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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chechen Man Killed By FBI Agent After Questioning

The FBI shot and killed a young Chechen man in Orlando shortly after midnight this morning. Ibragim Todashev had initially been questioned over a relation to Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarvnaev. According to authorities, Todashev reportedly confessed involvement in the unsolved drug related triple-murder case that authorities have been trying to pin to Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Before signing a written statement to that effect, Todashev became agitated and attacked the FBI agent with a knife, leading to the use of lethal force. Another Chechen acquaintance of both Todashe and Tsarnaev, Khusn Taramiv was nonplussed by today’s revelations. “They were talking to us, both of us, right? And they said they need him for a little more, for a couple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back.”

Former Ford Executives Charged in Argentine Torture Case

Three former Ford Motor company executives were charged with crimes against humanity for their part in the systemic kidnapping and torture of Argentine union workers after the 1976 military coup. Factory director Pedro Muller, human resources chief Guillermo Galarraga, and security manager Hector Francisco Jesus Sibilla are accused of giving names, ID numbers, pictures, and home addresses to paramilitary forces, who hauled two dozen union workers off the floor of Ford’s factory in suburban Buenos Aires to be tortured, interrogated, and then sent to military prisons. Witnesses say that HR chief Galarraga specifically threatened to turn union leader Juan Carlos Amoroso over to General Ramon Camps, the man convicted of 73 torture deaths. The author of the indictment, Judge Alicia Vence, said, “I find it remarkable that the head of human resources at Ford would know information so sensitive, such as the function that Camps would develop in the future, something almost impossible to know if the company didn’t have a direct and concrete relationship with the military authorities who had overtaken the state institutions of that era.” Judge Vence’s indictment also includes testimony from two of the victims’ spouses, who went to the military seeking information on their missing husbands. A colonel showed them a list of workers’ names on a Ford company letterhead and said it was the company, not the military, that wanted the men taken away.

Three NYU Scientists Charged with Revealing Confidential Information to China

Prosecutors in New York charged three Chinese scientists working in the U.S. with corporate espionage. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Yudong Zhu, an award winning scientist specializing in magnetic resonance imaging technology (MRI), and his two assistants, Xing Yang and Ye Li, took bribes from a Chinese medical imaging company and a Chinese-sponsored research institute to share nonpublic information about their work at New York University. The National Institutes of Health awarded NYU millions of dollars over five years to pay for Zhu’s research, which Zhu then provided to Chinese business interests. A statement by NYU said they had alerted authorities after they “became aware of possible irregularities pursuant to research being conducted through a grant from the N.I.H. to develop new M.R.I. technologies.” According to prosecutors, Zhu has admitted receiving almost $500,000 in the scheme. NYU said it was “deeply disappointed by the news of the alleged conduct by its employees.”

Mexico Launches Military Offensive Against Major Drug Cartel

Mexican security officials have deployed thousands of troops in the western state of Michoacan to break the hold of the Knights Templar cartel. Interior Secretary Miguel Osorio Chong met with local officials in the state capital of Morelia, where communities have organized vigilante groups for protection against the cartels. Michoacan is one of the most visibly cartel-dominated states in Mexico; gunmen in vehicles marked with a red cross, the Knights Templar insignia, blithely burn businesses and homes of anyone who refuses to pay them protection money. According to one resident who engaged in vigilante activity against the cartel, “The man who charged you would say it was money for ‘the company.’ They didn’t say the name of the cartel, but if you didn’t pay, the trucks with the red crosses would show up and start killing people.” Government action has, until now, been directed against the community patrols. Some 40 community members were arrested last month after the government accused them of having links to a rival drug cartel, Jalisco Nueva Generation.

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