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Archive for May 4th, 2009

The Debate Continues: Ex-CIA Agent Robert Baer Says Torture Doesn’t Work

A former CIA analyst recently attacked FBI Director Robert Mueller For saying torture doesn’t work.  Well, ex-CIA agent Robert Baer apparently agrees with Mueller. We know we wouldn’t have to torture Dick Cheney to get his opinion on this.

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First Female Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan Talks About Her New Job (National Journal)

Two Georgia Jail Officers Charged With Lying to FBI in Inmate Death

atlanta-map1This scandal continues to unravel and cast a cloud over the Fulton County jail.

By RHONDA COOK
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA –– Federal agents have arrested two more Fulton County jail officers for allegedly lying to federal agents in an investigation of inmate abuse.

The officers are the fourth and fifth to be charged in a case that began as an investigation into the death of inmate Richard Glasco in March 2008.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, detention officers Derontay Anton Langford, 34, of Fairburn, and Mitnee Markette Jones, 46, of Atlanta, were charged with filing a false report, making a false statement to federal agents and obstruction of justice.

They were scheduled to make their first appearance in court before federal Magistrate Chris Hagey on Monday.

Little more than a week ago, two lieutenants in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office were arrested and pleaded innocent to federal charges they beat up a prisoner and then tried to cover it up.

And on March 20, the first deputy arrested in the federal investigation, Curtis Jerome Brown Jr., 41 of Lithonia, was charged with beating a mentally ill inmate, who later died.

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A Dead Fish, a Sinking Career and Legal Action at Homeland Security

PerchMaureen McCarthy still thinks something fishy went on and as a result, her career was derailed. Can she reel in her sinking career again?

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON — Saying she still has no idea who sent her a box of dead fish, former top homeland security bioweapons official Maureen McCarthy says she has resigned from the department and begun legal action to clear her name.

Occasionally breaking into tears during a 45-minute telephone interview, McCarthy called her resignation “involuntary” and said she had suffered severe financial distress since being suspended without pay in February over the incident.

“I resigned against my will,” she said. “I had no income, and I couldn’t use my accrued annual leave” for cash. “By resigning I got that back,” she said, and could begin to take steps to rebuild her shattered career, starting with retrieving her security clearance, yanked by DHS in March.

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Sen. Kennedy Recommends Candidates for New Boston U.S. Attorney

Michael Keating/law firm photo

Michael Keating/law firm photo

The administration has a lot of work ahead when it comes to appointing new U.S. Attorneys around the country. Lately, influential politicians have been  putting in their recommendations. Here’s the latest from one of the heavy hitters in the Senate.

By Jonathan Saltzman
Boston Globe
BOSTON — A federal prosecutor and two prominent partners at a Boston law firm have been recommended to Senator Edward M. Kennedy as potential successors to former US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, according to several current and former prosecutors.

Assistant US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Michael B. Keating and Martin F. Murphy, partners at Foley Hoag, were recommended this week as finalists by a screening committee picked by Kennedy, said the current and former prosecutors, who requested anonymity but said the recommendations are common knowledge at the US Attorney’s Office.

Foley Hoag also employs Nick Littlefield, another partner, who served from 1989 through 1997 as Kennedy’s chief of staff and chief counsel for Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. He declined to comment on their selection as finalists.

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