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Electronic Billboard Helps FBI Identify Bank Robber

This is a great technology. In the past, the FBI has not taken full advantage of the media and the latest technology when it comes to catching bank robbers. Often times, the agency has waited until a robber held up more than a dozen banks, and sometimes more than 20, before distributing photos to the media. Why wait?

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By DUNCAN MANSFIELD
Associated Press Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The brazen bank robber didn’t bother to hide his face as he threatened tellers with a gun in at least 10 heists from Kentucky to the Carolinas to Tennessee.

Now the FBI has named a suspect after bank surveillance photos from holdups dating to May were flashed on electronic billboards across the South. And authorities say the same man is now suspected of robbing an Indiana bank on Friday.

Ridge Backpedals on Accusations that Bush Admin. Played Politics with Color Code Alerts

There’s a reason Tom Ridge was not effective as he could have been as our nation’s Homeland Security chief. He was left out of key meetings. He didn’t always get necessary info from the FBI. In his new book, he suggests that the Bush administration may have played politics with the color code alerts like orange. Now he’s backing down. Call it the weenie factor, call it what you like.

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By Mimi Hall
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – Former Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge, speaking for the first time about accusations made in his new book, says he did not mean to suggest that other top Bush administration officials were playing politics with the nation’s security before the 2004 presidential election.

“I’m not second-guessing my colleagues,” Ridge said in an interview about The Test of Our Times, which comes out Tuesday and recounts his experiences as head of the nation’s homeland security efforts in the first several years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Boston Globe Editorial Urges FBI to Pay Up in Case Where Agents Framed People in 1965 Mob Murder

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By The Boston Globe
Editorial Page
BOSTON — IT DOESN’T require world class investigators to figure out that the jig is up for the FBI in the case of four men framed by federal agents in the 1965 gangland murder of Edward Deegan in Chelsea. This week, a federal appeals court upheld a $101.7 million damage judgment awarded by a lower court.

The size of the 2007 award to the families of Peter Limone, Joseph Salvati, Louis Greco, and Henry Tameleo grabbed the attention of the appellate judges who found it at the “outer edge” of permissible awards.

But the court rightly wasn’t in the mood to split hairs in the wrongful conviction cases that exposed the FBI for deliberately withholding evidence of the four men’s innocence and covering up the injustice. Secret files would later reveal that Joseph “The Animal” Barboza had falsely implicated the four men while protecting one of the true killers, FBI informant Vincent Flemmi. Both men were darlings of the FBI for providing information against the Mafia.

The Justice Department could drag out this travesty by seeking an appeal to the full Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. But it only prolongs the pain of the families.

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Even the Mob Could Use a Little Stimulus $$$

Yes, even the mob needs some stimulus money. There are some stimulus programs like home weatherization that have helped such industries as construction and heating and cooling. But they are also ripe for corruption. The FBI has been expecting to see some corrupt practices grow out of these programs.

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By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
New York Times

Everybody is looking for stimulus money.

From bridge builders to food stamp recipients, from roofers to subway riders, from teachers to housing project residents, people are eager to feel some part of a tidal wave of federal dollars in their lives.

The mob is eager, too.

Federal and state investigators who track organized crime believe that some members have geared up to take advantage of the swift and enormous cash influx – if they have not already – looking, as the old Sicilian expression goes, to wet their beaks.

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Fed Prosecutor In CIA Torture Probe Fearless and Highly Ethical

Fearless. Uncompromising Ethics. It sounds like the Justice Dept. has picked the right guy to look into the CIA’s alleged torture tactics.

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By Jenna Russell and Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff

He is known for his fearlessness and uncompromising ethics and he became a go-to prosecutor for complex and thankless tasks: investigating federal agents, convicting a former governor, probing the CIA’s alleged destruction of evidence.

Now John H. Durham’s steely sense of justice will be tested again with the assignment given to him Monday by the Justice Department – examining the abuse of prisoners held by the Central Intelligence Agency and deciding whether to recommend a full investigation of the interrogators’ tactics.

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Big Time Boston Mobster Gennaro “Jerry” Angiulo Dies at Age 90

All around the country, old time mobsters are dying, leaving behind children, some who have tried to carry on their legacy, often with far less success.

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By Laurel J. Sweet
Boston Herald
BOSTON — It’s the end of a wiseguy era, say friends of former Boston Mafia godfather Gennaro “Jerry” Angiulo, who presided over the demise of the local mob.

“Jerry was a larger than life personality,” said Henry Katz, a former attorney and friend of the Nahant mobster. “He thought that all criminal defense lawyers should do time in jail so they’d have an appreciation for what they were fighting against.”

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U.S. Law Enforcement Worried About Mexico’s Lenient Drug Laws

The true question is: how will this impact the drug trade when the U.S. still outlaws these drugs and mexico-last-u-turnremains the biggest customer of the illegal drugs?There has to be a multi-pronged approach to  this problem. Sending troops, locking up dealers just won’t solve it all. There has to be a more comprehensive approach that includes treatment and education. And then some.

By Julie Watson
Associated Press
MEXICO CITY – Mexico now has one of the world’s most liberal laws for drug users after eliminating jail time for small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and even heroin, LSD and methamphetamine.

“All right!” said a grinning Ivan Rojas, a rail-thin 20-year-old addict who endured police harassment during the decade he has spent sleeping in Mexico City’s gritty streets and subway stations.

But stunned police on the U.S. side of the border say the law contradicts President Felipe Calderon’s drug war, and some fear it could make Mexico a destination for drug-fueled spring breaks and tourism.

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CIA Agent Outraged by Belated Justice Depart. Legal Support (Spy Talk)

Weekend Series on History: Gangster Bugsy Siegel and the Mob and Las Vegas

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