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Atty. Gen. Holder Sends Letter Defending Handling of Underwear Bomber: Says It’s in Line With Previous Administration

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The debate over whether to charge the underwear bomber in a civilian, rather than a military court, continues.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. fired off a letter dated Feb. 3 to Sen. Mitch McConnell and other centers  assuring him that “I made the decision to charge Mr. Abdulmutallab with federal crimes, and to seek his detention….”  The letter was posted on Justice Department website.

“On the evening of December 25 and again on the morning of December 26, the FBI informed its partners in the Intelligence Community that Abdulmutallab would be charged criminally, and no agency objected to this course of action,”  Holder wrote.

“Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the practice of the U.S. government followed by prior and current Administrations without a single exception has been to arrest and detain under federal criminal law all terrorist suspects who are apprehended inside the United States.”

“The prior administration adopted policies expressly endorsing this approach.”

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New Orleans Pot Dealer Pleads Guilty to Threatening Life of President and Drug and Gun Charges

obama-and-bidenBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Turnpaugh of New Orleans isn’t likely to go down in history as one of the brighter drug dealers.

In fact, if you described him as being a few fries short of a Happy Meal, you wouldn’t be overreaching.

On Dec. 30, he phoned 911 around 2 a.m. and said: “Yeah, hey, I’m going to kill President Barack Obama and his wife this month…F—You.”

U.S. Secret Service and New Orleans Police then tracked him down to his home through his cellphone provider, according to a Secret Service affidavit.

But when he spotted authorities, he fled on bike, the affidavit said. The next day, Secret Service agents interviewed him and played a recording of the 911 call. He admitted making the call, the court affidavit said.

Meanwhile, authorities also followed up and charged him with selling marijuana and illegal possession of several firearms. He pleaded guilty to threatening the president and the gun and drug charges on Tuesday.

Sentencing is set for May 11.

Texan Gets 2 Years For Impersonating a U.S. Marshal

u..s. marhsal badgeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Darrien Hatchcock essentially wanted a couple hotel rooms for free.  Now he’s getting free room and board, compliments of the U.S. taxpayers.

The 46-year-old from Terrell, Tex., was sentenced in Dallas on Monday to two years in prison for impersonating a U.S. Marshal and demanding that a hotel give him two rooms without paying in advance, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas said.

The rooms were valued at $578.37.

Column: FBI And Top Spies Give Mixed Message: Shades of Bush?

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By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk

WASHINGTON — Which is it now — imminent terrorist threat, or no threat? Certain or uncertain?

Only last month U.S. intelligence officials were saying the Nigerian underwear bomber slipped through their nets because they didn’t think al Qaeda could or would mount another attack here.

Yesterday, they warned that a terror attack here was “certain.”

Meantime, we hear that the Miranda warning that FBI interrogators gave Umar Farouk Abdulmutullab caused the Nigerian to clam up.

But yesterday, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said he was singing like the proverbial bird.

Moreover, in “case after case,” terrorists have provided actionable intelligence even after they were given their rights and charged with crimes, Mueller said.

If that weren’t enough, officials continue to contradict each other on who’s in charge of interrogating Abdulmutallab and other top-of-the-ticket terrorist suspects.

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NYPD Cop Off to Jail for Lying to DEA Agents About Tracing Car Plates for Dope Dealer

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Note to NYPD cop Roosevelt Green: Next time get over to the Sports Authority and buy yourself a nice warm up suit and sneakers: It will be a lot less trouble and a whole lot cheaper.

Federal wire intercepts captured conversations in which Green, a sergeant in NYPD,  asked a major drug dealer for a nice warm up suit and sneakers after he did the dealer a favor and traced some license plates of two DEA surveillance vehicles.

Problem is, the intercepts also picked up conversations of the dope dealer asking Green to trace the plates.

On Tuesday, in New York federal court, he paid a high price for it all: The judge sentenced Green to six months in jail for lying to DEA agents about looking up the plates.

“The intercepted conversations further revealed that, while on duty in an NYPD patrol car on March 31, 2007, Green used NYPD computers to obtain vehicle registration information for two vehicles and provided that information to” the drug dealer,” the U.S. Attorney’s press release said.

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Justice Dept. Conducting Routine Probe of FBI Fatal Shooting of Imam in Michigan

michigan11By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has launched a routine investigation into the fatal FBI shooting in Michigan of a Muslim imam in October, the Detroit News reported.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mi), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who had asked the Justice Department to probe the matter, announced the news at a press conference Tuesday.

The paper reported that Justice Department spokesman Alejandro Miyar confirmed the investigation, but said it would have happened regardless of Conyers’ request.

“The FBI’s inspection division conducted a review,” Miyar said, according to the Detroit News. “The civil rights division has received the FBI’s report and is now conducting an independent review of the shooting.”

An autopsy report on Monday showed Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was shot 21 times during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse. The FBI was conducting a probe of the trafficking of stolen goods.

The FBI says that the imam opened fire first and shot an FBI dog before agents returned fire.

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EX-Atty. Gen. Mukasey Slams Administration About 9/11 Trial; Says N.Y.Trial Was About “Showboating” and Reflects “Amateur Night” at Justice