(Complimentary version) June 2011- Volume 9, Issue 1

 

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 In this issue :
  - About C4SEM Newsletter - SAR
  - Spot Light

  - Significant Activities Report

  - Case Law Update

Referenced Articles:

  01- Article: Federal Law Enforcement Using Enhanced Technology and Social Media

  02- Article: FBI Director Mueller Takes Part in Senate Judiciary Hearing on Extension of Term

  03- Article: Two Iraqi Nationals Charged in Terrorism-Related Case

  04- Article: Gaddafi Ordered Mass Rape As A Weapon, International Criminal Court Claims

  05- Article: GOP Introduces Plan to Cut Federal Workforce

  06- Article: Government Case Against Whistleblower Thomas Drake Collapses

  07- Article: IRAN: Intelligence Ministry claims to arrest 30 alleged CIA spies

  08- Article: CIA chief Panetta leaves without deal

  09- Article: FBI Releases Bank Crime Statistics for First Quarter of 2011

  10- Article: National Security Agency Official Pleads Guilty

  11- Article: Colonel charged with spying files appeal

  12- Article: U.S. Marshals and ATF Arrest 129 Gang Members and Fugitives in Tulsa

  13- Article: Ex-top Pakistan spy doubts bin Laden hid years in Abbottabad

  14- Article: Verrilli Confirmed as Solicitor General of the United States

  - Career Opportunities

 

 

 

 About  C4SEM Newsletter and SAR

 

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Significant Activities Report

 

Insurgents Attack NATO Base in AfghanistanInsurgents Attack NATO Base in Afghanistan

The Taliban launched a sophisticated attack on Monday against a NATO base in the western Afghan city of Herat, killing at least four people and wounding more than 30.

Pakistan Taliban commander, gives an interview in Pakistan's Mohmand tribal region

Pakistan Taliban vow to attack US targets overseas - video

Top Taliban commander Omar Khalid Khorasani says death of Osama bin Laden has given his fighters 'new.

Antiterrorism Registry Ends, but Its Effects RemainAntiterrorism Registry Ends, but Its Effects Remain

A program requiring Arab and Muslim men to register with the authorities is over, but Mohammed G. Azam is among those still caught in its net, immigration experts say.

Ilyas KashmiriSenior al-Qaida operative 'killed by US missile strike in Pakistan'

Muhammad Ilyas Kashmiri, who targeted Europe, believed to be dead after drone attack.

Security Checks on Hudson River Anger BoatersSecurity Checks on Hudson River Anger Boaters

A decade after 9/11, boaters and marine businesses are complaining about being stopped and questioned by officers from a plethora of agencies.

Bomb Kills Somalia Minister; Street Clashes DeadlyBomb Kills Somalia Minister; Street Clashes Deadly

Protests and violence racked Mogadishu on Friday leading to the deaths of five people, while a suicide bombing killed the interior minister at his home.

Somalia - videoAl-Qaida leader Fazul Abdullah Mohammed killed in Somalia - video

Somalia's President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed displays documents seized by security forces after the killing of al-Qaida leader Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.

Afghan Civilian Deaths Set a Monthly Record, U.N. SaysAfghan Civilian Deaths Set a Monthly Record, U.N. Says

The announcement that May was the deadliest month for civilians since 2007 came as a bombing left 15 civilians dead.

 

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 Case law Update


Supreme Court Unanimously Decided The Issue Of What Constitutes A Prior Drug Offense For The Purpose Of Enhanced Sentencing.

This week, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous opinion, authored by Justice Thomas. The Court answered the question of whether a federal sentencing court must determine whether "an offense under State law" is a "serious drug offense" under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) by consulting the "maximum term of imprisonment" applicable to a defendant's previous drug offense at the time of the defendant's state conviction for that offense even though the state has made that current sentencing law retroactive. The Court held that the "maximum term of imprisonment" for a defendant's prior state drug offense is the maximum sentence applicable to his offense when he was convicted of it.

