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June 2021


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FBI and ATF Join Car Bomb Probe in Mexico Allegedly Involving Drug Cartel in Border Town

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel

The FBI and ATF have joined the probe in Mexico into a July 15 car bomb in the border town of Juarez that killed three people, the El Paso Times reported. The bomb, made of  C-4 plastic, was detonated by cell phone.

It was the first time drug cartels had used a car bomb in Mexico, a disturbing sign in a drug war that appears to be only getting worse.

“The FBI sent a small team to the crime scene to consult with our Mexican counterparts and we have offered them technical assistance with the car bombing,” El Paso FBI Special Agent Andrea Simmons said Sunday, according to the the paper. “We would only be involved if the Mexican government asked for our assistance in some way.”

ATF spokesman Tom Crowley in Dallas said his agency was also assisting, the El Paso Times reported.

“The ATF is providing Mexican officials with help on the technical aspects of the bomb,” Crowley told the paper. “We have provided post-blast training to Mexican law enforcement in the past. It is the same kind of training we give to state and local police in the United States.

“Post-blast involves reconstructing the device used in the explosion so investigators can determine what it was and where it might have come from.”

The paper reported that Mexican authorities said the bombing was the result of officials arresting a lieutenant in the Carrillo Fuentes drug cartel.

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U.S. Park Police Detective Saves Drowning Dog in D.C.

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By Allan Lengel

Talk about the dog days of summer.

A U.S. Park Police detective “put her pistol aside Sunday afternoon and jumped into the murky waters of the Washington Channel to save a drowning dog, police said”, according to a story written in the Washington Post by reporter Martin Weil.

Sgt. David Schlosser, a Park Police spokesman, said the dog named Scout, described as a border collie,  appeared to be having trouble, possibly the result of heat.

“The dog was having severe difficulties in swimming,” he said, according to the Post.

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Union Representing ICE Workers Claims Agent Being Harassed in Leak Probe Because of Asian Name

iceBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — A leak investigation involving a  Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent  is stirring up controversy.

The Washington Post reports that the union representing ICE agent claims the agency is harassing an agent suspected of leaking information about controversial quotas to the media.

The American Federation of Government Employees National Council 118 claims the agent has been targeted in the leak probe because his surname is Asian, as is that of the Washington Post reporter, Spencer Hsu, who wrote the story, the Post reported.

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Wash Post Ombudsman and Readers Question Why Paper Ignored Justice Dept-Black Panther Story

blackpantherptylogoBy Andrew Alexander
Washington Post Ombudsman

WASHINGTON — Thursday’s Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department’s decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. The story succinctly summarized the issues but left many readers with a question: What took you so long?

For months, readers have contacted the ombudsman wondering why The Post hasn’t been covering the case. The calls increased recently after competitors such as the New York Times and the Associated Press wrote stories. Fox News and right-wing bloggers have been pumping the story. Liberal bloggers have countered, accusing them of trying to manufacture a scandal.

But The Post has been virtually silent.

The story has its origins on Election Day in 2008, when two members of the New Black Panther Party stood in front of a Philadelphia polling place. YouTube video of the men, now viewed nearly 1.5 million times, shows both wearing paramilitary clothing. One carried a nightstick.

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Book Review: Justice Dept. Atty. Co-Authors Must Read Book on Abu Ghraib

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.

“The Secrets of Abu Ghraib Revealed—American Soldiers on Trial” by Christopher Graveline and Michael Clemens. The book is available at, and Borders.

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By Ross Parker

An acquaintance from another country recently posed a question to me: How is it that such an idealistic country as America, whose people are willing to sacrifice so much, is so mistrusted and vilified around the world? We contribute nearly a trillion dollars a year, more than ten times the amount of any other country, as well as the lives of thousands of our best and brightest to attempt to keep world peace. But in the international press and the streets of the Middle East we are, increasingly, the Great Satan.

Historians for my children’s children may be able to explain this complex irony. Hopefully, one of the texts they will study is The Secrets of Abu Ghraib Revealed by Christopher Graveline and Michael Clemens. The book presents a day-by-day factual account of one of the scandals of the Iraq War, one which scarred the image of America in a part of the world where we can ill afford such ignominy.

Graveline, now an assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit, who was  a JAG prosecutor, and Clemens, a federal agent in Milwaukee, who was an Army investigator, were intimately involved in the eleven successful prosecutions of the military personnel who abused Iraqi detainees at the Baghdad prison in November and December of 2003. The authors present the facts with such detail and objectivity that readers can come to their own conclusions about the questions of cause, blame and responsibility.

In addition to using impeccable scholarship, the book explores the human dimensions of the tragedy and presents the reader with a fascinating and dramatic description of the people and scenes involved.

The heat, dust and danger of Baghdad, as well as the drama of the courtroom, are alive in its pages to keep the reader as engrossed as any good summer beach-read. Beyond the enjoyment of the read, the book presents a study of the rule of law and the rules of war, for generals and taxpayers, Presidents and policymakers, about the complexities of investing young American lives in trouble spots around the world. Its drama and message will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers.

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Feds Capture “Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean” in Puerto Rico After Decade-Long Hunt

puerto-rico-mapBy Allan Lengel

A man known as the Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean was captured by federal authorities Saturday in Puerto Rico following a decade-long hunt, the Associated Press reported.

FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals  and Puerto Rico Police captured Jose Figueroa Agosto in a working class neighborhood in San Juan, AP reported. he was wearing a wig and jumped out of his car and tried running when he saw he was being followed.

“We asked him his name, and he simply answered that we knew who he was,” Antonio Torres, who heads the U.S. Marshal Service’s fugitive task force in Puerto Rico said, according to AP.

“It is a tremendous arrest, definitely,” U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez told a news conference Saturday, according to AP.

AP reported that Figueroa,45, is suspected of shipping Colombian drugs to the U.S. via Puerto Rico. He escaped from prison in 1999.

Skeptical D.C. Fed Judge Dismisses Charges in Major Porn Trial Against “Buttman”

John Stagliano/facebook photo

John Stagliano/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — A D.C. federal judge, saying he hoped “the government will learn a lesson from its experience”, dismissed a major obscenity case against a major porn producer, John A. Stagliano, aka “Buttman”, the Washington Post reported.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon dismissed the case before the Calif.-based Stagliano of Evil Angel Productions could present a defense, the Post reported, calling the Justice Department’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force case in the four days of trial “woefully insufficient”, the Post reported.

“I hope the government will learn a lesson from its experience,” Leon said, according to the Post.

The Post reported that he cited “difficult, challenging and novel questions” in the case involving decades-old federal obscenity statutes, the Internet, free speech and criminal defendants’ rights.

“I hope that [higher] courts and Congress will give greater guidance to judges in whose courtrooms these cases will be tried,” he said, according to the Post.

The Post reported that prosecutors did not comment.

The Post reported that Justice Department statistics show 361 defendants were charged with obscenity violations under the Bush II regime, nearly twice as many as under Clinton.

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