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FILE- In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Md. Trump is expressing frustration with an immigration program that he says lets other countries nominate undesirable citizens for emigration to the U.S. That path to coming to the U.S. does not exist. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) The Associated Press

The most famous adage in Washington scandals is probably “Follow the money.” Disappointingly, if perhaps not surprisingly, congressional Republicans seem resistant to doing that when it comes to President Donald Trump and the investigation into Russia’s interference into the U.S. political system.

“I don’t see the link at this stage,” Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the House Russia investigation, told CNN. “Deutsche Bank is a German bank – I don’t see the nexus.”

Asked about exploring Russian-Trump business transactions, Conaway was not moved. “I bet every big bank has a Russian customer somewhere,” he said.


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12:41 PM 2/26/2018

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11:06 AM 2/26/2018 – “The third massacre this year occurred at dawn on Sunday, in front of the El Deportivo business, in the town of Comerío.”

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“The third massacre this year occurred at dawn on Sunday, in front of the El Deportivo business, in the town of Comerío.”

Comerio killings might be a message crime: “Deportivo” is “Cameri’o” – “The Sport is that I [want, need to] eat”, as a response to: “Corruption is a sport in Puerto Rico“. 

How secure is the situation on the island outside of San Juan? Who controls it? What is the significance of drug gangs? 

The calls for Mr. Pesquera resignation are at this point premature, it seems to me. He should stay and manage the situation. 

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A tearful reunion posted on Facebook may have cost seven Massachusetts police officers their deployment to Puerto Rico.

The officers – from Chelsea, Easthampton, Hampden and Holyoke – had been helping with security on the hurricane-ravaged island for less than a week.

They said they asked permission from Puerto Rican police to check in on the family of a Holyoke officer in southern Puerto Rico and help anyone else they found along the way.

They said they rented an SUV and used their own provisions – water, ready-to-eat meals and other supplies.

But when they returned to San Juan for their shift the next day, they said they were told to pack their bags and go home.

On Friday, Puerto Rican officials had the officers flown from San Juan to Savannah, Georgia at 3 a.m., with no hotel or connecting flight.

The Hampden police chief scrambled a private plane to get them home.

So what happened?

The Massachusetts police chiefs said the officers received approval for their side trip from their on-site Puerto Rican command, but it never made it up the food chain to top brass.

In a memo to other departments the chiefs wrote, “While we wholeheartedly believe that this is an extremely important humanitarian effort… we are incredibly disappointed in how this situation was handled.”

They said the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency tried to intervene before the officers were sent home, but island officials did not return their calls or emails.

“Seven law enforcement officers from Massachusetts, who had previously deployed to Puerto Rico to assist in hurricane recovery operations, have returned to the Commonwealth,” MEMA said in a statement. “It is our understanding that there was a miscommunication regarding specific parameters of a humanitarian assignment that the officers were involved with, and as a result, the officers were rotated out of their assignment. MEMA continues to work to support Puerto Rico in their recovery process from the recent devastating hurricanes.”

The Massachusetts chiefs said they will not be sending any more officers to Puerto Rico and wanted other chiefs to know what happened to their officers.

Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety in Puerto Rico issued the following statement in response:

“The DSP decided to dispense the services of 7MA officers after information came forth that was corroborated by the DSP. It is not in the interest of the DSP to dwell on the discussion that may damage the relationship and the assistance offered by the 17 Massachusetts officers at this important moment in Puerto Rico.

“The DSP is extremely grateful to the 17 Massachusetts officers, 54 New York officers, 98 New Jersey officers, 36 NY and NJ Port Authority officers and 279 federal officers.”

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The president of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), Hector Ferrer Rios, ruled yesterday that the criminal wave is sweeping the island and the inability of the administration to implement an effective plan make it untenable that the country’s security continue to be under the secretary’s of the Department of Public Safety (DSP), Hector Pesquera, for which I have sued his dismissal.

“At dawn today (yesterday) another massacre was reported, this time in Comerío This is the third massacre so far this year, which shows that this government does not have a plan to address the insecurity that Puerto Ricans live for a long time the governor, commander in chief of the Uniformed, had to dismiss the Fisheries Secretary, “said Ferrer.

