The presence of white power militants at the storming of the U.S. Capitol this month is the latest sign of how a violent fringe group committed to race war is exploiting the nation’s polarized politics, according to a University of Chicago analyst of paramilitary groups.
Mexican authorities will bring no charges against a former top military official who was arrested in the U.S. last year on drug-trafficking and corruption charges, only to be sent home at the request of the outraged Mexican government.
While the attention of organized crime specialists and the international media has focused on the notorious drug cartels of Mexico and Colombia, Brazil’s little-known Primeiro Comando da Capital is emerging as the Western hemisphere’s most potent crime threat. A new report calls the trafficking group South America’s “most powerful prison gang” ― and warns its operations are quietly expanding.
Cyber saboteurs linked to Russian intelligence were blamed for what experts called “the most significant national security failures in years,” penetrating some of the country’s most sensitive networks, including the Department of Homeland Security.
Conceding that American counter-narcotics policies have at times caused “considerable harm” in many countries, a bipartisan commission on drug policy in the Western Hemisphere said Washington should address the domestic demand that has driven the illicit narcotics trade, even as it continues the fight against transnational cartels.
“The Biden administration is well-positioned to take concrete steps” toward fulfilling Barack Obama’s pledge to close the Guantanamo prison, which holds 40 alleged terrorists at a cost of $13 million per detainee, argues a former lawyer with the U.S. Department of Defense. But whether it’s politically expedient to do so is another question.
The U.S Justice Department agreed to release Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, nicknamed The Godfather, for an investigation in Mexico. Cienfuegos was arrested last month at Los Angeles International Airport.
The company has obtained an order from a federal judge allowing it control over the “Trickbot” botnet, a global network it describes as the largest in the world. The botnet aims to create uncertainty about the election results by infecting computers which tally up votes.