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Judge Approves $3 Million Payout to Ex-DEA Agent, But Chastises Government For Failing to Punish Anyone

Judge Lamberth

Judge Lamberth

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Ex-DEA Agent Richard Horn may have been quite happy when the government agreed to pay him $3 million late last year to settle a lawsuit in which he claimed the CIA spied on him and illegally wiretapped his conversations while he was stationed in Burma in 1993.

But  U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth of  Washington is none too happy and chastised the government in an opinion issued Tuesday for failing to punish anyone in the matter.

“Now this court is called upon to approve a $3,000,000 payment to an individual plaintiff by the United States, and again it does not appear that any government officials have been held accountable for this loss to the taxpayer,” Lamberth wrote in an opinion in which he approved the settlement. ” This is troubling to the Court.”

The government was able to invoke a “state secret privilege”. By doing so, it agreed to pay the ex-DEA agent $3 million, but not admit to wrongdoing. It also avoided airing government secrets.

“As to the allegations of wrongdoing that form the basis of Horn’s claims, while the government makes no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement, the Court is persuaded that the government must have at least found them credible to pay the plaintiff $3,000,000 to settle the case,” the judge wrote.

Lamberth asked the Attorney General whether the case will be referred to the Inspector General for internal investigation.

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State Dept. Officer Recalled From Africa After Secret DEA and State Dept. Documents Found

What the heck was State Dept. worker Reginald Hopson doing with secret documents about DEA investigations and classified State Department cables he wasn’t supposed to have?


By Jeffrey Anderson
Washington Times

WASHINGTON — Reginald Eugene Hopson, a 30-year State Department foreign service officer, was summoned back to Washington from South Africa in October, stripped of his top-secret security clearance and questioned by federal investigators, records show.

He was an information management specialist and pouch control officer who processed classified information at U.S. embassies in Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa. His interrogators wanted to know about a raft of classified documents found in his possession — documents they said he had no business having.

The documents included a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) file on a confidential undercover operation and eight classified State Department cables, two of which related to intelligence matters and national defense.

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Head of Detroit FBI Said Mainstream Militias Were “Appalled” With Christian Militia Members

FBI's Andy Arena/ photo

FBI's Andy Arena/ photo

By Allan Lengel

Andrew Arena, the head of the Detroit FBI, said Tuesday that other mainstream militias have distanced themselves from the nine members of the Christian militia in the Midwest who were indicted for plotting to kill law enforcement members.

“I honestly think they don’t believe the same things this group does,” Arena told “I think they were appalled.”

In fact, there were media reports that  a mainstream militia member went to the FBI after the Christian group came to him for help.

“It’s true, he did,” Arena said.

Arena said he didn’t believe the Michigan-based Christian militia Hutaree is a very big organization. He said different   people have  trained and met with them, and some have come and gone.

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About 1,000 FBI Agents To-Be Visit the Holocaust Museum Each Year For Training

fbi photo

fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The old saying goes: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

The FBI, pointing to a lesson in history when power corrupted, has been taking about 1,000 special agents each year from the FBI Training Academy to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington as part of a lesson on “what can happen when law enforcement loses sight of what is right,” according to a story posted on the front page of the FBI website. The program has been going on for 10 years.

The “Lessons of the Holocaust” is a joint partnership between the Anti-Defamation League and the museum. The ADL often works closely with the FBI.

“It makes our people think about morality, ethics, and how to maintain those during turbulent times,” FBI special agent Douglas B. Merel, who teaches the Academy’s ethical leadership course for new agents that includes the museum program, said in the FBI story. “It shows how important it is for law enforcement to maintain their core values.”

The story goes on to talk about a recent 4-hour visit on a Friday morning by about 50 agents-to-be and how they talked about what separates them from the law enforcement officers in Germany during the Nazi era.

“It’s really our hope that the law enforcement officers who come to the museum see this program, see this history, and really reflect on their professional core values and their role in society today,” Marcus A. Appelbaum, who coordinates the museum’s community and leadership programs, said in the story.

FBI Sees No Copycats in the Christian Militia Case

Christian militia suspects/southern poverty law center

Christian militia suspects/southern poverty law center

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The FBI has issued a bulletin to local police saying there’s sympathetic chatter on the Internet regarding the arrests of  the Christian militia members, but no indication of copycats, the Associated Press reported.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit  on Monday unsealed an indictment charging nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia called Hutaree who were allegedly plotting to kill law enforcement officers to try and spark a government revolt.

Six of the members were from Michigan, two from Ohio and one from Indiana.

The indictment comes nearly 15 years after the Oklahoma City bombing of the federal building. Two of the defendants in that case — Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols — had ties to Michigan.

The  1995 bombing stirred keen interest in law enforcement, which took a hard look at the Michigan militias and some of the strong anti-government sentiment in the rural America.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says it saw a 244 percent jump in new anti-government Patriot Groups in 2009. It said the number of groups went from 149 (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) in 2009.

“We are in the midst of one of the most significant right-wing populist rebellions in United States history,” Chip Berlet, a veteran analyst of the American radical right, wrote earlier this year. according to an article in the Southern Poverty Law Center web page. “We see around us a series of overlapping social and political movements populated by people [who are] angry, resentful, and full of anxiety. They are raging against the machinery of the federal bureaucracy and liberal government programs and policies including health care, reform of immigration and labor laws, abortion, and gay marriage.

Tenn. White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to Plotting to Kill Prez Candidate Obama

Daniel Cowart

Daniel Cowart

By Allan Lengel

A Tennessee white supremacist pleaded guilty Monday of plotting to kill Barack Obama during the presidential campaign and planning to  kill dozens of other black people, AP reported.

Daniel Cowart, 21, of Bells, Tenn., pleaded guilty Monday. His co-defendant, Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark. pleaded guilty in January, AP reported.

The arrests last year highlighted the white supremacist’s concerns about the prospect of having an African-American president.

Janet Kamerman Named Assistant Dir. of FBI’s Training Division

fbi-globeBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Janet L. Kamerman, the FBI’s associate executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch, has some added duties.

On top of her current job, she will also become assistant director of the FBI’s Training Division.

The FBI said in “her new role, she will assume additional responsibilities for all FBI training programs, including the new agent and intelligence analyst training programs, as well as the National Academy, which provides training to federal, state, local, and international police executives.”

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Fed Agency Turf Battle Harming Probes Into Corruption of U.S. Border Workers

US Mexican borderBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The FBI, the Inspector General for Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection are locked in a turf battle that seems to be delaying investigations into corruption among U.S. Border and immigration employees, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The journalism organization, which wrote the story for the Washington Post, reported that the turf battle climaxed  in December  when the Homeland  Assistant Inspector General Thomas M. Frost ordered internal affairs at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to drop any probe that was not being supervised by the  inspector general’s office.

The order also directed CBP to stop participating in task forces or sharing information with other agencies unless it all goes through the inspector general, the investigative journalism center reported. The order brings in question the concept of cooperation.

The journalism center reported that the Inspector General’s Office felt having too many agencies involved created greater risks for leaks.

The journalism center reported at the time of the memo in December   CBP’s internal affairs office “was involved in about 100 criminal corruption inquiries, including joint investigations with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The cases cover allegations including taking bribes from drug traffickers and improper searches of law enforcement databases.”

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