Saturday, March 15, 2008

Chertoff Past...Arkansas...hmmm? pieces, puzzle, promotions

1994: The Oct. 18 Wall Street Journal contains a good summary of the suppressed investigation into drug running through the Mena, AK, airport. The feds apparently sabotaged the investigation and Clinton's administration, while aware of the situation, looked the other way. The WSJ story recounts the ten year struggle of IRS investigator William Duncan to expose the Mena operation. Despite nine separate federal and state probes, nothing happened..Chertoff and Hutchinson in charge..hmmmmm?
"literally hundreds of millions of dollars in drug profits" every month...being developed by the Mena operation, of CIA involvement, and of nine different official investigations being stifled under two presidents (Reagan and Bush) and one governor (Clinton).
Meanwhile Leach's House banking committee has heard testimony that organized crime in the banking industry is now moving as much as a half a trillion dollars through the country's money system. One of the key questions about Mena is how the hundreds of millions of dollars in drug flowing through Arkansas were laundered.
Rep. Jim Leach is trying to look into the Mena drug and gun running side of the story but is running into resistance from federal investigative agencies and the IRS. The IRS has turned over three boxes of material on the late CIA informer and drug pusher Barry Seale but won't release another 21. Leach says that "various security agencies" also say their Mena documents are not available: "You'd be astonished at how little they claim to know." Leach insists: "We have more than sufficient documentation that improprieties occurred at Mena. This isn't a made-up issue. There are grounds to pursue it very seriously."
like other mainstream journalists, continues to overlook a few items, such as:
A large, illegal and unconstitutional Contra arms-running operation conducted out of Mena Arkansas that then Governor Clinton refused to look into.
The use of Arkansas as a major drug importation center during the years that Clinton was governor and his rejection of requests to investigate it. .
The probable use of Arkansas financial institutions, both public and private, to launder drug money including the state finance agency Clinton set up as a piggy bank for his friends and supporters.
Futures market profits by Ms. Clinton that were insupportable by any personal skill or the law of probabilities.
Alleged pressure by Bill Clinton to secure for a business partner a major SBA loan to which she was not entitled.
Possible significant and repeated tax evasion, particularly the failure to report gains achieved through the forgiveness of loans.
Repeated obstruction of the inquiry into the death of Vincent Foster and other Whitewater matters.
Possible witness tampering in the McDougal-Tucker trial
Cover-up by investigators in the Foster case.
Probable bribery in various forms including forgiveness of loans and grants of equity without payment.
And, of course, the various other shady real estate and bank transactions that gave this scandal it's name.

20 million cargo containers pass through U.S. ports every year. But only a small fraction is adequately screened for dirty bombs or other terrorist threats.
the United States' 12,375 miles of coastline. Though politicians talk a good game about sealing the borders against terrorists, there will always be a lonely stretch of beach in Oregon or Georgia, an inlet on the twisting southern Alaskan coastline or a landing in Puerto Rico that's been left to the seashells and sand crabs and whatever washes up on the shore.the country's 361 ports, which in 2004 handled some 20 million ocean containers. These ports are inextricably linked to the 2,600 commercial ports that exist across the globe, especially the 575 that also handle international shipping containers.
Tightening port security, of course, would require new ID papers for the tens of thousands of truckers who work along America's piers. And that in and of itself would create new tangles, according to one longshore official I spoke with. For example, if every ID application was forwarded to the FBI, where information was entered into a database accessible by other federal (and state and local) agencies, then the numerous truck drivers who are illegal aliens would immediately start producing phony papers or figure out how to avoid the process altogether.
In addition, unions are protesting the use of mobile X-ray machines, which are set up on docks to check containers. When loaded trucks pass through a portal of the Mobile Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (Mobile VACIS), the machine uses gamma rays to inspect their containers. Customs, which operates the detectors, insists that the beam—which many believe to be harmful—is only switched on once the truck cab has passed the apparatus. But "even after safety demonstrations, West Coast longshore workers line up their trucks and get out of their vehicles to stand 100 feet away while the Mobile VACIS does its job," reports Pier Pressure, a periodical produced by the reform Longshore Workers' Coalition. "The scatter effect of the Cesium and Cobalt 137 particles, which are the rays used in the Mobile VACIS, continues to concern West Coast union officials."
For the second straight year, the House bill eliminates a $1.3 billion administration plan to raise fees for airline passengers. It also includes:
—$20 billion to protect U.S. borders and deter illegal immigration.
—$4.2 billion for port security.
—$6.5 billion to bolster disaster preparedness and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was overwhelmed when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast last year.
—$3.2 billion in state and local grants for emergency first responders.
The Senate has yet to write a similar bill.
Banking On Cocaine

the sting, known as Operation Casablanca, had jailed more than 160 people from six countries and from more than a dozen banks in Mexico and Venezuela, most of them respectable mid-level financial types like Reyes. It had also led to extraordinary criminal indictments against three of Mexico's largest banks, Bancomer, Serfin and Confia, for their alleged role in the money laundering. Customs agents had seized some $150 million in assets from Colombia's powerful Cali cartel and Mexico's Juarez cartel. And they had also opened yet another complicated chapter in U.S.-Latin American relations.

