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ICE, IRS, VA and the Russia Thing

A chief counsel at ICE, Raphael Sanchez, resigned Monday after his four-year scheme of stealing seven immigrants’ identities and spending $190,000 on credit cards and Amazon accounts opened in their names was exposed.

This required forging social security cards and drivers licenses from the ICE database. Not to be confused with the Vigilant database ICE now accesses for new prey:

Refrigerators, ICE and Ex-Im Updates

(Accolades are in order for Alameda, CA, whose residents recently nixed a $500,000 contract for a Vigilant license plate reader network.)

The 44-year-old Seattle-based lawyer, whose job description is “immigration removal proceedings in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington”,  claimed three illegal immigrants as dependents on his tax returns with impunity, but got pinched when he used a Chinese national’s permanent resident card to pay his electric bill.

Through his own lawyer, Sanchez offered “sincere and immense regret” and pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. His recommended sentence is four years.

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Despite Pentagon comptroller David Norquist echoing military leaders’ “pleading” with Congress to save $2,000,000,000 PER YEAR by closing “tens of thousands of excess military bases around the world” [our emphasis], our entitled representatives have so thoroughly refuted the move that Defense didn’t even broach the subject in their 2019 budget request. According to Washington Times, the improbable decision to conduct a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is out of the question this election year.

The last BRAC round occurred in 2005 and took a decade to complete. It is estimated to have cost $24 billion and the Pentagon estimates it will save about $4 billion per year.

The House Armed Services Committee dismissed the Pentagon’s request last year, because America was founded on the basis of a stifling cent Federal government whose chief objective is to provide military and contracting jobs indefinitely.

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As the IRS gears up for tax season, they’re dogged by the independent Taxpayer Advocate Service‘s damning details of last year’s effort to recover $920 million that was mistakenly not confiscated. Private collection agencies and IRS itself were allowed to pocket 25% commissioneach–of what they scored for the Feds.

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IRS’ target group unfortunately included many struggling taxpayers. The 4,100 targets had a median household income of $41,000 (national median last year was $59,039, according to the Census Bureau); 28% made less than $20,000, and some received Social Security, making them ineligible for shakedown by IRS ground rules.

19% were below the federal poverty level.

Of those bullied into “installment agreements” by the collectors, 45% could not afford to make the payments because they had income that was less than their allowable living
expenses.

According to the report obtained by ThinkProgress, the agencies got paid for accounts actually settled by IRS:

The IRS is aware that it is paying commissions to [collection agencies] with respect to work done by the IRS, but has
no plans to change its procedures to attempt to identify payments that were clearly not attributable to [agencies]…

[our emphasis]

Also, the initiative cost $20 million but recovered just $7 million.

A revenue-neutral FairTax, collected with every purchase to punishe consumption rather than production, eliminating the IRS, is still out of the question.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 10: IRS Takes From Little People; Squander Millions on Unused Email, Faulty Fraud Detection

The Department of Veterans Affairs is back under the microscope.

Last week’s Office of Inspector General report scrutinized VA secretary David Shulkin (below) for attending the Wimbeldon tennis tournament–and stopping in Copenhagen, Denmark–last July in conjunction with the London Ministerial Summit on Veterans’ Affairs.

A portrait of David Shulkin, secretary of the Department

The Obama-appointed Undersecretary is the only Trump nominee to wield unanimous 100-0 consent from the Senate from his 2017 confirmation to head VA.

Washington Post, who apparently got the story first in September, noted Shulkin previously denied reaching out to Prince Harry’s 2016 Invictus Games head Victoria Gosling to poach the tennis tickets (worth thousands on the street). It turns out Shulkin did exactly that, and got served when OIG found Gosling could not come up with the first name of Shulkin’s wife, Dr. Merle Bari. This did not match Shulkin’s story that Gosling was a friend, so the exchange did not require ethics clearance.

Dr. Bari proved to be a very expensive add in add on to the delegation, adding $4300 in plane tickets alone to the $122,000, 11-day European extravaganza funded by the VA’s taxpayer-provided budget. Her status as “invitational traveler” cleared the VA ethics office just two weeks after her husband directed the agency to determine “essential” travel to “decrease employee travel and generate savings.”

