning. Anyway, I’m not sure why they would send a team from Israel when ZAKA is an international organization with offices in Brooklyn, New York. But I’m sure they have their reasons.

Or, maybe they actually came from the United States. But why lie about coming from Israel? Just to make it extra dramatic? Or, possibly, to cover up some sort of foreknowledge? Sometimes Israeli lies seem almost gratuitous, as though there’s no good reason except that it’s fun, and it doesn’t matter, and anything can be ignored or denied if necessary, and it makes the story sound better.

Zaka Spokesman Moti Bukchin said the rescue organization would send out a delegation Monday afternoon to Mexico via the United States in order to assist in identifying the bodies of the victims. The delegation will be joined by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s son, Rabbi David Yosef, as the personal delegate of the Shas leader. (Ynet, Reuters story, dated Monday 1/11/10)

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About ZAKA (wikipedia):

ZAKA (Identification and Rescue - True Kindness): ZAKA is a non-governmental volunteer agency responsible for rescue, life saving and recovery. Members work alongside law enforcement and emergency personnel when responding to incidents of terrorism, accidents, or disasters. It is a humanitarian agency, mostly made up of Haredi Jews who assume the duty of collecting human remains to provide those remains a proper Jewish burial, known as Chesed Shel Emet, “True Virtue.” ZAKA is an international organization, with offices in Israel and New York, and has dispatched volunteers to disasters throughout the world. The Israeli government recognizes ZAKA as part of the security apparatus, because volunteers are trained by the Israel Police and Magen David Adom.

See this ZAKA newsletter from December 2009 (http://www.zaka.org.il/newzaka/2009/newszaka12ebg.pdf) to read all about ZAKA’s latest feats, including plans to establish a ZAKA International Rescue Unit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also see the ZAKA website: (http://www.zaka.us/index.asp).

“This shared fate of the two peoples is reflected in the word Jerusalem, which has the letters USA at its center.” - Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, at the 9/11 Manhattan Tribute to ZAKA and the FDNY

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According to the story, Saba Masri was killed in a crash along with five other people. That would be six total. As noted above, “Initial reports indicated another person had been on board, but Moreno confirmed there were only five.”

Another story here also says a total of five people died. CNN also says: five people. A few other stories along the way mention six. It varies from source to source.

Experience tells us, however, not to ignore initial reports.
Five people, six people… what’s the difference? The difference is a human being. Does that person exist or not? Or is the person being erased? And if so, why?
What happens when we lose track of people? Criminals get away with murder. Each person has a life, and a story. The people who get erased are the very people whose lives and stories we need to know.
So yes, it matters whether there were five people or six people. It’s what we call A FACT. We reality-based people are really into FACTS.

The ZAKA team went straight to the crash site in the morning, presumably marching into an ongoing investigation led by the local emergency services who had been on the scene since the night before.


An ambulance leaves the scene of a helicopter crash near Mexico City, Mexico, on Sunday night.” (CNN)
(Is that a city ambulance, or a private ambulance?)
Who was in the ambulance? Nobody was hurt on the ground, and ZAKA arrived in the morning to collect body parts, so what was the ambulance doing? Taking bodies to the morgue? That is what we might expect — that the emergency personnel at the crash site all night would have removed the bodies to the morgue. Therefore, by the time ZAKA would arrive the next day, what work would they need to do at the crash site?

Let’s not forget that Israel classifies ZAKA as part of the state security apparatus.

Maybe they show up to collect evidence and pay off local officials to say things like, “there were only five bodies” after initial reports had already mentioned six. ???

Ynet, who also reported six bodies, published this photo, courtesy of ZAKA. In other words, the news agency got the political file photo from the “non-governmental volunteer agency responsible for rescue, life saving, and recovery.” Doesn’t that seem a little odd?

Saba Masri family with Bill Clinton

logistical prowess: Part II: Moshe Saba Masri, Mexican billionare and Sephardi Jew

Would someone want Saba Masri dead?

