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FBI Says Violent and Property Crimes Dropped Nationwide in First Half of 2010

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Calling the results “encouraging”, the FBI on Monday released preliminary crime stats for the first six months of 2010, saying violent crime nationwide dropped 6.2 percent compared to last year. It also reported that property crimes dipped 2.8 percent.

The report explained that violent crimes included murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The FBI reported that violent crime as a whole decreased in all four regions of the country, falling 0.2 percent in the Northeast, 7.2 percent in the Midwest, 7.8 percent in the South, and 7.2 percent in the West.

But in a not so heartening development in the Northeast sector, murders were up 5.7 percent, forcible rapes were up 1.1 percent and aggravated assaults were up 2.4 percent. It also reported that burglaries in the Northeast rose 3.9 percent.

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U.S. Cable to FBI and CIA Warns Terrorists in Yemen Could Have Easy Access to Radioactive Material

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As if we need to hear more scary stuff on the terrorism front, here’s the latest.

The Guardian newspaper in London reports that a senior Yemen government official warned US diplomats shortly after the “underwear” bomber incident last Christmas in Detroit that the country’s main store of radioactive products was poorly guarded and could result in materials falling into the hands of terrorist.

News of the warning, which surfaced publicly from a WikiLeaks  U.S. embassy cable, said that a lone guard at Yemen’s atomic energy commission had been removed, the Guardian reported. The paper also reported that the lone closed circuit TV security camera had broken down and was never repaired.

The Jan. 9 cable sent to the CIA , FBI and Department of Homeland Security stated: “Very little now stands between the bad guys and Yemen’s nuclear material.”

Yemen has become a hotbed of al Qaeda activity.

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Column: FBI Stings Protect Against Terrorism

By Ronald Kessler
Newsmax

WASHINGTON — We are used to liberals trying to take away the tools FBI agents need to uncover terrorist plots. But when conservatives — who generally support strong national security — do the same thing, it is particularly dismaying.

Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano and a few other conservatives have been hammering the FBI for conducting stings that roll up terrorist plots.

A former New Jersey Superior Court judge, Napolitano made the case on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show “The Factor” concerning the arrest last month of 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud in Oregon. According to the FBI, the native of Somalia plotted to blow up crowds gathered for a Christmas tree lighting in Portland.

“The FBI talked him into doing this,” Napolitano said, claiming such stings will lead to the U.S. becoming like East Germany when it was under Soviet domination. “And then [the FBI] got him to say well, I was thinking about doing it before I met you guys. And then the FBI charges him with attempting to explode a device — a weapon of mass destruction? It was a truck filled with sawdust. It couldn’t have exploded.”

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Fed Agents Misbehavin in 2010

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Thousands of federal law enforcement agents work their tails off to put crooks behind bars. But on occasion, some of the very same folks who carry a gun and a badge and slap the cuffs on the bad guys end up stepping over the line. Way over the line.

AOL News thought it was worth looking back at some of the more notable of these incidents from 2010:

Temper, Temper: Dallas FBI agent Carlos Ortiz let his temper get the best of him. He pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to charges that he plotted to kill his estranged wife, an FBI analyst and his boss. Earlier in the year, Ortiz was placed on leave after his wife accused him of domestic violence. Then in August he was fired after investigators learned that he had called a friend about buying a sniper-type rifle and talked about killing his wife and his boss, Robert Casey Jr. The friend, a former law enforcement type, called the FBI.

Pump You Up: It’s good to be stronger than the bad guys. But at what cost? Three FBI agents and one FBI analyst in the Washington, D.C., area were arrested on charges of failing to mention on their FBI health disclosure forms that they were taking steroids. One agent is a former body builder. Last month, the charges were dropped because prosecutors had far too many documents to go through before trial. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it has reserved the right to refile charges at a later date.

