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Archive for September 13th, 2008

Anthrax Case Is Up in Ashes

Bruce Ivins, the scientist authorities say was responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks, wanted to make sure his body was creamated and and scattered about. So he went to extraordinary steps to make sure it happened. 

By Scott Shane
The New York Times
FREDERICK, Md. – Six weeks after Bruce E. Ivins killed himself, the cremated remains of Mr. Ivins, the Army scientist and anthrax suspect, are stored at a funeral home here, awaiting the outcome of an unusual probate court proceeding.
In a will he wrote last year, a few months before the Federal Bureau of Investigation focused the anthrax letters investigation on him, Dr. Ivins wrote of his wish to be cremated and have his ashes scattered. But fearing that his wife, Diane, and their two children might not honor the request, he came up with a novel way to enforce his demand: threatening to make a bequest to an organization he knew his wife opposed, Planned Parenthood.
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Justice Dept. Unveils Added Powers for FBI

Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey/doj photo

Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey/doj photo

FBI agents will have more latitude in conducting surveillances and other matters. But some groups like the ACLU aren’t so happy.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — FBI officials yesterday briefed civil liberties advocates and religious groups on a plan to offer agents an array of tactics to track national security threats, as lawmakers prepared to demand more information at a pair of oversight hearings next week.
The ground rules, known as attorney general guidelines, have been in the works for nearly 18 months. Authorities say they are designed to harmonize the techniques that FBI agents can use to investigate ordinary crimes, collect foreign intelligence or pursue possible terrorist threats.
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Ex-Council Aide Trying To Work Out Deal With Feds

An ex-city council aide who is accused of embezzling $145,000 is trying to work out a deal with the feds to try and stay out of prison. What will it take?

By Tomas Zambito
New York Daily
NEW YORK—  A former top aide to Brooklyn Councilman Kendall Stewart is negotiating a plea deal with the feds in the hopes of avoiding prison.
Asquith Reid’s attorney told a Manhattan federal judge Friday he has no plans to go to trial on charges that the former chief of staff embezzled more than $145,000 in public funds.
“This is a very sad case,” attorney John Moscow said. “This is not someone who enriched himself by the crime.”
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