WORLD: Casey Anthony found not guilty of first-degree murder in death of her child
Tue Jul 5 13:50:15 2011 · by Cheeks · 43 repliesFox News ^ | 7/5/11 | http://www.foxnews.com/author/william-la-jeunesse/index.htmlU.S. Officials Behind ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Sales Should Be Tried in Mexico, Lawmaker Says By William La Jeunesse While the investigation continues into the U.S. operation that helped send thousands of guns south of the border, Mexican lawmakers say they’ll press for extradition and prosecution in Mexico of American officials who authorized and ran the operation. “I obviously feel violated. I feel my country’s sovereignty was violated,” Mexico Sen. Rene Arce Islas told Fox News. “They should be tried in the United States and the Mexican government should also demand that they also be tried in Mexico since the…
Obama tries to stop execution in Texas of Mexican killer US president warns Texan authorities that execution would put America in breach of international legal obligations Share235 reddit this Chris McGreal in Washington guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 5 July 2011 16.39 BST Article history COP15 U.S. President Obama President Barack Obama has asked the Texan authorities not to execute the convicted rapist and murderer Humberto Leal Garcia. Photograph: Bob Strong/Reuters President Barack Obama is attempting to block the execution in Texas on Thursday of a Mexican man because it would breach an international convention and do “irreparable harm” to US interests. The…
As he normally does on “Inside Washington,” PBS’s Mark Shields Friday was waxing moronic about Republican plans to balance the budget. Not pleased by the fictional account on display, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer challenged his fellow panelist saying, “Democrats have not even produced a budget for 2012. What’s their budget?” (video follows with transcript and commentary): MARK SHIELDS: Consistency has not been a problem with Republicans. They have endorsed the Ryan plan, which of course does not provide for a balanced budget, and now they are pushing for a balanced budget. 103 House Republicans have already gone on record as…
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 or a bigger payoff by filing an “Islamophobia” lawsuit.
NEWS AU (H/T MattB) -THE NSW government has been accused of politically intimidating Muslims with its proposal to change the law so police can demand the removal of burqas for identification purposes. Muslim women can be forced to remove their face veils during routine car stops under new powers granted to NSW police.
The NSW powers, among the toughest burqa laws in the world, are aimed at ensuring police can properly identify motorists and others suspected of committing crimes. Under the NSW laws, police can now order people to remove any kind of head covering, including garments such as burkas and niqabs, during routine stops.
However, Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global political movement that wants Muslim nations united under a caliphate said, ”For us, it’s a case of political intimidation,” Sydney spokesman Uthman Badar said. ”It’s not a police issue, it’s the fact that a non-issue has been turned into an issue. It happened before with the anti-terror laws and this is doing the same thing.” (Maybe Australians are telling you to abide by their laws or get the hell out?) READ MORE: NEWS AU
by Peter Roff
Obama has to get the nation moving again or he’s going to join the 9.1 percent of Americans looking for a job in about eighteen months.
Captains issue S.O.S., claiming new rules meant to save the fish are killing their way of life. With the height of the New England fishing season getting under way this week, small family fishermen say controversial new rules are destroying their livelihood — forcing them to sell their boats and instead search for work as laborers on larger vessels. “It’s a death knell. It’s the beginning of the end for small fishermen,” said Rhode Island fisherman Joel Hovanesian, 54, who recently sold his boat. Plymouth fisherman Stephen Welch, 50, a father of two, said: “We’re in a crisis right now.”…
In his numerous fund-raising and policy speeches around the country these days, President Obama often bemoans the difficult economic times and uncertainties afflicting millions of Americans, including the nearly 14 million still seeking work unsuccessfully.
Tue Jul 5 12:14:29 2011 · by Servant of the Cross · 6 repliesWashington Post ^ | 7/5/2011 | Marc ThiessenThis Fourth of July weekend, some of the CIA’s dedicated counterterrorism officials will be celebrating more than our nation’s freedom from oppression — they will be celebrating their own. On Thursday, after a grueling two-year investigation, the Justice Department announced that a special prosecutor appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder found no criminal wrongdoing by the CIA officials involved in the agency’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogationprogram.
