Friday, May 09, 2014

Last Chance Border U - Turn Difficult To Locate : MARINE CORPS COMBAT VETERAN SGT. ANDREW TAHMOORESSI REMAINS IN MEXICO PRISON NOW FOR 39 DAYS

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ABC 10 NEWS
By Michael Chen
05/07/2014

SAN DIEGO -

Team 10 made a startling discovery when it comes to how easily drivers could end up in Mexico while looking for a last-chance U-turn.


Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi USMC
10News viewers tweeted about those concerns amid our coverage of a Marine veteran jailed in Tijuana after claims he missed an exit and ended up in Mexico

For Andrew Tahmooressi, it was the road of no return. Unfamiliar with the area and trying to meet a friend in San Ysidro, Tahmooressi says he drove past the signs saying last exit on April 1 and into Mexico with registered firearms in his truck.

In the inspection line, he called his mother.

"He said, 'Mom, I'm calling because I made a wrong turn and I got lost,'" said Jill Tahmooressi.


After the story, we received tweets and Facebook posts by those who have made the same mistake.

Why so easy? In years past, we found footage of a clear U-turn that gives drivers one last chance to turn around just before entering Mexico. 


 

But in 2012, Mexico built a new port of entry in a new location, changing the path into the country.

So how would that affect the last chance U-turn? Team 10 reporter Michael Chen went to find out. The following is his firsthand account:

With a camera mounted on my dashboard, I drove past the last exit and through these barriers.

When I spotted the small U-turn sign, there was a gate to the left, so I kept driving, looking for a U-turn ahead.

Moments later, I suspected the sharp right turn would lead to the inspection lane, so when traffic cleared, I backed up to the location of the small sign, got up and got the attention of the customs agent in a booth.

I asked him where the U-turn was and he said, "Right here."

He lifted the gate, revealing the mystery U-turn and allowing me to turn around.


Team 10 brought our concerns to the General Services Administration, the federal agency overseeing the ongoing San Ysidro Port of Entry expansion project. In an email, a spokesperson said:

"There are a number of signs along I-5 south identifying Camino de la Plaza as the last U.S. exit and the distance to the border.


If a traveler misses the last exit, there is one final U-turn lane on the left with a sign posted that reads U-turn, return to U.S. and a manned gate which can be used instead of crossing the border into Mexico."

The spokesperson did say they would look into ways to make the U-turn more prominent.

Team 10 scrolled through the footage of our drive and a few feet before the small U-turn sign, there is blue sign to the far left. Because of other signs and obstructions and the angle of the sign, we could only see an arrow on the sign but we could not see what was on the sign.


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Police : Mexican Drug Cartel Enforcers Torture Two Teenagers In St. Paul

Drug cartels, MS operate openly on the Mexican border, in U.S. while a U.S. Marine that took a wrong turn is thrown in Mexican prison 

ST. PAUL STAR TRIBUNE
By Paul McEnroe
05/07/2014

Three enforcers hired by Mexico’s biggest drug cartel flew from Los Angeles to Minnesota last month, kidnapped two local teenagers, and then tortured them for hours at a house in St. Paul in an effort to recover stolen drugs, according to court documents reviewed by the Star Tribune.


Acting under orders from the Sinaloa cartel, the three kidnappers were trying to determine who had stolen 30 pounds of methamphetamine and $200,000 from a stash house on Palace Avenue in St. Paul. Before the episode was over, they had issued death threats against the Minnesota pair and their families, demanding that they find the missing drugs or come up with $300,000 to compensate the cartel.

Two of the three enforcers are now in custody and federal indictments are expected as soon as this week.


The case is the latest illustration of the stunning escalation of drug trafficking in Minnesota, which has seen a surge in narcotics dealing, heroin overdoses and drug busts, including a series of raids last month that produced 65 arrests.

Federal authorities who cracked the case say they are not surprised by the no-tolerance approach of the Sinaloa cartel, which has built a multimillion-dollar Midwest drug trade with brutal efficiency. What made this mission startling, they say, is that rather than using its own muscle, the cartel hired members of one of the most feared transnational gangs in the United States and Latin America — the MS-13 organisation.

The incident is unprecedented in Minnesota, according to federal investigators, and signals the extreme measures cartels will use to make sure their local operations are not compromised.

An FBI spokesman declined to comment on the MS-13’s connections to the case, but said, “The outcome of this incident could have been much worse” if agents hadn’t moved in instantly.

