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My Questions to Mr. Comey

To: Director of Federal Bureau of Investigations Mr. James B. Comey
From: Michael Novakhov (Mike Nova), blogger

Dear Mr. Comey: 

Since, regrettably, I  missed your most enlightening, if only most docile and incoherent on the part of mainstream media, press-conference today, due to somewhat short notice and the lack of official journalistic accreditation, I would like most respectfully to ask you some questions. 
  • What is the status of separatist movement, especially its violent wings, in Puerto Rico? What are your views on the resolution of Puerto Rico political status? How realistic and viable is the option of Puerto Rico statehood? What are the alternative options and their implications? 
  • How do you view the general "law and order" and, specifically criminogenic situation, including its root causes, in Puerto Rico? What are your ideas about the ways to remedy it? 
  • Your support for your people, which is only natural, expected and logical, was noted. However, what is your honest and sincere opinion about the professional qualifications of local Puerto Rico FBI branch? What are their strengths and their deficiencies? What are your suggestions for improving the quality and efficiency of their work? 
  • What is Puerto Rico "Secret Police"? Does it exist? What are its functions? Who is its head? Who are its targets? Do they keep the records? If they do not, then why? If they do not keep the records, then what is the difference, in principle, between them and some street criminal gang? If they do not keep the records, how can they assess the quality and efficacy of their work and to improve and learn on their mistakes? 
  • What is COINTELPRO? Who was the author of this approach and methods, besides the special agent Richard Held, who is called the "architect of COINTELPRO" and who was very active in Puerto Rico? Is this method efficient? Was its efficacy scientifically proven? Is it used now and for what purposes?
  • What is the general counterintelligence situation in Puerto Rico (as much as you can publicly answer, given the sensitivity of the subject)? What are the major threats? Are the counter-measures adequate? In the light of Senator Menendez affair, how active are Cuban, Russian and other hostile intelligence services in Puerto Rico? What are their methods? What is done to contain and neutralize them?
I understand that this is a "mouth-full", or '"response-full", however I am sure that you, with your exceptional communications and interpretations skills will be able to handle this, as always, on the most professional level. 
Please provide your responses in the comments to this post, or if you so prefer, by e-mail, snail mail or in any other way, shape or form. 
Your kindness, consideration and invaluable time are most sincerely appreciated. 

Michael Novakhov (Mike Nova), blogger (and part time "cyber-rebel", in FBI terminology) 


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FBI director is stunned with the amount of cases that are handled by the Island

By Mariana Cobián09.07.2014 | 6:21 pm
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This is the first official visit of the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James B. Comey, to Puerto Rico.(Vanessa.serra @ gfrmedia.com) 

Comey acknowledged that the level of crime today is extremely high, and that is most noticeable when it occurs in a small island like ours.
FBI director surprised with number of cases that are handled by the Island
In his first official visit to Puerto Rico, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James B. Comey, admitted that he was impressed by the number of criminal cases that just eight federal judges serve year after year in this jurisdiction.
"I am extremely surprised, astonished by the number of cases that move in federal court here.'s Simply remarkable that a small number of judges and a small number of prosecutors move a significant amount of important cases with a speed that would blow your head others in the first circuit, which is where we are ... I can not imagine another district judge with more cases than this, "confessed Comey, who met for the day with Judge Aida Delgado president of Columbus and other nine judges in the Federal Court on the island, of which eight criminal cases serve.
Comey said that you have to see how they can seek additional judicial resources, something that can work immediately, given that crime can not be reduced quickly.
The New York native and director who just spent 10 months in position participated in a press conference at the offices of the federal agency and indicated that came to the island as part of the visits made to the 56 district offices. He met with the head of the office of Puerto Rico, Carlos Cases, and other heads of federal and state agencies, including the chief federal prosecutor in Cuba, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, Attorney Cesar Miranda and Police Superintendent Jose Caldero.
On his short visit, arrived yesterday, Tuesday and will march today, Wednesday, he said that he filled with satisfaction to see the teamwork between federal and state authorities, and that "all wear the team uniform of justice, no matter if federal or state because they face a common enemy. "
In fact, said one of the things I learned from this district is teamwork, given that elsewhere there are frictions between agencies, and "I do not see that here."
Yes acknowledged that more resources are needed to do the job. As for the FBI in Puerto Rico, said there are many vacancies you want to fill and then determine if it's personal foul.
Comey acknowledged that the level of crime today is extremely high, and that is most noticeable when it occurs in a small island like ours.
When asked about specific cases that have not solved the murder of Carlos Muñiz Varela 35 years, Comey said that his meetings were discussed several cases, "no one who will argue with you, but I have knowledge. "
"We researched in secret to protect the innocent and the guilty do not know we're onto them," said Comey, who also declined to comment on the situations that occurred in the past pro-independence groups.
As the squad set up last year in Puerto Rico to address cases of judicial corruption, Comey said he did not remember whether other teams specifically dedicated to these cases in other districts, but attending court, police and other corruption.
"Public corruption tends to be cultural and people think it's okay. Must uproot and prosecute many cases and meet a lot of time in prison. Should be sending a message to change the culture.'s A challenge in the U.S. and here, "Comey said.
"There has been satisfactory and educational for me, and I will return," he said on his visit to the Island
 Comey was sworn in as FBI director on September 4, 2013. Was born in New York and studied at William and Mary University and went to law school at the University of Chicago. After finishing his studies, he was attorney for the Southern District of New York, and then in eastern Virginia district. He returned to New York after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and, in 2003, went on to be assistant prosecutor from the Justice Department in Washington DC