The ACCA mandates a fifteen-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for anyone convicted under 18 U.S.C § 922(g)(1) and applies to a person who "violates section 922(g)" and "has three previous convictions . . . for a violent felony or a serious drug offense." 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(l). A "serious drug offense" is defined in relevant part as "an offense under State law . . . for which a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years or more is prescribed by law." § 924(e)(2)(A)(ii)

Police officers in Fayetteville, North Carolina apprehended petitioner-defendant McNeill, a felon, with crack cocaine packaged for distribution and in possession of a firearm. In sentencing McNeill for violating §922(g), the district court determined that he qualified for ACCA's sentencing enhancement based in part on six prior North Carolina drug trafficking convictions. When McNeill committed those crimes, each carried a 10-year maximum sentence, which McNeill received. However, because North Carolina later reduced the maximum sentence for those offenses to fewer than 10 years, McNeill argued that none of his six prior convictions were for "serious drug offenses" within the meaning of §924(e)(2)(A)(ii). The district court rejected McNeill's request that it look to current state law and instead relied on the 10-year maximum sentence that applied at the time that he committed his state offenses. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court's classification of McNeill's North Carolina drug offenses as a "serious drug offenses" under ACCA, even though at the time of McNeill's federal sentencing, North Carolina's current sentencing law did not prescribe a maximum term of imprisonment of at least ten years for those state drug offenses. The Supreme Court granted certiorari.

The Supreme Court looked at the plain text of ACCA to decide the issue of whether McNeill should have a reduced penalty due to North Carolina changing its drug-crime penalties. The Court held that a federal sentencing court must determine whether "an offense under State law" is a "serious drug offense" by consulting the "maximum term of imprisonment" applicable to a defendant's prior state drug offense to consult the law that applied at the time of that conviction of that offense. The Court determined that the ACCA's use of the present tense in defining a "serious drug offense" as, "an offense . . . for which a maximum [10-year] term . . . is prescribed by law" suggests the use of "the present tense to refer to past convictions."

Therefore, the Court concluded that a federal sentencing court must determine whether "an offense under State law" is a "serious drug offense" by consulting the "maximum term of imprisonment" applicable to a defendant's previous drug offense at the time of the defendant's state conviction for that offense. Thus, the Court affirmed the district court's decision to enhance McNeill's sentence in light of his two admitted violent felony convictions. The Court noted that McNeill needed only one conviction for a "serious drug offense" to trigger ACCA even though all six of his prior drug convictions qualify as serious drug offenses."

The case is McNeill v. U.S., No. 10-5258, dated June 6, 2011. To review the full decision, click here


 

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 1-    Federal Law Enforcement Using Enhanced Technology and Social Media


Over the past few months, many federal law enforcement agencies have been utilizing social media and other technologies to promote their missions, improve their recruiting and keep the public informed. The U.S. Secret Service launched their Twitter page on May 9, while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is utilizing iPads for video surveillance.
According to the U.S. Secret Service, it's using a new Twitter account to highlight its investigative mission, share press releases, distribute information on upcoming events in local communities and promote upcoming recruitment opportunities. "The internet is a valuable resource for all people all over the world," said Secret Service Assistant Director Mickey Nelson. "By using social media sites, we hope to supplement our recruitment efforts, while providing an informative, helpful tool to businesses and individuals who are interested in information from our agency."

Other federal law enforcement agencies have established Twitter pages, including the FBI, with over 170,000 followers, and the Department of Homeland Security with over 36,000 followers. The U.S. Secret Service's Twitter page already has nearly 25,000 followers and has issued over 50 tweets since its launch.

ATF has approximately 50 iPhones and iPads for use; however, it is likely that number could double soon. ATF has used iPads to monitor arrests via video at the ATF National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., among other uses.

"People have better access to information technology at their homes than they do at work, and that's especially true in the public sector," said Vivek Kundra, the federal government's chief information officer. "If you look at the average school kid, he or she probably has better technology in his or her backpack than most of us do in government offices."

Elsewhere across government, federal agencies are utilizing the newest technology to enhance their abilities to do their jobs. Blackberries have been replaced by iPhones, Microsoft Outlook is being upended by Gmail and now iPads are used in place of laptops. Currently, the General Services Administration is in the process of moving 17,000 employees onto Gmail, while the Department of Veterans Affairs is giving their clinicians the option of an iPad or iPhone instead of the traditional blackberry.

"The rise of consumer technology in the enterprise-it's here," said Kundra. "It's happening as we speak."
 

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2-   FBI Director Mueller Takes Part in Senate Judiciary Hearing on Extension of Term


On June 8, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a bill that would allow for a two-year extension of his term. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) introduced legislation last month that would give Mueller a one-time, two-year extension after President Barack Obama made the extension request.
Mueller, 66, currently faces mandatory retirement on Sept. 4 under a law that caps the service of FBI directors at 10 years. The 10-year limit was set after J. Edgar Hoover served 48 years as head of the bureau. Since that time, no director has served the full 10-year term.

