#AceNewsReport – Oct.15: Bianca Acedo-Ojeda, 34, of Sinaloa, Mexico, was extradited from Mexico to San Diego in November 2019, and on March 10, 2021, she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to court documents, Acedo-Ojeda agreed with others to arrange, and did arrange, for the drug proceeds in the form of U.S. bulk currency to be smuggled into Mexico through ports of entry in Southern California in vehicles with hidden compartments. She also agreed with others to and did arrange for much of the U.S. bulk currency to be converted into Mexican pesos and transferred to drug traffickers….
#AceDailyNews reports that a money launderer for the Sinaloa Cartel was sentenced yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for laundering approximately $15 million from the sale of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin that were smuggled into the United States by the Sinaloa Cartel…
“Money launderers are the lifeblood of criminal organizations,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “We will continue to vigorously prosecute money launderers associated with violent transnational drug trafficking organizations such as the Sinaloa Cartel. I want to thank the Government of Mexico for extraditing Acedo-Ojeda to the United States to face criminal charges. Through such partnerships, we will attack and work to dismantle dangerous drug cartels and their money laundering facilitators.”
“Those who launder funds in support the Sinaloa Cartel’s efforts to flood our borders with deadly drugs will face justice in this district,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman for the Southern District of California. “Stopping the flow of funds to one of the most violent criminal organizations in the world is essential to disrupting their narcotics trafficking and other criminal efforts.”
“This investigation and prosecution serve as a prime example of how Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and federal prosecutors work together to bring down those involved in large scale money laundering in support of international drug trafficking organizations,” said Special Agent in Charge Chad Plantz for HSI San Diego. “HSI will continue to identify and investigate criminal organizations who seek to exploit our borders in furtherance of their illicit activity – if you engage in illegal finance activity to aid drug cartels, you will be caught and prosecuted.”
Six other defendants, including Acedo-Ojeda’s brother, have previously pleaded guilty in this case and been sentenced (Omar Ayon-Diaz; Osvaldo Contreras-Arriaga; Joel Acedo-Ojeda; Cesar Hernandez-Martinez, Gibran Rodriguez-Mejia, and Oscar Rodriguez-Guevara). Another defendant, Robert Gallegos-Lechuga, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering and is pending sentencing. In addition, approximately 20 other individuals linked to the conspiracy who served as drug and money couriers and drug stash house operators have entered guilty pleas and been sentenced in related cases.
The investigation was conducted by HSI. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs worked with law enforcement partners in Mexico to secure the arrest and extradition of Acedo-Ojeda in Mexico.
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Counsel Mark Irish of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Casper of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.14: They have launched a new policy that helps protect people from mass harassment and intimidation from multiple accounts. We will now remove coordinated efforts of mass harassment that target individuals at heightened risk of offline harm, for example victims of violent tragedies or government dissidents — even if the content on its own wouldn’t violate our policies. We will also remove objectionable content that is considered mass harassment towards any individual on personal surfaces, such as direct messages in inbox or comments on personal profiles or posts. We will require additional information or context to enforce this new policy.
#AceDailyNews reports that Facebook Updates Combating Coordinated Mass Harassment saying that its important that everyone on our apps feels safe to engage and connect with their communities. We do not allow bullying and harassment on our platform, but when it does happen, we act. We remove content that violates our policies and disable the accounts of people who repeatedly break our rules to protect public figures …..
We also regularly pressure test these policies with our safety experts, making changes as needed…..
In addition, we will also remove state-linked and adversarial networks of accounts, Pages and Groups that work together to harass or silence people, for example a state-sponsored organization using closed private groups to coordinate mass posting on dissident profiles.
More Protections for Public Figures
Public figures — whether they’re politicians, journalists, celebrities or creators — use Facebook and Instagram to engage directly with their followers. We’re always trying to strike the right balance between protecting them from abuse and allowing open dialogue about them on our apps. Our bullying and harassment policy differentiates between public figures and private individuals to enable freedom of expression and legitimate public discourse around those in the public eye.
Public figures shouldn’t be subjected to degrading or sexualized attacks. We currently remove attacks on public figures that encompass a wide range of harms. Based on feedback from a large number of global stakeholders, we will now also remove:
Severe sexualizing content
Profiles, Pages, groups or events dedicated to sexualizing the public figure
Derogatory, sexualized photoshopped images and drawings
Attacks through negative physical descriptions that are tagged to, mention or posted on the public figure’s account
Degrading content depicting individuals in the process of bodily functions
In addition, we will remove unwanted sexualized commentary and repeated content which is sexually harassing. Because what is “unwanted” can be subjective, we’ll rely on additional context from the individual experiencing the abuse to take action. We made these changes because attacks like these can weaponize a public figure’s appearance, which is unnecessary and often not related to the work these public figures represent.
We also recognize that becoming a public figure isn’t always a choice, and that this fame can increase the risk of bullying and harassment — particularly if the person comes from an underrepresented community, including women, people of color or the LGBTQ community. Consistent with the commitments made in our corporate human rights policy, we’ll now offer more protections for public figures like journalists and human rights defenders who have become famous involuntarily or because of their work. These groups will now have protections from harmful content, for example content that ranks their physical looks, as other involuntary public figures do. The full list of protections for public figures, including involuntary public figures, can be found in our Community Standards.
Consulting Our Community and Global Stakeholders on These Changes
In updating our policies, we consulted a diverse set of global stakeholders including free speech advocates, human rights experts, women’s safety groups and our Women’s Safety Expert Advisors, cartoonists and satirists, female politicians and journalists, representatives of the LGBTIQ+ community, content creators and public figures. We will continue to work with experts and listen to members of our community to ensure our platforms remain safe.
