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"Elder Brothers" Caught Manufacturing Methamphetamine at their Kosher Slaughterhouse

May 14, 2008

Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse is Chabad Lubavitch-owned–yes, the same Chabad Lubavitch that G.W. Bush praised and celebrated Noahide “education day” with in the Oval Office only a few weeks ago; who also celebrated “education day” with the New York State legislature and NY Governor a week later; who are responsible for those 30′ tall menorahs on government property, whose member, Adin Steinsaltz is the head of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem, Talmud mentor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and guest speaker at the Vatican in 2002 and in 2005.

Feds cite possible drugs, illegal workers at kosher plant

By Ben Harris 05/13/2008

NEW YORK (JTA) — In laying the legal groundwork for a massive raid of the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse, federal authorities cited claims that illegal narcotics production took place at the factory and hundreds of illegal immigrants were employed there, including several of the rabbis responsible for kosher supervision.

The charges were among the most explosive details to emerge following the raid Monday at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa.

Agents arrested 390 workers in what Immigration and Customs Enforcement called the largest raid of its kind in U.S. history.

The raid, which required federal authorities to rent an expansive fairground in nearby Waterloo to house detainees, prompted the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa to temporarily relocate judges and court personnel to the site because the facilities in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City were inadequate.

“There have been other operations where more people have been arrested,” Tim Counts, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, told JTA. “But as far as we can determine, this is the largest single-site operation as far as number of arrests go.”

The raid follows a six-month investigation involving more than a dozen federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the departments of labor and agriculture.

Three Israelis and four Ukrainians were among the detainees held on charges of being in the country illegally, Counts said. Officials are expected to bring criminal charges against some of the detainees as well, most of whom are from Guatemala and Mexico.

Agriprocessors said in a statement Tuesday that it “takes the immigration laws seriously” and intended to “continue to cooperate with the government in its investigation.”

“Agriprocessors will also inquire further into the circumstances that led to these events,” the company said. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families whose lives were disrupted and wish them the best. We are deeply committed to meeting the needs of all of our customers and are operating again today.”

In the affidavit filed as part of the 60-page application for a search warrant, additional details were revealed of the government’s investigation of Agriprocessors, a company that has been beset by numerous allegations of health and safety violations, mistreating workers and using controversial slaughter practices.

According to the document, a former supervisor at the plant — identified only as Source #1 — told investigators that some 80 percent of the workforce was illegal.

The source also said he believed rabbis responsible for kosher supervision entered the United States from Canada without proper immigration documents. According to the affidavit, the source did not provide evidence for his suspicions about the rabbis.

Source #1 also claimed to have discovered active production of the drug methamphetamine at the plant and reported incidents of weapons being carried there.

Methamphetamine, more commonly known as crystal meth, is Illegal in the United States. The popular nightclub drug gives users a sense of energy and euphoria that can last for hours.

Agriprocessors employees told investigators that sometimes they were required to work nighttime shifts of 12 hours or more.

The affidavit says that 697 plant employees are believed to have violated federal laws.

With Agriprocessors producing more than half of the nation’s kosher meat, the raid has prompted fears of a disruption in supply. Though the plant was back in operation Tuesday, it was unclear if Agriprocessors could meet its normal production capacity with hundreds of its workers in federal custody.

Founded by Brooklyn butcher Aaron Rubashkin, Agriprocessors produces kosher meat and poultry marketed under the labels Aaron’s Best and Rubashkin’s.

The firm gained national attention in 2000 with the publication of the book “Postville,” which described the tensions between the company and the local community. The company has attracted a significant population of Orthodox Jews to a rural pocket of northeast Iowa.

Agriprocessors did not respond to requests for comment from JTA. Asked if there was slaughter taking place Tuesday, a woman who answered the phone at the plant said, “We’re trying.”

The Des Moines Register reported that more than 100 cars were in the company lot Tuesday morning, but quoted a nearby business owner who said that foot and vehicular traffic to the plant was much lower than usual.

Rabbi Menachem Genack, the head of the Orthodox Union’s kosher supervision department — the largest outfit certifying the kosher status of Agriprocessors’ meat — told JTA that other companies had assured him that they could make up for any shortfall from the Postville plant.

Genack reiterated the O.U.’s policy of leaving matters of immigration and labor standards to the government.

“No one else has the resources to do what the federal government can do,” he said.

If the company turns out to be criminally liable, Genack said, that could be grounds for losing its kosher certification.

Genack said he was told by the plant’s supervising rabbi that two foreign rabbis working at the plant had failed to renew their work permits when they expired a few weeks ago. He described the issue as a “technical” violation and insisted the two rabbis had not been detained.

