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Detroit Federal Judge Cracks Down on Convicted Cleric’s Travel and Social Media Use

Ahmad Jebril

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT –– The magical reach of the Internet, and the challenges it presents authorities,  is illustrated in this case involving popular Dearborn cleric Ahmad Jebril, who is on probation after serving time for a fraud.

Niraj Warikoo of the Detroit Free Press reports that U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen is cracking down on the cleric, who has gained worldwide popularity with the extremist militant group that announced last week the formation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

Rosen has ordered that Jebril, 43, must stay in the eastern half of Michigan and tell his probation officer about his activity on social media accounts when requested, the Freep writes. He was released from prison in 2012.

Warikoo writes:

Jebril, who is on probation until March after serving 6½ years in prison on fraud convictions, has become the most popular religious figure for Western fighters flocking to Syria to battle its government — and continues to gain fans online who sympathize with the group that now calls itself the Islamic State.

The Freep reports that Rosen’s order doesn’t restrict what Jebril says online. But he has to get  approval to use any computer equipment, and he has to provide passwords for all accounts. He will also be monitored with GPS technology, and he can be subjected to searches of his car and home.

The restrictive order came after a probation report stated that he violated probation by lying about the location of  a post office box in Dearborn Heights, and failed to notify authorities about speaking engagements in November at two universities and a mosque in North Carolina, the Freep reported.

Needless to say, he’s not happy, and has said so much on his Twitter account.

He was convicted of several counts of fraud involving nearly $400,000, and included allegations that he trashed his rental properties in Metro Detroit to collect insurance, and trying to bribe a juror.

New TSA Security Directive to Ban Cell Phones That Don’t Power Up at Some Airports

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Security screeners at overseas airports may begin seizing cell phones that don’t turn on as part of the continued effort to crack down on threats of terrorism, the Wall Street Journal reports.

That means cell phones without battery power won’t be allowed on the plane and could subject the traveler to increased scrutiny.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hasn’t said why some airports are taking the extra precaution.

“This is not something to overreact to or overspeculate about. But it’s something we felt was necessary,” Mr. Johnson said Sunday on NBC, citing continuing safety threats to the U.S.

Citing people familiar with the directive, the Wall Street Journal reported that the tightened security could taken place at more than a dozen airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Angry Confrontations Outside Border Patrol Station in California Turns Quiet Over Weekend

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Several days of angry protests outside of a Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., gave way to a relatively quiet weekend as demonstrators from both sides of the immigration debate thinned out, the Press Enterprise reports.

On Tuesday, protesters blocked three busloads of immigrant families from being transported to the Murrieta station. Demonstrators from both sides of the debate showed up the next few days.

It’s unclear whether additional busloads are headed to Murrieta.

“We have not been informed that buses will or will not arrive,” said Lt. Jon Flavin of the Murrieta Police Department. “We will staff accordingly.”

CBP Chief: Central Americans Immigrants Are ‘Family Members,’ Don’t Pose Threats to Americans

Gil Kerlikowske

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Central American immigrants illegally crossing the border at alarming rates do not present a danger to Americans and can be handled by the CBP, the agency’s commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, said Sunday, according to ABC News.

“These are family members, these are not gang members, these are not dangerous individuals,” Kerlikowske told ABC News’ Jim Avila in an exclusive interview, his first since the crisis began. “I think that we all need to work through this problem together as Americans.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry sharply disagreed, saying the National Guard should be dispatched to help alleviate the overcrowding and squalid conditions.

“He is absolutely and totally wrong,” Perry said. “The idea that there is equity and enough Border Patrol agents is totally and absolutely incorrect.”

Opinion: A Lot of Blame to Go Around on Issue Surrounding Central American Immigrants

By Desert Sun Editorial Board
Desert Sun

The protests in Murrieta that turned away buses full of undocumented women and children last week is not a chapter in the long story of immigration of which to be proud.

There’s lots of blame to go around.

President Obama deserves some for over-promising the message that refugees from Central America can seek citizenship in the United States.

Congress deserves some for failing to provide the resources to secure the border and reform national immigration policy.

The Department of Homeland Security deserves some for bringing the immigrants to Murrieta’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Station at all. This is a place where drug dealers are dealt with. There is no dorm and no dining hall. Federal officials should have known that.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long deserves some for politicizing the event.

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Rem Rieder: Leave New York Times Reporter Jim Risen Alone

Reporter James Risen

By Rem Rieder
USA Today

The New York Times ran a story the other day about a dilemma facing the Obama administration: whether to pursue its efforts to force Times reporter James Risen to testify in its prosecution of a former CIA agent suspected of leaking classified material.

If it does so, it’s clear that Risen will refuse to violate his promise of confidentiality to his source and face the prospect of going to jail, reinforcing the administration’s image as no friend of the First Amendment or powerful investigative reporting. If it backs off, it clearly would disappoint the prosecutors in the case of Jeffrey Sterling and those in the intelligence community who relish the administration’s unprecedented zeal in pursuing those who leak classified information.

Well, I can make this simple: Team Obama, leave James Risen alone. Don’t turn legitimate public-interest journalism into a criminal activity.

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FBI: Suburban Denver Woman Planned to Wage Jihad In Middle East

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman boarded a flight on her way to wage jihad in the Middle East.

But the Associated Press reports that authorities arrested her April 18 at the Denver International Airport, where she told agents she was en route to the Middle East to help start a holy war, according to the FBI.

Shannon Maureen Conley had “legitimate targets of attack” that included military facilities, government employees and public officials, the AP wrote.

Conley was charged with conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization.

Investigators were told that Conley planned to fly to Turkey before traveling to Syria to become a housewife and nurse at a man’s camp.