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Archive for September 11th, 2009

Daniel McMullen to Head FBI’s Jackson, Miss. Division

Daniel McMullen/fbi photo

Daniel McMullen/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Daniel McMullen, FBI special agent in charge of criminal matters in Los Angeles, has been named the top agent for the Jackson, Miss., division. He replaces Frederick T. Brink, who retired.

McMullen began his career in 1991 and was first assigned to the Shreveport, La. office. In 1995, he went to the L.A. office where he investigated violent crime, organized crime, and drug matters.

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Coast Guard Training Exercise Causes Scare on the Potomac on 9/11

It’s hard to believe a goof like this could happen on a day like this. Mmmm. More details to come.

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BY CNN
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday it will review a training incident along the Potomac River that triggered security concerns about President Obama on the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

“We are still gathering information of how this training event might have been misconstrued as an actual incident. We will conduct a thorough review of this incident,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

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8 Years Later: In Remembrance of 9/11

Ex-Head of Miami DEA Indicted in Banker Scandal

Ouch. It’s rare to see someone who made it that high up in an organization like this– even after they’ve left — get indicted.

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BY MICHAEL SALLAH AND ROB BARRY
Miami Herald
MIAMI — The former chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Miami office who led the agency’s cases against infamous Panama strongman Manuel Noriega and Medellín cartel kingpin Fabio Ochoa was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for ordering the shredding of records belonging to disgraced banker Allen Stanford.

Tom Raffanello, who left the DEA five years ago to become Stanford’s local security chief, was charged with ordering workers to destroy thousands of documents just days after government agents shut down the banking empire in a massive fraud case.

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FBI Media Spokeswoman in Dallas-Ft. Worth Pleads Guilty in Drunk Driving Crash

dallas-map1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Life is just more painful when you mess up and you have a high profile job.

Ask Lori Bailey.

The ex-FBI agent,  who was the face of the FBI down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (she was the media spokeswoman), was the subject of Texas media reports this week after she pleaded guilty last Friday to drunk driving.

KRLD news radio reported that Bailey was arrested last year after causing a “wrong-way crash on the Dallas North Tollway” while driving at a high rate of speed.

She retired shortly after the arrest, the news radio station reported.
She was sentenced to two years probation.

FBI Informant Says U.S. Missed Chance to Stop 9/11 Ringleader Atta

Could we have prevented the 9/11 attacks? That’s the question we continue to ask. At the time, we certainly could have been doing more. FBI counter-terrorism agent John O’Neill kept warning us of an attack while at the FBI. He eventually left the agency and became director of security at the World Trade Center. He died during that attack. But still, even if we had caputured Mohammed Atta, do you think he would have rolled over and confessed about the plot? Brian Ross’s piece aired Thursday night.

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Mohammed Atta at Airport 9/11-fbi photo

By Brian Ross and Vic Walter
ABC News

On the eve of the eight year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an FBI informant who infiltrated alleged terrorist cells in the U.S. tells ABC News the FBI missed a chance to stop the al Qaeda plot because they focused more on undercover stings than on the man who would later become known as 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta.

In an exclusive interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC World News with Charles Gibson and Nightline, former undercover operative Elie Assaad says he spotted and became suspicious of Atta in early 2001, when he was sent by the FBI to infiltrate a small mosque outside Miami. Atta was there with Adnan Shukrujuman, an al Qaeda fugitive who now has a $5 million U.S. reward on his head.

“There was something wrong with these guys,” Assaad, a 36-year-old Catholic native of Lebanon who pretended to be an Islamic extremist, says.

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Advocates Ask For More Flexibility in Fed Sentencing Guidelines

The system needs flexibility when it comes to sentencing. In some instances, the guidelines just don’t make sense. All we can ask for is that the sentence befits the crime.jail

By Kari Lydersen
Washington Post Staff Writer
CHICAGO — Advocates for added flexibility in criminal sentencing took their appeal to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which heard testimony here Wednesday and Thursday as part of the agency’s first nationwide series of public hearings since federal sentencing guidelines took effect 22 years ago.

Criminal justice reform proponents have long pushed the federal government to back alternatives to incarceration and more flexible sentencing for drug, child pornography and other convictions.

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Sen. Judiciary Committee Oks 4 U.S. Attorneys

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

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Daniel Bogden/utlaw-edu

WASHINGTON — Four U.S. Attorney nominees moved one giant step closer Thursday to final confirmation by the Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted the nominees out of committee by a voice vote.

The U.S. Attorney nominees included: Peter F. Neronha of Rhode Island; Daniel G. Bogden of Nevada, who had been fired while serving under the Bush administration; Dennis K. Burke of Arizona and Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia.

The committee is expected to vote  Sept. 17 on nominees Paul Fishman of New Jersey and Jenny Durkan of  Washington state.