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Justice Dept. Says NYPD Cops Off the Hook in Racially Charged Fatal Shooting

sean bell-websiteBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The New York City officers involved in the highly controversial fatal shooting of Sean Bell — he was shot 50 times on his wedding day in 2006 — are off the hook.

The Justice Department announced Tuesday there was insufficient evidence to file civil rights charges against the officers in the shooting of Bell and his two friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, who were wounded.

Three officers were acquitted of criminal charges in state court in 2008 in the shooting outside a Queens strip club. Bell, who was unarmed, was out with friends celebrating before his wedding. The shootings brought cries of outrage from the black community.

“Officials from the department’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the FBI met today with Bell’s family, his fiancée and their representatives to inform them of this decision, as well as with Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, friends of Bell who were wounded during the tragic incident,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

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NYPD Commissioner Kelly Says Security for 9/11 Trial Going to Cost Far More Than Expected

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — No matter the cost, one thing is certain: It ain’t going to be cheap.

The Associated Press is reporting that New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly says the cost of providing security for the upcoming federal trial of five Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack suspects will far exceed the original estimate of $75 million mentioned in mid-November. No updated figure was given.

Ray Kelly/nypd photo
Ray Kelly/nypd photo

But Kelly told USA Today that he’d need federal help paying for the security for the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and four others. No trial date has been set.

The decision to put the defendants on trial has caused a great deal of  controversy. Critics say it will only put the citizens of New York in danger and cost a great deal of  money to provide security.  The Obama administration insists that it will be good for the defendants to go through the judicial system.

Fed Judge Jails Ex-NYPD Chief Bernie Kerik For Leaking Sealed Information

Bernie Kerik/facebook

Bernie Kerik/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When you think of ex-NYPD Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, you can’t help but think how far he has fallen from the good graces of this nation. After all, at one point he almost became chief of the Department of Homeland Security.

On Tuesday, a federal judge revoked his $500,000 bail and sent him off to jail for leaking sealed information from his pending trial to generate public sympathy, the New York Times reported.

The information was leaked to a lawyer, who has helped raise money for Kerik, the Times reported. The lawyer emailed it to the Washington Times.

The New York Times reported that U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Robinson in White Plains described Kerik, 54, as a ”toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance.” Kerik, who became a national hero after 9/11 as the N.Y. police chief, faces three trials, the first of which begins on Monday.

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FBI Director Mueller Rejects Suggestions Poor Coordination Between NYPD and FBI Damaged Terror Probe

Robert Mueller III/fbi photo
Robert Mueller III/fbi photo

You would never expect the FBI’s Robert Mueller to go before Congress and point fingers at the missteps of another law enforcement agency, that is unless things really really went wrong. In this case, some things may have gone wrong, but not wrong enough to air things in public.

By EILEEN SULLIVAN
Associated Press
WASHINGTON – FBI Director Robert Mueller rejected suggestions Wednesday that poor coordination between the FBI and New York Police Department damaged the investigation of an Afghan immigrant charged with plotting a bomb attack in New York City.

Mueller also repeated previous assurances from federal and local officials that there is currently no known imminent threat to the U.S. from this case or any other.

Mueller testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee in the Obama administration’s first public appearance before lawmakers since news broke that Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Denver airport driver, is suspected of plotting a terrorist attack in New York. Authorities have said Zazi admitted receiving explosives training from al-Qaida in Pakistan.

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FBI and NYPD Train For Terror Attacks

nypd-badge1No matter how many times you do it, you can’t train enough for a terrorism attack. There’s always variables that can arise during the real thing that never came up during training. The more you train, the more variables you can anticipate.

By Tom Hays
Associated Press
NEW YORK
— The FBI was scrambling.

Agents had intercepted information about a possible terrorist attack in Manhattan, including a diagram showing a mysterious device. The raw intelligence was relayed to experts in Washington, who offered a daunting diagnosis: “You have a problem.”

As chilling as that sounded, the situation wasn’t real. But authorities say it could be, and what followed over the next two days was an ambitious stress test of the city’s line of defense against a radiological or nuclear terrorist attack.

The exercise earlier this week involved hundreds of New York Police Department officers and FBI agents trained at detecting threats, along with an elite unit of federal weapons experts expected – with the approval of the U.S. attorney general – to swoop in by plane and defuse them.

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NYPD Counterterrorism Unit Thinks and Acts Globally

People expect big things from New York. The police department’s counterterrorism unit doesn’t disappoint with it’s global reach.

By Christopher Dickey
Newsweek

In sweltering Mumbai last November, two days after the terrorist rampage that killed or wounded more than 500 people, some odd figures joined the alphabet soup of agencies investigating the atrocity-three New York City police detectives. In 2005 other American cops looked at bomb detonators with Scotland Yard after the London tube bombings. Still others turned up in Madrid after its own train attacks in 2004, and several times in Jerusalem after suicide bombings there.
The cops showed up because David Cohen, the spymaster of the NYPD, sent them.
A former director of clandestine operations for the Central Intelligence Agency, Cohen wants his own people seeing up close and right away the warning signs-he calls them signatures-that might have revealed a terrorist operation taking shape.
And if the FBI, the CIA or any other federal agency objects to the NYPD making the world its beat, Cohen doesn’t really care.
“Listen to this,” he told me one morning at his office at police headquarters in downtown Manhattan. “We got a report from the FBI on the Madrid bombing which was terrific, it was great … It was f—ing 18 months later!” He drank from a mug with the eagle-and compass seal of the CIA on it. “They tried the best they could.”

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Former NYPD’s Bernie Kerik Pleads Not Guilty to Added Charges

Bernie Kerik has gone from super crime fighter to accused criminal. Not an enviable spot to be in.

By ABBY LUBY
DAILY NEWS WRITER
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Former NYPD top cop Bernard Kerik pleaded not guilty Monday to new charges of falsifying income tax records and not declaring a BMW luxury car he got as payment for consulting services.
The added charges involve falsifying statements on loan applications and his role in preparing false tax returns for 2002 and 2005. He was initially charged with falsifying tax returns for the year 2000.
Kerik, 53, wore a charcoal gray suit and a red and silver-striped tie. He stood with lawyer Eric Tirschwell as White Plains Federal Court Judge Stephen Robinson asked a series of questions about his state of mind before accepting the plea.
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