Shulkin (2016 net worth: $17 million) repaid the government for Bari’s ticket.

A member of the security team’s expense voucher included “an inexplicable $3,825 overpayment for airport parking and a $2,718 overpayment for lodging.”

The report mentions another unusual expense: VA had official “Trip Book” itineraries printed for the entourage, 15 copies at a cost of $100 each.

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! September 13 and 29: Mnuchin Continues Opulent Employment; Tom Price Priced Out of Trump Administration

The best part? Shulkin’s chief of staff Vivieca Wright Simpson (below) resigned Friday after altering emails to VA’s ethics lawyer to suggest Shulkin received an award on the trip’s Denmark leg (which would have justified his wife’s traveling at taxpayer expense). OIG, of course, found Shulkin had no idea of the malfeasance.

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(Wright Simpson flew in economy class, but changed her connecting city, adding $2900 to the cost of her ticket.)

Two other staff members indulged in the trip, with six (6) security employees requiring “several additional days of advance travel.” So several of the trip itinerary booklets were apparently extras.

It’s unclear if Shulkin has yet rewritten VA hiring guidelines as he promised last December when USA Today found the agency has routinely–in violation of Federal law–employed physicians with revoked medical licenses for the past 15 years.

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Besides Shulkin, four other Trump officials are under investigation for lavish travel using government funds. EPA head Scott Pruitt, for example, traveled from Cincinnati to New York on a military plane at a cost of $36,068.50 to catch his first-class flight to Rome, according to CNBC. Pruitt, according to the EPA, is awarded first or business class (for his frequent travel on jumbo jets to spread environmental protection) to avoid repeating past “security threats.” The Hill:

Pruitt has a “blanket waiver” to federal standards that limit officials’ ability to book first-class flights on the taxpayer dime.

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Paul Manafort‘s release from house arrest looks even less likely, as Robert Mueller‘s long awaited Russia probe turned up evidence of his “additional criminial conduct…[including]  a series of bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies.”

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! October 23: Podesta Joins the Presidential Party

It’s unclear if the still-pending $10 million bail deal will proceed for Manafort’s alleged overstatement of income by his company DMP International to secure a $9.5 million mortgage for his other venture, Summerbreeze LLC. No additional charges are yet filed, and D.C. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson (below) has everyone under gag order as her office aims for an October trial.

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On February 16, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein indicted 13 Russian citizens and 3 Russian entities for spreading anti-Hillary and pro-Trump propaganda during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election via (according to Politicoidentity theft, fake accounts, carefully orchestrated trips and outreach, a concerted social media strategy and even real live rallies across the United States secretly planned from Russia.

Specifically: Russian “specialists were instructed to post content that focused on ‘politics in the USA’ and to ‘use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except [Bernie] Sanders and Trump—we support them)[.]”

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According to The Hill, the Russians sought to suppress support among black voters for Hillary Clinton, creating fake accounts on social platforms including Facebook and Instagram with names like “Blacktivist” and “Woke Blacks” — and suggesting that she was not strong enough on issues germane to African-Americans. 

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ice-lawyer-seattle-charged-stealing-immigrants-ids-n847856?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

https://www.seattlepi.com/seattlenews/article/ICE-Seattle-Immigration-Corruption-12617163.php

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/raphael-sanchez-ice-chief-steal-immigrants-identity-fraud-us-immigration-customs-enforcement-a8214511.html

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pentagon-drops-effort-to-close-unneeded-military-bases-that-cost-2-billion-per-year/article/2648854

IRS paid private debt collectors $20 million to recoup $6.7 million from low-income Americans

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/veterans-affairs-chief-shulkin-staff-misled-ethics-officials-about-european-trip-report-finds/2018/02/14/f7fbc020-0c3a-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html?utm_term=.39103093bba7

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/16/va-secretary-david-shulkins-chief-staff-retiring-amid-travel-report-findings/344810002/

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/15/trump-cabinet-officials-in-ethics-scandals.html

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/373811-pruitt-coach-travel-yielded-interactions-that-were-not-the-best

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/02/16/mueller-russia-indictments-not-playing-around-217014

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/16/bernie-sanders-russia-2016-election-interference-415691

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/16/mueller-manafort-bank-fraud-accusations-416509

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/374302-five-key-takeaways-from-the-russian-indictments?userid=115887

Refrigerators, ICE and Ex-Im Updates

Trump is under fire for his proclivity to keep food cold.

