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Appeals Court Says Ashcroft Can Be Sued By Man Claiming He Was Illegally Detained and Questioned by FBI

The question is what kind of legal precedent does this set?

John Ashcroft/doj photo

John Ashcroft/doj photo

By CNN
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is not immune from being sued by a man who says he was illegally detained under Justice Department policies implemented after the September 11 terror attacks, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

A spokesman for former Attorney General John Ashcroft says his team is reviewing the decision.

The man, a native-born U.S. citizen who was once a college football star, was held and interrogated by the FBI for 16 days in 2003 and his travel was limited for another year, court documents said.

A spokesman for Ashcroft, asked for his reaction, said, “We’re reviewing the decision and have no further comment.”

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John V. Gillies Who Headed St. Louis FBI to Head Miami Office

John V. Gillies/fbi photo

John V. Gillies/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — John V. Gillies, who headed the FBI’s St. Louis office, has been named special agent in charge of  the Miami division, the FBI announced Friday. He replaces Jonathan I. Solomon, who retired.

Gillies, a Chicago native,  started his FBI career in 1983 as a financial analyst. Two years later, he became a special agent and worked in the  Albany Division investigating white collar and public corruption cases, the FBI said.

In 1989, he went off to New York and in 1993 was transferred to the San Diego Division where he where he investigated bank failures and also  judicial corruption, which resulted in the conviction of three California Superior Court judges.

He eventually went to the Honolulu Division in 1996 and six years later was promoted to unit chief of the Financial Institution Fraud (FIF) unit of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters, the FBI said.

In 2004,  he became assistant special agent in charge in Detroit and in 2006 he returned to headquarters as the section chief of the violent crimes section of the Criminal Investigative Division. the FBI said. Three years later he was named special agent in charge of the St. Louis Division.

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The Media Sucked Up To Gov. Blago For Interviews After FBI Arrest

Ex-Gov Blagojevich

Ex-Gov Blagojevich

The media just assumes its letters to politicians won’t be made public. Wrong. It happens. In this case, the media shamefully sucked up to ex-Ill Gov. Blago to get interviews.

By John Cook
Gawker

On the morning he was arrested on corruption charges last December, Rod Blagojevich was the nation’s biggest greaseball. So obviously, the national press was willing to say anything to land an interview. And we’ve got their emails to prove it.

We reported a little over a month ago that the Today show had booked Blagojevich to appear on the morning he happened to be arrested by the FBI, but bumped the interview so they could flack for Jay Leno’s new show.

We found that out through a Freedom of Information Act request to the state of Illinois asking for e-mails from representatives of the media to Lucio Guerrero, Blagojevich’s press secretary (we got the idea from South Carolina’s The State, which did the same thing-to comic effect-after Mark Sanford’s Argentinian Rhapsody).

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Ex-FBI Agent in Lockerbie Case Says Gaddafi Must Have Given Ok

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It’s good to see someone with authority speak up about the connection, but it’s not particularly surprising. Everyone assumed that Gaddhafi gave the ok.

By David Horovitz
Jerusalem Post
JERUSALEM-– Adding more heat to the boiling controversy in the US and UK over Britain’s recent release to Libya of the only man ever convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, the senior FBI agent in the case has told The Jerusalem Post he believes Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi must have personally sanctioned the atrocity.

In a telephone interview from the United States, Richard Marquise, a 31-year FBI veteran who led the US task force probing the December 1988 blast which destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, with the loss of 270 lives, said it was unthinkable in a regime such as Libya for that kind of major terrorist attack to have been authorized without Gaddafi’s approval.

FBI Tracking Person Who Wanted to Sell “Maine Indian Scalps” on Craigslist

This is obviously an unusual case that smacks of racism.

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By CLARKE CANFIELD
Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Maine — The FBI is trying to find the person who posted online advertisements saying he had two-century-old “Maine Indian scalps” that he wanted to sell to white people.

The FBI executed a search warrant last month at Yahoo Inc. for information related to two e-mail addresses linked to the Craigslist postings, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.

It is illegal to traffic in Native American remains.

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FBI Arrests Ex-Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Eugene Lockhart in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

dallas-cowboysBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Eugene J. Lockhart could be playing football again, but this time behind bars.

The FBI on Thursday arrested Lockhart, 48, whose  nickname was once “The Hitting Machine”, on mortgage fraud charges.

The feds charged Lockhart and eight others in a classic mortgage fraud scheme that involved “straw purchasers” and 54 fraudulent residential property loans totalling about $20.5 million between 2001 and 2005 in the Dallas area, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas.

Authorities said that Lockhart was involved in a number of real estate companies with names like America’s Team Funding Group and Cowboys Realty.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

2,000 FBI Agents and Staff Hit Yankee Stadium

yankee-stadiumBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Suddenly Yankee Stadium had a lot of folks with guns.

About 2,000 FBI agents and support staff descended on Yankee Stadium on Wednesday for a mandatory annual meeting for the New York FBI office, something that was ridiculed by several agents as an annoying waste of time, according to a New York-based website Gang Land News.

The session apparently ran from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and included free hot dogs and soda. (The Yankees were nowhere to be seen. They were playing in Baltimore.)

“Are they bringing in (FBI Director Robert) Mueller to toss out the first pitch,” the site quoted one attendee.

“It’s not my idea of what we should be doing today,” said another.

Gang Land quoted FBI spokesman Jim Margolin as saying: “It was an annual employee conference mandated by the Department of Justice. Not all employees attended in order to insure that all operational functions were appropriately staffed. The venue was reviewed and approved by FBI Headquarters in Washington. The use of the stadium was offered by the Yankees at no cost. And as a practical matter there was no federal facility that would accommodate that many people.”

Electronic Billboard Helps FBI Identify Bank Robber

This is a great technology. In the past, the FBI has not taken full advantage of the media and the latest technology when it comes to catching bank robbers. Often times, the agency has waited until a robber held up more than a dozen banks, and sometimes more than 20, before distributing photos to the media. Why wait?

WHNT News photo

WHNT News photo

By DUNCAN MANSFIELD
Associated Press Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The brazen bank robber didn’t bother to hide his face as he threatened tellers with a gun in at least 10 heists from Kentucky to the Carolinas to Tennessee.

Now the FBI has named a suspect after bank surveillance photos from holdups dating to May were flashed on electronic billboards across the South. And authorities say the same man is now suspected of robbing an Indiana bank on Friday.