Also, the PPD president said that “this year we have an increase in type 1 and the government does not show any urgency to address the situation.” Murders, carjackings, robberies, rapes and massacres have been fired, as well as the war drug control, and we do not see any proactive action by this administration. ”

“Our Police is unmotivated and it is not for less: they are not paid overtime, and they are not provided with the necessary equipment to fight crime, I urge the governor to dismiss Pesquera,” said Ferrer.

He said that the Department of Public Security, “instead of solving the problem, creates more bureaucracy, increases public spending and does not stop the crime that the country faces.”

Meanwhile, the interim governor, Luis G. Rivera Marin, indicated that he is aware that Pesquera “is working hard to ensure that the crime is stopped.”

The secretary of the State Department said that “violence is bringing an intolerant situation for Puerto Ricans.” The wave of violence is affecting families, many cases related to drug trafficking, but the alliances we have with the task forces are important with the federal government, where this type of violence can be worked even through accusations in the federal forum ”

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HARTFORD, Conn. –  A reputed mobster who authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history is facing sentencing in an unrelated weapons case.

Eighty-one-year-old Robert Gentile is set to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Hartford, Connecticut.

Federal prosecutors have said they believe the Manchester resident has information about the still-unsolved 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Thieves stole an estimated $500 million worth of artwork, including works by Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer.

Gentile has denied knowing anything about the caper.

Gentile pleaded guilty in the weapons case and faces three to six years in prison. Authorities say they seized firearms and ammunition from his home that he was not supposed to possess because he is a convicted felon.

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For a brief, shining moment, CNN paused in its nonstop coverage of everything it loathes about President Trump for some actual “breaking news.” One of the network’s reporters had noticed that Congress was looking into malfeasance and political corruption at the Obama-era Department of Justice, FBI, and intelligence agencies.  This is still news to most mainstream outlets.

There are now three major congressional investigations, peeling away layers of political bias, unequal application of the law, and, perhaps even felonies by senior officials who may have leaked classified documents, obstructed justice, and violated Fourth Amendment guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure.

These probes center on credible allegations that the FBI and DOJ fixed the investigation of Hillary Clinton to clear her and her top associates, and then launched an investigation of Donald Trump for partisan political reasons. If these allegations are true—and they have not yet been proven—this is the biggest American political scandal since Watergate. It would mean that the executive branch agency tasked with enforcing the law, instead subverted the law to protect its favored presidential candidate and damage the opposition party’s. Then, it tried to cover it all up.

If true, this would be a very deep pool of corruption, but CNN dove head-first into the shallow end. What most concerned the network was that Rep. Devin Nunes would not give the FBI his classified memo detailing the evidence uncovered so far. The CNN on-air panel discussing this topic featured a former Obama-era intelligence official, and he was shocked, shocked at Nunes and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. The FBI should get that memo immediately, he said, because it is the lead law enforcement agency in such matters. The CNN panel could only think of one reason Nunes was being so secretive: He was just trying to distract from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Trump-Russia collusion. For its part, CNN wasn’t distracted at all. It was entirely focused on Trump.

Here are two quick tips for the Edward R. Murrows on cable news. First, nothing will divert Team Mueller from its investigation. When their findings emerge, they will dominate news coverage for weeks—and rightly so. If those findings directly implicate the president, he is in very deep trouble, and so is the country.

Second tip: The Nunes memo and other congressional investigations are about a different scandal, one directly implicating senior officials at the Obama DOJ and FBI. They want to know why former FBI Director James Comey and his team pre-judged and soft-soaped the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private server and her classified emails. Why did they decide to clear her before completing key interviews with Mrs. Clinton and her aides? Why did DOJ grant immunity so freely to obtain evidence that could have been easily subpoenaed by a grand jury? Why did the government itself then destroy that evidence, so no one could do a real investigation later? For that matter, why didn’t they convene a grand jury in the first place? (It was among the first things Mueller did in his own probe.) What involvement did the FBI counter-intelligence division have with the Fusion GPS/Christopher Steele “Russian dossier,” financed by the Clinton campaign? Was the dossier used, in part, to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump associates and, if so, was the FISA court completely informed about the dossier’s financing, provenance, and lack of verification? And what the hell happened to months of text messages among key anti-Trump investigators at the FBI and DOJ?

