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  • Sharpton was ‘eager to sell coke’ in the ’80s: pal [yet more skeletons in Al's closet]

    04/12/2014 2:54:31 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | Saturday, April 12, 2014 | Frank Rosario
    ....At the third meeting with Quintana, Sharpton made sure to go alone — wearing a cowboy hat and chomping on an unlit cigar, which was made famous in footage from the FBI surveillance leaked in 2002.... And once he was caught, he had no choice but to wear a wire to save his ample hide from prison. “Sharpton said they could do whatever they wanted with him after that,” Curington said. “Because they had him. Either he worked for them or they put that news out there that he was into coke.”.... Curington said the activist put on a good...
  • IRS Scandal Deepens as Leaks Identified

    11/01/2013 5:28:38 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Oct 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    The watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Thursday that it had obtained emails showing that former IRS official Lois Lerner gave protected information to the Federal Elections Commission. Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee said it had identified the IRS agent who leaked National Organization for Marriage donors to gay rights activists. Judicial Watch obtained the emails in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Aug. 9. They purport to show Lerner, who led the IRS Exempt Organizations division, promising full cooperation with an FEC attorney who was seeking information about the tax-exempt applications of two conservative...
  • Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data

    06/11/2013 7:31:01 AM PDT · by seeker41 · 35 replies
    Guardian ^ | 06/11/2013 | Guardian
    Revealed: The NSA's powerful tool for cataloguing global surveillance data – including figures on US collection
  • Don't Forget: 'Flag@Whitehouse.Gov' A Snitch Line [2009]

    05/23/2013 6:11:24 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 16 replies
    Yahoo Voices editorial pages [2009] ^ | 6 Aug 2009 | Mark Whittington at Yahoo Voices
    'Flag@Whitehouse.Gov' A Snitch Line Is the White House Compiling an Enemies List? The Obama administration seems to have committed another political misstep when it set up an email address, 'flag@whitehouse.gov', in order to allow supporters to report on "misinformation" on health care reform. According to Fox News, "The White House is under fire for a blog post asking supporters to send "fishy" information received through rumors, chain e-mails and casual conversations to a White House e-mail address, 'flag@whitehouse.gov'." .... [snip] ....
  • SHOT Show Sting Charges Dismissed, Guilty Pleas Vacated, FBI Informant Sentenced to Prison

    12/03/2012 3:20:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    thefirearmblog.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Steve
    In 2010 the BATFE raided the S&W booth at SHOT Show arresting 21 people, including Smith & Wesson executives for beaching the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a law which prohibits US corporations, citizens and residents from bribing foreign officials. Those arrested were charged with conspiring to bribe officials in the African state of Gabon as part of a deal to sell $15 million of equipment to the 1,800 man strong Gabon Presidential (Republican) Guard. Washington, D.C. law firm Miller & Chevalier have published a number of reports on the “SHOT Show Sting”. Their first report on the case appeared shortly...
  • Violent criminal on federal payroll as informant

    05/13/2012 4:18:18 PM PDT · by TheMole · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 12, 2012 | Steve Miletich and Mike Carter
    By almost anybody's standards, Joshua Allan Jackson is bad news. A felon with a lengthy history of violence against women, Jackson was sentenced to 10 years in prison April 13 for sexually abusing an 18-year-old woman and holding her against her will for days inside a cheap South Seattle motel last year. The woman told investigators Jackson forced her to audition for a porn film and at one point choked her so hard she almost lost consciousness. As part of the case, Jackson also admitted to criminal impersonation on various occasions when he told the victim and seven other people...
  • Night out ends in brawl for off-duty Fresno cops

    02/21/2012 8:23:02 AM PST · by Enterprise · 4 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 2-20-12 | Pablo Lopez
    It was supposed to be a fun night on the town: three off-duty Fresno police officers and their friends celebrating a birthday in the Tower District. They hired a limousine driver -- and not just any limo driver, but a police informant in a high-profile murder-for-hire case. The night, however, didn't turn out as planned. First, they fought among themselves, a Fresno police report said. Then, when a bouncer from the Laughing Buddha Bar & Grill tried to break up the fight, two of the officers and one of their wives fought him, the report said.
  • CBS News Washington Bureau Chief Was an FBI Snitch

    04/05/2011 2:11:18 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 44 replies
    gawker ^ | 5-april-2011 | John cook
    The Center for Public Integrity is reporting that an unnamed former ABC News journalist was an FBI informant during and after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, passing along tips and revealing a source. We know who it is...
  • Was Ronald Reagan a secret snitch?