Maybe. He had a lot of different business interests, and he definitely locked horns with a few people along the way.
  • Saba Masri, 46, did not participate in his family’s main business, pharmaceuticals distributor Grupo Casa Saba.
  • Instead, he struck out as an investor in diverse areas, including telephones, Internet service and real estate.
  • In 2007 he made an unsuccessful bid for a government-held stake in one of the country’s two main airlines, Aeromexico. [He lost in a fierce bidding war against Citigroup.]
  • Saba Masri was an early investor in TV Azteca, Mexico’s second-largest network, and in the Unefon telephone company, where he sold his stake in 2007.
  • He owned a stake in at least one hotel in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged him in 2004 with manipulative securities trading, though the charges were later dismissed.
  • Last year, he angered movie fans and preservationists in Mexico City when his development company tore down a landmark movie theater to build an office tower.
Also: “He once entered negotiations to acquire Israel’s Channel 10, but the deal ultimately did not go through.

His profile brings to mind two other successful media moguls who have recently been assassinated: Jamim Shah and Costis Hadjicostis. All three men exhibited something of an independent streak.

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Saba Masri was returning from a trip to New York with his family. They had attended a family engagement party.

Highly-credible sources tell YWN that they had just returned from Flatbush, Brooklyn, where his brother had just made an engagement party at their home on Avenue S - in the Syrian Community. They had spend Shabbos in Flatbush, attended the party on Motzei Shabbos, and flew back to Mexico via airplane on Sunday. After landing, they transferred from a plane to chopper. A private jet left NYC for Mexico at approximately 3:30AM on Sunday night/Monday morning with family members, and at least one member of Flatbush Hatzolah [volunteer EMS -ed.] - a highly recognized Askan [Jewish lobbyist -ed.] in the Syrian community.
Hmm. A typo? This says the private jet left on Sunday night/Monday morning, and the crash happened (allegedly) just after 8pm Sunday night, so that doesn’t add up. But leaving that aside for the moment, since it implies that Saba Masri & family could not have been on the helicopter that crashed, since they would have still been in New York at the time…and that’s a little too weird to contemplate at the moment….

According to former Shas leader Rav Aryeh Deri, who described Saba Masri and his wife as humble people, Saba’s father was also supposed to take the helicopter from the airport to the home, but at the last minute, he decided to take his vehicle. He couldn’t remember why he decided to drive. (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=44677)

According to a HaMevaser report, R’ Yitzchak telephoned Rav Ovadia Shlita after learning of the tragedy, broken and in pain, seeking guidance as what to do regarding his immeasurable loss and how to interpret his miracle, the decision not to travel on the chopper.
There is conflicting information about which family members were traveling with Saba Masri City authorities were not immediately available to confirm the information. According to Reuters, Saba Masri was flying with his family and Alberto Saba and Judith Humberto Casal. However, Notimex quoted Moreno Brizuela as saying the dead in addition to Saba Masri included Alberto Saba Jr. and Judith Adela Saba or Tauchi Casal and the helicopter’s pilot Capt. Armando Fernandez, while the sixth victim has not been identified. Reforma attributed to the security chief a statement that Alberto Saba Raffoul, Saba Masri’s father, was not in the helicopter and had not died.

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Saba Masri was a Sephardi Jew, not an Ashkenazi Jew. The Ashkenazi Jews run the whole shebang in terms of the power structure. The way I understand it, Sephardi Jews have too close an affiliation to Arabs, and since Jews and Arabs must be diametrically opposed per the Ashkenazi narrative, that doesn’t leave much room for Sephardi Jews. They bend to the narrative to get some crumbs, or else they get nothing.

“The Sephardic religious party [Shas] was established in 1984 to counter a sense of social discrimination among Sephardic (Middle Eastern descent) religious Jews vis-a-vis Ashkenazis (European descent.)”  (source)

