1………….> Criminal Websites Raided: ICE
“Targeting copyright-infringing websites that market dangerous counterfeit goods to consumers and engage in other forms of intellectual property theft will continue to be a priority for law enforcement,” said acting IPR Center Director Nick Annan. “Strengthening our collaboration with police authorities around the world and leaders of industry will reinforce the crackdown on IP crimes, and demonstrate that there is no safe haven for criminals committing these illicit activities.”
There were roughly 50,385 illegal domain names seized and 320,701 e-commerce / social media links removed over the past year as part of Operation In Our Sites / Project Transatlantic VIII, a joint initiative between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Europol, Interpol and members of industry to crackdown on individuals using the Internet to distribute counterfeit goods and other copyright-protected material that threaten the health and safety of shoppers. The initiative was coordinated and supported by the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center).
2…………> Operation “Raging Bull”; MS13 Crushed
“With more than 10,000 members across 40 states, MS-13 is one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in the United States today,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “President Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to reduce crime and take down transnational criminal organizations, and we will be relentless in our pursuit of these objectives. That’s why I have ordered our drug trafficking task forces to use every law available to arrest, prosecute, convict, and defund MS-13. And we are getting results. So far this year, we have secured convictions against more than 1,200 gang members and worked with our partners in Central America to arrest and charge some 4,000 MS-13 members. I want to thank the Department of Homeland Security, our federal law enforcement agents and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section as well as Treasury, BOP, DOJ’s OCDETF task force members, and all of our state and local law enforcement partners for their hard work. These 267 arrests are the next step toward making this country safer by taking MS-13 off of our streets for good.”
Sixteen of the 214 arrested were U.S. citizens and 198 were foreign nationals, of which only five had legal status to be in the U.S. Foreign nationals arrested were from El Salvador (135), Honduras (29), Mexico (17), Guatemala (12), Ecuador (4) and Costa Rica (1).
3…………> Assassination Central: Veracruz, MX
The murder of a mayor in Veracruz, the second in a week kicked off a violent weekend in the state: the tally was 26 assassinations.
After Ixhuatlán Mayor Víctor Manuel Espinoza Tolentino, his wife, and three others were killed in Banderilla Friday night, the violence moved to the city of Córdoba, where gunfights were reported in two neighborhoods, leaving two people dead. An armed group left four dismembered corpses with a narco-message in the municipality of Poza Rica, leading to a gunfight after security forces located the alleged killers. Three of the gangsters were shot dead.
The weekend in Veracruz was the continuation of a trend. According to data from the National Public Security System (SNSP), there have been 1,514 violent homicides in the state since Governor Miguel Ángel Yunes took office in December last year and those figures don’t include this month’s homicides.
4…………> Explosion, Fires Rage in Tel Aviv – Reports
At least four people were killed in Tel Aviv Monday night when a large explosion set cars on fire and caused a building to collapse in the south-central neighborhood of Jaffa, local media report. The cause of the mayhem has yet to be discovered.
The explosion occurred on Yeffet Street and could be heard blocks away, witnesses told local media.
5………..> Pocahonta Joke Is Back: Trump
“You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what, I like you,” Trump told a member of the group as he welcomed the three Navajo code talkers, who helped transmit secret messages during World War II.
The President derided a Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” during an event honoring Native American war veterans, while the White House denied the comment was a racial slur.
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