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Chicago Man Who Videotaped ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews to Plead Guilty in Fed Court

Erin Andrews/ espn photo

Erin Andrews/ espn photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Los Angeles U.S. Attorneys Office has confirmed that a Chicago insurance executive will plead guilty next week in a case in which he secretly recorded nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, The Associated Press reported.

AP reported Michael Barrett, 48, will plead guilty on Tuesday.

“Barrett is suspected of renting hotel rooms adjacent to Andrews in three cities last year, altering the peepholes and shooting videos of Andrews in two of the location that were uploaded to the Internet and offered for sale to gossip sites,” AP reported.

“Mr. Barrett accepts full responsibility for his conduct,” Barrett’s attorney David Willingham said, according to AP. “He apologizes to Ms. Andrews, and expresses his deep regret for his conduct that caused her so much pain.”

AP reported that prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 27 months.

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Arrests of Americans Shows Long Arm of Terror

There’s no question there is a terrorism problem in this region. The real question is: Is the U.S. efforts really going to be enough to address the problem?

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By Griff Witte
Washington Post Staff Writer
KABUL –– The arrest in Pakistan of five Americans who authorities say may have been on their way to terrorist training camps highlights the growing internationalism of Pakistani militant groups — both in their aims and their appeal.

The men, who had not been charged as of Thursday night but were being questioned by the FBI, have been connected by Pakistani police to at least two armed Pakistani groups, Jaish-i-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Both groups have traditionally had local aims but in recent years have increasingly been linked to al-Qaeda, an organization with global reach and aspirations.

Indeed, police officials suggested that the five Americans arrested Tuesday may have been headed to North Waziristan, the rugged tribal land that has become al-Qaeda’s home base. The region is used as a training ground for fighters and as a staging area for attacks against U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

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Evertything Terrorists Need to Know About…Hernias? Dog Bites?

airport-photoBy Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com (An AOL News Site)

WASHINGTON — Terrorists will have new insights into avoiding a hernia, treating animal bites and dealing with Amber Alerts — thanks to the inadvertent disclosure of a 93-page confidential document on airport screening procedures.

The Transportation Security Administration’s Standard Operating Procedures document was posted on a federal procurement site with redacted passages. Apparently online users were able to navigate around the redactions.

That prompted some to insist that terrorists will learn how to avoid screening. The TSA says critics are overreacting, describing the document an “outdated, unclassified version” that has been updated several times.

There are some touchy revelations in the document, i.e. how to detect fake law enforcement identification and discussions about calibrations of X-ray machines.

To Read  some of the secret and really not so secret items (like how to avoid a hernia)  click here.

Camden, NJ Prosecutor Worries About DEA Taking Over Task Force

Prosecutor Warren Faulk/county photo

Prosecutor Warren Faulk/county photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Camden, N.J. in the past has been dubbed the most dangerous city in America.

So it might be seen as good news that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has decided to take over the the Philadelphia-Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking task force from the local prosecutor.

But the Camden County prosecutor, according to the Philadelphia Daily News, isn’t exactly doing hand stands over the news.

County Prosecutor Warren Faulk told the Philly paper that he’s concerned the DEA will focus only on big cases and ignore street level dealers.

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“We’re a team player and will do what has to be done and we’ll get the job done,” Faulk told the paper. “But we certainly have concerns about this that we’re going to have to see about.”

“We don’t have thresholds,” Faulk said, “We’ll prosecute anyone.”

To read more click here.

N.C. Carolina Sen. Vows to Delay U.S. Atty Appointment Until 2 Major Probes Are Finished

U.S. Atty. George Holding
U.S. Atty. George Holding

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Heavy handed politics continues to play a role in some of the appointments of U.S. Attorneys around the country.

In North Carolina, Republican Sen. Richard Burr vowed Thursday to delay confirmation of Charlotte lawyer Thomas G. Walker until the current U.S. Attorney George Holding, a Bush appointee, finishes up his probes into ex-Sen. John Edwards and former Gov. Mike Easley, according to the News Observer.

Burr notified President Barack Obama of his decision through the White House counsel’s office, the paper reported. Obama nominated Walker last week.

Swindler Bernie Madoff Adjusting: He’s Finally Among His Own

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

At first blush it might seem a little surprising that world class swindler Bernie Madoff, who lived a life of luxury only few can ever realize, would adjust so well to prison life at a federal facility in North Carolina.

But when you think about it,  the 71-year-old con man is truly among his own: thieves, folks who have cheated and lied and tried to beat the system.

The Wall Street Journal reports that “he is adjusting to his new life behind rows of gleaming silver razor wire in this small Southern town.”

“Inmate No. 61727-054 shares an unlocked cell at the medium-security prison at Butner Federal Correctional Complex with a younger man named Frank,” the Journal reports. “He wears khaki prison garb and has been spotted walking on an outdoor track. He plays bocce, chess and checkers. He scrubs pots and pans in the prison kitchen.”

Inmates at the facility include Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard and Colombo crime-family boss Carmine Persico.

To Read More click here

Column: Urban Schools Prepare Kids for Life of Crime

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.

Ross Parker

Ross Parker

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com columnist

This fall someone near and dear to me began a job tutoring and counseling students at an inner-city Detroit high school.

Her daily reports over the dinner table range from disturbing to appalling. Despite the heroic efforts by some of the teachers and students, attending school consists mainly of fighting your way to and from school with limited learning in between.

Her school has been on “lock down” two days this week because of incidents involving firearms. Squabbling among politicians, bureaucrats, teachers, and parents, along with a pathetic state economy and financing system, have insured the escalation of this dismal situation.

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Ex-Detroit Deputy Mayor Milton Pleads Guilty to Bribery

detroitBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If ever there was a major city that can’t afford corrupt public officials it would be Detroit, a place that is aching from the economic woes of our time.

That being said: How can anyone cheat the city?

Ask ex-Detroit Deputy Mayor Kandia Milton. He  stepped up before a federal judge in downtown Detroit on Thursday and pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy.

“Today, your honor, I am accepting full responsibility for my actions, ” Milton said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I betrayed the trust of many people — my family, my friends, citizens of Detroit … and the mayor.”

To read the full story click here.