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Investigators Use Phony Documents and Fool Passport and Postal Workers 4 Out of 4 Times

We assumed in the Post 9/11 era the government had taken security measures to assure we were safer. After reading this story ask yourself: Do I feel safer?

By EILEEN SULLIVAN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Using phony documents and the identities of a dead man and a 5-year-old boy, a government investigator obtained U.S. passports in a test of post-9/11 security. Despite efforts to boost passport security since the 2001 terror attacks, the investigator fooled passport and postal service employees four out of four times, according to a new report made public Friday.

The report by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm, details the ruses:

_One investigator used the Social Security number of a man who died in 1965, a fake New York birth certificate and a fake Florida driver’s license. He received a passport four days later.

_A second attempt had the investigator using a 5-year-old boy’s information but identifying himself as 53 years old on the passport application. He received that passport seven days later.

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Seven Bodies Found in Mexico; Could be Drug Related

Authorities suspect these are drug related murders. The thing is, the drug wars in Mexico aren’t getting out of hand, they’re  already are out of hand and the U.S. needs to step it up and get involved before more and more of it spills over into the U.S.

By MARINA MONTEMAYOR
Associated Press Writer
PDT CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Police acting on a tip found seven bodies partially buried in the desert on the outskirts of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, an official said Saturday.

Investigators are searching the desert site south of the city to see whether there are any more bodies.

An official with the state prosecutor’s office who declined to be named in line with department policy says a police officer’s badge was found at the site. Authorities were working to identify the bodies.

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Bonanno Crime Family Mobster in N.Y. Sentenced to Life

The federal prosecutors continue to knock off one New York mobster after another. How many more are left?

By KATI CORNELL
New York Post
NEW YORK — A Bonanno associate convicted of carrying out a ghoulish mob murder at a reputedly haunted house on Staten Island was put behind bars for life yesterday.

Brooklyn federal Judge Allyne Ross sentenced Joseph Young, 29, to a mandatory life term on 24 racketeering counts, including charges stemming from the murder of mob associate Robert McKelvey in March 2005.

“He took a human life. It’s the most serious crime to commit, and it deserves the most serious sentence,” said Assistant US Attorney Winston Chan.

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History: J Edgar Hoover — Part 3 in a Series

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Justice Dept. Probing Arizona Sheriff on Treatment of Illegal Aliens

The Justice Department will be trying to determine if the sheriff’s department violated the civil rights of illegal aliens and broke the law. It seems the laws are so unclear — at least to some local law enforcement agencies around the country. Or maybe the agencies are just choosing to ignore them.

By Penny Starr
Senior Staff Writer
(CNSNews.com) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona following requests by congressional Democrats and allegations by liberal activists that the department has violated the civil rights of illegal aliens.

Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Robert Scott (D-Va.) requested the investigation, and activists groups such as National Day Laborer Organizer Network and ACORN launched petition drives and rallies in support of the probe.

The investigation focuses on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and dozens of officers under his command who were trained through the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security (ACCESS), which partners federal and local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws. (The Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division is known popularly as ICE.)
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Ex-DEA Official Testifies About the Escalating Guns, Drugs and Violence in Mexico

By Michael Braun
Counterterrorism Blog

WASHINGTON –Today* I testified before the Subcommittee on National Security & Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the escalating violence in Mexico. My viewpoint arises from my 34 years in law enforcement and as a U.S. Marine. I served for almost four years as the Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and for one year as the Agency’s Acting Chief of Intelligence. I also served in a number of DEA offices throughout the United States, including service on both our Southern and Northern borders, on both our East and West Coasts, in the Midwest, as well as two years in various countries in Latin America.

Here are several paragraphs of that testimony, and you can download it in its entirety here

*(Braun testified on Thursday March 12, 2009)

Group Says FBI Using Outdated and Deliberately Limited Search Process in Freedom of Information Act

Anyone who has ever filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI knows it can take forever to get the results. They also know they may not ever get the results they want. A private group, the National Security Archives, is now giving the agency grief about this — and deservedly so.

By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — If information were a river, the FBI would be a dam.

Two out of every three people who ask for FBI records under the Freedom of Information Act are told by the bureau no such documents exist — a failure rate five times higher than at other major federal agencies, a private study finds.

The FBI is using an outdated and deliberately limited search process to avoid full compliance with the records law, the National Security Archive asserts. The Archive is a private group that publishes declassified government documents and files many FOIA requests.

The Archive awarded the FBI its Rosemary Award for the worst Freedom of Information Act performance by a federal agency.

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Retired FBI Agent Jerry Breidenfeld Dead At 83

By Joe Holley
Washington Post Staff Writer

Jerry H. Breidenfeld, 83, a retired agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, died March 6 at Reston Hospital Center of congestive heart failure. He moved to Ashburn in 2006 after living in Reston for many years.

Dr. Breidenfeld joined the FBI in 1951 and served in Knoxville, Tenn., Chicago and Butte, Mont., before being transferred in 1970 to Washington, where he worked with the agency’s radio engineering facility.

His duties involved checking for bugs at embassies and other government facilities. He retired from the FBI in 1980 but continued to do de-bugging work for the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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