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Papers Report Madoff Dying of Cancer: Prison Says No

The New York Post and the Wall Street Journal report that scam artist Bernie Madoff is dying of cancer. The Bureau of Prisons says it ain’t so. Wishful thinking? Or not?  Would people be angry that he got off with serving so little time? Inquiring minds want to know.

Bernie Madoff

Bernie Madoff

By Frank Ahrens
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Does convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard L. Madoff have cancer, as two newspapers are reporting, or not, as the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is stating?

Under the headline “Bernie’s Cancer Cell,” the New York Post reported Monday that Madoff, who was sentenced to 150 years in prison for swindling investors out of as much as $65 billion, wrote: “Bernie Madoff had little to lose by confessing to masterminding the world’s biggest Ponzi scheme — he’s dying of cancer, sources told The Post.”

The story goes on to say that Madoff, 71, has been telling fellow inmates that he doesn’t have long to live.

“He’s been taking about 20 pills a day for his cancer,” the Post quoted one inmate, anonymously. “He talks about it all the time. He’s not doing very well.”

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Atty. Gen. Holder Opens Up Prelim. Probe into Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects

Some people argue that the administration should move on and forget the past. Others say this nation can’t ignore the past. At this point, it can’t hurt to look into the matter and dig up the truth. No one should oppose the truth.

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By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. today opened a preliminary investigation into whether some CIA operatives broke the law in their coercive interrogations of suspected terrorists in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — prompting sharp criticism from both the right and the left.

Holder said that he decided to establish what he called a “preliminary review” after he conducted a thorough examination of past reviews of the interrogations, including an internal CIA investigation completed in 2004 by the agency’s inspector general and separate reviews by Justice Department internal affairs watchdogs and line prosecutors.

“As a result of my analysis of all of this material, I have concluded that the information known to me warrants opening a preliminary review into whether federal laws were violated in connection with the interrogation of specific detainees at overseas locations,” Holder said in a statement.

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BREAKING NEWS: Michael Jackson Death Ruled a Homicide (NY Daily News)

Ex-Congressman Jefferson’s Brother Convicted of Bribery in New Orleans

Just like his brother, Mose Jefferson finds himself headed to prison. It’s a shame a family that could have contributed so much to the public good, chose instead to stuff their pockets. Mose was convicted Friday.

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By Laura Maggi
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — Mose Jefferson, the older brother of the former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson who was convicted two weeks ago of abusing his congressional office to enrich himself and his family, has been, convicted by a federal jury on four charges that he bribed an Orleans Parish School Board member.

The jury considered a seven-count indictment against Jefferson: one count that he conspired to bribe Ellenese Brooks-Simms, three counts of bribery, two obstruction of justice counts and a count of conspiring to commit money laundering.

Jefferson was found guilty on two of the three counts of bribery, and both counts of obstruction of justice.

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Mexican Drug Cartels Using Women — and Even Grandmothers — to Smuggle Guns

Not surprising the Mexican drug cartels are trying every tactic in the book to bring guns in from America. Authorities say they’re using woman including grandmothers and expectant mothers to smuggle guns.

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By Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY
HOUSTON – Ann Zarate may be one of the most unlikely players to be swept up in Mexico’s unrelenting drug war.

The 24-year-old native of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley is described by her attorney Jodi Goodwin as a “quiet, super sweet” woman who ultimately could not resist the promise of easy money for precious little work.

Zarate was sentenced earlier this year to 10 months in federal prison as a buyer in a gun-trafficking ring that delivered 77 weapons to Mexico’s warring drug cartels.

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Feds Charge Molester in Fake Lawsuit Involving Victim

Bizarre. Chutzpah. Mind boggling. Those are just some words to describe the plot by David Copeland-Jackson, who molested an 8th grader in 1999. Copeland-Jackson filed a federal lawsuit and allegedly forged documents to make it look like the person he molested was recanting claims of being molested. He has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

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Judge Richard Leon/photo beverly rezneck

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The judgment stood for one day before unraveling. It was a plot so off the wall, so bizarre, that U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said it was “like something out of a novel.”

