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Michigan Muslims Sue FBI over Allegations of Profiling at Border

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The tension between federal law enforcement and the Muslim community here continues to ebb and flow.  On Friday, it was flowing.

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) was scheduled on Friday in Detroit to announce  that it is suing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and the FBI, claiming Muslims have been unfairly detained and questioned about religious beliefs at and inside the U.S.-Canada border, according to a press release distributed by the PR Newswire.

The suit, the press release says, represents 4 U.S. citizens who claim they were cuffed and questioned without cause by CPB and FBI agents. Questions included:

“How many times a day do you pray?”

“Do you pray your morning prayer in the mosque?”

“Who else prays in your mosque?”

CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said in a statement issued on Thursday: “Invasive religious questioning of American citizens without evidence of criminal activity is not only an affront to the Constitution but is also a waste of limited resources.”

Obit: Former FBI Special Agent Bob Craig Remembered for ‘tremendous intellect’ and Busting Pittsburgh Mafia

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Bob Craig, retired FBI agent and father of four, is remembered for being a stand-up agent in the field and a regular guy at home.

Fellow agents applauded him for  his “tremendous intellect,” and essential role in busting up  the Pittsburgh Mafia when he first came to town in the late 70’s, according to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review.

He died on Monday from pancreatic cancer at age 68.

Ex-FBI agent and colleague Roger Greenbank told the paper.  “We convicted and incarcerated most of the major players in the Pittsburgh family. The end of organized crime as most people think of it really happened as a result of that case.”

Craig also won kudos from colleagues for his leadership in evidence-response teams, investigating such high profile cases as mass killings in Kosovo, the Oklahoma bombing in 1995 and investigating the wreckage of September 11th’s Flight 93 that crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa.

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FBI and Secret Service Reports on JFK Assassination Available

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For those who still have fascination about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this is for you.

PaperlessArchives.com has announced that it’s publishing FBI and Secret Service reports on the assassination of JFK, according to the Webwire.

The reports were provided to the Warren Commission and held at the National Archives and Records Administration.

The earliest, dated July 3, 1961, nearly 2 1/2 years before the assassination, includes info on FBI interviews with Oswald.

The website has posted a sampling, but is charging $12.95 for the complete collection on a CD-Rom.

 

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Atlanta U.S. Atty. Finds No Bias in Cases Stripper-Loving Fed Judge Handled

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jack Camp, you might recall, was the wild and crazy federal Atlanta judge who got busted with guns and buying drugs for a stripper he was carrying on an affair with.

He went off to prison for a very brief time — three weeks — and was set free in May 2011.

Long after he’d been released, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta continued to exam cases he had handled to determine if there was any racial bias or signs of mental impairment. There were allegations by the stripper, who cooperated with the FBI, that Camp made some racist remarks. There were also some who claimed his judgment might have been impaired following a serious bicycle accident and subsequent drug use.

Well, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the U.S. Attorney has now concluded that in 28 cases in which defendants had requested a second look at their cases before Camp, there was no evidence of racial bias or mental impairment in sentences or rulings.

“Today, the U.S. attorney has publicly confirmed what I never doubted throughout this ordeal,” Camp said Thursday in an emailed statement to the Atlanta paper. “I am pleased the report vindicates that my decisions were fair, impartial and true to the law.”

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FBI Stings Net 8 Miami Officials In Drug and Extortion Schemes

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Two undercover FBI sting operations have resulted in charges against eight Miami area officials including a cop, two firefighters and several code compliance officers.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami said the first case involved charges against a lead code compliance officer and four other code officers and two firefighters. They face extortion charges.

The probe began after the lead compliance officer tried soliciting a bribe from a South Beach night club in exchange for not enforcing a large fine for a code violation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. The owner notified the FBI, which then had an agent pose as a manager .

The agent and the owner then made payoffs to various officials totaling about $25,000 over a seventh period.

In the second case, one of the firefighters involved in the other case, along with Daniel L. Mack, a Miami-Dade police officer, were busted in an FBI sting, similar ones of which have been played out around the country over the years including in Detroit where the feds convicted then-Mayor Coleman A. Young’s common law brother-in-law.

Using Bryant’s car and Mack’s police cruiser, they transported what turned out to be large amounts of dummy cocaine that had been provided by undercover FBI agents. For two transactions, an undercover agent made $25k in cash pay-offs to the defendants.

“When government officials misuse their offices and abuse their power to line their own pockets and satisfy their greed, they erode the public’s trust in good and efficient government,” U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer said in a statement. “It is incumbent upon all of us to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for corruption, at any level of government. I encourage victims to come forward, report shakedowns of this kind, and help us shine a light on backroom corruption.”

The case was investigated by the FBI Miami-Area Public Corruption Task Force, assisted by the Miami-Dade Police Department Professional Compliance Bureau and United States Customs Border Protection Office of Internal Affairs. These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jared E. Dwyer and Robin W. Waugh.

Screw Up; No Court Transcript was Created for Mobster’s Confession About NY Cop Killing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Keeping a record in court is a good idea.

But mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News reports that some how that idea got the short shrift back on December 15, 2008, and no court transcript was ever produced when Colombo soldier Joseph (Joe Caves) Competiello admitted in a sealed Brooklyn federal courtroom that he played a role in the execution of NY cop Ralph Dols. He also admitted having a hand in four mob slayings.

Gangland News described the oversight as a major league foul up.

Last week, the feds had to deal with the problem involving the mobster, who is a prosecution witness in a current case against his former crime family’s boss, Thomas Gioeli, in a murder and racketeering trial.

Gangland News reports that the judge in that case gathered people who were present in the 2008 proceeding, in hopes of reconstructing some kind of transcript to provide to the defense, which could use the materials to impeach the mobster during cross-examination.

But Gangland writes: “And today, not one person who took part in that secret proceeding remembers anything about what Competiello stated that day about his involvement in the execution.

“The slip-up occurred even though everyone in court that day –including three assistant U.S. attorneys, Competiello’s attorney, the judge, and the court reporter – all knew that at some point, Joe Caves would likely be a prosecution witness,” Gang Land writes. “They also knew that when that day came, the government would be required to give a transcript of the guilty plea to lawyers for the defendants.”

Capeci reports that the screw up was first reported in the New York Daily News.