Our policies complement tools we’ve built in our apps to prevent, stop and report bullying and harassment online. These tools empower people to manage unwanted or abusive interactions like blocking or unfollowing someone on Facebook and Instagram and Restrict, Hidden Words and Limits on Instagram. To learn more about this work and the resources we’ve developed with experts to reduce this type of behavior online generally, visit our Bullying Prevention Hub on our Safety Center, developed in partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
To learn more about how these policy changes were developed, check out our Product Policy Forum Minutes:
#AceDailyNews says that Max Bygraves sang a song for children called simply ‘ Im a Pink Toothbrush YOUR a Blue Toothbrush ‘ even you want too please listen to video below this post and decide: Anyway according to AP reports NOW Large toy retailers must have gender-neutral section or face fines under new California law as pink and blues conform to gender stereotypes
The new law, signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, does not outlaw traditional boys and girls sections at department stores. Instead, it says large stores must also have a gender neutral section to display “a reasonable selection” of items “regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys.”
That does not include clothes. The law only applies to toys and “childcare items,” which include hygiene and teething products. And it only applies to stores with at least 500 employees, meaning small businesses are exempt.
Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from San Jose who authored the bill, said he was “incredibly grateful” Newsom signed the bill this year — the third time Democrats in the state Legislature have tried to pass this law, with similar bills failing in 2019 and 2020.
Low said he was inspired by the 10-year-old girl daughter of one of his staffers, who asked her mom why certain items in the store were “off limits” to her because she was a girl.
“We need to stop stigmatizing what’s acceptable for certain genders and just let kids be kids,” Low said. “My hope is this bill encourages more businesses across California and the U.S. to avoid reinforcing harmful and outdated stereotypes.”
While California is the first state to require this, some large department stores have already changed how they display their products. Target Corp., with 1,915 stores across the United States, announced in 2015 it would stop using some gender-based signs in its stores.
The law was opposed by some Republicans and some conservative groups, who argued the government should not tell parents how to shop for their children.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.12: Investigators thereafter searched Blanco’s residence and digital devices and discovered that he had successfully persuaded and coerced multiple minors to produce sexually explicit material. Blanco used various methods of deception and enticement, including by pretending to be a modeling agent or to be a minor himself. Blanco used Snapchat, Kik, Musical.ly and other applications to communicate with minor females for the purpose of having those minors create and transmit to him images of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Blanco admitted, as part of his plea agreement, that he communicated with at least 50 minors and asked for and received sexually explicit images from many of them.
#AceDailyNews reports that a man has been sentenced to 55yrs-in-prison: Jacob Blanco, 29, of Fresno, pleaded guilty in May 2020 to sexual exploitation of a minor and receipt and distribution of material involving sexual exploitation of minors. According to court documents, Blanco’s activities were discovered in March 2017 when the parents of a then six-year-old discovered the child had communicated with and created sexually explicit images at the request of another user on the social media application Musical.ly (now TikTok). Law enforcement investigators subsequently identified the offender as Blanco.
“The defendant used an array of social media to target and manipulate young children,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “I commend the investigative and prosecution teams for their success in removing a dangerous child predator from the community. While no amount of jail time can undo the pain caused in this case, I hope today’s sentence brings a sense of justice and healing to those harmed by the defendant’s crimes.”
“Today’s sentence is warranted due to the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, the large number of minor victims, and the impact that the defendant’s conduct has had – and will continue to have – on the dozens of children victimized by the defendant,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert for the Eastern District of California. “The fact that the defendant used social media to sexually exploit the victims serves as a reminder that the internet can be a dangerous place especially for children.”
“The abuse and exploitation of children is deeply cruel, violating the trust and safety of victims, which generates trauma that may never fully heal. We hope today’s sentence provides some measure of justice to those he harmed,” said Special Agent in Charge Tatum King of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “HSI stands ready with its local, state and federal partners to bring a network of resources and its international law enforcement capabilities to bare against those who seek to exploit our most vulnerable. HSI appreciates the dedicated work of its special agents, computer forensics agents, criminal analysts, victim witness coordinators and forensic interviewers, together with the investigative and prosecutorial teams of our law enforcement partners, who are unwavering in their commitment to pursue these predators.”
HSI investigated the case, with valuable assistance provided by the Fresno County Sherriff’s Office and the Fresno Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Gappa of the Eastern District of California and Trial Attorney Nadia C. Prinz of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet-safety education.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.12: On October 31, 2001, 22-year-old Nhin Phi Ha was stabbed to death in front of his apartment on the 500 block of Avalani Ave. by two assailants. A friend of Ha’s was also stabbed multiple times but survived his injuries. San Jose police said the two attackers fled in a SUV driven by a third suspect….
#AceDailyNews says according to CBS Local three men have been arrested for the ‘fatal stabbing’ for ‘Cold Case 2001 Murder’ …..
Detectives worked the case over the course of the past 20 years, but the leads they developed did not lead to any arrests. In August, the case was assigned to a police department and district attorney’s office cold case team. According to police, the cold case team connected the dots, re-interviewed several witnesses, and were able to solve the case.
On Wednesday, members of police department’s Covert Response Unit located and arrested all three suspects in San Jose. They were identified as San Jose residents Francis Dagayray, 45; Eutropio Dagayay, 47; and Gilbert Meriales, 45.
The three were booked into Santa Clara County Jail for homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, and gang enhancements.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.07: By the second week, students in this small county in the Sierra Nevada foothills started testing positive for the coronavirus as the highly contagious Delta variant pummeled rural California.
#CoronavirusNewsDesk says the #COVID19 vaccine and mask fury shakes up California schools according to Los Angeles Times some teachers vowed to quit if vaccines become mandated. Families had pulled children out of sports to avoid weekly coronavirus testing. Outraged and crying parents had flooded school board meetings, disparaging masks as a “dirty piece of cloth” and a face-covering requirement as “a fear-based decision.”
JACKSON, Calif. —
Welcome to your new job, Torie Gibson: This summer,Gibson started as superintendent for the Amador County Unified School District. Just before school started, things looked bright: Coronavirus case numbers were down, California was reopening and masks were coming off. But she soon realized that as the Delta variant emerged, masks, testing and quarantines would once again be required. That meant trouble.
