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  1. #8851

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    About trusting the USA: they do have a point. Walked out of the Paris Agreement, reneged on the Iran deal, this Kurdish crime.
    Hard to go against that.
    Of course, trusting the Russians is a ridiculous proposal, but that is another story.
    Missing winter...

  2. #8852

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    About trusting the USA: they do have a point. Walked out of the Paris Agreement, reneged on the Iran deal, this Kurdish crime.
    Hard to go against that.
    Of course, trusting the Russians is a ridiculous proposal, but that is another story.
    Don't forget who Tiny takes his orders from. That's what makes this so...frustrating? Is that word strong enough to describe what's happening?
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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  3. #8853

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    Trump says he will soon authorize order enabling sanctions on Turkey over its incursion into Syria

    Lemme get this straight.

    You talk on the phone with Erdogan. You tell Erdogan (paraphrasing) "Sure, we'll get out of your way in Northern Syria. After all you've put so much money in my pockets how can I say no?"

    Now, with a genocide firmly underway and US troops caught in the middle of it, and with no one to blame you say you're going to impose sanctions. Erdogan must be dying from laughter.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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  4. #8854

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    Then there is this from a Brexit-eer.

    John Redwood
    @johnredwood

    One of the big wins from Brexit is a new agrarian revolution. We should develop policies to rebuild our self-sufficiency in temperate food as we enjoyed before joining the CAP. We shd also look at other ways of increasing the use we make of our farmland to increase farm incomes.
    I don't think a translation is necessary. This one wants a return to non spicy food like Indian curries British are eating like there's no tomorrow. Some comedian made a joke about the English who went all around the world looking for spices and then didn't use them.
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  5. #8855

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    With Turkey’s invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik
    By: Stephen Losey

    The Air Force on Monday said it has made no changes to daily operations at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey even as Turkish forces continue to push into Syrian territory, which has prompted U.S. forces to pull back.

    But concerns are growing over the reported presence of U.S. nuclear weapons at Incirlik, believed to be about 50 B61 gravity bombs. The New York Times on Monday reported that officials from the State and Energy departments over the weekend reviewed plans for evacuating the nuclear weapons there.

    Not surprisingly, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek would not answer questions about possible nuclear weapons at Incirlik and whether they would be moved in a Monday email.

    “The mission of the 39th [Air Base Wing at Incirlik] is to provide persistent surety and continuous air operations for the U.S., our allies and our partners and helps protect U.S. and NATO interests in the Southern Region by providing a responsive and operational air base ready to project integrated, forward-based airpower,” Stefanek said. But she stated there have been no daily operations changes at the base.

    A senior official reportedly told the Times that the weapons “were now essentially [Turkish President Recep] Erdogan’s hostages” since removing the weapons would effectively spell the end of America’s alliance with Turkey, but keeping them there would leave them vulnerable.


    The situation with Turkey, a NATO ally, has become increasingly volatile as Turkish forces tore into the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after the U.S. pulled back and abandoned them.

    A suspected Turkish artillery strike also landed about 300 meters from a U.S. commando outpost near Kobani, Syria, on Friday. Some troops and artillery experts believe the artillery strike was intentional, as the Turkish military had detailed grid coordinates showing them where American troops were. The Washington Post quoted a knowledgeable Army officer as saying artillery rounds had been fired on both sides of the outpost, creating a “bracketing effect.”

    In response to the Turkish artillery fire, arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis tweeted, “Seriously, it’s time to take our fu**ing nuclear weapons out of Turkey."

    The presence of nuclear weapons at Incirlik, though never publicly confirmed or denied by the U.S. government, has long been essentially an open secret. It became even less of a secret earlier this year when a Canadian senator published, apparently by accident, a document containing the bases where the United States is keeping nuclear weapons.

    In an interview this summer with Air Force Times on the future of Incirlik amid rising tensions with Turkey, former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James would not confirm or deny the presence of nuclear weapons there. But, hypothetically speaking, she said that if nuclear weapons did have to be removed from that base, it would be a complicated operation. It would require negotiations with the nation that would become the weapons’ new host, James said. And it would require a great deal of logistical and security work.

    If the Air Force found a new nation willing to host the nukes, James said, it would have to take “the greatest of care” in their removal and transport. If the receiving base did not have the facilities or security necessary, James said, it would require a significant construction effort. And NATO would likely be involved.

    “Any time nuclear weapons are moved from point A to point B, it is a major logistical challenge," James said. "The security is enormous that goes with this.”

