Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Mexican drug cartels take over U.S. cities

As stated elsewhere:

Kindly note that this piece should not be taken as me being against mexican or people of hispanic descent in any way.

Mexican drug cartels
take over U.S. cities
Tancredo says gangs buy businesses,
politicians, power, police departments
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Posted: June 18, 2006
9:00 p.m. Eastern
By Joseph Farah
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Quote:

"WASHINGTON – Mexican drug cartels operating in cities in the U.S. are buying up legitimate businesses to launder money and using some of the proceeds to win local mayoral and city council seats for politicians who can shape the policies and personnel decisions of their police forces, according to Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., who has led the fight to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and enforce the nation's immigration laws.

In his new book, "In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security," Tancredo exposes what he has learned from meetings with law enforcement authorities regarding a concerted effort by the Mexican mafia and drug cartels to extend its corruptive influence in urban areas dominated by illegal alien populations.

Tancredo says some of these small cities have become hostile and dangerous places for legitimate law enforcement officials.

"The Tijuana-based Felix drug cartel and the Juarez-based Fuentes cartel began buying legitimate business in small towns in Los Angeles County in the early 1990s," he writes in his new book published by WND Books. "They purchased restaurants, used-car lots, auto-body shops and other small businesses. One of their purposes was to use these businesses for money-laundering operations. Once established in their community, these cartel-financed business owners ran for city council and other local offices. Over time, they were able to buy votes and influence in an effort to take over the management of the town. They wanted to create a comfort zone from which they could operate without interference from local law enforcement."

Tancredo, the chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, now a powerful force within Congress for opposing amnesty plans for illegal aliens and for promoting tougher border security measures, points, as an example, to the L.A. County city of Bell Gardens – where corrupt elected officials under the influence of drug lords actually tried to shut down the police department.

"City officials who would not cooperate with the Mexican-born city manager were forced out of office," he writes. "Eventually, the L.A. County attorney's office moved in, and the city manager was prosecuted on charges of corruption. Unfortunately, Bell Gardens was only the tip of the iceberg. Other Los Angeles suburbs – including Huntington Park, Lynwood and Southgate – became targets for the cartels."

In fact, similar efforts to undermine law and order by Mexican criminal gangs are under way, Tancredo says, in Texas, Arizona and elsewhere.

"The corruption spreading from south of the border is not confined to Southern California," he writes. "In Cameron County, Texas, the former sheriff and several other officials were recently convicted of receiving drug-smuggling bribes. In Douglas, Ariz. – where the international border runs down the middle of the town and divides it from its sister city of Agua Prieta, Mexico – the mayor's brother was discovered to have a tunnel from one of his rental properties going into Mexico."

Tancredo reports he has had confidential briefings with top officials in big-city law enforcement who say there are entire cities under the virtual control of Mexican criminal street gangs and their associated businesses, in some cases, making it dangerous for county, state and national law enforcement officers to venture in and rendering any interdepartmental cooperation impossible."



Gang expert backs
Tancredo charges
Retired cop says Mexican drug cartels rig elections to take over U.S. cities
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Posted: June 27, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
by Joseph Farah
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Quote:

"WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Tancredo's charge that Mexican drug cartels are buying up legitimate businesses in U.S. cities to launder money and using some of the proceeds to win local mayoral and city council seats for politicians who can shape the policies and personnel decisions of their police forces, has been backed up by a veteran gang investigator.

Richard Valdemar, a retired sergeant with the L.A. County sheriff's department and a longtime member of a federal task force investigating gang activity, went beyond the charges made by Tancredo, the chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus who has led the fight to secure America's southern border.

In fact, he cited first-hand experience in investigating attempts to take over seven cities in Los Angeles County – Southgate, Lynwood, Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens and Huntington Park.

He also told WND in an exclusive interview that he has since become aware of similar efforts by Mexican drug cartels throughout the Southwest – in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

The stunning disclosures substantiate claims made by Tancredo in his new book, "In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security," in which he exposes what he has learned from meetings with law enforcement authorities regarding a concerted effort by the Mexican mafia and drug cartels to extend its corruptive influence in urban areas dominated by illegal alien populations.

Tancredo says some of these small cities have become hostile and dangerous places for legitimate law enforcement officials. Valdemar agrees, saying the sophisticated technique being employed in the U.S. was "invented in Mexico."

Valdemar, the grandson of legal Mexican immigrants and now a consultant to law enforcement agencies across the country on gang activity, explains how the operations work.

"In the typical scenario, a wealthy Mexican immigrant opens a business in a small town," he says. "It could be a very nice Mexican restaurant. He's well-dressed, speaks English, seemingly a real gentleman. He gets involved in the community. His business welcomes police officers with discounts. He makes friends with city officials and other businessmen. No one has any idea where his money comes from – the Mexican drug cartels."

Valdemar says the agent of the cartels often sets up other businesses – including the sale of cheap used tires and used autos. These businesses are used almost exclusively as fronts for laundering money.

Then he begins targeting political power in the town. When election time rolls around, Valdemar says, he sponsors – directly or indirectly – a number of candidates for the city council with the express purpose of winning a majority of seats for his handpicked operatives. Some of the candidates are simply in place to level baseless accusations against incumbents, while others keep above the fray, positioning themselves for victory.

