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Ooops!! Feds Screws Up; Didn’t Have Court Stenographer in Brooklyn Courtroom During Verdict of Convicted al Qaeda Terrorist

By Allan Lengel

A source tells The New York Daily News:

“I have never heard anything like this happening before — ever.”

John Marzulli of the Daily News writes that the court may have to be a do-over of the verdict in the federal Brooklyn trial of convicted Al Qaeda terrorist Abid Naseer.

Apparently the problem was there was no stenographer in the courtroom when the guilty verdict was read Wednesday for Naseer on three counts of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization and to build a bomb to attack a shopping center in Manchester, England.

About 100 people were in the courtroom at the time including federal agents, lawyers and reporters.

As a result of the oversight, a second verdict might be necessary, The Daily News reports.

Possibilities include getting affidavits from courtroom witnesses or reassembling the jury and having the verdict read again.


Why FBI Must Do More to Protect Whistleblowers from Discipline

By Michael German
Defense One

There seems to be a growing consensus that protecting intelligence community whistleblowers is important to national security. More needs to be done to protect them.

During his 2013 nomination hearing to be FBI director, James Comey called whistleblowers “a critical element of a functioning democracy” and vowed to protect them from reprisals. He said that “folks have to feel free to raise their concerns, and if they are not addressed up their chain-of-command, to take them to an appropriate place.”

This might sound comforting to an FBI agent considering reporting internal waste, fraud or mismanagement. The problem is that any FBI employee taking Comey’s advice would find themselves stripped of the meager protections offered through Justice Department regulations governing FBI whistleblowers. Most people who see a problem on the job naturally report it first to their own supervisor. But the regulation only protects disclosures made to a handful of high-ranking officials and not those made to direct supervisors in the employees’ chain-of-command. So, the regulation serves more as a trap for would-be whistleblowers rather than a shield against retaliation.

It has a real chilling effect. The Justice Department dismisses a significant portion of FBI whistleblower claims because they are reported to the wrong person, according to the Government Accountability Office. The FBI is the only federal agency that doesn’t protect chain-of-command whistleblower reports to supervisors.

But don’t think those correctly navigating the Justice Department’s regulatory requirements have an easy path. FBIwhistleblower cases are adjudicated in an internal Justice Department process that is exempted from judicial review. The Justice Department argues that allowing FBI whistleblowers to go to court would risk exposing sensitive national security information.

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Long Standoff with Republicans Ends with President Obama Signing Homeland Security Bill

By Steve Neavling

The long standoff between Republicans and President Obama ended with a fully funded Homeland Security bill that prevents a partial shutdown.

The USA Today reports that the president signed the Homeland Security funding bill Wednesday after Republicans couldn’t come up with the votes to pass an alternative measure.

Republicans had hoped to end Obama’s executive action on providing more leniency for some immigrants in the country illegally.

“I want to thank members of Congress for getting us a bill that will ensure that we can continue to fund he extraordinary work of our men and women at the Department Homeland Security,” Obama said. “They keep us safe every single day and we want to make sure that they’ve got the resources and support they need to do the job.”

Secret Service Agent, Deputy Assaulted While Investigating Threatening Tweets about President

Ronald E. Skelton

By Steve Neavling

A Secret Service agent and sheriff’s deputy were allegedly assaulted while investigating threatening tweets against President Obama. reports that a 19-year-old Clark County, Ohio, man was arrested at his home after being alerted to online threats against Obama, police and other politicians.

When the deputy and agent approached Ronald E. Skelton II, on his driveway, Skelton allegedly became “belligerent” and defiant, making antigovernment comments. He is accused of punching a detective and agent in the head, causing serious injury, while they tried to check him for weapons.

They wrestled Skelton to the ground and arrested him.

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FBI to Open Office in North Dakota’s Oil Country As Crime Increases

By Steve Neavling

The boost in oil production in North Dakota has brought a lot of wealth – and crime – to the state.

The FBI is responding to an uptick in crime by opening an office in the state’s oil country, The Hill reports.

The bureau plans to fully staff the Willinston office later this year.

The office will be a “resident agency” of the FBI’s Minneapolis division.

“The office in Williston is a welcomed addition to our presence in North Dakota,” Richard Thornton, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis division that oversees the Williston office, said in a statement.

“The opening of this office is in response to the unprecedented growth in population and economic activity associated with the oil exploration and production in the Bakken region and the corresponding increase in criminal activity,” he said. “The FBI will be in a better position to effectively address these issues in this region of North Dakota through this new office.”

Federal Judge Terrence Berg Shot and Wounded in Detroit

Terrance Berg/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Berg, a former federal prosecutor and former acting U.S. Attorney, was shot and wounded Thursday night on Detroit’s northwest side.

George Hunter of the Detroit News reports that it was an attempted robbery. He was shot in the leg outside his home in the city’s University District and taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital. He’s undergone surgery.

Two robbers tried to force Berg inside his home, but he didn’t comply with their demand. One shot him in the leg and both men fled. Berg’s wife and teenage son were inside.

Berg was appointed by President Obama and has been on the bench since 2012. It’s unclear what the circumstances are behind the shooting.

Berg, a very affable person, was born in Detroit in 1959.

More details to come.

FBI Informant Said He Was Encouraged to Have Sex with Muslim Women for Information

By Steve Neavling

A married FBI informant who was spying on Muslims said the bureau instructed him to sleep with women  to get intelligence, The Huffington Post reports. 

Craig Monteilh, who was known as Farouk al-Aziz, was told to get “personal information” such as phone numbers, emails and friends in the Los Angeles area. He aid the FBI taught him to “pretend to be a Muslim.”

“The FBI paid me to infiltrate mosques in Los Angeles and Orange County in Southern California, as a very broad surveillance operation to give them the personal information of Muslims,” he said.

Monteilh said his $11,200 monthly compensation “clouded his judgment” as he had sex with Muslim women.

“I portrayed myself as a unmarried male, although I was married,” he said. “Within the Muslim community, they would help me to get a bride, so they would introduce me to single Muslim women. I would go out on dates and things like that. … [My FBI handlers] instructed me, if I was getting good intel, to allow it to go into sexual relations.”

The plan backfired when the Muslims he had befriended reported him to the FBI and filed a restraining order against him because of the jihadist rhetoric.