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Archive for September 11th, 2012

Parts of IG Report on Fast and Furious Leak Out to Fox News: Blame Placed on ATF and Justice


ATF William Newell was a key person in operation.

By William La Jeunesse
Fox News

Dozens of senior-level U.S. government officials turned a blind eye to public safety as they pursued an ill-conceived and poorly managed investigation into gun trafficking in Mexico, according to a long-awaited inspector general’s report on Operation Fast and Furious.

Portions of the Justice Department IG report, which has not been made public, were obtained exclusively by Fox News Channel.

The report and accompanying accounts cite a failure in leadership and a lack of accountability and oversight up and down the chain of command at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Justice Department itself and other offices. It says many senior executives knew the U.S. was helping traffic guns to Mexico that killed people but did nothing to stop it.

“We found no evidence in Operation Fast and Furious that the ATF or the (U.S. attorney’s office) attempted at any point during the investigation to balance the risks to the public safety against the long-term benefits of identifying trafficking networks and participants,” the draft report says.

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11 Years Ago: The Sept. 11 Attacks

http://youtu.be/Q7c9vYxRgV4

Company: Hackers Did Not Breach FBI Laptop to Prove Massive Spying

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Was the FBI keeping tabs on millions of Apple devices?

No, says an Orlando company that claims it – not the FBI – was hacked to obtain millions of identification numbers for Apple devices, the New York Times reports.

Hacking group AntiSec – a subset of the hacking collective known as Anonymous – claimed it had stolen the identification numbers from an FBI laptop, which would suggested the agency was spying on millions of Americans.

The Orlando company, BlueToad, which works with creates digital and mobile formats for users, said its contents matched the stolen information, according to the New York Times.

FBI Sting Pledged ‘Martyrdom Payments” to Suspected Terrorist

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com

 The attorney of a Moroccan immigrant who volunteered to kill himself in a bomb attack on the U.S. Capitol said his client was promised “martyrdom payments” by the FBI, the Associated Press reports.

The attorney also alleges the FBI gave suspect Amine El-Khalifi, 29, more than $5,700 in living expenses during the six-month sting.

Undercover agents also promised El-Khalifi that his parents would receive $1,000-a-month “martyrdom payments,” according to the AP.

El-Khalifi is expected to be sentenced Friday in federal court.

Trenton Mayor Mack Set Up by Undercover Informants

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI used a government informant to see if Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and his sidekicks would accept a bribe over a fake land-development deal, the Associated Press reports.

Turns out, it worked, the FBI announced after arresting Mack, his brother Ralphiel and others early Monday morning.

Mack, his brother and mayoral supporter and convicted sex offender Joseph Giorgianni were each charged with a single count of conspiring to extort the undercover informants Monday, the AP reported.

Since Mack’s home was raided in July, federal authorities have been mum about the allegations until Monday.

The suspects were released on bond, according to the AP.

Former DEA leaders Urge AG to Come Out Against Legalizing Marijuana

DEA photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Nine former heads of the DEA sent a strong message to Attorney General Eric Holder: Fight against efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in three states, the Reuters reports.

Failing to say anything, they said, would suggest he condones legalization.

The former officials told Holder that legalization would fly in the face of federal law, according to Reuters.

“To continue to remain silent conveys to the American public and the global community a tacit acceptance of these dangerous initiatives,” said a copy of the letter obtained by Reuters.

Voters in three states – Colorado, Washington state and Oregon – are set to decide in November whether to legalize pot for recreation.

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Column: The Deafness Before the 9/11 Attack

Kurt Eichenwald, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former reporter for The New York Times, is the author of “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars.”

By KURT EICHENWALD
New York Times
IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.

On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda.

That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that daily brief — and only that daily brief — in response to pressure from the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack.

Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance, saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack.

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