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NY Appeals Court Rules that Deported Syrian Suspected of Terrorism Can’t Sue U.S.

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. government scored a victory in the deportation of a Syrian-born Canadian Maher Arar who was deported to Syria after being arrested in New York for being a suspected terrorist, the Canwest newservice reported.

The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals rejected Arar’s bid to sue the U.S. over his case, ruling 7-4 in favor of the government.

Canwest summed up the ruling by saying “the court ruled that the case was so unusual that the U.S. Congress would have to expressly authorize such lawsuits, complete with remedy if wrongdoing by government officials is determined to have occurred.

Canwest reported that the majority ruled that letting the lawsuit move forward would “offend the separation of powers and inhibit (U.S.) foreign policy,” the majority said.

“We decline to create on our own, a new course of action against officers and employees of the federal government,” Chief Judge Dennis G. Jacobs wrote in the 59-page majority opinion.

Arar’s attorney indicating the ruling may be appealed.

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Kansas FBI Task Force Shoots and Wounds Wanted Man in Gunfire Exchange

olathe-map-ksBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A  man wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault, was shot and wounded Sunday in a Kansas City, Ks., suburb after exchanging gunfire with an FBI Violent Crime Safe Streets Task Force, the Kansas City Star reported.

The paper reported that task force members confronted the man about 7:15 p.m. outside a Subway restaurant  in the town of  Olathe when he drew a gun. Gunfire was exchanged and he was shot in the torso and arm. He was treated at a local hospital.

No law enforcement officers were injured.

Juror Complains About Fellow Juror in John Gotti Jr. Trial

John Gotti Jr./youtube

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The New York tabloids are having a blast with a jury dispute in the federal trial of mobster John Gotti Jr.

One juror  wrote a note to the judge voicing concern about a fellow loud mouth juror.

“There’s more infighting on the Gotti jury than at a gangland sitdown – and they’re not even deliberating yet!,”  the New York Daily News reported last week.

A note signed by “A Concerned Juror” said:
“She announced that we the jurors better be prepared to be deliberating until after the Christmas holiday because … she is not going to allow any f—— body to rush her,” the two-page letter said.

The note also complained that the juror, a 34-year-old postal worker — was ogling “defense attorney Mr. Charles Carneglia,” the Daily News reported.

The juror complained that the loud juror also “charged a takeout order of fried calamari to the court’s tab when the panel visited a local restaurant,” the newspaper reported.

The judge has not removed the juror, but did interview all the jurors to determine if the loud-mouthed juror had discussed the case, read  about it or got information from outside the courtroom, the Daily News reported. Gotti faces a variety of charges including racketeering and murder.

It is his fourth trial in five years. The other three ended in a mistrial.

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60 Minutes Reports that Japanese Mafia Don Agreed to Provide Info to FBI and Donate $1 Million to UCLA Med Center to Get Liver Transplant

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
One of the top Mafia dons in Japan donated $1 million to a California medical center and cut a deal to provide info to the FBI to get a special visa to come to America and to get moved up on the list to receive a liver transplant, 60 Minutes reported Sunday night.

The CBS newsmagazine reported that the Yakuza Mafia Crime Boss Tadamasa Goto, who is known in American law enforcement circles as the “John Gotti of Japan”, agreed to rat on other mobsters and donate money to the UCLA Medical Center. It also reported that three other associates donated money to UCLA  to get liver transplants.

The FBI declined to comment for CBS, which also reported that UCLA insisted the medical center had no idea about the background of these people.


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FBI Documents Show VP Cheney Was Hazy on His Role in the Leaking of CIA Operative Valerie Plame

It sounds like a coverup. Or is it? Should we believe Cheney, the wily VP, who has been an outspoken critic of  the Obama Administration? Mmmm. I’m sure plenty people have opinions on whether he’s being on the up and up.

Dick Cheney/meet the press

Dick Cheney/meet the press

By Barton Gellman
Washington Post Staff Writer

Former vice president Richard B. Cheney told a special prosecutor in 2004 that he was unable to recall his role in most of the pivotal events that led to the uncloaking of a clandestine CIA officer in the run-up to the Iraq war, according to newly released FBI records.

A question-by-question summary of Cheney’s May 8, 2004, interview with Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, made public under court order after years of legal maneuvering to keep it secret, portrays a vice president in command of few clear memories about a case that led to great embarrassment for the White House and felony convictions for his chief of staff.

Fitzgerald declared in his closing arguments that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s perjury and obstruction of justice left him unable to pierce “a cloud over the vice president.”

Cheney neither denied nor acknowledged any memory of directing Libby, his chief of staff, to tell reporters that Valerie Plame, the wife of a prominent war critic, was a CIA officer. Nor did he recall any conversation with Libby in which either man referred to their mutual suspicion that Plame had helped dispatch her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, on “a junket” to explore White House accusations that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had tried to buy uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapon.

Dozens of questions from Fitzgerald produced the same result.

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Slain FBI Dog “Freddy” Gets Some Respect

Freddy the FBI dog/fox news photo

Freddy the FBI dog/fox news photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI dog “Freddy”, a Belgian Malinois, may not get a 21 gun salute, but he will get a memorial, his name will be added to a memorial wall and he will be buried in Quantico, Va., an FBI press release said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Freddy was shot and killed Wednesday during an FBI raid at a mosque in Detroit.  The FBI said an imam at the mosque shot Freddy. The FBI in turn shot the imam.

According to the press release, Freddy was born Feb. 17, 2007 and “entered duty with the FBI on Sept. 8, 2008.”

The release added: “Anyone who wishes to send a card to Freddy’s team members can send them to”:

Freddy’s Team
c/o FBI
477 Michigan Avenue, 26th floor
Detroit, MI 48226

To donate in his memory to a K-9 Law Enforcement Memorial, the release said:

FBI Agents Association
Attn: K9 Fund-Freddy
PO Box 12650
Arlington, VA 22219

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Calif. Cop Under FBI Investigation Shot Himself to Death on the Street

burbank-police-caBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A Burbank, Calif., cop who was under FBI investigation as part a wide-sweeping probe into his department’s use of excessive force, shot himself to death Thursday at the corner of a residential street in Burbank, the Burbank Leader reported.

The publication reported that witnesses saw Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn Sr., 50, shoot himself shortly before noon.

The Burbank Leader reported that the U.S. attorney’s office in September issued a grand jury subpoena for personnel records of 12 Burbank cops for “use of force, defensive tactics, Tasers, pepper spray, or the rules and ramifications pertaining to the use of excessive force or a violation of civil/constitutional rights.”

House Ethics Report Shows More than 30 Lawmakers Under Investigation

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Perennial skeptics of Congress won’t  be particularly shocked to learn that more than 30 lawmakers and several aides are being scrutinized by House ethics investigators.

For those who had more faith in Capitol Hill, well, sorry bout that. Some of the lawmakers have been under FBI investigation as well.

The Washington Post reports that a 22-page “Committee on Standards Weekly Summary Report” was inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible computer network.

Some of the Congress members in the report include John Murtha (D-Pa.)  Peter Visclosky (D-Ind), C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W. Va.) who has been under federal investigation for failing to report all his real estate holdings.

To read more, click here and here for two separate articles in the Post.

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