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4 Washington State Cops Shot and Killed in Coffee House Ambush

Commentary: Author of Secret Service Book Says White House Breach a Disgrace

Couple that crashed White House

Couple that crashed White House

Ronald Kessler
Newsmax.com

The fact that party crashers were allowed into a White House State Dinner without being on the guest list is emblematic of the Secret Service’s corner cutting detailed in my book, “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.”

It’s clear from the Secret Service’s comment that the agency not only ignored the fact that the couple was not on the guest list but also did not do the usual background check to ensure that they were not possible threats. The party crashers could have had outstanding arrest warrants for murder. They could have been involved with terrorists. They could have been agents of Iran or North Korea. The Secret Service would never have known.

While the couple did pass through a magnetometer to detect weapons, they could have assassinated the president or vice president using other means, anthrax, for example. The additional security checks referred to by the Secret Service spokesman screen for such items as radiological contamination but would not detect secreted biological weapons.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: The Feds and Ruby Ridge

Controversy Stirring Over Who Will Speak for 9/11 Terror Trial Defendants

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A controversy has emerged over who will speak for 9/11 defendants in the controversial New York trial.

Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff reports that “New York defense lawyer Scott Fenstermaker has made big headlines in recent days after telling The New York Times that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and four accused 9/11 co-conspirators intend to plead not guilty in their upcoming trial so they can use the courtroom as a forum to attack U.S. foreign policy. (Fenstermaker is the lawyer for one of the defendants, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, KSM’s nephew, in a civil case challenging his detention.)”

“The comments kicked off a storm of controversy because they seemed to bolster complaints by conservative critics that the 9/11 defendants will use Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try them in federal court as an opportunity to preach jihad,” Newsweek reports.

“But the U.S. military lawyers appointed to represent the other four 9/11 defendants tell NEWSWEEK that Fenstermaker hasn’t met with their clients, has no authority to speak for them, and has no insight into what they might do at the trial.”

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FBI Probing Las Vegas Hospital for Leaking Info to Ambulance Chasing Attorneys

ambulanceBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ambulance chasers beware.

The FBI is probing allegations that someone at the University Medical Center  in Las Vegas released confidential information about  traffic accident victims to personal injury attorneys hunting for new clients, Courthouse News Service reports.

“Our main concern right now is to conduct a thorough and professional investigation for the purpose of determining what actually happened,” the FBI said in a statement, according to the Courthouse News Service. “The FBI is closely working with UMC officials to determine the scope of any possible breach.”

Secret Service Has Some Explaining to do: Couple Crash White House Dinner

Plenty People Still Bring Guns to Airports — They Often Say They Forgot

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By Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com (A New AOL New Site)

WASHINGTON — A lot of things became off-limits at airports after Sept. 11, 2001, but a surprising number of passengers still get caught with a particularly big no-no: firearms.

The Transportation Security Administration says that so far this year 793 firearms have been discovered at U.S. airport checkpoints — and we’ve still got two major league holidays to go: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year, in total, there were 902 firearms found.

“The most common excuse we’ve heard would simply be that the individual forgot the item was in the bag,” says TSA spokeswoman Lauren Gaches.

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