“I was feeling PTSD,” said Gibson, 45, said from her office in Jackson. “Not much rattles me. I can go with the punches, I can be screamed at, I can have complete chaos erupt and am like, ‘We’ve got this.’ … But I said, ‘This is going to be a really rough year.’”
Anti-maskers have emailed her death threats. In late September, police came to one of her schools after a family directed their child to attend class unmasked and refused to leave until authorities were called.
In the second full academic year of the pandemic, such behavior has reared its head on school campuses across the U.S.
Demonstrators opposed to masking and mandatory vaccination for students gather outside the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on Sept. 9 as board members voted that children 12 and older in L.A. public schools must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January to enter campus.
Last week, the National School Boards Assn. sent a letter to President Biden asking for federal assistance to prevent violence and investigate threats against public school officials and children.
“America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the letter said.
The organization asked the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service and its National Threat Assessment Center for help.
After withstanding heated debates over reopening classrooms, schools are now bearing the brunt of public anger as the pandemic continues to drag on with new variants, said Chip Slaven, interim executive director of the National School Boards Assn.
“America, everyone needs to take a step back here and take a deep breath. We all care about our students and our public schools,” Slaven said. He added that threatening outbursts — many of them fueled by conspiracy theories and misinformation — have “become very common, and that’s troubling.”
The school boards group called threats and violence against schools “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
In Michigan, a father was ejected from a school board meeting because he gave the Nazi salute and yelled, “Heil Hitler!” after another parent spoke in favor of masks. The father of a boy who was ordered to quarantine came to the child’s Arizona elementary school with two other men carrying zip ties and threatened a principal with citizen’s arrest. At a school board meeting in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has banned mask mandates in public schools, a protester doused a tray of masks with lighter fluid and set it on fire.
Here in California, members of the extremist Proud Boys have joined anti-mask and anti-vaccine protesters at school board meetings in Placer County.
“The mood is grim,” said Troy Flint, a spokesman for the California School Boards Assn. “School board members in many cases feel unsafe, they feel threatened, or they feel that they have been made the villain in a play where they weren’t able to write the script.”
On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the country’s first statewide mandate requiring all eligible public and private schoolchildren to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes full approval of the shots for their age groups. He also announced that school employees — who have had the option to test weekly if they are unvaccinated — would be required to get inoculated once children are required to.
“On one hand, a statewide mandate removes some of the pressure from school boards,” Flint said. “But in areas where there is strong resistance, it could intensify the backlash.”
Last month, the California school boards organization sent a letter to Newsom asking for state intervention. Often, the letter says, school districts contact authorities to restore order to raucous meetings or to enforce mask mandates, but law enforcement declines to do so.
A protest supported by Let Them Breathe, an anti-mask group, outside the Redondo Beach Unified School District building in July.
“In numerous cases, law enforcement officers — in brazen defiance of the law and their professional oath — have explicitly stated they will not enforce safety mandates or restrain those whose actions willfully disrupt a meeting and prevent it from proceeding,” says the letter from Vernon M. Billy, the group’s chief executive.
In San Diego County last month, anti-mask protesters forced their way into a Poway Unified School District board meeting — which had limited in-person attendance and was being livestreamed for the public — and refused to leave. According to the school district, officers with the San Diego Police Department advised board members to adjourn to deescalate the situation. The police department did not respond to requests for comment.
Social media video showed officers standing by as protesters who declared the board members had vacated their seats tried to swear themselves in as the new school board.
Even without the threats, this academic year has been overwhelming for administrators now tasked with coronavirus contact tracing, testing and the complicated logistics of quarantine, said Stuart Packard, president of the Small School Districts’ Assn.
Across the state, he said, many superintendents retired last year, and “it is on the mind of every school administrator near the end of their career right now — ‘How much more can I take?’”
Packard, superintendent of the Buttonwillow Union School District in Kern County, said his school erected a tent to let half the student body sit outside to maintain social distance. Cafeteria workers take pictures during lunch to see who is sitting with whom so they can do contact tracing. And Packard himself gives students rapid coronavirus tests.
When asked how his staff was faring this year, Jon Ray, the superintendent-principal at Weed Union Elementary School in Siskiyou County laughed ruefully.
“I’ve gotta be honest, we’re running full-tilt and it’s stressful,” he said. “I feel like we’re a medical clinic.”
At his rural school — where enrollment shot up nearly 40% because it stayed open for on-campus instruction last year — any adult who enters the campus must provide proof of vaccination or be tested on site, he said. That includes parent volunteers and construction workers repairing buildings that were evacuated this year because of black mold.
The second week of class had to be all-virtual as coronavirus cases peaked in Siskiyou County in August. Last week, a staff member’s mother died from COVID-19. And Ray has had to hire therapists to help children dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts exacerbated by the pandemic.
Torie Gibson just started her job as superintendent of the Amador County Unified School District and has had to deal with coronavirus unrest among parents – in addition to area wildfires.
In Amador County — a conservative county where coronavirus hospitalizations hit a high this summer — Torie Gibson’s husband, Mark, worries for her safety during school board meetings and finds himself monitoring social media for threats. He looks over his shoulder when they’re in public in their new town.
“We live in the community, which we love, but at the same time, it’s, what do we come up against?” said Mark Gibson, a therapist. “I find myself, when we’re out and about, I’m always kind of observing. I’m not really anxious, but I wonder, ‘Is this person going to know who she is?’”
It was on Aug. 11, the first day of class, that a father showed up late to pick up his fourth-grader from Sutter Creek Elementary School, Torie Gibson said. He became irate as his daughter and the principal walked outside wearing masks because he could see inside a teachers’ lounge where teachers were unmasked.
If teachers are vaccinated and there are no students present, they can remove their masks indoors, Gibson said.
