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FBI’s Flawed Science on Bullets Causes Problems in Convictions

bulletBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s theory about bullets sounded downright impressive at the time. That’s no longer the case. Just recently, three murder convictions were overturned because of the agency’s flawed science, the Associated Press reported.

The flap  centers around the FBI’s now “discredited theory that bullets found at a crime scene could be linked to bullets found in possession of suspects,” the AP reports.

The AP reports that nearly five years after the FBI conceded that the science was flawed, the agency has yet to complete a review of almost 2,500 cases where the “comparative bullet lead analysis was used.”

To date, the FBI has found that the FBI science was used in 187 trials and it has notified prosecutors where the agency’s testimony “exceeds the limits of the science and cannot be supported by the FBI.”

The AP described the science by saying: “Comparative bullet lead analysis was based on the theory that lead bullets pick up trace elements such as copper, antimony, arsenic, bismuth and silver during manufacturing. When the soft metal is shaped into bullets and packaged, bullets in the same box would contain similar amounts of the trace elements, the theory went.”

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NY U.S. Attorney Merging Drug and Terrorism Units

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Terrorist groups in recent times have increasingly turned to drug trafficking to finance operations,  and the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan is responding.

The New York Times is reporting that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is merging the office’s international drug trafficking and terrorism units because he “wants to focus more on extremist Islamic groups whose members he believes are increasingly turning to the drug trade to finance their activities.”

In the past year, there have been reports of such groups as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Revolutionary Armed Forces in Colomobia trafficking in drugs to support operations.

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Sen. Kerry Wants to Force FBI to Release More Files on MLK

mlkBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kerry plans to introduce legislation requiring the FBI to release more records relating to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Boston Globe is reporting.

The bill would require that all the files be “located, reviewed, and released by a review board at the National Archives similar to those established for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and for Nazi war criminals,” the paper reported.

The move is part of a broader effort to find out what the government did or didn’t do about violence against blacks during the civil rights movement, the Globe reported.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and former King aide who was brutally beaten during a civil rights march in 1965 told the Globe. “The American people have a right to know what happened.”

The paper reported that a social studies teacher researching a book about plots to kill King discovered that the FBI files included information about a Ku Klux Klan leader “who claimed to have a played a role” in the 1968 assassination, the Globe reported.

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Happy MLK Day From ticklethewire.com

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“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

FBI Raid in Detroit Where Imam Died Raises Concerns About Informants in Mosques

The use of FBI informants in mosques is causing a lot of tension around the country between Muslims and the FBI. Here’s one of those instances.

mosqueBY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

DETROIT — He called himself Jabril. Two years ago, a white man who claimed he was an ex-con and convert to Islam started attending a predominantly African-American mosque on a run-down street in Detroit.

He touted his Islamic ways while offering poor members of the mosque cash for odd jobs at an auto shop on the city’s west side. He told tales of sick family members and brought a young boy to the mosque who he said was his son.

Jabril soon became a brother in faith and a confidante of the mosque’s fiery leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was killed in a shootout during an Oct. 28 raid by FBI agents to arrest men suspected of dealing in stolen goods.

Members now believe Jabril was an FBI informant who infiltrated their mosque.

“He built up trust in the community,” said Omar Regan, 34, one of Abdullah’s sons.

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John Gotti Jr. Wants to Take a Shot at Crime Writing

John Gotti Jr./youtube

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

We haven’t heard the last of mobster John Gotti Jr.

The New York Daily News reports that Gotti wants to write on  true crime  about his experiences and others.

“I want to try my hand at writing. I want to write about facts – possibly true crime,” The Daily News quoted as saying from the Galleria Dominick dining room in Westbury, L.I. whee he feasted with his top defense attorney and “two others on his team feasted on pasta – with marinara and pesto sauces – seafood and appetizers.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office last week waved the white flag and declared that it would not go for a fifth racketeering trial against Gotti. The previous four resulted in mistrials after the juries deadlocked.

Gotti said that he planned to move out of New York, possibly to Virginia, Maryland or the Carolinas.

“I think it’s better for everybody if I just do move on. Out of sight. Out of mind,” he said.

Then again, it’s hard to be a successful crime writer if you’re “out of sight, out of mind.”

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Ex-Janet Reno Aide Expected to Get Nod for U.S. Atty Post in Miami

Ex-Atty Gen. Janet Reno

Ex-Atty Gen. Janet Reno

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The former deputy chief of staff for Ex-Atty Gen. Janet Reno is the likely candidate for the U.S. Attorney post in Miami, the Miami Herald is reporting.

Wifredo Ferrer, the son of Cuban immigrants, appears to the be the front runner.

“First of all, he understood better than anybody I’ve worked with how the federal government works with local and state governments,” Reno told the Herald.“If I wanted to write the book about how to be the U.S. attorney, Willy would be one of my models.”

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Weekend Series on History: CBS Reports on the Death of J. Edgar Hoover in 1972

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