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Column: Ex-FBI Agent Says Scathing IG Report Doesn’t Faze Bureau in Raids on Anti-War Activitists

Rowley in center

Rowley in center

By Coleen  Rowley
Ex-FBI Agent
For Huffington Post

The war on dissent, rather than terrorism, continued full steam with FBI SWAT teams breaking down doors at 7 am Friday (Sept 24) morning and raiding the homes of several anti-war leaders and activists in Minneapolis, Chicago and possibly a couple other Midwest cities.

Members of the FBI’s “Joint Terrorism Task Force” spent a few hours at each Minneapolis residence, seizing personal photographs and papers, computers and cell phones as well as serving Federal Grand Jury subpoenas on the various activists.

Obviously the scathing review of post 9-11 FBI “terrorism investigations” targeting various peace and social justice groups completed by the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) and just issued four days ago gave no pause to the FBI to reflect before continuing to do more of the same.

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Senate Confirms 6 U.S. Attys.; Total Up to 72

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

Joseph Hogsett/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Senate on Wednesday night confirmed six U.S. Attorneys, upping the total number to 72, with five nominees still awaiting confirmation by the full Senate, the website Main Justice reported.

The U.S. Attorneys who got the nod from the Senate include: Joseph Hogsett for the Southern District of Indiana; Michael J. Moore for the Middle District of Georgia; Robert E. O’Neill for the Middle District of Florida; William C. Killian for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Mark Green for the Eastern District of Oklahoma; and Michael C. Ormsby for the Eastern District of Washington.

Father and Son Team Want Off Blago Case

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The father and son legal team that represented chatty ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked a judge to release them as the lawyers in the case, the Associated Press reports.

A hearing is set for Friday in downtown Chicago  in preparation for the retrial for the for Blagojevich, who was convicted on only one of 24 counts. The jury was deadlocked on the remaining 23.

AP reported that the father and son team of Sam Adam Jr. and Sam Adam Sr. did not specify why they want to be released, but said they want to remain as advisors.

Cargo Shipping Firms Agree to Pay $50.2 Million Criminal Fines in Price Fixing Scheme

justice dept. logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Six international freight companies agreed this week to pay criminal fines totaling $50.2 million for their role in a price fixing scheme involving international cargo, the Justice Department said.

“The department’s investigation uncovered six different conspiracies harming businesses and consumers in the United States and across the globe,” Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, said in a statement. “Our investigation continues in this important industry.”

Authorities said the six companies, known as “freight forwarders”, manage the domestic and international delivery of cargo for customers by receiving, packaging, preparing and warehousing cargo freight, arranging for cargo shipment through transportation providers such as air carriers and steamship lines, preparing shipment documentation, and providing related ancillary services.”

Authorities alleged that the companies met and agreed to “coordinate various charges and fees on customers purchasing international freight forwarding services for cargo freight destined for air shipment to the United States.” The agreements came between 2002 and 2007.

The companies are: EGL Inc., a Houston-based company; Kühne + Nagel International AG, based in Schindellegi, Switzerland (K+N); Geologistics International Management (Bermuda) Limited, based in Hamilton, Bermuda; Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd., based in Basel, Switzerland; Schenker AG, based in Essen, Germany; and BAX Global Inc., a Toledo, Ohio-based company.

FBI Says Ex-NY University Official Forced Students to Perform Chores For Scholarships

SJ_LogoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now it’s the feds turn to teach Cecilia Chang, former vice president and dean of a New York university, a big lesson.

Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday indicted the former St. John’s University official for allegedly threatening to revoke scholarships if students failed to carry out certain tasks like cook, shovel snow, clean, wash clothes and chauffeur her family, who lives in Queens.

She also had students deliver money to her at a casino, authorities alleged in a court document. She is charged with soliciting and accepting payments of things of value as an agent of an organization and forced labor.

FBI agent Kenneth F. Hosey in an affidavit said that Chang had the authority to grant “discretionary scholarships” to up to 15 students each year.

“Chang threatened the students and placed them in fear that if they refused to perform these personal services, they would lose their scholarships and be unable to attend St. John’s,” Hosey wrote.

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Scores Charged in Cybertheft of Millions from U.S. Banks

computer1By Allan Lengel
AOL News

More than than 60 people were indicted today on charges of stealing millions of dollars from U.S. bank accounts through mischievous computer attacks.

In announcing the local and federal indictments, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York said that modern high-tech bank heists no longer require “a gun, a mask, a note or a getaway car. … It requires only the Internet and ingenuity. And it can be accomplished in the blink of an eye, with just a click of the mouse.”

Authorities said the cyberattacks began in Eastern Europe with the e-mailing of a malware known as “Zeus Trojan.”

The e-mails were sent to municipalities and small businesses in the United States, and once they were opened, the malware embedded itself in the computers, recording keystrokes of account numbers and passwords when users logged into bank accounts, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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Mi. Atty. Gen. Says FBI Did Not Violate Law in Fatally Shooting of Imam

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Michigan Attorney General said the FBI violated no state laws when it fatally shot a Detroit mosque leader Luqman Ameen Abdullah during a raid of a suburban warehouse last October, the Detroit News reported.

“My office’s review found undisputed evidence that Mr. Abdullah resisted arrest and fired a gun first in the direction of the agents,” Attorney General Mike Cox said, according to the News. “Under Michigan law, law enforcement agents are justified in using deadly force in these types of situations, and therefore we found no crimes.”

Abdullah, an imam, was shot 20 times by FBI agents after he reportedly fired a weapon and killed an FBI dog. The shooting occurred during a raid on a warehouse in Dearborn in connection with stolen goods.

The Justice Department is currently reviewing an internal FBI probe of the matter, the News reported.

Report: Holocaust Museum Shooter Targeted White House’s David Axelrod

James von Brunn/facebook photo

James von Brunn/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Weeks after a white supremacist shot and killed a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington in 2009, White House senior adviser David Axelrod showed up at his favorite Chicago Jewish deli with an entourage of Secret Service agents.

In the past, he had no protection. But in July 2009, it was different. He was spotted with the added protection at Manny’s, a cafeteria-style deli on South Jefferson Street.

At the time, few knew why he suddenly was getting protection, though it was clear plenty of citizens around the nation were up in arms over President Barack Obama’s push for health care reform.

But now Time magazine reports that the Holocaust museum shooter, James von Brunn, who shot and killed an African-American guard, also had someone else on his list: David Axelrod. The magazine suggests the threat prompted the new protection detail.

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