DEA Helps Foil Iranian Terror Plot
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal law enforcement officials announced that an elaborate scheme to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the United States with explosives was foiled, thanks to the work of a DEA-led investigation. Two individuals have been charged in New York for their alleged participation in the plot.
A criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of New York charges Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen holding both Iranian and U.S. passports, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of Iran’s Qods Force, which is a special operations unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that is said to sponsor and promote terrorist activities abroad.
Both defendants are charged with conspiracy to murder a foreign official; conspiracy to engage in foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire; conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives); and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism transcending national boundaries. Arbabsiar is further charged with an additional count of foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.
Shakuri remains at large. Arbabsiar was arrested on Sept. 29, 2011, at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and will make his initial appearance today before in federal court in Manhattan. He faces a maximum potential sentence of life in prison if convicted of all the charges.
The Alleged Plot
The criminal complaint alleges that, from the spring of 2011 to October 2011, Arbabsiar and his Iran-based co-conspirators, including Shakuri of the Qods Force, have been plotting the murder of the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. In furtherance of this conspiracy, Arbabsiar allegedly met on a number of occasions in Mexico with a DEA confidential source (CS-1) who has posed as an associate of a violent international drug trafficking cartel. According to the complaint, Arbabsiar arranged to hire CS-1 and CS-1’s purported accomplices to murder the Ambassador, and Shakuri and other Iran-based co-conspirators were aware of and approved the plan. With Shakuri’s approval, Arbabsiar has allegedly caused approximately $100,000 to be wired into a bank account in the United States as a down payment to CS-1 for the anticipated killing of the Ambassador, which was to take place in the United States.
According to the criminal complaint, the IRCG is an arm of the Iranian military that is composed of a number of branches, one of which is the Qods Force. The Qods Force conducts sensitive covert operations abroad, including terrorist attacks, assassinations and kidnappings, and is believed to sponsor attacks against Coalition Forces in Iraq. In October 2007, the U.S. Treasury Department designated the Qods Force for providing material support to the Taliban and other terrorist organizations.
The complaint alleges that Arbabsiar met with CS-1 in Mexico on May 24, 2011, where Arbabsiar inquired as to CS-1’s knowledge with respect to explosives and explained that he was interested in, among other things, attacking an embassy of Saudi Arabia. In response, CS-1 allegedly indicated that he was knowledgeable with respect to C-4 explosives. In June and July 2011, the complaint alleges, Arbabsiar returned to Mexico and held additional meetings with CS-1, where Arbabsiar explained that his associates in Iran had discussed a number of violent missions for CS-1 and his associates to perform, including the murder of the Ambassador.
$1.5 Million Fee for Alleged Assassination
In a July 14, 2011, meeting in Mexico, CS-1 allegedly told Arbabsiar that he would need to use four men to carry out the Ambassador’s murder and that his price for carrying out the murder was $1.5 million. Arbabsiar allegedly agreed and stated that the murder of the Ambassador should be handled first, before the execution of other attacks. Arbabsiar also allegedly indicated he and his associates had $100,000 in Iran to pay CS-1 as a first payment toward the assassination and discussed the manner in which that payment would be made.
During the same meeting, Arbabsiar allegedly described to CS-1 his cousin in Iran, who he said had requested that Arbabsiar find someone to carry out the Ambassador’s assassination. According to the complaint, Arbabsiar indicated that his cousin was a “big general” in the Iranian military; that he focuses on matters outside Iran and that he had taken certain unspecified actions related to a bombing in Iraq.
In a July 17, 2011, meeting in Mexico, CS-1 noted to Arbabsiar that one of his workers had already traveled to Washington, D.C., to surveill the Ambassador. CS-1 also raised the possibility of innocent bystander casualties. The complaint alleges that Arbabsiar made it clear that the assassination needed to go forward, despite mass casualties, telling CS-1, “They want that guy [the Ambassador] done [killed], if the hundred go with him f**k ‘em.” CS-1 and Arbabsiar allegedly discussed bombing a restaurant in the United States that the Ambassador frequented. When CS-1 noted that others could be killed in the attack, including U.S. senators who dine at the restaurant, Arbabsiar allegedly dismissed these concerns as “no big deal.”
