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Lawyers in Portland Terrorism Case Want Atty. Gen. Holder to Shut Up

By Allan Lengel

Eric Holder Jr./ file photo

Lawyers for a Somali-born teen charged in a plot to blow up a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland want Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. to keep his mouth zipped.

Reuters news service reported that the lawyer for Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, filed a seven-page motion Monday saying Holder’s comments about the case could prejudice the potential jurors. Holder defended the FBI’s tactic in the sting and said the teen was not entrapped.

Reuters reported that the motion sought a court order  “prohibiting the attorney general from engaging in inappropriate pretrial comment.”

“The attorney general’s remarks go far beyond the fact of the indictment and any legitimate policy issues, instead discussing the merits of Mr. Mohamud’s case,” the motion states, according to Reuters.

The Justice Department in Washington said in a statement Tuesday, according to Reuters, that the agency’s “comments have been appropriate and entirely consistent with our filings in court. We will answer the motion in court and look forward to trying the case there.”

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Arrest of Author of Pedophile Guide Book Raises Legal Issues

Phillip Greaves/provided by Polk Co. Sheriff. Dept.

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Down in central Florida, in a county that has regularly voted Republican in presidential races, the First Amendment guarantee of free speech is bumping up against allegations of obscenity over a highly controversial guidebook to pedophilia.

“I think there’s some room for debate,” said Lyrissa Lidsky, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law who specializes in First Amendment issues. “The case raises potentially fascinating issues.”

For one thing, she said, “obscenity” is defined by local community standards. But she said a case like this could end up before the Supreme Court, where some justices have expressed a willingness to examine whether, in the age of the Internet, the community standard should go far beyond local.

The controversy began when Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd — outraged that no one was doing anything — directed his detectives to go undercover and order a book titled “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover’s Code of Conduct.” The book was self-published by a man named Phillip R. Greaves II of Pueblo, Colo., and was briefly sold on Amazon but was removed following protests.

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Right Wing Talk Show Host Gets 33 Months for Threatening Lives of 3 Fed Judges

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

By Allan Lengel

It took three tries to convict right wing  Internet radio talk show host Hal Turner of threatening the lives of  three Chicago federal appeals judges over their decision to uphold a ban on handguns. But now he’s off to prison.

U.S. District Judge Donald Walter on Tuesday sentenced Turner in Brooklyn federal court to 33 months in prison followed by six months of home confinement after his release. The first two trials ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked.

Turner, 48,  was charged in June 2009 for writing Internet postings proclaiming “outrage” over the handgun decision by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer and wrote: “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed.”

His postings included photographs, phone numbers, work address, and room numbers of these judges. It also included a photo of the building they worked in and a map with its location, authorities said.

He was charged with threatening to assault and murder three federal judges with intent to retaliate against them for performing official duties. All three judges testified at the trial in August.

“The criminal justice system simply could not function if an individual’s efforts to intimidate a judge through threats of violence were protected from prosecution and punishment,” said Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald.

“We live in a system where judges should be able to do their jobs and not have to look over their shoulders.”


Critics Say Justice Dept. May Be Gun Shy Going After Lawmakers

Lanny Breuer says Justice Dept. not gun shy

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Is the Justice Department losing its nerve to go after Congress members?

The New York Times reports that critics feel that way in wake of the dismissal of some high profile probes into members of Congress like Sen. John Ensign (R-Nevada) and Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.).

“They’re gun-shy,” J. Gerald Hebert, the executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group that seeks greater disclosure of how money influences politics, told the Times.

But Jack Smith, chief of the Public Integrity Section at the Justice Department, and his supervisor, Lanny Breuer, the assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division, disputed that, according to the Times.

“It’s just not the case that anyone is gun-shy,” Breuer told the Times. “If a case cannot be brought, it’s because we’ve taken a hard look and made the determination that this case cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. And with all due respect to those outside the department, they haven’t seen the evidence. They don’t know the materials, and we’ve looked at it all.”

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FBI’s John Perren Talks Terrorism, the Internet and the Endless Battle photo

WASHINGTON – Earlier this month, on the 5th floor of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, in the shadow the nation’s Capitol, John G. Perren, special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Branch, talked to editor Allan Lengel about lessons learned since Sept. 11, about the challenges the Internet has posed for terrorism investigations and the dedication he expects from his agents who work the endless leads and reports of suspicious activities that flow into the office.

He also expressed concerns about the potential links between terrorists and drug and human traffickers in Mexico.

“What concerns me is the infrastructure that’s already in place at the Mexican border. You have human traffic lanes already established. You have tunnels for transporting drugs. What’s to say they can’t be contacted by some terrorist organization who wants to use those human trafficking lanes to bring in operatives, to bring in people under the radar?”

Perren is no stranger to counterterrorism. He was supervisor of  the Washington Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and then assistant special agent in charge. In 2005, he  spent a half year in Iraq as the FBI’s on-scene commander before returning home to headquarters to become section chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction/Domestic Terrorism Operations Section. In 2007, the former D.C. cop was named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Branch at the Washington Field Office. He has twice filled in as acting head of the field office. In 2011, he will become Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Division at headquarters.

The following is a condensed version of the conversation. The questions have been edited for clarity.

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Atty Gen. Holder Worried About Homegrown Terrorists

ATF Wants Gun Dealers Along Mexico Border To Report Rifle Sales of 2 or More to Same Person

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — ATF has asked the White House to ok an emergency order to require gun dealers along the Mexico border to report sales of two or more rifles to the same person within five days, the Washington Post reported.

The measure is part of an ongoing crackdown on the flow of guns from America into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels.

The  Post reported that the plan revives a proposal the Justice Department and White House have sat on.

The NRA is none too happy, the Post reported.

“This administration does not have the guts to build a wall, but they do have the audacity to blame and register gun owners for Mexico’s problems,” Chris Cox, chief lobbyist for the NRA told the Post. “NRA supports legitimate efforts to stop criminal activity, but we will not stand idle while our Second Amendment is sacrificed for politics.”

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TSA Wasting $$$$ on Some Security

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration has thrown around gobbs of cash for airport security since Sept. 11, but lawmakers, auditors and national security experts are questioning the wisdom behind some purchases, according to the Washington Post.

Reporter Dana Hedgpeth reports that TSA spent about $30 million alone just on devices that puffed air on travelers to detect explosives, only to warehouse the machines later on.

“We always want the best, the latest and greatest technology against terrorists, but that’s not necessarily the smartest way to spend your money and your efforts,” Kip Hawley, who served as the head of the TSA from 2005 until last year told the Post. “We see a technology that looks promising, and the temptation is to run to deploy it before we fully understand how it integrates with the multiple layers we already have in place like using a watch list, training officers at every checkpoint to look for suspicious behavior and using some pat-downs.”

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