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Travelers Rate Airports for Efficiency of Checkpoints, Arrive at Different Conclusions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What are the most efficient and headache-inducing airport checkpoints in the nation?

The USA Today sought to find out by asking frequent flyers to voluntarily rate checkpoints for efficiency.

The results were subjective and varied by traveler.

Some targeted Orlando, Los Angeles and Raleigh, NC, as the least efficient airport checkpoint. One traveller offered good experiences at Las Vegas.

The TSA responded: “TSA’s top priority is to protect the traveling public, and every policy and security procedure in place is designed to mitigate threats to passengers and the aviation sector — which we know our adversaries continue to target,” the agency said in a written statement. “TSA is always taking steps to enhance our procedures, to most importantly stay ahead of evolving threats and, wherever possible, to also improve the experience of the traveling public. ”

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Convicted Terrorist Hysen Sherifi Faces New Charges He Plotted to Kill Witnesses Who Testified Against Him

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A North Carolina man sentenced last month to 45 years in prison for his role in a homegrown terrorist plot, faces new charges that he tried to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses that testified against him, the Charlotte Observer reported.

Raleigh, N.C. resident Hysen Sherifi was charged Tuesday with nine counts.

Under the latest charges, he plotted with his younger brother and female friend to pay $5,000 to an FBI informant to carry out the beheadings, according to the indictment. The informant gave Sherifi fake photographs to try and prove the hits were confirmed, according to the Associated Press.

The younger brother and female friend were arrested last month.

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Senate Confirms U.S. Attys for N.C., Ala., Miss, Virgin Islands; Obama Nominates Miss. U.S. Attorney

Thomas Walker

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed  Thomas Walker for U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, N.C., according to WRAL.

Three other U.S. Attorneys were also confirmed, according to the website Main Justice: George Beck for the Middle District of Alabama; Felicia Adams for the Northern District of Mississippi; and Ronald Sharpe for the Virgin Islands.

Walker, who was in private practice, and was  previsously an assistant U.S. Attorney and an  assistant district attorney in Mecklenburg County, N.C., replaces  Bush-appointee George Holding who announced earlier this month that he will step down on July 8.

Holding stayed in office to oversee the criminal investigation into ex-Sen. John Edwards, who was recently indicted for alleged campaign fund irregularities.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday President Obama nominated Gregory Davis for the U.S. Attorney spot in Southern District of Mississippi.

He has been a member of the law firm Davis, Goss & Williams, PLLC since 1989. From 1987 to 1989, he was an associate attorney for the law firm Stamps & Stamps.

No Surprise: Raleigh U.S. Attorney George Holding Announces Resignation

U.S. Atty. George Holding

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a move that comes as no surprise, Raleigh U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding announced his resignation Friday, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

The announcement by the Bush appointee comes in wake of the indictment of twice-presidential hopeful John Edwards. The resignation is effective July 8, the paper reported.

North Carolina’s two senators had agreed to leave Holding in the post until the conclusion of the case to avoid accusations of politics and any attempt to slow the probe.

President Obama has nominated Thomas Walker of Charlotte to be the new U.S. Attorney. He has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

Holding was appointed to the post by President Bush in 2006.

Fed Grand Jury in N.C. Probing John Edwards

John Edwards

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It continues to be a bumpy road for once upon a time presidential hopeful John Edwards, who also ran as vice president in 2004.

The Associated Press reports that a federal grand jury in Raleigh, N.C., is investigating whether he violated campaign finance laws and knew about money used to cover up his extra-marital affair and out-of-wedlock baby.

AP reports that investigators are homing in on whether the funds from outside groups used to cover up his affair should have been considered campaign donations.

Edwards’ attorney Wade Smith told AP: “We do not believe there is evidence that John has violated any election laws.”

AP reported that the probe is being led by Raleigh U.S. Attorney George Holding, a George Bush appointee. AP reported that North Carolina’s senators have asked the president to hold off on replacing Holding until the probe is completed.

Late Sen. Helms Offered to Help FBI as TV Executive

Jesse Helms/govt photo

Jesse Helms/govt photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The late  Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina was a broadcast executive before becoming a senator and  “offered the facilities of his station to assist the FBI at any time,” according to a 1971 FBI memo, the Raleigh News Observer  reported.

“He is a great admirer of the Director [J. Edgar Hoover] and the FBI and for a long period of time has been a staunch defender of the Director and his policies,” the FBI memo said of Helms who died in 2008, the newspaper reported. The memo was part of newly released FBI files of the Helms, a conservative Republican,  who was elected to the Senate in 1972 and served five terms.

Before serving in the senate,  he was executive vice president and assistant CEO of the Capitol Broadcasting Company, which operates WRAL, the Raleigh, N.C.,  station he volunteered to give the FBI access to, according to the paper.

Steve Hammel, WRAL’s vice president and general manager, told the paper  he was not aware of the FBI ever using the station.

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