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Archive for September 8th, 2009

Could There Be an Upset in the Making for the New DEA Chief Position?

Michele Leonhart

Michele Leonhart

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Could there be an upset in the making for the top post at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration?

For weeks now, multiple sources have said the new administrator is likely to be John Pistole, deputy director of the FBI.

But one source on Tuesday insisted that the acting administrator Michele Leonhart has a good shot at getting the permanent position. She was one of four people interviewed for the job.

An announcement is likely to come some time this month. If Pistole does not get the job, he could be considered for the ATF top spot.

Ex-Ill. Gov Rod Blagojevich On Book Tour Says FBI Tapes Taken Out of Context

Fed Prosecutors: Blackwater Guards “Harbored Deep Hostility Toward Iraqi Civilians”

With troop reductions in Iraq, the U.S. will be hiring more and more private security guards. The Blackwater story should give pause to the indiscriminate use of private guards in war-torn areas.

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By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Several Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqis in a busy Baghdad square in 2007 “harbored a deep hostility toward Iraqi civilians” and “engaged in unprovoked and aggressive behavior toward” them in the months before the shooting, U.S. prosecutors said Monday.

Five Blackwater security guards were indicted in December on federal charges of voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and using a firearm in a crime of violence in the shooting in Nisoor Square. The government says the guards unleashed an unprovoked attack on Iraqi civilians that day, killing 14 and wounding 20. The guards have pleaded not guilty.

Their lawyers have said the men acted in self-defense and did not intend to kill innocent civilians. On Monday, federal prosecutors filed court papers asking a judge to allow them to introduce evidence that shows the men “intended to kill or seriously injure” Iraqis during the shooting on Sept. 16, 2007.

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Strange Stuff: Border Patrol Agent Sues After ICE Agents Force Him Off Road and Hold Him at Gunpoint

This is just wild. There has to be some explanaquestion marktion for this bizarre incident. But what is it?

By Tim Hull
Courthouse News Service
TUCSON – A Border Patrol agent says three Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers forced him off the road in rural Arizona and held him at gunpoint while they illegally searched his truck. Jess Cabe says ICE agents forced him off the road and pointed guns at his head while he was in uniform.

Jess Cabe, a Border Patrol agent based in Nogales, sued three unnamed ICE agents in Federal Court, saying the 2007 incident has left him with post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries.

Cabe says he was on his way to work at around 10:45 p.m. when two vehicles approached him from behind near Arivaca, a tiny town just north of the U.S.-Mexico border southwest of Tucson. He was driving his own truck and was dressed in his Border Patrol uniform, Cabe says.

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Retired Justice Dept. Official and Fed Judge Malcolm Wilkey Dies at Age 90

Malcolm Wilkey certainly made his mark on our federal law enforcement and judicial system.gavel

By Matt Schudel
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON –– Malcolm R. Wilkey, 90, a retired Justice Department official, federal judge and ambassador who led the 1992 investigation into the scandal surrounding the internal bank of the U.S. House of Representatives, died Aug. 15 at his home in Santiago, Chile. He had prostate cancer.

In a long and varied career, Judge Wilkey prosecuted international drug smugglers, led federal efforts to integrate public schools in the South and participated in several key rulings on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington from 1970 to 1985.

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