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ATF Must Rely on Antiquated Measures to Trace Shootings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Tracking down shootings is nothing like it is on TV.

In fact, the ATF is barred from keeping track of guns under a federal law, the Associated Press reports.

It’s illegal to even search for a gun unless it’s used in a crime.

“It’s not CSI, and it’s not a sophisticated computer system,” Charles J. Houser, who runs the ATF’s National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, W. Va., said of tracing guns.

Searches begin when police turn over information on the gun.

Then ATF officials pinpoint the gun dealer with more information on the buyer.

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Iceland Removed Two FBI Agents During Worldwide WikiLeaks Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Iceland expelled two FBI agents who were trying to interview an unidentified WikiLeaks associate in August 2011, the country’s interior minister revealed Friday, Info Security Magazine reports.

Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson said FBI agents showed up unannounced to Iceland, long a supporter of free speech.

“Jónasson demanded that the FBI agents pack their bags, get back on board, and leave the country,” WikiLeaks spokesperson in Iceland, Kristinn Hrafnsson said. “The matter was then brought before the cabinet and a formal protest was issued to US authorities.”

Jonasson defended his decision.

“I, for one, was not aware that they were coming to Iceland,” he said. “When I learned about it, I demanded that Icelandic police cease all cooperation and made it clear that people interviewed or interrogated in Iceland should be interrogated by Icelandic police.”

Muhammed Ali’s Boxing Trainer Met Secretely with FBI about Nation of Islam

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Muhammed Ali’s trainer and promoter met with FBI agents in 1964 to share information about the boxer’s ties to Nation of Islam, according to confidential documents obtained by The Smoking Gun.

Two weeks before Ali beat Sonny Liston in the famous fight, trainer Angelo Dundee and his brother Chris, who promoted the fight, provided the identities of members of the Nation of Islam, The Smoking Gun reported.

Three weeks later, Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammed Ali and joined the Nation of Islam.

The FBI was worried about the Nation of Islam, calling it a “semi-religious Negro organization which preaches extreme hatred of the white man.”

Column: Ex-Detroit Mayor Saw Friends, Supporters and Aides as Potential ATMs

Kwame Kilpatrick/deadline detroit

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Back in 1989 when I was reporter for The Detroit News I covered a federal trial involving Detroit 36th District Court Judge Leon Jenkins, who was accused of taking bribes to fix traffic tickets.

The FBI had him on video taking cash bribes from Sam Dickow, who owned a party store behind the Fox Theater. Dickow was cooperating with feds and let them install cameras in his store.

Miraculously, Jenkins got off. I was shocked. So were the FBI agents and prosecutors. It seems as if the jury felt he was entrapped.

During his trial, Jenkins, an amiable guy, was bumping into a very attractive secretary who worked in the courthouse. A romance blossomed and before you know it he was sending out wedding invites that included this: “Cash Gifts Appreciated.” At the time, I thought: How tacky. Is there no shame for a guy accused of bribery?

Fast-forward to the same courthouse 24 years later.

Kwame Kilpatrick, the ex-mayor of Detroit, is on trial for bribery and corruption and income tax evasion. In an attempt to explain the origin of the $500,000-plus in cash he deposited in bank accounts while mayor — and why his expenditures exceeded his city salary — his attorney Jim Thomas has suggested he got loads of cash gifts from generous friends and supporters who attended his birthday and wedding parties. The government claims the money simply came from bribes and kickbacks.

On Friday, Thomas, in an effort to try and save his client from going to prison for a long time, showed how shameless Kilpatrick could be.

He showed jurors a 1995 wedding invitation with a similar phrase to the one Leon Jenkins used: “Cash Gifts Preferred.” Kilpatrick wasn’t mayor yet, but that pattern of shameless solicitation carried over into his reign as the city’s top elected official.

To read more click here.

