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Fed Court of Appeals Rules 5 Christian Militia Members Too Dangerous to be Set Free

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Looks like the U.S. Court of Appeals agrees with federal prosecutors that some members of the Christian militia called the Hutaree are too dangerous to be set free pending trial.

The federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the leader of the Michigan-based group David Stone Sr. and four other members should stay behind bars for now, the Detroit News reported.

“We find that each defendant poses a danger to the community and that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of the community,” the appeals court said, according to the Detroit News.

U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts had ruled earlier that the members could be released on home detention, the News reported. Federal prosecutors had earlier agreed to let four other defendants in the case  go free pending trial.

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FBI Arrests Calif. Hacker Suspected of Extorting Sex Videos From Victims

hacker-artAllan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the eyes of authorities, Luis Mijangos was a skilled computer hacker who went on the rampage and tried  to extort sexually explicit videos from women and girls.

The FBI arrested the 31-year-old  Santa Ana, Calif. man on Tuesday without incident.

Authorities said that FBI computer forensics experts  determined that  Mijangos infected more than 100 computers that were used by approximately 230 individuals,   of which at least 44  were  juveniles.

The affidavit in the case alleged that Mijangos infected computers around the world with a malicious computer code, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Mijangos then got his victims to download “the malware onto their computers by making the files appear to be popular songs,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated Tuesday.  “After the victims downloaded the malware, Mijangos was able to control their computers, allowing him to send instant messages containing malware from those computers to other people in the victims’ address books. These later victims thought they were receiving messages from friends or family members.”

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Senate Confirms Maine Superior Court Justice Delahanty as U.S. Attorney

maine mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed Maine Superior Court Justice Thomas E. Delahanty II as the U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Delahanty, 65, of Falmouth, Maine, was nominated in March. He will replace Paula Silsby. He had previously served as U.S. Attorney in the early 1980s.

“I’m hoping I can get things lined up and be sworn in quickly,” Delahanty told the paper.

Time Square Bomber’s Statement Good Indicator He’s Not Likely to Get Break at Sentencing: “It’s a WAR!”

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If there was any question whether Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad might catch a break during sentencing for fully cooperating with the FBI, his statements in court on Monday may have cleared that all up: It’s highly highly unlikely.

Shahzad pleaded guilty Monday and then warned the court of more attacks and accused the U.S. of “terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people,” according to the Washington Post.

“It’s a war,” he told the judge.

He said, according to the Washington Post, if the U.S. didn’t get out of Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim nations, “we will be attacking U.S.” and that Americans “only care about their people, but they don’t care about the people elsewhere in the world when they die.”

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Supreme Court Upholds Law on Material Support of Terrorists

terrorismBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Supreme Court delivered a victory to the Justice Department on Monday, upholding a law that makes it a crime to provide material support to foregin terrorist organizations, the New York Times reported.

The ruling made it a crime to provide support even if the ultimate goal is  to peacefully resolve a conflict, the Times reported. The Justices voted 6-3.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who wrote the majority opinion, saying the law did not violate did not violate the First Amendment as the plaintiffs had argued.

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Openly Gay U.S. Atty. Jenny Durkan Speaks Out

U.S. Atty. Durkan

U.S. Atty. Durkan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan doesn’t have a secret.

As the first openly gay federal prosecutor, she speaks freely of being gay, and did so again Monday as the keynote speaker at the Justice Department’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month ceremony in Washington.

“I stand before you as the first openly gay U.S. attorney,” Durkan told the audience of more than 200 Justice Department employees and others, the Seattle Times reported.

The 52-year-old, who has a long time partner and two children, said speaking out helps other gays and lesbians and helps educate the public about “the reality of our humanity.”

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Times Square Bomber Pleads Guilty

times square artBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shortly after he was arrested on May 3, he confessed to planting a car bomb in Times Square. After that, he spent many a day cooperating with the FBI.

So it came as no great surprise on Monday when  Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty in New York to a 10-count indictment, admitting to plotting to detonate a car bomb in a busy section of Manhattan on a Saturday night.

“Faisal Shahzad plotted and launched an attack that could have led to serious loss of life, and today the American criminal justice system ensured that he will pay the price for his actions,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “We will not rest in bringing to justice terrorists who seek to harm the American people, and we will use every tool available to the government to do so.”

The government had alleged that a Pakistani with ties to the Pakistani Taliban had sent Shahzad about $12,000 before he carried out the unsuccessful plot.

The New York Times reported that he entered the plea around 4:30 p.m.

“He sat at a table and drummed his fingers on the surface as his lawyer Philip Weinstein conferred with Judge Miriam Goldman Cederbaum and a prosecutor,” the Times reported.

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Some DEA Agents Criticial Because Agency Leader Leonhart Yet to Be Confirmed; Question Obama Admin. Commitment to DEA

Michele Leonhart/dea photo

Michele Leonhart/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– The delay in the confirmation of Michele Leonhart as the permanent administrator of DEA is drawing some sharp criticism from some of agency’s agents as well as a former DEA official at time the agency is playing a key role in the battle against the violent Mexican drug cartels and gangs along the border.

Critics say the delay raises questions about the Obama administration’s commitment to the agency,  and is causing Leonhart, who is the acting administrator, to put off filling a number of key vacancies.

“It shows your president is not committed to drug law enforcement,” says William R. Coonce, a retired special agent in charge of the DEA, who still closely follows the agency’s developments. “It’s demoralizing to the agents.”

Leonhart was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004 as the second in command of the agency.  In November 2007,  at the tail end of the Bush administration, she was named  acting head of the agency. On Jan. 25,   more than two years later, President Obama nominated her to officially head the agency.

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