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Suspected Baltimore Terrorist Caught in FBI Sting Was Aware of Sting in Portland

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The 21-year-old  Baltimore man busted  in an FBI sting on charges of trying to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville, Md., , was aware of the  FBI sting in Portland in November involving a suspected terrorist, but decided to move forward with his plan anyways, the Associated Press reported.

Antonio Martinez, who converted to Islam and goes by the name Muhammad Hussain, was arrested Wednesday. AP reported that Martinez told an FBI informant that he was aware of the Portland incident in which a Somali born teen was arrested after trying to detonate a car bomb in Portland at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony which turned out to be a phony one provided by the FBI.

AP reported that Martinez, after hearing about the Portland case in late November, called the informant and demanded to know who he was.

“I’m not falling for no b.s.,” he told the informant, according to AP. The informant told him to think about the thing overnight and call him, which he did. Martinez said he wanted to move forward.

Senate Votes to Oust Fed Judge Thomas Porteous of New Orleans

Judge Thomas Porteous

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As expected, Thomas Porteous of New Orleans is no longer a federal judge.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to convict him on all four articles of impeachment that included allegations that he corruptly accepted meals, trips and other gifts from a bail bondsman while serving as a state judge, lied about a bankruptcy filing and failed to disclose his corrupt behavior during the confirmation process for federal judge.

The vote strips him of his lifetime presidential appointment and his $174,000 annual pension, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was appointed by President Clinton in 1994.

“Today brought closure to the long controversy over my actions as a federal district judge,” he said after the vote, according to the Times-Picayune. “I am deeply saddened to be removed from office but I felt it was important not just to me but to the judiciary to take this fight to the Senate.

“I am deeply grateful to those senators who voted against the articles. While I still believe these allegations did not rise to the level of impeachable offenses as a constitutional matter, I understand how people of good-faith could disagree.

“I will now be returning to Louisiana and my family. My family has been a constant and vital source of support throughout this ordeal. I have previously apologized for the mistakes that I committed in this case. I never disputed many of the underlying facts and I previously accepted punishment in the Fifth Circuit. While I disagree with the decision of the Senate, I must now accept that judgment.”

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FBI Busts Baltimore Man in Sting Who Tried to Blow Up Armed Forces Recruiting Station

By Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

In what has become an increasingly familiar scenario played out around the country, a Baltimore man was arrested Wednesday right after trying to detonate a phony bomb at an Armed Forces recruiting station in Catonsville, Md., in what turned out to be an FBI sting.

FBI agents on Wednesday morning arrested Antoino Martinez,  also known as Muhammad Hussain, 21, in Catonsville on charges of attempting to murder federal officers and employees, and attempted use of weapon of mass destruction against property owned, leased or used by the United States, according to a criminal complaint.

In recent times,  similar FBI stings have been carried out in Portland,  Northern Virginia, Dallas and Illinois.

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Son of Imprisoned CIA Agent Dodges Prison

Harold James Nicholson/cia photo

By Allan Lengel and Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

Like father, like son? Not any more.

Nathan Nicholson, the son of a high-ranking imprisoned CIA officer, avoided prison Tuesday as a result of his guilty plea in which he had agreed to cooperate against his father, the Oregonian newspaper reported. He was sentenced in federal court in Portland, Ore. to 5 years probation and 100 hour of community service.

His father, Harold James Nicholson, who was already in prison for espionage after pleading guilty in 1997, pleaded guilty once again in November to espionage in a case involving his son Nathan Nicholson and the Russians. The father was already serving a 23-year sentence.

Authorities alleged that the son had helped his imprisoned father collect some back payments from the Russians while passing on information.

The 26-year-old told The Associated Press and The Oregonian newspaper that he had idolized his father, but “after this, I want to be my own man now. I don’t want to live in someone’s shadow.”

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Madoff Investor Agrees to Surrender $625 Million

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

While world-class Ponzi swindler Bernie Madoff sits in prison, the feds are still trying to figure out ways to get back some of the funds for investors.

The latest came this week when federal  authorities announced they had struck a deal with Carl Shapiro, 97, a Boston area businessman and philanthropist, to surrender $625 million he made from his investments with Madoff. He was one of the earlier investors, beginning in the 1960s.

“For almost 40 years, Carl Shapiro invested hundreds of millions of dollars with Bernie Madoff but withdrew far more,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “By requiring him to forfeit this money—more than he is currently worth—the government and the SIPA Trustee have sent an important message: those who profited as a result of Bernard Madoff’s fraud should disgorge those profits, which are rightfully other people’s money.”

“As we approach the two-year anniversary of the Bernard Madoff arrest, this settlement represents a significant step in the restitution of retirements, pensions, and university endowments that were robbed with blatant disregard for the law,” added FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice Fedarcyk in New York. “It takes a special depravity to victimize so many people so severely.”

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that a court trustee, seeking more Madoff funds,  is negotiating to recover money from the owner of the New York Mets.

 

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Dallas Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Shooting ATF Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Dallas Man nicknamed “G-Bone” pleaded guilty Monday to shooting and wounding an ATF agent who had come to arrest him, authorities said.

Gary Montgomery,39, who now faces up to 20 years in prison, also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater in Dallas to distributing crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities said he is associated with the Highland Hill Posse street gang.

Court document indicate that on Sept. 2 at around 6 a.m. ATF agent tried to enter Montgomery’s Dallas home to execute an arrest warrant.

After a number of agents identified themselves by yelling “Police With a Search Warrant”, two of the ATF agents tried to enter through the front door, authorities said.

Montgomery responded by firing off shots from a 9 mm handgun through the front door. One agent was hit in the abdomen.

Robert R. Champion, head of the ATF in Dallas said “we are relieved and pleased that” the agent ” was able to recover from the shooting and was able to return to work.”

FBI Warns “Video Girl” Barbie Has Potential for Child Porn

ATF Whistleblower Edgar Domenech to Become NY City Sheriff

Edgar Domenech

Edgar Domenech/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who knew New York City had a sheriff?

Well, native New Yorker Edgar Domenech, the whistleblower who was Deputy Director of ATF until he was demoted in 2007 after raising questions about financial mismanagement in 2007, has been named the city’s new sheriff, according to the New York Daily News.

Domenech is retiring from ATF as head of its Washington field office.

“Most people don’t realize that New York City has a sheriff,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, according to the Daily News. “He does not ride around on a horse, carry a six-shooter and look for cattle rustlers, but as the city’s chief civil law enforcement officer, he really is vitally important to the safety and well-being of New York.”

Domenech duties will include collecting from dead-beat dads. The New York City Sheriff’s Office is the civil law enforcement division of the New York City Department of Finance.

He said his whistleblower background will reinforce “the importance that I believe management has to have in protecting the taxpayers,” the Daily News reported.