“Dad saw that and just flipped his lid,” she said. “The little girl tried to explain to her dad, ‘Dad, it’s fine. I don’t wear it outside; I only wear it indoors. It’s OK.’”
The father left with the girl, then returned to confront the principal. A teacher who figured “it would get volatile” went into the principal’s office, Gibson said, and was punched by the father several times in the head and face. The teacher is still having vision issues in one eye, Gibson said.
The father, Jason Wages, 49, of Sutter Creek, has been charged with multiple misdemeanor counts, including battery on a school employee, according to the Amador County district attorney’s office.
Wages could not be reached for comment.
The story went viral, and the new superintendent spent the rest of that first week juggling media interviews, student coronavirus testing — and moving into her new home.
Then there was the Caldor fire, which started that first weekend of class, forcing evacuations in Amador County and early school closures because of smoke.
Gibson said she’s now worried that teachers and other school staff will quit over the new vaccine mandate. Her district is already short-staffed. Bus routes are canceled when there are not enough drivers, and it can be tough to cover for teachers quarantining after exposure to the virus.
Meanwhile, it’s the children in her countywide district of 4,200 pupils who seem to be behaving best.
“The kids are like, ‘Please just let me go to school. Don’t make me stay home with my parents all day,’” she said. “The adults haven’t always behaved real well.”
Times researcher Scott Wilson contributed to this report.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: While we can speculate all day as to exactly what issue occurred on the 4th of October in Facebook’s infrastructure, it is however fun to arm-chair investigate using open source information, and send #hugops to the Facebook’s network operations team!
#AceDailyNews says according to media news Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram back after outage that lasted 6-hours with it being blamed on technical issue but Brian Krebs security analyst says it was their DNS records show no data present see below ……
Cybersecurity Expert Brian Krebs Explains What Is Known About Catastrophic Facebook Outage according to Breitbart By Alana Mastrangelo 04.Oct: 2021
Cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs says Facebook, as well as its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms, are all suffering from ongoing global outages due to someone from inside Facebook updating the company’s Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) records, which took away the map telling the world’s computers how to find its online properties. According to a New York Times reporter, employees cannot even open doors with their security cards due to the catastrophic outage.
While it remains unclear why this happened, Krebs sayshow it happened is clear: On Monday morning, something inside Facebook caused the company to rescind key digital records that tell computers and other devices how to find the destinations online.
A Tale of DNS & BGP: The Facebook Outage, October 2021
This is a short tale. One of despair and intrigue, as we realise the fragility of the global internet that we all so love and adore. On Monday 4th October 2021, people stopped scrolling through Facebook, they gave up posting selfies to Instagram, they ceased texting on WhatsApp, and Facebook employees abandoned doing any work. For all Facebook-owned websites were down, thanks to a couple of three letter acronyms: DNS and BGP.
While Facebook have not released any key details nor a postmortem, the internet is built on a series of open source standards and protocols that allow us to remotely inspect some of the fallout.
When you type facebook.com, riskledger.com or any other name into your web browser of choice, an invisible background process begins. This starts with the Domain Name System, or DNS for short. It is often said to be the phone book of the internet. It is responsible for converting long series of arcane numbers, useful only to machines, to something memorable.
The DNS system is contacted by your web browser asking simply, “what is the internet address for facebook.com?”. Now if one device was answering every DNS question, it would quickly become overwhelmed, so over the years a distributed hierarchy formed. This starts with a DNS implementation built right into your device’s operating system, to devices called “recursers” operated by your ISP and sometimes large organizations such as Google or CloudFlare, and even scaling up to central “root” devices that know the whereabouts of every .com, .co.uk and more.
Facebook in this case, operates a set of intermediary DNS servers that are responsible for everything between your ISP’s recursers and the roots. These are responsible for facebook.com, instagram.com, whatsapp.com and everything else they operate. These servers are not responding. This is what we see above from our web browser when it hints to us the error is DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN. Our web browser tried it’s best to work out the internet address for Facebook, but it didn’t get a reply.
While DNS may allow our computers to rapidly translate from names useful to humans to numbers useful for computers, how does your device, with it’s own internet address, traverse the global internet to reach Facebook?
No two devices on the internet are directly connected. At home, you will have your residential ISP. In a datacentre, there will be multiple commercial ISPs. Given two internet addresses, how do the two communicate? This is where routing comes in.
Routing is the system by which a path between two devices is calculated and established, potentially traversing dozens of ISP networks in the process. Given there must be tens-of-thousands of ISPs, how do we ensure they all can speak to each other?
We establish a standard! In 1989 no less, the Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP for short, was accepted by the internet community as RFC 1105. The document laid out a protocol by which routers operated by different companies and ISPs could exchange routing information which each other.
So what does this have to do with Facebook? We discussed earlier how our web browsers were not receiving a response to their DNS questions, this was however not a result of DNS itself, it was a result of Facebook’s routers ceasing to speak BGP with the rest of the internet, and ultimately all of our ISP’s routers stopped knowing where to send our DNS requests, or any traffic to Facebook for that matter.
While we can speculate all day as to exactly what issue occurred on the 4th of October in Facebook’s infrastructure, it is however fun to arm-chair investigate using open source information, and send #hugops to the Facebook’s network operations team!
It blamed an internal technical issue, which not only affected Facebook’s services, but reportedly also employees’ work passes and email.
The services were down from about 16:00 GMT until around 22:00 on Monday.
But the company said there was “no evidence that user data was compromised”.
Sheera Frenkel, the New York Times’ technology reporter, told the Today programme part of the reason it took so long to fix was because “the people trying to figure out what this problem was couldn’t even physically get into the building” to work out what had gone wrong.
Downdetector, which tracks outages, said some 10.6 million problem reports around the world. However, the real number of people affected is much higher: more than 3.5 billion people use Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp.
According to the business website Fortune, it also cost Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg an estimated $6bn (£4.4bn) at one point as shares plummeted.
