The luxury hideout that was home to Ghislaine Maxwell prior to her arrest was purchased by a company that reportedly has ties to her wealthy lover, Scott Borgerson.
Maxwell – who is the accused procurer for convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein – was picked up by the FBI at the $1million property, named Tuckedaway, in Bradford, New Hampshire on Thursday. She has now been charged with six federal crimes, including enticement of minors, sex trafficking and perjury.
Maxwell vanished off the map following Epstein’s arrest and subsequent suicide last year. In August 2019, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that she was hiding out at a home owned by Borgerson in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.
It is unclear when Maxwell relocated to New Hampshire, but real estate records show Tuckedaway was bought with $1million in cash last December. The buyer is listed as Granite Reality LLC – a mysterious corporation that was set up just weeks prior the purchase.
The Sun reports that Granite Reality LLC is managed by Boston lawyer, Jeffrey W. Roberts, who is also the registered agent of a second company, Hopely Yealton.
Curiously, the publication reports that the manager of Hopely Yealton is Scott Borgerson.
It is not known whether Maxwell, 58, and the much-younger Borgerson, 44, are still an item.
The luxury hideout that was home to Ghislaine Maxwell prior to her arrest was reportedly purchased by a company with ties to her wealthy lover, Scott Borgerson
A source told DailyMail.com last year that Maxwell and Borgerson (right) began dating back in 2014, after he left his then-wife. The pair are both pictured speaking at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik in 2014
Maxwell has now been charged with six federal crimes in relation to her friendship with late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The pair are pictured together in 1995 .If convicted on all counts the sentence for Maxwell could come up to 70 years in prison!!
A source told DailyMail.com last year that the couple began dating back in 2014, . when Borgerson allegedly ‘left his wife for Maxwell’.
The pair reportedly met five years ago through speaking engagements connected to ocean preservation, a subject on which they share a passion. They both are pictured speaking at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik in 2014.
Borgerson’s shipping technology firm, Cargometrics, was valued at more than $100 million in 2016, according to the Financial Times.
The agent who sold Tuckedaway last December told CNBC on Friday that she never met Maxwell or Borgerson, and assumed the seller was ‘a famous actress’.
Borgerson is pictured walking Maxwell’s dog in Boston last July. It is unclear whether the pair are still an item, but the December 2019 purchase of Tuckedaway indicates that they may have been .
Drone footage shows house where Ghislaine Maxwell was hiding
Maxwell was arrested at the luxurious mountain top home — dubbed Tuckedaway — outside tiny Bradford, New Hampshire
It is unclear when Maxwell relocated to New Hampshire, but real estate records show Tuckedaway was bought with $1million in cash last December. The buyer is listed as Granite Reality LLC – a mysterious corporation that was set up just weeks prior the purchase
On Thursday federal prosecutors said that Maxwell had been hiding in New England since last July, when Epstein was arrested.
She changed her phone number to one registered under ‘G Max,’ changed her email address, moved at least twice and when she ordered delivery packages had them delivered to a different name, which they did not specify.
In a court document arguing that she should be refused bail, prosecutors said that she had at least 15 bank accounts which she owned or was associated with in the last four years.
At times their maximum total balance had been as high as $20million, they said, and said that her finances were ‘opaque and indeterminate.’
It said that she had declared a foreign bank account in 2019 with a balance of more than $1million, and that she has French and British passports as well as an American one, having become a U.S. citizen in 2002.
The document also revealed that between 2007 and 2011 – which includes the time he was behind bars – Epstein transferred more than $20million into Maxwell’s accounts, which were then returned to his accounts, suggesting some sort of scheme to keep the money undisclosed to authorities.
Ghislaine Maxwell pictured with Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell is in jail and Epstein killed himself.
Ghislaine Maxwell was born in 1961, in Maisons-Laffitte, France, the ninth and youngest child of Elisabeth (née Meynard), a French-born scholar, and Robert Maxwell, a Czechoslovak-born British media proprietor. Her father was from a Jewish family and her mother was of Huguenot descent.
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
X 2 counts of Perjury (x 10 years)
Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein.
They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.
To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions.
She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself.
The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.
The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.
Special Agent William Sweeney said at a press conference Thursday that the FBI swooped in the morning after ‘discreetly keeping tabs’ on Maxwell for some time and that she recently moved to the property.
A grand jury recently returned a sealed, six-count indictment against her which accuses her of enticing underage girls to travel for sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein and later lying about it under oath in depositions when she was being sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, one of Epstein’s accusers who says she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.
The charges relate to incidents that happened between 1994 and 1997 and involve three unnamed victims, the youngest of whom was 14. The alleged abuse happened at Epstein’s homes in New York, Florida and New Mexico and at Maxwell’s home in London.
Epstein has been accused of abusing dozens more girls and Maxwell is tangentially associated with the decades of alleged horror because, the accusers say, she was always by his side or making arrangements for him and them.
Maxwell, the British socialite daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell whose impressive international network of friends and acquaintances includes the Clintons, has been a ghost since Epstein was arrested last June on charges of sex trafficking. She is who introduced him to Prince Andrew and set up the 2001 London night out when the royal allegedly had sex with Giuffre.
On Thursday, Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said the investigation into Epstein’s decades of abuse is ongoing and that she’d ‘welcome’ Prince Andrew ‘coming in to provide a statement’, prompting speculation that he may among people investigators may focus their attention on next.
‘We would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us. We would like to have the benefit of his statement. Our doors remain open. We would welcome him coming in and giving us an opportunity to hear his statement,’ she said.
It opens the door to questions of jurisdiction and whether or not US Attorney Strauss may charge for alleged incidents that happened in London and not America. Among the claims in the indictment is that Maxwell groomed one of the victims in London. At her press conference, Strauss said some of the sexual abuse also happened at Maxwell’s house in London.
The charges against Maxwell are: conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury.
If convicted, she could face life in prison on the most serious charge – transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – which carries a minimum 10 year sentence.
The indictment alleges;
It reads in part: ‘Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s access to minor victims knowing that he had a sexual preference for underage girls and that he intended to engage in sexual activity with those victims’.
When she met Epstein, she had an astonishing network of influential and important friends and acquaintances around the world which many say is what drew him to her.
Among them are Bill and Chelsea Clinton.
She was photographed at Chelsea’s wedding and she also flew with Clinton on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ because it was used to ferry young girls to his private Caribbean island or ranch in New Mexico.
She has also been photographed with Epstein and Donald and Melania Trump at parties, years before Epstein became a social pariah.
Among the allegations in the indictment is that Maxwell groomed the girls, including one in London.
‘Victim 1’ met Maxwell when she was 14 in 1994, the indictment reads.
‘Maxwell ‘groomed [her] by taking her to the movies and on shopping trips.
‘She also asked her about school, her classes, her family and other aspects of her life.
‘She then sought to normalize inappropriate and abusive conduct by, among other things, undressing in front of her and being present when she undressed in front of Epstein,’ according to the indictment.
The trio then engaged in ‘group massage sex’ on more than one occasion, the indictment claims.
‘Victim 2’ met Ghislaine in 1996 and groomed her at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch.
‘Victim 3’ met Maxwell in London in 1994 and was groomed until 1995 where she had sex with them.
At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District Audrey Strauss, said: ‘Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them.
‘She pretended to be a woman they could trust, all the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein in some cases, by Maxwell herself.
‘Today after many years, Ghislaine Maxwell finally stands charged for her role in these crimes.’
FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said the bureau had been ‘keeping tabs’ on Maxwell ‘for some time’.
‘We have been discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell for some time.
‘She slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims continue to live with the trauma inflicted on them years earlier.’
Maxwell has not been seen since August 2019 when she was spotted at an In-N-Out Burger, ten days after Epstein’ s suicide.
She has made no public comment about the scandal or about Epstein’s death last August and her whereabouts have been largely unknown.
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EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Oliver demands a fresh inquiry into Prince Andrew’s friendship with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his ex Ghislaine Maxwell
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The detective who helped expose one of Britain’s worst paedophile scandals today demands a police investigation into Prince Andrew’s links with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Rochdale whistleblower Maggie Oliver says the Prince should be quizzed after the arrest of his friend Maxwell in America this week on child sex trafficking charges. Maxwell denies all charges.
The ex-detective constable’s demand came as legal experts claimed Scotland Yard had no grounds to suddenly drop a 2016 probe involving Jeffrey Epstein alleged sex slave Virginia Giuffre.
Giuffre claimed she was trafficked to the UK by financier Epstein and his ex-lover Maxwell, where they allegedly forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17 in 2001.
The Prince has always strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
And in an infamous interview with Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis he claimed he had no recollection of Ms Giuffre, now 36 – even though he has been photographed with her.
But Maggie – who quit Greater Manchester Police to expose the force’s poor handling of the Rochdale child sex abuse probe – said: “I absolutely think he should be questioned.
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“I don’t believe for a single moment this was investigated fully and that the police could do nothing about it.
“Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but the fact he [Prince Andrew] hasn’t been interviewed under caution suggests to me special treatment.
“I’ve listened to Virginia’s interviews and I don’t believe she wasn’t credible and didn’t have evidence to back up what she is saying. The establishment protects the establishment. At the very least, it’s coincidental.
“At the worst, it’s corruption at the highest level. When the authorities chose not to even investigate
these crimes, the message that goes out to victims is they don’t matter.
“In many respects, this is worse than the abuse itself.”
The Metropolitan Police dropped their probe into Ms Giuffre’s claims on the grounds most of her complaint related to allegations of abuse in other countries.
But legal experts say there was then a UK law in place that made it a criminal offence for a person to procure a girl under 21 for unlawful sexual intercourse in any part of the world.
And although the Sexual Offences Act of 1956 has now largely been replaced with more modern laws on trafficking and sex abuse, it would still apply to cases dating back to when it was in force.
The Met dropped the case only three years before Epstein, 66, took his own life in a New York prison cell while awaiting sex trafficking charges, meaning many victims were denied justice.
Top human rights lawyer Harriet Wistrich, director of the Centre for Women’s Justice, said: “The public interest stakes are very high in looking into this. It’s a very serious allegation and there is no reason why the police shouldn’t investigate it.
“If a crime is committed in your jurisdiction and the complainer wants you to investigate it, the fact that other allegations related to other jurisdictions is not a reason not to do so.” Her views were echoed by Olivia Coffey, specialist child abuse solicitor with national law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp.
She said: “The Metropolitan Police appear to be simply leaving the criminal investigations up to the authorities in the US – rather than investigating what allegedly happened here and ultimately holding anyone who committed criminal offences to account.
“Trafficking is an international issue that spans jurisdictions and you would therefore expect investigations to take place in the UK as well as the US and anywhere else where crimes were allegedly carried out.
“Following Epstein’s death it will be more important than ever that Maxwell’s role is thoroughly investigated – here and in the US.
“You’d hope Prince Andrew would fully cooperate and provide the police with as much information as he can.” It is understood the complaint to the Metropolitan Police in 2016 did not include any criminal allegations against Prince Andrew.
A source close to the Prince last night maintained he had agreed to cooperate fully with US authorities.
The insider said: “The Duke of York’s team are completely bewildered as to why the US authorities maintain they still need to speak to him.
“There have been several offers to cooperate with them throughout the year, to which there has been no response. The view is this is complete theatre on their part. Andrew has said he is innocent of any wrongdoing and nothing has changed.”
