The car impounded to Gualdo Hidalgo by CIA and FBI fauna serving for decades to Fidel Castro as servile lackeys and mercenaries.
NO! TO THE MERCENARY TRASH PERSECUTING, JAILING AND DISAPPEARING CUBAN EXILES
http://www.latinhf.com Gualdo Hidalgo has been framed by mercenaries from FBI, CIA, DIA working for Castro brothers (The two Galician psychopaths who terrorize Cuba since 1959). Raul and his Yankee lackeys - Barack Obama, John Kerry, Ben Rhodes, Bill Clinton) are the worst enemies of Cuba's freedom. Despite their crappy propaganda about freedom and human rights they imprison and kill in the name of Raul. They delivered Alan Gross to Castro brothers as a gift to begin the farce of freeing the terrorists who shot down the Hermanos al Rescate plane, killing four Cuban Americans; they have disappeared Major Ortelio Abrahantes Bacallao, of Minint, Ciego de Avila, who escaped Bahamas saying that he had the proofs of the assassination of Oswaldo Paya, leader of Movimiento Cristiano Liberacion http://www.martinoticias.com/a/minint...
And tell the “story” that they took him to Slovakia to protect him; they have disappeared Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, the Cuban prisoners released with Alan Gross, who passed to FBI information who facilitates the arrest of The Cuban Five http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wor...
They talk cynically about Miami Terrorists while they are the ones who terrorize the Cubans of the island and the Cuban community in Miami, and elsewhere, to anyone who raises his head they pull it up, as they have done with congressmen and senators who have opposed Castro brothers http://www.cubadebate.cu/especiales/2...
They are the ones who are following the order given by Castro brothers started a wild hunt for puticas in Dominican Republic to fabricate a case against Senator Robert Menendez.
By Lee Cary
How did Barack Obama emerge from Chicago in 2008 untainted by political corruption?
His rise to power began at the 2004 Democratic Party Convention when Illinois State Senator Barack Obama was catapulted onto the national stage by the alluring force of his oratory.
Four years later, in December 2008, Rod Blagojevich, the fourth governor in recent Illinois history to be imprisoned, was arrested by the F.B.I. culminating a long investigation led by the U.S. Attorney (USA) in Chicago. “Blago’s” arrest came just as he was about to meet with someone to negotiate a bribe in exchange for appointing then-U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. to complete President Obama’s senatorial term.
On the day Blago was arrested, the agent in charge of the Chicago F.B.I. Office said, “If [Illinois] isn’t the most corrupt state in the United States, it is certainly one hell of a competitor.”
Jackson, Co-Chair of President-Elect Obama’s campaign, was later arrested, along with his wife, and sentenced, in August 2013, to 30 months in jail for stealing $750,000 from his own campaign fund.
One year before Obama was inaugurated President, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a key fundraiser for both Obama and Blagojevich, and one of three core members of Obama’s 2004 senatorial campaign finance committee, was arrested by F.B.I. agents acting on evidence gathered by the USA in Chicago. Three years later, Rezko was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison.
There’s no need here to rehash Rezko’s and Blago’s criminal transgressions in detail, or document the many Illinois politicians, from both major parties, who, over the years, traded their business suits for jump suits. It is common knowledge that Chicago is the center of political corruption in a widely corrupt state.
Yet, somehow, the 44th President of the United States emerged from that toxic cauldron called “Crook County” untainted by the maelstrom of high-profile corruption cases that engulfed several of his closest, political associates. The question is…
How did that happen?
Was he an example of sharing no guilt by mere association – a petunia in an onion patch?
Was he blessed by divine intervention, or dumb luck?
Or did others, positioned in the Department of Justice to help him, plot a course that safely navigated him through the fraudulent waters of Chicagoland political corruption, thereby enabling him to cruise untarnished into the White House?
If such a route from Chicago to Washington, D.C. was prepared for Barack Obama, it was done by more than one official of the Department of Justice (DoJ). And, it was accomplished with the coerced assistance of, at least, three F.B.I. moles that helped the Bureau build cases against Blago and Rezko – cases that would not implicate the man who would be President.
What follows is the story of one of those moles: Bernard Barton; also known as John Thomas.
Much of the information herein is distilled from multiple Chicago media sources – most often the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune. Those outlets, plus a few lesser known Chicago business news sources, published bits-and-pieces of the Barton-Thomas story as it unfolded. But they, collectively, fell short of providing a comprehensive overview of his role as a mole for the F.B.I.