Tue Jul 5 12:17:26 2011 · by jmaroneps37 · 24 repliescoachisright.com ^ | July 5, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” CollinsObama’s latest backdoor ICE amnesty will bring death to some innocent Americans; bank on that. By ordering ICE agents to virtually stop deporting illegal aliens Obama is importing fraudulent voters with serious diseases. He has deliberately placed us all in danger and said, “The American Middle Class can go to hell.” Over the years Democrat presidents have betrayed America to various degrees. A feckless John Kennedy double crossed CIA efforts to overthrow Castro; Carter gave away the Panama Canal and Clinton sold the Chinese secret missile technology. Now Barack Obama may have topped these dubious “achievements” by stepping up his…
Tue Jul 5 13:15:00 2011 · by Ooh-Ah · 1 repliesWall Street Journal ^ | July 5, 2011 | George GilderAmerica needs the Jewish state’s technology and innovation as much as it needs us. America’s enemies understand deeply and intuitively that no U.S. goals or resources in the Middle East are remotely as important as Israel. Why don’t we? Israel cruised through the recent global slump with scarcely a down quarter and no deficit or stimulus package. It is steadily increasing its global supremacy, behind only the U.S., in an array of leading-edge technologies. It is the global master of microchip design, network algorithms and medical instruments. During a period of water crises around the globe, Israel is incontestably the…
Afghans are warning of dire consequences for the country’s tiny Christian population should American forces leave Afghanistan. “If U.S. troops are not in Afghanistan the Taliban will come to power,” said Obaid S. Christ, an Afghan Christian exiled to India.
WORLD - The U.S.-backed government headed by President Hamid Karzai has been no friend to Christian converts either. Earlier this year two civilian courts sentenced to death jailed Afghan Christians for changing their religion.
But a more recent, gruesome incident makes clear that the danger for anyone turning from Islam in Afghanistan is not over. A video released in recent weeks, and made available to WORLD this week by two separate Afghan sources, shows four Afghan militants beheading a man believed to be a Christian in Herat Province.
The militants, who claim to be Taliban, captured the victim, a man in his 40s named Abdul Latif, earlier this year from his village outside Enjeel, a town south of Herat.
In the two-minute video, the men, wearing explosive belts (or suicide vests) and kaffiya head scarves to cover their faces, recite verses from the Quran while forcing Latif to the ground and pinning him with their feet. “You who are
joined with pagans . . . your sentence [is] to be beheaded,” read one of the militants in Farsi from what looked like a paper decree. “Whoever changes his religion should be executed.” The passages refer to Sura 8:12 (“I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks . . .”) and the hadiths, or sayings of Mohammed.
As Latif fought his captors from the ground, one of the militants thrust a medium-sized blade into the side of his neck. With blood flowing onto the ground the militants shouted “Allahu Akhbar” or “God is great” over and over until Latif was fully beheaded and his head was placed on top of his chest.
The brutal killing followed a now-too-familiar pattern used in other beheadings captured on video, notably the killings of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002 and U.S. defense contractor Nick Berg in Iraq in 2004. It also likely coincided with a Taliban-incited mob attack on the UN compound in Mazar-e-Sharif in April that followed the March burning of Qurans in the United States by pastor Terry Jones’ church in Florida. After that incident an estimated 4,000 Afghans poured into the streets of Mazar and marched on the compound, killing 10 UN officials—and reportedly beheading two of them.
Nobody has yet released this video to the public, but you can see some similar ones here: beheadings-r-us-warning-graphic-images
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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi plans first trip after release
Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in November following Burma’s first election in 20 years.
The NLD was officially dissolved for refusing to register for the poll.
This first official warning was made in a letter to Aung San Suu Kyi and the chairman of the NLD, Aung Shwe, says BBC News.
A possible tour of Myanmar by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi could cause riots, state media warned on Wednesday, implying she would be responsible for her own safety.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi is planning her first trip outside the former capital Yangon since she was freed from home detention last year just after elections to end army rule.
The military still effectively controls the government.
“Her followers and supporters are gushing that the icon must keep in touch with the public. They seem willing to exploit the public. They also propagate that the government is responsible for security of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her trip,” a commentary in all three official newspapers said, informs Reuters.
Bank of America agrees to pay $85 billion to resolve claims made by bondholders
Bank of America, the nation’s biggest bank, agreed to pay $85 billion to resolve claims made by bondholders that the lenders sold troubled mortgage-backed securities that soured when the housing market tanked.
The deal, which must be approved by a court, was announced Wednesday after a group of 22 investors demanded that the Charlotte, N.C., bank repurchase $47 billion in mortgages that its Countrywide unit sold to the investors in the form of bonds. The group, which includes the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Blackrock Financial Management, argued that Countrywide enriched itself at the expense of investors by continuing to service bad loans while running up fees.
Bank of America, which bought Countrywide in 2008 for $4 billion, has denied those claims, informs New York Daily News.
The payout settles claims by just 22 investors who said Bank of America Corp. sold bonds based on substandard home mortgages. The bonds fell in value when the housing market collapsed and left the investors with losses on $424billion worth of mortgages. The $8.5billion settlement eclipses earnings from the past three years at the Charlotte, N.C., bank.
The uncertainty about just how bad Bank of America’s mortgage issues might be has scared investors and led to a 31percent decline in Bank of America’s stock price since January of last year, when Moynihan took over, reports Columbus Dispatch.
Bank of America still faces the prospect of billions of dollars in fines from U.S. and state regulators investigating foreclosure procedures. That mess could cost the company about $7.4 billion on a pretax basis, said Glenn Schorr, an analyst at Nomura Securities, says Los Angeles Times.