As soon as they take power, the new majority fires the city attorney and names a replacement. Often the second city official to go is the city manager. Both of these moves are designed to cover up the illicit activities that will follow.

City contracts for trash collection and other services are given to friendly businesses – also in league with the cartel. Regulations on auto-repair businesses and alcohol sales are lifted – again, making it easier for cartel-tied businesses to operate more freely. Gambling ordinances are changed to permit casinos and bingo parlors. Loan sharking, prostitution and increased drug business follow – all of which increase revenues for the cartels and power for their agents in the city.

Valdemar says very few prosecutions are successful because of the wealth and political ties of those involved. The situation in the Southwest is grave, he says, and the problem is spreading nationwide."

Friday, June 23, 2006

Poll of Norwegian Muslims

(translation from Norwegian is mine)

"14 percent of the the Norwegian Muslims want to have Sharia in Norway. That is the results of TV2 and Norsk Gallups survey from May this year."

the original quote in Norwegian:

14 PROSENT AV NORSKE MUSLIMER ønsker innføring av sharia i Norge. Det kom fram i TV2 og Norsk Gallups muslimske meninger fra mai i år.

Source:

Stening og amputering som straff

Astrid Meland

Første gang publisert: onsdag 21. juni 2006

http://www.dagbladet.no/magasinet/

Here is information in Norwegian about how the poll was done:

Slik gjennomførte de undersøkelsen

2 Nettavisen

Olav Njaastad

http://www.nettavisen.no/innenriks/article642369.ece

Dette er den første meningsmålingen som er laget blant muslimer i Norge.

TNS Gallup har utviklet en metode for å skaffe til veie et representativ utvalg av den muslimske delen av befolkningen i Norge.

Med unntak av samemanntallet,registreres ikke personer basert på sin etniske tilhørighet i Norge, eller tilgjengelige personregistre over medlemmer av ulike trossamfunn. For å kunne gjennomføre en måling som forteller noe om den muslimske befolkningen i Norge, har Gallup samlet typiske islamske navn fra åpne kilder på internett og brukt disse til søk i telefonkatalogen i Norge.

IInnsamlingen av navn på internett ga i alt 4.700 muslimske navn t Kryssingen av telefonregistre og navnelisten ga et utvalg på 25.000 personer.. Fra denne listen er det trukket et tilfeldig utvalg, og 495 av disse har svart på Gallups undersøkelse. Alle i det muslimske utvalget har personlig svart at de bekjenner seg til islam. Uttrykket «muslimer i Norge» er definert som personer som bekjenner seg til islam og er 18 år eller eldre.

Det generelle befolkningsutvalget er trukket på vanlig måte. «Befolkningen generelt» er personer bosatt i Norge som er 18 år eller eldre, uavhengig av religion eller etnisk tilhørighet.

Intervjuet på norsk og urdu
De fleste intervjuene er foretatt på norsk. Spørsmålene som er stilt er oversatt til urdu og rundt 10 prosent av intervjuene er gjennomført på urdu. Arbeidet med undersøkelsen har pågått siden juli 2005 i samarbeid mellom Gallup og TV 2. Gjennomføringen av undersøkelsen ble foretatt i februar og mars 2006. Antallet muslimer i undersøkelsen er 495 og antallet i det generelle befolkningsutvalget er 489 personer.

Fordi det ikke er mulig å intervjue hele befolkningen, er utvalgsundersøkelser er beheftet med usikkerhet. Det er viktig at resultatene fra utvalgsundersøkelser tolkes med varsomhet og med hensyn til hvilke feilmarginer som gjelder for det datagrunnlaget resultatene bygger på. Feilmarginen i undersøkelsen er på +/- 4,5 prosentpoeng men feilmarginene øker dersom antallet personer de ulike svargruppene blir lavt.

Testperiode
Før undersøkelsen ble igangsatt gjennomførte Gallup en forundersøkelse for å teste ut kvaliteten av spørreskjemaet og oversettelsen av spørreskjemaet til urdu. Det var også en sentral problemstilling i forundersøkelsen om muslimer i Norge kommer til svare på spørsmålene fra Gallups telefonintervjuere. Konklusjonen var at den muslimske befolkningen sluttet opp om undersøkelsen og svarte på spørsmålene som ble stilt. Bortfallet i undersøkelsen er normalt for meningsmålinger gjennomført på telefon.

22.05.06 09:28, ny 22.05.06 13:10

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Minister in the Swedish government and member of the ruling Social Democratic Party, 2004 :"We must be open and tolerant towards Islam and the Muslims because when we will become the minority they will be so towards us."

"We must be open and tolerant towards Islam and the Muslims because when we will become the minority they will be so towards us."

Jens Orback, minister in the Swedish government, November 2004 on the Swedish radio channel P1

The original quote in Swedish:

"Vi måste vara öppna och toleranta mot islam och muslimerna för när vi blir i minoritet kommer de att vara det mot oss."

IceViking has personally phoned Orback`s press secretary (there was a substitute for the permanent press secretary that handled my query) to confirm that he did in fact say these exact words in the original Swedish.