2/27/10

redefining hospitality

US to terrorists: Do you need anything.... passports.... guns.... a place to stay.... anything?



Read aangirfan.

Similar situation unfolding in the Philippines with Abu Sayyaf.

Due to other pressing issues my blogging will be light for several more days, but there's a lot going on so I will be back to it just as soon as possible.

2/25/10

organized crime in Goa

 

Think you had a good weekend? Think again. Brad, Angelina and the kids, currently in Pune, India, hopped a private charter flight to Goa, India for a little R&R. Reports are rolling in that the couple needed a break from the 'razzi and left Pune on Friday night around 9pm on a small jet.
Goa's fame and beauty have attracted multiple old-school Hollywood types, as well as India's wealthiest families (think private beach houses, etc.) The Pitt's apparently checked into a guesthouse in Ashvem Beach in North Goa about 50 miles away from the Dabolim international airport there. Is Goa the Hamptons of India? Hm....The word is that North Goa is much more vibrant that South Goa, so we think it'd be like East Hampton vs. South Hampton perhaps. Shhh! Don't let Lizzie Grubman find out.




Actually, sometime between then and now, Goa fell apart. I think, possibly, there's a connection between the influx of the Hollywood types and wealthy Indian families, and the increase in drugs, rapes, and organized sex trafficking. Just. A. Guess.


I referenced this December 13, 2009 jpost (cached) article about two weeks ago, and I will reference it again today: 'Israelis in Goa disastrous for tourism.'
In one section he quotes a tourist from the UK who gave his opinion on Israelis in Goa as saying that Israelis come to the area and bring with them drugs from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kashmire, then use Goans and Indians to sell it. "The Israelis who sell drugs have control over the Ministers from Goa to Delhi," the tourist said. "They pay them a large amount of money. They also bribe the police."
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Today: Goa emerging as drug, sex destination, say industry

The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has issued strict caution to the state government, asking it to shore up its act on tourism, in a pre budget note which was handed over to chief minister Digambar Kamat on Tuesday.

...Industry stalwarts like travel and tourism association of Goa (TTAG) president Ralph de Souza have already said that the bogey of the Russian mafia in Goa could spell disaster for tourism in the state in the near future.

Tourism minister Mickky Pacheco had earlier said Goa was on its way to becoming the rape capital of India. Increasing crimes against tourists in recent times, beginning with the rape and murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, has put the international spotlight on Goa.

The recent rape of a nine-year-old Russian girl Jan 26 triggered a nationwide media debate on the safety of women tourists in Goa.

A 25-year-old Russian woman was allegedly raped by a Goan politician in December last year.

Police have also been unable to crack the mysterious death of Russian teenager Elena Sukhonova, whose mangled body was found on the railway tracks near Thivim, 25 km from Panaji.

Goa receives nearly two million tourists annually, nearly half a million of which are foreigners. 


More specifically, from jpost: "Tourists from Israel, along with those from Britain, Russia and Germany, top the number of tourists arriving in Goa every tourist season."

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And police having trouble cracking the case? There seems to be a rash of that going around. The police in Delaware seem to experience the same problems.


Goa police hand-in-glove with organized sex mafia: official

PANAJI: A senior Goa police official on Thursday admitted that the state is emerging as a den for the organized sex mafia in collusion with the local police.

Superintendent of Police (Criminal Investigation Department) Atmaram Deshpande wrote in his weekly column in a vernacular daily 'Gomantak' Thursday: "There is a disturbing increase in number of instances where massage parlours and beauty salons are being used for prostitution. People are getting restive."

...Deshpande, who is the nodal officer for all police intelligence networks in the state, in his article has also taken a subtle dig at the police top brass that had approved a Russian belly dancer for the inauguration of a coastal police station in Anjuna last year.

"There is an increase in bar dancers, foreign (belly) dancers and escort services professionals coming in to Goa. There is an urgent need for these to be stamped out, before they flourish here," Deshpande said.

The official also said that local police stations were often hand-in-glove with the organized sex crime mafia.

"The police have to keep an eye on massage parlours and beauty parlours. But sometimes the local police turn a blind eye to these issues and then the crime branch is forced to bust these operations," Deshpande said. 

...Deshpande said that Goa, a major tourism destination in India, is also emerging as a centre for trafficking and high profile prostitution.

"Over the last one or two years, young Goan women too have been getting involved in the business of prostitution. That is a worry. Since this (high profile prostitution) is an easy way to get into the world of fashion and the hotel industry, a lot of women from India and abroad are flocking to Goa," Deshpande said.
Goa receives nearly two million tourists annually, of which nearly half a million are foreign nationals.

Maybe they want to meet some Hollywood people.


I would also anticipate the Goa police having trouble catching the Israeli drug dealer's Kazakh girlfriend. Wouldn't surprise me one bit.

PANAJI: Anti-narcotics sleuths are tracking down the Kazakh girlfriend of an alleged Israeli drug peddler arrested in the coastal belt of north Goa for possessing drugs worth Rs 3.81 lakh.

The residence of David Graham alias Dudu was being searched for nearly 48 hours for documents related to his import export company, which police suspect was used to transport drugs out of India, a senior police official said Wednesday.

"Yes... his girlfriend is missing. We had summoned her to the anti narcotics cell police station, but she has suddenly disappeared," Superintendent of Police (ANC) Veenu Bansal said.  Bansal however refused to reveal the identity of the Kazakhstan national.

Dudu Division Import and Export Pvt Ltd, a firm run by the accused, came under the police scanner after its annual returns showed profits only once in 2005. The company specialises in exporting chocolates and garments.

"We are interested in knowing the exact nature of their business. The company has the making of a front for drugs," the official said.

Dudu was arrested on Monday at Anjuna and 144 ecstasy tablets as well as quantities of heroin, cocaine, liquid LSD and charas were seized from him.

Bansal added that Dudu had been earlier arrested in 2008 by the Mumbai anti-narcotics squad. He was also arrested in 2006 for over staying.

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As if that isn't bad enough, corrupt officials also rape the land in Goa.

Goa chief minister, aide shielding illegal mining: BJP

Panaji, Feb 25 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Goa unit Thursday accused Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and his secretary Rajiv Yaduvanshi of shielding illegal mining operations in the state and said it would raise the issue in the coming assembly session.

Addressing a press conference here, Leader of Opposition and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that illegal mining in Goa comprised an unparalleled 22 percent of the total nearly 33 million tonnes of iron and manganese ore exported from the state annually over the last decade.

