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Joint Terrorism Task Forces Among Those to Be Honored by Anti-Defamation League

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Washington Field Office will be among those honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) at a ceremony in D.C. on Sept. 24.

The ADL, a Jewish organization that works closely with law enforcement on hate crimes and terrorism issues, is presenting the honors at its ADL SHIELD Awards, which are given to “heroes who have protected our nation and communities from hate crimes and terrorist threats.”

“The Award gives us an opportunity to publicly recognize and express our appreciation to those who protect our nation and communities and who guard our lives and freedoms,” Elise Jarvis, ADL’s Associate Director for Law Enforcement Outreach, said in a statement.

The winners were selected by 20 law enforcement executives which includes the Chiefs of Police and other top law enforcement officials from metropolitan, state and federal law enforcement agencies in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

The 2012 ADL SHIELD Award recipients will include:

  • The FBI Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force and partner agencies for the investigation and prosecution of Yonathan Melaku, who was responsible for a series of shootings at military installations in Northern Virginia in 2010, which included: the National Museum of the Marine Corps (twice), the Pentagon, and Marine Corps and Coast Guard recruiting centers
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors for the arrest and prosecution of Viktor Bout, who is also known as the “Merchant of Death,” and was considered one of the world’s most notorious arms traffickers and terrorist facilitators
  • The Montgomery County Police Department and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for the investigation and prosecution into a hate crimes case involving a series of tire-slashing vandalisms that targeted members of the Latino community, spanning a 4 year period, with 22 victims, and over 100 separate cases documented for investigation
  • The Baltimore Joint Terrorism Task Force for accomplishments which include the disruption of a terrorist plot to attack Washington, DC and foiling an attempt to bomb a U.S. Armed Forces recruiting center in Maryland
  • The Raleigh-Durham Joint Terrorism Task Force and federal prosecutors for the investigation and prosecution of Daniel Patrick Boyd and his co-conspirators, a homegrown violent extremist group which made plans to wage jihad overseas and in the U.S.

DEA Targets CVS Stores in Painkiller Crackdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 In its effort to crack down on addictive painkillers like oxycodone, the DEA has revoked the controlled substance licenses of two CVS Caremark Corp drugstores in Florida, Reuters reports.

The two stores, about 30 miles south of the Orlando, contend they did nothing wrong and were busy pharmacies.

The DEA, however, alleges the stores inappropriately sold oxycodone and potentially other controlled substances, according to Reuters.

The DEA said the use of painkillers is reaching epidemic levels and is now more popular than heroin and cocaine combined, Reuters reported.

Attorney: Congressman Buchanan No Longer Investigated for Improper Donations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The U.S. Justice Department does not plan to pursue charges against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan following an 11-month investigation, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

Buchanan’s attorneys said Tuesday that the Justice Department notified him that it’s ending the investigation into the whether Buchanan pressured a former business partner to sign a false affidavit amidst an illegal campaign donation probe.

The business partner, Sam Karzan, claimed the congressman coerced him to help cover up alleged illegal donations in 2006 and 2008, Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

Buchanan’s campaign, which has denied wrongdoing, said Karazan was a disgruntled employee who wanted to smear Buchanan , according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

 

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Parts of IG Report on Fast and Furious Leak Out to Fox News: Blame Placed on ATF and Justice


ATF William Newell was a key person in operation.

By William La Jeunesse
Fox News

Dozens of senior-level U.S. government officials turned a blind eye to public safety as they pursued an ill-conceived and poorly managed investigation into gun trafficking in Mexico, according to a long-awaited inspector general’s report on Operation Fast and Furious.

Portions of the Justice Department IG report, which has not been made public, were obtained exclusively by Fox News Channel.

The report and accompanying accounts cite a failure in leadership and a lack of accountability and oversight up and down the chain of command at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Justice Department itself and other offices. It says many senior executives knew the U.S. was helping traffic guns to Mexico that killed people but did nothing to stop it.

“We found no evidence in Operation Fast and Furious that the ATF or the (U.S. attorney’s office) attempted at any point during the investigation to balance the risks to the public safety against the long-term benefits of identifying trafficking networks and participants,” the draft report says.

To read more click here.

 

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Company: Hackers Did Not Breach FBI Laptop to Prove Massive Spying

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Was the FBI keeping tabs on millions of Apple devices?

No, says an Orlando company that claims it – not the FBI – was hacked to obtain millions of identification numbers for Apple devices, the New York Times reports.

Hacking group AntiSec – a subset of the hacking collective known as Anonymous – claimed it had stolen the identification numbers from an FBI laptop, which would suggested the agency was spying on millions of Americans.

The Orlando company, BlueToad, which works with creates digital and mobile formats for users, said its contents matched the stolen information, according to the New York Times.

FBI Sting Pledged ‘Martyrdom Payments” to Suspected Terrorist

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com

 The attorney of a Moroccan immigrant who volunteered to kill himself in a bomb attack on the U.S. Capitol said his client was promised “martyrdom payments” by the FBI, the Associated Press reports.

The attorney also alleges the FBI gave suspect Amine El-Khalifi, 29, more than $5,700 in living expenses during the six-month sting.

Undercover agents also promised El-Khalifi that his parents would receive $1,000-a-month “martyrdom payments,” according to the AP.

El-Khalifi is expected to be sentenced Friday in federal court.

Trenton Mayor Mack Set Up by Undercover Informants

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI used a government informant to see if Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and his sidekicks would accept a bribe over a fake land-development deal, the Associated Press reports.

Turns out, it worked, the FBI announced after arresting Mack, his brother Ralphiel and others early Monday morning.

Mack, his brother and mayoral supporter and convicted sex offender Joseph Giorgianni were each charged with a single count of conspiring to extort the undercover informants Monday, the AP reported.

Since Mack’s home was raided in July, federal authorities have been mum about the allegations until Monday.

The suspects were released on bond, according to the AP.