Counterfeit ID Maker Busted

On and on it goes…

From an article in NWA Online:

SPRINGDALE — Police arrested a man who allegedly operated a “sophisticated” counterfeiting operation making state identifications and Mexican drivers’ licenses.

Pablo Rivera, 25, was arrested before police executed a search warrant at 2200 E. Mountain, apartment M205, in Springdale, according to a news release. There, Springdale detectives and officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized a large number of counterfeit IDs from various states, including Ohio, California and Texas.

Springdale police detectives C.E. Motsinger and Al Barrios also found Mexican drivers’ licenses, Social Security cards, permanent resident cards and resident alien cards, along with $3,000 in cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of fake ID cards, the news release states.

The apartment also contained a computer counterfeiting system, laminating equipment, fake ID and drivers’ license templates in addition to blank counterfeit Social Security cards and state seal laminate sheets.

The operation is believed to be part of an organized counterfeiting ring operating nationwide, according to the news release. Springdale police and immigration officials have arrested nine other suspects in Northwest Arkansas since May 13. At least two other counterfeiting operations have been shut down as a result of those arrests.

Things are getting more sophisticated in supporting illegal immigrants in this country. Of Course this has criminal applications as well.

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Attacks On Border Patrol Show Knowledge Of Tradecraft

To emphasize the urgency of the problem with border security I present this article from Mexidata.info:

Two U.S. Border Patrol agents recently wounded near Nogales, Arizona, were ambushed and shot by assailants dressed in black commando-type clothing. More than 50 rounds were fired at the agents. To aid the perpetrators escape, one apparently remained behind and used a portable radio to pinpoint the agents’ location for snipers hidden nearby. Authorities said the gunmen fled using military-style cover and concealment tactics, while investigators later found commando clothing and other “sophisticated equipment” at the sneek attack site.

This shooting was another in a rising number of assaults on Border Patrol agents in the Tucson-Nogales sector. Since October 1, 2004, 196 assaults on agents, including 24 shootings, have been recorded. Making things worse, there is a reported US$50,000 bounty on Border Patrol agents, and state and local police officers.

In addition to the concerns of attacks on police officers, members of the ââÅTexas Border Sheriffs’ Coalitionââ? fear that terrorists could easily slip across the U.S.-Mexico border and carry out deadly attacks. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez was quoted as saying, “If drug traffickers can take 3,000 or 4,000 pounds of marijuana across our bridges imagine a load of bombs.ââ?

Rick Flores, the Webb County Sheriff, said, “Staging a terrorist attack in Laredo (Texas), America’s largest inland port, would be very simple. We’ve got 7,000 trucks crossing on a daily basis. What’s to say that someone won’t stick something underneath one of the trucks and have it blow up right in the middle of the bridges? Or terrorists could smuggle across a small dirty bomb, which would spread radioactive material across South Texas.”

These Texas officials are expressing real fear about being out manned and outgunned âââ and rightfully so.

These are organized criminal elements that are well trained and clearly show a working knowledge of what is described in espionage circles as ââÅtradecraft.ââ? Pre-target surveillance, as in terroristâââs attacks, must be used to gain an advantage in seeking and ambushing their prey. The aggressors must monitor the habits, conduct and daily movements of potential victims for strategic purposes. Unlike a suicide-homicide bomber, these attackers need a safe location to monitor or conduct surveillance, a site to ambush and control the victim, and a method of escape.

There is a real war taking place on our southern border, by definition a war that is clearly an armed two sided conflict. The stakes are high, and extended talks, stalling and inattention to the escalating violence will only cause more deaths and the destruction that follows this level of armed aggression.

Jerry Brewer is Vice President of Criminal Justice International Associates, a global risk mitigation firm headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. He can be reached via e-mail at Cjiaincusa@aol.com

I don’t know about you, but I think this is reason for concern and action. These individuals are behaving like elite fighting forces, I don’t see how law enforcement can deal with these kinds of individuals.