Metropolitan Police Commander Alex Murray said the force had no plans to investigate the claims from 2016 in light of this week’s developments. He said: “Our position remains unchanged.”
Both the CPS and a spokesperson for the Duke declined to comment
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Do pilots panic during a plane crash?
Alfred C. Haynes (1932–2019) is one pilot who did not panic. Here he is, holding a model of the United Airlines DC-10 that exploded on him 30 years ago.
UA Flight 232 took off from Denver on the 19th July 1989, headed for Chicago. After an hour, the 30cm titanium fan-disc in the tail engine exploded. Boom. Shards from the debris speared the 3 hydraulic systems, draining all fluid in seconds.
Haynes shut off fuel from the rear-mounted engine, because he knew the plane could fly on the other 2. Except—uh-oh—
His first officer, William Records, found the control column unresponsive, meaning the tail and wings were uncontrollable. No hydraulics made the plane impossible to fly. Or land (safely).
Into the cockpit came Dennis Fitch, a United training captain who happened to be a passenger. He joined the pilots and flight engineer Dudley Dvorak. The 4 men switched the thrust between one engine and the other to provide a crude form of control.
They straightened the jet as it made a series of right-handed spirals and dropped at 300 metres/minute for the next 30 minutes.
They approached Sioux City at 400 km/h, instead of the usual 260 km/h; they descended 6 times faster than they should.
The right wing-tip struck the ground first—the jet ploughed through a cornfield—it burst into flames.
Haynes was knocked out; the cockpit was found, sheared off, half an hour later. The 4 men were alive. 184 passengers were saved, 118 perished.
Haynes felt terrible about those who died, until he finally realized that, but for his cool head and expertise, he would not have been around to torment himself—nor would anyone else on that plane either.
Was he tempted to panic?
“We were too busy to be scared. You must maintain your composure in the airplane or you will die. You learn that from your first day flying.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, 24th September 2019.
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The drills were aimed at improving the military’s effectiveness at “enemy annihilation on the shore” and to “prevail along the coastline” to stop an enemy invasion, the military said.
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In a surprising move, Ghislaine Maxwell, the British heiress and confidante to the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested in New Hampshire. Maxwell’s arrest could have a ripple effect on both criminal and civil matters ranging from the still uncertain status of Prince Andrew to a number of defamation lawsuits. One of Maxwell’s principal accuser was Virginia Roberts Giuffre who has filed lawsuits against Maxwell as well as figures like Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz.
Frankly, as a criminal defense lawyer, I am surprised that Maxwell risked returning to the United States. She was believed to be living in Paris. It was well-known that the Justice Department was pursuing the case, including demands to interview Prince Andrew.
Her arrest may be unnerving for figures like Prince Andrew. She would be the ultimate cooperating witness if she decided to cooperate on broader criminal inquiries. Giuffre and others have alleged that she was the primary procurer of young girls for Epstein to abuse.
Such prosecutions are not easy given the passage of time. However, the government clearly has live witnesses like Giuffre who might have a significant impact on a jury. The government would have to show more than her mere presence at these homes or parties.
One interesting twist will be the infamous deal cut. I was a vocal critic of that deal with Epstein. Despite a strong case for prosecution, Epstein’s lawyers, including Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, were able to secure a ridiculous deal with prosecutors. He was accused of abusing abused more than forty minor girls (with many between the ages of 13 and 17). Epstein pleaded guilty to a Florida state charge of felony solicitation of underage girls in 2008 and served a 13-month jail sentence. Epstein was facing a 53-page indictment that could have resulted in life in prison in jail. However, he got the 13 month deal. Moreover, to my lasting surprise, the Senate approved the man who cut that disgraceful deal, former Miami U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta, as labor secretary. He later resigned.
That deal does not mention Maxwell but it expressly stated that federal prosecutors “will not institute any criminal charges against any potential co-conspirators of Epstein, including but not limited to Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, Lesley Groff, or Nadia Marcinkova.” Any criminal charge linked to the Epstein case against Maxwell would seem to be a charge against a “potential co-conspirator of Epstein.”
That deal however was not lawfully executed by Acosta who did a great disservice not only to justice but more importantly these victims. Judge Kenneth A. Marra of Federal District Court in West Palm Beach found, as many of us have long argued, that the deal cut by Acosta violated federal law and allowed the infamous financier to get a disgracefully low sentence. Here is the opinion.
Thus, the improper role played by the Justice Department in the case may actually help it now with any prosecution of Maxwell.
A South Korean P3 Orion taxies on the run way after it returned from the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth, Australia, Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)MOREASIA & PACIFIC
One of the newest conspiracy theories about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is that the passengers are being held at Diego Garcia, a U.S. base near the Maldives.
UPDATE: In an update to his original post, Jim Stone finally revealed the source of the photo–4Chan.
4Chan is extremely unreliable and has been used to perpetuate many hoaxes, and this may be one of them.
——-Original story below
The theory itself isn’t that new but claimed new evidence is–that would be a black photo allegedly taken by Philip Wood, an American IBM engineer on the flight.
Widespread searches for the flight, which went missing around three weeks ago, have turned up basically nothing.
Some people believe that the plane was flown to Diego Garcia, citing in part fuel projections and radar data.MOST READ
Now a conspiracy theory website jimstonefreelance.com claims that the story of Wood posting a photo from a “prison” in Diego Garcia is “confirmed 100 percent true.”
The origin of the photo, which looks like a picture taken in a completely black room, is unclear.
But Stone says that the Exif data from the picture matches the coordinates of Diego Garcia, saying “this is not a hoax.” RELATED
The person who posted the photo online claimed to be blindfolded when he sent the message, Stone said.
Stone said that the photo was posted with the following text: “I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly.”
“The man claimed to be blindfolded when he sent the message,” Stone said. “When the American military blindfolds someone, it is accomplished by putting a bag over the head that is locked so you can’t get it off. This left the engineers hands free. This would have made it possible for him to pull his iPhone 5 (a fact confirmed by the Exif data) out of his butt as stated, and use the voice command ability of the Iphone to just talk to it to log in and post the message. This explains why he sent a black photo, he could not see what he was sending, he just knew he snapped a photo and sent whatever got taken.”
The location of Diego Garcia.
The photo allegedly posted by Philip Wood.
Stone added regarding the coordinates: “When the coordinates are added to the fact that the photo’s exif data does not match the Google coordinates or any other coordinates for Diego Garcia that are posted online, but is still within the boundaries of Diego Garcia, it proves that no one just pulled those coordinates off the web. It helps confirm that this was not just a hoax because the coordinates are exact to wherever on Diego Garcia the Iphone was when it took the photo.”
Stone, who cross-posted his blog post on the conspiracy website Before It’s News, doesn’t include a clear point of origin for the photo or the information such as the Exif data.
A link in the post that allegedly points to the origin of the photo doesn’t work properly.
See an AP update on the search below
WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Sometimes the object spotted in the water is a snarled fishing line. Or a buoy. Or something that might once have been the lid to an ice box. Not once—not yet at least—has it been a clue.
Anticipation has repeatedly turned into frustration in the search for signs of Flight 370 as objects spotted from planes in a new search area west of Australia have turned out to be garbage. It’s a time-wasting distraction for air and sea crews searching for debris from the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished March 8.
It also points to wider problems in the world’s oceans.
“The ocean is like a plastic soup, bulked up with the croutons of these larger items,” said Los Angeles captain Charles Moore, an environmental advocate credited with bringing attention to an ocean gyre between Hawaii and California known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which by some accounts is about the size of Texas.
The world’s oceans have four more of these flotsam-collecting vortexes, Moore said, and the searchers, in an area about 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles) west of Perth, have stumbled onto the eastern edge of a gyre in the Indian Ocean.
“It’s like a toilet bowl that swirls but doesn’t flush,” said Moore.
The garbage patches are nothing like a typical city dump. In fact, most of the trash can’t even be seen: It’s composed of tiny bits of plastic bobbing just below the surface.
The larger items also tend to be plastic and are often fishing-related, Moore said. Though, he added, he has come across light bulbs, a toilet seat, and, bobbing off the California coast, a refrigerator, complete with defrosted orange juice.
Seattle oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer has been studying the phenomena of ocean debris for years. He said there are smaller collections of garbage within the gyres.
“If you go into a house you’ll find dust bunnies,” he said. “The ocean has a mass of dust bunnies, each moving about 10 miles a day.”
Ebbesmeyer said he’s fascinated by what happens to the trash that spews from the hundreds of shipping containers lost overboard from cargo ships each year. He said there’s one that keeps belching out Lego pieces onto the beaches of Cornwall, England. Another spilled 2,000 computer monitors. Another released thousands of pairs of Nike sneakers.
Sometimes, he said, the containers themselves can become hazards as they float around for months, buoyed by plastic objects inside or the air trapped behind watertight doors.
Trash also gets into the ocean after being washed down rivers or swept up in tsunamis, Ebbesmeyer said.
Scientists are particularly worried about small and seemingly ubiquitous pieces of plastic that can be from shopping bags, plastic water bottles, or other household items. Waves break the items up into smaller pieces.
Denise Hardesty, a research scientist for Australian science agency CSIRO, said the studies she’s been involved with conservatively estimate there are between 5,000 and 7,000 small pieces of plastic per square kilometer in the waters around Australia.
She said two-thirds of the seabirds she’s performed necropsies upon have ingested at least some plastic, and one particular bird had swallowed 175 pieces. Another bird, she said, had swallowed an entire glow stick longer than a finger. Such sticks are used by fishermen to attract fish underwater.
“It takes 400 or 500 years for lots of types of plastics to completely break down,” Hardesty said. “It just goes into smaller and smaller bits. You even find plastics in plankton — that’s how small it gets.”
Hardesty said while she finds plenty of plastic in the ocean, she doesn’t typically spot many larger objects. She said she does find trash like cans, bottles and candy wrappers floating near urban centers, but most of it tends to get washed ashore.
American sailor James Burwick said he’s twice crossed the Indian Ocean from Africa to Australia. He said the sea was too wild to see much trash but he did feel bumps against the bottom of his boat, and an old fishing net once got caught around his vessel.
Wing Cmdr. Andy Scott, of New Zealand’s defense force, said the crew in a P-3 Orion scouring the ocean for Flight 370 on Saturday spotted about 70 objects in four hours.
Three were deemed worthy of further investigation, he said, but none turned out to be from the missing plane. One was probably a fishing line, he said, another was the suspected ice box lid, and a third was some unidentified brown and orange material.
A cluster of orange-colored items spotted on Sunday from an Australian search plane and thought to be a promising lead also turned out to be fishing equipment.
“From my experience, it can be quite a roller coaster,” he said. “You sight these search objects, and think you’ve made a breakthrough, and then you have to get back to your routine.”
Scott said that over time, small pieces of debris can tangle together to make something larger. Such rafts will eventually attract sea life, he said, which can stir up the water and make it appear to be more important than it is.
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By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor -June 22, 2020
VT’s overall poor relationship with the Trump presidency has moved up a notch. The report Trump is referencing went, not unnoticed, but rather totally censored in the Western press, as has so much else until VT sought out the facts and published them.
Now, for the second time, Trump has made sad and silly denials, this one filled with hyperbole and grandiose behavior, typical of a spectrum sociopath.
March 12, 2020: In October 2019, the US brought 172 (really 369) military athletes to Wuhan for the World Military Games. Despite having the largest military in the world, tenfold, the US came in 35th behind nations like Iran, Finland and Slovenia. No video or photos exist of the US team, no records were kept, a huge team but a pitiful performance for the best military in the world.
