Terrorist fund – Capperi http://capperi.net/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 05:20:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://capperi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-01T215521.666-150x150.png Terrorist fund – Capperi http://capperi.net/ 32 32 BlackRock Innovation and Growth Trust (BIGZ) Update Call Replay Now Available | News https://capperi.net/blackrock-innovation-and-growth-trust-bigz-update-call-replay-now-available-news/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 21:32:33 +0000 https://capperi.net/blackrock-innovation-and-growth-trust-bigz-update-call-replay-now-available-news/ NEW YORK – (BUSINESS WIRE) – January 3, 2022– The replay information is now available for the BlackRock Innovation and Growth Trust (the “Trust”) (NYSE: BIGZ, CUSIP: 09260Q108) conference call that took place on December 21. Topics included: Factors behind recent fund performance and volatility in small and mid-cap markets Current positioning and outlook of […]]]>

NEW YORK – (BUSINESS WIRE) – January 3, 2022–

The replay information is now available for the BlackRock Innovation and Growth Trust (the “Trust”) (NYSE: BIGZ, CUSIP: 09260Q108) conference call that took place on December 21.

Topics included:

  • Factors behind recent fund performance and volatility in small and mid-cap markets
  • Current positioning and outlook of the portfolio
  • How private investments in BIGZ can potentially amplify investor returns

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New Pentagon Mission: Ban Extremism, But Not Free Speech | CLARENCE PAGE https://capperi.net/new-pentagon-mission-ban-extremism-but-not-free-speech-clarence-page/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/new-pentagon-mission-ban-extremism-but-not-free-speech-clarence-page/ When I heard that the Pentagon had updated its rules of conduct to stamp out extremism in the wake of the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill, I thought it was time. My mind returned to my own experiences in the military towards the end of the Vietnam War era and to the color consciousness talk […]]]>

When I heard that the Pentagon had updated its rules of conduct to stamp out extremism in the wake of the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill, I thought it was time.

My mind returned to my own experiences in the military towards the end of the Vietnam War era and to the color consciousness talk that the commander of our training company gave. “The army,” he said, “does not favor any color other than red, white and blue”.

Good training prevented me from trying to remind him that “white” is also a racial color.

After all, he was guided not only by good intentions, but also by military necessities. It was the late 1960s, after all. Racial and political tensions in the streets were mounting in the military.

Heavy clashes at Camp Lejeune in 1969 and Travis Air Force Base in 1971, among other locations, prompted the Pentagon to undertake its most comprehensive race relations examination since President Harry Truman disbanded the military in 1948.

Interestingly, the worst of these conflicts tended to happen far from the front lines. Closer to the action, as a wise old saying goes, “There are no fanatics in the burrows.”

Yet it is the cordial camaraderie and heroic sacrifice that makes me proud of my service – and exasperated at the military and veterans who used bear spray, flag poles, police shields and more. weapons to beat the police and vandalize the Capitol in January. 6.

Of the more than 700 people indicted by the Justice Department in connection with the Capitol violation, at least 81 are current or former military personnel, according to CBS News.

This revelation led to a judgment in the Pentagon on extremism in the ranks. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a memorandum in February directing commanders and supervisors at all levels to organize a day of ‘retreat’, a break from operations, to meet the challenge of right-wing extremism. in the army.

It rang a bell with me. In April 2009, experts from the Department of Homeland Security drew political fire for a warning to the police that turned out to be premonitory.

“Right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning ex-combatants in order to harness their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat,” DHS experts wrote. “These skills and knowledge have the potential to strengthen the capacities of extremists – including lone wolves or small terrorist cells – to commit acts of violence. “

But instead of responding with affirmative action, Republican politicians and the right-wing media blasted then-President Barack Obama and other Democrats.

Why? Supposedly for disrespecting loyal and hardworking service personnel and perhaps hoping to suppress the Tories. Considering how the conservative media and their movement tried to blame the attack on Capitol Hill on the left-wing antifa movement, which the FBI has denied, I won’t be surprised if they try to clamp down on Pentagon actions as well.

So far, we have learned from the House Select Committee’s investigation into the Capitol Attack that the “lone wolf” and “small cell terrorist” scenario appears to be obsolete. Instead, we discover surprisingly large networks of groups and individuals connected to social media, looking for their next battle.

With all of that in mind, I appreciate the new Pentagon rules, released last week to clarify what is allowed and what is not in the long-standing ban on “active participation” in activities. or extremist groups of the military.

For example, they are free to read or own extremist material, but cannot post, fund or support any, even with a “like” on Facebook.

Still, Representative Anthony Brown, Democrat of Maryland and retired US Army Reserve Colonel, raises an important point by questioning why known members of extremist groups should be allowed to serve, “with or without active participation.” .

Good question. The rules could be changed again, and maybe they will. But for now, I’m happy to see military leaders trying to protect constitutional freedoms, even to those who might want to deny those freedoms to others.

Contact Clarence Page at cpage@chicagotribune.com.

