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  • Mexico drug plane used for US 'rendition' flights: report
    landed in the Yucatan peninsula on September 24 El Universal reported The daily said it had obtained documents from the United States and the European Parliament which show that that plane flew several times to Guantanamo Cuba presumably to transfer terrorism suspects It said the European Parliament was investigating the private Grumman Gulfstream II registered by the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation for suspected use in CIA

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/us_drug_flights.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Mexican officials held for selling intel to drug cartels
    and revision of staff and proceedings will continue in a permanent manner Eduardo Medina Mora told a news conference The investigation into the SIEDO officials began in 2004 after thwarted operations and a formal declaration that public service officers were passing on information from the Sinaloa cartel said Marisela Morales head of the SIEDO The Mexican government of President Felipe Calderon began a crackdown on drug trafficking and related violence

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/mexican_officials_cartels.html (2016-02-14)
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  • 92 Mexican police arrested in drug cartel investigation
    most ruthless drug cartels the state run Notimex news agency reported The arrests occurred Wednesday in the city of Hidalgo in central Mexico after an investigation that started in October Notimex said Thursday So far the news agency said the investigation has led to the arrests of 124 suspects and the discovery of 12 safe houses in which 14 secret graves were found Officials say the Zeta drug cartel is

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/92_mexican_police.html (2016-02-14)
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  • 12 face charges in bonus scandal
    s title on Veon s staff was policy analyst but according to numerous witnesses he was hired because of his campaign skills and was one of the lead promoters of the culture of using taxpayer funds for campaign purposes the grand jury said Patrick J Lavelle 29 who the grand jury described as a full time political operative in Mr Veon s Harrisburg office who had no other duties beyond fund raising Annamarie Peretta Rosepink 45 director of Mr Veon s Beaver County district office She is accused of directing state employees to work on an array of political campaigns including those of state Rep Thomas Tangretti and state Sen Wayne Fontana as well as for other Democratic candidates She also is accused of roles in the Nader and Romanelli petition challenges Stephen A H Keefer 38 former director of information technology for the House Democrats He is accused of directing state employees to work on political campaigns using state equipment to design political materials and creating a special Leaders Communications Office with public funds to transmit political messages Earl J Mosley 53 former director of personnel for the House Democrats Grand jurors said he helped arrange payment of the illegal bonuses and obtained a bonus himself for campaign work Mr Corbett yesterday pointedly declined to clear Mr DeWeese the House Democratic leader who was ostensibly in charge of the caucus The investigation is continuing was Mr Corbett s only answer Mr DeWeese was widely known to have cooperated in the bonus probe In November Mr DeWeese fired Mr Manzo Scott Brubaker Mr Mosley and four others when their names turned up on e mails discussing state bonuses in return for political work His spokesman Tom Andrews said current House staff members charged yesterday had been suspended without pay and benefits Mr DeWeese issued a statement calling the charges an indictment of a culture that has existed in all four caucuses of the General Assembly for far too long Key testimony in the grand jury was provided by one of the major conspirators in the bonus plot former director of member services Eric Webb Mr Webb kept track of political hours worked by state employees and created a series of spreadsheets to rate their political work with an eye toward additional state pay Among the more sensational charges were allegations that Mr Manzo arranged the hiring of Angela Bertugli with whom he had a sexual affair that began in the summer of 2004 in Harrisburg Mr Manzo declined comment Grand jurors said Mr Manzo said he would use Mr DeWeese s clout to get Miss Bertugli admitted to law school Prior to her admission the grand jury said he installed Miss Bertugli in a state paid office above a cigar store on Pittsburgh s South Side where she had no actual legislative duties In January 2006 she was moved to a Downtown office in Pittsburgh but continued to spend up to 70 percent of her paid time doing schoolwork or

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  • Ex-autos czar Steven Rattner to apologize, pay $10 million to settle civil charges
    ridiculous The showdown ended Thursday with a settlement that offers a measure of victory to each side Cuomo can take satisfaction that Rattner agreed to pay a substantial amount and not to do business with any public pension fund in New York for five years And for Cuomo the most fulfilling part of the settlement might be Rattner s apology Cuomo alleged that Rattner had misled investigators at times during his probe I apologize if during the course of this process there is anything I did that may have made reaching this agreement more difficult Rattner said in a statement released by Cuomo I respect the work of the Attorney General and his staff to ensure that the New York State Common Retirement Fund operates properly and in the best interests of New Yorkers From Rattner s perspective the payment is less than the 26 million penalty Cuomo sought when he filed civil fraud charges But perhaps more important for Rattner he escapes a lifetime ban on working on Wall Street also sought by Cuomo Under the settlement Rattner did not admit or deny wrongdoing Rattner reached a similar agreement last month with the Securities and Exchange Commission Under that agreement Rattner agreed to pay 6 2 million and not work on Wall Street for two years Davidson Goldin a spokesman for Rattner said Thursday What s clear is that Mr Rattner wanted to put this behind him and the attorney general wanted to resolve this while he s still attorney general The settlement wraps up a broad investigation into corruption at the state s 135 billion public pension fund The probe has led to a number of criminal charges and eight guilty pleas to date The state pension fund is a valuable asset held in trust for retirees and

