Category Archives: Law & Courts

February 19, 2018

FBI under siege: Top brass, agents slammed as bureau fights to overcome scandals and blunders (Video)

But Hosko says as long as the FBI keeps making mistakes — such as the “catastrophic” Florida one or the “embarrassing” text message exchanges between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two former members of Mueller’s team who blasted the president – the hits against the agency will keep coming.

From the storied hallways of the J. Edgar Hoover building to field offices around the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation faces a crisis of confidence as rank-and-file agents are blamed for not preventing recent attacks and top brass finds itself in the middle of an unfolding political fight.

The blitz of bad news is taking a toll on the intensely proud bureau’s members, both past and present.

“In my experience, I can’t say I know of any parallel to what is going on now,” former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko told Fox News.

The two-pronged attack on the bureau’s credibility reached a crescendo last week, when the bureau admitted it had not acted on a tip that might have stopped Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz. President Trump, in turn, seized on the grave error to effectively accuse the bureau of making mistakes because agents have been consumed with the Russia probe.

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Denver’s anti-immigration enforcement policies enable heroin dealers (Video)

I encourage Denver and Mayor Hancock to revise their policies. We cannot provide sanctuary to those individuals who profit off of the pain and suffering of others. Those unlawful immigrants who enter this country and contribute to the heroin trade do not deserve to be here.

On average, 115 people die each day in this country from overdosing on heroin and similar opioid drugs. Since 1999, we saw a five-fold increase in the number of deaths involving opioids, and they accounted for the majority of overdose fatalities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2015, Colorado saw 159 heroin overdose deaths. This is an epidemic. Our neighborhoods, schools and families are under attack.

We all need to work together to win the war against heroin overdoses. Unfortunately, last year, Denver chose to leave the team. The Denver City Council passed an ordinance in 2017 that prevents the Denver Police Department from working with the federal immigration officials to target the international importation and distribution of heroin.

I don’t believe Mayor Michael Hancock intended to create a sanctuary for drug dealers in Denver. The political leadership in Denver wanted to prevent people from being deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Many of those people are hard-working and stuck in a broken immigration system. Unfortunately, by protecting illegal immigrants, this ordinance has also given sanctuary to foreign drug dealers.

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February 18, 2018

Video: ‘F*ck All of You!’ California Open Borders Activists Surround DHS Agents

A group of open borders activists blocked and surrounded federal immigration officials in downtown Los Angeles, California on Thursday, preventing the agents from accessing a nearby detention center.

Coordinated by a slew of open borders groups, about 50 illegal immigrant activists stopped a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) van of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents while they were on their way to a detention center.

The open borders activists shouted, “Stop the deportations!” and other pro-illegal immigration chants, as captured by Los Angeles Times reporter Marcus Yam.

“Hey hey! Ho ho! Deportations have got to go!” the activists can be heard shouting at ICE agents. Another open borders activists shouted at Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers, saying “F*ck all you n*ggas!”

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Twin Brothers Arrested in Bronx Hatched Terror Plot That Involved Underage Sex, Student Labor: Investigators (Video)

In their fourth-floor apartment, according to investigators, the Toro brothers carried out bomb-making activity for months. However, according to the complaint against the Toros, it wasn’t just the twin brothers involved.

New details are emerging about twin brothers being held without bail on accusations that they’d amassed bomb-making materials, with the intention of eventually building and using an explosive device in New York.

Their story also involves allegations of sex with a minor, incriminating diary entries and threats to school safety, according to KTLA sister station KPIX in New York City.

The school involved is the one in Harlem where one of the brothers was a teacher. Administrators are being credited with helping to foil a potential plot of mass destruction.

Still, school officials aren’t above criticism by some parents concerned about their children’s safety.

The story has two main locations — Harlem Prep High School, where one of the brothers, Christian Toro, taught special education — and the home where the brothers, Tyler and Christian, both, 27, lived, in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx.

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February 16, 2018

How Stupid Is The FBI? Couldn’t Find HS Shooter — Even Though He Used REAL NAME In YouTube Threat!

Now, though, the endless shortcomings of the FBI are coming into focus. If the Bureau can’t track down a kid WHO USES HIS REAL NAME IN A THREATENING MESSAGE, then maybe it’s time to disband the agency and start over.

Is the FBI completely incompetent? Or is the Bureau just stupid?

Unfortunately, those are the only two choices available at this point.

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at a Florida high school which left 17 dead and 14 wounded, it was revealed that the FBI had been warned five months ago about the shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.