These questions are not directed at apolitical, career agents, who serve with honor. They are directed at senior executive branch officials at the FBI, DOJ, CIA, and perhaps the NSA and White House. Except for Comey, who now spends his days tweeting about ethical behavior, many of those officials are still at their desks.

It would be naive for Congress to follow CNN’s advice and share this evidence with the very people now being investigated. Those officials are witnesses and potential defendants. They are not busy cleaning the Augean stables. They are spraying air freshener to cover the stench. If the FBI were eager to restore confidence, it would have fired them long ago. If the FBI were eager to aid Congress, it would have shared its own evidence, not resisted and stonewalled until threatened with subpoenas.

These congressional investigations are at least as important as Mueller’s, and for the same reason. They are both about honest elections and the rule of law, applied equally to insiders and outsiders, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. It’s about whether our most powerful government agencies are worthy of our trust. If we have lost sight of those values, we’ve lost our constitutional bearings.

RCP contributor Charles Lipson is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he is founding director of PIPES, the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security. He blogs at ZipDialog.com and can be reached at charles.lipson@gmail.com.

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The Panopticon is a type of institutional building and a system of control designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The scheme of the design is to allow all (pan-inmates of an institution to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all the inmates’ cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that they are motivated to act as though they are being watched at all times. This scheme effectively compels the inmates to constantly control their own behavior. The name is also a reference to Panoptes from Greek mythology; he was a giant with a hundred eyes and thus was known to be a very effective watchman.

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After 9/11, federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies were roundly criticized for failing to coordinate information that, in the aggregate, might have allowed the government to stop the attacks before they happened. Since then, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction. The FBI has built a secretive and guarded intelligence operation, the tentacles of which stretch beyond its core task of domestic law enforcement and into the construction of the great American panopticon.

Despite the almost complete lack of transparency surrounding that effort, Forbes has uncovered two previously-undisclosed units that sources say form crucial parts of the FBI’s surveillance machinery. Known as the FBI Collections Operations Group and the FBI WiFi Group, they appear in virtually no public records. Google searches for the names return nothing. Not a single LinkedIn profile contains a reference to either. And with the unearthing of these two units, civil liberties activists, legal experts and even former intelligence analysts are crying foul about the possibility of widespread domestic surveillance occurring across America with zero oversight.

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Forbes learned about the existence of the furtive Collections Operations Group (insiders call it “the COG”) from the results of a freedom of information act request filed with the FBI in 2017. That FOIA filing concerned a deal signed last year between tech contractor CDW Government and the Data Intercept Technology Unit (DITU, pronounced “dee-too”) for $1.1 million in services. DITU, part of the Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Virginia, is one of the most clandestine divisions within the FBI, helping gather crucial data for investigations and intelligence. The OTD is the overarching body that oversees bleeding edge tech development for the entire FBI.

The FBI confirmed to Forbes that the COG is a sub-unit within DITU. The agency refused to comment on the specific nature of the group and its operations. But there’s some tantalizing new information nonetheless: according to the FOIA response, the COG’s mission “is to provide tools, expertise and solutions to effect lawfully-authorized electronic surveillance of data communications on today’s evolving local area network and internet technologies. The COG is responsible for the procurement, development and deployment of network equipment to assist in electronic surveillance to various field offices and OGAs.”

OGA stands for “other government agency.” As previously revealed in NSA files leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013 detailing the now-infamous PRISM espionage initiative, one of DITU’s roles sees it collect data from technology and telecom companies (whether that’s Facebook, Google, Microsoft or your phone and internet provider) before turning it over to intelligence agencies (which could be the DIA, CIA and NSA).

The COG is core to that intelligence sharing both within the FBI and outside the agency. Sources tell Forbes the COG is a go-between surveillance shop, setting up spy tools and associated networking across the FBI or whatever agency demands its services, and helping shift intel between them. Forbes spoke with multiple sources in the security and intelligence fields who claimed knowledge of DITU and its sub-units. All asked to remain anonymous.

“Think of it like this: it’s a technical group that oversees technical capabilities so that when lawful requests are issued on providers, and the data they return needs to be analyzed, it can be converted to human-readable formats,” said a person with knowledge of the COG. “Often, raw network data comes back in many forms and these teams work to make sure that the special agents and investigative teams can properly interpret the data.”

