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hsbc-twBanking giant accused of laundering billions

Feb. 1, 2012: WND broke open the explosive HSBC money-laundering case when a former employee of HSBC in New York had 1,000 pages of customer account records he claimed were evidence of an international money-laundering scheme involving hundreds of billions of dollars by the global banking giant, which was under investigation by a U.S. Senate committee.

Whistleblower John Cruz delivered to WND customer account records he said he pulled from the HSBC computer system before he was fired. Customer records and secret audio recordings brought to WND showed HSBC employees in Long Island were stealing the Social Security numbers of former bank depositors to create bogus “pass-through” accounts used to launder hundreds of millions of dollars for criminal enterprises such as Mexican drug cartels and Islamic terrorists.

Cruz was terminated Feb. 17, 2010, after two years at HSBC for “poor performance,” but he said he was let go because senior management didn’t want to him to pursue his personal investigation.

moneyHSBC spokesman Rob Sherman issued a statement to WND, which stated:

“We support efforts to protect the integrity of the financial system, and our commitment to AML (anti-money laundering) includes rigorous internal processes and a close working partnership with regulators and law enforcement,” the statement said.

One of the largest banks in the world, London-based HSBC has about 7,500 offices in more than 80 countries and territories in Europe, North and South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

In his position as an account relationship manager, Cruz worked in the HSBC southern New York region, which accounts for about 50 percent of HSBC’s North American revenue. He was assigned to work with several branch managers to identify accounts in which HSBC might introduce additional banking services.

Cruz told WND he had “firsthand knowledge and proof of how HSBC transferred billions of dollars through accounts linked to companies that did not exist.”

“I had poor job performance because the portfolio of HSBC accounts I was given to work ended up being 90 percent fictitious and fraudulent accounts,” he said. “How could I expand HSBC bank relations with fraudulent accounts that were created to be used for illegal money laundering?”

After the HSBC currency traders were arrested, WND conducted an investigation of the bank’s connections to the Clinton Foundation, uncovering a massive offshore financial network involving tens of thousands of transactions that extend far beyond HSBC.

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Flash! America gets busted!

Feb. 1, 2004: As if Super Bowls needed more exposure, the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII provided millions of viewers with a clear shot of singer Janet Jackson’s breast at the end of her performance with Justin Timberlake.

While Timberlake called the incident a “wardrobe malfunction,” Jackson admitted the stunt had been planned.

“I am really sorry if I offended anyone. That was truly not my intention,” she said. “The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals. … It was not my intention that it go as far as it did.”FCC Chairman Michael Powell said he was outraged, explaining, “Like millions of Americans, my family and I gathered around the television for a celebration. Instead, that celebration was tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable stunt. Our nation’s children, parents and citizens deserve better.”

Some in the advertising industry praised the Jackson episode as being “extremely successful.”

“We love stunts at our agency, and she opened the door for more people to take risks,” said James LaForce, partner in the New York public relations agency LaForce & Stevens.

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Mexican official threatens U.S. with ‘chaos’


A former Mexican government official says that in response to President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, his nation might stop cooperating with the United States in the war against the drug cartels, which would unleash what an analysis has described as “chaos and violence.”

The warning came from Jorge Castaneda Gutman, a former secretary of foreign affairs for Mexico, whose leadership has been in an uproar over Trump’s plan to stop illegal immigration.

Trump’s plan includes enhanced Border Patrol staffing for boundary enforcement and a border wall that he has insisted Mexico will fund in one way or another.

In a recent CNN interview, Gutman claimed that the drugs and associated violence are not Mexico’s problem, even though the drug cartels have murdered tens of thousands of Mexicans, beheading many of their victims.

He told CNN that Mexico “has a lot of negotiating chips in this matter … but it also has measures we could take in other areas.”

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo writes in his “In Mortal Danger” how those in America illegally are demanding the rights granted to citizens.

“For example, the drugs that come through Mexico from South America, or the drugs that are produced here in Mexico all go to the United States,” he said. “This is not our problem.”

Gutman then boasted of his nation’s work with the U.S. but warned it might not last.

“We have been cooperating with the United States for many years on these issues because they’ve asked us to and because we have a friendly, trustful relationship. If that relationship disappears, the reasons for cooperation also disappear,” he said.

At Intellihub, an independent news outlet whose coverage of the secret 2012 Bilderberg meetings became the source of a movie, writer Mac Slavo spelled out the consequences of ending the cooperation.

“[Gutman] suggested that Mexico’s previous cooperation with the U.S. in curbing the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants could end,” he wrote. “Instead, the cartels could be essentially unleashed upon the U.S. – retribution for tough policies on Mexico and other immigrant-producing countries in the Latin American world.”

