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FBI: Suspect in Wrigley Field Bombing Case May Have Been Entrapped by Informant

Steve Neavling

A month before Sami Samir Hassoun placed what he thought was a bomb near Wrigley Field in Chicago in 2010, the FBI worried the undercover informant had entrapped the suspect and warned the informant to back off, the Associated Press reports.

The AP wrote that Hassoun’s defense attorney disclosed the information in hopes of convincing a judge to order prosecutors to hand over more details on the informant, including how much he was paid.  

The informant was a key witness in the prosecution of Hassoun, who is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12.

FBI notes from March 2012 indicate that agents were worried the informant “is or is close to committing entrapment with Sami.” The informant was taken aside “and it was emphasized not to encourage Sami to get involved in illegal activity,” the AP reported.

The case is under review.

Hispanic News Group Voxxi Shows Bias After FBI Raid

Steve Neavling

The Hispanic news organization Voxxi brands itself as an independent watchdog that will stop at nothing for the truth.

But there was one truth the nationwide news group would not pursue – an FBI raid on Voxxi’s founder, Dr. Salomon Melgenlast week, the Washington Times reports.

Melgen has come under fire after reports that he provided bribes such as airfare and young prostitutes to Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The Washington Times wrote that Voxxi waited several days before acknowledging the raid in publication but wrote dozens of articles praising Menendez as “a fighter of the middle class.”

Grandson of Malcolm X Reportedly Arrested by FBI Before Trip to Iran

Steve Neavling

FBI agents reportedly arrested Muslim activist and grandson of Malcolm X, Malcolm Lateef Shabazz, before a scheduled visit to Iran, Press TV reports.

Shabazz was on his was way to attend the Hollywoodism International Conference in Tehran when agents arrested him.

Details are murky because the FBI has declined to provide information, Press TV reported.

The conference is popular among filmmakers, actors, directors and movie critics.

It’s unclear whether the trip was related, Press TV wrote.

Justice Department: U.S. Permitted to Kill American Citizens Involved with al-Qaida

Steve Neavling

A confidential memo obtained by NBC News reveals that the Justice Department has found no legal reason to bar the U.S. government from killing American citizens who are involved with al-Qaida or its alliances.

The 16-page memo, reported by NBC News, paints a clearer picture of President Obama’s legal reasoning for increasing the use of drone strikes in other countries.

The memo indicates the federal government can order the killing of an American citizen even if there’s no evidence the citizen was engaged in an active attack agains the U.S, NBC News reported.

“The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,” the memo states.


David J. Johnson Heads A Bit More to the West to Lead FBI’s San Francisco Division

David Johnson

By Allan Lengel

David J. Johnson, who headed the FBI’s Salt Lake City division, is shifting gears a bit to the west and taking over the San Francisco office.

Johnson began his career with the FBI in 1991, and was first posted a Violent Crime Squad in the San Jose Resident Agency.

In 1994, he was assigned to the High Technology Squad, and worked on a case that became the first to be prosecuted under the economic espionage classification.

In 1997, Johnson was assigned to a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization Squad. Two years later, he became a supervisory special agent of the Asian Organized Crime Squad in the San Jose Resident Agency. He led two multi-agency task forces that targeted human trafficking and police corruption and racketeering cases, the FBI said.

As the chief of the Crimes against Children Unit, he developed the Innocence Lost National Initiative, which identifies and rescues minors involved in prostitution and investigates the pimps involved in these crimes.

He was promoted to the assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division, and in 2008 he led the task force created by the attorney general to conduct a criminal investigation into the destruction of interrogation videotapes by the CIA.

In 2009, he became chief of the Violent Crimes Section in the Criminal Investigative Division, responsible for managing programs that involve federal violations such as bank robberies, kidnappings, extortions, crimes against children, Indian country matters, fugitives, major theft, transportation crimes, and special jurisdiction matters.

In 2011, he was reassigned to be the chief of the newly created Latin America/Southwest Border Threat Section.

Johnson has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Loren Cannon has replaced Johnson as the acting head of the Utah FBI.

Johnny Depp Will Play “Whitey” Bulger in Film

By Allan Lengel

Gangster “Whitey” Bulger will only become more legendary with this.

The Wrap, a website that reports on Hollywood, reports that Johnny Depp will star as the Boston mobster accused of 19 murders in the film “Black Mass.”

The film will be directed by “Rain Man” director Barry Levinson, the Wrap reported.

The Jack Nicholson character in “The Departed” was based on Bulger, who is awaiting trial in Boston.

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Justice Department Intervenes in Dispute over Sports Betting in New Jersey

Steve Neavling 

Saying the 20-year federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional, New Jersey is challenging the law in hopes of legalizing sports betting at casinos and racing tracks, reports.

But the U.S. Department of Justice struck down the argument Friday, saying New Jersey can’t challenge the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, reported.

The DOJ intervened on behalf of a lawsuit filed by the National Collegiate Athletics Association and professional leagues – the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL.

“(The federal law) is a constitutional exercise of congressional authority,” the lawsuit reads, “and it should be upheld.”

New Jersey officials claim the law is unconstitutional because, for one, four states are allowed to bet on sports but the others, including New Jersey, are not.

Bungled ATF Operation Raises More Questions Than Answers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Nestled on a residential street in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, a new business popped up last year.

They called it Fearless Distributing.

But it wasn’t real, and it had nothing to do with distribution. It was a setup by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a sting operation designed to lure criminals who wanted to peddle drugs and guns.

And it was seriously botched.

In a damning report last week, the Journal Sentinel’s John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge revealed an operation so bungled it would have been comedic if it hadn’t been so serious.

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