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1…………> A Letter From Cristoforo: 500 Years Later
Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) returned a more than a 500-year-old copy of Christopher Columbus’ letter describing his discoveries in the Americas to Spain during an evening repatriation ceremony at the Residence of the Spanish Ambassador to the United States. The letter, originally written in 1493, was stolen from the National Library of Catalonia in Barcelona and sold for approximately $1 million.
“I am pleased to be able to return a priceless piece of cultural property to its rightful owners,” said HSI Acting Deputy Executive Associate Director Alysa D. Erichs. “I would like to thank Ambassador Morenés for his hospitality in hosting us tonight, HSI Wilmington, Madrid, Brasilia, and Paris for their excellent work on this investigation, as well as the tremendous assistance by our partners at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Delaware, without whom today’s repatriation would not be possible,” Erichs added.
The return of the letter was the culmination of a seven-year investigation jointly conducted by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware. It began in 2011 when HSI Wilmington (Del.) and the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office received a tip that several 15th century original manually printed copies of the Columbus Letter were stolen from European libraries and replaced with forgeries without the knowledge of library officials or local law enforcement. The investigation determined that the stolen Columbus Letter from Spain was sold in November 2005 for 600,000 Euros by two Italian book dealers.
“This evening ceremony is a showcase of the ties that bind the United States and Spain together,” said Ambassador of Spain to the United States Pedro Morenés. “The cooperation between Homeland Security Investigations and special units of the Guardia Civil has born great fruit in ensuring the return of stolen cultural property to Spain,” Ambassador Morenes added.
Today’s repatriation marks the second return of a Columbus letter by ICE, the most recent until now taking place in May 2016.
ICE has returned over 11,000 artifacts to over 30 countries since 2007, including paintings from France, Germany, Poland and Austria, 15th-18th century manuscripts from Italy and Peru, cultural artifacts from China, Cambodia, and two Baatar dinosaur fossils to Mongolia, ancient artifacts including a mummy’s hand to Egypt, royal seals valued at $1,500,000 to the Republic of Korea, and most recently, thousands of ancient artifacts to Iraq.
2…………> Opioid Injections: DOJ Strikes
A CEO and four physicians identified as Mashiyat Rashid, 37, of West Bloomfield, Michigan; Spilios Pappas, 61, of Monclova, Ohio; Joseph Betro, 57, of Novi, Michigan; Tariq Omar, 61, of West Bloomfield, Michigan; and Mohammed Zahoor, 51, also of Novi, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud in a indictment as part of an investigation into a $200 million health care fraud scheme that involved a network of Michigan and Ohio pain clinics, laboratories and other medical providers. The superseding indictment returned yesterday charges an additional wire fraud conspiracy, adds an additional count of money laundering, and contains new allegations regarding the distribution of over 4.2 million medically unnecessary dosage units of controlled substances and the administration of medically unnecessary injections that resulted in patient harm.
“We are facing the deadliest drug crisis in American history,” said Attorney General Sessions. “Sadly, some corporate executives and medical professionals continue to exploit vulnerable patients and the American taxpayer for profit. With one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes, this superseding indictment reflects the Department of Justice’s determination to prosecute those who engage in opioid-related fraud. These cases are extremely important. Since 2017, the Department charged more than 150 doctors for opioid-related crimes. Today’s indictment reflects our continued dedication to these important cases. I want to thank our FBI, HHS-OIG and IRS-CI agents, DOJ attorneys, and everyone else who helped investigate and prosecute this case.”
3…………> Separated At Point Of Entry: Enter AG Sessions
The “zero-tolerance” policy towards adults who try to cross the border seeking asylum, are detained and threatened with criminal prosecution for illegal entry, leaving hundreds of minors have been taken from them, as US Attorney General Jeff Session defended the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border with Mexico, a measure that has faced increasing criticism.
Mr. Sessions said those entering the US irregularly would be criminally prosecuted, a change to a long-standing policy of charging most of those crossing for the first time with a misdemeanor offense, with the children that come with them will be separated and deemed as unaccompanied minors.
As such, they are placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services and sent to a relative, foster home or a shelter – officials at those places are said to be already running out of space to house them.
4…………> In Daddy’s Footsteps: Hamza Bin Laden
Hamza bin Laden, a son and heir apparent to the “Founding Father” terror leader Osama bin Laden, is planning to materialize his religious fanaticism
by overthrowing the Saudi monarchy, capturing Islamic holy cities and taking revenge on the West for his father’s death, according to Russian anti-terror experts.
Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden fathered at least 20 children but his favored was Hamza, born in 1989 to his wife Khairiah Sabar, one of bin Laden’s three wives at the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan where bin Laden senior was found and killed in May 2011 in a US special forces operation.
5…………> Market Report 06/06/2018, sell stop 24900, CG(10322), 11/22/17
New position long at 24200, stop 24850 closed for a gain of 650 DIA points. Last position short DIA 24850, cover shortstop 24860 for a gain of 390 dollars was closed to the usual Fed support rally that reverses any time DJI approaches the critical 23950 level. The last position is long DIA at 24460, stop 24400 for a loss of 60 points was closed due to sudden downdraft after President Trump levied new sanctions on EU Mexico metal producers. Closed position short 24400, cover shortstop 24500, for a loss of 50 DIA points.
New position long 24500, stop 24900 for a gain of 400 points.
Stocks were up 346 to 25146, DJ futures +31, attempt to stage a covering short rally.
Gold up to 1301.1 and USD/CHF at 1.01 despite President Trump setting tariffs on Chinese products. Translation? As the dollar goes down, we have to wait and see if the new Fed Chair Jerome Powell will continue pressuring gold and the Eurasian block with it down below $1000/oz in an economic WW3. Watch sell stop at 24,900.
We have to wait and see if new Fed chair Powell will attempt to destroy Eurasian block by sending gold prices below 1000, despite the fact both Russia and China have been buying their whole gold production in local gold backed currency instead of money printing machines. In other words, US has lost controls of the precious metals complex, and with Trump’s infrastructure and tax cut campaign the National debt will soon be at, or over 30 trillion dollars, since D.C. swamp alligators have no intention dropping their pet projects. Read “Ziban Must Die” for more details on the coming collision of Trump’s administration with “Deep State” operators funded by the billionaires’ supporters of the New World.
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