“Digambar Kamat has been the mining minister for 10 years now. He is directly responsible for the rampant illegal mining in Goa,” he said, terming Kamat’s government “impotent” to quell the large-scale illegal mining.

Parrikar also accused Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Yaduvanshi, who besides being Kamat’s secretary heads several crucial departments including mining, forests, of being part of the conspiracy to shield the illegal mining lobby.



...“There is complete chaos in the mining sector. Most ministers are involved in illegal mining,” he said, adding that the mining policy being devised by the state government was “an eye wash”.

Noting that mining for minerals was a central government subject under Schedule I of the constitution and the state government does not have much of a say in it, Parrikar said the state government can effectively deter illegal mining and mining-related excesses by enforcing laws on transportation and implementing other existing laws.

Open cast mining, a Rs.6,000 crore industry in Goa, is seeing increasing popular resistance due to uncontrolled illegal mining and rampant destruction of the state’s forests. The opposition has repeatedly alleged on the floor of the house that the chief minister and several cabinet ministers were sheltering the mining mafia in collusion with the bureaucracy.


Read nobody.

Read Dave McGowan.  more....

Read aangirfan.

Put it together. It's time.

2/24/10

the passport caper

Remember a little while back how they told us that al qaeda was recruiting Western-looking women to do terrorist attacks?

Defne Bayrak anyone?

And shortly after that, several other stories pushed the idea along. 

LONDON: Al-Qaida in Yemen has trained a group of woman suicide bombers with 'non-Arab' appearance to attack Western targets, including airliners and power stations, US officials have warned.

Details of the bombers emerged just hours after Britain raised the UK threat state to "severe" [naturally! timing is everything - ed.]
amid fears that al-Qaida was planning a wave of attacks against western targets, 'The Sunday Telegraph' reported.

The woman suicide bombers, who may be travelling on Western passports, have been prepared for their missions by al-Qaida's branch in Yemen responsible for the botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a US airliner, it said.

Etc.

And see? Now we know that some of those three dozen American terrorists-in-training may have been women.

Well just so you know who looks to be training those "al qaeda" Western-looking female operatives: Mossad. No doubt with help from CIA, etc.

Six more British passports were used in the assassination of a Hamas commander in a Dubai hotel last month, police have claimed.

The revelation from Dubai today means that up to 12 British identities are believed to have been stolen or forged to carry out the hit, allegedly by Israel's feared secret service, Mossad.

One of the six new British passports is in the name of a dark-haired woman calling herself Gabriella Barney. She appears to have been posing as the daughter of Michael Barney, named as one of the original 11 suspects.

Up to six women are now believed to have been part of the hit squad.
And then there's this guy, a Hamas leader's son who Israel supposedly flipped to make him one of their agents.

 
Or was it Scooby Doo? One can never tell these days.
Well anyway, that's about the level of seriousness that people should take ANYTHING THEY SAY.

2/23/10

the unimpeachable investigators of CHINESE organ trafficking

Quick history of the Falun Gong, condensed from here...

  • Founder Li Hongzhi was born in 1951
  • Qigong fitness movement sweeps China in the 1980s
  • Li Hongzhi creates Falun Gong in 1984, a more accessible variant of training he had practiced since childhood
  • By 1992 Falun Gong is joined to the qigong fitness movement and popularity grows steadily
  • All is well through the mid 1990s as people discover many health benefits of Falun Gong
  • Things get more political around 1995 as the movement expands internationally and pressure grows to control it (and reap the rewards?)
  • Late 1990s the Chinese government starts harassing Falun Gong as a "heretical cult" while 70 million people practice it
  • February 14, 1999: Chinese official tells U.S. News & World Report that as many as 100 million may have taken up the practice and highlights the costs the practice is saving China's national health care system...
...and it was pretty much all downhill from there.

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Also note the Falun Gong symbol, which is a reversed swastika:



For thousands of years the swastika symbolized good, until the 20th century, when it became reversed, and we all know what it means now. I may expand on this aspect in another post. For now, there it is, the swastika. Knowing what we know about symbols and their importance as triggers for human behavior, I suspect it's no coincidence that the Falun Gong has come under particular brutality and oppression. How *dare* they use that symbol properly.

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Former Secretary of State, Canada, David Kilgour

Human Rights Lawyer, Canada, David Matas, senior legal counsel of B'nai Brith Canada


These two gentlemen, at the request of CIPFG (Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong), sponsored a report published in January 2007 called Bloody Harvest: Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China. You can download a pdf of the report here.

The request was to investigate allegations that state institutions and employees of the government of the People's Republic of China have been harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners, killing the practitioners in the process.
In this update, published August 22, 2008, they confirm their findings with the release of additional evidence:

David Matas and David Kilgour today released new evidence confirming their conclusion that China has been killing Falun Gong practitioners so that their organs can be sold to transplant tourists. The new evidence takes the form of a video admission from Dr. Lu Guoping combined with a prior audio recording from the same doctor.

...The video is being distributed by Chinese embassies and consulates; its authenticity is therefore endorsed by the Chinese government.

In a letter to the Chinese embassy in Canada, David Kilgour and David Matas wrote:

"Denial (of the abuse of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners) in the face of such compelling evidence which has the official sanction of the Government is no longer an option. The only option which remains is ending this horrible crime."

Prominent US members of CIPFG include three congresspeople, Thaddeus McCotter (MI), Dana Rohrabacher, (CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (FL).

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Matas and Kilgour stay focused on the Chinese government for the supply side of the equation, very focused. In fact, Matas campaigns extensively to bring pressure on the Chinese government to stop this practice. I have not read the whole report yet, so I don't want to jump to conclusions. Let us say it appears to be quite thorough. I particularly enjoyed this part describing the methods of proof. They work exactly like conspiracy theorists, which obviously, they cannot be, considering their status.

We have had to look at a number of factors, to determine whether they present a picture, all together, which make the allegations either true or untrue. None of these elements on its own either establishes or disproves the allegations. Together, they paint a picture.

Many of the pieces of evidence we considered, in themselves, do not constitute ironclad proof of the allegation. But their non‑existence might well have constituted disproof. The combination of these factors, particularly when there are so many of them, has the effect of making the allegations believable, even when any one of them in isolation might not do so....