Others witnesses for the hearing included former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, William & Mary Law School Professor William W. Van Alystne and University of Virginia School of Law Professor John C. Harrison.

While Mueller's prepared remarks did not directly push for an extension, he did say he would be honored to serve an additional two years. Additionally, Mueller noted that he spoke to individuals inside and outside of the FBI before deciding that he would stay if Congress allows him to do so.

Leahy said he believes the proposed legislation will pass and many Capitol Hill staffers expect lawmakers to approve the extension quickly and quietly before they leave for August recess.

However, Grassley has shown concern about extending the FBI Director's term. "We should proceed cautiously in setting a precedent that a 10-year term can be extended," he said. "If we are going to extend Director Mueller's term, we should establish a precedent that doing so will be difficult and that unique circumstances necessitating it exist as those are circumstances at this particular time."

Additionally, Grassley asked about criticisms from FBI agents in management who feel it is unfair that Mueller may get an extension when they are not allowed to stay in their management role. The policy that requires FBI supervisors to move on after seven years and compete for another managerial position, retire or get demoted at the same field office with a pay decrease has been controversial. On Wednesday, Mueller said it was difficult to make the decision to implement the policy and it has led to the agency losing some good people, but it has also helped develop a pool of strong managers.

Comey, who had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the FBI director position, said he supported the current 10-year limit, but particularly dangerous circumstances call for an exception and he supports the extension of Mueller's term. He called Mueller "one of the finest public servants this nation has ever seen."
 

Source: FedAgent

 

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 3-  Two Iraqi Nationals Charged in Terrorism-Related Case


On May 25, two Iraqi men living in Bowling Green, Ky. were arrested for allegedly carrying out numerous improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and for participating in the insurgency in Iraq. The criminal complaints and indictment were unsealed on May 31.

Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, both former residents of Iraq, were charged in a 23-count indictment. Alwan is charged with conspiracy to kill a United States national, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and knowingly transferring, possessing or exporting a device designed or intended to launch or guide a rocket or missile. Neither is charged with plotting attacks within the United States. Both defendants could face up to life in prison if convicted of all the charges in the indictment.

"Over the course of roughly eight years, Waad Ramadan Alwan allegedly supported efforts to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, first by participating in the construction and placement of improvised explosive devices in Iraq and, more recently, by attempting to ship money and weapons from the United States to insurgents in Iraq," said Todd Hinnen, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launched an investigation into Alwan in September 2009 and began using a confidential human source who met with and engaged in recorded conversations with Alwan in August 2010. In January 2011, an investigation into Hammadi began when he began working with Alwan.

During conversations, Alwan told the informant that he was involved in insurgent attacks in Iraq from 2003 to 2006. In January, the indictment alleges that Alwan recruited Hammadi to assist him with sending money and weapons to Iraq. Alwan and Hammadi allegedly delivered money to a tractor-trailer that they believe would be shipped to al Qaeda and later helped deliver weapons, including two Stinger missiles. None of the weapons or money was provided to al Qaeda in Iraq, but was controlled by law enforcement within the undercover investigation.

Additionally, this past January, investigators matched Alwan's fingerprints to a component of an unexploded IED that was recovered by U.S. forces in Iraq in 2005.

"These arrests were the culmination of extremely well-coordinated, diligent, and tireless efforts by the FBI and our law enforcement partners working on the JTTFs," said Elizabeth A. Fries, special agent in charge of the FBI Louisville Division. "My thanks to all those who assisted in this case."
 

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 4-   Gaddafi Ordered Mass Rape As A Weapon, International Criminal Court Claims


The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has said that Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi ordered mass rapes and bought containers of sex drugs for troops to attack women.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he may ask for a new charge of mass rape to be made against Gaddafi following the new evidence.


The chief International Criminal Court prosecutor is expecting a decision from judges within days on his request for crimes against humanity charges against the Libyan leader.


“Now we are getting some information that Gaddafi himself decided to rape, and this is new,” Mr Moreno-Ocampo said.


He said there were reports of hundreds of women attacked in some areas of Libya, which is in the grip of a months-long internal rebellion.


Mr Moreno-Ocampo said there was evidence that the Libyan authorities bought “Viagra-type” medicines and gave them to troops as part of the official rape policy.
“They were buying containers to enhance the possibility to rape women,” he said.
“We had doubts at the beginning but now we are more convinced that he decided to punish using rapes,” the prosecutor said.