A video blogger on YouTube notified the FBI in September about an alarming comment on a video he’d posted. “Im going to be a professional school shooter,” read the comment left by a user with the name Nikolas Cruz — the same name of the now-confessed shooter.

But on Thursday, the FBI agent in charge of the Florida shooting probe said the Bureau (make sure you’re sitting down for the next part) COULD NOT IDENTIFY THE PERSON WHO LEFT THE COMMENT!

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February 13, 2018

Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?

Shootings, hand-grenade attacks and gang warfare have made some city areas no-go zones.

January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. A 63-year-old man was killed in Stockholm by a hand grenade lying in the street. A Dutch exchange student was hit by a stray bullet during an execution-style killing at a pizza restaurant in Uppsala. In Gothenburg, a hand grenade was thrown into a flat and exploded in the kitchen — the same predominantly immigrant-populated suburb where an eight-year-old British boy was killed in a grenade attack less than two years ago. In Malmö, a grenade was tossed at a police station and exploded outside. So it has not, so far, been a very happy new year.

For Swedes, this has become a familiar theme. Gun violence is on the rise, with daylight shootings and without regard for bystanders. In the past nine years, reported and attempted murders involving guns have almost doubled. According to Swedish police, hand-grenade attacks (which were virtually unknown until a few years ago) are without parallel in countries not at war.

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February 12, 2018

New York attorney general sues Harvey Weinstein and his company

The suit claims that Weinstein targeted “vulnerable, aspiring actresses, models and entertainers as sexual conquests” and used his company as a “bargaining chip in return for sexual favors.” He also had female executives attend meetings to give the air of a formal business transaction while discussing “career trajectories,” according to the suit.

New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued ousted movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company on Sunday for more than 10 years of sexually harassing women in the entertainment industry and demanding sex in exchange for employment.

The damning, 39-page indictment was the result of a four-month investigation into The Weinstein Company after The New York Times and New Yorker exposed decades’ worth of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein from multiple women, including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd.

The reports led to Weinstein’s firing and his exclusion from the Academy, opening the floodgates for the #MeToo movement.

In the aftermath, women and survivors of sexual assault have come forward to discuss their experiences, provoking conversations about sexism, trust and power dynamics. But the lawsuit takes a closer look at the repeated institutional failures that supported years of misconduct and empowered Weinstein.

The suit does not accuse Weinstein of assault and representatives for Weinstein have previously denied all accusations of “non-consensual sex.”

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February 11, 2018

Newt Gingrich: FBI text messages raise serious questions (Video)

Former House speaker speaks out about the ‘deep state’ and controversies involving the FBI and DOJ on ‘Sunday Morning Futures.’

February 9, 2018

Mexican Gang Member Kills Colorado Springs Deputy, Injures Three Others in Shooting

One Colorado deputy was killed and three other law enforcement officials were shot in Colorado Springs on Monday night.

Deputy Micah Flick left behind a wife and 7-year-old twins.

The shooter Manuel Zetina 19 was also killed in the shooting.

Deputy Micah Flick left behind a wife and 7-year-old twins.

The shooter Manuel Zetina 19 was also killed in the shooting.

KOAA reported:

Flick was shot and killed Monday afternoon in Colorado Springs near the intersection of Galley and N. Murray around 4 p.m. Monday. He was rushed to Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputy Flick is survived by his wife and 7-year old twins, a boy and a girl.

Sheriff Elder described Flick as a great deputy, father, husband, and a great friend to so many. Flick grew up in Colorado Springs, he was a graduate of the Colorado Springs Christian School, and spent 11 years with the sheriff’s office.

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Bank fined $368M for laundering drug money at border branches

“Rabobank had an obligation to shine light on suspected drug traffickers, money launderers and organized crime,” U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said in a statement. “Instead, this bank deliberately allowed hundreds of millions of dollars of suspicious cash transactions and wire transfers to flow through its branches and took measures to hide this activity from regulators.”

A Netherlands-based bank has agreed to forfeit more than hundreds of millions of dollars for laundering drug money at branches near the California border with Mexico.

The company admitted that several of its Southern California border-area branches laundered money for international drug traffickers, failed to properly investigate the suspicious transactions and then deceived and obstructed federal investigators who were on the verge of discovering the illicit activity.

On Wednesday, the bank pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge in U.S. District Court in San Diego and agreed to forfeit more than $368 million, the largest financial penalty ever levied in a federal courtroom in the San Diego region.

The massive forfeiture sum corresponds to the estimated amount of suspicious transactions that went unchecked over a four-year period, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

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