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From redistribution of global and local wealth, absolute control of behavior, removal of property and water rights, devastation of Capitalism, soaring energy prices, free speech and religious freedom condemned, open borders to government dependency.  From my furthest government to my closest government, America is under attack from other Americans with global in your face agendas.  How many local politicians have actually read what Agenda 21 entails?  “Going green” is a fuzzy warm manipulative tool that has failed implementation world-wide.

Agenda 21 Document Agenda21 from United Nations down through Member Nations. UN 21.28

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“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody kdunwoody2@aol.com http://NOlathe.net

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Can You Hear Me Now? Yes, We Can.

Those old Verizon commercials meet the NSA.

By |Posted                     Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 3:41 PM

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Obama has made no secret of apologizing globally for The United States and that “the Islamic call for prayer is one of the most beautiful sounds” he has ever heard.  After being alerted that the Boston Islamic Terrorist #1 was a threat and ignored, we wondered just who if any body we were looking for…………  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HH0SBZxC9M

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”

Ken Dunwoody                                                     
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Left blames Chicago’s out-of-control gun violence on global warming


January 31, 2013  by

Hefner on Morning JoeIn all the talk about gun control, Chicago presents a significant problem for the left. With some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, gun-related deaths in Chicago were higher than troop deaths in Afghanistan in 2012, according to The Daily.

Complicating things even further, Chicago is where President Obama calls home, where he once worked as a community organizer, where his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, now serves as mayor – and where The Daily reports the murder rate is up a staggering 35 percent in hizzoner’s second year in office, quadruple the rate of New York City.

Gun shops are outlawed, and there are no civilian gun ranges within city limits. Yet the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan. Emanuel says he is “working on an ordinance that would restrict guns more tightly,” WLS-TV Chicago reported earlier this month.

The Windy City provides stark evidence that tougher gun restrictions fail to make us safer, and the left must find a way to explain this away.

Enter Christie Hefner, the former chairwoman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises who is now working with the far-left organization, Center for American Progress. (NOlathe NOte:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_American_Progress  “Major individual donors include George Soros, Peter Lewis, Steve Bing, and Herb and Marion Sandler.”)

On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Hefner said Chicago’s sky-high murder rate could be blamed — at least in part — on climate change, according to the Daily Caller.

Talk about killing two birds with one stone (pardon the pun).

“Yes, last year we hit a record number of murders from guns [in Chicago],” Hefner said. “And this year we are already outpacing last year’s numbers. Now, there are contributing factors that are not under anybody’s control and may seem odd, but it is factually true. One of them is actually the weather. There is a dramatic increase in gun violence when it is warmer. And we are having this climate change effect that is driving that.”

Which begs the question: Is it just hotter in Chicago?

The most recent FBI statistics show that overall, violent crime was down in 2011 across America. What’s more, the Midwest, which includes Chicago, had the country’s lowest violent crime rate, with 349.9 reported cases per 100,000 residents.

In a forward-looking October article that focused on gun violence in Chicago and Obama’s position on gun control, Breitbart.com closed with this ominous warning: “Just think, this means that if Obama wins a second term the whole country will get a chance to enjoy the same kind of peace and tranquility Chicagoans enjoy on their gun-free streets everyday.”

Past, meet the future.

Watch yourself, here’s the video……


Leaked UN report confirms global warming a net benefit to mankind

Biden tells tree huggers’ ‘keep the faith,’ we’re helping you next

Kerry to make global warming priority as secretary of state

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West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in  U.S.

    By Rowan  Scarborough

The Washington  Times

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism,  individual freedoms and self-government.”

The report issued this week by the Combating  Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military  Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines:  Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”

The center — part of the  institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the  report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it  identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement  and a fundamentalist movement.”

The West Point center typically focuses reports on al  Qaeda and other Islamic extremists attempting to gain power in Asia, the  Middle East and Africa through violence.

But its latest study turns inward and paints a broad brush of people it  considers “far right.”

It says anti-federalists “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal  government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural  tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally,  they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government.  Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against  the federal government and its proxies in law  enforcement.”

