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Archive for December 23rd, 2008

Afghan Farmer Uses Digital Recorder To Help DEA Convict Taliban Member in U.S. Court

It’s a story of high tech meets low tech in a far off land. The story ended well for the DEA.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The Afghan farmer didn’t even know how to work the recording device tucked in his vest pocket when he approached a member of the Taliban who was plotting to launch a rocket attack on a U.S. air base. But if he was nervous about helping the Americans, the farmer didn’t show it.
“What is the target?” he asked as the two men stood in a field on the outskirts of their Afghan village, according to transcripts of the recordings. “Do they want to shoot the foreigners or the local people?”
“The Americans are infidels, and Jihad is allowed against them,” replied Khan Mohammed, the Taliban associate. “If we have to fire toward the airport, we will do it, and if not the airport, wherever else they are stationed.”
The farmer, who was working for U.S. federal agents stationed in Afghanistan, secretly recorded Mohammed more than 10 times using a digital audio device and a tiny video camera shielded in his traditional vest.
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Fed Law Enforcement Officers Assoc. Asks Bush to Pardon 2 Border Patrol Agents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) has fired off a letter to President Bush asking him to pardon or commute the sentence of two Border Patrol agents who shot a drug trafficker in the buttocks in 2005 near the El Paso-Mexico border.
“As you are aware, former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean were convicted of federal violations related to a shooting incident with a known drug dealer, ” wrote J. Adler, president of the 26,000 member association, in a letter dated Dec. 19. “Although found guilty by a jury, their case is a classic example of the flaws in our justice system.”
The two agents were patrolling the Texas-Mexico border in 2005 when they stopped a man who had 743 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. The man ran and the agents said they thought he had a gun. They fired their guns and the man was shot and wounded in the buttocks. The man later filed a complaint against the agents.
The two agents were convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Some Congress members have supported a campaign to free them.
Adler wrote in his 2 1/2 page letter that the two former agents are “family men who are now serving an inordinate period of jail time for a crime that, for the average criminal, would have met the federal guidelines for probation. To keep these two men incarcerated any longer violates the tenets of fairness, justice and the spirit of the law our system was founded upon.”

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ABC to Launch New Reality Show Called ‘Homeland Security USA’

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — In the never-ending world of good-guy, bad-guy reality tv comes the latest: an ABC series “Homeland Security USA.”
Starting in January, ABC said it will launch the first of 13, one-hour episodes on Tuesdays from 8 -9 p.m. featuring the men and woman of the Department of Homeland Security, who patrol more than 100,000 miles of America’s borders.
“Now viewers will get an unprecedented look at the work of these men and women while they use the newest technology to safeguard our country and enforce the laws,” the network‘s press release says in the usual hyped-fashion.
The premiere episode is called “This Is Your Car On Drugs”, which will take viewers inside the busiest entry points in the U.S., the network said.
ABC says the episode will include a “voluptuous 20 year old woman” from Switzerland who arrives at Los Angeles International Airport with “no working papers but a suitcase full of titillating surprises”.
” ‘Homeland Security USA’ was given unprecedented access to the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security,” ABC said.
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