    The question of whether nuclear weapons should remain at Incirlik took on greater urgency following the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, during which the air base’s power was cut off by Erdogan’s government.

    Concerns have only increased along with tensions between Ankara and the rest of NATO, especially as Turkey decided to accept a Russian-made S-400 air defense system in July. The U.S. and other NATO allies are concerned that Turkey’s use of the S-400 could jeopardize secrecy on the F-35 and it’s stealth capabilities.

    Bringing a Russian system into the alliance could lead to data leaks and security breaches and give the Russians critical information about the F-35. And flying U.S. Air Force F-35s so close to the S-400 would make it easier for the Russians to gather data on their stealth and other capabilities.

    Days after Turkey accepted the S-400, the U.S. booted the nation from the F-35 program. In response, Russia offered to sell Turkey its upgraded Su-35 fighters, and Turkey threatened to attack then-U.S.-allied Kurdish units in Syria.

    Aaron Mehta of Defense News contributed to this report.

    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...s-at-incirlik/
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  6. #8856

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    Henri Barkey
    @hbarkey

    This is much about nothing. . steel tariffs. , right? He actually does not want to impose sanctions and is looking for ways to stop Congress from doing so. Besides the last sentence is moronic, who says things like that. Trump has no credibility having removed troops so quickly https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/...33640507269120

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    Nobel Prize in Economics Awarded for Work on Poverty

    Three economists whose work on poverty alleviation has taken them out of universities and into remote villages, fields and schools around the world were awarded the Nobel Prize in economics Monday.

    Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer were recognized for their experimental work testing ways to improve education or health in the developing world or to address some of the other problems affecting the very poor.

    By using so-called “randomized control trials” that target a specific intervention—free mosquito nets or textbooks, for example—to a randomly selected group, the researchers compared how the recipients’ lives change versus those who don’t receive the intervention. Using this method, which is common in other scientific fields but harder to implement in economics, enabled the three economists to measure the longer-term effects of targeted policies.

    Prof. Kremer teaches at Harvard University. Profs. Banerjee and Duflo, who are married to each other, teach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    The Nobel committee said their work has led to improvements in the lives of many poor people, noting that as a direct result of one study, five million Indian children have benefited from remedial teaching in their schools, while a number of countries have increased their spending on preventive health care.

    This experimental approach began in the mid-1990s with a series of school studies in western Kenya that were summarized in a 2003 paper by Prof. Kremer for the American Economic Review, one of the discipline’s most prestigious journals.

    Work by his fellow laureates and a growing number of other researchers expanded the approach into a range of fields, including health, the availability of credit, women’s access to political power and farming technologies.

    “It brings economists into direct engagement with the issues with which they’re working on, with the farmers or the schools kids or with teachers,” said Prof. Kremer, who spent time teaching in Kenya before attending graduate school.

    “There’s often an image of economists as just analyzing the data, not being very grounded in the realities of the phenomenon they’re studying,” he said in an interview. “I feel that the time I spent teaching secondary school in Kenya is really integral to my work later on.”

    In one experiment in Kenya, Prof. Kremer and his co-authors found that children treated for intestinal worms are more likely to attend school and work in higher-paying occupations than those who weren’t treated because of funding limitations, making it cost-effective for governments to fund mass deworming campaigns.

    Another experiment conducted by Profs. Duflo and Banerjee involved comparing changes in child immunization rates in several Indian villages. In some villages, the researchers offered families a bag of lentils and a set of metal plates to encourage them to immunize their children. Children in those villages were more than six times as likely to be immunized, they found.

    In the early years, convincing local governments to cooperate with the experiments was a challenge, Prof. Banerjee said at a press conference. Over the years, as experiments have produced results, that resistance has softened a bit.

    Speaking with reporters following the announcement, Prof. Duflo said the experimental techniques she helped pioneer in developing countries could be applied to “people in rich countries who also have difficult lives.”

    “We have to do much deeper work to understand the lives of the less fortunate in our societies in the face of all the disruption they face,” she said.

    Dean Karlan, an economist at Northwestern University and a former student of Prof. Duflo’s, said the trio had used their research to solve real-world problems.

    “This was a unique prize to people who have not just really changed economics but changed the world,” he said.

    Andrew Foster, an economist at Brown University, said that the example set by the three Nobel laureates showed it was possible for economists to work with people outside academia to set up experiments and improve people’s lives in measurable ways. That has allowed the field to flourish with creative new thinking.


    “There are lots of young people coming into the field with great ideas,” he said. “I try not to miss a conference because there’s so much interesting stuff.”

