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Could Missing FBI Agent Robert Levinson Be Part of Prisoner Swap?

Criminologist Who Looks Like Biker Opening Law Enforcement’s Eyes About Drug Dealers

"The Wire" Depicted Life of the Drug DealerBy Suzanne Smalley
NEWSWEEK

The image of a drug dealer driving a Mercedes is a Hollywood favorite, so maybe it’s not surprising that the African-American preacher, speaking on a panel about how to shut down urban drug markets, went for the cliché. It’s hard to get the dealers off the corners and into straight jobs, said the preacher, since selling drugs pays so well. A voice piped up. “This is not true,” said David Kennedy. “They’re scraping by, living at home.” Kennedy offered advice: when confronting dealers who say they’re getting rich, tell them, “I’m calling bulls—.”
Kennedy is a rail-thin white man with weary eyes, a goatee and hair down his back; he resembles country singer Willie Nelson. He has never been a cop, and, as one friend says, he “looks more like a biker than a professor.” He has no Ph.D. or masters in criminology; he studied philosophy as a Swarthmore undergrad. But in the hotel ballroom packed with police and U.S. Justice Department officials, everyone was listening-because Kennedy is the only person who has ever come up with a consistently viable (and cost-effective) strategy for helping the inner city with its chronic blight and shame, the dope dealer on the corner.
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The Latest “Oops Award” Goes to New York Fed Judge P. Kevin Castel

By Jerry Capeci
Gangland News

Federal Judge P. Kevin Castel is a stickler for the rule of law and proper courtroom decorum.
Two weeks ago, the judge’s words, and common courtesy, failed the jurist miserably when he tweaked a federal prosecutor twice about his failure to stand up to address the court.
Had the judge exhibited the common courtesy to look down from the bench he would have realized the prosecutor can’t stand up. He’s a quadriplegic.
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Man Who Sent Dozens of White Powdered Letters Was Upset About Losing $60,000+ in Stock

Message to Richard Leon Goyette: Lots more people loss lots more cash than you buddy. Next time get a Bernie Madoff punching bag to let out your aggressions.

By JEFF CARLTON
Associated Press
DALLAS – A man apparently upset about losing more than $60,000 when the government took over a failed bank has been arrested on charges alleging he mailed threatening letters containing suspicious powder to banks and federal offices, authorities said Tuesday.
Richard Leon Goyette, 47, was arrested at the Albuquerque, N.M., airport Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Dallas said. He is charged with a single count of knowingly and intentionally conveying false and misleading information.
“Mr. Goyette’s alleged criminal actions caused emergency responders and hazardous response teams immense unnecessary labor and expense, diverted personnel from actual emergencies, completely disrupted business at these financial institutions, and caused untold emotional distress to those who received letters,” said James T. Jacks, acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
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Eric Holder Vows to Staff to Fight Terrorism and Improve Integrity of Dept.

Eric Holder Jr.
Eric Holder Jr.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The newly minted Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. addressed Justice Department employees Tuesday morning and vowed to fight terrorism and improve the integrity of the department.
“We must restore the credibility of this Department, which has been so badly shaken by allegations of improper political interference,” he said, according to a prepared statement released by the Justice Department. “Law enforcement decisions and personnel actions must, and they will, be untainted by partisanship.”
In the area of terrorism, he said:
“We must strengthen the activities of the federal government as we protect the people – the American people – from terrorism. Nothing we will do will be more important. We must use every available tactic to defeat our adversaries – and we must do so within the letter and the spirit of the Constitution. There is not a tension between the ideals that formed this nation and that which we must do to keep it safe.
The following is the full text of his speech:

Good morning.

It’s a privilege to speak to you today, both as the new Attorney General and as your returning colleague. I am deeply honored to have the opportunity once again to work side-by-side with all of you here at the United States Department of Justice.
The Justice Department has aptly been described as the “crown jewel” of the federal government. It has attained this distinction not because of any laws or regulations, cases or controversies, buildings or equipment, but rather because of the quality, integrity, and dedication of the people who work tirelessly to carry out the Department’s vital mission. Simply stated, you – the employees of the United States Department of Justice – are the backbone, the heart, and the soul of this great agency.

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Downsizing? Not Here – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Has 11,000 Jobs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Recession? Layoffs? Downsizing?
Not here.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection became the latest federal law enforcement agency to announce a  major hiring campaign. It  said it hopes to fill about 11,000 law enforcement and support jobs this year.
Over the weekend, the agency  hosted open houses at 15 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The FBI recently announced a drive to hire about 2,100 non-agent jobs and about 850 special agent positions.

Latest DNA Tests Could Prove Trouble For Pitching Great Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens

Baseball star Roger Clemens could often be trusted on the mound to do great things. But the latest DNA tests may renew a big question: Can he be trusted to tell the truth?

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Scientific tests have linked Roger Clemens’s DNA to blood in syringes that a personal trainer says he used to inject the former star pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
The DNA results, which are preliminary and subject to verification tests, could prove critical if prosecutors seek an indictment of Clemens on charges that he lied about the use of steroids, according to the sources.
Clemens told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last year that he has never taken performance-enhancing drugs.
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New Atty. Gen. Holder Could Release Secret Memos on Interrogations, Warrantless Wiretaps

As Atty. Gen. Eric. H. Holder Jr. takes over, we may see some of the secret and controversial actions of the Bush Justice Department that will provide more insights to what happened in the past eight years.

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON — “Far more secret memos” on hard interrogations, detention and warrantless wiretapping programs have been discovered, most originating in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), according to a new report.
And Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., confirmed Monday, has indicated that a number of them may be made public.
The list of the more than three dozen still highly classified documents was assembled by Pro Publica, an independent public interest journalism organization founded in 2007 by former Wall Street Journal managing editor Paul Steiger.
“The Bush administration’s controversial policies on detentions, interrogations and warrantless wiretapping were underpinned by legal memoranda,” write Pro Publica reporters Dan Nguyen and Christopher Weaver. “While some of those memos have been released (primarily as a result of ACLU lawsuits), the former administration kept far more memos secret than has been previously understood. At least three dozen by our count.”
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