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Secrets of the occupied Golan https://capperi.net/secrets-of-the-occupied-golan/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 16:39:03 +0000 https://capperi.net/secrets-of-the-occupied-golan/ TEHRAN – News of Israeli plans to double the number of settlers squatting in the occupied Golan Heights in Syria has been strongly condemned. Damascus says territory, which Israel annexed in 1981 after capturing the area militarily in 1967 is both “dangerous” and “unprecedented” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has announced a multi-million dollar plan to […]]]>

TEHRAN – News of Israeli plans to double the number of settlers squatting in the occupied Golan Heights in Syria has been strongly condemned.

Damascus says territory, which Israel annexed in 1981 after capturing the area militarily in 1967 is both “dangerous” and “unprecedented”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has announced a multi-million dollar plan to increase the number of settler units by nearly 7,300. There are already around 25,000 Israeli settlers squatting in the occupied Golan. Nonetheless, Bennet, who is a staunch supporter of Israeli settlement expansion, is pushing ahead with the expansionist project.

In a statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that “Syria strongly condemns the dangerous and unprecedented escalation of the Israeli occupation forces in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and its persistence in settlement policies and serious violations and methodologies which rise to the level of war crimes ”.

The statement added that Damascus is determined to “resist the Israeli occupation and reject the decision to annex the Golan.” For now, the ministry says it will exhaust all legally available avenues to reclaim the territory.

Speaking to Syrian media, Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad called Israel’s actions against Syria “criminal” and said they violated 1981 UN resolution 497 declaring the effective annexation of the Golan by Israel as “null and void”.

The Arab League chief said the Israeli plan amounted to a “flagrant violation” of international law, which recognizes the Golan Heights as Syrian territory. Aboul Gheit added that the fact that a few countries recognize “Israeli sovereignty” over the Golan does not change the reality that it is occupied territory.

“The colonization projects once again expose the arrogant behavior of the occupation and its expansionist policies in the region.The Gaza-based Palestinian group Hamas also spoke noting that “the settlement plans once again expose the occupation’s arrogant behavior and expansionist policies in the region, in defiance of all international laws and resolutions. “. Spokesman Hazem Qassem said that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands “demands an escalation on the part of the masses of our Arab and Islamic nation and all of its forces to resist this Zionist project and end his arrogance in the region “.

Bennet says the time has come to extend the Israeli occupation to the Golan Heights because he believes Syria is concerned about a war that has been going on for a decade. A war that was inflicted on the Arab country by terrorist organizations sponsored from abroad, foremost among them Israel itself.

Before the Syrian army liberates areas around the Golan Heights from terrorist groups, experts say the IDF would attack the Syrian Army whenever it makes territorial advances against terrorists.

Something seemed strange as the war on Syria entered its second, third and fourth years. A pattern has emerged.
Terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, for example, such as the Al-Nusra Front, had occupied areas near the Golan Heights. But they never attacked the Israeli forces; and the Israeli forces never attacked the terrorists.

Israeli forces used the Golan Heights to attack the Syrian army, but they did not use their [illegal] presence in the Golan Heights to strike terrorists who at one point surrounded the Golan Heights. Even when a stray terrorist shell fell near Israeli army positions, Israeli forces responded by hitting the Syrian army.

In other words, the many terrorist groups, which used barbaric acts of torture and executions against Syrian civilians, posed no threat to Israel, and Israel posed absolutely no threat to the same barbaric terrorist groups that surrounded the Syrian Arab Republic. areas around the Israeli-occupied Golan, such as Quneitra province and south of Quneitra province.

Were the Israeli forces in the Golan and terrorist groups secretly working in tandem? Has Israel secretly funded and supported these groups wreaking havoc in Syria?

Syria blames Israel, like other countries. But we don’t need to look too far.

What was the former UK Secretary for International Development Priti Patel doing in secret in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in 2017? Stuart Polak aka Lord Polak, the face of the Israel lobby of the ruling Conservative Party, the most powerful Israeli pressure groups in Westminster, arranged one-on-one meetings with Israeli officials.

Polak arranged for Patel (whom no one had heard of before) to secretly visit the occupied Golan Heights and inspect Israeli military field hospitals dealing with al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists like the Nusra Front and other groups. terrorists fighting the Syrian army, which was approaching them at the time.

What was Israel trying to gain from Patel who broke all British diplomatic protocols by making the visit a secret? According to most analysts, to direct British aid money to Israeli emergency field hospitals treating terrorists and reports suggest these field hospitals were overwhelmed at the time by militants.

What escaped some at the time was British law, which states that aid money cannot be spent in developed countries. The Israeli regime’s GDP per capita the year before Petal’s visit was $ 33,000, meaning it excludes direct UK spending.

Other British government rules stipulate that ministers must not travel to the occupied territories with Israeli assistance. Still, Patel accepted the IDF’s invitation to inspect operations in the occupied Golan.

Some experts and reports have suggested that other government figures, including then-Prime Minister Theresa May, were fully aware of Patel’s visit to the occupied Golan, but did not want the trip to be made public, that would perhaps explain why Patel resigned and was not sacked.

News that the British government would send aid to Israeli-run field hospitals and treat terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda would spark unprecedented public outrage in Britain and around the world. Moreover, the “official” position of the United Kingdom is that it does not recognize the occupation of the Golan by Israel. In addition, it would also confirm a direct link of collusion between the UK government and terrorist groups in Syria.

