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BREAKING U.S NEWS REPORT: Draft US-Pacific declaration shows vast differences with ‘ Climate Change ‘ Need not U.S Want

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#AceBreakingNews – A draft joint declaration being negotiated by the United States and Pacific Island countries condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, flags intensifying American security cooperation with the region, and declare climate change is the “highest priority” and “single greatest existential threat” to the Pacific.

Men commute in a boat through Vanuatu's capital after Cyclone Pam in 2015.
Many Pacific islands are facing sea level rises and severe weather events that threaten their economies. (Reuters: Edgar Su/File photo)none

However, Pacific nations appear to have stripped away a section that seems to aim at the contentious security agreement signed by China and Solomon Islands, deleting a reference to the need for Pacific Island states to “consult with one another closely on security decisions with regional impacts”.

Leaders from 12 Pacific Island countries are set to join US President Joe Biden and a string of top US officials at a high-profile summit in Washington DC over the next two days.

It’s the first time such a large group of Pacific Island leaders have been hosted at the White House, and the US is flagging it will make “substantial” new announcements ramping up its regional diplomatic, commercial and development initiatives.

The Biden administration has also flagged it will launch its new Pacific strategy in the coming days to ensure all US government agencies are working together effectively in the region.

Solomon Islands has already flagged it will not join the declaration this week, saying it needs more time to consider the document.

The joint statement being negotiated by the US and the Pacific for the summit spans a wide range of topics, including climate change, security, illegal fishing, the legacy of nuclear testing and the economic recovery from COVID-19.

Multiple Pacific Island government sources also stressed negotiations were still ongoing, and the document was likely to change further ahead of the summit.

Some Pacific leaders have compared the US declaration to China’s proposal for a sweeping, detailed trade and security deal with the Pacific, which leaders rejected earlier this year.

The draft version seen by the ABC largely focuses on laying out the principles and broader framework for intensified US engagement in the Pacific.

‘Genuine partnership’ to tackle ‘mounting challenges’

The declaration opens by saying the US and Pacific Island countries “recommit to working together in genuine partnership” to tackle “mounting challenges” including a “worsening climate crisis and an increasing complex geopolitical environment.”

The draft also says Pacific leaders welcome the US commitment to “expand its diplomatic presence and development cooperation” in the region.

On climate change, the declaration urges all countries and major emitters to ramp up ambition to ensure their planned cuts to emissions align with the goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

It reiterates that climate change is the “single greatest existential threat to the livelihoods, security … and wellbeing” of the Pacific and urges developed countries to ramp up climate finance to meet the 100 billion target to help developing countries deal with the impact of climate change.

The section on security has already been edited several times, with one source telling the ABC the negotiations over wording had been long and protracted because the subject was so sensitive.

The draft seen by the ABC condemns “Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine” and calls for Moscow to withdraw, although that section is still being negotiated, with Solomon Islands pushing for weaker language to be used.

There’s also a reference to maintaining peace in stability “in the Indo-Pacific, including across the Taiwan Strait” – although some close observers predict that reference may be deleted in the final version.

The draft commits to deepening US economic engagement in the Pacific, saying Washington will support “infrastructure, transportation, connectivity, cyber security capacities and digital infrastructure.”

It also commits to intensifying efforts to improve maritime security, curb plastic pollution and fight illegal fishing.U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at an event on health care costs, Medicare and Social Security, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst(Reuters: Jonathan Ernst)none

US to unveil ‘substantial new initiatives’

Earlier this year Vice-President Kamala Harris announced the US would boost economic assistance to the Forum Fisheries Agency, as well as opening new embassies in Tonga and Kiribati while relaunching the Peace Corps in the Pacific.

A senior administration official told journalists that the White House summit was “unprecedented” and signalled the US government’s determination to lift its game in the Pacific.

” The president and secretary of state will be basically unveiling … substantial new initiatives, new funding that will affect every element of government purpose from our compact negotiations to the Peace Corps to USAID,” they said.

The senior official said the Pacific’s “demand signal” for greater US involvement in the region was “louder and clearer than it ever has been”.

“The United States is a responsible country and understands that the need for deeper, more sustained American engagement.”

The senior official also declined to comment directly on the decision by Solomon Islands not to join the declaration, saying simply that the US was “patient and fully committed to working in close consultation with Pacific Island nations on the issues that we both think are critical going forward.