He told reporters at the UN in New York that he had collected evidence suggesting the Libyan leader had decided to punish women by using rape as a weapon in the hope that it would instil fear and curb dissent.
In March, a Libyan woman, Eman al-Obeidi, made headlines around the world after she burst into a Tripoli hotel and said she had been raped by Gaddafi’s troops. She is recovering at a refugee centre in Romania.
“It was very bad – beyond the limits, I would say,” Mr Moreno-Ocampo added.
 

Source: The Telegraph

 

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5-  GOP Introduces Plan to Cut Federal Workforce


On Monday, three House Republicans unveiled a plan that would permit hiring one new federal employee for every three that leave in hopes of cutting the federal workforce by 10 percent by 2015.
The 2011 Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Through Attrition Act (H.R. 2114) was introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). The lawmakers said their proposal would save an estimated $127.5 billion over the next ten years.

"Office of Personnel Management projections suggest approximately 400,000 federal employees are currently eligible to retire," said Ross. "As these workers leave, we cannot let this opportunity to save taxpayer money pass."

The legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget to track the size of the federal workforce quarterly and report to Congress if the number of employees exceeds 90 percent of its current size in fiscal year 2011. Agencies would not be permitted to fill jobs once the limit is exceeded and employees would be tallied on a full-time equivalent basis.

The bill would allow the president to make exceptions in hiring for national security, war and events threatening public health or safety. Additionally, it allows hiring limits to be waived for specific jobs if the president decides those jobs are needed for the agency's critical mission or to operate efficiently.

Many federal manager and employee groups are critical of the bill and say cutting the federal workforce would lead agencies to outsource those jobs and could leave certain job responsibilities unfulfilled. "We are primarily concerned that enacting proposals promoting a government-wide workforce reduction or hiring freeze absent of a comprehensive strategic plan will severely impede agencies' efforts to acquire the proper staffing levels based on their established missions," wrote the Federal Managers Association, Senior Executives Association and Professional Managers Association in testimony submitted in response to a May 26 hearing on "rightsizing" the federal workforce.

Beth Moten, legislative director for the American Federation of Government Employees was also doubtful the proposal would result in savings. She pointed out that the 1990s downsizing initiative led to more contractors doing the work of federal employees. "It didn't work in the 1990s, and it won't work now," she said.

Source: FedAgent

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6-   Government Case Against Whistleblower Thomas Drake Collapses


The Obama Administration’s aggressive war on whistleblowers suffered a humiliating setback on June 9 when former NSA official Thomas Drake accepted [1] a misdemeanor plea agreement for exceeding his authorized use of a government computer.

The Department of Justice had been pursuing Drake for alleged violations of the Espionage Act that might have sent him to prison for up to 35 years. But the government withdrew [2] the evidence supporting several of the central charges after a judge ruled Drake would not be able to defend himself unless the government revealed details about one of the National Security Agency’s telecommunications collection programs. On two other counts, documents the government had claimed were classified have either been shown to be labeled unclassified when Drake accessed them or have since been declassified. Faced with the prospect of trying to convict a man for leaking unclassified information, the government frantically crafted a plea deal in the last days before the case was due to go to trial.

The collapse of the case against Drake may have repercussions beyond just this one case.

This is the third time the government’s attempt to use the Espionage Act to criminalize ordinary leaking has failed in spectacular fashion. The first such example—against Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg—got dismissed when the government’s own spying on Ellsberg was exposed.

More recently, the Bush Administration tried to punish two AIPAC employees for sharing classified information on Iran. But when the AIPAC employees moved to subpoena top officials like Condoleezza Rice to testify about leaking the same information, the government dropped the case.

And now there’s the Drake case. Aside from the problems the government had with classified evidence, it faced a real challenge proving Drake believed the information would cause the US harm, as the Espionage Act requires. He gathered several of the charged documents in support of an Inspector General complaint for which he argued [3] the NSA spent $1 billion outsourcing a program it could have done better in-house for $3 million. Long before the case crumbled, the government tried to prevent Drake from explaining his Inspector General complaint to the jury, but the judge ruled against the government.

The government will face some of the same challenges when it next tries to use the Espionage Act to punish a leaker in a case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. DOJ alleges Sterling served as a source for the chapter of James Risen’s book, State of War, that describes a CIA operation to deal faulty nuclear blueprints to Iran. Like Drake, Sterling had warned Congressional staffers about the operation before he went to the press. The government claims [4] that Sterling’s alleged efforts to expose the program by going to the press was “more pernicious than the typical espionage case.”