Ex-Head of the Minneapolis FBI Attacks B. Todd Jones’ ATF nomination

Todd Jones

 
DAN BROWNING and PAUL MCENROE
Minneapolis Star Tribune staff writers
A former director of the Minneapolis FBI office sent a letter this week to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee denouncing B. Todd Jones’ performance as U.S. attorney in Minnesota as they prepare to consider his nomination to director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Donald E. Oswald, 54, a self-declared Democrat and supporter of President Obama, said he felt “morally compelled” to alert the committee about what he describes as Jones’ “atrocious professional reputation within the federal law enforcement community” in Minnesota.

“He was, and still remains, a significant impediment for federal law enforcement to effectively protect the citizens of Minnesota from violent gang, drug and gun activities,” Oswald wrote in an eight-page, single-spaced letter.

Oswald said he decided to go public with his concerns because active law enforcement officers in Minnesota are afraid to do so.

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U.S. Border Budget Exceeds Combined Budgets of FBI, ATF, Secret Service and ATF

Doris Meisnner
New York Times Column

Because the United States has experienced high levels of illegal immigration across the Mexican border from the early 1970s until the onset of the recession in 2008, border security and enforcement have been the dominant focus for immigration policymaking over decades, especially since 9/11. With it came deep public skepticism about the government’s will and ability to enforce immigration laws.

As Congress and the president negotiate border security as part of a broad immigration reform bill, it’s important to recognize that we already have formidable immigration enforcement machinery at work in the U.S. interior, and at the borders and beyond, because of sustained bipartisan support over successive administrations.

In a report, we note that the federal government spent nearly $18 billion in fiscal 2012 on its two main immigration enforcement agencies, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and for its primary enforcement technology, United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology. That is 24 percent more than what was spent on all other federal criminal law enforcement agencies – the F.B.I., D.E.A., Secret Service, Marshal’s Service and A.T.F. — combined. In the 26 years since the Immigration Reform and Control Act ushered in the current era of immigration control policies, the nation has spent nearly $187 billion ($219 billion in 2012 dollars) on immigration enforcement.

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Sen. Menendez Wielded Influence to Help Businessman Accused of Providing Him with Young Prostitutes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before FBI agents raided the office a South Florida eye doctor accused of paying for young prostitutes for Sen. Bob Menendez, the Democratic senator from New Jersey helped used his influence to advocate for a $1 billion business for the doctor, the Miami Herald reports.

The Herald wrote that Menendez was urging the Obama administration in July to help Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Palm Beach County eye doctor, intervene in a contract dispute with the Dominican Republic.

According to the Herald, Melgen was hoping to enforce a contract his business won to X-ray Dominican Republic port cargo.

“You have another company that has American investors that … has a contract actually given to it by the — ratified by the Dominican Congress — to do X-ray of all of the cargo that goes through the ports,” Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, said at the July 31 hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. “And they don’t want to live by that contract either.”

Menedez’s office said the senator did nothing inappropriate.

Jury: Somali-Born Bombing Suspect Guilty of Terrorism After Portland Bombing Attempt

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Somali-American who claimed the FBI manipulated him to detonate what he thought was a bomb at a Christmas tree ceremony in Portland in 2010 was found guilty Thursday of terrorism-related charges, the Associated Press reports.

The Mohamed Mohamud, 21, who did not testify, will be sentenced May 14.

Prosecutors were able to convince jurors that Mohamud intended to kill a lot of people in the name of radical Islam and that he was not entrapped by FBI agents who offered to help him create a bomb, the AP reported.

“Mr. Mohamud made a series of choices over a period of several years – choices that were leading him down a path that would have ended in violence,” said Greg Fowler, who leads the FBI office in Portland. “His actions showed little regard for the rights and responsibilities that come with being an American or respect for the lives that he was prepared to take.”

Mohamud’s attorney, Steve Sady, said he plans to appeal after sentencing on May 14.

“We are disappointed with the verdict,” Mohamud’s attorney, Steve Sady, said. “We obviously though he was entrapped.”