Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks at the National Association of Police Organizations – 25th Annual Top Cops Awards
I believe one of my highest duties is to call attention to your successes and to encourage our fellow citizens to support you in your difficult and dangerous work.
But what has made times difficult recently for law enforcement is that—by the end of the previous administration—many of you came to believe that some of the political leadership of this country had abandoned you.
Some radicals and politicians began to unfairly malign and blame police as a whole for the crimes and unacceptable deeds of a few. Amazing— their message seemed to be that the police were the problem, not the criminals. They wanted the ACLU to determine police policies, and that was enforced by a federal court order.
Let me say this loud and clear: as long as I am the Attorney General of the United States, the Department of Justice will have the back of all honest and honorable law enforcement officers.
This is the Trump era. We support law enforcement.
Of course, we will continue to hold accountable any officer who violates the law and undermines the good work of our police. But we will not malign entire police departments. We will not try to micromanage their daily work all the way from Washington, D.C. We will not enter into agreements or court decrees that outsource policymaking to political activists.
We will not agree to decrees that curtail proactive law enforcement practices that save lives, especially the lives of minorities and those living in poorer neighborhoods. We will encourage the proven, Constitutional, and proactive policing that your departments must do to keep America safe.
I want all of you to know that you have a President in the White House who supports you and believes strongly in your work. President Trump cares deeply about these issues.
During an event honoring police officers during National Police Week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions touted the Trump administration's support for law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/Rnr9tLwKth
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 15, 2018
He has made clear, both through his executive orders and in conversations with me, that supporting law enforcement and turning back the recent surge in violent crime in our country is one of his top priorities.
The day I was sworn in as Attorney General, he sent me an executive order to “back the men and women in blue”.
And in law enforcement, we’re all in this together on the same mission. You are the ones on the front lines in this fight — and our goal is to help give you the tools and support you need to do your jobs.
That’s why our signature law enforcement program, Project Safe Neighborhoods, requires our U.S. Attorneys to establish a crime plan from the bottom up— consulting with state and local enforcement officers first.
You can be certain about this: we have your back and you have our thanks.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks at the National Association of Police Organizations. https://t.co/ArIBVtoyNt
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 14, 2018
Ohioan Salah ad-Deen Osama Waleed plotted 4th of July attack with Al Qaeda
Monday, the Department of Justice released a statement about the arrest of a domestic terrorist who was plotted to kill Americans in Cleveland, Ohio on Fourth of July celebrations.
Ohio Man Arrested for Attemping to Assist a Foreign Terrorist Organization With Homeland Attack Plot https://t.co/jK2UDGkMf6
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) July 2, 2018
Ohio Man Arrested for Attempting to Assist a Foreign Terrorist Organization With Homeland Attack Plot
Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, aka Abdur Raheem Rafeeq, aka Salah ad-Deen Osama Waleed, 48, of Maple Heights, Ohio, was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Pitts was arrested Sunday by members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The arrest and charges were announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman for the Northern District of Ohio, and Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony of the FBI’s Cleveland Division.
“Terrorists reject the ideals this nation was founded upon—the ideals we celebrate on July Fourth and which our law enforcement officers lay down their lives for every day,” said Attorney General Sessions.
“Each one of us owes a debt of gratitude to the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who work day and night to identify those who would do this nation harm, including those committed to supporting violence in the name of foreign terrorist organizations. At the Department of Justice, we will continue to take every lawful step we can to disrupt terrorist plots and to protect our nation from foreign and domestic threats, including the dangerous threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism.”
“Together with our law enforcement partners on FBI Cleveland’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI disrupted plans to attack innocent citizens – including on July 4th, a day our citizens should be able to celebrate our freedom without fear of violence,” said Director Wray. “This arrest shows the determination of the men and women of the FBI and our partner agencies to protect our communities from harm. I extend my thanks not just to those who worked on this case, but to all those who safeguard our nation every day.”