Sterling’s case bears another important similarity with Drake’s: both have been prosecuted by DOJ lawyer William Welch. Welch is best known for heading the DOJ team whose corruption case against Ted Stevens got thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct. Since 2009, he has been the Obama Administration’s point person on pursuing whistleblowers. Welch seems to be exercising the same poor judgment he did on the Stevens case, as when he withheld evidence for ten months that one of the purportedly classified documents Drake was accused of keeping had been marked as unclassified. Perhaps the embarrassing outcome in the Drake case will lead DOJ to rethink Welch’s role in these controversial cases.

So, too, this embarrassment should convince DOJ to rethink its use of the Espionage Act to prosecute things that aren’t really spying. In addition to the Sterling case, DOJ is controversially treating its expanding investigation of WikiLeaks as an espionage investigation. Bradley Manning allegedly leaked information to WikiLeaks in response to being asked to help Iraq crack down on legal dissidents; the WikiLeaks cables exposed US complicity in torture and other crimes. But now, DOJ is considering prosecuting not the leaker (Manning is being court martialed by the military), but the media outlet that published classified information itself.

All of these whistleblowers at least claim to have been exposing corruption, waste, and abuse. After DOJ has spent over four years investigating Thomas Drake and over a year trying to prosecute him, in part, for possession of two unclassified documents, DOJ should probably worry more about people reporting on its own waste and abuse than using the Espionage Act to criminalize whistleblowing.

Source: The National

 

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 7-    IRAN: Intelligence Ministry claims to arrest 30 alleged CIA spies


Iran claimed a major intelligence victory over the United States on Saturday, saying it uncovered and dismantled what it called a "complex espionage and sabotage network" and arrested 30 people allegedly spying for the CIA.Cia-logo11


It claimed that it also arrested 42 others in connection to the alleged spy network, the website of Iran's state-owned Press TV website reported.


According to a statement by the Intelligence Ministry published on the website of the semi-official Mehr news agency (link in Persian), the network was run by CIA agents via U.S. embassies in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Malaysia. 


"Due to the massive intelligence and counterintelligence work by Iranian intelligenceIran-Etellat agents, a complex espionage and sabotage network linked to America's spy organization was uncovered and dismantled," said a statement from the Intelligence Ministry read on state TV.


There was no immediate response by U.S. officials.


In the Iranian regime's shadowy worldview, foreign "agents" and "spies" are constantly working to undermine the country's goals. But the detailed nature of Saturday's announcement was unusual. 

Iran claimed the arrests were conducted by an elite squad belonging to the Iranian Intelligence Ministry in various sting operations, according to the statement. The nationalities of those arrested were not immediately clear, nor when the arrests were made.


"Elite agents of the Intelligence Ministry in their confrontation with the CIA elements were able to arrest 30 America-linked spies through numerous intelligence and counterintelligence operations," the statement said.


Mehr cited the Intelligence Ministry as saying the spy network was active simultaneously in several undisclosed countries and under the cover of labor recruitment agencies. "The elites, educated and naive people were recruited to get visas, residency permits, education abroad and employment," the agency quoted the Intelligence Ministry as saying. 


 "Thanks to the sincere endeavor of your children by collecting intelligence through infiltrating in the network and by penetrating in the network through double agents, we managed to disband the network and arrest the 30 spies in and outside of the country," the statement said.

Source: LA Times

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8-  CIA chief Panetta leaves without deal


ISLAMABAD: Leon Panetta, chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, left Islamabad on Saturday morning after a meeting with Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI head Gen Shuja Pasha, but without a deal on resetting the relationship between the spy agencies.

Mr Panetta, who arrived on Friday evening, did not meet anyone other than the Kayani-Pasha duo who he met at the Army House over dinner and discussed what was described by the ISPR as “framework for future intelligence sharing”.

Mr Panetta’s departure without routine calls on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was seen by observers here as a sign of stalemate in his discussions with the military leadership. According to sources, Mr Panetta was surprised by the rigidity shown by the military, which went to the extent of even declining an offer by Washington of security assistance.

But government officials insisted that unlike in the past this time he was not scheduled to meet anyone else.

While Gen Kayani had even before his visit made it clear that the Army would not allow the CIA to carry out independent operations and that any future intelligence cooperation would be reciprocal and transparent, Mr Panetta did little to pacify Pakistani generals and instead confronted them with “evidence of collusion with Taliban militants”.

