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FBI Joins Hunts for Wash. State Cop Killer; Ex-Ark. Gov. Huckabee Commuted Sentence of Suspect

Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee

Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI joined the hunt for a “person of interest” in the slaying of four police officers in Parkland, Wash., at a coffee shop Sunday morning, according to media reports.

Authorities identified the person of interest as Maurice Clemmons, 37, of Tacoma, Wash.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Times reported that ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had commuted Clemmons’ sentence nine years ago despite protests from prosecutors.

The Times reported that Clemmons  had a lengthy criminal history that  included at least five felony convictions in Arkansas and at least eight felony charges in Washington.

The Seattle paper said  Huckabee issued a statement Sunday night calling the slayings  “a horrible and tragic event” and that if Clemmons is in fact responsible  “it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State.”

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Read Seattle Times Account of Shooting

Suspect Told Parole Board He Had Changed (Seattle Times)

UPDATE: Monday 8:45 a.m.  Shooting Suspect Wounded and May be Dead (Seattle Times)

UPDATE: Monday 11:55 a.m. — Suspect Not in House Police Surrounded Over Night (Seattle Times)

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White House Intruders Want $$$$ For Their Story

whitehouse2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The publicity hungry couple that crashed the White House dinner, is now trying to cash in on their stunt, the New York Times reports.

The New York Times reports that aspiring reality-TV stars themselves began trying to sell their story for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The paper reported that Michaele and Tareq Salahi have dahsed plans for now to appear Monday CNN’s ”Larry King Live”. Instead, they want someone to pay big bucks for the interview.

America. Ain’t it grand.

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Cyber Expert Warns of Criminals Snatching Info From Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin

facebook1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A cyber-security expert who has worked with such agencies as the FBI and Scotland Yard is warning that hackers and cyber criminals are targeting social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, the The Observer in London reports.

“It’s happening all over the world,” said the expert Mikko Hypponen, who refuses to use Facebook, the Observer reported.

“These guys steal an individual’s profile, then email everyone in their contacts with a link and a subject heading like ‘check this out’. You trust the email because it’s from your friend,” Hypponen told the Observer.

“So you click on the link and before you know it all your security information has been stolen. I don’t use Facebook because I know who’s watching and I don’t want these guys looking at pictures of me and my family. People think no one phishing will be able to make money from Facebook, but cyber-criminals can. This is only the beginning. You will see this happening more and more.”

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4 Washington State Cops Shot and Killed in Coffee House Ambush

Commentary: Author of Secret Service Book Says White House Breach a Disgrace

Couple that crashed White House

Couple that crashed White House

Ronald Kessler
Newsmax.com

The fact that party crashers were allowed into a White House State Dinner without being on the guest list is emblematic of the Secret Service’s corner cutting detailed in my book, “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.”

It’s clear from the Secret Service’s comment that the agency not only ignored the fact that the couple was not on the guest list but also did not do the usual background check to ensure that they were not possible threats. The party crashers could have had outstanding arrest warrants for murder. They could have been involved with terrorists. They could have been agents of Iran or North Korea. The Secret Service would never have known.

While the couple did pass through a magnetometer to detect weapons, they could have assassinated the president or vice president using other means, anthrax, for example. The additional security checks referred to by the Secret Service spokesman screen for such items as radiological contamination but would not detect secreted biological weapons.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: The Feds and Ruby Ridge

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Controversy Stirring Over Who Will Speak for 9/11 Terror Trial Defendants

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A controversy has emerged over who will speak for 9/11 defendants in the controversial New York trial.

Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff reports that “New York defense lawyer Scott Fenstermaker has made big headlines in recent days after telling The New York Times that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and four accused 9/11 co-conspirators intend to plead not guilty in their upcoming trial so they can use the courtroom as a forum to attack U.S. foreign policy. (Fenstermaker is the lawyer for one of the defendants, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, KSM’s nephew, in a civil case challenging his detention.)”

“The comments kicked off a storm of controversy because they seemed to bolster complaints by conservative critics that the 9/11 defendants will use Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try them in federal court as an opportunity to preach jihad,” Newsweek reports.

“But the U.S. military lawyers appointed to represent the other four 9/11 defendants tell NEWSWEEK that Fenstermaker hasn’t met with their clients, has no authority to speak for them, and has no insight into what they might do at the trial.”

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FBI Probing Las Vegas Hospital for Leaking Info to Ambulance Chasing Attorneys

ambulanceBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ambulance chasers beware.

The FBI is probing allegations that someone at the University Medical Center  in Las Vegas released confidential information about  traffic accident victims to personal injury attorneys hunting for new clients, Courthouse News Service reports.

“Our main concern right now is to conduct a thorough and professional investigation for the purpose of determining what actually happened,” the FBI said in a statement, according to the Courthouse News Service. “The FBI is closely working with UMC officials to determine the scope of any possible breach.”