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Men In Ft. Dix Terrorist Case Bought Assault Weapons

Defendants in the Ft. Dix terrorism case were caught buying weapons from an FBI informant. Were they terrorists or just wannabes? photo photo

Philadelphia Daily News
CAMDEN, N.J. –Moments before an FBI SWAT team kicked in his door, the government’s top informant in the Fort Dix terrorism case dropped a little irony on two men he had just set up.
“I don’t trust anybody,” Mahmoud Omar said to brothers Shain and Dritan Duka before the FBI arrested the Dukas last year.
According to a video played in U.S. District Court in Camden yesterday, the brothers were inside the apartment to purchase weapons – four M-16 and three AK-47 assault rifles – from Omar, an Egyptian national and paid government informant who received the neutered weapons from the FBI.
Yesterday, the seven assault rifles, along with four other weapons that the defendants owned, sat on a table inside the courtroom a few feet away from the jury.
The government alleges that the weapons were a key component in a terrorist plot to attack and kill U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey. They allege that the men were inspired by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to defend Islam and start a holy war in the United States.
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“Die Hard” Director Gets Break In Lie to FBI

In Hollywood, people are always re-writing the endings.  Well, the U.S. Court of Appeals has given  “Die Hard” director  John McTiernanan  the  opportunity to re-write his ending after he pleaded guilty to lying to an FBI agent in the infamous Pellicano wiretap scandal.

John McTiernan/photo flixster

John McTiernan/photo flixster

By Victoria Kim
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — A Hollywood director who pleaded guilty in 2006 to lying to the FBI about his dealings with convicted private eye Anthony Pellicano may be entitled to withdraw his plea, an appeals court ruled today.
“Die Hard” and “Predator” director John McTiernan had argued he would not have admitted to the charge, for which he was sentenced to four months in prison, if his attorney at the time had given him better legal advice. Last year, a judge denied his motion to withdraw his plea.
The action-flick director was one of seven people who pleaded guilty to charges connected to Pellicano’s wiretapping and racketeering enterprise before the case went to trial.
McTiernan, 57, admitted to paying Pellicano to wiretap film producer Charles Roven after they had worked on the 2002 film “Rollerball,” and to misleading an FBI agent who interviewed him over the phone.
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Fed Judge In Philly Asks Whether White Student Got Preferential Treatment

In the city of brotherly love, a federal judge suggests race may have been a consideration in a potential child pornography case involving a white Ivy League student.

Judge Michael M. Baylson/penn law school photo

Judge Michael M. Baylson/penn law school photo

Maryclaire Dale
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge questioned Tuesday why a white Ivy League student found with thousands of images of child pornography during a computer hacking probe was not charged with that crime, and was spared the decade-long sentence looming over a black convicted child pornographer at the same hearing.
University of Pennsylvania senior Ryan Goldstein, 22, of Ambler, will spend three months in prison and five years on federal probation for a hacking scheme that caused a Penn engineering server to crash in 2006.
Goldstein pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and worked long hours helping the FBI investigate a worldwide hacking enterprise, lawyers on both sides agreed.
But even as he was cooperating, Goldstein twice engaged in unspecified mischief with FBI computers, causing investigators to fall short of their ultimate goal, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said.
“It was very detrimental to the investigation,” said Baylson, who heard details of the misconduct behind closed doors at the start of Tuesday’s sentencing hearing. “It’s very disturbing.”

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Ex-Chicago Police Official Accused Of Torture And Perjury

To say the least, the allegations are not good for the Chicago Police Department’s reputation.

By Natasha Korecki
Chicago Sun-Times
TAMPA, Fla. – Former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge – who has cast a long shadow over the Chicago Police Department because of accusations he tortured suspects for two decades – was arrested this morning on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
It was long believed Burge could not be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations. But the FBI arrested Burge, 60, at his retirement home near Tampa for allegedly lying about whether he and other officers under his command tortured suspects dating back to the 1980s.
The charges are based on written answers Burge gave in a civil lawsuit against him in 2003, 10 years after he was fired from the department. Burge insisted he never observed nor used any torture techniques – including cattle prods, bags over suspects’ heads and a “black box” that administered electric shocks.
“I have never used any techniques set forth above as a means of improper coercion of suspects while in detention or during interrogation,” Burge wrote.
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AUSA John P. Collins Jr. Winner Of Law Enforcement Award

Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Collins Jr. of the Southern District of New York was recently named a winner of a 2007 Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) National Award for his prosecution of two violent Westchester County street gangs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Collins and others helped indict 37 gang members, authorities said. Collins shared the award with the FBI’s White Plains Resident Agency Violent Crimes Squad and officers of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety and Yonkers Police Department.

Appeals Court Faults Boston FBI In Mob Killing

John Connolly/wbztv

John Connolly/wbztv

By Milton J. Valencia
Boston Globe
The U.S. Appeals Court has upheld a lower court ruling holding the FBI responsible for the 1984 killing of a Quincy fisherman by Winter Hill gang leaders and a rogue agent who leaked information to them, in a decision that could settle at least six other cases claiming the FBI had corrupt dealings with James “Whitey” Bulger.
The court ruled that the FBI tolerated former agent John J. Connolly’s treacherous relationship with longtime informants Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, even while supervisors knew that Connolly was leaking information to the gang leaders.
That information led to the killings of FBI in formants at the hands of Bulger and Flemmi, including the murder of John McIntyre, a 32-year-old fisherman who was lured to a South Boston home, confined to a chair, grilled for hours, choked, and shot to death.
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Congress Pressing For Bigger FBI Crackdown On Business Fraud

Death: Jeannette Adelaide Steinbaker, FBI Secretary In 1930s

Jeannette Adelaide Steinbraker, 92, a secretary for the FBI in the 1930s. died Oct. 11 of congestive heart failure in Derwood, Md.,  the Washington Post reported.

After working at the FBI Steinbraker went to the National Cancer Institute, the paper reporter. She retired as  assistant grants administrator at the National Cancer Institute in 1981.