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Blago Gets New Defense Team: Father and Son Team Out

Weekend Series on Crime History: Nixon Talks to J. Edgar Hoover About Cop Killers in 1971

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Target of FBI Raid Was Invited to White House in April

20 FBI Agents Said Detroit Imam Was Warned to Show Hands

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 300-page police report released Friday stated that  20 FBI agents and three others in  law enforcement  said they heard agents warn Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah to show his hands or they’d send in a police dog, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The report backed the conclusion this week by the Michigan Attorney General, who found agents acted properly.

The imam was shot and killed by agents during a raid on a Deaborn warehouse involving stolen goods. Other law enforcement agents who mentioned teh warnings were from the U.S. Border Patrol, Oakland County Sheriff’s Department and ICE, the Free Press reported.

The paper reported that agents released the dog, which bit him. Abdullah fired three shots in the direction of the agents and the dog, which was killed. No agents were injured. Abdullah was killed after four FBI agents fired 20 times.

The police report said the FBI brought in 14 agents from the elite Quantico, Va. squad known as Hostage Rescue Team to help the Detroit FBI, and three of the four agents who shot Abdullah were from that unit, the Free Press reported.

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Column: Ex-FBI Agent Says Scathing IG Report Doesn’t Faze Bureau in Raids on Anti-War Activitists

Rowley in center

Rowley in center

By Coleen  Rowley
Ex-FBI Agent
For Huffington Post

The war on dissent, rather than terrorism, continued full steam with FBI SWAT teams breaking down doors at 7 am Friday (Sept 24) morning and raiding the homes of several anti-war leaders and activists in Minneapolis, Chicago and possibly a couple other Midwest cities.

Members of the FBI’s “Joint Terrorism Task Force” spent a few hours at each Minneapolis residence, seizing personal photographs and papers, computers and cell phones as well as serving Federal Grand Jury subpoenas on the various activists.

Obviously the scathing review of post 9-11 FBI “terrorism investigations” targeting various peace and social justice groups completed by the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) and just issued four days ago gave no pause to the FBI to reflect before continuing to do more of the same.

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Senate Confirms 6 U.S. Attys.; Total Up to 72

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Senate on Wednesday night confirmed six U.S. Attorneys, upping the total number to 72, with five nominees still awaiting confirmation by the full Senate, the website Main Justice reported.

The U.S. Attorneys who got the nod from the Senate include: Joseph Hogsett for the Southern District of Indiana; Michael J. Moore for the Middle District of Georgia; Robert E. O’Neill for the Middle District of Florida; William C. Killian for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Mark Green for the Eastern District of Oklahoma; and Michael C. Ormsby for the Eastern District of Washington.

Father and Son Team Want Off Blago Case

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The father and son legal team that represented chatty ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked a judge to release them as the lawyers in the case, the Associated Press reports.

A hearing is set for Friday in downtown Chicago  in preparation for the retrial for the for Blagojevich, who was convicted on only one of 24 counts. The jury was deadlocked on the remaining 23.

AP reported that the father and son team of Sam Adam Jr. and Sam Adam Sr. did not specify why they want to be released, but said they want to remain as advisors.

Cargo Shipping Firms Agree to Pay $50.2 Million Criminal Fines in Price Fixing Scheme

justice dept. logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Six international freight companies agreed this week to pay criminal fines totaling $50.2 million for their role in a price fixing scheme involving international cargo, the Justice Department said.

“The department’s investigation uncovered six different conspiracies harming businesses and consumers in the United States and across the globe,” Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, said in a statement. “Our investigation continues in this important industry.”

Authorities said the six companies, known as “freight forwarders”, manage the domestic and international delivery of cargo for customers by receiving, packaging, preparing and warehousing cargo freight, arranging for cargo shipment through transportation providers such as air carriers and steamship lines, preparing shipment documentation, and providing related ancillary services.”

Authorities alleged that the companies met and agreed to “coordinate various charges and fees on customers purchasing international freight forwarding services for cargo freight destined for air shipment to the United States.” The agreements came between 2002 and 2007.

The companies are: EGL Inc., a Houston-based company; Kühne + Nagel International AG, based in Schindellegi, Switzerland (K+N); Geologistics International Management (Bermuda) Limited, based in Hamilton, Bermuda; Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd., based in Basel, Switzerland; Schenker AG, based in Essen, Germany; and BAX Global Inc., a Toledo, Ohio-based company.

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