“Moshe Saba in conference with Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rav Yitzchak David Grossman. He didn’t make a move without rabbinic approval.”
“What was supposed to be a short, ten minute flight from the airport to their estate turned into the final tragic journey for billionaire philanthropist Moshe Saba and his family  — as their helicopter exploded in mid-air. Although much of his life was an enigma, Saba’s inner circle of confidants, including the family of Rav Ovadia Yosef, has begun to reveal little known aspects of the man who was the pillar of Mexico City’s Jewish Community. And although Moshe Saba never spoke to the media, he gave several exclusive interviews to Mishpacha’s Yossi Elituv. As the two of them once soared over the skies of Eretz Yisrael in another helicopter, Saba turned to him prophetically and said, “Each person has his time.”
Without reading these exclusive interviews, we can’t know whether Saba Masri would agree with views like this, expressed over the weekend by a Sephardic Rabbi: (http://www.israenationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/180521) [2/20: This article has been scrubbed from the web, since yesterday 2/19/10. - ed.]
Former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a modern Haman, equating him with the villain of the biblical Purim story. “Just like in the days of the first Haman, we have had Hamans in all the generations. Today we have a new Haman in Persia who is threatening us with his nuclear weapons. Their swords will strike their own hearts, and their bows will be destroyed,” Rabbi Yosef said.
These views might be genuine, or these views might be expressed to satisfy the Ashkenazi power structure. There’s no way to tell from here. [And as a little note for the curious, Purim will be from February 28-March 1, 2010; and Easter is on 4/4 this year.]

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Of course, there’s also the matter of the Sephardic and Syrian Jew community caught up in the New Jersey organ trafficking ring last summer…(http://thejewishstar.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/after-arrests-sephardic-community-shudders/)

Last Thursday a decade-long FBI corruption probe in New Jersey and New York was wrapped up with the arrests of 44 men, including several prominent rabbis from the Syrian Jewish strongholds of Deal, N.J. and Brooklyn, N.Y. Most notable of all was Rabbi Saul Kassin, 87, of Cong. Shaare Zion on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. He is considered the leading rav of Syrian Jewry….The tight-knit medley of Sephardic Jews in Great Neck, who range from Iranian to Syrian and Afghani, were taking the news personally. …“All Jews, we’re part of the same family,” she said….Rabbi Arnold Marans of Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst said the Sephardic community here is not “monolothic” and that his shul was European Sephardim and not close to the Syrian Jewish community.

Perhaps from inside Jewry, these divisions seem very sharp. But from the outside? Not so much.

And guess who else claimed to be part of the Sephardic community? Jorge Puello.

logistical prowess: Part III: ZAKA and private ambulances

In Part I, we learned that ZAKA is a non-governmental volunteer agency also considered part of Israel’s security services. They travel around the world to assist at accident and disaster sites and to collect Jewish remains for burial.

In Part II, we learned from highly credible Jewish sources (who use a lot of Jewish words that non-Jews have to look up), that Saba Masri left the Brooklyn New York Syrian community after a family engagement party, accompanied by his family members and at least one member of Flatbush Hatzolah.

Hatzolah means volunteer EMS.

This unnamed person is also, according to the source, a highly recognized Askan in the Syrian community.

Askan means Jewish lobbyist. (http://www.thekathrynreport.com/2010/01/tragedy-philanthropist-mogul-moises.html)

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So, come to find out that some Jewish communities have their own ambulance services — Hatzolah! Like ZAKA, except local. Who knew?

This causes some problems, as you might imagine. (http://www.hashkafah.com/index.php?/topic/25286-is-hatzolah-necessary/)

I know many Hatzolah members are dedicated volunteers whose hearts are in the right place when they join this volunteer ambulance service, but really it is an organization that divides the Jewish communities from the rest of the people.

Hatzolah is not really needed, there are EMT’s that turn out of hospitals and FDNY EMT’s/Paramedics. I think the Jewish communities of NYC should really look inward and also then look at their gentile neighbors of this city and really consider how an all Jewish politically connected ambulance service looks to everyone else.

Regular civilians volunteering in this politically connected group getting free parking placards, immunity from summonses and sometimes arrest, and the fact that the overwhelming majority of the calls they go on are to assist Jews only.

…The city would run just fine without Hatzolah and there would not be conspiracy theories floating around about Hatzolah covering up child/spousal abuse or other things.

One response on that thread:

All other ethnic/racial/whatever groups are welcome to open and fund their own ambulance corps if they can’t control their jealousy. Conspirators can go screw themselves. Hatzalah has many local members, and their response time is a fraction of that of FDNY. Plus, their service is a hell of a lot better. All this with no burden on any reluctant taxpayers whose public education system we support. The hell with them.

That’s so nice.

