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Underwear Bomber Claimed There was a Second Bomb on Plane

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The badly burned underwear bomber told authorities as he was led away on Christmas Day that there was a second bomb aboard the Northwest plane that have arrived from Amsterdam, when in fact there was not, the Associated Press reported.

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab made incriminating statements to Customs officials on the way to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, and then to the FBI during about 50 minutes of questioning at the hospital, AP reported.  The FBI did not give him his Miranda Rights during that time, the AP reported.

It was during that time he admitted having been trained and instructed by al Qaeda in Yemen, the AP reported. The news agency said law enforcement investigators do not have to read the Miranda Rights to a suspect if they are trying to end a pending public threat to the public.

The FBI interview ended when the suspect was given medication.

“He would not be questioned again for more than five hours,” AP reported. ” By that point, officials said, FBI bosses in Washington had decided a new interrogation team was needed. They made that move in case the lack of a Miranda warning or the suspect’s medical condition at the time of the earlier conversations posed legal problems later on for prosecutors.”

The handling of the suspect has become a flash point of debate. Some Congressional members have argued that he should have been treated as an enemy combatant. They say he stopped talking once he was given a public federal defender.

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Meanwhile, NPR reports that British and U.S. intelligence authorities have linked Abdulmutallab to two men accused of being part of  terrorist plots in the United Kingdom.

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FBI Arrests Suburban Detroit Man Who Posed as Agent Collecting Money for Haiti

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There are those  who are trying to figure out how to help the folks in Haiti. And then there are those who are trying to figure out how scam the charity-minded people.

On Friday, the FBI arrested a suburban Detroit man who impersonated an FBI agent collecting money for Haiti, WDIV news in Detroit reported.

Authorities told WDIV that Kevin Balfour, 34, of Warren, Mi., flashed a gold badge with the letters “FBI” on it and “told people he might be deployed to Haiti and that he was collecting money to help the children.”

The station reported that he also used his FBI credentials to get free food and drinks from a local bar.

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FBI Raid in Detroit Where Imam Died Raises Concerns About Informants in Mosques

The use of FBI informants in mosques is causing a lot of tension around the country between Muslims and the FBI. Here’s one of those instances.

mosqueBY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

DETROIT — He called himself Jabril. Two years ago, a white man who claimed he was an ex-con and convert to Islam started attending a predominantly African-American mosque on a run-down street in Detroit.

He touted his Islamic ways while offering poor members of the mosque cash for odd jobs at an auto shop on the city’s west side. He told tales of sick family members and brought a young boy to the mosque who he said was his son.

Jabril soon became a brother in faith and a confidante of the mosque’s fiery leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was killed in a shootout during an Oct. 28 raid by FBI agents to arrest men suspected of dealing in stolen goods.

Members now believe Jabril was an FBI informant who infiltrated their mosque.

“He built up trust in the community,” said Omar Regan, 34, one of Abdullah’s sons.

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Passenger Aboard Detroit Flight: “I Heard a Pop and Then the Next Thing You Know Fire”

Yes, more than 8 years after the infamous Sept. 11, 2001 attack, the friendly skies still have the potential to be pretty darn scary. Here’s a Detroit Free Press account of the incident as told by some passengers.

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BY NAOMI R. PATTON
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

DETROIT — Most of the passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 seated near seat 19A seemed to hear it. A single, loud pop — like a firecracker — 10 minutes before the flight landed.

“I HEARD THE POP AND then the next thing you know fire …people running out of their seats,” said Syed Jafry of Holland, Ohio, was one of the first passengers off the plane, seated a few rows in front of the suspect.

“It was a fire, it wasn’t just a firecracker, it was a fire,” Calvin Kakar, of New York, said. He was seated a few rows in front of the man, a Nigerian national, now in federal custody after trying to set off some sort of explosive device. “We heard a pop and the next thing you know it was a fire.”

One by one, the passengers deplaned Friday with similar and various bits of the story. By all accounts, the suspect was immediately tackled by at least one man, and several other passengers ran towards him immediately trying to put the fire out.

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Judge Rules Detroit Fed Prosecutor’s Emails Are Private

Ex-Prosecutor Convertino
Ex-Prosecutor Convertino

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A Detroit assistant U.S. Attorney doesn’t have to provide his emails in a controversial lawsuit involving a former colleague who is suing the Justice Department over leaks to the Detroit Free Press.

U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of Washington ruled earlier this month that former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino can’t see any of assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel’s emails to his private attorney or those involving Justice Department work.

Convertino has indicated that he thinks Tukel was the one who may have leaked information about an Office of Professional Responsibility investigation targeting him.

“We need to encourage candid communications among government officials allowing officials to deliberate honestly with each other, without fear that they discussions will be exposed to the public,” Judge Lamberth wrote in a ruling favoring Tukel, who had opposed the release.

He added that “Mr. Tukel reasonably expected that his emails with his personal attorney to remain confidential.”

Convertino, an aggressive prosecutor who became a controversial figure in the office, resigned in 2005 while under investigation for a 2003 terrorism case he prosecuted and won.

The convictions were later overturned and he was indicted on obstruction of justice charges, which alleged that he withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense and allowed false testimony during trial. He was eventually acquitted.

The emails included communications with his attorney and on Justice Department cases. The judge ruled that both were privileged and protected from being released.

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Head of Detroit FBI Andrew Arena Talks About Public Corruption

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Tells Detroit Crowd Arab-American and Muslim Rights Must be Protected

The Justice Department and FBI need to continually work on the relationship with the Arab-American and Muslim communities no matter how strained things get. It’s good for both sides. And no better place to make a speech like this than in the Detroit area, home to one of the largest, if not thee largest, Arab-American populations in the country.

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BY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

DETROIT — Reaching out to Arab Americans and Muslims, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a Detroit speech Thursday night that their full rights must be protected as the country battles security threats.

“This is not blind adherence to political correctness,” Holder told hundreds at the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center. “It is devotion to our founding documents.”

He said that it’s vital that all ethnic and religious groups in America be treated equally. He also said racial profiling was bad policy that breeds mistrust and division.

“For the last nine months, I’ve heard from Muslim and Arab Americans who feel uneasy about their relationship with their government, who feel isolated and discriminated against by law enforcement,” Holder said. “It is inconsistent with what America is all about.”

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FBI-IRS Look into Loan to Ousted Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The fishy goings on involving ousted Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick continues to surface.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the FBI and IRS in August contacted the chairman of Detroit-based Compuware in August to inquire about a $240,000 loan he and other businessmen made to Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick was forced to resign, serve jail time and pay $1 million in restitution to the city after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to lying under oath in court.

The information about the FBI-IRS probe surfaced during a court hearing Tuesday on Kilpatrick’s ability to pay restitution to the city. He has been ordered to pay $6,000 a month, but he has claimed he can’t afford it.

“Someone is paying for his restitution, and he is claiming to this court that he has the inability to pay when he in fact is not paying for it himself,” said Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Athina Siringas, according to the Detroit News. “Money just keeps on appearing and people just keep on giving.”

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