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Ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh Joins Bank Board

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Ex-FBI Director Louis J. Freeh is getting his name out in the public lately.

Last week, he made news when he received an Italian citizenship during a ceremony at the Italian embassy in Washington.

On Wednesday, the Business Wire announced that the ex-Gman has been elected to the board of directors of Wilmington Trust Corp of Wilmington, Del., which bills itself as providing banking and investment services.

Freeh, 59, is founder and senior managing partner of Freeh Group International, LLC, a global risk management consulting firm based in Wilmington and its affiliated D.C. law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, the business press release says.

Freeh also serves on the board of Bristol-Myers Squibb. All in all, it looks like he’s making a few more bucks than he did as FBI director.

Justice Dept. Gets a Little Hipper with Facebook and Twitter and Slick Website


By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — It used to be — not all that long ago — that only teens and the terminally hip used the social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

No more. The U.S. Justice Department, not particularly known for being terminally hip, is getting into the act.

Reporter Joe Palazzolo of the website Main Justice reports that the Justice Department has not only created a slick looking website but “in less than a month, the Justice Department has gained about 92,000 followers on the microblogging site Twitter, 1,400 Facebook fans, and 500 MySpace friends. The department was the fifth federal agency to join Twitter.”

“Had we done something like this under Attorney General Ashcroft and President Bush, the howls would be deafening,” Mark Corallo, who served as spokesman for Attorney General John Ashcroft and now works at his consulting firm, The Ashcroft Group told Main Justice. But as Corallo scanned the new site, he added: “This is truly professional. This is really well done.”

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Feds Bust 2 Suspected Terrorist in Chicago Who Targeted Denmark Paper


By Allan Lengel

Suspected terrorist David Coleman Headley didn’t think a certain cartoon was a laughing matter.

Federal prosecutors in Chicago unsealed terrorism charges Tuesday against Headley, 49, and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, that included allegations that they planned a terrorist attack against the Danish  newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, which published an inflamatory cartoon in 2005 depicting Prophet Mohammed in what many Muslims found offensive.

According to court documents, Headley supposedly posted an Internet message in October 2008 stating: “I feel disposed towards violence for the offending parties” who made “fun of Islam.”

Authorities captured recorded conversations of the men who often used the following coded words for plots and targets: “investments” and “projects” and “business.”

For more, read the report from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Read Press Release

Read Headley Criminal Complaint

Suspected Spy For Israel Was Political and Had Plenty Expenses

And now comes the head scratching and analysis of a brilliant scientist. Why did he risk his career to try and spy for Israel? It’s not all that complicated once you start dissecting his life. The following report gives us a pretty good insight into Stewart Nozette.

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

By Del Quentin Wilber and Maria Glod
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — By all accounts, Stewart D. Nozette is a brilliant and creative scientist, an astronomer who once sketched a key part of a lunar mission on the back of a cocktail napkin and daydreamed of colonizing the moon.

In a recent photograph, he appears the caricature of a NASA geek: a pudgy man wearing an ugly green shirt with a pen protruding from the pocket. Wisps of his hair scatter in all directions.

But Nozette is not your stereotypically shy, reserved genius. He is ambitious and unafraid to engage in political combat. He has been known to prod public officials and lawmakers to fund his programs or scuttle those of rivals, friends and colleagues said. He has donated more than $35,000 to politicians and causes.

And, according to recently unsealed court documents, he stole lots of government money to finance personal credit cards, mortgages, car loans and maintenance on his swimming pool.

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Judge Slaps Deputy Marshal With 4-Year Sentence For Leaking Info to Chicago Mob About a Mobster in Witness Protection Program

John Ambrose/wls-tv chicago

John Ambrose/wls-tv chicago

By Allan Lengel

A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday slapped a deputy U.S. Marshal with a four-year prison sentence for telling the Chicago mob that a fellow mobster in the Witness Protection program was cooperating with the feds.

Prosecutors had claimed the leak was the first of its kind in the Witness Protection program.

U.S. District Judge John Grady said he imposed the tough sentence on John T. Ambrose, 42, to send a message about the importance of protecting information about people in the program, according to WLS-TV in Chicago. His lawyer vowed to appeal the conviction and sentence.

Ambrose  once headed the Marshal’s Midwest fugitive squad. In April, he was convicted of leaking confidential government information about Nicholas Calabrese,  a made man in the mob,  who was in the federal Witness Protection program and was slated to testify for the government in a big mob prosecution.

Ambrose sometimes guarded Calabrese in the Witness Protection Program. He is scheduled to report to prison in January, WLS reported.

Denver FBI Chief Says Obama Phone Call Was Huge Morale Boost


By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — President Obama is getting some plus points  for going out of his way to congratulate FBI agents in New York and Denver involved in the latest terrorism case linked to suspect Najibullah Zazi.

Early last week, he visted the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in N.Y. to congratulate them on their work.  Two days later, he called the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Denver to do the same.

ABC’s Jake Tapper and Clayton Sandell report that Obama spoke by phone to Jim Davis, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI and about 30 of his agents on the terrorism task force.

Davis, according to ABC News, said the call from the President was a huge morale boost for agents.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’m not aware of any time the president has ever called the special agent in charge of a field office to communicate his thanks for an investigative effort,” Davis told ABC.

Madoff Investor Drowned in His Palm Beach Pool After Heart Attack


By Allan Lengel

The first thought some people had was that Jeffry Picower, the Florida man accused of making more than $7 billion from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, had committed suicide on Sunday at his palatial oceanside home.

Not so, says the the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner Michael Bell who ruled that Picower, 67, suffered a heart attack in his pool and drowned, according to the Associated Press.

His wife Barabara found him in the pool, and according to the Associated Press, called 911 and said:

“He’s at the bottom of the pool. It’s too deep. I can’t get him out. He must have collapsed … I can’t get him out … I don’t know how long he’s been there.”


Atty. Gen. Holder Appoints 9 U.S. Attorneys to His Advisory Board

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder/doj photo

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Atty. General Eric Holder has appointed nine new U.S. Attorneys to serve two-year terms on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys.

The committee, created in 1973, will report to Holder through the deputy Attorney General. The panel speaks on behalf of the U.S. Attorneys and provides input on policy and operational issues that impact U.S. Attorneys around the country, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The new attorneys, according to a press release issued Monday include: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona Dennis Burke; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington Jenny Durkan; U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul J. Fishman; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick J. Fitzgerald; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil H. MacBride; U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Peter F. Neronha; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Joyce White Vance; and Acting U.S. Attorney, ex officio, for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips.

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