What kinds of equipment does the COG build and deploy in order to capture data? Sources who previously worked in the national intelligence community say it was probably technology such as pole-mounted boxes that capture wireless network traffic, or devices installed at ISPs that vacuum up data.

As for the WiFi Group, it’s another DITU sub-unit “responsible for the deployment and installation of communications equipment to support ongoing criminal, counter-terrorism and foreign counter-intelligence investigations,” according to a FOIA response for another CDW contract. That 2014 deal, for unspecified surveillance equipment, was worth just $26,571.

“They make sure [investigators] can see the video they need to see and hear the audio they need to hear from afar,” explained a source from the security industry. However, he believes the WiFi Group was less about providing the actual surveillance itself than “reliable communication” for the feeds bringing targets’ data home. It isn’t limited to Wi-Fi communications, therefore, but anything agents want help with. “They will ‘tie in’ the surveillance gear to a backhaul so that it can be monitored remotely by an agent,” the source added. A former FBI agent confirmed those assertions were correct.

Civil liberty anxiety

It’s easy to see why the FBI would want such capabilities. But, looking at the COG, cross-agency sharing of intelligence and surveillance resources conducted by a group unknown to the public (until now) has civil liberties folk worried.

“Unfortunately law enforcement agencies spying on their own citizens’ communications is a trend that is steadily increasing around the world. When these groups operate in secret there is no way for the public to confirm that they are operating with all due legal restraint as required by their nation’s laws,” said Cooper Quintin, security researcher and technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

“There’s far too much secrecy when it comes to the FBI’s spying on Americans’ internet activities. This surveillance has the potential to be very broad, putting large amounts of sensitive information in the hands of an agency responsible for domestic criminal investigations. Americans need to know more about the reach of this surveillance, how it affects them and how it is legally justified,” added Patrick Toomey, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project.

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Just how broad DITU’s role in national surveillance has become in recent years has caused consternation. A Snowden leak from 2013, and an investigation by Foreign Policy, revealed it was the primary body helping collect data from major Silicon Valley companies on behalf of the NSA. Multiple sources described DITU to Forbes as the domestic face of U.S. intelligence when dealing with technology companies. And, as per its mission statement in the FOIA responses, “DITU is equipped with resources and personnel to provide assistance to the field by capturing all packet switched (internet) data and presenting it in its original format.”

One former intelligence agency analyst who reviewed the information Forbes gathered on the COG and DITU said it appeared they were carrying out signals intelligence (SIGINT), the collection and analysis of traffic as it crosses the internet. This, intelligence geeks know, falls under the charter and thus is typically the domain of the NSA, not the FBI. (This may simply come down to semantics; SIGINT could apply to any form of data collection and analysis. Some disagree the FBI is collecting and analyzing giant sets of internet data like other government intel agencies. As one source put it: “They are not doing hardcore, NSA-type SIGINT”).

The ex-intelligence analyst said one major concern around such surveillance was “parallel construction.” FBI officers could obtain a warrant to intercept data during an investigation where the constrictions on what information can be taken are loose. That information could then be used in another probe, possibly by another intelligence agency, where the information collection rules are tighter. By that point, however, the data has already been acquired and shared across multiple investigative teams.

“The fact that the FBI operates in multiple spaces makes this SIGINT capability extremely concerning for civil rights,” the ex-analyst said. “The concerns were much less when they had the wall between intel and law enforcement… Now that there’s no ‘wall’ separating the two, you’re left to trust that information gained from intelligence activities is not being used for law enforcement.”

And there’s more to worry about than parallel construction. “Simply making it easier to share this data and information also worries us as in this era of big data,” Joseph Lorenzo-Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, told Forbes. “There are very few assurances that the data is protected well and won’t essentially be used at some point in a panopticon-like mechanism that we’re seeing in places like China, where every little detail controls opportunities available to certain segments of society.”

If it’s to stick to the letter of the law, government agencies must obtain court approval prior to spying on targets in a criminal investigation, whether or not that investigation is borne on the back of snooping in another probe. “To put it conceptually, the government needs to have shown probable cause to obtain the court’s approval for each criminal investigation it is conducting against the individual,” said a legal representative for a major technology company.

