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U.S. warns Americans to leave Russia, as Putin continues escalation in Ukrainian war

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The U.S. State Department urged Saturday that all Americans in Russia should immediately leave the country, as foreign policy and military experts access the very dangerous escalation of war in Ukraine. Those U.S. officials also warned Americans that they may have a difficult time getting access to their bank accounts in Russia and may face some forms of harassment as they leave the country, according to news reports. 

Moreover, on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that any third party involved in establishing a no-fly zone in Ukraine would be considered a participant in the conflict and subject to actions by Russia’s military. NATO nations voted against a no-fly zone in Ukraine this week, but the European Union and the United States continue to implement stringent sanctions on Moscow. Those sanctions, however, have yet to change any course of action by Putin. Furthermore, on Saturday Ukrainian officials accused Russia of violating the cease fire agreement and reports suggest that attacks continue in Mariupol and Volnovakha.

I spoke with Daniel Hoffman, a Russia expert and three time CIA station chief this week on  The Sara Carter Show podcast, and he stated that Putin’s actions are no surprise to those who have watched him from his time with the KGB and throughout his political career.

“Putin’s escalating,” said Hoffman. “And all you have to do is go back in history and look what he did in Grozny in 99, 2000, where he just leveled Grozny did the same thing in Aleppo, in Syria. That’s the way the Russians do it, you know, in in the United States in our military, and I can tell you this from experience, if we’re trying to kill an al Qaeda guy, that’s what we’re going to do. And we’re going to want to be near certain that that’s the guy we’re killing.”

Hoffman said that’s not the way Russian military is trained because collateral damage is not a detriment.

“We’re not at war with the non-combatants, we don’t want to kill them,” said Hoffman. “Russia is violating, massively violating international law, and the law (of land) war. They’re not showing proportionality. They’re not discriminating between combatants and non combatants. And they are not trying to avoid killing non combatants. In fact, they’re deliberately targeting them. They’re targeting schools and residential areas. And, and that is sad to say, typical of the Russian rules of engagement. And the fact that the media is shining a spotlight on that, you know, look, we’ve got Fox News colleagues out there in Ukraine right now, in harm’s way reporting, God bless them, but it’s a warzone. And we rely on them to report the facts. That’s important.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky slammed NATO Friday  as being  a weak  and “underconfident” organizations for failing to establish the no-fly zone over his country.

Even if NATO refused a no-fly zone there is still much more that can be done to dismantle Putin’s Russian economy and cripple his military operation, said Hoffman.

“As far as cratering Russia’s economy, there’s arguably more we could do,” Hoffman said.

He said that will require other nations, including Europe to stop  buying Russian gas and oil.

“So there’s probably still more we could do,” he said “But Vladimir Putin’s $600 billion rainy day fund is inaccessible to him right now. And in the immediate term, look, sanctions are great, and they’re good long term, you know, targeting the Russian economy and making it clear to Russia’s elites that this is going to carry on, and we’re going to continue to hammer their economy.”

He said Ukraine needs “humanitarian assistance, food, water, and they need military equipment.”

“And we’ve got to find a way to ensure that we continue to do that, as Russia ramps up their attacks,” said Hoffman. “And that’s going to be the challenge for us. All the while ensuring we don’t end up in a kinetic war with Russia. You know, the hallmark of the Cold War was we fought a lot of proxy wars against the Soviet Union, but we never engaged in direct combat. And there’s no question that I think from both Republicans and Democrats would agree that we want to avoid direct contact with with the Russian military, but at the same time, support Ukraine. And that’s, that’s that’s what we’ve got to do.”

This State Department’s guidance to Americans  is stronger than the guidance given Wednesday asking Americans to in the country to consider leaving. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is also planning to host a virtual town hall for Americans that are still in in Russia this Wednesday.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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6 Comments

  1. Sad4theUS

    March 6, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Yeah, and one of the harassments happening to our Americans that are trying to leave, is that our own government is insisting they be vaccinated Before they cross the border!! Vaccinated?? It’s almost like our country doesn’t want them back, they’d rather desert them just like they did in Afghanistan! And funny how they didn’t insist that the Afghanistans they flew here be vaccinated…

  2. Donna

    March 6, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Propaganda, there are factions in Ukraine, under the cover of “Russian Invasion”, committing atrocities, as they were before Russia intervened. Most likely neonazis and NWO/WEF supported mercenaries.