The report also draws a link between the mainstream conservative movement and  the violent “far right,” and describes liberals as “future oriented” and  conservatives as living in the past. (emphasis added)

“While liberal worldviews are future- or progressive -oriented, conservative  perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in  preserving the status quo.” the report says. “The far right represents a more  extreme version of conservatism, as its political vision is usually justified by  the aspiration to restore or preserve values and practices that are part of the  idealized historical heritage of the nation or ethnic community.”

The report adds: “While far-right groups’ ideology is designed to exclude  minorities and foreigners, the liberal-democratic system is designed to  emphasize civil rights, minority rights and the balance of power.”

The report says there were 350 “attacks initiated by far-right  groups/individuals” in 2011.

Details about what makes an attack a “far right” action are not clear in the  report, which was written by Arie Perliger, who directs the center’s  terrorism studies and teaches social sciences at West Point.

A Republican congressional staffer who served in the military told The  Washington Times: “If [the Defense Department] is looking for places to cut  spending, this junk study is ground zero.

“Shouldn’t the Combating  Terrorism Center be combating radical Islam around the globe instead of  perpetuating the left’s myth that right-wingers are terrorists?” the staffer  said. “The $64,000 dollar question is when will the Combating  Terrorism Center publish their study on real left-wing terrorists like the  Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, and the Weather  Underground?”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/17/west-point-center-cites-dangers-far-right-us/#ixzz2Icgol8KD Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

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Most Americans have paid no attention to the Benghazi debacle and may believe Benghazi was a man that killed somebody.

This week the world shuttered again with terrorist attacks and kidnappings as if this is something new.  But have you noticed the word AFRICA coming up a lot during and since the “Arab Spring“?  But the world is safe now under Obama’s policies cuz the media says so.  Take away our guns, raise taxes, support Agenda 21 and in 10 more years we’ll all be even.

Six months ago, even CNN caught on to this fabrication and reported.

Africa is the second largest Continent in both land mass and population but it is the largest in diversity listing 54 independent countries.  With 14% of the world’s population, any uniting force would change both the political and economical powers this third world land would muster in the future.

Radical Islamists have a universal formula in recruitment.  Find the outcasts that have anger for all government.  We look no further than American prisons http://www.radicalislam.org/threat/homegrown-threat/us-prisons .

With the poverty rate and corrupt governments, Africa is ripe for harvesting radical Islam.  We searched and found that 53 of the 54 African countries (98.1%) are currently involved in either embracing or combating al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood or other radical Islamic branches.

Many of the articles below are dated in 2013.  Several of the articles were provided by US Government sources.  Much of the below would be included in Obama’s daily security briefings.  A reasonable person would conclude that “GM is dead and al Qaeda is alive and growing.”  Look at all or pick a few.  You decide.

Countries of Africa

Algeria  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/01/17/is-the-algeria-hostage-crisis-really-al-qaeda/

Angola  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1336346/posts

Benin  http://www.standupamericaus.org/terror-jihad/al-qaeda-expands-demands-ransom-for-captured-aid-workers/

Botswana  http://www.academicjournals.org/jasd/PDF/pdf2011/Sep/Gwatiwa.pdf

Burkina Faso  http://www.african-bulletin.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=461:burkina-faso-in-the-eye-of-al-qaeda-&catid=34:watch&Itemid=61

Burundi  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18392212  

Cameroon  http://blog.inkerman.com/index.php/2012/01/23/boko-haram-and-the-cameroonian-connection-cameroons-tradition-of-non-interference-may-be-boosting-terrorism/

Central African Republic  http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/01/08/282522/seleka-rebels-are-foreigners/

Chad  http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2011/03/28/libyan-rebel-commander-admits-link-al-qaeda-chad-president-says-al-qaeda-acquired-we

Comoros  http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/hillarys-chief-worked-with-al-qaida-front-man/  

Congo, Republic of  http://kongo-kinshasa.de/dokumente/divers/wp12-01.pdf

Congo, Democratic Republic of The  http://friendsofevil.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/al-qaeda-boss-dead-as-rwandan-terrorists-and-genocidaires-enjoy-impunity/

Cote d’Ivoire  http://allafrica.com/stories/201209140315.html

Djibouti  http://tribune.com.pk/story/305957/us-defence-chief-in-djibouti-for-counter-terrorism-talks/