This, a source claimed, would further sour the relationship which had already been under strain since the start of this year and got worse after the May 2 Abbottabd raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.

According to US media reports, Mr Panetta shared with the military leadership video and satellite imagery of militants leaving two bomb-making factories in Waziristan after allegedly having been tipped off about a raid.

The US reportedly shared the information with Pakistan last week, asking it to take action against the two sites. But Mr Panetta alleged at the meeting that the information was leaked within 24 hours of sharing and by the time the raiding teams reached those places, the militants had melted away.

A defense source said the CIA chief, who is set to take over as the next US defense secretary, reportedly used this as an instance to tell the army and intelligence chiefs why America distrusted Pakistani military establishment and needed to have its own independent operations inside the country to deal with Al Qaeda and Taliban.

Efforts to get a version from official sources in Islamabad did not bear fruit.

CIA FOOTPRINT

Mr Panetta, during his visit, reportedly tried to convince the Pakistanis to allow some critical CIA operations to continue after the agency was asked to cut down its footprint. He also asked for some CIA operatives to be given visas to enable them to enter the country and work independently.

Gen Kayani and Gen Pasha are reported to have insisted on joint operations and intelligence sharing, but no independent operations. They said that a recently-constituted joint task force for coordination of intelligence activities should be the nerve centre of any future ISI-CIA collaboration.

Reuters adds: The army and intelligence chiefs told Mr Panetta that they were not willing to reverse a decision to cut the number of US troops allowed in their country, Pakistani military officials said on Saturday.

“He (Panetta) expressed concern over the reduction of trainers and operatives. We told him very clearly ‘no boots on our soil is acceptable’,” said a military official.

“We told him (Panetta) that we are clear. We don’t want their people. Intelligence sharing is fine and we are ready for that,” said another military official. “Any action against the militants will be taken by our forces alone but we will share intelligence on militants actively.”

A US embassy spokesman said he had no information on Panetta’s talks.

Source: Down

 

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 9-  FBI Releases Bank Crime Statistics for First Quarter of 2011


On June 8, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its bank crime statistics for all robberies, burglaries and larcenies reported between January 1, 2011 and March 31, 2011. During this timeframe, there were 1,081 robberies reported, which is a decrease from the 1,183 robberies reported during the same three month period in 2010. Additionally, there were nine burglaries and two larcenies reported during the first quarter of 2011 for a total of 1,092 violations.
Loot was taken in 985 of the 1,092 violations, totaling over $7.5 million. However, in 20 percent of the instances where loot was taken there was full or partial recovery by law enforcement agencies. The majority of the loot taken and recovered was cash.

The majority of bank crimes occurred on Fridays with 213 banks crimes reported, followed closely by Wednesdays with 205 reported violations and Thursdays with 203 occurrences. However, despite the day of the week, most violations occurred between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Nearly 95 percent of all robberies, burglaries and larcenies occurred at a branch office.

Acts of violence were reported in 4 percent of the incidents, resulting in 24 injuries, three deaths and 18 hostages. Fourteen of the incidents where acts of violence occurred involved the discharge of firearms, 20 instances involved assault, one instance involved an explosive device and seven instances included a hostage situation.

Demand notes were the most common modus operandi used, as reported in 611 of the violations. Oral demands closely followed and were used in 598 instances.

The majority of bank crime violations occurred in the West with 351 instances reported. The states with the most violations include New York with 79 violations, followed by Ohio with 74 violations, Texas with 60 violations, Colorado with 59 violations and Pennsylvania with 57 violations.

The FBI provided additional information in the report regarding the number of extortions and armed carrier incidents. However, the FBI also noted that not all bank crimes are reported to the FBI, thus the report is not a complete statistical compilation of all bank crimes occurring in the United States in the first quarter of 2011.

Click here to view the full report.

Source: FedAgent

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10-   National Security Agency Official Pleads Guilty


A former National Security Agency official pleaded guilty on Friday to one misdemeanor count of "exceeding the authorized use of a computer."

Thomas Andrews Drake, 54, accused of leaking classified information to a reporter, entered a plea deal with the Justice Department. They agreed to drop all 10 more serious charges-- including illegally possessing classified information, obstructing the investigation into the leaks and lying to the FBI, the New York Times reports.

Drake's case was one among many the Obama administration prosecuted against current or former federal officials who allegedly leaked classified information to the news media.

Drake's lawyers said the dismissal of the indictment was a just result.

