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Archive for October 15th, 2013

Former Detroit U.S. Attorney Roy Hayes Dies at 73

Roy Hayes

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– Roy C. (Joe) Hayes was one of those U.S. Attorneys who took the job seriously, but seemed to enjoy what he did while keeping a pretty good sense of humor about him.

I got to know Joe when I was a reporter at the Detroit News covering the federal courthouse. He loved to schmooze and he seemed to be the kind of guy who got what he wanted. He died Thursday of pneumonia in Charlevoix at age 73, according to the Detroit Free Press.

In 1985, he became the U.S. Attorney in Detroit at age 44. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan. He came with some experience in that area. He had been with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office where he battled corruption, organized crime, violent crime and fraud.

As U.S. Attorney, his office prosecuted some high profile cases including the Chambers Brothers crack-cocaine gang, which dominated the city’s east side. Hayes himself was the co-prosecutor on the case, which I ended up covering for the News. His office also oversaw the massive investigation into corrupt judges in Detroit’s 36th District Court and Recorder’s Court.

Joe loved a good laugh and he used always kid me about the “Grey Rabbit,” a hippie bus I once took in college during winter break from Portland, Ore., to Indianapolis (I had to take a Greyhound on the final leg of the journey to Detroit.) I told him the amusing story about the Grey Rabbit, which included a passenger in front of me “borrowing” my tooth brush. I never used it again after it left my possession.

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Investigators Baffled by Discovery of 4 Dry Ice Bombs at Los Angeles Airport

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Authorities are dumbfounded after more dry ice explosions at a Los Angeles Airport on Monday night, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Investigators are trying to determine how someone placed four dry ice bombs – two of which detonated – at restricted areas.

The devices apparently were found outside the terminal near planes, according to the Times.

No one was injured when one of the ice bombs detonated Sunday in a restroom.

FBI’s Facial-Recognition Technology Could Fail Up to 20% of the Time

Courtesy of RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has said its facial-recognition technology is a critical component of fighting the war on terror and other serious threats.

But new records indicate the technology could fail 20% of the time, the National Journal reports.

“An innocent person may become part of an investigation because the technology isn’t completely accurate,” said Jeramie Scott, an attorney with EPIC who reviewed the documents, citing the Boston Marathon bombings as an example. “They’re pushing it forward even though the technology isn’t ready for prime time.”

The FBI could’t be reached for comment.

The technology is part of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification program, which includes iris and fingerprint scans.

 

NSA Collecting E-Mail, IM Contacts in Worldwide Surveillance Program

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The NSA is collecting e-mail and instant messaging contacts from people worldwide in an attempt to keep an eye on relationships that suspects have with others, the USA Today reported.

The idea is to identify any troubling relationships.

“You need the haystack to find the needle,” said Gen. Keith B. Alexander, NSA director, as saying in defense of the bulk collection.

Many of the email contacts are from Americans.

NSA officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

 

West Virginia Homeland Security Officer Critically Shot at Home Near Charleston

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The training coordinator for the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security was shot in the chest and was in critical condition as of late Monday, the West Virginia Gazette reports.

Frank Kennedy was found at his home near Charleston where he apparently shot himself intentionally.

Kennedy underwent surgery Sunday night and remained in critical condition, hospital officials said.

State Homeland Security Director Jimmy Gianato said he couldn’t confirm whether the shooting was intentional.

“At this point he’s in the hospital,” Gianato told the Gazette. “The last we heard he was in the ICU.”

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