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Archive for December 7th, 2010

ATF Whistleblower Edgar Domenech to Become NY City Sheriff

Edgar Domenech

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who knew New York City had a sheriff?

Well, native New Yorker Edgar Domenech, the whistleblower who was Deputy Director of ATF until he was demoted in 2007 after raising questions about financial mismanagement in 2007, has been named the city’s new sheriff, according to the New York Daily News.

Domenech is retiring from ATF as head of its Washington field office.

“Most people don’t realize that New York City has a sheriff,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, according to the Daily News. “He does not ride around on a horse, carry a six-shooter and look for cattle rustlers, but as the city’s chief civil law enforcement officer, he really is vitally important to the safety and well-being of New York.”

Domenech duties will include collecting from dead-beat dads. The New York City Sheriff’s Office is the civil law enforcement division of the New York City Department of Finance.

He said his whistleblower background will reinforce “the importance that I believe management has to have in protecting the taxpayers,” the Daily News reported.

D.C. Judge Nixes Suit Against U.S. Which Put Cleric on Kill or Capture List

Judge John Bates

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. scored a little victory in the battle against terrorism.

The Washington Post reports that a federal judge in Washington tossed out a lawsuit by the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights challenging the administration’s legal right to place  Yemen cleric Nasser al-Aulaqi, who is also a U.S. citizen, on the kill-or-capture list.

U.S. District Judge John Bates acknowledged the important issue, but said the court lacked the jurisdiction to address the matter, the Post reported.

“The serious issues regarding the merits of the alleged authorization of the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen overseas must await another day or another (non-judicial) forum,” Bates wrote, according to the Post.

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Ky. Man Gets 33 Months in Prison For Poem Threatening Pres. Obama

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

T.S. Eliot he’s not.

A Kentucky man who posted on the Internet a poem threatening President Obama was sentenced Monday in Louisville federal court to 33 months in prison, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that Johnny Logan Spencer, 28, apologized for writing the poem entitled “The Sniper”, which described a sniper killing the president.

He told the judge he was upset over his mother’s death and that he started associating with a white supremacist group that helped him kick a drug habit.

The poem was posted on a website in 2007 and again in 2009 after Obama became president, AP reported.

Navy Sailor in N.C. Arrested for Selling Classified Documents to Undercover FBI Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In this turbulent era of WikiLeaks, this hardly seems shocking.

Authorities are alleging in a search warrant that a Navy sailor based at Fort Bragg passed classified documents to an undercover FBI agent posing as a foreign intelligence agent, the Associated Press reports. In exchange, he was given cash.

AP reported that Navy Reserve Intelligence Specialist Third Class Bryan Minkyu Martin, 22, of Mexico, N.Y., was arrested last week, but has not been charged.  He is, however, being held in the naval brig in Norfolk, Va.

AP, citing a search warrant filed in the Eastern District Court in North Carolina, reported that Martin received a total of $3,500 “from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for dozens of pages of documents that were classified either secret or top secret.”

At an initial meeting on Nov. 15, Martin told the undercover agent that his current assignment focused on Afghanistan and that he planned to work for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and would one day be very valuable, AP reported.