As reports circulated that Patel was not on a “family vacation” but that she was meeting privately with Israeli officials seeking British funds for the occupied Golan, she handed in her resignation letter after changing and distorted the account of the trip.

However, under the current government of Boris Johnson and with the help of the still powerful Israel lobby, Patel has been given one of the most senior positions in government, the post of Home Secretary.

Israel and the terrorists weren’t just cooperating, they had a common interest. Both were opposed to the Syrian army’s rapprochement with the Israeli-occupied Golan. Terrorists feared losing more territory and Israel feared that the Syrian army would return this time accompanied by special Hezbollah commandos.

Even though the administration of former President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing “Israel’s sovereignty” over the Golan Heights, reversing more than half a century of American policy in West Asia. The international community opposes annexation and occupation, even Washington’s closest allies.

According to the human rights organization al-Marsad, based in the occupied Golan, Israeli authorities have established at least 34 settlements there in violation of international law. the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights noted: “Syrian residents of the occupied Syrian Golan have continued to face challenges due to discriminatory planning and zoning policies that favor illegal Israeli settlements. These policies make it almost impossible for Syrian residents to build, plan or expand their homes and village infrastructure. ”

This year, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva voted in favor of several resolutions targeting Israel. Three resolutions were repeated under the title “Israeli colony in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan”.

Somehow, observers say the days when Israel captured, occupied and annexed the lands of other countries will soon end, even if that means (as Syrian and Palestinian officials say) by strength.

5 things you should know about “annexation”

1. Is a flagrant violation of international law
2. Exacerbates decades of human rights violations
3. Roots institutionalized discrimination
4. Amounts for war crimes
5.Legal obligations as an occupying entity

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John E. Kuhn, Jr. Appointed US Attorney For The District Of Alaska | USAO-AK https://capperi.net/john-e-kuhn-jr-appointed-us-attorney-for-the-district-of-alaska-usao-ak/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 19:01:43 +0000 https://capperi.net/john-e-kuhn-jr-appointed-us-attorney-for-the-district-of-alaska-usao-ak/ ANCHORAGE – Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed John Kuhn as the United States Attorney for the District of Alaska effective December 26, 2021, pursuant to 28 USC § 546. Kuhn recently served on the United States Executive Office of Lawyers since 2018 in a variety of roles including National Heroin and Opioids Coordinator, National […]]]>

ANCHORAGE – Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed John Kuhn as the United States Attorney for the District of Alaska effective December 26, 2021, pursuant to 28 USC § 546.

Kuhn recently served on the United States Executive Office of Lawyers since 2018 in a variety of roles including National Heroin and Opioids Coordinator, National Controlled Substance Coordinator, and Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Legal Programs.

“I am honored to serve as the United States Attorney General in the great state of Alaska. The dedicated prosecutors and staff of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska are among the best in the country, and together we will continue to fulfill our mission, protecting the people of Alaska and the interests of the states. -United.

Prior to joining the executive office, Kuhn served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky for nearly three years, from December 2014 to September 2017. During his tenure as United States Attorney, Kuhn served deeply committed to the fight against the opioid crisis, developing a number of effective initiatives and programs. Prior to becoming a United States Attorney, Kuhn served for more than four years as the First Deputy United States Attorney, overseeing the criminal, civil, appeals and administrative divisions of the office.

Kuhn has over 31 years of legal experience and 24 years in the Department of Justice. He served as the Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, where he prosecuted narcotics, violent crime, and white-collar offenses. In addition to his extensive trial work, Kuhn argued appeals to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and served as a hearing officer in Washington, DC and New York for 9/11.e Victims Compensation Fund, a federal program established for victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Mr. Kuhn graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville Law School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.

Kuhn replaces former Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Wilson, who had held that position since March 1, 2021. Wilson resumes his duties as U.S. First Deputy Attorney, where he has served since November 2017.

For more information on the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-ak

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World remains focused on Afghanistan as death toll drops – Pajhwok Afghan News https://capperi.net/world-remains-focused-on-afghanistan-as-death-toll-drops-pajhwok-afghan-news/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 16:44:44 +0000 https://capperi.net/world-remains-focused-on-afghanistan-as-death-toll-drops-pajhwok-afghan-news/ KABUL (Pajhwok): Last week, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other major countries around the world remained focused on Afghanistan where the number of casualties declined further. Major events Thawing of Afghanistan’s frozen reserves: OIC members, Russia and the US Congress OIC appointed Special Representative for Afghanistan and established trust fund Working with our […]]]>

KABUL (Pajhwok): Last week, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other major countries around the world remained focused on Afghanistan where the number of casualties declined further.

Major events

  • Thawing of Afghanistan’s frozen reserves: OIC members, Russia and the US Congress
  • OIC appointed Special Representative for Afghanistan and established trust fund
  • Working with our allies to recognize the new Afghan government: Russia
  • Opening of an embassy in Kabul: Indonesia
  • UN approves US resolution on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
  • India and Central Asian countries stressed by humanitarian support to Afghanistan
  • U.S. Should Liberate Afghan Reservation: Kabul Rally
  • Six people killed in last week’s attacks

Victims

Last week, six people were killed in the provinces of Kabul, Uruzgan, Nangarhar and Baghlan.