Bernard Barton’s transition to John Thomas began in the late 1990’s when investigators in the USA’s Long Island office in the Eastern District of New York caught Barton and a partner defrauding customers of their billboard leasing company by charging them $350,000 in rental fees for billboard space. It was fraud; they never intended to deliver on their contractual obligations. Barton also charged $140,000 on an American Express card using his father’s Social Security number.
To avoid a 15-20 months jail sentence, Barton agreed to help federal prosecutors gather evidence against organized crime families trying to penetrate the billboard business in New York.
Barton apparently did that job well because his adjudication was delayed – for what would total about a decade.
As he awaited his eventual fate before a federal judge, there was more DoJ undercover work awaiting him in Illinois.
In 2000, he moved to Chicago, legally changed his name to John Thomas (to avoid recognition as the federal billboard mole?), and opened a real estate brokerage, plus another billboard company.
Bernard Barton, aka John Thomas (photo credit: Chicago Tribune)
On its face, it looks like the DoJ set him up there to aid an on-going investigation conducted by the USA for the Northern District of Illinois, Patrick Fitzgerald, targeting corrupt Chicagoland pols. Among those targets was Rod Blagojevich – former U.S. Representative (Il 5th Dist., 1997-2003) and later Governor of Illinois (2003-2009). The feds maintained their leverage over Barton-Thomas by delaying adjudication of charges against him back in New York.
He was a fish hopelessly hooked on the line, but not yet reeled into the courthouse boat.
Sometime between 2000 and October 2003, according to a May 4, 2007 article by Thomas A. Corfman entitled “Real estate exec plays mole in Fed probe” posted in a Crain’s Chicago Business real estate site, Burton-Thomas became a confidential informant (C.I.) for the USA in Chicago. This was confirmed in an announcement from the Long Island office of the Eastern District of New York.
“Federal prosecutors in Long Island disclosed Mr. Thomas’s cooperation in October 2003, when Mr. Thomas entered his guilty plea in New York. ‘We just want to put on the record that the defendant has approached the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago to cooperate with the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago,’ an assistant U.S. attorney said, according to an Oct. 27, 2003, transcript of the hearing in New York.
And in an unusual move, prosecutors asked for a court order allowing Mr. Thomas to commit crimes during the investigation, a tell-tale sign that Mr. Thomas was part of an undercover ‘sting operation’. The court granted the request.
‘It is contemplated that in connection with his work with law enforcement, Barton may be asked to engage in criminal activity, that is, activity that may violate a federal, state and/or local criminal law…but that is undertaken with the prior knowledge and consent of federal law enforcement…for purposes of furthering the ongoing grand jury investigation’ in Chicago according to a document filed by prosecutors in New York on October 29, 2003.’”
The assertion from the USA’s Long Island office for the Eastern District of New York that Barton-Thomas “approached the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago to cooperate with the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago” is, at least, odd. At most, the notion that he volunteered to be a mole is incredible. It’s more plausible that he didn’t have a choice whether to “cooperate” or not with the Chicago USA’s “sting operation.”
According to a May 5, 2007 article by Chicago Tribune staff reporter David Jackson, in 2004 Barton was convicted of the fraud charges originating in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York from the late 1990’s. But his sentencing was delayed – for six more years.
Burton-Thomas is now in the boat, but with an uncertain fate. Leverage over him remains in place. Does he go in the frying pan, or back into the lake?
In his article cited above, Jackson also reported:
“When a Tribune reporter discovered that Thomas was acting as a federal operative in May 2006, U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald took the unusual step of asking senior editors at the paper to refrain from publishing a report that would expose the ongoing probe. Fitzgerald offered no specifics but said an article would derail an important investigation and put people in serious danger of harm.”
So who were “the people” put “in serious danger,” from whom, and why?
On February 10, 2010, David Roeder of the Chicago Sun Times reported:
Thomas wouldn't discuss details of his work for the FBI. But sources said that, for more than two years when he was giving information to agents, Thomas provided a fly-on-the-wall look inside Rezko's real estate operations and his desperate attempts to keep his projects afloat. Sources said Thomas also logged frequent visits to Rezko from Gov. Blagojevich and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). [bolded in the original] Blagojevich and Obama were among the many politicians for whom Rezko raised campaign cash. Neither has been charged with any wrongdoing. Thomas had good reason to help. He hopes to get probation for his own felony fraud conviction in a New York case. And he said he wants to redeem himself in the eyes of business associates and his family. Sources said Thomas helped investigators build a record of repeat visits to the old offices of Rezko and former business partner Daniel Mahru's Rezmar Corp., at 853 N. Elston, by Blagojevich and Obama during 2004 and 2005.
