Mexican police have detained the alleged leader of the Juarez drug cartel, a 47-year-old man known as "Ugly Betty," authorities said. Alberto Carrillo Fuentes was arrested by federal police in the western state of Nayarit and he was later questioned by prosecutors, an official from the attorney general´s office told AFP on Sunday, on condition of anonymity. He faces charges of drug trafficking, murder and organized crime. The official declined to provide more details. Carrillo Fuentes is believed to have taken over the cartel named after Ciudad Juarez, the city bordering Texas, after his brother
The homeless son of a former New York City detective is being called a hero after he stepped in to help a San Francisco cop who was being attacked by a suspect. The incident occurred Monday night, when a female officer came upon a woman who allegedly was vandalizing cars by jumping up and down on them, San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Eli Turner told ABC station KGO-TV. The officer, who was alone, tried to calm the woman down, but she only became more agitated and eventually attacked the cop, Turner said. A crowd formed, but even though the officer called for help,
A Texas father who discovered a man raping his five-year-old daughter and beat him to death with his bare hands will not be charged with homicide under state law. A Lavaca County grand jury decided not to press charges against the 23-year-old father in the June 9th death of Jesus Mora Flores, 47, who was killed inside a remote shack after he was caught molesting the young girl. Under Texas state law, deadly force is authorized and indeed, justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault and coupled with the fact that the harrowing 911 calls made by the
The Obama national security team that wants to go to war with Syria and demonizes President Bashar Assad is the same group that, as senators, urged reaching out to the dictator. As a bloc on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, President Obama, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Vice President Joseph R. Biden all opposed the George W. Bush administration’s playing tough with Mr. Assad. None grew closer to Mr. Assad and promoted him in Washington more than Mr. Kerry. “President Assad has been very generous with me in terms of the discussions we have
As NewsBusters reported Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry when he was still a Senator dined with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2009. In a 2010 interview, Assad said, "I trust Senator Kerry, and I think he´s genuine...I met him five times." BASHAR AL-ASSAD: I trust Senator Kerry, to start with this word. I trust Senator Kerry, and I think he’s genuine. And I met him five times. It’s not the first meeting or the second meeting. I met him five times in very difficult circumstances. So what he said, he said what he meant, what he means.
A project to build a memorial and a center for nonviolence just outside Saratoga Springs has been put on indefinite hold by its backers because of bureaucracy and burnout. Organizers had already obtained about $1 million in pledges toward the roughly $1.2 million cost of the project, which is called The Lighthouse Memorial. Christopher Porter, one of the initial backers, said the center was originally intended to honor the victims of last December’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The project was broadened to include all victims of violence.
Brasilia - Brazil assailed the United States on Monday after new allegations that Washington spied on President Dilma Rousseff, complaining that its sovereignty may have been violated and suggesting that it could call off Rousseff´s planned state visit to the White House next month. A Brazilian news program reported on Sunday that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on emails, phone calls and text messages of Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a disclosure that could strain Washington´s relations with Latin America´s two biggest nations.
Approximately one in five "flagged" job applicants to the US´s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had ties to either Hamas, Hezbollah or Al Qaeda, according to a Washington Times report. The report is based off of documents leaked by former NSA agent Edward Snowden. These latest revelations indicate the high motivation among Islamist terrorists of various stripes to infiltrate US intelligence agencies. In response, according to the leaked documents, the NSA investigated 4,000 instances of suspected "abnormal staff activity," including tracking employee keystrokes on agency computers
The Syria debacle sheds light on the thinking of both interventionists and isolationists. The former are furious with President Obama for stalling, evading a burgeoning crisis and then coming up with half-measures coupled with a punt to Congress. The isolationists don’t want him to take action no matter how “limited” and “narrow” he says his action will be. We should fully understand what the isolationist right and left contemplate as ideal national security policy. According to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), we have no national security interests in Syria.
Tommy Morrison, the hard-punching heavyweight with boy-band good looks who once beat George Foreman and later starred in the Rocky franchise before falling ill in recent years — all the while denying he was HIV positive — died on Sunday at a hospital in Nebraska. Morrison, who was nicknamed "The Duke," was 44. Morrison´s death was confirmed by his wife, Trisha to the mixed martial arts website, "MMA Dirty," which reported he died of "respiratory and metabolic acidosis and multiple organ failure." His death was also confirmed by Morrison´s long-time promoter, Tony Holden to the
Key West, Fla. - Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. The 64-year-old Nyad swam up to the beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after starting her journey from Havana on Saturday. As she approached, spectators waded into waist-high water and surrounded her, taking pictures and cheering her on. "I have three messages. One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you're never too old to chase your dream. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport,
US President Barack Obama assured Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a telephone conversation on Saturday that he remains determined to keep Iran from going nuclear, Channel 2 reported Monday. According to the report, Obama’s assurances came in a phone conversation with Netanyahu just prior to announcing in a White House speech that he would ask Congress to approve a limited US attack on Syria. The advanced notice Obama gave Netanyahu of his plans is believed to have been motivated partly by a desire to mute Israeli criticism. And, indeed, there has been relatively little public
The first congressional hearing on President Obama’s request for military force authorization in Syria comes tomorrow when Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The 2:30 p.m. hearing comes nearly a week before lawmakers are supposed to be back in session from the August recess, but many are already back in town to attend administration briefings. Tuesday’s hearing will be open, but the Foreign Relations Committee holds another hearing
Hacked off at the South Carolina Department of Revenue? You should be. The DOR’s stunning incompetence allowed our financial records--and Social Security numbers--to be stolen in the murky cyber realm last year. Creeped out by the National Security Agency? You should be. The NSA’s “counter-terror” pretense grabs huge volumes of personal email and phone records. What’s worse? [Snip] Sanford cited the House’s narrow 217-205 margin rejecting a defense-appropriations amendment from Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., to scrap funding for the NSA program that collects Americans’ phone
Paris - The French government sought to bolster the case for military action against Syria on Monday, releasing a declassified summary of French intelligence that ties President Bashar al-Assad’s government to the apparent use of chemical weapons outside Damascus last month. The report comes as the French public’s apprehension about intervening in Syria is mounting. President Obama’s announcement that he would seek Congressional approval for American military strikes, paired with the British Parliament’s vote against taking part, has left France somewhat isolated on the issue
The Syrian president issued a dire warning that any Western military intervention could lead to "regional war" and would harm "the interests of France" "Whoever accuses must provide proof. We have challenged the United States and France to provide the slightest proof. (Snip) Mr Assad accused the US president of being a weak leader. "If Obama was strong, he would have said publicly: ´We have no evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian State´. He would have said publicly: ´The only way to proceed is through UN investigations. We therefore refer everything to the Security Council.´
I’m glad to see that President Obama will at least seek congressional approval before launching an attack on Syria, although he announced it in a rather disingenuous way – claiming he already has the authority to take action and then trying to sound magnanimous by going ahead and seeking the vote anyway. But the question now is: Should Congress authorize the attack? The answer has to be based on strategic realities. I don’t have access to all the intelligence the president has, but let’s assume for the sake of this discussion that evidence Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin proposed on Monday to send a delegation of Russian lawmakers to the United States to discuss the situation in Syria with members of Congress. Two top Russian legislators suggested that to Putin, saying polls have shown little support among Americans for armed intervention in Syria to punish its regime for an alleged chemical weapons attack. Russian television showed Putin meeting on Monday with Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the upper house, and Sergei Naryshkin, the lower house speaker, at his residence outside Moscow. The lawmakers said maybe U.S. legislators can be persuaded to take a "balanced
CHICAGO — When city students arrived for the first day of school under the blazing temperatures of a Midwest heat wave, staff greeted them with some unusual school supplies: water bottles, fans and wet towels to drape around their necks. What they couldn´t always offer was air conditioning. (Snip) This year´s late August heat has exposed a tug-of-war in school districts that are under pressure to start school earlier than ever but are unable to pay to equip aging buildings with air conditioning. Parents who worry hot classrooms are a disadvantage for their kids are issuing an ultimatum: Make classes
A day after Secretary of State John Kerry compared Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, Britain´s Daily Mail published a picture of Kerry dining with Assad in February 2009. It´s going to be fascinating to see how the Obama-loving press report this (photo courtesy AFP): Assad and Kerry - who was then a senator for Massachusetts - lean in towards each other and appear deep in conversation as their wives look on. A waiter is pictured at their side with a tray of green drinks - which are believed to be lemon and crushed mint. The picture
Security experts have discovered leaked surveillance brochures revealing what´s believed to be the next generation of spy gadgets. The brochures are said to be for FinFisher, a surveillance program sold by Gamma Group, and include a wearable vest that captures the details of nearby phones and use this information to track their whereabouts. Other leaked images, discovered by F-Secure, show a memory stick that can be used to steal the username and password of a wireless network in order to obtain personal details and banking logins, even if the network is encrypted. The wearable device fitted to a vest is said to
US Secretary of State John Kerry is concerned about the threat posed by global warming. Speaking Monday via satellite to climate experts gathered for this week’s Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in the Marshall Islands, US Secretary of State John Kerry asserted that climate change needs to be taken more seriously and that action can be taken to stem the tide of consequence. The Marshall Islands, at no more than three feet above sea level, are especially at risk of rising seas, one of the many effects of global warming.‘The science is clear. It is irrefutable and it is alarming,’ Mr
A Russian and a United Arab Emirates defense contractor are planning to jointly build an unmanned combat helicopter drone as global military’s become more sci-fi, RIA Novosti newswire reported on Monday. Russia’s Berkut Aero will reportedly team up with the UAE’s Adcom Systems to take Russia’s Berkut VL helicopter as a model for Russia’s first-ever combat helicopter drone. The aircraft would be stationed on a Russian aircraft carrier and fly to remote areas, Berkut Aero development director Dmitry Rumyantsev told the wire.
Hayden Panettiere had the phrase ´live without regrets´ tattooed on the side of her rib cage in Italian, but in a spectacular twist of irony, it seems she´s had second thoughts about the ink. The 24-year-old actress is in the process of getting the mantra removed four years after a tattoo artist misspelled a word in the script. She showed off the partially erased etching as she stepped out in a bikini in Hollywood Beach, Florida on Sunday. The top part of the words Vivere senza rimpianti - the last word was misspelled ´rimipianti´ - had clearly undergone laser treatment.
To locate the ethos of San Francisco’s just-shuttered Lusty Lady peep show, one must look for a sign. Not some mystical “message from the universe” sign, as one might expect in this city of hippie roots, but an actual marquee sign. On the peep show’s Kearney Street façade, among the enticements for “Live Nudes and Movies” and “Private Booths” curling out in Olde Tyme script, is a telling graphic flourish: Two hands pointing to a banner stating “Free Admission.” (snip) The nation’s only unionized (SEIU since 1997) and dancer-run adult entertainment business closes September 2 after almost forty years in business.
This astonishing photograph shows U.S Secretary of State John Kerry having a cosy and intimate dinner with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Kerry - who compared Assad to Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein yesterday - is pictured around a small table with his wife and the Assads in 2009. Assad and Kerry - who was then a senator for Massachusetts - lean in towards each other and appear deep in conversation as their wives look on. A waiter is pictured at their side with a tray of green drinks - which are believed to be lemon and crushed mint. The picture is believed to