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Washington Post Editorial: Eric Holder Must Carefully Rebuild Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division

A.G. Eric Holder

A.G. Eric Holder

By The Washington Post
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WASHINGTON — NO PART OF the Justice Department was more harmed by partisan politics during the Bush administration than the Civil Rights Division. Political litmus tests were inappropriately and illegally applied in hiring career and nonpolitical posts. (“Libs” and “pinkos” need not apply.)

Department leaders de-emphasized and at times discouraged litigation in areas that had been central to the division’s mission, including voting rights, housing and employment discrimination.

They often shunned cases against police departments and other institutions engaged in a “pattern or practice” of discrimination. Morale plummeted, leading to a mass exodus that sapped the division of skilled lawyers and institutional memory.

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FBI Sees al Qaeda Networks Popping Up in Places Like Yemen

The FBI and other agencies are learning that trying to remove al Qaeda in one or two countries won’t destroy the movement. It’s one thing to kill people, it’s another to kill a movement.


By Kevin Johnson
USA Today
WASHINGTON — In the eight years since the 9/11 attacks, FBI Director Robert Mueller has spent nearly the entire time focused on one enemy: al-Qaeda.

Thousands of terrorist operatives have been killed or captured. Terrorist safe havens and training grounds in Afghanistan where operatives were trained have been destroyed.

Military forces largely have shattered al-Qaeda’s leadership in Iraq. Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden and top deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, who once closely managed al-Qaeda’s day-to-day operations, have been driven into seclusion.

Now, Mueller and counterterrorism analysts are tracking the emergence of a new threat. Al-Qaeda has morphed into a fractured network of small terrorist franchises strewn across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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Could There Be an Upset in the Making for the New DEA Chief Position?

Michele Leonhart

Michele Leonhart

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Could there be an upset in the making for the top post at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration?

For weeks now, multiple sources have said the new administrator is likely to be John Pistole, deputy director of the FBI.

But one source on Tuesday insisted that the acting administrator Michele Leonhart has a good shot at getting the permanent position. She was one of four people interviewed for the job.

An announcement is likely to come some time this month. If Pistole does not get the job, he could be considered for the ATF top spot.

Ex-Ill. Gov Rod Blagojevich On Book Tour Says FBI Tapes Taken Out of Context

Fed Prosecutors: Blackwater Guards “Harbored Deep Hostility Toward Iraqi Civilians”

With troop reductions in Iraq, the U.S. will be hiring more and more private security guards. The Blackwater story should give pause to the indiscriminate use of private guards in war-torn areas.


By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Several Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqis in a busy Baghdad square in 2007 “harbored a deep hostility toward Iraqi civilians” and “engaged in unprovoked and aggressive behavior toward” them in the months before the shooting, U.S. prosecutors said Monday.

Five Blackwater security guards were indicted in December on federal charges of voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and using a firearm in a crime of violence in the shooting in Nisoor Square. The government says the guards unleashed an unprovoked attack on Iraqi civilians that day, killing 14 and wounding 20. The guards have pleaded not guilty.

Their lawyers have said the men acted in self-defense and did not intend to kill innocent civilians. On Monday, federal prosecutors filed court papers asking a judge to allow them to introduce evidence that shows the men “intended to kill or seriously injure” Iraqis during the shooting on Sept. 16, 2007.

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Strange Stuff: Border Patrol Agent Sues After ICE Agents Force Him Off Road and Hold Him at Gunpoint

This is just wild. There has to be some explanaquestion marktion for this bizarre incident. But what is it?

By Tim Hull
Courthouse News Service
TUCSON – A Border Patrol agent says three Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers forced him off the road in rural Arizona and held him at gunpoint while they illegally searched his truck. Jess Cabe says ICE agents forced him off the road and pointed guns at his head while he was in uniform.

Jess Cabe, a Border Patrol agent based in Nogales, sued three unnamed ICE agents in Federal Court, saying the 2007 incident has left him with post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries.

Cabe says he was on his way to work at around 10:45 p.m. when two vehicles approached him from behind near Arivaca, a tiny town just north of the U.S.-Mexico border southwest of Tucson. He was driving his own truck and was dressed in his Border Patrol uniform, Cabe says.

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Retired Justice Dept. Official and Fed Judge Malcolm Wilkey Dies at Age 90

Malcolm Wilkey certainly made his mark on our federal law enforcement and judicial system.gavel

By Matt Schudel
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON –– Malcolm R. Wilkey, 90, a retired Justice Department official, federal judge and ambassador who led the 1992 investigation into the scandal surrounding the internal bank of the U.S. House of Representatives, died Aug. 15 at his home in Santiago, Chile. He had prostate cancer.

In a long and varied career, Judge Wilkey prosecuted international drug smugglers, led federal efforts to integrate public schools in the South and participated in several key rulings on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington from 1970 to 1985.

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Fla. Prosecutor Tries To Derail Ex-Boss’s Chance For U.S. Atty. Post

Harry Shorstein/law firm photo

Harry Shorstein/law firm photo

Simply put: politics ain’t pretty.  The current state attorney Angela Corey is trying to derail her ex-boss’s bid to be U.S. Attorney. Corey has apparently written Florida’s two senators discouraging the appointment of ex-boss Harry Shorstein, who once fired her when he  was state attorney.  Shorstein is one of three candidates being considered for the job.

By Paul Pinkham
Florida Times-Union
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A year after her landslide election victory, State Attorney Angela Corey and many of her employees still appear preoccupied with her predecessor and his administration, interviews and interoffice e-mails suggest.

In June, Corey’s chief assistant sent an e-mail urging key office employees to avoid long conversations with former State Attorney Harry Shorstein at the Duval County Courthouse because they might appear disloyal to Corey. The e-mail noted Shorstein fired Corey two years ago and appeared in a commercial opposing her election.

Two days later, after The Times-Union reported Shorstein was seeking appointment as U.S. attorney, Chief Assistant State Attorney Dan McCarthy circulated another e-mail listing negative remarks from readers about Shorstein on the newspaper’s Internet site.

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Shorstein Campaigned Against Angela Corey in 2008