Here is another thread full of righteous indignation when a police officer and a Hatzolah volunteer disagreed over street parking protocol. The general sense one gets is that the Hatzolah volunteers can do no wrong in the eyes of the Jewish communities, and those cops better watch out or some people might make a few phone calls, capice? (http://matzav.com/lakewood-hatzolah-volunteer-gets-ticketed-at-scene-of-accident)

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But then, around September 2005, someone made corruption allegations against Flatbush Hatzalah, and there was a bit of a kerfuffle when a very official letter signed by four rabbis told people to stop discussing Hatzalah business on the internet because it is “destroying the organization in ways that we cannot elaborate in writing.” (http://tinypic.com/dha06w.jpg%5Dhttp://tinypic.com/dha06w.jpg) (also see: http://chaptzem.blogspot.com/2005/09/threat-letter-from-rabbonim-real-or.html)

And some discussion followed about whether or not this was a hoax, or justified, or what exactly it meant.

From the comments at the last url:

  • I personally called and they confirmed the letter is real.
  • screw the terror letter …thank god we have blogs where people can speak their mind AND TELL THE TRUTH on what is going on in a certain organization….. and by the way if nothing is wrong what are they afraid of ? I wonder.the bottom line is …. free speech is a right in America
  • within the org. there is enough censorship and snitching that to do it any other way would certainly end in our immediate expulsion from the org.
  • they (blog moderators - ed.) are responsible, mature members who also know the massive problems the org. has, and realize this is the only way to deal with it, as all other avenues have thus far (20+ years) have failed.
  • the issues they raise VERY real. and the site doesnt even begin to scratch the surface of the problems and politics within the organization. beyond this,you will have to read between the lines of the site and do some research for yourselves.
“Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, 58, of Brooklyn, N.Y, is taken into the back of the federal courthouse in Newark on corruption charges. He is charged with trafficking in illegal kidneys.”
photo credit: Mitsu Yasukawa/The Star-Ledger

logistical prowess: part IV: ZAKA goes to Haiti

The Saba Masri helicopter crash occurred on Sunday night, 1/10/10. The ZAKA team arrived at the site on Monday, 1/11/10. The Haiti earthquake happened on Tuesday, 1/12/10.

The ZAKA team was still in Mexico, so they went to Haiti.

Oddly enough, ZAKA had planned to establish an international rescue unit in Mexico that very same week! This report is dated 1/11/10. As we learned earlier, the ZAKA team was supposedly on the crash site the morning of 1/11/10. (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=44611)

In a tragic and cruel twist of fate, the ZAKA International Rescue Unit delegation which was due to fly to Mexico City later this week to begin training 50 local volunteers in rescue and recovery techniques, left Tel Aviv this afternoon to attend to the scene of the helicopter crash in Mexican Jewish businessman and philanthropist Moises Saba was killed along with his wife, son and daughter-in-law and two others on Sunday night.

First off, what a coincidence that just as they planned to be in Mexico, the exercise “went live” as it were. Similarly, as noted here, a conference on First Emergency Response also took place in Israel the very same week. (1/11-1/14)

Secondly, the team left Tel Aviv in the afternoon of 1/11 to attend the crash site of six people. (See Part I.) Not sure how that departure time squares away with the reported facts, either. The helicopter reportedly crashed shortly after 8pm Sunday the 10th (http://matzav.com/jewish-mogul-moises-saba-killed-in-accident), and the pictures confirm that it happened at night. Since Tel Aviv is eight hours ahead of Mexico, it was around 4am there on the 11th. If the authorities rustled the team out of bed and onto a plane for 5am and they flew for 18 hours nonstop, they could be in Mexico City for the late afternoon of the 11th, even though they claimed to be there on the morning of the 11th. But why would they leave in the afternoon… of the 11th? That actually makes sense under normal circumstances, except it’s not what we’ve been told. Or maybe they left on the 10th, but that would be too early, since the crash hadn’t occurred yet. So, something’s wrong with the story, as it’s been reported.

The idea to establish a ZAKA International Rescue Unit in Mexico, trained by Israeli ZAKA volunteers, was born out of a ZAKA tribute evening which Moises Saba hosted in his home in November 2008, where guest of honor former US President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker. Saba’s generosity facilitated the establishment and training of the Mexico ZAKA International Rescue Unit.

Wow, so it was Saba’s own idea. Perhaps the picture of him (Part I) with Clinton had been taken at that November 2008 soiree.

