BP agents arrest two Yemeni men identified on terror watch list
Border Patrol agents in the El Centro Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border arrested two Yemeni nationals with terrorism ties in two separate incidents within the last two months, according to a Monday press release.
On January 29, agents made the first arrest around three miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry. Agents then transported the illegal alien, 33, to the El Centro Processing Center for immigration and conducted a criminal history screening, where he was found to be on both the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and the No-Fly list.
Agents also found a cell phone sim card under the insole of his shoe. The man was later transported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
On March 30, agents encountered another Yemeni national two miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry and transported him to the El Centro Processing Center for immigration and criminal history screening.
The illegal alien, 26, was found to be on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and on the No-Fly list. He is now in federal custody and his removal is pending.
“Part of the Border Patrol’s mission states we will protect the country from terrorists,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino. “Today, like every other day, our agents did that. These apprehensions at our border illustrates the importance of our mission and how we can never stop being vigilant in our everyday mission to protect this great country.”
Yemen is considered a country of “special interest” where individuals from those countries could potentially be national security risks. In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security encountered more than 3,000 “special interest aliens” at the Southern border.
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The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.
An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.
“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.
The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.
“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”
Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.
“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”
Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”
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