    12/12/2010 12:52:49 PM PST · by americanophile · 53 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | December 12, 2010 | John Meroney
    Did Ronald Reagan secretly give the FBI names of people he suspected were communists when he was a movie star and Hollywood labor chief in the 1940s? This allegation resurfaced in the media just before Thanksgiving when the San Jose Mercury News, which published excerpts from Reagan's FBI file to great international acclaim in 1985, ran a column revisiting its original story about Reagan the snitch. It implies that Reagan was a shadowy operator in cahoots with the notorious FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, orchestrating their next Hollywood Red scare. The answer? Maybe. But Reagan was hardly betraying friends and...
  • Tax Informants Are On The Loose (earn big big money from the IRS)

    12/12/2009 3:35:52 PM PST · by dennisw · 35 replies · 2,144+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | December 14, 2009 | Janet Novack and William P. Barrett
    A new federal rewards program dishes out cash to people who turn in friends, relatives and employers for fudging their tax returns. For 24 years Vincent A. Spondello toiled away as an accountant for a group of related companies known as Monex, a large Newport Beach, Calif. precious metals dealer. A trusted employee, he prepared tax returns and was given such tasks as overseeing the destruction of old corporate documents. It turns out that some records that were supposedly destroyed he took home instead. In May Spondello sent 25 boxes of original Monex papers to the Internal Revenue Service--documents that...
  • N.J. scam artist turns star FBI informant--Convict's work in corruption probe spurs arrest of dozens

    10/31/2009 4:56:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 1,616+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 1, 2009 | Ben Conery
    Solomon Dwek is the kind of guy who can get you a kidney. He's also the kind of guy who authorities say knew how to get dirty money cleaned and could easily navigate the backrooms of New Jersey politics. He is, after all, a self-described member of the "green party," where "green is cash." The FBI put Dwek's knowledge to use, and that has placed him at the center of a corruption case that is unprecedented by even New Jersey's notorious standards. Relying largely on Dwek's work as an informant, authorities in July arrested 44 people — seven of whom...
  • Former Informer Pleads Guilty Hacker Faces A 25-Year Term In ID-Theft Case

    09/11/2009 9:28:08 PM PDT · by Saije · 2 replies · 341+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/12/2009 | Denise Lavoie
    A computer hacker who was once a federal informer and was a driving force behind one of the largest cases of identity theft in U.S. history pleaded guilty Friday in a deal with prosecutors that will send him to prison for up to 25 years. Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami, admitted to pulling off some of the most prominent hacking jobs of the decade -- invading the computer systems of such retailers as TJX, BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, Barnes & Noble and Sports Authority. Federal authorities say tens of millions of credit and debit card numbers were stolen....
  • Informant says suspects 'not angels'

    06/06/2009 6:54:41 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 547+ views
    In 2002, Al Pacino starred in a movie called S1M0NE about a Hollywood director whose star actress walks off the set after a dispute with him. The director is so obnoxious, no other actresses will work with him. To complete the film, the director substitutes a computer-generated character for the live actress. The movie becomes a great success and the public becomes enamored with this new shining star named Simone (short for Simulation One). The director's scheme begins to fall apart when he's unable to fulfill requests for live interviews with Simone. Someone also figures out that the scenic backgrounds...
  • Social activist, organizer ... and FBI informant:(RNC CONVENTION ALMOST FIREBOMBED!!)

    01/04/2009 4:05:57 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 14 replies · 2,253+ views
    Statesman.com ^ | Jan 3, 2009 | By David Hanners
    Social activist, organizer ... and FBI informant It was all about stopping violence, says Austin man who revealed alleged firebomb plot at GOP convention. By David Hanners ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS Saturday, January 03, 2009 ST. PAUL, Minn. — In a federal courtroom in Minneapolis this month, the public transformation of Brandon Darby of Austin will become complete. In four years, he has gone from a never-trust-the-government activist to the confidential informant who helped the FBI arrest two Austin men on suspicion of building firebombs during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in September. "I feel like, as an...
  • Leftist nutcase: Informer who prevented deaths a traitor