On Aug. 1, and Aug. 9, 2011, with Shakuri’s approval, Arbabsiar allegedly caused two overseas wire transfers totaling approximately $100,000 to be sent to an FBI undercover account as a down payment for CS-1 to carry out the assassination. Later, Arbabsiar allegedly explained to CS-1 that he would provide the remainder of the $1.5 million after the assassination. On Sept. 20, 2011, CS-1 allegedly told Arbabsiar that the operation was ready and requested that Arbabsiar either pay one half of the agreed upon price ($1.5 million) for the murder or that Arbabsiar personally travel to Mexico as collateral for the final payment of the fee. According to the complaint, Arbabsiar agreed to travel to Mexico to guarantee final payment for the murder.
Arrest and Alleged Confession
On or about Sept. 28, 2011, Arbabsiar flew to Mexico. Arbabsiar was refused entry into Mexico by Mexican authorities and, according to Mexican law and international agreements; he was placed on a return flight destined for his last point of departure. On Sept. 29, 2011, Arbabsiar was arrested by federal agents during a flight layover at JFK International Airport in New York. Several hours after his arrest, Arbabsiar was advised of his Mirandarights and he agreed to waive those rights and speak with law enforcement agents. During a series of Mirandizedinterviews, Arbabsiar allegedly confessed to his participation in the murder plot.
According to the complaint, Arbabsiar also admitted to agents that, in connection with this plot, he was recruited, funded and directed by men he understood to be senior officials in Iran’s Qods Force. He allegedly said these Iranian officials were aware of and approved of the use of CS-1 in connection with the plot; as well as payments to CS-1; the means by which the Ambassador would be killed in the United States and the casualties that would likely result.
Arbabsiar allegedly told agents that his cousin, who he had long understood to be a senior member of the Qods Force, had approached him in the early spring of 2011 about recruiting narco-traffickers to kidnap the Ambassador. Arbabsiar told agents that he then met with the CS-1 in Mexico and discussed assassinating the Ambassador. According to the complaint, Arbabsiar said that, afterwards, he met several times in Iran with Shakuri and another senior Qods Force official, where he explained that the plan was to blow up a restaurant in the United States frequented by the Ambassador and that numerous bystanders could be killed, according to the complaint. The plan was allegedly approved by these officials.
In October 2011, according to the complaint, Arbabsiar made phone calls at the direction of law enforcement to Shakuri in Iran that were monitored. During these phone calls, Shakuri allegedly confirmed that Arbabsiar should move forward with the plot to murder the Ambassador and that he should accomplish the task as quickly as possible, stating on Oct. 5, 2011, “[j]ust do it quickly, it’s late . . .” The complaint alleges that Shakuri also told Arbabsiar that he would consult with his superiors about whether they would be willing to pay CS-1 additional money.
This investigation is being conducted by the FBI Houston Division and DEA Houston Division, with assistance from the FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Glen Kopp and Edward Kim, of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The Office of International Affairs of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and the U.S. State Department provided substantial assistance. We thank the government of Mexico for its close coordination and collaboration in this matter, and for its role in ensuring that the defendant was safely apprehended.
The charges contained in a criminal complaint are mere allegations and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
10 Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water
Posted By admin On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:16 PM. Under Health, Healthy Drinks
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Lemon water can be very helpful for your body, i.e. it can detoxify your body. There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries.
The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection.
Listed below are the amazing benefits that come along with drinking just one cup of hot lemon water each morning. It’s as simple as boiling a pot of water, and adding a slice of lemon!
1. Helps with weight loss – Lemons are rich in pectin fiber, which reduces hunger.
2. Better digestion – Lemon juice helps to discharge waste materials, by stimulating the liver to secrete acids needed for digestion.
3. Cleans the skin – Vitamin C reduces the pores and disadvantages of skin. Water with lemon cleans the toxins from the blood that affects on the skin to be healthy.
4. Improves the immune system – because of the vitamin C, which is excellent in fighting colds. Also contains potassium, which stimulates brain, nerves and blood pressure control.
