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Jail where Jeffrey Epstein died has egregious history of security breaches

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Bombshell Justice Department documents reveal that guards at the federal prison in Manhattan where child sex fiend Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself are notorious for not watching high-risk, high-profile inmates — and even helped one smuggle in contraband.

Officers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center recently let an accused CIA leaker obtain electronic devices to continue to steal and transmit classified information, according to the documents. They let a fraudster with ties to the Clintons get his hands on a smartphone that he used to falsify evidence. They even let an Islamic terrorist have access to al Qaeda propaganda — including bomb-making instructions — that he distributed to ­fellow inmates.

The security breaches at the MCC are so egregious that prison inspectors wonder why Epstein was ever sent there in the first place.

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“MCC has had major screw-ups in the past,” said Patrick Dunleavy, a former deputy inspector general for the New York state Department of Corrections. “It’s strange that they put Epstein there.”

“MCC has had major screw-ups in the past. It’s strange that they put Epstein there.”

— Patrick Dunleavy, former deputy inspector general, New York state Department of Corrections

Last year, according to the documents, a former CIA employee allegedly responsible for “the largest unauthorized public disclosure of CIA information in the history of the agency” was able to get two iPhones into his cell at the MCC. The outrageous security breach was aided by correctional officers.

“The contraband cellphones were smuggled into the MCC and protected from detection through a network of visitors to the facility, inmates and correctional officers,” FBI agent Jeff Donaldson wrote in an October affidavit for a search warrant that was recently unsealed and obtained by The Post.

As part of his work for the CIA, Joshua Adam Schulte specialized in hacking computers and computer networks. He reportedly put those skills to use once he obtained the smartphones, transferring data to co-conspirators outside the MCC through encrypted accounts in Switzerland. He also used them to leak sealed federal search warrants to reporters at The New York Times and Washington Post, with the CIA determining that at least one of the newspapers’ articles contained classified information.

That’s not all. Schulte also gained access to a laptop in the prison library on which he created “covert partitions to hide data, including potentially classified information,” as well as “child pornography,” the ­affidavit says.

Schulte’s cellmate at MCC happened to be Omar Amanat, a cousin of Hillary Clinton confidante Huma Abedin and a Clinton Foundation donor. A tech entrepreneur who owned stakes in a film studio behind the “Twilight” movies, Amanat was locked up on securities fraud charges for which a jury convicted him in 2017.

Like Schulte, Amanat also reportedly obtained a smuggled cellphone, which the feds say Schulte helped him use to create a “fraudulent report,” including phony, backdated emails, intended to “prove Amanat’s alleged innocence.”

The men were housed together in the 7 South Unit of the Park Row prison beginning in December 2017. Amanat was recently transferred to another federal detention facility in Brooklyn, while Schulte, who is awaiting trial, remains locked up at MCC (though he was moved in June to a “special housing unit” there).

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MCC guards also failed to screen prisoners for terrorist contraband. Other Justice Department documents show that in 2017, they let the “Chelsea bomber,” Ahmad Khan Rahimi, gain access to evidence against him that included al Qaeda literature, complete with instructions for making improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.

Rahimi then distributed the copies of al Qaeda’s “Inspire” magazine in the MCC’s cells and the prison mosque where Muslim inmates hold Friday prayers.

“The materials included speeches and lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki and Usama Bin Laden, books on Jihad, bomb-making instructions, nasheeds [Islamic chants] espousing jihadist ideology, and various issues of ‘Inspire,’ ” according to a 10-page letter from former acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim.

Clearly, Epstein’s death is a symptom of much deeper problems at the federal lockup.

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Safety deficiencies suspected in California boat fire after preliminary investigation: report

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A preliminary investigation into a Southern California dive boat fire that killed 34 people off the coast of Santa Barbara is raising concerns over safety flaws on the vessel, according to a report.

The Conception lacked a “roaming night watchman” who would stay awake to warn sleeping passengers of hazards, multiple law enforcement sources who spoke on condition of anonymity reportedly told the Los Angeles Times.

The investigation also questioned whether the crew was adequately trained in case of fire or if the passengers were given a safety briefing.

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Jennifer Homendy, who is overseeing the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation, said one of the surviving crewmembers told investigators he didn’t hear a smoke alarm, The Times reported. The crew member described the alarm as “one that can be bought at Home Depot” but may not have been “wired to a centralized system with alarms,” which was not required at the time the boat was built.

