TSA caught in massive $100 million cocaine cover-up

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Source: NaturalNews.com
Jayson Veley
February 23, 2017

The debate between liberty and security is one that the American people have been having for centuries. Indeed, Ben Franklin once famously said, “those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” But in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, many Americans – certainly not all, but many – are starting to come to terms with forfeiting a bit of their liberty in exchange for safety.

This is the case in the security lines at airports, where TSA agents at times go as far as groping travelers to ensure that those passing through don’t have any bad intentions. As a result, the Transportation Security Administration has been the subject of debate for quite some time now. Mostly the controversy has revolved around civil liberties and privacy rights, but now a new TSA controversy has surfaced – and it’s a criminal offense. (RELATED: Read about how congress is expanding the TSA to alternative forms of transportation)

In a case that analyzed the infiltration of the TSA by transnational criminal organizations, 12 current and former agents as well as other airport staff members have been charged with assisting in the transport of over 20 tons of cocaine over nearly two decades, a quantity that is worth over $100 million.

Between the years 1988 and 2016, these TSA agents have successfully smuggled 40,000 pounds of the drug through Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan into the U.S., according to the Department of Justice.

The official press release from the DOJ described how six TSA agents “allegedly smuggled multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine while employed as TSA Officers at the San Juan airport. Their full-time responsibilities were to provide security and baggage screening for checked and carry-on luggage that was to be placed on outbound flights from the LMMIA.” The report went on to say that these employees smuggled the cocaine straight through the TSA X-Ray machines and onto the airplanes without ever raising any suspicions.

Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said, “these arrests demonstrate the success of the AirTAT initiative, which has successfully allocated a dedicated group of state and federal law enforcement officers, whose mission is to ensure that our airports are not used in the drug traffickers’ illicit businesses.” Of course, it’s a good thing that these drug traffickers were caught but it’s a shame that it had been going on for two decades before they were brought to justice.

The DOJ statement went on to describe the criminal nature of TSA agent Javier Ortiz, an employee of Airport Aviation Services. Ortiz would specifically target suitcases that he knew contained cocaine and place them through the X-Ray machine himself, often paying fellow TSA agents to look the other way. Ortiz would then take the suitcases to their designated flights, avoiding K-9 units that would be able to detect the drugs that were hidden inside. Once he had the bags loaded onto the plane, Ortiz would simply call the drug trafficking organization he was affiliated with and give them the all clear.

Jose Baquero, the federal security director for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, said in a press release, “This investigation was initiated by TSA as part of its efforts to address employee misconduct and specific insider threat vulnerabilities. TSA has zero tolerance for employees engaged in criminal activity to facilitate contraband smuggling.”

If the defendants are convicted, they face anywhere from ten years to life in prison.

The most unfortunate thing about this case is the fact that the TSA was engaged in the very thing it claims it tries to prevent. Even though it was only a handful of rogue employees, it still does a tremendous disservice to the agency as a whole. If you can’t even trust the gatekeepers, then who exactly can you trust? (RELATED: You won’t believe what TSA agents did to this blind and deaf teenage girl).

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Sources:

ActivistPost.com

DailyWire.com

Why do so many Americans continue to choose junk food over healthy food?

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Isabelle Z.
December 6, 2016

Even though more people than ever are switching to organic food and other healthier choices, the American diet in general remains very unhealthy. With obesity and its related health problems reaching epidemic proportions, many people wonder why Americans continue to make such bad choices when it comes to food.

The problem cannot be blamed on a lack of information, especially not in the Internet Age. While some people still remain largely ignorant when it comes to the dangers of GMOs, for example, most people in the year 2016 realize that junk food is not good for their health.

Other people say that it’s a lack of money that drives people to make poor food choices, with people able to stretch their money a lot further on the McDonald’s $1 menu than in the organic section of a supermarket. This could be part of it, although other calculations have shown that the average amount of benefits provided by food stamps is sufficient for a healthy diet. Organic produce can also be grown at home cheaply, even without a yard.