Proof can be either inductive or deductive. Criminal investigation normally works deductively, stringing together individual pieces of evidence into a coherent whole. The limitations our investigation faced placed severe constraints in this deductive method. ...We also used inductive reasoning, working backwards as well as forwards. If the allegations were not true, how would we know it was not true? If the allegations were true, what facts would be consistent with those allegations? What would explain the reality of the allegations, if the allegations were real? Answers to those sorts of questions helped us to form our conclusions.

We also considered prevention. What are the safeguards that would prevent this sort of activity from happening? If precautions are in place, we could conclude that it is less likely that the activity is happening. If they are not in place, then the possibility that the activity is happening increases.
That's an excellent question because it gets at the other side of the problem: the demand side. Because after all, it's not for nothing. These organs go someplace -- the go into other bodies. And that takes hospitals and doctors and administrators and lots of money. So when we discuss safeguards, we must consider how all these organs possibly get through the screening process on the other end -- the recipient end. Surely, if people were serious about stopping illegal organ trafficking, they can work the issue from both ends, or even from the middle -- the brokers. Myopically focusing on the Chinese extracting Fulan Gong organs without following the organs to their destination accomplishes very little, but it looks great.

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In the video, a Dr. Michael Shapiro, Transplant Surgeon (hospital not identified), makes the following remark:

"If you could, you know, know the blood types of everyone you had in prison and if you could execute people to order, um, then you could certainly deliver (laughing) hearts and livers, um, and...and...anything else you wanted to do...um...on a short time frame. You know the current wait in New Jersey for kidneys is 4-5 years, in New York City it's 8-10 years."
So, in other words, he's saying that people have to wait a long time for organs. That's a problem. But if you could run a prison full of healthy people with all their medical data on file, well, hahaha, that would be, like, a totally awesome solution. Of course it would also be totally unethical, and that's why we laugh about it haahahahahahah. Because who would do such a wicked thing?

But Dr. Francis L. Delmonico, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School agrees on the solution to the problem:
"There's no other way of guaranteeing the opportunity of having an organ available on a scheduled basis other than to say we will have to schedule an execution."
Which of course, as everyone knows, is beyond the pale totally ridiculous completely unethical abhorrent outrageous behavior that could only be expected from the most loathsome human rights violators on earth, the CHINESE. Sadly, Kilgour and Matas have determined, through their meticulous "methods of proof" report, that the Chinese are doing precisely what these two doctors describe. And that's why Kilgour and Matas have studied this problem in exquisite detail, to see exactly how the Chinese have managed to run these camps and conduct these diabolical organ harvesting programs for years on end, without being caught.

Something Must Be Done.* (http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-6-22/56782.html)
Rabbi Dr. Reuven Bulka, a leader of the Canadian Jewish community called on the government of Israel to do their best in order to stop organ harvesting in China from living Falun Gong practitioners....Among Rabbi Bulka's friends is David Kilgour.

...According to Rabbi Bulka, exactly because of the close relationship between Israel and China, Israel can urge China to stop the horrifying practice of harvesting organs from the living.

...The Rabbi admitted, however, that talking to the Chinese authorities probably would not change things.

The possibility of material losses for Israel, for example, in trading weapons with China, does not bother the rabbi more than the current holocaust going on in China.. Asked how the Israeli government should act, the Rabbi said, "First of all, it is necessary to prepare an instruction forbidding Israelis to go to China for transplantation."
* Look busy.

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And, sure enough, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who became much more well-known last year after the New Jersey organ trafficking story broke, testified before Congress, including Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, back in 2001, when she put the Chinese problem into context:
Thank you, Madam Chair Ros-Letinen Ranking Member and Congresswoman Mc Kinney for the opportunity to speak before you and the members of the Human Rights Sub-Committee this afternoon. 

...For the last five years, however, I have been involved in active field research on the global traffic in human organs, following the movement of bodies, body parts, transplant doctors, their patients, brokers, and kidney sellers, and the practices of organs and tissues harvesting in several countries - from Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba in Latin America to Israel and Turkey in the Middle East, to India, South Africa, and the United States.


...As Director of Organs Watch, my role here is to put the specific Chinese case, as egregious as it is, into a larger global and social perspective. For the traffic in organs and tissues transcends national boundaries and involves doctors, patients, organs brokers, and impoverished organ sellers from both third world and first world contexts.

...We are witnessing, today, a confluence in the flows of immigrant workers and itinerant kidney sellers who fall into the hands of unscrupulous and highly sophisticated transnational organs brokers.


Markets are inclined to reduce everything - including human beings, their labor and their reproductive capacity - to the status of commodities, things that can be bought, sold, traded, and stolen. And nowhere is this more dramatically illustrated than in the current markets for human organs and tissues to supply a medical business driven by "supply and demand. Bodily holism and integrity have given way to the divisible body and detachable organs as commodities, and as fetishized objects of desire and of consumption."
So in other words, people in authority have known about the global network of illegal organ trafficking for many years. How many people died having their organs extracted from 2001 to 2006, when Matas and Kilgour got involved and published their report? And how many people died since then? They could probably even tell us. I'm sure someone has that data along with all the other data they've collected on the Fulan Gong prisoners. This is big business.

So where's the Matas Kilgour report on the international organ brokers? Hmm? Waiting on that report...

think tanks: where experts go to reverse engineer plans for world domination

At think tanks, experts figure out how to get from point A to point B. First they decide on point B, and then they reverse engineer how to arrive there from point A. When insiders do this, they call it "brainstorming" or "war games" or "simulations." When outsiders do this, they call it "terrorism."

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The exposure of military plots in Turkey has finally gained momentum, after several weeks. This morning we learn of over 50 arrests of current and retired military officers in connection with the alleged Ergenekon coup plots: Sledgehammer and Cage.

Former Naval Forces Adm. Özden Örnek kept detailed journals between 2000-2004 on some of the plans.

Naturally, some of the plotting came under cover of think tanks , including the General Staff's Strategic Research and Study Center (SAREM), a foundation affiliated with the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). 
The Sledgehammer plan, revealed in January by a Turkish newspaper, was more than simply an outline of a plan to kill or injure various bureaucrats, journalists and the government. It included a plot to bomb one of İstanbul’s largest mosques during Friday prayer and a subplot named Oraj (Thunderstorm) that called for the deliberate downing of a Turkish jet to trigger problems with Greece, which the conspirators hoped would give the army the upper hand in politics as the public would feel threatened by a foreign enemy.

