---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PORT AUTHORITY with some mixed articles on the broader New Jersey and New York areas; some of the material relates to 9/11, but also describes the broader context of problems in the New Jersey and New York areas. LINKS LIST http //abcnews go com/US/york-cops-firefighters-massive-911-fraud-indictment/story?id=21445783 https //www courthousenews com/more-corruption-alleged-at-ny-port-authority/ http //www garlicandgrass org/issue8/Don_Paul[dot]cfm https //www grassley senate gov/news/news-releases/more-whistleblowers-claim-nepotism-favoritism-fbi-mobile- surveillance-team https //nextcity.org/daily/entry/its-time-to-kill-the-port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey 2011/02--http //www nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/02/mob_infiltration_persists_at_n.htm http //www nydailynews.com/archives/news/towers-fell-mob-schemes-began-organized-crime-civvied-ground-zero-work- article-1.654563 2016/02/25--http //nypost com/2016/02/25/port-authority-exec-charged-with-corruption-over-free-trip-to-miami/ http //www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/andrew-cuomo-and-the-corruption-of-albany 2003/09/09--http //www.nytimes.com/2003/09/09/nyregion/port-authority-and-boeing-can-be-blamed-for-911-attacks-judge- rules.html 2010/02/19--http //www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/nyregion/19kerik.html 2006/03/08--https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Bush-and-the-Ports-The-Honeymoon-Is-Over-2502613.php ARTICLES, cont. The Daily Beast Inside the Port Authority the corrupt powerhouse behind christies bridgegate scandal http //www thedailybeast com/inside-the-port-authority-the-corrupt-powerhouse-behind-christies-bridgegate- scandal Garlic and Grass dot org Issue 8-Don Paul http //www garlicandgrass org/issue8/Don_Paul cfm Excerpt: These problems were, of course, removed from the Port Authority when it leased away the Twin Towers and World Trade Center Buildings 4, 5, 6 and 400,000 feet of retail space to the consortium led by Silverstein Properties seven weeks prior to 9-11. The $3.2 billion long-term price for the 99-year lease was widely thought to be low for properties estimated to be worth $8 billion over that time-span. JP Morgan Chase, the flagship of Rockefeller-controlled Banks, advised the Port Authority in the award of this lease. The new lease-holders immediately took out insurance policies worth more than the total, long-term price of their new WTC holdings. Silverstein Properties itself invested only $15 million of the less than $600 million actually transferred to the Port Authority. The British Financial Times reported on September 14, 2001: The lease has an all-important escape clause: If the buildings are struck by "an act of terrorism," the new owners' obligations under the lease are void. As a result, the new owners are not required to make any payments under their lease, but they will be able to collect on the loss of the buildings that collapses or were otherwise destroyed and damaged in the attacks. This website author helped write a book: Waking Up from Our Nightmare: The 9-11 Crimes in New York City, a book with Jim Hoffman. He recommends these two websites for more information: www.wtc7.net for http://www.garlicandgrass.org/issue8/Don_Paul.cfm [Note: Although there is duplicate material here regarding the Silverstein/Port Authority link (as well as banking and insurance industry) connection found on other websites, this website has a clear, functional quality to its explanations and is well worth reading.] Grassley dot senate dot gov 2015/03/25 More whistleblowers claim nepotism favoritism FBI mobile surveillance team https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/more-whistleblowers-claim-nepotism-favoritism-fbi- mobile-surveillance-team Excerpt: Following the 9/11 Review Commission’s findings of inadequacies in the intelligence operations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and related whistleblower complaints, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is asking the Justice Department’s Inspector General (IG) to investigate claims of nepotism and favoritism in an FBI surveillance program. Grassley raised concerns in a March letter to the FBI about alleged improper personnel decisions being made by officials in the FBI’s Mobile Surveillance Team (MST), which allegedly promoted unqualified staff based on personal connections. Since then, three additional whistleblowers have corroborated allegations of favoritism, nepotism, mismanagement and whistleblower retaliation. https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/more-whistleblowers-claim-nepotism-favoritism-fbi- mobile-surveillance-team New Yorker (09/26/2016) Andrew Cuomo and the