"Tom Drake never should have been charged under the Espionage Act," they said in a statement. "Tom never intended to harm his country. And he didn’t."

From August 2001-2008, Drake worked for the NSA as a high-ranking official. He was accused of discussing classified information with a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. Drake denies the accusation and maintains that the information he gave was not classified.
The NSA's Trailblazer was a computer project the government was spending $1.2 billion on, and Drake didn't believe it would ever work. He warned his bosses, the Pentagon and Congress, but nothing changed.

Frustrated with the waste and worried that national security was at risk because of the terrible computer system, Drake became an anonymous source for Siobhan Gorman of the Baltimore Sun on mismanagement at the NSA.

"Did you ever communicate classified information to Siobhan Gorman?" anchor Scott Pelley asked Drake on CBS Evening News.

"Did not," Drake replied.

"Not once ever?"

"Not once ever. That was one of the fundamental rules; whether it was oral communication, whether it was written, electronic or later on, even in hard copy. It was all unclassified. Period."

Originally he faced up to 35 years in prison, but the Justice Department does not plan to now seek any prison time. There will also be no trial.

Source:  ThirdAge

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 11-  Colonel charged with spying files appeal


BEIRUT: A Lebanese Army colonel accused of spying for Israeli intelligence filed an appeal Friday to retract his previous testimony made to Lebanese Army intelligence investigators.

During a trial at the military court, Colonel Antoine Abu Jaoude stated that his testimony to military intelligence personnel was made under torture.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged Abu Jaoude for collaborating with Israel by providing them with valuable information on Lebanese Army and Hezbollah positions.

Abu Jaoude was also accused of holding several meetings with members of Israel’s Mossad, beginning in 2006. According to the indictment, Abu Jaoude provided Mossad with names and addresses of Lebanese Army and Hezbollah officials, in an attempt to aid the Israelis in a future invasion of Lebanon.

Dozens of Lebanese Army officials, clergymen and civilians have been arrested since 2009 as a result of a security crackdown over the Israeli spy network throughout the country.

If the court’s charges stand against Abu Jaoude, he would faces a possible death sentence on charges of treason. Following the appeal, the trial was adjourned to Sep. 22, when the court is expected to announce its decision.

Source: The Daily Star

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ARMY Credentialing Program

C4SEM professional certifications are identified by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command and Army Credentials (to align with Enlisted Soldiers Ordnance Corps: 89 D. (See Army COOL,  Ordnance CMF 89 or  Army Credentials Program for more information).

 

 12- U.S. Marshals and ATF Arrest 129 Gang Members and Fugitives in Tulsa


The U.S. Marshals Service, Tulsa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested 129 suspected gang members as part Operation Triple Beam II.

During the operation, 40 local and federal law enforcement officers from 11 agencies fanned out across the city and patrolled areas that had been designated as hot spots for gang and violent crime. They talked with people to gather information, documented gang tattoos and updated photographs and addresses of people they made contact with. There were 30 targets on the list including 14 street gangs, such as the Hoover Crips and the Hispanic Surenos.

The operation began on May 2 and ended two weeks later. Over the course of the operation, law enforcement officers served 12 search warrants, made 54 felony arrests, 74 misdemeanor arrests and seized 24 firearms.

Operation Triple Beam II was similar to an undercover operation last summer that is credited with a reduction in violent crime in Tulsa. However, after a recent increase in shootings in Tulsa, Police Chief Chuck Jordan approached Chad Hunt, deputy U.S. marshal for the Northern District of Oklahoma, to work together with the goal of investigating gangs, arresting fugitives and taking guns off the street.

"We've had close to 200 firearm assaults in the past several months, so we want to get guns off the streets," said Hunt. "This operation is styled to go after people carrying guns."

Jordan called it the perfect example of successful collaboration between federal and local law enforcement. "There is a reason this operation was a success," said Jordan. "It's because we target the right people. We are going after the violent offenders. We are going after the people we know are committing the crimes."

During the August 2010 operation, 163 gang members and associates were arrested. With the second sweep, over 300 gang members have been arrested in Tulsa over the past year. Additionally, 15 of the 129 gang members recently arrested are newly certified gang members.

During the second operation, robberies decreased by 24 percent, firearm assaults went down by 50 percent and burglaries declined by 12 percent. Firearm assaults were down 81 percent in the north side of the city and 63 percent in south Tulsa.

Tulsa is the first city in the nation to launch Operation Triple Beam.

