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Archive for December 28th, 2009

Fed Prosecutions Hit Record in Fiscal 2009 Thanks to Immigration Cases

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutions hit a record high in fiscal 2009, thanks to a sharp uptick in immigration cases, the New York Times reported.

The paper reported that there were 169,612 federal prosecution filings up almost 9 percent from the previous year. The data was attributed to data analyzed by TRAC,  a research center at Syracuse University in a new report.

The paper reported that Immigration prosecutions comprised more than half of the criminal prosecution.

“The relatively simple cases have become the low-hanging fruit of the federal legal system: Immigration prosecutions, from inception to court disposal, are lightning quick, according to the report. While white-collar prosecutions take an average of 460 days and narcotics cases take 333, the immigration cases are typically disposed of in 2 days,” the paper reported.

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Commentary: Let’s Start Paying Closer Attention to Those on the Terror Watch List

Allan Lengel

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Eight years after the infamous 9/11 attacks, we still see glaring flaws in our airport security. Why? Why? Why???

Why was Nigerian National Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to bomb the Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas day, not given a good second looking over before he boarded the plane?

He was on a terrorism watch list with 550,000 people. He bought a one way ticket with cash. The warning signs were there. The security was not.

Maybe we have to forget about doing second screenings at airports for grannies with walkers. We don’t need to arbitrarily start profiling. But when folks like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab step up to the counter, the red flags should go up.

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

There may be no way to close every little security gap. Not everyone with an evil thought is on some kind of warning list. But let’s at least pay attention to those who are!

We can’t keep relying on luck and incompetent terrorists to fall short of their goal.

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Murders Dropping in U.S. Towns Bordering Mexico

el paso map istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Amid all the gloomy and scary news about the Mexican drug cartel violence, comes a little good news.

USA Today reports that beefed up law enforcement patrols along the U.S. Mexican border may be helping prevent some of the Mexican drug cartel violence from spilling over to the U.S.

The paper reports that murders in El Paso fell from six in the first half of 2008 to four in the same period this year, according to the FBI.

In the first half of 2009, nearly 1,000 people were killed in the neighboring Mexican town of Ciudad Juarez.

What’s more in Tucson, murders fell from 30 in the first half of 2008 to nine during the same period in 2009, USA Today reported. The drop is part of an overall decrease in the murder rate in the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer in Michigan Faces Child Porn Charge

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in Michigan is facing charges of receiving child pornography over the Internet, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Eric Higgins, 31, who is stationed at the Blue Water Bridge at the U.S.-Canada border in Port Huron, Mi., was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges of receiving child pornography from February to June of 2009, authorities said.

“This indictment sends a clear message that those who perpetuate the market for this material will be prosecuted regardless of their employment,” U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg said in a statement.

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