The Guardian tore into two new refrigerators slated for installation on Air Force One, replacing the current 1990 installations for $23.7 million.

The military apparently requires the jumbo 747’s five coolers to carry 3,000 meals.

Lost in the food fight is Boeing (the largest corporate welfare cow of the Export-Import Bank), who scored the culinary contract last year to install the fridges on their own 747 model and deferred reporters’ questions to Air Force One.

EXIM

As we have previously reported, the infamous Ex-Im backs loans for foreigners and sticks American taxpayers with the bill.

Ex-Im Bank Updates

According to this recent rosy budget request, the agency “operates at no cost to taxpayers,” “supports 180,000 jobs” in 2018, and generates $492.2 million in deficit-reducing receipts” (about half of 1% of fiscal year 2018’s projected deficit of over $1,000,000,000,000).

This apparently justifies their $95.5 million demand for operating expenses.

In Ex-Im’s defense, the 2018 request reduces their staff by 15 (fifteen!) full-time employees, and shrinks the operating budget 17.7% compared to fiscal year 2017. Which isn’t that difficult when you justify your existence with net income to the Treasury, then pocket a paltry (by Washington standards) budget.

But there are bigger fish to fry (cooling the leftovers in the president’s new refrigerators).

Ex-Im, which dodged dismantling in late 2016, still lacks a quorum on its board of directors to approve loans over $10,000,000. (Recall Ex-Im’s primary objective is to help small businesses actually located in America.)

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: June 29: Michigan Congressman Bucks Party on Ex-Im Bank

Scott Garrett is pictured. | AP Photo

Trumps’ pick to lead Ex-Im, former New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett (above) didn’t even make it out of the Senate Banking Committee vote in December, much less to full Senate confirmation. Garrett twice voted against reauthorizing Ex-Im while in Congress and faced opposition from U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Acting chairman and president, Obama appointee Charles Hall, left in December, lamenting the lapse in fee collections due to a backlog of bigger loans for lack of quorum (which Hall exacerbated by leaving): “If we don’t get a board, probably sometime in 2018 I would anticipate that we would cease to be self-sustaining.”

The government website shows three of the seven board positions currently filled. No quorum for you!

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Interestingly, Delta Airlines spent millions lobbying against the Ex-Im reauthorization in recent years (though they were outspent 7 to 1 by Boeing). Apparently, European countries are tempted to buy Airbus (the only other double-wide jumbo jet manufacturer in the world) if U.S. taxpayer-backed loans are not offered for Boeing contracts.

Delta’s beef is the Ex-Im guarantees save international competitors like Air India enough on borrowing for jets that they can slash ticket prices and siphon Delta customers.

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Meanwhile, NBC spotlighted Scott Daniel Warren, a volunteer at No More Deaths, who was arrested January 17 for allegedly lavishing a pair of illegal immigrants with food and shelter in Ajo, AZ.

Carlos Diaz, a division chief of ICE’s Customs and Border Protection, denied the arrest was related to a video the non-profit released earlier that day, which showed CBP agents dumping water jugs left in the treacherous stretch of desert for illegal immigrants to consume. Diaz alleges agents are instructed to leave water jugs intact.

Should immigrants evade death, their movements will be newly scrutinized in a fashion sure to violate the privacy of law-abiding citizens as well.

Vigilant Solutions

ICE recently inked a contract with Vigilant Solutions to tap into 2 billion license plate photos and recordings of 100 million “sightings” (including date, time, and GPS coordinates) monthly. The purpose? Better “law enforcement” of illegal immigrants. (Vigilant also contracts with smaller enforcement agencies, presumably to collar real, dangerous criminals.)

ICE agents would be able to query [the] database in two ways. A historical search would turn up every place a given license plate has been spotted in the last five years, a detailed record of the target’s movements. That data could be used to find a given subject’s residence or even identify associates if a given car is regularly spotted in a specific parking lot.

ICE will get email alerts when a plate they’re watching pops up anywhere Vigilant is installed–on local police dash cams, traffic cams, who knows.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson reportedly killed a similar program in 2012, presumably because it’s unconstitutional.