Dr Anna Powles from Massey University told the ABC the draft declaration “reveals Washington’s desire to move fast and decisively in the Pacific” but said the US “needs to be careful not to leave the region behind.”

“The draft declaration is revealing in what it tells us about the constraints and limits of US engagement and action as well as the clear position that Pacific countries are taking with respect to Forum centrality and their’ red lines’ when it comes to climate change and the sovereignty and national interest of member states,” she said.

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BREAKING #HurricaneIan Report: Florida Braces Itself for Category 4 as People Prepare for Worst in Tampa Bay

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#AceWeatherDesk – Breaking #HurricaneIan: Florida braces for category four storm: Millions of Florida residents are bracing for life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic winds, and flooding as the hurricane racing towards its shores intensify to a category four.

By Holly Honderich & Alexandra Ostasiewicz & Charley Adams
in Washington, Florida and London

WATCH: Waves crash on Florida shore as hurricane approaches

#HurricaneIan which has already thrashed western Cuba will reach Florida later on Wednesday: The storm, with maximum sustained winds rising to near 250 km/h (155 mph), is “rapidly intensifying”, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

It is due to hit the Tampa Bay region:

The area is among the most vulnerable places in the US for severe flooding – and if Ian continues on its expected path, this would be the region’s first direct hit by a major hurricane since 1921.

“It’s been around 100 years since Tampa had a direct hit. They’ve just been lucky for a long time,” said Erik Salna, associate director of the International Hurricane Research Center. 

Low elevation, rising sea levels, and a large population increase the risk of a catastrophic tidal surge. The Tampa area has all three, according to Mr Salna. 

If hit directly, the region could be “unrecognisable” in the next couple of days, he said. “The potential is there.”

Hurricane Ian was about 75 miles (125km) off the coast at 05:00 local time (09:00 GMT) when the NHC announced it had become a category four storm, as reported by air force hurricane hunters.

There are five category levels, with Ian currently standing at the second highest. Category four storms pack winds between 209 to 251 km/h (130 to 156 mph). The fifth storm level equates to winds measuring 252 km/h (157mph) or higher. 

The area at highest risk spread from Naples to the Sarasota region, said the NHC, adding that local residents should listen to officials and follow any evacuation orders. 

Tornados have already been seen in southern Florida, the National Weather Service said, as Ian approached the coast. Conditions were “rapidly deteriorating” along the south west coast of Florida at 06:00 local time (11:00 GMT), the NHC reported. 

In a tweet, the center said a buoy located north-north west of the storm’s eye had recently measured a sustained wind of 106 km/h (66 mph) and a weather flow station near Sanibel Island recorded a sustained wind of 63 km/h (39 mph). 

Ian is likely to lose speed as it nears Florida, effectively prolonging the storm’s effects and threatening up to 20in (1.6ft) of rain in some areas. 

And if it does hit Tampa, it will strike one of the state’s most densely populated areas. 

Over the last 50 years, development has surged along the Tampa region’s nearly 700 miles (1,1200km) of shoreline, with people and buildings scattered along the mostly low-lying beach. 

“We’ve moved toward the coast, we’ve moved toward the water. This is, in its own way, a human nature trainwreck,” said Richard Olson, director of the extreme events institute at Florida International University (FIU). 

Predicted path of Hurricane Ian. Updated 28 September
Residents are buying supplies as they brace for the storm
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U.S COURT REPORT: PHOENIX, Ariz. – Man area sentenced to just over 20 years in prison followed by a lifetime of probation for violating child pornography charges.

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#AceNewsDesk – Man sentenced to 264 months to prison following HSI Phoenix, multiagency probe

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Last week a local area man was sentenced to just over 20 years in prison followed by a lifetime of probation for violating Arizona state law involving child pornography charges.

The sentencing is the result of an HSI Casa Grande and HSI Portland investigation, with assistance from the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

“For the next 20 years this criminal will wake-up to the clamoring noise of his jail cell doors as he is left to think about his grotesque actions involving child pornography,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “HSI and our law enforcement partners are committed to removing dangerous predators from our streets. I want to thank all of those involved in this case that resulted in such a lengthy sentence.”