Three kidnappers were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. A suicide bomber was shot before he could detonate his explosive jacket outside the passport office in the capital Kabul.

In the Dihraud district of Uruzgan, a former policeman was killed by unidentified gunmen while a man named Haji Dad Ali was killed in the TalaWaBarfak district of Baghlan province.

No group has claimed responsibility for these attacks.

According to reports, 12 people were killed and 13 others injured in criminal and other attacks nationwide the previous week.

During the conflict under the previous government, hundreds of people were killed and injured every week.

World focuses on Afghanistan

An extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was held last week in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, attended by around 70 member and observer states. Representatives from the United States, China, Germany and the EU also attended the event.

The meeting selected the OIC Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tariq Ali, and announced the establishment of a trust fund for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

After the Taliban government took control, the United States froze nearly $ 10 billion in Afghan reserves and imposed sanctions on Afghanistan that caused an economic crisis.

The OIC meeting demanded the release of the Afghan reserves and called on the new government to ensure inclusion and ensure respect for the rights of women and girls.

Russia said last week it was working with its allies on a common strategy to recognize the new Afghan government. Russian President Vilademir Putin said Moscow wants peace and stability in the region and is concerned about the spread of terrorism and drugs in Central Asian states.

Indonesia said Jakarta was ready to open its diplomatic mission in Kabul for continued humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.

Forty-six members of the US Congress have called on the US Treasury Department to release the frozen assets of Afghanistan.

This comes as the US Treasury Department announced the issuance of three more licenses to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

The UN Security Council last week approved a resolution tabled by the United States to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The resolution adopted on Wednesday states that “payment of funds, other financial assets or economic resources, and the provision of goods and services necessary to ensure the timely delivery of such assistance or to support such activities are permitted” .

India hosted the India-Central Asia Dialogue last week which focused on Afghanistan. The foreign ministers of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Karghystan and Kazakhstan participated in the event.

They discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the region. The ministers reaffirmed their strong support for a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan while emphasizing respect for sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity and on non-interference in the internal affairs of the country. ‘Afghanistan.

They also discussed the current humanitarian situation and decided to continue providing immediate humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. Ministers reaffirmed the importance of UNSCR 2593 (2021) which unequivocally demands that Afghan territory not be used to harbor, train, plan or finance terrorist acts and called for concrete action against all groups terrorists. Ministers also agreed to continue close consultations on the situation in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Acting Foreign Minister Ameer Khan Muttaqi said peace and security had been established in Afghanistan and no country was threatened by Afghanistan. He stressed that the world must interact with Afghanistan because there is a unified and strong government.

He request OIC countries to open their embassies in Kabul.

Humanitarian support

Saudi Arabia assured the continuation of its cooperation with Afghanistan and pledged 200 tons of humanitarian aid. Saudi Arabia has said the aid recently announced by some countries was not enough.

Last week, Uzbekistan handed over a second shipment of 3,780 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the Afghan authorities.

Last week, the delivery of aid provided by China earlier began in the provinces of Afghanistan.

Public demand

Last week, dozens of people gathered in the capital Kabul and said people were facing hardship due to US sanctions on Afghanistan and demanded the release of Afghan reserves.

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Justice Department Recovers $ 154 Million from Business Email Compromise https://capperi.net/justice-department-recovers-154-million-from-business-email-compromise/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 22:25:40 +0000 https://capperi.net/justice-department-recovers-154-million-from-business-email-compromise/ Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency Fraud, Fraud Management & Cybercrime Sony Group Corp insider transferred embezzled funds to Bitcoin Devon Warren-Kachelein • 23 December 2021 Photo: (Unsplash / Execution) More than $ 154 million in funds stolen from Sony Group Corp., the Tokyo-based electronics giant, was recovered after an insider allegedly embezzled money in an email […]]]>

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency Fraud, Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Sony Group Corp insider transferred embezzled funds to Bitcoin

Devon Warren-Kachelein •
23 December 2021

Photo: (Unsplash / Execution)

More than $ 154 million in funds stolen from Sony Group Corp., the Tokyo-based electronics giant, was recovered after an insider allegedly embezzled money in an email compromise attack, then converted it to bitcoin, reports the US Department of Justice. The US federal court has filed a civil action to return the funds to Sony.

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Following an FBI investigation, authorities allege that Rei Ishii, a former employee of the Sony Life Insurance Co. subsidiary – also known as Sony Life – embezzled millions through Silvergate Bank, located in La Jolla , California, according to The San Diego Union. Tribune.

Silvergate Bank, according to its website, is one of the leading financial institutions that facilitate cryptocurrency exchanges with major trading platforms such as Coinbase, Paxos, and others.

Ishii allegedly forged the transaction instructions and transferred funds from Sony’s Citibank account located in Bermuda to a Silvergate-Coinbase account, where the funds were then transferred to bitcoin, according to a court document. The document also details how Ishii sent an email, typed in both Japanese and English, to his supervisor and Sony executives in an attempt to dissuade them from participating in the investigation.

