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Atty Gen. Eric Holder: The Republican’s Pinata

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Some believe Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. has become pinata for the Republicans, and that may be true again this week.

The Washington Post reports that Holder could take some punches from Republicans when he appears Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m.

The paper reports that Republicans expect to grill him on a number of issues including the controversy over where to try suspected terrorist Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

The Post also reports that “Republicans are livid about Holder’s failure to include in his confirmation questionnaire that he had written friend-of-the-court briefs in the terror case of Jose Padilla, arguing that civilian trials were appropriate to handle terror suspects and keep executive power in check. Holder sent a letter apologizing to the committee immediately after the amicus briefs were disclosed, but “there is still a lot of anger there,” one Republican aide said.”

And there will be other issues as well. Stay tuned.

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Judge Orders Man Who Threatened Nancy Pelosi Held Without Bond

house photo

house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The 48-year-old man who peppered Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with dozens of threatening phone calls over the health care bill, isn’t going anywhere.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman in San Francisco decided Monday that Gregory Lee Giusti should be held without bond, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The paper reported that his mother told the judge that her son “has a very kind heart” but had parroted negative opinions from the media.

Authorities allege that made at least 48 calls to Pelosi between Feb. 6 to March 25 and told her she “won’t have a home to go back to” if she supported the health care legislation.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Visits the Heartland

Robert Mueller III / file fbi photo

Robert Mueller III / file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It never hurts for the officialdom of Washington to go beyond the Beltway and see the the rest of the country.

FBI Director Robert Mueller on Monday did just that, and headed to the heartland to visit the FBI’s Springfield, Ill. office to thank employees and reiterate his agenda, the Associated Press reported.

The AP reported that he talked specifically about priorities protecting the nation from terrorist attacks, foreign intelligence threats and cyber attacks.

Mueller’s visit was part of a tour of the FBI’s regional offices, the AP reported. He also met with U.S. Attorneys in central and southern Illinois, the news service reported.

Mueller’s 10 year term ends next year.

Mi. Atty. Gen. Appoints Special Lawyer to Review FBI Shooting of Detroit Imam

detroit1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A highly respected and tenacious former Wayne County prosecutor, who prosecuted many high-profile cases, has been picked by the Michigan Attorney General to investigate the FBI’s fatal shooting last October of a Detroit Imam during a raid, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.

Attorney General Mike Cox picked former Wayne County Prosecutor Doug Baker as an assistant special attorney general to look into the death of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was shot 20 times by federal agents during an arrest in a stolen goods sting, the Free Press reported.

The FBI has said the Abdullah had shot and killed a dog before agents opened fire. It insists it did nothing improper.

John Sellek, a spokesman for the Attorney General, told the Free Press that Baker will determine whether the FBI violated any laws during the incident.

Islamic groups have raised questions about the shooting, which the  Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has declined to get involved in, the Free Press reported.

It also reported that the FBI has forwarded its findings in the shooting to the Attorney General.

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Sec. Napolitano Visits Africa to Discuss International Airline Security

nigeria mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met Sunday in Nigeria with top officials from Africa and the International Civil Aviation Organization to discuss ways to improve aviation security worldwide, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday.

“The attempted terrorist attack on Dec. 25 demonstrated that international terrorist threats must be countered with a coordinated, global response through enhanced security standards, increased information sharing and stronger screening measures,” Napolitano said in a statement. “My meetings with our African partners underscore our commitment to working together to strengthen global aviation security measures and better protect the traveling public.”

In Abuja, Nigeria, Napolitano addressed more than 30 African ministers and representatives and stressed the importance of working together to prevent terrorists from boarding commercial flights, the agency said.

The agency also said Napolitano “applauded the measures taken since Dec. 25 to strengthen aviation security in Africa—including Nigeria’s installation of advanced imaging technology units at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, the nation’s busiest airport.”

Relatives Get Rare Opportunity to Raise Objections to Release of Certain FBI Files of Ted Kennedy

Late Sen. Ted Kennedy

Late Sen. Ted Kennedy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – In a rare move, the family of Edward M. Kennedy will be allowed to raise objections before thousand of pages of the late Senator’s FBI file are released, the Boston Globe reports.

The paper reports that the the FBI is providing the “uncommon” opportunity so that the privacy rights of living relatives will not be violated, the Globe reported.

“In certain circumstances [such as] the family of victims of crimes or, as in this case . . . a public official, [the FBI] may coordinate the release of certain material with the family,” Dennis Argall, an FBI spokesman told the Globe, noting that the practice was rare. “The family of a deceased person may have a privacy interest.”

“But the reason [for objecting] can’t simply be that it is embarrassing” Argail told the Globe.

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John Gotti Jr: Dad Probaby Had Hand in Neigbhor’s Disappearance; Says Dad Loved Being a Gangster

Retired G-Man Operates Website to Pay Tribute to FBI Agents Who Went After the 1930s Outlaws

Agent George H. Franklin at shooting range/photo from Wack's website
Agent George H. Franklin at shooting range in 1930s/ photo from Wack’s website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sure, there’s been endless stories about the many gangster of the 1930s like John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Bonnie and Clyde.

But what about the FBI agents who battled the criminals of that era, says Larry Wack, who worked as a special agent from 1968 until 2003 and who lives in New York state.

“So much has been written about the Dillingers of the era, I wanted to ensure the memories and more of the Agents who pursued these outlaws,” Wack said.

Wack has launched a website “Faded Glory: Dusty Roads of an FBI Era” to find relatives of the agents of that era to share stories and photos of their loved ones.

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