Hold the Pickle: Dallas FBI agent Ann Cox found herself in a pickle when she was busted this summer for hiring illegal immigrants for a deli she owned in suburban Dallas. She pleaded guilty in September. On Dec. 15 a federal judge in Dallas sentenced her to two years’ probation and ordered her to pay an $18,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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Not a Great Idea: John Thomas Shipley, an FBI agent in El Paso, Texas, was trying to make a little extra dough on the side. Bad idea. A federal judge in August hit him with a two-year prison term for selling guns illegally. ATF agents had traced back to him a .50-caliber rifle that was used in a drug cartel shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico. Court records show that between 2005 and 2008, he posted at least 280 firearms for sale on just one website alone, GunBroker.com.

An Even Worse Idea: Darren Argento, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent in New York, was busted in August on charges of having child pornography on a laptop he used for work. The 14-year DEA veteran allegedly had images and videos of girls between the ages of 7 and 14, according to the New York Daily News. He reportedly was caught after he asked a co-worker, a computer specialist, to help him with some computer problems.

Pick on Someone Your Own Size: U.S. Border Patrol agent Victor Manuel Gutierrez, 39, allegedly lost it in May when some teens at a park in El Paso were tossing around a water bottle that accidentally hit him. Gutierrez allegedly pushed and kicked a 13-year-old boy. He was charged with causing injury to a child.

An incident report, according to KFOX News, said Gutierrez told the boy, “You think it’s funny until someone comes and kicks your expletive.” Chances are he probably didn’t use the word “expletive.” That’s not how they talk in Texas.

Outsmarted: U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Devon “Romey” Samuel thought he was being clever. He used his badge at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to bypass security so he could smuggle through loads of cash and guns for people he thought were drug dealers.

Only problem was the drug dealers ended up being undercover law enforcement people. His investigation led to authorities busting up a large scale ecstasy trafficking ring this week.

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Fed Agents Misbehavin in 2010

 
 
By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Thousands of federal law enforcement agents work their tails off to put crooks behind bars. But on occasion, some of the very same folks who carry a gun and a badge and slap the cuffs on the bad guys end up stepping over the line. Way over the line.

AOL News thought it was worth looking back at some of the more notable of these incidents from 2010:

Temper, Temper: Dallas FBI agent Carlos Ortiz let his temper get the best of him. He pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to charges that he plotted to kill his estranged wife, an FBI analyst and his boss. Earlier in the year, Ortiz was placed on leave after his wife accused him of domestic violence. Then in August he was fired after investigators learned that he had called a friend about buying a sniper-type rifle and talked about killing his wife and his boss, Robert Casey Jr. The friend, a former law enforcement type, called the FBI.

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Palestinian Pleads to Plotting to Buy Stolen Military Weapons in FBI Sting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Palestinian man pleaded guilty Thursday in Miami in a plot to acquire and transport stolen military weapons in what turned out to be an FBI sting.

Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel, 23, of the West Bank, pleaded guilty to trying to buy from an undercover agent what he thought were stolen M-16s, AK-47s and explosive materials, including hand grenades and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 22. Another conspirator in the case still faces trial, authorities said.

Authorities said were told by a confidential source in April 2009 that the two men wanted to purchase large quantities of automatic weapons. The source then introduced them to an undercover agent who posed as a weapons supplier.

At their first meeting with the undercover agent the following month, the men requested 200 to 300 fully-automatic assault rifles that they planned to ship out of the country, authorities charged. They also asked for grenades and homemade bombs with remote detonation capabilities.

Feds Seize Paintings Stolen By Nazis in Poland

"Self-Portrait From Palette" by Julian Falat was painted circa 1896.

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Federal authorities have seized two Julian Falat paintings stolen by the Nazis during World War II from New York auction houses, with the hope of returning the national treasures to the Polish government.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that it had filed a civil forfeiture complaint on Wednesday to seize the two paintings — “Off to the Hunt” and “The Hunt” — which were stolen by the Nazis from the National Museum in Warsaw. U.S. authorities said the U.S. District Court in Manhattan had authorized the seizure of the paintings pending the outcome of the case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that in 2006 the Polish government learned that the two paintings were being offered for sale by two New York auction houses. The Polish government contacted the U.S. government for help in recovering them.

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