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Obama Admin. Unveils New Anti-Narcotics Plan for U.S.-Mexico Border

This plan is long overdue. The problem along the Mexican border is out of control. The question is: How long will it take to upgrade and get this all in motion? Unfortunately, there have been times in the past where it has taken way too long to implement big ideas.

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By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer

The Obama administration released yesterday a counternarcotics strategy for the U.S.-Mexico border that calls for deploying new technology, stepping up intelligence gathering and increasing interdiction of ships, aircraft and vehicles that are smuggling drugs, gun and cash.

Among other things, the 65-page White House Office of National Drug Control Policy document says federal agencies should modernize airborne sensors and extend surveillance of boats “from the coast to beyond the horizon.” It also calls for improving tracking devices that can be hidden in illegal shipments and, when necessary, allowing more banned items to move through smuggling networks to expose their leaders.

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Nationwide Manhunt on for Man Who Threatened to Kill Pres. Obama

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Most people discuss things like interest rates or certificates of deposits with bank employees.  Daniel James Murray was different. He told employees at a Utah bank “We’re on a mission to kill the President of the United States”, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday.

It doesn’t matter if he was serious or not. Authorities are dead serious about his comment.

BY Glenn Blain In Rexford, N.Y., James Gordon Meek In Washington and Corky Siemaszko In New York
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

A nationwide manhunt was underway Friday night for the “Cape Man” of Blue Jay Way – a gun-loving goofball from upstate New York who threatened to kill President Obama.

Daniel James Murray, who got G-men on his tail by telling a Utah bank manager he was “on a mission to kill” Obama, was last seen heading east in a blue 2001 Buick LeSabre with New York plates.

Murray’s pursuers are concerned because he has eight registered semiautomatic pistols and revolvers.

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Justice Department Launches Probe into Death of Abortion Doctor

Scott Roeder/sedgwick co jail photo

Scott Roeder/sedgwick co jail photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Atty. in Kansas have launched a federal proble into the murder of  abortion doctor George Tiller, who was killed in church last Sunday.

“The Department of Justice will work tirelessly to determine the full involvement of any and all actors in this horrible crime, and to ensure that anyone who played a role in the offense is prosecuted to the full extent of federal law,” said Loretta King, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division in a prepared statement issued Friday afternoon.

“We will conduct a thorough investigation that will complement and build upon the fine work of the Sedgwick County District Attorney and other state and local law enforcement agencies,” she said.

The Justice Department said it will look at any potentional violatons of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act) or other federal statutes.

Scott Roeder, 51, has been charged with one count first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in death of Dr. Tiller.

FBI Dir. Mueller Says Agency in “Dire Need” to “Consolidate and Digitize Records”

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said Thursday that the agency is in “dire need of a Central Record Complex” to consolidate and digitize records “now dispersed among 265 FBI locations worldwide.”

The central records complex, he said, “will enable us to efficiently locate and access all of our records quickly, thus allowing us to more effectively process name checks, as well as provide critical case and administrative data that can be used for intelligence and investigative purposes.” He said $9 million has been earmarked for the 2010 budget to help accomplish this.

Mueller’s remarks came in a statement delivered to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

To Read the full text of his statement click here.

Outspoken Ex-FBI Agent Colleen Rowley Says FBI Could Have Done More to Try and Stop Abortion Dr. Killing

Opinions vary on whether the FBI could have stopped this from happening. But outspoken ex-FBI agent Colleen Rowley of post-9/11 fame, seems to think the agency could have at least tried harder. Is she right?

FBI Agent Colleen Rowley/ photo ia.ucsb.edu

Ex-FBI Agent Colleen Rowley/ photo ia.ucsb.edu

By Zachary Roth
TPMmuckraker

We told you earlier about questions over whether the FBI responded aggressively enough to detailed information it got about Scott Roeder, who’s charged with killing Kansas doctor George Tiller.

And one prominent former bureau veteran says the answer is no.

Colleen Rowley — who made the cover of Time magazine in 2002 after blowing the whistle on the FBI’s failure before 9/11 to follow up on information about the so-called “20th hijacker” — told TPMmuckraker that the Roeder case “should have been jumped on much more aggressively,” given Roeder’s prior record, and the information the FBI appears to have received about him in the days before Tiller’s murder.

A worker at an abortion clinic, Jeffrey Pederson (a pseudonym to protect his identity), has said that Roeder was seen twice in the week before the Tiller shooting trying to glue shut the clinic’s doors. Pederson reported both incidents to the FBI. And Roeder served jail time after being convicted in 1997 of having bomb-making parts in his car.

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Justice Department Asks That 2 convicted Alaska Lawmakers Be Freed Because Trials Were Tainted by Prosecutors

Ex-lawmaker Pete Kott

Ex-lawmaker Pete Kott

Some say this is not a systemic problem in the Justice Department. But from Boston to Washington to Miami to Detroit to Alaska, the issue keeps popping up. In fact, a judge in Boston recently expressed concern about it being a problem in the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office. And in Washington, a judge recently dismissed the Sen. Ted Steven case because of this.  It sounds like a systemic problem no matter how you dice it.

By RICHARD MAUER, LISA DEMER and SEAN COCKERHAM
Anchorage Daily News

The U.S. Justice Department this afternoon (Thursday) asked that two former Alaska state legislators imprisoned after convictions in public corruption cases be released, saying their trials were tainted by the failure of prosecutors to disclose favorable information.

In filings with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Justice Department asked that the Pete Kott and Vic Kohring be set free while their cases are sent back to U.S. District Court, where they were convicted in 2007.

The Justice Department didn’t immediately disclose what new information has come to light. But the issue is the same general problem that led to dismissal of charges against U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in April after he was convicted on seven counts of failure to disclose gifts and services.

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SCARY! Airline Employee Helps Passenger Smuggle Gun on U.S. Airways Flight

us-airwaysPeople continue to get caught trying to pass through airport security with guns. In the last week in May alone, 23 guns were seized at U.S. airport checkpoints. But this case is a reminder that some guns may be getting on planes. Scary.

By Tony Hanson
KYW Radio
PHILADELPHIA — Authorities say a gun and ammunition were found inside a carry-on bag on a flight from Philadelphia International Airport Thursday morning.

The flight was stopped as it was about to take off just after 7:00am and US Airways employee Roshid Milledge and a passenger, Damien Young, have now been charged in connection with the incident.

Authorities say the airline employee allegedly handed the bag with the gun to the passenger as he boarded the plane. The flight was bound for Arizona.

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Calif. Man Who Says He Spied on Mosques Wants $10 Mil in Damages From FBI

Using informants can create complications. Craig Monteilh has become one of those complications the FBI would rather do without. It will be interesting to see how this gets resolved.

mosqueBy Associated Press
SANTA ANA, Calif — An Orange County man who says he spied on mosques for the FBI has filed a claim alleging the agency did not pay him for his services and allowed him to be sent to prison for actions he took as an informant.

Craig Monteilh, a fitness consultant from Irvine, seeks $10 million in damages from the FBI and would be allowed to file a lawsuit if the agency denies his request.

The claim, dated Saturday, alleges the FBI failed to pay Monteilh $100,000 and provide witness protection as part of an exit strategy from his work as an undercover informant in Southern California mosques.

Monteilh, 46, also accuses the FBI of letting him serve eight months in prison on a grand theft charge he said was related to his work on a case involving the illegal distribution of steroids and human growth hormone.

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