On January 25, HSI and AJPD conducted a search warrant at the residence of Dale Lenz, 30, of Phoenix, who was subsequently arrested after a forensic analysis of his device revealed hundreds of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) files. Lenz was arrested for two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor; he pleaded guilty to both counts on July 15. Based on the severity of the images obtained, and the age of the victims in the images, Pinal County Superior Court imposed the 264-month sentence.

According to HSI special agents, in Aug. 2021, HSI Casa Grande received a collateral request from HSI Portland, Oregon regarding an individual in Pinal County, Arizona, actively engaging in the trade of CSAM via the Kik chat application. In Dec. 2021, during routine deconfliction checks, it was determined that NCMEC had sent a corresponding lead to AJPD regarding the same Kik account. HSI Casa Grande and AJPD agreed to collaborate efforts to identify the scope, suspects, and potential victims.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free tip line at 1-866-347-2423, or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the United States and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199; hearing impaired users may call TTY 802-872-6196.

HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Internet Crimes Against Children (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.

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. Further, 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 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 6,800 special agents assigned to 225 cities throughout the United States, and 86 overseas locations in 55 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.

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NASA ARTEMIS I MOON ROCKET REPORT: Tropical #StormIan delays launch again a Third Time

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#AceNewsDesk – The launch of Nasa’s most powerful ever rocket has been delayed due to a tropical storm that could become a hurricane.

The Artemis I unmanned lunar rocket sits on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center before launch on September 3, 2022
If the rocket is not launched by 5 October, the next window will run from 17-31 October

Artemis I Moon rocket was expected to launch from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, on Tuesday.

But the US state faces a hurricane threat as tropical storm Ian has strengthened and could approach Florida early next week as a major hurricane.

The launch of the rocket had already been postponed twice.

The Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle is designed to send astronauts and their equipment back to the Moon after an absence of 50 years. 

Its first launch failed at the end of August due to technical glitches, while a second attempt at the start of September was hampered by a fuel leak.

A decision on whether to return the rocket to its assembly site is due to be taken by the Artemis I team on Sunday. 

This would be “to allow for additional data gathering and analysis”, NASA said.

The space agency wants to send the unmanned capsule Orion around the back of the Moon, ahead of journeys with humans aboard. Nasa hopes that by 2025 it will be able to send astronauts back to the lunar surface.

If the SLS will have to be shielded, it will miss the current launch window, which ends on 4 October. 

Jim Free, the associate administrator for the agency’s exploration systems development directorate, said that a “step-wise approach” to the decision to roll back preserved a launch opportunity if conditions improved.

On Saturday, Ian strengthened as it moved over the Caribbean. Its projected path takes it just south of Jamaica, over western Cuba and into Florida, the hurricane centre said.

Florida Keys and South Florida could be hit by heavy rains on Monday, according to forecasters.

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U.S COURT REPORT: NYC Man gets 30yrs in Prison for stabbing cop in neck & shooting two others

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#AceNewsDesk – NYC man sentenced to 30 years for stabbing cop in neck during George Floyd protests,” by Ben Feuerherd, New York Post, September 21, 2022:

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for stabbing an NYPD cop in the neck and shooting two other officers in an ambush during the 2020 George Floyd protests, authorities said.

Former Flatbush resident Dzenan Camovic, 23, was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun after pleading guilty in March to three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and other crimes.

On June 3, 2020, Camovic walked up to police officers Yayon Frantz Jean Pierre and Randy Ramnarine on Flatbush Avenue near Church Avenue, screamed “Allahu akbar!” drew a knife and stabbed Jean Pierre in the neck. 

Camovic then rushed Ramnarine and threw his knife at him, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said.

Wounded, Jean Pierre fired at the attacker, but tripped and lost control of his gun. 

Camovic, a Bosnian national, grabbed the firearm and shot Ramnarine in the hand, according to police. He also shot another cop who responded to the scene in the hand.

After the attack, John Miller, then the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of counter terrorism, said it appeared to be terror-related, but authorities turned up no connection between Camovic and international terror groups. 

Camovic allegedly told a hospital worker that he was a “worthless piece of s—t,” after the failed assassination attempt. 

“I killed two police officers and my religion made me do it,” he told the hospital worker, according to court papers filed after the attack….

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FEATURED CIA MUSEUM: The World’s Most Secret Museum Never Seen by the Public

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#AceNewsDesk – CIA Museum: It is perhaps the most unusual – and exclusive – museum in the world, filled with artifacts that have shaped history. But its doors are firmly shut to the public.