    01/03/2009 12:43:32 PM PST · by BreeLee · 6 replies · 1,103+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | Jan 03, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    During the Republican convention in St. Paul, many of us expected to see a level of violence similar to that of the Seattle WTO riots a few years back. When that violence never materialized, we knew that law enforcement managed to penetrate the organizations of tinhorn terrorists who have to rely on bombs and rocks to make their arguments. The trial of two conspirators has revealed one successful penetration that saved lives and property — and of course the nutcase Left in Texas considers the HERE
  • Terror Suspect Turns Informant; Coalition Nabs Suspects, Weapons

    08/19/2008 4:42:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 92+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2008 – A suspected member of an Iranian-backed “special group” turned into an informant for coalition forces today, and Iraqi and coalition forces detained 16 suspected terrorists and several weapons caches in operations over the past three days, military officials reported. The special groups suspect turned into an informer this morning during operations in Qasarin, about 30 kilometers north of Baghdad in Diyala province. Coalition forces were pursuing a man affiliated with the "Asaib al Haq" criminal ring, a Shiite group that broke away from Muqtada al-Sadr's militia. According to information provided by suspects already in custody,...
  • Mafia kill informant as Naples protests over trash

    06/01/2008 2:08:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 94+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/08 | Robin Pomeroy
    NAPLES (Reuters) - An Italian businessman who was helping police break organized crime gangs that operate waste disposal rackets in Naples was gunned down on Sunday in an apparent mafia hit, police said. The latest killing in the southern Italian city, which in recent months has become as famous for its piles of trash as for its reputation for crime, came on a day that thousands of people attended a rally against plans to open new rubbish dumps. Police said Michele Orsi, a businessman with mafia links who had turned informant, was shot three times near his home by assailants...
  • Terror Informant for FBI Allegedly Targeted Agents

    01/19/2008 10:52:14 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 278+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2008 | Josh White and Keith B. Richburg
    When U.S. authorities got their hands on terrorist Mohammed Mansour Jabarah in May 2002, he agreed to inform on some of the most influential al-Qaeda leaders. So instead of being sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or a high-security CIA detention facility, Jabarah was housed with relatively lax security at Fort Dix, N.J., where he was allowed to watch television and movies, speak to his family in Canada by telephone, go for walks and even make his own meals, all under 24-hour FBI watch. That arrangement soon proved to be a major problem for the bureau. In court papers filed in...
  • Surfing Out A Rat[Gov't Informants]

    05/22/2007 4:07:06 PM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 758+ views
    CBS ^ | 22 May 2007 | Robert Hendin
    When we first read the newspaper today, we were intrigued by the article about a website called www.whosarat.com. The story describes the site as an information clearinghouse about confidential informants who have participated with government investigations and helped put people behind bars. Many of these informants have their own criminal histories and some of the defendants and defense attorneys can use this information to try to save themselves, or their clients, from prosecution. The first thing we did was check out the site for ourselves. We barely got past the front page when we were asked to spend $7.99 for...
  • Neo-Nazi rally was organized by FBI informant[FL]

    02/15/2007 7:36:13 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 8 replies · 516+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 15 Feb 2007 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    A paid FBI informant was the man behind a neo-Nazi march through the streets of Parramore that stirred up anxiety in Orlando's black community and fears of racial unrest that triggered a major police mobilization. That revelation came Wednesday in an unrelated federal court hearing and has prompted outrage from black leaders, some of whom demanded an investigation into whether the February 2006 march was, itself, an event staged by law-enforcement agencies. The FBI would not comment on what it knew about the involvement of its informant, 39-year-old David Gletty of Orlando, in the neo-Nazi event. In court Wednesday, an...
  • Chavez says he has White House informant

    10/01/2006 9:17:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 1,706+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/1/06 | Christopher Toothaker - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he has received warnings from within the White House that the Bush administration is plotting to assassinate him or topple his left-leaning government. Citing what he said were warnings from an alleged White House informant, Chavez told thousands of supporters at a campaign rally that President Bush has ordered him to be killed before he leaves office in 2008. Bush "has said that before he goes, Hugo Chavez shouldn't be the president of Venezuela," Chavez told the crowd. "The president of the United States has said it, especially in recent days....
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) case informant files complaint with police