Mr Zuckerberg has apologised to those affected by the outage.
Some people also reported problems using Facebook’s virtual reality headset platform, Oculus, and apps which require Facebook logins were affected, including Pokémon Go.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.04: This response is currently a 24/7 operation and response efforts are scheduled to continue until federal and state officials determine that the response to the crude oil spill is complete.
#AceDailyNews reports over the ‘oil-spill’ off Newport Beach on Sunday: UPDATE 1: Unified command continues response to oil spill off Newport Beach details below….
All available actions are being taken to ensure the safety of the public and response personnel, to control the source and recover spilled materials, to maximize the protection of environmentally sensitive areas and minimize impact to maritime commerce.
As of Sunday, a total of 1,218 gallons of oily water mixture have been recovered, nine boats were dispatched for oil spill recovery operations, three shoreline assessment teams have been dispatched and 3,700 feet of boom have been deployed.
Beaches have been closed starting at Seapoint Drive south to the Santa Ana River. Newport Beach has a soft closure and requests that the public stay out of the water from Tower 44 north to the Santa Ana River.
There are no impacts to commercial traffic and the Huntington Beach air show has been cancelled.
One oiled Ruddy duck has been collected and is receiving veterinary care. Other reports of oiled wildlife are being investigated. The Oiled Wildlife Care Network has been activated. For your safety and the safety of the animals, the public is asked to not attempt to capture oiled animals. Report oiled wildlife to 1-877-UCD-OWCN (1-877-823-6926).
A claims number has been established for any individuals or businesses who feel they may have been affected by the incident (866) 985-8366 and reference Pipeline P00547.
The unified command consists of the Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (CDFW-OSPR) and Amplify Energy. Supporting agencies are the cities of Long Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.
The investigation continues into the cause of the spill.
UPDATE 2: Unified command continues response to oil spill off Newport Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The unified command continues its response Sunday to the oil spill off the coast of Orange County.
Fourteen boats conducted oil recovery operations Sunday afternoon. Three Coast Guard boats enforced a safety zone off 1,000 yards around oil spill boats.
Four aircraft were dispatched for overflight assessments.
Shoreside response was conducted by 105 government agency personnel.
Approximately 3,150 gallons of oil have been recovered from the water and 5,360 feet of boom has been deployed.
The investigation continues into the cause of the spill.
The Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has declared a fishery closure for coastal areas affected by the oil spill. For more information on the fisheries closures, reference www.SoCalspillreponse.com.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: According to the indictment returned on September 21, Brown used MeWe, an internet-based messaging application, to distribute sexually explicit images of girls in November 2019 and April 2020.
#AceDailyNews reports that Anthony Brown, 57, of Lakewood, was arrested Wednesday morning by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles. At his arraignment in U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon, Brown pleaded not guilty to three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography at Wednesday’s arraignment, Brown was released on bond. A trial was scheduled for November 23.
From October 2019 through May 2020: Brown also knowingly possessed a sexually explicit image of a girl who had not yet reached the age of 12, the indictment alleges.
Brown was a Long Beach Police officer for 27 years. He left the force earlier this year after his arrest on state charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed those charges in light of the federal case.
If convicted of all charges, Brown would face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of 80 years in federal prison.
HSI Los Angeles and the Long Beach Police Department investigated this matter.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights and General Crimes Sections.
HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS and a vital U.S. asset in combatting transnational crime and threats. One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.
HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with NCMEC, ICAC partners, and other federal, state, and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.18: According to court documents, after several weeks of planning, on the morning of April 27, 2019, Earnest drove to the Chabad of Poway synagogue, where members of the congregation were gathered for religious worship.
#AceDailyNews reports that John T. Earnest, 22, pleaded guilty in federal court to a 113-count indictment for the religiously- and racially-motivated murder of one person and the attempted murders of 53 other persons….
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“The defendant entered a synagogue with the intent to kill all those inside because of his hatred for Jewish people, and days earlier used fire in an attempt to destroy another sacred house of worship because of his hatred for Muslims,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco. “There is no place in American society for this type of hate-fueled violence. The Department of Justice will enforce hate crimes and anti-discrimination laws to the fullest extent of the law and will hold perpetrators accountable for these crimes, which inflict harm not only on individual victims, but on entire communities.”
Earnest entered the building armed with a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 assault rifle that was fully loaded with a 10-round magazine. He wore a chest rig which contained five additional magazines, each loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition. Earnest opened fire, killing one person and injuring three other members of the congregation, including a then eight-year-old child. After Earnest emptied his initial magazine, several congregants rushed at Earnest. Earnest fled in his car and, shortly after, called 911 and confessed that he had “just shot up a synagogue.” Earnest was apprehended by local law enforcement who found the rifle and additional ammunition in his car.
“This nation stands with Lori Gilbert Kaye’s family and the survivors of these unspeakable acts of terror,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy S. Grossman for the Southern District of California. “We emphatically reject the defendant’s hate, racism and prejudice, and we hope the conclusion of this case brings some measure of comfort to all those affected by his heinous crimes.”
“We continue to keep Lori Gilbert Kaye, the loved ones she left behind, and all those affected by the senseless acts of terror committed in 2019 in our thoughts,” said FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. “Violence motivated by racism and hate is reprehensible and must be vigorously pursued. The FBI is committed to ensuring that those responsible for hate crimes and all forms of violent extremism are brought to justice.”
“The tragic shooting at Poway Synagogue was shocking for our community,” said Special Agent in Charge Monique Villegas of the ATF Los Angeles Field Division. “Our condolences go out to the victims and their families who were affected by this horrific act. ATF remains committed to bringing individuals responsible for such acts to justice to ensure everyone can worship safely.”
Earnest also admitted that on March 24, 2019, he attempted to set fire to the Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido, California, because of his hatred of Muslims and the religious character of the building. Seven missionaries were asleep in the mosque, but no one was injured.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shane Harrigan and Peter Ko, along with Deputy Chief Rose Gibson of the Civil Rights Division. The FBI, ATF and San Diego Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.