It is the only place a visitor can see the gun found with Osama bin Laden when he was killed, next to Saddam Hussein’s leather jacket.

The logo of the CIA at agency headquarters

By Gordon Corera
Security correspondent, in Virginia

Welcome to the CIA’s secret in-house museum.

Located inside the US intelligence agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the collection has just been renovated to mark the agency’s 75th anniversary. A small group of journalists, including the BBC, were given exclusive access, although with a security escort constantly at our side. 

Among the 600 artefacts on display are the kinds of cold war spy gadgets you might expect – a ‘dead drop rat’ in which messages could be hidden, a covert camera inside a cigarette packet, a pigeon with its own spy-camera and even an exploding martini glass.

But there are also details on some of the CIA’s more famous and even recent operations. 

A model used to brief President Obama, who approved the raid on the compound
This model of the Abbottabad compound was used to brief President Obama, who approved the raid on it

On display is a scale model of the compound in which Osama bin Laden was discovered in Pakistan. President Obama was shown a model before approving the raid that killed the al-Qaeda leader in 2011.

“Being able to see things in 3D actually helped the policymakers…as well as help our operators to plan the mission,” explains Robert Z Byer, the museum’s director who provided a tour.

On 30 July this year a US missile hit another compound, this time in the Afghan capital Kabul. The target was the new leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri. 

And the most recent exhibit, just declassified, is a model of the compound used to brief President Biden on July 1st 2022 on the proposed mission. Zawahiri was hit whilst on the balcony after the US intelligence community spent months studying his movements.

“It speaks to how counter-terrorist officers look to the pattern of life of the target,” explains Mr Byer. 

Zawahiri compound model
Al-Zawahiri was hit while on the balcony of this compound in Kabul

The first half of the museum moves in chronological order from the CIA’s foundation in 1947 through the Cold War, with the 11 September 2001 attacks a clear pivot in the shift towards focusing on counter-terrorism, with items on display donated by some of those whose relatives died in the attacks.

The museum’s audience is the CIA’s own staff as well as official visitors. It does not just focus on success. There is a section on the Bay of Pigs fiasco when a CIA mission to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba went disastrously wrong and there are references to the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

“This museum is not just a Museum for history’s sake. This is an operational museum. We are taking CIA officers [through it], exploring our history, both good and bad,” says Mr Byer. “We make sure that our officers understand their history, so that they can do a better job in the future. We have to learn from our successes, and our failures in order to be better in the future.”

Some of the most controversial aspects of the CIA’s work are less visible though – for instance its 1953 joint operation with MI6, to overthrow a democratically elected government in Iran and more recent involvement in the torture of terrorist suspects after 2001.

‘We can neither confirm or deny’

The second half of the museum focuses in detail on some specific operations.

The phrase “we can neither confirm nor deny” is a familiar one for those who report on intelligence agencies and its origins lie in a story detailed in the museum using never seen before items.

In the late 1960s, a Soviet Union submarine was lost somewhere on the ocean floor. After the US located it, the CIA worked with billionaire Howard Hughes to try and recover the wreck – and the technology on board. A cover story was developed that Hughes was going to mine the ocean floor using a ship called the Glomar Explorer.

Model of the sunken and deteriorated K-129 submarine
The model of the sunken and deteriorated K-129 submarine was created by the CIA during the AZORIAN mission, and has never been displayed before

The museum contains a model of the Soviet submarine as well as clothing, ash trays and mailbags created to maintain the cover of the Glomar. There is even on display a wig worn by the CIA’s deputy director to disguise himself during a visit to the ship.

Coveralls and flag from the Howard Hughes exhibition
A number of the artifacts, such as the coveralls and flag, are examples of the depth of coverage that the CIA and Hughes manufactured for the expedition. These have never been displayed before

The mission was only partially successful because the submarine broke apart as the Glomar’s steel claws tried to bring it up although some parts were still recovered.

“Most of what they found aboard that submarine is still classified to this day,” says Mr Byer.

When news broke of what was known as Project Azorian before the rest of the submarine could be extracted, officials were told to say they could “neither confirm nor deny” what had taken place – a phrase known as the “Glomar response” and still used widely now.

