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Obama’s Choice for Homeland Security Director Defended Happy Meal Hoaxer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A disgraced scientist who fried a rat’s tail, placed it in his son’s french fries and tried then to extort McDonalds for $5 million was represented by Jeh Jonson, who is President Obama’s nominee for head of Homeland Security, the Daily Caller reports.

Despite Johnson’s representation, Michael Zanakis was convicted of the rat-tail fraud and another scheme involving Coca-Cola Classic.

Zanakis threatened McDonald’s in 1996 that he would go public about his son swallowing part of a rat tail unless the fast food giant gave him $5 million.

“He didn’t threaten to blow up a McDonald’s, he didn’t threaten to break anybody’s arm,” Johnson said at the time. “What he said he was going to do was put a spotlight on something McDonald’s wanted kept in the dark.”

Indictments Flow in FBI Probe of Prison “Culture” of Covering Up Inmate Beatings

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — The correctional staffers met at a McDonald’s restaurant to get their stories straight. Having already lied to investigators probing the brutal March 2008 beatings of inmate Kenneth Davis at Roxbury Correctional Institution (RCI) in Hagerstown, saying they knew nothing about the incident, they needed to make sure they maintained that fiction—even consulting books about interview techniques to help them mislead truth-seekers. A lieutenant, now charged with obstructing justice for helping facilitate the cover-up, had provided the books and shared officers’ home phone numbers in order to set up the meeting away from work.

The jailers’ coordinated cover-up efforts in the aftermath of the Davis beatings are alleged in federal court documents filed in a quickly mounting Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division prosecution based on an ongoing FBI probe. Two federal grand jury indictments for conspiring to beat Davis and cover up the crimes were handed down Feb. 27 against nine current and former Maryland corrections staffers, with other criminal conspiracy charges filed previously against another four.

So far, four current corrections employees—lieutenants Edwin Stigile and Jason Weicht, sergeant Josh Hummer, and correctional officer Walter Steele—and nine former officers have been charged. Three former officers and a former sergeant, Lanny Harris, were charged previously via criminal informations, which are filed with the defendants’ consent and usually indicate a guilty plea is imminent; three of them—Ryan Lohr, Dustin Norris, and Philip Mayo—have already pleaded guilty. The other indicted former officers are James Kalbflesh, Jeremy McCusker, Tyson Hinckle, Reginald Martin, and Michael Morgan. Those indicted face maximum sentences of between 25 and 55 years in prison.

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FBI Says Man Threatened to Kill Jews and Blacks

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Abraham Foxman, the leader of the Anti-Defamation League leader, may have been targeted by a white supremacist planning to kill Jews and blacks, the FBI said, according to the Jewish news website JTA.

Danny Lee Warner, 33, told his wife about the plan before being arrested on Dec. 28 outside of an Arizona McDonald’s, according to the website. Warner’s wife had received a letter postmarked Dec. 19 from Warner saying he planned to kill “niggers and Jews” until the government “stopped him,” the report says.

His wife and his internet browser indicated  he may have possibly been planning a trip to New York to target  the ADL’s Foxman,  police say. Warner had also been a leader of the white supremacist group the Silent Aryan Warriors during a 10-year stint in the Utan prison system, law enforcement officials said.

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