Homendy toured a boat similar to the Conception this week.

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“What we wanted to see was, where were the life jackets, where were the lifeboats, what did the engine room look like,” she told Fox News on Thursday. “I wanted to see what the bunk room looked like and what smoke detectors were there, what fire extinguishers were available and the layout in general.”

She said that it was hard to see in the bunk room with the lights off and “difficult to maneuver” to the escape hatch.

Sources emphasized the investigation was in its early stages and could take months or years to complete.

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The NTSB is also looking into the wiring and electrical systems onboard the vessel. “Did that provide the ignition source? But we’re not closing in on that,” Homendy told The Times. “We’re not ruling out anything at this point.”

The five surviving crew members reportedly told investigators the fire was too intense to save any of the passengers sleeping below deck.

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This Day in History: Sept. 6

On this day, Sept. 6 …

1995: Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken, Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig’s “iron man” record by playing in his 2,131st straight game.

Also on this day:

  • 1901: President William McKinley is shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. McKinley would die on Sept. 14.
  • 1997: More than 2 billion people watch Princess Diana’s funeral on TV.
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  • 2007: Luciano Pavarotti dies at age 71. 
  • 2018: Then-candidate for President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro is stabbed at a campaign rally. He would survive and go on to win the election.  
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Texas man known as ‘Baby Jesus’ accused of taunting cops with motorcycle stunts arrested

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A Texas man who allegedly performed stunts on his motorcycle to evade arrest during a traffic stop turned himself in on Wednesday, police said.

Jesus Sebastian Gomez surrendered to the Tarrant County Sherrif’s Office on a felony warrant of evading arrest, the Blue Mound Police Department wrote in a Facebook post. His bond was set at $15,000.

Police shared dashcam footage of Gomez, AKA Baby Jesus, doing wheelies and standing on his motorcycle while weaving in and out of traffic on Aug. 10, taunting police who were trying to stop him.

“You have a few options: 1) Turn yourself in and pay a cash bond to prepare for court. 2) Call a bail bondsman or an attorney to post your bond. 3) Run,” police wrote in a Facebook post. “We don’t recommend the 3rd option. You already see where that has gotten you.”

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Witnesses who saw the video helped police identify Gomez, Fox 4 reported.

“We have identified the rider. Sebastian, aka: ‘Baby Jesus’ you need to come speak to us regarding this incident or we can come to you,” police said in a statement, according to KTVT. “We could have a ‘come to Baby Jesus’ meeting.”

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Possible gun sale at Florida high school triggers arrests

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Several schools in Hernando County, Florida, were on lockdown and four people were arrested Thursday morning after reports of a gun on a high school campus, police said.

School officials at Hernando High School were alerted that two people were observed potentially exchanging or participating in a gun sale on campus.

The suspects were arrested off-campus, police said.

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No one was threatened and there were no injuries, ABC News reported.

Out an abundance of caution, Parrot Middle School, Brooksville Elementary School and the Hernando School District Office remained on lockdown until around 10:30 a.m.

During the lockdown, which lasted over an hour, students were not allowed to leave the premises or be picked up by parents and staff members were not responding to phone calls, according to the high school’s Facebook page.

Students at the high school were allowed to proceed to classes after the lockdown was lifted.

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Hernando County Sherrif Al Nienhuis released a video statement assuring parents and members of the community that the gun that was on campus had been found but the investigation was still ongoing.

“It will be hours, days, maybe weeks before we get to the bottom of it, doing subpoenas and searches, but I’m happy to report we do have the gun. We do have the gun that was the subject of the initial complaint,” Nienhaus said at a news conference.

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Minnesota family says girl, 14, in vegetative state because nurse failed to treat asthma

A Minnesota family says their 14-year-old daughter has suffered a traumatic brain injury and is now in a vegetative state after her school nurse failed to treat her asthma earlier this year.

The family has filed a lawsuit against the Lakeville school district as well as the nurse involved. The suit claimed that on April 16, the girl, named Aaliyah, suffered an asthma exacerbation and went to the school nurse.

The nurse did not properly evaluate the girl and instructed her to go to gym class, the lawsuit continued.

