Law Enforcement

“Minnesota men” go to trial (5)

Featured image Charles Lister remained on the witness stand for the entire day yesterday. He will retake the stand this morning. Lister is an expert on the Syrian civil war and the groups fighting it out. His most recent book is in fact The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency. The government has called Lister to provide the background on ISIS in Syria, the intended destination »

It depends on the meaning of “review”

Featured image In one of his periodic briefings for reporters, FBI Director James Comey was asked about Hillary Clinton’s characterization of the FBI’s work on matters related to her private email server as a li’l old “security review” or “security inquiry.” Josh Gerstein reports: Clinton and her team have made a point of not describing the FBI’s work as an “investigation,” but alternately as a “security review” or “security inquiry.” They’ve also »

The threat from “Hollywood man”

Featured image Late last month someone in the circle of “Hollywood [Florida] man” James Medina tipped the FBI to him. Working on the informer’s tip, the FBI conducted an operation to intercept Medina before he fulfilled his dream of blowing up a synagogue in Aventura, Florida. “I feel like it’s my calling,” Medina explained as he prepared to do his thing. “Whatever happens, it’s for the glory of Allah.” In federal court »

More evidence of our under-incarceration problem

Featured image I’ve argued that America has an under-incarceration problem. Criminals whose records clearly show they should be in jail have, instead, been released and are on the streets committing violent crimes, including some very bloody, high-profile ones. Here’s another example. Samuel Harviley, paroled from prison less than three months ago, is being held without bond for shooting an off-duty Chicago police officer outside his home earlier this week. In withholding bond, »

Concern about crime soars; non-whites most concerned

Featured image A new Gallup poll finds that 53 percent of Americans worry “a great deal” about crime and violence. This figure represents a 15-year high. Two years ago, only 39 percent worried a great deal about these problems. Last year, 43 percent did. No wonder bipartisan legislation that would free thousands of federal criminals and reduce sentences for various drug crimes going forward has stalled. Speaking of illegal drugs, the Gallup »

Follow that Muhammad

Featured image In the case of the five “Minnesota men” charged with seeking to join ISIS that is pending trial in May, prosecutors have given notice that they intend to introduce evidence that a member of the defendant Mohamed Farah’s defense team has been preaching jihad. That would be Imam Hassan Ali Mohamud, a legal assistant at the firm of P. Chinedu Nwaneri. Judge Davis ordered the parties to file their responses »

Federal overreach and the war on standards

Featured image The Justice Department has instructed local courts throughout America about how to treat people who violate local ordinances. DOJ has already sued Ferguson, Missouri for allegedly violating citizens rights by virtue of its treatment of people who run afoul of local rules and refuse to pay the resulting fines. Now, Vanita Gupta, head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, has sent a warning letter that, in her words, “articulate[s] a set »

The Duke lacrosse case revisited

Featured image Stuart Taylor, Jr. and KC Johnson wrote the definitive book on the Duke lacrosse case with the apt title Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. The case continues to resonate; it represents a sort of reductio ad absurdum for the wretched disgrace of political correctness on campus. As such, it proved both a harbinger and a template. Ten years after the »

Christie skips N.J. trooper’s funeral for Trump

Featured image Donald Trump likes to say that law enforcement officers are the “most mistreated people” in America. He may be right. Clearly, law enforcement officers are insufficiently respected. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie showed insufficient respect for law enforcement officers when he skipped the funeral of New Jersey State Trooper Sean Cullen. The 31 year-old officer was struck by a motorist last week while responding to a car fire on New »

How secret is it? (14)

Featured image In their most recent update on the Clinton email investigation, Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne report that the FBI has interviewed Bryan Pagliano, the assistant who set up Clinton’s insecure private server for her official State Department business. Having received some form of immunity, Pagliano “has told the FBI a range of details about how her personal email system was set up, according to an intelligence source close to the »

Abdulkadir at large

Featured image I have been working over the past week on an article recounting the case of Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, the Somali Minnesotan who has now pleaded guilty to aiding ISIS and who will participate in the experimental pre-sentence program adopted by Judge Davis. I hope the article will be out this Friday. Yesterday I went to the federal courthouse in Minneapolis to check one of the Warsame case filings in the »

About Those Unarmed Black Victims

Featured image The Washington Post has been analyzing local press accounts to build a database of police shootings. The paper published preliminary results last August; I commented on them here. The Post’s numbers showed that as a percentage of the population, unarmed blacks were seven times as likely to be shot. (In the final accounting the Post has just released, that drops to six times as likely.) Noting that shootings of unarmed »

The War on Police In San Antonio

Featured image A San Antonio tabloid says it will publish the names and addresses of every police officer in the San Antonio police department, following the shooting of an unarmed black felon by a San Antonio policeman. Local TV station KENS reports: 36-year-old Antronie Scott was being followed by a undercover police officer Thursday night. Police say when Scott got into a car in a parking lot on Sahara Street, a uniformed »

How secret is it? (5)

Featured image In an interesting New York Post column, Paul Sperry quotes former State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard (2005-2008) on the course of proceedings. Krongard adds this dose of reality to the discussion of the legal jeopardy facing Clinton and her senior aides in the ongoing email investigation: “It will never get to an indictment,” Krongard said. For one, he says, any criminal referral to the Justice Department from the FBI »

The shoot-out in Eastern Oregon

Featured image Federal agents have arrested several leaders of the armed activists in Eastern Oregon who seized federal property. In the process, according to reports, a shoot-out occurred in which one prominent activist was killed. I wrote about the activists’ occupation here. I argued that the occupiers engaged in criminal conduct. Thus, it was altogether proper to arrest them after a decent interval during which they could stand down. Whether shooting any »

On the email case

Featured image Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of FOX News continue to advance the mind-boggling story of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private email server for her official State Department business. In their latest report, Herridge and Browne note that the FBI is speaking with the intelligence agencies that generated the information. Herridge and Browne cite two intelligence sources described as “familiar with the probe” as their sources. The FBI agents are conducting interviews »

Milwaukee man charged

Featured image The FBI apprehended a 23-year-old “Milwaukee resident” Samy Hamzeh to prevent a planned incident of “gun violence” at the Masonic Temple. He was arrested on weapons charges. Mohamed is his middle name. He is a native Arabic speaker. Milwaukee’s WISN reports that he moved with his family from “Palestine” (give me a break) when he was 17. We can prevent such massacres if we’re lucky. As in the numerous cases »