DeSantis deploys 500 Florida National Guardsmen to Washington, D.C.; speaks at…

first_img TAGSDemonstrationsGeorge FloydGovernor Ron DeSantisNational GuardsmenProtestersThe Center Square Previous articleBREAKING NEWS: DeSantis announces phase 2 reopening on June 5, and comments on Floyd deathNext articleMayor Demings seeks solutions through MLK Initiative, PPE for businesses extended; Orange Co. curfew remains 10pm; downtown Orlando curfew 8pm Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By John Haughey | The Center SquareFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday authorized the deployment of 500 state National Guardsmen to Washington, D.C. Please enter your comment! DeSantis made the announcement during an Orlando news conference, indicating President Donald Trump requested the state’s guardsmen.“The federal government has helped Florida out in many different ways, including, obviously, before I was governor, so I felt it was important to step up and help out,” DeSantis said.DeSantis mobilized 700 Florida National Guardsmen on Sunday and Monday at the behest of local officials in Miami and Tampa after violence marred weekend protests. He did not indicate whether the 500 guardsmen, who will arrive in Washington on Wednesday afternoon, are those previously mobilized or additional call-ups.DeSantis addressed the nationwide demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s Memorial Day death while in Minneapolis police officer custody for the first time in remarks after previously issuing only a brief statement.“When I saw the video of the cop murdering George Floyd, I was absolutely appalled,” DeSantis said, noting he consulted with Florida law enforcement officials to confirm knee-on-neck restraint is cause for termination and prosecution by state and local agencies.“Everyone agrees that is totally intolerable what happened,” DeSantis said. “There was a breakdown in that police department. You have to look at swift accountability.”With a dozen municipalities under sustained curfews and protests continuing in many Florida cities throughout the week, the governor said “the gatherings” across the state have been mostly peaceful since the weekend.“There have been respectful gatherings with large crowds with isolated incidents, usually late at night,” he said.DeSantis said a man “trying to sell Molotov cocktails out of his car” was arrested in Tampa and another man was arrested with “mortars in his backpack” in Plant City in the past few days.About 2,000 demonstrators protested outside Orlando City Hall on Tuesday evening and then marched about a mile to Orlando Police Department headquarters, where, about an hour after the city’s 10 p.m. curfew went into effect, officers used tear gas and smoke when “a few remaining participants” threw rocks and bottles at them.DeSantis said there were 28 arrests in Orlando on Tuesday, including a man who “tried to stab” a police officer.The governor thanked the state’s law enforcement officers and local leaders.“I also want to thank the peaceful demonstrators, some of whom have helped to stymie attempts” to incite violence, DeSantis said.In Miami, about 400 people marched Tuesday afternoon from Overtown, a historically black neighborhood north of downtown, and sat on one knee and different locales as about 30 officers in body armor followed them. There was no violence.In St. Petersburg, a police officer suffered a minor injury when about 200 protesters descended on police headquarters around 11 p.m. Tuesday.Demonstrations also happened for the first time in Key West and Coral Springs on Tuesday.Sarasota Police has placed an officer on leave after video surfaced of a May 18 incident in which he put his knee on a handcuffed man’s neck for an extended period.Former Orlando Police Chief and U.S. Rep. Val Demings said the nation will not be free of racial violence until it addresses the “ghost in the room.”“We have got to acknowledge, sometimes painfully, that racism is still the ghost in the room,” Demings told Florida Politics.“This is not a black problem, although black people are at the fore of it. It’s about disparate treatment of African Americans in this country. But that is an American problem. And it’s going to take everybody to, number one, admit it, and, number two, to change it,” she said. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Universal Studios on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. John Raoux / AP Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Los Zetas Worked with Lebanese Man Linked to Hezbollah, Says U.S.