5. Reduces respiratory problems – hot water with lemon to stop cough and will facilitate breathing, especially in people with asthma and allergies
6. Balances pH – Lemon has to be one of the most alkaline foods. If you want to reduce the acidity in your body you should drink lemon water. Although lemon contains citric acid that did not create acidity in the body.
7. An excellent diuretic – Lemon accelerates the excretion of urine and thereby cleans the body of toxins. The urinary tract is healthier when is regularly cleaned.
8. Due to the large amount of vitamin C, lemon water is used in the treatment of infections, wounds, allergies and sore throat.
9. Instead of coffee – Although no caffeine, is an excellent replacement for your morning coffee.
10.Refreshes your breath, relieves toothache and inflammation of gums – but beware! Citric acid erodes tooth enamel.
She broke my heart, but I can’t stop loving her
I believe I can count on you to help me out of this predicament I am in. I believe love is a sweet thing and it is the best thing that can happen to anybody. But my girlfriend of over six years just proved me wrong. She gave me a bitter pill to swallow recently which gave me a different outlook to life entirely.
I am 26 years old and I finished my youth service (NYSC) in July last year. Fortunately, to the glory of God, I secured a job with a federal hospital in November. With this, I felt I was on the road to a good future with the woman I love but she shattered my dreams.
She is 25 years old and we have dated for about six years, her confession confused me and at the same time made me sad because it showed me that I never knew the lady I had been with all these years. I thought she loved me and was faithful to me like I have always been to her, but I was very wrong.
One fateful evening, recently, she paid me a visit. We were talking generally when I returned from work and all of a sudden she started crying.
I was shocked because what we were discussing did not warrant any form of cry. I tried to calm her down so that she could talk. Eventually, she started by pleading with me to forgive her. “What for?”, I asked. She then confessed to me that she had cheated on me several times, and that she was dating three other guys alongside me. She confessed to going to their houses and having sex with them exactly the way she does with me.
I was shocked and I asked why? Her answer shocked me the more because she said she does not love me, because if she does, she wouldn’t have dated these other guys nor had sex with them.
She also said that she dated and had sex regularly with a seminarian which led to the expulsion of the guy from the seminary. She went ahead to tell me about other sex partners she kept too.
This is a lady I invested so much in, my time, money and emotions. I trusted her so much and I loved her too.
At the initial stage when I started dating her, my mother did not like her, but I made sure I brought them together and made my mother promise to treat her the way she would treat me.
As an only child, my mother would do anything for me; anything that would make me happy. Now, see what she has done, would it be fair if I told my mother what she did?
Although, I don’t know why she told me all these, but she said she regretted every action and she wanted me to forgive her. I was shocked by her revelation. I am also sad because I still love her. It is very strange, but I love her so much. The problem now is that I cannot trust her one bit again, so it becomes difficult for me to continue with her, though sad. But there is no way I would forget all what she told me, and the moment I remember, I cannot see myself having anything to do with her again.
I asked her to leave after telling me all these and I told her without mincing words that I cannot continue with our relationship again. She has since been pleading with me. At a level, she solicited my mother’s help, although she did not tell her my reason for calling off our relationship. My mum has since been on my neck to take her back. I wonder how she would feel if I let her know why I decided not to have anything to do with her again.
Should I tell my mother? How can I stop loving her? Please, help me.
Kevin McClinton, 21, is accused of firing at least nine rounds into the side of a Q6 bus, fatally striking Robinson in the head. Investigators believe he was aiming for another girl.
A pair of photos taken from the Facebook page of “R.I.P. Beautiful Asia” show the slain 14-year-old D’aja Robinson, who was shot and killed while sitting on a city bus.
Kevin McClinton, 21
Authorities have zeroed in on the callous gunman who fatally shot a 14-year-old girl who was riding on a Queens bus, cops said Thursday night.
Police believe Kevin McClinton, 21, squeezed off at least nine rounds into the side of a Q6 bus on May 18. One shot hit D’aja Robinson in the head. The Queens teen had just left a friend’s Sweet 16 party and was going with pals to another birthday bash. She died at the scene.
A witness told investigators a man named Kevin fired the shots, a police source said. The witness also said a man with the alleged gunman counted down from 10 before the shooter opened fire, the source said.
