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Column: Ex-CIA Chief Michael Hayden Says Govt. Got it Wrong With Detroit Bomber

Hayden was the CIA Director from 2006 to 2009.

Michael Hayden/gov photo

Michael Hayden/gov photo

By Michael V. Hayden
Washington Post Op-Ed Page

In the war on terrorism, this country faces an enemy whose theory of warfare ends the hard-won distinction in modern thought between combatant and noncombatant.

In doing that for which we have created government — ensuring life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — how can we be adequately aggressive to ensure the first value, without unduly threatening the other two? This is hard. And people don’t have to be lazy or stupid to get it wrong.

We got it wrong in Detroit on Christmas Day. We allowed an enemy combatant the protections of our Constitution before we had adequately interrogated him. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is not “an isolated extremist.” He is the tip of the spear of a complex al-Qaeda plot to kill Americans in our homeland.

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Autopsy Report Says Agents Shot Detroit Muslim Imam 21 Times During FBI Raid

dearborn mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents shot a Muslim imam 21 times and then handcuffed him during an October FBI raid in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb, a yet to be released autopsy report concluded, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Free Press reporter  Ben Schmitt, who attributed the information to a “person familiar with the case”, also wrote that the source said the handcuffing “was in line with procedure.”

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the Detroit imam, was shot and killed Oct. 28 at a Dearborn warehouse during a shoot out with agents, who had come to arrest him and ten others for allegedly dealing in stolen property, the paper reported.

The FBI, which has publicly defended the shooting, has said the cleric opened fire first, killing an FBI dog.

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He’s Back! San Diego FBI Says “Geezer Bandit” Struck Again

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For Aol News

Six bank robberies and five months later, the FBI in San Diego is still hunting for a mystery man in his 60s or 70s who’s been famously dubbed the “Geezer Bandit.”

His latest stickup came on Wednesday at the San Diego National Bank around 5:50 p.m. According to the FBI, the notorious robber was armed with a silver and black semiautomatic pistol when he handed the teller a demand note.

He walked off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Rail-thin, clad in a baseball cap and brandishing a gun, the man held up his first bank in San Diego County on Aug. 28. Up until mid-November, he had been robbing a new bank in San Diego County every two to four weeks, authorities said.

But this time, he waited about two and a half months before pulling off another robbery. His last heist had been Nov. 16 at a Bank of America branch.

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Weekend Series on History: JFK, The Assassination, The Mob and Cuba

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Retired DEA Agent Praises Nomination of Michele Leonhart for DEA Administrator

Ralph Lochridge is director of communications for D.A.R.E America (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). President Obama has nominated  Michele Leonhart for administrator of DEA, the top post. She is currently the acting administrator.  The Senate must still confirm her.

Ralph Lochridge
Ralph Lochridge

By Ralph Lochridge
Retired DEA Agent

As a retired DEA agent and having had Michele Leonhart work in an undercover capacity for me and having worked for her when she was head of the Los Angeles DEA field office, she is absolutely the best choice to lead the DEA.

She has excelled at every executive level position along the way to the top.

Smart. Assertive. Professional. Her experience and background just add to the mix that will help the DEA and the nation in this fight against international drug traffickers and money launderers.

Maryland Gang Leader Who Produced “Stop Snitching” Videos Convicted in Baltimore Fed Court

stop snitching 2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ronnie “Skinny Suge” Thomas, a Maryland gang leader who produced and starred in the infamous “Stop Snitching” videos was convicted Thursday in Baltimore federal court of being part of an organization that was involved in drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit murder and robbery.

Authorities alleged that Thomas and another gang member  Sherman Pride, who was also convicted Thursday,   were part of the Tree Top Piru Bloods (TTP Bloods).  Twenty five other people have been charged in the case.

“Many dangerous criminals have been convicted and removed from Maryland as a result of superb work by police and prosecutors on the TTP Bloods investigation,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. “Racketeering cases often are time-consuming, but they make a dramatic contribution to public safety.”

The “Stop Snitching” videos became quite popular and advocated violence against those who cooperated with police.

Authorities say the TTP Bloods is an offshoot of “the Bloods”, which began in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the Maryland TTPs began in the Washington County Detention Center in Hagerstown, Maryland in about 1999.

“The gang was formed for mutual protection in response to the aggression of other inmates from Baltimore and spread throughout Maryland mostly by recruiting from inside Maryland prisons,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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Steam Building to Move 9/11 Trial out of New York

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Steam is building to move the 9/11 terrorism  trial from New York City to a military base.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was once for it, has declared it a bad and very expensive idea. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein concurs.  And Politico reports that the Obama administration is considering a move.

Luisita Lopez Torregrosa writes in Politics Daily that President Obama can do a lot of things “but he cannot push New York City around.” Many in New York and outside were up in arms, citing the potential disruption  in the city, the potential dangers and the high cost of providing security.

” You don’t have to be a politician or a lawyer to see the idea was misguided,” Torregrosa writes. “It had a touch of arrogance, going against the grain, and a bit of the out-of-touch attitude that has plagued the Obama presidency.”

U.S. Inching Toward Cooperation Agreement With Underwear Bomber, Washington Post Reports

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities are “inching toward an agreement” with the underwear bomber to secure his cooperation, the Washington Post reported, attributing the information to “two sources familiar with the case.”

Federal public defenders have been involved in talks, the Post reported, that could result in a guilty plea.

The handling of the case has raised its share of controversy, particularly here on Capitol Hill where some politicians have suggested the U.S. could have gotten far more sensitive information from Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had they placed him in military custody rather than charged him in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Given that, it’s likely the government feels even more pressure to hammer out a deal so it can pick up where it left off in receiving information from the suspect. He offered information right after the incident, but then clammed up.

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