“Who could have imagined, not just that the Mexican volunteers would need to learn the course content hands-on, in a real incident, but that it would involve the tragic death of the person who initiated and funded the course,” noted head of the ZAKA International Rescue Unit Mati Goldstein as he prepared to board today’s flight to Mexico.

What can I say? WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED… that little phrase has to go down in history forever linked to Dear Condi, as she lied her ass off before the 911 Commission, also a bunch of liars, on May 19, 2004.

“This tragic incident only serves to highlight the need for locally-based, ZAKA-trained volunteers who can respond immediately and professionally to emergency situations,” adds ZAKA International Rescue Unit Chief Operating Officer Dovie Maisel who also left for Mexico City today, with two other ZAKA volunteers. Rabbi David Yosef, son of former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Ovadia Yosef who was close to Moises Saba, accompanied the ZAKA delegation.

I usually refer to that as JUSTIFYING. Many times we see events that JUSTIFY items on somebody’s agenda.

How convenient is that, when something happens to JUSTIFY something you already wanted to do? Very convenient.

Before leaving for Mexico, the ZAKA delegation met with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who gave his halachic ruling regarding the ZAKA team’s work in collecting body parts at the crash scene. They then met with Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who sent with the delegation a letter to his counterpart in Mexico, requesting to delay the funeral of the victims until the ZAKA team has completed its work in collecting all body parts from the scene of the crash.

How did they have time for all these meetings, and prepared letters about the rules and regulations for handling the “body parts,” in the wee hours of the morning, and still get to Mexico in impossible record time?

Moises Saba has supported ZAKA since its inception, including the donation of two ZAKA ambulances. During the tsunami disaster, in which a Mexican was feared dead, Saba funded the ongoing search for his body until positive identification ensured that his wife of one month would know her husband’s fate.

You know, no matter which way you look at this, somebody is lying or we have a lot of lousy journalists around, or both.

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So when the Haiti earthquake hit on the 12th, the ZAKA team immediately deployed from Mexico to Haiti, allowing them to be the first Israeli team to arrive in the disaster area.

According to the ZAKA newsletter (http://tinyurl.com/yg4qdcd), the team flew into Port-au-Prince on Thursday, 1/14, in a Mexican Air Force Hercules plane, accompanied by Jewish volunteers from the Mexican Kedena organization. They immediately went to the site of an eight-story collapsed building, where they worked for 38 hours with rescue equipment provided by the Mexican military, to pull eight students alive from the rubble.

Having received permission from the rabbis to continue working to save lives, they continued to work through Friday night religious services. Somehow they were unable to communicate with the IOF delegation that had arrived on Friday, but miraculously they managed to get an email to ZAKA headquarters in Jerusalem describing the hellish conditions, as they communed with delegations from Mexico, England and Scotland. Later on, when they sat with Jordanian security guards and people from Qatar and Egypt, “it was strange.”

Despite the harsh conditions, and the trauma of being surrounded by Haitians begging for water, they did manage to survive on energy bars they procured in Mexico, in addition to the kosher food they received from Chabad and the American Army.

But a little later on in the newsletter….

When all the body parts were found, the funerals went ahead following another halachic ruling and the ZAKA volunteers continued their work in clearing the site. It was at this point that the quake in Haiti struck, and, without hesitation, the ZAKA volunteers decided to continue to Haiti, a relatively short distance from Mexico City.

Using the connections of the Saba family and others in Mexico, the ZAKA delegation managed to fly out with the Mexican air force delegation on Wednesday, 13 January, receiving the mandatory seven injections on the flight. The speed of the operation meant that the ZAKA volunteers were the first Israeli delegation on the ground in Haiti, working together with the Mexican team.

Good collaboration there between the Mexican government and Israel. Very nice. Good use of connections. Very tight. Still a little confusing who went where when, however, to collect “body parts.” Did they leave on the 13th or the 14th? Did they go straight to the eight-story building or did they do something else upon arriving in Haiti? We heard so much about the logistical problems and bottlenecks getting equipment and supplies and everything to the people in need. But somehow, surprising us no end, practically inconceivable, the Mexican military and Chabad and the American Army got the necessary supplies to Israel’s ZAKA team — even Kosher food! — in the middle of a horrific disaster zone where people were allegedly killing each other for a drink of water, so that they could “save lives.”

That’s so nice.

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