Cases: "In Puerto Rico corruption is constant"

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In his first official visit to Puerto Rico, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
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Journal Metro Puerto Rico  - 9 hours ago
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The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, James B . Comey
is on the island for the first time and take part in a press conference this afternoon.
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FBI still juggling information on murder of Cuban ...

Radio Havana Cuba  - 8 hours ago
San Juan, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James B . Comey ,
refused to provide details about the claims of justice for the murder 35 years after the
Cuban-Puerto Rican independence Carlos Muñiz Varela ago.

FBI Chief silent about murder Muñiz Varela

American Press  - 17 hours ago
July 9, 2014, 21:27 San Juan, July 9 (PL) The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 
James B . Comey , refused to give details today about the claims of justice for the murder 35 years ago of 
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Mike Nova comments: 
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The true enemies are not the credit agencies, who just honestly do their job, but the political immaturity, lack of education and lack of governing and management skills; nepotism and corruption, etc., etc., etc.. And this is what the people of Puerto Rico will eventually learn to defend themselves against. The people might not be the smooth talkers, but they always know the best.  

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Father awaits justice in son’s 2005 murder in Puerto Rico - Winnipeg

Adam Anhang and his wife at the time, Aurea Vazquez-Rijos.

Globalnews.ca - ‎21 hours ago‎
When police arrived, Vazquez-Rijos was holding her injured head, pleading for help. Thirty months would pass beforeFBI agents in Puerto Rico had the information they needed to draw the connection between Vazquez-Rijos, the widow, and Pabon-Colon, ..

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Globalnews.ca - ‎22 hours ago‎
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Father awaits justice in son’s 2005 murder in Puerto Rico - Winnipeg

