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Muslim Fired From Nuclear Warship Plant Demands Hearing

A Muslim scientist who was fired from a nuclear warship components plant wants an administrative hearing on his dismissal. He insists he was fired for criticizing America and the FBI.  The government  simply wants it all to go away.

Joe Mandak
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH – A Muslim scientist who lost his security clearance and his job at a nuclear warship components plant deserves an administrative hearing to learn more about why he was fired and to ensure Department of Energy regulations were followed, his attorney told a federal judge Tuesday.
Abdel Moniem El-Ganayni, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the department this year, saying he was wrongly fired for speaking out against U.S. foreign policy and the alleged mistreatment of Muslims by the FBI.
Tuesday’s hearing was not about getting El-Ganayni rehired, but to prevent Energy Department officials from hiding behind a claim of national security if he was actually discriminated against, said Witold “Vic” Walczak, legal director of the ACLU in Pennsylvania.
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Read El-Ganayni’s Latest Court Motion-Oct. 14

Federal Judge Testifies On Behalf Of Ex-Agent In Mob Case

As if this case wasn’t confusing enough. First an ex-FBI agent is accused of being part of a mob murder. Now comes a federal judge who is testifying on the agent’s behalf. Can a Hollywood script be far behind?

Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly/wbztv photo

Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly/wbztv photo

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff
MIAMI — A federal judge from Boston told a jury today that retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr.’s crime fighting efforts against organized crime in the 1980s helped decimate the New England Mafia.
“It was without parallel,” said US District Senior Judge Edward F. Harrington, who was the first defense witness in Connolly’s state murder trial.
“Well, John Connolly had great ability and he had a certain flair that attracted a confidence and trust with underworld figures,” said Harrington, who served as US Attorney in Massachusetts from 1977 to 1981.
“And he had several top-echelon underworld figures that he handled who provided the federal government with enormous and critical intelligence which was the basis for successful prosecutions.”
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Texas Sheriff Busted On Drug Trafficking Charges

The man in Starr County charged with upholding the law has been charged with something else: drug trafficking.

Sheriff Reymundo Guerra/county photo

Sheriff Reymundo Guerra/county photo

By Lynn Brezosky
San Antonio Express-News
McALLEN, Tex. — Starr County Sheriff Reymundo Guerra was indicted on drug charges and arrested by FBI agents Tuesday at his Rio Grande City office, federal officials said.
The 52-year-old sheriff, also known as “Tio,” is a defendant in an indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury earlier this month.
The charges against him were unsealed today after his arrest. He is expected to appear later this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos.
Guerra is accused of being part of a conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute, cocaine and marijuana.
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Sen. Stevens and Wife May Testify

Sure the running tiff between prosecutors and the defense has been interesting. But it could really get interesting if the Senator or his wife takes the stand. It’s still unclear whether they will. Meanwhile, the trial is coming to a close– just in time for the 84-year-old Stevens to jump back on the campaign trail before the Nov. 4 election.

THE SEN. STEVENS TRIAL
THE SEN. STEVENS TRIAL

By Richard Mauer and Erika Bolstad
Anchorage Daily News
WASHINGTON — The jury could begin deliberations Monday in Sen. Ted Stevens’corruption case, leading to the possibility of a verdict less than two weeks before the veteran Republican stands for re-election in Alaska.
Stevens’ lawyers should finish their defense late Wednesday or Thursday, and prosecutors will have the opportunity to present rebuttal witnesses. They’ll likely have closing arguments Monday, said U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan; then he’ll give jurors the case.
Today, lawyers for the senator continued to work to sow doubt in the minds of the jury as part of their effort to prove the central theme of their defense: that the Alaska Republican thought he was paying every bill he was given for renovations to his home in Girdwood.
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FBI Agent Tells Of Infiltrating The Mob

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A694B7IYFF0

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
USA TODAY
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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