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During gym class at McGuire Middle School, the 14-year-old’s airways narrowed to a point where she couldn’t breathe and she passed out, attorneys said. According to the suit, Aaliyah was deprived of oxygen for 30 minutes, suffered a serious brain injury and has remained in a vegetative state requiring her to have caretaking services for the rest of her life.

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The parents are seeking damages in excess of $10 million.

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The lawsuit alleged that the school district and nurse had received a care plan from the girl’s doctors with specific instructions for treating her asthma exacerbations.

According to the suit, the girl had a long history of asthma attacks requiring medical intervention and the school district and nurse had been aware of the severity of her condition.

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The school district told Fox 9 it was not responsible for the student’s injuries.

“Lakeville Area Schools are deeply saddened by the medical incident regarding one of our students last April,” the school’s statement said. “We express our deepest sympathy for the student and family. The district takes student health seriously and abides by medical protocols and emergency response procedures. It is our position that the Lakeville Area Schools are not responsible for the injuries outlined in the complaint.”

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Russian, Italian charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from US aviation company

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A Russian national and an Italian national were charged earlier this month with conspiring and attempting to steal trade secrets from American company GE Aviation, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Alexander Yuryevich Korshunov, 57, and Maurizio Paolo Bianchi, 59, were alleged to have hired consultants for jet engine accessory work between 2013 and 2018 who used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation when they created their report to pass off as their own, the DOJ said. GE Aviation is a subsidiary of General Electric and is based in Ohio.

“Throughout the consulting, employees allegedly used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation to create the technical report. The effort focused on accessory gearboxes made by Avio Aero, which are external engine components that provide power to systems such as hydraulic pumps, generators and fuel pumps,” the department explained. The employees were current or former employees of GE Aviation’s Italian subsidiary.

The employees’ report said “the holders of patent and intellectual property obtained as a result of the work are […] the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation,” when GE Aviation actually owned the intellectual property.

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Korshunov previously served as a public official in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was an employee of a Russian state-owned company, according to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, which was unsealed Thursday. He was arrested Friday at the Naples International Airport in Italy.

The affidavit said Korshunov met with the employees at the Paris Air Show in June 2013, and in Milan in 2014, so they could discuss the report.

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Korshunov was employed at United Engine Corp (UEC), which included the subsidiary Aviadvigatel – a branch of the Russian state-owned company, the DOJ said.

The State Department of Commerce noted last year that Aviadvigatel had acted “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

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Bianchi was a former director at one of GE Aviation’s Italian subsidiaries and was responsible for business in Asia, China and Russia. He later worked for Aeronova in Italy.

Korshunov and Bianchi could each face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Russian, Italian charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from US aviation company

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A Russian national and an Italian national were charged earlier this month with conspiring and attempting to steal trade secrets from American company GE Aviation, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Alexander Yuryevich Korshunov, 57, and Maurizio Paolo Bianchi, 59, were alleged to have hired consultants for jet engine accessory work between 2013 and 2018 who used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation when they created their report to pass off as their own, the DOJ said. GE Aviation is a subsidiary of General Electric and is based in Ohio.

“Throughout the consulting, employees allegedly used trade secrets owned by GE Aviation to create the technical report. The effort focused on accessory gearboxes made by Avio Aero, which are external engine components that provide power to systems such as hydraulic pumps, generators and fuel pumps,” the department explained. The employees were current or former employees of GE Aviation’s Italian subsidiary.

The employees’ report said “the holders of patent and intellectual property obtained as a result of the work are […] the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation,” when GE Aviation actually owned the intellectual property.

DOJ SENDS GUN LEGISLATION PACKAGE TO WHITE HOUSE AS DEBATE RAGES OVER MASS SHOOTINGS

Korshunov previously served as a public official in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was an employee of a Russian state-owned company, according to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, which was unsealed Thursday. He was arrested Friday at the Naples International Airport in Italy.

The affidavit said Korshunov met with the employees at the Paris Air Show in June 2013, and in Milan in 2014, so they could discuss the report.

WHITE HOUSE, DOJ WORKING TO EXPEDITE DEATH PENALTY FOR MASS SHOOTERS

Korshunov was employed at United Engine Corp (UEC), which included the subsidiary Aviadvigatel – a branch of the Russian state-owned company, the DOJ said.

