Visions of a Freeman -
Brain Age - 19, November of 2016
An ancient view over
Reality seen from the Eyes of a TRIBalance.
One too many excuses from the USA Justice Department.
Venezuelan first lady's 2 nephews
found guilty in drug case
Published November 18, 2016 Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2015, courtroom file sketch, Efrain
Antonio Campo Flores, seated second from left, has an emotional
reaction as he is flanked by his attorneys while appearing with
his cousin Franqui Francisco Flores De Freitas, far right, in
Manhattan federal court at their arraignment on
cocaine-smuggling charges in New York. (AP Photo/Elizabeth
NEW YORK – Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady who were
charged with conspiring to send drugs to the United States were
convicted on Friday by a jury that found evidence of the crime
even though the government's star witness came across to at
least one juror as "slime."
The Manhattan federal court jury returned its verdict against
Efrain Campo, 30, and his cousin Francisco Flores, 31, after
less than a day of deliberations. The nephews of Venezuelan
first lady Cilia Flores were charged with conspiring last year
to import more than 1,700 pounds of cocaine into the United
Lawyers for Campo and Flores argued no drugs traded hands and
the men never intended to deliver any. They blamed a flawed Drug
Enforcement Administration-led probe that relied on a longtime
informant who was using and dealing cocaine as he helped build
VENEZUELA EXPECTANT AS TO HOW TRUMP WILL
ADDRESS CHAVISMO AND COUNTRY'S CRISIS
"He was slime," juror Robert Lewis, a 69-year-old architect from
Westchester County, said of the informant, Jose Santos-Pena.
A defense lawyer told the jury on Thursday in closing arguments
that the first lady's nephews should be acquitted because a U.S.
sting operation was so deeply flawed that prosecutors had to
take the rare step of notifying Santos-Pena, the star witness,
they were ripping up his cooperation deal because of his lies.
"He lied in your face!" attorney David Rody told the jurors.
"You saw a rare thing, a government cooperator get ripped up in
Rody said the testimony by the informant was crucial to the
government's case against Flores and Campo. And he said it
explains why the government didn't cut ties with him after
learning in April that he had been dealing drugs for the last
four years even as he was being paid hundreds of thousands of
dollars to work as an informant for the DEA and others.
VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION LEADER FREED AFTER
OVER 2 YEARS IN PRISON
U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty said the defendants would not
be sentenced before March, though no date was set. Defense
attorneys requested time to challenge the conviction.
Rody, representing Flores, declined to comment after the
Attorney Randall Jackson, representing Campos, said outside
court that his client was "obviously disappointed."
"We're going to see what our next steps are," he said.
Prosecutors had urged jurors to look at other evidence in the
case including statements the defendants made to federal agents
and recordings of meetings.
Lewis said jurors did just that, relying on transcripts of
conversations involving the defendants and text messages to
"Nobody was in love with the witnesses," Lewis said. "We clearly
had some bad guys."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Quigley said the defendants
"thought they were above the law."
"They thought they could operate with impunity in Venezuela
because of who they were and who they were related to," Quigley
said in a closing argument Thursday. "They thought they could
easily make tons of money sending drugs out of the country
because, as defendant Flores said, the DEA is not here and the
Americans don't come in here. But they were wrong."
As you can see:
That means that even if the person is guilty or not, the USA Justice Department
lost that case.
With an exception...
That they Recognize My Existence and that they Pay Me what
That news was promoted as I was writing about the Map above on the Social
Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in
Published November 18, 2016 Associated Press
US president Barack Obama waves as he departs from Tegel airport
in Berlin Friday Nov. 18, 2016. Obama met the leaders of key
European countries to discuss an array of security and economic
challenges facing the trans-Atlantic partners as the U.S.
prepares for President-elect Donald Trump to take office in
January. (Rainer Jensen/dpa via AP)
The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in
the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say
industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses
and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.
A five-year offshore drilling plan announced on Friday blocks
planned sale of new oil and gas drilling rights in the Chukchi
and Beaufort seas north of Alaska. The plan allows drilling to
go forward in Alaska's Cook Inlet southwest of Anchorage.