Much of the information the government collected appears to have come from former employees of Agriprocessors who were detained by police on unrelated charges. Sources related similar stories of presenting fraudulent documents and Social Security numbers when seeking employment with the company.

Several said they were aware of undocumented workers employed at the plant that were paid by supervisors in cash.

The affidavit says the government has probable cause to believe that an Agriprocessors supervisor assisted workers in acquiring fake documents in exchange for a cut of the proceeds.

Federal investigators provided documentation for a former Agriprocessors employee, identified in the affidavit as Source #7, for the purpose of gaining employment at the plant. Once hired, the source reported on rabbis who insulted the workers and threw meat at them.

In one alleged instance, a “Hasidic Jew” duct-taped a worker’s eyes and then hit him with a meat hook, “apparently not causing serious injuries.”

Agriprocessors has come under fire before for its labor practices, as well as health and safety violations. In March, authorities fined the company $182,000 for violations at the plant.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has clandestinely videotaped a controversial slaughter practice used at the plant.

In addition, an investigation by the Forward weekly newspaper revealed allegations that employees were underpaid and exploited. Agriprocessors officials denied the allegations.

On Tuesday, members of the Conservative movement’s Hekhsher Tzedek Commission condemned the company, saying that keeping kosher requires more than just adherence to ritual matters, but also sensitivity to the environment and respect for workers and animals. The Hekhsher Tzedek initiative is in part a response to past allegations of misconduct at Agriprocessors.

“The actions of this company have brought shame upon the entire Jewish community,” the commission said. “Yesterday’s discovery, along with the other violations of the ethical standards set forth by our Torah and our tradition underscore the need for Hekhsher Tzedek. To be sure, halacha has never limited its concern to the ritual elements of kashrut alone.”

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/2008051320080513agriprocessorsraid.html

"Elder Brothers" Caught Manufacturing Methamphetamine at their Kosher Slaughterhouse

May 14, 2008

Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse is Chabad Lubavitch-owned–yes, the same Chabad Lubavitch that G.W. Bush praised and celebrated Noahide “education day” with in the Oval Office only a few weeks ago; who also celebrated “education day” with the New York State legislature and NY Governor a week later; who are responsible for those 30′ tall menorahs on government property, whose member, Adin Steinsaltz is the head of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem, Talmud mentor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and guest speaker at the Vatican in 2002 and in 2005.

Feds cite possible drugs, illegal workers at kosher plant

By Ben Harris 05/13/2008

NEW YORK (JTA) — In laying the legal groundwork for a massive raid of the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse, federal authorities cited claims that illegal narcotics production took place at the factory and hundreds of illegal immigrants were employed there, including several of the rabbis responsible for kosher supervision.

The charges were among the most explosive details to emerge following the raid Monday at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa.

Agents arrested 390 workers in what Immigration and Customs Enforcement called the largest raid of its kind in U.S. history.

The raid, which required federal authorities to rent an expansive fairground in nearby Waterloo to house detainees, prompted the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa to temporarily relocate judges and court personnel to the site because the facilities in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City were inadequate.

“There have been other operations where more people have been arrested,” Tim Counts, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, told JTA. “But as far as we can determine, this is the largest single-site operation as far as number of arrests go.”

The raid follows a six-month investigation involving more than a dozen federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the departments of labor and agriculture.

Three Israelis and four Ukrainians were among the detainees held on charges of being in the country illegally, Counts said. Officials are expected to bring criminal charges against some of the detainees as well, most of whom are from Guatemala and Mexico.

Agriprocessors said in a statement Tuesday that it “takes the immigration laws seriously” and intended to “continue to cooperate with the government in its investigation.”

“Agriprocessors will also inquire further into the circumstances that led to these events,” the company said. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families whose lives were disrupted and wish them the best. We are deeply committed to meeting the needs of all of our customers and are operating again today.”

In the affidavit filed as part of the 60-page application for a search warrant, additional details were revealed of the government’s investigation of Agriprocessors, a company that has been beset by numerous allegations of health and safety violations, mistreating workers and using controversial slaughter practices.

According to the document, a former supervisor at the plant — identified only as Source #1 — told investigators that some 80 percent of the workforce was illegal.

The source also said he believed rabbis responsible for kosher supervision entered the United States from Canada without proper immigration documents. According to the affidavit, the source did not provide evidence for his suspicions about the rabbis.

Source #1 also claimed to have discovered active production of the drug methamphetamine at the plant and reported incidents of weapons being carried there.