The US team did so badly that they were called “Soy Sauce Soldiers” by the Chinese. In fact, many never participated in any event and stayed near the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where the disease is said to have originated only days after the US left the area.
The US team went home on October 28, 2019, and within 2 weeks, the first human contact cases of COVID 19 were seen in Wuhan. The Chinese have not been able to find “patient zero” and believe he was a member of the US team.
They also have sources that say the US had misrepresented influenza that Trump claims have killed thousands, influenza carried to China by the US team, influenza that was really COVID 19, a disease developed in a military bio-warfare facility in the state of Washington, now “ground zero” in the US for COVID 19.
The Chinese claim, something censored in the US, that the inattentive attitude and disproportionately below average results of American athletes in the game indicates they might have been in for other purposes and they might actually be bio-warfare operatives, and that their place of residence during their stay in Wuhan was also close to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, where the first known cluster of cases occurred.
RT/Moscow: The US army might have brought the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to China’s Wuhan, the city where the virus was first detected in the country, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Thursday.
“When did patient zero begin in the US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be the US army that brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! The US owes us an explanation!” Zhao tweeted.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao has demanded US authorities reveal what they’re hiding about the origins of Covid-19, going as far as to suggest the coronavirus may have been brought to China by the US military.
Pointing to a video of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield apparently admitting the US had several deaths from Covid-19 before they were able to test for it, Zhao called on the American watchdog to come clean in a tweet posted on Thursday
“It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan,” Zhao suggested, calling for the CDC – and the US in general – to “be transparent” and share what they know about where and when “Patient Zero” was first diagnosed.
Aug 2019: US army biohazard labs shut down for failing safety checks.
The lab is in Washington State where they have highest incidence of COVID-19.
Oct 2019: Military World Games in Wuhan.
Dec 2019: First COVID-19 case in Wuhan. https://t.co/VPfdutbSoj— Twain (@twainus) March 12, 2020
In the video, Redfield acknowledged that some cases of coronavirus were misclassified as influenza as the medics did not have an accurate test for the new epidemic at the time. He did not elaborate on when these misdiagnosed cases first appeared – saying only that “some cases have been diagnosed that way.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-2&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1237985967195095041&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.veteranstoday.com%2F2020%2F06%2F22%2Fchina-us-brought-covid19-to-china-during-army-games-hid-disease-in-us-as-influenza%2F&theme=light&widgetsVersion=9066bb2%3A1593540614199&width=550px
In the absence of any patients’ details or chronology of deaths, speculation has swirled. Zhao’s “theory” in particular focused on the military delegation that traveled to Wuhan in October for the Military World Games, weeks before the city confirmed the outbreak in December. The delegation was part of the 300-member group of American athletes taking part in the multi-sport event held every four years.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-3&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1238111145740898304&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.veteranstoday.com%2F2020%2F06%2F22%2Fchina-us-brought-covid19-to-china-during-army-games-hid-disease-in-us-as-influenza%2F&theme=light&widgetsVersion=9066bb2%3A1593540614199&width=550px
Zhao is not the only high-profile political figure to voice suspicions about the timing of the Games and the introduction of the coronavirus in Wuhan. Former Malaysian PM Matthias Chang offered similar speculation back in January, zeroing in on the event as the launch point for what he deemed a biological war waged by the US against China.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-4&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1232904495702503426&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.veteranstoday.com%2F2020%2F06%2F22%2Fchina-us-brought-covid19-to-china-during-army-games-hid-disease-in-us-as-influenza%2F&theme=light&widgetsVersion=9066bb2%3A1593540614199&width=550px
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that what is now the Covid-19 pandemic was first reported as a coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. The search for the deadly disease’s origin has been ongoing, with conflicting versions blaming the Wuhan food market and bats – a local delicacy – sold there in particular, while others opined humans might have gotten the virus from pangolins, an endangered scaly mammal.
Less orthodox theories suggest malicious intent, with the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards sensationally claiming last week that Covid-19 could possibly be “a product of a biological attack by America which initially spread to China and then to Iran and the rest of the world.”
So far, the problem with all of those theories, blaming both animals and humans, is that no direct causal proof has been established, while the identity of China’s “patient zero” also remains unclear. And it’s not China alone: in Washington state – which seemingly identified and successfully isolated its first infected traveler, with dozens of contacts identified and monitored – the virus somehow began spreading anyway. Even Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder, at one point claimed he and his wife may have been the US’ “patient zero” after developing a bad cough on return from China. It has since emerged his wife’s diagnosis was “a sinus infection,” however.
2020-01-30 17:01:10 Source: school coffee house Author: fish off the deep
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From October 18 to October 27, 2019, the World Military Games was held in Wuhan, and the United States sent 369 soy sauce soldiers to participate.
Why is it soy sauce soldiers?
Because in the 10-day game, the performance of the American soy sauce soldiers was so disappointing that even Bahrain was unnecessarily disappointed, the gold medal was even missing, and the overall score was left far behind by North Korea, which once gave Mexico a chance. The urge to counterattack the continental United States.
However, the poor performance in the game did not affect the mood of the soy sauce soldiers playing in Wuhan.
They teamed up in groups of two, and played around the streets of Wuhan, leaving many romantic accidents.
It should be pointed out that the location of the US guest house of the Military Games is not far from South China Seafood City.
At the end of the military games, just when people were wondering, how could these gangsters who ca n’t wait to build muscles on their faces suddenly get fired up? Did the American soldiers ’food only be grappled? Or did they forget to eat it during the game? Snickers?
* Host nation (China)
|7||North Korea (PRK)||9||8||15||32|
|16||South Korea (KOR)||3||10||11||24|
|26||Czech Republic (CZE)||1||2||5||8|
|35||United States (USA)||0||3||5||8|
|39||Dominican Republic (DOM)||0||2||3||5|
|Sri Lanka (SRI)||0||1||2||3|
|Saudi Arabia (KSA)||0||1||0||1|
|Totals (66 nations)||316||316||389||1021|
Note: Para Athletics, Para Archery, Gymnastics, Tennis and 3 Senior Triathlon events not counted in the medal table.
BIOGRAPHYGordon Duff, Senior EditorSenior Editor , VTGordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
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STATEMENT OF BENJAMIN FULFORD,
(CJA 1967, S.9: MC Rules 1981, 7 70.)
Magistrates’ Court Act 1980 S.102
Name: Benjamin Fulford, also known as 古歩道ベンジャミン
Date of birth: March 19, 1961
Address: 3-6-9 Kichijoji Higashi Machi, Musashino-Shi, Tokyo 180-0002 Japan
This statement is being made at the request of Mr. Michael Shrimpton, who is making an appeal against a conviction for making an untrue bomb hoax to the UK authorities.
I have been a professional journalist for 30 years, working as Tokyo based correspondent for such companies as Knight Ridder Newspapers, the Nikkei Newspaper, The South China Morning Post and as Asia Pacific Bureau Chief for Forbes Magazine. Currently I am editor and publisher of Weekly Geopolitical News and Analysis. I have also published 70 non-fiction books written in Japanese. As a professional journalist I am well acquainted with libel laws and the need for fact checking. As such, the statement below is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Some articles of mine have appeared on the respected Veterans Today.com website, whose Editor-in-Chief is Gordon Duff. Mr Duff is well-connected, to my knowledge. I am aware, for example, that he recently travelled, under tight security, to Damascus, capital of the Syrian Arab Republic, for informal peace talks with President Assad.
Mr. Shrimpton has also been a commentator on Veterans Today.com and I have read his columns with interest. From my own knowledge I can say that Mr. Shrimpton is well-known in the Intelligence Community. I am aware that he holds himself out to be a specialist in the ‘black’ or covert German intelligence agency, the Deutscher Verteidigungs Dienst or DVD.
I have published books (in Japanese) and articles claiming that the tsunami and nuclear disaster that occurred in Fukushima, Japan on March 11, 2011, sometimes known as “3/11” was the result of a deliberate attack. My sources for this assertion and what I am about to write include Japanese military intelligence, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan (whom I have known personally for many years), members of the crew that smuggled the nuclear weapons used in the attack on Fukushima into Japan, members of both the French and British branches of the Rothschild family, senior CIA agents and a member of the team that actually drilled the nuclear weapons into the seabed before the 3/11 attack.
I had no contact at all with Mr. Shrimpton before he was arrested. Mr Shrimpton and I have never met.
The first thing the court needs to know with respect about Fukushima is that the attack was planned many years before it happened. The Japanese business magazine Zaikai Tembo, citing a CIA report, wrote in February of 2007 that the US had decided that Japan was getting too much of its energy from nuclear power and that if that trend continued, Japan would no longer be dependent on US controlled oil and thus would no longer have to obey the US. The conclusion of the report was that the best way to ensure Japan remained a colony would be to destroy the Tokyo Electric Power company, the people who run the Fukushima plant.
The Zaikai Tembo report is in the public domain. It is not readily to hand, but in an endeavour to assist the court I shall try to obtain a copy and annex it to a further short statement, along with copies of any other documents to which I refer, although I have been careful not to refer to documents which are not in the public domain. No discourtesy to the court is intended by my not annexing documents at this time. The reporting of terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Friday November 13 and the aftermath has meant that this is a particularly busy time for me.
Former Senator John Davison ‘Jay’ Rockefeller (D-WV), great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, whose family controls (through foundations) General Electric, the manufacturers of the plant, was deeply involved in the Fukushima operation. As a preliminary to destroying Japan’s nuclear power generation capability, Westinghouse and General Electric sold their nuclear power plant manufacturing businesses to Toshiba and Hitachi. This was insider trading at the highest level. It is in the public domain that Senator Rockefeller is or has been associated with the Trilateral Commission, which Mr Shrimpton identifies in his text Spyhunter: A Secret History of German Intelligence (Totnes: June Press, 2014) as a DVD front organisation.
The ongoing attempt in recent years by an Asian/Western secret society to wrest control of global finance from Western oligarch families is a bigger back-ground to the Fukushima sub-plot. The ‘black’ or covert world is, almost by definition, opaque. I should explain that what Mr Shrimpton may identify as the DVD may operate in different parts of the world through fronts and secret societies. Intelligence agencies have long favoured the use of secret societies.
For example, Democratic Party of Japan Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa was asked at a G7 meeting in 2009 to hand over $100 billion to what I refer to as ‘the Cabal’, in order to finance an attempt to start a carbon tax scheme. He answered that he would raise the money by selling $100 billion worth of US Treasury bonds. He was going to say this at the press conference that followed the G7 meeting, so he was drugged to prevent him from doing so. Later, when he returned to Japan, he was murdered by CIA death squads, although I note what Mr. Shrimpton says about the Frankfurt-based COREA Group, Allen Welsh Dulles and DVD penetration of the CIA.
Getting back to Fukushima, the refusal of the Japanese Democratic Party and authorities to hand over any real hard currency to the Western Oligarch families resulted in their decision to go ahead with the Fukushima operation as a way of intimidating the Japanese once again into surrender and obedience.
One key source of mine, who has variously gone by the names of Richard Sorge, Alexander Romanov, etc., was part of a multi-agency Western ring involved in smuggling drugs into Japan. I have confirmed through a long term acquaintance by the name of Steve McClure, a supposed music journalist, that ‘Richard Sorge’ was his long term supplier of drugs. ‘Sorge’, whose real name is, according to his identity papers, Sasha Zaric, says he was a member of the Australian secret service. He also claims to have been recruited into an organization known as the Illuminati by former Chess champion Bobby Fischer. The Illuminati claim to be a secret society established by the Greek Mathematician Pythagoras but having roots that go back to Atlantis. The organisation is real but shrouded in secrecy and self-propagated mythology.
In any case, ‘Sorge’ told me that he was summoned to Pattaya, Thailand, by a member of the British Special Air Service, a South African going by the name of Spencer and told to bring 70 kilograms of “Thai stick” marijuana, heavily laced with mind destroying chemicals, into Japan and approach me. He was told to tell me to introduce the Yakuza, or Japanese mafia, to him or else I would be killed. The Yakuza told me it was a trap and to keep away from it, which I did. ‘Sorge’ also told me that when he was in Thailand, he was shown a 500 kiloton nuclear warhead that he was told was stolen from the Russian submarine the Kursk (K-141) which sank in 2000. He claims that four such warheads were removed from the Kursk and that the Kursk was sabotaged for this purpose. This warhead was smuggled into Japan together with the drugs via a yacht from the Philippines.
The man overseeing the smuggling operation was a former Hong Kong deputy police commissioner by the name of Stephens, according to ‘Sorge’ and Spencer. This is the same Stevens, ‘Sorge’ says, who was later killed in Libya. The man in overall operational control of this operation against Japan was General Richard Myers, according to CIA and other sources.
Based on subsequent interviews with members of Pentagon military intelligence (the Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA) and MI5, the route taken by the missile to Japan has been identified. It was part of the batch of four nuclear missiles stolen from the Kursk by Nazi-era underground forces, which Mr. Shrimpton identifies as the DVD, who took them to their submarine base in the Atlantic Island of Sao Tome, according to MI5. From there, it was taken to another submarine base in New Guinea, according to Pentagon Military intelligence.
From there it was taken to the Philippines Yacht Club where Stevens’ crew then took it by yacht to a remote island on the Okinawan archipelago. From there it was transported by fishing boat to the port of Kyushu. From Kyushu, the warhead was taken by van to a property owned by former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone in Hi No De Cho, in Western Tokyo. From there it was taken to the North Korean Citizen’s organization headquarters near the Yasukuni shrine, according to ‘Sorge’.
‘Sorge’ risked his life and has survived multiple murder attempts because he attempted to warn the Japanese authorities about the impending nuclear terror attack. He told them the warhead was at Nakasone’s property and he told me as well. The Japanese authorities ignored our warnings. Later we again told them the warhead was located at the North Korean headquarters in Japan. He also went to the Australian embassy in Tokyo, Japan and provided them with similar warnings. As a result of this, he had all his Australian identity papers confiscated and is now, apparently, stateless.
For his efforts, ‘Sorge’ was arrested by plain clothes police who ignored his warnings about impending nuclear terror and instead asked him to testify falsely that I was a drug dealer. He was also forcibly confined to the Inagidai mental hospital in Musashino, Tokyo where he was heavily drugged. This writer helped obtain his release by pressuring the Japanese authorities and threatening to take legal action against them for their illegal incarceration of ‘Sorge’ or Zaric. He remains undocumented and unable to leave Japan.
I do not have the slightest reason to suppose that ‘Sorge’ suffers from any form of mental illness. I should explain to the court that bad faith allegations of insanity are a standard intelligence tactic, refined in the USSR in the 1930s by the NKVD under the leadership or influence of the notorious Soviet spymasters Nikolai Yezhov and Lavrentiy Beria. When intelligence is presented which contains an uncomfortable truth for the state it is sometimes easier for the state to discredit the source by locking him or her up than to deal with the intelligence on its merits. This is sometimes known as political psychiatry.
A South African/British agent by the name of Michael Meiring, who had both legs blown off in the Philippines by a bomb he said was set by George Herbert Walker Bush Senior also began contacting me prior to these events, starting around 2006. He came to me under the name of Dr. Michael Van de Meer and he showed me a bullet proof attaché case, 7 passports and an Uzi machine-gun. Dr. Van de Meer told me that Tony Blair had bragged I would be arrested on drug charges. The reason for this contact was, in part I believe, because I held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan where I presented evidence that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks were the work of a rogue faction inside the Israeli and US governments.
In any case, Japanese authorities failed to react to our warnings and the warhead was loaded onto the deep sea drilling ship Chikyu Maru. Local news reports place the Chikyu Maru drilling into the seabed off-shore from Sendai in the months before the March 11, 2011 tsunami and nuclear terror attack against Japan. Takamasa Kawase, of Japanese military intelligence, also told me about the Chikyu Maru drilling.
Furthermore, multiple witnesses have come forth to testify that the Prime Minister Naoto Kan was seen inside the Japan Freemason headquarters building near Tokyo tower on the day before the 3/11 attack. He was being shown a map of Japan missing the Tohoku region where the tsunami hit.
The Israeli company Magna BSP was in charge of security at the Fukushima nuclear plant at the time. A Miyagi prefectural government official says employees of this company loaded plutonium into the plant against his will in the months before 3/11.
Furthermore, on March 10th, 2011 Kurt Campbell then Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the United States State Department requested a meeting with Ichiro Ozawa, a senior member of the then ruling Democratic Party of Japan, according to DPJ officials. At the meeting Campbell told Ozawa the world was “entering biblical end times,” and that as a result natural disasters were coming. Campbell offered Ozawa the rights to xeolite (a substance used in cleaning up radio-active waste) for Fukushima prefecture if he would abandon his plans to remove his political faction from the ruling party and cause Prime Minister Kan to lose power. Ozawa accepted the offer, according to several sources, including the above mentioned DPJ officials.
On the evening of March 10th, 2011, I was summoned by the daughter of Masaru Takumi, the former number two boss of the Yamaguchi Gumi, Japan’s largest crime syndicate, to meet a person she described to me as a Japanese style chiropractor (seitaishi). This so-called chiropractor identified himself to me as a Japanese professional assassin. He had somehow gained access to my private medical records and other knowledge about me that was not part of the public domain. He also wrapped me with a cloth that he said contained “traditional medicine” and told me to keep it on for 24 hours. As soon as I left the meeting, I immediately removed it because I had the distinct unpleasant sensation that it contained a poison. In any case, Takumi’s daughter asked for my mobile phone because she wanted to set the alarm for 11 AM on March 11, 2011, the day of the tsunami. She now works for the Kroll detective agency in Tokyo, Japan. The very act of writing this information has put her life in danger and I would like to warn explicitly that any attempt to murder her in order to silence her will be met with serious repercussions.
Immediately after the tsunami and nuclear terror attack began, Prime Minister Naoto Kan was asked by officials from Tokyo Electric Power and others to order the evacuation of 40 million people from the Kanto plain, Kan said during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan.
He also received a phone call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the day after the attack demanding that he sign over ownership of all Japanese government holdings of US government bonds to cabal oligarchs, which he did, according to Japanese military intelligence.
Following the attacks, a member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) who was involved in breaking up the nuclear warhead from the Kursk into several smaller nuclear devices and drilling them into the seabed, presumably for drill-bit diameter compliance, showed up at the Tachikawa Christian church, run by Pastor Paolo Izumi, asking for protection. He said that 14 of his colleagues, who were involved in the drilling operation not understanding the purpose of what they were doing, had been murdered in order to silence them and that he feared for his life. The man was sheltered by the church and is now in the witness protection program.
After the 3/11 attack, this writer went to South Korea at the invitation of Dr. Van de Meer. While in Korea he was told the Rothschild family had planned the attack because they wanted to force 40 million Japanese refugees to take shelter in North and South Korea. The Rothschild family intended to move the base of their Asian operations from Tokyo to a planned new special economic zone in Korea, he said. He knew in advance of the 3/11 attack and looked deeply ashamed when he admitted he did not warn me about it.
Following the 3/11 attack, un-marked planes were spotted dumping radio-active industrial waste containing caesium, according to a Japanese gangster whose gang was sub-contracting for the CIA and Mossad around Fukushima.
The massive propaganda fear campaign following the 3/11 attack can be traced, in my opinion, to Mossad, and rogue factions in the Pentagon and the CIA.
In addition to the people named above, some of the individuals involved in this mass murder and fear propaganda campaign include Kenneth Curtis, the head of CIA Japan, Michael Green, the head of Mossad Japan and Richard Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State.
According to my sources, other people involved in this mass murder campaign included George Bush Sr. and Jr., Michael Chertoff, James Baker, Paul Wolfowitz, Senator J. Rockefeller, Michael Hayden, Guy de Rothschild, Evelyn de Rothschild, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, former Pope Benedict, and others yet to be named.
The most convincing evidence in the public domain that 3/11 was a nuclear attack on Japan is probably seismic. I have seen the seismic records and hope to annex them to my follow-up statement. From them the court will be able see that the main event, triggering the deadly tsunami, is preceded by a smaller release of energy, consistent in my opinion with a nuclear detonation or detonations.
I went public with what I knew about 3/11 and hope to produce a sample of my writings in my next statement. I have no reason to believe that Mr Shrimpton was unaware of them. To my knowledge a man named Neil Jones in Folkestone, England was, and I now understand that he was in contact with Mr. Shrimpton. Mr. Jones and I have been in contact, although again we have never met.
Here is a copy of the first correspondence I had with Mr. Jones:
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: neil jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Threat to London
Aplogies for repeating this message but the original has found it’s
way onto the comments part of your typepad blog in the section titled
‘RE: March 31st deadline. As my comments to you were not intended for
publication it would be great favour if that particular message from
me could be removed. I would be very happy to post another if so
required. Many thanks.
The real aim of both these mesages is to assure you that the threat
posed by the Kursk Granit warhead in London is being taken seriously.
Hopefully you gave the warning in part to help prevent the slaughter
of innocent people in London. To this end any information you have
about the planned attack would be passed to the relevant authorities.
It would be incomprehensible for you to be involved in such a plan
and so you must have some information which convinced you of the
credibilty of the threat. Such information would be useful and in
particular more about the present location of the weapon, the date it
was planted, whether it will be moved for the attack, and the location
and timing of the attack. Anything which convinced you that the
threat was real would be more than useful.
As you may realise, like Drake, it is my belief that civilians should
not be exposed to this kind of action. It is understood that your
Illuminati connections have a problem with the Royal family, Queen
Elizabeth in particular, but this does not seem to justify the mass
slaughter of innocents. This would directly contradict the good work
you are doing on energy, food, water and quality of life for the
planet and it’s occupants.
Thanks for your attention
In or about March 2012 I was informed by my source code-named ‘Richard Sorge’ that one of the nuclear devices stolen from the Kursk had been smuggled into East London and that the intended target was the Olympic Games. Again I went public with this intelligence. Again, I hope to produce a sample of my writings on the nuclear threat to the London Olympics as an annex to my next statement.
I have no doubt that Neil Jones saw my comments. From what I know of the case Mr. Shrimpton appears to have passed to the British Ministry of Defence substantially the same information supplied by ‘Richard Sorge’ to me. I do not doubt that ‘Sorge’ (the code-name was very obviously taken from the famous World War II Soviet double-agent in Tokyo, although I note that in Mr. Shrimpton’s published opinion the original Richard Sorge was a treble-agent of the German Abwehr intelligence organisation headed by Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, the man he says founded the DVD) has sources in Russia, including inside Russian Military Intelligence (the GRU), as well as sources in British and Australian intelligence agencies.
I am also aware that the intelligence provided to me by ‘Richard Sorge’ has now been verified, amongst others by Veterans Today Editor-in-Chief Gordon Duff. I do not doubt that the United States recovered a total of two ex-Kursk warheads, which had been in East London. So far as I am aware, that is the position of Japanese Intelligence and, in private at least, is the position of the Japanese Government.
I did agree to give evidence for the defence at Mr. Shrimpton’s trial in London in November 2014. He and I had hoped that I could do that via video-link from Tokyo. When that application was refused he put me in contact with a person in the United States, on the Eastern Seaboard, in possession of a large bank of frequent flyer miles on Delta Airlines.
That person arranged a confirmed seat for me, in my Japanese name, which appears in Hiragana script at the head of my statement, in Upper Class, on a Delta Airlines partner airline, Virgin Atlantic Airways, on their flight VA901 from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to London Heathrow Airport on Monday November 17 2014. Flight VA901 was scheduled to depart Narita at 1225 hours Japan Standard Time (JST).
My ticket was arranged over that weekend, i.e. the weekend of November 15 and November 16 2014. On Sunday morning November 16 I had to withdraw under pressure from the Japanese Finance Ministry, who arranged a tax audit overnight.
I have no reason to doubt that official pressure was applied to me to prevent me from flying to London to give evidence. I would have told the jury about 3/11 and what is written above, among other things.
In Mr. Shrimpton’s defense, I would also like to state that a simple internet search would have revealed that the WorldWide Web was full of articles about a nuclear terror threat to the London Olympics appearing long before Mr. Shrimpton made his warnings to the authorities. That alone should have been enough evidence to exonerate him.
I am prepared to attend Court and expand upon the above matters that I say are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Witnessed by ……………………………………….
Name of Witness ……………………………………
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To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we are living with is pre-fascism.
It is easy to dismiss Donald Trump as an ignoramus, not least because he is. But he has an acute understanding of one thing: test marketing. He created himself in the gossip pages of the New York tabloids, where celebrity is manufactured by planting outrageous stories that you can later confirm or deny depending on how they go down. And he recreated himself in reality TV where the storylines can be adjusted according to the ratings. Put something out there, pull it back, adjust, go again.
Fascism doesn’t arise suddenly in an existing democracy. It is not easy to get people to give up their ideas of freedom and civility. You have to do trial runs that, if they are done well, serve two purposes. They get people used to something they may initially recoil from; and they allow you to refine and calibrate. This is what is happening now and we would be fools not to see it.
One of the basic tools of fascism is the rigging of elections – we’ve seen that trialled in the election of Trump, in the Brexit referendum and (less successfully) in the French presidential elections. Another is the generation of tribal identities, the division of society into mutually exclusive polarities. Fascism does not need a majority – it typically comes to power with about 40 per cent support and then uses control and intimidation to consolidate that power. So it doesn’t matter if most people hate you, as long as your 40 per cent is fanatically committed. That’s been tested out too. And fascism of course needs a propaganda machine so effective that it creates for its followers a universe of “alternative facts” impervious to unwanted realities. Again, the testing for this is very far advanced.https://e81a7809d5fa50d5043655f6da51e0c7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
But when you’ve done all this, there is a crucial next step, usually the trickiest of all. You have to undermine moral boundaries, inure people to the acceptance of acts of extreme cruelty. Like hounds, people have to be blooded. They have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group. This allows the members of that group to be dehumanised. Once that has been achieved, you can gradually up the ante, working through the stages from breaking windows to extermination.
People have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group
It is this next step that is being test-marketed now. It is being done in Italy by the far-right leader and minister for the interior Matteo Salvini. How would it go down if we turn away boatloads of refugees? Let’s do a screening of the rough-cut of registering all the Roma and see what buttons the audience will press. And it has been trialled by Trump: let’s see how my fans feel about crying babies in cages. I wonder how it will go down with Rupert Murdoch.
To see, as most commentary has done, the deliberate traumatisation of migrant children as a “mistake” by Trump is culpable naivety. It is a trial run – and the trial has been a huge success. Trump’s claim last week that immigrants “infest” the US is a test-marketing of whether his fans are ready for the next step-up in language, which is of course “vermin”. And the generation of images of toddlers being dragged from their parents is a test of whether those words can be turned into sounds and pictures. It was always an experiment – it ended (but only in part) because the results were in.
And the results are quite satisfactory. There is good news on two fronts. First, Rupert Murdoch is happy with it – his Fox News mouthpieces outdid themselves in barbaric crassness: making animal noises at the mention of a Down syndrome child, describing crying children as actors. They went the whole swinish hog: even the brown babies are liars. Those sobs of anguish are typical of the manipulative behaviour of the strangers coming to infest us – should we not fear a race whose very infants can be so devious? Second, the hardcore fans loved it: 58 per cent of Republicans are in favour of this brutality. Trump’s overall approval ratings are up to 42.5 per cent.
Fox News mouthpieces outdid themselves in barbaric crassness: making animal noises at the mention of a Down syndrome child, describing crying children as actors
This is greatly encouraging for the pre-fascist agenda. The blooding process has begun within the democratic world. The muscles that the propaganda machines need for defending the indefensible are being toned up. Millions and millions of Europeans and Americans are learning to think the unthinkable. So what if those people drown in the sea? So what if those toddlers are scarred for life? They have already, in their minds, crossed the boundaries of morality. They are, like Macbeth, “yet but young in deed”. But the tests will be refined, the results analysed, the methods perfected, the messages sharpened. And then the deeds can follow.
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With tensions between the US and China at an all-time high, experts warn the two powers are closer to a military confrontation than ever before. A war with China should be unthinkable in Washington since the conflict could be catastrophic to the entire world as the threat of it erupting into a full-blown nuclear war is very real. But with a deteriorating trade relationship, tension over the Covid-19 pandemic, increased US Navy activity in the Pacific, new sanctions aimed at Chinese officials, and hostile rhetoric coming from the Trump administration, the unthinkable is becoming more and more likely.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new sanctions on Friday aimed at “current and former” Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, accusing them of violating Hong Kong’s autonomy. Hong Kong has served as a stage for recent US meddling, with Washington openly supporting the protests that rocked the city since March 2019. The Trump administration accused Beijing of violating Hong Kong’s autonomy with a new national security law made for the city, a bill designed to quell protests.
Some Chinese officials justified passing the law by pointing to the foreign interference in the demonstrations – that interference included Congress hosting protest leaders and passing legislation to confront Beijing over the former British colony. China’s concern with foreign interference is clearly outlined in the national security bill, which includes “collusion with foreign and external forces” on a list of criminal offenses the bill aims to combat.
The Senate just passed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which would sanction “foreign individuals and entities that materially contribute to China’s failure to preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy.” The new legislation is the Senate’s response to the Hong Kong national security law. Congress is also keen on confronting China militarily, with lawmakers working out a plan to give the Pentagon funds to increase its footprint in the region, a plan dubbed the “Indo-Pacific Deterrence Initiative.” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has repeatedly identified China as the Pentagon’s number one priority.
President Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act into law on June 17th, a bill that will enable even more sanctions against Chinese officials over China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang province. The Trump administration published a document last week that listed 20 Chinese companies and accused them of being arms of China’s military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Although nothing in the document substantiated the claim, it opens the possibility of Washington taking actions against the companies listed, like sanctions, which have become a staple of the administration.
The telecommunications company Huawei was included in the list of companies allegedly run by the PLA. Huawei, a major player in 5G technologies, has been banned from the US. The Trump administration is working hard to prevent other countries from doing business with Huawei and continues to pressure its allies into not accepting the company’s 5G technology. The common accusation against Huawei is that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries, an accusation that rings hollow coming from the US, a country that can track cell phones all over the world, as revealed by the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
These latest economic provocations came after the US and China signed the Phase One trade deal in January. According to The Wall Street Journal, when Mike Pompeo met with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi (Pictured) in Hawaii on June 18th, Yang warned Washington’s recent meddling in Beijing’s affairs could jeopardize the trade deal. Yang listed Hong Kong and Taiwan as areas where the US meddles and expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with President Trump’s signing of the Uyghur Human Rights Act.
The increase in tensions between the US and China is due in large part to the Covid-19 pandemic. Top officials in the White House, including the president, have accused Beijing of a cover-up in the early days of the outbreak. In an interview with Fox News last week, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro was asked if the phase one trade deal was over. Navarro responded, “it’s over,” his reasoning being the fact that the Chinese officials who signed the agreement in Washington on January 15th did not mention the pandemic. Navarro claims the White House first heard of the pandemic after the Chinese diplomats’ plane took off, although Covid-19 was already in the news days before.
Navarro quickly recanted his statement on the trade deal and said he was taken “wildly out of context” in the interview. “I was simply speaking to the lack of trust we now have of the Chinese Communist Party after they lied about the origins of the China virus and foisted a pandemic upon the world,” Navarro said. President Trump took to Twitter to ensure that the trade deal is still “fully intact.”
In the early days of the Trump administration, Navarro and former White House strategist Steve Bannon (Pictured) fought hard to push President Trump to put tariffs on Chinese goods, a battle they won. Bannon, a self-described ultra-hawk when it comes to China, has been crusading against the CCP since he left the White House. In a recent interview with Asia Times, when asked if Washington should pursue regime change in Beijing, Bannon said, “I don’t think Asia can be free, until we’ve had regime change in Beijing. And I am an absolute advocate of that.”
Bannon denied rumors that he was joining the Trump campaign for 2020 but ensured many of his friends and colleagues will be on the president’s team. “One hundred and twenty percent of my time right now is spent on taking down the Chinese Communist Party, with the Committee on the Present Danger,” Bannon said. The Committee on Present Danger: China (CPD) is an incredibly hawkish think-tank started by Bannon and neoconservative Frank Gaffney in 2019.
On June 5th, the CPD published an essay titled “To the Americans Who Are on Their Knees,” which Gaffney and CPD chair Brian Kennedy called “the single most important call in a generation aimed at enabling our countrymen and women to recognize and respond appropriately to a present danger.” The essay addresses the protests that erupted across the US in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. The author claims the American left leading the movement is the “catspaw” of foreign powers. “First, the police will be defunded; second, the Revolution will defund the US military; third, the Chinese and Russians will bomb and invade the country,” the essay reads.
This tirade could be dismissed as the ramblings of a crazed hawk, but a link to the essay remains in prominence on the CPD’s front page, and the think-tank’s message gets through to the White House. The group recently sent a letter to President Trump, praising him for releasing the list of 20 companies that are allegedly run by the PLA and gave the president advice on possible steps forward.
Some of the tamer rhetoric coming from the CPD and right-wing populists like Bannon resonates with many Americans. There are real concerns regarding US reliance on Chinese manufacturing, something that was exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic when the US faced shortages of personal protective equipment. The loss of American jobs to China is another talking point that gets through to people on the right and the left. There is a consensus among both groups that corporations sold out the American people when they exported manufacturing to China.
Despite the rhetoric, the fact that the US and China are each other’s largest trading partners has its benefits. This fact is enough to discourage officials on both sides from turning this Cold War into a hot one. But as trade relations sour, and President Trump openly considers completely “decoupling” from China, the risk of a shooting war is much higher.
The prophetic Justin Raimondo put it best in a March 2008 column titled, “Why They Hate China.” Justin wrote:
“If goods don’t cross borders, then armies soon will – a historical truism noted by many before me, and with good reason. Let it be a warning to all those anti-free trade, antiwar types of the Right as well as the Left – you’ll soon be jumping on the War Party’s bandwagon when it comes China’s turn to play the role of global bogeyman. The way things are going, that day may come soon enough.”