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To get that data in the first place, DITU has had to form special partnerships with technology companies and telecoms providers. The Snowden leaks already showed DITU played a key role in the NSA’s PRISM initiative, which scooped up information from Silicon Valley companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft, to name a few. Sources said DITU’s “longstanding relationships” with telecoms companies, in particular, Verizon, were even tighter, providing easier access to citizens’ data. Verizon declined to comment for this article.

Where smaller companies don’t have the ability to collect the data DITU wants, the unit’s tech specialists work with the provider to develop a solution. That assistance can come in the form of a port reader, a technology previously described in the Foreign Policy report on DITU. Former FBI sources said the port reader would sift through information and take only what the feds were allowed, as per a warrant. The solution is only temporary, a former FBI employee said, and the filters are installed when a warrant comes in and removed when the relevant information is acquired.

Whatever the ethical quandaries at play, the nature of DITU and its sub-units’ work is, on the face of it, entirely legal. “It’s certainly true that pursuant to law, the bureau can and does collect a broad range of metadata for use in both criminal cases and domestic intelligence work,” said Daniel Richman, professor of law at Columbia Law School. Richman is a confidant of former FBI director James Comey, as revealed last year when he leaked memos detailing conversations Comey had with President Trump.

Richman added: “And pursuant to warrants, it has engaged in various network exploitations, what some call ‘legal hacking’. Whether or not you call that collection SIGINT, the Bureau is the primary domestic intelligence agency.”

The FBI declined to comment for this article.

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The head of the General Services Administration (ASG), Miguel Angel Encarnación Correa, resigned yesterday from his post, less than a month after the Governor’s Office referred to the Justice Department’s investigation anonymous complaints about alleged acts of corruption.

The Secretary of the Interior, William Villafane, was the one who announced his resignation yesterday, which he attributed to personal reasons.

This is the eighth exit of a member of the government of Ricardo Rosselló, during his first 14 months in office.

Previously the administration has announced “resignation”, which in reality are removals of confidence by the governor, as happened in the case of the former Commissioner of the Police, Michelle Hernandez, who confessed the facts to the media.

The alleged resignation of Encarnación Correa comes after the Secretary of the Interior asked the Department of Justice and the Office of the Comptroller to evaluate if it merited an investigation.

The request arose, in turn, after the Senate’s president, Thomas Rivera Schatz, sent him a letter with anonymous allegations about Encarnación Correa, for “improper purchases” and “inappropriate use of government property.”

Encarnación Correa había negado las alegaciones en su contra, y había reiterado ánimo de colaborar con la investigación, y hasta dijo que él mismo referiría las denuncias en su contra al Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI, por sus siglas en inglés).

Al mando de esa agencia, el administrador tenía la encomienda de desarrollar el Sistema Integrado de Compras del Gobierno (SICG) y adiestrar a los servidores públicos sobre “la transparencia y la sana administración”.

Al menos una de las denuncias que había trascendido públicamente se relacionaba a una compra de generadores para los unionados, que el administrador supuestamente pidió que los cheques se hicieran a su nombre.

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La primera baja que sufrió el gobierno de Ricardo Rosselló fue en noviembre, por parte del director del Negociado de Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres, Abner Gómez, quien tuvo diferencias con quien pasó a ser su jefe en el nuevo Departamento de Seguridad Pública: el secretario Héctor Pesquera. Las diferencias entre ambos funcionarios habían llegado a un nivel tal que -durante semanas en medio de la fase de la emergencia post huracán María- Gómez se reportó a trabajar a su oficina, en lugar de asistir al Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, que funcionaba como un centro de operaciones de emergencia. El propio Pesquera le pidió tomar días de licencia de vacaciones, que Gómez negó haber tomado.

También en noviembre, se produjo la renuncia del exdirector de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE), Ricardo Ramos, quien se vio perjudicado en medio del escándalo suscitado por una contratación de hasta $300 millones a Whitefish Energy Holdings, así como por la demora en solicitar la llegada de las brigadas de apoyo mutuo. Rosselló calificó su permanencia como “insostenible”.

