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Ex-Football Player Vick Put Family Pets in Ring With Pit Bulls

The more we know, the more we realize Michael Vick will never get the Humanitarian Award.

By HANK KURZ Jr.
The Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. — Michael Vick put family pets in rings with pit bulls and thought it was funny watching the trained killers injure or kill the helpless dogs, a witness told federal investigators during the dogfighting investigation that brought Vick down.
In a 17-page report filed Aug. 28, 2008, by case agent James Knorr of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and released Friday under the Freedom of Information Act, a person identified as confidential witness No. 1 said Vick placed pets in the ring against pit bulls owned by “Bad Newz Kennels” at least twice and watched as the pit bulls “caused major injuries.”
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Witness in Sen. Steven’s Case Claims He Would Have Testified Differently Without Govt. Coaching

Did feds go too far in coaching witness in the Sen. Stevens case? Does Stevens have a shot of overturning conviction on appeal or getting a pardon from Pres. Bush? Inquiring minds want to know.

Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

Sen. Ted Stevens/official photo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A witness in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has told a federal judge that he received extensive help from prosecutors prior to taking the stand and would have testified differently had he not been given the assistance.
He also said he had an agreement with the government that gave him immunity from prosecution in the case. During the trial, he told the jury that no formal deal existed.
“I would not have given the same testimony” without the help or the agreement, wrote the witness, David Anderson.
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FBI Dedicates Its New State of The Art Northern Va. Office

Several prominent officials cut the ribbon include Rep. Frank Wolf and Joseph Persichini Jr., head of the Washington field office

Several prominent officials cut the ribbon including Rep. Frank Wolf and Joseph Persichini Jr., head of the FBI's Washington field office/photo by ticklethewire.com

MANASSAS, Va. — Several months after moving in, the FBI’s Washington field office officially dedicated its 200,000 -square foot, state of the art Northern Viriginia office Friday with the usual ribbon cutting, speeches and food.
The luminaries in attendance included Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and Joseph Persichini Jr., the head of the FBI Washington field office.
When the location was first announced, some agents privately complained that the office was too far out. But officials defended the move, saying they needed a location with a greater setback from the street in the Post 9/11 era. The previous Northern Virginia office was in  congested Tysons Corner.
Allan Lengel, ticklethewire.com

International Weapons Trafficker and Friend to Terrorist Convicted

By Douglas Farah
Terroristblog.org

The good news yesterday was the conviction on all counts of Monzar al Kassar,the international weapons trafficker and friend of numerous terrorist organizations.
Al Kassar and his accomplice, Luis Moreno Godoy were convicted in New York of conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals; conspiracy to murder U.S. officers and employees; conspiracy to acquire and export anti-aircraft missiles; conspiracy to provide material support and resources to the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), a designated foreign terrorist organization; and money laundering. The convictions represent the first time anyone has been charged with and convicted of the anti-aircraft missile statute.
Al Kassar, like Viktor Bout and others, are part of the shadowy world of facilitators that work across criminal and terrorist organizations, supplying them with what they need-from weapons to passports to money laundering services.
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Atty. Gen. Mukasey Tells Employees He’s Ok After Collapsing Thursday Night

Atty. General Mukasey Collapsed Thursday night

Atty. General Mukasey Collapsed Thursday night

WASHINGTON — After collapsing during a speech on Thursday night at a hotel in Upper Northwest Washington, Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey was hospitalized overnight.
Today he issued a statement to Department of Justice employees saying he was fine.
Here’s what he had to say:
Dear Colleagues,
As you may have heard, I collapsed briefly last night at the conclusion of a speech. All tests at the hospital have come back with good results, and I feel fine. Accordingly, I plan to report to the Department this afternoon and to continue doing the work I swore to do last November and which it has been an honor to do with you ever since.
Thank you for your good wishes and your good work. It has been and remains an honor to serve with you.

Slain Pittsburgh FBI Agent “Loved, Loved , Loved His Work”

Samuel Hicks is a chilling reminder of the dangers that await a federal agent.
By Michael A. Fuoco
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH — FBI Agent Samuel Hicks with his wife, Brooke, and their 2-year old son, Noah.
Special Agent Samuel Hicks’ classmates at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., used to follow his lead when training how to safely enter homes and serve warrants, trusting the Westmoreland County native’s discipline, intelligence and experience as a Baltimore police narcotics officer.
“He was our ace in the hole in leading us,” said his former roommate, Special Agent Klaus Franze.
On Wednesday, Agent Hicks was leading again, this time as the first officer to enter an Indiana Township home to serve an arrest warrant on a suspected drug dealer. A shot was fired from upstairs. Agent Hicks was killed.
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Was Shooter Protecting Her Children? (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Bolivia’s President Accuses DEA of Tapping His Phone

President Morales

President Morales

President-elect Obama will have some fence mending to take care of when he takes office.

Zeenews.com
WASHINGTON — Bolivia’s left-wing President Evo Morales on Wednesday accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of trying to tap his telephone conversations instead of going after cocaine traffickers.
Bolivian-US relations have deteriorated in recent months since Morales expelled the US Ambassador in September, accusing him of inciting anti-government protests, and Washington blacklisted Bolivia for not co-operating in the war on drugs.
This month, Morales ejected DEA agents from operating in the world’s third-largest cocaine-producing country, charging them with spying and maintaining ties with anti-government groups that staged violent protests in September. Washington denies the charge.
“We do not need DEA agents to control the President” of Bolivia, Morales said in an address to the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington. He accused the agency of trying to bug his telephone as well as that of the Bolivian Vice President. Morales offered no details of the accusation.
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NYPD Officer Indicted For Illegally Accessing FBI Computer System

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A New York City police sergeant was charged with accessing without authoritization an FBI computer to assist someone in a child custody proceeding, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Sgt. Haytham Khalis, 34, of Brooklyn, surrendered to federal authorities Thursday morning.
According to federal court documents, the Royal Canadian Mounted police told the FBI legal attache in Ottawa that it had come across a Canadian citizen who had a document containing information from the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
The Canadian authorities traced the document to an NYPD officer, authorities said. The police department then narrowed it down to Khalis.