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Archive for February 29th, 2012

Rules on Terror Suspects Change for FBI

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

New rules have been outlined by the Obama administration regarding when the FBI, as opposed to the military, can retain custody of al-Qaida terrorism suspects who are not U.S. citizens but are arrested by federal law enforcement agents, reports the Associated Press.

The new rules from the White House came about from a December agreement amongst congressmen and the Obama administration seeking broader military control and reduced civilian court rule for terrorism suspects, according to the AP.

Non-US citizen members of al-Qaida involved in planning or attempting to target US or coalition forces require military custody, according to the new law. The president maintains the ability to waive that provision, however.

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FBI Continues Insider Trading Investigations Using Stable of Informants

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com
 There’s apparently no shortage of snitches on Wall Street.

The FBI said Monday that it plans to continue investigating alleged insider trading using its current “stable of informants” for the next five years,  reports ValueWalk.com.

The FBI has been running “Perfect Hedge” since 2009,  an operation that has resulted in charges against numerous traders, executives and research consultants.

David Chaves, a FBI supervisory special agent, securities and commodities fraud investigations, said on Monday, ‘We have cooperators set up for years to come,” FBI agent David Chaves said Monday, according to the news website.

He said some of the witnesses included traders who were busted and are looking to get reduced sentences.

To date, 59  of the 64 people arrested have been convicted or pleaded guilty ,  according to ValueWalk.com.

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Motions Alleging ATF Racism Given More Time

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Wichita federal judge has granted more time for  motions related to charges that a federal firearms sting was racially motivated,  reports LJWorld.com.

Defense lawyers are seeking to drop charges against black defendants charged in the ATF investigation, claiming the charges were racially motivated. At least 43 of 51 defendants in the case are black.

The government claims the race arguments against the suspects are bogus.

FBI Changes Mind; Will Keep La Crosse, Wisc. Office Open

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has backed off a little on its plans and will keep open its La Crosse, Wisc. office, U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl announced Tuesday.

Kohl had been fighting to get the FBI’s plan to close half of its office in the western district of Wisconsin.

The original plan called for the closure of Kenosha, Wausau and La Crosse offices to save money.

“Local law enforcement officials convinced us that having an FBI presence in western Wisconsin is a crucial layer in their efforts to fight drug trafficking, gang violence and other serious criminal enterprises,” Kohl said in a statement. “While I support streamlining operations, we have to consider whether distance challenges in our state would compromise the FBI’s mission and risk neglecting some of our rural communities. I’m gratified that Director Mueller and Attorney General Holder kept an open mind to our concerns and reevaluated their plans.”