Police said the operation yesterday was launched when the National Police Department’s criminal investigations department examined and verified the authenticity of documents regarding the Sledgehammer and Cage plans. The original documents were handed to the Ergenekon prosecutors by the Taraf daily, which exposed both plans.
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In 2007, the director of SAREM and several other accused Turkish military people met with the Hudson Institute to "brainstorm." The Hudson Institute is a very prestigious US think tank where very important and surely very well-paid experts work, in Washington DC and NY, to help devise policies and solve problems facing the world.
In the meeting, participants had discussed the outcomes of possible scenarios in Turkey, including increased terrorist attacks killing 50 people in İstanbul and the assassination of the former head of the Constitutional Court, Tülay Tuğcu, by a suicide bomber. Sources confirmed that Gen. Tanyeri and military attaché Brig. Gen. Bertan Nogaylaroğlu participated in the meeting.
This is one of the scenarios discussed, my comments in green:
  • On June 18, a suicide bomber attacks a police station in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. Fifty, including police officers, tourists and shoppers, are dead and 200 are wounded.  [who directs the suicide bomber?]
  • Rumors indicate that the PKK perpetrated the attack. [who starts the rumors?]
  • One day later, the Interior Ministry announces the attacker was trained in northern Iraq by the PKK. [false flag set, the attack could now be blamed on the desired party: PKK, according to people inside government?]
  • Chief of General Staff Gen. Büyükanıt says the terrorist PKK will continue carrying out attacks on big cities. [and how does he know what the PKK will do?]
  • He makes the call for an immediate military operation into northern Iraq. [one of the goals?]
  • The US State Department calls for calm. [working both sides, manipulating emotions?]
  • On June 23, Iran announces that the PKK attacked trucks carrying supplies to Syria inside its borders and alleges that the PKK was previously instructed by the US to carry out this attack. [which will be denied, and the media will spin it as paranoid?]
  • Fueled by the attack, the Tehran administration offers Turkey a joint military operation against the PKK. [taking the bait?]
  • On June 24, former chief justice of the Turkish Constitutional Court Tülay Tuğcu is assassinated. Tuğcu is taken to the hospital in critical condition and dies there the next day. [a week later, goosing the situation to the next level, and who directs the assassin?]
  • Preliminary investigations reveal that the bomb used in the assassination is the same type as the one detonated in Beyoğlu. [naturally, it's the same people?]
  • On June 25, the Interior Ministry and General Staff announce the involvement of the PKK in the incident. [as they well know, since it's really them?]
  • Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan decides on a military operation in northern Iraq. [the desired reaction, drawing Turkey into the conflict?]
  • On June 29, the Turkish Army enters northern Iraq. The Baghdad administration strongly reacts to the operation. [escalation?]
  • The US State Department underlines the operation will undermine Turkey’s security, as the White House notes Turkey has the right to defend itself.” [whose favorite phrase?]

The end result of this scenario being that Turkey and Iran have now been drawn into northern Iraq, it all gets blamed on the PKK terrorists. Regrettable. Sure thing.

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And here's a war-game scenario about Israel attacking Iran reported on this week, from another US think tank: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/02/21/87061/war-game-shows-how-attacking-iran.html. The scenario shows how "unintended consequences can spin out of control." The only trouble is the entire thing is based on false assumptions and innuendo.
With diplomacy failing and precious intelligence just received about two new secret Iranian nuclear facilities, Israel launches a pre-emptive strike against Tehran's nuclear complex. The strike is successful, wiping out six of Iran's key sites and setting back its suspected quest for a bomb by years.
Would honest diplomacy fail? Probably not. The Iranians haven't started a war in a couple hundred years. So, bad assumption. Also, no actual evidence of Iran's secret nuclear facilities has ever been put forth. None. Nothing but innuendo, and yet that did not stop the Saban Center for Mideast Policy, part of the Bookings Institution, to run a war-games scenario, which ends up in disaster. What a bummer for them.
Some members of the "Israeli" team nonetheless felt that setting back Iran's nuclear program "was worth it, even given what was a pretty robust response," said one participant. He asked that his name not be used, because under the game's ground rules, participants are supposed to remain anonymous.

Yes, I bet they would like to remain anonymous, considering what they really seem to be doing. Considering that they considered it "worth it" to set back a nuclear program for which no evidence exists.

The Brookings war game was one of three simulations regarding Iran's nuclear program conducted in December. The other two, at Harvard University and Tel Aviv University, reportedly found that neither sanctions nor threats dissuaded Tehran from its suspected nuclear weapons ambitions.

Again, the "suspected" ambitions don't exist of course. But by never acknowledging that fact, Tehran can never be dissuaded from their imaginary ambitions, so that our experts may continue to justify all this fluffy frosting of lies as they try to reverse engineer some series of events that will result in point B: Israel's continued hegemony over the world and a defeated Iran, hmm?
In the Brookings game, three teams of experts, including former senior U.S. officials, played the Israeli, Iranian and American leadership. They assembled in separate rooms at the think tank's Washington headquarters. Israeli and U.S. "officials" communicated with each other, but not with the Iranians.

One of the simulation's major findings was how aggressively the Iranians responded to the attack — more aggressively, some participants felt, than they would in real life — and how Washington and Tehran, lacking direct communication, misunderstood each other.
And no you may NOT know who got to "play" the Iranians or anyone else in this game, as these demented people plot -- oh, I'm sorry, "brainstorm." And look at all the comments. People will take this all very seriously when we should be pulling the rug right out from under their feet since the entire thing rests on LIES about Iran's "suspected" nuclear program. Why are think tanks discussing a strike at all? What a diabolical waste of time. It appears they want to creates a reality out of thin air, for Israel. And if lots and lots of people have to die to make that happen, which they would, well, "so be it" seems to be the attitude from the people at the think tanks who consider the cost "worth it."

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No surprise really. Look at the man who founded the Hudson Institute, Herman Kohn. A few facts about this monster from Wikipedia:
  1. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Kahn grew up in a Jewish family in the Bronx, then in Los Angeles following his parents' divorce.
  2. Like many of his colleagues at RAND, he had little personal experience of warfare.
  3. Kahn's major contributions were the several strategies he developed during the Cold War to contemplate "the unthinkable", namely, nuclear warfare, by using applications of game theory....Whether hundreds of millions died or "merely" a few major cities were destroyed, Kahn argued, life would in fact go on.
1975, in Vancouver, Mr. Robyn Williams arranges a meeting with Kahn to discuss nuclear arms:
I had taken the trouble to write to Khan in advance at the Hudson Institute where he was based and received a courteous reply. ...He opened the door, wearing only boxer shorts. With another man that would, perhaps, have been unremarkable. But Khan was immense and spectacularly hirsute. He repaired back to his made-up bed where he had obviously been sitting, eating grapes. He lifted a large bunch and nibbled them like Nero at a Roman banquet. To my great relief, I was not invited to share the feast.