Egypt  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9652106/Terror-threat-for-Egypt-raised-amid-fears-of-attacks-on-Britons.html

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/07/2012716164543714168.html

Ethiopia  http://www.joinafrica.com/articles/a41.htm

Gabon  http://www.undispatch.com/top-of-the-morning-unrest-in-gabon-after-massacre-soul-searching-in-south-africa

The Gambia  http://dailynews.gm/africa/gambia/article/africans-self-destructive-politics-of-tribalism-and-religion

Ghana  http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=248870

Guinea  http://www.africaundisguised.com/newsportal/story/killers-head-south-al-qaeda-threatens-spread-jihad-across-west-african-nations

Guinea-Bissau  http://pulitzercenter.org/blog/untold-stories/guinea-bissau-hezbollah-al-qaida-and-lebanese-connection

Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire)  http://allafrica.com/stories/201209140315.html

Kenya  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-14/kenyan-police-foil-attack-by-al-qaeda-linked-militia-arrest-two.html

Lesotho http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/02/3123260/the-conflict-against-al-qaeda.html  

Liberia  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/28/liberian-nostalgia-for-war-criminal-charles-taylor.html

Libya  http://allafrica.com/stories/201212240594.html

Madagascar  http://www.douglasfarah.com/article/157/what-is-going-on-in-madagascar.com

Malawi  http://www.faceofmalawi.com/2012/08/al-qaeda-plots-attacks-on-african-countries/

Mali http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/01/west_african_jihadis.php



Mauritania http://carnegieendowment.org/files/al_qaeda_sahel.pdf

Mauritius  http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,834409,00.html

Morocco http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/01/more_on_ansar_al_sharia_in_mor.php

Mozambique  http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/10/al-qaeda-jihadists-plot-attack-against-2010-world-cup.html

Namibia  http://www.nshr.org.na/index.php?module=News&func=display&sid=1703 

Niger  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/08/us-france-hostages-aqim-idUSBRE8870DU20120908  

Nigeria  http://allafrica.com/stories/201212240601.html

Rwanda  http://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/index.php?i=14616&a=40882  

Sao Tome and Principe  http://flatrock.org.nz/topics/money_politics_law/us_strategic_interests_rise.htm

Senegal http://maddyandpaulinsenegal.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/al-qaeda-are-in-my-backyard/  

Seychelles  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/12/opinion/12iht-ederofeyev12.html?_r=0

Sierra Leone  http://www.cocorioko.net/?p=27026

Somalia  http://www.africareview.com/News/Al-Qaeda-boss-Zawahiri-urges-support-for-Somalia-rebels/-/979180/1613842/-/135qvb7/-/index.html

South Africa  http://almanac.afpc.org/South-Africa

South Sudan  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/03/us-security-risk-survey-idUSTRE7723X720110803

Sudan  http://www.joinafrica.com/articles/a41.htm

Swaziland  http://antimoneylaundering.us/news_det.php?id=1866&area=News&gratis=Si

Tanzania  http://www.ssrnetwork.net/document_library/detail/4393/al-qaida-recruitment-trends-in-kenya-and-tanzania

Togo  http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2012/09/west_african_jihadists_flock_t.php

Tunisia  http://allafrica.com/stories/201212260671.html

Uganda  http://www.gomafocus.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=147:intelligence-note-eastern-drc-somalia-new-terrorism-linkages&catid=55:guerre-et-conflit&Itemid=63

Zambia  http://www.muslimpopulation.com/africa/Zambia/inslam%20In%20Zambia.php

Zimbabwe  http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=344

Ken Dunwoody


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A great site to visit first  http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/

Read below and ask yourself “How can we reduce gun violence in America?”

Will they become law abiding after Obama makes them legal citizens?



Mara Salvatrucha (commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13) is a transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and has spread to other parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.[7] The majority of the gang is ethnically composed of Central Americans and active in urban and suburban areas. In the U.S., the MS-13 has an especially heavy presence in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California; the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Prince George’s County, Maryland; Long Island, New York; the Boston, Massachusetts area; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Houston, Texas. There is also a sizable presence of MS-13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Members of MS distinguish themselves by tattoos covering the body and also often the face, as well as the use of their own sign language. They are notorious for their use of violence and a subcultural moral code that predominantly consists of merciless revenge and cruel retributions. This cruelty of the distinguished members of the “Maras” or “Mareros” earned them a path to be recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel battling against Los Zetas in an ongoing drug war south of the United States border.[8][9][10] Their wide-ranging activities have drawn the attention of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who have initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members – netting hundreds of arrests across the country.


