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Death: Jeannette Adelaide Steinbaker, FBI Secretary In 1930s

Jeannette Adelaide Steinbraker, 92, a secretary for the FBI in the 1930s. died Oct. 11 of congestive heart failure in Derwood, Md.,  the Washington Post reported.

After working at the FBI Steinbraker went to the National Cancer Institute, the paper reporter. She retired as  assistant grants administrator at the National Cancer Institute in 1981.

FBI Informants In Ft. Dix Case No Angels

photo wcbstv.com
photo wcbstv.com

Not surprising, FBI agents aren’t likely to invite some of their informants in the Ft. Dix terrorism case to dinner. But they do hope to use them to get convictions. Trial begins today.

By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — One is a bankrupt convicted felon who spewed venomous hatred about the United States, hooked up an alleged terrorist cell with semiautomatic weapons and drove the surveillance car as they cased military bases.
The other boasted of killing someone back home in Albania and vowed to kill others or blow himself up in a crowd of people now that he was in the United States.
But Mahmoud Omar and Besnik Bakalli aren’t members of the so-called “Ft. Dix Six,” five of whom go on trial Monday for allegedly conspiring to gun down military personnel at the sprawling South Jersey base in a jihad-inspired attack last year. They’re the FBI informants who are instrumental to the government’s case against the group.
Information surfacing about the two men on the eve of one of the most high-profile U.S.-based terrorism trials since Sept. 11 all but guarantees that they will be put in the hot seat nearly as much as the defendants, along with their FBI handlers.
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Neo-Nazi Arrested For Posting Chicago Juror’s Name And Address On Web

A neo-Nazi who advocated the death of Barack Obama was arrested for posting a Chicago juror’s name and address on his website.  He’ll be extradited soon to Chicago and have an opportunity to experience first hand the diversity of a big city.

By Natasha Korecki
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — A neo-Nazi who long operated a hate Web site has been arrested for posting online the name and home address of a Chicago juror who served in the trial of white supremacist Matthew Hale.
William A. White was arrested Friday in Roanoke, Va., and is expected to appear in federal court in Virginia as early as today on civil rights charges. He will then be transferred to Chicago, sources told the Sun-Times.
White’s Web site — www.overthrow.com, which authorities have shut down — recently posted the headline “Kill This N – – – – -?” next to a photo of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
In another post, the site called for the lynching of six black teenagers charged with assault in a civil rights case in Jena, La.
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The Other Alaska Politician Battling For Survival

A combative Sen. Ted Stevens is expected to bump heads today during cross examination by prosecutors. The case should go to the jury this week.

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Stevens/official photo

By Neil Lewis
New York Times
WASHINGTON – The ethics trial of Senator Ted Stevens heads to what should be a dramatic climax on Monday: a courtroom confrontation between Mr. Stevens and a Justice Department prosecutor that features a crucial telephone conversation.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations this week in the trial of Senator Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican who is charged with concealing gifts and services from a once-close friend.
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Over the last three weeks, a federal jury has heard testimony and seen evidence from both sides. But all of that could become secondary to what the jurors make of Mr. Stevens, who has made a calculated gamble in taking the stand as the trial’s final witness.
Mr. Stevens, Republican of Alaska, is charged in seven felony counts with deliberately concealing $250,000 in gifts and services from a once-close friend, Bill Allen, to renovate his house in Girdwood, Alaska. The government has asserted that Mr. Allen deployed his oil services company, Veco, to help remake the Stevens home from a modest A-frame cabin to a two-story residence with wraparound porches, a garage and amenities like an expensive gas grill, a workshop and a whirlpool.

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UPDATED 4:05 p.m. Monday: Testimony In Trial Comes To An End (Anchorage Daily News)

Ex-DOJ Official Criticizes ACORN Voter Fraud Probe

Not everyone thinks the fed probe into ACORN and voter fraud is a good thing. Just ask Gerry Hebert.

By Zachary Roth
TPMmuckraker
A former top Department of Justice voting rights official — who once worked with John McCain in defense of the senator’s campaign-finance reform bill — has added his name to the growing chorus that is denouncing the department’s investigation of ACORN as a shameful and inappropriate politicization of Justice along the lines of the US attorney firings.
Speaking to TPMmuckraker, Gerry Hebert described the investigation, word of which was leaked off the record to the Associated Press less than three weeks before the election, as “a continuation of injecting DOJ into what has clearly become a political issue.”
He continued: “That’s really not the proper role for the DOJ, and why their policies counsel otherwise.”
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Does FBI Have Enough Agents To Probe Fraud Tied To Economic Woes?

The FBI is beginning to look into possible fraud related to the demise of our economy. But some wonder whether the agency  has the resources to do the job right.

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller III/fbi photo

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller III/fbi photo

By Eric Lichtblau, David Johnston and Ron Nixon
New York Times
WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is struggling to find enough agents and resources to investigate criminal wrongdoing tied to the country’s economic crisis, according to current and former bureau officials.
The bureau slashed its criminal investigative work force to expand its national security role after the Sept. 11 attacks, shifting more than 1,800 agents, or nearly one-third of all agents in criminal programs, to terrorism and intelligence duties. Current and former officials say the cutbacks have left the bureau seriously exposed in investigating areas like white-collar crime, which has taken on urgent importance in recent weeks because of the nation’s economic woes.
The pressure on the F.B.I. has recently increased with the disclosure of criminal investigations into some of the largest players in the financial collapse, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The F.B.I. is planning to double the number of agents working financial crimes by reassigning several hundred agents amid a mood of national alarm. But some people inside and out of the Justice Department wonder where the agents will come from and whether they will be enough.
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N.Y. Mobster Complained About Not Getting Paid For Hit

Mobster Joseph “Joe Black” Young may have been a little too frank with an FBI informant. Jurors in Brooklyn are hearing just how frank he was.

John Marzulli
New York Daily News
BROOKLYN — A reputed hit man for the Bonanno crime family got stiffed on his paycheck for the gruesome gangland murder at creepy Kreischer Mansion in Staten Island, prosecutors said Thursday.
Joseph (Joe Black) Young was secretly taped bragging to an FBI informant about the quality of his handiwork in the rubout of mob associate Robert McKelvey, then complaining he didn’t get paid the promised $10,000.
The jury in Young’s racketeering and murder trial heard earlier how he allegedly drowned, dismembered and incinerated the victim.
Thursday, jurors in Brooklyn Federal Court listened to recordings of informant John (The Turk) Mergen seeking details.
“I am sick. I am disgustingly good,” Young gushed. “When I was done, powder was all that was left. You know like, like dust.”
“Burned to a crisp?” Mergen pressed.
“[Burned] to f—— ridiculous,” Young said.
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Read About Bonanno Crime Family In Superseding Indictment

Ex-Metro Supervisor Gets 3 Years For Stealing $560,000+

Ex-Metro supervisor Marcia Anderson took the Washington region’s subway system for a ride.

By Theola Labbé-DeBose
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A former Metro supervisor who stole more than $560,000 from the transit agency was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison and ordered to pay back the money once she is released.
Marcia Anderson, 47, told U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington that she regretted committing what transit officials said is the largest theft in Metro’s history.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone who had faith and had trust in me,” Anderson said. “Give me whatever punishment you see fit, because I did something wrong.”
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