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Aryans in Idaho Say Obama “Greatest Recruiting Tool Ever”

Federal law enforcement has watched in the past year as chatter on hate-based websites increased with the popularity of Barack Obama. Obama may be a nightmare come true for the Aryan members. But it’s appears to be a dream come true for organizers trying to ramp up membership.

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By The Associated Press
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The Aryan Nations has returned to northern Idaho with what it is calling a “world headquarters” and a recruitment campaign.

Coeur d’Alene resident Jerald O’Brien, who has a large swastika tattoo on his scalp, is one of the leaders of the white supremacist group and said he expects membership to grow because of the election of President Barack Obama.

He told The Spokesman-Review newspaper that the president is the “greatest recruiting tool ever.”

Residents of a Coeur d’Alene subdivision found recruitment fliers on their lawns Friday and O’Brien said more fliers will be distributed. He said the group has “several handfuls” of members in the city.

The fliers show a young girl asking her father “Why did those dark men take mommy away?”

But many in the region reject the group.

“I saw Aryan Nations and put it in the trash,” said Garvin Jones. “What’s wrong with these people? Give me a break. I bet if you went back in their family history, not one is 100 percent white.”

The newspaper reported that most people interviewed about the fliers declined to be identified for fear of retribution.

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New New Orleans FBI Chief David Welker Low Key So Far

David Welker

David Welker

David Welker, head of the New Orleans FBI, may be low key, but if things goes as planned in a state ripe with corruption, he’ll be a household name before you know it.
By Brendan McCarthy
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — Like countless times before, the news conference began with six or so middle-age men dressed in dark, natty suits standing behind the lectern in a nondescript room, high up in a federal office building.

An aide handed out a press release, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten delved into facts of the criminal case, and down the line, the head of each law enforcement agency stepped to the microphone and lauded the efforts of his subordinates.

Except for one. The silent one was the newly appointed head of the local FBI office, perhaps the most powerful man in the room — and possibly the only one who doesn’t care whether you know it.

Meet David Welker, new face of the FBI in New Orleans.

Welker, 54, carries the lofty title of special agent in charge, but he isn’t easily recognized in a sidewalk crowd or on the society page.

A native of Shamokin, Pa., with a degree in Bible studies, Welker left the manicured streets and suburban sprawl of Tampa, Fla., last summer for a city where public corruption seems a pastime and violent crime is a brand. Expectations are high; citizens expect a steady flow of indictments.

In his few months in New Orleans, the questions have become commonplace. What’s next?

“People are waiting for that big one to fall,” Welker acknowledged.

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Selection Process For D.C. U.S. Atty Slot Begins; Some Names Have Already Surfaced

Ron Machen's name has surfaced in contest

Ron Machen's name has surfaced in contest

The current U.S. Attorney Jeff Taylor is well respected and doing a good job, but there’s no way D.C. Del Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has had limited power as a member of Congress, is going to pass up an opportunity to exert her influence and help select a new U.S. Attorney. So far, according to the Legal Times, some names have alreadyh surfaced including former prosecutor Ron Machen  and Monty Wilkinson, who recently left the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. to work for Atty. Gen. Eric Holder. This should be an interesting contest. 

By Joe Palazzolo
Legal Times
WASHINGTON –The search for the next U.S. attorney for the District of Colum­bia has begun.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) opened the application process on April 10. The nominating commission she resurrected from the Clinton years will be accepting applications for the post through May 11. (The application can be downloaded from Norton’s Web site.)

The 17-member commission is staggering its work by focusing on the U.S. attorney slot first. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Pauline Schneider, who chairs the commission, says Norton could make applications available for three vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia as soon as the end of this week.

Formally known as the Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission, the body will also review candidates for U.S. marshal and other federal officials assigned to the District.

Several names have already surfaced for U.S. attorney. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Ron Machen, McDermott Will & Emery partner Roy Austin Jr., and D.C. Supe­rior Judge Thomas Motley-all veterans of the office-are said to be considering a run for the job. Monty Wilkinson, who recently left the office’s No. 3 position to join Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.’s staff, has also been named as a potential candidate by several former D.C. federal prosecutors.

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FBI Names Agent Daniel Roberts Assist. Director of Criminal Justice Information Services

fbi1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Daniel D. Roberts, a Detroit native, has been named assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

Roberts, who  replaces the retiring Thomas E. Bush, III,  was most recently Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division, the FBI said.

“Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position and will continue the legacy of CJIS that involves sharing data with over 18,000 law enforcement partners,” FBI Director Robert E. Mueller III said in a statement.

Roberts started his career in 1987 in Chicago, where he served as a primary SWAT team member and as a firearms instructor, the FBI said.

Eventually, in March 2000, Roberts was assigned to FBI headquarters as a unit chief of the Chief of the Violent Crimes/Fugitive Unit. He later became an assistant special ageent in charge in Salt Lake City
In June 2004, Roberts became special agent in charge of the Detroit FBI office.

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Controversy Continues Over Release of Justice Dept. Torture Memos

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FBI Says Bank Robberies Up in Last Quarter of 2008

Bank robber-Auburn, Mass. Dec. 2008

Bank robber-Auburn, Mass. Dec. 2008

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — There were 1,645 robberies, burglaries and larcenies nationwide involving banks in the last quarter of 2008, up 19.5 percent from the previous quarter in 2008, according to FBI stats released this past week.

The following are stats provided in an FBI Press release:

Of the 1,645 total reported violations, loot was taken in 1,527 incidents (93 percent). In contrast, loot was taken in 1,267 incidents (92 percent) during the third quarter of 2008.

The total amount taken was valued at more than $15.4 million dollars, an increase from the previous quarter’s total of more than $12.5 million stolen.
A note was used in 839 incidents; a firearm was used in 465 incidents; and robbers threatened the use of a weapon in 696 incidents.

Acts of violence were committed during 75 of the reported incidents. These acts included 22 instances involving the discharge of firearms, 37 instances involving assaults, and 15 instances of hostage situations.

Three deaths occurred during this reporting period, all three of which were perpetrators. No law enforcement officers were killed responding to these incidents.
Most violations occurred on Friday. Regardless of the day of the week, violations between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. were the most common.

Missouri U.S. Atty. Catherine Hanaway to Step Down and Join Law Firm With Ex-A.G. John Ashcroft

U.S. Atty. Catherine Hanaway

U.S. Atty. Catherine Hanaway

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The exodus of U.S. Attorneys continues.

The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway of the Eastern District of Missouri will resign to join a law firm with former Attorney General John Ashcroft. Her last day is Sunday.

The wire service reported that the Kansas City law firm will be called Ashcroft Hanaway. AP reported that Hanaway will work in St. Louis and Ashcroft will be based in Washington.