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Archive for September 29th, 2008

LEO Adds Four Liaison Specialists

from l to r: James Sheehan, Edward Bejarano, Terry Booth and Carl Mathews

from l to r: James Sheehan, Edward Bejarano, Terry Booth and Carl Mathews

Law Enforcement Online (LEO) recently added four Liaison support specialists to serve LEO moderators and more than 100,000 members.
The job entails providing LEO presentations, initial trainings on site, on site support for command posts with the Virtual Command Center and training for moderators.
The new additions include James Sheehan (west coast); Edward Bejarano (south/southeast); Terry Booth (Midwest/Northeast) and Carl Mathews, Liaison Team Leader (Washington, D.C.).
People should contact Carl Mathews (cmathew1@leo.gov) for a LEO presentation and training session.  LEO is a global, secure, Internet-based communications portal for law enforcement, anti-terrorism and  and intelligence agencies.

High Ranking Ex-CIA Official Pleads Guilty To Fraud

The CIA has had its share of embarrassments. Kyle “Dusty” Foggo hasn’t helped.

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The CIA’s former top administrator pleaded guilty today to steering agency contracts to a defense contractor and concealing their relationship, making Kyle “Dusty” Foggo the highest-ranking member of a federal intelligence or law enforcement agency to be convicted of a crime, officials said.
Foggo admitted in U.S. District Court in Alexandria that he conspired to defraud the United States in his relationship with Brent R. Wilkes, a California businessman. Prosecutors say Wilkes subsidized meals and vacations for Foggo and his family, and that Foggo helped Wilkes get lucrative contracts, including one in which the CIA was bilked when it paid 60 percent more than it should have for water supplied by a Wilkes-affiliated company to CIA outposts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For Full Story

Read Government’s Document on Statement of Facts

Findings In Dumpster Help Crack Eco-Terrorism Case

In Michigan, an old eco-terrorist case went unsolved, that is until someone found some unusual items in a dumpster that helped the FBI crack the case.

By Ed White
Associated Press Writer
When arsonists torched two homes under construction in an upscale Washtenaw County subdivision in March 2003, investigators knew they were likely dealing with eco-terrorists.
ELF, the acronym for the Earth Liberation Front, and the phrase “no sprawl” were spray-painted on the garage of a nearby home in the Mystic Forest subdivision in Superior Township where houses, at that time, were selling for $600,000-$700,000. Fire investigators said it was apparent that an accelerant had been used by how quickly the homes were consumed by the flames.
Despite the spray-painted messages, there was no trail of evidence leading directly to members of the international eco-terrorism group, which readily admitted the fires were “consistent with actions that the ELF has taken in the past regarding urban sprawl.”
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Sen. Steven’s Attys Accuse Govt. Of Wrongdoing

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Sen. Stevens/official photo

Just when things were getting a little boring in the Stevens case,  the accusations began flying. Attorneys for Sen. Ted Stevens asked for a mistrial in his public corruption case, saying the government withheld key information before trial and sent a witness back to Alaska before he could testify because “they did not like what they heard”, according to a court document filed Sunday night. On Tuesday, the government filed a motion denying wrongdoing.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A federal judge scolded prosecutors yesterday for sending a potentially important witness in the trial of Sen. Ted Stevens back to Alaska, a move that defense lawyers asserted was intended to hide exculpatory evidence.
“The government is treading in some very shallow water,” U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan told prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Office of Public Integrity. “I am just flabbergasted.”


For Full Story

Read Defense Motion For Mistrial

Read Government Court Filing on Tuesday Denying Wrongdoing

Gonzales Escapes Grand Jury Probe In U.S. Atty Firings

Former Atty. Gen. Gonzales/official photo

Former Atty. Gen. Gonzales/official photo

Former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, who embarrassed the Justice Department during his reign, won’t be the subject of a grand jury probe  in the scandal involving the firing of U.S. Attorneys. But the administration is not out of the woods yet. Or as John Belushi said in Animal House: “It’s not over til we say it’s over.”

By Eric Lichtblau and Sharon Otterman
New York Times
WASHINGTON – An internal Justice Department investigation concluded Monday that political pressure drove the firings of several federal prosecutors in a 2006 purge, but said that the refusal of major players at the White House and the department to cooperate in the year-long inquiry produced significant “gaps” in its understanding of the events.
At the urging of the investigators, who said they did not have enough evidence to justify recommending criminal charges in the case, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey appointed the Acting United States Attorney in Connecticut, Nora Dannehy, to continue the inquiry and determine whether anyone should be prosecuted.

For Full Story

Read complete Justice Department report

Read blistering statement from Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey

FBI And French Agents Put Art Thief In Prison

A stolen Monet painting/fbi photo

One of the stolen paintings/fbi photo

MIAMI – The FBI and French National Police worked undercover to bust an art thief linked to the 2007 armed robbery at the Musee des Beaux-Arts museum in Nice, France. Now the thief is headed off to prison.
A federal judge in Miami last week sentenced art thief Bernad Jean Ternus, a French National, to 5 years and 2 months in prison, the Justice Department said. Ternus met with undercover FBI agents and French National Police to fence the paintings, which included  the famous “The Lane of Poplars at Moret” by Alfred Sisley (shown in photo).
Read art theft indictment

Trial Begins In Plot to Attack Ft. Dix

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Trial begins today for five Muslims accused of planning an attack at Ft. Dix in New Jersey. Were they hell-bent on carrying out the mission or just trying to sound tougher than they were? Jurors will need to sort that out. The U.S. has had mixed results in terrorism trials since 2001.

By George Anastasia
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA — It was paintball and jihad, Dunkin’ Donuts and Osama bin Laden – terrorism come to suburbia.
And if the plot had been carried out, prosecutors say, the bodies of U.S. Army personnel would have been strewn across the fields of the Fort Dix military base.
Jury selection begins (Monday)for the trial of five foreign-born Muslims from the Philadelphia area charged with planning a jihad-inspired attack on the South Jersey military complex.
The government’s case is built primarily around secretly recorded conversations made by two cooperating witnesses who befriended the defendants. Those conversations, prosecutors say, detail “plans to attack Fort Dix and kill American soldiers” and include “discussions of the supposed justifications for such attacks rooted in radical jihadist ideology.”
But defense attorneys contend their clients talked a bigger game than they intended to play, portraying them as easily manipulated individuals led into a plot by paid FBI informants who created a conspiracy out of hollow words and empty threats.

For Full Story

Read Ft. Dix indictment