According to the terms of the plea agreement, the United States and Earnest will jointly recommend a sentence of life in prison followed by 30 years of imprisonment. Sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 28.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.11: At least two California men are accused of committing heinous crimes after being released on bail for previous offenses, according to a local report….
#AceDailyNewssays that according to Fox40 …..Two men who were arrested this week in connection with separate crimes including sexual assault, murder and arson had recently been released on bail, reports say
Two men who were arrested this week in connection with separate crimes including sexual assault, murder and arson had recently been released on bail, according to reports from local affiliate FOX 40 and CBS Sacramento.
On Wednesday, Joseph Frank Pineda Pimentel was arrested and charged with raping a woman in Sonora just days after he was bailed out of jail in connection with a previous sexual assault arrest, CBS reported.
Pineda Pimentel, a 37-year-old military veteran, was previously arrested on Sept. 2 on a separate of rape by force or fear, the Turlock PoliceDepartment said. According to police, his DNA was linked to the sexual assault of a homeless woman in June, when he allegedly “offered her a ride and told her he would ‘help her out.’” Instead, he drove her to the back of a closed business and forcibly raped her, police said.
Police learned in late August that the DNA collected from the victim also matched two more unsolved sex crimes cases in other counties, all of which involved similar circumstances, police said.
Pineda Pimentel’s record also shows he was arrested and charged with rape in 2009 while he was in the military, but the case was dropped, police said.
Meanwhile in Sacramento, 51-year-old Troy Davis was charged with murdering a Mary Kate Tibbitts, 61, after breaking into her home, sexually assaulting her, killing her two dogs and setting the house on fire, authorities said.
According to CBS and FOX 40, Davis was out on bail at the time of the Sept. 3 attack. According to FOX 40 he had been freed with no bail in June after being nabbed on charge of suspicion of stealing a motor vehicle. He was a no-show for his June 22 arraignment.
Police say Davis and Tibbitts did not appear to know each other.
Davis was arrested Saturday on a parole violation, when police identified him as a suspect in the murder of Tibbitts, who lived in Sacramento.
Davis has a lengthy criminal history in Sacramento and Santa Cruz counties, with cases dating back to 2013 that include charges of resisting an officer, battery on an officer, possession of methamphetamine, threatening an officer, misdemeanor sexual battery and assault and battery, the newspaper reported.
He was released from prison following felony convictions in 2017 and 2018 for assault with a deadly weapon and robbery. Following his release, authorities say he committed more crimes in June 2021 and then was released again.
According to The Sacramento Bee reported, Davis was described as a transient who initially showed up in Tibbitts’ neighborhood and was caught by a doorbell camera masturbating on a resident’s porch that Friday, before returning to the area and breaking into Tibbitts’ home.
The case has outraged the public and prosecutors, who blame legislators for weakening prosecutors’ ability to keep criminals in prison once they are convicted.
Tibbitts’ brother, George, told FOX 40 the “priority has to be public safety.”
“This is not a new story. There are many victims of crimes committed by people out on bail,” George Tibbitts said. “And it shouldn’t happen. Particularly, one so gruesome, as happened to our sister.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.Stephanie Pagones is a Digital Reporter for FOX Business and Fox News.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.11: Vice Adm. Michael F. McAllister, the Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, led the maritime response and security operations as the Coast Guard Activities New York Response Division chief, following the terrorist attacks in New York City, where he was stationed.
“Let us never forget the loss of loved ones and our shipmates … and honor the legacy that they left us,” said McAllister. “Let’s not forget how we are better as a unified country, as unified communities and a unified service. Let’s continue to try to overcome our divisions and be stronger together.”
During the ceremony, personal accounts of that day where given by Coast Guard personnel that served in New York City and the surrounding areas.
Among those who lost their lives, were Jeffrey Palazzo, a New York City firefighter; and Vincent Danz, a member of the New York City Police Department. Both were members of the Coast Guard Reserves and died heroically while responding at ground zero. To honor their sacrifice, the Coast Guard will name two new Sentinel-class fast response cutters after them.
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#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: The company gives several examples of “good bots” including accounts that share vaccination updates, information about seismic activity or material from public museums.
#AceSocialDesk says that Twitter is to label ‘good’ bot accounts and said the update was based on research that found that people wanted more context about non-human accounts…
A study by Carnegie Mellon University last year found that nearly half of the Twitter accounts spreading messages on the social media platform about the coronavirus pandemic were likely automated accounts.
The move will not be mandatory.
The company will continue to remove inauthentic accounts it deems to break the company’s platform rules.
Example of Twitter’s new label
Bots are often associated with misinformation on social media platforms – and have caused a major headache for the company.
Twitter has removed tens of millions of suspected bot accounts in recent years.
Yet some automated accounts are seen by Twitter as having a positive impact on the platform.
One account Twitter highlighted as a “good bot” live tweets every time there is an earthquake in San Francisco.
Another tweets public domain works from the Drawings & Prints department at New York’s Metropolitan Museum.
Twitter had previewed the system in May, in an attempt to give people more information to differentiate automated from human-run accounts.
The company believes the labels will increase the legitimacy of such accounts and build trust and transparency with their audiences.
Twitter said they were launching it to a small number of developer accounts, and was planning to roll it out all developers by the end of the year.
However it’s not clear how many automated accounts will take up the offer, or whether the owners of many of these accounts would want to advertise that they are not run by humans.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: On September 2, at approximately 7:46 p.m., agents apprehended an undocumented individual within minutes of illegally entering the United States in the city of Calexico. The individual was transported to the El Centro Sector Processing Center for further processing.
