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May 2021


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Legendary Miss. FBI Agent Roy K. Moore Dies

Roy K. Moore leaves behind a legacy, working for justice during an ugly era in the civil rights movement.

By Holbrook Mohr
Associated Press Writer
JACKSON, Miss. — Roy K. Moore, an FBI agent who oversaw investigations into some of the most notorious civil rights-era killings, including those depicted in the movie “Mississippi Burning,” has died. He was 94.
Moore’s daughter, Sandra Giglio, said he died Sunday in a Madison, Miss., nursing home of complications from pneumonia and other ailments.
Moore, a former Marine and native of Oregon, had established a solid reputation in the FBI when bureau director J. Edgar Hoover sent him to Mississippi in 1964 after the disappearance of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.
Nearly two months later, their bodies were dug out of an earthen dam in Neshoba County. “Mississippi Burning,” released in 1988 and starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, was based on the case.
Bill Minor, a veteran Mississippi journalist who covered the civil rights struggles, said Monday that Moore established the first “full-fledged FBI bureau” in Mississippi and set his sights on the Ku Klux Klan.

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Pact Will Let Michiganians Cross Border With Driver’s License

Michiganians who cross the border on a regular basis (some just go to Canada for dinner or lunch) won’t have to carry a passport under a pact signed with Homeland Security.

Michigan Sec. of State Terri Lynn Land/official photo

Michigan Sec. of State Terri Lynn Land/official photo

Paul Egan
The Detroit News
DETROIT — State and federal officials signed an agreement Monday that will allow U.S. citizens in Michigan the option of using a driver’s license, rather than a more costly passport, to cross the U.S.-Canada border when tougher security rules take effect next June.
Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Stewart Baker, an assistant secretary with the Department of Homeland Security, signed documents authorizing a new and enhanced Michigan driver’s license at a ceremony at the Detroit Regional Chamber.
The new cards, which contain an electronic chip that can be read by border guards, should be available next spring at a cost of less than $50, Land said at a news conference.

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Suspicious Powder Scares Keep On Coming

Anthrax letter sent to Sen. Daschle/fbi photo

Anthrax letter sent to Sen. Daschle in 2001/fbi photo

In some office buildings, the suspicious  powder scare has become the annoying equivalent of a false fire alarm. Unfortunately, since 2001, it’s become all too common from Los Angeles to Washington.

By Mimi Hall
Firefighters and federal agents have responded to more than 30,000 incidents involving suspicious powders, liquids or chemicals since 2001 in what authorities say is the terrifying legacy of the anthrax attacks after 9/11.
Postal service and law enforcement officials say thousands of the incidents are hoaxes involving white powder sent through the mail and thousands more are emergency calls to report powder found on countertops, in mailrooms and elsewhere.
“A single incident can warrant a huge response,” says Billy Hayes of Washington, D.C.’s fire department. “It gets very expensive, not to mention the inconvenience.”
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Philly Balks On Rubbing Out Organized Crime Strike Force

Well, there’s good news for the prosecutors and bad news for the mob. For the prosecutors, this calls for a cheesesteak at Pat’s.

By Kitty Caparella
Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — Recently there’s been more intrigue about the fate of the U.S. Organized Crime Strike Force than about mob plots in Philadelphia.
Well, the strike force has dodged a bullet, sort of.
Officials of the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday that strike-force prosecutors would be devoted to organized crime – La Cosa Nostra and emerging ethnic groups from Russia, Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere.
They will not be interchangeable with drug prosecutors, officials said.
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Ex-Prosecutor In Ayers Case Defends Obama

Presidential races have their odd twists and turns. Now comes the latest: the prosecutor in the Bill Ayers case.

By Gale Holland
Los Angeles Times
One of the more unusual voices to emerge in the clamor over the character attacks in the presidential race belongs to William C. Ibershof, a former federal prosecutor who now lives near San Francisco.
In 1973, Ibershof tried to put William Ayers, a founding member of the Weather Underground, in prison for an alleged conspiracy to bomb political targets. Ayers, now an education professor in Chicago, has become a fixture in John McCain’s attempt to raise doubts about Barack Obama.
Obama mets Ayers when the former radical hosted an event to introduce Obama at the start of his political career. The two have served together on boards, but are not close.
“It seemed manifestly unfair to tar him with this association,” Ibershof said in a telephone interview this weekend from his home in Mill Valley.”Sen. Obama had known Ayers during a period he was named Citizen of the Year in Chicago, not when he was committing those terrorist acts.”
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Feds Want To Give Eco-Terrorist A Big Break

He may not be William Ayers, buy the feds want to give eco-terrorist Frank Ambrose a break for cooperating.

By Ed White
The Associated Press
DETROIT — Federal prosecutors are seeking a major sentencing break for an activist who committed arson at Michigan State University, publicly acknowledging for the first time his wide-ranging undercover role in investigations of eco-terrorism.
Frank Ambrose of Detroit recorded 178 conversations with other targets, putting himself at risk as he traveled out of state to help the FBI, the government said.
His cooperation “has been nothing short of remarkable, both in terms of the time and effort he put into it and in terms of its value to federal law enforcement,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagen Frank said in a court filing Friday.
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Defense Wants Terrorism Charges in Dallas Tossed

The defense in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial wants a judge to toss out terrorism charges. The judge should rule by tomorrow. Up in Washington, the defense in the Sen. Ted Stevens trial asked repeatedly for the judge to dismiss the case, but failed.

Judge Jorge Solis

Judge Jorge Solis

By Jason Trahan
Dallas Morning News
DALLAS — Attorneys for a defendant in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing case asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the charges against their client because they say FBI testimony tainted the jury by treading too closely to his prior convictions.
U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis is expected to rule on whether to drop the case against Ghassan Elashi, Holy Land’s former board chairman and co-founder, on double-jeopardy grounds by Tuesday, when the trial resumes after Monday’s federal holiday for Columbus Day.
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