One of the three men, Jonatan Alvarez Delgado, 22, confessed shortly after being arrested, according to court documents, and is in custody in the Ramsey County jail. A second, Jesus Ramirez, 31, was captured in California after fleeing Minnesota and leading FBI agents on a chase through downtown Los Angeles. The third — a man identified simply as “Chapo” — is still being sought by federal agents.

In the Basement

Within hours of landing in Minneapolis on April 14, the three enforcers arrived at the small white house at 914 Palace Av. in St. Paul, according to a criminal complaint. Once there, they shook down Antonio Navarro, a 19-year-old from Glendale, Ariz., who had been hired by the cartel to guard the house. They told Navarro they knew how to find his family, documents show, and demanded to know who else had been in the house. Navarro singled out a 19-year-old who, he said, had once smoked marijuana with him there.

By midafternoon, Navarro had lured the 19-year-old to an alley behind the 3200 block of 19th Avenue in south Minneapolis — just blocks from South High School. Ramirez ordered the young man into a car at gunpoint, according to court documents, while the other men forced his companion — a 16-year-old boy — into another car.

They all headed back to the house on Palace Avenue.

Once inside, the abducted pair were taken into the basement, where Ramirez offered them a choice: Return the drugs or come up with $300,000 to repay the cartel.

“The kidnappers told [the 19-year-old] that if he didn’t return the drugs or come up with the money, he and his entire family would be killed,” according to court documents.

Next, the three called the man’s family and made the same threats — phone calls that by then were being monitored by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force after family members had notified authorities about the missing pair. Over the next several hours, both victims were tied to chairs and beaten. Ramirez held a gun to the heads of both victims. If they couldn’t come up with the money, he said, they needed to provide the names of others who might have stolen the drugs.

Then the torture began. Navarro, Delgado and Ramirez held the 16-year-old down while the man known as Chapo began to cut off his little finger. The boy passed out.

El Salvador Links

The MS-13 gang, formerly known as the Mara Salvatrucha, was founded by former El Salvadoran military officers who fled to Los Angeles following their country’s civil war in the 1980s. Today it claims more than 70,000 members across the United States, many distinguished by heavy tattoos covering their faces and bodies and a sign language known only to themselves.

By 2004, the MS-13 had become so powerful that the FBI started a special task force to track it. In 2012, the Obama administration formally designated the gang an international criminal group and ordered the Treasury Department to target its finances, which are fueled in part by cartel assignments such as the St. Paul kidnappings.

By the wee hours of April 15, the kidnappers were hitting a roadblock. Torture, beatings and death threats had failed to produce any leads on the missing drugs and money. Eventually, the victims overheard the kidnappers speculating that someone inside the cartel might be guilty of the theft, according to court documents, and their suspicions turned to others with knowledge of the stash house.

By morning, the two terrified men were told they would be released. “The kidnappers told the victims not to say anything,” according to a transcript. “They were willing to go to jail … and their being in jail wouldn’t save the victims or their families.”

The two were driven back to south Minneapolis and released early that afternoon and soon contacted agents with the FBI task force. Within hours, agents and local police were debriefing them.

Late that night, the St. Paul Police SWAT unit stormed the house on Palace Avenue, making several arrests and scouring the rooms for evidence. Delgado was arrested, but Ramirez and Chapo managed to escape. Ramirez took a flight back to Los Angeles, and by the following morning, the FBI was on his trail, while Chapo managed to disappear.

What became of the missing drugs and money remains unclear, but when the FBI and police searched the house, they found a pair of scissors used to torture the boy, a gold-colored Desert Eagle 9mm handgun and a pound of meth in a chest freezer — all potential evidence if the case goes to trial.

More important, authorities say, the episode exposed family and business connections that open new channels for ongoing investigations into the Midwest heroin and meth trade.

The stash house itself, they say, offered important insights into cartel economics. Drug merchants in Mexico and the United States have been able to slash the cost of meth in order to expand their customer base — a pound today is worth $8,500 to $12,000, down from more than $20,000 18 months ago. Small-time dealers who once sold ounces are now selling pounds because the price has dropped so quickly.

With that kind of volume moving through the Twin Cities, authorities say, they understand why the stash house was pivotal, and why the cartel was so intent on sending a message that rip-offs would not be tolerated.





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House GOP To Create New Benghazi Investigation

One more step towards Obama impeachment

ABC
05/09/2013

House Republicans on Thursday prepared to ram through their demand for a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, vowing to pursue questions old and new in a search for truth. Democrats rejected the inquiry as a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate voters.