Conceptual art for the fake film Argo

There are also items used to build the cover story for a fake movie called Argo. This would allow the rescue of diplomats held in Iran after the 1979 revolution, a tale later turned into a Hollywood movie. On display is conceptual art for the fake film which the rescue team pretended to be making. The art was designed to be deliberately hard to decipher or understand.

And when it comes to deciphering, the ceiling of the new museum also contains hidden messages in different types of code.

The entrance to the CIA Museum
The entrance to the CIA Museum introduces visitors to the overarching themes they can find throughout the exhibits: counterintelligence, partnerships, analysis, clandestine collection, and covert action.

The ambition, CIA officials say, is for images to be shared with the public on social media to see if they can unscramble them. Some of the exhibits will also be available to view online. But for the moment, that may be the closest most people can get to this museum.

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BREAKING U.S NEWS REPORT: Federal Reserve has raised the key interest rate again by 075% saying more increases are coming as it battles soaring prices.

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#AceBreakingNews – US Federal Reserve warns conquering inflation will mean more interest rate hikes after announcing third 0.75pc rise in a row

Jerome Powell stands at a podium behind a wall of American flags.
Mr Powell says the Fed will “keep at it until the job is done”. (AP: Jacquelyn Martin)none

The forceful stance has raised fears of a recession in the US, with Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell warning the process of conquering inflation will involve some pain.

It was the third consecutive increase of 0.75 per cent by the Fed’s policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which is working to put a lid on inflation that has surged to its highest level in 40 years.

The interest rate increase — the fifth one this year — took the policy rate to 3-3.25 per cent.

The FOMC said it anticipated “ongoing increases … will be appropriate”.

Soaring prices have put the squeeze on American families and businesses.

They have also become a political liability for US President Joe Biden, with mid-term congressional elections in early November.

But a contraction of the world’s largest economy would be a more damaging blow to Mr Biden and the world at large.

Mr Powell has made it clear that officials will continue to act aggressively to cool the economy and avoid a repeat of the 1970s and early 1980s, the last time US inflation got out of control.

It took tough action — and a recession — to finally bring prices down in the 1980s, and the Fed is unwilling to give up its hard-won, inflation-fighting credibility.

Mr Powell said the US central bank was committed to raising interest rates and keeping them high until inflation came down, and he warned against reversing course too soon.

“The historical record cautions strongly against prematurely loosening policy,” Mr Powell said.

He said there was no room for complacency and the Fed would “keep at it until the job is done”.

But he said at some point it would be appropriate to slow the pace of rate increases, depending on the data.

‘I wish there was a painless way’

Mr Powell acknowledged bringing inflation down would require a period of slower growth and higher unemployment, noting the job market was out of sync, with far more vacant positions than workers.

“We have got to get inflation behind us,” he said.

“I wish there were a painless way to do that. There isn’t.”Jerome Powell says there is no time for complacency, warning of more “pain” to come.(AP: Jacquelyn Martin )none

However, he said continued high inflation would be even more painful, especially to those least able to withstand it.

The Fed’s quarterly forecasts released with the rate decision show FOMC members expect US GDP growth to virtually flatline this year, rising just 0.2 per cent.

But they see a return to expansion in 2023, with annual growth of 1.2 per cent.

They project further rate hikes this year — totalling 1.25 percentage points — and more in 2023, with no cuts until 2024.

While the FOMC noted continued “robust” job gains in recent months and low unemployment, the jobless rate was forecast to rise to 4.4 per cent next year and hold around that level through 2025.

The FOMC statement noted the “broader price pressures” beyond food and energy, and stressed that officials were “strongly committed to returning inflation to its 2 per cent objective”.

The aim is to raise the cost of borrowing and cool demand, and it is having an impact: The housing market has slowed as mortgage rates have surged.

Many economists said at least a short period of negative US GDP in the first half of 2023 would be needed before inflation started coming down.

Nancy Vanden Houten of Oxford Economics said the updated Fed forecasts acknowledged “the toll that higher rates will take on the economy”, but said: “Their projections are more optimistic than our own.”

Stocks on Wall Street turned negative following the announcement, while the US dollar soared to a 20-year high.

AFP

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BREAKING U.S NEWS REPORT: Fugitive known as ‘Fat Leonard’ in massive US Navy bribery case caught in Venezuela

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#AceBreakingNews – A Malaysian defence contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard”, who orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in US military history, has been arrested in Venezuela.

