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Texas Congressman John Carter Wants Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Fired

congressman-john-carter2There’s nothing wrong expressing displeasure over something. But there’s a point, particularly on an issue like this, where it’s time to move on. Belaboring the point only smells of partisan politics. And guess what? The country is still in big trouble. It’s best to suspend politics as usual and address the problems that matter to the American people.

By MARIA RECIO
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, doesn’t just want Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign: “I called for her to be fired.”

Carter and a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, are complaining about a recent Homeland Security memorandum to law enforcement that warns of homegrown terrorism from conservatives and military veterans.

“The Department of Homeland Security’s controversial report released last week listed, among others, many of our nation’s veterans as possible domestic terrorists or assassins,” Burgess said. “I find this astonishingly insensitive.”

Carter, Burgess and several other conservative members took to the House floor Wednesday evening to rail against Napolitano, the former Arizona governor, who was sworn in as Homeland Security secretary Jan. 21.

“Singling out political opponents for working against the ruling party is precisely the tactic of every tyrannical government from Red China to Venezuela,” Carter said.

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Mexican National Pleads Guilty to 2002 Beatings of 2 FBI Agents on a Stakeout

It’s always good to get a guilty plea when it comes to a brazen act like this.

las-cruces-nm-mapBy The Associated Press
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – A Mexican national has pleaded guilty to a felony count of illegal re-entry and a misdemeanor assault count in the 2002 beatings of two FBI agents who were attacked during a stakeout in Sunland Park.

Juan Jose Magallanes-Torres of Anapra, Mexico, entered the pleas Wednesday. No sentencing date was immediately scheduled.

Special Agents Samantha Mikeska and Sergio Barrio of the FBI office in El Paso, Texas, were among a group of law enforcement officers patrolling trains near the U.S-Mexico border in an effort to catch thieves in the act.

The agents were overwhelmed by more than a dozen robbers.

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Ex-Atty. Gen. Ashcroft Loading Up Law Firm With Ex-U.S. Attorneys

John Ashcroft is doing the smart thing, loading up his law firm with brand name attorneys. It can’t hurt.

By Amir Efrati
Wall Street Journal Law Blog
John Ashcroft, the U.S. attorney general during President Bush’s first term – and noted singer of “Let the Eagle Soar” (YouTube clip below) – is spreading his wings. Today Ashcroft  announced that his law and consulting firm, The Ashcroft Group, is opening four new offices across the country, each to be led by Bush-appointed U.S. attorneys leaving office to make way for appointees by President Obama.
They are:

Michael Sullivan *Michael Sullivan, U.S. attorney in Boston and former acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Washington. Click here for a recent LB post on Sullivan.

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Intelligence Officials Went Around Atty. Gen. Gonzales to Inform Rep. Pelosi

Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales

As details continue to surface, the story gets more interesting. And it’s interesting to note the role of Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales, whose reign over the Justice Department was suspect, to say the least.

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials, angry that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had blocked an FBI investigation into Democratic Rep. Jane Harman’s interactions with a suspected Israeli agent, tipped off Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, that Harman had been picked up on a court-ordered National Security Agency wiretap targeting the agent.

In doing so, the officials flouted an order by Gonzales not to inform Pelosi, three former national security officials said.
Pelosi, D-Calif., was not officially briefed about the probe, as was widely reported Wednesday. Instead, the information was disclosed to her privately after a planned investigation of Harman was aborted, intelligence sources said.

Pelosi’s spokesman Brendan Daly confirmed as much Wednesday.

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Fed Air Marshals to Get 30 Day Suspension for Drunk Driving Arrests

Probably not a bad idea to craistock_000001465593xsmallckdown on federal air marshals who violate the law. Makes sense.

By Michael Grabell
ProPublica

Federal air marshals arrested on drunken-driving charges will face a 30-day suspension without pay under a new policy (PDF) from the Transportation Security Administration.

The penalty replaces a policy in which air marshals convicted of drunken driving could be punished with a letter of reprimand, one of the lowest penalties.

The new policy comes after a report by ProPublica found that more than 40 air marshals had been charged with crimes since the agency expanded after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The report appeared in Nov. 13 editions of USA Today.

Robert Bray, director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, said the tougher penalty is a way to implement “a culture of accountability” in the agency.

“We’ve had pretty strong feedback” from the rank and file, he said. “They feel as professionally and personally embarrassed by these actions as I do, and they want these people dealt with.”

Under the policy, a 30-day suspension is mandatory for any “alcohol-related offense,” a broad category that includes a police report of driving under the influence, refusing a sobriety test, an arrest or a conviction.

The minimum 30-day suspension puts the air marshals in line with other federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. It took effect Friday.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 armed air marshals fly undercover on U.S. flights to protect against possible terrorist attacks. The official number is classified.

At least nine air marshals have been convicted of drunken driving, according to a Transportation Security Administration memo obtained by ProPublica.

A group that lobbies on behalf of federal officers agreed with the change in policy.

“We’re out there to protect the families of the American public — not endanger them with drunk driving,” said Frank Terreri, an air marshal and representative with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. “We were honestly surprised that it was as lenient as it was.”

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who grilled TSA officials about drunken-driving incidents at a congressional hearing, said that he is encouraged by the stricter penalties but that air marshals convicted of driving drunk should be fired. “Their job is too important to get a conviction for drunken driving,” Poe said.

FBI Adds First Domestic Terror Suspect to its Most Wanted Terrorist List

San Diego/fbi photo

San Diego/fbi photo

Osama bin Laden, move over. Meet animal rights bomber Daniel Andreas San Diego.

 

By Henry K. Lee and Demian Bulwa
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI added an alleged animal rights bomber from Sonoma County to its list of “Most Wanted” terror suspects Tuesday, underscoring the agency’s increasing focus on such activists by lining him up next to Osama Bin Laden and 22 other Islamic extremists.

Daniel Andreas San Diego, 31, a former resident of tiny Schellville who is believed by authorities to be hiding out in Costa Rica, is the first domestic terror suspect to be added to a list that officials created a month after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

San Diego is accused of detonating pipe bombs in 2003 at a pair of firms, Chiron Corp. in Emeryville and Shaklee Corp. in Pleasanton. No one was hurt in the early morning attacks, though the FBI contended Tuesday that San Diego “intended to cause serious injury or death.”

Investigators believe the firms were targeted because they had done business with Huntingdon Life Sciences, a New Jersey laboratory that conducts experiments on animals for clients.

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FBI Police Officers in W. Va. Charged with Spying On Teen Girls Undressing at Mall Changing Room

Unless these teen girls were linked to al Qaeda, this is quite the embarrassing incident. So far no evidence of a link to al Qaeda. These men were FBI police officers, not agents, the FBI said.morgantown-w-va

By The Associated Press
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.- Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teen girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said today.

Gary Sutton Jr., 40, of New Milton and Charles Hommema of Buckhannon have been charged with the misdemeanors and face fines and up to a year in jail on each charge if convicted. Sutton has been released on bond, Wilson said, and Hommema is to be arraigned later this week. Wilson did not know Hommema’s age.

The workers were described in a complaint as “police officers”.

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Homeland Sec. Janet Napolitano to Get Tough at Canada Border