“Did you bring your handcuffs?” AG Barr ribs Pelosi about contempt finding

I forgot that sergeant-at-arms is also a law enforcement agent. Between the Hells Angels and Jack Russ, the title had lost its house aura!

The attorney general joked about the House Judiciary Committee’s finding that he should be held in contempt of Congress.

Source: “Did you bring your handcuffs?” AG Barr ribs Pelosi about contempt finding

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Unpacking the Obstruction of Justice Mystery in the Barr Letter

Attorney General William Barr’s letter summarizing the Mueller report raises a number of questions—among them why Special Counsel Robert Mueller chose not to make a recommendation on obstruction of justice.

Source: Unpacking the Obstruction of Justice Mystery in the Barr Letter

What to Make of Bill Barr’s Letter

Skeletally speaking …

Barr’s letter contains good news for the president, but it also raises ominous questions that only Mueller’s report can answer.

Source: What to Make of Bill Barr’s Letter

The European Union Must Change its Supervisory Architecture to Fight

It is a different world now … and none of this has anything to do with Americas. Who wants to launder money through luxury real estate and art when whole countries and banking systems do the job faster, better and safer?

Money laundering scandals at EU banks, often linked to Russia, have become pervasive. Reform of anti–money laundering (AML) supervision is urgent. Illicit actors have repeatedly moved billions of dollars through individual banks.

Source: The European Union Must Change its Supervisory Architecture to Fight

The Troika Laundromat – OCCRP

How else are you supposed to hire music superstars for private parties and pay medical bills? Now this is real global crime stuff, a bit different than town man-child chest pounding.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is a global network of investigative journalists.

Laundromats are complex systems for moving money that allow corrupt politicians, organized crime figures, and wealthy business people to secretly invest their ill-gotten millions, launder money, evade taxes, and fulfill other goals.

OCCRP has previously exposed three such schemes: The Proxy Platform, the Russian Laundromat, and the Azerbaijani Laundromat.

Now, OCCRP and its reporting partners reveal a unique new Laundromat, created by a prestigious financial institution. This time, the work shows not only its beneficiaries but also exposes its mastermind and operator — Troika Dialog, once Russia’s largest private investment bank.

Source: The Troika Laundromat – OCCRP

Gangster Geopolitics: The Kremlin’s Use of Criminals as Assets Abroad | Russia Matters

Intelligence agencies extorting or leveraging criminal networks? Unheard of! And what a cheesy picture.

Besides which, whenever states think they can use criminals, they tend also to open themselves up to reciprocal exploitation. With corruption a serious problem for the Russian security and intelligence services, there has already been evidence of such blowback—from the use of state cyber assets for private gain to military intelligence assets being used to gather information on Russian gangsters abroad, according to Canadian police. Here and now, this crime-state nexus is clearly an additional security headache for the West, but in the longer term it may pose at least as serious a problem for Russia itself.

Source: Gangster Geopolitics: The Kremlin’s Use of Criminals as Assets Abroad | Russia Matters

Lux Ex Tenebris: Light from Darkness

Low angle view of a statue lit up at night, Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York, USA

Lux ex Tenebris

Lux ex Tenebris is a Latin expression meaning  light from darkness. Since ancient times knowledge is equated with light and truth, in a conflict with darkness, deceit and ignorance. There are related variations to the expression such as Fiat lux: let there be light, Lux et Veritas: light and the truth, and Lux Libertas: light and liberty.

Statute of Liberty is a great embodiment of truth, liberty and justice which are essential elements any democracy.

What – in a Nutshell

We are putting together the big picture, digging for the truth, solving some crimes, curious mysteries and addressing what has become a systemic problem.

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Integrated Posts Updates

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It is about disrupting and holding accountable entrenched actors and conduct that have reared their ugly heads again and again over the years continuing to present.

The following have been updated and added to the integrated slides:

Posts:

Only Following Orders

Seattle Federal Corruption Slides Integrated:

Content Guide
Baseline Facts (Agencies)
Baseline Facts (USAO/DOJ)
U.S. Knowledge & Presence
Create U.S. Angle
Surveillance Expectation
Legal Actions
Sample Intimidations, Threats, Attempts
2010-2017 Sample Timeline
Other Current & Targeted Narratives
Optics & Implications

This post is the 8th addendum to (previous limited information 9 posts) and  integrated post for documentation and reference purposes. Information, context and statements were previously and contemporaneously documented and independently verifiable. Conclusions and assessments are self-evident or clearly marked and separately identified. Related efforts are not recent and have been ongoing for a significant period.