Ishii is said to have stored 3,879 bitcoins, which are now worth over $ 180 million.

“Ishii has been indicted in Japan,” confirms the Ministry of Justice and claims that all the money stolen by the suspect has been fully recovered.

Recover the funds

The FBI opened an investigation in June 2021 with the cooperation of Japanese law enforcement agencies, including the Japan National Police Agency, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, the Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office and the ‘Japan’s Emerging Crimes Prosecutors Unit, also known as JPEC.

Working alongside Japanese agencies, the FBI secured access to Ishii’s bitcoin address and traced the money. Ishii, after transferring the Japanese yen money to the Silvergate-Coinbase account, stored the money in a cold offline wallet, according to Bleeping Computer.

Randy Grossman, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, confirmed in a DOJ statement that FBI agents worked with their law enforcement counterparts in Japan to recover the stolen funds and called the flight of “daring”.

“Criminals should take note: you cannot rely on cryptocurrency to hide your ill-gotten gains from law enforcement,” Grossman said.

FBI special agent in charge Suzanne Turner attributes the recovery of the funds to the cooperation of Sony and Citibank, saying each notified law enforcement agencies once the funds were discovered to be missing.

Convicted terrorist turned crypto trader

In another criminal case linked to cryptocurrency transactions, convicted terrorist Khuram Iqbal of Cardiff, Wales was the subject of a hearing on Tuesday, after apparently using crypto funds to engage with markets for buying fraudulent credentials on the darknet, according to the UK Counter Terrorism Police website.

Originally jailed in 2014 for possession of an al-Qaeda-linked online magazine called Inspire, Iqbal violated a 10-year notice order by failing to disclose two Coinbase cryptocurrency accounts to police, according to the website.

At a hearing Tuesday at London’s Central Criminal Court, Iqbal was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Michael Fasanello, who has held various positions in the US Justice and Treasury Departments including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, says the case – including Coinbase’s suspicious activity report – demonstrates that the main crypto players are perfectly capable of adhering to regulations in order to protect crypto transactions against money laundering and / or terrorist financing.

Fasanello, who is currently director of training and regulatory affairs at Blockchain Intelligence Group, wrote the following in a post on LinkedIn:

Photo: Michael Fasanello comments on LinkedIn

In recent weeks, U.S. officials have actively debated the potential benefits – and dangers – of cryptocurrency.

For example, a bipartisan group of six US Senators sent a letter to the Treasury Department criticizing recent crypto regulations in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed on November 15 for using an overly broad interpretation of the word “broker”, which they say. could impose new regulations on those who do not meet brokerage requirements.

In a Stablecoin hearing last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Cryptocurrency volatility critic, said decentralized finance, known as DeFi, where public traders can use the blockchain-based financial system for trading without an intermediary such as a brokerage or bank, is “the most dangerous part of the crypto world” (see: Senators urge Treasury Department to approach crypto brokers).

ISMG Editor-in-Chief Dan Gunderman contributed to this report.

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[Interview] Peach Ratings Says Cryptocurrency Technology Will Change Financial Landscape Of The Future https://capperi.net/interview-peach-ratings-says-cryptocurrency-technology-will-change-financial-landscape-of-the-future/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 06:16:00 +0000 https://capperi.net/interview-peach-ratings-says-cryptocurrency-technology-will-change-financial-landscape-of-the-future/ Fitch Ratings, a global credit rating agency since 1913, shared their views on the emerging cryptocurrency industry. Monsur Hussain, director of the Pitch Financial Institution Research Institute, oversees thematic research on global financial institutions with an interest in regulation and digitization. Alastair Sewell, senior chairman of the fund asset management group for Europe, Middle East […]]]>

Fitch Ratings, a global credit rating agency since 1913, shared their views on the emerging cryptocurrency industry.

Monsur Hussain, director of the Pitch Financial Institution Research Institute, oversees thematic research on global financial institutions with an interest in regulation and digitization.

Alastair Sewell, senior chairman of the fund asset management group for Europe, Middle East and Africa / Asia-Pacific, pays close attention to the composition and functioning of the Stablecoin reserve portfolio as a expert in mutual fund valuation.

From Fitch Ratings’ perspective, Tokenpost looks at the present and future of the cryptocurrency industry.

▲ Alastair Sewell (left), Monsur Hussain (right)

Q. Please introduce yourself and the company.

Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, reviews and research. Dedicated to providing you with value beyond rating through independent and forward-looking credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers a global outlook shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The background, perspective and the additional information we provide have helped fund a century of growth and allow you to make important credit judgments with confidence.

Q. Fitch Ratings published a report on Bitcoin adoption in El Salvador and stablecoins. What prompted the global credit rating agency to look into the cryptocurrency industry? I wonder if you think cryptocurrency has a role in the financial market. How do you think the cryptocurrency market will affect the existing financial sector?

Fitch’s vision is to be the best rating agency. To achieve this vision, Fitch must be at the forefront of new market developments. The technologies that underpin the cryptocurrency market may ultimately change the competitive landscape of the financial industry. As a result, Fitch has devoted significant resources to understanding the cryptocurrency industry and identifying the associated risks.

