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Archive for June 21st, 2010

Times Square Bomber Pleads Guilty

times square artBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shortly after he was arrested on May 3, he confessed to planting a car bomb in Times Square. After that, he spent many a day cooperating with the FBI.

So it came as no great surprise on Monday when  Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty in New York to a 10-count indictment, admitting to plotting to detonate a car bomb in a busy section of Manhattan on a Saturday night.

“Faisal Shahzad plotted and launched an attack that could have led to serious loss of life, and today the American criminal justice system ensured that he will pay the price for his actions,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “We will not rest in bringing to justice terrorists who seek to harm the American people, and we will use every tool available to the government to do so.”

The government had alleged that a Pakistani with ties to the Pakistani Taliban had sent Shahzad about $12,000 before he carried out the unsuccessful plot.

The New York Times reported that he entered the plea around 4:30 p.m.

“He sat at a table and drummed his fingers on the surface as his lawyer Philip Weinstein conferred with Judge Miriam Goldman Cederbaum and a prosecutor,” the Times reported.

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Some DEA Agents Criticial Because Agency Leader Leonhart Yet to Be Confirmed; Question Obama Admin. Commitment to DEA

Michele Leonhart/dea photo

Michele Leonhart/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– The delay in the confirmation of Michele Leonhart as the permanent administrator of DEA is drawing some sharp criticism from some of agency’s agents as well as a former DEA official at time the agency is playing a key role in the battle against the violent Mexican drug cartels and gangs along the border.

Critics say the delay raises questions about the Obama administration’s commitment to the agency,  and is causing Leonhart, who is the acting administrator, to put off filling a number of key vacancies.

“It shows your president is not committed to drug law enforcement,” says William R. Coonce, a retired special agent in charge of the DEA, who still closely follows the agency’s developments. “It’s demoralizing to the agents.”

Leonhart was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004 as the second in command of the agency.  In November 2007,  at the tail end of the Bush administration, she was named  acting head of the agency. On Jan. 25,   more than two years later, President Obama nominated her to officially head the agency.

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Done Deal: Leonardo DiCaprio Will Play J. Edgar Hoover

Leonardo DiCaprio/photo from his website

Leonardo DiCaprio/photo from his website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Just guessing, but actor Leonardo DiCaprio may be a little bit more of a babe magnet than J. Edgar Hoover was.

Nonetheless, it appears to be a done deal that DiCaprio will play the legendary director in an upcoming “biopic” film directed by Clint Eastwood, reports the website Deadline New York.

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

The script is written by Dustin Lance Black and production will begin later this year, Deadline New York reports.

Crime Along Arizona Border May Be What We Think

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — With the Mexican drug cartels spiraling out of control, and illegal immigration at the forefront of many a debate, it may be hard to swallow some stats that show things aren’t what they seem.

The New York Times reports that rate of violent crime at the border and across Arizona has been on the decline, according to the FBI. And the Border Patrol reports a decline in illegal immigration.

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