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Feds Charge 7-Time Cy Young Winner Roger Clemens With Lying to Congress About Steroids

*Jan 06 - 00:05*By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – The feds in Washington, as expected, let rip an indictment on Thursday charging seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens with perjury, making false statements and obstruction of Congress stemming from his dubious testimony in 2008 before lawmakers investigating steroid use in baseball.

If convicted, Clemens, 48, of Houston, could face 15-21 months under the recommended federal sentencing guidelines, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

In February 2008, Clemens testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform contradicted that of Brian McNamee, his former trainer. Clemens had denied ever taking steroids.

During his testimony, according to the indictment, Clemens said: “And like I stated in the press conferences and when I first came out to make my statements when I heard about allegations, basically it pertains to what (Strength Coach #1) is saying about me. It is false. I have not used steroids or growth hormone.”

The indictment when on to say: “In truth, and in fact, as Clemens well knew when he gave his sworn statement, Clemens knowingly received injections of HGH while he was an MLB player.”

In early 2008, the House committee held hearings titled: “The Mitchell Report: The Illegal Use of Steroids in Major League Baseball.”

“The FBI has a responsibility to ensure the integrity of the investigative process is maintained, and that includes the obligation of witnesses to testify truthfully,” Shawn Henry, head of the FBI’s Washington field office said in a statement.

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Ex-FBI Agent Who is Muslim Says Opposition to Mosque Helping al Qaeda About War Against Islam

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former top FBI interrogator, who is a Muslim, says the opposition to building a mosque near ground zero is only helping al-Qaeda, the Washington Post’s Spy Talk column reports.

“It bolsters the message that radicalizers are selling: That the war is against Islam, and Muslims are not welcome in America,” ex-FBI agent Ali Soufan wrote in a piece in Forbes magazine, according to Spy Talk.

“There are many reasons for supporting the Muslim community’s right to build a cultural center and mosque on private property, not least of all the First Amendment of the Constitution guaranteeing freedom of religion,” wrote Soufan, who was a supervisory special agent with the bureau from 1997 to 2005.

“But from a national security perspective, our leaders need to understand that no one is likely to be happier with the opposition to building a mosque than Osama Bin Laden. His next video script has just written itself.”

Washington Post Editorial: U.S. Atty. Fitzgerald Should “Back Off” Retrying Blagojevich

fitzgerald-gov arrestBy The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — U.S. ATTORNEY Patrick J. Fitzgerald should back off his vow to retry former governor Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.).

With moral thunder in December 2008, the aggressive prosecutor declared that the state’s chief executive was nabbed “in the middle of what we can only describe as a public corruption crime spree.”

Mr. Fitzgerald added, “The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.” Yet on Tuesday, 20 months later, a federal jury was unmoved. In an extraordinary rebuke, Mr. Blagojevich was convicted on only one of 24 counts against him.

Mr. Fitzgerald brought unlimited resources and the power of the federal government to the case against Mr. Blagojevich.

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Media Leak Led to Judge Granting Asylum to Pres. Obama’s Aunt

onyangoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A leak to the media prompted an immigration judge to grant asylum to President Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango who lives in Boston public housing, the Boston Globe reported.

The paper reported that the judge, Leonard I. Shapiro, ruled the asylum was granted because of an anonymous federal official in the Bush administration, who leaked information about her immigration status, and consequently  exposed her to potentially more threats in her native Kenya, the Globe reported, citing the court ruling.

Onyango was granted asylum in May, but the reasons why were not released, triggering speculation, particularly among conservative Republicans, that she got favorable treatment because of her relationship with the president. Her two previous requests were rejected.

Immigration Judge Shapiro, a Republican appointee, harshly wrote in his ruling that a Bush administration official leaked the information to the Associated Press, which threw her into the spotlight in a “highly publicized and highly politicized manner’’ days before the November 2008, the Globe reported.

“Moreover,’’ he wrote, according to the Globe, that “the disclosure . . . was a reckless and illegal violation of her right to privacy which has exposed her to great risk.’

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The Blagojevich Case: Who Won?

blago on kingBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

At first blush, Rod Blagojevich appeared almost Houdini-like, slipping out from under a weight of charges that seemed almost certain to bury the former Illinois governor.

A federal jury in downtown Chicago convicted him Tuesday on only one of 24 corruption counts — one that involved lying to FBI agents in 2005. It deadlocked on the 23 others, including a key one — that Blagojevich had tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Blagojevich vowed to appeal what he called the “nebulous” one count, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. The jury deadlocked on all four charges against his brother Robert.

But did he really win? And did the prosecution lose? Depends who’s talking.

“There’s no doubt they brought 24 charges hoping to get 24 convictions,” former District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Roscoe C. Howard Jr., a friend of Chicago’s U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, told AOL News. “But they have a conviction. If you’re the former governor and you now have a felony conviction, that’s a bad situation.”

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Blago Jury Foreman Says Government Proved Its Case But Was Too Complicated

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Justice Dept. Threatens to Sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is causing more controversy.

The Washington Post reports that the Justice Department issued a “rare threat to sue Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he does not cooperate with their investigation of whether he discriminates against Hispanics.”

A federal grand jury in Phoenix is looking into whether the man who describes himself as “America’s toughest sheriff” abused his authority to investigate and intimidate political opponents and whether money was misappropriated, the Post reported.

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Ex-NASA Contractor Admits Stealing Flight Suit of First Female in Space

nasaBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former contract employee at NASA, who was responsible for the maintenance of astronaut flight suits, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Houston to stealing the NASA flight suit of the first female American astronaut in space and other property, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Calvin Dale Smith, 56, of Houston, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas to stealing NASA property including a flight suit worth more than $1000 and various specialized machined parts valued at approximately $7,372, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A criminal complaint said the flight suit bore the name patch Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut in space.

The stolen property was recovered at Smith’s Houston home on May 5, 2009, by agents of NASA’s Office of Inspector General, which executed a search warrant, authorities said.

The agents found the goods in a suitcase in a room that had an alarm. Authorities say the investigation began after Smith’s estranged wife reported the matter to the FBI. Sentencing was set for Nov. 2.

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