Financial market players are already showing wide acceptance of digital finance technologies. For example, significant efforts are underway to use blockchain-based methods to facilitate bond transactions. After a slow start, regulators are also now quite advanced in their review of the treatment of the digital finance and cryptocurrency industry. It therefore appears that cryptocurrencies will have a place in the future of finance.

A key consideration is the interplay between digital financial markets and traditional financial markets, and the risk of spillover effects from digital finance to traditional finance. For example, a severe price shock affecting cryptocurrencies, or a massive buyout of stablecoins that could put pressure on the underlying short-term securities markets. Or, criminal activity in the cryptocurrency industry affecting traditional financial markets through links such as exchanges facilitating interactions between digital and public currency, or cases of fraud.

Q. Your report says that El Salvador’s decision could weaken insurance companies. In your opinion, what are the positive and negative effects of the country’s adoption of Bitcoin?

The decision to officially adopt bitcoin is a way for Salvadorans to access more payment methods, given that more than three-quarters of the population is unbanked. We note that the government’s rollout of the Chivo Wallet app has been boosted by $ 30 bitcoin rewards. Access to bitcoin offers a means of financial inclusion for those who are considered too risky to be supported by the mainstream financial sector. The use of bitcoin could also be very useful in facilitating the remittances of Salvadorians working abroad.

However, we believe that the high level of price volatility of bitcoin will call into question its use as a store of value and as a means of payment. And, if citizens decide they want their salaries to be paid in bitcoin, which is now an option available to them, their monthly income could see massive fluctuations from month to month.

Fitch does not expect bitcoin to be widely used by insurers to make claims or indemnity payments or by insurance companies to offer policies denominated in digital currency. Insurers will likely convert bitcoin to USD as quickly as possible to limit currency risk, if policyholders decide to use it to pay premiums. Insurers who hold bitcoin on their balance sheets for long periods of time will be highly exposed to its price volatility, which will increase asset risk, which is negative for credit.

Bitcoin’s lack of transparency could increase the risk of money laundering if the regulations do not fully comply with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards. Foreign correspondent banks may require due diligence and more detailed controls over El Salvador’s financial institutions if regulations and controls are not strong enough to prevent tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing .

Q. How do you rate large cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple as financial assets?

Fitch would generally treat cryptocurrency exposures as high-risk investments in his analysis of entity balance sheets. Cryptocurrencies have demonstrated significant price volatility and may be exposed to high KYC and AML risks. In addition, the gap in the legal and regulatory characterization of cryptocurrencies in major jurisdictions contributes to weaker investor protection with respect to the distribution and trading of cryptocurrencies.

Q. I wonder how you see the future of the cryptocurrency market? What factors do you think will affect the outlook?

Cryptocurrencies seem to be more and more established and have now reached a scale. The recent clearance of cryptocurrency-based ETFs in major fund homes such as the United States and Australia, combined with increasing regulatory clarity on cryptocurrencies, suggests that they will persist under the financial system. However, as China has demonstrated, regulations can change dramatically, potentially limiting the future of cryptocurrencies or changing their primary use cases. History shows that private money did not persist for prolonged periods, only to gradually disappear in favor of sovereign money. The extent to which jurisdictions adopt CBDCs can therefore become an important determinant of the future of the private cryptocurrency sector.

DeFi builds financial services in software form and has the potential to recreate the entire finance ecosystem using new technical foundations, beyond international borders. Although decentralized finance is still in the early stages of its evolution, the total value locked in DeFi of various types (collateral pools, DeFi smart contracts / protocols) in major platforms such as Maker, Compound, Uniswap and Aave grew very quickly. Although existing regulations should apply to DeFi, the fragmented and decentralized nature of the platforms makes it very difficult to enforce national legal, tax and regulatory regimes that have been developed around traditional centralized financial systems. We expect regulators to fundamentally rethink their approach to providing coordinated guidelines to ensure adequate investor protection and legal certainty, while promoting market integrity and financial stability.

Stablecoins may ultimately be better accepted by end users and regulators than other cryptocurrencies. Again, however, much will depend on the regulatory treatment of stablecoin issuers and the composition of their reserve assets, as well as the changes stablecoins make to their terms of operation in response to actual or anticipated regulatory changes. The current regulatory stance appears to increasingly favor the treatment of stablecoin issuers as banks, which could have significant consequences for their capital structure and the composition of their reserve portfolio, among other factors.

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WHO: Omicron detected in 89 countries, cases rapidly double https://capperi.net/who-omicron-detected-in-89-countries-cases-rapidly-double/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 17:24:19 +0000 https://capperi.net/who-omicron-detected-in-89-countries-cases-rapidly-double/ VIENNA (AP) – The omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 89 countries, and COVID-19 cases involving the variant are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission and not just infections acquired from the foreigner, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. Omicron’s “substantial growth advantage” over the delta […]]]>

VIENNA (AP) – The omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 89 countries, and COVID-19 cases involving the variant are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission and not just infections acquired from the foreigner, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

Omicron’s “substantial growth advantage” over the delta variant means that it is likely to soon overtake delta as the dominant form of the virus in countries where the new variant is spreading locally, the United Nations health agency.