According to Roeder,
“Both politicians relied on Rezko for fund-raising connections. Obama was in the thick of his successful run for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Now in the glare of a presidential campaign, Obama has donated to charity $157,835 from contributions to his Senate campaign that he has linked to Rezko.”
During his (March 2008) candidate interview with the Sun Times editorial staff, Presidential Candidate Obama denied having made frequent visits to Rezko’s office during the 2004-2005 timeframe.
Here’s the relevant excerpt from that interview:
Q. In November 2006, you and your campaign exchanged with us written interrogatories. So a lot of the quotes I will give you just come out of those. The campaign said that you probably had lunch with Rezko once or twice a year. You sort of added four or five times, something like that. John Thomas is an FBI mole. He recently told us that he saw you coming and going from Rezko’s office a lot. And three other sources told us that your and Rezko spoke on the phone daily. Is that true?
A. No. That’s not accurate. I think what is true is that, it depends on the period of time. I knew him for…I’m just trying to do the math here. I’ve known him for 17 years. There were stretches of time where I would see him once or twice a year. But as I said when he was involved in finance committee for the U.S. Senate race, or the state senate races, or the U.S. Congressional race, then he was an active member. And there’s no doubt there were much more intensive discussion at that point. During the U.S. Senate race, there’s be [sic] stretches of like a couple of weeks – for example prior to him organizing the fundraiser that he did for us – where I would probably be talking to him once a day to make sure that was going well. But the typical relationship was one that was fond. We would see each other. But there would be no reason for me to be seeing him that often.
Why would Barton-Thomas misrepresent the truth about the frequency of Obama’s visit to Rezko, knowing that conversations he witnessed in Rezko’s office were recorded? Another federal mole was working fulltime in Rezko’s real estate office at the time. He, too, was wired. A third wired mole had an on-going outside business relationship with Rezko. Compartmentalization of assets would have required that each would not know the roles of the other two.
Barton-Thomas did not testify in Tony Rezko’s or Rod Blagojevich’s trial. And, not one word of any of his recorded transcripts was ever made public.
Was that because the information wasn’t needed, or because it would have broadened the scope of the investigation beyond its intent, and perhaps included Obama?
Neither of the other two Rezko moles testified in Rezko’s or Blagojevich’s trial, nor was a single word from their clandestine recordings ever made public. Both were, like Burton-Thomas, awaiting long-delayed sentencing.
Finally, in June 2010, Barton-Thomas was sentenced to three years probation for his New York crimes dating back to the late 1990’s.
It was a case of catch-use-release as the fish was thrown back into the lake. But, later, he got caught swimming in illegal waters again. In 2015, Thomas was sentenced to 5 years in prison for a subsequent crime unrelated to his earlier misdeeds in New York.
DoJ officials with direct knowledge of the Burton-Thomas mole would have included Patrick Fitzgerald and senior officials in the USA’s Long Island office of the Eastern District of New York. The New York list would have included a now-familiar name, Loretta Lynch.
From 1994-1999, Loretta Lynch was Chief of the Long Island Office and then top assistant to U.S. Attorney Zachary Carter (1993-1999). In 1999, President Clinton appointed Lynch USA for the Eastern District of New York. Today, she is the Attorney General of the United States, having been nominated by President Obama.
Among others likely to have had indirect knowledge of an investigation into a U.S. Representative who became the Illinois Governor, would have been James B. Comey, U.S. Deputy Attorney General from 2003-2005. Today he is Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a long-time close friend of Patrick Fitzgerald, who is godfather to one of his children.
All this does not definitively answer the initial question: How did Barack Obama emerge from Chicago untainted by political corruption?
But it does suggest one plausible explanation: He had help
Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway challenged FBI Director James Comey Sunday to reveal any information he might have about President Trump’s allegations that former President Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“If Mr. Comey has something he’d like to say I’m sure we’re all willing to hear it,” Conway told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro in an interview on “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” “All I saw was a published news report. I didn’t see a statement from him. I don’t know what Mr. Comey knows.
“If he knows, of course he can issue a statement,” Conway said. “We know he’s not shy.”
Conway said Trump may know whether he was wiretapped because he receives different intelligence reports than other White House officials. However, she did not provide specific details.
