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Former Iraqis Accused of Terrorism Are Sentenced to Federal Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two former Iraqi residents who were living in Kentucky were sentenced to prison this week for their involvement with terrorist activities, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 25, was given a life sentence, while his conspirator, Waad Ramadan Alwan, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.

Both had already pleaded guilty.

“These are experienced terrorists who willingly and enthusiastically participated in what they believed were insurgent support operations designed to harm American soldiers in Iraq,” U.S. Attorney David Hale said. “The serious crimes of both men merit lengthy punishment, and only the value of Alwan’s immediate and extensive cooperation with law enforcement justifies our recommendation of a reduced sentence for him. Bringing these men to justice is the result of a comprehensive law enforcement effort.”

The defendants tried to ship weapons and money to Iraqi insurgents, the FBI said.

FBI’s Spanish-Speaking website Popular among immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s efforts to reach out to Spanish-speaking residents for help fighting crime appears to be working, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Two years ago this month, the bureau launched a Spanish-language website on www.fbi.gov.

Since then, the site has been viewed more than 160,000 times, according to the FBI.

The bureau has posted stories on the site that it believes would help reduce crimes against Spanish-speaking residents.

Stories included human trafficking and scams against the elderly.

FBI Agents Raid Business of Eye Doctor Accused of Providing Prostitutes to U.S. Senator

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents raided the South Florida business of an eye doctor accused of providing underage prostitutes and free trips to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, Fox News reports.

The New Jersey Democrat adamantly denied any wrongdoing.

Federal authorities accuse Dr. Salomon Melgen, a big supporter of the senator, of providing perks to Menendez, Fox News wrote.

The focus appears to be on Melgen’s finances and whether Menendez violated campaign laws or had sex with underage prostitutes.

The FBI declined to divulge details of the probe.

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Michigan Supreme Court Judge Diane Hathaway Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Diane Hathaway must have wanted to pinch herself, wake up from the nightmare and return to her prestigious perch in life, sitting on the state Supreme Court.

She couldn’t have imagined it would have ended like this.

But here she was, the daughter of a Detroit cop, educated in the city, standing in disgrace Tuesday morning in federal court in Ann Arbor, like a common defendant, pleading guilty to bank fraud as a gallery full of media members looked on including Ross Jones of WXYZ, who broke the story about her financial scheme. Her husband Michael J. Kingsley, an attorney, was also on hand as was U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.

U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara set sentencing for May 28 at 2 p.m. She faces up to 18 months, but could conceivably get probation.

Hathaway pleaded guilty to a real estate scheme in which she transferred properties out of her name to make it look as if she had less assets, all so she could get a short sale on her Grosse Pointe Park home and get out of $600,000 she owed the bank. The original mortgage was $1.4 million.

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Father Testifies Son Was Brainwashed by Overzealous FBI Agents During Terrorism Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of a young man charged with terrorism testified during his son’s trial Monday that his son was brainwashed and manipulated by the FBI, the Associated Press reports.

Osma Barre, the father of Oregon terrorism suspect Mohamed Mohamud, was the first witness for a defense that plans to portray Mohamud as an impressionable, troubled teenager caught up in an overzealous FBI operation, the AP wrote.

Prosecutors allege Mohamud was an extremist bent on killing people.

He’s accused of attempting to detonate a bomb what turned out to be a phony bomb during a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in 2010.

Homeland Security Report: Customs and Border Protection Agencies Rife with Dysfunction

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is mired in internal dysfunction and turf battles and is unable to stem corruption within its ranks, according to an internal study, the TheDailyBeast.com reports.

The website says the agency, which has about 60,000 employees, has been unable to control its disciplinary system or a culture of acceptable corruption.

The study, which showed myriad problems, was completed by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a type of think tank for the Department of Homeland Security.

The Center for Investigative reporting reviewed the 80-page unclassified report, which chronicles problems from as far back as 2002, the theDailyBeast.com reported.

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Albany’s New FBI Agent in Charge Has Extensive Background Investigating Terrorism

Andrew Vale

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent with extensive experience in counterterrorism is taking over the bureau’s Albany Division, the Associated Press reports.

Andrew Vale has been named agent in charge of the division, which is responsible for investigations in northern New York and Vermont, the AP wrote.

Vale began his career with the FBI in 1991, when he started investigated terrorism and civil rights in Newark, N.J.

Vale also served in Washington beginning in 2001 and became involved with domestic terrorism investigations.

Vale continued similar work in the Albany Division beginning in 2006, the AP wrote.

FBI Plans To Begin Scanning Eyes of Paroled Inmates in Trial Using New Technology

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI plans to launch new technology later this year that would scan images of criminals’ eyes.

Nextgov.com wrote that agents will begin using the iris scans to verify the identities of release convicts and those on the lam.

The eye-scanning trial will last about a year, Nexgov.com wrote.

The launch follows the trial introduction of the FBI’s nationwide facial recognition trial last year.

Both technologies are part of a $1 billion upgrade to the FBI’s fingerprint ID system, Nexgov.com reported.