Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 5, 2017

The Cabazon Murders: Casino skimming, Wackenhut, weapons and a 'suicided' reporter, MuckRock reports


Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Emma Best at MuckRock is investigating the murder of Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Vice President Fred Alvarez, two others, and the links to casino skimming, organized crime, weapons trafficking, Wackenhut security and a 'suicided' reporter investigating software.
It is also important to note that Wackenhut -- which once was the security of Peabody Coal on Black Mesa -- split into two companies for maximum profiteering from private prisons and migrant misery and abuse.
Wackenhut split in to GEO private prisons, and Wackenhut Transportation, which gained the border migrant bus contract for deportations. Wackenhut Transportation was then bought by the notorious G4S in London, the global human rights abusers.
In this article, Emma Best writes, "Fred Alvarez, a tribal vice president with the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, started complained that money from the tribe’s casino was being skimmed. Witness statements and other evidence reveals that John P. Nichols Sr., who had, in addition to his claims of a CIA affiliation, long-established ties to organized crime, confessed to ordering the hit that resulted in the deaths of the Alvarez and the others in response. Subsequent investigations have linked their deaths to a network of corruption that included organized crime, arms trafficking, partnerships with Wackenhut private security, and the government-backed modification and distribution of stolen software. According to a previous FBI release, the matter was brought to the attention of the Bureau by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs."
Read the article at MuckRock

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