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Sleeping With the Fishes? Dead Fish Shows Up At D.C. Homeland Security Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — It was like a scene out of the Godfather.
A letter containing a dead fish showed up Friday at a downtown office of the Department of Homeland Security.
The letter, which also contained white powder, was addressed to an employee.
The Associated Press reported that FBI Washington Field Office spokeswoman Katherine Schweit said the letter was been sent to a lab for examination and people were screened who came in contact with it.

The Latest Government Screw Up in Sen. Ted Stevens’ Case Involving FBI Whistleblower

Sen. Ted Stevens/campaign photo

Sen. Ted Stevens/campaign photo

It’s hard to recall a high-profile case in recent years where the government has been involved in so many missteps. Here’s the latest one in the Stevens’ case.


By RICHARD MAUER
Anchorage Daily News

Federal prosecutors have found a new reason to apologize over misleading information they’ve provided to the judge in former Sen. Ted Stevens’ trial, and this time Stevens’ lawyers are saying the government should be held in contempt.
In a letter to the judge dated Jan. 30 and made public Thursday, William Welch, head of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, said he erred when he said in January that government employees cited in an FBI agent’s complaint alleging improprieties by government officials “want their story to be made public.”
In fact, he wrote, not all of them gave their consent to having their names released Jan. 14 in a publicly filed copy of the eight-page complaint, though he didn’t identify which ones.
In the complaint, agent Chad Joy accused a fellow agent and prosecutors of violating FBI policy and fair-trial rules in the wide-ranging public corruption investigation in Alaska and in Stevens’ trial last year.
The new apology comes on top of a series of errors and misstatements made by prosecutors in connection with the complaint and other issues that arose during and after Stevens’ trial.
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Appeals Court Ruling Could Spell Trouble For Probes of Congress Members

Details of the ruling have not been released, but it appears it has potential to create more problems for investigators looking at public corruption cases involving members of Congress.  Lately, this issue seems to be a recurring one in FBI probes involving  Congressional members.

Ex-Rep. Tom Feeney

Ex-Rep. Tom Feeney

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to the investigation of a former congressman in a ruling that could also limit probes of other lawmakers, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
The order, which has not been made public, came during the grand jury investigation of former Representative Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) and his potential ties to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the sources said. The appellate judges who issued the ruling did not say when they would release an opinion explaining their decision, which reversed a lower court order favorable to prosecutors seeking documents and grand jury testimony, the sources said.
Even without knowing the details of the ruling, sources and legal experts said it is important because it is the second time in two years that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has sided with Congress in its fight with the Justice Department over what protections lawmakers are granted under the Constitution’s “speech or debate” clause. The clause is designed to shield lawmakers’ official work from executive branch interference and has been increasingly cited by members of Congress under federal investigation.

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ATF and FBI Investigating Arkansas Car Bombing that Seriously Injured Head of State Medical Board

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1kgFyytRXY

UPDATE: Thursday, 3:40 P.M. — The Associated Press is reporting that the doctor was awake and responsive this morning.

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Will the FBI Find the Cure For the Uncommon Cold Case?

For investigators, it’s a headache worth tackling.  But will advances in science be enough to crack the case?

BY NATASHA KORECKI AND FRANK MAIN
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Investigators have breathed new life into the decades-old, unsolved Tylenol killings, prompted by advances in forensic technology and new tips on the crimes, FBI officials said today.
The FBI executed search warrants today on the man convicted of extortion related to the infamous Tylenol killings that claimed seven lives in the Chicago area in the 1980s.
“Given the many recent advances in forensic technology,” an FBI statement read, “it was only natural that a second look be taken at the case and recovered evidence.”
Sources say James William Lewis – long viewed as a suspect – is part of the investigation under way in Chicago and that one of the search warrants was for his home in Cambridge, Mass., outside Boston.
The FBI in Cambridge confirmed that agents searched multiple locations today, including 170 Gore St. in Cambridge – Lewis’ residence and registered place of business. They also searched two storage facilities near Cambridge.

Could Missing FBI Agent Robert Levinson Be Part of Prisoner Swap?

Downsizing? Not Here – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Has 11,000 Jobs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Recession? Layoffs? Downsizing?
Not here.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection became the latest federal law enforcement agency to announce a  major hiring campaign. It  said it hopes to fill about 11,000 law enforcement and support jobs this year.
Over the weekend, the agency  hosted open houses at 15 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The FBI recently announced a drive to hire about 2,100 non-agent jobs and about 850 special agent positions.

New Atty. Gen. Holder Could Release Secret Memos on Interrogations, Warrantless Wiretaps

As Atty. Gen. Eric. H. Holder Jr. takes over, we may see some of the secret and controversial actions of the Bush Justice Department that will provide more insights to what happened in the past eight years.

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON — “Far more secret memos” on hard interrogations, detention and warrantless wiretapping programs have been discovered, most originating in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), according to a new report.
And Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., confirmed Monday, has indicated that a number of them may be made public.
The list of the more than three dozen still highly classified documents was assembled by Pro Publica, an independent public interest journalism organization founded in 2007 by former Wall Street Journal managing editor Paul Steiger.
“The Bush administration’s controversial policies on detentions, interrogations and warrantless wiretapping were underpinned by legal memoranda,” write Pro Publica reporters Dan Nguyen and Christopher Weaver. “While some of those memos have been released (primarily as a result of ACLU lawsuits), the former administration kept far more memos secret than has been previously understood. At least three dozen by our count.”
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