Justin’s words are something to reflect on while the US and China are careening towards war and people on the left and the right continue to demonize Beijing. While there are real concerns to be had with China’s human rights abuses, US intervention will undoubtedly make the situation worse. And hawks like Steve Bannon disguise their neocon hopes of regime-change in a country of 1.4 billion people as populist rhetoric to fool Americans into consenting to this new Cold War. Washington has a history of stumbling into catastrophe in East Asia. From Manila to Pyongyang, US adventurism in the region has left millions dead in its wake, a war with China will kill millions more — a potential catastrophe that must be avoided.
Reprinted with permission from Antiwar.com.
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While it can be lonely, you aren’t always in danger and a lot of the work is mundane – former intelligence officer, Harry Ferguson, on a career in the secret service
Wed 22 Oct 2014 07.00 BSTFirst published on Wed 22 Oct 2014 07.00 BST
Harry Ferguson is a former MI6 intelligence officer and was an undercover agent for the National Investigation Service (NIS). In 2005, he starred with Mike Baker of the CIA in the BBC2 series Spy and wrote the book accompanying the series: Spy – A Handbook. As well as a frequent commentator on espionage, Ferguson is currently helping to promote the hit US TV series The Blacklist, starring James Spader as a master criminal turned FBI informer.
I was recruited by the secret service during the cold war. It was very much like a [John] le Carré novel. I was in my final year at Oxford University when my tutor came to me one day and said: “What are you thinking of doing with your career?” I told him I was thinking of the police or the army. He stood there and replied: “Have you ever thought of working for your country?” I had no idea what he was talking about, but I just said: “Yeah, sure.” After that I got an envelope in my pigeonhole from an anonymous government department inviting me up to London for an interview.Advertisement
I knew the job wasn’t going to be James Bond but I was curious to know more. I knew very little really. I didn’t even know the difference between MI5 or MI6. It just hadn’t come across my radar at all. But one interview followed on to the next and I was sent on a training course. I thought even if I move on from this, it’s got to be a once in a lifetime opportunity and it will be interesting to find out what the job is really about.
I was recruited in that old fashioned way, but of course these days the service has a website and a recruitment team which goes round universities and run open evenings at various places. The net is now thrown much wider, though you can still get the tap on the shoulder at university.
There is no “spy type” that secret service recruiters look for. They look for independent, self-driven people, who do not fit into a particular pigeonhole. You would be laughing if you could look around a room, point and say: “That’s the type, that’s the person.” The idea is that you get as many reasonably intelligent and varied men and women into the job as possible.
I am not entirely sure what they liked about me, but I have always had a good memory for small details. I can forget people’s names two minutes after being introduced to them, but I retain a lot of seemingly unimportant details which can be terribly important when dealing with a mass of paperwork on your desk or when you are out in the field trying to remember what your brief was.
The job of a spy can be very lonely. The buzz is taking part in a world that nobody else knows about – often you are aware of things happening behind world events that other people don’t know and possibly will never know. When I joined a long time ago, we were encouraged not even to tell your partner. That is the old service though. All that has changed since the 1990s. The trouble is that even though the rules have been slightly relaxed now – certain members of your family are allowed to know – you can never discuss details of operations or what’s happening with particular agents.
Knowing someone else was imprisoned, tortured or killed because you didn’t do your job properly is a terrible burden. When you start off as a young recruit, you think, ‘Fine, that suits me.’ But it is emotionally crushing for officers in the secret services and you can never really share that guilt with anybody. You always carry that around with you. That does grind people down over time. But you have to balance that out with the buzz of working in the secret world.
Despite perceptions, working for the secret service is not a very dangerous job. In the US it is slightly different because they see themselves as semi-military and put themselves in danger in a way that British officers don’t. Normally what happens in the services is that the risks are run by the agents – the people you, as an officer, recruit. For example, if I wanted to find out about Iranian nuclear production tomorrow I couldn’t wander into a facility in that country, no matter how good my cover was. But I can recruit a scientist who is already there. Of course, if the operation goes tits up, the person who is going to suffer is the agent, not me.
A good operational officer has a number of different cover stories. Let’s assume that you are based in your home capital. You could get called out anywhere and your target could be anyone. So a good operational officer will have six or seven, possibly more, covers and there are specialist departments within those intelligence services whose job it is to maintain those covers. In my day, however, you could simply print a passport, hop on a plane and arrive. Now advances in technology mean maintaining people’s covers has become a specialist area and it is a much more sophisticated operation.
A lot of being a spy is terribly mundane. The trouble with any operation is that there is a great deal of preparation and research that has to go into it. Even as an operational officer with a lot of support behind you, there is a lot of waiting for stuff to happen and trying to find out the most basic level of information. Now and again, the work of the secret service really counts and they are the moments you look for. In between that, there is a lot of mundane routine work, setting up agents, pottering round and going to meetings that don’t come to anything. You have to find the resilience to get through those periods.
Joining the secret service is not just necessarily a young man’s game. There is an increasing tendency to recruit people who are older, not just to take them fresh out of university. More and more now, the secret service looks at people who have established themselves in other careers and are looking for a change. This is for a number of reasons – it improves your value judgment and it helps your cover because you have obviously done something before. If you go to the secret service website, which is the starting point for anybody thinking of joining, you will see they ask for proven experience in another field. Once your life is stable and you have done other things you are going to make a much better agent and operational officer.
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In another stark warning, senior fellow at Yale University and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, Stephen Roach, says coronavirus may cause dramatic decline of the US dollar in the near future.
“In a Covid era, everything unfolds at warp speed,” Roach said, in an interview with MarketWatch.
The prominent economist has, in recent weeks, been warning about the looming fall of the dollar and the end of its hegemony as a global reserve currency. While he previously predicted a 35-percent drop in the greenback against its major rivals, he now stresses that his forecast may happen “sooner rather than later.” ALSO ON RT.COMDemand for US dollar as world’s reserve currency ‘seems to be waning’ – Deutsche Bank
Ballooning US fiscal deficit, which has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic, is one of the reasons for the imminent collapse, according to Roach. The current state of the US economy also adds fuel to the fire, the financial expert explained, pointing to its current unemployment rate, as millions of Americans are still losing their job each week.
Another alarming sign is the Fed’s balance sheet, where it keeps its asset holdings. Since the Covid-19 outbreak hit the US, it has exploded to more than $7.2 trillion in June, from around $4.2 trillion three months earlier. Roach previously stressed that Washington’s savings and current-account problems “are about to come into play with a vengeance.”ALSO ON RT.COMDump the dollar: Russia has now gotten rid of over 96% of its US debt holdings
The crash of the greenback is set to coincide with the rise of other currencies, like the euro and the Chinese yuan. However, China will have to push forward reforms, including shifting from manufacturing to services as well as boosting consumer-led growth instead of investment- and export-led growth, to remain attractive to investors.
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Soviet-era T-34 tanks drive during the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on June 24, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)
Russia is holding a massive military parade in Moscow to celebrate its annual Victory Day, on the eve of a national referendum on extending President Vladimir Putin’s time in office.
The parade, marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s World War Two victory over Nazi Germany, had to be rescheduled from its original date on May 9 due to the new coronavirus outbreak.
It kicked off in Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday, with the participation of an estimated 14,000 Russian troops, as well as tanks and aircraft.
Under coronavirus-related restrictions, access to Red Square and the president is limited, however.
Journalists have been limited to a press center, and visiting participants were quarantined before the event.
Dozens of World War II veterans, who are now more than 90 years of age, were also sequestered in sanatoriums outside of Moscow for two weeks before the event.
“They are in wonderful conditions there,” a Kremlin spokesman said.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin called on people to avoid crowding the streets to catch sight of the passing military hardware and “watch it on television.”
“There shouldn’t be any crowds, there shouldn’t be spectators there,” he said.
Foreign leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, who had been invited to the event, have canceled their attendance due to the epidemic.
More than a dozen large cities have also canceled parades or will hold them without any crowds.
Russia reported 7,425 new infections on Tuesday, taking the total reported cases of COVID-19 in the country to 598,878. There have been 8,359 confirmed deaths related to the disease countrywide.
A national vote on the country’s constitution was suspended on April 22 due to the outbreak. It will now be held online from June 25 until July 1.
The changes would allow President Putin two more six-year terms if re-elected.
Under the current constitution, Putin is banned from seeking re-election when his mandate ends in 2024.
Some 67-71 percent of the voters are expected to endorse the change, according to the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM)
Don’t go round the Clinton’s house for dinner…… slight slip one click of their fingers (like in the Mafia) and ” you’re gone”…This guy fell from his apartment balcony……hmmmmm
Reports 55-year-old producer, who fathered a child with Liz Hurley, has been found dead in LAByOur Foreign Staff23 June 2020 • 4:34am
As well as his work in Hollywood, Bing also donated money to the Democratic Party.
Hollywood filmmaker Steve Bing, who shares a son with actress Elizabeth Hurley, has been found dead in Los Angeles, according to reports in the US.
Former president Bill Clinton, a friend of Bing, appeared to confirm the news, saying “he had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in”.
Bing, 55, was known for his work on movies including Kangaroo Jack, which he co-wrote, and for financing films including The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks.
He was the father to Hurley’s 18-year-old son, Damian, and had a daughter with the former professional tennis player Lisa Bonder.
Bing initially denied he was Damian’s biological father only for DNA tests to vindicate Hurley.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed it was investigating the death of a man in his 50s in the Century City area of Los Angeles.
TMZ said Bing had died after falling from the 27th floor of a luxury apartment building in Los Angeles’ Century City, citing anonymous law enforcement sources.
The Los Angeles County coroner said a man was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.10pm local time on Monday, and that identification was pending.
Bing donated money to Mr Clinton and was reportedly instrumental in helping the former president return two American reporters from North Korea in 2009.
In his tribute, Mr Clinton said: “I loved Steve Bing very much. He had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in. I will miss him and his enthusiasm more than I can say, and I hope he’s finally found peace.”Steve Bing was a long-time friend and supporter of Bill Clinton CREDIT: Getty
Bing is reported to have dropped out of Stanford university as an 18-year-old after he inherited $600 million (about £481 million) from his grandfather, the real estate developer Leo S Bing.
He then launched his Hollywood career and co-wrote the 2003 comedy Kangaroo Jack while reportedly investing 80 million dollars (about £64 million) in 2004 animated film The Polar Express. The movie, starring Hanks as a lead voice actor, would gross more than $300 million worldwide.
The IMDB website lists him as a producer on films including the 2000 Get Carter remake starring Sylvester Stallone and Shine A Light, Martin Scorsese’s 2008 documentary about the Rolling Stones.
Bing was was the founder of Shangri-La Entertainment, an organisation with interests in property, construction, entertainment and music.
As well as his work in Hollywood, Bing also donated money to the Democratic Party.
His name is listed on the Giving Pledge website, a project launched in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett that asks the super-rich to give away the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.US 2020
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My head hurts from reading this shit. I’ve included the definition of plantation below…~TS
From The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
noun: An area under cultivation.
noun: A group of cultivated trees or plants.
noun: A large estate or farm on which crops are raised, often by resident workers.
noun: A newly established settlement; a colony.
By Jack Davis | The Western Journal
Seeking to conform with the racial sensitivities of the times, Rhode Island is lopping off part of its history along with its official state name.
