Show me the evidence, too, as well as evidence from Newtown/ Sandy Hook. –Ed.
Bombing suspects’ aunt in Toronto: ‘Show me the evidence’
Published Friday, Apr. 19 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Apr. 19 2013, 4:15 PM EDT
Toronto family members of the two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings are in disbelief. Their aunt says she needs evidence before she can accept that brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are responsible.
This trial should proceed to conclusion. — Ed.
Guatemala: Genocide Trial Suspension
Annulment Would Delay Justice, Force Victims to Repeat Painful Testimony
APRIL 19, 2013
Guatemala: Ríos Montt Trial a Milestone for Justice
JANUARY 28, 2013 Press release
For years, the Ríos Montt case and others like it have been delayed by dilatory maneuvers and acts of intimidation against victims and justice officials alike. The surprise decision to suspend the trial raises serious concerns that victims will be forced to repeat the heart-wrenching process of recounting the horrific abuses they suffered at the hands of security forces.
Reed Brody, senior counsel
The abrupt suspension of the genocide trial of former de facto head of Guatemala, Efraín Ríos Montt, raises serious concerns about victims’ access to justice, Human Rights Watch said today.
On April 18, 2013, as the four-week trial was nearing its conclusion, Judge Carol Patricia Flores – who had been suspended from the case in 2011 and then reinstated by a judgment of the Constitutional Court – ruled that all actions taken in the case in her absence were null and void, including a trial that had included testimony from more than 100 witnesses for the prosecution.
“For years, the Ríos Montt case and others like it have been delayed by dilatory maneuvers and acts of intimidation against victims and justice officials alike,” said Reed Brody, senior counsel at Human Rights Watch, who monitored the start of the trial. “The surprise decision to suspend the trial raises serious concerns that victims will be forced to repeat the heart-wrenching process of recounting the horrific abuses they suffered at the hands of security forces.”
Prosecutors have said that they will appeal Flores’s decision. On April 19, Yazmin Barrios, the judge overseeing the trial, said that she refused to accept the annulment, but suspended proceedings to give the Constitutional Court time to rule on Flores’s decisionto invalidate the trial. Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz said that Flores’s decision is illegal.
Ríos Montt was indicted in January 2012 for genocide and crimes against humanity relating to 15 massacres that resulted in the deaths of 1,771 indigenous Ixil people during his rule, from 1982 to 1983. He and his former chief of military intelligence, José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, went on trial in Guatemala City on March 19.
During the four-week trial, dozens of survivors of the massacres have presented harrowing testimony of mass murder, torture, and rape. The prosecution also presented expert witnesses to testify about the military chain of command and links to Ríos Montt.
A United Nations-sponsored Commission on Historical Clarification estimated that as many as 200,000 people were killed during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict, from 1960 to 1996, and attributed 93 percent of the human rights abuses it documented to state security forces. It concluded that the military had carried out “acts of genocide.”
“The ruling represents another setback for victims who have been seeking justice for more than three decades,” Brody said. “Given the high stakes for victims, we look to the Constitutional Court to review the order in light of Guatemalan law with complete independence and impartiality.”
Fraud for False Promise
In order to establish a claim of fraud for a false promise, the plaintiff must show clear and convincing evidence that establishes:
1. The defendant made a promise as to a material matter; and
2. At the time it was made, the defendant did not intend to perform;
3. The defendant made the promise with the intent to induce plaintiff to rely upon it and act or refrain from
4. The plaintiff was unaware of the defendant’s intention not to perform the promise;
5. The plaintiff acted in reliance upon the promise;
6. The plaintiff was justified in relying upon the promise; and
7. The plaintiff sustained damages as a result of plaintiff’s reliance on defendant’s promise.
See Balsamo v. Sheriff, Clark County, 93 Nev. 315, 316, 565 P.2d 650 (1977) (“A promise made without intention to perform is a misrepresentation of a state of mind, and thus a misrepresentation of existing fact, and a false pretense within the meaning of NRS 205.380.”); see also NRS 205.380 (2005) (“A person who knowingly and designedly by any false pretense obtains from any other person any chose in action, money, goods, wares, chattels, effects or other valuable thing, including rent or the labor of another person not his employee, with the intent to cheat or defraud the other person is a cheat and unless otherwise prescribed by law, shall be punished.”).
We want answers, accurate, truthful ones. –Ed.