#AceDailyNews reports that MS-13 Gang Member Arrested by USBP Agents of the El Centro Sector on Tuesday for trying to illegally enter the United States
Last modified: September 8, 2021: Release Date: September 8, 2021
Records checks revealed that Luis Ramon Maradiaga, a 42-year-old Nicaraguan national, is a documented member of the MS-13 gang. Maradiaga has multiple re-entries after deportation and was previously ordered removed from the U.S. by an immigration judge.
U.S. Border Patrol will process Maradiaga accordingly.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.04: The suspect, identified as Richard Franck, was charged this week with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported….
#AceDailyNews says that a Malibu machete attack against family costs dad an eye; 2 homeless suspects arrested: The primary suspect had pulled a knife on a sheriff’s deputy back in April — but liberal DA George Gascon’s office filed only a misdemeanor charge, the county sheriff claims
Another homeless man who was with Franck during the alleged attack was charged with accessory to attempted murder, the Malibu Times reported. He was identified as Benjamin Mast.
The out-of-town visitors – three adults and two children — were eating lunch last Sunday at Dan Blocker Beach in Malibu when the suspects approached them, claiming falsely that the family wasn’t allowed to be there, reports said.
An argument ensued and Franck allegedly brandished his weapon and began attacking the father, cutting his face, an eye and his tongue, chest and one of his hands, according to FOX 11 and the Times.
Both suspects then chased the family to the parking lot, authorities said.
The father was taken to a hospital in stable condition, the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station reported.
The two suspects were arrested after briefly barricading themselves in a public restroom near the parking lot.
County Sheriff Alex Villanueva alleged in a tweet Thursday that Franck had threatened a sheriff’s deputy in April with a knife but was released four days after his arrest because the office of liberal L.A. County District Attorney George Gascon had filed only a misdemeanor charge.
Gascon has been under fire by crime victims and many in law enforcement for policies that they view as being soft on crime. The district attorney has countered that some criminal justice practices have treated suspects unfairly.
Villanueva hosted a community event on Thursday to discuss safety concerns in Malibu.
Homelessness in Malibu and other areas of Los Angeles has increased recently and other homeless-related crimes have been reported in the area, FOX 11 reported.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.03: Los Angeles School Police were called to Santee High School at 1921 Maple Ave around 2 p.m. LASPD spokesman Rudy Perez told Fox News that the shooting occurred next to the school’s football field…..
#AceDailyNews says LASPD spokesman told Fox News that an L.A student was among 2 injured in shooting near football field: The school lockdown has been lifted but the suspect remained at large
Officers arrived on scene and found a male student of the school with an apparent gunshot wound in his upper left leg. The officers applied a tourniquet to his leg and he was transferred to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition, Perez said.
His identity has not been released because of his age.
Officers also found another gunshot victim, a male adult, who had been grazed by a bullet. It is unclear if both injuries are related. The second was transported to a hospital for treatment.
The suspect remains at large. An LAPD officer told Fox News that the suspect is a Hispanic male wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans, dark shoes and last seen on a light blue bicycle.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.01: Police said a crowd gathered outside the mayor’s Mission Hills house around 8:20 p.m., when the suspect, identified as Lonnie Crawford, allegedly swerved his truck toward some of the protesters…..
#AceDailyNews says that a San Diego protest outside mayor’s home turned into a gunfire incident; suspect arrested who is also accused of swerving his truck toward some of the protesters
“He swerves, and basically tried to play chicken with us, and try to hit us,” a witness, identified as Dan, told San Diego’s KGTV-TV.
Crawford is also suspected of firing a gun outside the home, though no one was struck by gunfire, according to the station. Witnesses told police that Crawford parked the truck and entered a nearby apartment building – before coming out and firing at least one shot in the air.
“This man is shouting ‘I’m going to shoot you in your face,’ repeatedly with a gun in his hand. And people couldn’t even get up to their cars because their car is past where he is,” said activist Tasha Williamson, who organized the demonstration, which called for improving the rights of San Diego’s homeless population.
Williamson claimed that Crawford decided to open fire because he believed he had “that White privilege,” according to FOX 5 San Diego.
“The man yesterday shot because he thought he had that White privilege,” Williamson alleged. “That he could go into his home, retrieve a gun for people who were peaceful, who were not armed, who had not damaged his property, his home. We’re not even trying to get to him.”
“The man yesterday shot because he thought he had that White privilege.”— Tasha Williamson, activist
Police responded to the scene and witnesses were able to positively identify Crawford as the alleged shooter, KGTV-TV reported.
He was taken into custody and faces multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, illegal discharge of a firearm, and making a deadly threat, police said.
On Tuesday, the mayor released a statement to FOX 5 of San Diego following the incident.
“All San Diegans have a constitutional right to peacefully assemble and protest without fear of being attacked or intimidated,” Gloria said. “Last night’s protest at the apartment building where my family and I live turned violent when a man not associated with the protest senselessly fired a gun. I am grateful for our police department’s quick work that apprehended the suspect who is now in custody and facing multiple felony charges.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.31: The incident occurred Wednesday at approximately 10:45 a.m. Agents patrolling Interstate 15 initiated a vehicle stop on a suspicious white Dodge Charger……
#AceDailyNews reports that USBP Agents found ‘Meth & Heroin’ in tyres after questioning the driver, a U.S. citizen, agents received permission to perform a K-9 search of the vehicle. After the K-9 positively alerted to the wheels of the car, the driver and charger were transported to a nearby Border Patrol station for further investigation and processing.
With the help of trained mechanics, agents removed the tire from one wheel and discovered a metal compartment bolted to the wheel. After cutting open the compartment, several packages were discovered, one of which tested positive for methamphetamine. Agents then removed the remaining tires from the vehicle, where they found similar compartments with packages inside.
A total of 12 packages were discovered within the vehicle tires. Eight of those packages contained methamphetamine with a combined weight of 19.07 pounds. The four remaining packages contained heroin with a combined weight of 10.03 pounds.
The driver and narcotics were turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for further investigation. The vehicle was seized by USBP.