Legally, Rhode Island is on the books as the “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”
An executive order from Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says that the governor’s office and all executive agencies under her control will officially use only “State of Rhode Island” as the state’s name in all correspondence until such time as a referendum is held to wipe away the second half of the official name.
She noted in the order that the word “plantation” has been an object of discussion for years and that “many of the State’s residents find it painful that a word so closely associated with slavery should appear in the official name of the state.”
As a result, the word will be stricken from websites, official notices and everything else controlled by the executive branch as soon as possible.
“I have heard from so many African-Americans in Rhode Island — actually, particularly in the past couple of weeks as I have really been amping up my efforts to listen, that it’s a painful thing to see,” the governor said at a news briefing Friday, according to WJAR-TV.
“Like, state employees. Every time they get their paycheck, they have to see the word, ‘Plantation,’” she said. “Every time you get a proclamation from the state for doing a good thing, you should feel proud about it, [but] you have to see the word, ‘Plantation.’ So, I think we ought to do the right thing — put it on the ballot. Ask the people of Rhode Island to do the right thing and change our name.”
Raimondo said it is up to the people to officially change the name for good via a referendum.
Democratic state Sen. Harold Metts has sponsored legislation to allow voters to do so. A bill he has introduced, approved unanimously in the state Senate last week, would put before voters an amendment to the state’s constitution to legally change the name of the state to simply the “State of Rhode Island.”
“The word ‘plantations’ conjures extremely painful images for many Rhode Islanders. Whatever the history of the term is in Rhode Island, it is an unnecessary and painful reminder of our nation’s racist past,” Metts, who is black, said in a statement on his website.
“‘Plantations’ brings to mind the inhuman and degrading treatment of the African-Americans, slave sales that tore families apart, rapes and lynchings. It is a hurtful term to so many of us.”
“Whatever the meaning of the term ‘plantations’ in the context of Rhode Island’s history, it carries a horrific connotation when considering the tragic and racist history of our nation,” Metts also said, according to the Providence Journal.
“Not unlike the debate over the Confederate flag, retaining the term does nothing to memorialize history but conjures an unnecessary and painful reminder of our racist past,” he added.
In 2010, Rhode Island voters were offered the chance to revise the state’s name, but rejected the proposed change 77.9 percent to 22.1 percent.
The “Providence” part of the state’s name has its roots in 1636, when minister Roger Williams, on the run from Massachusetts Bay Colony, where his brand of religion was found injurious to the general order, purchased land on Narragansett Bay from the Narragansett Indians to found a place where people of all faiths would be welcome.
Williams, who advocated strict separation of church and state on the grounds that delving into policy concerns would pollute the church, wrote that “having, of a sense of God’s merciful providence unto me in my distress, [I] called the place PROVIDENCE, I desired it might be for a shelter for persons distressed for conscience,” according to Smithsonian Magazine.
The vision Williams had of a colony where those of all faiths would be welcome first came alive in 1644, when, on March 14, Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Plantations gave Williams a charter that granted colonists there “full Powre & Authority to Governe & rule themselves … by such a form of Civil Government, as by voluntary consent of all, or the greater Part of them shall find most suteable” so long as its laws “be conformable to the Laws of England, so far as the Nature and Constitution of the place will admit.”
Professor emeritus J. Stanley Lemons of Rhode Island College said the meaning of plantation at the time was any settlement, not simply fields worked by slaves.
“Plymouth Plantation, or Ulster Plantation, or Roxbury Plantation, or Providence Plantation, has zero to do with slavery,” Lemons told WJAR-TV.
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Sunday 14 June 2020 11:25, UK
The world’s biggest container ship, around the same size as four football pitches, has arrived in the UK for the first time.
HMM Algeciras is so large its arrival had to be modelled on a simulator to ensure it could be carried out safely.
The 1,312ft (400m) long and 200ft (61m) wide ship is delivering a variety of goods at DP World London Gateway in Thurrock.
Its journey to the UK began in China and it has also been to South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
Preparations started more than six months ago, with the Port of London Authority carrying out simulator modelling.Advertisement
The vessel is due to leave Britain on Monday taking UK goods back to China via Singapore.
Peter Livey, managing director for Britain at shipping company HMM, which owns the vessel, described its maiden voyage as a “major milestone”.
He said: “Ships of this size give us the capacity and flexibility to get our customers’ goods to the right place at the right time.”
HMM Algeciras, an Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV), is sailing under the flag of Panama.
Ernst Schulze, UK chief executive of DP World, which runs the port, said the commitment of his staff has been “critical” to London Gateway remaining open throughout the coronavirus lockdown
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Lower Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau Island. Photo: SCMP Pictures
A windsurfer in Hong Kong drowned off a closed public beach while typhoon standby signal No 1 was in force on Sunday.Dozens of beaches remain without lifeguards after the government suspended service due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 39-year-old windsurfer was thought to have drowned off Lower Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau Island, police said. Seas were choppy in the late morning with Tropical Cyclone Nuri about 260km west-southwest of the city.
She was pulled from the water by a friend and rushed to North Lantau Hospital but pronounced death before 1pm.
“Following a primary investigation, the police believe the incident was not suspicious,” the force said, adding the exact cause of death would be determined by an autopsy.
More than 40 public beaches managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department were closed and lifeguard services stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic in late March.
“The public should neither swim nor gather at the closed beaches for social-distancing reasons and to avoid accidents,” the department said on Wednesday.
As the threat from Covid-19 recedes, the city has gradually reopened facilities, including 21 beaches where lifeguard services have resumed, but Lower Cheung Sha Beach is not among them.
70% of businesses in Dubai may not survive Covid-19 lockdown; Stirling advises business owners to get out before it is too late
If strict lockdown measures continue in Dubai, according to a new survey conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, the city will be emptied of up to 70% of its businesses. Roughly half the companies surveyed said they would have to close if there is just one more month of lockdown.
“The results of the survey are devastating, but not at all surprising,” Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, says, “Early on, we advised business owners in the UAE that the best action to take when forced closures became inevitable was to suspend their businesses and exit the country. It is a painful move to make, but it is the safest. Every economy in the world has been neutralised by shutdowns and a place like Dubai will be predictably harder hit than most.
The tap of tourism has been closed, many people within the country are not working or earning salaries; supply chains have been frozen; even if lockdown measures are lifted today in Dubai, realistic recovery may take far longer than most companies can sustain.”
Stirling warns that the economic impact on the UAE of the global response to the Coronavirus pandemic is likely to be longlasting.
Officials predict that the country of predominantly expats, could see a 10% reduction in total population, as many foreigners are opting to return to their home countries.
“Why did we advise business owners to leave? Because in the UAE, insolvency, default, bounced cheques, and any failure to fulfil financial deals or business contracts will land you in prison.
So, when you are talking about 70% of companies closing within 6 months, that translates to a major surge in criminal cases against business owners who are likely to be accused of fraud, embezzlement, breach of trust, or any assortment of other wrongful allegations stemming from the damage done to their businesses due to the lockdowns. The malls will be empty, but the jails will be full.
While the UAE government has introduced stimulus packages to increase liquidity for the banks, Stirling cautions that this could become a lethal trap for business owners whose optimism or desperation cause them to take on excessive debts that the ravaged economy will never convert into profits. “It has always been tempting to take lines of credit in the UAE; they make it very easy.
When your company is struggling, and you are hopeful for a return to normalcy, it is understandably even more tempting to take out further loans. But business owners have to be pragmatic; the market is not there, suppliers are not there, consumers are not there, tourists are not there; digging deeper into debt is a recipe for disaster in the UAE.
“History has shown us that UAE banks respond to economic crises quite ruthlessly; loans are recalled, credit closed, properties seized, late payments or bounced cheques are prosecuted vigorously, and even escalated to Interpol.
If a business owner can realistically foresee that their company will not survive lockdown, or is unlikely to recover after lockdown, they should exit the UAE as soon as possible. Any outstanding issues can be better sorted out from abroad rather than from a prison cell.”
Radha Stirling, is founder and CEO of UK / USA based legal and human rights organisation Detained in Dubai, Expert Witness and respected analyst of Middle East Policy.
Since 2008, Detained in Dubai has assisted thousands of businesspeople, expats and entrepreneurs in business disputes. financial crime and debt matters. Radha Stirling is a specialist in fraud, breach of trust and embezzlement, defending clients against wrongful allegations, security their freedom and exposing the true culprits. Stirling has provided expert testimony in international arbitrations, civil lawsuits and extradition proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.
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Royal ‘bewildered’ after US attorney asks him to come forward following arrest of his friend over alleged sex crimes
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Fri 3 Jul 2020 05.59 BSTLast modified on Fri 3 Jul 2020 08.18 BST
Pressure on Prince Andrew to speak to FBI investigators was mounting after his friend Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on charges of sex trafficking and perjury as part of its ongoing inquiry into the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
At a press conference in New York in which prosecutors detailed the allegations facing Maxwell, they urged the Prince to come forward.
When Bill Clinton flew into London in September 2002 doors naturally flew open for him.
He had stepped down as President of the United States after two terms only the year before and was on his way to address the Labour Party conference.
Among the doors that opened were those to Buckingham Palace, when the Duke of York invited him to tour the Queen’s London home.
At the time no one could imagine the visit would come back to haunt those taking part.
But it has, following The Telegraph’s discovery of this astonishing photograph of Ghislaine Maxwell, first printed on Saturday, sitting on the ornate seat the Queen used for her Coronation in 1953 – in breach of all protocol.
Next to her is Mr Clinton’s friend Kevin Spacey – then Hollywood royalty and shortly to become artistic director of the Old Vic – in the place normally occupied by the Duke of Edinburgh.Advertisement
Ms Maxwell is now ensconced in the far more spartan surroundings of a police cell in New Hampshire after her arrest on Thursday, following a year-long investigation by the FBI.
She is charged with helping to recruit and groom underage girls for her ex-boyfriend, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, also a friend of the Duke, and faces questions over the extent of the Duke’s knowledge of events.
Spacey’s career and reputation were left in tatters after he was accused in 2017 of making unwanted sexual advances to a 14-year-old actor and a string of other young men. Charges against him were later dropped.
And the Duke is now at the centre of the scandal surrounding Epstein’s sordid activities, with US prosecutors saying they would “welcome” his testimony as part of the ongoing FBI investigation.
At the time the photograph, had it been released to the public, would have been seen as a lighthearted – if somewhat disrespectful – memento of a celebrity visit.
But with the passing of the years this snap is now raising eyebrows around the world, and has come to assume a much more disturbing significance, showing just how close Ghislaine Maxwell was at the time to her friend the Duke.
It was the Duke, after all, who had invited her and Spacey, along with Mr Clinton, to the private tour of Buckingham Palace.
Mr Clinton was in London en route to the Labour Party conference in Blackpool, where he would be guest of honour.Advertisement
There he wowed delegates and Cabinet ministers alike, confirming his reputation as a natural and mesmerising orator when he gave the keynote address as international guest speaker.
On the evening of the speech, Mr Clinton expressed a desire for a burger and was accompanied by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s director of communications, to a McDonald’s on Blackpool’s Golden Mile – to the astonishment of the locals, and in particular the teenager who served him.
Among the burger party in Blackpool was Spacey, who had come up from London with Mr Clinton.
Before arriving in the UK, the pair spent seven days on a tour of Africa, along with Ms Maxwell and the American actor Chris Tucker, on Epstein’s private jet, a Boeing 727 – reportedly nicknamed the “Lolita Express”.
