On March 11, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that over 600 arrests were made against members of Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).
The campaign conducted against this cartel was called “Project Python.”
Per the DEA’s report, federal law enforcement officials have been monitoring the activities of the accused during the last six months.
The operation involved over 600 arrests nationwide, 350 indictments, and “significant seizures of money and drugs,” according to the agencies’ accounts of the operation.
“Project Python marks the most comprehensive action to date in the Department of Justice’s campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately destroy CJNG,” Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski declared in a statement.
Benczkowski alluded to an executive order President Trump signed off on shortly after Trump was inaugurated in 2017. The order condemned cartel operations in America and instructed federal law enforcement to use the Threat Mitigation Working Group, which the Obama administration enacted in 2011.
“When President Trump signed an Executive Order prioritizing the dismantlement of transnational criminal organizations, the Department of Justice answered the call and took direct aim at CJNG. We deemed CJNG one of the highest-priority transnational organized crime threats we face,” he declared. “And with Project Python, we are delivering results in the face of that threat for the American people.”
According to the DOJ, CJNG has a presence in major American cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta.
The DOJ and DEA also announced an indictment the same day on charges of alleged continuing criminal enterprise against Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, better known as “El Mencho,” the CJNG kingpin.
In the previous month, Oseguera Cervantes’s son was extradited from Mexico to the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. Two weeks ago, on February 26, 2020, federal authorities arrested his daughter for financial crimes.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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