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Archive for September 28th, 2011

Getting Acquitted May Not Be Enough to Get Off Terrorist Watch List

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It may not be so easy to get off the terrorist watch list, the New York Times has found.

The paper reported that the FBI is allowed to include people on the list who have been acquitted of terrorism related crimes or the crimes have been dismissed.

The discovery comes after the Times obtained files released by the F.B.I. under the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents, the Times writes, “disclose how the police are instructed to react if they encounter a person on the list. They lay out, for the first time in public view, the legal standard that national security officials must meet in order to add a name to the list. And they shed new light on how names are vetted for possible removal from the list.”

The Times reported that database has about 420,000 names, including about 8,000 Americans.

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Sheriff Deputies Went to Home of FBI Case Agent Who Headed Sting; Sheriff Fuming Over FBI Sting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Expect more craziness in coming days and weeks in the scandal brewing in Los Angeles where the FBI paid a sheriff’s deputy a bribe to sneak a phone into the county jail for an inmate in what turned out to be a sting.

Sheriff Lee Baca is fuming that he was not notified about the FBI probe into inmate abuse, and the fact a phone was smuggled into the jail. The sheriff is investigating the matter and had scheduled a meeting Tuesday with U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.

Meanwhile, a source tells ticklethewire.com that two sheriff’s deputies on Monday went to the home of the FBI case agent in the probe to speak to her and indicated they have plans to arrest her. She was not arrested that night.

It’s considered a crime to sneak a phone into the jail. The sheriff’s deputy Gilbert Michel, 38,  who snuck the phone into the jail has resigned after being put on leave, the LA Times reported.  The paper reported that he has not been charged with a crime, but is the subject of an investigation by the sheriff’s department.

The paper also reported that the deputy took the $1,500 from the FBI as part of a sting and did not know that the inmate he was sneaking the phone into the jail for was actually an FBI informant.

Whether the sheriff’s department can charge the FBI’s case agent is another question.

Stay tuned.

FBI headquarters and the Justice Department are expected to take a keen interest in the matter.

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