BNI favorite, Mark Steyn, warns that “free” societies of Western civilization are perverting their own God-given human rights with left wing political correctness.
Tue Jul 5 13:16:10 2011 · by topher · 52 repliesLifeSiteNews.com ^ | July 4, 2011 | by John JalsevacPilots refuse to fly Independence Day atheist banners by John Jalsevac July 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An atheist organization that sought to celebrate Independence Day by flying banners promoting atheism all across the United States nearly ran into a major snag – most of the pilots working for the advertizing company refused to fly the banners. USA Today reports that 4 out of 5 pilots working for Fly Signs Aerial Advertising refused to participate in the campaign, which involved banners saying, “God-less America,” and “Atheism is patriotic.” Only 17 of the company’s 85 pilots agreed to participate. USA Today quotes…
Tue Jul 5 15:07:40 2011 · by jessduntno · 3 repliesCNN (Communist News Network) ^ | Today | CNN Wired StaffDozens of Atlanta public school educators falsified standardized tests or failed to address such misconduct in their schools, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday in unveiling the results of a state investigation that confirmed widespread cheating in the city schools dating as far back as 2001. “I think the overall conclusion was that testing and results and targets being reached became more important than actual learning for children,” Deal said. “And when reaching targets became the goal, it was a goal that was pursued with no excuses.” Falsifying test results made the schools appear to be performing better than they really…
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These pro-Palestinian terrorist demonstrators who are screaming and yelling and preventing customers from entering this Israeli-owned store claim they were viciously attacked by Melbourne police.
Biopolymath -(H/T Shirlee F) - According to the pro-terrorist group, 20 protesters were arrested during the action against Israeli-owned Max Brenner store. The chocolateria in the Queen Victoria mall is owned by the Israeli conglomerate ‘Strauss group’; a company that provides “care rations” for one of the most brutal sections of the Israeli military, the Golani brigades. The protest occurred as part of the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the apartheid Israeli state. The peaceful picket was ‘kettled’ before leading activists were individually targeted, in what seems to be a new tactic from Ballieu’s riot squad.
Demonstrators maintain that the offensive by the police was entirely unprovoked. Melbourne University student Abdul Aziz described the scene: “I was horrified by the police’s unprovoked behaviour. All we were doing was speaking out against a corporation which boasts about their support for one of the most brutal militaries in the world. Then they just started grabbing people around the neck and dragging them away.” (And thank God they did)
Civil liberties lawyer Rob Stary said “Tonight’s arrests show the new Victorian government is prepared to criminalise legitimate dissent.”
Coalition against Israeli Apartheid member Omar Hassan, one of the arrestees, remains defiant. “The aim of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement is to draw attention to the racist and militaristic policies of the apartheid state of Israel. It came as no surprise to me that the Police would use violence against critics of Israel.
Herald Sun - Well-known columnist, Andrew Bolt, see it differently. “I never dreamed I’d live in a country in which Jewish businesses were boycotted and blockaded. The shame. The utter shame. But then I’d never dreamed, either, that I’d be taken to court for expressing my opinion. Or that a news organisation would be denied a government contact for being politically unsympathetic. Or that news outlets would be banned by government ministers for asking basic questions. Or that academics could protest against free speech.”
And that a letter such as this could appear in the Sydney Morning Herald:
The wise and timely essay by Samantha Selinger-Morris (’’Old hatreds in a new medium’’, July 2-3) raises an issue that should make Jewish community leaders in Australia rethink their attitudes to the growth of anti-Semitism.
Tragically this upsurge of racism is attributable directly to the perceived suffering the Israeli government has imposed on the Palestinian people. The current Israeli government is more responsible for the spread of anti-Semitism worldwide than any ratbag racist groups waving symbols of Germany in the 1930s…
Vincent Matthews Forestville
The nation’s largest education union has endorsed President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Members of the National Education Association voted to support Obama on Monday at their annual convention in Chicago. In a statement, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel says Obama and the union share a vision and members wanted early and strong support to help his election.
While much of the nation fixates on picnics, parades, patriotic music — and perhaps even the Declaration of Independence — on this approaching Fourth of July holiday weekend, Gina McCarthy will be contemplating smog and soot. She will be dotting the i’s and crossing the final t’s in preparation for a midweek lifting of the curtain on the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited rule designed to protect downwind states from upwind pollution. “It’s time we took action and moved these rules,” the assistant administrator at EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation told a Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee Thursday. She…
by Hadar Sela
Organizers have now expressed pessimism not only regarding the ability of the current flotilla to get underway, but as to the future of the movement as a whole.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reportedly warns the White House of consequences if they “meddle” in Syria’s affairs.
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Tue Jul 5 13:39:28 2011 · by NoLibZone · 15 repliesbaltimoresun.com ^ | Jul 5 2011 | Julie BykowiczMaryland’s largest state employee union is set to begin collecting fees from nonmembers this month — a move that sets up the Maryland chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for what could be a $4.7 million gain over the fiscal year. AFSCME sees the additional money as a matter of fairness, since the union negotiates contracts with the state on behalf of all its bargaining members, though fewer than half pay dues. Union officials say the extra money will allow them to improve services. But some of the 12,500 state workers who will find as…
- Syrian Forces Encircle Hama
- Kazakh Schools Sued Over Language
- Cameron Vows Support For Afghanistan
- Prominent Iran Lawyer Jailed For 9 Years
- Strauss-Kahn Accused Of Rape In France
- Russian Report: Qaddafi Could Step Down
- Pakistani Soldier Killed In Roadside Blast
- Eight Iraqi Troops Killed In Attacks
Hours of TV watching can be deadly
People who spend more hours in front of the television are at greater risk of dying, or developing diabetes and heart disease, with even two hours of television a day having a marked effect, according to a U.S. study.
Every day, U.S. residents spend an average of 5 hours watching television, while Australians and some Europeans log 3.5 to 4 hours a day, said researchers led by Frank Hu, at the Harvard School of Public Health, informs Reuters.
Dr Iain Frame, of Diabetes UK, said the findings should be a wake-up call about the risk of leading a sedentary lifestyle. He said evidence suggests physical activity can reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes by over 60%.
Maureen Talbot, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “I’m sure we’ve all unintentionally lost evenings slumped on the sofa in front of the TV snacking on crisps and biscuits and drinking sugary drinks or alcohol. But it’s important that this doesn’t become a regular activity, according to BBC News.
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(AP) The White House is offering to keep up to 10,000 troops in Iraq next year, U.S. officials say, despite opposition from many Iraqis and key Democratic Party allies who demand that President Barack Obama bring home the American military as promised.Any extension of the military’s presence, however, depends on a …
A double execution was recorded during the afternoon of Monday, this in Colonia Las Coloradas, located in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa.
Executed two unidentified men, a body was inside a Nissan truck and another next to it. According to reports the gunmen traveling in a car and hastily approached his victims to shoot them until death.
In addition, the driver van Nissan lost control when he received the shots, so the vehicle hit a post .
Authorities have confirmed that during the early hours of today, a group of armed men attacked two elements of the Municipal Police Guachochi, Chihuahua.
The uniformed patrol work performed in the center of town, when they were intercepted by unknown gunmen fired at them several times. The officers were executed.
Elements of the Municipal Police and State Police arrived at the scene of the attack start the first investigations. The Medical Examiner made the lifting of the two bodies and took them to the morgue.
During the morning a group of gunmen led to panic among dozens of children, since gunmen attacked a house located on Calle Francisco Villa in the colony and Caleros Ladrilleros in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.
The children remained guarded in daycare Love in Action, located in front of the house was being attacked by several unknown gunmen. Reports indicate that there were more than 50 shots, who detonated themselves among small terror that fell to the track to protect a stray bullet.
Elements of the Municipal Police and the Attorney General’s Office were present to protect the area, also managed to find more than 50 shell casings from AK-47.
Agents of the Attorney General of the State and members of the Ministry of Marine Armada de Mexico, conducted a thorough operational in Porta Fractionation Quarry located west of the city of Aguascalientes, and thanks to intelligence work is managed to locate the hideout of Nicolas Mora Obando, known as the Nico Nico or Dad, who was wanted by State and Federal authorities.
The uniforms arrived at the home of El Nico, but realized that the site was a woman identified as Brenda, 23, concubine of the offender, plus their children, Camila, two years, and Gael, five years. At home also remained Mr. Federico, 69, and his wife Ana Maria, 59, adults the elderly are parents Brenda.
So the operation was attempted to protect the lives of three adults and two children, but to El Nico did not mind risking your family starting to fire officials, trying to cover with Brenda and daughter Camilla. The sailors managed to safeguard them and managed to bring down Nicolas Mora.
|Chavez Returns to Venezuela
“Very happy to be home again,” Chavez said after his arrival from Cuba, where he had spent several weeks after an operation to remove a tumor and a treatment for cancer…
One Million March for Gaddafi: Where is this story?
Last Friday one million Libyans took to the streets of Tripoli to march in favour of their Brother Leader Muammar al-Qathafi and against the criminal precision-terrorism wrought on Libya’s population by NATO and the terrorist elements they are protecting. Yet where is this story?
In her interview with Press TV*, the journalist Lizzie Phelan spoke about what she saw on her travels around Libya. What she tells is not propaganda, it is first-hand evidence of the truth inside the country which Muammar al-Qathafi inherited as the poorest nation on Earth, and transformed it into the richest in Africa. Have his enemies done anything of the sort?
