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Archive for September 8th, 2010

Column: Ex-ATF Official: Know Your Real Enemy, Protect Your Friends

James Cavanaugh was an ATF agent and supervisor for 33 years before retiring earlier this year. In 2009, he was given the International Asscociation of Chiefs of Police Civil Rights Award for his Career fight against the KKK, Nazis, Militias and Hate Groups. 

James Cavanaugh/atf photo
James Cavanaugh/atf photo
By James Cavanaugh
For ticklethewire.com

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors are going to be called on more in the coming months and years to fight in the new civil rights struggle that is unfolding before our eyes.

In the midst of the long, multigenerational war against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, many haters bigots and self-appointed demagogues will attack Muslims and the face of Islam, declaring it the enemy of the U.S. and the West.

 They are wrong, not just barely wrong, not even arguably arguably wrong, just plain wrong. The attacks come in many forms as we saw in Tennessee last week with the arson at the mosque construction site and verbally as we saw in the media when cowardly politicians mouthed off about the planned Islamic center in New York City.

And let’s not forget, the foolish reverend in Florida who plans to desecrate and destroy the holy writings of Islam by burning Korans on Sept. 13.

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IRS Revenue Officer Took Payoffs for Inside Info

irs
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former IRS revenue officer pleaded guilty Wednesday in Greenbelt, Md., to taking payoffs from a tax preparer to access inside information about clients, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Mark E. Hunt, 45, of Baltimore admitted unlawfully accessing 12 taxpayer accounts at the IRS, authorities said.

According to Hunt’s guilty plea, from March 1999 to May 2004, he wore his IRS identification and was introduced as the “man on the inside” at meetings between the owner of a tax preparation service and potential clients or investors, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

He ultimately accessed 12 of the clients’ IRS accounts “to obtain confidential information that the owner needed to further his businesses,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “In so doing, Hunt entered the IRS databases 24 times in order to illegally navigate the stored data and retrieve confidential taxpayer information.”

He first denied knowing the tax preparer in 2008, but later admitted that he was paid 10 to 12 occasions to provide the taxpayer information.

Hunt faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Sentencing is set for Jan. 24 before U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus.

ACLU Sues Govt. To Stop Laptop and Cellphone Searches at Border Without Suspicion of Wrongdoing

laptopBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU is fighting a practice by federal authorities, who routinely search laptops and cells phones at border crossings.

The New York Daily News reports that the ACLU on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court challenging the policy.

The lawsuit contends that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security routinely conducts the searches without suspicion of wrongdoing, and sometimes transfers data out of the devices,  the Daily News reported.

“Innocent Americans should not be made to feel like the personal information they store on their laptops and cell phones is vulnerable to searches by government officials any time they travel out of the country,” said Catherine Crump of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to the Daily News.

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Bomb Threat Note Found on Thai Flight to LA

plane window2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A jittery public continues to get a periodic reminder of the potential dangers of flying.

The latest came Tuesday evening when  Thai Airways flight 794 from Bangkok landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport  after a bomb threat written in poorly worded English was discovered on a bathroom mirror, the Associated Press reported. No explosives were found aboard.

The plane landed just before 9 p.m., AP reported. The FBI said the plane had less than 200 passengers, who were interviewed, the AP reported.

Atty. Gen. Holder Calls Plan to Burn Qurans “Idiotic”

holder ericBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Idiotic and dangerous are the words Attorney General Eric Holder used to describe a plan to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, nine years after the infamous attack that shook the foundation of the United States, Associated Press reported.

AP reported that Holder used those words during a closed door meeting Tuesday with religious leaders during a discussion about recent attacks on Muslims and mosques around the nation.

Rev. Terry Jones plans to burn copies of the Quran at his church in Gainesville, Fla. on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

AP reported that Gen. David Petraeus said the symbolic gMisesture could put U.S. troops in danger.

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