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President Obama Apologies to Argentina for CIA Actions During Country’s ‘Dirty War’

ArgentinaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama apologized to Argentina for CIA actions during the country’s “dirty war.”

Townhall.com reports that the CIA created operation Condor to combat the spread of communism by helping right-wing groups.

“I believe we have a responsibility to confront the past with honesty and transparency,” Obama said in Argentina. “A memorial like this speaks to the responsibilities that all of us have. We cannot forget the past, but when we find the courage to confront it, and we find the courage to change that past, that’s when we build a better future.”

“This park is a tribute to their memory but it’s also a tribute to the bravery and tenacity of the parents and spouses, siblings and the children who love and remember them,” Obama said during remarks at the memorial. “Today, we also commemorate those who fought side-by-side with Argentinians for human rights.”

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FBI Believed Hitler Fled to Argentina After WWII And Didn’t Commit Suicide in Berlin Bunker

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While most of the world believed Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker in April 1945, the FBI’s director, J. Edgar Hoover, wasn’t buying it.

So, according to the Daily Caller, Hoover called for a mission to track down Hitler in Argentina, according to recently declassified FBI documents.

Agents sent to Argentina were told: “He is suffering asthma and ulcers, and has shaved off his moustache.”

An informant warned that the dictator was inside a heavily guarded bunker.

Whatever the case, most historian agree that Hitler killed himself in Germany as Soviet troops surrounded him.

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ICE Busts 190 People in Child Porn Crackdown


ICE Dir. John Morton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fed agents arrested 190 people in a month-long, nationwide crackdown on child pornography, Immigration and Customs Enforcement  announced Friday.

Additionally, authorities said they rescued 18 victims.

Operation Orion was carried out through the month of May by agents from ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents during a month-long.

The operation targeted individuals who possessed, received, transported, distributed, advertised or produced images or videos of child pornography.

“With the advent of summer vacation, children may have more time and access to the Internet, making this a good time to talk to them about online dangers. Many of the child exploitation cases under Operation Orion began with a child or teen chatting with someone he or she met online,” said ICE Director John Morton.

“Let this operation be a warning to anyone who would think they can use the Internet to exploit children: we are out there looking for you, we will find you, and you will be prosecuted.”

The majority of arrests were in the U.S., but there were some overseas in such countries as Spain, the Philippines, Argentina and the United Kingdom.

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8 Executives Charged in $100 Million Foreign Bribe Scheme

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If you’re going to bribe a country, you might as well do it big time.

That’s what eight former executives and agents of Siemens AG and its subsidiaries must have figured.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that the eight had been charged with allegedly engaging in a decade-long scheme to bribe senior Argentina officials  to secure, implement and enforce a $1 billion contract with the government to produce national identity cards.

“Today’s indictment alleges a shocking level of deception and corruption,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer in a statement. “Business should be won or lost on the merits of a company’s products and services, not the amount of bribes paid to government officials.

The indictment charges that the defendants and their co-conspirators conspired to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the wire fraud statute, money laundering conspiracy and wire fraud.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the defendants bribed Argentine officials in two successive administrations “and paid off countless others in a successful effort to secure a billion dollar contract.”

The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to conceal the illicit payments.

For instance, authorities said, one person made cash withdrawals from Siemens AG general-purpose accounts in Germany totaling approximately $10 million, transported the cash across the border into Switzerland and deposited the funds into Swiss bank accounts for transfer to officials.

The defendants charged in the indictment returned late Monday included Uriel Sharef, a former member of the central executive committee of Siemens AG; Herbert Steffen, a former chief executive officer of Siemens Argentina; Andres Truppel, a former chief financial officer of Siemens Argentina; Ulrich Bock, Stephan Signer and Eberhard Reichert, former senior executives of Siemens Business Services (SBS); and Carlos Sergi and Miguel Czysch, who served as intermediaries and agents of Siemens in the bribe scheme.