The Mara Salvatrucha gang originated in Los Angeles, set up in the 1980s by Salvadoran immigrants in the city’s Pico-Union neighborhood who immigrated to the United States after the Central American civil wars of the 1980s.[11][12]

Originally, the gang’s main purpose was to protect Salvadoran immigrants from other, more established gangs of Los Angeles, who were predominantly composed of Mexicans and African-Americans.[13]

Many Mara Salvatrucha gang members from the Los Angeles area have been deported after being arrested.[14] Namely, Jose Abrego, a high ranking member that was deported four times.[15] As a result of these deportations, members of MS have recruited more members in their home countries. The Los Angeles Times contends that deportation policies have contributed to the size and influence of the gang both in the United States and in Central America.[14] According to the 2009 National Gang Threat Assessment, “The gang is estimated to have 30,000 to 50,000 members and associate members worldwide, 8,000 to 10,000 of whom reside in the United States.”[16]

In recent years the gang has expanded into the Washington, D.C. area; in particular the areas of Langley Park and Takoma Park, Maryland, near the Washington border, have become centers of MS gang activity.[17]

In 2004, the US FBI started the MS-13 National Gang Task Force. The FBI also began teaming with law enforcement in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.[18]

In 2005, the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started Operation Community Shield. By 2011, this operation had made over 20,000 arrests, including more than 3,000 arrests of alleged MS-13 members.[19]In 2010, convictions of several MS-13 members were made in the Charlotte, NC area.[20]

Illegal immigration and human smuggling

According to The Washington Times, MS “is thought to have established a major smuggling center” in Mexico.[23] There were reports by the Minuteman Project that MS members were ordered to Arizona to target U.S. Border Patrol agents and Minuteman Project volunteers.[24][25]

In 2005, Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez and the President of El Salvador raised alarm by claiming that Muslim terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda was meeting with Mara Salvatrucha and other Central American gangs to help them infiltrate the United States. FBI agents said that the U.S. intelligence community and governments of several Central American countries found there is no basis to believe that MS is connected to Al-Qaeda or other Islamic radicals, although Alvarez did visit Central America to discuss the issue.[26]

Robert Morales, a prosecutor for Guatemala, indicated to The Globe and Mail that some Central American gang members seek refugee status in Canada. Superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police integrated gang task force, John Robin, said in an interview that “I think [gang members] have a feeling that police here won’t treat them in the harsh manner they get down there.”[27] Robin noted that Canadian authorities “want to avoid ending up like the U.S., which is dealing with the problem of Central American gangsters on a much bigger scale”.[27]

On the southern border of Mexico, the gang has unleashed violence against migrants.[28]

Publicized crimes

On July 13, 2003, Brenda Paz, a 17-year-old former MS member turned informant was found stabbed on the banks of the Shenandoah River in Virginia. Paz was killed for informing the FBI about Mara Salvatrucha’s criminal activities. Two of her former friends were later convicted of the murder.[29]

In 2004, the FBI created the MS National Gang Task Force. In 2005, the FBI helped create a National Gang Information Center and outlined a National Gang Strategy for Congress.[30]

On December 23, 2004, one of the most widely publicized MS crimes in Central America occurred in Chamelecón, Honduras when an intercity bus was intercepted and sprayed with automatic gunfire, killing 28 civilian passengers, most of whom were women and children.[31] MS organized the massacre as a protest against the Honduran government for proposing a restoration of the death penalty in Honduras. Six gunmen raked the bus with gunfire. As passengers screamed and ducked, another gunman climbed aboard and methodically executed passengers.[32] In February 2007, Juan Carlos Miranda Bueso and Darwin Alexis Ramírez were found guilty of several crimes including murder and attempted murder. Ebert Anibal Rivera was held over the attack and was arrested after fleeing to Texas.[33] Juan Bautista Jimenez, accused of masterminding the massacre, was killed in prison. According to the authorities, fellow MS-13 inmates hanged him.[34] There was insufficient evidence to convict Óscar Fernando Mendoza and Wilson Geovany Gómez.[33]

An MS suspect bearing gang tattoos is handcuffed.

