LOS ANGELES — “Anger Management” star Charlie Sheen released an online video urging an ex-cop accused of three killings to call him, after the actor was named in the man’s chilling online manifesto.
Police are hunting for Christopher Dorner, a 33-year-old disgruntled former LA Police Department officer who threatened to go on a murder spree against police and their families to avenge his sacking five years ago.
In a rambling online statement — in which Dorner threatened “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against the LAPD — he at one point describes Sheen as “effin’ awesome.”
Sheen — who was fired from the hit US sitcom “Two and a Half Men” in 2011 and has a long history of hard partying and scandal — addressed Dorner directly in a brief video posted at TMZ.com.
“Christopher Dorner? Charlie Sheen,” the actor says. “You mentioned me in your manifesto, so thank you for your kind words.
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The accusations against Senator Bob Menendez of being involved with underage prostitutes is only the tip of the iceberg of a much bigger scandal, involving shady deals and a war between two port security companies and the Dominican Republic Government.
February 5, 2013
Despite accusations of being involved with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Senate has just selected Senator Bob Menendez as the new chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Menendez’s prostitution accusations involve one of his donors, a South Florida eye doctor by the name of Salomon Melgen. This donor took Menendez to the Dominican Republic and allegedly sought the services of young prostitutes to ‘take care of the senator.’
Melgen took the senator to a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic, called Casa de Campo. Coincidently, this is the same resort that has been used by organized crime as a cocaine stash house. Puerto Rican and Russian drug traffickers ran smuggling operations from Casa de Campo. They would buy cocaine from the Colombian drug cartels and ship it to Puerto Rico and Europe. The smugglers were busted a year ago with 120 kilos of cocaine. It is said that after that local drug ring was dissolved, the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel moved in… but that’s another story.
According to many U.S. media outlets, Mr. Melgen is being investigated by the FBI for ‘healthcare fraud.’ However, there may be more to this story. In 2010, Dr. Melgen purchased half of a company stake in the Dominican Republic, called ICSSI.
ICSSI was originally established in 2002 and it obtained a $1.6 Billion contract with the Dominican Government to install port container x-ray scanners. Somehow, ICSSI won all the government contracts for port security in the Dominican Republic by the end of 2002. The deal was endorsed by a defense cabinet member, General José Miguel Soto Jiménez, and signed by then President Hipólito Mejía. The website Lalupa.com.do published an excellent investigative article (in Spanish), detailing the shady history of ICSSI as well as the details of the port security itself, which eventually turned into a monopoly.
A year passed and the company had not installed the container scanners yet. ICSSI reached out to another port security company, a Swiss-based security firm called COTECNA. Both companies tried to establish a partnership; ICSSI needed COTECNA’s help in order to acquire and install the x-ray scanners. The partnership negotiations lasted until 2006, when the talks ended without reaching an agreement.
In 2006, the Dominican Government suspended the contract with ICSSI. From 2006 to 2010, ICSSI was reportedly declared ‘insolvent’. Till this day, ICSSI has not installed a single container x-ray scanner.
Then magically, in 2010, company owner Belinda Galvan sold 50 percent of ICSSI to a South Florida-based ghost company known as “Boarder Support Services,” owned by Menendez’s donor, Salomon Melgen. It was the deal of a lifetime for Melgen; it is reported that he only paid $100,000 for it. Despite the low investment amount, ICSSI still stands to gain anywhere from $500 Million to $1.6 Billion in pending government contracts.
Looking at how much money Melgen stood to make, he then recruited Senator Bob Menendez. Melgen donated to Menendez’s campaign and to many other politicians from both parties, including Hillary Clinton. Menendez then used his political influence to back ICSSI’s deal. Menendez has stated that he only did it to ‘stop drug trafficking’ – a statement that is echoed by former Dominican President Hipólito Mejía.
