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Government And Muslim Scientist Do Battle

The government wants a federal judge to throw out a case involving a Muslim scientist who worked at a nuclear warship plant. They say it will expose national secrets. The scientist claims he’s being punished for criticizing the U.S. and the FBI.

By JOE MANDAK
Associated Press Writer
PITTSBURGH — A federal judge does not have the jurisdiction to second-guess security clearance decisions and should throw out a lawsuit by a Muslim scientist who claims he wrongly lost his clearance – and his job – at a nuclear warship plant, U.S. Justice Department attorneys said in court documents.
Lawyers for the Department of Energy contend the lawsuit filed by Egyptian-born scientist Abdel Moniem Ali El-Ganayni is an effort to publicize the security review process, which could pose a threat to the U.S.
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The Anthrax Suspect Was A Complicated Guy

Bruce E. Ivins

Bruce E. Ivins

Bruce E. Ivins, the suspected anthrax killer who committed suicide, was a complex person. Some friends saw him as a good person. Some evidence suggests he was a mad scientist — and a dangerous one at that.  Some are still not convinced he’s the killer. Soon to be a motion picture?

By Anne Hull, Marilyn W. Thompson and Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — Two days before he was found unconscious at home, felled by a lethal dose of Tylenol and valium, microbiologist Bruce E. Ivins logged on to one of the “express computers” on the second floor of the library in downtown Frederick.
He typed in the name of a Web site devoted to the anthrax-mailings investigation, a perplexing, unsolved case that had dragged on for seven years. At 7:13 p.m., the computer connected to a page that included comments from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who was confident that the case soon would be solved. “I tell you, we’ve made great progress in the investigation,” he said.
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County Commissioner’s Fla. Home Raided

Comm. Mary McCarty

Comm. Mary McCarty

Scandal continues to bubble in southern Florida. The latest: An FBI raid of a county commissioner’s home.

Maria Herrera and Mark Hollis
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty’s home was searched Friday by the FBI, making her the latest county official to come under scrutiny by federal investigators.
Federal agents descended on the 1930s bungalow in the 1100 block of Vista Del Mar where McCarty lives with her husband, Kevin. A man working on McCarty’s garden said the agents took pictures of the house and the cars and left shortly after 9 a.m. with boxes of documents.
“I have done nothing wrong,” McCarty said from another home the couple owns in Maine. “In my mind, this was an unnecessary act.”
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Ex-Alderman Aide Convicted In Chicago

An ex-alderman aide was convicted in Chicago, but got off on the bribery charges.

By Ofelia Casillas
Chicago Tribune.
CHICAGO — A federal jury on Friday convicted a one-time aide to former Chicago Ald. Arenda Troutman of mail fraud and making false statements to the FBI but acquitted him on two counts of bribery.
Steven Boone faces up to 6 1/2 years in prison. No sentencing date was set by U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo.
Troutman pleaded guilty last month to mail and tax fraud, admitting that she shook down developers for campaign contributions to throw her support behind construction projects.
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Lawyer Given Given Ok To Question Terry Nichols

Terry Nichols/bbc

Terry Nichols/bbc

It has been 13 years since the Oklahoma City bombing that stunned the nation. Now a Utah lawyer has been given the green light to question convicted conspirator Terry Nichols in connection with a prison death related in an indirect way to the bombing.

By Pamela Manson
The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY – A judge has reaffirmed an order that a Utah attorney can conduct taped depositions of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and a federal death-row inmate.
Attorney Jesse Trentadue says the two prisoners have information about the 1995 death of his brother, who he believes was murdered in a federal prison after guards mistook him for an accomplice in the bombing.
Kenneth Trentadue was found hanged in his cell in August 1995 at a federal prison in Oklahoma City, where he was being held on an alleged parole violation.
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Man Charged With Fibbing To Judge About Cancer

BOSTON — A former executive at the Biopure Corp. of Cambridge was charged Wednesday with lying to a federal judge about having cancer, the Justice Department said.

Howard P. Richman, 57, of Pearland, Tex., was charged with falsely telling a federal judge that he had colon cancer to get out of participating in a civil case brought against him by the Security Exchange Commission, the Justice Department said.

If convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

FBI Probes Las Vegas Homeowners Associations

In Las Vegas, there’s more than blackjack and poker going on — at least that’s what the FBI suspects. Agents are looking into suspicious links between homeowners associations and construction companies and lawyers.

By Adrienne Packer
Las Vegas Review-Journal
LAS VEGAS — In its sweeping investigation into homeowners associations, the federal government is digging up documents and correspondence related to association board members, attorneys and construction companies, according to a search warrant issued in the probe.
During searches of seven common-interest communities governed by homeowners associations, FBI agents sought ballot lists, ballots, envelopes and nomination forms.
Authorities are investigating whether individuals were planted on homeowners association boards to funnel business stemming from construction defect lawsuits to certain attorneys and construction companies.
Authorities are investigating whether individuals were planted on homeowners association boards to funnel business stemming from construction defect lawsuits to certain attorneys and construction companies.
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Bomb-Resistant Luggage Containers Could Boost Safety

Air travel could get a little safer if airplanes start using bomb-resistant Kevlar luggage containers. But the TSA says it won’t buy them because Congress hasn’t provided funding and it won’t require airlines to have them, at least not yet.

Thomas Frank
USA Today
WASHINGTON — The government is considering the first bomb-resistant luggage container that could prevent a small suitcase bomb from crashing a jet.
A new 5-foot-by-5-foot Kevlar container holds dozens of suitcases and can protect large planes from small suitcase bombs that slip past airport luggage scanners, said Howard Fleisher, deputy director of the Homeland Security Department’s Transportation Security Lab.
Suitcase bombs have worried aviation officials since one blew up Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The bombs can get past security when they have explosive material that’s too small to trigger an alarm from a luggage scanner.
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