1-  Abner Gómez, director del Negociado de Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres

2- Michelle Hernández, comisionada del Negociado de la Policía

3- Ricardo Ramos, director de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE)

4- Héctor Torres Calderón, director del Negociado del Sistema 9-1-1

5- José Izquierdo, director de la Compañía de Turismo

6- Andrés Waldemar Volmar, secretario del Departamento de Recreación y Deportes

7- Rafael Ramos Sáenz, presidente de la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones

8- Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa, administrador de Servicios Generales

1-  Abner Gómez, director del Negociado de Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres

2- Michelle Hernández, comisionada del Negociado de la Policía

3- Ricardo Ramos, director de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE)

4- Héctor Torres Calderón, director del Negociado del Sistema 9-1-1

5- José Izquierdo, director de la Compañía de Turismo

6- Andrés Waldemar Volmar, secretario del Departamento de Recreación y Deportes

7- Rafael Ramos Sáenz, presidente de la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones

8- Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa, administrador de Servicios Generales

La otra baja durante este mismo mes provino por parte del exdirector del Negociado del Sistema 9-1-1, Héctor Torres Calderón, de quien luego se supo que estaba siendo investigado por la Oficina de Ética Gubernamental (OEG), además de otros señalamientos sobre conducta errática.

A la excomisionada de la Policía, Michelle Hernández, le pidieron la renuncia, cuando había una controversia por falta de pago de horas extras que tenía de brazos caídos a los miembros de la Uniformada. Hernández también tenía una relación tensa con Pesquera.

A petición del gobernador, la Junta de Directores de la Compañía de Turismo destituyó a su director ejecutivo, José Izquierdo, para enero. La Oficina de Prensa de La Fortaleza informó que el oficial había perdido la confianza del gobernador, horas después de que EL VOCERO le notificara que investigaba un caso de hostigamiento sexual y laboral y que la Mansión Ejecutiva había recibido información desde el verano anterior. Se había activado incluso un protocolo de acoso sexual -desde diciembre- tras recibir las confesiones de las alegadas víctimas de Turismo.

Another who left his post was the secretary of the Department of Recreation and Sports, Andrés Waldemar Volmar, alleging “personal reasons”. After his departure, he was criticized for his poor administrative management.

More recently the president of the State Elections Commission, Rafael Ramos Sáenz, resigned amid a scandal that is being investigated by Justice and the FBI, given that he could have violated electoral and criminal laws by participating in partisan political activities and consulting his determinations.

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The administrator of the General Services Administration, Miguel Encarnación Correa , submitted his resignation to the position.

The information was given today by the Secretary of the Interior, William VIllafane , through a press release.

According to Villafañe, the reason for the resignation of Encarnación Correa is due to “personal reasons”.

“We are grateful for the work of Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa at the helm of the General Services Administration and we wish him to succeed in his future projects,” said the official.

Earlier this month, The Fortress had referred to the Department of Justice and the Office of the Comptroller, allegations of alleged acts of corruption against Encarnacion Correa , after employees of the agency wrote a letter to the president of the Senate, Thomas Rivera Schatz.

After these signals were passed, Iram Ramirez, the senior representative of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), reported that he received approaches to make checks to name Encarnación Correa, when purchasing generators for union after Hurricane Maria .

Ramírez explained that, after the hurricane, they opted to buy generators from the unionados, and that some were posted at the government’s Emergency Operations Center on Isla Grande.

“When we passed the information, one of the things they told us was that the payment had to be made in the name of the administrator (of ASG),” said Ramírez, who gave El Nuevo Día a copy of the text message in which Virgen Reyes, the contact person to distribute the generators, says: “580 plants will be sent on the first ship. They are paid to Miguel Encarnación, in charge of ASG. It has the list and phone number of the employee who buys. ”

Reyes rejected the allegations and indicated that Encarnación Correa did not buy generators, but did meet with his partner, Hector Santos, to obtain the devices “at a price much lower than in the market.”

Meanwhile, Encarnacion Correa denied the allegations and assured that the Justice, the Comptroller and the FBI would refer.

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The Secretary of the Interior, William Villafane, informed the resignation of the administrator of the General Services Administration, Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa, for personal reasons.

“We appreciate the work of Miguel Ángel Encarnación Correa in command of the General Services Administration and we wish him to succeed in his future projects,” the official concluded.

Governor Ricardo Rosselló had referred to the Department of Justice and the Comptroller’s Office allegations of alleged acts of corruption by Encarnación, because they were allegedly sold in ASG and the payment was made through checks in his name.

Encarnacion Correa had rejected these allegations.

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El gobernador Ricardo Rosselló dijo este miércoles que el secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Pública (DSP), Héctor Pesquera, goza de su confianza y estaba autorizado para dar directrices a la Uniformada desde el pasado 1 de mayo.

“El secretario Pesquera goza de mi confianza y sí tenía la autoridad. Él es el secretario. Yo soy el gobernador de Puerto Rico y soy el comandante en jefe de la Policía y le delegué a él la función de tomar las acciones que tenía que tomar. Así que el compañero (el asesor técnico de cumplimiento (TCA, por sus siglas en inglés) de la reforma de la Policía, Arnaldo) Claudio se equivoca”, expresó el gobernador en un aparte con la prensa en el Centro de Convenciones de Miramar donde participó de evento Expo Caribe 2018.

Sus expresiones se producen luego de que trascendieran dos informes de Claudio ante el Tribunal Federal en los que revela, entre otras cosas, que Pesquera pudo haber violado la ley orgánica de del DSPcuando dio instrucciones a oficiales de alto rango en la Policía el 1 de mayo, sin aun ser confirmado por el Senado y sin que el Departamento de Seguridad Pública (DSP) hubiese sido creado.

El 1 de mayo hubo un paro masivo en Hato Rey en el que se registraron confrontaciones entre los manifestantes y la Policía.

El informe de Claudio forma parte del expediente ante el juez Gustavo Gelpí en el caso federal sobre la reforma de la Policía. El documento sostiene que Pesquera junto al principal asesor legal del gobernador, Alfonso Orona, llegó hasta el Fusion Center, en el Cuartel General y dio instrucciones a un oficial de alto rango para sacar manifestantes del aeropuerto internacional Luis Muñoz Marín.

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President Donald Trump extended additional disaster funds for Puerto Rico for debris removal and other emergency assistance, the island’s government announced Friday.

“The recovery efforts on the island is ongoing. Extending the availability of these funds shows the confidence of the federal government on the recovery work that is being done by the Government of Puerto Rico,” Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in a statement.

The White House said the federal Public Assistance program — which provided 100 percent cost sharing on the island after Hurricane Maria — had expired under the 180-day period from the date of the disaster declaration on Sept. 26, 2017.

The cost-sharing federal assistance was extended 90 more days for the debris removal program and 60 more days for the emergency protective measures, including life-threatening situations, public health or safety or further property damage.

Frequent expenses under the emergency protective measures include temporary emergency power supplies, water and food distribution, and first responders, according to the government of Puerto Rico.

The cost sharing funds are expected to save the island “millions of dollars,” Rosselló said.

Thousands of Puerto Ricans have fled to Central Florida after the hurricane that devastated the island on Sept. 20.

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NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Puerto Rico should “start from scratch” rebuilding its already outdated power infrastructure after deadly Hurricane Maria last year devastated it and left citizens without power, the U.S. central banker overseeing the island territory said on Thursday.

New York Fed President William Dudley did not comment on U.S. interest rates in a presentation of research on the effects of the storm that struck on Sept. 20. It was the worst natural disaster in 90 years and the largest government bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, whose district includes the Caribbean island, said Maria wiped out about 4 percent of its jobs. Dudley said it will likely take “many more months” to restore electricity and critical infrastructure to Puerto Rico, adding it was unclear how many of the residents who fled will eventually return.

Given the already outdated and inefficient power plants, he said, “now is a perfect opportunity for Puerto Rico to essentially start from scratch and build a resilient power generation and distribution network.”

Hurricane Maria killed dozens and left Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million U.S. citizens without power, along with reducing access to clean water and other essentials. The U.S. agency responsible for disaster response has been criticized for hiring contractors that failed to deliver relief to the island, and last month said it would continue to provide water, meals and other basic needs after earlier reports that it was going to halt aid.

Dudley, who is set to leave his post by mid-year, added that the island’s labor market appears to have stabilized thanks to a return of hospitality jobs and the emergence of construction. “These job gains are expected to continue for some time to come,” he told reporters at the New York Fed.

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Why Puerto Rican Relief Mission of Massachusetts Police Officers Was Cut Short? This is a very strange story. The detailed answer and explanations are needed and owed, Mr. Pesquera.