Some factions of the Dominican Government want to nullify the contract with ICSSI. It is possible that Menendez and Melgen were blackmailed by a rival port security company or the unions controlling the ports. No one really knows yet, except for maybe Melgen himself. Vinicio Castillo, Melgen’s lawyer and cousin, insists that the prostitution allegations are false, and they are part of a ‘diabolical plan’ to discredit Menendez, Melgen, and to stop the ICSSI contract with the government. He’s also accusing the drug cartels of being behind this plan. However, politicians are known for making themselves vulnerable to being blackmailed after engaging in criminal behavior. The accusations against Menendez seem to indicate that this is the perfect example of this.
At the time the story came out, both the US and the international media was littered with reports of a “major federal investigation” being carried out, which found dozens of military officials and defense contractors, allegedly buying and downloading child pornography onto private and government computers.
While the shocking case was only leaked to the media in 2010, the Pentagon released investigative reports that spanned almost a decade, implicating employees of government agencies and who handled some of the US’s most top secret issues.
A 2006 investigative report into the Pentagon child pornography stated:
“Defense workers who purchased child porn put the Department of Defense, the military and national security at risk by compromising computer systems, military installations and security clearance.” (1)
Humiliation for the DoD
Driving the DoD into greater humiliation and disgrace and generating an even greater flurry of media excitement, were reports that the child pornography suspects also put the Defense Department “at risk of blackmail, bribery and threats.” (1)
The Huffington Post went on to state that a computer repair company had alerted police after it had found “thousands of possible child pornography images” on the hard drive which had been brought to the shop by a man who was an employee of the Naval Air Welfare Center in California. (1)
The findings instigated a broader federal investigation, which operated under the code name “Operation Flicker”. The project began in 2007 and identified more than 5,200 individuals who had subscribed to child pornography websites. Out of the thousands of individuals who had been identified as subscribing to child porn, many provided Army or fleet zip codes or military email addresses. (2)
Despite dramatic claims of a decade-long federal investigation and the highly hyped top-secret project known as “Operation Flicker”, the investigation into the Pentagon child porn scandal only actually ran for eight months and only cross-checked 3,500 names for Pentagon ties.
Defense Criminal Investigation Service (DCI) documents revealed that in a Freedom of Information Act request, out of the 3,500 names that had been crosschecked, 264 individuals were uncovered as being specifically Pentagon employees or contractors, including staffers for the Secretary of Defense. Only 20 percent of these 264 people were completely investigated and fewer still were prosecuted.
Where the Investigation Fell Short
Despite the operation possibly tying as many as 5,000 individuals to child pornography sites and at least 264 of those people being linked directly to the DoD, 1,700 alleged child porn customers still went unchecked, and at least nine cases were closed because the investigators lacked “current, relevant evidence”. (1)
This begs the question: Why were the 1,700 suspects never investigated or identified? Why did Project Flicker end only eight months after it had started, without there being any charges or convictions, despite the fact that buying child pornography is illegal?
On a CNN report, Senator Grassley confirmed that that there were “no answers” to why the 1,700 suspects of purchasing child pornography were never investigated and that unknown numbers are still committing criminal acts. (3)
Keep in mind that when a priest is associated with this repulsive crime, the media interest in the story lasts for months. Or, even look at the Jimmy Saville child abuse scandal in Britain. It has been going on for the best part of six months and shows little sign of abating.
By comparison when the U.S. government is caught up in similar scandal not only do investigations get halted and suspects get off scott-free, but even the media seems to lose interest somewhat prematurely – augmenting the conspiracy theory that the government has tight control of the media.
Will the biggest scandal circa Obama be swept under the Rug?
Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law.
Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.”
The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, and in mid-September the group filed a lawsuit challenging Holder’s denial. That lawsuit remains ongoing but within the past week President Barack Obama’s administration filed what’s called a “motion to stay” the suit. Such a motion is something that if granted would delay the lawsuit indefinitely.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that Holder’s and Obama’s desire to continually hide these Fast and Furious documents is “ironic” now that they’re so gung-ho on gun control. “It is beyond ironic that the Obama administration has initiated an anti-gun violence push as it seeking to keep secret key documents about its very own Fast and Furious gun walking scandal,” Fitton said in a statement. “Getting beyond the Obama administration’s smokescreen, this lawsuit is about a very simple principle: the public’s right to know the full truth about an egregious political scandal that led to the death of at least one American and countless others in Mexico. The American people are sick and tired of the Obama administration trying to rewrite FOIA law to protect this president and his appointees. Americans want answers about Fast and Furious killings and lies.”