Herman Kahn was a giant. He boldly confronted public issues with creativity and the conviction, in his case correct, that thought and analysis could help make ours a better world. ~ Donald Rumsfeld 
 

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You can read more details of the Hudson Institute meeting here.

Sources confirm that various Turkish military officials and civilian experts, the Hudson Institute’s Turkey expert Zeyno Baran, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s son Kubat Talabani, as well as Brig. Gen. Suha Tanyeri and military attaché Brig. Gen. Bertan Nogaylaroğlu participated in the meeting.


The invitation outlines the meeting sessions with headlines translated into Turkish as “Introduction,” “The Scenario,” “Questions” and “Wildcard.” 


Potential Wildcards

  • A new set of clues indicates that the suicide terrorist who attacked the police station in Beyoğlu was trained by Hezbollah in a Syrian camp. 

  • In a raid near Kandil Mountain, Turkish security forces confiscate two-year-old MOSSAD training manuals and videos showing Israeli agents side by side with the PKK militants.

  • A Peshmerga unit on patrol in northern Iraq panics and attacks a group of Turkish Special Forces. After the battle, it is revealed that one of the gunned-down Peshmerga is, in fact, an American soldier who was training the Kurdish militia. This soldier, however, was not authorized to be on patrol with the Peshmerga.

Well I guess they have to plan for everything, even maybe getting caught? Yes a few people on the front lines sometimes go "rogue," it's very regrettable. Tsk tsk. But you know, should any of these scenarios cooked up at think tanks ever go live, don't expect any of those experts to be held accountable for the planning. That would just be a coincidence. In fact, you will probably see them paraded across teevee as even greater experts for having predicted what happened in advance.

Like this one: she's a star.

 
Zeyno Baran, Hudson Institute
nice necklace

2/21/10

where is the absolute last place you'd think to look?


the "blue star of life"


Designed by Leo R. Schwartz, Chief of the EMS Branch, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the "Star of Life" was created after the American National Red Cross complained in 1973 that they objected to the common use of an Omaha orange cross on a square background of reflectorized white which clearly imitated the Red Cross symbol. NHTSA investigated and felt the complaint was justified. (source)




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Car accidents, organ trafficking, and corruption:
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the principal sources of corpses whose organs can be harvested. The victims are normally young, healthy, and usually die from head injuries, leaving transplantable organs intact. A March 2004 Los Angeles Times op-ed piece referred to the scandal in 1997, wherein the Los Angeles coroner's office was found to have sold more than 500 pairs of corneas in one year to the Doheny Eye Tissue Transplant Bank. The coroner's office received up to $335 per pair of corneas, which Doheny resold at $3,400 per pair.

In March 2004, the Director of the Willed Body Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was arrested for the illegal sale of body parts from cadavers that had been donated to UCLA for research. The body parts dealer indicted in the case said he had paid $700,000 for the opportunity to go into UCLA's freezer and take parts from as many as 800 cadavers. It has been estimated that a single cadaver has a potential market value of $200,000.
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"Four transplants were scheduled for that day [at an unnamed Manhattan hospital - ed], a nurse on the surgical team told me, not including unscheduled organ recoveries that might lead to transplants in other locations."  
(http://thejewishstar.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/teacher-student-transplant-a-success/)


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"Under the guise of adoption, children who are allegedly afflicted by grave diseases are taken out of Azerbaijan, ostensibly for treatment...In the course of our investigations, it has come to light that these children are used for organ transplants, but we have no hard evidence," Azerbaijan National Security Minister Namiq Abbasov, as reported by the BBC in 2004



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Lakewood NJ Hatzolah ambulance


Lakewood was once known as the resort in the pines for wealthy New Yorkers in the 1800s and early 1900s. The Rockefellers and Goulds built mansions there. The township has a large Orthodox Jewish population and has one of the largest yeshivas in the world, Beth Medrash Govoha.

"If something illegal is going on, this (street) would be the perfect place to hide," said Finkle, an NJ Transit engineer who owns his home.

In recent decades, the population has become more mixed. Some sections of Lakewood have been plagued by troubles with drugs and gangs.
(source)

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Gangs? You mean, people who shoot someone for dissing their peeps?

August 23, 2009: http://matzav.com/lakewood-hatzolah-volunteer-gets-ticketed-at-scene-of-accident

Reb Daniel Engelson, veteran Hatzolah member of Lakewood Hatzolah, was ticketed today by a Lakewood Police Officer upon arriving at the scene of an accident in the late afternoon at the corner of Seventh Street and Clifton Avenue where a pedestrian had been hit. The officer, Patrolman John Wilson, was aboard one of the Township’s newly acquired police bikes when he stopped Rabbi Engelson, and ticketed him for not adhering to the officer’s instructions to move his car.

Reb Daniel, an expert paramedic who hails from Flatbush, Brooklyn, had driven up in his own vehicle, with his blue roof-top siren on, when the officer alleged that the Hatzolah volunteer had pulled too far into the intersection.

Matzav.com spoke with a local volunteer paramedic who says that the ticket will be disputed and that the police should have used better judgment in administering a summons to a Hatzolah volunteer responding to a call.

Officer Wilson radioed in the violation and was accompanied shortly thereafter by another officer. Reb Daniel was accompanied by veteran Hatzolah member Avi Braude who also responded to the call.

Despite the strange turn of events, Reb Daniel was calm and collected, acted with utmost respect, and accepted the summons from the officer. Matzav.com is told that an investigation will be conducted into the incident.
Are you getting all that? This officer should have used "better judgement" in administering a ticket to a Hatzolah guy. Meaning: he shouldn't have dared. What a "strange turn of events," to be subjected to such insubordination by a city police officer. Reb Daniel displayed such profound restraint in the face of such an outrage.

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If you want to know what racial superiority looks like, read the comment thread. If you want to see people out of control and detached from reality, experiencing themselves as completely separate from all other people, and superior, and untouchable, and totally resentful having to deal with the "other," read the comment thread. If you want to see a threatening, menacing, escalating, totally unreasonable gang mentality, read the comment thread.
 

1. Comment from Shwekey
Time August 23, 2009 at 9:07 PM

A bad day gets worse for Lakewood Police.

