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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.

Senate Aide Admits Taking Gifts From Lobbyists Tied to Infamous Jack Abramoff

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — A free trip to New York and a ticket to attend the first game of the World Series in 2003: Priceless.
Receiving all that from lobbyists linked to the infamous Jack Abramoff: Costly.
Trevor L. Blackann, a former legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate is now paying for the freebies.
The 34-year-old pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington to failing to report as income thousands of dollars of illegal gifts from lobbyists tied to convicted top-dog lobbyist Jack Abramoff including the New York trip for the World Series.
As part of the freebies, Blackann also was chauffeured around New York, got a souvenir baseball jersey, admission to and entertainment at a “gentlemen’s club” and free meals and drinks, the Justice Department said.
As part of his plea, he admitted knowing the gifts were given to him because the lobbyists were seeking favors, the Justice Department said.
The case is part of an ongoing probe into Jack Abramoff’s activities, the Justice Department said. So far, 15 people have pleaded guilty or are awaiting trial as a result of the investigation into public corruption on Capitol Hill.

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BREAKING NEWS: Atty. Gen. Mukasey Collapses During Speech

Atty. Gen. Mukasey

Atty. Gen. Mukasey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey collapsed Thursday night while delivering a speech to the Federalist Society in upper Northwest Washington, authorities said.
Mukasey, 67, regained consciousness and was taken to George Washington University Hospital where he was admitted overnight, the Justice Department said in a statement issued after midnight.
“The Attorney General is conscious, conversant and alert,” said Justice spokesman Peter Carr. “His vital statistics are strong and he is in good spirits. He is receiving excellent care and appreciates all of the good wishes and prayers he has received. The doctors will keep him overnight for further observations.”
Alan Etter, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department, told ticklethewire.com that medical emergency units responded at 10:09 p.m. “for an adult who fainted” in the ballroom at the Washington Wardman Park Marriott hotel in Northwest Washington.
Mukasey fainted near the end of his speech. First aide was administered by aides and a doctor who was on hand. The ride to the hospital takes less than 10 minutes.
Etter said some other people in the audience complained about feeling sickly. The fire department’s hazmat units responded, but found no “environmental hazard, no fumes”, he said.
The Politico reported last night that audience members said they began praying, fearing a stroke.
Mukasey replaced the controversial Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales, who had become a divisive figure in the Bush administration.

Wife of Drug Suspect Charged in Pittsburgh FBI Agent’s Slaying

Wife claims she thought it was a home invasion.

FBI Agent Samuel Hicks/fbi photo

FBI Agent Samuel Hicks/fbi photo

By Paula Reed Ward and Jim McKinnon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
INDIANA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The 11 law enforcement officers weren’t looking for Christina Korbe when they showed up outside the sand-colored brick house on Woods Run Road just before 6 a.m. yesterday.
But she was there, armed with a .38-caliber handgun, and moments later FBI Agent Samuel Hicks — the first in the door behind a battering ram — lay dying. Last night she was charged with homicide in his death.
The agents and officers had a warrant for Robert Ralph Korbe, Ms. Korbe’s husband, when they arrived at the Korbe home in Indiana Township. They knew that he had skirmished with officers in the past — and even once dislocated an officer’s shoulder. But he wasn’t considered to be the most dangerous of the 35 people they were seeking in a drug round-up yesterday.
According to a police affidavit, the officers knocked on the door and ordered Mr. Korbe, 38, to give himself up. When he refused,officers burst through the front door.
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UPDATE (1:55 p.m.) — AP is reporting that bail was denied for Christina Korbe.

Republicans Highlight Pardon Issue For A.G. Candidate Holder

Can the Republicans pardon the pardons when it comes to A.G. candidate Eric Holder?

Eric Holder/law firm photo

Eric Holder/law firm photo

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee yesterday highlighted the role of attorney general candidate Eric H. Holder Jr. in controversial 2001 pardons, but GOP senators avoided direct attacks on Barack Obama’s leading choice to lead the Justice Department.
Republican congressional aides said no information had emerged that would disqualify Holder, a former D.C. Superior Court judge and U.S. attorney in the District, from serving as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. But Capitol Hill aides from both sides of the aisle nonetheless hauled out seven-year-old hearing records to refresh their memories about Holder’s inability to prevent a presidential pardon for fugitive Marc Rich on the final day of the Clinton administration.
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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Ariz. Gov Napolitano Picked to Head Homeland Security

Gov. Napolitano whose name also came up as a possible candidate for Attorney General, is the choice for a relatively new agency some say needs revamping.

Gov. Janet Napolitano/official  photo

Gov. Janet Napolitano/official photo

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D), whose handling of immigration issues brought her accolades from fellow governors, is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to serve as secretary of homeland security, Democratic sources said late Wednesday.
Napolitano, 50, was an early supporter of Obama and was the only elected official tapped to serve on his transition team. She was reelected in 2006 to a second term as governor of Arizona, the home state of Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in the race against Obama. Napolitano previously served as U.S. attorney and state attorney general for Arizona; she was the first woman in both of those posts.
Napolitano’s selection was made pending vetting, sources said, and was first reported by CNN.
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Former Pa. Judge Convicted of Fraud And Money Laundering

Some how all is not very right with the world when a judge lies about a fender bender to collect some doe.

Ex-Judge Michael Joyce/official photo

Ex-Judge Michael Joyce/official photo

Joe Mandak
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH – A retired Pennsylvania appellate judge was convicted Wednesday of mail fraud and money laundering after prosecutors said he lied about neck and back injuries in a fender bender to collect $440,000 from two insurance companies.
Former Superior Court Judge Michael Joyce will be sentenced March 10 on two counts of mail fraud and six counts of money laundering.
“Michael Joyce made multiple false representations of debilitating injury following a 2001 automobile accident when the evidence showed he was engaging a variety of physical activities, including scuba diving, roller blading and piloting airplanes,” U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan said. “The jury’s finding of guilt demonstrates that no person, even a judge, is above the law.”
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