Methamphetamine, more commonly known as crystal meth, is Illegal in the United States. The popular nightclub drug gives users a sense of energy and euphoria that can last for hours.

Agriprocessors employees told investigators that sometimes they were required to work nighttime shifts of 12 hours or more.

The affidavit says that 697 plant employees are believed to have violated federal laws.

With Agriprocessors producing more than half of the nation’s kosher meat, the raid has prompted fears of a disruption in supply. Though the plant was back in operation Tuesday, it was unclear if Agriprocessors could meet its normal production capacity with hundreds of its workers in federal custody.

Founded by Brooklyn butcher Aaron Rubashkin, Agriprocessors produces kosher meat and poultry marketed under the labels Aaron’s Best and Rubashkin’s.

The firm gained national attention in 2000 with the publication of the book “Postville,” which described the tensions between the company and the local community. The company has attracted a significant population of Orthodox Jews to a rural pocket of northeast Iowa.

Agriprocessors did not respond to requests for comment from JTA. Asked if there was slaughter taking place Tuesday, a woman who answered the phone at the plant said, “We’re trying.”

The Des Moines Register reported that more than 100 cars were in the company lot Tuesday morning, but quoted a nearby business owner who said that foot and vehicular traffic to the plant was much lower than usual.

Rabbi Menachem Genack, the head of the Orthodox Union’s kosher supervision department — the largest outfit certifying the kosher status of Agriprocessors’ meat — told JTA that other companies had assured him that they could make up for any shortfall from the Postville plant.

Genack reiterated the O.U.’s policy of leaving matters of immigration and labor standards to the government.

“No one else has the resources to do what the federal government can do,” he said.

If the company turns out to be criminally liable, Genack said, that could be grounds for losing its kosher certification.

Genack said he was told by the plant’s supervising rabbi that two foreign rabbis working at the plant had failed to renew their work permits when they expired a few weeks ago. He described the issue as a “technical” violation and insisted the two rabbis had not been detained.

Much of the information the government collected appears to have come from former employees of Agriprocessors who were detained by police on unrelated charges. Sources related similar stories of presenting fraudulent documents and Social Security numbers when seeking employment with the company.

Several said they were aware of undocumented workers employed at the plant that were paid by supervisors in cash.

The affidavit says the government has probable cause to believe that an Agriprocessors supervisor assisted workers in acquiring fake documents in exchange for a cut of the proceeds.

Federal investigators provided documentation for a former Agriprocessors employee, identified in the affidavit as Source #7, for the purpose of gaining employment at the plant. Once hired, the source reported on rabbis who insulted the workers and threw meat at them.

In one alleged instance, a “Hasidic Jew” duct-taped a worker’s eyes and then hit him with a meat hook, “apparently not causing serious injuries.”

Agriprocessors has come under fire before for its labor practices, as well as health and safety violations. In March, authorities fined the company $182,000 for violations at the plant.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has clandestinely videotaped a controversial slaughter practice used at the plant.

In addition, an investigation by the Forward weekly newspaper revealed allegations that employees were underpaid and exploited. Agriprocessors officials denied the allegations.

On Tuesday, members of the Conservative movement’s Hekhsher Tzedek Commission condemned the company, saying that keeping kosher requires more than just adherence to ritual matters, but also sensitivity to the environment and respect for workers and animals. The Hekhsher Tzedek initiative is in part a response to past allegations of misconduct at Agriprocessors.

“The actions of this company have brought shame upon the entire Jewish community,” the commission said. “Yesterday’s discovery, along with the other violations of the ethical standards set forth by our Torah and our tradition underscore the need for Hekhsher Tzedek. To be sure, halacha has never limited its concern to the ritual elements of kashrut alone.”

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/2008051320080513agriprocessorsraid.html

Chaldean bishop says U.S. accountable for death of Iraqi archbishop

March 14, 2008

The instability which the psychotic, Zionist Iraq war architect, Michael Ledeen sought to bring to the Middle East has been realized. And as usual, Christians suffer the consequences of yet another Zionist scheme. Naturally, the “trad” golem is calling for wholesale slaughter of the Muslims who lived alongside Christians peacefully in Iraq before the Zionists launched their war on Purim in 2003.

Chaldean bishop says U.S. accountable for death of Iraqi archbishop

By Joe Kohn -Catholic News Service

Mar-13-2008

DETROIT (CNS) — A Chaldean Catholic bishop said the United States must be held accountable for the death of Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq.

Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim of the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, based in Southfield, Mich., said that particularly the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is responsible for the terrorism and killing of Christians in Iraq. He said the administration is ignoring the problem.

