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May 2021


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Ex-IRA Militant Who Was Nabbed in Texas Faces Deportation

Texas is probably not the first place someone might look for a former IRA militant. But here you have it.

By Christopher Sherman
Associated Press Writer
RAYMONDVILLE, Tex.(AP) –A former IRA militant and escaped political prisoner who has lived in immigration limbo for 25 years in California may see it all unravel from inside a South Texas federal detention center.
Pol Brennan, convicted member of the Irish Republican Army and escapee from a notorious prison outside Belfast, was nabbed with an expired work permit in South Texas in January. He has been detained ever since, awaiting a hearing Wednesday and Thursday on whether he’ll finally earn legal residency or be deported to Northern Ireland, where his wife says he’ll face retaliation.
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Gov. Tim Kaine To Get Atty. General Post? Not Likely but FBI’s Mueller Plans To Stay

Gov. Tim Kaine/official photo

Gov. Tim Kaine/official photo

FBI's Mueller

FBI's Mueller

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — First off, the persistent rumor that Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) might get the Attorney General job in the Obama administration simply isn’t worth much.
That’s what his press secretary Gordon Hickey told on Monday.
“He will not leave his job for any cabinet appointment in the Obama Administration,” Hickey said. “He’s serving until January of 2010.”
Other names being mentioned in the media and by law enforcement  sources include: Eric Holder, a former U.S. Attorney and deputy Attorney General under Clinton; Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a former assistant U.S. Attorney; and Rep. Arthur Davis (D-Ala.). There is also talk that Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who is on  President-elect Obama’s economic transition team,   could be a dark horse candidate.
Meanwhile, it looks like FBI director Robert Mueller III plans to serve out his 10-year term, which expires in 2011, according to reliable sources.
“He’s told people he has no intention of leaving” until his term is up, said one well placed source.
Sources said Mueller had talked about stepping down a little while back because his wife was ill.
But they say she’s doing much better now, and the stoic director wants to stick around.

Fed Judge Orders Detroit Reporter To Give Deposition About Secret Sources

David Ashenfelter/photo-michigan journalism hall of fameThe contracted battle to get a Detroit Free Press reporter to give up his sources rages on in the Motor City. The matter is headed for a showdown.

BY M.L. Elrick
Free Press Staff Writer
DETROIT — U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland ruled Friday that Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter must appear for a deposition in a lawsuit, rejecting the newspaper’s bid to have a Washington, D.C., judge decide the matter.
Ashenfelter (pictured above)  wrote in 2004 that the Justice Department was investigating possible professional misconduct by Richard Convertino, a federal prosecutor in Detroit who oversaw a failed 2003 terrorism case. Convertino filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department in Washington and is seeking to question Ashenfelter about his sources.
Convertino was later indicted on charges of lying to a jury to win convictions in the terrorism case. He was acquitted.
Ashenfelter did not attend a deposition last month while the newspaper’s lawyer contested the deposition.Free Press Editor Paul Anger pledged to continue fighting the deposition.
“Freedom of the press and the public’s right to know are at stake here,” he said. “Sources can be valuable, and the case of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is just one recent example. Sources will not come forward to give the public information about the actions and possible misconduct of government officials if they fear retaliation. Those sources deserve protection, and so do reporters.”
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Read Column by Retired FBI Agent Greg Stejskal on Convertino
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Secret Service Agents Go on a Final Ride With Todd Palin

In the course of campaign, sometimes Secret Service agents warm up to the candidate, and sometimes they don’t. Apparently, some did warm up to Alaska’s celebrated hockey mom and the “first dude.”

By William Yardley
New York Times
The last public event at which Gov. Sarah Palin was accompanied by Secret Service agents during the 2008 campaign was on the day after the election, when she arrived home in Alaska on the McCain-Palin campaign plane. As the governor greeted supporters on the tarmac outside a charter jet hangar, agents formed the usual protective wall around the former vice-presidential candidate.
But that was not, apparently, the last the Palins saw of at least some of the agents.
On Thursday, according to the governor, her husband Todd, a four time champion of the Iron Dog snow machine race, took some of the agents out for a taste of his favorite subarctic sport.
“They were dying to know, ‘Well, what is that all about up there in Alaska?'” Ms. Palin said at the end of a brief interview in her office on Friday. “Well, they escorted us up to Alaska, so Todd took them out on machines. That was a blast.”
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Feds Join Probe of N.Y. Black Muslim Teen Beaten By Anti-Obama Thugs

Not everyone was celebrating Obama’s victory on election day. In fact, in some places like New York the backlash was downright violent.

By John Marzulli
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — The feds have joined the investigation into the alleged attack of a black Muslim teenager by white thugs shouting “Obama!” on Election Day in Staten Island, authorities said Friday.
A spokesman for Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell said federal prosecutors and the FBI are reviewing with local authorities the attack on Ali Kamara, a student at Curtis High School.
The 17-year-old told police he was kicked and beaten with a baseball bat by four white men who were apparently furious that Barack Obama had been elected President.
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Secret Service Crawling All Around Chicago

In Chicago, it’s no secret that the U.S. Secret Service is everywhere looking out for the president elect. The Times of London asks:  Will he be the most guarded president in history?

James Bone
Times of London
CHICAGO –– Barack Obama’s neighbourhood in Chicago has been turned into a virtual fortress as the Secret Service moves to protect the President-elect.
Assassination fears mean that Mr Obama, who was codenamed “Renegade” by his Secret Service detail on the campaign trail, will become perhaps the most heavily guarded president in history. Streets around his mock-Georgian mansion in the usually easy-going enclave by the University of Chicago have been closed. The main thoroughfare has been shut down because it passes his garden.
Visitors to the synagogue that faces his house must put their names on a list 24 hours before they attend so that their identities can be checked.
“I live one block away. I get ‘carded’ to go on my block,” said Adrienne Stone, 33, a US Air Force veteran. “I have become accustomed to the Secret Service being everywhere. I don’t get a lot of sleep. There are helicopters overhead. But he deserves this. We have lost too many leaders before their time,” she said.
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Hawaii Drug Laws Going to Pot

Over on the island of enchantment, marijuana enforcement is taking a backseat. The question is: How will that impact federal and local enforcement?

Hawaii Tribune-Herald
HILO, Hawaii – Hawaii County police and federal authorities say they will continue enforcing marijuana laws on the Big Island despite the passing of a ballot initiative making it the lowest priority for law enforcement.
Voters approved the measure 34,957 to 25,464 in Tuesday’s election. It was one of several victories for advocates of less punitive marijuana penalties. Massachusetts became the 13th state to decriminalize the herb; Michigan became the 13th state to legalize medical marijuana, and Fayetteville, Ark., also passed a resolution making marijuana the college town’s lowest law enforcement priority.
Other cities that have previously passed “lowest priority” initiatives in recent years include Denver, Seattle and Eureka Springs, Ark., as well as the California cities of Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Oakland. In San Francisco and West Hollywood, similar measures were passed by elected officials.
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