Fat Leonard arrested
‘Fat Leonard’ orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in US military history.(AP: Courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service)none

Leonard Glenn Francis absconded from house arrest earlier this month, weeks before he was due to be sentenced over his role in a bribery scheme that involved dozens of US Navy officials.

An international manhunt ended with his arrest by Venezuelan authorities at Caracas airport on Tuesday as he was about to board a flight to another country, the US Marshals Service said.

The arrest came on the eve of Francis’s scheduled sentencing in a federal court in California, but there was no immediate word on when he might be extradited to the United States.

The hunt for ‘Fat Leonard’

Mr Francis was living under house arrest in San Diego when he cut off his GPS ankle bracelet and escaped on September 4.

Ten US agencies searched for Mr Francis, and authorities issued a $US40,000 ($60,521) reward for his arrest.

US authorities also issued a red notice, which asks law enforcement worldwide to provisionally arrest someone with the possibility of extradition.

Malaysia and Singapore both have extradition agreements with the United States.

Mr Francis pleaded guilty in 2015 to offering prostitution services, luxury hotels, cigars, gourmet meals and more than $500,000 in bribes to Navy officials and others to help his Singapore-based ship servicing company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. or GDMA.

Prosecutors said the company overcharged the Navy by at least $US35 million for servicing ships, many of which were routed to ports he controlled in the Pacific.

His illicit activities went on for more than a decade.

Mr Francis had been allowed to remain in home confinement to receive medical care while he cooperated with the prosecution.

With his help, prosecutors secured convictions of 33 of 34 defendants, including more than two dozen Navy officers.

AP

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FEATURED WASHINGTON D.C J.W REPORT: Orders Univ of Delaware to Produce Additional Information on Decision to Restrict Access to Biden’s Senate Records

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#AceNewsDesk – (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that the Delaware Superior Court ordered the University of Delaware to respond to the objections of Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation to the University’s court-ordered response justifying its decision to keep secret its deal to house and restrict access to the U.S. Senate records of President Joe Biden.

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Upon review of an affidavit submitted by the university and Judicial Watch’s and the Daily Caller New Foundation’s objections to the affidavit, Judge Mary M. Johnston on August 23 gave the University 30 days to respond.

The Delaware Superior Court in June ordered the University to provide under oath additional information on its decision, in which the university asserted that no state funds were used on the university’s “matters or undertakings” regarding Biden and that the Biden Senate papers were never discussed at any meetings of the University’s full Board of Trustees.

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation filed a July 2020 Delaware Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after the University denied their requests on April 30, 2020, for all of Biden’s Senate records and for records about the preservation and any proposed release of the records, including communications with Biden or his representatives (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. University of DelawareNo. N20A-07-001 MMJ (Del. Super.)).

Biden’s papers include more than 1,850 boxes of archival records from his 36-year Senate career.

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation in February of 2021 appealed an adverse lower court ruling, and the Delaware Supreme Court returned the case to the lower court.

The University then filed an affidavit, citing no documents or other specifics, stating that no state funds were used in its housing of Biden’s Senate papers and that the papers were never discussed at any meetings of the university’s full Board of Trustees.

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation argue that the supplemental affidavit submitted by the university on July 27 was essentially a duplicate of the initial affidavit.

In objecting to the University’s filing, Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation write:

Even after having several opportunities to satisfy its burden of proof, the University submits a five-page affidavit filled with nothing more than hearsay and conclusory statements. By and large, the “Supplemented” affidavit is duplicative of what the University has previously submitted to justify its position. The University continues to fail to satisfy its burden.

What is now clear after the University has tried and tried again is that it cannot or, for whatever reason, refuses to satisfy its burden of proof to justify the denial of access to the records sought by Judicial Watch and DCNF:

The Court must require either the turn-over of the records, or, in the least, allow Appellants the opportunity for limited discovery to confirm that the University’s position is totally without merit.“After all the lectures from the Biden Administration on democracy and the rule of law it’s amazing that the President has a secret deal in place to hide his records from the public,” said Daily Caller News Foundation President Neil Patel. “We are happy that the court is pushing the University of Delaware to stop playing games and come clean.”

” What is Biden hiding? Is there classified information in his Senate materials?

Joe Biden has a secret deal to hide his Senate records with the University of Delaware—and a court wants more answers,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Of course, President Biden could help by simply releasing all his Senate records.”