“These substances de-stabilize our communities by fueling addiction and ruining lives,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. “I’m proud of our agents’ continued efforts to interdict these smuggling attempts and protect our nation”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: A federal jury today found six corporate entities guilty of participating in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud the United States via a wire-and-customs fraud scheme in which huge amounts of aluminum – disguised as “pallets” to avoid $1.8 billion in customs duties – were exported to the United States and were “sold” to fraudulently inflate a China-based company’s revenues and deceive investors worldwide.
#AceDailyNews reports thatbusinesses also found guilty of conspiring with Chinese billionaire to defraud investors by inflating value of company via sham sales of aluminum in US the case is the result of a massive probe conducted over several years by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles and IRS Criminal Investigation…..
The jury found the following two aluminum businesses and four warehousing companies – all of which were related to one another – guilty of one count of conspiracy, nine counts of wire fraud and seven counts of passing false and fraudulent papers through a customhouse:
Perfectus Aluminum Inc., an Ontario-based business;
Perfectus Aluminum Acquisitions LLC, a subsidiary of Perfectus Aluminum formed in 2014 to oversee several companies that received aluminum pallets shipped to the United States after duties were imposed on Chinese aluminum in 2011;
Scuderia Development LLC, which owns a warehouse in Riverside;
1001 Doubleday LLC, which owns a warehouse in Ontario;
Von Karman – Main Street LLC, which owns a warehouse in Irvine;
10681 Production Avenue LLC, which owns a warehouse in Fontana.
The two Perfectus companies also were found guilty of seven additional counts of international promotional money laundering….
According to evidence presented at the nine-day trial, China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd., Asia’s largest manufacturer of aluminum extrusions, Zhongtian Liu, the company’s former president and chairman, several individual defendants and the corporate defendants found guilty today lied to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to avoid paying the United States $1.8 billion in anti-dumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) that were imposed in 2011 on certain types of extruded aluminum imported into the United States from China.
The aluminum sold to United States-based companies controlled by Liu was simply aluminum extrusions that were spot-welded together to make them appear to be functional pallets. In fact, there were no customers for the 2.2 million pallets imported by the Liu-controlled companies between 2011 and 2014, and no pallets were ever sold.
The vast majority of the pallets were imported through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and then stockpiled at four large warehouses in Southern California, all of which were purchased at Liu’s direction.
Liu and his co-defendants orchestrated the bogus sales of aluminum to Liu-controlled companies in Southern California to falsely inflate China Zhongwang’s value. Liu was the majority owner of China Zhongwang, which has been listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since a 2009 initial public offering that raised $1.26 billion.
After the AD/CVD duties were put in place in 2011, the company’s annual reports falsely claimed that there was a robust demand for the aluminum pallets in the United States. Although the annual reports asserted that the aluminum pallets were being sold to independent third parties, and defendants used these reported “sales” to inflate China Zhongwang’s reported sales volume and purported volume of exports to the United States, in fact the aluminum was being stockpiled by Liu-controlled entities in more than 2 million square feet of warehouse space owned by the warehouse defendants in Southern California, as well as at Liu’s New Jersey facility.
Since there was no actual demand for the pallets, defendants Liu and China Zhongwang arranged for aluminum melting facilities to be built and acquired, which were to be used to reconfigure the aluminum imported as pallets into a form with commercial value.
The defendants facilitated their schemes by laundering hundreds of millions of dollars through shell companies to the U.S.-based aluminum companies controlled by Liu. The funds were then transferred to China Zhongwang and the other shell companies as payments for the aluminum.
U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has scheduled a December 13, sentencing hearing in this case.
The remaining four defendants charged in the 2019 federal grand jury indictment in this case have yet to appear in court in the United States to face the criminal charges in this matter:
Zhongtian Liu, 57, a billionaire Chinese citizen who is a former Tustin resident, and who is the former president and former chairman of the board of China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd.;
China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd., a publicly traded aluminum company based in Liaoyang City that at the time of the indictment was the largest aluminum extrusion manufacturer in Asia and the second largest in the world;
Zhaohua Chen, 62, a Chinese national who allegedly was a close friend of Liu and a key player in the scheme; and
Xiang Chun Shao, a.k.a. “Johnson Shao,” 60, most recently of Irvine, who allegedly managed a collection of Southern California businesses that pretended to be independent third parties importing the Chinese aluminum.
In 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed civil forfeiture actions against the four Southern California warehouses used by Perfectus to store the pallets. In 2018, the government filed a fifth civil forfeiture complaint against “approximately 279,808 Aluminum Structures in the Shape of Pallets,” about half of which were seized in early 2017 at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the other half were seized from three other warehouses Perfectus was using to store the pallets. Those civil asset forfeiture cases have been stayed pending the completion of the criminal prosecution, in which the government is seeking the criminal forfeiture of the warehouses and seized aluminum.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s Major Frauds, General Crimes and Asset Forfeiture Sections.
HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.
HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: Sirhan is serving a life sentence for gunning down Kennedy, 42, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968.
#AceDailyNews says that Robert F Kennedy’s assassin Sirhan Sirhan granted parole 53 years after murder wether Sirhan, 77, is ultimately freed from prison is now up to the parole board’s legal staff, who have 120 days to finalise the decision then California Governor has 30 days to let the decision stand or reverse it according to Reuters
The shooting occurred minutes after the US senator from New York and former US attorney-general gave his victory speech after winning the California Democratic primary…………Kennedy died the next day.
Sirhan has said he had no recollection of the killing, although he has also said he fired at Kennedy because he was enraged by his support for Israel.
Two members of the slain senator’s family, including his son, Robert F Kennedy Jr sent letters to the parole board in support of his release, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Sirhan’s attorney Angela Berry told the newspaper her client had never been accused of a serious prison violation and that prison officials deemed him a low risk.
Parole board officials and his attorney were not immediately available for comment.
Sirhan, who is imprisoned in San Diego, has been denied parole 15 times.