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Archive for September 19th, 2011

First Release of Trailer of Upcoming Film “J. Edgar”

TSA Fires 28 Employees in Hawaii; 15 Others Suspended

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shakeups at the Honolulu International Airport.

CNN reports that the Transportation Security Administration fired 28 of its employees after a probe determined that bags were allowed on planes without being properly screened. Additionally, three people resigned or retired and 15 were suspended.

All those terminated or suspended “have the right to appeal the decision,” according to the TSA, CNN reported.

CNN reported that in March, Honolulu’s KITV 4 News reported that TSA officers on the morning shift regularly allowed checked bags to be loaded onto flights on nine daily departures without being screened for explosives.

Appeals Court Says Dirty Bomber’s 17-Year Sentence Too Light

Jose Padilla

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The man known as the “dirty bomber”, Jose Padilla, got too soft of a sentence, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

The Associated Press reports that the appeals court vacated the 17-year sentence and ordered a new sentencing.

Padilla, a Muslim convert, was convicted in 2007 along with two co-conspirators of several terrorism-related charges.

The ruling affirmed the convictions of Padilla, Adham Hassoun and Kifah Jayyousi on terrorism support and conspiracy charges, AP reported.

Padilla was held as an enemy combatant for three years before he was prosecuted in Miami. He was first arrested in 2002 in the dirty bomb investigation.

 

 

Louie Freeh and Tom Ridge: Angels Protecting Us or Just Hired Guns for the Gambling Industry?

Louis Freeh

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh and Tom Ridge, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Angels protecting us from evil, or just hired guns for the gambling industry?

If you read the press release by FairPlayUSA, you’d think they were here to save us from the evil.

FairPlayUSA announced that Freeh and Ridge have joined its board to help legalize online poker and toughen the ambiguous U.S. laws on the issue.

The website pressofAtlanticCity posted a story saying the two joined the board as part of a campaign launched this summer to build support to legalize online poker. The site reported that start up money came from Caesars Entertainment Inc. and MGM Resorts International.

The Sept. 15 release from FairPlayUSA said:

“Former FBI Director Louis Freeh and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, today, announced they have joined the Advisory Board of FairPlayUSA, a new coalition of law enforcement officials, consumer protection experts and others concerned about the failures in current law to put illegal Internet gambling operators out of business, the need to better protect consumers and the need to impose a strict regulatory framework for online poker.”

Tom Ridge

The release added that “millions of Americans regularly engage in Internet gambling on offshore websites that operate in direct violation of federal and state laws, and they play online poker on sites that fail to provide necessary consumer protections. Current laws that attempt to prohibit Internet gambling have failed to stop the illegal Internet gambling market…”

Freeh said in the release: “Current federal laws fail to provide U.S. law enforcement vital tools to address illegal internet gambling, enabling a ‘wild-west’ atmosphere. I am joining FairPlayUSA to improve this environment by clarifying these laws, better empowering law enforcement agencies to crack down on violators and using licensing and regulation to ensure safe and legal online poker.”

Ridge said in the release: “States and tribes have rights that must be protected by authorizing them to decide for themselves whether to accept or prohibit online poker and make use of sophisticated technologies already in use in other industries to enforce those decisions.”

 

ATF Agent Gets 3 Years and 1 Month for Theft of Guns and Cigarettes

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

You’d think Clifford Dean Posey, an ATF agent, would have known of the old adage: Crime doesn’t pay. Apparently not.

Posey, 43, of Chesapeake, Va., was sentenced Friday in Richmond, Va., to three years and one month in prison for stealing guns and cigarettes from ATF and selling them. The crimes began in 2007, authorities said.

He pleaded guilty in April to wire fraud, embezzlement, possessing or receiving stolen firearms, making a false statement and money laundering.

“When he became an ATF agent, Clifford Posey took an oath to uphold the law,” U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said in a statement. “Mr. Posey selfishly violated his oath and used his law enforcement power for personal gain. The law became an instrument of his greed, rather than a shield for those he was sworn to protect.”

 

JFK Thought Secret Service Was Being Over Protective

photo: jfk libary-facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A few years before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy told an aide that he thought the Secret Service was being over protective, according to an article in Town & Country magazine.

He told his aide after he was elected in 1960 that Secret Service needed to ease up because because “nobody is going to shoot me,” the magazine article said.

The article was written bylost ’60s audio tapes unveiled by Helen O’Donnell, the daughter of the former president’s aide Kenneth O’Donnell, who based the conversation on 1960s audio tapes.

In article also stated that Kennedy was worried about his son John’s fascination with airplanes and was concerned “when he’s old enough and wants to learn to fly.”

O’Donnell also quotes her father as saying:

“John [Jr.] loved helicopters. He would race over and get on a helicopter, and when it was time for us to leave, he refused to get out of it … The poor Secret Service would take John kicking and squabbling off the helicopter or the plane. ”

John Jr., then 38, crashed in the plane he was flying over the Atlantic near Martha’s Vineyard in 1999. His wife Carolyn, 33, and her sister Lauren also died.

The magazine article was cited in the Daily Mail.

Justice Department Upping Efforts to Police the Police

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up civil rights enforcement against local police nationwide, opening a number of investigations to determine whether officers are guilty of brutality or discrimination against Hispanics and other minorities.

In recent months, the Justice Department has begun inquiries into major city police departments such as Portland, Ore., where officers shot several people who had mental health issues, and Seattle, where police were accused of gunning down a homeless Native American woodcarver. The department issued a scathing report earlier this month accusing Puerto Rico police of a “staggering level of crime and corruption.’’

All told, Justice’s Civil Rights Division is conducting 17 probes of police and sheriff departments — the largest number in its 54-year history. The investigations are civil, meaning they will not lead to criminal charges, but can result in court-enforced reforms.

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FBI Says Violent Crime Dropped in 2010

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Violent crime in the United States dipped about 6 percent in 2010, marking a drop in the stats for the fourth straight year, the FBI reported Monday.

In 2009, the rate dropped by 5.4 percent.

The last increase came in 2006.

In 2010, the murder rate dropped 4.2 percent; aggravated assaults dipped 4.1 percent; rape was down 5 percent and robbery dropped 10 percent, the FBI reported.

Property crime dropped about 3 percent.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. issued a statement on the stats, saying:

“Safe communities are the foundation of our nation’s prosperity and I have made it a priority of this Department of Justice to protect the American public by aggressively fighting violent crime. The results of the 2010 Uniform Crime Report show that for the second straight year, our federal law enforcement agents continue to make progress on one of our core objectives — fighting violent crime across this country.”

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