Uzbekistan Evicts U.S. From Air Base

Uzbekistan formally evicted the United States yesterday from a military base that has served as a hub for combat and humanitarian missions to Afghanistan since shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Pentagon and State Department officials said yesterday.

In a highly unusual move, the notice of eviction from Karshi-Khanabad air base, known as K2, was delivered by a courier from the Uzbek Foreign Ministry to the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, said a senior U.S. administration official involved in Central Asia policy. The message did not give a reason. Uzbekistan will give the United States 180 days to move aircraft, personnel and equipment, U.S. officials said.

If Uzbekistan follows through, as Washington expects, the United States will face several logistical problems for its operations in Afghanistan. Scores of flights have used K2 monthly. It has been a landing base to transfer humanitarian goods that then are taken by road into northern Afghanistan, particularly to Mazar-e Sharif — with no alternative for a region difficult to reach in the winter. K2 is also a refueling base with a runway long enough for large military aircraft. The alternative is much costlier midair refueling.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld returned this week from Central Asia, where he won assurances from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan that the United States can use their bases for operations in Afghanistan. U.S. forces use Tajikistan for emergency landings and occasional refueling, but it lacks good roads into Afghanistan. Kyrgyzstan does not border Afghanistan.

“We always think ahead. We’ll be fine,” Rumsfeld said Sunday when asked how the United States would cope with losing the base in Uzbekistan.

The eviction notice came four days before a senior State Department official was to arrive in Tashkent for talks with the government of President Islam Karimov. The relationship has been increasingly tense since bloody protests in the province of Andijan in May, the worst unrest since Uzbekistan gained independence from the Soviet Union.

Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns was going to pressure Tashkent to allow an international investigation into the Andijan protests, which human rights groups and three U.S. senators who met with eyewitnesses said killed about 500 people. Burns was also going to warn the government, one of the most authoritarian in the Islamic world, to open up politically — or risk the kind of upheavals witnessed recently in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, U.S. officials said.

Although the Uzbek authorities said that 187 people had been killed, human rights organizations believe the figure could be closer to 750. The US, along with other western nations, has called for an independent investigation.

Karimov has balked at an international probe. As U.S. pressure mounted, he cut off U.S. night flights and some cargo flights, forcing Washington to move search-and-rescue operations and some cargo flights to Bagram air base in Afghanistan and Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan. As relations soured, the Bush administration was preparing for a further cutoff, U.S. officials said.

The United States was given the notice just hours after 439 Uzbek political refugees were flown out of neighboring Kyrgyzstan — over Uzbek objections — by the United Nations. The refugees fled after the May unrest, which Uzbek officials charged was the work of terrorists. The Bush administration had been pressuring Kyrgyzstan not to force the refugees to return to Uzbekistan.

“We all knew basically that if we really wanted to keep access to the base, the way to do it was to shut up about democracy and turn a blind eye to the refugees,” said the senior official, on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive diplomacy. “We could have saved the base if we had wanted.”

Analysts believe that as relations have cooled with the US, Uzbekistan has been cementing ties with Russia and China with both countries expressing strong support for the Uzbek government’s response to the May rebellion.

China and Russia are thought to be nervous about the US military’s presence in the resource-rich area. Earlier this summer China announced a deal to invest heavily in Uzbekistan’s oil industry.

The next test will be whether to withhold as much as $22 million in aid to Uzbekistan if it does not comply with provisions on political and economic reforms it committed to undertake in a 2002 strategic partnership agreement with Washington. Last year, the administration withheld almost $11 million. U.S. officials expect the Uzbek government will again be ineligible for funds.

On a side note do you remember the SCO? Well they are starting to flex their muscles.

China, Russia and four former Soviet republics are calling for the United States to set a date for withdrawing from military bases in Central Asia. That call is the closest that an increasingly powerful security grouping has come to taking a clear anti-American stance, a regional expert said Wednesday.