The only justification Holder uses to ask the court to indefinitely delay Judicial Watch’s suit is that there’s another lawsuit ongoing for the same documents – one filed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Judicial Watch has filed a brief opposing the DOJ’s motion to stay.
As the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was voting Holder into contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with congressional investigators by failing to turn over tens of thousands of pages of Fast and Furious documents, Obama asserted the executive privilege over them. The full House of Representatives soon after voted on a bipartisan basis to hold Holder in contempt.
There were two parts of the contempt resolution. Holder was, and still is, in both civil and criminal contempt of Congress. The criminal resolution was forwarded to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen–who works for Holder–for prosecution. Despite being technically required by law to bring forth criminal charges against Holder, under orders from Holder’s Department of Justice Machen chose to ignore the resolution.
The second part of the contempt resolution–civil contempt of Congress–allowed House Republicans to hire legal staff to challenge President Obama’s assertion of the executive privilege. That lawsuit remains ongoing despite Holder’s and the DOJ’s attempt to dismiss it and settle it.
It’s unclear what’s in the documents Obama asserted privilege over, but the president’s use of the extraordinary power appears weak. There are two types of presidential executive privilege: the presidential communications privilege and the deliberative process privilege. Use of the presidential communications privilege would require that the president himself or his senior-most advisers were involved in the discussions.
Since the president and his cabinet-level officials continually claim they had no knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious until early 2011 when the information became public–and Holder claims he didn’t read the briefing documents he was sent that outlined the scandal and how guns were walking while the operation was ongoing–Obama says he’s using the less powerful deliberative process privilege.
The reason why Obama’s assertion of that deliberative process privilege over these documents is weak at best is because the Supreme Court has held that such a privilege assertion is invalidated by even the suspicion of government wrongdoing. Obama, Holder, the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and virtually everyone else involved in this scandal have admitted that government wrongdoing actually took place in Operation Fast and Furious.
In Fast and Furious, the ATF “walked” about 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. That means through straw purchasers they allowed sales to happen and didn’t stop the guns from being trafficked even though they had the legal authority to do so and were fully capable of doing so.
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizens–estimates put it around at least 300–were killed with these firearms.
In the wake of the mass murders that took place in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, information on the shooter, and his family, is slowly being discovered by law enforcement other sources. One interesting connection to the tragedy that took place at the Sandy Hook school is that the father of Adam Lanza has a connection to the theater shootings that took place in Aurora earlier this year by James Holmes.
Both fathers of the shooters were allegedly expected to testify in the Libor scandal that rocked the banking world in June.
The father of Newtown Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza is Peter Lanza who is a VP and Tax Director at GE Financial. The father of Aurora Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes is Robert Holmes, the lead scientist for the credit score company FICO. Both men were to testify before the US Sentate in the ongoing LIBOR scandal. The London Interbank Offered Rate, known as Libor, is the average interest rate at which banks can borrow from each other. 16 international banks have been implicated in this ongoing scandal, accused of rigging contracts worth trillions of dollars. HSBC has already been fined $1.9 billion and three of their low level traders arrested.
A month after the Secret Service was rocked by allegations that agents brought prostitutes to a Colombia hotel where they were preparing for a visit by President Obama, the Drug Enforcement Administration today announced that at least three of its agents are also under investigation for allegedly hiring prostitutes in Cartagena.
