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Column: Reporter Bashes NY Times For Bashing FBI

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Kessler has authored several books including “The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI”.

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Ronald Kessler

By Ronald Kessler

When it comes to the FBI, The New York Times has the same story line: The bureau is either incompetent, over-reactive, or spying on innocent Americans.

In most cases, the paper manages to convey those points by omitting key facts or downplaying them. For example, in revealing President Bush’s NSA intercept program, the paper used such trigger words as “eavesdropping” and “domestic spying” to suggest a massive program with sinister motives. Not until the 22nd paragraph did the story say that the intercept program targeted only calls with an overseas nexus.

But the Times reached a new low with a story this week by Shaila Dewan. Headlined “Despite FBI Fanfare, Time Runs Out on Cold Civil Rights Cases,” the story suggested that the FBI is not aggressively pursuing unsolved civil rights cases from years ago.

The story cited Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ declaration in February 2007 that the FBI had started the Cold Case Initiative to bring to justice the perpetrators of civil rights crimes. Since then, there have been no federal indictments, the paper said.

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Justice Dept. Tries to Restore Trust in Public Integrity Section With Appointment of Jack Smith

trustBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will try and restore the trust and integrity of its Public Integrity Section with the appointment of career  prosecutor Jack Smith, the Associated Press reported.

“I have the best guy I could have in that job. I’m looking for a natural leader, someone with tremendous energy, someone with tremendous judgment,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, head of the Criminal Division, told the Associated Press.

The unit’s reputation took a serious hit last year when the Justice Department vacated the public corruption conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens because of prosecutorial misconduct.

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Washington Post Editorial: Why is Justice Dept. Dragging Feet on Prison Rape Issue?

jailBy The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — “THIS IS SOMETHING that I think needs to be done, not tomorrow, but yesterday.”

Those were the words of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in March to a House subcommittee on the subject of preventing sexual abuse in prison.

Five months have passed since then, and two have passed since the June 23 deadline for Mr. Holder to approve the guidelines set forth by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission.

His “yesterday” is long past.

A report released Thursday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the situation remains grim.

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Judge Acquits U.S. Marshal Official of Domestic Violence

Sylvester Jones/u.s. marshal photo

Sylvester Jones/u.s. marshal photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — An official who heads the U.S. Marshal Witness Security Program has been acquitted in Maryland of charges that he beat his wife, the Washington Examiner reported.

The Examiner reported that the attorney for official Sylvester E. Jones said last week that his client was found not guilty of domestic violence by Prince George’s County Judge Robert Wilson in suburban Maryland. The judge’s finding was issued Aug. 3.

“I feel vindicated,” Jones said, according to the Examiner. “This has been a tremendously difficult time for me, my family, my friends and colleagues, and although I never lost faith in our judicial system, the final ruling is deeply gratifying.”

Jones told The Washington Examiner in May that his wife’s allegations have “no credibility.”

“I was set up by the woman I was married to, who happens to be with another guy, and I hope to have it settled in court,” he told the paper.

FBI Info Tech Manager Gets 46 Months in Prison for Child Porn

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — A 65-year-old Information Technology Program manager for the FBI was sentenced Friday  in Alexandria, Va., to 3 years and 10 months in prison for possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Samuel I. Kaplan, 65, of Gainesville, Va., pled guilty to possessing child porn on June 3. Court records show Kaplan, who worked for the FBI in Chantilly, Va., used the FBI’s computer network to “facilitate sexually explicit communications.”

Authorities said Kaplan had on his home computer between 10 to 20 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

State Dept. Contractor Indicted for Leaking Intelligence to Fox News

confidential-photoBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON –– A contract worker for the State Department has been indicted here on charges of unlawfully disclosing national defense information to a national news outlet, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, 43, was charged with leaking the information and lying to the FBI. The indictment was unsealed Friday.

The Associated Press reported that the leak was made to Fox News and it involved information about North Korea.

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ATF Agents Concerned About Justice Dept. Memo About Explosive Cases With FBI

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Some ATF agents are concerned about a recent memo from the Justice Department that tries to correct the  beefing going on between the FBI and ATF over turf, the Washington Post reported.

Acting Deputy Attorney Gen. Gary G. Grindler issued a memo earlier this month saying it was “critically important” for the two agencies to share information so key intelligence isn’t lost, the Post reported. He also said that the FBI should be the lead agency on terrorism related explosive cases and ATF should do the rest.

“It’s very disheartening,” one ATF agent, who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal matters, told the Post. “They won’t hesitate to throw that memo in our face.”

The Post reported that other agents fear there will be “further delays as the FBI decides whether bombings are terrorism-related – and then hands over some cases weeks later to ATF agents who must retrace the FBI’s steps. The agencies use different techniques to investigate bombings.

“Everyone will have to wait for the FBI to make a decision,” ATF agent told the Post. “This gives one agency – the FBI – the ability to control everything.”

The Post reported that FBI associate deputy director T.J. Harrington praised Grindler’s “leadership” and said “both the FBI and ATF are committed to providing their very best in service to the American public. The Deputy Attorney General recognized the unique strengths of our two organizations, and he has reaffirmed our common commitment and goal of ‘One-Team One-Fight’ – keeping the country safe.”