Photographs obtained by The Telegraph show Mr Clinton posing for the cameras with his arm around Ms Maxwell on the steps to the plane.
It is not clear if Epstein was present on that humanitarian trip to Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, and South Africa organised for the Clinton Foundation.
Flight logs appear to show the former president was a frequent user of Epstein’s jet, taking at least 26 trips on the plane.Advertisement
In the early years of his post-presidency, Mr Clinton took four trips on the private plane with stops in Europe, Africa and Asia, in at least one case with Epstein present.
Indeed the same year as the Africa trip, Mr Clinton, in a magazine profile, praised Epstein for his charitable work.Kevin Spacey with Bill Clinton at a dinner during their trip CREDIT: CDWES/The Mega Agency
“Jeffrey is both a highly successful financier and a committed philanthropist with a keen sense of global markets and an in-depth knowledge of 21st-century science,” he told New York magazine through a spokesman.
“I especially appreciated his insights and generosity during the recent trip to Africa to work on democratisation, empowering the poor, citizen service, and combating HIV/Aids.”
Last year Mr Clinton – against whom there are no accusations – firmly distanced himself from Epstein. Angel Ureña, his spokesman, said on Twitter that the former president knew nothing of Epstein’s “terrible crimes”.
“He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida,” Mr Ureña said, noting that Mr Clinton was accompanied by Secret Service and other staff members “on every leg of every trip”.
At the end of the Africa tour, the party arrived in London, where the Duke invited Mr Clinton, Spacey and Ms Maxwell to visit Buckingham Palace. There is no record of the visit on the Court Circular, which details all the official engagements of members of the Royal Family, suggesting it was an unofficial, impromptu affair arranged by the Duke for his friends.
The Throne Room is normally accessible only through public tours of the palace or during state visits and official royal functions, and for anyone other than the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh to sit on the chairs is unthinkable and would invite disciplinary action if it were a member of staff, according to sources close to the Palace.
The Chair of Estate on which Ms Maxwell sits is embroidered with “EIIR” and was used by the Queen at the start of her Coronation in Westminster Abbey, up until the point that she was crowned and moved to the Throne Chair. Spacey is seated on its accompanying Chair of Estate, made after the Coronation by the Mayfair firm White Allom and Company for the Duke of Edinburgh.Ghislaine Maxwell and Kevin Spacey sitting on the Queen’s thrones CREDIT: The Telegraph
Rumours had circulated previously about the visit to the Palace, though officials dismissed them, saying the Duke of York had “no recollection” of it taking place.
It is not thought that Epstein was present during the visit by Mr Clinton and the others, however he had previously visited Sandringham and Windsor Castle, along with Ms Maxwell, as a guest of the Duke.
In June 2000, Epstein and Ms Maxwell were among a star-studded guest list at a party hosted by the Queen at Windsor.
The Dance of the Decades event marked four royal birthdays including the Duke’s 40th. The Duke, the Queen’s third child, later told the BBC that Epstein was there at his invitation, not the Royal Family’s, and was to some extent Ms Maxwell’s “plus one”.
In December that year, the Duke threw Ms Maxwell a surprise birthday party at Sandringham, the Queen’s estate in Norfolk, with Epstein among the guests.
He described it in the BBC interview as a “straightforward shooting weekend”.
When it came to the Buckingham Palace trip two years later Ms Maxwell was again invited as a friend of the Duke while, according to a source, Spacey was a guest of Mr Clinton’s.
“They were larking about on the thrones, doing regal waves,” said the source. “Ghislaine sat on the Queen’s throne with Spacey pretending to be the Duke of Edinburgh. No one can recall if the Duke was actually in the Throne Room at the time but he was in charge of the visit.”
A year before the palace photograph was taken, the Duke appeared with Ms Maxwell in another picture.
This one showed him with his arm around a 17-year-old teenager called Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre, at Ms Maxwell’s Belgravia house, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace.
Mrs Giuffre says the photograph was taken by Epstein on the night she claims she was introduced by him to the Duke. She claims she and the Duke dined, danced and drank in Tramp nightclub in London before having sex that night. The Duke has consistently denied her claims.
Ten months on Ms Maxwell was posing for the camera again, this time at the very heart of the British establishment. How different that Buckingham Palace photograph looks now.Your Royal AppointmentEverything you need to know about the Royal family with exclusive analysis and content.Start free trialRelated Topics
Published: 2:45pm, 5 Jul, 2020Why you can trust SCMP
Hong Kong has two new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19, ending a three-week streak of zero local infections.
There were also eight imported cases recorded, the Centre for Health Protection said on Sunday. That brings the total number of cases in the city to 1,268, with seven related deaths.
The last time a locally transmitted coronavirus case was reported was June 13.
One of the two local cases involved a 59-year-old man who first tested preliminary positive on Saturday night, after having a fever for days. He was sent to Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan and later transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung.
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He lived in Yuk Shek House on the Ping Shek Estate in Kwun Tong. He worked in the kitchen of a restaurant on the estate, as well as at one in the Tuen Mun River Trade Terminal.
Madeleine Beth McCann disappeared on the evening of 3 May 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment at a resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve region of Portugal.
The Daily Telegraph described the disappearance as “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history”. Wikipedia
Location: Praia da Luz, Portugal
Status: Missing for 13 years, 1 month and 20 days
(Above Image is computer predictive image of what Madeline Mccann would look like today as a 16 year old)
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A BRIT cop lived next door to prime Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B, it emerged tonight.
The Portuguese home of the unidentified Scotland Yard detective was alongside the isolated villa in Foral where Christian B lived in 2007.
Neighbours had urged police to search it after the three-year-old British child vanished from her holiday apartment a 30-minute drive away.
London’s Met Police refused to comment on the revelation made on a TV programme in Portugal.
The Sexta 9 show reported bizarre facts about Christian B, 43, including him chasing sheep while drunk and exposing himself to kids.
It quoted a neighbour talking about the policeman but did not make clear if he was retired or still living in the house.
Austrian couple Oliver and Karin Stenard said Christian B had lived in the adjacent house with a girlfriend.
Oliver said: “The next- door neighbour at the time’s an English policeman. He’s working for Scotland Yard.”
Madeline Mccann as she might look today
Christian B is serving 21 months in a German jail for drugs offences.
That country’s prosecuters are convinced he abducted Madeleine.
The revelations raise new questions over bungling by Portuguese cops.
Mysterious phone call to Maddie suspect Christian B ‘made from directly outside building where she was snatched’, German cops fear
A Scotland Yard detective who lived next door to Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner is working with Portuguese police to find the missing three-year-old, it was sensationally claimed today.
The British police officer owns a house next door to a property where the German paedophile worked following the youngster’s disappearance, the drifter’s former Algarve bosses say.
The revelation emerged as it was claimed Portuguese police ignored pleas to dig up the land around the secluded villa in Foral 30 miles from Praia da Luz.
His former employer said she suspected Brueckner had killed Madeleine and told police he could have buried her body there.
Portuguese officials are also facing fresh questions over their failure to stop the serial offender sooner, after angry parents revealed he had escaped trial in the Algarve despite exposing himself to four young children in a playground while he was on the run from German police for a separate sex crime.
One of the parents fought back tears in an interview last night as she admitted: ‘If he had snatched one of the children and put them in his van, we might never have seen them again.
The British police officer owns a house next door to a property where the German paedophile (pictured) worked following the youngster’s disappearance
‘He could have gone anywhere. It’s still something that haunts me. I was left feeling very frightened. I think we were very lucky.’
Nelia Bras, mum of one of the youngsters Brueckner allegedly pleasured himself in front of, added: ‘My daughter was eight at the time. He spoke to her in English and asked her, ‘What’s your name?’
‘It’s very traumatic knowing that someone who’s been linked to so many cases and is perhaps a very dangerous man was so close to my little girl and spoke to her and could have snatched her or any other child who was there.’
The series of new revelations about the German paedophile and his criminal past emerged in a half-hour investigation aired by Portuguese TV broadcaster RTP.
Presenter Sandra Felgueiras interviewed a couple who spent three months living with Brueckner in Foral in 2016 and gave him work.
She also talked to Portuguese parents whose children were allegedly targeted by the 43-year-old in nearby San Bartolome de Messines three years ago.
Brueckner never stood trial because police called to the park discovered he was wanted by German police for child sex abuse and possession of child pornography and he ended up being extradited.
The villa Oliver and Karin Stenard shared with the man German prosecutors believe abducted and murdered Madeleine McCann was isolated Villa Bianca, the same property he spent time at in 2007 with fellow German Nicole Fehlinger when it was used as a refuge for troubled children.
The couple revealed Brueckner had admitted to being Nicole’s boyfriend before she left Portugal to return to Germany in 2009.
Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3, 2007, while she was on holiday with her family in Portugal
Austrian-born Oliver told RTP programme Sexta as 9 he had to call police after ‘alcoholic’ Brueckner broke his nose in a September 22 2016 assault – but revealed he was allowed to walk away without charge after cops failed to spot a European arrest warrant was already out for his arrest for the German sex crime.
He added in a bombshell revelation about the British detective: ‘The next door neighbour is an English policeman from Scotland Yard.
‘He’s working for Scotland Yard together with the Portuguese police. He was the neighbour at the time.’
Wife Karin, admitting that like her husband she knew he had a criminal past but never suspected he was a paedophile, added: ‘Christian Brueckner was living in the house in Foral when Madeleine McCann disappeared.
‘Foral is a big area and there was no-one around at the time.
‘I say he killed her and there was a lot of space to bury her. I think her body may be buried there and I told the police that.’
She revealed how she asked Oliver to stop Brueckner looking after their sheep as part of the work he did for them at the rented property they shared from July to September 2016.
She sadded: ‘When he was working for us as a gardener and handyman he also had to feed the sheep with hay in the morning.
Austrian-born Oliver Stenard told RTP programme Sexta as 9 he had to call police after ‘alcoholic’ Brueckner broke his nose in a September 22 2016 assault
‘I shouted to him and he stopped but when I said I had seen him chasing the animal he claimed he was just trying to stroke it.
‘I told him I thought he was giving me bulls##t and I had seen he was chasing behind it with my own eyes. I don’t know what he was trying to do. I was thinking he was drunk. I told Oliver afterwards that I didn’t want him feeding the sheep anymore because I didn’t like what I saw.’
The couple met the new Maddie McCann suspect through fellow German Bernhard Piro, the owner of a breaker’s yard where police seized a VW camper van the drifter used who they described as a ‘good friend’ of Christian.
The failure by GNR cops to check Brueckner out properly after Karin called them following his fight with her husband led to him dodging arrest because they didn’t discover a European Arrest Warrant had been logged 10 days earlier for the German sex offence.
He remained a free man, and was still at large nine months earlier when he allegedly exposed himself in front of the group of young children aged eight to 12 in a nearby park.
He claimed after he was caught he was just trying to have a pee, even though he was only a few feet away from a public toilet and had his trousers pulled down under a children’s slide.
Police did proper checks that night and discovered he was a wanted man.
The investigation into the flashing incident reportedly ended up being mothballed following Brueckner’s extradition.
Carlos Cunha, whose child was among the kids caught up in the disturbing incident, said: ‘He didn’t really react from the very beginning after he was caught.
‘I only found out afterwards who he was or is supposed to be.’
Wife Elsa added: ‘He seemed very calm. I can picture his face. He looked very odd.’
Another mum told the Portuguese TV programme: ‘My daughter was left feeling very frightened. She knows who this man is now.’
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