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County Dem Chairman Wants Pittsburgh U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan to Resign

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan
Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan of Pittsburgh continues to stir up controversy in her waning moments in office.

Allegheny County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn wants Buchanan to resign after reports surfaced that she is considering a bid for Congress, the Associated Press reports. He feels it’s a conflict of interest to remain in office while she considers a bid for Congress.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Buchanan, who was appointed by Bush in 2001, is considering a bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire next year. The AP said Buchanan has not commented on the report.

The Dems are in the process of finding a replacement for Buchanan, who had little chance of ever remaining as U.S. Attorney despite her hopes that she would.

Buchanan has been somewhat of a controversial figure during her reign. This past summer she was sharply criticized for implying that  a county medical examiner was guilty after she dismissed the charges that he used his office to financially benefit. The Justice Department launched a probe into the complaints.

88-Year-Old Accused of Nazi War Crimes to Appear in Immigration Court in Detroit

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An 88-year-old Michigan man suffering from prostate cancer, who served in a Nazi-controlled police force in the Ukraine, is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Detroit in immigration court as part of a deportation proceeding, the Associated Press reports.

The Justice Department has filed papers to deport John Kalymon, a resident of Troy, an upscale Detroit suburb.

The Justice Department is alleging that Kalymon shot Jews while serving in the Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in the city of Lviv, AP reports. He has denied shooting anyone.

Non-Criminal Illegal Immigrants to be Held in Converted Hotels Instead of Jail

Better treatment, but still no cheeseburgers for room service
Better treatment, but still no cheeseburgers for room service

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — They won’t be able to order up a late night cheeseburger for room service at this Inn, but it sure beats jail.

Homeland Secretary Janet Napoloitano on Tuesday announced plans to hold illegal immigrants who haven’t committed a crime in converted hotels rather than jails, Reuters news service reported. The agency has been sharply criticized by human rights groups for the way it has treated noncriminal illegal immigrants.

“This is a system that encompasses many different types of detainees, not all of whom need to be held in prison-like circumstances,” Napolitano told a conference call, according to Reuters.

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International Law Enforcement Including Justice Dept. Call For Global Effort to Battle Organized Crime

We’ve acknowledged that we have a global economy. But that’s not the only thing that’s global these days. We need to acknowledge and do much more to address the global crime syndicates, which are ruthlessly cashing in on violent drug trafficking and money laundering while helping terrorist networks. This gathering is a step in the right direction.

David Ogden/doj photo
David Ogden/doj photo

By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — International law enforcement officials, including deputy U.S. Atty. Gen. David Ogden, called today for a far more coordinated global response to the growing threat of organized crime syndicates, which they said are increasingly teaming up with terrorist networks and drug traffickers to pose an unprecedented national security threat to the United States and its allies.

Speaking at the 78th general assembly of the global police agency Interpol in Singapore, Ogden and some of his counterparts acknowledged that they need to do much more to work together on many fronts, including attacking the money laundering pipelines that are enabling the crime syndicates to flourish in terror hot spots such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and other strategic locations such as Europe, Africa and Latin America.

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FBI Using Futuristic Facial Recognition Technology on Driver’s Licenses

Like out of a sci-fi movie, the FBI is using this advanced technology. It seems cool. But not everyone is cool with it, like the ACLU. Will this futuristic approach bump up against legal challenges?

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By MIKE BAKER
Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. – In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver’s license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes.

The project in North Carolina has already helped nab at least one suspect. Agents are eager to look for more criminals and possibly to expand the effort nationwide. But privacy advocates worry that the method allows authorities to track people who have done nothing wrong.

“Everybody’s participating, essentially, in a virtual lineup by getting a driver’s license,” said Christopher Calabrese, an attorney who focuses on privacy issues at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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ATF Will Decide Whether To Launch Probes in Wake of NY Undercover Gun Buying Spree

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said it will review whether to take criminal action as a result of findings by the New York City’s mayors office, which had undercover investigators buy weapons from unlicensed dealers at gun shows in Nevada, Ohio and Tennessee.

“ATF has received the ‘Report on Illegal Sales at Gun Shows’ by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and is reviewing it along with the Department of Justice,” ATF said in a statement. “ATF did not participate in the operation conducted at the gun shows highlighted in the report, but will assess the need to initiate any criminal invesigations.”

The mayor’s report, which was released last week,  said undercover investigators bought guns from unlicensed dealers after they disclosed that they probably could not have passed a background check.

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Insp. General Report Says Homeland Security Computers Vulnerable to Hackers

Maybe it’s asking too much, but you’d expect that an agency called Homeland Security would have more secure web sites. The federal government still needs to do much more to safeguard its computers from hackers.

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By Alice Lipowicz
Federal Computer Week
The Homeland Security Department’s most popular Web sites appear to be vulnerable to hackers and could put department data at risk of loss or unauthorized use, according to a new report from DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner.

An audit of cybersecurity for DHS’ nine most frequently visited Web sites found that although general security protocols were followed, there were still a number of vulnerabilities and gaps in security, including inconsistent management of security patching and security assessments.

“These vulnerabilities could put DHS data at risk,” Skinner wrote in the report issued Oct. 8.

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