4. Comment from Rosh Yeshiva
Time August 23, 2009 at 9:17 PM

ANyone have a number we can call to complain?


5. Comment from krep
Time August 23, 2009 at 9:19 PM

I passed by just as the whole thing happened. the officer made the Hatzolah guy get into his car to move it before even letting him go to the person who was hit to treat him! I couldn’t believe it. whoever was there, said what?! what are you nuts? cause the guy is an inch over the line?
this cop should be fired.


13. Comment from Wow
Time August 23, 2009 at 10:46 PM

Now that you have a badge number,whats next?Call and make death threats.Demand that he be fired.why not just go to court and dispute the ticket.and do things the right way.If it was goy would you really carehow or why he got the ticket.


14. Comment from Normal
Time August 23, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Although we are in Galus, this is an issue of Pikuach Nefashos and it is time that we put our foot down and draw a line in the sand…. We must use our strength not only to get variances and stadiums for the local Tutzach’s… I, for one am not impressed with seeing the police chief wearing his Yarmulkah at every Hachnosas Sefer torah and dancing with the local politician at a Chasunah Let him be at every Hatzoloh call and teach his officers some decency


15. Comment from Not A Rabbi
Time August 23, 2009 at 11:48 PM

Everybody posting here just better be careful what they say. Think what you want in the confines of your own head…but whatever you type here is for the rest of the world to read and make assumptions about the frum community. Just remember that.
It appears as though the hatzola member handled the situation exactly right: he acted like a mentch and not like this town belongs to him! Being in the right does not validate chilul hashem. Thank you.



16. Comment from Anonymous
Time August 23, 2009 at 11:54 PM

I would not worry about this menck creep whoever he is. My friends always say what goes around comes around. One day a jerk like this will pull over someone and he will provoke a guy who is armed and he will get three bullets in the head and all this will be over.

Don’t worry it’s just a matter of time before he steps on the wrong guy and he will get his own beatings and taste of his own meeicine.



18. Comment from Anonymous
Time August 24, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Please correct the post. Mr. Engelson is an EMT- not a paramedic.
Also regardless of the incident with R’ Burztyn, please do not confuse Officer Menck with Oficer Wilson. Eric Menck is an aggresive cop & is always willing to jump in and assist hatzolah members on a call. He is the type of cop who likes to get down and dirty. I doubt if he would tie himself up worrying how hatzolah members park their cars. Wilson on the other hand stands around wondering why we need so many jews with flashing lights showing up. As far as he’s concerned throw the patient in back of the rig & let’s clear up traffic.


19. Comment from amazing
Time August 24, 2009 at 12:51 AM

the cop should be charchrd and arested
for 2nd degree man killing
and 1st degree endangering a humans life
this police man is pure wicked

24. Comment from brenda
Time August 24, 2009 at 10:47 AM

While the Hatzolah member is a true mentch the way he behaved. It was truly very cruel of  officer williams to withold seconds or minutes of treatment for the accident victim. I think Lakewood should make sure it never happens again
 
26. Comment from Shomo Heiny
Time August 24, 2009 at 3:21 PM

I was there, the facts being presented are incorrect. The officer was not wrong

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A month later, September 24, 2009:

4 NJ police officers shot serving an arrest warrant in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - A Lakewood, New Jersey shootout during a raid left a police officer with a bullet wound in his face.  Four officers were injured in the early morning incident. Police say the officers were serving a no-knock narcotics and weapons warrant at around 2:25 a.m. when Jamie Gonzalez, 39, opened fire. He was also shot multiple times.

Patrolman John Wilson was shot in the face and Lieutenant Gregory Meyers was shot in the foot.

At a news conference Thursday morning authorities said that Wilson is expected to recover.  He was described as communiative and in good spirits. His family was at the hospital with him.
Meyers was still being treated for the foot injury.

...The shooting comes more than two months after Jersey City police Det. Marc DiNardo was shot in the face storming an apartment where two armed robbery suspects were holed up.

...and one month after some anonymous poster predicted that Officer Wilson would meet this sort of fate, because he had the audacity to ask a Hatzolah guy to move his car. But I'm sure that is just a coincidence.


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Who is Jamie Gonzalez?
LAKEWOOD -- They converged on the Lakewood neighborhood in the deep end of night. Police officers, state troopers and federal agents carried with them a "no-knock" warrant and a battering ram, the better to surprise their target, suspected gun trafficker Jamie Gonzalez, a man who was to be considered dangerous.

After today’s shooting, Gov. Jon Corzine condemned what he called "another horrible act of violence" against New Jersey’s law enforcement community. "This senseless action underscores the dangers our police officers face every day in the line of duty as they protect New Jerseyans," Corzine said. "My thoughts and prayers are with the Lakewood officers and their families at this critical time."


...Ford released little about the investigation’s origins, saying only that it involved guns and drugs and that it was "big enough to attract the attention" of a joint task force that included Lakewood police, State Police and members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The .357 Magnum was reported stolen from South Carolina, the prosecutor said.

Police today were continuing a search of the house. A second person inside — a man whom authorities did not identity — was detained but not charged pending the investigation.

The four injured officers all are members of the department’s elite tactical unit. Colleagues described Wilson as a short, muscular and funny officer who loves working as a cop. "He laughs his way through the day," Mooney said.

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Who are these gangs you speak of? Oh, it's the CHINESE.

2/20/10

logistical prowess: Part V: conclusions

Note: I posted this series earlier today with an error on the date of the earthquake. My apologies.

Some questions surround the timeline of ZAKA's activities.


When did the ZAKA team depart for Mexico to get to the Moshe Saba Masri helicopter crash? The story given in most reports -- that the ZAKA team arrived in Mexico from Tel Aviv on the morning of January 11th is, frankly, not possible given the other information reported.


One possibility is that the team left Israel on the afternoon of January 10th. However, the helicopter crashed on the evening of the same day, according to reports. So why would they leave for a crash that hadn't occurred yet?


Another possibility is that they didn't leave from Tel Aviv, but from a closer location. But if so, why lie?


Both possibilities imply they had foreknowledge.


Also, who was in the helicopter, and who or what was in the ambulance?


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Quick and dirty timeline:


1/10/10 – 8pm? – Saba helicopter reportedly crashes in Mexico. Witnesses say it explodes mid-air, although the weather is cited (foggy and rainy). Another highly credible source says Saba didn't leave NY until 3AM Sunday/Monday morning, putting their departure well after the crash time.


