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Archive for January 17th, 2010

Happy MLK Day From ticklethewire.com

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“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

FBI Raid in Detroit Where Imam Died Raises Concerns About Informants in Mosques

The use of FBI informants in mosques is causing a lot of tension around the country between Muslims and the FBI. Here’s one of those instances.

mosqueBY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

DETROIT — He called himself Jabril. Two years ago, a white man who claimed he was an ex-con and convert to Islam started attending a predominantly African-American mosque on a run-down street in Detroit.

He touted his Islamic ways while offering poor members of the mosque cash for odd jobs at an auto shop on the city’s west side. He told tales of sick family members and brought a young boy to the mosque who he said was his son.

Jabril soon became a brother in faith and a confidante of the mosque’s fiery leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was killed in a shootout during an Oct. 28 raid by FBI agents to arrest men suspected of dealing in stolen goods.

Members now believe Jabril was an FBI informant who infiltrated their mosque.

“He built up trust in the community,” said Omar Regan, 34, one of Abdullah’s sons.

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John Gotti Jr. Wants to Take a Shot at Crime Writing

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John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

We haven’t heard the last of mobster John Gotti Jr.

The New York Daily News reports that Gotti wants to write on  true crime  about his experiences and others.

“I want to try my hand at writing. I want to write about facts – possibly true crime,” The Daily News quoted as saying from the Galleria Dominick dining room in Westbury, L.I. whee he feasted with his top defense attorney and “two others on his team feasted on pasta – with marinara and pesto sauces – seafood and appetizers.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office last week waved the white flag and declared that it would not go for a fifth racketeering trial against Gotti. The previous four resulted in mistrials after the juries deadlocked.

Gotti said that he planned to move out of New York, possibly to Virginia, Maryland or the Carolinas.

“I think it’s better for everybody if I just do move on. Out of sight. Out of mind,” he said.

Then again, it’s hard to be a successful crime writer if you’re “out of sight, out of mind.”

To read the full story click here.

Ex-Janet Reno Aide Expected to Get Nod for U.S. Atty Post in Miami

Ex-Atty Gen. Janet Reno

Ex-Atty Gen. Janet Reno

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The former deputy chief of staff for Ex-Atty Gen. Janet Reno is the likely candidate for the U.S. Attorney post in Miami, the Miami Herald is reporting.

Wifredo Ferrer, the son of Cuban immigrants, appears to the be the front runner.

“First of all, he understood better than anybody I’ve worked with how the federal government works with local and state governments,” Reno told the Herald.“If I wanted to write the book about how to be the U.S. attorney, Willy would be one of my models.”

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