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Feds Bust 2 Suspected Terrorist in Chicago Who Targeted Denmark Paper

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Suspected terrorist David Coleman Headley didn’t think a certain cartoon was a laughing matter.

Federal prosecutors in Chicago unsealed terrorism charges Tuesday against Headley, 49, and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, that included allegations that they planned a terrorist attack against the Danish  newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, which published an inflamatory cartoon in 2005 depicting Prophet Mohammed in what many Muslims found offensive.

According to court documents, Headley supposedly posted an Internet message in October 2008 stating: “I feel disposed towards violence for the offending parties” who made “fun of Islam.”

Authorities captured recorded conversations of the men who often used the following coded words for plots and targets: “investments” and “projects” and “business.”

For more, read the report from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Read Press Release

Read Headley Criminal Complaint

Suspected Spy For Israel Was Political and Had Plenty Expenses

And now comes the head scratching and analysis of a brilliant scientist. Why did he risk his career to try and spy for Israel? It’s not all that complicated once you start dissecting his life. The following report gives us a pretty good insight into Stewart Nozette.

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Stewart Nozette/nasa photo

By Del Quentin Wilber and Maria Glod
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — By all accounts, Stewart D. Nozette is a brilliant and creative scientist, an astronomer who once sketched a key part of a lunar mission on the back of a cocktail napkin and daydreamed of colonizing the moon.

In a recent photograph, he appears the caricature of a NASA geek: a pudgy man wearing an ugly green shirt with a pen protruding from the pocket. Wisps of his hair scatter in all directions.

But Nozette is not your stereotypically shy, reserved genius. He is ambitious and unafraid to engage in political combat. He has been known to prod public officials and lawmakers to fund his programs or scuttle those of rivals, friends and colleagues said. He has donated more than $35,000 to politicians and causes.

And, according to recently unsealed court documents, he stole lots of government money to finance personal credit cards, mortgages, car loans and maintenance on his swimming pool.

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Judge Slaps Deputy Marshal With 4-Year Sentence For Leaking Info to Chicago Mob About a Mobster in Witness Protection Program

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John Ambrose/wls-tv chicago

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday slapped a deputy U.S. Marshal with a four-year prison sentence for telling the Chicago mob that a fellow mobster in the Witness Protection program was cooperating with the feds.

Prosecutors had claimed the leak was the first of its kind in the Witness Protection program.

U.S. District Judge John Grady said he imposed the tough sentence on John T. Ambrose, 42, to send a message about the importance of protecting information about people in the program, according to WLS-TV in Chicago. His lawyer vowed to appeal the conviction and sentence.

Ambrose  once headed the Marshal’s Midwest fugitive squad. In April, he was convicted of leaking confidential government information about Nicholas Calabrese,  a made man in the mob,  who was in the federal Witness Protection program and was slated to testify for the government in a big mob prosecution.

Ambrose sometimes guarded Calabrese in the Witness Protection Program. He is scheduled to report to prison in January, WLS reported.

Denver FBI Chief Says Obama Phone Call Was Huge Morale Boost

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — President Obama is getting some plus points  for going out of his way to congratulate FBI agents in New York and Denver involved in the latest terrorism case linked to suspect Najibullah Zazi.

Early last week, he visted the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in N.Y. to congratulate them on their work.  Two days later, he called the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Denver to do the same.

ABC’s Jake Tapper and Clayton Sandell report that Obama spoke by phone to Jim Davis, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI and about 30 of his agents on the terrorism task force.

Davis, according to ABC News, said the call from the President was a huge morale boost for agents.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’m not aware of any time the president has ever called the special agent in charge of a field office to communicate his thanks for an investigative effort,” Davis told ABC.

Madoff Investor Drowned in His Palm Beach Pool After Heart Attack

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The first thought some people had was that Jeffry Picower, the Florida man accused of making more than $7 billion from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, had committed suicide on Sunday at his palatial oceanside home.

Not so, says the the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner Michael Bell who ruled that Picower, 67, suffered a heart attack in his pool and drowned, according to the Associated Press.

His wife Barabara found him in the pool, and according to the Associated Press, called 911 and said:

“He’s at the bottom of the pool. It’s too deep. I can’t get him out. He must have collapsed … I can’t get him out … I don’t know how long he’s been there.”

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Atty. Gen. Holder Appoints 9 U.S. Attorneys to His Advisory Board

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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Atty. General Eric Holder has appointed nine new U.S. Attorneys to serve two-year terms on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys.

The committee, created in 1973, will report to Holder through the deputy Attorney General. The panel speaks on behalf of the U.S. Attorneys and provides input on policy and operational issues that impact U.S. Attorneys around the country, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The new attorneys, according to a press release issued Monday include: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona Dennis Burke; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington Jenny Durkan; U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul J. Fishman; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick J. Fitzgerald; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil H. MacBride; U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Peter F. Neronha; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Joyce White Vance; and Acting U.S. Attorney, ex officio, for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips.

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DEA Internal Memo Identifies 3 Agents Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

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Michael E. Weston/dea photo

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — A DEA internal memo has identified the names of three agents who were killed in Afghanistan Monday in a helicopter crash that also claimed the lives of seven U.S. Service members.

The helicopter had just taken off from a drug raid and battle with the Taliban. But there was no sign of an enemy attack in that incident or another crash that day involving two helicopters that crashed and claimed the lives of four U.S. troops, according to media reports. The cause of the crashes are under investigation.

Forest N. Leamon/dea photo

Forest N. Leamon/dea photo

The names and bios of the three dead agents are as follows, according to the a Drug Enforcement Administration memo:

Special Agent Forrest N. Leamon. SA Leamon became a Special Agent in 2002. He served at the Washington Field Division and in the El Paso Field Division until 2007, when he joined the FAST team (Foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Teams) in Afghanistan. He lived in Woodbridge, Va and was 37 years old. He is survived by his wife and their unborn child.”

Special Agent Chad L. Michael. SA Michael graduated from basic training in March 2004. He began his career with DEA in the Miami Field Division, and left there to join the FAST team in Afghanistan in August of this year. He lived in Quantico, Va. and was 30 years old.”

Special Agent Michael E. Weston. SA Weston has been a Special Agent with DEA since 2003. He was assigned to the Richmond, Virginia District Office until joining the Kabul Country Office in August of this year. He lived in Washington, D.C. and was 37 years old. He is survived by his wife.”

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FBI Rescues 52 kids from Prostitution and Arrests 60 Pimps

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By Caitlin Osborne
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The FBI announced Monday that it had rescued 52 children involved in underage prostitution over the past three days and arrested nearly 700 people including 60 pimps.

Dubbed “Operation Cross Country IV”, the FBI said it teamed up with local and state police law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to save the children.

“It is repugnant that children in these times could be subjected to the great pain, suffering and indignity of being forced into sexual slavery for someone else’s profit,” Assist. Atty. Gen. Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division said in a statement.

The operation, part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, targeted truck stops, casinos, websites and “street tracks” in 36 cities around the country. Street tracks are locations where the children are merchandised and offered to customers.

The Lost National Initiative was formed in 2003 by the FBI, NCMEC and Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenities Section.

Since then, nearly 900 kids have been rescued, and more than 500 pimps have been prosecuted, according to Ernie Allen, President and CEO of NCMEC.

“We are honored to be the FBI’s partner in this effort,” he added. “I truly believe that what they are doing is historic.”

Allen said this marks the first time in American history that federal leadership has taken on such a predominant role in ending child prostitution.

NCMEC estimates that over 100,000 children in the U.S. are victims of sexual trafficking.