    Prof. Duflo became only the second woman to have won the prize in economics since it was first awarded in 1969 and, at 46, is its youngest recipient.

    Her award comes at a time when the economics profession has begun to acknowledge problems in its treatment of women, who account for a tiny proportion of its senior ranks.

    Too few women are studying and teaching economics, Prof. Duflo said, in part because the adversarial environment among academic economics deters them. Women sometimes also aren’t aware how diverse the field is, she said.

    “There are not many Nobel Prizes that have gone to people who mainly work on social problems,” she said. “I hope I can be a role model for others to say look, actually it’s pretty interesting. This field is more varied than you think.”

    Prof. Duflo said she and her husband were awakened early Monday morning by a phone call from Sweden informing them they had won the prize and asking whether one of them would be available to speak shortly with reporters.

    “I woke up, got showered, etc. and I took the press conference,” Prof. Duflo said. Prof. Banerjee went back to bed.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/nobel-p...ed-11571046679
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  8. #8858

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    Thank you for this dry. Some good news for a change.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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  9. #8859

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    Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Wednesday, October 16, 2019



    South Korean National and Hundreds of Others Charged Worldwide in the Takedown of the Largest Darknet Child Pornography Website, Which was Funded by Bitcoin
    Dozens of Minor Victims Who Were Being Actively Abused by the Users of the Site Rescued

    Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Welcome To Video, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content. The nine-count indictment was unsealed today along with a parallel civil forfeiture action. Son has also been charged and convicted in South Korea and is currently in custody serving his sentence in South Korea. An additional 337 site users residing in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State and Washington, D.C. as well as the United Kingdom, South Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Brazil and Australia have been arrested and charged.

    Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia, Chief Don Fort of IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and Acting Executive Associate Director Alysa Erichs of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), made the announcement.

    “Darknet sites that profit from the sexual exploitation of children are among the most vile and reprehensible forms of criminal behavior,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This Administration will not allow child predators to use lawless online spaces as a shield. Today’s announcement demonstrates that the Department of Justice remains firmly committed to working closely with our partners in South Korea and around the world to rescue child victims and bring to justice the perpetrators of these abhorrent crimes.”

    “Children around the world are safer because of the actions taken by U.S. and foreign law enforcement to prosecute this case and recover funds for victims,” said U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu. “We will continue to pursue such criminals on and off the darknet in the United States and abroad, to ensure they receive the punishment their terrible crimes deserve.”

    “Through the sophisticated tracing of bitcoin transactions, IRS-CI special agents were able to determine the location of the Darknet server, identify the administrator of the website and ultimately track down the website server’s physical location in South Korea,” said IRS-CI Chief Don Fort. “This largescale criminal enterprise that endangered the safety of children around the world is no more. Regardless of the illicit scheme, and whether the proceeds are virtual or tangible, we will continue to work with our federal and international partners to track down these disgusting organizations and bring them to justice.”

    “Children are our most vulnerable population, and crimes such as these are unthinkable,” said HSI Acting Executive Associate Director Alysa Erichs. “Sadly, advances in technology have enabled child predators to hide behind the dark web and cryptocurrency to further their criminal activity. However, today’s indictment sends a strong message to criminals that no matter how sophisticated the technology or how widespread the network, child exploitation will not be tolerated in the United States. Our entire justice system will stop at nothing to prevent these heinous crimes, safeguard our children, and bring justice to all.”

    According to the indictment, on March 5, 2018, agents from the IRS-CI, HSI, National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom, and Korean National Police in South Korea arrested Son and seized the server that he used to operate a Darknet market that exclusively advertised child sexual exploitation videos available for download by members of the site. The operation resulted in the seizure of approximately eight terabytes of child sexual exploitation videos, which is one of the largest seizures of its kind. The images, which are currently being analyzed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), contained over 250,000 unique videos, and 45 percent of the videos currently analyzed contain new images that have not been previously known to exist.

    Welcome To Video offered these videos for sale using the cryptocurrency bitcoin. Typically, sites of this kind give users a forum to trade in these depictions. This Darknet website is among the first of its kind to monetize child exploitation videos using bitcoin. In fact, the site itself boasted over one million downloads of child exploitation videos by users. Each user received a unique bitcoin address when the user created an account on the website. An analysis of the server revealed that the website had more than one million bitcoin addresses, signifying that the website had capacity for at least one million users.

