Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Russian Cyber-Criminal Convicted Of 38 Counts Related To Hacking Businesses And Stealing More Than Two Million Credit Card Numbers
FoxNews.com reports that the USS Squall (seen above in the photo) fired warning shots at Iranian boats who were harassing U.S. Navy ships.
You can read the rest of the piece and watch a video clip via the below link:
A Look Back At The Gambino Crime Family Tree, From Their Early Roots To Serving As inspiration For ‘The Godfather’
Jessica Schladerbeck at the New York Daily News looks back at the Gambino crime family history.
Before he was the inspiration for the greatest fictional crime boss of all time, Carlo Gambino was an illegal immigrant trying to rise to power during the height of organized crime.
Gambino, born August 24, 1902, headed one of the most powerful families in New York and in part inspired the iconic character Don Corleone — the Godfather was also heavily based on Frank Costello. His journey to the top, not unlike those in the famous film series, is a tangled web of assassinations, power grabs and silent betrayal.
The Gambino Crime Family was founded by Salvatore “Toto” D’Aquila, who took over a gang of newly transplanted Mafiosi from Sicily after leaders Lupo Saietta and Giuseppe Morello were handed a 30 year prison sentence for counterfeiting in 1910.
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
Happy 86th birthday to one of my favorite actors, Sir Sean Connery.
Lindsay Lowe at Parade.com offers 10 of Sir Sean Connery's most famous quotes, including one from Dr. No, where he first introduced himself as "Bond. James Bond."
You can read the quotes via the below link:
And you can read an earlier post on Sir Sean Connery via the below link:
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
They don't call the USS Nitze a destroyer for nothing.
The ship is manned with multiple modern weapons systems and is quite capable of dispatching four Iranian boats, and much more, yet the risk-adverse civilian and military leadership at the helm in the Pentagon allowed this multi-million dollar warship to be harassed by the second-rate Iranian navy, just as the U.S. Navy allowed the Iranians to capture our boats and sailors a while back.
And, you may recall, Secretary of State John Kerry publicly thanked the Iranians for the humiliation.
Clearly, the Iranians - and the rest of the world - have no respect for the United States Navy.
You can read about the U.S.'s latest humiliation at the hands of the Iranians via the below link:
Note: The USS Nitze appears in the above U.S. Navy photo.
The FBI released the below report:
In 1993, Boston-area resident John Hartin was 23 years old when he befriended two young boys—ages 6 and 9—and allegedly raped them.
One of the victims eventually told a family member about the abuse, which led to an investigation and Hartin being charged in Massachusetts with five counts of rape of a child. Rather than face the charges, Hartin fled, and was later charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
He was at large for more than two decades, and investigators followed numerous leads without success. “But the case never stopped being actively investigated,” said Special Agent Brooks Broadus, a member of the FBI’s Boston Division Child Exploitation Task Force. “We were always looking.”
At the time of his disappearance, Hartin, a lifelong resident of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was working as a security guard. He had also studied graphics and computer arts in college. His first alleged victim was related to an acquaintance of Hartin’s. The young boy’s close friend was Hartin’s second alleged victim.
In 2012, the FBI launched a multi-state media campaign and announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to Hartin’s arrest. The campaign generated thousands of tips—and many tantalizing leads—but no arrest.
More recently, explained Boston Police Department Det. Mike Sullivan, a member of the Child Exploitation Task Force, “we started looking at the case again with fresh eyes and went back to Day One. We sought out Hartin’s family and friends and began to conduct new interviews.”
In the end, Sullivan said, “it was old-fashioned detective work that led to Hartin’s capture.” Sullivan sought the assistance of various law enforcement agencies to assist in the search, including the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Department of State. Through these partnerships, investigators learned that Hartin was using the alias Jay Carter. The fugitive had a driver’s license in Carter’s name, and other fraudulent documents.
Leads were initially sent to the FBI Miami Division, FBI Long Beach Resident Agency and the FBI Greensboro Resident Agency. The fugitive was traced to Walkertown, North Carolina, and the FBI put his residence under surveillance. Intelligence revealed that he had weapons in the house. “We had information that he was armed and potentially dangerous,” Sullivan said. Although Hartin was taken into custody without incident at his home on June 15, 2016, he initially denied his true identify.
“We are still piecing together where he was for all the years he was on the run,” Broadus said. “He lived in Florida for a long period of time before he went to North Carolina. We also had information he may have lived in California. He apparently did freelance computer work to earn money and worked in a bar in Miami.” Broadus added that Hartin had roommates and “significant others who might have helped him financially. They all deny they knew his real identity.”
Hartin, now 46 years old, was on the run for 23 years. He waived extradition, and U.S. Marshals recently returned him to Massachusetts, where he will now have to answer for his actions in court.
Broadus commended the Boston Police Department and federal law enforcement partners for their efforts on the case. After Hartin’s arrest, Sullivan and Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Alissa Goldhaber contacted the victims to let them know Hartin had finally been captured. After learning the news, one victim said, “This is the best day of my life.”
Posted by Paul Davis at 5:25 AM