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/car_czar_10mln.html (2016-02-14)
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  • D.A.: City crew acted like 'band of brigands'
    and dumping them into city trucks she said This was a clean and seal operation which very rapidly became a clean and steal operation Abraham said In one case city workers broke into a home on Convent Avenue and forced the elderly residents and their disabled daughter out of the house she said The crew stole 25 000 from the house and virtually all of the furniture Abraham said Firearms were also stolen from a few homes In one case an elderly widow on Greymont Street whose deceased husband was a gun collector was victimized by the theft of safes containing guns as well as her husband s tools and other items Abraham said The widow testified to the grand jury that a couple of months after CLIP cleaned her house she received a 17 854 72 bill from the city and had to take out a second mortgage on her house to pay it Abraham said of the guns stolen from houses seven were recovered but at least 25 are still missing One was recovered from a murder suspect she said The nine defendants are being charged with corrupt organization theft conspiracy burglary and related offenses The two alleged leaders were Rycharde Rick Sicinski 55 of Germania Street near Arendell Avenue an L I employee who was head CLIP inspector and Henry Turrentine 52 of Brighton Street near Whitaker Avenue an L I employee who served as CLIP crew chief Crew members testified that these two supervisors would go through the properties first and take a look around and then tell the workers what was in the houses and where to find it the grand jury s presentment says Others being charged are Algie Cuffee Sr 57 of Tulpehocken Street near Baynton a former L I employee who was

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  • Pennsylvania rocked by 'jailing kids for cash' scandal
    investigation according court documents The company cooperated in the investigation the documents said A spokesman from the company denied that its current owner Gregory Zappala knew about the kickbacks Ciavarella assured the community that he could provide justice Elected to the bench in 1996 he once ran for judge on the promise that he would punish people who break the law according to local reports The corruption began in 2002 when Conahan shut down the state juvenile detention center and used money from the Luzerne County budget to fund a multimillion dollar lease for the private facilities Despite some raised eyebrows from the community county commissioners approved the deal The federal government began investigating in 2006 It s been a dark cloud hanging over the county for a very very long time said Luzerne County Commissioner Maryanne C Petrilla whose office approved the judges budgets during the corruption I m looking forward to the ship turning around now and us moving in the right direction The kickback scandal highlights a major problem in the juvenile justice system in Luzerne County and across the country attorneys say They say hundreds of children who appeared before Ciavarella didn t have lawyers Kids think very much in the present and they have limited abilities to understand long term consequences said Robin Dahlberg an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union in New York who specializes in juvenile issues Dahlberg s recent study in Ohio revealed that some of the counties had as many as 90 percent of children going through the court system without a lawyer This Pennsylvania case is a sad reminder of why kids need an attorney she said A 1967 Supreme Court ruling says children have a right to counsel However many states allow children and their parents to appear without an attorney by completing a waiver Pennsylvania is among about half of the states in the country that allow waivers to be signed for juveniles to appear before a judge without an attorney legal experts say In Luzerne County teens who waived counsel were at greater risk of being sent to placement center than those with representation About 50 percent of the children who waived counsel before Ciavarella were sent to some kind of placement the Philadelphia based Juvenile Law Center reports In comparison the Juvenile Court Judges Commission in Pennsylvania found that 8 4 percent of juveniles across the state wind up in placement When you have this many kids waiving counsel then that s way out of line said Marsha Levick an attorney at the Juvenile Law Center There was no record Ciavarella was assuring the child and parent about the consequences of not having representation Minors charged with nonviolent crimes were often given harsher sentences than what probation officers recommended court documents say Other investigators say the trials lasted a few minutes at most All four of the teens cited in this story say they appeared before Ciavarella without lawyers I was sort of shocked and

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  • Highway robbery? Texas police seize black motorists' cash, cars
    law s intent aimed primarily at blacks who have done nothing wrong Tenaha officials have developed an illegal stop and seize practice of targeting stopping detaining searching and often seizing property from apparently non white citizens and those traveling with non white citizens asserts the lawsuit which was filed in U S District Court in the Eastern District of Texas The property seizures are not just happening in Tenaha In southern parts of Texas near the Mexican border for example Hispanics allege that they are being singled out According to a prominent state legislator police agencies across Texas are wielding the asset forfeiture law more aggressively to supplement their shrinking operating budgets If used properly it s a good law enforcement tool to see that crime doesn t pay said state Sen John Whitmire chairman of the Senate s Criminal Justice Committee But in this instance where people are being pulled over and their property is taken with no charges filed and no convictions I think that s theft David Guillory an attorney in Nacogdoches who filed the federal lawsuit said he combed through Shelby County court records from 2006 to 2008 and discovered nearly 200 cases in which Tenaha police seized cash and property from motorists In about 50 of the cases suspects were charged with drug possession But in 147 others Guillory said the court records showed police seized cash jewelry cell phones and sometimes even automobiles from motorists but never found any contraband or charged them with any crime Of those Guillory said he managed to contact 40 of the motorists directly and discovered all but one of them were black The whole thing is disproportionately targeted toward minorities particularly African Americans Guillory said None of these people have been charged with a crime none were engaged in anything that looked criminal The sole factor is that they had something that looked valuable In some cases police used the fact that motorists were carrying large amounts of cash as evidence that they must have been involved in laundering drug money even though Guillory said each of the drivers he contacted could account for where the money had come from and why they were carrying it such as for a gambling trip to Shreveport La or to purchase a used car from a private seller Once the motorists were detained the police and the local Shelby County district attorney quickly drew up legal papers presenting them with an option waive their rights to their cash and property or face felony charges for crimes such as money laundering and the prospect of having to hire a lawyer and return to Shelby County multiple times to attend court sessions to contest the charges The process apparently is so routine in Tenaha that Guillory discovered pre signed and pre notarized police affidavits with blank spaces left for an officer to describe the property being seized Jennifer Boatright her husband and two young children a mixed race family were traveling from Houston

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/highway_robbery.html (2016-02-14)
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