first_imgBy Dialogo January 16, 2012 The Los Zetas drug cartel has for years collaborated with a Lebanese man who has ties to the militant Middle East Shiite group Hezbollah, according to U.S. federal authorities. Ayman Joumaa, 47, has coordinated cocaine shipments and laundered money for the cartel, U.S. authorities said. Joumaa, also known as “Junior,” was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., on Nov. 23, said U.S. Justice Department officials, who released details of the indictment on Dec. 13. Joumaa is accused of conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and conspiring to commit money laundering, U.S. justice officials said. If convicted on these charges, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. A sign of Iranian activity in Latin America? A Hezbollah-Zetas link could have far-reaching political implications for Mexico, the United States and Iran, analysts said. Such a connection could signal the beginnings of increased influence in Latin America by Iran, a Shiite nation that reportedly is seeking the capability to build nuclear weapons. Joumaa is not believed to be in custody, and his exact whereabouts are unknown. The New York Times said it called him in Beirut but did not reach him. The indictment alleges that Joumaa has ties to Medellin, Colombia, the onetime cocaine capital of the world. It also publicly links Mexican drug cartel activity to a major bank in Beirut. U.S. officials suspect the bank is a supporter of Hezbollah. “Money fuels the drug trade, and Mr. Joumaa is alleged to be at the center of it all – working with those producing the vast majority of the world’s cocaine to get their drugs safely into the hands of Mexican cartels, and then moving hundreds of millions in proceeds all around the world so the money can’t be traced back to them in Colombia,” said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride, whose territory includes the Eastern District of Virgnia. “Organized crime networks know no borders, and neither can U.S. law enforcement. My office has a long tradition of tackling international crimes occurring in our district, and this case is yet another example that we are now aggressively taking that fight abroad,” MacBride said Tuesday. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart agreed. “Ayman Joumaa is accused of facilitating the shipments of huge amounts of cocaine for the United States while laundering the proceeds all over the globe,” said Leonhart. “According to information from sources, his alleged drug and money laundering activities facilitated numerous global drug trafficking organizations, including the criminal activities of the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel. DEA and our partners will continue to expose and dismantle these worldwide networks.” In January, the U.S. Treasury Department labeled Joumaa a drug kingpin under provisions of law informally known as the “Kingpin Act.” At that time, U.S. officials described Joumaa’s alleged smuggling and money laundering activity in South America, Africa and Europe. A long partnership with Los Zetas But the indictment details his alleged heavy involvement with Los Zetas and Mexican transnational criminal activity. For example, it alleges Joumaa coordinated the smuggling of at least 85 tons of Colombian cocaine through Mexico in partnership with Los Zetas. Between 1997 and 2010, the indictment charges, Joumaa laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in drug proceeds on behalf of Los Zetas. The indictment does not specifically mention Hezbollah, but U.S. law enforcement officials said evidence points to an indirect connection between the Mideast terrorist group and the Mexican transnational criminal enterprise. And perhaps the strongest evidence of that connection is the Beirut-based bank with a Canadian presence named the Lebanese Canadian Bank. In February, Treasury invoked a rarely used provision of the U.S. Patriot Act (which was signed into law after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks) to declare the bank an institution with “primary money-laundering concerns.” This declaration made the bank off-limits to other U.S. financial institutions. The announcement of the indictment against Joumaa is not the first time U.S. officials have alleged connections between Mideast figures and Mexican drug cartels. In October, U.S. authorities arrested an Iranian-American who is charged with trying to recruit Mexican drug cartel hit men to assassinate a Saudi diplomat on behalf of Iran. Drug cartels and terrorists group seen as working together “Very powerful trafficking groups and terrorists organizations are coming together,” a former U.S. DEA administrator, Michael Braun, told a Congressional committee at an Oct. 13 hearing into the alleged assassination plot. U.S. officials said they’re worried that Hezbollah may be sharing knowledge of how to build sophisticated bombs with Los Zetas. Hezbollah is also known for its tunnel-building knowledge – a key tool that has been employed in Mexican cartels to smuggle drugs into the United States. Hezbollah has long been considered a terrorist organization by the United States and is blamed for several high-profile attacks against U.S. facilities in recent decades. The most notorious assault linked to Hezbollah was the 1983 suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, in which 60 people, including scores of U.S. Marines, were killed. Hezbollah fought a bloody war against Israel in 2006. Since then, the group’s political arm has made increasing efforts to appear as a legitimate political faction of the Lebanese government. But the New York Times reported this week that the very war it waged against Israel might have encouraged Hezbollah to increase its criminal activity in Latin America, to help fund the group’s political efforts. Joumaa appears to be a key link in this connection. The Lebanese citizen is said to speak Spanish fluently, and is believed to have lived in Colombia until about 11 years ago, when he returned to his native Lebanon to escape increased law enforcement scrutiny.last_img read more

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DDTV: VIDEO OF DOLPHINS PUTTING ON A SHOW OFF DONEGAL COAST

first_imgDDTV: Dolphins put on a show off Portnoo, Co Donegal, on Saturday.Footage was shot for donegaldaily.com by Sarah McGill. You can send your videos to [email protected] children on the boat certainly enjoyed the show.Click play to watch and enjoy.  DDTV: VIDEO OF DOLPHINS PUTTING ON A SHOW OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: July 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: VIDEO OF DOLPHINS PUTTING ON A SHOW OFF DONEGAL COASTNarinPortnoolast_img read more

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