In this amazing interview, Lizzie Phelan backs up online reports from Pravda.Ru sources inside Libya that on Friday a mass demonstration in support of Muammar al-Qathafi took place in Tripoli. One million Libyans out of a total population of six million came out into the streets in support of their government and against the counter-revolutionary reactionary Islamist terrorists that NATO is supporting.
This would be the equivalent of a demonstration of ten million people in Britain or France or 50 million people in the USA. Would Cameron, Sarkozy or Obama draw such crowds of supporters? If they got ten times less they’d be letting off fireworks. It shows the measure of these, er…men, beside Colonel Gaddafi.
A couple came to his country house located in the Block 19 of the Jesus Maria neighborhood, in the municipality of Fisheries, Nuevo León. However, the couple received a surprise when they saw your pet walking with a skull.
A small dog dragged the skull patio the house, so I immediately decided to call the marriage authorities, who on reaching the house found the macabre and bizarre scene.
Staff Forensic Medical Service of the skull could take the dog home, then move the bones to their facilities.
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(AP) Ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stayed home in his presidential palace Tuesday while thousands of troops across town marched to mark the country’s bicentennial.Chavez addressed the troops on live television at the start of the parade, standing beside military commanders at the presidential palace. He said he was glad to …
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(AP) A British coroner has closed the case on a 130-year-old London murder mystery, ruling that a skull recently found in a garden belonged to a woman killed in 1879.West London Coroner Alison Thompson confirmed Tuesday that the skull found in the neighborhood of Richmond was that of Julia Thomas, a …
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June 30, 2011
Authorities warn about Mexican cartel operations in Harris Co.
By: Samica Knight
Mexican drug cartels are expanding their illegal operations into Harris County. The sheriff and local lawmakers are expressing serious concerns about an escalation of violence in the Houston area.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says we could see the same level of violence as Mexico if something isn’t done to combat the cartels’ expansion.
Authorities say they want the public to be aware that the Mexican drug cartels are here in Harris County and are becoming more advanced.
Congressman Michael McCaul, who is also the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, says he plans to go back to Washington to ask for more money for Harris County to fight against those dangerous cartels.
The Congressman and Sheriff Garcia have teamed up today, both discussing how cartel activity is spilling over into Harris County and influencing local gangs, increasing violence, human trafficking and drug trafficking. And the sheriff says through the influence of the Mexican drug cartels local gangs are becoming more sophisticated.
But both the Congressman and the sheriff said with cartel members targeting law enforcement like the murder of ICE agent Jaime Zapata and the shooting of an HPD officer last year, it’s time to act to protect Harris County.
“The Zetas, which is probably the most brazen, most violent drug cartel out there, they’re here. We know Gulf Cartel are operational here in Harris County and a lot of the others like La Familia, so not only are they here, but they are instrumental with the gangs here,” said Congressman McCaul.
“We’ll put their butts in jail. We don’t want them in Harris County, we don’t want them to bring harm, we don’t want them to deteriorate our quality of life, and with the support and backing of Congressman McCaul, we’re going to keep Harris County one of the safest counties in America,” said Sheriff Garcia.
The sheriff says Harris County has some operations in place to prevent violence here, like working with Mexico to get better intelligence. The congressman says he wants to find federal dollars in Washington to help out.
Early reports indicate that an unknown group of heavily armed men attacked the guards that were patrolling in an official vehicle on a major route in Monterrey.
At present time there is an intense operation by the authorities in the area of Avenida Morones Prieto and San Francisco, by the tunnel Loma Larga, in the vicinity of Casa de Gobierno.
The authorities attempted to deny the incident they did in previous occasions, however a very close source confirmed the incident.
So far it is known that at least one person was killed.
Initiall reports indicate that at least six messages signed by DTO’s were observed by the public, including several on Sunday that were signed by La Línea aimed at El Chapo Guzman, where they mocked the attack in Autódromo Élite.
“Haha how did it go with Jorge Sosa he was left like a dog that he couldn’t board his armored vehicle. You thought you were going to escape me you son a bitch. Hahaha and El Chapo APA? Atte_______ (La Linea). “
Other similar narco messages on walls that were signed by La Línea were also reported. However, the Sinaloa Cartel responded today with several narco-banners.
“This was a fucking notice, Vicente Carrillo. ATTE. M10 and Don Chava APA?”Share it:
The unidentified armed commando started shooting with heavy firepower in the speedway were and then fled in various luxury vehicles. At the scene the driver Jorge Sosa and one of his assistants identified as Jose de Jesus Orozco Martinez were slain.
Fernando Martínez Sosa, who serves as deputy director of crime prevention in the city of Chihuahua, was wounded in the shooting and was immediately taken to a hospital to receive emergency medical attention.
Authorities confirmed that the official officer was in the company of his family enjoying the event and indicated that he was not the target of the attack.
