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Archive for November 8th, 2008

FBI Tracked Journalist David Halberstam For Decades

The FBI under J. Edgar Hoover kept a watchful eye on journalist David Halberstam. Was there a good reason for it? The FBI isn’t saying.

Released FBI Document

Released FBI Document

By Associated Press
NEW YORK —  The FBI tracked the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam for more than two decades, newly released documents show.
Students at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism obtained the FBI documents by filing a Freedom of Information Act request. The university posted the documents on its Web site Thursday.
The FBI monitored Halberstam’s reporting, and at times his personal life, from at least the mid-1960s until at least the late ’80s, the documents show. The agency released only 62 pages of a 98-page dossier on the writer, citing security, privacy and other reasons.
Halberstam won a Pulitzer in 1964 for his coverage of the Vietnam War while working as a reporter for The New York Times. In 1972, he wrote “The Best and the Brightest,” a best-selling book critical of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia.
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IG Says FBI Terrorism Tracking System Better, But Still Needs To Improve

Tracking terrorism is an imprecise science. The Justice Department Inspector General says the FBI has improved, but could still do better. After all, it doesn’t take much to miss a credible clue.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The FBI’s main electronic system that tracks terrorist threats and suspicious incidents amounts to a “significant improvement” over earlier computer packages, but the bureau could do more to improve its accuracy, the Justice Department inspector general said yesterday.
The system stored 108,000 threats and suspicious incidents between July 2004 and November 2007, the “overwhelming majority” of them bum leads, according to the report by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine. Agents ultimately opened 600 criminal investigations based on the tips.
Fine said that the bureau generally handled high-priority tips quickly. Still, his report faulted the bureau for allowing low-priority incidents to remain in the computer tracking system for longer than a month. He also said that FBI supervisors should have reviewed more of the false leads before line agents decided to close the cases.
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Ex-Niagra Falls Mayor Indicted On Corruption Charges

Romance and Marilyn Monroe’s 1953 movie “Niagra” are things people often think of when mentioning Niagra Falls. But locally, in recent days,  residents have been thinking about their former mayor who was indicted Friday.

By Dan Herbeck
Buffalo News
BUFFALO — Former Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello was indicted by a federal grand jury today, and a prominent businessman who gave him $40,000 in no-interest loans took a plea deal.
Anello is charged with felony counts of conspiracy and scheming to deprive Niagara Falls citizens of the right to honest services from a public official, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said this afternoon.
The Anello indictment was made public about two hours after Joseph “Smokin’ Joe” Anderson, one of Niagara County’s most successful businessmen, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of scheming to deprive citizens of honest services from a public official.
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