INDISPUTABLE FACT: Time in Israel + 8 hours, therefore it's 4am in Israel (the next day) at the time of the reported 8pm crash in Mexico.

INDISPUTABLE FACT: Travel time Israel to Mexico is at least 18 hours on commercial flights.



1/11/10, am – ZAKA team reportedly arrives from Israel.


1/11/10, pm – ZAKA team reportedly leaves from Israel after meeting with rabbis and procuring instructions.


Pick One. Explain.


Part I: ZAKA in Mexico and the difference between five and six
Part II: Moshe Saba Masri, Mexican billionaire and Sephardi Jew
Part III: ZAKA and private ambulances
Part IV: ZAKA goes to Haiti


logistical prowess: Part I: ZAKA in Mexico and the difference between five and six

As I wrote the other day, a ZAKA team rushed to Haiti from Mexico, where they had been working the crash site of Moshe Saba's (Moises Saba Masri) helicopter. The crash occurred on Sunday night, 1/10/10. News reports said nobody on the ground was hurt. Apparently there's a deep ravine next to the house or the three story building or the billboard, or whatever the helicopter supposedly hit before bursting into flames while in the air, on on the ground, on the outskirts of Mexico City, in the foothills, in the fog, killing five or maybe six people.

 responders at the crash site
it is nighttime
  • The family had arrived at the international airport in Toluca, 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of the capital, on a flight from New York City and was heading home to Mexico City.
  • Moreno said it was unusual for a helicopter to be flying in the area at night, especially since the foothills were covered in fog...."The question is who authorized the flight."
  • No deaths or injuries were reported on the ground, even though Moreno said the craft sheared off a railing on the roof of a three-story home, then hit two parked cars and a tree before tumbling into a 65-foot-deep (20-meter-deep) creek bed. The wreckage covered a radius of 60 yards (meters) in the pine-clad hills on the city's western edge.
  • Initial reports indicated another person had been on board, but Moreno confirmed there were only five.
Some reports said the remains were charred.

ZAKA team at the crash site
it is morning
"First photographs of ZAKA volunteers at Mexico helicopter crash site" (source)

ZAKA volunteers arrived from Israel in the morning, local time, and went straight to the crash scene to carry out their sacred work of collecting all human remains for burial. The four-man delegation from Israel is working with other ZAKA volunteers from the US and Mexico.

ZAKA arrived Monday morning, local time, from Israel. Quite the feat, actually, considering that if you left Israel at night and traveled non-stop, it would still take a good 18 hours or so to get to Mexico. Also quite the feat since Israel is eight hours ahead of Mexico, which means it was early morning in Israel when the crash happened, which means they could not have left at night to arrive in the morning. Anyway, I'm not sure why they would send a team from Israel when ZAKA is an international organization with offices in Brooklyn, New York. But I'm sure they have their reasons.

Or, maybe they actually came from the United States. But why lie about coming from Israel? Just to make it extra dramatic? Or, possibly, to cover up some sort of foreknowledge? Sometimes Israeli lies seem almost gratuitous, as though there's no good reason except that it's fun, and it doesn't matter, and anything can be ignored or denied if necessary, and it makes the story sound better.
Zaka Spokesman Moti Bukchin said the rescue organization would send out a delegation Monday afternoon to Mexico via the United States in order to assist in identifying the bodies of the victims. The delegation will be joined by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's son, Rabbi David Yosef, as the personal delegate of the Shas leader. (Ynet, Reuters story, dated Monday 1/11/10)

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About ZAKA (wikipedia):
ZAKA (Identification and Rescue - True Kindness): ZAKA is a non-governmental volunteer agency responsible for rescue, life saving and recovery. Members work alongside law enforcement and emergency personnel when responding to incidents of terrorism, accidents, or disasters. It is a humanitarian agency, mostly made up of Haredi Jews who assume the duty of collecting human remains to provide those remains a proper Jewish burial, known as Chesed Shel Emet, "True Virtue." ZAKA is an international organization, with offices in Israel and New York, and has dispatched volunteers to disasters throughout the world. The Israeli government recognizes ZAKA as part of the security apparatus, because volunteers are trained by the Israel Police and Magen David Adom.

See this ZAKA newsletter from December 2009 (http://www.zaka.org.il/newzaka/2009/newszaka12ebg.pdf) to read all about ZAKA's latest feats, including plans to establish a ZAKA International Rescue Unit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also see the ZAKA website: (http://www.zaka.us/index.asp).

"This shared fate of the two peoples is reflected in the word Jerusalem, which has the letters USA at its center." - Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, at the 9/11 Manhattan Tribute to ZAKA and the FDNY


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According to the story, Saba Masri was killed in a crash along with five other people. That would be six total. As noted above,
"Initial reports indicated another person had been on board, but Moreno confirmed there were only five."


Another story here also says a total of five people died. CNN also says: five people. A few other stories along the way mention six. It varies from source to source.
Experience tells us, however, not to ignore initial reports.

Five people, six people... what's the difference? The difference is a human being. Does that person exist or not? Or is the person being erased? And if so, why?

What happens when we lose track of people? Criminals get away with murder. Each person has a life, and a story. The people who get erased are the very people whose lives and stories we need to know.

So yes, it matters whether there were five people or six people. It's what we call A FACT. We reality-based people are really into FACTS.

The ZAKA team went straight to the crash site in the morning, presumably marching into an ongoing investigation led by the local emergency services who had been on the scene since the night before.

An ambulance leaves the scene of a helicopter crash near Mexico City, Mexico, on Sunday night." (CNN)
(Is that a city ambulance, or a private ambulance?)

Who was in the ambulance? Nobody was hurt on the ground, and ZAKA arrived in the morning to collect body parts, so what was the ambulance doing? Taking bodies to the morgue? That is what we might expect -- that the emergency personnel at the crash site all night would have removed the bodies to the morgue. Therefore, by the time ZAKA would arrive the next day, what work would they need to do at the crash site?

Let's not forget that Israel classifies ZAKA as part of the state security apparatus.


Maybe they show up to collect evidence and pay off local officials to say things like, "there were only five bodies" after initial reports had already mentioned six. ???

Ynet, who also reported six bodies, published this photo, courtesy of ZAKA. In other words, the news agency got the political file photo from the "non-governmental volunteer agency responsible for rescue, life saving, and recovery." Doesn't that seem a little odd?