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Why Was the Puerto Rican Relief Mission of Massachusetts Police Officers Cut Short? This is a very strange story. The detailed answer and explanations are needed and owed, Mr. Pesquera. They were expelled from the island on the first flight out as if they were the “enemies of people” of Puerto Rico. What wrong did they do, if anything, to deserve such a treatment? What wrong did the local authorities do, especially at this time, when they need all the help they can get? We do want and we do need to know. 

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A tearful reunion posted on Facebook may have cost seven Massachusetts police officers their deployment to Puerto Rico.

The officers – from Chelsea, Easthampton, Hampden and Holyoke – had been helping with security on the hurricane-ravaged island for less than a week.

They said they asked permission from Puerto Rican police to check in on the family of a Holyoke officer in southern Puerto Rico and help anyone else they found along the way.

They said they rented an SUV and used their own provisions – water, ready-to-eat meals and other supplies.

But when they returned to San Juan for their shift the next day, they said they were told to pack their bags and go home.

On Friday, Puerto Rican officials had the officers flown from San Juan to Savannah, Georgia at 3 a.m., with no hotel or connecting flight.

The Hampden police chief scrambled a private plane to get them home.

So what happened?

The Massachusetts police chiefs said the officers received approval for their side trip from their on-site Puerto Rican command, but it never made it up the food chain to top brass.

In a memo to other departments the chiefs wrote, “While we wholeheartedly believe that this is an extremely important humanitarian effort… we are incredibly disappointed in how this situation was handled.”

They said the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency tried to intervene before the officers were sent home, but island officials did not return their calls or emails.

“Seven law enforcement officers from Massachusetts, who had previously deployed to Puerto Rico to assist in hurricane recovery operations, have returned to the Commonwealth,” MEMA said in a statement. “It is our understanding that there was a miscommunication regarding specific parameters of a humanitarian assignment that the officers were involved with, and as a result, the officers were rotated out of their assignment. MEMA continues to work to support Puerto Rico in their recovery process from the recent devastating hurricanes.”

The Massachusetts chiefs said they will not be sending any more officers to Puerto Rico and wanted other chiefs to know what happened to their officers.

Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety in Puerto Rico issued the following statement in response:

“The DSP decided to dispense the services of 7MA officers after information came forth that was corroborated by the DSP. It is not in the interest of the DSP to dwell on the discussion that may damage the relationship and the assistance offered by the 17 Massachusetts officers at this important moment in Puerto Rico.

“The DSP is extremely grateful to the 17 Massachusetts officers, 54 New York officers, 98 New Jersey officers, 36 NY and NJ Port Authority officers and 279 federal officers.”

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The president of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), Hector Ferrer Rios, ruled yesterday that the criminal wave is sweeping the island and the inability of the administration to implement an effective plan make it untenable that the country’s security continue to be under the secretary’s of the Department of Public Safety (DSP), Hector Pesquera, for which I have sued his dismissal.

“At dawn today (yesterday) another massacre was reported, this time in Comerío This is the third massacre so far this year, which shows that this government does not have a plan to address the insecurity that Puerto Ricans live for a long time the governor, commander in chief of the Uniformed, had to dismiss the Fisheries Secretary, “said Ferrer.

Also, the PPD president said that “this year we have an increase in type 1 and the government does not show any urgency to address the situation.” Murders, carjackings, robberies, rapes and massacres have been fired, as well as the war drug control, and we do not see any proactive action by this administration. ”

“Our Police is unmotivated and it is not for less: they are not paid overtime, and they are not provided with the necessary equipment to fight crime, I urge the governor to dismiss Pesquera,” said Ferrer.

He said that the Department of Public Security, “instead of solving the problem, creates more bureaucracy, increases public spending and does not stop the crime that the country faces.”

Meanwhile, the interim governor, Luis G. Rivera Marin, indicated that he is aware that Pesquera “is working hard to ensure that the crime is stopped.”

The secretary of the State Department said that “violence is bringing an intolerant situation for Puerto Ricans.” The wave of violence is affecting families, many cases related to drug trafficking, but the alliances we have with the task forces are important with the federal government, where this type of violence can be worked even through accusations in the federal forum ”

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