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Government And Muslim Scientist Do Battle

The government wants a federal judge to throw out a case involving a Muslim scientist who worked at a nuclear warship plant. They say it will expose national secrets. The scientist claims he’s being punished for criticizing the U.S. and the FBI.

By JOE MANDAK
Associated Press Writer
PITTSBURGH — A federal judge does not have the jurisdiction to second-guess security clearance decisions and should throw out a lawsuit by a Muslim scientist who claims he wrongly lost his clearance – and his job – at a nuclear warship plant, U.S. Justice Department attorneys said in court documents.
Lawyers for the Department of Energy contend the lawsuit filed by Egyptian-born scientist Abdel Moniem Ali El-Ganayni is an effort to publicize the security review process, which could pose a threat to the U.S.
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The Anthrax Suspect Was A Complicated Guy

Bruce E. Ivins

Bruce E. Ivins

Bruce E. Ivins, the suspected anthrax killer who committed suicide, was a complex person. Some friends saw him as a good person. Some evidence suggests he was a mad scientist — and a dangerous one at that.  Some are still not convinced he’s the killer. Soon to be a motion picture?

By Anne Hull, Marilyn W. Thompson and Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — Two days before he was found unconscious at home, felled by a lethal dose of Tylenol and valium, microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins logged on to one of the “express computers” on the second floor of the library in downtown Frederick.
He typed in the name of a Web site devoted to the anthrax-mailings investigation, a perplexing, unsolved case that had dragged on for seven years. At 7:13 p.m., the computer connected to a page that included comments from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who was confident that the case soon would be solved. “I tell you, we’ve made great progress in the investigation,” he said.
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County Commissioner’s Fla. Home Raided

Comm. Mary McCarty

Comm. Mary McCarty

Scandal continues to bubble in southern Florida. The latest: An FBI raid of a county commissioner’s home.

Maria Herrera and Mark Hollis
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty’s home was searched Friday by the FBI, making her the latest county official to come under scrutiny by federal investigators.
Federal agents descended on the 1930s bungalow in the 1100 block of Vista Del Mar where McCarty lives with her husband, Kevin. A man working on McCarty’s garden said the agents took pictures of the house and the cars and left shortly after 9 a.m. with boxes of documents.
“I have done nothing wrong,” McCarty said from another home the couple owns in Maine. “In my mind, this was an unnecessary act.”
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Ex-Alderman Aide Convicted In Chicago

An ex-alderman aide was convicted in Chicago, but got off on the bribery charges.

By Ofelia Casillas
Chicago Tribune.
CHICAGO — A federal jury on Friday convicted a one-time aide to former Chicago Ald. Arenda Troutman of mail fraud and making false statements to the FBI but acquitted him on two counts of bribery.
Steven Boone faces up to 6 1/2 years in prison. No sentencing date was set by U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo.
Troutman pleaded guilty last month to mail and tax fraud, admitting that she shook down developers for campaign contributions to throw her support behind construction projects.
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FBI Probes Las Vegas Homeowners Associations

In Las Vegas, there’s more than blackjack and poker going on — at least that’s what the FBI suspects. Agents are looking into suspicious links between homeowners associations and construction companies and lawyers.

By Adrienne Packer
Las Vegas Review-Journal
LAS VEGAS — In its sweeping investigation into homeowners associations, the federal government is digging up documents and correspondence related to association board members, attorneys and construction companies, according to a search warrant issued in the probe.
During searches of seven common-interest communities governed by homeowners associations, FBI agents sought ballot lists, ballots, envelopes and nomination forms.
Authorities are investigating whether individuals were planted on homeowners association boards to funnel business stemming from construction defect lawsuits to certain attorneys and construction companies.
Authorities are investigating whether individuals were planted on homeowners association boards to funnel business stemming from construction defect lawsuits to certain attorneys and construction companies.
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Zalmai Azmi To Retire From FBI

By Ben Bain
Government Leader News
Zalmai Azmi, the FBI’s chief information officer who has directed the bureau’s massive information technology upgrade projects for almost five years, announced today that he will be retiring from the government Oct. 17.
Azmi, a native of Afghanistan who has spent 24 years working for the federal government, said he was retiring to spend more time with his wife and three young children. Azmi said he was considering several opportunities in private industry but had not made any decision on where he would be going.

FBI Agents Arrest Arkansas Evangelist in Arizona

An evangelist didn’t have a prayer of eluding FBI agents Thursday. He was arrested in Arizona in connection with a sex scandal.

By The Associated Press
FLAGSTAFF, Az. – FBI agents on Thursday arrested evangelist Tony Alamo at an Arizona motel, alleging he transported minors across state lines for sexual purposes.
Alamo was staying at a hotel in Flagstaff, Ariz., when arrested, said FBI spokesman Steve Frazier in Little Rock.
The religious leader – who began his career as a California street preacher in 1966 – was scheduled for a federal court appearance Friday in Flagstaff.
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FBI Investigating Obama Incident In Oregon

Sen. Obama/senate photo

Sen. Obama/senate photo

Presidential campaigns always seem to get nasty and this one is no different. The feds are looking into an incident in which Sen. Barack Obama was hanged in effigy at a university in Oregon. Just who is behind it isn’t clear.

By Wade Nkrumah
The Oregonian
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation began looking Thursday into an incident in which presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama was hanged in effigy at George Fox University.
Beth Anne Steele, spokeswoman with the Portland office of the FBI, confirmed the agency has launched a preliminary investigation into Tuesday’s incident at the Newberg campus.
“We will take a look at the information that is out there and determine whether or not there’s a potential violation of federal law,” she said.
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