He said Gutman’s comments confirm the link between the cartels and the Mexican government.

“These astonishing words could open up an economic gang war against the U.S. – very irresponsible words that reveal just how connected Mexico’s leadership is with the cartels who operate from their territories.

“The implications are astoundingly clear – Mexico would consider exporting chaos and violence into the United States as a form of payback for immigration restrictions and controls against instability that the southern border has brought to the country for decades.”

Pointing out “drug cartels and Mexican gangs have killed an estimated 40,000 people over the past decade in Mexico alone,” he warned things “could get pretty ugly.”

Here’s the interview with Gutman’s comments:



Here’s the full interview:


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WND reported last week the state of Texas officially warned that ISIS terrorists were operating on its border with Mexico.

Its Texas Public Safety Threat Overview states, “We are especially concerned about the potential for terrorist infiltration across the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly as foreign terrorist fighters depart Syria and Iraq and enter global migration flows.”

And it’s not just those who sneak in that are of concern.

“We are concerned about the challenges associated with the security vetting of Syrian war refugees or asylum seekers who are resettled in Texas – namely, that derogatory security information about individuals is inaccessible or nonexistent. We see a potential that these challenges may leave the state exposed to extremist actors who pose as authentic refugees, and who are determined to later commit violent acts,” the state explains.

A report at the Investigative Project on Terrorism noted an extra level for concern because “at least 13 aspiring terrorists have tried to cross into Mexico, or considered trying, since 2012.”

These are people who have been radicalized and want to travel overseas to join terrorist organizations but cannot travel by air because they are on the no-fly list.

Judicial Watch reported as early as April 2015 that ISIS had established a training camp a few miles from El Paso, Texas, in an area known as “Anapra” just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

According to the JW report, cartel informants told law enforcement that “they are only waiting for the order and the times to carry out a simultaneous attack in the different ports of entry or cities of the United States of America.”

Drug cartels also have a working “agreement” with Islamic terrorists, according to a high-ranking Mexican police administrator, who told JW that men from the Middle East arrive regularly into the country to train jihadists.

Judicial Watch on Tuesday noted the Texas report and said the southern border “has become a hotbed of Islamic terrorism in recent years and Judicial Watch has exposed the national security disaster as part of an ongoing investigation into the dangerously porous region.”

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo writes in his “In Mortal Danger” how those in America illegally are demanding the rights granted to citizens.




Congressman drafts bill to ‘completely abolish’ EPA

(HUFFINGTONPOST) — Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has drafted a bill to “completely abolish” the Environmental Protection Agency, according to an email obtained by The Huffington Post.

The freshman congressman sent the email on Tuesday morning to lawmakers who might co-sponsor the legislation, which would shutter the EPA by the end of next year.

“Our small businesses cannot afford to cover the costs associated with compliance, too often leading to closed doors and unemployed Americans,” Gaetz wrote. “It is time to take back our legislative power from the EPA and abolish it permanently.”


Trump fan knocked unconscious by protester

(BREITBART) — A Donald Trump supporter was knocked out and suffered a concussion after being attacked by a protester at Portland International Airport, says a Daily Mail report.

Thirty-nine-year-old Grant Chisholm, along with with three other members of the Bible Believers Group, held a counter protest supporting President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban at the same time 600 people were protesting the ban.

Chisholm said he was there to preach and one of the demonstrators asked him for a fight.

He claimed he was hit in the head three times with a metallic object by one of the ban protesters.


Prosecutors weigh child-porn charges for Weiner

(WALL STREET JOURNAL) — Federal prosecutors are weighing bringing child-pornography charges against former congressman Anthony Weiner over sexually explicit exchanges he allegedly had with a 15-year-old girl, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Weiner, a New York Democrat, is being investigated by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which seized his electronic devices, including a laptop and a cellphone, as part of the probe.

Officials initiated the investigation last fall, after the Daily Mail in the U.K. reported that Mr. Weiner had exchanged sexually explicit messages and photos with the girl.


Priest sorry for urging Trump haters to kill selves

(NYPOST) — The Catholic priest who urged Trump haters to hurl themselves from the tops of buildings has apologized.

Father Philip Pizzo posted a meme to his public Facebook page on Sunday that said “Show your hate for Trump. #JumpAgainstTrump” and depicted a man plumetting from a tower, igniting backlash from parishioners.

The pastor, who leads the largely immigrant congregation at St. Benedict Joseph Labre Roman Catholic Church in Richmond Hill, first said the post was a funny joke, but now he has taken it down and is seeking atonement.