UN SALUDO DEL COMANDANTE 40 PARA LAS TROPAS was the deadly Zeta greeting taped to the stock of a sniper’s rifle seized during Army operations in the northern Nuevo Leon municipality of Vallecio, located 50 miles south of the Texas border on Federal Highway 85.
The message is believed to reference Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, “El 40″, second in command of the Los Zetas criminal organization, whose stronghold is the nearby border city of Nuevo Laredo.
Army troops had a greeting of their own when they raided the Ejido El Alamo at 6:00pm Sunday evening where they also seized 400 pounds of marijuana, 9 AR-15 rifles, 6 AK-47 rifles, 2 hunting rifles, 600 rounds of ammunition, 8 camouflage uniforms, boots, tactical gear, communications equipment and 16 berets with the Zeta emblem attached. The uniforms were reportedly Army surplus made in the U.S.
Military authorities reported the troops were unable to seal a perimeter around the farm and as a result an undetermined number of gunmen escaped in vehicles and on foot.
At the time an Army detachment was mounting a reconaissance operation on the streets of Vallecio and on dirt roads in the outskirts of the town when they ran into the main entrance of the Ejido El Alamo and observed people fleeing the scene.
The drugs, weapons and equipment were located inside a farm building and a white Nissan cargo vehicle parked outside. The 200 kilos (approximately 400 pounds) was wrapped in clear plastic in 63 packages.
All the evidence seized was transferred to the Federal Attorney General’s office in Escobedo, Nuevo Leon.
Thirteen gunmen killed by Army unit in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas.\
A total of 13 suspected gunmen were killed after a shootout with the Mexican Army in a rural area of the municipality of Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas this Monday morning.
According to the preliminary reports a military reconnaissance patrol repelled an attack by gunmen in the rural community of Zaragoza Atizapán.
The fighting occured at a farm where seven vehicles loaded with weapons, clothes and various equipment was seized.
A gunmen identified as Luis David Martinez Reyes who was in posession of an AK-47 was arrested at the scene.
Rio Bravo is located on the Rio Grande border with Texas, between the major cities of Reynosa and Matamoros and is a much used drug smuggling corridor into the U.S.
Although the identity of the criminal group that the gunmen belonged to was not revealed this area is under the control of the Gulf Cartel. It was recently learned that drug traffickers in this area are under orders to fire on U.S. law enforcement personnel if necessary to prevent the seizure of drug loads being smuggled into the U.S.
The following are the contents of a letter we received at Borderland Beat from a couple that until recently resided in the tourist destination of Ixtapa in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.
We have independently corroborated certain facts in the letter and believe the contents to be true.
Names and addresses have been deleted for obvious reasons.
I feel that you should be made aware of an incident that occurred early in the morning of May 9 2011 and about the treatment we received after.
My husband and I were sleeping at our home on Calle ____________ in Res. _________, Ixtapa. At about 2.30 AM I saw 3 men approaching from the back area of the house. We jumped out of bed and managed to keep them from entering the house for at least 5 minutes. We turned on the alarm in our car and during this whole time we were yelling Ayudar Ayudar as loudly as we could. The robbers were also screaming and yelling because they were not at first able to get in. The leader of the bad guys picked up a brick and threw it at our glass door, shattering the glass. They were then able to get inside by smashing all the glass out of the door. The entire time this was going on, our car alarm was still sounding off.
Once inside our house the robbers beat both my husband (very severely) and myself and also at one point in the battle they shot a gun at my husband but thankfully did not hit him. They then tore our house apart and found our bank and credit cards. After they held a gun to my head and saying they would kill my husband I gave them the passwords. The leader of the gang left to go to the bank to check that I gave them the right numbers. While he was gone the other 2 men were kicking us and hitting us and putting guns and knives in our faces. When their leader returned they loaded up our TV, computer, camera, jewelry, etc. into our Honda CRV and then the main gang leader raped me and stabbed my husband. They told us that if we called the police or made a report they would come back and cut off our heads. I believe them. They terrorized us for almost 3 hours. In that entire time nobody called the Police or came to help us even though we had made a lot of noise for at least the first 15 minutes and then there had also been a gunshot. There are veladors and security guards all around our neighborhood starting within 30 meters away.
We have already done our duty and reported the crime to the proper authorities even though we are very frightened.
But even more than the crime itself which you may already have heard about I think that you should know about the things that have happened to us afterwards.
First, we went to the guard house at Condominium ________. We asked the security guard there to please call the ambulance because my husband had lost a lot of blood and was still loosing more blood. The guard did not have a telephone number. Why is he not trained to call his company and ask for help. I then asked him to call us a taxi. He had to call twice before anyone came. We waited for 20 minutes as my husband was bleeding and throwing up and going into shock. Finally a very nice taxista came and picked us up and took us to the Naval Hospital. They would not admit us because I had been raped and they said they did not have the personnel there to deal with that. They told our taxi driver to take us to Zihuatanejo. I can not believe that a Hospital turned away a man that had been beaten and stabbed and needed immediate medical attention. He then took us to Red Cross where there was also no one there to help us so we then had to go to Hospital General. When we arrived there we saw homeless people and people sleeping on the sidewalk. They let us in and started to very slowly take care of my husband who at this time had been bleeding for 3 hours. The people in this place had no compassion or sympathy for our situation. I was crying and pleading with them to let me use a phone to call my friend Snra. _________ but they kept telling me I had to use the pay phone. I explained that I had just been robbed and raped and nearly killed and did not have any money. They still would not help me to call my friend. Finally, after 40 minutes, one of the nurses let me use her personal cel phone.