Investigators believe the gunman was pointing at another teenage girl when he shot D’aja.
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McClinton is 5-foot-10, weighs 160 pounds and has dreadlocks, cops said
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When she’s not busy participating in hyper-colorful Japanese environmental TV shows or lodged in an East London office brainstorming on the future of the future, 32-year-old Ai Hasegawa’s concerns are no different than those of any woman her age: the relentless tick-tick-ticking of her biological clock.
Another thing she’s into is eating cute little animals. Yet pesky environmentalist ethics make indulging in her passion for dolphin flesh a heart-breaking no-no.
Torn between her need to give life and her concern for the uncertain fate of tasty endangered species, Ai Hasegawa has found a way of merging both: by giving birth to these animals herself. Being skeptical, I called to ask her if there was the slightest chance this idea could ever reach European shores, like dancing robots, 3D glasses, and all the other weird shit that Japanese nerds have been pumping out into the world for the last half a century.
VICE : Hello Ai. Where did this idea of giving birth to sharks come from?
Ai Hasegawa: I’m 32. It’s a good age for a woman to think about giving life. But having a real child isn’t that simple. You have to give them a happy life. You can’t abandon them. I think simply wanting a baby isn’t a good enough reason to have one.
Well, it’s a good start.
We’re soon going to be facing a global food shortage crisis. How on earth are we going to feed new humans? But I still want to give life, I don’t want 30 years of painful menstruation to have all been in vain. And I want to eat good meat.
Is Carrying the fetus of another species technically even possible?
It will be, in the near future. A human uterus is just the right size to hold one fetus. I’ve been speaking to a gynaecologist about ways of making it bigger. I believe humans could use their uterus as an aquarium or incubator.
Wouldn’t there be compatibility issues between a human placenta and a shark’s?
The placenta comes from the fetus, not the mother, meaning there’s no need to modify human DNA. I’ve been assured that it should be possible to create “dolph-human” or “shark-human” placentas just by modifying the animal’s DNA. I’m still doing the research, but sharks seem to be the most compatible. And as a species, sharks fit all my criteria: They’re endangered, their life-span is almost as long as that of a human, and most importantly, they’re delicious.
Do you think women will accept carrying animal fetuses?
Carrying a shark fetus inside your uterus means you have to stop menstruating. But the medication for that has very unpleasant side-effects. I think the ideal carrier profile would be a rich, single, and above all menopausal woman.
And what are the advantages of doing this?
We don’t need any more humans, there are too many already as it is. Mostly, it’s a way of preserving endangered species.
And it would be a new way of producing food. Because you could eat the shark baby after it came out. Which is a totally logical thing to do.
Exactly! And you would no longer feel the guilt of eating another animal. It’s also less costly than raising a human, and there are fewer responsibilities. I find it less terrifying than adopting a child you might end up not loving.
Which animal would be the most dangerous to carry?
The elephant, because of its size.
OK, and the coolest?
The simplest would be the chimpanzee, because its DNA is the closest to ours. But I’m not interested in chimps, because I don’t eat monkey. Personally, I’d love to give birth to a Maui dolphin. They’re super cute and smart, we could easily communicate, and they’re very loveable. It would be great to swim with them out at sea. Besides, I love a good piece of dolphin meat on my plate, but every time I feel bad for eating an endangered animal.
Ah. I thought you’d choose a shark.
I love sharks, too. They’re almost as intelligent as dolphins. My favorite kind of shark is the zebra shark. They’re sort of roundish and have the cutest little faces—kind of like a puppy!
Would people actually agree to eat meat that came out of a woman’s insides, do you think?
Yes. After all, there are some animals who eat their own babies. And we do eat veal, which comes from inside a cow. We even kill people, not even for food, and they too come out of somebody’s womb. I really don’t see the problem.
Do you think these animals will taste better?
I think you’d have to let them back into the wild for some time in order for them to taste just like the ones we’re used to.
That makes sense. Would you eat a dolphin you’ve given birth to?
I would once it’s dead. Ideally, I’d be able to track its whereabouts with a GPS. And once it’s sold on the markets, I’d buy it and eat it. That way I would have it back inside my body one last time.
You certainly seem to have thought it through. Thanks, Ai!
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