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Archive for November 14th, 2008

NY Times Readers Have Their Say As To Who Should Head Justice and Homeland Security

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

If it were up to New York Times readers, Richard  A. Clark would head  Homeland Security and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano would be our next Attorney General. Some readers also said they would like to see Ron Paul as the next Attorney General or Homeland Security chief, a sentiment not likely to materialize.

To See More on Who the Preferred Candidates Are Click HERE

Bollywood Investor from Va. Admits To $33 Million Mortgage Fraud

Vijay K. Taneja has brought a new twist to the painful crime of mortgage fraud. Soon to be a motion picture?

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — He was an icon in the local Indian community, a flashy movie producer who invested millions in Bollywood films and brought Indian musical acts to the Washington area.
Vijay K. Taneja had an aura about him, a celebrity image that made people trust him, according to people who know the Fairfax County businessman. Problem was, Taneja admitted in federal court yesterday, his entertainment ventures were financed with money obtained through an extensive mortgage fraud scheme.
Taneja pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to a fraud enterprise that cost banks at least $33 million, the largest mortgage fraud case in Virginia in almost 20 years and among the largest nationally. Prosecutors said he created bogus mortgage loans, sold legitimate loans to more than one buyer and pocketed the proceeds of refinancings.
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Prosecutors File More Charges Against Arizona Rep. Renzi

The charges keep mounting against Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Az). His attorney is accusing the feds of “piling on unwarranted charges” to pressure the Congressman to plead guilty.

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Arthur H. Rotstein
The Associated Press
TUSCON — Federal prosecutors added new charges Thursday including racketeering, making a false statement on a tax return and other counts to an indictment against Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi.
The indictment made public on Thursday also added a fourth defendant in the case against Renzi, who did not seek re-election and will leave Congress when his term expires shortly.
Renzi, a Republican who has represented the 1st Congressional District in northern and eastern Arizona for three terms, was first named in a 35-count indictment issued by a federal grand jury in February with two business associates.
The new indictment named Renzi in all but one of 44 counts.
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Other Stories of Interest
Swedish Man Who Lied To FBI About Son-in-law Having Links To Al qaeda Gets Sentence Reduction (AP)

Discovery Channel Claims To Put JFK Conspiracies to Rest

Discovery Channel recreated the JFK assassination to debunk the conspiracy theories.  The question is: Will this finally convince everyone?

Warren Commission

Warren Commission

By Eric Bland
Discovery News

Nov. 13, 2008 — A team of experts assembled by the Discovery Channel has recreated the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Using modern blood spatter analysis, new artificial human body surrogates, and 3-D computer simulations, the team determined that the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository was the most likely origin of the shot that killed the 35th president of the United States.
“The question we were trying to answer is, given the spatter evidence in a vehicle, and knowing an individual was sitting at a particular location, is there something we could use to determine where the shot originated?” said Steve Schliebe, a blood spatter and trace evidence specialist with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, who was part of the special investigation.
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Booze and Bogus Bomb Threat Spelled Trouble For Northwest Flight 552

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Denver’s U.S. Atty. Troy Eid summed it up best in a prepared statement Wednesday.
“I’ll keep saying it: Alcohol abuse and commercial aircraft don’t mix. This time the defendant claimed to have explosives — forcing every passenger to be re-screened — and must face the consequences.”
The defendant, Mark Randall Rayborn, 56, of Lafayette, Colo., was arraigned Wednesday and ordered detained pending a Nov. 17 dentention hearing, court records show.  Authorities charged that on Sept. 27 he told a passenger aboard Northwest Flight 552 that he had a C-4 explosive.
Passengers at the Denver International Airport (DIA) had to deplane. The plane was searched, but nothing was found. Rayborn was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 6 and arrested Oct. 16.
But he was so drunk on Oct. 16 , court records stated, that he was  taken to the Denver Health Medical Center for treatment of alcohol, where he has remained since.
James Davis, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Denver said: “The statement made by Mr. Rayborn on that Saturday night caused a massive disruption to DIA, Northwest Airlines and the passengers and crew of Flight 552. Thankfully this was a hoax, no one was injured.”
Rayborn faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
Read Government’s Medical Report On Passenger

Suspicious White Powder Sent to Mormon Churhces in LA and Utah

The white powder craze is back. Envelopes filled with suspicious powder were sent to Mormon temples in Los Angeles and Utah.

Westwood Mormon Church/nbc

Westwood Mormon temple/nbc

By Tami Abdollah
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — The Mormon temple in Westwood was closed Thursday afternoon after an envelope filled with an unidentified white, powdery substance was delivered to temple employees, Los Angeles police said.
About 3:30 p.m., a hazardous-materials team was sent to the temple at Santa Monica Boulevard and Overland Avenue, said LAPD Officer Karen Smith.
The temple has recently been the site of protests by opponents of Proposition 8, though it is unclear whether the envelope was related to protests over the gay marriage ban, officials said.
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Columinist: Anthrax Probe Not FBI’s Prouder Moment

The long, drawn out anthrax investigation is sure to be sliced and diced by critics for years to come. Gabriel Schoenfeld of Commentary Magazine takes a shot.

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By Gabriel Schoenfeld
Commentary Magazine

The FBI’s investigation of the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks was the most complex and important in the bureau’s history. Immense resources were invested in the search for the perpetrator, whose actions killed five people, sickened 17 others, sowed panic in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and caused taxpayers to spend extraordinary sums on a crash program to protect the nation against the danger of biological terrorism.

Yet for all that, the “Amerithrax” investigation, as the FBI dubbed the case, dragged on for seven years and, until quite recently, got nowhere. If Bruce E. Ivins, the Ft. Detrick, Md., microbiologist who died in an apparent suicide last week, was indeed the perpetrator, the prime suspect was directly under the FBI’s nose for years, practically sporting a scarlet “A” on his forehead. If he was not the perpetrator, as many of his fellow scientists at Ft. Detrick are insisting, we’re back at square one.

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