June 1, 2007, - 2:54 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
If you’re wondering why Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents aren’t spending all of their efforts and resources on enforcing immigration laws and stopping terrorist money-laundering, look no further than the multi-million dollar treasure discovered and recovered a couple of weeks ago from a colonial era shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean.
Although a Florida firm, Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., took the risk, spent the money, and recovered the 500,000 gold and silver coins, it may not get to keep them. Why?
Well, the Spanish government has filed suit in federal court, claiming the coins. And even had Spain not filed suit, you might have seen ICE agents storming the secret location of the coins, as well as Odyssey’s headquarters seizing the treasure and documents.
As I’ve written, The ICE Princess a/k/a Julie L. Myers has spent a good amount of ICE time and resources so that she can get invites to places like the Saudi Arabian Embassy. And she’s seized the legitimately gotten gains of Americans to do it.
Last year, the ICE Princess had her agents seize coins an American diver found in waters near Saudi Arabia. The coins were from the 13th Century–an era before there even was a Saudi Arabia. And there is no proof that the coins are connected to the country–only to some non-descript part of the Arab world. Saudi Arabia did not even know the coins existed until a resourceful American tried to sell them on the Net.
And the Saudis never filed suit to establish ownership. Yet, Myers took the coins and gave them to her Saudi buddy, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, an admitted friend of Osama Bin Laden.
Then, there are the Chinese dinosaur eggs ICE seized after reading about their sale at auction in USA Today. Those eggs were sent to the ChiComms.
Hmmm . . . The Islamist, pan-terrorist Saudis, the Communist Chinese, and pretty soon, Spain. Yup, that’s who far too many of your ICE agents are working for to “recover” property. But enforcing immigration law and stopping money laundering and smuggling, simply not as important.
Those things won’t get The ICE Princess an invitation for tea, falafel, and kefiyeh-garbed diplomacy at the nearest U.S.-hating embassy.
It’s bad enough that ICE agents are losing their Customs mission. Even worse is that playing gopher boy for despotic America-hating governments is the one Customs mission they still get to enforce.
Tags: America, Atlantic Ocean, Customs mission, diver, Florida, immigration law, Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., Osama bin Laden, Prince, Princess, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian Embassy, Spain, Spanish government, Turki Al-Faisal, USA Today, USD