On May 13, 2006, Ernesto “Smokey” Miranda, a former high-ranking soldier and one of the founders of Mara Salvatrucha, was murdered at his home in El Salvador a few hours after declining to attend a party for a gang member who had just been released from prison. He had begun studying law and working to keep children out of gangs.[35]

In 2007, Julio Chavez allegedly murdered a man because he was wearing a red sweatshirt and mistaken for a member of the Bloods gang.[36]

On June 4, 2008, in Toronto, Ontario, police executed 22 search warrants, made 17 arrests and laid 63 charges following a five-month investigation.[37]

On June 22, 2008, in San Francisco, California, a 21-year-old MS gang member, Edwin Ramos, shot and killed a father, Anthony Bologna, 48, and his two sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, after their car briefly blocked Ramos from completing a left turn down a narrow street as they were returning home from a family barbecue.[38]

On November 26, 2008, Jonathan Retana was convicted of the murder of Miguel Angel Deras, which the authorities linked to an MS initiation.[39]

In 2008, the MS task force coordinated a series of arrests and crackdowns in the U.S. and Central America that involved more than 6,000 police officers in five countries. Seventy-three suspects were arrested in the U.S.; in all, more than 650 were taken into custody.[40]

In February 2009, authorities in Colorado and California arrested 20 members of MS and seized 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.3 kilograms (5 pounds) of cocaine, a small amount of heroin, 12 firearms and $3,300 in cash.[41]

In June 2009, Edwin Ortiz, Jose Gomez Amaya and Alexander Aguilar were MS gang members from Long Island who had mistaken bystanders for rival gang members. As a result, two innocent civilians were shot. Edgar Villalobos, a laborer, was killed.[42]

On November 4, 2009, El Salvadoran leaders of the MS-13 gang allegedly put out a contract on the federal agent responsible for a crackdown on its New York factions, the Daily News learned. The plot to assassinate the unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was revealed in an arrest warrant for reputed gang member Walter (Duke) Torres. Torres tipped authorities to the plan after he and four MS-13 members were stopped by NYPD detectives for hassling passersby on Northern Blvd. in Queens, New York. He told cops he had information to pass on; he was debriefed October 22 at Rikers Island, where he was being held on a warrant issued in Virginia, according to court papers. Torres said “the order for the murder came from gang leadership in El Salvador,” ICE agent Sean Sweeney wrote in an affidavit for a new warrant charging Torres with conspiracy. Torres, who belonged to an MS-13 “clique” in Virginia, said he was put in charge, and traveled to New York in August “for the specific purpose of participating in the planning and execution of the murder plot,” Sweeney wrote. Gang members were trying to get their hands on a high-powered assault rifle, like an M-16 to penetrate the agent’s bulletproof vest. Another MS-13 informant told authorities the agent was marked for death because the gang was “exceedingly angry” at him for arresting many members in the past three years, the affidavit states. The murder was supposed to be carried out by the Flushing clique, according to the informant. Federal prosecutors have indicted numerous MS-13 gang members on racketeering, extortion, prostitution, kidnapping, illegal immigration, money laundering, murder, people smuggling, arms trafficking, human trafficking and drug trafficking charges. The targeted special agent was the lead federal investigator on many of the federal cases.[43]

In 2010, Rene Mejia allegedly murdered a 2-year-old baby and his mother.[36]

In August 2011, six San Francisco MS-13 members were convicted of racketeering and conspiracy, including three murders, in what was the city’s largest-scope gang trial in many years. Another 18 defendants reported to have ties to the gang plead guilty before trial.[44]

In 2011, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in New Haven, Connecticut was vandalized on multiple occasions with the “MS-13 tag” and “kill whites” in orange spray paint.[45]

Child prostitution

In 2011, Alonso “Casper” Bruno Cornejo Ormeno, an associate of MS-13 from Fairfax, Virginia was sentenced to 292 months in prison for child prostitution. Ormeno recruited juvenile females into a prostitution ring by locating runaway children.[46]