The declaration by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a boost for Moscow and Beijing, both of whom have bristled at the growing influence of the U.S. in the region, said Dr. Kirill Nourzhanov, a specialist in Central Asia at the Australian National University.

The U.S. has maintained bases in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan since late 2001, in support of the anti-terror operation launched in nearby Afghanistan after 9/11. France has several hundred soldiers at an airport in Tajikistan.

A summit Tuesday brought together the leaders of those three Central Asian countries as well as their partners in the SCO – China, Russia and Kazakhstan.

The SCO summit can be seen as a victory for Moscow, which regards the region as part of its sphere of influence.

Russia also has bases in Central Asia – in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – but the SCO leaders made no mention of the Russians setting deadlines to withdraw.

In other former Soviet republics further to the west, Russia is under pressure from the West to shut down bases in Georgia and Moldova.

Nourzhanov said the SCO summit provided President Vladimir Putin with the opportunity to even the score.

“Moscow believes it is being snubbed by the United States in the trans-Caucasus because the Americans are experiencing a honeymoon with Georgia and overseeing the withdrawal of Russian troops from there.

“The Russians do not like it a single bit and retaliate on a different front, this time in Central Asia: ‘If our troops are not welcome in the trans-Caucasus then your troops are not welcome in Central Asia.’ ”

The SCO has become increasingly significant, holding joint military exercises, setting up a rapid reaction strike force, and last month opening a regional anti-terror center in Uzbekistan.

Speaking ahead of the summit, Kazakhstan’s foreign minister said he was convinced the SCO was becoming more influential regionally and internationally.

Putin hailed the “immense potential of the SCO” while Chinese President Hu Jintao said: “We are reaching a new stage of cooperation.”

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Uzbek Rebel Leader Wants Islamic State
Islamic Uprising In Uzbekistan
Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Resources:

The Washingtone Post

Financial Times
CNS News

Air America Can’t Seem To Tell The Simple Truth

It appears, as usual, Air America has a problem with the simple truth.

Paul at Wizbang Blog Opines:

Apparently Air America is getting John Kerry to write their press releases. In a really lame attempt to throw bloggers off the scent, last week they hinted they had paid the money back months ago:

The current owners of Air America Radio have no obligation to Progress Media,s business activities. We are very disturbed that Air America Radio’s good name could be associated with a reduction in services for young people, which is why we agreed months ago to fully compensate the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club as a result of this transaction.

But this week they told FoxNews:

“We’re committed to paying this money and the terms are being worked out… We are awaiting direction from the investigation into how to proceed.”

This story has been largely ignored by the MSM. Why? You figure it out.

Telling the straight truth seems to be something Air America has become conditioned not to do, if they have nothing to hide all they had to do was get in front of the story no one is reporting.

I would like to point out I don’t know if they are guilty of anything or not; there are just allegations and an investigation. I just don’t understand how they are handling the problem.

Others Reporting:
Radio Equalizer, which has some more information about attacks on him for reporting the story from the left.
Bore America
Flopping Aces

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Pro-Cuba Group Says U.S. Seized Canadian Computers

You may have read my article about Pastors for Peace trying to defy the U.S. embargo on cuba, well here is an update.

From an article in Reuters Canada:

HAVANA (Reuters) – A religious group that gathers humanitarian aid for Cuba urged U.S. authorities on Friday to release 12 Canadian computers seized at the U.S-Mexican border under American sanctions against Cuba’s communist government.

The 43 boxes of computer equipment donated by Canadians were en route to Cuba in an annual caravan organized by the Pastors for Peace group when they were seized last week by U.S. border officials at McAllen, Texas.

“These were Canadian computers that were confiscated by U.S. customs,” said Genevieve Mutschler, a volunteer from the Canadian province of British Columbia. “They were sent from Canada in support of Cuba in its struggle against the U.S. embargo.”

