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June 2021


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LA U.S. Atty. Asks for 27 Months for Man Who Videotaped ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews

Erin Andrews/ espn photo

Erin Andrews/ espn photo

By Allan Lengel

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles is recommending that the man who secretly videotaped ESPN reporter Erin Andrews naked through hotel peep holes and posted the material on the Internet, get 27 months in prison.

“She has lived in fear for her physical safety,” according to the government’s sentencing document filed on Monday for the defendant Michael David Barrett, 49. “She has nightmares about defendant. She also wakes up at least once a night fearing that defendant is breaking into her home.

“Every time she turns on a computer, Victim Andrews is reminded that the videos cannot be removed from the Internet…, and she knows that her future husband and her future children will have to confront these videos.

“Whenever she goes to work, she must deal both with worries that she is not being taken seriously and with “fans” that say things about the videos to her.

“Also disturbing is the fact that many people, including some of Victim Andrews’ peers in the media, wrongly believed that Victim Andrews had something to do with these videos, i.e., that she orchestrated them to boost her career.”

“Victim Andrews’ father has also suffered significant emotional distress, with his daughter calling in tears and being “ravaged on the Internet. Taken together, the nature and circumstances of defendant’s conduct require significant punishment.”

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New York Times Editorial: Republicans Using Fear and Terrorism for Politics and Sound Bites For Nov.

NervousThe New York Times
Editorial Page

An election is coming, so the Republicans are trying to scare Americans by making it appear as if the Democrats don’t care about catching or punishing terrorists.

It’s nonsense, of course, but effective. The be-very-afraid approach helped former President George W. Bush ram laws through Congress that chipped away at Americans’ rights. He used it to get re-elected in 2004. Now the Republicans are playing the fear card for the fall elections.

The most recent target is the Obama administration’s handling of the failed Christmas Day bomber, particularly its decision (an absolutely correct one) to have the F.B.I. arrest and interrogate the suspect and file federal terrorism charges rather than throw him into a military prison where the Republicans seem to expect that he would be given no rights, questioned and held without charges.

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Make No Mistake: Bank Robber in Nixon Mask is a Crook

fbi photo

fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For Aol News

WASHINGTON — It was in November 1973 that President Richard Nixon famously declared, “I’m not a crook.”

Now, nearly 37 years later, a crook has been prancing around Encino, a hilly district in Los Angeles, impersonating our 37th president, wearing a Nixon mask and sticking up banks with a gun.

So far, the man dubbed the “Ex-President Bandit” has hit four banks, the FBI says. Two stickups happened within a week in November, and another two took place during a week in January.

The suspect, who was described as being a black male in his 40s, brandished a gun “liberally throughout the bank to enforce orders given to victims in the bank,” according to the FBI.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial: Criticism in Detroit Case “Entirely Unjustified”

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Editorial Page

PITTSBURGH — Criticism by some senators of Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to treat attempted airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a prisoner to be handled according to American standards of justice is entirely unjustified.

When Mr. Abdulmutallab was arrested Dec. 25 he was questioned briefly and read the Miranda rights that cover anyone arrested on American soil. According to Mr. Holder, he made the decision to handle Mr. Abdumutallab in that fashion after consultation with the FBI. The Nigerian was clearly both an alleged criminal and a potential source of intelligence.

The charge by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and others is that in dealing with Mr. Abdumutallab in that fashion — as opposed to labeling him an enemy combatant, turning him over to the military and the CIA, and likely grilling him with irregular methods such as waterboarding (as might have been his fate during the Bush administration) — the attorney general risked losing useful intelligence that could possibly have been extracted from the Nigerian.

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Fed Judge’s Tough Message to China: “Stop Sending Your Spies Here”

By Allan Lengel

A former aerospace engineer for Boeing was sentenced Monday in California to 15 years and 8 months  in prison for stealing restricted technologies and trade secrets on behalf of China that included information related to the Space Shuttle program and the Delta IV rocket, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney in Santa Ana, Calif.,  handed down the tough sentence to Dongfan “Greg” Chung, 73, of Orange, Calif., saying he wanted to send a message to China to “stop sending your spies here,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Authorities charged that Chung had acted as agent for China for more than three decades while first employed by Rockwell in its space and defense unit, which was later acquired by Boeing.

Chung, a native of China who is a naturalized United States citizen, held a “secret” security clearance. He retired from the company in 2002, but returned a year later to Boeing as a contract until 2006, authorities said.

“The FBI and our partners in the intelligence community are committed to stopping those intent on stealing American technology, whether they are motivated by money or allegiance to their native country, as in the case of Mr. Chung,” Steven M. Martinez, head of the Los Angeles FBI office,  said in a statement.


Detroit Airport Police Taser Ticketless Man Who Ran Past Checkpoint

Detroit airport/ photo
Detroit airport/ photo

Update: Tuesday 12:40 a.m.: The FBI charged Kaylan Policherla, 27, of  Ohio with violating airport security requirements, according to the Detroit News.
By Allan Lengel

In the wake of the Christmas Day incident, an ounce of trouble at Detroit airport gets a whole lot of notice.

The Detroit News reports that at  7:45 a.m. on Monday airport police at the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport  tasered a ticketless man who ran past a security checkpoint  and refused to stop.

The Paper reported that authorities “activated the breach alarm, causing metal gates to snap down, isolating the section around Concourse A.”

“It worked really well. This guy had no place to go,” said Michael Conway, airport spokesman, according to the paper.

The paper reported that authorities were questioning the man.

U.S. Sends a Message and Cracks Down on Foreign Business Bribes

Unfortunately, in so many foreign nations, bribes are an accepted, and often necessary part of doing business. But the Justice Department isn’t accepting the business as usual. The Washington Post Carrie Johnson takes a snapshot of the latest effort to crackdown on the practice.

Pocketing Some Cash

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities want companies to know that the cost of paying bribes to win overseas contracts is growing steeper by the day.

Long a priority of the FBI and the Justice Department, efforts to police corrupt business payments have intensified in recent weeks, with multimillion-dollar corporate settlements and coordinated arrests of individual executives accused of attempting to grease the skids.

On Friday, BAE Systems, the world’s second-largest defense contractor, agreed to pay $400 million to resolve decade-old allegations that it misled the Defense and State departments about its efforts to comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The law bars companies from bribing government officials to win lucrative contracts and other favorable treatment.

The BAE deal came weeks after the FBI unveiled its first FCPA sting operation, which culminated in the arrests of nearly two dozen businessmen employed in the defense and law enforcement equipment industry.

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FBI Investigated Threatening Letters to Detroit Piston Coach Chuck Daly in 1989-90 During “Bad Boy” Years

Chuck Daly/ detroit pistons

Chuck Daly/ detroit pistons

By Allan Lengel

So much for it just being a game.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI in 1989-90 investigated a number of threatening letters sent to Chuck Daly, the coach of the Detroit Pistons, a team that was known then as the “Bad Boys” because of its rough play.

“The 67 pages, obtained by The Associated Press as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, detail how federal agents in Detroit ordered fingerprint, handwriting and even psycholinguistic analyses as part of an effort to determine who sent the correspondences,” the AP reported.

Daly died this past May at age 78.

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