That Hospital is not a place that I wanted my husband to stay in. There were flies all over and no privacy for any of the patients. The staff seemed to have almost no interest in helping us there. They did take X rays and put in some stitches to stop the bleeding and also gave him some fluids intravenously and then we were able to take him away from there.
As bad as things were at the Hospital they only got worse in the next few days. We asked _______ to help us to report the crime and if possible, to keep it out of the papers because we were afraid but also because we know that news like this happening to gringos will do extreme damage to the economy here.
It took 2 and a half days to get our report so that we could then register to the PFP (Federal Preventive Police) that our car was stolen. By now the car could be in Guatamala !! Nobody tried tracking the criminals by using our cell phone even though we gave them the number and told them that the bad guys have been answering it. When the prosecutors came to our house they did not have any bags for collecting evidence but had to borrow some from me, one of the victims of the crime. We had told them that there would be fingerprints all over including on our refrigerator but nobody brought the equipment necessary to dust for them. No one has interviewed the security guard. He must have seen the car that they arrived in or seen them driving around our street just before the break in. We feel that we have done everything possible to help the authorities to find and then prosecute these criminals but nobody is doing anything to catch them.
My husband had been very badly injured and I had been terribly traumatized by what happened but the government departments just seemed to not care at all that they kept us waiting in office after office for hours at each time, day after day. And we are very dismayed that no one was even trying to catch the criminals or look for our stolen car for almost 3 days!
I have been coming to Mexico my entire life and coming to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo since 1982. My husband and I have been living here full time for 6 years, sharing this time between Michoacan and here. We have given good jobs and much work to many, many people in that time. I have told hundreds of people about what a nice destination this is. After this terrible experience we will be leaving Mexico forever and I could not possibly recommend anyone to visit here.
While at the American Consulate office where I went to get a new passport, I learned that there were 4 carjackings of American citizens THIS WEEK ALONE on the road near Troncones and Saladita. This type of news is going to kill the tourism that this area has come to depend on.
We have been very careful to keep all of this out of the papers and off the message board that the tourists read. I honestly don´t know why we should care so much for Zihuatanejo. Zihuatanejo does not care for us.
Regards,_____________ , _____________
I feel this story should be heard.
It made me so mad when I saw Calderon in Las Vegas saying that the only “shots” that the Spring Break tourists needed to be afraid of is tequila shots.
Mexico is trying to minimize (for obvious reasons) the impact that the violence is taking on their country and economy.
The ineptitude of some of the police and prosecutors is just appalling. You would not believe the way that we were treated in Zihuatanejo. And to be refused at 2 “hospitals” when my husband was bleeding from a stab wound and had his head split open. It was a nightmare that just went on and on.
A lot of people go to Mexico and things are fine until god forbid you get caught up in something like this.
My husband and I could not have been less likely to have something like this come our way. We stayed at home, treated everyone very fairly, know the ropes down there and never did anything at all that would have put us on the radar of these criminals.
We never stayed out late or had any involvement whatsoever with drugs or anyone that did drugs. Nada. If it could happen to us, it could happen to ANYONE.Share it:
Federal Police capture Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, alias “el Mamito”, a principal leader and original member of “Los Zetas” and third in command of the organization.
In a press release this morning the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) reports that Federal Police agents captured Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, one of the leaders and founders of “Los Zetas”, in the town of Atizapan de Zaragoza, Estado de Mexico yesterday, Sunday July 3.
Rejon Aguilar “El Mamito” is identified as third in the hierarchy of Los Zetas, under the command of Heriberto Lazcano “el Lazca” and Miguel Angel Treviño Morales “el Z-40.”
According to the SSP Rejon Aguilar’s arrest is the result of intelligence generated from various operations undertaken by Federal forces. His arrest order was for the investigation of drug trafficking and the attack on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents which occurred February 14 of this year in Santa Maria, San Luis Potosi, where ICE agent Jaime Zapata was murdered.
El Mamito is also suspected of ordering a high number of executions in Northeastern Mexico.
Rejon Aguilar was among the most wanted criminals by the Mexican Government, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had a reward of 5 million dollars for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction.
It is expected that the U.S. will request the extradition of Rejon Aguilar who is wanted in the U.S for drug trafficking under a 2008 Federal indictment in the District of Columbia.
