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NY Muslim Groups Resist Cooperating With Police

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After all the efforts by law enforcement to forge a lasting cooperation — particularly in the post-9/11 era —  some in the Muslim community in America remain skeptical.

The Associated Press reports  Muslim groups in New York are discouraging people from going to the New York police with concerns about terrorism, and are teaching members how to identify informants.

The distrust grows from allegations that the NYPD has spied on Muslim groups in many different ways, the AP reported.

The distrust goes far beyond NY. One national Muslim organization in California put a poster on its website warning Muslims not to talk to the FBI, thought the poster was later gotten rid of.

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FBI Report Says Hate Crime Rate Held Steady in 2010

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Hate crimes held steady in 2010, new FBI stats show, with 6,628 hate crime incidents reported for the year. That figure was slightly up from the 6,604 in 2009.

Almost half of all incidents were motivated by racial bias, according to the FBI report released Monday. Roughly 20 percent of the incidences were motivated by bias towards religious orientation and 19.3 percent because of sexual orientation.

Almost 60 percent of offenders were white, compared to the 18.4 overall black offenders.

Most incidents–31.4 percent–occurred in or near homes, while 17 percent took place on highways, roads, alleys and streets. Almost 11 percent occurred at schools or colleges.

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US, UK Security Directives Clash Over London Olympics; FBI Plans to Send 500 Agents

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Expressing deep unease about the UK’s restricting the scope of anti-terrorism “stop and search” powers, the U.S, plans to send about 1,000 security agents to the 2012 London Olympics, which will include a contingent of about 500 FBI agent, reports Adelaide Now.

“We are not equal partners in this,” said an unnamed UK security official of the United States, according to Adelaide Now. “They are being very demanding.”

“The Americans are risk-averse, with a capital ‘A’ and underlined. They want to see everything … They want to be on top of everything – building protection, counterterrorism strategy and VIP security – everything,” said another. “(The US) don’t do things by halves.”

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Hunt on for $600M; Smelling Like Fraud

Ex- NJ Gov. John Corzine

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

FBI investigators have found themselves in a “Whack-a-Mole” like search for $600 million in missing funds, reports MSNBC.

The search, in partnership with the Commodity Futures Training Commission and the SEC, is for lost customer cash in an investigation into New Jersey Gov. John Corzine’s now bankrupt brokerage firm MF Global. The missing funds are starting to smell like fraud, says former SEC chief accountant. “The fact that people today can’t tell us where the $600 million went is not a good sign.”

Investigators are looking into whether or not the firm used client money to fund its trades, an illegal practice, which may be difficult to determine. “They may have been involved in an aggressive interpretation of the securities laws,” said one anonymous  securities lawyer. “They met the letter of the law — the question is whether they met the spirit of the law.”

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Authorities Mistakenly Arrest Arab-American Leader

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — There’s different kinds of Ooops. There’s the recent one when presidential candidate Rick Perry had a senior moment during the debates. Then there’s the ones where authorities arrest the wrong guy.

This one involved the wrong guy.

The Detroit Free Press reports that police, acting on an FBI arrest warrant, mistakenly arrested an Arab-American leader in Dearborn Friday night in connection with a cigarette smuggling probe and supporting Hezbollah.

Ali Hammoud, president of the Bint Jebail Cultural Center, was released on Saturday after the FBI questioned him and figured out they had the wrong guy, the Free Press reported.

Detroit FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold told the Free Press: “The individual fit the description/identifiers of an active warrant. It was later determined it was not the correct individual, and he was released.”

 

Retired FBI Agent Herm Groman Isn’t Buying the Occupy Wall Street Movement

More on the Bernie Madoff Fallout: 8 SEC Workers Disciplined

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Madoff scandal is the gift that keeps giving.

The latest: David Hilzenrath of the Washington Post reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission has disciplined 8 of its employees as part of the agency’s failure to stop the fraud.

But Hilzenrath writes that no one was fired even though SEC’s head of human resources and a law firm hired that one person –described as a manager in the office that inspects investment firms — be fired.

Hilzenrath writes:

“The disclosure that no one was terminated comes at a time when street protesters and other critics who blame Wall Street for the country’s economic plight are questioning whether the government is serious about holding powerful wrongdoers accountable. This week, a federal judge excoriated the SEC for letting firms such as Citigroup settle fraud charges without admitting or denying wrongdoing.”

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DEA Agent Shot in Head in Afghanistan: Expected to Survive

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent who was shot in the head last week in Afghanistan during a mission remains hospitalized in suburban D.C., but is expected to survive, according to someone familiar with the situation.

Special agent Joe Piersante, a member of the Fast Team (Foreign Advisory Support Team), was seriously wounded in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

An internal memo from DEA Director Michele Leonhart said Piersante, working with “our International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) and Afghan law enforcement partners, FAST had just successfully executed a search warrant and were headed to their helicopter when they came under fire.”

He underwent extensive surgery after the shooting.

“Please keep Joe and all of his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers,” Leonhart wrote.