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Delaware Voice: Comey’s ‘History-Making Speech’ Reveals Important Truths

Director James B. Comey speaking in Orlando.

Leland Ware
Delaware Voice

On Feb. 12, FBI Director James B. Comey made what will be remembered as a history-making speech at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

In the speech, “Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race,” Comey said, “With the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, the ongoing protests throughout the country, and the assassinations of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, we are at a crossroads.”

He went on to say, “Serious debates are taking place about how law enforcement personnel relate to the communities they serve, about the appropriate use of force, and about real and perceived biases, both within and outside of law enforcement.”

The most important point Director Comey made was about unconscious discrimination. He explained that “Much research points to the widespread existence of unconscious bias. Many people in our white-majority culture have unconscious racial biases and react differently to a white face than a black face.” The research to which Comey referred consists of numerous studies conducted over the last 30 years that have shown that racial prejudice is pervasive among many who consciously subscribe to a belief in racial equality. Many individuals who believe they have positive attitudes about racial minorities harbor unconscious racial prejudices.

Prejudice and stereotypes are the byproducts of ordinary perceptions, categorization, learning, memory and judgment. “Categorization” is the process by which ideas and objects are recognized, differentiated and understood. It is an essential brain function that enables individuals to reduce the enormous amounts of information they encounter every day to a manageable level. Categorization allows individuals to relate new experiences to old experiences; the unfamiliar becomes familiar. Each object and event is perceived, remembered, grouped into a category and identified. The process is automatic and operates in milliseconds.

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Time Magazine: How The G-Man Got His Groove Back

“They haven’t done everything perfectly. They’ve made mistakes. By and large, he has moved the FBI in the right direction.” — Glenn A. Fine, former Justice Dept. Inspector General in Time article on Robert Mueller

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller/fbi file photo

By Barton Gellman
Time

FBI Director Bob Mueller glanced at the black chronograph he wears Marine-style, the face inside his wrist. It was 7:38 a.m. Not quite time. He reviewed his inbox. Drummed a four-fingered staccato on the desk. Consulted his wrist again: 7:39.

Mueller had already slashed through the red leather briefing book that headquarters dispatched to his Georgetown home before dawn. The title embossed on the cover was simply “Director,” above the words “Top Secret/Contains Codeword Material.” Yellow highlights flagged the points Mueller wanted to probe.

An al-Qaeda affiliate was evading surveillance with a new covert channel of communication. Cyberintruders had breached a defense contractor’s firewall. The Tucson, Ariz., shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords had become a grotesque recruiting tool for antigovernment extremists. Turmoil in Bahrain had left FBI agents unable to serve a fugitive warrant. Egypt’s meltdown was causing trouble for a valuable counterintelligence source.

One of three deputy U.S. marshals shot in West Virginia had succumbed to his wounds. Two more federal officers, from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, had been ambushed in northern Mexico, one fatally. Mexican authorities wanted access to FBI files, and Mueller had to decide how much to share. (See pictures of a Mexican drug gang’s “holy war.”)

Something more pressing was on Mueller’s mind on Feb. 17, when TIME shadowed him through much of his day. The director had locked his sights on Lubbock, Texas, and Spokane, Wash., where his agents were closing in on a pair of unrelated terrorist plots.

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Report Finds 9/11 Plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed Killed Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl

Daniel Pearl/daniel pearl foundation photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A new report concludes that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the 9/11 attack, killed abducted Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan nine years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The paper reported that Asra Q. Nomani, a former Journal reporter who was friends with Pearl, led an investigation into the murder with Georgetown University faculty and students.

The “Pearl Report” found that U.S. officials, using vascular technology or vein matching,  concluded that the hands in the high-profile video killing belonged to Mohammed, the Journal reported.

Mohammed had confessed to the killing during a military hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2007, where he is currently being held and awaiting trial in the 9/11 attack. But at the time it wasn’t clear if it was self promotion or the truth.

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

Pearl was abducted Jan. 23, 2002. He was duped into thinking he was going to an interview someone as part of his investigation into ties between a radical Pakistani cleric and shoe bomber Richard Reid.

Mohammed told U.S. investigators that he was not originally involved in the abduction, but was later pulled in by another senior al Qaeda operative, the Journal reported.

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CBS Radio News Reporter in Washington Pleads to Pot Posession


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a CBS Radio News correspondent in Washington pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana last week, the Washington Post reported.

The Post reported that Howard Arenstein, 60, was sentenced to probation, drug testing and a small fine. Arenstein and his wife Orly Katz, an Israeli newspaper correspondent, were arrested Oct. 1 following an anonymous tip that they were growing marijuana plants in their backyard in their Georgetown area home, the Post reported. Distribution charges were dropped in the case.

The Post reported that the case against Katz has not been resolved yet.