Judicial Watch and the Daily Caller News Foundation are being represented by Delaware lawyers Ted Kittila and Bill Green of Halloran Farkas + Kittila LLP: September 21, 2022 | Judicial Watch

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BREAKING U.S COURT REPORT: Judge Vacates Murder Conviction of Adnan Syed of Chronicled in ‘ Crime Podcast Serial’

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#AceBreakingNews – Mr. Syed, 41, had been serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his high school classmate Hae Min Lee. The judge gave prosecutors 30 days to proceed with a new trial or drop the case according to New York Times by Michael Levenson with contributions from Adam Bednar in the courtroom at Baltimore City Circuit Court: PUBLISHED: Sept. 19, 2022

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Mr. Syed, 41, had been serving a life sentence after he was convicted in the 1999 murder of his high school classmate Hae Min Lee. His case was chronicled in the first season of the hit podcast “Serial.”Ting Shen for The New York Times

In a remarkable reversal, Adnan Syed walked out of prison on Monday for the first time since he was a teenager, having spent 23 years fighting his conviction on charges that he murdered his former high school girlfriend, a case that was chronicled in the first season of the hit podcast “Serial.”

Judge Melissa M. Phinn of Baltimore City Circuit Court vacated the conviction “in the interests of justice and fairness,” finding that prosecutors had failed to turn over evidence that could have helped Mr. Syed at trial and discovered new evidence that could have affected the outcome of his case.

Prosecutors have 30 days to decide if they will proceed with a new trial or drop the charges against Mr. Syed, who was ordered to serve home detention until then. Prosecutors said that an investigation had pointed to two possible “alternative suspects,” although those individuals have not been named publicly or charged.

“At this time, we will remove the shackles from Mr. Syed,” Judge Phinn declared after announcing her decision. Moments later, Mr. Syed walked onto the courthouse steps, smiling as a crowd of supporters shouted and cheered. He gave a small wave and climbed into a waiting SUV, without saying anything to reporters who pressed around him.Sarah Koenig, host of the podcast “Serial,” on the phone outside of the courthouse after the hearing.Ting Shen for The New York TimesSupporters outside of the Baltimore City Circuit Court during the hearing to overturn Adnan Syed’s conviction.Ting Shen for The New York Times

Mr. Syed, 41, had been serving a life sentence after he was convicted of strangling his high school classmate and onetime girlfriend Hae Min Lee, whose body was found buried in a park in Baltimore in 1999.

Mr. Syed, who was 17 at the time, had steadfastly maintained his innocence, and questions about whether he had received a fair trial drew widespread attention when “Serial” debuted in 2014. The podcast became a pop-culture sensation with its detailed examination over 12 episodes of the case against Mr. Syed, including the peculiarities of his lawyer, who agreed to be disbarred amid complaints of wrongdoing in 2001 and died in 2004.

But it wasn’t until this month that prosecutors recommended that his conviction be vacated and that he be granted a new trial because, they said, “the state no longer has confidence in the integrity of the conviction.”

In a motion filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Wednesday, prosecutors said that a nearly yearlong investigation, conducted with Mr. Syed’s lawyer, had uncovered information pointing to the possible involvement of two “alternative suspects,” as well as key evidence that prosecutors might have failed to disclose to Mr. Syed’s lawyers in violation of their legal duty.

The investigation also identified “significant reliability issues regarding the most critical pieces of evidence” used to convict Mr. Syed, including cellphone tower data.

Prosecutors said in the motion that they were not asserting that Mr. Syed was innocent. Marilyn J. Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City, said on Monday that prosecutors were waiting for a DNA analysis that could help determine whether Mr. Syed’s case would be dismissed or proceed to another trial.

Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City, outside the courthouse in Baltimore.
Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City, outside the courthouse in Baltimore. Ting Shen for The New York Times

Becky Feldman, a prosecutor in Ms. Mosby’s office, said at the hearing that the investigation “acknowledged justice has been denied to Ms. Lee and her family by not assuring the correct assailant was brought to justice.”

Ms. Lee’s family expressed concern that prosecutors had not given them adequate notice about the move to vacate the conviction. During the hearing Monday, Steve Kelly, the family’s lawyer, asked Judge Phinn to postpone a decision on the motion.

But Judge Phinn rejected the request, and Ms. Lee’s brother, Young Lee, then joined the hearing on Zoom after Mr. Kelly called him at work.