Related:

Air Surveillance of Baltimore Little People

Homeland Security reassured the horrified public that while ICE gets flags for anything tagged by Vigilant, none of ICE’s ham-handed enforcement terrorizing of non-citizens will flow back to Vigilant. (Probably convenient for ICE.)

How this private-sector database of citizens and non-citizens’ movements will be shared or disseminated with other Federal thugs remains to be seen.

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/26/donald-trump-refrigerator-air-force-one

http://www.defenseone.com/business/2018/01/air-force-one-needs-new-refrigerators-they-cost-24-million/145457/

http://fortune.com/2017/12/19/scott-garrett-rejected-export-import-bank/

http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2017/12/depleted-export-import-bank-hit-another-vacancy/144272/

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/volunteer-arrested-after-giving-food-water-undocumented-immigrants-arizona-n840386

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/26/16932350/ice-immigration-customs-license-plate-recognition-contract-vigilant-solutions

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Observed

Jorge Garcia, 39, of Lincoln Park stands at the ticket counter at Detroit Metro Airport checking his bags on Jan. 15, 2018. He was to be deported to Mexico.

Jorge Garcia, 39 (above), a landscaper from Lincoln Park, MI, was removed by ICE to his native Mexico despite the Federal holiday. The undocumented immigrant, brought to America at age 10, leaves behind a wife and two children, all citizens. He has reportedly never committed a crime, and because he paid taxes, Washington will lose some revenue as President Trump encourages removal of law-abiding non-citizens.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 18: Crime and Punishment

A spokesman for ICE said he could not immediately comment Monday since it was a federal holiday, and their offices are closed.

Supporters of Jorge Garcia hold up signs that read "Stop Separating Families" at Detroit Metro Airport on Jan. 15, 2018. Garcia was being deported to Mexico after living in the U.S. for 30 years.

(But apparently he was still at the office?)

The day of rest and reflection for non-deporting government paper pushers shortened the time frame the Feds are entertaining to pass the next short term spending fix. The cancerous central government’s credit card runs out January 19, and Democrats are pushing to include protections for 800,000 beneficiaries of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the last-minute meltdown to continue confiscating.

DACA is scheduled to expire March 5.

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) told ABC the DACA provisions, which shield certain young immigrants from deportation, must be included to earn his vote on the spending bill.

Meanwhile, Trump is pushing for inclusion of $18 billion to construct a “Great Wall” on the Mexican border.

Yesterday the President tweeted, “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.”

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) reportedly pitched a plan to include border wall funding and extension of DACA at a meeting on January 11, where Trump made a holiday weekend news cycle-dominating remark characterizing African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as “all these shithole countries” that do not contribute useful immigrants to America. Negotiations apparently collapsed shortly thereafter.

While Durbin confirmed Trump’s words, Republican senators at the meeting obscured the story. Tom Cotton of Arkansas denied the remark on Sunday, and seems to currently maintain he does not recall. Lindsey Graham (SC) half-halfheartedly confirmed the president’s words.

Rand Paul (KY), who was not present, lamented the media for blasting Trump as a racist, because it “destroy[ed] the setting…for immigration compromise.”

“I don’t think the comments were constructive at all, but I also think that, to be fair, we shouldn’t draw conclusions that he didn’t intend,” Paul said.

Trump told Twitter today: “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t be made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our military.”

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2018/01/15/jorge-garcia-daca-deported-mexico-immigration/1033296001/

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/detroit/after-30-years-in-us-metro-detroit-immigrant-deported-to-mexico/508218873

https://nypost.com/2018/01/14/john-lewis-says-he-wont-vote-for-government-funding-without-daca-deal/

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/15/trump-dicky-durbin-shithole-dreamers-340621

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-referred-haiti-african-countries-shithole-nations-n836946

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rand-paul-donald-trump-racist_us_5a5b839ee4b03c4189669449

http://abc7chicago.com/politics/trump-tweets-sen-dicky-durbin-totally-misrepresented-daca-comments/2948444/

UPDATE: Motel 6[66]

Washington state is dealing with more Motel 6 employees selling out undocumented guests to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Related:

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! September 13: Customs & Border Protection Keep Their Clothing Borders in Place for Harassment; Immigration and Customs Enforcement Force Their Authority on Undocumented Motel 6 Customers

From 2015 to 2017, over 9,100 guests’ names, birthdates, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers and room numbers were handed to Federal authorities without a warrant by four Seattle-area corporate-owned Motel 6 locations. At least six individuals were arrested as a result.

