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FBI and Uganda Authorities Release Photos of Suspected Suicide Bombers

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A suspected suicide bomber/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– In hopes of learning their identities, the FBI and and Uganda authorities  have released photos of two suspected suicide bombers who helped kill more than 70 people on July 11 in the Uganda capital of Kampala.

The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab has taken responsibility for the attacks at different places where people had gathered to watch the World Cup soccer matches.

Authorities said photos of two suicide bombers were reconstructed from real photos.

At the request of the Uganda government, the FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) deployed a team of agents, analysts, and forensic experts to help in the probe. FBI employees from other parts of the country were also deployed.

2nd suspected suicide bomber/fbi photo

2nd suspected suicide bomber/fbi photo

Major General Kale Kayihura, Inspector General of Uganda police said in a statement:

“This was a horrific event for the people of Uganda and we are dedicated to tracking down those responsible for this heinous crime.

“Terrorist activity must be stopped and the police force will do everything possible to keep our citizens and visitors safe. We thank the U.S. Embassy for arranging for the FBI to travel to Uganda and assist us with our critical investigation. I thank the FBI, the British High Commission, New Scotland Yard, and Interpol among the many others nations and agencies that are assisting us at this time. Our teams are working exceptionally well together in all facets of the investigation.”

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

1,200 National Guard Troops to be Deployed to Mexican Border Aug. 1

national_guardBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As the drug cartels spin out of control in Mexico, the Obama administration announced Monday that it intends to proceed with plans to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops, starting Aug. 1, to help protect the border, CNN reported.

Additionally, 300 Customs and Border Protection agents will be added along with an increase in technology and aircrafts, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin said Monday at a press conference, according to CNN.

CNN reported that that the authorities had previously announced the deployment of troops, but had not set a date.

“These troops will provide direct support to federal law enforcement officers and agents working in high-risk areas to disrupt criminal organizations seeking to move people and goods illegally across the Southwest border,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement.

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

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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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It’s Show Time! Blagojevich Expected to Take Stand This Week in Fed Corruption Trial

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

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

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

iceBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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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OTHER ICE STORIES

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 Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and Borders.

abu ghraib book

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

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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