“This is not a podcast for me,” Mr. Lee said, voice wavering, when he addressed the court. “This is real life — a never-ending nightmare for 20-plus years.”

He said he felt “betrayed” and “blindsided” by the motion to vacate, and frustrated with the many turns in the case over the last two decades. “Whenever I think it’s over, and it’s ended, it always comes back,” Mr. Lee said, adding: “It’s killing me and killing my mother.”

Mr. Syed’s lawyer, Erica J. Suter, indicated that her client was stunned to have walked out of prison after spending more than half his life behind bars.

“He said he can’t believe it’s real,” Ms. Suter said at a news conference. “Today is both joyful and incredibly overwhelming.”

Ms. Mosby moved to vacate Mr. Syed’s conviction as she faces federal charges that she perjured herself to obtain money from a retirement fund and made false statements on loan applications to buy two vacation homes in Florida. That case is continuing. Her lawyer has called the charges “bogus.”Chris Flohr, an attorney, hugs people after the conviction of Adnan Syed was vacated.Ting Shen for The New York Times

Mr. Syed had an on-again, off-again relationship with Ms. Lee when they were both students at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County. Prosecutors had theorized that he killed her after she started dating someone else in December 1998.

Key evidence implicating Mr. Syed came from a friend and co-defendant, Jay Wilds, who testified that he had helped Mr. Syed bury Ms. Lee’s body.

Prosecutors also used cellphone billing records to corroborate Mr. Wilds’s testimony and to show that Mr. Syed had been in the area of the park where Ms. Lee, 18, was buried.

A jury convicted Mr. Syed in 2000 of first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment. An appeals court vacated Mr. Syed’s conviction in 2018, ruling that he had received ineffective legal counsel, but Maryland’s highest court reversed that decision in 2019.

Ms. Suter brought the case to Ms. Mosby’s office last year after Maryland adopted a law that allowed people convicted of crimes as juveniles to request that their sentences be modified after they had served 20 years in prison.

As Ms. Mosby’s office considered the request, additional evidence emerged requiring prosecutors to conduct a more in-depth investigation, the office said.

Significantly, the investigation identified the two “alternative suspects” who may have been involved together or separately and were “known persons at the time of the investigation” but were never ruled out, prosecutors said. Both had “motive and/or propensity to commit this crime,” they wrote.

Prosecutors did not disclose their names, and close watchers of the case have been speculating about who they are and whether they were mentioned in “Serial” or the four-part HBO documentary “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” which debuted in 2019. (In 2020, The New York Times Company bought Serial Productions, the company behind the podcast.)

Prosecutors said that a document they found in their trial file indicated that one of the people had threatened Ms. Lee in front of another person, saying he would make her “disappear” and “kill her.”

Prosecutors also found another document in their trial file in which a different person relayed information that “can be viewed as a motive for that same suspect to harm the victim,” the motion stated.

The evidence could have helped Mr. Syed at trial, but it was not in the defense’s files or in any of the pleadings that prosecutors produced for the defense, the motion stated.Adnan Syed, whose case was chronicled on the podcast “Serial,” exited the courthouse to a crowd of supporters on Monday.Ting Shen for The New York Times

The apparent failure to turn over the files might have violated a landmark Supreme Court ruling from 1963, Brady v. Maryland, which obligates prosecutors to provide their adversaries with any evidence that could be construed as favorable to the accused, the motion stated.

The prosecutors’ investigation found that one of the two “alternative suspects” had been convicted of attacking a woman in her vehicle, and that one had been convicted of engaging in serial rape and sexual assault. Ms. Mosby’s office also disclosed that Ms. Lee’s car had been found directly behind the house of a family member of one of the individuals.

In the motion, prosecutors questioned the cellphone data used to place Mr. Syed near the burial site, citing a notice on the cellphone records specifically stating that billing locations for incoming calls “would not be considered reliable information for location.” Two experts they consulted agreed with that assessment.

“Mr. Syed’s conviction rests on the evolving narrative of an incentivized, cooperating, 19-year-old co-defendant, propped up by inaccurate and misleading cellphone location data,” Ms. Suter wrote in a court motion on Wednesday, referring to Mr. Wilds. “This was so in 1999, when Mr. Syed was a 17-year-old child. It remains so today.”

Adam Bednar contributed reporting from Baltimore.

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