Saba Masri family with Bill Clinton
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logistical prowess: Part II: Moshe Saba Masri, Mexican billionaire and Sephardi Jew

Would someone want Saba Masri dead?


Maybe. He had a lot of different business interests, and he definitely locked horns with a few people along the way.
  • Saba Masri, 46, did not participate in his family's main business, pharmaceuticals distributor Grupo Casa Saba.
  • Instead, he struck out as an investor in diverse areas, including telephones, Internet service and real estate.  
  • In 2007 he made an unsuccessful bid for a government-held stake in one of the country's two main airlines, Aeromexico. [He lost in a fierce bidding war against Citigroup.]
  • Saba Masri was an early investor in TV Azteca, Mexico's second-largest network, and in the Unefon telephone company, where he sold his stake in 2007.
  • He owned a stake in at least one hotel in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged him in 2004 with manipulative securities trading, though the charges were later dismissed.
  • Last year, he angered movie fans and preservationists in Mexico City when his development company tore down a landmark movie theater to build an office tower.
Also: "He once entered negotiations to acquire Israel's Channel 10, but the deal ultimately did not go through."

His profile brings to mind two other successful media moguls who have recently been assassinated: Jamim Shah and Costis Hadjicostis. All three men exhibited something of an independent streak.


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Saba Masri was returning from a trip to New York with his family. They had attended a family engagement party.
Highly-credible sources tell YWN that they had just returned from Flatbush, Brooklyn, where his brother had just made an engagement party at their home on Avenue S - in the Syrian Community. They had spend Shabbos in Flatbush, attended the party on Motzei Shabbos, and flew back to Mexico via airplane on Sunday. After landing, they transferred from a plane to chopper. A private jet left NYC for Mexico at approximately 3:30AM on Sunday night/Monday morning with family members, and at least one member of Flatbush Hatzolah [volunteer EMS -ed.] - a highly recognized Askan [Jewish lobbyist -ed.] in the Syrian community.
Hmm. A typo? This says the private jet left on Sunday night/Monday morning, and the crash happened (allegedly) just after 8pm Sunday night, so that doesn't add up. But leaving that aside for the moment, since it implies that Saba Masri & family could not have been on the helicopter that crashed, since they would have still been in New York at the time...and that's a little too weird to contemplate at the moment....

According to former Shas leader Rav Aryeh Deri, who described Saba Masri and his wife as humble people, Saba's father was also supposed to take the helicopter from the airport to the home, but at the last minute, he decided to take his vehicle. He couldn't remember why he decided to drive. (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=44677)
According to a HaMevaser report, R’ Yitzchak telephoned Rav Ovadia Shlita after learning of the tragedy, broken and in pain, seeking guidance as what to do regarding his immeasurable loss and how to interpret his miracle, the decision not to travel on the chopper.
There is conflicting information about which family members were traveling with Saba Masri City authorities were not immediately available to confirm the information. According to Reuters, Saba Masri was flying with his family and Alberto Saba and Judith Humberto Casal. However, Notimex quoted Moreno Brizuela as saying the dead in addition to Saba Masri included Alberto Saba Jr. and Judith Adela Saba or Tauchi Casal and the helicopter's pilot Capt. Armando Fernandez, while the sixth victim has not been identified. Reforma attributed to the security chief a statement that Alberto Saba Raffoul, Saba Masri's father, was not in the helicopter and had not died.

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Saba Masri was a Sephardi Jew, not an Ashkenazi Jew. The Ashkenazi Jews run the whole shebang in terms of the power structure. The way I understand it, Sephardi Jews have too close an affiliation to Arabs, and since Jews and Arabs must be diametrically opposed per the Ashkenazi narrative, that doesn't leave much room for Sephardi Jews. They bend to the narrative to get some crumbs, or else they get nothing.

"The Sephardic religious party [Shas] was established in 1984 to counter a sense of social discrimination among Sephardic (Middle Eastern descent) religious Jews vis-a-vis Ashkenazis (European descent.)"  (source)
"Moshe Saba in conference with Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rav Yitzchak David Grossman. He didn't make a move without rabbinic approval."

"What was supposed to be a short, ten minute flight from the airport to their estate turned into the final tragic journey for billionaire philanthropist Moshe Saba and his family  -- as their helicopter exploded in mid-air. Although much of his life was an enigma, Saba's inner circle of confidants, including the family of Rav Ovadia Yosef, has begun to reveal little known aspects of the man who was the pillar of Mexico City's Jewish Community. And although Moshe Saba never spoke to the media, he gave several exclusive interviews to Mishpacha's Yossi Elituv. As the two of them once soared over the skies of Eretz Yisrael in another helicopter, Saba turned to him prophetically and said, "Each person has his time."


Without reading these exclusive interviews, we can't know whether Saba Masri would agree with views like this, expressed over the weekend by a Sephardic Rabbi: (http://www.israenationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/180521) [2/20: This article has been scrubbed from the web, since yesterday 2/19/10. - ed.]
Former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a modern Haman, equating him with the villain of the biblical Purim story. "Just like in the days of the first Haman, we have had Hamans in all the generations. Today we have a new Haman in Persia who is threatening us with his nuclear weapons. Their swords will strike their own hearts, and their bows will be destroyed," Rabbi Yosef said.
These views might be genuine, or these views might be expressed to satisfy the Ashkenazi power structure. There's no way to tell from here. [And as a little note for the curious, Purim will be from February 28-March 1, 2010; and Easter is on 4/4 this year.]

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Of course, there's also the matter of the Sephardic and Syrian Jew community caught up in the New Jersey organ trafficking ring last summer...(http://thejewishstar.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/after-arrests-sephardic-community-shudders/)
Last Thursday a decade-long FBI corruption probe in New Jersey and New York was wrapped up with the arrests of 44 men, including several prominent rabbis from the Syrian Jewish strongholds of Deal, N.J. and Brooklyn, N.Y. Most notable of all was Rabbi Saul Kassin, 87, of Cong. Shaare Zion on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. He is considered the leading rav of Syrian Jewry....The tight-knit medley of Sephardic Jews in Great Neck, who range from Iranian to Syrian and Afghani, were taking the news personally. ...“All Jews, we’re part of the same family,” she said....Rabbi Arnold Marans of Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst said the Sephardic community here is not “monolothic” and that his shul was European Sephardim and not close to the Syrian Jewish community.
Perhaps from inside Jewry, these divisions seem very sharp. But from the outside? Not so much.

And guess who else claimed to be part of the Sephardic community? Jorge Puello.

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