After serving a prison term for molesting an eighth-grader in Ohio, David Copeland-Jackson moved to the District to live with his mother. He e-mailed a buddy and together, federal authorities said, they came up with a plan that would fool a respected judge into issuing a $3 million defamation order against Copeland-Jackson’s victim.

Copeland-Jackson relied on forged documents, the victim’s unwitting assistance and the help of a 71-year-old paralegal who had become interested in his case.
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Newark Star-Ledger Editorial Questions Some of Ex-U.S. Atty Chris Christies’ Actions

Ex-U.S. Attorney is learning that running for governor is a lot harder than being the U.S. Attorney during the Bush years– even when one of your real bosses is Karl Rove.

Christopher Christie

Christopher Christie

By The Star-Ledger Editorial Board
NEWARK, N.J. –A high horse is a difficult thing to ride, as Chris Christie is finding out. After building his image as a white knight rescuing New Jersey from the dragon of corruption, Christie is showing some gaps in his armor.

The Republican candidate for governor is facing questions about a loan of $46,000 he made to an assistant when he was U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, and failed to report on his income tax and financial disclosure forms. He says it was a mistake and is filing amended reports. If there’s no more to this story, it may blow over. Gov. Jon Corzine can’t make much of it without reviving questions about the Democrat’s own financial entanglement with former state labor leader Carla Katz.

Of more concern is the disclosure that, while New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor, Christie spoke with Karl Rove, political guru to George W. Bush.

Christie says they never discussed legal cases; Rove says they talked about Christie’s interest in running for governor. That raises questions about whether Christie took steps toward a campaign while still U.S. Attorney, in possible violation of the Hatch Act.

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Column: Secret Service Agents Violated Trust and Responsibility By Talking to Author

James G. Huse, a regular columnist for ticklethewire.com, is a retired assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service and a retired Inspector General for Social Security.

By James G. Huse Jr.
ticklethewire.com
James Huse

James Huse

There is significant agitation and unease in the ranks of my brother and sister agents of the Secret Service, both active and retired, with the recent publication of Ronald Kessler’s new book, In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.

Mr. Kessler’s well-marketed book is a pastiche of titillating anecdotes and facts served up about Secret Service protected dignitaries and operations by loose-tongued former and active agents as well Mr. Kessler’s own research and opinions.

The majority of retired and active service agents are disappointed to say the least by the willingness of those who cooperated with Mr. Kessler’s research, and broke an unwritten compact with Secret Service protected dignitaries, past and present, that warranted their private lives.

Obviously, such a tradition is central to the ability of the Secret Service to have the trust of and the access to those it protects. Without this “understanding” that their privacy is sacrosanct, the protection of these individuals would be incredibly more complicated and remote.

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Latest Book Review: Current and Ex-Secret Service Agents Revealed a Lot of Gossip About Presidents

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This book on the Secret Service is continuing to touch nerves inside and outside the agency. Some current and former Secret Service agents are disturbed that current and former agents disclosed secrets that should have remained secret. Here’s the latest review of Ronald Kessler’s new book: “IN THE PRESIDENT’S SECRET SERVICE:  Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect”

By James Bamford
The Washington Post Outlook Section

A few blocks from the White House, on the busy corner of H and 9th streets, stands a bland, unnamed, nine-story office building. On a wall in the lobby, large silver letters spell out the words “Worthy of Trust and Confidence.”

That is the motto of the Secret Service, and the anonymous tan-brick building is the agency’s headquarters. “The phrase,” said former director Lewis C. Merletti, “is the absolute heart and soul of the United States Secret Service. . . . And it must never be compromised.” Lest they forget, all agents have the motto emblazoned on their IDs.

But in light of an odd decision by the current director, Mark Sullivan, the motto should be changed to “Have You Heard This One?” During the Bush administration, hoping for some good, ego-enhancing publicity, Sullivan broke with his agency’s long-standing policy of absolute silence and allowed Ronald Kessler to get an earful.

The chief Washington correspondent for Newsmax.com, which bills itself as “the #1 conservative news agency online,” Kessler had written very positive books about CIA Director George Tenet, first lady Laura Bush and President George W. Bush, and Sullivan was probably hoping for the same treatment.

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