Some say it’s because Americans are too busy working to make a wholesome meal from scratch, so they just grab whatever prepackaged foods they can find. While that might be true for some people, it doesn’t explain why someone in search of a snack would grab a bag of chips over a banana, solely in the interest of saving time.

Others posit that it’s largely an issue of taste, with people preferring the flavor of potato chips to that of spinach, for example. Again, it seems reasonable, but anyone who has ever taken a serious approach to a clean diet can tell you that there are many flavorful choices out there that do not put your health at risk.

Junk food is addictive, plain and simple

Nevertheless, the idea that it’s a matter of personal preference ties into one of the most compelling reasons people eat junk food: It is highly addictive from a scientific standpoint. In fact, a series of studies have shown that rats can become so addicted to a junk food diet that they would rather starve than eat healthy food, mimicking the addictive pattern that nutritionists see in humans who eat junk food despite knowing better.

Junk food is actually engineered to make people want more, which is why the Lay’s potato chip slogan promising that “No one can eat just one!” is so alarmingly accurate.

Junk food is engineered to trigger overeating

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Tricked Us author, Michael Moss, says that Doritos and Coca-Cola are largely successful because of their complex formulas that taste very good but do not have one single prominent flavor that triggers the brain to stop eating.

Meanwhile, he says that Cheetos contain a remarkable number of attributes that make the brain crave more, not the least of which is their ability to melt in your mouth, which tricks your brain into thinking they don’t contain any calories and makes you want to keep eating them. Food companies employ teams of chemists, neuroscientists and physicists to get the ratio of sugar, salt and fat just right to keep people coming back for more.

A study from UNSW’s School of Medical Sciences found that feeding junk food to rats caused them to lose interest in novel foods, an effect that lasted even after being put back on a diet of healthy food. This could be one reason that people who eat a lot of junk food can’t get out of their rut – trying healthier alternatives no longer appeals to them, as they’ve lost their natural preference for variety.

Processed food also tends to contain a lot of sugar, even the savory choices. Americans eat 152 pounds of sugar every year on average. With sugar being eight times more addictive than cocaine, it’s easy to see why so many people are struggling to kick the habit.

As long as food companies keep pumping their foods with chemicals that keep people coming back for more, America’s junk food obsession is not going to go away.

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#GoodNewsNextWeek: There Was Never Marijuana In The Colorado Water

Source: MediaMonarchy
James Evan Pilato
July 26, 2016

The military is again told to stop killing animals with sonar; that big headline about Colorado pot contamination was just a bunch of smoke on the water; and the farmer wins again. Notes/Links:

US Navy Banned From Using Sonar That Harms Dolphins, Walruses
http://bit.ly/2aql81j

Media Monarchy Search: “Sonar”
http://bit.ly/2aGwydc

Colorado Town’s Water May Be Tainted With Marijuana Chemical
http://bit.ly/2ackpvB

Update: “There Never Was THC In Our Water Supply”
http://bit.ly/2a9qFU4

It Would Take an L-O-T of T-H-C to “Contaminate” Water Supply
http://bit.ly/29UzkKi

Media Monarchy Flashback: EPA Says Drink Refreshing, Delicious Rocket Fuel (May 7, 2008)
http://bit.ly/2aGwTg3

Flashback: Gills And Pills As Fish Testing Positive For Cocaine, Anti-Depressants (Feb. 25, 2016)
http://bit.ly/1R5n4om

Flashback: Study Found More Drugs in Our Drinking Water Than Anybody Knew (Dec. 10, 2013)
http://bit.ly/2apfJ9c

Rhode Island Legalizes Hemp; Sets Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition
http://bit.ly/2apfyux

#MorningMonarchy: July 20, 2016
http://bit.ly/2aqkzVb

Courts Vindicate Pennsylvania Amish Farmer for Fourth Time
http://bit.ly/2aqkwIR

Spanish Man Tires Waiting For Telecoms To Wire His Town, Does It Himself
http://bit.ly/2a5CNHL

India Plants a Record 50 Million Trees in 24 Hours
http://bit.ly/2aflExG