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Archive for October 21st, 2008

Ex-Chicago Police Official Accused Of Torture And Perjury

To say the least, the allegations are not good for the Chicago Police Department’s reputation.

By Natasha Korecki
Chicago Sun-Times
TAMPA, Fla. – Former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge – who has cast a long shadow over the Chicago Police Department because of accusations he tortured suspects for two decades – was arrested this morning on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
It was long believed Burge could not be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations. But the FBI arrested Burge, 60, at his retirement home near Tampa for allegedly lying about whether he and other officers under his command tortured suspects dating back to the 1980s.
The charges are based on written answers Burge gave in a civil lawsuit against him in 2003, 10 years after he was fired from the department. Burge insisted he never observed nor used any torture techniques – including cattle prods, bags over suspects’ heads and a “black box” that administered electric shocks.
“I have never used any techniques set forth above as a means of improper coercion of suspects while in detention or during interrogation,” Burge wrote.
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Chicago U.S. Atty. Press Conference On Police Torture Case

AUSA John P. Collins Jr. Winner Of Law Enforcement Award

Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Collins Jr. of the Southern District of New York was recently named a winner of a 2007 Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) National Award for his prosecution of two violent Westchester County street gangs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Collins and others helped indict 37 gang members, authorities said. Collins shared the award with the FBI’s White Plains Resident Agency Violent Crimes Squad and officers of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety and Yonkers Police Department.

Investment Fund Manager Pleads To Bilking Investors Out of $7 million

NEW YORK — Bret A. Grebow, a co-manager and trader of an investment fund, HMC International LLC (“HMC”), pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding investors of more than $7 million in what federal authorities said was a “Ponzi scheme”.
GREBOW told investors that he was getting back handsome returns on investments, when in fact he was not, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Instead, Grebow used investor funds to pay other investors in what appeared to be a classic Ponzi scheme, authorities said.

Secret Service Busts Hacker Of Scientology Web

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Don’t expect Dmitriy Guzner to get invited to Scientologist Tom Cruise’s next movie premiere.
The 18-year-old New Jersey man,  who claimed to be a member of “Anonymous”, an anti-Scientology group, has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the Church of Scientology websites and rendering them “unavailable”, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

Guzner admitted his involvement in “the distributed denial of service attack” against the Scientology websites, which involved directing a “large amount of malicious Internet traffic” to the websites, authorities said. As a result,  the sites were unable to handle the high volume of traffic and were not available to  legitimate users, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
The group “Anonymous” has protested against the Church of Scientology and in January posted a YouTube video announcing an offensive against the group, authorities said. Scientology followers include actors Tom Cruise and Jon Travolta.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it expects Guzner to plead guilty “in the coming weeks.” He faces up to 10 years in prison. The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crime Task Force.

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Feds Bust Man For Posting Guns N’ Roses Unreleased Album On Web

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Who would want to mess with a group that has the word “guns” in its name?
Well, apparently Kevin Cogill would — or at least that’s what the feds are saying
The 27-year-old pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles U.S. District Court to federal copyright infringement for posting on the Internet nine tracks from Guns N’ Roses’ yet-to-be released Album “Chinese Democracy”, according to court documents.
The band has not released an album in 17 years and plans to release this one next month.
Cogill was originally arrested on the charges in August and later released.
After the arrest, the band posted a statement on its website saying:
“Presently, though we don’t support this guy’s actions at that level, our interest is in the original source. We can’t comment publicly at this time as the investigation is ongoing.We appreciate your understanding,
Guns N’ Roses.'”

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Prosecutor Says Ft. Dix Defendants Were Inspired By al Qaeda

Are the five men on trial part of the al-Qaeda fan club or were they duped by the government?

By By George Anastasia
Philadelphia Inquirer
CAMDEN, N.J. — The five defendants in the Fort Dix terrorism trial were described by a federal prosecutor yesterday as dedicated jihadists intent on attacking America.
“Their motive was to defend Islam,” Deputy U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick told the jury in his opening statement in U.S. District Court in Camden. “Their inspiration was al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.”
Fitzpatrick spent about an hour outlining the government’s case before an anonymously chosen jury of eight women and four men.
Quoting repeatedly from secretly recorded conversations, he painted the foreign-born Muslim defendants as people who had adopted “a fundamentally violent interpretation of Islam” that justified their plan to attack the fort.
Defense attorneys, in statements that stretched over nearly three hours, offered a decidedly different picture.
Their clients, they said, were young men who had been manipulated by paid government informants into a conspiracy they had no intention of carrying out.
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Appeals Court Faults Boston FBI In Mob Killing

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By Milton J. Valencia
Boston Globe
The U.S. Appeals Court has upheld a lower court ruling holding the FBI responsible for the 1984 killing of a Quincy fisherman by Winter Hill gang leaders and a rogue agent who leaked information to them, in a decision that could settle at least six other cases claiming the FBI had corrupt dealings with James “Whitey” Bulger.
The court ruled that the FBI tolerated former agent John J. Connolly’s treacherous relationship with longtime informants Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, even while supervisors knew that Connolly was leaking information to the gang leaders.
That information led to the killings of FBI in formants at the hands of Bulger and Flemmi, including the murder of John McIntyre, a 32-year-old fisherman who was lured to a South Boston home, confined to a chair, grilled for hours, choked, and shot to death.
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