In late October of 2016, at a rally in Colorado, Trump stated, “When we win on November 8th, we are going to Washington, D.C., and we are going to DRAIN THE SWAMP.”
Draining a swamp requires removing barriers, installing pumps, and diverting inbound flows. By doing these things you expose the creatures, the filth, and the nastiness to sunlight so that it can all dry out and die.
The D.C. Swamp is one of many international Swamps, all connected, all corrupted by illegal flows of money, drugs, minerals, contracts, weapons, influence, etc. This past weekend, one of the major figures of that International Swamp was extradited from Cabo Verde to the United States to stand trial on charges levied against him by the Trump Administration’s DOJ.
This creature is Alex Saab. He is a Columbia-born “businessman” who has run many corrupt operations, and after first establishing connections with Hugo Chavez’s regime, he has managed to become more than an ally to Venezuela’s President. He has become one of Nicolas Maduro’s inside men—his financial fixer, his liaison to Iran. Moreover, he has become a key figure in the international swamp that runs from South America to the United States to the Middle East. His name appears in the Panama Papers and in the FinCEN Files, and he has strong ties to Hezbollah. When it comes to corruption, “Saab is and has been in a league of his own…”(1).
This guy is a real Swamp Creature, and he swims in many swamps.
The Trump Administration indicted Saab and his partner, Alvaro Pulido Vargas, on July 25, 2019 with eight counts: one for conspiracy and seven for money laundering. With the assistance of Interpol, they were able to apprehend him on the island nation of Cabo Verde on June 12, 2020 when he made a stop to refuel his jet. For 16 months Venezuela pulled every stunt and trick they could think of to prevent his extradition (going so far as to claiming they didn’t know him, stating that he was an envoy, explaining he was a diplomat, arguing that there was a violation of international law, etc.). It finally occurred on October 16, 2021.
Here’s what Mike Pompeo had to say about the extradition on Twitter,
“Alex Saab—one of Maduro’s henchmen, money launderers & drug traffickers—was extradited to the US. Saab isn’t a diplomat. He’s a criminal & must certainly know where the money is & more. The ppl of Venezuela are no closer to ridding themselves of Maduro today than yesterday.”
Alex Saab knows where the money is and to whom it flows. He knows the Swamps and the Swamp Monsters that inhabit them. That is why the Trump Administration made his apprehension and extradition a top priority, even tasking a U.S. Navy Cruiser to park off the coast of Cabo Verde and monitor the situation to apply pressure towards his extradition. It worked. Now he is in a cell in Broward County, Florida. On October 18th, he appeared in an orange jumpsuit before a judge, and his arraignment was set for November 1st.
If you had asked me a month ago if I thought Devolution had any affect on the DOJ, I would have probably said no. The Durham and Weiss investigations are safe from Biden’s DOJ, but this is not because of Devolution; it’s because of how they were set up.
But now...now I am starting to wonder.
The Trump Admin, specifically DOJ(2) under AG Barr, Treasury(3, 4), under Steven Mnuchin, and the State Department(5) under Mike Pompeo were all after Saab. Aggressively.
Oh, hey there, Acting Defense Secretary Miller! Funny how you keep popping up in interesting places. (6)
Miller would be well aware of who Saab was and the information he could potentially provide if he were to be convinced to cooperate.
You see, Alex Saab is more than a con who resold poor quality food to Venezuela at a an outrageous markup via the CLAP Program, enabling the Maduro regime to manipulate the people’s need for sustenance; clearly the program was a tool of social control which aided in defrauding the country of an estimated $5 Billion (7).
He isn’t just a diplomat who negotiated deals with the regime in Iran to trade gold for gasoline. (8).
Again, he worked to defraud those most vulnerable, selling low-income housing projects for $350mil to launder profits through banks in Miami, running shell companies across the globe, and siphoning $1.2bil off the PDVSA. He was busy to say the least (9, 10).
Was he just a money launderer? Nah, this bastard was also a financier of Hezbollah, FARC, and other radical groups. (11, 12)
For sure, all of this is more than sufficient cause for the U.S. to make him a “top priority” apprehension. This guy is a MONSTER in the International Swamp of illicit trading, deal making, drug trafficking, terrorist funding, arms dealing programs, defrauding, officials bribing, etc., etc., etc. (13, 14,15)
This is not the complete sum of his exploits and knowledge, though.
There’s something more.
Before going on, I must quickly define just a few terms.
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) - “The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury that collects and analyzes information about financial transactions in order to combat domestic and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes.”
Section 311- “Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act provides the Secretary with a range of options that can be adapted to target specific money laundering and terrorist financing risks most effectively. These options provide the Treasury Department with a powerful and flexible regulatory tool to take actions to protect the U.S. financial system from specific threats.”
Office of Inspector General (OIG) Audit Report on FinCEN dated September 4, 2019- “This report presents the results of our audit of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) compliance with laws, regulations, and standard operating procedures to impose and rescind special measures1 for foreign jurisdictions, foreign financial institutions, international transactions, or types of accounts of a primary money laundering concern. Specifically, we reviewed FinCEN’s mechanisms to impose and rescind special measures in accordance with Title III, Section 311, of the USA PATRIOT Act2 (Section 311). FinCEN administers the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA),3 which established a framework to combat criminal use of the U.S. financial system. The USA PATRIOT Act amended BSA to focus on additional financial industry sectors4 and the financing of terrorism.”
Primary Money Laundering Concern (PMLC) - “Section 311 empowers the Secretary of the Treasury, after consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, and upon a finding of “reasonable grounds,” to designate a foreign jurisdiction, foreign financial institution, class of international transaction, or type of account as of “primary money laundering concern.” Such a designation is important because it then permits the Secretary, after consultation with the appropriate federal agencies, 3 to require U.S. financial institutions and financial agencies to take “special measures” against the designated entity, transaction, or account.”
Dawson S. Field has both the right questions and the receipts in two threads(16, 17).
Fusion GPS? That’s right. Fusion GPS is connected to Venezuela. (18)
Now for the second thread by Dawson S. Field:
Please consider the questions posed by Dawson for a few moments…
How many of those questions can Alex Saab answer?
I think almost all of them.
It appears to me that the Trump Administration worked with international partners to constrict the flow of money and influence into the international swamps— it had to be routed through the U.S., where DOJ could monitor, investigate, and indict it. Then, once the creatures were indicted and extradited to the U.S., they could be persuaded to cooperate and expose other swamps and swamp creatures. Doing these things removes barriers (shell companies), installs pumps (law enforcement/military), and diverts inbound flows (apprehensions/indictments).
Draining the swamp(s).
Another promise kept by President Trump.
Two days after Saab’s arrival in the U.S., this happened:
Six days later, the U.S. State Dept. made this announcement:
So we have an extradition of one of the biggest Swamp Monsters out there, Alex Saab. Then Chavez’s bodyguard, who was cooperating with U.S., received a 65% reduction in his sentence, followed by a $10mil reward offer for Saab’s partner, Alvaro Pulido Vargas.
Your move, Alex.
Excellent job Kyle! I did not know Miller’s ties into that military ship being used to make sure Saab was extradited.
And the Western Africa countries denying Iran plane stops to refuel to me prove our military which is in devolution are working overtime right now in the global cabal war while everyone worries about when they will overturn our election.
Q said this isn’t about another four year election.
Well done. Very thorough
Great work, I look forward to next.