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The Debate Continues: Ex-CIA Agent Robert Baer Says Torture Doesn’t Work

A former CIA analyst recently attacked FBI Director Robert Mueller For saying torture doesn’t work.  Well, ex-CIA agent Robert Baer apparently agrees with Mueller. We know we wouldn’t have to torture Dick Cheney to get his opinion on this.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS-1dS9Sc4c

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First Female Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan Talks About Her New Job (National Journal)

Two Georgia Jail Officers Charged With Lying to FBI in Inmate Death

atlanta-map1This scandal continues to unravel and cast a cloud over the Fulton County jail.

By RHONDA COOK
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA –– Federal agents have arrested two more Fulton County jail officers for allegedly lying to federal agents in an investigation of inmate abuse.

The officers are the fourth and fifth to be charged in a case that began as an investigation into the death of inmate Richard Glasco in March 2008.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, detention officers Derontay Anton Langford, 34, of Fairburn, and Mitnee Markette Jones, 46, of Atlanta, were charged with filing a false report, making a false statement to federal agents and obstruction of justice.

They were scheduled to make their first appearance in court before federal Magistrate Chris Hagey on Monday.

Little more than a week ago, two lieutenants in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office were arrested and pleaded innocent to federal charges they beat up a prisoner and then tried to cover it up.

And on March 20, the first deputy arrested in the federal investigation, Curtis Jerome Brown Jr., 41 of Lithonia, was charged with beating a mentally ill inmate, who later died.

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John Malcolm Bales Named Interim U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Texas

texasBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. has named John Malcolm Bales the interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.

He replaces Rebecca Gregory, who stepped down to join the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

Bales, 54 of Nacogdoches,Tex., will take the post on Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Bales had previously served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and most recently as chief of the criminal division, the office said.

The District includes 43 counties stretching from the Oklahoma border to the Gulf of Mexico.

Bales, a former FBI agent, graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and became an assistant U.S. Attorney in 1989, according to a press release.

With All the Trouble at the Mexico Border, What’s the Holdup For a New DEA Chief?

Chris Battle

Chris Battle

By Chris Battle
Security DeBrief

WASHINGTON — There has been quite a bit of discussion about the surge of drug-related violence on the Mexican border, rightly so.

There has also been quite a bit of discussion lately, thanks to a recent GAO study and congressional hearings, about whether the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are allowing turf issues to interfere with an effective U.S. response to that increased violence. Also an appropriate topic of inquiry.

Is anyone else, though, wondering why – if the narco-violence on our southern border is indeed so important (and it is) – why the Administration has yet to announce a nominee to lead the DEA?

The DEA is a rare government bird; it has only one focus. That focus is to combat the large-scale trafficking of illegal narcotics. If you ask anyone at the FBI, he or she will inform you that The Bureau does it all. You got a crime? They got a jurisdiction. They do drugs. They do white collar. They do terrorism. They’d do circus clowns if circus clowning were a federal crime (which, by the way, I am actively lobbying for). Which is why they can sometimes come off as disorganized and thinly stretched.

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Ex-CIA Analyst Attacks FBI Dir. Mueller For Saying Torture Doesn’t Work

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-qDZaTgdO0

Calif. Man Faces Fed Prison Time For Pointing Laser at Commercial Jet Pilots Landing at Airport

JetBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A California man could get serious prison time after becoming the first person in the nation to be convicted at trial of pointing a laser at commercial planes as they were about to land.

Dana Christian Welch, 37, of Orange County, was convicted last week by a federal jury in Los Angeles of shooting a green laser at two commercial planes at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif. in May 2008, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

He was convicted on two counts, each which carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 15.

Evidence during trial showed that Welch pointed a hand held laser at two Boeing 7-series jets,

In another instance, he pointed the laser at pilots of an Alaska Airline flight, “causing one pilot to duck under a glare shield…and the other pilot to delay a critical turn necessary to land the plane,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Several people have pleaded guilty to similar offenses, but Welch was the first to be convicted in a trial.

“This conviction should make clear to those contemplating the targeting of cockpits with lasers that such behavior is not only dangerous, but criminal, with serious consequences attached,” Salvador Hernandez, assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles FBI said in a prepared statement.

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Family Endures Pain of Missing ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

Are Iranian officials hiding this man? That is the big question.

By Lisa J. Huriash
South Florida Sun Sentinel
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Every day, one of Robert Levinson’s seven children cries for him and turns to the others for emotional support.

“The rest of us will console the one who’s upset,” said Dan Levinson, 23, the oldest son. “Everybody takes turns breaking down about it. Everybody tries to stay strong for the others. It just gets to you. It’s been two years, it’s been very frustrating.”

In March 2007, Robert Levinson, of Coral Springs, disappeared from Kish Island, a Persian Gulf resort that is also a smuggling hub. His family said the retired FBI agent, who was working as a private investigator, traveled there for a cigarette smuggling case.

Since then, Christine Levinson has devoted her time and energy to finding her husband and bringing him home. She flew to Tehran to pass out fliers written in Farsi, and hired an attorney there to file paperwork urging the government to open an investigation. She also traveled to Washington, D.C., on a mission to get diplomatic support to pressure Iranian officials to cooperate.
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FBI Agent William Kim Gets Victim Assistance Award

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — FBI special agent William L. Kim of the Washington field office has received the Vanguard Award for “outstanding work in the field of victim assistance”, the FBI said.

Kim was credited with helping in the quick recovery of an abducted 5 year old, the agency said. He was honored on April 26 by the Northern Virginia Coalition of Victim Service Providers at its annual Candlelight Vigil of Courage, Hope and Remembrance.

“Agent Kim exemplifies the dedication of FBI personnel to protect, and act swiftly to save the lives of those in danger,” said Joseph Persichini Jr., who heads the Washington FBI field office.