Two of the agents allegedly had encounters with masseuses in the apartment of one of the agents, according to Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“It’s disturbing that we may be uncovering a troubling culture that spans more than one law enforcement agency,” the Maine Republican said this evening. “In addition to the Secret Service scandal, we now learn that at least two DEA agents apparently entertained female foreign national masseuses in the Cartagena apartment of one of the agents. The evidence uncovered thus far indicates that this likely was not just a one-time incident.”
The revelations that Secret Service personnel had been drinking heavily and cavorting with prostitutes ahead of Obama’s trip to Colombia last month overshadowed the president’s trip to the Summit of the Americas. Twelve members of the military were also investgated for allegedly hiring prostitutes.
Eight of the 12 Secret Service employees implicated in the scandal lost their jobs, another is in the process of losing his security clearances, and three agents were cleared of serious misconduct but still could be disciplined. The military has completed its investigation but no disciplinary action has been carried out.
“The Drug Enforcement Administration was provided information from the Secret Service unrelated to the Cartagena hotel Secret Service incident, which DEA immediately followed up on, making DEA employees available to be interviewed by the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General,” a DEA spokesperson said in a statement.
“DEA takes allegations of misconduct very seriously and will take appropriate personnel action, if warranted, upon the conclusion of the OIG investigation.” the statement said.
A spokesman for the OIG said the DEA is cooperating in the investigation, which is being coordinated with the Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, and the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.
The DEA has agents posted in Colombia to work on counter-narcotic and drug interdiction missions with Colombian authorities. According to officials the agents were among those assigned in Colombia, they were not specifically working on the President’s trip.
The revelations about the DEA agents comes ahead of a hearing scheduled on Wednesday with Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
An 80 year old Catholic nun has appeared in court in Madrid accused of being part of a massive baby-snatching ring.
She is the first person to be charged in a bizarre case that has gripped Spain.
Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego reports from Seville.
First, the scandal. Next, the Congressional hearings. In the case of the General Services Administration’s $823,000 Las Vegas spending spree, Capitol Hill lawmakers have scheduled four hearings in four days on the issue for when they return from Easter recess next week.
The public fact-finding missions are bipartisan, with Democrats eager to show they are moving swiftly to condemn irresponsible spending and Republicans eager to condemn a Democratic White House for allowing it to happen.
House Republicans John L. Mica (R-Fla.) and Jeff Denham (R-Ca.) scheduled a hearing shortly after last week’s release of the GSA’s inspector general’s report on the four-day conference. The “egregious spending habits of the GSA” will be examined, a press release says of the April 19 hearing.
Guardian skewers own credibility with hamfisted Wikileaks knock-off aimed at Syria.
editorial by Tony Cartalucci
“It is impossible to rule out the possibility of fakes in the email cache, but…” “The Assad E-Mails,” London Guardian, March 14, 2012.
This sentence right here should have immediately halted the publication of anything revolving around an alleged cache of e-mails provided to the Guardian by the obviously compromised “Syrian opposition.” The source is clearly biased, politically motivated, and their information unconfirmed. Yet the Guardian decided to run with the story anyway, casting doubt on their own objectivity, journalistic integrity, and their true motivation, which now is clearly not “journalism.”
The Guardian, in their explanation as to why they decided to publish unconfirmed information included the following statement, “we believe the more detailed picture of the workings of Assad’s inner circle that emerges from the mails, and the extent to which he and his wife have managed to sustain their luxurious lifestyle, are also of public interest.” A “more detailed picture” that is in fact unverified and most likely a politically motivated fabrication is indeed of “public interest” if you are trying to sell a particular narrative regardless of the actual facts.
The job of a journalist is to report the facts impartially to help inform the public and enable them to make accurate decisions in regards to a vast array of issues that affect their daily lives as well as the collective well-being of their communities and nations. A journalist is not to irresponsibly publish anything that comes across their desk, applying sensational headlines while making incredible innuendos only to post disclaimers halfway down the page that the information they are attempting to foist upon the public as fact and “truth,” “may not be verified or true.”