    The agencies have shared data from the seized server with law enforcement around the world to assist in identifying and prosecuting customers of the site. This has resulted in leads sent to 38 countries and yielded arrests of 337 subjects around the world. The operation has resulted in searches of residences and businesses of approximately 92 individuals in the United States. Notably, the operation is responsible for the rescue of at least 23 minor victims residing in the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom, who were being actively abused by the users of the site.

    In the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area, the operation has led to the execution of five search warrants and eight arrests of individuals who both conspired with the administrator of the site and were themselves, users of the website. Two users of the Darknet market committed suicide subsequent to the execution of search warrants.

    Amongst the sites users charged are:

    Charles Wunderlich, 34, of Hot Springs, California, was charged in the District of Columbia with conspiracy to distribute child pornography;

    Brian James LaPrath, 34, of San Diego, California, was arrested in the District of Columbia, for international money laundering; and was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release;

    Ernest Wagner, 70, of Federal Way, Washington, was arrested and charged in the District of Columbia with conspiracy to distribute child pornography;

    Vincent Galarzo, 28, of Glendale, New York, was arrested and charged in the District of Columbia with conspiracy to distribute child pornography;

    Michael Ezeagbor, 22, of Pflugerville, Texas, was arrested and charged in the District of Columbia with conspiracy to distribute child pornography;

    Nicholas Stengel, 45, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography and money laundering and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release;

    Eryk Mark Chamberlin, 25, of Worcester, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and is pending sentencing;

    Jairo Flores, 30, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in the District of Massachusetts to receipt and possession of child pornography and was sentenced to serve five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release;

    Billy Penaloza, 29, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in the District of Massachusetts to possession and receipt of child pornography. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 22, 2019;

    Michael Armstrong, 35, of Randolph, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in the District of Massachusetts, to receipt and possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to serve five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Restitution will be determined at a future date;

    Al Ramadhanu Soedomo, 28, of Lynn, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced in the District of Massachusetts (Boston), to serve 12 months and one day followed by five years of supervised release;

    Phillip Sungmin Hong, 24, of Sharon, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in the District of Massachusetts (Boston), to receipt and possession of child pornography and is pending sentencing;

    Eliseo Arteaga Jr., 28, of Mesquite, Texas, pleaded guilty in the Northern District of Texas to possession of prepubescent child pornography. He is pending sentencing;

    Richard Nikolai Gratkowski, 40, of San Antonio, Texas, a former HSI special agent, was arrested in the Western District of Texas. Gratkowski pleaded guilty to the indictment charging one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of access with intent to view child pornography. Gratkowski was sentenced to serve 70 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution to seven victims and a $10,000 assessment;

    Paul Casey Whipple, 35, of Hondo, Texas, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, was arrested in the Western District of Texas, on charges of sexual exploitation of children/minors, production, distribution, and possession of child pornography. Whipple remains in custody awaiting trial in San Antonio;

    Michael Lawson, 36, of Midland, Georgia, was arrested in the Middle District of Georgia on charges of attempted sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to serve 121 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release following his plea to a superseding information charging him with one count of receipt of child pornography;

    Kevin Christopher Eagan, 39, of Brookhaven, Georgia, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in the Northern District of Georgia;

    Casey Santioius Head, 37, of Griffin, Georgia, was indicted in the Northern District of Georgia for distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography;

    Andrew C. Chu, 28, of Garwood, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography. Those charges remain pending;

    Nader Hamdi Ahmed, 29 of Jersey City, New Jersey, was arrested in the District of New Jersey, for sexual exploitation or other abuse of children. Ahmed pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of distribution of child pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1, 2019;

    Jeffrey Lee Harris, 32, of Pickens, South Carolina, pleaded guilty in the District of South Carolina for producing, distributing, and possessing child pornography;

    Laine Ormand Clark Jr., 27, of Conway, South Carolina, was arrested and charged in U.S. District Court in South Carolina Division for sexual possession of child pornography;

    Jack R. Dove III, 38, of Lakeland, Florida, was arrested in the Middle District of Florida for knowingly receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct;

    Michael Matthew White, 39, of Miami Beach, Florida, was arrested in the Southern District of Florida for coercion and enticement;

    Nikolas Bennion Bradshaw, 24, of Bountiful, Utah, was arrested in the State of Utah, and charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and was sentenced to time served with 91 days in jail followed by probation;

    Michael Don Gibbs, 37, of Holladay, Utah, was charged in the District of Utah with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography;

    Ammar Atef H. Alahdali, 22, of Arlington, Virginia, pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia to receipt of child pornography and was sentenced to serve five years in prison and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution;