“No one is defending us,” he said March 13, the day the archbishop’s body was recovered after kidnappers said where they had buried him. “They are killing Christians because they are Christians.”

Bishop Ibrahim said the Feb. 29 kidnapping and subsequent death of the archbishop threw into question the destiny of Christians in Iraq. Three of the archbishop’s companions were killed in the kidnapping.

“We know that before the invasion of the Americans in Iraq, (terrorism) was no such a thing,” Bishop Ibrahim said. “Christians and Muslims were living together, exactly like brothers and sisters, and that’s it. But since the invasion, everything changes.”

“Somebody has to be responsible,” the bishop said. “Since the Americans are occupying Iraq, they have the responsibility of the security of every Iraqi, and in the first place minorities. I am not saying the Christians only — but they are doing nothing for them.”

He said many Iraqis living in Michigan knew Archbishop Rahho.

“We are from Mosul, all of us,” Bishop Ibrahim said.

“He was believing in the fraternity of all humankind,” Bishop Ibrahim said of Archbishop Rahho. “He was preaching the forgiveness for everyone. He was preaching to take care of each other, without regards to the faith or the name or the gender.”

Bishop Ibrahim said Archbishop Rahho spent his whole life in Mosul and was close to Catholics.

“He was very close to his flock, very close, especially to those who were marginalized — poor people, handicapped people,” he said. “He was very good with the Muslims.”

He said the Chaldean Catholic community has planned a March 14 memorial service for Archbishop Rahho at Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church in Southfield.

The news that the archbishop was killed could force Iraqi Christians underground, said Iraqi Christians in Need, a British-based charity aiding Christian Iraqis.

Suha Rassam, spokeswoman for the charity, said, “The only way for the church in the Mosul area to survive might be if it goes underground, like it did in the first and second centuries. This way, Mass and other services would be held in secret, and priests go about their duties clandestinely.”

In a March 13 statement, Rassam said an underground church is not a “situation anyone would want, but the Christian population is living each day in terror of being kidnapped or murdered.”

“When the church is facing persecution of this magnitude, then desperate measures might have to be taken,” he said.

“Over the last eight months, attacks on Christians have been escalating,” he said. “In June Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni and three deacons were murdered, two priests were kidnapped in October, and in January four churches and a convent were bombed.”

Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Andraos Abouna of Baghdad told Aid to the Church in Need March 13: “We are all very sad. Archbishop Rahho was a peaceful man. What we need now is prayer for his soul.”

John Pontifex, London-based media officer of the Catholic charity that helps persecuted Christians, said that “firsthand reports given by bishops, priests and laypeople” show that “Christians are now terrified, and this sad news will simply speed up the rate of emigration, which in turn could cause Christianity to be extinguished from the country.”

“The martyrdom of Archbishop Rahho will send out the clearest possible signal yet that no Christian is safe in Iraq,” he said.

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0801432.htm

Also see:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/12/iraq-judaic-conquest.html

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/09/esther-purim-and-war-in-middle-east.html

Chaldean bishop says U.S. accountable for death of Iraqi archbishop

March 14, 2008

The instability which the psychotic, Zionist Iraq war architect, Michael Ledeen sought to bring to the Middle East has been realized. And as usual, Christians suffer the consequences of yet another Zionist scheme. Naturally, the “trad” golem is calling for wholesale slaughter of the Muslims who lived alongside Christians peacefully in Iraq before the Zionists launched their war on Purim in 2003.

Chaldean bishop says U.S. accountable for death of Iraqi archbishop

By Joe Kohn -Catholic News Service

Mar-13-2008

DETROIT (CNS) — A Chaldean Catholic bishop said the United States must be held accountable for the death of Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq.

Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim of the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, based in Southfield, Mich., said that particularly the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is responsible for the terrorism and killing of Christians in Iraq. He said the administration is ignoring the problem.

“No one is defending us,” he said March 13, the day the archbishop’s body was recovered after kidnappers said where they had buried him. “They are killing Christians because they are Christians.”

Bishop Ibrahim said the Feb. 29 kidnapping and subsequent death of the archbishop threw into question the destiny of Christians in Iraq. Three of the archbishop’s companions were killed in the kidnapping.

“We know that before the invasion of the Americans in Iraq, (terrorism) was no such a thing,” Bishop Ibrahim said. “Christians and Muslims were living together, exactly like brothers and sisters, and that’s it. But since the invasion, everything changes.”

“Somebody has to be responsible,” the bishop said. “Since the Americans are occupying Iraq, they have the responsibility of the security of every Iraqi, and in the first place minorities. I am not saying the Christians only — but they are doing nothing for them.”

