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Slain FBI Dog “Freddy” Gets Some Respect

Freddy the FBI dog/fox news photo

Freddy the FBI dog/fox news photo

By Allan Lengel

FBI dog “Freddy”, a Belgian Malinois, may not get a 21 gun salute, but he will get a memorial, his name will be added to a memorial wall and he will be buried in Quantico, Va., an FBI press release said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Freddy was shot and killed Wednesday during an FBI raid at a mosque in Detroit.  The FBI said an imam at the mosque shot Freddy. The FBI in turn shot the imam.

According to the press release, Freddy was born Feb. 17, 2007 and “entered duty with the FBI on Sept. 8, 2008.”

The release added: “Anyone who wishes to send a card to Freddy’s team members can send them to”:

Freddy’s Team
c/o FBI
477 Michigan Avenue, 26th floor
Detroit, MI 48226

To donate in his memory to a K-9 Law Enforcement Memorial, the release said:

FBI Agents Association
Attn: K9 Fund-Freddy
PO Box 12650
Arlington, VA 22219

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Calif. Cop Under FBI Investigation Shot Himself to Death on the Street

burbank-police-caBy Allan Lengel
A Burbank, Calif., cop who was under FBI investigation as part a wide-sweeping probe into his department’s use of excessive force, shot himself to death Thursday at the corner of a residential street in Burbank, the Burbank Leader reported.

The publication reported that witnesses saw Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn Sr., 50, shoot himself shortly before noon.

The Burbank Leader reported that the U.S. attorney’s office in September issued a grand jury subpoena for personnel records of 12 Burbank cops for “use of force, defensive tactics, Tasers, pepper spray, or the rules and ramifications pertaining to the use of excessive force or a violation of civil/constitutional rights.”

House Ethics Report Shows More than 30 Lawmakers Under Investigation

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

Rep. John Murtha/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Perennial skeptics of Congress won’t  be particularly shocked to learn that more than 30 lawmakers and several aides are being scrutinized by House ethics investigators.

For those who had more faith in Capitol Hill, well, sorry bout that. Some of the lawmakers have been under FBI investigation as well.

The Washington Post reports that a 22-page “Committee on Standards Weekly Summary Report” was inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible computer network.

Some of the Congress members in the report include John Murtha (D-Pa.)  Peter Visclosky (D-Ind), C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W. Va.) who has been under federal investigation for failing to report all his real estate holdings.

To read more, click here and here for two separate articles in the Post.


Senate Judiciary Gives the Nod to Mass. and Ga. U.S. Attys

Edward Tarver/campaign photo
Edward Tarver/campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary committee on Thursday gave the nod for U.S. Attorneys in Massachusetts and Georgia.

The U.S. Senate will now vote on the nominations.

The committee’s nod went to Carmen Milagros Ortiz of  Massachusetts and Ed Tarver of the southern  District of Georgia.

Controversial Pitts. U.S. Atty. Mary Pat Buchanan to Step Down Nov. 16

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

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney Mary Pat Buchanan, who  bumped up against her share of controversy during her eight-year reign, and gained notoriety for prosecuting comedian Tommy Chong’s drug paraphernalia shop, is stepping down Nov. 16, the Associated Press reported.

The news agency said Buchanan, a Bush appointee who was going to be replaced anyways by the Obama administration, was looking forward to the next chapter in life, whatever that may be.

Last year, Buchanan  had expressed a desire to stay on as U.S. Attorney, but that never seemed like a possibility. The Justice Department recently launched an investigation into complaints of  improper behavior after she stated publicly that a local medical examiner was guilty of various charges even after her office dropped the charges.

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

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
WASHINGTON —’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.