Pastors for Peace, a humanitarian group based in San Francisco, has delivered 2,500 metric tons of aid to Cuba in 16 years, including medical equipment such as operating tables and incubators, but also second-hand school buses and computers.

Treasury spokeswoman Molly Millerwise said anyone wanting to deliver aid to Cuba must apply for a license with the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Treasury office that administers U.S. economic sanctions programs.

The seizure of the computers by the Commerce Department shows a new effort by the U.S. government to strengthen the blockade against Cuba,” the Rev. Tom Smith told reporters.

American members of the solidarity caravan face arrest and fines of up to $10,000 for violating the U.S. sanctions on Cuba when they return to the United States over the weekend.

U.S. Reps. Charles Rangel and Jose Serrano, New York Democrats who oppose the embargo, urged Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to permit the release of the computer equipment.

I don’t care who donated the computers, they were being smuggled into Mexico for the purpose of bringing them to Cuba. They were lawfully seized, and should serve as a message to Canadians attempting to thumb their noses at the U.S. If Canadians plan on helping Cuba, I suggest they do not use our borders.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Behind Canada Tunnel?

This could be an interesting development in the Canada-U.S. tunnel recently discovered.

From an article in Gulf Times (Qatar):

United States federal agents have started an investigation into the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over a drug link after they detected a tunnel between the US and Canada used for large-scale drug smuggling.

The tunnel was constructed from the Canadian side of the border and it surfaced in the living room of Devendra Raj, who has been described as a South Asian national who lived on the US side of the border, an Asian Tribune report filed from Los Angeles said yesterday.

Raj was the mastermind of the drug smuggling ring and he purchased the house at Lynden, in the northern border town of Seattle in US for the specific purpose of drug smuggling from Canada.

Raj (30) obtained help from Timothy Woo, 34 and Johnathan Valenzuela, 27 to construct the 360-foot tunnel which ran under the highway on the border.

The tunnel, which is the first such tunnel discovered on the northern border of US begins under a Quonset hut on the Canadian side, 300 feet from the border. Built with lumber, concrete and metal reinforcing bars, the passageway was equipped with lights and ventilation and ran under a highway. It was three and half feet high and wide and ran three to 10 feet below ground.

ââÅThey were smart enough to build a sophisticated tunnel. But they were not smart enough to not get caught,ââ? US Attorney John McKay reportedly said. Numerous smuggling tunnels have been found on the US border with Mexico for both drug smuggling and human trafficking.
ââÅBut this is the first tunnel to be discovered on the Canadian border,ââ? he said. ââÅAccused Raj also owns the property where the Quonset hut is located on the Canadian side.ââ?

ââÅThere was a general impression that the LTTE had stopped smuggling after gaining legitimacy,ââ? a South Asian diplomat said. ââÅBut apparently the covert operations are continuing, with or without the green light from Kilinochchi.ââ?

I had not heard of this group before, or at least I don’t remember them, so I did some research.

What are the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam?

From Terrorism: Questions & Answers:

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is a separatist terrorist group that seeks an independent state in areas in Sri Lanka inhabited by ethnic Tamils. (Eelam means homeland in Tamil.) The LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers, have used conventional, guerrilla, and terror tactics, including some 200 suicide bombings, in a bloody, two-decade-old civil war that has claimed more than 60,000 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans. The U.S. State Department lists the LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization.

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Wikipedia of TTLE (pronounced TTL):

LTTE Website.

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“Random Vandalism” Behind Flag Burning In Fairfield

Fairfield Police have charged two teens for burning American flags under a car belonging to the family of a fallen soldier.

Fairfield Police say they arrested the 13 and 15 year old boys Thursday.

The boys apparently admitetd to burning the flags the Wessel family put in their yard.

What kind of up bringing and society would lead to teenagers perpetrating such an act of complete disrespect for your country and a fallen hero? When are we going to wake up to the damage that relativism is causing in our country? It is damaging our children and our society as a whole.

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