The blueprint for drilling from 2017 to 2022 can be rewritten by
President-elect Donald Trump, in a process that could take
months or years.
Besides Cook Inlet, the plan also allows drilling in the Gulf of
Mexico, long the center of U.S. offshore oil production. Ten of
the 11 lease sales proposed in the five-year plan are in the
Gulf, mostly off the coasts of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and
US CANCELS ENERGY LEASES IN MONTANA AREA
SACRED TO BLACKFEET
Confirming a decision announced this spring, the five-year plan
also bars drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.
"The plan focuses lease sales in the best places - those with
the highest resource potential, lowest conflict and established
infrastructure - and removes regions that are simply not right
to lease," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
"Given the unique and challenging Arctic environment and
industry's declining interest in the area, forgoing lease sales
in the Arctic is the right path forward," Jewell said.
Industry representatives reacted bitterly, calling the decision
political and not supported by the facts.
"The arrogance of the decision is unfathomable, but
unfortunately not surprising," said Randall Luthi, president of
the National Ocean Industries Association, an industry group.
"Once again, we see the attitude that Washington knows best --
an attitude that contributed to last week's election results,"
Luthi said, referring to Trump's surprise victory over Democrat
MASSIVE FIELD OF RECOVERABLE OIL, NATURAL
GAS UNCOVERED IN TEXAS
More than 70 percent of Alaskans, including a majority of Alaska
Natives, support offshore drilling, Luthi said, as do the
state's three Republican members of Congress.
Jacqueline Savitz, senior vice president of Oceana, an
environmental group, hailed the announcement and praised Obama
and Jewell for "protecting our coasts from dirty and dangerous
The announcement "demonstrates a commitment to prioritizing
common sense, economics and science ahead of industry favoritism
and politics as usual," Savitz said.
Nearly 400 scientists signed a letter this summer urging Obama
to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling.
Nephews of Venezuela first lady convicted of cocaine plot
7 hours ago From the section Latin America & Caribbean
Efrain Antonio Campo Flores (L) and Franqui Francisco Flores de
Freitas (R) after their arrest in Haiti
Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady have
been found guilty of conspiring to import 800kg (1,750lb) of
cocaine into the US.
Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 31, and Efrain Antonio
Campo Flores, 30, were convicted at a court in Manhattan, New
Both defendants face up to life in prison when they are
They were arrested in Haiti in November 2015, following a sting
operation by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Prosecutors said the two men plotted to use a Venezuelan
airport's presidential hangar to send the drugs to Honduras and
on to the US.
The defendants' lawyers argued that the sting operation was
deeply flawed and built around an unreliable informant.
The informant, Jose Santos-Pena, was using and dealing cocaine
as he helped the DEA build the case, defence lawyers said.
Mr Santos-Pena had signed a co-operation deal to testify against
the defendants, but when the defence produced evidence that he
had lied, prosecutors took the unusual step of announcing in
court that his deal would be torn up.
"He lied in your face!" defence attorney David Rody said to
jurors. "You saw a rare thing, a government co-operator get
ripped up in court."
The defendants are nephews of first lady and politician Cilia
One juror, Robert Lewis, a 69-year-old architect from
Westchester County, called the informant "slime".
"Nobody was in love with the witnesses," Mr Lewis said. "We
clearly had some bad guys."
Campo Flores and Flores de Freitas are nephews of Cilia Flores,
the wife of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Ms Flores is also a deputy in the National Assembly of
Venezuela, of which she was president from 2006 to 2011.
She reportedly raised one of the two defendants after his mother
died. She has not commented on their arrest and trial.
Assistant US Attorney Brendan Quigley said the men "thought they
were above the law".
"They thought they could easily make tons of money sending drugs
out of the country because, as defendant Flores said, the DEA is
not here and the Americans don't come in here," he said.
"But they were wrong."
I AM SUING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR 100,000,000
Or more if so the Court Decides.
For the Crimes of:
3) Psychological Abuse against Me and My Country.
4) Using Me with Nicknames such as Oil for Economic
5) Using USA Celebrities to try to profit from the
6) Harassment against Me by a USA Police Force
7) In complicity with the BBC and London.