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Mi. Atty. Gen. Says FBI Did Not Violate Law in Fatally Shooting of Imam

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Michigan Attorney General said the FBI violated no state laws when it fatally shot a Detroit mosque leader Luqman Ameen Abdullah during a raid of a suburban warehouse last October, the Detroit News reported.

“My office’s review found undisputed evidence that Mr. Abdullah resisted arrest and fired a gun first in the direction of the agents,” Attorney General Mike Cox said, according to the News. “Under Michigan law, law enforcement agents are justified in using deadly force in these types of situations, and therefore we found no crimes.”

Abdullah, an imam, was shot 20 times by FBI agents after he reportedly fired a weapon and killed an FBI dog. The shooting occurred during a raid on a warehouse in Dearborn in connection with stolen goods.

The Justice Department is currently reviewing an internal FBI probe of the matter, the News reported.

FBI Joins LAPD to Solve 27 Murders in 3 Months

los anglesBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI teamed up with the police department to help solve 27 murders in the past three months, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The paper reports that under the joint effort, which began July 1, the FBI provided six agents, equipment, crime lab help and money to pay for LAPD detectives’ overtime. One of the unsolved crimes was two decades old.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’ve never seen anything like this,”veteran LAPD homicide Det. Sal LaBarbera told the LA Times. “We were able to clear cases at a pace that we never would have been able to hit. Twenty-seven homicides in three months? That’s unheard of.”

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FBI Video Demonstrates the Potential of the Times Square Bomb

FBI Investigating ex-President Andy Stern of SEIU Union; Stern Says Reports Not True

Andy Stern

Andy Stern

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Andy Stern, the contentious man who headed the 2.2 million member Service Employees International Union, is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department, the Associated Press reports.

AP reports that two organized labor officials were interviewed this summer by federal agents about a six-figure book contract that Stern landed in 2006 and what role he played in approving a salary for a California SEIU leader who supposedly performed no work.

Stern issued a statement saying reports about a probe are false, according to the New York Times.

”I have absolutely no reason to believe, and not the slightest indication, that I am being investigated by federal authorities,” Stern said.

Stern abruptly resigned as president of the SEIU in April, saying he wanted to focus on his personal life.

He played to mixed reviews in the labor community as president of SEIU. Some didn’t like his management style.

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The FBI Cheating Scandal: ticklethewire.com Editor Allan Lengel Interviewed

Whistleblower Trial Highlights FBI’s Change After 9-11

whistleBy Spencer Hsu
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — An FBI whistleblower trial has cast a spotlight on the bureau’s difficult transition from a crime-fighting agency into a counterterrorism and intelligence force, as seen through the career of its highest-ranking Arab American agent.

Over a two-week trial in Washington, a federal jury heard for the first time how Bassem Youssef, 52, an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, recruited the U.S. government’s top informant in the terror cell that bombed the World Trade Center in 1993.

Youssef alleged, however, that he was sidelined during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after publicly airing concerns about the FBI’s dearth of Middle Eastern experts.

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Louisiana Man Allegedly Ties Noose Around Racoon’s Neck to Intimidate African-American Students

louisiana-mapBy Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

A Louisiana man faces federal hate crime charges for allegedly tying a noose around the neck of a dead raccoon and hanging it from a flagpole at a middle school to intimidate African-American students who were attending the school under a court-ordered busing policy.

Authorities on Monday announced that  Christopher Shane Montgomery of Bastrop La.,  had been indicted for allegedly going to  Beekman Junior High School in Bastrop in 2007 and tying the noose on the flagpole.

He faces charges including conspiracy to commit a hate crime, tampering with a witness during the investigation and for lying to an FBI agent on two occasions.

FBI’s Joe Persichini Lands Job with D.C. Police Foundation

Joseph Persichini Jr./fbi photo

Joseph Persichini Jr./fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Joseph Persichini Jr., who headed the FBI’s Washington Field Office until he retired last Christmas, is now the executive director of the Washington D.C. Police Foundation, the Washington Examiner reported.

Persichini left the FBI under a cloud after he and two other top officials in the office were investigated internally for cheating on an open book exam on bureau policy about conducting surveillances on Americans.

A report issued Monday by the Justice Department’s Inspector General found that the cheating on that test was pervasive around the country.

It also noted that Persichini had cheated on the test but Persichini retired “from the FBI after learning that the FBI proposed to discipline him, but before the FBI had reached a final decision about that discipline.”