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MS-13 First Gang To Be Designated 'Transnational Crime Organization'
Fri, 10/12/2012 - 13:46, - 0 Comments
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10/12/2012 RTT News
Mara Salvatrucha, the Los Angeles-based street gang notorious for its subcultural moral code and violent acts of retribution, has become the first gang to be designated a "transnational crime organization" by the U.S. Treasury Department.

The gang, also known as MS-13, boasts around 8,000 members in the U.S. and over 30,000 worldwide, with the heaviest concentrations found in L.A., San Francisco and the Washington, DC/Maryland area.

The Treasury designation will allow the federal government to freeze assets of MS-13 members at will for the gang's involvement drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, assassinations, racketeering, blackmail, extortion, and immigration offenses. Read More

Honda is most stolen motorcycle in U.S.
Mon, 10/08/2012 - 10:03, - 0 Comments

Sacramento Bee

Motorcycle thefts were down last year in the U.S., despite increased sales, according to an insurance industry group.

A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau released today said 2011 motorcycle thefts are down six percent from the year before. A total of 46,667 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2011, compared with 49,791 in 2010.

The decrease in thefts came as sales were slightly up. Sales increased to 440,899 motorbikes in 2011 from 439,678 in 2010, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. Read More

Crimes by ATF and DEA informants not tracked by feds
Sun, 10/07/2012 - 17:46, - 0 Comments

USA Today

whitey bulgerThe nation's top law enforcement agencies, facing new scrutiny after the Fast and Furious investigation, say they do not know how often their agents allow informants to commit crimes.

WASHINGTON — The nation's top drug and gun enforcement agencies do not track how often they give their informants permission to break the law on the government's behalf.

U.S. Justice Department rules put strict limits on when and how agents at the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can authorize their informants — often drawn from the ranks of the criminals they are investigating — to commit a crime. But both the ATF and DEA acknowledged, in response to open-records requests and in written statements, that they do not track how often such permission is given.

Russian Top Human-Rights Journalists Face Threats, Murder
Thu, 10/04/2012 - 12:26, - 0 Comments

Oct. 4, 2012 Daily Beast

The country’s top human-rights journalists are being threatened and killed in broad daylight in a brutal campaign of intimidation to stop them from reporting on torture and killings in the Caucasus—and some think the government is to blame.

Tatayana (Tanya) Lokshina reported on egregious human-rights abuses in Russia for years. Only her close friends knew of the risks she faced working on long trips in conflict regions in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Her priority was to tell the stories of people in trouble, and she never talked about the personal danger she often found herself in. But this week, Lokshina—who is now the deputy director for Human Rights Watch in Moscow and a recipient of the Andrei Sakharov journalism award (Russia’s equivalent of a Pulitzer)—couldn’t keep silent any longer. She invited journalists to a press conference and declared that she was being followed around the city, and that somebody had been sending her text messages threatening to murder her unborn baby.

$2 million in gems, gold stolen from Calif. museum
Tue, 10/02/2012 - 22:36, - 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California investigators searched Monday for thieves who made off with an estimated $2 million in precious gems and gold from a mining museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills during a brazen daytime robbery.

But they didn't get away with the biggest prize of all — the nearly 14-pound Fricot Nugget, a giant crystalline gold mass unearthed in the Gold Rush era.

During their attempt to grab the massive nugget, the robbers triggered an alarm that alerted authorities who swarmed the museum but were unable to nab the thieves.

At least two robbers wearing hoods and armed with pickaxes threatened workers during the heist Friday at the California Mining and Minerals Museum in Mariposa, the California Highway Patrol said.

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