Fifteen additional Washington locations, all franchises, are under investigation.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing the chain for violating state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law. He alleges Motel 6 trained employees to hand over lists of all guests (without a warrant presented) when the Feds regularly stopped in.

Agents then allegedly combed the lists for guests with “Latino-sounding names” to attempt to link them to immigration violations.

Motel 6 told Associated Press they specifically prohibited employees from surrendering guest lists to government agents back in September, when two Phoenix locations got 20 guests arrested in similar secret police-style raids.

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/motel-6-gave-guest-information-immigration-authorities-washington-ag-says-n834566

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/04/575567251/motel-6-gave-guest-information-to-immigration-agents-lawsuit-says

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! September 13: Customs & Border Protection Keep Their Clothing Borders in Place for Harassment; Immigration and Customs Enforcement Force Their Authority on Undocumented Motel 6 Customers

The Department of Homeland Security was all over the news for (more than usual) disgraceful reasons.

First, ABC reported on a trio of Customs and Border Protection (2016 budget: $13.5 billion) agents who apparently dry-humped their co-workers in Newark, NJ‘s Liberty airport.

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CBP is the largest subdivision of DHS.

Tito Catota, Parmenio Perez and Michael Papagni “pinned” two anonymous males in their “unit” to a “rape table,” subject[ing them] (according to court documents) to senseless physical abuse… while on duty.

The abuse included “grinding” and the simulation of a sex act.

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Ouch!

The special squad incidentally, was responsible for “identifying and intercepting” passengers who might be carrying contraband. Just in case the regular TSA guys insufficiently groped a testicle on the passenger’s initial humiliation, perhaps.

ABC reports that eleven CBP thugs were put on leave when the agency learned of the grinding, and three supervisors among them were fired.

Each charge of the forcibly assaulting, impeding, intimidating, and interfering  of which the trio stand accused carries a potential eight years in prison.

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Two Motel 6 locations in Phoenix, AZ appeared to cozy up with Immigration and Customs Enforcement ($5.3 billion budget).

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Phoenix News Times found at least 20 ICE arrests between February and August between the 4130 North Black Canyon Highway and 1530 North 52nd Drive Motel 6 locations.

A rumor from immigration lawyer Denise Aguilar suggests ICE offered Motel 6 clerks a $200 per “referral” bounty. When you look at the prices on the motel’s soda machines, that’s an easy decision for your average employee.

ICE spokeswoman Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe did not provide many details, noting the “knock and talk” (which accounted for one-third of the arrests in question) method of uprooting peoples’ lives is perfectly justified: if you open your hotel room door for a Federal badge that “just happens” to be harassing hotel guests and can’t provide papers, they have every right to take you in.

She refused to share ICE’s sources of intel on the dangerous non-citizens who must be taken, but apparently did not deny desk clerks were bribed to turn in their customers.

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“We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in,” one front-desk clerk explained. “Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.”

AZ Central reported Arizona’s Latino leaders in the state legislature held a protest/press conference outside a Motel 6 location on September 15.

Protesters hold a press conference in front of a Motel

Motel 6 pleaded ignorance, casting the systematic sellout as a local franchise mistake.

[According to their 9/15 statement, t]he company will send a directive to 1,400 locations stating employees are prohibited from voluntarily providing guest lists, and conduct a review of current practices that could lead to new company-wide guidelines.

“Protecting the privacy and security of our guests are core values of our company. Motel 6 apologizes for this incident and will continue to work to earn the trust and patronage of our millions of loyal guests,” the statement read.

Phoenix News Times notes: Thanks to a 2015 Supreme Court decision, the city can’t require motels to turn over that information without a warrant. But if a motel chooses to do so voluntarily, that’s up to the owner.