“Protecting our citizens and our nation remains the Justice Department’s top priority,” U.S. Attorney Herdman said. “This defendant plotted and scouted locations in downtown Cleveland for an attack on July 4th, when he knew it would be packed with people celebrating our nation’s birthday. We will continue to do all we can to identify, arrest and prosecute those threats while working to keep our communities safe and secure.”
“Pitts, a U.S. citizen living in Ohio, pledged his allegiance to al-Qaeda, a foreign terrorist organization, and was planning to conduct an attack in Cleveland on Independence Day, the very day we celebrate the freedoms we have in this country,” said Special Agent in Charge Anthony. “The FBI commends the public for reporting individuals that espouse their radical beliefs and/or engage in behavior that threaten the lives of our military personnel and community.”
According to an affidavit filed in the case, between 2015 and 2017, Pitts expressed anti-American sentiments and expressed a desire to recruit people to kill Americans. The defendant expressed a desire to meet with an al Qaeda “brother” and in June he was introduced to an FBI employee acting in an undercover capacity (UCE), who Pitts believed was such a “brother.”
Pitts, a U.S. citizen, and the UCE met on June 22, in Walton Hills, Ohio, where they discussed launching an attack for al Qaeda during the July 4th holiday.
Pitts said: “I’m trying to figure out something that would shake them up on the 4th of July.” He later stated: “What would hit them at their core? Blow up in the, have a bomb blow up in the 4th of July parade.”
Pitts and the UCE searched Google for a map of downtown Cleveland. After learning the fireworks would be launched from Voinovich Park, Pitts said: “Oh there you go. Oh yeah.” He was also pleased the park was near the U.S. Coast Guard station, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Celebrezze Federal Building.
The meeting concluded with Pitts indicating to the UCE that he would travel to downtown Cleveland soon to take photographs and videotape footage as part of surveillance efforts of Voinovich Park and the U.S. Coast Guard station. He also expressed a desire to take a tour of the U.S. Coast Guard station to gain as much information as he could about the layout of the facility.
The UCE texted Pitts later on June 22 and where he indicated al Qaeda “brothers” would provide Pitts with a bus pass and cellular phone.
On June 25, Pitts met with an FBI confidential human source (CHS) in Maple Heights, Ohio, who provided Pitts with a bus pass and a phone Pitts could use to communicate with the UCE. The bus pass was provided to Pitts, as he requested, so he could travel to downtown Cleveland to conduct surveillance for the July 4th attack.
On June 26, Pitts contacted the UCE via text message and relayed that he had completed the reconnaissance of the designated spots in downtown Cleveland and that he desired to “destroy the government.”
Pitts also indicated he intended to travel to Philadelphia, since Philadelphia is his hometown and he knows it best. Pitts indicated it was his “job” to “go look at the base of the ground” and that it was up to other “brothers” to complete other parts of the job.
On June 27, Pitts met with the CHS and turned over the phone that contained the reconnaissance photos and videos, so they could be provided to the al Qaeda brothers.
Later on June 27, Pitts and the UCE met in Maple Heights then drove to downtown Cleveland, where they discussed the impending July 4th bombing.
“And I’m gonna be downtown when the – when the thing go off. I’m gonna be somewhere cuz I wanna see it go off,” Pitts said.
1) #FBI thwarts plot by 48 year old #alQaeda supporter Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts (AKA Salah ad-Deen Osama Waleed, Abdur Raheem Rafeeq) to attack 4th of July Parade in #Cleveland #Ohio. Pitts also expressed interest to carry out an attack in #Philadelphia pic.twitter.com/5BbHkuQRZ8
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) July 2, 2018
A search of the phone that Pitts provided to the CHS revealed that he made two videos in which he pledged allegiance. He stated, in part: “We serve Allah . . . We fight our enemies. We destroy them and destroy those who try to oppose…”
The phone also had four videos taken by Pitts that show him walking down East 9th Street in Cleveland, pointing out potential targets such as the federal building, the Coast Guard station and St. John’s Cathedral, which he said could be taken “off the map.”
