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U.S. Sends a Message and Cracks Down on Foreign Business Bribes

Unfortunately, in so many foreign nations, bribes are an accepted, and often necessary part of doing business. But the Justice Department isn’t accepting the business as usual. The Washington Post Carrie Johnson takes a snapshot of the latest effort to crackdown on the practice.

Pocketing Some Cash

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities want companies to know that the cost of paying bribes to win overseas contracts is growing steeper by the day.

Long a priority of the FBI and the Justice Department, efforts to police corrupt business payments have intensified in recent weeks, with multimillion-dollar corporate settlements and coordinated arrests of individual executives accused of attempting to grease the skids.

On Friday, BAE Systems, the world’s second-largest defense contractor, agreed to pay $400 million to resolve decade-old allegations that it misled the Defense and State departments about its efforts to comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The law bars companies from bribing government officials to win lucrative contracts and other favorable treatment.

The BAE deal came weeks after the FBI unveiled its first FCPA sting operation, which culminated in the arrests of nearly two dozen businessmen employed in the defense and law enforcement equipment industry.

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By Allan Lengel
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So much for it just being a game.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI in 1989-90 investigated a number of threatening letters sent to Chuck Daly, the coach of the Detroit Pistons, a team that was known then as the “Bad Boys” because of its rough play.

“The 67 pages, obtained by The Associated Press as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, detail how federal agents in Detroit ordered fingerprint, handwriting and even psycholinguistic analyses as part of an effort to determine who sent the correspondences,” the AP reported.

Daly died this past May at age 78.

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Cleveland DEA Agent Acquitted on All 18 Counts Including Perjury and Obstruction of Justice

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By Allan Lengel
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Cleveland DEA Agent Lee Lucas, accused of perjury, obstruction of justice and violating civil rights in a case that involved framing people in a sting,  was acquitted by a federal jury Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The paper reported that DEA agent Lee Lucas broke into tears Friday after the jury cleared him of  all 18 counts stemming from a 2005 investigation.

“The truth finally came out after all those years,” said Lucas, 41, as he walked from the courtroom, the Plain Dealer reported.

The charges against Lucas stemmed from a 2005 drug investigation that resulted in about two dozen indictments, the paper reported.

Nearly all the charges were dropped after a key informant  admitted framing people “by staging phone calls and purposely identifying the wrong people as drug sellers,” the paper reported.

“Prosecutors accused Lucas of lying in written reports and in court to corroborate” the informant’s testimony, the paper reported.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Critical of A.G. Eric Holder, Obama and FBI

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A.G. Holder’s Letter Gives Insights Into Detaining Terrorists Arrested on U.S. Soil

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Eric Holder Jr.

This analysis of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder’s letter gives some insights into the administration’s view of detaining suspected terrorists arrested on U.S. soil. It may explain why the case against Christmas Day bomber and others like it — the shoe bomber —  have been handled in the way they have.

By Chisun Lee
ProPublica

The five-page letter [1] (PDF) that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder issued this week defending the decision to treat the Christmas Day bomber suspect as a criminal suspect, rather than as a wartime captive, offered new insight into the Obama administration’s view of the limits of preventive detention.

The letter suggests that the administration sees virtually no legal foundation for holding terrorism suspects arrested on U.S. soil in preventive detention and has very little interest in trying to create any.

He didn’t confine his reasoning to the specifics of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s case, but instead offered an overarching view of the current state of the law.

“Some have argued that had Abdulmutallab been declared an enemy combatant, the government could have held him indefinitely without providing him access to an attorney,” Holder wrote. “But the government’s legal authority to do so is far from clear.”

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