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FBI Files Show Hoover Detested Jack Anderson

J. Edgar Hoover was apparently never short of disparaging words when it came to investigative columnist Jack Anderson. Can you say ” lower than the regurgitated filth of vultures?” Hoover apparently could.

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Pete Yost and Lara Jacks Jordan
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — In caustic comments on internal FBI memos, bureau director J. Edgar Hoover referred to prominent columnist Jack Anderson with undisguised contempt, calling him “a jackal” as agents combed his articles for errors and hints about possible sources.
“This fellow Anderson and his ilk have minds that are lower than the regurgitated filth of vultures,” Hoover typed on a memo dated April 30, 1951. It is one of hundreds from FBI files on Anderson.
Anderson was a Hoover critic. He once wrote that the aging director, running the bureau well into his 80s, should have resigned a decade before. Other journalists suggested the same, but Anderson delivered that and a long career’s worth of critical assessments of the bureau in a blunt style that enraged FBI officials.

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Blackwater Tries To Patch Up Black Eye: Recruits Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson/ official photo

Asa Hutchinson/ official photo

By Allan Lengel
Blackwater Worldwide,  the target of intense public criticism and an FBI probe into arms smuggling into Iraq, has appointed former undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa Hutchinson to a three-person committee to ensure that it complies with U.S. Export laws.
“Our Company has experienced remarkable growth in the last few years,” Erik Prince, Blackwater founder and CEO said in a prepared statement. “This growth, our work for the U.S. government around the world…have created compliance challenges.”
Besides serving as undersecretary of Homeland Security, Hutchinson also headed the Drug Enforcement Administration and served in Congress.
Blackwater said the other committee members include : Robert C. Bonner, a former federal judge, former head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and ex-U.S. Attorney; and Carol R. Marshall,  the former vice president of ethics at Lockheed Martin Corp and MCI.
Read Blackwater Press Release

Feds In N.Y. Bust 26 For Selling “Hot Kielbasa”

This “hot kielbasa” didn’t require any mustard.

By Associated Press
NEW YORK – A Brooklyn butcher shop worker called his specialty “hot kielbasa” _ for snorting, not eating.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the kielbasa was really cocaine _ not the Polish sausage sold in a popular meat market.
According to a criminal complaint, the “hot kielbasa” was kept in the basement.
Twenty-six suspects are under arrest, including the butcher, after an FBI informant visited the shop in response to the message: “Come to the store, I have hot kielbasa for you.”
Law enforcement officials say the ring includes John Guarnieri, a nephew of Louis Eppolito, the former NYPD detective convicted of murdering eight people on the orders of a Mafia boss.
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State Senator In Louisiana Pleads Guilty

Derrick Shepherd, who tried unsuccessfully to unseat Rep. William Jefferson in the last election, could be off to prison. But he could have some info for the feds that could mean more trouble for indicted Rep. William J. Jefferson.

Sen. Shepherd/senate photo

Sen. Shepherd/senate photo

By Paul Rioux
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — Derrick Shepherd pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering this morning in federal court, a sharp turnaround for a feisty and defiant public official who last year accused the government of pursuing an indictment against him after he refused to give them dirt on other elected officials.
The Marrero Democrat also resigned his Senate seat and agreed to cooperate with authorities.
A humbled and apologetic Shepherd stood with his hands tightly clasped behind his back. He could get up to 20 years in federal prison.
“I hope I have a chance to make it right,” he told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.
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Read Shepherd Plea Agreement

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Delay Likely In Rep. William Jefferson Trial

Colin Powell Vows For Sen. Steven’s Honesty

Sen. Ted Stevens is bringing in the heavy artillery. The latest: testimony from Colin Powell.

By Erika Bolstad and Richard Mauer
Anchorage Daily News
WASHINGTON – One of the nation’s best-known retired Army generals, Colin Powell, described Sen. Ted Stevens in court today as a “trusted individual” and a man with a “sterling” reputation.
“He was someone whose word you could rely on,” said Powell, secretary of state in President Bush’s first term, who self-deprecatingly described himself as someone who retired as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then “dabbled a bit in diplomacy.”
Stevens, on trial for lying about gifts on financial disclosure forms, has the right to ask character witnesses to speak on behalf of his “truthfulness and veracity.” The first such character witness, Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, spoke Thursday. Another three are set to testify on Stevens’ behalf, but the highest-profile witness, by far, will be Powell.
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Recorded Talk In Violent Brooklyn Case Echo the Sopranos

By Allan Lengel
In a case out of the Sopranos, the FBI used tape recordings and informants to bust five guys for “conspiring to obstruct” a federal civil lawsuit in Brooklyn.
A criminal complaint, unsealed last week, said the civil lawsuit forced Keystone Renovations Corp. to pay a prevailing wage to employees. The company tried to retaliate against the workers who filed the suit, the government alleged.
In 2006, some of the defendants paid $15,000 to have someone throw acid on a female companion of one of the people who filed the the lawsuit, the charging papers alleged. She suffered first and second-degree burns.
Later the defendants agreed to pay $25,000 for each victim that was beaten, the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged.
“Just give them a f— beating, legs…whatever they can, it would be the best thing,” one defendant told an informant who was recording the conversation. “It would be the best punishment, right?”
(For more on the recorded conversations and allegations,  read the criminal complaint, FBI affidavit and the prosecutions’ letter to the judge.)

Read Criminal Complaint/FBI Affidavit

Read Prosecutor’s Letter To Judge

Under the Ooops Category: New Orleans Cop Off To Prison

NEW ORLEANS –Donald Battiste, a former New Orleans Police Officer was sentenced last week in federal court here to 4 years and 9 months in prison for civil rights violations in connection with the beating and robbery of a man he thought was an itinerant worker, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. It ended up the worker was an undercover cop working a sting operation.

Battiste admitted that in October 2006, while on duty, he robbed and beat the person, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. The incident was captured on video tape.

Kansas U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren Steps Down

U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren/ photo

U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren/ photo

By Allan Lengel
As we prepare to usher in a new administration, U.S. Attorneys are heading for safer ground.
The latest is U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren in Wichita, Ks., who stepped down this week to be sworn in as Kansas’ newest federal district judge, the Justice Department announced. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker will become the Acting U.S. Attorney in the District of Kansas.
Melgren spent 6 1/2 years as the U.S. Attorney and came from the Wichita law firm of Foulston Siefkin LLP, the Justice Department said.
“The past almost seven years as U.S. Attorney have been a great honor and a personal delight,” Melgren said in a prepared statement. “I am proud to have been associated with the important work of the Department of Justice and with the outstanding professional staff of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas and our colleagues across the country.”
Earlier this week, Chuck Rosenberg, the U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Va., announced his resignation.