corruption of Albany. By Jeffrey Toobinhttp://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/andrew-cuomo-and-the-corruption-of-albany Excerpt: Cuomo himself is not charged in the case, and Bharara, in a news conference, said that the governor was not personally implicated in the alleged illegal activity. Cuomo said after the charges were filed that he was unaware of any improper behavior by his aides. But what would it say about Cuomo’s leadership if he did, indeed, turn over a major part of his power as governor to this motley collection of (alleged) crooks? Excerpt: But to what end? Through many years and scandals, the power structure in Albany has proved to be incapable of policing itself. In the year before the Percoco case, Bharara won convictions against the two most powerful legislators in the state, Sheldon Silver, the former speaker of the Assembly, and Dean Skelos, the former majority leader of the State Senate. Little appears to have changed. Albany prosecutors, asleep at the switch, seem to be relying on Bharara, from his distant perch in Manhattan, to do their work for him. Cuomo, despite this embarrassment, is probably headed for a third term in 2018, in large part because the stable of plausible opponents is bare. Bharara keeps cutting off branches, but the tree of corruption in Albany, diseased and unsightly, still stands. http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/andrew-cuomo-and-the-corruption-of-albany New York Times 2003/09/09 Port Authority and Boeing Can Be Blamed for 9/11 Attacks, Judge Rules. By “The Associated Press” http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/09/nyregion/port-authority-and-boeing-can-be-blamed-for-911-attacks-judge- rules.html 2010 /02/18/ Kerik Is Sentenced in Corruption Case. By Sam Dolnick http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/nyregion/19kerik.html Excerpt: Federal prosecutors had denounced Mr. Kerik, a former police detective who rose to the upper echelons of power, as a corrupt official who sought to trade his authority for lavish benefits. He pleaded guilty on the eve of his trial in November. Excerpt: Mr. Kerik later served as police commissioner, and his performance after the 9/11 attacks turned him into a national figure, earning him the respect of President George W. Bush, who nominated him to lead the Department of Homeland Security. That bid quickly collapsed in scandal, marking the beginning of the end of Mr. Kerik’s career. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/19/nyregion/19kerik.html New Jersey dot com (True Jersey) 2011/02/13 Mob infiltration persists at New Jersey ports. By “The Associated Press” http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/02/mob_infiltration_persists_at_n.html 2014/03/18 Port Authority officers sue to overturn sergeants promotions since 2010. By Steve Strunsky http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/port_authority_officers_sue_to_overturn_sergeants_promotions_sin ce_2010.html Excerpt: Three Port Authority police officers have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the promotion of 96 other officers since 2010, charging the process was rife with "nepotism, cronyism and unlawful practices." The core of the suit involves a Port Authority police scandal that made headlines in 2012 and resulted in the forced departure of three high-ranking members of the department that May after revelations surfaced that one of them had photographed questions and answers to the sergeant’s exam.A report on the incident by the Port Authority Inspector General’s office has never been made public. But the lawsuit charges that the captain and former PAPD internal affairs chief who took the photographs, John Ferrigno, provided them to officers he favored after they had worked for him at the department’s training academy in Jersey City.…Frost said the Hackensack and Port Authority cases shared an underlying theme. "The similarities I see," Frost said, "are that the City of Hackensack and now the Port Authority engage in cronyism to manipulate the process in order to help their own." http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/port_authority_officers_sue_to_overturn_sergeants_promotions_sin ce_2010.html New York Daily News 2005/12/05 TOWERS FELL AND MOB SCHEMES BEGAN. How organized crime civvied up Ground Zero work (12/05/2005) http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/towers-fell-mob-schemes-began-organized-crime-civvied-ground- zero-work-article-1.654563 Next City It’s Time to Kill the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/its-time-to-kill-the-port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey Skift dot com 2016/07/14 https://skift.com/2016/07/14/port-authoritys-ex-chairman-pleads-guilty-to-corruption-in-getting-united-flight- to-his-vacation-home/ Port Authority/NY/NJ Area Corruption - airports linked to broader area-wide corruption issues even if not directly discussed in articles below Fraud by cops and firefighters linked to 911 ABC News Go com York cops firefighters massive 911 fraud indictment http://abcnews.go.com/US/york-cops-firefighters-massive-911-fraud-indictment/story?id=21445783 Christies Bridgegate Scandal The Daily Beast Inside the Port Authority the corrupt powerhouse behind christies bridgegate scandal http://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-port-authority-the-corrupt-powerhouse-behind-christies-bridgegate- scandal United Corruption Linked to Port Authority Chicago Tribune 2015/09/09 United Investigation http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-united-investigation-0910-biz-20150909-story.html LA Times David Samson United Corruption http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-david-samson-united-corruption-20160714-snap-story.html Skift dot com 2016/07/14 Port Authority Ex-Chairman pleads guilty to corruption in getting United Flight to his vacation home https://skift.com/2016/07/14/port-authoritys-ex-chairman-pleads-guilty-to-corruption-in-getting-united-flight-to-his-vacation- home/ Next City https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/its-time-to-kill-the-port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey New York Post 2016 http://nypost.com/2016/02/25/port-authority-exec-charged-with-corruption-over-free-trip-to-miami/ WNYC dot org Incredible sinking Port Authority http://www.wnyc.org/story/incredible-sinking-port-authority/ San Ysidro, San Diego area USA Today Drug smuggling, and the endless battle to stop it. Gustavo Solis https://www.usatoday.com/border-wall/story/drug-trafficking-smuggling-cartels-tunnels/559814001/#! [also seen in Borders/Smuggling Tunnels in general, and in Start Here section there as of 2023/1/24 ] Excerpt: The San Ysidro Port of Entry, which connects Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego, is the busiest land crossing in the world. Every year, more than 14 million vehicles and 23 million passengers cross through one of 26 inspection lanes to get into the United States.…After the border fences in San Diego were built, law enforcement noticed more pangas — small, open fishing boats that run on outboard motors — abandoned on the city’s beaches. “We were completely overwhelmed,” says Unzueta, the retired ICE investigator. When agents focused on pangas, the smugglers began using expensive recreational vessels that blend in with the boats San Diegans use for weekend fishing or scenic cruises. Border Patrol agents have to figure out which ones are coming from Mexico. “A lot of it is just knowing the people, knowing the seasons, knowing what fish is in season, what kind of tackle you use to go sea fishing as opposed to lake fishing,” Nagel says. “Smugglers sometimes mix that up.” https://www.usatoday.com/border-wall/story/drug-trafficking-smuggling-cartels-tunnels/559814001/#! Updates: 2023/1/24 San Ysidro Port section added with USA Today article; 2022/05/09 excess bold removed; 2021/02/14 a Port Authority NJ NY section was moved from the Aviation-1 section today, it was an older section started on rivergold dot or before; 2021/01/29 PAGE STARTED-Port Authority - moved from rivergold dot net; earlier updates on rivergold dot net: Updates: 07/29/2017 page Port Authority started
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*ie, Port Authority, Port around San Diego County, etc. Links List Articles New York, New Jersey and Port Authority Area-Wide Corruption o 9/11 related fraud by cops, firefighters San Ysidro San Diego Area USA article ARTICLES ABC News 2014 New York Cops, Firefighters in Massive 9/11 Fraud, Indictment Says. By Aaron Katersky http //abcnews go com/US/york-cops-firefighters-massive-911-fraud- indictment/story?id=21445783 Courthouse News 2014/05/08 More Corruption Alleged at NY Port Authority. By Courthouse News Staff. https://www.courthousenews.com/more-corruption-alleged-at-ny- port-authority/ Excerpt: NEWARK (CN) – Former Port Authority director David Wildstein, who resigned in the George Washington Bridge scandal, has been sued by a former top officer in the Port Authority police, who claims he was hired to clean up corruption, but was ordered to do nothing as Wildstein and others fixed tickets, approved illegal spending, falsified reports and broke other laws. Gerard “Jerry” Speziale sued The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Wildstein and Michael Fedorko, in Federal Court. Fedorko is the superintendent of the Port Authority Police Department. https://www.courthousenews.com/more-corruption-alleged-at-ny- port-authority/
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