On April 3, 1993, Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar entered the Mexican Army in his home state of Campeche and in 1996 was assigned to Special Forces Airmobile Group (GAFE). In 1997, he was assigned to the Mexico’s Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) as Agent “C” in the cities of Reynosa and Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas. In 1998 he was assigned to Saltillo, Coahuila.
El Mamito deserted in February 1999 and in March the same year, at the invitation of Arturo Guzman Decena, known as “The Z1″, was integrated into the “Group of 14″ (los 14) who founded “Los Zetas” as the armed wing of the “Gulf Cartel”.
This group, also known as first generation Zetas, was composed of, among others, Arturo Guzman Decena, known as “Z-1″, who died in 2002; Alejandro Lucio Morales Betancourt, “Z-2″, arrested in 2001; Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, “El Lazca”, current leader of the organization; Mateo Díaz López, “Z-6″, incarcerated in 2006; Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, “el Mamito”; Oscar Guerrero Silva, “Z-8″, who committed suicide; Omar Pitalúa Lorméndez, “Z-9″ detained in 2005: and Efraín Teodoro Torres “Z-14″, who died in 2007.
Rejon Aguilar’s first criminal activities were providing protection for the safe houses of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, then head of the Gulf Cartel, where money, drugs and weapons were stored.
After winning the confidence of Cárdenas Guillén, Rejon Aguilar was assigned the responsibility for the safety of his family.
After the capture of Osiel Cardenas Guillen in 2003 Los Zetas, led by Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, assumed a higher position in the structure of the “Gulf Cartel” assuming greater responsibilities and conducting independent criminal activities in areas where the Gulf Cartel was present.
At that time Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, alias “The Mummy” allegedly participated in the following offenses:
◦ The escape of Daniel Perez Rojas “el Cachetes”, Deyanira Flores, Manuel Alquicires García “El Loco Meme” and Enrique Gonzalez Rodriguez, all alleged members of the Gulf Cartel, from a prison in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on December 27, 2002.
◦ Clashes against the Sinaloa Cartel in 2004 and 2005 in the states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.
◦ In 2004, attempted to carry out the escape of Osiel Cardenas Guillen from the Altiplano prison.
In 2007 Rejon Aguilar was assigned to the streets of Nuevo Laredo and Miguel Aleman under the command of Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, “Z-40″, where he remained until early 2009.
After the rupture between the “Gulf Cartel” and “Los Zetas” in 2010, Jesus Enrique Aguilar Rejon, was assigned as the regional coordinator in the states of central and northern Mexico.
Rejon Aguilart was arrested along with Pedro Ortega Herrera, 32-year-old native of Mexico City, identified as an active police official with the Ministry of Public Security in Mexico City. Ortega Herrera was responsible for providing security and support for Rejon Aguilar during travel to the state of Campeche.
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Thirty-five years ago today, 7/4/76, a young Israeli commander was shot and killed as he helped free 105 hostages in one of the worst terrorist hijackings in history. The soldier’s name was Jonathan Netanyahu, and he led the command of the forces in the Raid on Entebbe.
Ten years later, in July of 1986, his father, Benzion Netanyahu and son, now-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, published the conferences of the second of two international symposiums on the subject of International Terrorism. The symposiums, held in 1979 and in 1984, were hosted by the Jonathan Institute, an organization founded by Professor Benzion Netanyahu in memory of his son, Jonathon, who died in the raid on Entebbe.
“My brother believed that the battle against terrorism was part of a much larger struggle, one between the forces of civilization and the forces of barbarism.”
The institute adopts, as its official definition of Terrorism:
“Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic murder, maiming, and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political ends.”
What is the political end pursued by Terrorists?
“To destroy the fabric of democratic, lawful societies all over the world.”
One can easily understand why the Left excoriates Benjamin Netanyahu when reading the chapters thatidentify the chief sources of Terrorism directed at the West.
“Communist totalitarianism and Islamic radicalism have, between them, inspired virtually all of contemporary terrorism. Both legitimize violence for higher causes, and both are hostile to democracy.”
The Marxist Left, profoundly sympathetic to the Islamic Radical movement, engages constantly in generating the “Terrorist as Freedom Fighter.” By casting Israel in the roll of the oppressive, torturing Imperial State, the freedom-loving Westerners are paralyzed with a irrational fear that, in repressing the Islamists, they are actually killing the equivalent of American Revolutionary they rightly celebrate. Read more: NEWSREAL BLOG
Excellent reenactment of this near-perfect raid and rescue operation. Makes you wonder why Jimmy Carter didn’t allow our military to do the same thing in Iran.
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In secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan that concluded in Islamabad on June 25, the two nations decided to set their differences aside and work toward a new future. But even as both sides reassess their ties and mull confidence-building measures, the thorny issue of tactical and strategic missile tests and ballistic missile defense continues to cast a long shadow over the bilateral relationship.