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Archive for October 18th, 2009

Fla. City Commissioner Was FBI Informant for 4 Years

It’s an interesting tale how the commissioner in this little community outside of Ft. Lauderdale kept her status as an FBI informant secret for four years.  Or at least that’s what she says. Some say she didn’t really keep it secret. Either way,  it’s not a giant leap to believe that she would cooperate with law enforcement considering that she’s also a state prosecutor.

Sheila Alu/city photo

Sheila Alu/city photo

By Susannah Bryan and Tonya Alanez
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
SUNRISE, Fla. – She is the first to admit that secrets have a short shelf-life around her.

Yet Sheila Alu, a Sunrise commissioner and state prosecutor, managed to keep her role as an FBI informant secret from her family for four years, not even confiding in her mother or boyfriend.

“It was stressful,” Alu, a prosecutor with the Broward State Attorney’s Office, said in an interview with the Sun Sentinel. “I kept secrets from my family and the people I love.”

Some debate whether her work with the FBI was a closely guarded secret. More than a few folks at the courthouse say Alu confided – even boasted of – her collaboration with the feds.

Alu, 47, scoffed at the claim. “Are you kidding me? How effective would I have been if I’d told everyone?”

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Secret Service Agent Maurice Martineau Who Testified on Kennedy Assassination Dies in Ill. at Age 95

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Maurice G. “Marty” Martineau, a U.S. Secret Service agent from 1941 to 1972, who coordinated security at the 1968 Democratic Convention and testified before Congress on the Kennedy Assassination, has died at age 95, the Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday.

During his 31-year career, Martineau protected every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson, the paper reported.

He died Oct. 8, 2009 in Winfield, Ill.

The Michigan State University grad became a Secret Service agent in 1941, the paper reported. He worked in a number of field offices including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Kansas City.

The Tribune reported that he was the assistant special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Office from 1963 to 1969 and coordinated security at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

He also testified before the House Select Committee on Assassinations as part of the Warren Commission probing into the JFK assassination, the Tribune said.

He retired in 1972.

Is Our Homeland Any Safer With Homeland Security?

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Author Edward Alden talks about books by former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff and raises some legitimate questions about the direction of the sprawling agency. Is it working? Was it worth creating a whole new bureaucracy?

By Edward Alden
Washington Post Outlook Section

In a single week last month, the U.S. government broke up an alleged al- Qaeda cell in Colorado, rushed aid to flood victims in Georgia and opened fire on three vans filled with illegal immigrants trying to break through the nation’s busiest border crossing.

The incidents were all reminders, as if we needed any, of the many threats to what we now call “homeland security,” a big, sprawling idea that spawned a big, sprawling department to stop bad things from happening and clean up when they inevitably do.

Just over six years since its creation, the Department of Homeland Security is still too young for any definitive verdict on its success or failure.

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With its component agencies scattered around D.C. and some of its operations outsourced to private companies in Virginia, it has yet to become a whole that adds up to more than its parts. Its first two secretaries, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, left no consistent legacy to guide what the government’s third-largest department should be doing — and more important, why. For Janet Napolitano, the secretary now sorting through that inheritance, the reflections of her predecessors leave more questions than answers.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Decries Anti-Semitism and Anti-Muslim Sentiments in Las Vegas Speech to Anti-Defamation League

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. delivered a speech in Vegas that not only  focused on anti-Semitism, but also touched on the anti-Muslim sentiments in this country. It might help if both groups realized how much they had in common.

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A.G. Eric Holder

By HILLARY LEILA KRIEGER
Jerusalem Post Washington Correspondent
US Attorney-General Eric Holder decried the continued phenomenon of anti-Semitism in America as well as the stigma felt by many Muslim Americans, in an address at an Anti-Defamation League dinner Saturday night.

“The stubborn persistence of anti-Semitism saddens me – for it undeniably still exists. We deny this at our peril,” he said. “Whether in a casual joke made in private when the speaker thinks no Jewish person is listening, or in shocking public acts of violence, its heartlessness and ugliness should scald the conscience of every American.”

Holder, speaking in Las Vegas, pointed out that religiously motivated attacks are the second most-common category of hate crimes following race-based incidents.

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