    Mark Lindsay Rohrer, 38, of West Hartford, Connecticut, pleaded guilty in the District of Connecticut to receipt of child pornography and was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release;

    Eugene Edward Jung, 47, of San Francisco, California, was indicted in the Northern District of California on possession of child pornography and receipt of child pornography;

    James Daosaeng, 25, of Springdale, Arkansas, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced in the Western District of Arkansas (Fayetteville) to serve 97 months in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release;

    Alex Daniel Paxton, 30, of Columbus, Ohio, was arrested and indicted in Franklin County Ohio Court of Common Pleas for pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor;

    Don Edward Pannell, 32, of Harvey, Louisiana, pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Louisiana for receipt of child pornography. He is pending sentencing;

    Ryan Thomas Carver, 29, of Huntsville, Alabama, was arrested and charged under Alabama State Law. He was charged federally in the Northern District of Alabama with possession of child pornography. His case is pending in Huntsville, Alabama;

    Andrew Buckley, 28, of the United Kingdom, pleaded guilty to 10 offences in the UK of possession and distribution of indecent images of children, possession of extreme and prohibited images and possession of a class A drug. He was sentenced to serve 40 months in prison for the distribution of indecent images and possession of class A drugs. Buckley is also subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order;

    Kyle Fox, 26, of the United Kingdom, pleaded guilty to 22 counts including rape, sexual assault, and sharing indecent images, and was sentenced to serve 22 years in prison; and

    Mohammed Almaker, 26, of Fort Collins, Colorado, was arrested in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), charged with KSA Law involving the endangerment of children. He is awaiting judicial proceedings in furtherance of criminal charges.

    A forfeiture complaint was also unsealed today. The complaint alleges that law enforcement was able to trace payments of bitcoin to the Darknet site by following the flow of funds on the blockchain. The virtual currency accounts identified in the complaint were allegedly used by 24 individuals in five countries to fund the website and promote the exploitation of children. The forfeiture complaint seeks to recover these funds and, ultimately through the restoration process, return the illicit funds to victims of the crime.

    The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

    The international investigations were led by the IRS-CI, HSI and the NCA. The Korean National Police of the Republic of Korea, the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom and the German Federal Criminal Police (the Bundeskriminalamt), provided assistance and coordinated with their parallel investigations. The Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs of the Criminal Division provided significant assistance.

    The cases are being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zia M. Faruqui, Lindsay Suttenberg, and Youli Lee, Paralegal Specialists Brian Rickers and Diane Brashears, Legal Assistant Jessica McCormick, and Records Examiner Chad Byron of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and Trial Attorney C. Alden Pelker of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. Additional assistance has been provided by Deputy Chief Keith Becker and Trial Attorney James E. Burke IV of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and former U.S. Attorney’s Office Paralegal Specialists Toni Anne Donato and Ty Eaton.

    Attachment(s):
    Download Son Indictment
    Download Graphic of Seizure Page
    Download Screen Shot of Webpage
    Download Complaint for Forfeiture
    Topic(s):
    Cyber Crime

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south...-darknet-child


    K. Louise Neufeld
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  10. #8860

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    Agathe Demarais
    @AgatheDemarais

    #Turkey - Erdogan announces he will not meet US Vice President Mike Pence tomorrow to discuss ceasefire - Erdogan will only accept to speak directly with Trump #Syria #Kurds #USA
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  11. #8861

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    Only a sociopath/psychopath/malignant narcissist could do this to grieving parents. I'm so glad they told him where to go and what to do when he gets there. Politely of course.

    Trump stuns Harry Dunn’s parents, says woman in crash that killed their son is nearby and able to meet

    By
    Jennifer Hassan and Josh Dawsey
    Oct. 16, 2019 at 9:18 a.m. EDT

    LONDON — The parents of British teenager Harry Dunn met with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, only to be told that the woman British police say was involved in the car crash that killed their son was in the same building and ready to meet them.

    Dunn, 19, was killed Aug. 27 when his motorcycle was struck by a car that police say was driven by 42-year-old American Anne Sacoolas, who was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time. Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. government official, claimed diplomatic immunity under international law, which allowed her to return to the United States.

    White House officials were skeptical of having Dunn’s parents and Sacoolas in the West Wing at the same time, but Trump was keen on having a “hug and make up moment,” according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

    Trump believed he could solve the problem, the official said.


    Appearing on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, described the meeting, explaining that they had no idea they were meeting with the president and had been invited to the White House to meet with “a senior official.”