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In the days before he was bludgeoned to death on the streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2005, Winnipeg-born Adam Anhang had a bad feeling.
“I’m a little scared right now,” he emailed a friend. His friend responded: “You are way too emotionally attached to your own misery… to know what to do at this juncture.”
In his last telephone conversation with his father Abe, there was a tone of trepidation in his voice. Abe knew something was wrong, but his 32-year-old son didn’t talk much with his family about his personal life in Puerto Rico.
Adam’s life was a mess. His six-month marriage with Aurea Vazquez-Rijos had fallen apart—they were no longer living together—and she was being difficult about the divorce.
He’d hired a bodyguard because he mistrusted Vazquez-Rijos, and he was afraid of her family. He was having trouble focusing on his career—developing high-end condos and vacation resorts in the American territory.
Adam planned on having it all out with Vazquez-Rijos on the night of Sept. 22, 2005, at the stylish Dragonfly restaurant in the city’s tourism district. When they left the restaurant shortly before midnight, however, Anhang and Vazquez-Rijos were still at odds. An eyewitness heard them arguing as they walked to their car in a nearby parking lot. They clearly hadn’t settled the terms of their break-up.
These were the last few minutes of Anhang’s life. In the shadows near the restaurant area, a man was waiting. His name was Alex Pabon-Colon, nicknamed “El Loco.”
He was holding a kitchen knife with a nine-inch blade, pretending to be talking on his cellphone.
Here is how an FBI affidavit, based on eyewitness accounts and El Loco’s confession, described the next few moments:
“Pabon-Colon…saw Aurea and Anhang pass by shortly after midnight. Aurea nodded her head in a way that Pabon-Colon understood meant that he was to follow them, and that the person with her was the target. Two witnesses confirmed seeing Pabon-Colon following the couple at a short distance.
“While pursuing the couple, Pabon-Colon also picked up a loose cobblestone and placed it in his pocket . . . Pabon-Colon then approached Anhang and told him ‘Give me the money’ in English… The victim punched him in the face, and Pabon-Colon then hit Anhang in the head with the piece of cobblestone. Pabon-Colon then pulled the knife and stabbed the victim several times.
“According to an eyewitness, Aurea watched the struggle from a short distance and did not yell, flee, or attempt physically to stop Pabon-Colon . . . While they were engaged in the struggle, Anhang shouted to Aurea, ‘Run, baby, run.’
“Pabon-Colon then hit Aurea in the head with the piece of cobblestone, and she fell to the ground. Pabon-Colon did so because in prior conversations, Aurea had instructed Pabon-Colon to assault her as well, in order to make the incident look real.”
It was meant to “look real,” according to the FBI, but the assailant fled without taking Anhang’s wallet. Minutes later, Anhang was dead, his blood pooling in the cobblestones around his head. When police arrived, Vazquez-Rijos was holding her injured head, pleading for help.
Thirty months would pass before FBI agents in Puerto Rico had the information they needed to draw the connection between Vazquez-Rijos, the widow, and Pabon-Colon, the hitman. When he was arrested in 2008, he told authorities that Vazquez-Rijos, along with her sister Marcia, and Marcia’s boyfriend, Jose Ferrer Sosa, had promised him $3 million to kill Anhang, but they’d reneged on the murder-for-hire deal.
That confession, along with phone calls made on Anhang’s cell phone after his murder, was enough for the US Attorney in Puerto Rico to issue an indictment against Vazquez-Rijos and her alleged confederates. That indictment came out in mid-2008, but it was too late: Vazquez-Rijos had already taken up residence in Italy, where she was pregnant with twins and working as a tourist guide.
She’d found a sanctuary, and even though she inherited none of Anhang’s substantial estate, she wasn’t starving. Anhang’s father, who hired a detective to follow her in Florence, says she had the looks and the resourcefulness to maintain a “pleasant life.”
There was no lack of male companionship and over time, Bibi, as she now called herself, even found support in the city’s Orthodox Jewish community, claiming she was a convert to Judaism.
That connection helped her find a place to live, work, and even helped her find day-care services for her girls. (When I approached leaders of the community earlier this year in Florence, they wouldn’t speak to me about Vazquez-Rijos’s deception, or how they felt about being duped. Their silence suggested a deep embarrassment.)
Vazquez-Rijos, however, was relentless. She soon found a well-connected Florentine banker to help set up a tourist agency—a man who was impressed by her “tenacity and her love for her children.” However, when stories about “the Black Widow” began percolating in the Italian media, questioning her cover story, Vazquez-Rijos left Florence and moved to Venice.
For 4 ½ years, Abe and the FBI kept Vazquez-Rijos in their sights, waiting for her to make a mistake. That finally came in 2013, when she recklessly boarded a flight to Madrid, using her American passport. Spanish police and Interpol, tipped off by the FBI, were waiting for her in the arrivals terminal.
The Spanish High Court ordered her extradition, unimpressed by Vazquez-Rijos’ plea that her life was in danger, and that the Puerto Rican underworld was behind Anhang’s murder.
She remains in a comfortable prison outside Madrid, while her lawyers consider further appeals.
TIMELINE OF ADAM ANHANG HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
2004 — Adam Anhang and Aurea Vazquez-Rijos meet in a bar in San Juan.
March 18, 2005 -They are quietly married in Puerto Rico. Not even Anhang’s family is told of the wedding.
June 18, 2005 — Anhang moves out of their home, into an apartment. Suspicious of Vazquez-Rijos, he hires a private detective to follow her.
September 2005 — According to an FBI affidavit, Vazquez-Rijos, her sister Marcia, and boyfriend Jose Ferrer Sosa, meet with Alex “El Loco” Pabon-Colon to discuss an attack on Anhang. The reason: Vazquez-Rijos is reportedly concerned about how the divorce will leave her financially.
September 21, 2005 — Anhang files the divorce petition. He emails his business partner and says he is “a little scared.”
September 23, 2005 — Anhang is stabbed and beaten to death with a cobblestone in old San Juan, immediately after a late dinner with his wife to talk about their impending divorce. An FBI report quotes witnesses who say Vazquez-Rijos “did not yell, flee, or attempt physically to stop” the attacker.
October, 2005 — Police arrest Jonathan Roman-Rivera, a man who fits an eyewitness description of killer.
April 2006 — Vazquez-Rijos sues Anhang’s parents, Abe and Barbara Anhang, in federal court, claiming she was cheated from inheriting his estate. The suit would later be dismissed because of her non-appearance in court.
April 2006 — Vazquez-Rijos leaves town, goes to Italy “to study documentary filmmaking,” says her mother.
October, 2007 — Roman-Rivera is convicted of the murder, and sentenced to 105 years in prison. Abe Anhang meets the next day with FBI in San Juan, requesting a further investigation based on cell phone evidence.
April, 2008 — Alex Pabon-Colon is arrested and confesses to the murder. He tells police he was hired by Vazquez-Rijos, her sister and a boyfriend to kill Adam. Meanwhile, Vazquez-Rijos is pregnant with twins in Italy.
June 4, 2008 — The US Attorney in Puerto Rico indicts Vazquez-Rijos, her sister Marcia, and boyfriend Jose Ferrer Sosa for conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire. Roman-Rivera is released soon after.
September 2008 — Vazquez-Rijos’ twin daughters are born in Florence; father is Constantino de Stefano, a man she met in a nightclub. Italian law makes it difficult for Vazquez-Rijos to be extradited from Italy to face charges in Puerto Rico
June 30, 2013 — Vazquez-Rijos is arrested by Spanish police after landing at Madrid airport. She flew to Spain expecting to meet a group of tourists, and the FBI, working with Interpol, was alerted because she was travelling with her US passport.
September 2013 — The US Attorney in Puerto Rico promises Spain that the authorities will not seek the death penalty if Vazquez-Rijos is extradited.
Sept. 17, 2013 — Roman-Rivera sues police and prosecutors for $12 million for wrongful conviction. Settlement cannot be revealed... Read more