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FBI Investigating Florida Congressman Mahoney

Congressman Mahoney/official photo

Congressman Mahoney/official photo

The tanking economy may not be helpful to Republican candidates. But Democrat Tim Mahoney is learning that a sex scandal and an FBI probe aren’t a big plus in the final stretch of a campaign.

By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press Writer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The FBI is investigating whether Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney broke any laws or misused federal money when he hired a mistress to work in his office, a senior federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Federal agents also are examining whether a second affair Mahoney was having with a high-level official in his Florida district was behind his decision to push for federal emergency funds for her county, the official said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation. The person noted investigators would likely need both women’s help to pursue the matter. The cases would be hard to prove without them.
Mahoney has called for a House Ethics Committee investigation of his own conduct and said he would be cleared of wrongdoing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also called for an investigation.

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FBI Investigates ACORN And Voter Fraud

Will this scandal impact the election?

By Lara Jakes Jordan
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating whether the community activist group ACORN helped foster voter registration fraud around the nation before the presidential election. A senior law enforcement official confirmed the investigation to The Associated Press on Thursday.
A second senior law enforcement official says the FBI was looking at results of recent raids on ACORN offices in several states for any evidence of a coordinated national scam.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Justice Department regulations forbid discussing ongoing investigations particularly so close to an election.
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Read ACORN Statement

Sen. Stevens Testifies That He Did No Wrong

The Stevens trial has had its fair share of ups and downs for both sides. The outcome looks uncertain. Now Stevens has stepped up to testify on his own behalf.  Will it tip the case in his favor? We’ll see what the jurors have to say.

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Stevens/official photo

By Richard Mauer and Erika Bolstad
Anchorage Daily News
WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Stevens took the stand in his own defense this afternoon, asserting in a dramatic and rapid-fire exchange with his lawyer that he has done no wrong.
“Senator, when you signed those forms, did you believe they were accurate and truthful?” asked his lawyer, Brendan Sullivan.
“Yes sir,” Stevens said.
“Did you ever intentionally file false disclosure forms?” his lawyer asked.
“No, I did not,” Stevens said.
“Did you ever engage in any scheme to conceal anything from the Senate?” Sullivan asked.
“No sir,” Stevens said.
The 84-year-old Alaska Republican is on trial for failing to report more than $250,000 in alleged gifts and services, largely from the oil field service company Veco and its chief executive, his former friend Bill Allen. Most of the gifts are connected to renovations that doubled the size of the Stevenses’ home.
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Read Defense’s Latest Motion-Oct. 16
Read Government’s Latest Motion-Oct. 16

The Real “Donnie Brasco” Refuses To Testify In Mob Trial

The Hollywood flavor of this FBI/mob trial in Miami only grew stronger today when the legendary “Donnie Brasco” himself refused to testify.

The Movie "Donnie Brasco"

The Movie

By David Ovalle
The Miami Herald
MIAMI — Even in shades and a cap, ”Donnie Brasco” would not testify.
Joe Pistone, the ex-FBI agent who used the undercover moniker to infiltrate the New York Mafia in the 1970s, refused to testify Wednesday in defense of another former agent on trial for murder in Miami.
Pistone, whose experiences were made into the 1997 movie Donnie Brasco starring Johnny Depp, declined because a judge refused to bar media cameras from filming him or snapping photos.
Lawyers cited safety — the Mafia still wanted to kill Pistone, whose work as an undercover jewel thief led to the convictions of over 100 Mafia members.
He had offered to testify as an expert on the difficulties of prosecuting the Mafia. On trial: John Connolly, a former FBI agent in Boston, accused of helping orchestrate a murder in Miami in 1982.
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FBI Says Computer Spying and Theft Of Info Rising

While the traditional ground wars rage on in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world, the cyber war is quietly raging around the world. Are we prepared to fight this one?

By Randall Mikkelsen
REUTERS
WASHINGTON – Computer spying and theft of personal information have risen notably in the past year, costing tens of millions of dollars and threatening U.S. security, the FBI’s cyber division head said Wednesday.
FBI Assistant Director Shawn Henry told reporters that organized-crime groups are drawn by the ease of reaching millions of potential victims.
He said as many as two dozen countries have taken an “aggressive interest” in penetrating the networks of U.S. companies and government agencies.
He declined to specify countries, but U.S. intelligence agencies have voiced concern over Russia and China’s abilities to electronically spy on the United States and disrupt U.S. computer networks.
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FBI Says Justifiable Homicides Highest In More Than Decade

For whatever reason, killing people is becoming more justifiable, according to an FBI report. Is it a sign of a societal decline?

By Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY
The number of justifiable homicides committed by police and private citizens has been rising in the past two years to their highest levels in more than a decade, reflecting a shoot-first philosophy in dealing with crime, say law enforcement analysts.
The 391 killings by police that were ruled justifiable in 2007 were the most since 1994, FBI statistics show. The 254 killings by private individuals found to be self-defense were the most since 1997.
The FBI says a homicide committed by a private citizen is justified when a person is slain during the commission of a felony, such as a burglary or robbery. Police are justified, the FBI says, when felons are killed while the officer is acting in the line of duty. Rulings on these deaths are usually made by the local police agencies involved.
Some law enforcement analysts say the numbers represent changing attitudes on the streets, where police have felt more threatened by well-armed offenders, and citizens have taken greater responsibility for their own safety.
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N.Y. FBI May Use Dogs To Find Mobster Bodies

The FBI has found one mobster’s body so far, but they’re taking a break from the dig to regroup. Is it time for the dogs?

William Cutolo: Only Body Found So Far/cbs

William Cutolo: Only Body Found So Far/cbs

By Robert Kessler
Newsday
EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — FBI agents are considering bringing in cadaver dogs, trained to find human remains, to help search for two of the three bodies that were supposed to be buried by mob hit men in a sprawling industrial park in East Farmingdale, according to sources familiar with the excavation.
After 12 days at the site, FBI agents using shovels and backhoes have so far found only the body of William Cutolo, a former underboss of the Colombo family.
An informant has told the FBI that the site was used as a mob burial ground since 1994 for the bodies of Cutolo; Carmine Gargano, a Pace University undergraduate whose relative had clashed with a Colombo associate; and Richard Greaves, a Colombo associate who was thought to have become an informant.

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Muslim Fired From Nuclear Warship Plant Demands Hearing

A Muslim scientist who was fired from a nuclear warship components plant wants an administrative hearing on his dismissal. He insists he was fired for criticizing America and the FBI.  The government  simply wants it all to go away.

Joe Mandak
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH – A Muslim scientist who lost his security clearance and his job at a nuclear warship components plant deserves an administrative hearing to learn more about why he was fired and to ensure Department of Energy regulations were followed, his attorney told a federal judge Tuesday.
Abdel Moniem El-Ganayni, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the department this year, saying he was wrongly fired for speaking out against U.S. foreign policy and the alleged mistreatment of Muslims by the FBI.
Tuesday’s hearing was not about getting El-Ganayni rehired, but to prevent Energy Department officials from hiding behind a claim of national security if he was actually discriminated against, said Witold “Vic” Walczak, legal director of the ACLU in Pennsylvania.
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Read El-Ganayni’s Latest Court Motion-Oct. 14