Thanks to our sources:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/border-patrol-agents-arrested-hazing-victims-rape-table/story?id=49822737

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/motel-6-calling-ice-undocumented-guests-phoenix-immigration-lawyers-9683244

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-breaking/2017/09/15/phoenix-leaders-demand-motel-6-fire-employees-who-gave-customer-names-ice/671050001/

 

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 18: Crime and Punishment

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Mohamed Noor (above) offered condolences via his defense attorney to the family of Australian/American dual citizen Justine Damond (below), who Noor fatally capped on July 15.

Noor is maintaining his silence and continues to exercise his legal right not to be interviewed by investigators probing Ms Damond's death 

(Ms. Damond’s actual surname was Ruszczyk, but she reportedly took her fiancé Don Damond’s name before their marriage–scheduled for August 2017. We’re going with “Damond.”)

The 40-year-old yoga instructor reportedly called “9-1-1” (twice!) that Saturday evening to notify police of a suspected assault behind her home.

Apparently, Damond ran up and “slapped” the back of the patrol car, whose lights were off as it moved through the alley looking for the assailant. (Noor’s partner, one-year veteran Matthew Harrity, was driving, and described being “startled” by the noise.)

At that point, Noor fired from the passenger seat, across Harrity’s body and into the abdomen of Damond, who was at the driver’s side window.

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According to Associated Press,

Noor was one of several Somali-Americans hired by the department in recent years as part of the city’s public effort to diversify so it better reflects the city.

On July 25, Minnesota Public Radio obtained a search warrant (???) from Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that revealed:

“Upon police arrival, a female ‘slaps’ the back of the patrol squad … After that, it is unknown to BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension] agents what exactly happened, but the female became deceased in the alley.”

Sensitive!

Interestingly, Minnesota is the only state that requires a two-year college degree of all police officers. (Most departments prefer a four-year degree, according to Associated Press.)

Noor, 31, with a four-year degree in business administration and economics from Augsburg College, completed the certificate program recommended for non-criminal justice degree holders looking to get into law enforcement (see below).

Judicial Watch on Somali Immigrants

According to the Star Tribune, Noor completed a seven-month “accelerated police cadet program” in 2015.

James Densley, criminal justice teacher at Metropolitan State University, told the Star Tribune: “The cadet program is rigorous, no doubt, but it is also an immersive paramilitary experience, taught by practitioner faculty without advanced degrees, and I suspect it leaves students with a limited view of the profession.”

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Minneapolis Police Department has reportedly run into difficulty filling police officer slots after (darthfrankthetank.com fully recognizes there are plenty of outstanding “public servants” across the country that do not necessarily take government jobs solely for the benefits, especially those that will presumably be paid to their families should the applicant lose their life in a riskier “public service” job such as police officer) [a] pension change that spurred a wave of retirements among peace officers statewide in 2014.

According to Star Tribune, advocates commend the “fast-track” cadet program as “a way to attract more diverse people with broader life experiences.”

Critics believe it is lacking in instructing common sense approaches to slowing down confrontations and defusing hostile situations.

Nate Grove of the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board maintains the fast-track curriculum includes “teaching and modeling de-escalation techniques.”

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Of note, Noor is obliged to offer any information possible to the internal investigation if he wants to keep his job. And that information will by definition never make it to the courtroom, according to Daily Mail:

[Under] the Garrity Warning in Minnesota […] public employees under internal investigation are given the option to provide information or face disciplinary action.

‘Because you are being required to provide information under the threat of disciplinary action, the information you provide, and any evidence resulting from the information you provide, cannot and will not be used against you in any subsequent criminal proceeding,’ the warning reads.

CNN reported:

Department records indicate [Noor] had three complaints filed against him, the details of which are not public. One was closed without any disciplinary action and two are still open.

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Chief Harteau answers media questions.

Police Chief Janee Harteau (above, center), reportedly the first female, first lesbian and first Native American head of Minneapolis Police Department, resigned at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges.

Hodges was shouted out of her press conference announcing Harteau’s replacement, Assistant Chief Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo (below, white shirt), on July 21.

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Harteau said of Noor’s credentials the day before she was forced to resign: “We have a very robust training and hiring process. This officer completed that training very well, just like every officer. He was very suited to be on the street.”