    08/29/2006 4:40:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 969+ views
    NOLA ^ | 8/20/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson case informant files complaint with policeShe says odd 'things' occurred after FBI tip Tuesday, August 29, 2006 By Bruce Alpert WASHINGTON -- A Virginia woman told police that "things have been happening" since she went to the FBI 17 months ago with a complaint that led to the continuing corruption probe against Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans. Lori Mody, who wore a hidden microphone to tape conversations with Jefferson, said in her July 24 complaint to the Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department that the toilet in a McLean, Va., home she is getting ready to sell broke between July...
  • Leader turned informant rattles Muslims

    07/31/2006 11:01:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 1,078+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7/31/06 | Rebecca Cook Dube
    TORONTO – The surprise announcement by a prominent Muslim leader here that he was an informant who helped authorities arrest 17 Muslims on terrorism charges has raised questions in the Muslim community over the ethics of informing versus a responsibility to stop violence. Since outing himself as an informant who infiltrated and trained with the suspects, Mubin Shaikh has come under harsh criticism by some Toronto Muslims and sparked a debate about how far citizens should go in aiding police investigations, even as he has been hailed as a hero in the mainstream media.
  • EVIL SNITCH BOASTED: 'TOO LATE' TO HALT KILLERS

    10/08/2005 5:56:30 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 33 replies · 1,708+ views
    NY Post ^ | 10-8-05 | NILES LATHEM and ANDY SOLTIS
    October 8, 2005 -- The al Qaeda member who triggered New York's subway alert told the anti-terror squad that arrested him they were "too late," it was reported yesterday. The insurgent, captured in an Iraqi "safe house," passed some lie-detector tests, and information found in the house led to another terrorist hideout. But the suspect's claims — of 19 al Qaeda operatives planning to plant bombs in subways, using baby strollers and other camouflage — have not been corroborated despite a massive U.S. intelligence effort, sources said. The alert that jolted the city began last week when an informant, whose...
  • Shocker: Ted Kennedy's In-Law Spied on the Clintons

    04/22/2005 2:34:20 AM PDT · by Liz · 260 replies · 7,272+ views
    NY POST ^ | April 22, 2005 | DEBORAH ORIN and IAN BISHOP in D.C. & HOWARD BREUER in L.A.
    Sen. Ted Kennedy's brother-in-law is the mystery witness who raised $100,000 for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and then went undercover and wore a wire to help the feds nab one of her top moneymen on charges of fund-raising-fraud, The Post has learned. The witness, Ray Reggie, 43, has a sister, Victoria, who married Kennedy in 1992, and prosecutors say Reggie secretly recorded "incriminating" statements made by David Rosen, a top Clinton fund-raiser. Reggie was close enough to Bill and Hillary Clinton to sleep over at the White House in 2000 and stay up chatting with the first couple into the...
  • NY: Informant who set self on fire testifies

    02/17/2005 3:27:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 536+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/17/05 | Michael Weissenstein - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - An FBI informant who was set to be the star prosecution witness in a terror trial until he set himself ablaze outside the White House took the stand for the defense Thursday, saying he had sought $5 million for leading prosecutors to a Yemeni sheik he says gave Osama bin Laden money, arms and fighters. "I deserve that," Mohamed Alanssi said through an Arabic-English interpreter. "After I chase the terrorist and I bring him here to America I deserve even $10 million." Alanssi quickly laid out some of the government's most serious allegations against Sheik Mohammed...
  • Informant's Fire Brings Shadowy Tale - Yemeni Man Helped, Squabbled With FBI

    11/21/2004 2:35:50 AM PST · by crushelits · 2 replies · 481+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Sunday, November 21 | Caryle Murphy
    Mohamed Alanssi slid the photos of his once-happy life across the table of a Union Station restaurant. The portrait of his wife with two of his six children. The picture showing the living room of the $1 million home he built in his native Yemen when he was a prosperous businessman. The 1970s snapshot of him as a low-level employee at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, shaking hands with the U.S. ambassador. But that happiness ended after he made the mistake of becoming an FBI terrorism informant, Alanssi said tearfully in an interview three weeks ago. His cooperation had been...
  • Informant in `Sasser' worm case under investigation, German prosecutors say

    06/16/2004 12:36:11 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 2 replies · 129+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Jun 16 2004 6:39AM
    The informant who tipped Microsoft Corp. to the identity of the "Sasser" computer worm's creator last month is among five people under investigation as possible accomplices, prosecutors said Wednesday. The worm's 18-year-old creator, Sven Jaschan, was arrested at his home in northern Germany May 7 following the tip to Microsoft from an informant seeking a reward. Jaschan, whose worm raced around the world exploiting a flaw in the company's Windows operating system, is free pending charges. The week after the arrest, police questioned five people, some of whom said Jaschan had given them the source code for the "Netsky" virus,...
  • Kerry Went to Extreme Lengths to Back Communist Ortega and Undermine U.S.

