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Swindler Madoff Says Banks and Hedge Funds Knew He was Up to No Good

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Swindler Bernie Madoff, the king of Ponzi scams, told the New York Times that his family new nothing about his crimes, and that banks and hedge funds were “complicit” in his fraud and knew he was up to no good.

From prison on North Carolina, Madoff said banks and hedge funds were guilty of “willful blindness” and failed to examine discrepancies between his regulatory filings and other information they had access to, the Times reported.

“They had to know,” Mr. Madoff said. “But the attitude was sort of, ‘If you’re doing something wrong, we don’t want to know.’ ”

Madoff told the Times he was surprised to hear about email and messages surfacing in lawsuits that raised doubts about his operation.

“I’m reading more now about how suspicious they were than I ever realized at the time,” he said with a faint smile.

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One ICE Agent Shot and Killed and 2nd One Wounded in Mexico

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

NO ONE in Mexico appears safe from the violence that continues to strangle that country.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and another was wounded Tuesday while driving through northern Mexico, the Associated Press reported. The two were assigned  to the ICE attache office in Mexico City.

AP reported that the two agents were driving in the northern state of San Luis Potosi and were stopped at what appeared to be a military checkpoint. At that point, someone opened fire.

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, issued a statement saying:

“I’m deeply saddened by the news that earlier today, two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents assigned to the ICE Attaché office in Mexico City were shot in the line of duty while driving between Mexico City and Monterrey by unknown assailants.”

“Let me be clear: any act of violence against our ICE personnel – or any DHS personnel – is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety. The full resources of our Department are at the disposal of our Mexican partners in this investigation. We remain committed in our broader support for Mexico’s efforts to combat violence within its borders.”

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Fed Charges May Be Near for John Edwards in Sex Scandal

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Report Raises Some Doubts About the Origin of the Killer Anthrax; Triggers Calls For Independent Review of Entire Case

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — A report released Tuesday on the scientific methods used to investigate the deadly anthrax attacks disputes a key conclusion by the FBI — and has triggered calls for an independent review of the entire case.

Investigators have concluded that government scientist Bruce Ivins mailed anthrax-laden letters to members of Congress and the media in 2001. Five people were killed and 17 others sickened. Ivins committed suicide in July 2008 before charges could be filed.

Ivins’ attorney said the new report casts doubt on the allegations against the scientist.

“The smoking gun is now just smoke and mirrors,” Paul F. Kemp told AOL News. “Every time more gets released it shows more weakness in their case. I think it’s time for a public hearing for somebody to systematically and carefully and dispassionately review this.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley also called for an independent review.

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Ex-FBI Agent Paul Lindsay Returns to the Motown for Book Tour

Paul Lyndsay

By Susan Whitall
The Detroit News

DETROIT — As a thriller author, Paul Lindsay doesn’t have to burn hours of time interviewing FBI agents or homicide detectives to get it right.

As Lindsay puts it, “I’ve got all my research down.” That’s because the author of “The Bricklayer” and his latest thriller, “Agent X” (both written under the nom de plume Noah Boyd), is a former FBI agent himself, with 20 years in the bureau’s Detroit office under his belt.

As an FBI agent, he spent years chasing down criminals like Benjamin Atkins, the Highland Park strangler, who murdered women along the Woodward Corridor in 1991 and 1992. Lindsay retired in 1993, after writing a book highly critical of his bosses.

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Comment from Jim Burdick | [e]
Time February 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I read “The Bricklayer,” and it was terrific. Congrats to you, Paul, and I hope you’re bringing that character back, and soon. Jim Burdick

NY Feds Free Admitted Terrorist After His Cooperation

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds have released an admitted terrorist after serving 4 1/2 years because of his cooperation, the New York NBC local affiliate reported.

The station reports that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara confirmed that Mohammed Junaid Babar is free, but declined to say more.  A federal judge officially released him in December.

The station reported that the Queens man flew to Pakistan after Sept. 11, 2001  to join al Qaida.

In 2002, Babar said in an interview:”I will kill every American that I see in Afghanistan and while I’m in Pakistan if I see them in Pakistan I will kill every American soldier I see in Pakistan.”

After his arrest seven years ago, after returning from Pakistan, the station reported that Babar helped the FBI and British authorities in terrorist cases.

The station reported that assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon McGuire during a hearing in December called Babar’s cooperation “exceptional.”

“The defendant has testified previously at four different trials involving numerous terrorism defendants, three trials in the UK and one in Canada,” McGuire said.

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New FBI Show on CBS Needs Fresher Feel, NY Critic Says

CBS's new drama about an elite team of agents in the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit

By David Hinckley
New York Daily News

This spinoff from “Criminal Minds” illustrates the danger of a television network getting too good at something.

CBS has done so well with “police procedurals” – shows that set up a crime and walk the viewer through to its solution – that the network seems to think we viewers will just keep watching more of them forever.

At a certain point, though, we need something fresher than “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” is providing.

The show scores up front with two A-list actors: Forest Whitaker as lead FBI agent Sam Cooper, and Janeane Garofalo as Beth Griffith, a fellow agent who among other things keeps Sam from becoming a loose cannon.

To read more click here. (The Show Airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CBS)

The Ugly Side of Politics; Ex-Congressional Candidate Gets 1 Year in Prison

Tan Nguyen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Tan Nguyen represents the ugliest of ugly in politics.

The 35-year-old Vietnamese immigrant and former Republican California congressional candidate was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for lying to investigators about a letter sent to Latino voters during his 2006 campaign against a Latino, Democratic incumbent. The letter said immigrants couldn’t vote.

In addition to the prison term, the U.S. District Judge David O. Carter in Santa Anna, Calif., ordered Nguyen to serve six months at a halfway house.

Last December, a federal jury convicted Nguyen of obstruction of justice for lying to the California Department of Justice and saying that campaign volunteers created the letter without his knowledge, the Justice Department said.

Authorities say the letter, written in Spanish, was sent to about 14,000 voters with Latino surnames. He lost his bid against incumbent Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

“The Civil Rights Division is committed to protecting the voting rights of all individuals,” Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez said in a statement.

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