WHO has noted that omicron is spreading rapidly even in countries with high vaccination rates or where a significant proportion of the population has recovered from the population’s immunity levels to COVID-1.

It remains unclear whether the rapid growth of omicron cases is due to the variant eluding existing immunity, being inherently more transmissible than previous variants, or a combination of the two, the WHO said.

Other major questions about omicron remain unanswered, including the effectiveness of each of the existing COVID-19 vaccines against it. There is also no conclusive data on how omicron renders patients with COVID-19, the health agency said.

The WHO first identified the omicron as a variant of concern on November 26.

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Texts show the private alarm of key Trump supporters on January 6 https://capperi.net/texts-show-the-private-alarm-of-key-trump-supporters-on-january-6/ Wed, 15 Dec 2021 04:23:10 +0000 https://capperi.net/texts-show-the-private-alarm-of-key-trump-supporters-on-january-6/ “If he didn’t incite anything, then Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have used impeachment in yet another bogus political witch-hunt. GOP members of Congress, including Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, have since made equally false claims that Pelosi has delayed military aid to help Capitol Hill police officers attempt to suppress the attack. Laura ingraham […]]]>

“If he didn’t incite anything, then Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have used impeachment in yet another bogus political witch-hunt.

GOP members of Congress, including Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, have since made equally false claims that Pelosi has delayed military aid to help Capitol Hill police officers attempt to suppress the attack.

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Mark, the president must tell the people on Capitol Hill to come home, the Fox News Channel host wrote, according to snippets Cheney read. “It hurts us all. He destroys his heritage.

But on his show on the evening of January 6, Ingraham cited false claims that the rioters included leftist provocateurs, saying: They probably weren’t all Trump supporters, and there are reports that only supporters Antifa’s might have been scattered around the crowd.

She added: If you’re a Trump supporter hoping to show your support for the president, well, today’s antics on Capitol Hill have done the exact opposite.

Ingraham also made a false claim that there were legitimate concerns that voter fraud could taint the 2020 election won by Democrat Joe Biden, but she noted that this should never have allowed violence in the slightest. or any other chaos.

Ingraham has since repeatedly downplayed the Jan.6 attack. In April, she said America’s most dangerous insurgents were not those who participated in the Mafia.

Instead, she said, the real threat to our future is Biden and the powerful, well-heeled forces that want us to lose sight of what made America great in the first place.

In a telephone interview with Trump in March, Ingraham asked him: Are you worried that the United States Capitol, after January 6, has become a fortress, protecting the Capitol from the people who are supposed to be responsible here, not the people who sit on the Capitol? She then did not object when Trump said the mob posed no threat and suggested authorities were persecuting many of these people for being part of it.

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Now in your inbox: political disinformation https://capperi.net/now-in-your-inbox-political-disinformation/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 13:34:35 +0000 https://capperi.net/now-in-your-inbox-political-disinformation/ A few weeks ago, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, falsely claimed that the centerpiece of President Biden’s national agenda, a $ 1.75 trillion bill to fight climate change and spread the net of social security of the country, would include health insurance for all. This is not the case, and it never has […]]]>

A few weeks ago, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, falsely claimed that the centerpiece of President Biden’s national agenda, a $ 1.75 trillion bill to fight climate change and spread the net of social security of the country, would include health insurance for all.

This is not the case, and it never has been. But few have noticed Mr Crenshaw’s lie because he hasn’t told it on Facebook or Fox News. Instead, he sent the bogus message straight to the inboxes of his constituents and supporters in a fundraising email.

Statements by lawmakers on social media and cable news are now regularly checked and reviewed. But email – one of the most powerful communication tools available to politicians, reaching hundreds of thousands of people – is rife with unfounded complaints and largely escapes attention.

The New York Times signed up in August for the campaign lists of the 390 senators and representatives running for re-election in 2022 whose websites offered this option, and read more than 2,500 emails from those campaigns to determine to how widespread false and misleading statements were. used to help fill political coffers.

Both parties delivered loads of hyperbole in their emails. A Republican, for example, said Democrats wanted to establish a “one-party socialist state,” while a Democrat suggested that the Jan. 6 party investigation was in imminent danger because the GOP “could force any way. the investigation to be completed earlier ”.

But Republicans included misinformation much more often: in about 15% of their posts, compared to Democrats around 2%. In addition, several Republicans often broadcast the same unfounded claims, while Democrats rarely repeat themselves.

At least eight Republican lawmakers have sent fundraising emails containing a cheeky distortion of a potential settlement with migrants separated from their families during the Trump administration. One of them, Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, falsely claimed that President Biden “gives $ 450,000 to every illegal immigrant who enters our country.”

The claims were based on reports that the Justice Department was negotiating payments to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of immigrant families the Trump administration had separated, some of whom have not been reunited. But the payments, which are not final and could end up being less, would be limited to this small fraction of migrants.