    05/19/2004 5:23:03 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies · 1,349+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/20/04 | Dave Eberhart,
    Most of us old enough to have been reading newspapers and watching television in the mid-1980s remember when the Soviet-backed Marxist-Leninist junta “Sandinistas” were battling the anti-communist guerrilla army of “Contras” in Nicaragua. And who could forget the overblown Iran-Contra affair, the attempt to arm the Contras through a deal to swap arms for hostages with the mullahs in Iran. What might be hazy in the memory after 20 years, however, is the Keystone Kops, I-want-to-play-president role of the freshman senator from Massachusetts, John Forbes Kerry. Still humming his “Give peace a chance” mantra from Vietnam days, Kerry jumped into...
  • Brother of 'Informant' On Saddam's Sons Shot Dead

    06/05/2004 5:41:27 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 5 replies · 123+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/5/04 | Reuters
    MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen killed the brother of a man widely regarded as having revealed the location of Saddam Hussein's sons to U.S. troops in an attack on his car on Saturday, police said. Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay were killed in July 2003 when soldiers stormed a villa in Mosul belonging to Nawaf al-Zeidan, who is distantly related to Saddam. Locals said Zeidan had tipped off U.S. forces that Saddam's sons were staying at his villa. Zeidan's brother, Salaah al-Zeidan, was killed and three of his male relatives traveling in the same vehicle were wounded, including an eight-year-old...
  • Alleged conspirator's fate due

    02/07/2004 2:43:52 PM PST · by ValerieUSA · 4 replies · 133+ views
    The Olympian ^ | Saturday, February 7, 2004 | SCOTT GUTIERREZ
    <p>TACOMA -- A federal judge could decide Monday the fate of an Olympia man implicated in an alleged plot to kill Gov. Gary Locke. A sentencing hearing for James D. Brailey, 44, began Friday in U.S. District Court. In June, Brailey pleaded guilty to illegal possession of seven guns, including handguns and an assault rifle that were found in his van and home during a search warrant.</p>
  • Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing

    02/03/2004 1:38:49 PM PST · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 177+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | Tuesday, February 3, 2004 | CPA Senor Adviser, Daniel Senor and Deputy Director for Operations, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt
    MR. SENOR: Good afternoon. I have a brief statement to make, after which General Kimmitt will make an opening statement, and then we will be happy to take your questions. On January 10th, coalition forces received a tip from an informant regarding Khamis Sirhan al-Mohammed, a former Karbala Ba'ath Party regional commander, and number 54 in Central Command's deck of cards. Based in part on that intelligence, al-Mohammed was captured the following day. Today we can announce that less than a month following receipt of that tip, we've approved a payment of $1 million to the Iraqi informant. Al-Mohammed was...
  • No Reward For The Man Who Gave Up Saddam

    12/20/2003 8:59:54 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 130+ views
    IOL ^ | 12-20-2003
    No reward for the man who gave up Saddam December 20 2003 at 09:57AM Baghdad - One of Saddam Hussein's top aides turned him over to American forces, according to fresh details on the former Iraqi leader's capture, as the United States administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, said he had escaped an assassination bid earlier this month. "He was someone I would call his right arm," said Major Stan Murphy, the head of intelligence for the 4th Infantry Division's First Brigade in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit said on Friday of the man who led to Saddam's capture at a hideout...
  • FBI accuses BBC of wrecking operation to infiltrate al-Qaida

    08/16/2003 4:20:35 AM PDT · by veronica · 33 replies · 511+ views
    JPost ^ | Aug 16, 2003 | DOUGLAS DAVIS
    The FBI has accused the BBC of wrecking an elaborate operation that was designed to infiltrate al-Qaida. The BBC, regarded by some as institutionally anti-American, is said to have aborted the operation by broadcasting an "exclusive" report about the arrest of a British arms dealer last Tuesday. The arms dealer was allegedly attempting to purchase ground-to-air missiles for terrorist clients who were seeking to shoot down civilian airliners in the United States. But what 68-year-old Hemant Lakhani did not know was that he was the subject of an elaborate, 18-month-long sting operation that involved Russian intelligence "suppliers" and FBI "customers."...
  • Captured Al-Qa'eda Man Was FBI Spy (US truck driver)

