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Fed’s Cases Against Blackwater “Beginning to Fall Apart”, NY Times Reports

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Blackwater Worldwide, the security firm that became a toxic symbol of America in Afghanistan and Iraq, may be getting a bigger break than it ever imagined.

James Risen of the New York Times reports that after nearly four years the federal government’s investigations and prosecutions against the Blackwater Worldwide workers overseas “are beginning to fall apart, burdened by a legal obstacle of the government’s own making.”

The latest example came Monday when the Justice Department announced it would not seek murder charges against Andrew J. Moonen, who is of killing a guard assigned to an Iraqi vice president in 2006, the Times reported.

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20-Year Old Woman Becomes Police Chief in Drug-Riddled Mexican Border Town; No One Else Wants the Job

Fed Judge Rules Bank of China Can Be Sued in Terrorism Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — In an eye-brow raising ruling likely to get challenged, a federal judge in Washington ruled Wednesday that the Bank of China can be sued for allegedly supporting terrorism in a 2006 suicide bombing case in Israel, the Washington Post reported.

Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth, in an 118-page ruling, struck down a request by the state-controlled bank to be dropped from the case.

The South Florida parents of 16-year-old Daniel Wultz filed the suit after their son was killed in a Tel Aviv restaurant in a bombing the Palenstinian group Islamic Jihad took credit for, the Post reported. The group is supported by Syria and Iran.

Judge Lamberth/court photo

In the suit, Wultz’s parents, Yekutiel and Sheryl Wultz, are asking for $300 million in damages from Iran and Syria and the Bank of China (BOC).

“The 2008 lawsuit alleges that officials at the Bank of China ignored warnings by senior Israeli officials that Islamic Jihad was financing deadly bombings through a Bank of China account in the United States maintained by a purported senior officer of the militant group, Said al-Shurafa,” the Post reported.

“The Court must assume the truth of this allegation, which is plausible because it is reasonable to assume that, although BOC is not directly owned by China . . . China does exert a measure of control over the BOC through China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China,” the judge wrote.

Wang Baodong, a Chinese Embassy spokesman in Washington, told the Post that China opposes terrorism and “strongly question the allegations in question.”

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IG Report Highly Critical of FBI’s Sentinel Computer Project; FBI Calls Report Unfair

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department’s Inspector General report released Wednesday sharply criticized the FBI for its handling of a yet to be completed case management system  that will convert the agency’s criminal records from paper to computers, saying it is still fraught with problems including cost overruns.  The report also expressed concern that delays may result in some components of the system being obsolete.

But the FBI quickly shot back with a statement Wednesday, characterizing the  report on the “Sentinel Project” as unfair.

“We believe that the interim report does not accurately reflect the FBI’s management of the Sentinel project, and fails to credit the FBI with taking corrective action to keep it on budget,” the FBI said in a statement.

“Moreover, the interim report comes at a time when the FBI has changed its plan for completing the project, and the Department of Justice has authorized us to go forward with our new approach. The report, however, continues to rely on outdated cost estimates that do not apply to the current FBI plan.”

The Inspector General’s 29-page report entitled  “Status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Implementation of the Sentinel Proejct”  concluded:

“As of August 2010, the FBI’s Sentinel system is at least 2 years behind schedule and at least $100 million over budget. According to its original system plan, Sentinel was to be fully completed by now. However, only two of Sentinel’s intended four phases have been substantially completed, and some of the most difficult tasks are still to come.”

“The FBI has spent about $405 million for the development of the functionality that it has provided to date, along with aspects of the project that may or may not be implemented depending on a reassessment the FBI is now performing in an effort to complete Sentinel within its defined budget of $451 million.”

“We are also concerned that the longer the full implementation of Sentinel takes, the more likely it is that already implemented hardware and software features will become obsolete.”

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Ex-Secret Service Agent Says He Almost Mistakenly Shot Pres. Johnson

President JohnsonBy Allan Lengel
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This would have been what we call a career-ending move.

Former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine says in his new book that he almost shot President Lyndon B. Johnson hours after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the Associated Press reported.

Blaine writes in his book “The Kennedy Detail” that he was on a detail at night guarding Johnson’s Washington home on Nov. 23, 1963, just after Kennedy had been shot and Johnson had been sworn in, when he heard footsteps approaching, AP reported.

Blaine wrote that he picked up his submachine gun and pointed at the chest of the man who ended up being Johnson.

AP reported that the incident left Blaine chilled, realizing the nation could have lost a second president hours after losing Kennedy.

FBI Digging For Mobster’s Body in Long Island

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sometimes in order to find the answer, you have to dig deep — literally.

That’s what the FBI was doing Tuesday in Long Island: Digging for the remains of a reputed Colombo mobster killed 15 years ago, the New York Daily News reports.

The paper reported that is looking for the remains of mobster Richard Greaves in an industrial park in East Farmingdale. Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman, told the News that nothing was found and digging would likely resume Wednesday.

The Daily News reported that bones of another gangland murder victim, Colombo capo William (Wild Bill) Cutolo, were discovered at the site in 2008.

The paper reported that “Mob rat Joseph (Joey Caves) Competiello admitted participating in Greaves’ murder in August 1995. He told the feds that Greaves, suspected of being an informant, was lured to mobster Dino (Little Dino) Saracino’s home on 76th St. in Brooklyn and shot to death in the basement.”

Va Man Expected to Plead Guilty to Supporting Somali Terrorists

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A Northern Virginia man who found little humor in the animated show “South Park”, and wished death to its creators on the Internet, is scheduled to plead guilty to supporting Somali terrorists, the Washington Post reports.

The paper reports that Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Bristow, Va., will plead guilty at 2 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

The Post reported that Chesser, a George Mason University “dropout who became an Internet propagandist for al-Qaeda under the name Abu Talhah al-Amrikee, Chesser was arrested July 21 after being placed on the no-fly list and stopped from traveling with his infant son from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Somalia.”

He allegedly told FBI agents that he planned to join the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab, which is tied to al Qaeda.

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