  3. OBXLADY1

    March 6, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Meanwhile China is sitting back watching doing the fly thing like Pelosi did at the SOTU address.. They are using RUssia and Putin doesnt even see it.. just wait

  4. MicMac69

    March 7, 2022 at 4:35 am

    All these americans in Russia have contributed to the consolidation of Putin leading to the present war crisis. Greedy, unconscious or blind they are Putin’s accomplices… They can stay, nobody will cry on them.

  5. TellTheTruth-2

    March 17, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Biden better PARDON Ed Snowden .. so he can come home.

  6. Mephi

    April 26, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    If you need to know what Putin meant by his expressed intent to De-Nazify Ukraine, go to Rumble.com and search for DONBASS WAR: 2014 or, search for UKRAINE CRISIS WHAT YOU’RE NOT BEING TOLD.

    If you want to see exactly who these nazis are that he wants to eradicate, then search Rumble for: AZOV CRUCIFIXION. But be warned, it is as bad as you fear.

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Guatemala is investigating U.S. NGOs for child trafficking, seeks Texas AG collaboration

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Guatemala’s Attorney General is investigating ongoing criminal claims that a number of American tax payer funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating both inside and outside the United States are complicit  in the ongoing trafficking, abuse and disappearance of children from its nation, according to an official Guatemalan letter obtained by this investigative columnist.

The Guatemalan government is seeking full cooperation from the State of Texas, where the accusations of abuse have been reported, government officials told SaraACarter.com.

A letter from Guatemalan Attorney General María Consuelo Porras was sent to Attorney General Ken Paxton on Saturday. Porras asked Paxton for immediate assistance with investigations into recent criminal reports filed with Guatemala’s Public Ministry alleging that unaccompanied minor children and adolescents being trafficked into the U.S. from Guatemala have allegedly suffered sexual and physical abuse at facilities operated by U.S. tax payer funded NGOs.

The Biden Administration has granted tens of billions of dollars in U.S. tax payer money in the form of grants to NGOs working to house, feed, educate and provide resources to illegal migrants entering the country. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Washington D.C. documented the astonishing cost of an open border to American taxpayers.

Guatemalan Secretary General Angel Pineda with the Public Ministry spoke with  SaraACarter.com Sunday night. He said he is seeking collaboration from Paxton and the state of Texas in this ongoing criminal investigation.

“As a Prosecutor’s Office, Ministerio Publico of Guatemala, have received a criminal complaint that states some criminal actions, which we see with great concern,” Pineda told this investigative columnist.  “Due to the situation that is happening in Texas, regarding different forms of abuses of some Guatemalan children and adolescents, when the institution received that criminal complaint, the institution has started investigations, so it is necessary to work on this matter in an integral way.”

He added “that is why, I have been authorized to ask for the collaboration of prosecutor Paxton so we can work together and protect Guatemalan children, and have sent a letter in that matter. “

Texas Attorney General Paxton could not be reached immediately for comment.

According to sources, the allegations of abuse are currently under investigation and are focused on facilities contracted by NGOs that have been poorly managed, and or have allowed for the sexual assault and physical abuse of children from Guatemala. In other cases, the Guatemalan government is investigating NGOs, some of which are operating in Central America, that are aiding and abetting the child trafficking organizations by supplying the necessary resources to move the unaccompanied children to the United States border without guardians or parental supervision.

“These Guatemalan children have reportedly been placed in shelters and organizations throughout Texas under the guise of providing them with a family environment,” Porras states in the letter. “Disturbingly, there have been reports and documented situations of sexual abuse in these shelters, which is a huge violation of the rights and dignity of these children.”

“The State of Texas bears much of the responsibility for these lost children, who have been transferred to the border and processed migratory (through migration procedures)  in Texas apparently fully aware of this situation,”  the translated letter from Spanish to English states.

In her letter to Paxton, Porras goes on to say, “you know, deficiencies in security and diplomacy related to the border between the United States and Mexico have resulted in a significant increase in drug trafficking, but also a devastating emergence of human trafficking. In relation to the new complaint that has been filed with this institution, a horrifying pattern of the disappearance of children from Guatemala has been brought to our attention, and it has been reported to the Public Ministry that a complex network involving Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating within Guatemala, who collaborate with specific entities in the State of Texas, are implicated in the abuse of Guatemalan children when they are away from their parents and do not have someone to protect them.”

This isn’t the first time NGOs have come in the crosshairs of lawmakers for failing to abide by the law or for failing to protect those being trafficked. In February, Paxton announced that his office was suing the Annunciation House — a Catholic NGO that operates “several houses of hospitality” for migrants and refugees in El Paso, Texas; and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The NGO is an “entry point” for illegal immigrants being trafficked to the United States.

