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Family of Muslim Leader Shot Dead Challenges FBI’s Version of Raid

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

Steve Neavking
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — A Detroit Muslim leader was unarmed when authorities fatally shot him during a raid inside a suburban warehouse in 2009, the family of the man said in a lawsuit, a claim that’s totally contrary to what the FBI concluded,  the Detroit Free Press reports.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit alleges an unarmed Imam Luqman Abdullah was shot 30 times as he tried to protect himself from a police dog, according to the Free Press.

The claims stem from the affidavit of Muhammad Abdul Salaam, a Detroit man who witnessed the raid and shooting.

“As Abdullah struggled to prevent the canine from attacking his face, and while Abdullah was on his back, the FBI agents began shooting at him,” Salaam said in his affidavit, the Free Press wrote. “Abdullah never pulled any weapon towards the canine or towards any of the FBI agents. At no time during that day did I see Abdullah carry a gun.”

In separate investigations, local, state and federal authorities concluded the federal agents broke no laws when they opened fire on Abdullah. They concluded that he opened fire on the dog as agents approached.

Feds Scoff at ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Claims He Had Immunity to Kill

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors slammed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s claims the government gave him immunity to kill, the Boston Herald reports.

“Put simply, someone who thought he had immunity would not pay a corrupt FBI agent thousands of dollars in cash, as Stephen Flemmi has admitted that he and Bulger paid to John Connolly,” the feds state in court papers filed Wednesday.

Feds said it’s laughable that any law enforcement officials would allow someone to go on a murder spree with no consequences, the Boston Herald wrote.

Bulger’s attorney also says he need more time to examine heaps of evidence, including 366,000 pages of documents, wiretaps, phone calls and videos.

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American Muslims Continue to Use Terrorist Recruiting Pipeline to Somalia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Young Muslim Americans continue to be lured by terrorists to East Africa to join the ranks of jihadists, ABC News reports. As recently as July, two Americans are believed to have left Minneapolis for Somalia to join al-Shabaab, a terrorist group, ABC News reported.

The FBI has been investigating for years the terrorist recruiting pipeline from Minneapolis, where a large population of Somalis live, to Somalia, according toFox News.

Approximately 40 Americans joined Somali terrorists, according to a 2011 Congressional report.

FBI: Arizona AG Tom Horne Involved in Hit-And-Run to Avoid Evidence of an Affair with Subordinate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has accused Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne of leaving the scene of an accident because he was trying to conceal a relationship with a female employee, the Associated Press reports.

In a report obtained by the AP, agents said Horne was having an affair with Assistant Attorney General Carmen Chenal at her apartment. When he backed into a parked Range Rover, the FBI said Horne left the scene because he didn’t want evidence of the affair.

Horne was charged last week with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident.

Horne originally claimed that he didn’t leave a note because he didn’t believe there was any damage, the AP reported.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Under FBI Investigation in Alleged Mortgage Swap

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway is under investigation over a suspicious $1.5 million real estate deal, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Citing a source familiar with the probe, the Free Press says the FBI is investigating how Hathaway eliminated $600,000 in mortgage debt on the waterfront home in suburban Grosse Pointe Park.

The FBI said the alleged scheme involved the judge transferring properties to relatives and then selling the $1.5 million house in a short sale for $850,000.

A former metro Detroit FBI chief, Andrew Arena, told the Free Press that swapping properties is a common mortgage fraud scheme.

Hathaway and her attorney declined to comment.

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Attorneys for Gangster James “Whitey” Bulger Say Judge Has Conflict of Interest

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for the notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger said their client received immunity to commit crimes from a late federal prosecutor, the Irish Central reports.

The prosecutor, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, a former U.S. attorney, worked as a federal prosecutor at the same time as U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns, who is presiding over the case.

Bulger’s attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., said Stearns should recuse himself because the past working relationship with O’Sullivan constitutes a conflict of interest, the Irish Central reported.

Carney says Stearns was chief of the criminal division during a federal investigation of Bulger. But Stearns declined the request, saying he was not aware of Bulger being the target of an investigation at the time.

Recently Retired FBI Agent to Plead Not Guilty in Alleged Scheme to Derail Defense Contracts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A recently retired FBI agent accused of trying to derail a federal investigation into defense contract spending is expected to plead not guilty today to charges of fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, the Associated Press reports.

Prosecutors say Robert Lustyik, a former White Plains, N.Y.-based counterintelligence officer, sidetracked an investigation into $54 million in Army contracts given to a Boston-based company.

Also charged were three business associates accused of committing fraud during the bidding process.

Federal authorities says Lustyik took money in exchange for impeding the investigation.

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Alex J. Turner named Assistant Director of FBI’s Security Division

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Alex J. Turner was named assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division, which is responsible for ensuring a safe work environment for employees, the bureau announced Monday.

Turner began his career as a special agent with the FBI’s Atlanta Division in 1985, investigating drug and property crime.

In 1988, Turner moved to Atlanta, where he managed the Multi-Agency Gang Task Force. In 1993, Turner supervised the Atlanta Regional Drug Intelligence Squad.

Turner was assigned to assistant special agent in charge of the Washington office in 2000. Five years later, Turner managed the FBI’s violent gang, drug and major theft investigative programs.

Turner was appointed special agent in charge of the Norfolk  Division in 2008.

Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Maryland.