That is propaganda, deceit, manipulation, and above all, fraud. Of course, in the Guardian’s quest to “verify” these alleged e-mails, they contact other propagandists within the same circle of corporate-media outfits, including ABC News (whose Barber Walters’ interview with Assad was a humiliating disgraceful display of how far America’s journalistic establishment has sunk.) Another source contacted to “confirm” whether or not at least some of the e-mails were genuine was former British Ambassador to Syria “Sir” Andrew Green, whose former employer, the British Foreign Ministry, is a viciously adamant opponent of Assad’s government working directly with Syrian opposition harbored in London, with members of the notorious Syrian Observatory for Human Rights literally passing in and out of Foreign Secretary William Hague’s office.
So in the Guardian’s quest to verify what they claim “would be difficult for even the best resourced hoaxer or intelligence agency to gather or fabricate,” they contact two vast organizations who just so happen to possess not only the capacity to fabricate such lies, but the motive and a demonstrative history of working actively against the Syrian government to undermine and ultimately oust it from power.
Both the Western corporate-media and the British Foreign Ministry are more than capable of using their official contacts with Bashar Al-Assad to bolster otherwise fabricated e-mails, as well as hand over the “cache” to activists they work with on a daily basis. In fact, it is most likely during these daily meetings that Syrian activists helped refine the cache’s fabricated contents to ensure a credible narrative was produced to match what the Syrian public already knows about the Assad family.
Wikileaks performed a similar function during the onset of the Tunisian and Egyptian “Arab Spring” unrest. Now fully confirmed to be a US-engineered geopolitical destabilization planned years in advance, it is clear that Wikileaks is a creation and tool of the US State Department, leveraged by the corporate establishment-media with whom “anti-establishment” Julian Assange works so closely with, to help augment, not hinder the agenda of Wall Street and London. The impact of Wikileaks has been severely diminished by deceitful “journalists” and corporate lobbyists who have been exposed using the less than reputable word of the US State Department and its ambassadors to sell the US State Department’s very own agenda to the public.
The Syrian opposition itself, has been mired from the very beginning in one scandal after another, as their attempts to manipulate the perception of the world in tandem with their foreign sponsors is exposed repeatedly, beginning with “Gay Girl in Damascus” who turned out to be a 40 year old American man living in the UK, to “Syrian Danny” who was recently caught staging fake gunfire off camera and getting into character before giving a hysterical casualty report to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Cooper would go on to admit that Western coverage of events in Syria is entirely based on unverified, biased accounts provided solely by the Syrian opposition and exposed liars like “Danny.”
With cities being restored to order now in quick succession, and Russia and China steadfastly denying Wall Street and London another opportunity to repeat their craven atrocities committed in Libya, the stops are being pulled out and every imaginable gambit is being pursued, even rehashes of already worn-out gambits like Wikileaks-style e-mail caches.
Since the Guardian wants to play the game of speculation, we can in turn speculate about their latest reportage on “The Assad E-mails.” It appears that the Guardian is working in tandem with other members of the Western media and the British Foreign Ministry to undermine the Assad family and his support across Syria which has just recently manifested itself in nation-wide pro-Assad rallies, bitterly renounced by the media who is supposed to simply report the facts.
The Guardian, by doing so, has resigned its journalistic integrity while their staff members, including Robert Booth, Luke Harding, Angelique Chrisafis, and Matthew Taylor who signed off on this “junk journalism,” should never be considered, believed, trusted or labeled as anything but propagandists again. They have willfully violated the trust their credentials erroneously lend them and have further eroded Western journalism in what appears to be a process of irreparable decay.
Whether or not the e-mails are legitimate is not really even the issue – the issue is the untenable, unjournalistic process with which this alleged information was approached and handled. Would the Guardian give equal consideration to a cache of e-mails produced by the Assad government regarding Syrian opposition leaders actively collaborating with NATO, the US and British government as well as terrorists from Iraq and Libya?
Certainly not, especially when outright admissions by the opposition themselves are glossed over by Western propagandists. The Guardian has established they have an agenda, that is to undermine and remove Assad from power, with the truth being nothing more than another barrier to remove in the process.