Drugs and Money: Laundering Latin America's Cocaine Dollars
by Robert E. Grosse. 227 pgs.
White House OKs Mexican Truck Program Cali's main conduit for moving cocaine and other drugs over the U.S. border
come on in...bring what you stopping required
The Bush administration is going ahead with a controversial pilot program giving Mexican trucks greater access to U.S. highways despite a new law by Congress against it
"When you open up U.S. highways to long-haul Mexican trucks without
"They know what the law says," retorted Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who won a 74-24 vote to block the program. "And they're not above the law." Dorgan warned they better follow the law.
Bush permits up to 500 trucks from 100 Mexican motor carriers full access to U.S. roads..No stopping required Just come on in....hmmm???

Dios mio. Banking products aimed at illegal immigrants do not “reinforce the need for a temporary worker program.” They reinforce the need to enforce the borders, strengthen interior enforcement of immigration laws, and punish companies openly flouting the rule of law.
Score another victory for phony baloney homeland security.Higher standards…except for illegal aliens.................
Bank of Illegal Aliens in America
Higher standards…except for illegal aliens. Bank of America has introduced a ... Bank of America Corp. has quietly begun offering credit cards to customers ...
Bank of America launches credit card for illegal immigrants.......surprise...
The Bush administration is deeply involved in supporting the moves outlined above. Whether they're leading the banks or the banks are leading them isn't known. In either case they're completely corrupt.

why this is horrifically bad, this bank is indirectly profiting from unlawful activity
Bank of America launches credit card for illegal immigrants
Bank of America, the country's second-largest bank, "has quietly begun offering credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers -- typically illegal immigrants," according to the Wall Street Journal.
Customers can qualify for a credit card if they have had a checking account at the bank for at least three months. They are required to leave a deposit and pay a relatively high interest rate, according to the paper.
The program is controversial. Bank of America says it will help undocumented workers build good credit. But critics say one of the USA's largest financial institutions should not be helping people who violate the country's immigration laws.
"They are clearly crossing the line; they are actually aiding and abetting people who broke the law," says the spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform

Whatever his motivation or other issues, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza (husband of the richest woman in Mexico and yet another George Bush gift to the U.S.) had the right idea when he said that "Reliance on remittances from the U.S. is not a viable economic policy." Note also that the U.S. Federal Reserve is completely corrupt and wants to profit from illegal activity by taking a bite of the remittances market.
BoA is defying federal immigration laws:
1907 Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) Offenses
Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) defines several distinct offenses related to aliens. Subsection 1324(a)(1)(i)-(v) prohibits alien smuggling, domestic transportation of unauthorized aliens, concealing or harboring unauthorized aliens, encouraging or inducing unauthorized aliens to enter the United States, and engaging in a conspiracy or aiding and abetting any of the preceding acts. Subsection 1324(a)(2) prohibits bringing or attempting to bring unauthorized aliens to the United States in any manner whatsoever, even at a designated port of entry. Subsection 1324(a)(3).
Encouraging/Inducing — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who — encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.
Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) expressly makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.
Penalties — The basic statutory maximum penalty for violating 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(i) and (v)(I) (alien smuggling and conspiracy) is a fine under title 18, imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both. With regard to violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(ii)-(iv) and (v)(ii), domestic transportation, harboring, encouraging/inducing, or aiding/abetting, the basic statutory maximum term of imprisonment is 5 years, unless the offense was committed for commercial advantage or private financial gain, in which case the maximum term of imprisonment is 10 years. In addition, significant enhanced penalties are provided for in violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1) involving serious bodily injury or placing life in jeopardy. Moreover, if the violation results in the death of any person, the defendant may be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years. The basic penalty for a violation of subsection 1324(a)(2) is a fine under title 18, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(A). Enhanced penalties are provided for violations involving bringing in criminal aliens, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(B)(i), offenses done for commercial advantage or private financial gain, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(B)(ii), and violations where the alien is not presented to an immigration officer immediately upon arrival, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(B)(iii). A mandatory minimum three year term of imprisonment applies to first or second violations of § 1324(a)(2)(B)(i) or (B)(ii). Further enhanced punishment is provided for third or subsequent offenses.

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