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FBI Asks for Delay in Release of Anthrax Report by National Academy of Sciences

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The controversy surrounding the conclusion of the anthrax investigation is surfacing again.

The New York Times reports that the FBI has requested a last minute delay in the release of an independent scientific report by the National Academy of Sciences.

The delay prompted Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-N.J.), a critic of the probe, to proclaim that the bureau “may be seeking to try to steer or otherwise pressure” the academy’s scientific panel “to reach a conclusion desired by the bureau,” the Times reported.

Holt, a physicist, made the remarks in a letter Thursday to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, the Times reported. He said he found the delay disturbing.

The Times reported that the F.B.I. has told the committee that it wants to turn over an additional 500 pages of investigative documents even though the committee had requested all materials back in April 2009 when it began looking at the science involved in the probe that eventually pointed to scientist Bruce Ivins, a microbiologist at the Army’s bio-defense research center in Maryland. For years, investigators had mistakenly focused on another scientist from that laboratory, Steven Hatfill, who ended up successfully suing the government.

Ivins killed himself in July 2008 before federal authorities could file criminal charges.

FBI spokesman Mike Kortan said the FBI “continues to work with the National Academy of Sciences to support their ongoing review of the scientific approaches employed in the Amerithrax investigation,” according to the Times.

Prosecutor Drops Remaining Charges Against Miss. FBI Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Hal Neilson is no longer in trouble.

Federal prosecutor Richard Bourgeois on Wednesday dismissed three remaining counts the jury deadlocked on on Nov. 20, the Northeast Mississippi Journal reported.

The prosecutor indicated that U.S. can no longer “meet its burden of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Neilson, 49, of Oxford, Miss., was indicted Jan. 13 on five counts that he lied about his financial interests in the Oxford FBI building at 2106 University Ave., where he worked, the Journal reported.

“I am so happy to hear that,” said jury foreman Don Lambert of Booneville, Miss.

“Personally, I did not see enough evidence to convict him,” said Lambert, a resource officer for the Booneville schools, the paper reported.

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Fed Jury Convicts 3 New Orleans Cop in Case Involving Murder and Burning of Body


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury on Thursday convicted three New Orleans cops in the Post-Katrina fatal shooting of citizen Henry Glover and the burning of his body and the cover up, the Justice Department announced. Two other cops were acquitted.

The jury found former New Orleans cop David Warren was guilty of a civil rights violation, resulting in death, for the Sept. 2, 2005, shooting of civilian Henry Glover, as well as use of a firearm during a crime of manslaughter, the Justice Department said.

The jury heard evidence that Warren shot Glover in the back as Glover was running away from him behind the Algiers strip mall.

During trial, evidence showed that Glover’s brother and a friend flagged down a passing motorist, “Good Samaritan” William Tanner, who put the wounded Glover in his car to try to get medical attention.

But when the group of men drove up to a makeshift police station seeking help for Glover, police officers surrounded them at gunpoint, handcuffed them, and let Henry Glover die in the back seat of the car, the Justice Department said.

Officer Greg McRae drove off with Tanner’s car, with Glover’s body inside, and burned both the body and the car with traffic flare, the Justice Department said.

McRae was convicted on two counts of civil rights violations. Lt. Travis McCabe was convicted of obstructing justice by writing and submitting a false report about the shooting of Henry Glover. He was also convicted of lying to the FBI and committing perjury by lying to a federal grand jury.

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Fed Cop For Homeland Sec. Gets 18 Months for Making Illegal Traffic Stops

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal cop for Homeland Security was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison for making illegal traffic stops and illegally detaining people in Georgia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta announced.

Stephen G. House, 53, of Silver Creek, Ga.,  a law enforcement and security officer for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security, was accused of using his patrol car, which he was allowed to take home, and making traffic stops on public roads where he had no authority to do so.

During trial witnesses said they were stopped while driving on public roads, not federal property, and accused of violating  traffic laws, something they denied. He then tried to contact local law enforcement to respond and write the motorists a ticket or arrest them, authorities said.

On two occasions, House made false statements to local law enforcement officers, saying they were driving aggressively, authorities said.   As a result of his false statements, the drivers were arrested and their cars were impounded, authorities said.

On four other occasions, he detained the motorists for varying lengths of time, then let them go with a warning.

