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Weekend Series on History: 1971 Interview With Mobster Meyer Lansky in Israel

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Fired N.M Prosecutor David Iglesias Suggests 6-year U.S. Atty Terms

This may be a good idea to have U.S. Attorneys serve six year terms, but this still wouldn’t have stopped the Bush administration from firing nine U.S. Attorneys. Iglesias also suggests that U.S. Attorneys be removed only for misconduct. That would make it tough to remove those who are actually incompetent. Perhaps the solution would be for an impartial panel to decide on firings.

David Iglesias

David Iglesias

By The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- David Iglesias says U.S. attorneys should be appointed for 6-year terms that overlap administrations to minimize the influence of politics on what should be an independent federal office.

The former U.S. attorney for New Mexico was 1 of 9 federal prosecutors fired in a series of politically tinged dismissals in 2006. Iglesias spoke Friday at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s annual conference in Albuquerque.

Iglesias said in an interview that U.S. attorneys should only be removed for misconduct to ensure that politics stay out of federal prosecutions.

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NY Appeals Court Allows Evidence in Questionable Wiretap

Did the Appeals Court in N.Y. rule properly by allowing evidence from a questionable wiretap? It’s certainly questionable.  The lower court said investigators did not do enough to prove a wiretap was warranted.

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By David Kravets
Wired

Despite refusing to “endorse” the government’s tactics in securing a warrant for a wiretap, a federal appeals court is ruling that authorities could use the fruits of their questionable eavesdropping in prosecuting an alleged drug dealer.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower-court judge who last year suppressed the 50 grams of crack cocaine that was evidence in the case against a man originally suspected of plotting terrorism against the United States.

The lower court said a magistrate judge erroneously issued the warrant, breaching the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, which was designed to strike a balance between law enforcement and “the privacy rights of the individual.”

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John V. Gillies Who Headed St. Louis FBI to Head Miami Office

John V. Gillies/fbi photo

John V. Gillies/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — John V. Gillies, who headed the FBI’s St. Louis office, has been named special agent in charge of  the Miami division, the FBI announced Friday. He replaces Jonathan I. Solomon, who retired.

Gillies, a Chicago native,  started his FBI career in 1983 as a financial analyst. Two years later, he became a special agent and worked in the  Albany Division investigating white collar and public corruption cases, the FBI said.

In 1989, he went off to New York and in 1993 was transferred to the San Diego Division where he where he investigated bank failures and also  judicial corruption, which resulted in the conviction of three California Superior Court judges.

He eventually went to the Honolulu Division in 1996 and six years later was promoted to unit chief of the Financial Institution Fraud (FIF) unit of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters, the FBI said.

In 2004,  he became assistant special agent in charge in Detroit and in 2006 he returned to headquarters as the section chief of the violent crimes section of the Criminal Investigative Division. the FBI said. Three years later he was named special agent in charge of the St. Louis Division.

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The Media Sucked Up To Gov. Blago For Interviews After FBI Arrest

Ex-Gov Blagojevich

Ex-Gov Blagojevich

The media just assumes its letters to politicians won’t be made public. Wrong. It happens. In this case, the media shamefully sucked up to ex-Ill Gov. Blago to get interviews.

By John Cook
Gawker

On the morning he was arrested on corruption charges last December, Rod Blagojevich was the nation’s biggest greaseball. So obviously, the national press was willing to say anything to land an interview. And we’ve got their emails to prove it.

We reported a little over a month ago that the Today show had booked Blagojevich to appear on the morning he happened to be arrested by the FBI, but bumped the interview so they could flack for Jay Leno’s new show.

We found that out through a Freedom of Information Act request to the state of Illinois asking for e-mails from representatives of the media to Lucio Guerrero, Blagojevich’s press secretary (we got the idea from South Carolina’s The State, which did the same thing-to comic effect-after Mark Sanford’s Argentinian Rhapsody).

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Ex-FBI Agent in Lockerbie Case Says Gaddafi Must Have Given Ok

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It’s good to see someone with authority speak up about the connection, but it’s not particularly surprising. Everyone assumed that Gaddhafi gave the ok.

By David Horovitz
Jerusalem Post
JERUSALEM-– Adding more heat to the boiling controversy in the US and UK over Britain’s recent release to Libya of the only man ever convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, the senior FBI agent in the case has told The Jerusalem Post he believes Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi must have personally sanctioned the atrocity.

In a telephone interview from the United States, Richard Marquise, a 31-year FBI veteran who led the US task force probing the December 1988 blast which destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, with the loss of 270 lives, said it was unthinkable in a regime such as Libya for that kind of major terrorist attack to have been authorized without Gaddafi’s approval.

Former Homeland Chief Chertoff Says Politics Never a Factor in Raising Color-Coded Terror Alert

Former Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge has said politics played a role in the color-coded terror alerts. It sure seemed that way. Then again, it’s always easy to play it safe and raise the color code. The color code was immediately raised whenever the administration learned of a terrorist threat, even if it was several years old.

Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff

By Chris Strohm
Congress Daily
WASHINGTON — Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Thursday said politics was never a factor in determining whether the nation’s color-coded terror-alert level should be raised.

“Politics never entered into raising the alert during my tenure in any way, shape or form,” said Chertoff, who led DHS from 2005 until last January.

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FBI Tracking Person Who Wanted to Sell “Maine Indian Scalps” on Craigslist

This is obviously an unusual case that smacks of racism.

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By CLARKE CANFIELD
Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Maine — The FBI is trying to find the person who posted online advertisements saying he had two-century-old “Maine Indian scalps” that he wanted to sell to white people.

The FBI executed a search warrant last month at Yahoo Inc. for information related to two e-mail addresses linked to the Craigslist postings, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.

It is illegal to traffic in Native American remains.

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