In June of 2012, Rances Ulices Amaya, a leader of MS-13, of Springfield was sentenced to 50 years in prison for child prostitution. He was convicted in February of 2012 for trafficking girls as young as 14 into a prostitution ring. They were lured from middle schools, high schools, and public shelters. Once acquired by Amaya, they were required to have sex with a minimum of 10 individuals per day.[3]

In September of 2012, Yimmy Anthony Pineda Penado, also known as “Critico” and “Spike”, of Maryland was a former “clique leader” of MS-13. Penado became the 11th MS13 gang member to be convicted of child prostitution since 2011.[2]

Charlotte, North Carolina cases

In the early 2000s (decade), US authorities investigated MS-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eventually the work led to charges against 26 MS-13 members, including 7 trial convictions in January 2010, 18 guilty pleas, and 11 multi-year prison sentences.[47]

This included the alleged first federal death-penalty conviction for an MS-13 member, Alejandro Enrique Ramirez Umaña, aka “Wizard” (age 25).[47]

In 2005, in Los Angeles, according to a jury in a later sentencing phase, Umaña murdered Jose Herrera and Gustavo Porras (July 27) and participated and aided and abetted the killing of Andy Abarca (September 28). He later came to Charlotte, North Carolina, according to witnesses, as a veteran member of MS-13, to reorganize the Charlotte cell of the gang.[47]

According to witnesses at his later trial, on December 8, 2007, while in the Las Jarochitas, a family-run restaurant in Greensboro, North Carolina, Umaña shot Ruben Garcia Salinas fatally in the chest and Manuel Garcia Salinas in the head. Witnesses testified that the shootings took place after the Garcia Salinas brothers had “disrespected” Umaña’s gang signs by calling them “fake”. Firing three more shots in the restaurant, according to trial testimony, Umaña injured another individual with his gunfire. Trial testimony and evidence showed that Umaña later fled back to Charlotte with MS-13 assistance. Umaña was arrested five days later in possession of the murder weapon. Additional evidence and testimony from the trial revealed that while Umaña was incarcerated while awaiting trial he coordinated attempts to kill witnesses and informants.[47]

Umaña was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 23, 2008. During trial, he attempted to bring a knife with him to the courtroom, which was discovered by U.S. Marshals before Umaña was transported to the courthouse. Thousands of hours were spent on the case over several years. International work was also involved.[47]

The case was investigated by the Charlotte Safe Streets Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Chief Criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina, and Trial Attorney Sam Nazzaro from the Criminal Division’s Gang Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Don Gast and Adam Morris of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina were also members of the government’s trial team.[47]

Charges included:[47]

On April 19, 2010, The jury convicted Umaña of all charges and additionally found him responsible for the 2005 murders during the sentencing phase. On April 28, a 12-person federal jury in Charlotte voted unanimously to impose the death penalty. On July 27, 2010, Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr., of Charlotte, NC, formally imposed the federal death penalty sentence. Also commenting on the decision in the government press release were Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins of the Western District of North Carolina, Owen D Harris, Special Agent in charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI, and Rodney Monreo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief.[47]

The case was automatically appealed under Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.[47]

Gang markings and hand signs

An MS gang sign and tattoos.

Many Mara Salvatrucha members cover themselves in tattoos. Common markings include “MS”, “Salvatrucha”, the “Devil Horns”, the name of their clique, and other symbols.[48] A December 2007 CNN internet news article stated that the gang was moving away from the tattoos in an attempt to commit crimes without being noticed.[49]

Members of Mara Salvatrucha, like members of most modern American gangs, utilize a system of hand signs for purposes of identification and communication. One of the most commonly displayed is the “devil’s head” which forms an ‘M’ when displayed upside down. This hand sign is similar to the same symbol commonly seen displayed by heavy metal musicians and their fans. Founders of Mara Salvatrucha borrowed the hand sign after attending concerts of heavy metal bands.[50]


In October 2012 US Treasury Department announced a freeze on American-owned assets controlled by the organization. [51]

In film

  • Principal characters of the feature movie Sin Nombre (2009) are members of MS in Chiapas, Mexico and many of the traditions and practices of MS are depicted accurately (killings, tattoos, initiation, exploitation of migrants, etc.).

See also


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