No more Boy Scouts; now All Scouts

“Boy Scouts of America will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in scouting programs.” That headline screamed on The Washington Post Monday.

So the BSA has caved to loony left… and signed its death warrant. This is the third capitulation by the BSA to the immoral leftist globalist cabal. In 2013 the organization ended its ban on gay Scouts; in 2015 it began allowing gay Scout leaders. And now, after 106 years, the organization devoted to building the character of young boys has abandoned its charter altogether and joined in on the enabling of mental and emotional abuse of children.

The move likely comes to stave off the LGBTQ terror attacks that are sure to ensue against the organization once a court case is filed over the organization’s removal of a girl from its ranks. The 8-year-old girl, Jody Maldonado, now claims she’s a boy because she never liked “girl things.”

Of course, 8-year-old children are not aware of such things as “gender identity” unless adults prominent in their lives manipulate them. Girls preferring boy activities and toys to “girl things” has been going on for all time. In my day those girls were called “Tomboys,” and athletes and they grew up to become women. Jody’s mother, Kristie, should be brought up on charges of child abuse.

At the time that Jody was removed from the Scouts, BSA spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said, correctly, “Gender identity isn’t related to sexual orientation.” That’s because gender identity is a fabrication.

And there is the rub. Most people are not aware, because it has been done gradually, but erasing traditional sexual norms began a number of years ago, as I explained in “No free will? Nonsense!.” The subtle, almost imperceptible move includes the substitution of the word “gender” – a grammatical term – for the word sex – a biological term – as a distinguishing descriptor for male or female.

The effect is to program the mind. When one suffers from anorexia, she (odds are it’s a female) looks in the mirror and sees herself as fat. It doesn’t matter what reality is; whether she is fat, normal weight or rail thin. That person creates an alternate reality in her mind. Anorexia is a mental disorder. One seeking to help that person shrug off this false sense of self would not reinforce that unreality by telling her she is indeed fat and should continue starving herself. Rather, one would help her seek treatment for her mental illness so she could begin to recognize she is not fat and is destroying her health.

Likewise, one who looks in the mirror and sees himself or herself as opposite of his or her biological sex is creating an alternate reality. It is a mental disorder and should not be coddled or reinforced. Nor should anyone else be forced into accepting that person’s alternate reality as reality.

Human Rights Campaign weighed in on the issue, writing:

The former policy only allowed boys to join the Boy Scouts who were listed as male on their birth certificate, while the new policy will admit any boy to the organization whose parents list their gender as male on their application. This marks a significant policy shift, and will allow transgender boys whose parents cannot change or have not changed their son’s gender on their birth certificate.

There is no such thing as a “transgender boy.” Despite what Jody’s mother and other authority figures are telling her, she is a girl. She will always be a girl. That is her biology no matter what surgeries she may undergo or drugs or hormones she may take.

The notion that males and females are equal or that one can become the other through thought or sheer will is an absurd fallacy that advances collectivism and perverts God’s will. Once you grant the unseen powers the authority to redefine terms and create alternate realities that you accept, you have surrendered all that you have to the state… even your life.

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Mayor to cop: ‘We’re serving pig today?’

(SUN SENTINEL) A war of words is threatening to end the term of the mayor of the Treasure Coast city of Stuart after she admits she referred to a police officer in public as a “pig.”

But even with a unanimous call from commissioners for her resignation, Stuart Mayor Eula Clarke won’t step down. Instead, City Commissioners have ordered a special meeting to investigate the mayor.

Tensions flared Monday when what was supposed to be a routine meeting on downtown development took a turn from the start with calls for Clarke’s resignation.


Ultrasound? Sure, says Planned Parenthood, if you pay for abortion


Ultrasounds are used by obstetricians to observe an unborn child and discover any complications that could arise in a pregnancy.

Except at Planned Parenthood, where they apparently are used for abortion only.

You know, to determine the age of the unborn so the abortionist knows what he’ll need to do and how much to charge, since at most abortion businesses, the later the abortion in the term, the higher the cost.

A new undercover video released by the pro-life group Live Action caught Planned Parenthood officials in Corning, New York, admitting: “We tell you you’re pregnant and then we offer at Planned Parenthood to do the abortions. … We only do ultrasounds if you are terminating.”

From Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, responding to a request for ultrasounds: “No. Nope. Not something we offer.”

And from Council Bluffs, Iowa: “We don’t do any ultrasounds for prenatal – for prenatal care. We do them when we’re doing abortions but not for any other reason.”

Live Action said its investigators discovered ultrasound machines generally only have one purpose: abortion.

