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al Qaeda Takes Credit for Explosive Cargo

By Allan Lengel

In an announcement that came as little surprise, the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda claimed responsibility Friday for explosive devices aboard airplanes bound for the U.S. last week, CNN reported.

CNN reported that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which authorities had suspected all along, posted its claim on various radical Islamist websites, saying, “We will continue to strike blows against American interests and the interest of America’s allies.”

CNN said the statement also claimed responsibility for the crash of a UPS cargo plane in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on September 3.

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Bush Memoir Says He Personally Gave CIA Go Ahead to Waterboard

By Allan Lengel

President Bush writes in his about to be released memoir that he personally gave the go ahead to waterboard 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who currently awaits trial in federal court.

The Washington Post reports that Bush, in his book “Decision Points”, writes when the CIA asked if it could waterboard Mohammed, he replied “Damn right.”

The Post reports that Bush told an interviewer a week before leaving the White House: “I firmly reject the word ‘torture,” and he repeats that sentiment in the book.

The book is due out Tuesday.

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Navy SEAL and 2 Others Busted in ATF Sting

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By Allan Lengel

A Navy SEAL and two other men have been busted in an ATF sting in which they allegedly smuggled illegal firearms, including AK-47 assault rifles, from Iraq and Afghanistan, and sold them to an undercover agent, federal authorities in Las Vegas said Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Nicholas Bickle, 33, assigned to a SEAL team based in Coronado, Calif,  Richard Paul, 34, of Durango, Colo., and Andrew Kaufman, 36, of Las Vegas,  were indicted in the case, the Times reported.

The three allegedly sold 18 AK-47s and 14 other firearms to an undercover ATF agent in  Las Vegas, Durango, and Bayfield, Colo., according to Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for Nevada.

Authorities said the AK-47s sold for $1,300 each and six handguns for $300 apiece, the LA Times reported.

7 Israelis Extradited in Lottery Scam That Ripped Off Elderly U.S. Citizens

By Allan Lengel


The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York announced on Thursday the extradition of seven Israelis, who ran a lottery telemarketing scam that netted about $2 million from elderly victims in the U.S. between 2007 and September 2008.

“The perpetrators of this fraudulent lottery scheme gambled and lost,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “They allegedly preyed on the elderly, gained their trust, and exploited their vulnerability, but now they will face American justice. ”

Authorities alleged that the defendants identified elderly victims by purchasing the names and contact information of U.S. residents who subscribed to sweepstakes lotteries from list brokers.

They then contacted the victims and solicited information about their finances, saying they had won a substantial cash prize and would get it once they paid the ncessary fees and taxes, authorities said.