On July 1, Pitts met with the UCE in Garfield Heights, Ohio, for Pitts to explain his plan for Philadelphia. Pitts said he planned to travel there to conduct reconnaissance for a future attack in Philadelphia. Pitts stated a truck bomb packed with explosives, such as the one used in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, would be the best way to cause maximum damage.
Pitts was reminded by the UCE that people would die and body parts would by flying around. Pitts responded “I don’t care” and that he had “no regrets,” would be able to “go to sleep” and “I don’t give a (expletive).”
The defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
This investigation is being conducted by the FBI-Cleveland Division’s Joint Terrorism Task. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Baeppler and Matthew Shepherd of the Northern District of Ohio, and Trial Attorney Paul Casey of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.
24 MS13 members face Federal Indictment for violent crimes
Friday, the Department of Justice released the following statement:
Twenty-Four Alleged MS-13 Members Facing Federal Indictment for Violent Racketeering, Murder, and Money Laundering Conspiracies https://t.co/5D9Jh3JT7F
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) June 29, 2018
Twenty-Four Alleged MS-13 Members Facing Federal Indictment for Violent Racketeering, Murder, and Money Laundering Conspiracies
A federal grand jury has returned a third superseding indictment charging 24 alleged members and associates of the gang MS-13. The indictment was returned on June 27, and unsealed yesterday.
The indictment was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur for the District of Maryland; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the FBI, Baltimore Field Office; Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Baltimore Office; Chief Edward G. Hargis of the Frederick City Police Department; Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith III; Chief Timothy J. Altomare of the Anne Arundel County Police Department; Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams; Chief Henry P. Stawinski III of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.
“MS-13 is ravaging communities throughout the United States with brutal violence, recruiting children to their murderous ranks, destroying families, and leaving behind countless victims,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “This indictment — which charges two dozen alleged MS-13 members with senseless acts of violence — is the latest example of the Department of Justice’s unwavering commitment to combatting violent gangs that prey on communities, whether in Maryland or elsewhere in our country.”
“MS-13 is one of the most violent and ruthless gangs on the streets today,” said U.S. Attorney Hur. “Working with our state and local partners, and using the tools of our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, we are determined to dismantle this organization to make our communities in Maryland safer.”
“This indictment is a direct result of the hard work and dedication shared by state, local and federal authorities in their efforts to combat violent gangs in our Maryland communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson, of the FBI’s Baltimore Division. “We are committed to combating this epidemic of violence that often takes young lives and creates fear in our communities. The FBI and our partners will aggressively pursue gangs wherever they surface and are steadfast to making Maryland a safe place for our citizens.”
“We will not allow MS-13 and its members or their affiliates to bring their nefarious and deadly activities into our neighborhoods,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant. “I am proud of the dedicated agents who have duly executed their duties in our collective pursuit of law, order and justice.”
Twenty-one defendants are charged with conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, including:
- Jorge Raul Guerra Castillo, aka “Pelon,”36;
- Carlos Hernandez Diaz, aka “Positivo,” 25;
- Milton Portillo Rodriguez, aka “Little Gangster,” and “Seco,” 23;
- Juan Carlos Sandoval Rodriguez, aka “Picaro,” 19;
- Francisco Ramirez Pena, aka “Tepo,” and “Advertencia,” 24;
- Jose Alberto Sibrian Garcia, aka “Chango,” 26;
- Darwin Arias Mejia, aka “City,” and “City Boy,” 25;
- Miguel Lopez Abrego, aka “Timido,” 30;
- Albaro Rosa Moreno, aka “Slow,” 23;
- Ervin Arrue Figureoa, aka “Tricky,” 19;
- Ronald Mendez Sosa, 20;
- Edwin Ruiz Urrutia, aka “Sylvestre,” 19:
- Brenda Argueta Arguete, aka “Prima,” 19;
- Carlos Ventura Morales, aka “Pantaya,” 30; and
- Danny Hernandez Solorzano, aka “Titre,” 20.