“Planned Parenthood uses ultrasound to determine a baby’s age and position in the womb before it kills her. Investigators asked 68 Planned Parenthood facilities for ultrasounds to check the health of their babies, but only three were able to provide them. The remainder either did not do ultrasounds or used ultrasounds for abortions only.”

See the video:



Live Action’s Lila Rose said Planned Parenthood “knows if it shows mothers an ultrasound, it would reveal a growing child with a beating heart and kicking legs – destroying not only the ‘clump of cells’ myth, but eventually Planned Parenthood’s abortion business model.”

She said millions of Americans “need to know the truth: at Planned Parenthood, ultrasounds are used for killing, not care.”

The video is part of Live Action’s series on Planned Parenthood as the “Abortion Corporation.” It comes just as Congress is considering a plan to stop giving Planned Parenthood $500 million in taxpayer money every year.

President Trump already has stopped, by executive order, U.S. taxpayer funding to overseas operations.

Both funding plans had been enthusiastically supported by Barack Obama, when he was president, as he even promised at one point that he would not want one of his daughters saddled with an infant if they made mistake.

Live Action also recently released a video that provides stunning clarity to the real agenda of Planned Parenthood.

In it, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is quoted saying, “It’s important to remember, too, that the services that we provide through the federal programs are family planning, cancer screenings, prenatal care.”

Her statement is followed immediately by a response from Planned Parenthood in Arizona, where a worker states, “We don’t have prenatal care here.”

Read the tested and proven strategies to defeat the abortion cartel, in “Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time.”

Then Richards, on social media, states, “Politicians have put STD testing, prenatal care for Planned Parenthood patients at risk in their political attack.”

Which is followed by a statement from Planned Parenthood in Athens, Ohio: “No, we wouldn’t provide any pre-type of prenatal services.”

The video:


Rose said, “Planned Parenthood finds itself in the impossible position of saying that it does just enough prenatal care to merit hundreds of millions of dollars from the government, but not enough to be criticized for failing to provide it when a pregnant woman seeks prenatal care at its centers.”

WND reported when the first video came out that only a few of the 97 abortion businesses contacted offered anything in the way of prenatal services, and one of those services was “vitamins.”

“Planned Parenthood says it’s a champion of women’s health care, yet prenatal care, which is an essential service for expectant mothers, is virtually nonexistent,” said Rose at the time. “Our investigators who wanted to keep their babies were turned away by 92 out of 97 Planned Parenthood centers. It’s clear that despite its claims, abortion is the priority and the only option for pregnant women that visit Planned Parenthood.”

The first video:


Live Action said “The Prenatal Care Deception” leads off its “Abortion Corporation” series of investigative videos.

WND reported another Live Action video showed how Planned Parenthood carried out its promise to retrain employees after some were caught on video making embarrassing statements about human trafficking and sex workers.

Instead of training workers to spot and report abuse, Planned Parenthood trained them to identify and guard against undercover journalists and investigators.

Live Action, which produced undercover videos in 2011 in which individuals working at Planned Parenthood clinics expressed willingness to aid and abet underage sex-trafficking, released its video online.

Read the tested and proven strategies to defeat the abortion cartel, in “Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time.”

“[It] shows that Planned Parenthood lied to the media after employees were caught on camera attempting to aid and abet sex traffickers prostituting 14- and 15-year-old girls,” Live Action said. “A former Planned Parenthood manager recently revealed that while the abortion giant claimed in 2011 that it was retraining thousands of staff to identify child sex traffickers, it instead trained them how to identify undercover journalists investigating its facilities.”

Live Action said it “used public records requests to check the abortion chain’s claim that it had reported the suspected sex traffickers to authorities. The responses from law enforcement show that Planned Parenthood failed repeatedly to report the suspected crimes to local police departments, state police, or even child protective services.”

The video:


In the video, Ramona Trevino told of her experience running a Planned Parenthood operation during Live Action’s previous investigation.

Rose noted that Trevino was working at Planned Parenthood while the previous undercover investigations were done.

“I just blew it off,” Trevino said. “We don’t have anything to hide, so why are we so concerned about these undercover investigations?”

She continued, “Later on … all of that would change.”

The video features a clip of a CBS report showing Planned Parenthood staffers “all too eager to help purported teenage sex workers get abortions and contraception.”

One clip had a “pimp” telling a Planned Parenthood worker: “Some of ’em are young, they’re kind of like – some are like, 15, 14.”

That could involve criminal activity not just because of the prostitution, but because of their age.

But Planned Parenthood’s responded, “Minors are always accepted without parental consent.”

The worker continues: “You never got this from me. Just to make all of our lives easier. If they’re 14 and under … just send ’em right there if they need an abortion.”