On July 24, CNN reported Damond’s fiance and other family hired Robert Bennett to sue the city. Mr. Bennett most recently negotiated a settlement for the family of another Minnesota resident killed by a local government employee: Philando Castile.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: June 16: Philando Castile Update

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Also on July 18, an otherwise law-abiding father of four was wrenched from his Ohio home and deported to Mexico. Crime: not a citizen.

PHOTO: Jesus Lara Lopez, 37, of Willard, Ohio, comforts his sons before he is deported back to Mexico, July 18, at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer via Barcroft )

Jesus Lara Lopez, 37,  had been in America for 16 years, working and paying taxes. Immigration authorities got their opening to harass him through a police tip in 2008 after [Lopez] was stopped by police for driving without a license.

Lopez was then allowed to remain in America and authorized to work, despite a federal judge ordering his removal in 2011.

However, federal authorities dribble out favors to maintain a veneer of benevolence: Lopez scored a stay in 2014.

“[I]n a further exercise of discretion, the agency has allowed [Lopez] to remain free from custody to finalize his departure plans. The agency will continue to closely monitor his case to ensure compliance.”

ICE spokesperson Khaalid Walls. [our emphasis]

Many Americans should be able to relate to Lopez, if only through their kitchen cabinets:

The New York Times reported in June that Lopez worked “the graveyard shift packing Milano cookies and Goldfish crackers” at Pepperidge Farm.

[our emphasis]

Lopez’ work permit came through third-party company Spherion, who hired him for Pepperidge Farm in October 2016.

His wife and children set up a Go Fund Me page to support the family Lopez left behind in Willard, OH.

Related:

Tears at the Airport

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/minneapolis-officer-allegedly-shot-justine-191820294.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/personnel-records-minnesota-officer-shot-woman-221652854.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/21/us/minneapolis-police-chief-resigns/index.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4737564/Justine-Damond-U-S-Mohamed-Noor-never-face-charges.html

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-face-questions-about-noor-s-fast-track-training/436057173/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/18/us/mohamed-noor-minneapolis-police/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/24/us/minneapolis-justine-ruszczyk-attorney-robert-bennett/index.html

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/ohio-father-4-bids-farewell-deportation-mexico-171004765–abc-news-topstories.html

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/07/jesus_lara_lopez_prays_for_a_miracle_after_deportation_to_mexico_photos.html

Murder

Alleged Stabbing Murderer Deported Twice Previously

Washington Post brought us a profile on a suspected Montgomery County killer. Oscar Delgado-Perez, 28, reportedly directed the stabbing death of a Maryland teenager on June 16. The incident was meant to resolve “a dispute over gang bragging rights,” according to WP.

Delgado-Perez (above) had been deported twice back to his native El Salvador, according to prosecutors.

Cristian Villagran-Morales, 18, was stabbed to death in a Gaithersburg park, allegedly by Delgado-Perez and two other members of the MS-13 gang.

Police caught up with Delgado-Perez September 7 in Rockville at the Red Roof Inn. A car with Texas tags was in the parking lot, apparently ready to spring Delgado-Perez out of Maryland that same day.

Villagran-Morales

Mr. Villagran-Morales was born in Guatemala and came to Maryland to live with relatives.

After officers apprehended Delgado-Perez, he allegedly told them they’d caught a break. “He said to police: ‘If I hadn’t been drunk this morning, you guys would never have caught me,’ ” [police] said.

(WP)

Delgado-Perez was working on roofs in Montgomery County to support his 6-year-old child, according to his attorney. He was charged with first-degree murder, reportedly because his two associates (below) fingered him as the trigger man knife man. However, police allege Villagran-Morales was stabbed over 40 times by Delgado-Perez and at least two other MS-13 members.

Vanesa Alvarado, 19, has been arrested in the case. Police are still looking for Jose Coreas Ventura, also known as Josue Corea, 20.

(WP)

Mr. Coreas Ventura (above, right) is considered armed and dangerous, and may use the name Josue Corea.

Delgado-Perez was deported to El Salvador in February 2014 and again in September 2015, according to Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

Police officials ask that anyone with information about Ventura or the slaying call 301-279-8000. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters should call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

Thanks to our source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/immigration-officials-suspect-in-maryland-gang-murder-had-been-deported-twice/2016/09/09/cdf0b2f2-7610-11e6-b786-19d0cb1ed06c_story.html