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Justice Department to Investigate Cleveland Police on Complaint of Excessive Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department plans to announce it is investigating excessive force within the Cleveland Police Department, WXYC Channel 3 reports.

The probe involves a police pursuit in November when Cleveland cops fired 137 bullets at an unarmed man and woman.

WXYC reported that a news conference is expected today to announce the investigation.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has requested assistance from the Justice Department.

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Ex-FBI Agent Accused of Disrupting A Probe into Military Fraud Not Jailed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former New York FBI Agent accused of an “extensive scheme” to derail a criminal investigation into potential military fraud will remain free from jail – for now, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart dismissed prosecutors claims that Robert G. Lustyik Jr., 50, would continue to disregard the law.

Lustyik was arrested Saturday at his home in Sleepy Hollow on four counts of conspiracy. wire fraud, obstruction of justice and obstruction of an agency proceeding.

Lustyik, a 20-year veteran of the FBI’s counter-intelligence squad in New York, is accused of attempting to derail an investigation into a business partner, Michael Taylor, in exchange for cash and other favors, the Tribune reported.

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Civil Service Ruling Prompts Trenton to Lay Off FBI Informant

Ex-FBI Head in Denver Criticizes Report on Colorado Terror Center

Argentina Removes Border Patrol, Coast Guard Officials Amid Protests of Wage Cuts

Patients Complain of Oxycodone Shortage in Florida Following DEA Crackdowns

Long-Elusive Bucket List Bandit Indicted in Pennsylvania

FBI Joins Probe Into Explosives Found Under Orange County Bridge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigating a cache of explosives found under a bridge in Orange County Monday, the LA Times reports.

People working on a drain ditch found a backpack full of grenades, blasting caps and fuse igniters.

If ignited, the explosive would have caused “major structural damage to the bridge,” Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino told the LA Times.

“It was a dangerous situation,” he said.

It’s unclear whether the explosives were rigged to detonate.

Senator Calls for Special Prosecutor in National Security Leaks; Calls Justice Dept. Efforts Insufficient

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Sen. Joseph Lieberman wants a special prosecutor to investigate leaks of classified information following allegations that the White House disclosed the secrets, Reuters reports.

Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Lieberman said that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s appointment of two federal prosecutor was insufficient.

The security leaks includes details of U.S. cyber warfare against Iran and the use of drones to target militants, Reuters reported.

Oregon Mosque Critical of FBI Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oregon’s largest mosque feels under siege by snoopy FBI agents who have placed at least five affiliates of the mosque on no-fly lists without an explanation, the Religion News Services reports.

Included on the roster of suspected terrorists banned from flying in the U.S. is the longtime religious leader of At Masjed As-Saber.

Muslims told the Religion News Services that the actions of the FBI are exacerbating already poor relationships with the mosque and Muslim community.

A special agent in Portland contends the FBI does not target people based on their religion, but declined to comment on the mosque investigation.

Cable Companies Probed for limits on Online Video

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has launched an anti-trust investigation into whether cable companies are acting improperly to hurt competition from online video, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Justice Department officials have talked to cable companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable about setting data caps and limiting how much a subscriber can download a month, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Access to cheaper online video has hurt cable companies that offer more expensive cable TV packages in what is known in the industry as “cord cutting.”

The probe is shaking a tightly regulated industry and could change the future of new online video services.

Terrorism Probes Test FBI-Muslim Relations

This endless tightrope act will continue so long as these types of investigations pop up. And so far there’s no sign of these probes vanishing any time soon. The FBI is going to have to work hard on it’s relations with the Muslim community, something it has tried to work on in the post-9/11 era, and not always with success.

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By Carrie Johnson and Robin Shulman
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — Investigators seeking to uncover terrorist plots for years have walked a fine line between keeping tabs on the Muslim community and alienating the same people who could serve as an early warning signal.

That tenuous balance has been tested again in what law enforcement authorities say is one of the most worrisome terrorism investigations in decades, the unfolding case against Denver shuttle bus driver Najibullah Zazi, who has been charged with conspiracy to unleash weapons of mass destruction in the form of hydrogen peroxide bombs.

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FBI Probe into Jesse Jackson Jr. Seems to be Heating Up

From the onset, Jesse Jackson Jr. has denied doing anything improper in connection with President Obama’s old senate seat. So far, it looks like he hasn’t convinced the FBI of that. The scandal involving ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is likely to grow.

 

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By Jeff Coen and John Chase
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Federal authorities have questioned a former chief of staff to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other cooperating witnesses about an attempt by friends of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to raise funds for Blagojevich to encourage him to pick Jackson for the U.S. Senate, sources said.

A federal grand jury investigating alleged corruption in the Blagojevich administration is expected to hear from witnesses about the fundraising effort in coming weeks, sources said.

Federal prosecutors allege Blagojevich, who was indicted last week on corruption charges, was considering awarding the seat to Jackson in return for a Jackson associate offering $1.5 million in campaign cash.

Covert recordings of Blagojevich last fall allegedly captured the then-governor suddenly going from cold to hot on naming Jackson to replace President Barack Obama in the Senate.

Prosecutors allege Blagojevich told aides he had been promised something tangible and immediate to name Jackson to the seat-namely money-and that he was leaning toward appointing Jackson.

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