Posts Tagged corruption

SAFE Act Sponsor Gets 7 Years For Corruption

From Bearing Arms:

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a key player in the adoption of sweeping gun control laws, was sentenced to seven years in prison last week.

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Angry FBI Agents Likely Source Of Leaked Emails

From Fox News:

“There are probably 100 FBI agents who worked on the investigation of Mrs. Clinton– hardworking men and women in field who gathered evidence and interviewed witnesses–…and are furious at the decision not to prosecute her,” Napolitano said on The Kelly File.

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Anti-Gun Leland Yee Indicted For Gun Trafficking

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The Other Consequences of Fast and Furious


By Scott Stewart

On the night of Dec. 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed while on patrol in an Arizona canyon near the U.S.-Mexico border. Two guns found at the scene were linked to an investigation being run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) called “Operation Fast and Furious,” sparking a congressional inquiry into the program and generating considerable criticism of the ATF and the Obama administration. Because of this criticism, in August 2011 ATF acting director Kenneth Melson was reassigned from his post and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was forced to resign.

Currently, the congressional inquiry is focused on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been accused of misleading Congress about what he knew about Fast and Furious and when he learned it. The Obama administration has invoked executive privilege to block the release of some of the Department of Justice emails and memos sought by Congress pertaining to the operation. The controversy escalated June 28 when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for ignoring its subpoenas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tetela del Volcan, Mexico: Chief of Police admits being a criminal

In Tetela del Volcan, state of Morelos (some 30 mi. S.E. of Mexico City) the Chief of Police admitted being a member of a gang of kidnappers, and to have participated in a number of crimes in the area and surrounding states, including Puebla, the state of Mexico and the Distrito Federal. The chief and four of his cohorts were remanded into custody. An investigation continues because officials believe there could be more police chiefs involved.

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Using powerful technology, U.S. authorities intercept telephone calls in Mexico resulting in spectacular arrests

“Washington, D.C. – Investigations by United States federal authorities included the monitoring of telephone calls of Mexican drug cartels, according to The Washington Post.

Using powerful, modern technology, U.S. authorities have been able to intercept telephone calls in Mexico that resulted in spectacular arrests such as that of Jesus Quinonez Marquez, Prosecutor General of Baja California, who was an operative in a narcotics ring. Quinonez was known as “El Rinon,” and he was arrested by the FBI last July in San Diego, California in an investigation that resulted in criminal charges against 42 more people.

Besides Quinonez, 34 other suspects were detained in the United States and 8 more are fugitives.”

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Mexican Drug Cartels, U.S. Corruption

It is axiomatic that organized crime cannot exist without public corruption. Indeed, given that the Mexican drug cartels have well-established supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in 230 locales throughout the United States from which they pull $20 to $30 billion in cash a year, one can only wonder how they have gotten away with so much for so long without some inside help.

Well, the problem apparently starts — but certainly does not end — at the border where dirty U.S. border agents such as Martha Garnica make a mockery of law enforcement as reported by Ceci Connolley for the Washington Post:

She lived a double life. At the border crossing, she was Agent Garnica, a veteran law enforcement officer. In the shadows, she was “La Estrella,” the star, a brassy looker who helped drug cartels make a mockery of the U.S. border.

Martha Garnica devised secret codes, passed stacks of cash through car windows and sketched out a map for smugglers to safely haul drugs and undocumented workers across the border. For that she was richly rewarded; she lived in a spacious house with a built-in pool, owned two Hummers and vacationed in Europe.

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85 Prisoners Escape Reynosa, Mexico Prison – 44 Prison Personnel held for Possible Negligence and Corruption

“The Public Safety Department of Tamaulipas has reported the escape of 85 federal prisoners and the disappearance of two guards from the Reynosa CEDES prison.

In a press conference Antonio Garza Garcia, the newly appointed Director of Public Security who replaced the previous ineffective director this past Tuesday, said the jailbreak was reported about 4:30 a.m. Friday, when the prisoners used a ladder to jump the fence of the prison and escape into the streets of nearby residential neighborhoods.

Garza Garcia said 44 prison personnel being temporarily held for questioning by investigators with the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR) to determine if any or all will be punished for crimes of omission(negligence)and corruption.”

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Gates: the fight against corruption needs to be Afghan-led

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speaks during the US Forces-Iraq change of command ceremony in Baghdad, Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010, as a new US military mission in Iraq was launched ending seven years of combat.(AP Photo/Jim Watson, pool)

“KABUL — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that while the fight against corruption must be led by Afghans, the U.S. is working on new ways to prevent millions of American dollars flowing into the nation from underwriting bribery and graft.

Gates spoke to reporters in the Afghan capital with President Hamid Karzai, who complained about the tactics of two Western-backed anti-corruption units that recently arrested one of his top aides on suspicion of bribery, likening them to heavy-handed Soviet tactics.”

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3,200 Mexican federal police fired since May

A Mexican federal police officer frisks a man during an anti-narcotics operation in Michoacan.

“Mexico City, Mexico (CNN) — About 3,200 Mexican federal police have been fired since May for failing to do their work or being linked to corruption, Federal Police Commissioner Facundo Rosas said Monday.

Of those, 465 have been charged with crimes.

In addition, Rosas said at a news conference, another 1,020 officers face disciplinary proceedings for failing confidence exams.”

(Cartels announce 3,200 job openings.)

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Corrupt prisons in Mexico

“At the heart of the problem is the river of bribes coursing through Mexican jails, from the few pesos inmates pay each day to get food and toilet paper to the fortunes that jailed drug lords pay to live in luxury or escape when they please.

“The authorities no longer control the prisons — the drug lords do,” said Pedro Arellano, a veteran prisoner rights activist. “The prisons have become officials’ petty cash box.”

In many of Mexico’s overcrowded prisons, drug suspects use money and influence to run their businesses from the inside, and to recruit new cartel members among fellow inmates.”

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