He said many Iraqis living in Michigan knew Archbishop Rahho.

“We are from Mosul, all of us,” Bishop Ibrahim said.

“He was believing in the fraternity of all humankind,” Bishop Ibrahim said of Archbishop Rahho. “He was preaching the forgiveness for everyone. He was preaching to take care of each other, without regards to the faith or the name or the gender.”

Bishop Ibrahim said Archbishop Rahho spent his whole life in Mosul and was close to Catholics.

“He was very close to his flock, very close, especially to those who were marginalized — poor people, handicapped people,” he said. “He was very good with the Muslims.”

He said the Chaldean Catholic community has planned a March 14 memorial service for Archbishop Rahho at Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church in Southfield.

The news that the archbishop was killed could force Iraqi Christians underground, said Iraqi Christians in Need, a British-based charity aiding Christian Iraqis.

Suha Rassam, spokeswoman for the charity, said, “The only way for the church in the Mosul area to survive might be if it goes underground, like it did in the first and second centuries. This way, Mass and other services would be held in secret, and priests go about their duties clandestinely.”

In a March 13 statement, Rassam said an underground church is not a “situation anyone would want, but the Christian population is living each day in terror of being kidnapped or murdered.”

“When the church is facing persecution of this magnitude, then desperate measures might have to be taken,” he said.

“Over the last eight months, attacks on Christians have been escalating,” he said. “In June Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni and three deacons were murdered, two priests were kidnapped in October, and in January four churches and a convent were bombed.”

Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Andraos Abouna of Baghdad told Aid to the Church in Need March 13: “We are all very sad. Archbishop Rahho was a peaceful man. What we need now is prayer for his soul.”

John Pontifex, London-based media officer of the Catholic charity that helps persecuted Christians, said that “firsthand reports given by bishops, priests and laypeople” show that “Christians are now terrified, and this sad news will simply speed up the rate of emigration, which in turn could cause Christianity to be extinguished from the country.”

“The martyrdom of Archbishop Rahho will send out the clearest possible signal yet that no Christian is safe in Iraq,” he said.

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0801432.htm

Also see:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/12/iraq-judaic-conquest.html

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/09/esther-purim-and-war-in-middle-east.html

Everything’s Kosher in Washington D.C.

December 11, 2007
Mrs. Laura Bush joins Rabbi Mendel Minkowitz, left, Rabbi Hillel Baron and Rabbi Binyomin Taub, right, during the koshering of the White House kitchen Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in anticipation of Monday night’s lighting of the Menorah and Hanukah reception. White House photo by Chris Greenberg

G. W. Bush sez: “The Talmud instructs families to place the menorah in public view — so the entire world can see its light.”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/12/20071210-3.html

Indeed, no one can accuse G. W. Bush of failing to uphold this Talmudic mandate:

Everything’s Kosher in Washington D.C.

December 11, 2007
Mrs. Laura Bush joins Rabbi Mendel Minkowitz, left, Rabbi Hillel Baron and Rabbi Binyomin Taub, right, during the koshering of the White House kitchen Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in anticipation of Monday night’s lighting of the Menorah and Hanukah reception. White House photo by Chris Greenberg

G. W. Bush sez: “The Talmud instructs families to place the menorah in public view — so the entire world can see its light.”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/12/20071210-3.html

Indeed, no one can accuse G. W. Bush of failing to uphold this Talmudic mandate:

Everything’s Kosher in Washington D.C.

December 11, 2007
Mrs. Laura Bush joins Rabbi Mendel Minkowitz, left, Rabbi Hillel Baron and Rabbi Binyomin Taub, right, during the koshering of the White House kitchen Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in anticipation of Monday night’s lighting of the Menorah and Hanukah reception. White House photo by Chris Greenberg

G. W. Bush sez: “The Talmud instructs families to place the menorah in public view — so the entire world can see its light.”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/12/20071210-3.html

Indeed, no one can accuse G. W. Bush of failing to uphold this Talmudic mandate:

Everything’s Kosher in Washington D.C.

December 11, 2007
Mrs. Laura Bush joins Rabbi Mendel Minkowitz, left, Rabbi Hillel Baron and Rabbi Binyomin Taub, right, during the koshering of the White House kitchen Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in anticipation of Monday night’s lighting of the Menorah and Hanukah reception. White House photo by Chris Greenberg

G. W. Bush sez: “The Talmud instructs families to place the menorah in public view — so the entire world can see its light.”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/12/20071210-3.html

Indeed, no one can accuse G. W. Bush of failing to uphold this Talmudic mandate: