Posts Tagged ‘smuggling’

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It’s now all-bullshit all the time.

Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt

The Venezuelan government has an entirely rational reason to suspect the US would use humanitarian aid as a cover to smuggle in weapons to foment armed conflict: The person running quarterback for Trump on the current Venezuela operation, Elliot Abrams, literally did just that 30 years ago.

From the first two paragraphs (emphasis added) of a 1987AP/New York Times article on Elliott Abrams, “Abrams Denies Wrongdoing in Shipping Arms to Contras” (8/17/87—h/t Kevin Gosztola):

Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams has defended his role in authorizing the shipment of weapons on a humanitarian aid flight to Nicaraguan rebels, saying the operation was ”strictly by the book.”

Mr. Abrams spoke at a news conference Saturday in response to statements by Robert Duemling, former head of the State Department’s Nicaraguan humanitarian assistance office, who said he had twice ordered planes to shuttle weapons for the Contras on aid planes at Mr. Abrams’ direction in early 1986.

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I’ll just leave this here.

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The Dirty Secrets of George H.W. Bush

The Vice President’s illegal operations

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The #Treason part is what US corporate media will never, ever say. You have to do that bit of thinking on your own, and frankly the US public is far too stupid to put 1 and 1 together…

ISIS weapons arsenal included some purchased by U.S. government

According to CAR’s report, Iraqi police recovered a Bulgarian-made missile tube — part of a system for firing a wire-guided anti-tank missile — during the battle of Ramadi on Feb. 9, 2016.

CAR documented the item and traced its origin to a Bulgarian manufacturer. The company confirmed to researchers that the weapon had been exported to the U.S. Army through an arms broker on Dec. 12, 2015.

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Rethugs aren’t interested in what the CIA was actually doing there, and they do not challenge the CIA on anything.

WHY AMERICA WILL NEVER HEAR THE ENTIRE BENGHAZI STORY

As for the well-equipped paramilitary operatives at the CIA station, according to their own statements, they were initially held back by the CIA station chief — as they had been in other incidents. And the station chief was, in turn, acting under his directive to let local militia groups respond. That practice was intended to maintain the station’s covert profile. Unfortunately, it was not consistent with providing any real time defense for the State Department compound.

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Netanyahu Worked Inside Nuclear Smuggling Ring

On June 27, 2012, the FBI partially declassified and released seven additional pages[.pdf] from a 1985–2002 investigation into how a network of front companies connected to the Israeli Ministry of Defense illegally smuggled nuclear triggers out of the U.S.* The newly released FBI files detail how Richard Kelly Smyth — who was convicted of running a U.S. front company — met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel during the smuggling operation.

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[hoo t-spuh, khoo t-]
 1. unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
2. audacity; nerve.

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Alleged CSIS links to man helping girls go to Syria

…this man was in the employ of a foreign intelligence service from a country in the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State extremists. He still won’t name the country in question but says it’s not the United States or a nation in the European Union.

Turkish media, citing security sources, continue to report that the foreign agency in question is the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

The Canadian government, which has not categorically denied a link to the suspect and said only that he’s not a Canadian citizen or CSIS employee, refused to address the latest reports from Turkey.