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FBI-led Raids Result in Rescue of 69 Child Hookers and Arrests of 99 Pimps

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Child prostitution continues to be a nationwide problem.

With that in mind, over the past few days, the FBI along with local and state police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) concluded Operation Cross Country V, in which 69 child prostitutes were “rescued”,  the FBI said Monday.

Additionally, authorities said the operation in 40 cities netted nearly 885 arrests including 99 pimps.

“Child prostitution continues to be a significant problem in our country, as evidenced by the number of children rescued through the continued efforts of our crimes against children task forces,” said Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “There is no work more important than protecting America’s children and freeing them from the cycle of victimization.”

The crackdown was part of the  nationwide Innocence Lost National Initiative.

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Accused Scammer Allen Stanford Takes Beating in Jail: Gets Transfer to Fed Prison


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, whose alleged scamming is in a league with the king of scammers Bernard Madoff, was granted a transfer from a private Texas jail to a federal prison after getting a major beating from a fellow inmate, Bloomberg News reports.

Bloomberg reported that the transfer allows Stanford to be closer to his lawyer in downtown Houston. He is awaiting trial on charges of defrauding investors of some $7 billion.

On Thursday, Stanford got into a fight and suffered a concussion, two black eyes and a broken nose, his lawyer told Bloomberg.

The beating took place at the Joe Corley detention center in Conroe, north of Houston, Bloomberg reported. The judge, who approved the transfer, did not mention the beating and acknowledged the benefits of Stanford  being closer to his attorney because of the complexity of the case.

Furious Cheney Confronted Pres. Bush About Scooter Libby Pardon

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Under the category of “not very surprising”, Dick Cheney was fuming when President Bush refused to pardon vice presidential aide I “Scooter” Libby after he was convicted of lying in the leak  investigation into the identity of CIA spy Valerie Plalme.

Appearing in an interview on NBC’s Today Show, said ex- George W. Bush said Cheney confronted him about his decision to commute Libby’s 30-month sentence, but not pardon him.

Bush, who is promoting his memoir, “Decision Points”, writes that  a furious Cheney told him: “I can’t believe you’re going to leave a soldier on the battlefield,” according to the Associated Press.

Bush said he was concerned the decision would damage his friendship with Cheney.

“I’m pleased to report we are friends today,” he said.

DEA Used Mumbai Plotter Despite Warnings

By GINGER THOMPSON, ERIC SCHMITT and SOUAD MEKHENNET
New York Times

WASHINGTON — American authorities sent David C. Headley, a small-time drug dealer and sometime informant, to work for them in Pakistan months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, despite a warning that he sympathized with radical Islamic groups, according to court records and interviews. Not long after Mr. Headley arrived there, he began training with terrorists, eventually playing a key role in the 2008 attacks that left 164 people dead in Mumbai.

The October 2001 warning was dismissed, the authorities said, as the ire of a jilted girlfriend and for lack of proof. Less than a month later, those concerns did not come up when a federal court in New York granted Mr. Headley an early release from probation so that he could be sent to work for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Pakistan. It is unclear what Mr. Headley was supposed to do in Pakistan for the Americans.

“All I knew was the D.E.A. wanted him in Pakistan as fast as possible because they said they were close to making some big cases,” said Luis Caso, Mr. Headley’s former probation officer.

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FBI Arrests Philly Police Official With Aspirations to be Chief

Chief Charles Ramsey/dept. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in all likelihood put an end to any aspirations of Philadelphia police inspector Daniel Castro becoming the department’s commissioner.

On Friday, agents arrested him at his home on charges of extortion in a scheme the Philadelphia Inquirer reported ” portrays him more like a gangster.”  Castro is the 15th Philly cop to be arrested since March 2009.

The paper reported that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, a former Chicago police official and former head of the D.C. police department, knew the inspector was under FBI investigation.  In fact, the paper reported that last month at a press conference announcing the arrests of two officers charged with ripping off drug dealers, he remarked  that it “could get worse before it gets better.”

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Weekend Series on Crime History: Nixon Says “Jews are Born Spies”

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al Qaeda Takes Credit for Explosive Cargo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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
ticklethewire.com

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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