She circled information on a sheet of paper.

Live Action exposed eight Planned Parenthood clinic staffers at seven locations “willing to aid and abet child sex traffickers.”

Richards wrote to then-Attorney General Eric Holder on the issue. But she couldn’t even, in the letter, accurately name the states where the incidents took place. And the letter claimed they were reported to authorities.

“But through the Freedom of Information Act, Live Action contacted the state justice departments, police departments and child protective services in the states listed in Planned Parenthood’s letter, and only one of the five states visited by investigators, Arizona, had responsive records that any report had been made to authorities,” the group said.

Trevino explained that while Planned Parenthood “publicly” said they would retrain staff to watch for traffickers, what they actually did was assemble employees to train them to watch for undercover journalists.

Trevino said she was told, on the issue of sex trafficking, “We’re not here to talk about that.”

She was told, “We are here to teach you how to identify if you’re being videotaped, or recorded, or entrapped in any way.”

At the time, Live Action had released more than a dozen hidden camera videos from 10 states showing “several alarming patterns of illegal Planned Parenthood activities including cover-up of sexual abuse of minors, the skirting of parental consent laws, citing unscientific and fabricated medical information to manipulate women to have abortions, and Planned Parenthood’s willingness to accept donations earmarked to abort African-American babies.”



Limbaugh scorches Trump for 1 ‘serious’ mistake


Despite his strong defense of Donald Trump throughout the presidential campaign, radio host Rush Limbaugh unleashed on the commander in chief Tuesday for what he called a “serious” problem, keeping numerous officials from former President Obama’s era in his own administration.

Monday night, Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for defiantly refusing to defend his executive order closing U.S. borders to refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries.

“She should not have been there in the first place, and it’s not the fault of the Senate for not confirming [Sen. Jeff] Sessions already [as attorney general]. And it’s not the fault of anybody but Donald Trump,” Limbaugh said on his national broadcast.

“Donald Trump is singularly responsible for this woman being there. She should have been let go on Day One with every Obama appointee.”

Sally Yates

Sally Yates

Limbaugh wondered aloud when those on the political right were going to learn how those on the left are in full attack mode all the time.

“They do not believe in the kind of civility that we believe in. The left is simply a bunch of mean-spirited extremist bullies who are not interested in cooperating, working together, being civil or any of that. Sally Yates and every other Obama appointee should have been gone within 30 minutes of Trump taking the oath of office. That is his fault for not doing so.”

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Limbaugh said he wasn’t sure why Trump kept Yates on for 10 days into his administration, but he theorized that it’s because Trump is “not ideological.”

“He’s gonna have to get up to speed on it,” said Limbaugh. “It’s not enough to know that he faces opposition. I’m sure he knows that. I’m sure his eyes are being opened each and every day. I’m sure he’s seeing a side of these people that he used to think were his friends. But until he is able to get up to speed and understand that he is fighting liberalism, socialism, extremism bordering on near communism, he’s not gonna understand what he’s up against.”

Not wishing to be misunderstood, Limbaugh noted, “I’m not calling him a wallflower, and I’m not saying that he’s weak. He knows he faces opposition, but it is crucial to understand the kind of opposition it is. The only way Sally Yates can be explained is through liberalism.”

“They are liberals. They’re lying about every aspect of their opposition to every Trump nominee. If you want to put them on the spot, if you want to call them out on this, you’ve got to be able to call them out as liberals, not just a bunch of people delaying because they’re playing politics. They’re not playing politics. They’re playing liberal obstruction which is designed to transform this country away from the way it was founded. It is serious. …

Radio host Rush Limbaugh

Radio host Rush Limbaugh

“Until you understand the kind of opposition, left-wing liberal opposition is, you’re not going to be successful in dealing with it. And you can be successful in dealing with it. We could nuke it. Yates should never have been there. She was violating the law by refusing to defend it. She works for Donald Trump. She doesn’t work for her own moral code. She doesn’t work for her own interpretation of the law. She works for the president of the United States. She’s no heroine.”

Trump may face some difficulty in removing all of Obama’s people, as many have of them have moved into civil-service jobs, a process known as “burrowing.”

The Daily Signal reported: “Unlike political appointees, federal workers in the civil service system are difficult to fire, are hired through a merit system, and carry over throughout administrations, Republican or Democrat.”

According to the Office of Personnel Management, at least 88 of Obama’s political appointees would likely remain working in the federal government under a Trump administration, the Daily Signal noted.

“From Jan. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2016, federal agencies selected 112 political appointees for career civil service jobs. Of those, the Office of Personnel Management approved 88 and rejected 24,” the paper reported.

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