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Deportation Hearing Set for Pakistani Man Arrested in Connection With Times Square Car Bomb Case

times square artBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The fallout from the Times Square car bomb case on May 1 could lead to deportations.

A federal immigration judge in Boston has scheduled an Aug. 10 deportation hearing for Pakistani Pir Khan, 43, of Watertown, Mass., one of three men arrested after FBI agents acted on information provided by the confessed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, the Associated Press reported.

At the time of the arrest, authorities said Khan and others may have provided money to Shahzad, but may not have known about any bomb plot.  None have been charged in connection with the case.

U.S. Immigration Judge Matthew on Tuesday  found Khan was eligible for deportation because he illegally entered the U.S. via Mexico in 1991, AP reported. His attorney has said he has no ties to Shahzad, AP reported.

New Orleans Times-Picayune Editorial: Justice Dept. Probe Into BP Spill “Necessary Step”

BPBy New Orleans Times-Picayune
Editorial

NEW ORLEANS — The Justice Department’s investigation into possible criminal and civil violations related to BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an important and necessary step.

The more Americans learn about the decisions and missteps that may have contributed to the disaster, the more it seems that a wide range of infractions took place.

Visiting New Orleans Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the criminal probe into the matter has been under way for several weeks. He said FBI agents and personnel from civil branches of the Justice Department have been in Louisiana since shortly after the well’s explosion, collecting documents and other evidence.

Mr. Holder promised a “meticulous, comprehensive and aggressive” inquiry. “We won’t rest until we’re done,” he said.

Residents of the Gulf Coast are owed that much.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

“Grandad Bandit” Outpacing “Geezer Bandit” With Possibly 21 Bank Heists

"Grandad Bandit"/fbi photo

"Grandad Bandit"/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

“Geezer Bandit” of California, move over. You’ve got some serious competition from the “Grandad Bandit” when it comes to aging stickup men.

The FBI said today the “Grandad Bandit,” a bald man in his 50s or 60s who has a little paunch, could be responsible for at least 21 bank robberies in at least 11 states since last year. One FBI press release described him as being 6 feet tall and 210 to 230 pounds; another pegged him at about 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 2 inches and about 230 pounds.

The FBI, for some reason, is spelling “granddad” with only two Ds instead of three.

Regardless of how his moniker is spelled, his number of bank heists far surpasses the Geezer Bandit, who is suspected of pulling off nine robberies in the San Diego area since Aug. 28, 2009. The Geezer Bandit is described as being 60 to 70, though he appears in FBI photos to be at least in his 70s.

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Inspector Gen. Reports Says Justice Dept. and Its Other Agencies (Except for FBI) Not Prepared for Weapons of Mass Destruction Attack

gasoline fireBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The good news is that the FBI “has taken appropriate steps to prepare to respond to a potential” weapons of mass destruction (WMD) attack, according to a just released Justice Department’s Inspector General report.

Now the bad news: “We concluded that the Department of Justice as a whole and components within the Department have not implemented adequate WMD response plans,” the report  says. “As a result, the Department is not fully prepared to provide a coordinated response to a WMD incident.”

In other words, the American people are still more vulnerable than they should  be.

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Ex-Philly FBI Agent Bob Wittman Pens Book on Art Thefts

priceless 2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When it comes to ex-FBI agent Bob Wittman, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Michael Klein put it best: “During his 20 years as a Philly-based FBI special agent, Bob Wittman is credited with recovering nearly a quarter-billion dollars worth of art. That’s a lot of Monet.”

Wittman, who started the FBI’s Art Crime Team, has penned a book “Priceless”, which hits the book stores on Tuesday.

Random House, the publisher of the 336 page book,  describes it this way:

“Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a twenty-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid.

“In this page-turning memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities: The golden armor of an ancient Peruvian warrior king. The Rodin sculpture that inspired the Impressionist movement. The headdress Geronimo wore at his final Pow-Wow. The rare Civil War battle flag carried into battle by one of the nation’s first African-American regiments.”

To see the webpage for the  book click here.

U.S. Pressuring Pakistan For More Info About Its Airline Travelers

pakistan-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — One month after authorities captured the N.Y. car bomber — who talked of links to Pakistan — the U.S. is pressuring that nation to share more info about the travel history of its airline passengers, the New York Times is reporting.

Up until now, Pakistan has been resistant to give more information about travelers, citing an intrusion of privacy, the Times reported.

But the U.S feels it could benefit from more information about the travels of those coming from Pakistan to help detect travel patterns of terrorists and their supporters. Time will tell if the pressure works.

“Terrorists are enemies of both Pakistan and the United States, who need to discuss how to enhance cooperation and that is what we are doing,” Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, said in a text message to the Times on Sunday. “Pressuring an ally is not the way forward, and both sides understand that.”

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

New York Times Editorial: Far Too Many Americans Miss Job Chance Because of Incomplete or Wrong FBI Background Check Info

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By The New York Times
Editorial

These days it is hard enough to find a job. Far too many Americans miss a chance to get hired because the F.B.I. background checks employers commonly use to screen applicants have incomplete or inaccurate information.

A bill introduced by Representative Bobby Scott, a Democrat of Virginia, would fix this problem by requiring the F.B.I. to verify and correct criminal data before issuing the background check for employment purposes.

That would improve the employment prospects, and the lives, of the nearly 50 million people with arrest or conviction records.

The problem of flawed reports became clear when Congress required new F.B.I. background checks for about 1.5 million people who work on the nation’s ports after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The goal was a sensible one: to screen out people who presented security risks. A 2009 report from the National Employment Law Project, a workers’ advocacy group, found that the government had mistakenly denied credentials to tens of thousands of workers, partly because of flawed reports.

The most common problem is that the records fail to include the final disposition of a case. For example, they may show that the person was arrested but not that the charges were dismissed or that there was no prosecution or conviction.

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Man Whose Wife Fatally Shot Pitts. FBI Agent Pleads Guilty

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Korbe, the man whose wife shot Pittsburgh FBI agent Sam Hicks in 2008 while Hicks was serving an arrest warrant, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking charges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry will sentence  Korbe in September, the paper reported.

Korbe’s wife Christina Korbe, faces homicide charges in the fatal shooting. She claimed she was acting in self defense and that Hicks was an intruder.

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