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FBI Raids Offices Of San Juan Mayor On Suspicion Of Corruption

San Juan mayor Carmen Yelin Cruz

Early Tuesday morning, the FBI raided government offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including offices under the direct control of of San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yelin Cruz, looking for evidence to substantiate allegations of “corruption” within San Juan’s city government.

Cruz, of course, is the outspoken San Juan mayor who appeared regularly on television during and after Hurricane Maria last year, blaming the Trump administration for failing to address the situation in Puerto Rico. Cruz even donned a “Nasty Woman” shirt in one interview.

But, as administration officials have pointed out, many of the problems rescuers faced were the result of local failures, including a lack of infrastructure, government favoritism, and rampant corruption. Cruz and others are alleged to have hampered, and occasionally blocked, the distribution of much-needed supplies to Puerto Ricans without food, water, medicine, or electricity.

And now, it seems, the FBI is trying to get to the bottom of exactly what’s going on in San Juan.

NBC News reports that “FBI agents were seen raiding an office on the 15th and 14th floor of Torre Municipal de San Juan, according to authorities. The operation was related to suspected corruption in the purchasing department.”

“We are seeking documents and evidence that support this allegation,” an FBI spokesman told reporters, according to NBC. “This search will help us confirm if allegations are true or not. We will look through every document, bill, email … anything that will let us clarify the claims.”

Cruz commented on the raid on Twitter, pledging her “total collaboration” with the FBI’s investigation: “If someone has done something wrong, they should be subjected to due process and face the consequences of their actions.”

That might include Cruz. Fox News reports that the FBI’s investigation centers around whether Cruz and allies in the San Juan city government handed city business — and city money — to preferred companies, many of whom allegedly charged the city thousands more than other suppliers.

Cruz’s former director of procurement, Yadira Molina, apparently blew the whistle on her own offices — and her boss, Mayor Cruz — last February reporting ““alleged irregular acts” to a local comptroller. Molina told officials that “a supply company was granted ‘preferred supplier’ status which paid them more than three times what regular suppliers made,” and that Cruz may have been responsible for inking the deal.

By EMILY ZANOTTI

Puerto Rico’s Biggest Newspaper Prints Column Blaming “The Jew” For Country’s Problems

Puerto Rico jewhater
A columnist for San Juan’s El Nuevo Día published a column blaming Jews for controlling the disaster relief efforts after a devastating hurricane struck the island September 2017.

In her bizarre rant “What Does ‘The Jew’ Want From The Colony?,” Wilda Rodriguez says decisions about the future of the island’s finances and infrastructure are being manipulated “behind closed doors” by Jews who constitute “the secret structure that rules the United States.”

Forty-five percent of the island’s residents currently lack power and many are facing food and medical supply shortages. Many cite the island’s pre-hurricane infrastructure’s poor upkeep as one of the main reasons why the island’s recovery efforts have taken so long.

“More than 20 years ago, the Israeli paper Ma’ariv had an article in Hebrew that explained how the Jews control Washington,” Rodriguez writes. “For Israelis, recognizing Jewish power over Washington is not an offensive statement. It is the victory of the Diaspora.”

Rodriguez continues by providing a conspiracy theory that Jews on Wall Street are punishing the island because of its massive $70 billion debt, which she believes would be “fatal” to financial markets if Puerto Rico refused to pay back.

“The punishment needs to make it clear to the debtor world that Wall Street cannot be manipulated,” she writes.

The article was later updated with a disclaimer from Rodriguez apologizing for any “offense to people of that religion.” El Nuevo Día also provided its own statement saying the paper does “not promote content that can be interpreted as anti-Semitic.”

Joe Simonson, Daily Caller, January 15, 2018

Convicted Terrorist Tells Mainland Americans To Get Out Of PR

Oscar Lopez Rivera terrorist

By Isabel Vincent and Michael Gartland

Convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera is at it again, demanding that mainland Americans helping hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico return home.

Lopez Rivera, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, leveled the Yankee-go-home rant Sunday in remarks broadcast on the Spanish-language TV station Telemundo.

“They should go. Just go. Just go,” he said. “We don’t need anything from them. We don’t need them to govern. They need us, and they have needed us since 1898.”

The year he cited is when the US invaded Puerto Rico and it became an American possession. Lopez Rivera also accused President Trump of being corrupt.

Lopez Rivera, who has received unwavering support from former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, did not immediately respond.

She infamously accompanied Lopez Rivera over the summer on a Puerto Rican Day parade float.

The Post revealed in July that a Harlem non-profit bankrolled with taxpayer funds from Mark-Viverito helped construct the float.

Lopez Rivera was a member of the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN and spent 35 years in prison for seditious conspiracy.

Many sponsors boycotted the Puerto Rican parade when they heard Lopez Rivera would march in it and be honored.

A Non Political Understanding Of The Relief Crisis is Puerto Rico…Surprise It’s Not FEMA’s Fault!

Puerto Rico Dale Yeager Blog

FYI current reports show that union workers at the docks are refusing to move relief aid because they want more money. Sad!

‘Inept’ Puerto Rican government ‘riddled with corruption’

Jorge Rodriguez, 49, is the Harvard-educated CEO of PACIV, an international engineering firm based in Puerto Rico that works with the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. The Puerto Rican-born engineer says he has dispatched 50 engineers to help FEMA rehabilitate the devastated island — a commonwealth of the United States — after Hurricane Maria. He refuses to work with the local government, which he called inept and riddled with corruption.

For the last 30 years, the Puerto Rican government has been completely inept at handling regular societal needs, so I just don’t see it functioning in a crisis like this one. Even before the hurricane hit, water and power systems were already broken. And our $118 billion debt crisis is a result of government corruption and mismanagement.

The governor Ricardo Rossello has little experience. He’s 36 and never really held a job and never dealt with a budget. His entire administration is totally inexperienced and they have no clue how to handle a crisis of this magnitude.

For instance, shortly after the hurricane hit, the government imposed a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am and then changed it. Now, it’s 7 pm to 5 am, and makes no sense. The curfew has prevented fuel trucks from transporting their loads. These trucks should have been allowed to run for 24 hours to address our needs, but they have been stalled, and so we have massive lines at gas stations and severe shortages of diesel at our hospitals and supermarkets.

I’m really tired of Puerto Rican government officials blaming the federal government for their woes and for not acting fast enough to help people on the island. Last week I had three federal agents in my office and I was so embarrassed; I went out of my way to apologize to them for the attitude of my government and what they have been saying about the US response. When the hurricane hit we had experts from FEMA from all over the US on the ground and I was really proud of their quick response. The first responders and FEMA have all been outstanding in this crisis, and should be supported.

I have 50 engineers that I have sent out pro bono to help local companies get back on their feet. This includes getting people gasoline and cash, and helping them connect to others that can assist with repairs without delays.

I won’t allow my people to work with the local government.

I have a message for the U.S. Congress: Watch out what relief funds you approve and let our local government handle. Don’t let the Puerto Rican government play the victim and fool you. They have no clue what they are doing, and I worry that they will mishandle anything that comes their way.

They don’t need another aircraft carrier. They need experienced people to run a proper disaster command center.