Conway’s challenge of Comey came after the New York Times reported that the FBI director asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s assertion that he had been wiretapped. According to the paper, Comey argued that Trump’s claim falsely implied that the FBI had broken the law.
Earlier Sunday, Obama's director of national intelligence, James Clapper, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that nothing matching Trump's claims had taken place.
"Absolutely, I can deny it," said Clapper, who also said that he had “no knowledge” of a request for a FISA, or Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Act, order for a wiretap, which requires at least some evidence of illegal activity.
Josh Earnest, who was Obama’s press secretary, took it a step further, saying that Trump’s accusations were an attempt to deflect the attention given to contacts between then-Sen. Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign season. The FBI is investigating those contacts, as is Congress.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said without elaborating Sunday that Trump's instruction to Congress was based on "very troubling" reports "concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election." Spicer did not respond to inquiries about the reports he cited in announcing the request.
Spicer said the White House wants the congressional committees to "exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016." He said there would be no further comment until the investigations are completed, a statement that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took offense to and likened to autocratic behavior.
"It's called a wrap-up smear. You make up something. Then you have the press write about it. And then you say, everybody is writing about this charge. It's a tool of an authoritarian," Pelosi said.
Spicer's chief deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said she thinks Trump is "going off of information that he's seen that has led him to believe that this is a very real potential."
Sources told Fox News that Trump’s allegations caught senior federal law enforcement officials by surprise.
Those sources said that the officials in question had no idea what Trump was talking about when the president made the allegation on social media Saturday morning. The sources also told Fox that Trump did not consult with senior officials who would have been advised of any such wiretapping operations before posting the messages.
Trump Is Said to Reject Comey Assertion That Wiretapping Claim Is False
WASHINGTON — President Trump does not accept the contention of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, that Mr. Trump falsely claimed that President Barack Obama had him wiretapped, a White House spokeswoman said on Monday...
Trump accuses Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower phones
President Trump made a startling claim Saturday that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower phones tapped in the weeks before the November 2016 election.
In early Saturday morning tweets that began at 6:35 a.m., the president said the alleged wiretapping was “McCarthyism” and “Nixon/Watergate.”
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism,” Trump wrote.
Trump does not specify how he uncovered the Obama administration's alleged wiretapping.
However, he could be referencing to a Breitbart article posted Friday that claimed the Obama administration made two Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) requests in 2016 to monitor Trump communications and a computer server in Trump Tower focusing on possible links with Russian banks. No evidence was found.
The article was based off a segment by radio host Mark Levin.
During his Saturday morning tweets, Trump also brought up the ongoing controversy surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his reported meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016.
Trump then said Kislayk also visited the White House 22 times during the Obama administration.
“Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jess Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone,” he wrote.
On Friday, Trump fought back against top Democratic lawmakers who are demanding his attorney general's resignation over past meetings with Russia's ambassador -- after pictures emerged of the same lawmakers in similar meetings, exposing them to "hypocrisy" charges.
Trump tweeted: "I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.
Trump Denounces F.B.I. Over Leaks, Demanding Investigation
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISFEB. 24, 2017
New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday assailed the F.B.I. as a dangerously porous agency, charging that leaks of classified information from within its ranks were putting the country at risk — and calling for an immediate hunt for the leakers.
Mr. Trump’s complaints were his latest attacks on his own government’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which he has characterized as misguided, irresponsible and politically motivated. The criticisms appeared to be a response to a news report Thursday night indicating that a White House official had asked the F.B.I. to rebut an article detailing contacts between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russian intelligence officials.
The report on Thursday night by CNN asserted that a White House official had called top leaders at the F.B.I. to request that they contact reporters to dispute the account, which appeared last week in The New York Times. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Friday morning that the CNN report was “indefensible and inaccurate,” and he has also called the Times article untrue.
But on Friday morning, Mr. Trump’s focus was on which members of his administration were sharing unflattering information about him with reporters, and his desire to find the perpetrators.
Mr. Spicer argued on Friday that CNN had misreported a series of exchanges between Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, and leaders of the F.B.I. in the wake of the Times report.
At a briefing conducted on the condition of anonymity for the White House press pool, senior administration officials said it was top F.B.I. officials — first Andrew G. McCabe, the deputy director, and later James B. Comey, the director — who approached Mr. Priebus the day after the article appeared to say that it was false.
Mr. Priebus, according to the White House officials, then asked the men what they could do to rebut it publicly. They apologized and said they were unable to issue a statement or otherwise comment on the matter, according to the White House briefing.