The relatively small number of false claims by Democrats mainly concerned abortion. For example, an email from Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York stated that Mississippi law before the Supreme Court was “almost identical to that in Texas, banning abortions after 6 weeks,” but Mississippi law prohibits l abortion after 15 weeks and does not include the self-defense law enforcement mechanism which is a defining feature of Texas law.

A spokeswoman for Ms Maloney called the inaccuracy an “honest mistake” and said the campaign would check future emails more carefully.

Campaign representatives for Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Crenshaw did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The Republican House and Senate campaign committees also did not respond to a request for comment.

Politicians have been exaggerating and covering up from time immemorial, including in their email dispatches. But the volume, baldness and scope of misrepresentation has increased.

Emails the Times examined show just how pervasive disinformation has become among Republicans, fueled in large part by former President Donald J. Trump. And the misinformation doesn’t come just, or even primarily, from the handful that is drawing national attention to it.

Those behind the campaign emails “realized that the more extreme the statement, the better the response,” said Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster. “The more burning anger it arouses, the more likely people are to donate. And that only contributes to the perversion of our democratic process. This contributes to the incivility and indecency of political behavior.

The posts also highlight how, despite all efforts to force platforms like Facebook and Twitter to fight lies, many of the same claims are circulating through other powerful channels with little notice.

For fact-checkers and other watchdogs, “it’s hard to know what politicians are saying directly to individual supporters in their inboxes,” said Jennifer Stromer-Galley, professor at the School of Information Studies at the Syracuse University.

“And politicians know it,” she said. “The politicians and the consultancies behind them, they know that this kind of message is not watched to the same extent, so they can be more reckless with what they say.”

Email is a crucial tool in political fundraising because it costs campaigns next to nothing and can be extremely effective: when campaigns invest in it, it regularly accounts for the majority of their fundraising online. Supporters are bombarded, sometimes daily, with messages intended to anger them because strategists know anger motivates voters.

In many cases, applicants used anger-provoking misinformation directly in their donation requests. For example, after his false statement regarding immigrant payments, Mr. Kennedy – who started the email claiming to be “crazy as a murderous hornet” – included a link titled “$ 500 TO STOP ILLEGAL PAYMENTS!” “

“I watch Joe Biden pay illegals to come to our country, and everything is paid for by raising YOUR taxes,” he wrote. “We cannot let Biden distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to every Tom, Dick and Harry who wants to enter our country illegally.”

Several other Republicans, including Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida, also said the payments would be made to all undocumented immigrants. Others, including Senator Todd Young of Indiana, hid the context in emails with misleading subject lines such as “BREAKING: Biden wants to pay illegal immigrants $ 450,000 each for breaking our laws.”

Of 28 emails that included the figure of $ 450,000, only eight contextualized it with precision.

Campaign representatives for Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Young did not respond to requests for comment.

Another common line was that the Justice Department was targeting parents as “domestic terrorists” to challenge the teaching of Critical Race Theory, an advanced academic framework that conservatives use as a shorthand for explaining how some programs cover race. race and racism – or, failing that, to challenge restrictions linked to the pandemic.

“Parents are just protesting a radical program in public schools, and Biden wants parents to be labeled terrorists,” read an email from Representative Jake LaTurner of Kansas. “Are you planning to donate now to help us fight this disgusting abuse of power?” “

This misinformation – echoed in emails from Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Young, Representative Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota, and Representative Elise Stefanik of New York – emerged after Attorney General Merrick Garland sent a memorandum on October 4 ordering the FBI to address threats against school personnel and school board members. (Some opponents of pandemic curricula and protocols have sent death threats, vandalized homes, and acted threateningly.) The memo explicitly distinguished between dissent and threats, and called no one a national terrorist. The Republican account confuses him with a letter the National School Boards Association, an independent group, sent to the Justice Department days earlier.

Representatives for Ms Stefanik and Mr Hagedorn said the association had “coordinated” with the Biden administration on the letter, citing recent information. These reports indicate that the school board association discussed the letter with administration and, at the administration’s request, added details of the threats; they do not show that the Department of Justice endorses the “terrorist” label or criminalizes non-violent opposition to school curricula.

Campaign representatives for Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. LaTurner and Mr. Young did not respond to requests for comment.

Combating disinformation in emails is difficult both because of the media’s private nature and because its targets are predisposed to believe it – although Emily Thorson, a political scientist in Syracuse, noted that the fact that the recipients were probably already strong supporters has reduced the chances of disinformation reaching people whose opinions would be altered.

Professor Thorson said what worried her the most was that – unlike most of the misinformation on social media – these claims came from people in authority and were released repeatedly. This is how the lies that the 2020 elections were rigged gained ground: “not because of random videos on Facebook, but because it was a cohesive message taken up by many elites”, a- she declared. “These are the ones we need to worry about the most.”

Mr Luntz, the Republican pollster, frequently runs focus groups with voters and said they tend to accept misinformation without criticism.

“It might be a fundraising pitch, but a lot of times people think of it as a campaign pitch,” he said. “They see it as context, they see it as information – they don’t necessarily see it as fundraising, even if it is. And so misleading them in an attempt to separate them from their money is pure evil, because you are taking advantage of people who just don’t know the difference. “

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