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OUCH! Armed Pa. Man Under Investigation Bites 2 FBI Agents and Draws Blood

By Allan Lengel

Authorities say a Pennsylvania man carrying a loaded gun bit two FBI agents who tried to restrain him outside a fast food restaurant after he appeared to be reaching for his weapon, the Associated Press reported.

The agents arrested Emerson Begolly, 21, in New Bethlehem, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday, AP reported.

Begolly, who had posted pro-terrorist songs and statements online, was sitting in a car outside a fast food restaurant when one of the agents opened the door, AP wrote. Authorities declined to say what the agents were up to,  but a criminal complaint said agents had an interest in him.

After the agent opened the door, AP reported that Begolly screamed and reached into his jacket, prompting agents to prevent him from getting what they suspected was a gun, according to the criminal complaint.

“Agents attempted to control Begolly, Begolly bit both agents and drew blood,” the complaint said, according to the AP. The complaint said agents found a 9mm handgun inside his jacket with the safety “off” and one round in the chamber.

AP reported that Begolly’s was an online student at Penn State University. He was scheduled for a court appearance Thursday.

IRS Revenue Agent Admits Filing False Tax Returns for Himself and Unsuspecting Relatives

By Allan Lengel

Let’s face it, we seldom expect an IRS employee to cheat on their taxes. And then get caught?

Well….meet Albert Bront.

Bront, an IRS revenue agent,  pleaded guilty Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court to filing false tax returns for himself and innocent relatives, who were duped, authorities said.  He  claimed, among other things, bogus deductions for alimony and mortgage payments.

Bront, 51, a former Santa Clarita, Calif. resident, pleaded guilty to one count of subscribing to a false return and two counts of assisting others in subscribing to false tax returns. He admitted filing fraudulent tax returns for the tax years 2003 through 2007.

Additionally, he secretly filed tax returns for his relatives and stole their large tax refunds, authorities said.

Authorities said he had been on unpaid leave from the IRS since  2009, will remain in jail until his April 13  sentencing.

As part of his scam, he prepared a tax return for an unsuspecting relative in 2004, and fraudulently claimed the relative paid property taxes and mortgage interest on a property. He ended up collecting more than $10,000 from the inflated tax refund and failed to report it as income, authorities said.

FBI Dir. Mueller Defends Terrorist Stings at Opening of Crime Lab in Calif.

Robert Mueller III/fbi file photo

By Allan Lengel

In response to a string of FBI stings around the country involving terrorist suspects, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday defended the tactic, calling it “absolutely essential” to public safety, according to the Associated Press.

“We have been tremendously successful in thwarting attacks,” Mueller said at a news conference in Santa Ana,  Calif, where he was attending the official opening of an FBI cyber crime lab that will examine data and files from cell phones, flash drives and computers for criminal cases, the AP reported.

“We are very careful in these investigations. … They are absolutely essential if we are to protect the community against terrorist attacks.”

“There has not been yet to my knowledge a defendant who has been acquitted in asserting the entrapment defense,” Mueller said.

The comments come in wake of some criticism that the stings amount to entrapment and create big-time terrorists out of lost souls who likely would have never committed an act of terrorism without the FBI.

In the past several months, the FBI has pulled off stings in Portland,Ore. and the Baltimore and Washington areas.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. has also come out publicly defending the FBI tactics.

(To read about the new cyber  crime lab click here)

Ex-Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark Visits Gaza Strip for “Solidarity Mission”

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Attorney Gen. Ramsey Clark, who served on Saddam Hussein’s defense team, and has seldom shied away from controversy, was in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for what the Associated Press described as a “solidarity mission.”

AP reported that on the first day of the three-day trip Clark met with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, whose office later said they discussed Israel’s blockade of Gaza and the recent conflicts between Palestinians and Israel. Hamas is still listed in the U.S. as a terrorist organization.

Clark was Attorney General from 1967 to 1969 under President Johnson.

Clark was active in the anti-Vietnam war movement and visited Hanoi in 1972 to protest the U.S. bombings there.

In 1991, he accused President George H.W. Bush and others in the administration of crimes against humanity for the Gulf War and the subsequent sanctions.

Sixteen Years After Being Declared an FBI Fugitive: Where the Heck is Mobster Whitey Bulger?

Chicago Fed Jury Convicts White Supremacist Who Advocated Violence Against a Juror

By Allan Lengel

A self-proclaimed white-supremacist was convicted Wednesday in Chicago federal court of soliciting violence against a Jewish jury foreman who helped convict another white-supremacist, Matthew Hale in 2004.

William A. White, 33, of Roanoke, Va., was convicted of one count of solicitation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

White was charged with advocating violence on his website against Chicago juror Mark Hoffman.

He wrote that Hoffman was a “gay, Jewish anti-racist” who wrongfully helped convict Hale, and posted Hoffman’s address and home phone number, with hopes that someone would do him harm, authorities said.

Hoffman helped convict Hale, who  had ordered his head of security — who turned out to be an FBI informant — to kill U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, according to the Sun-Times reported. At some point, two family members of Judge Lefkow’s were murdered by a disgruntled litigant not affiliated with a white supremacist group, the Sun-Times reported.

“While freedom of speech is among our most cherished rights, the First Amendment does not protect anyone who intends to induce others to kill or injure,” said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. “It is critical to our system of justice that jurors and judges alike must be free to perform their duties without living in fear.”

White also had postings encouraging violence against people like Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.


White House Delays ATF Regulation Requiring Gun Dealers Along Mexican Border to Report Bulk Sales

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday delayed implementation of an ATF rule that would have required gun dealers on the Mexican border to report bulk sales of automatic weapons, the website Talking Points Memo reported.

Reporter Ryan J. Reilly reported that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget was supposed to give the ATF the green light for the policy on Wednesday, but said it needed more time to review it. Specifically, the rule, being opposed by some gun groups, would require gun dealers to report sales of two or more rifles to one person within five days.

“ATF’s information collection request is still under review,” an administration official told TPM.


Comment from Jim Burdick | [e]
Time January 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

The delay is because the and 2nd Amendment crowd (misreading the Amendment of course) are beating down the White House door and fighting like mad to “keep” the President from “taking our guns” away.

Comment from Yardbird1948 | [e]
Time January 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

The delay may be because the President doesn’t want to be associated with a rule that can be proved useless.

Judge Tosses Suit Against DEA By Agent Who Shot Himself

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington last week tossed a lawsuit filed by DEA agent Lee Paige, who claimed the agency leaked an embarrassing video of him accidentally shooting himself with a Glock 40 while demonstrating gun safety to children in Orlando in 2004, the Associated Press reported.

The video was aired nationally and became the subject of late night talk show jokes.

AP reported that Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom said Paige, 50, provided no evidence as to who made the video public. Paige’s suit was based on violation of privacy.

Before the gun went off, Paige told the children he was the only one in the room who could safely handle the gun, according to the video below.

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