'Source: FedAgent

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 13-    Ex-top Pakistan spy doubts bin Laden hid years in Abbottabad


The man who took charge of Pakistan's intelligence agency after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks said Wednesday that he wasn't surprised that Osama bin Laden had been living in his country but that he doubted the al Qaeda leader had been hiding out for five years in the compound where he died.
"It would be totally uncharacteristic of al Qaeda to keep its No. 1 in one place for five years," retired Gen. Ehsan ul-Haq said in rare public comments after addressing a conference on security issues in London. "He might've been there for only a few months."

Pakistani intelligence officials have said that bin Laden's wife told them under questioning that the al Qaeda leader and his family had lived in a walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, for five years before U.S. special forces stormed in May 2 and shot him to death.

Bin Laden's refuge in Abbottabad, a military garrison town that is home to the country's most prestigious military academy, sparked speculation that he must have had support from Pakistan's military or spy agencies, but ul-Haq said he was confident that wasn't true.

"He must've thought it was safe," ul-Haq said of bin Laden, because the town has experienced "no serious acts of terror."

But he also acknowledged that bin Laden's undetected presence reflected poorly on Pakistan's military.

"How was it that we weren't the ones who picked him up? That was an embarrassment," he said.

Ul-Haq, who's now 61, was appointed the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, Pakistan's spy agency, after 9/11, a position he held until 2004, when he was appointed the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired in 2007.

That would have placed him in a position of authority at the time that bin Laden settled in Abbottabad, if the earlier accounts are true.

Ul-Haq began his military career as an air defense officer, and he said the undetected "ingress" by U.S. Navy SEALs in a special stealth helicopter was also embarrassing.

"You'd like your air defenses to protect your sovereignty," he said. "We should've known."


Ul-Haq said he was also embarrassed for his country that the Americans didn't trust the Pakistanis enough to let them share in the operation or at least know about it. "I think it's not fair to Pakistan, given our sacrifices."

Pakistani security forces had earlier scooped up two key al Qaeda catches in the war on terrorism, self-professed 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed on March 1, 2003, in another garrison town, Rawalpindi, and Ramzi bin al-Shibh on Sept. 11, 2002, in Karachi in a gun battle that wounded some Pakistani security forces.

Source: Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

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14-   Verrilli Confirmed as Solicitor General of the United States


On June 6, the Senate confirmed Donald B. Verrilli as the next Solicitor General of the United States by a 72-16 vote. He was nominated in January 2011 by President Barack Obama.

Verrilli will replace Neal Katyal, who has served as acting solicitor general since former Solicitor General Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court in May 2010.

Since February 2010, Verrilli has served in the White House Legal Counsel's office as a senior and deputy counsel to the president. From February 2009 to January 2010, he served as associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice.

Prior to entering government work, Verrilli worked in private practice at Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C. His practice was focused on First Amendment, telecommunications and intellectual property law, as well as pro bono matters. He was co-chair of Jenner & Block's Supreme Court practice group from 2000 until he left the firm in 2009. He has participated in more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court and argued 12.

Verrilli also served as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at the Georgetown University Law Center for over 15 years, focusing on First Amendment law.

Prior to entering private practice in 1988, Verrilli served as a law clerk for the Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Hon. J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

He received his law degree from Columbia Law School and a B.A. with honors from Yale University. While at Columbia, Verrilli was a Kent Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review.

Source: FedAgent

 

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The Center for Security and Emergency Management (C4SEM) is a veteran owned, small business (VOSB)  global security and emergency management policy, training and consulting institute. As an adviser on security and emergency management strategies, we partner with clients in all sectors and regions to identify their vulnerabilities, address their most critical challenges and transform their organization. Mission:

 

The Center for Security and Emergency Management (C4SEM) was established to enhance the capabilities of military security forces, law enforcement officers, emergency responders and local officials to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic events resulting from natural events, man-made accidents, or terrorist attacks. Since its inception, C4SEM has provided military, federal, state and local departments and agencies with high-quality, service, hands-on, scenario-driven training, exercises, technical assistance, and strategy development.

 

The Center’s mission is to study the goals, tactics and strategies of terrorism and develop responses to:

 

· Educate, Train and Certify First Responders

· Advance Emergency Response Strategies

· Advance Counter Terrorism Strategies

· Develop Risk Assessment and Management Standards

· Identify Terrorists Communications and Operations Capabilities

· Identify Indicators Pertaining to Terrorist Actions

· Develop Security and Emergency Management Strategies

 

 

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