Paxton stated in February, “the chaos at the southern border has created an environment where NGOs, funded with taxpayer money from the Biden Administration, facilitate astonishing horrors including human smuggling. While the federal government perpetuates the lawlessness destroying this country, my office works day in and day out to hold these organizations responsible for worsening illegal immigration.”

In fact, this year the Office of Inspector General (OIG) began raising concerns about the Department of Health and Human Services placement and safety protocols regarding unaccompanied alien children (UACs).

Lawmakers in the United States highlighted the issues with the UAC program that is administered through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Within those reports, along with testimony from whistleblowers, numerous allegations of sexual abuse of children and misplaced children by HHS/ORR have surfaced.

Allegations of abuse often occur at contracted facilities according to those sources who testified before Congress. In fact,  even after lawmakers became aware that ORR lost the location of more than 85,000 children in the United States that had been placed into sponsors homes the situation still remains dire, according to sources.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics, suggest that the number of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) who arrived at the border has swelled from 33,239 in fiscal year 2020 to more than 146,000 in fiscal year 2021 and more than 152,000 in fiscal year 2022. That is roughly a 500 percent increase in the trafficking of unaccompanied children.

In February 2023, The New York Times published an expose on migrant children working brutal jobs across the country, many of which violate child labor laws. At the time the story was written, over 130,000 unaccompanied minors had entered the nation that fiscal year.

In April, 2023 the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security and Enforcement interviewed HHS whistleblower Tara Lee Rodas. At the time she was detailed with HHS at an Emergency Intake Site in Pomona, California, and told the committee “I thought I was going to help place children in loving homes.”

“Instead, I discovered that children are being trafficked through a sophisticated network that begins with recruiting in their home country, smuggled to the U.S. border, and ends when [Office of Refugee Resettlement] delivers a child to a sponsor — some sponsors are criminals and traffickers and members of Transnational Criminal Organizations,” she said. “Some sponsors view children as commodities and assets to be used for earning income — this is why we are witnessing an explosion of labor trafficking.”

In 2019, I interviewed Guatemalan Attorney General Porras in Guatemala. Her focus then was the ongoing crisis of child trafficking in the region and in her nation. She reiterated that the government of Guatemala’s first priority was its children.

And the increase in the flow of unaccompanied children is shocking. On one particular visit to Guatemala in 2018, with Chris Farrell from Judicial Watch, an investigative nonprofit in Washington D.C., we were briefed on the rescue of seven unaccompanied children under the age of 10 that were to be trafficked into the U.S. for nefarious purposes.  These children were rescued by the Guatemalan government from a trafficking organization operating within a large caravan of people that were were monitoring along the Guatemalan border.

“Our nation’s children are the main priority and many of these children are living in poverty and from regions where they have no resources to protect themselves from these predators,” Porras told me during an interview in Guatemala City.

She reiterated those same sentiments in her letter to Paxton, who is also opening his own investigations into the NGOs operating in the state of Texas.

The criminal complaints addressed in the letter allege that the “non-governmental organizations operating in Guatemala and the State of Texas that may be involved in child trafficking operations are “Save the Children,” “Changing the Way We Care,” the World Childhood Foundation, Arise, and La Unión del Pueblo Entero is concerning. What could be particularly alarming about these organizations is that some of them receive federal funds from American taxpayers. I have been informed that other non-governmental organizations operating in Guatemala and Texas could be accomplices to child trafficking, possibly supporting this trafficking and other issues with unaccompanied children and adolescents traveling, but they have proven unsuccessful in protecting children in Guatemala.”

The NGOs in this letter could not be reached immediately for comment with regard to the ongoing investigations. This column will be updated when and if they respond.

As for Guatemalan officials now investigating these claims, they told this reporter they will utilize all resources to target the traffickers and any NGOs aiding in the trafficking of children.

The letter to Paxton states that the investigation is to “protect the human rights and interests of the inhabitants of the Republic of Guatemala, will spare no effort and exhaust all necessary efforts to locate and criminally prosecute those responsible for this enormous tragedy. Be assured that the Attorney General and Chief of the Public Ministry of the Republic of Guatemala will zealously execute her legal mandate to eradicate this epidemic of child trafficking and to hold those who commit these crimes against humanity accountable.”

Porras asked that Paxton’s office contact Guatemalan officials to coordinate in the investigation.

You can follow Sara A Carter on X @SaraCarterDC and on Truth @SaraCarterOfficial

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