The names of six other defendants charged in the racketeering conspiracy remain sealed.
In addition, Darvin Guerra Zacarias, aka “Chapin,” 26, and Luis Fernando Cruz Rodriguez, aka “Catra,” 21, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, along with Guerra Castillo, Hernandez Diaz, Portillo Rodriguez, Sandoval Rodriguez, Ramirez Pena, Arias Mejia, Rosa Moreno, Arrue Figueroa, Mendez Sosa, Ruiz Urrutia, and Argueta Argueta.
Samuel Diaz-Ramos, aka “Pequeno,” 32, is charged with money laundering conspiracy.
According to the indictment, MS-13 is a national and international gang composed primarily of immigrants or descendants from El Salvador. Branches or “cliques” of MS-13, one of the largest street gangs in the United States, allegedly operate throughout Frederick County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, Maryland. All of the defendants except for Rosa Moreno were allegedly members and associates of the Fulton Locotes Salvatrucha Fulton clique of MS-13. Rosa Moreno was an alleged member and associate of the Parkview Locos Salvatrucha clique Parkview of MS-13.
The six-count indictment alleges that from 2015 and continuing through 2017, MS-13 members and associates engaged in racketeering activity that included murders, conspiracies to commit murder, attempted murders, extortion, robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking and money laundering.
Specifically, the indictment alleges that the defendants murdered five individuals in Frederick, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties, Maryland, dismembering three of them. In addition, the defendants allegedly conspired to murder eight individuals, maiming and assaulting one of the individuals with a machete, shooting one individual in the head, and kidnapping and threatening another individual with a firearm to extract payment for extortion.
Initial appearances for the defendants were scheduled in U.S. District Court in Baltimore starting yesterday.
An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Populist Wire Files Complaints With The FTC & Texas Attorney General’s Office Over $20 Million FB Donation Campaign
Thursday, Populist Wire, was the first to complain about Getty’s fake photo and filed two complaints against RAICES with the FTC & The Texas Attorney General’s Office.
“20 Million dollars in fraud is a lot of money,” said Senior editor of Populist Wire.
Social Media was on fire last week with the photo of what looked like a child who was separated from her parents on the Southern Border of the United States. The photo was used as Democrat propaganda against President Donald J. Trump’s policy of Law and Order.
According to CBS:
“A Getty photographer has shared the story behind a viral image of an asylum seeker at the U.S.-Mexico border. John Moore said a Honduran woman and her 2-year-old daughter were taken into custody after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico. He said they were expected to be transported to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center.
“As a father myself, it was very difficult for me to see these families detained, knowing that they would soon be split up,” Moore told Getty’s FOTO of his recent ride-along with the Border Patrol. “I could see on their faces that they had no idea what was about to happen.”
AXIS OF FAKE NEWS- GETTY-CBS- PINTEREST
“Charlotte and Dave Willner were trying to raise $1,500 on Facebook to help one immigrant parent. So far, they’ve raised $20 million (and counting),” reported recode.
Charlotte Willner is the safety and trust manager at Pinterest according to her account here.
Democrats are pushing for open borders and lawlessness in the Southern Border regions, and are hopeful for new immigrant voters for the 2018 elections.
The photo and propaganda campaign, meant to cause damage to Trump and his supporters was a fake. Not only a fake, but a fake that has raised over 20,000,000 dollars for the Democrats to use to fight Trump and his agenda.
Populist Wire has just filed a FTC violation against RAICES. They have committed fraud by misrepresenting this photo of a child who has NOT been separated. This is illegal.
A Senior Editor for Populist Wire said, “It appears the Attorney General’s office was familiar with the Facebook campaign and will be looking into the complaint against the organization.”
RAICES is the organization by Charlotte Willner, head of Trust and Safety on Pinterest.
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