1…………> Trump’s “C”: Gina Haspel
The freshly appointed CIA director Gina Haspel who is taking helm of the agency from new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has received several prestigious awards, including the George H. W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism, the Donovan Award, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Presidential Rank Award, which recognizes individuals for “exceptional performance over an extended period of time,” according to the CIA.
Haspel portfolio includes CIA’s first overseas detention site in Thailand and a secret CIA prison where accused terrorists Abu Zubayadah, Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri and others were waterboarded repeatedly, enduring various other forms of medieval torture, according to sources.
“We’re worried about waterboarding as our enemy, ISIS, is beheading people and burning people alive. Time for us to wake up,” Trump tweeted in February 2015.
2…………> Serial Bombings: Texas
“What we do know is that the individual or individuals involved in this, these suspects, they do have a certain level of skill to be able to construct a device like this and then deliver that device to your target without having it explode, either during construction, or during delivery, does take a certain level of sophistication,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley again preached vigilance and said that FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents worked into the night to collect evidence from the two most recent blasts.
3…………> Bloods Nation: Gangsta Busted
Thirty-five members and associates of the Nine Trey Gangsters set of the United Blood Nation (UBN) street gang, including a “Godfather” as well as other high-ranking leaders of the organization, have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and related charges in North Carolina, including drug trafficking, wire fraud, firearm possession, and the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and drug trafficking.
“The pleas announced today are part of an extensive investigation by a broad array of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies—including the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section—whose goal has been to disrupt and dismantle the Nine Trey Gangsters, a dangerous set of the United Blood Nation street gang,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “By targeting the high-ranking individuals who were directing the gang’s activities—from locations up and down the eastern United States, both within prisons and in our communities—today’s pleas constitute a substantial step towards the gang’s eradication.”
“When my office indicted 83 Bloods gang members and senior leaders, the goal was to deliver a major blow to this organized criminal enterprise responsible for raging turf wars, rampant drug distribution and bloody gang violence,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “We’ve made significant progress toward that goal but the work is far from over. Communities across Western North Carolina know firsthand the trail of violence and devastation gangs leave behind. We have a duty to protect the public from gang violence and to bring relief to neighbourhoods afflicted by gang activity. Working with our law enforcement partners we will continue to combine our efforts and resources to keep our communities safe and to protect our children from violent street gangs.”
4…………> False Promotion: Las Vegas
Glen Burke, 58, of Las Vegas, who ran multimillion-dollar prize promotion scams was sentenced to 87 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $2,785,508.36 in restitution, reflecting the consumer loss from one of his schemes.
Burke pleaded guilty in December 2017 to criminal contempt of court and conspiracy charges arising from his operation of two predatory schemes that defrauded thousands of victims, many of whom were elderly, out of more than $20 million.
“This case exemplifies the Department’s commitment to halt schemes that target seniors, which the Attorney General announced in a historic elder fraud sweep a few weeks ago,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “We are sending a clear message: Perpetrators of telemarketing fraud will be prosecuted and law enforcement will not stop until fraudulent mass mailing practices are halted.”
5……….> The Seat Of World Power: CPC
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, shakes hands with deputies from People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and armed police before attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of PLA and armed police at the ongoing session of the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing, capital of China, March 12, 2018.
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