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June 2021


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Off-Duty Hawaii FBI Agent Shot Man Brandishing Fake Gun

softair gun from online catalogue

softair gun from online catalogue

By Allan Lengel

The man shot and wounded by an off-duty FBI agent in Honolulu on Sunday was brandishing an airsoft gun that shoots plastic pellets, but resembles a real gun, the Honolulu Star Bulletin reported.

“The important thing is not what kind of weapon he was carrying, but the perception of the agent at the time he took the shot,”  said FBI spokesman and special agent Tom Simon said, according to the newspaper.

The incident began when a man and woman flagged down the FBI agent and said a man was brandishing a gun. The man ordered the agent to put down the gun, but instead, he moved toward the agent, and the agent shot and wounded him, the paper reported.

The Star Bulletin reported that Honolulu police during a press conference declined to disclose the weapon used by Martin Boegel, 27. But it discussed the dangers of brandishing a fake gun.  Boegel’s mother says he has a history of mental illness, the paper reported.

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Editorial From the Tennessean: Don’t Change Miranda Warning Law

scales-of-justice1By The Tennessean
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MEMPHIS — First give credit where it is due: to local New York and federal authorities who tracked down and apprehended the suspect in the attempted Times Square bombing.

In the nine days since Faisal Shahzad was placed in custody, he has been interviewed at great length and yielded much information, authorities say. After talking to authorities for four hours, Shahzad was read his rights. He continued to talk, officials say.

He has yet to appear in court on charges dealing with weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.

If you think it sounds a lot like Guantanamo-style detention, you’re right. Given the suspect’s willingness to talk — and talk — you would think that federal authorities would be fairly pleased with the process.

So it was strange when, over the weekend, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on network news shows that he, and, therefore, President Barack Obama, are open to Congress placing limits on the rights afforded to terrorism suspects, even when they are American citizens.

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FBI Impersonator Who Hired Assistant Pleads Guilty in Virginia

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel

Brenna Marie Reilly had quite a fantasy. Now comes the reality.

Reilly, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to impersonating an FBI agent, a fantasy she played out to the fullest. She even hired an assistant.

The reality is that she faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison when sentenced Aug. 6.

Authorities alleged that Reilly told neighbors in Arlington County, a Washington suburb, starting in August 2009, that she was a director of the FBI’s Forensic Division and an assistant director of the FBI., according to an affidavit from FBI agent Kari Alexa Parker.

In November, she offered two people a job as her assistant and asked them to fill out government applications, the affidavit said. One declined the job. The other accepted. The job was to begin Dec. 15.

The person who accepted quit his managerial position at the National Trade Productions so he could start with the FBI, the affidavit said.

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White House Tape on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

FBI Arrests Chicago Cop For Lying to Agents

By Allan Lengel

Chicago cop Victor Brown found himself on the wrong side of the law Monday when he was arrested by the FBI and internal affairs.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Brown, 36, faces charges of lying to FBI agents about taking cash from another cop in exchange for a promise that he could influence the  Chicago Police Board in a discipline matter. The other cop was wired and was working for FBI.

The Tribune reported that Brown allegedly  took a total of $4,500 in payments in 2008 and 2009. Brown promised he could take care of things for $10,000.

At one point, during a meeting, the cop working with the FBI showed up with no money, the Trib reported. Brown wasn’t happy.

“I’m going to tell (the Police Board) you showed up and you said you ain’t got nothing today, and they gonna do whatever they do,” Brown was quoted as saying, according to the paper. “You made promises you don’t keep,” he added later.

During one conversation, the undercover officer asked Brown for a receipt for a payment, according to the complaint, the paper reported.

“Who in the (expletive) is gonna give you a (expletive) receipt for some (expletive) they doin’ they ain’t supposed to?” Brown allegedly said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason released  Brown on his own recognizance. However, he cannot carry his gun.

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FBI Re-Examining Notorious 1992 Rhode Island Hit of Mob Enforcer

Fed Court Seldom Gets Out of Hand: Monday Was an Exception in Detroit

detroit mapBy Allan Lengel

Things seldom get out of hand in federal court. Sometimes a defense attorney or prosecutor asks a witness an objectionable question that stirs a round of passionate arguments. Sometimes a judge loudly scolds. or even screams at an attorney.

But Monday,  the Detroit News  reported that jurors in the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club racketeering trial in downtown Detroit  “got a shock this morning when a woman in the audience stood up and accused a government witness of murdering her son.”

The woman pointed to the witnesses on the stand, Daniel Sanchez, a former vice-president of the Detroit Highwaymen Motorcycle Gang, and shouted “He murdered my son,” according to the News.

The woman was referring to an unsolved 1999 killing, the News reported.

U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds excused jurors and the woman explained that she had heard from a defendant in the case, who is not on trial, that the man she says murdered her son was to be testifying.

The jury was subsequently called back in the courtroom and told to ignore the outburst, the News reported. It was unclear what if anything was done to the woman.


FBI Asked Homeland Security To Limit “No Fly List” Notification to Airlines About NY Bomber

jfk airport

jfk airport

By Allan Lengel

Could it be that not every airline was given  emergency notification that NY car bomber Faisal Shahzad had been put on the no fly list?

Newsweek’s DeClassified blog says YES.

It reports that the FBI asked Homeland Security officials to limit the notification to a select number of airlines out of concern that a blanket notification might lead to media leaks, which had already caused problems for the probe.

Shahzad was able to board an Emirates airline plane to Dubai at JFK Airport, but was pulled off before it could take off after a federal Customs and Border Protection agents noticed the name on the no fly list.

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