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Archive for November 28th, 2008

An Open Letter To Ariz. Gov. Janet Napolitano About Homeland Sec. Job

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

Gov. Napolitano/official photo

By Rober Liscouski
Security DeBrief

Governor Napolitano:
Congratulations on your nomination as the Secretary of Homeland Security.
You have signed up for one of the most difficult and most scrutinized jobs in America. The department you are about to lead is responsible for maintaining freedom and liberty while protecting the nation from unthinkable man-made or natural disasters, a delicate balance if there ever was one. Needless to say, it is one of the most important jobs we have in government. DHS was created at a time in our history when our nation felt vulnerable, uncertain and angry.
Those of us who served at DHS during its start-up phase remember that though the department was started with a strategy, there existed no historical references for what we were undertaking; that is, many of the functions that were assigned to the Department were new and had never been done before on the scale we were asked to do them.
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L.A. FBI Sends Agents to India to Investigate Attacks

Incidents like this are a reminders of the boundless determination of terrorists.

Asian News International
WASHINGTON — U.S. President George W. Bush phoned Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from Camp David on Thursday and offered his country’s support in investigations connected with the serial terror attacks in southern Mumbai that left 125 dead and 327 injured.
According to reports, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team consisting of bomb and forensic experts, has been sent from Los Angeles to help in the investigation.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has briefed President-elect Barack Obama on the situation in Mumbai, even as national security and intelligence chiefs gathered at the White House to discuss the prevailing situation in India.
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Former Defense Contractor Helps Feds Investigate More Members of Congress

This former defense contractor could help make for an interesting year in 2009 when it comes to crooked Congress members.

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Mitchell Wade, the former defense contractor who pleaded guilty in February 2006 to bribing former representative Randall “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.), has assisted the government in investigating five other members of Congress, numerous government employees and several private contractors, according to a memorandum filed by his attorney on Wednesday.
Although none of those members is named, two are under investigation, according to the memorandum, and “three others have come under scrutiny for their receipt of straw contributions” from former Wade employees and one for the possible receipt of undisclosed gifts.
Wade, who is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15, faces a minimum of nine years in prison. Instead, based primarily on his cooperation with government investigators, he is seeking to have that sentence reduced to “a year of home detention, a fine of $250,000, five years probation and substantial community service,” according to the sentencing memorandum filed on his behalf by his attorney, Howard M. Shapiro.
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Read Wade’s Lawyers Sentencing Memo

Read Wade’s Letter To Judge