Seen across street after blasts talking with FBI bomb squad. Who were they? What were they and the FBI doing?
April 19, 2013
What appear to be private contractors, wearing unmarked, matching uniforms and operating an unmarked SUV affixed with communication equipment near the finish line of the Boston Marathon shortly after the bomb blasts – can be seen beforehand, standing and waiting just meters away from where the first bomb was detonated.
The contractor-types had moved away from the bomb’s location before it detonated, and could be seen just across the street using communication equipment and waiting for similar dressed and equipped individuals to show up after the blasts.
The men, numbering between 6-8, then begin tearing up the skirting around temporary bleachers erected for the event, opposite the explosion, before taping it off. Then, what appears to be an FBI bomb squad truck pulls up directly behind the contractor-types’ SUV, with a woman clearly wearing the letters F.B.I. on her tactical vest emerging and speaking with the contractor-types. Together they disappear from the scene, leaving their vehicles behind.
It should be noted, that with the exception of the contractor-types, all other responders at the scene, including the FBI agent, can be clearly identified, from police to the fire department, to medics and even individuals wearing vests with “B.A.A. Physician” written on them. It should also be noted that no other uniformed individuals can be seen standing near the bomb site aside from the contractor-types.
These men were unidentified, professional contractors apparently augmenting public servants at the Boston Marathon, present before and after the bomb blasts in the direct vicinity of the incident. After the blasts, whether it was their intended function or not, they appeared to be searching for something under the bleachers before being joined by what appears to be the FBI bomb squad. The FBI and the city of Boston has so far categorically failed to provide any information on these highly suspicious individuals.
Questions That Must be Answered
Several questions must be answered by the FBI, leading the investigation on behalf of we, the American people. The first question is who these men were, with large, black bags in the direct vicinity of where a bomb would detonate, moving away before the blast, and appearing directly across the road afterward. Who hired them and what was their function? Why were they moving amongst the crowd in a semi-covert fashion when all other public servants present were wearing proper uniforms and clearly identified? Did police, firefighters, event organizers, and medics know these men were present and what they were doing?
Why did it appear that the FBI was fully aware of their presence, and in fact working with them, specifically with what looks like a bomb squad unit? Were these contractors specialists in explosives, and if so, what is the significance that at least two of them were spotted just meters from where the blast occurred?
Why These Questions Demand Answers
The checkered, frightening history (see: FBI’s History of Handing “Terror Suspects” Live Explosives) of the FBI’s involvement in fomenting false terror attacks, and even presiding over attacks that succeeded in maiming and killing innocent people, should call into question their presence or involvement at any public event, especially when seen associating with unidentified, semi-clandestine organizations that appear to be private contractors.
Private contractors as well, do not answer or work for the public, but rather the highest bidder. Private contractors, most notably Blackwater and its various incarnations have operated both domestically and abroad, committing obscene crimes and atrocities with seemingly absolute impunity. The term “defense contractor” is in fact a euphemism for mercenary, and has no place in a civilized, democratic world, no matter what their alleged mission statement may claim.
That both of these nefarious entities were present and cooperating in the direct vicinity of the Boston bombings, with at least two contractors standing just meters away from where the bomb actually went off, raises a number of possibilities and concerns. A drill may have been being conducted, though the FBI and city officials have denied this. Or, a threat may have been communicated to event organizers ahead of time, which prompted the inclusion of “auxiliary” security, though again, both the FBI and the city of Boston deny receiving any information prior to the bombings. Whichever contracting firm this may have been, may just have wanted to swindle Boston’s taxpayers for an easy payday, and coincidentally found itself in the middle of extraordinary circumstances.
However, alarming suspicion is raised when the FBI makes no mention of an organization it was clearly coordinating with, particularly in terms of bombs and explosives before and after the incident, considering the nature of the attack. When an already dubious organization attempts to obfuscate the facts of any given event, it is the right and responsibility of legitimate law enforcement, public representatives and the citizenry itself to demand and get answers. If we are not persistent, with the FBI’s bizarre behavior over the past few days, including inexplicably cancelled and suspiciously rushed press conferences, and now what appears to be a Hollywood ending for the case, we may never get those answers.
Note: Most images were taken from Flickr user HahaTango, the entire collection of 150 images from the Boston Marathon can be found here.
Tony Cartalucci’s article first appeared at landdestroyer.blogspot.com
This article was posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm