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FBI Executes Search Warrants in Northeast in Connection With Times Square Car Bomb; 3 Detained

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The failed Times Square car bomb incident has led the FBI to the Northeast sector of the country where agents have executed search warrants,  CNN reported, saying  cash couriers seemed to be the target.  The raids took place in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

By afternoon the Justice Department had confirmed that three people had been arrested.

“Three individuals encountered during the searches were taken into federal custody for alleged immigration violations.” said Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd in a statement. “At this time we can provide no further details as the investigation is ongoing. These searches are the product of evidence that has been gathered in the investigation subsequent to the attempted Times Square bombing and do not relate to any known immediate threat to the public or active plot against the United States.”

An FBI spokeswoman told AP that there was “no known immediate threat to the public or any active plot against the United States.”

The AP reported that authorities had cordoned off a small house in Watertown, a Boston suburb.

Speculation Begins as to Who Will Take Over NY FBI Office

FBI's Andy Arena/ticklethewire.com photo

FBI's Andy Arena/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The speculation has begun as to who will get the top spot in the New York FBI office vacated by Joseph Demarest, who was officially named assistant director of the International  Operations Division at headquarters in Washington on Wednesday.

Some names that have surfaced so far include Andrew Arena, head of the FBI Detroit office, Janice Fedarcyk, head of the Philadelphia FBI and George Venizelos, a special agent in charge of the New York office, who has been named the interim head.

Arena, who formerly served as a special agent in charge in the New York office, has been with the bureau since 1988.

Fedarcyk took over the Philadelphia office in 2008 and has been with the bureau since 1987. And Venizelos became a special agent in charge in the New York office in 2006. He has been with the bureau since 1991.

Janice Fedarcyk/fbi photo

Janice Fedarcyk/fbi photo

Speculation as to whether Demarest would return to New York from Washington ended Wednesday when headquarters officially announced he was staying in Washington.

Joseph Demarest/ fbi photo

Joseph Demarest/ fbi photo

He was sent to Washington on a temporary assignment while an internal investigation looked into whether he had been truthful about an affair he had with one of his supervisors.

Demarest was considered a strong personality that could deal with New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, known as a person of strong will.

The FBI is likely to look for someone who can deal with Kelly as well.

Senate Confirms Nashville U.S. Atty. Jerry E. Martin

Jerry Martin

Jerry Martin

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jerry E. Martin was confirmed as the U.S. Attorney of Nashville on Wednesday night, the website Main Justice reported.

Martin will replace U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough, a Bush appointee, who announced that he has accepted a position with the law firm Walker Tipps and Malone in Nashville.

Main Justice, which closely tracks appointments of U.S. Attorneys, said the Senate has now confirmed 48 U.S. Attorney appointments under the new administration.

Yarbrough told he Nashville Post:

“There is no greater job in the American system of justice than United States Attorney, with its myriad responsibilities and potential for public service. I have been proud to lead the office in Nashville for two and a half years and see firsthand the amazing capabilities of the dedicated lawyers and staff here. The people of Middle Tennessee can be secure in the knowledge that federal prosecutors are looking out for them and doing everything in their power to make our city and state a safer place to live and work.”

Speculation Begins as to Who Will Take Over N.Y. FBI

FBI's Andy Arena/ticklethewire.com photo

FBI's Andy Arena/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The speculation has begun as to who will get the top spot in the New York FBI office vacated by Joseph Demarest, who was officially named assistant director of the International  Operations Division at headquarters in Washington on Wednesday.

Some names that have surfaced so far include Andrew Arena, head of the FBI Detroit office, Janice Fedarcyk, head of the Philadelphia FBI and George Venizelos, a special agent in charge of the New York office, who has been named the interim head.

Arena, who formerly served as a special agent in charge in the New York office, has been with the bureau since 1988.

Janice Fedarcyk/fbi photo

Janice Fedarcyk/fbi photo

Fedarcyk took over the Philadelphia office in 2008 and has been with the bureau since 1987. And Venizelos became a special agent in charge in the New York office in 2006. He has been with the bureau since 1991.

Speculation as to whether Demarest would return to New York from Washington ended Wednesday when headquarters officially announced he was staying in Washington.

He was sent to Washington on a temporary assignment while an internal investigation looked into whether he had been truthful about an affair he had with one of his supervisors.

Joseph Demarest/ fbi photo

Joseph Demarest/ fbi photo

Demarest was considered a strong personality that could deal with New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, known as a person of strong will.

The FBI is likely to look for someone who can deal with Kelly as well.

Man Indicted in Cross Burning Near Louisiana Home of Interracial Couple

louisiana-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For some people stuck in a certain era, public acts of hate never go out of style.

Enter Joshua  James Moro, 23, who has been indicted in connection with a 2008 cross-burning in Louisiana near the home of an interracial couple, the Justice Department said.

Moro faces a  charge of conspiring to interfere with another person’s civil rights in the incident that took place in Athens, La. He was arrested Wednesday on an indictment that was issued April 28. Authorities said his co-conspirator and cousin Daniel Earl Danforth was convicted in the incident in January.

Authorities said that at Danforth’s trial evidence surfaced that Danforth and others “built a cross out of small pine trees and transported the cross to an area adjacent to the victims’ homes, where they set it on fire in order to intimidate the interracial couple.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said This case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary J. Mudrick for the Western District of Louisiana and Trial Attorney Erin Aslan from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

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LA Times Editorial: Messing With Miranda Warning “Bad Idea”

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dea photo

By The Los Angeles Times
Editorial Page

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and the White House are floating the idea of legislation that would create a new exception to the Miranda rule for suspected terrorists. It’s not as outrageous as Sen. Joe Lieberman’s proposal that accused terrorists be stripped of their U.S. citizenship, but it’s still a bad idea.

In a television interview this week, Holder said only that he wanted to work with Congress on legislation to provide investigators with “necessary flexibility.”

To read Full Editorial click here.

FBI Takes Out Full Page Ad in Plastic Surgery Newsletter on Fugitive Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend

Plenty Bring Guns to Airports

Airport crowdBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

As Internet headlines swirl about an Egyptian-American botany professor who was detained in Cairo today for carrying guns and ammunition in his luggage, keep one thing in mind: Americans bring guns to the airport all the time.

Sometimes it’s wrong, and sometimes it’s not.

The Transportation Security Administration says people such as hunters and members of the military regularly pack their guns in check-in luggage; the catch is that they must notify the airlines that they’re carrying guns in the luggage. Furthermore, the weapons must be unloaded and packed in a locked container.

In Wednesday’s case, the TSA said that Mohamed Ibrahim had failed to report to the airline that he was carrying two 9 mm handguns and 250 bullets before checking in his luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport for his Egypt Air flight to Cairo.

To read more click here.