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ATF Ups Game in APP World

Screen shot of ATF APP

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF is upping its game in the technology world.

The agency announced Wednesday the release of Apps for Android and Windows Phone 7 devices, and an updated application for Apple iPhone and iPod touch devices.

“With the latest release of the iOS ATF app, developed in cooperation with NIC Inc., users will have the added ability to access information regarding firearms types and nomenclature,” a press release said.

“Android and Windows Phone 7 users will be able to learn about ATF history and areas of expertise, find their local ATF field office and sign up for e-mail updates on the latest ATF-related news.”

“ATF is committed to making its mobile presence one that proves both educational to the general public and useful to our industry and law enforcement partners,” said Scot Thomasson, chief of ATF Public Affairs Division. “The iOS update along with the Android and Windows Phone 7 versions are important steps toward that goal.”

NRA Files Suit to Block ATF from Monitoring Gun Sales Along Mexico Border

atf file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklthewire.com

The National Rifle Association, which is feared and revered by many on Capitol Hill — and loathed by others — is flexing its muscle in its never ending battle with ATF.

The latest: The New York Times reports that the NRA on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging a federal regulation that requires gun dealers in states  along the Mexican border to report sales of two or more semiautomatic rifles within five days that can use ammunition larger than .22 caliber.

The NRA claims that Obama administration exceeded its power when it implemented the regulation last month without Congressional approval. It asks a judge to block ATF from enforcing the regulation.

“N.R.A. has always viewed this as a blatant attempt by the Obama administration to pursue their gun control agenda through back-door rule-making, and the N.R.A. will fight them every step of the way,” said Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the gun rights group, according to the Times.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. vowed to “vigorously oppose” the N.R.A. challenge, the Times reported.

“We think that the action we have taken is consistent with the law,” Holder told reporters on Wednesday, “and that the measures that we are proposing are appropriate ones to stop the flow of guns from the United States into Mexico.”

For Ex-Congressman Jefferson, Justice Delayed Means Freedom

exRep. Jefferson at sentencing in 2009 /Sketch by Art Lien/NBC News

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There’s an old saying: “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.”

But for ex-Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, justice delayed means more FREEDOM.

Bruce Alpert, a star reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports : ” Almost two years after a federal jury found former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson guilty of 11 counts of public corruption, oral arguments in his appeal have again been delayed.”

Jefferson, now 64,  was sentenced in November 2009 to 13 years in prison, but has been allowed to remain free pending his appeal, which has been delayed and delayed.

The New Orleans paper reported that the  4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals initially scheduled a hearing on the matter in May, but delayed that until September after Jefferson’s lawyer said he need more time to recover from treatment for lymphoma.

Now, the court says it has scheduling conflicts and will hold the hearing in late October, the paper reported.

Jefferson gained national notoriety when the FBI raided his home on Capitol Hill in the summer of 2005 and recovered $90,000 in his freezer. The money had been given to him by a business woman who was working with the FBI as part of a sting.

He lost his bid for re-election in 2008.

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FBI Seeks Public’s Help With Suspicious Package that Damaged a Detroit Women’s Clinic

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The FBI is turning to public for help in nabbing the person who left a suspicious package last month outside of a women’s healthcare  clinic  in Northwest Detroit, which caused damage to the clinic.

The FBI said sometime after 1:30 p.m. on Saturday July 16, and before 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 18, a package was left at Summit Women’s Center located at 15801 West McNicols Road. The outside of the building was burned and a window was broken. Authorities did not describe the object.

The damage to the building may constitute a violation of the FACE Act, a civil rights violation, the FBI said.

The FBI Detroit Field Office is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the identification and arrest of those involved.

ICE Busts 72 in Crackdown on Child Porn and Child Exploitation

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities on Wednesday announced charges against 72 people in connection with an international network dedicated to the sexual abuse of children and the creation and dissemination of child pornography.

Authorities said it was the largest prosecution of its kind in the U.S.  involving a pedephillia bulletin board.

The investigation, lead by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and  dubbed “Operation Delego”, was launched in December 2009 and targeted the 72 defendants and more than 500 other people around the world who participated in “Dreamboard”– a private, members-only, online bulletin board that promote pedophilia and encourage the sexual abuse of very young children, authorities said.

To date, 52 of the 72 charged defendants have been arrested in the U.S. and abroad, authorities said.

Authorities said members traded graphic images and videos of adults molesting children 12 years-old and under, often violently, and “collectively created a massive private library of images of child sexual abuse.

“The members of this criminal network shared a demented dream to create the preeminent online community for the promotion of child sexual exploitation but for the children they victimized, this was nothing short of a nightmare,” said Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. in a statement. “This operation marks another important step forward in our work to protect children across – and beyond – this country. Our nation’s fight to protect the rights, interests, and safety of children goes on, and it will continue to be a top priority of this Justice Department.”

“This operation is an example of the good work that DHS, through its principal investigative arm, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), does every year in cooperation with our domestic and international law enforcement partners to protect children,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“As alleged in court documents, Dreamboard was a self-described global ‘community’ of pedophiles dedicated to the relentless victimization and exploitation of children 12 and under,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “Using sophisticated methods to evade detection by law enforcement, Dreamboard members allegedly used the power and anonymity of the Internet to motivate each other to commit their horrific acts of sexual abuse of minors and trading in child pornography. “

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Feds Bust Louisiana Sheriff in Drug Operation

Sheriff "Bodie" Little

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Louisiana sheriff was busted Tuesday by the feds in a drug trafficking operation, the Shreveport Times reported.

Winn Parish Sheriff Albert “Bodie” Little was among 11 people busted, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Tuesday in a news release.

The paper reported that Little appeared in court Tuesday in casual clothes and shackles. He was being detained pending a Thursday detention hearing.

Little was elected in 2008. The paper reported that he has been the target of a state Attorney General probe into allegations that he used inmates to do maintenance at his home and of falsifying public records.