    06/22/2003 8:21:09 PM PDT · by blam · 48 replies · 1,796+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-23-2003 | David Rennie
    Captured al-Qa'eda man was FBI spy By David Rennie in Washington (Filed: 23/06/2003) The American al-Qa'eda operative unmasked last week as having planned to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge was first detained in March, and has been used by the FBI for months as a double agent, it was reported yesterday. Iyman Faris US authorities waited until last week to announce a plea bargain struck with Iyman Faris, a Pakistani-born lorry driver ordered to scout out terror targets, including the New York landmark. They did not say that Faris, who was also ordered to study ultralight aircraft, and the possibility...
  • ABCNews: False Alarm?

    02/13/2003 4:37:27 PM PST · by mikegi · 51 replies · 439+ views
    ABCNews.com ^ | Feb 13, 2003 | Brian Ross
    Feb. 13 — A key piece of the information leading to recent terror alerts was fabricated, according to two senior law enforcement officials in Washington and New York. The officials said that a claim made by a captured al Qaeda member that Washington, New York or Florida would be hit by a "dirty bomb" sometime this week had proven to be a product of his imagination. The informant described a detailed plan that an al Qaeda cell operating in either Virginia or Detroit had developed a way to slip past airport scanners with dirty bombs encased in shoes, suitcases, or...
  • Clinton Terror Probers Were Tipped on 9-11 Hijacker

    11/11/2002 3:46:02 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 8 replies · 244+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Thursday, May 23, 2002 | NewsMax.com
    As far back as President Clinton's first term, FBI investigators were aware that a suspicious group of young Arab men - including 9-11 kamikaze hijacker Hani Hanjour - were taking flying lessons in Phoenix, Ariz., an ex-FBI informant now claims. Still, even though Hanjour and other would-be hijackers popped up on the FBI's radar screen in 1996, crucial information that could have prevented the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history wasn't pursued by the Clinton-era Justice Department, the 9-11 tipster charges. Aukai Collins, a paid informant, was asked by the FBI to monitor Arab and Islamic communities in the Phoenix...
  • US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies

    07/15/2002 9:05:15 AM PDT · by eshu · 49 replies · 424+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 15 2002 | Ritt Goldstein
    US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies By Ritt Goldstein July 15 2002 The Bush Administration aims to recruit millions of United States citizens as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties groups. The Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS, means the US will have a higher percentage of citizen informants than the former East Germany through the infamous Stasi secret police. The program would use a minimum of 4 per cent of Americans to report "suspicious activity". Civil liberties groups have already warned that, with the passage earlier this year of the...
  • Huge cocaine bust proving hollow victory for authorities

    06/16/2002 10:38:16 PM PDT · by ValerieUSA · 9 replies · 525+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Sunday, June 16, 2002 | Mike Carter
    VICTORIA, B.C. — It could have been an unprecedented law-enforcement victory: Last year's seizure by U.S. agents of more than 2½ tons of pure cocaine aboard a Canadian fishing boat off Washington's Cape Alava was the biggest drug bust ever in the Pacific Northwest. But more than 16 months later, no one has been arrested or charged with a crime in the United States or Canada. The boat's captain — caught carrying more cocaine than is usually seized in all of Canada in a year — is protected from prosecution by the very system he betrayed. And Canadian drug investigators...
  • Drug convict will probably be released

    03/19/2002 12:54:06 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 1 replies · 245+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | March 19, 2002 | By HOLLY BECKA / The Dallas Morning News
    Drug convict will probably be released Ties to informant trigger action in 1st case involving real narcotics 03/19/2002 By HOLLY BECKA / The Dallas Morning News A Dallas judge on Monday recommended that an appeals court give a new trial to a man who pleaded guilty last year to a drug-delivery case based partly on the word of a questionable Dallas police confidential informant. State District Judge Mark Nancarrow's order, which will probably lead to the prisoner's release, is significant because it is believed to be the first time since the drug scandal surfaced that a judge has ruled...