Burned out consulate at Benghazi
Ahead of Thursday's vote, Speaker John Boehner promised an "eminently fair" investigation to answer questions that linger almost 20 months after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission. Approval of the select committee's establishment was only a formality in the GOP-controlled House. The panel's investigation will be the eighth on Benghazi and will examine the entirety of the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. 


Independent, bipartisan and GOP-led probes have faulted the State Department for inadequate security at the outpost, leading to four demotions. No attacker has yet been brought to justice.

Republicans say they're unsatisfied with explanations so far, and they have leveled a range of accusations against President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other senior administration officials. Chief among them: That the administration misled the American people about the nature of the attack during a presidential election and stonewalled congressional investigators.


Obama responsible for consulate deaths
At the start of Thursday's House debate, Republican Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas said investigations up to now show the Obama administration won't "fess up" to systemic weaknesses that must be addressed. "This is not political," Sessions said.

Democrats disagree but remain divided over whether to boycott the select committee. 


They are concerned that their participation would grant legitimacy to what they believe will be a partisan forum. But they also worry that if they avoid it they won't have the chance to counter GOP claims and defend potential witnesses — including Clinton, a possible 2016 presidential candidate.

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida criticized the "song and dance" she said came from Clinton when House members wanted to question her about Benghazi. Clinton's testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee was delayed when she missed a month of work toward the end of her tenure after suffering a virus, then a fall and a concussion, and then brief hospitalization for a blood clot near her brain.


Clinton will not escape this time around
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., said no evidence uncovered in any of the investigations thus far suggests wrongdoing. Republican claims have descended into "the crass and unbelievable," she said.

Benghazi has produced 13 public hearings, the release of 25,000 pages of documents and 50 separate briefings. 



The select committee won't be the only inquiry, as other GOP-led congressional panels continue their probes, including a House Oversight investigation which just last week took the extraordinary step of subpoenaing a Cabinet member. Secretary of State John Kerry hasn't said when he might testify.

Democrats deride the effort as a conservative campaign designed to energize Republican voters in typically low-turnout midterm elections.

Boehner's legislation creates a select House committee through the end of the year. It would have to be reapproved when a new Congress begins in January or go out of existence. The select committee has no explicit financial constraints.



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Egypt May Ban Hajj Pilgrimage As MERS Virus Spreads : Official

MSM continues to downplay seriousness of "outbreak" and refuses to address origin of this man-made "novel" virus that has no previous origin except in a BSL 4 lab

AHRAM
05/08/2014

Egypt is likely to place a temporary ban on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, a former health minister said, as concerns mount over the spread of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus.


MERS
MERS, which causes a respiratory disease, has claimed the lives of more than a hundred people in Saudi Arabia since it emerged in 2012. 

There have been a number of reported cases in other countries, with the first case detected in Egypt in April of this year.

Saudi Arabia said four people died on Wednesday, driving the death toll in the kingdom to 121 since the disease emerged in 2012. 



Rates of infection have surged in recent weeks after fresh outbreaks associated with hospitals in Jeddah and Riyadh. The total number of infections identified in the country so far is 449, half of which over the past month alone, according to the Saudi health ministry.

Egypt's health ministry has already warned that elderly people, children, and those suffering from chronic heart and chest diseases should avoid travelling to Saudi Arabia as the number of deaths continues to rise.

But former health minister Mohammed Awad Tag El-Din, who is also a member of the ministry's special team working on MERS and other influenza-linked viruses, said Egypt might resort to barring pilgrims from travelling to the kingdom altogether if the "epidemic status of the virus and its development" worsened. His remarks were reported on Wednesday by independent Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

International concerns have grown as the kingdom is expected to receive a huge influx of pilgrims during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in July, and millions more in the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the city of Mecca in October.




However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it did not "recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions, including for upcoming pilgrimage travel to Saudi Arabia." The statement on Wednesday came as a team of WHO experts concluded a 5-day mission to the kingdom to help assess the recent upsurge in cases.

"Yes we are not in the event of an epidemic, but caution, anxiety and observation must be exercised to combat the speared of the virus," Tag El-Din said.


Mecca
The Egyptian official advised following infection prevention and control measures that, he says, include steering clear of suffers and wearing surgical masks in public.

Fifty percent of infections with the virus, for which there is no vaccine or anti-viral treatment, are fatal, he said, adding that new vaccines take 6-9 months to be developed.


The 27-year-old man who contracted the virus, who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, is now "in a stable condition" in a Cairo hospital, according to officials.

The virus has spread to several Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Tunisia, as well as the United States and several countries in Europe.



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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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