The story of how Obama let Hezbollah Drug Traffickers Sell Drugs in The USA

 

In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.

The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.

Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah’s illicit networks, with the help of 30 U.S. and foreign security agencies….

But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests….\

One Obama-era Treasury official, Katherine Bauer, in little-noticed written testimony presented last February to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, acknowledged that “under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

 

 

via The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook

I wonder how many people died using/selling the drugs that Obama let into this country in his attempt to appease Iran.

 

 

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Putin thanks Trump for intelligence that prevented St Petersburg terror attack | Bravo to Everyone

“Russian President Vladimir Putin called US President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank the Central Intelligence Agency for relaying information that lead to the arrest of several individuals since Friday suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg.

According to the Kremlin, the information shared by the CIA “helped to track, identify and detain a group of terrorists preparing to set off explosions in St. Petersburg’s Kazan Cathedral, as well as in other public areas,” Interfax news agency reported.

Mr Putin asked Mr Trump to relay his thanks to the director of the CIA and the intelligence officers who first received the information.

via Putin thanks Trump for intelligence that prevented St Petersburg terror attack

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Peterson on Creativity & The 1%

 

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Football Family

w6x3elul7agk2ilm“The Chiefs beat the Chargers 30-13, but the win didn’t mean Hali would leave the field and celebrate, orJoey Bosa would take off in disappointment. Instead, one of the best pass rushers in the NFL over the last decade took the time to offer a little wisdom to one of the best young pass rushers in the league.

Look, it’s not like Bosa needs help. He has 11.5 sacks on the season and continues to get even better, but when someone like Tamba Hali is willing to show you the moves that got him 89.5 sacks since 2006 — well, you listen.”

via Tamba Hali spent time post-game showing Joey Bosa some pass rushing moves – SBNation.com

Watch the video, it looks like they are practicing Judo.  All this happens so fast during the game that it’s hard to appreciate how skilled they are at deflecting the opponents moves.

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Fewer Sunspots – Cooler Sun

“The rise and fall of the sun’s luminosity is a natural part of the solar cycle. A change of 0.1 percent may not sound like much, but the sun deposits a lot of energy on the Earth, approximately 1,361 watts per square meter. Summed over the globe, a 0.1 percent variation in this quantity exceeds all of our planet’s other energy sources put together.

latest_512_HMIICA picture of a completely spotless sun captured this year. Photo: Spaceweather

A 2013 NASA reports explained how this small change could affect the chemistry of Earth’s upper atmosphere and possibly alter regional weather patterns, especially in the Pacific.”

via Sun May Be Dimming: NASA To Confirm Declining Luminosity Using SpaceX’s Payload

During the last great solar minimum, The Maunder Minimum, the entire earth cooled.

“The Maunder Minimum roughly coincided with the middle part of the Little Ice Age, during which Europe and North America experienced colder than average temperatures.”

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Firefox Goes Too Far – Mr. Robot Plugin Installed Without Permission

“Yesterday, Firefox users noticed a strange new plug-in popping up in their browsers. A new plug-in called Looking Glass had found its way into each instance of the new Firefox Quantum browser. It was disabled by default, but users were still alarmed to see a plugin they hadn’t installed. When they checked to see what the Looking Glass did, they found a vague and ominous description — “MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS” — which did little to quiet suspicions.

“I did not remember installing this add-on, [and] I would not knowingly install it,” one user wrote in the support forum. “Any explanations welcome because I can’t find any reference online.”

As it turned out, Looking Glass was part of Mr. Robot’s long-running alternative reality game, a trail of clues left by writers for fans to discover.”

via Mozilla faces blowback after slipping Mr Robot plugin into Firefox

Forget Net Neutrality – this is a real problem.

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2 Navy Airmen Track an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’: And Poof, the UFO Was Gone

“Commander Fravor began a circular descent to get a closer look, but as he got nearer the object began ascending toward him. It was almost as if it were coming to meet him halfway, he said.

Commander Fravor abandoned his slow circular descent and headed straight for the object.

But then the object peeled away. “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” he said in the interview. He was, he said, “pretty weirded out.”

They were en route and closing in when the Princeton radioed again. Radar had again picked up the strange aircraft.

“Sir, you won’t believe it,” the radio operator said, “but that thing is at your cap point.”

“We were at least 40 miles away, and in less than a minute this thing was already at our cap point,” Commander Fravor, who has since retired from the Navy, said in the interview.

By the time the two fighter jets arrived at the rendezvous point, the object had disappeared.”

via 2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’ – The New York Times

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