The State Department of Commerce noted last year that Aviadvigatel had acted “contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

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Bianchi was a former director at one of GE Aviation’s Italian subsidiaries and was responsible for business in Asia, China and Russia. He later worked for Aeronova in Italy.

Korshunov and Bianchi could each face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Charleston, SC, mayor: Dorian flooding impact ‘significant,’ but ‘not as a significant as we thought they would be’

The mayor of Charleston, S.C., John Tecklenburg, said Thursday that the impact of Hurricane Dorian was “significant,” but that “the impacts from flooding were not as a significant as we thought they would be.”

Speaking with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on “Your World,” Mayor Tecklenburg said: “We had a little more wind than expected, but we had less water than we expected and that was a good thing. Flooding was our No. 1 concern.”

Charleston sits on a peninsula that is prone to flooding even from ordinary storms.

On Thursday, Hurricane Dorian started to make its way toward the Carolinas, bringing tropical storm conditions along the South Carolina coast and flooding in Charleston while the threat of tornadoes loomed in North Carolina.

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Flooding was reported in Charleston, S.C. early Thursday as Hurricane Dorian neared the area. (Fox News)

Dorian decreased in force to a Category 2 storm as it swirled in the Atlantic Ocean. It had previously hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane before making a northward turn up the East Coast.

South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, issued a mandatory evacuation for coastal counties, which went into effect at noon on Monday.

On Thursday afternoon, the governor’s office announced that the evacuation order had been lifted for three counties but remained in effect for five counties, including in Charleston.

Even though Tecklenburg acknowledged Thursday that the impact wasn’t as bad as had been anticipated, he told Cavuto: “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

“Governor McMaster was absolutely right in what he did,” Tecklenburg said, responding to some backlash from people who did not agree with the governor’s evacuation order.

Tecklenburg went on to say: “He ordered everyone to leave. Probably about half the folks left, the others hunkered down and were safe indoors and were pretty respectful to stay off the streets as we asked them, so I haven’t had a single report of anyone being injured in my city, which I feel great about.”

TORNADOS HIT CAROLINAS AS HURRICANE DORIAN FLOODS CHARLESTON; 200K WITHOUT POWER

Although flooding and wind in Charleston weren’t nearly as bad as feared, Dorian toppled about 150 trees, swamped roads and brought down power lines, officials said.

Near Charleston, part of the metal roof of a James Island church blew off.

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Debris blankets the landscape in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas, Thursday, The storm’s devastation has come into sharper focus as the death toll climbed to 20 and many people emerged from shelters to check on their homes.  (AP Photo/Michael Weissenstein)

Dorian apparently spun off at least one tornado in North Myrtle Beach, damaging several homes. North Myrtle Beach is about two hours from Charleston.

Another twister touched down in the beach town of Emerald Isle, N.C., mangling and overturning several trailer homes. No injuries have been reported so far.

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Starting over Labor Day weekend, Dorian pounded the Bahamas with winds up to 185 mph and obliterated entire neighborhoods. At least 20 people were reported dead in the Bahamas because of Dorian.

Fox News Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Blind man in Bahamas braved Hurricane Dorian floodwaters with disabled adult son on his shoulders: report

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A blind man in the Bahamas braved the wrath of Hurricane Dorian with his disabled son on his shoulders after the roof of his home had been blown clean off, according to The New York Times.

Brent Lowe told the paper he had no choice but to escape, as his house was being torn to pieces and his neighborhood was being flooded by storm surge. However, Lowe cannot see, while his 24-year-old son has cerebral palsy and cannot walk.

Lowe threw his adult son on his shoulders and stepped off his porch into the surging floodwaters. “It was scary, so scary,” Lowe told the Times.

Hanging on to helpful neighbors, Lowe said he felt his way through the storm in search of an intact house. After an agonizing five minutes, Lowe reached safety at a neighbor’s home. Eventually, crews evacuated him to a hospital.

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Lowe and his son were safe, but left homeless by the storm, the newspaper reported. Despite the devastation, Lowe said he would return to the Abaco Islands home where he lived: “I have to go. That’s where my family is. My kids are there, my brothers, my sisters, they’re all there.”

The Category 5 hurricane obliterated houses on Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands, home to some 70,000 people, with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.

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The official death toll in the Bahamas stood at 20 and was certain to climb.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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