    Dunn’s parents say Trump offered his condolences before quickly alerting them that Sacoolas was in the building. “It took your breath away when he mentioned it the first time,” Dunn’s father said.

    The British government was scrambling to learn what happened in the White House and was not aware that Trump was going to pull such a move, a senior official said. There was initial trepidation, this person said, about even having the meeting.

    Trump said that Boris Johnson asked him to set up the meeting.

    With no prior knowledge that a meeting had been set up, Dunn’s parents declined to participate, saying that a meeting should take place on British soil and at a time when they felt more prepared.

    “We’ve said all along we are willing to meet her, but it has to be with therapists and mediators. And that’s not just for us; it’s for her as well,” said Charles, the mother. “To be thrown into a room together with no prior warning, that’s not good for her mental health, and it’s certainly not good for ours.”

    “There was a bit of pressure, but we stuck to our guns,” added Dunn, the father, explaining that Trump asked them two or three times to meet with Sacoolas.


    Trump said he met with the family in the Oval Office and thought they would want to meet the driver. “I offered to bring the person in question in and they weren’t ready for it,” Trump said. The president said that accidents like that happen because of the difference on which sides of the road people drive. “That happens to a lot of people by the way,” he said.

    In another televised interview with “Good Morning Britain” on Wednesday, Charles explained how the president took her hand and agreed with her when she said to him, “If this was your son, surely you would be doing the same thing, you’d be trying to get justice for him.”

    “He said, ‘Yes, yes, I would,’ ” she said, adding that Trump then said he would try to look at the case “from another angle,” though Dunn’s parents say they are unsure as to what that means.

    Trump previously called Dunn’s death a “terrible accident” and said driving on the wrong side of the road “happens.”

    In remarks last week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country.”

    The Dunn case has triggered widespread controversy in Britain and thrust the concept of diplomatic immunity under the spotlight, triggering a debate about whom it should protect and what exactly it should cover. In recent weeks, Dunn’s parents have campaigned both at home and more recently in the United States to have Sacoolas cooperate with the British legal system.

    “We promised Harry as a family when we lost him that night that we would make sure justice was done,” Charles said in remarks earlier this week.

    Josh Dawsey in Washington, D.C. contributed to this report.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...rby-able-meet/
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  12. #8862

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    In comments on Syria, Trump says Kurds are ‘no angels’
    By Darlene Superville Associated Press,October 16, 2019, 27 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON — President Trump said Wednesday that US troops are ‘‘largely out’’ of a region of Syria where Turkish forces are attacking the Kurdish fighters who were America’s allies in fighting the Islamic State group.

    ‘‘It’s not between Turkey and the United States, like a lot of stupid people would like you to believe,’’ Trump said, adding that he’s more than willing to let adversaries fight it out in that area of the Middle East.

    ‘‘They’ve got a lot of sand over there,’’ he said. ‘‘So there’s a lot of sand that they can play with.’’

    As for the Kurds, whom Trump has been criticized for abandoning, he said, ‘‘Syria’s friendly with the Kurds. The Kurds are very well protected. Plus, they know how to fight. And, by the way, they’re no angels.’’

    In the meantime, he said, ‘‘Our soldiers are not in harm’s way, as they shouldn’t be.’’

    He answered reporters’ questions as he met at the White House with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/pol...AfI/story.html
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    TRT World
    @trtworld

    Turkey and US agreed that Turkey will control the safe zone in northeast Syria - Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

    "Within 120 hours YPG/PKK will leave the zone, its not a stop in the operation, its a pause" - Cavusoglu

    We will stop the operation when all the terrorists will leave the safe zone, Cavusoglu says

    ''We agree on collecting YPG heavy weapons, destroying their positions, fortifications'' - Turkey's Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

    "Pause in Turkey's operation in Syria is not a cease-fire, cease-fire can only happen between two legitimate sides" - Turkey's Cavusoglu

    Aaron Rupar
    @atrupar
    Referring to Kurds living along Turkish border in Syria, Trump says of Turkey, "they had to have it cleaned out."
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1184897777941307392
    Eugene Gu, MD
    @eugenegu

    Trump’s deal with Turkey is to force the Kurds to withdraw from their land and homes along the Syrian border so that Turkey can take it over and build settlements there to displace the Kurds permanently. That’s not a deal. That’s unconditional surrender for our Kurdish allies.
    Sara Firth
    @Sara__Firth
    BREAKING: Reports the #YPG rejects the withdrawal plan agreed between #Turkey-U.S. in NE #Syria.
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