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Mexico and U.S. Align Against Brutal Drug Cartels

The war on drugs in Mexico is more than just a war on the flow of cocaine and other drugs. It’s about stability in the Mexican government, law and order, mass murder, fear and the corruption of American law enforcement agents. When so much money is involved, it takes a lot to bring things under control. This  isn’t about people smoking pot to treat their glaucoma. It  really is a war and the U.S. needs to treat it like one.

mexico-border-signBy William Booth and Steve Fainaru
The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — To avenge the arrest of their leader, Mexican drug cartel commandos went on a rampage this summer across the lawless state of Michoacan, seizing 12 Mexican police officers and dumping their bound and stripped corpses in a pile beside a busy highway.

The slaughtered federal agents, it later emerged, had something in common: All had been vetted and trained by the U.S. government to work alongside its anti-narcotics agents.

Officials said the American connection made them high-value targets for the cartels, which are lashing back ruthlessly against a military crackdown involving unprecedented cooperation between the two countries.

After decades of mistrust and sometimes betrayal, Mexican and U.S. authorities are increasingly setting aside their differences to unite against a common enemy.

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Senate Confirms 3 U.S. Attorneys: 2 in Iowa and 1 in Ala.

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The two U.S. Attorneys from Iowa who were recommended by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) were confirmed by the full Senate on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

The Senate also confirmed Kenyen Brown for the Southern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney post.

For Iowa, the Senate confirmed Stephanie Rose for U.S. Attorney for Northern Iowa and Nick Klinefeldt for U.S. Attorney for Southern Iowa.

Some 11th hours critics raised issues about Rose’s appointment, questioning her aggressiveness in prosecuting immigrant cases as an assistant U.S. Attorney. The New York Times reported on the matter.

And Klinefeldt got some interesting press when it was revealed that he father is  serving a 10-year prison term for drug trafficking. Main Justice reported on that matter.

Weekend Crime Series: The D.C. Snipers

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Will Gotti Prosecutors Face Legal Dilemma: Try Try Try Try Try Again???

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John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com (A New AOL News Site)

Legally, there’s no limit. But all the same, prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York working the case of mobster John Gotti Jr. must be wondering: When a defendant gets off thanks to repeated mistrials, how many times can you retry him before it’s time to concede defeat?

Gotti’s ongoing trial, which began Sept. 21, is his fourth in five years; the previous three ended with their juries deadlocked. And on Thursday, prosecutors got some unsettling news. The jury, which has been deliberating for seven days, wrote U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel to inform him that “we are unable to reach a unanimous verdict,” according to the New York Daily News.

As is typical, the judge directed the jury to keep deliberating on the three counts facing Gotti, which include allegations of racketeering and murder. The jury was off Friday and plans to resume deliberations Monday.

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SATURDAY UPDATE

Teen Pleads to Killing Border Patrol Agent in California

Border PatrolBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Friday in San Diego to fatally shooting  a Border Patrol Agent during a robbery attempt on July 23 at the U.S.-Mexico border, the San Diego Tribune reported.

Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez admitted  in U.S. District Court that he  crossed the  Mexican border into the U.S. and tried to rob Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas near the town of Campo, Calif., court documents show.

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FBI to Probe Ark. Cop’s Use of Taser on 10-Year-Old Girl

taser gunBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What do you get when you have a cop, a stun gun and an unruly 10-year-old girl who doesn’t want to take a shower?

Answer: An FBI investigation.

The Associated Press is reporting that the Ozark, Ark., Mayor Vernon McDaniel and the city Police Chief Jim Noggle announced on Friday that the FBI was investigating a Nov. 11 incident  in which officer Officer Dustin Bradshaw allegedly used a stun gun on a 10-year-old girl.

He was been suspended with pay for a week for not having a video camera attached to his Taster.

The AP reported that the mother had summoned police because her daughter refused to take a shower. The mother supposedly suggested the officer use the stun gun after the girl became violent and verbally combative. He apparently complied with the request.

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Tells Detroit Crowd Arab-American and Muslim Rights Must be Protected

The Justice Department and FBI need to continually work on the relationship with the Arab-American and Muslim communities no matter how strained things get. It’s good for both sides. And no better place to make a speech like this than in the Detroit area, home to one of the largest, if not thee largest, Arab-American populations in the country.

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BY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

DETROIT — Reaching out to Arab Americans and Muslims, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a Detroit speech Thursday night that their full rights must be protected as the country battles security threats.

“This is not blind adherence to political correctness,” Holder told hundreds at the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center. “It is devotion to our founding documents.”

He said that it’s vital that all ethnic and religious groups in America be treated equally. He also said racial profiling was bad policy that breeds mistrust and division.

“For the last nine months, I’ve heard from Muslim and Arab Americans who feel uneasy about their relationship with their government, who feel isolated and discriminated against by law enforcement,” Holder said. “It is inconsistent with what America is all about.”

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FBI and Postal Investigators Arrest 26 in Scheme to Defraud FCC’s Program for Hard of Hearing and Deaf

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Twenty six people around the nation were indicted in a scheme to rip off millions of dollars from the Federal Communications Commission’s program that allows the deaf and hard of hearing to communicate with the hearing through special video equipment.

FBI agents and Postal Inspectors from states including New York, Florida, Oregon, Texas and Maryland arrested the defendants in the case on Thursday, federal authorities said.

The defendants were people involved in companies that got reimbursed for providing the FCC’s  Video Relay Service, authorities said, adding that they allegedly filed tens of millions of dollars in bogus bills.

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