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Archive for October 21st, 2010

Ouch! DEA Agent Shot in Hip After Gun Accidentally Discharges During Training Drill

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent got a little more than she bargained for when she went to the firing range in Los Angeles County.

The agent was shot and wounded in the hip after her gun accidentally discharged during a firearms training exercise on Sept. 28 at the DEA-authorized weapons range at the Pitchess Detention Center in Saugus, Calif., according to a DEA statement on Thursday, which came in response to an inquiry by ticklethewire.com.

The name of the agent, who is the daughter of a former DEA official, was not released.

The DEA said the agent’s pistol accidentally discharged while in the holster during a rescue training drill. She was treated at a local hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

The DEA said the incident is currently under internal review.

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Fed’s Cases Against Blackwater “Beginning to Fall Apart”, NY Times Reports

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Blackwater Worldwide, the security firm that became a toxic symbol of America in Afghanistan and Iraq, may be getting a bigger break than it ever imagined.

James Risen of the New York Times reports that after nearly four years the federal government’s investigations and prosecutions against the Blackwater Worldwide workers overseas “are beginning to fall apart, burdened by a legal obstacle of the government’s own making.”

The latest example came Monday when the Justice Department announced it would not seek murder charges against Andrew J. Moonen, who is of killing a guard assigned to an Iraqi vice president in 2006, the Times reported.

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Fed Judge Rules Bank of China Can Be Sued in Terrorism Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — In an eye-brow raising ruling likely to get challenged, a federal judge in Washington ruled Wednesday that the Bank of China can be sued for allegedly supporting terrorism in a 2006 suicide bombing case in Israel, the Washington Post reported.

Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth, in an 118-page ruling, struck down a request by the state-controlled bank to be dropped from the case.

The South Florida parents of 16-year-old Daniel Wultz filed the suit after their son was killed in a Tel Aviv restaurant in a bombing the Palenstinian group Islamic Jihad took credit for, the Post reported. The group is supported by Syria and Iran.

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In the suit, Wultz’s parents, Yekutiel and Sheryl Wultz, are asking for $300 million in damages from Iran and Syria and the Bank of China (BOC).

“The 2008 lawsuit alleges that officials at the Bank of China ignored warnings by senior Israeli officials that Islamic Jihad was financing deadly bombings through a Bank of China account in the United States maintained by a purported senior officer of the militant group, Said al-Shurafa,” the Post reported.

“The Court must assume the truth of this allegation, which is plausible because it is reasonable to assume that, although BOC is not directly owned by China . . . China does exert a measure of control over the BOC through China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China,” the judge wrote.

Wang Baodong, a Chinese Embassy spokesman in Washington, told the Post that China opposes terrorism and “strongly question the allegations in question.”

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