“This defendant abused his authority as a federal law enforcement officer by repeatedly using his official position to make illegal traffic stops and illegally detain motorists,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “He also submitted false reports about these stops to cover up his illegal acts. By doing so, he intentionally violated the Constitutional rights of these Georgia citizens.

Atty. Gen. Holder Asks Senate Leaders to Reject Ban on Gitmo Moves

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. fired off a letter Thursday to Senate leaders urging them not to pass legislation blocking the administration from moving Guantanamo terrorist suspects to U.S. soil.

“This provision goes well beyond existing law and would unwisely restrict the ability of the Executive branch to prosecute alleged terrorists in Federal courts or military commissions in the United States as well as its ability to incarcerate those convicted in such tribunals,” Holder wrote to Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell.

The letter came at the heels of House vote approving legislation to bar transfers.

Passage would put the kabosh on the administration’s hopes of trying some terrorist suspects in U.S. federal court.

“It would therefore be unwise, and would set a dangerous precedent with serious implications for the impartial administration of justice, for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Executive branch to prosecute terrorists in these venues,” Holder wrote. “The exercise of prosecutorial discretion has always been and must remain an Executive branch function. ”

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The History of the First Joint Terrorism Task Force that Began in NY

Joe Valiquette is a retired FBI supervisory special agent and J. Peter Donald is a public affairs specialist for the FBI in New York. This is the first of a three part series written for the FBI.

By Joe Valiquette and J. Peter Donald

Thirty years ago, in the heart of New York City, on the 28th floor of 26 Federal Plaza, the very first Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in the nation was established.

It was April of 1980; Supervisory Special Agent Barry Mawn would head up the newly designed task force with 10 agents from the FBI’s New York Field Office and 10 New York Police Department (NYPD) detectives.

They would pursue threats from the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army, the Croatian Independence Movement, and many other domestic and international terrorist groups.

Along with pursuing these threats, some of the first investigations would be of major bank robberies perpetrated by domestic terrorist groups as well as bombings and other heinous crimes. The JTTF would be focused on continually gathering intelligence to proactively prevent attacks.

As FBI Director Robert Mueller recently said, “The New York JTTF was the first of its kind, and today, it remains among the very best of its kind. It has long been the ‘gold standard’ by which other JTTFs are modeled.”

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Suspected Baltimore Terrorist Caught in FBI Sting Was Aware of Sting in Portland

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The 21-year-old  Baltimore man busted  in an FBI sting on charges of trying to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville, Md., , was aware of the  FBI sting in Portland in November involving a suspected terrorist, but decided to move forward with his plan anyways, the Associated Press reported.

Antonio Martinez, who converted to Islam and goes by the name Muhammad Hussain, was arrested Wednesday. AP reported that Martinez told an FBI informant that he was aware of the Portland incident in which a Somali born teen was arrested after trying to detonate a car bomb in Portland at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony which turned out to be a phony one provided by the FBI.

AP reported that Martinez, after hearing about the Portland case in late November, called the informant and demanded to know who he was.

“I’m not falling for no b.s.,” he told the informant, according to AP. The informant told him to think about the thing overnight and call him, which he did. Martinez said he wanted to move forward.

Senate Votes to Oust Fed Judge Thomas Porteous of New Orleans

Judge Thomas Porteous

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As expected, Thomas Porteous of New Orleans is no longer a federal judge.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to convict him on all four articles of impeachment that included allegations that he corruptly accepted meals, trips and other gifts from a bail bondsman while serving as a state judge, lied about a bankruptcy filing and failed to disclose his corrupt behavior during the confirmation process for federal judge.

The vote strips him of his lifetime presidential appointment and his $174,000 annual pension, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was appointed by President Clinton in 1994.

“Today brought closure to the long controversy over my actions as a federal district judge,” he said after the vote, according to the Times-Picayune. “I am deeply saddened to be removed from office but I felt it was important not just to me but to the judiciary to take this fight to the Senate.

“I am deeply grateful to those senators who voted against the articles. While I still believe these allegations did not rise to the level of impeachable offenses as a constitutional matter, I understand how people of good-faith could disagree.

“I will now be returning to Louisiana and my family. My family has been a constant and vital source of support throughout this ordeal. I have previously apologized for the mistakes that I committed in this case. I never disputed many of the underlying facts and I previously accepted punishment in the Fifth Circuit. While I disagree with the decision of the Senate, I must now accept that judgment.”

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