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Updated Report on Detroit FBI Shooting of Imam at Mosque

Helicopter With FBI Dog Lands In Front of Detroit Suburban Vet Office; News Photographer Beaten

Madison Heights Police Chief Kevin Sagan
Madison Heights Police Chief Kevin Sagan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI fatal shooting of an Imam in Detroit on Wednesday took on many surreal fronts.

First off, during the raid on a Detroit mosque, the FBI alleged that the Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah pulled out a gun and shot an FBI dog. The FBI in turn shot and killed the Imam.

Then there was the matter of a helicopter landing in Madison Heights, a Detroit suburb,  in front of a veterinarian hospital.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the chopper triggered a large volume of calls and prompted the Madison Heights Police Chief Kevin Sagan to fire off a press release explaining that it was all for the FBI dog who was shot in the raid. The dog died.

Court documents show that the Imam, who was shot, espoused hatred for the U.S. government and advocated a violent takeover.

Meanwhile, later in the day, after the raids, a Detroit News photographer Ricardo Thomas suffered minor injuries after he was attacked outside the mosque.

“They told him to stop taking pictures; he said, ‘I’m just doing my job,’ and then they set upon him,”  said Detroit News reporter Charlie LeDuff, who witnessed the assault and was quoted in his newspaper.

The paper said Thomas’ lip was split and his glasses were broken. He drove himself to the hospital for treatment.

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Retired FBI Agent Says Baseball Slugger Mark McGwire Used Steroids

Greg Stejskal

Greg Stejskal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Ticklethewire.com’s own columnist Greg Stejskal is stirring up a little controversy in major league baseball.

The retired Michigan FBI agent, who became one of  the FBI’s expert on steroid use in sports, told the N.Y. Daily News earlier this week that one time slugger Mark McGwire used some type of steroids while he played.

“The FBI agent who led a landmark steroid investigation said investigators obtained information that former home run king Mark McGwire – who is ending a self-imposed exile to return to the St. Louis Cardinals as the team’s hitting coach – had used performance-enhancing drugs in the early 1990s,” The Daily News reported in Monday’s edition.

“We had information, after Operation Equine had finished, that we believed to be credible info that McGwire did in fact use steroids,” Stejskal told the Daily News. “And then you look at the physical changes. Based on a certain amount of expertise, his physical development would indicate steroid use.”

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Monday that McGwire will join the coaching staff.

DEA Crackdown Causes Elderly Pain

Laws are designed to protect people, not harm them. In this case, it’s causing harm and unnecessary pain. The Justice Department, DEA and legislators have to figure out a way to strike a balancepills

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Heightened efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on narcotics abuse are producing a troubling side effect by denying some hospice and elderly patients needed pain medication, according to two Senate Democrats and a coalition of pharmacists and geriatric experts.

Tougher enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, which tightly restricts the distribution of pain medicines such as morphine and Percocet, is causing pharmacies to balk and is leading to delays in pain relief for those patients and seniors in long-term-care facilities, wrote Sens. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

The lawmakers wrote to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. this month, urging that the Obama administration issue new directives to the DEA and support a possible legislative fix for the problem, which has bothered nursing home administrators and geriatric experts for years.

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Key Witness in ex-Sen. Ted Stevens Case Gets 3 Years in Prison

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The government’s key witness in the Sen. Ted Steven’s trial is heading off to prison.

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick sentenced Bill Allen, 72,  to three years in prison and a $750,000 fine, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

In May 2007, he pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy and tax violations. He cooperated in a number of public corruption probes including the one involving the now ex-Sen. Ted Stevens.

Stevens was convicted but the judge tossed out the case because of government misconduct. To read more, click here.

FBI Shoots and Kills Armed Imam at Mosque and FBI Dog Dies in Raids in Detroit and Dearborn

Ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh Joins Bank Board

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Ex-FBI Director Louis J. Freeh is getting his name out in the public lately.

Last week, he made news when he received an Italian citizenship during a ceremony at the Italian embassy in Washington.

On Wednesday, the Business Wire announced that the ex-Gman has been elected to the board of directors of Wilmington Trust Corp of Wilmington, Del., which bills itself as providing banking and investment services.

Freeh, 59, is founder and senior managing partner of Freeh Group International, LLC, a global risk management consulting firm based in Wilmington and its affiliated D.C. law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, the business press release says.

Freeh also serves on the board of Bristol-Myers Squibb. All in all, it looks like he’s making a few more bucks than he did as FBI director.

Justice Dept. Gets a Little Hipper with Facebook and Twitter and Slick Website

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — It used to be — not all that long ago — that only teens and the terminally hip used the social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

No more. The U.S. Justice Department, not particularly known for being terminally hip, is getting into the act.

Reporter Joe Palazzolo of the website Main Justice reports that the Justice Department has not only created a slick looking website but “in less than a month, the Justice Department has gained about 92,000 followers on the microblogging site Twitter, 1,400 Facebook fans, and 500 MySpace friends. The department was the fifth federal agency to join Twitter.”

“Had we done something like this under Attorney General Ashcroft and President Bush, the howls would be deafening,” Mark Corallo, who served as spokesman for Attorney General John Ashcroft and now works at his consulting firm, The Ashcroft Group told Main Justice. But as Corallo scanned the new site, he added: “This is truly professional. This is really well done.”

To read the full story click here.