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1…………> The “Chanel Boys”: Counterfeit Goods
33 individuals were charged Thursday following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) into a scheme to illegally bring into the United States millions of dollars of Chinese-manufactured goods by smuggling them through ports of entry on the East and West Coasts. One defendant is also charged with unlawful procurement of naturalization.
The charges include conspiracy to traffic, and trafficking, in counterfeit goods; conspiracy to smuggle, and smuggling, fake products into the United States; money laundering conspiracy; immigration fraud and unlawful procurement of naturalization.
Also, the government restrained nine real properties in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn, New York belonging to the defendants.
“This investigation exposed the global nature of intellectual property crimes, allegedly being executed by those arrested today. Counterfeit goods manufactured and smuggled from China with a suggested value close to half a billion dollars, were intended to make its way into U.S. markets and the hands of unsuspecting consumers,” said HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Melendez.
“This investigation should be a crystal clear message that counterfeiting and intellectual property rights violations are anything but a victimless crime as it harms legitimate businesses, consumers, and governments.”
According to the court filings, the defendants played various roles in the trafficking of counterfeit goods manufactured in China, brought by ocean-going ships to the United States in 40-foot shipping containers, smuggled through ports of entry disguised as legitimate imports and distributed throughout the country. The counterfeit goods included items such as fake Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch handbags, Michael Kors wallets, Hermes belts and Chanel perfume.
2…………> “High On Explosives & Poisons”: ISIS “Aficionado”
Marlon Hicks, 31, of Crown Point, Indiana, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing information regarding the manufacture and use of explosives, with the intent that the information is used for and in furtherance of a crime of violence.
“The Department of Justice is committed to investigating and prosecuting terrorist threats against our homeland,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.
“The defendant plotted to conduct an attack on U.S. soil and, with today’s sentence, he is being held accountable for his actions. I applaud the efforts of the agents and prosecutors to achieve this successful outcome. Their work will ensure that the actions of the defendant, inspired by an evil, will serve only as a cautionary tale for other would-be terrorists.”
According to the documents, in this case, Hicks rapidly transformed from a vocal online supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, to someone planning a terrorist act.
3…………> Mr.Xi FOREX Hedge: Anti-Trump Medicine
President Trump has accused China of manipulating its currency to combat US tariffs, an accusation resembling claims Mr. Trump made during his 2016 campaign as the two countries prepare to meet in Washington to discuss the ongoing trade fight. In July, the two countries imposed the first round of tit-for-tat tariffs, on trade worth $34bn, with plans on the drawing board to impose import duties on a further $16bn .
The administration is also preparing additional tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese goods, which are the subject of hearings in Washington this week.
“I think China’s manipulating their currency, absolutely,” Mr. Trump told Reuters.
Mr. Trump has criticized the higher cost of borrowing, fearing that will slow the economy.
“I’m not thrilled with [Fed] raising of interest rates, no. I’m not thrilled,” he said, repeating a criticism which he has made before.
4…………> Down In Sulu Sea: US Navy SULU SEA (Aug. 16, 2018)
The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) participates in a replenishment-at-sea with the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2018. CARAT Malaysia, in its 24th iteration, is designed to enhance information sharing and coordination, build mutual war-fighting capability and support long-term regional cooperation enabling both partner armed forces to operate effectively together as a unified maritime force. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jenna Dobson (Released) 180816-N-RP442-0514
5…………> Market Report 08/20/2018, sell stop 25450, CG(12,302), 11/22/17
Extended position at 24400, sell stop 25400 for a gain of 1000 DIA points closed. Short post established at 25380, covering short at 25300 for an increase of 80 DIA points. New position extended 25300, sell stop at 25550 for a gain of 250 DIA points.
Stocks up 89 at 25759, DJ futures +9, attempt to stage a short covering rally continuing due to anti-tariff talks with China.
Gold up to 1200.1 and USD/CHF down 0.99 due to 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 25,550.
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 Disorder.
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