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  • Able Danger Blog: October 2007
    added influx of illegals there will be no possible way with New York s limited resources to do reasonable due diligence on every illegal immigrant wanting a drivers license There will likely be a creeping diminution scale of acceptable legitimate passports and a high likelihood that illegal aliens with or without passports will select New York as their planned domicile due to its illegal friendly laws inevitably New York State will become one large illegal alien sanctuary state Even in the best circumstances eventually with this large influx of illegals will overwhelm state resources Unless New York State is prepared to increase its law enforcement resources significantly through additional funding and re allocation of resources there is no foreseeable way that Governor Spitzer s program can be deemed secure If past performance is any indication of future behavior to deal with the inevitable backlog bureaucrats under pressure to clear their numbers will push state law enforcement officials to take shortcuts which will result in shortened or bypassed security checks This breakdown in security will open the door for a terrorist to slip through and any smart terrorist organization will know to flood their operatives into the system knowing that several will get through The terrorist organizations we are dealing with especially Al Qaeda is well funded motivated and sophisticated They are clever adversaries who will watch identify and exploit the vulnerabilities of the system and the vulnerabilities of Governor Spitzer s plan will be obvious It will not take them long to identify and exploit this breakdown in security Let us not forget that a good number of the 9 11 hijackers had legitimate Virginia State drivers licenses that allowed them to move freely within the United States and enhanced their ability to plan and conduct the attacks The State of Virginia has fixed its laws to preclude this from happening again it is unconscionable that the very state that suffered the worst losses from the 9 11 attacks would willingly re open this vulnerability and willingly provide a venue for smart terrorists to penetrate our security Another consequence that will add to New York State s loss of security will be an influx of the criminal element As with any population movement there will be a percentage of criminals imbedded in the population This was observed recently in New York s neighbor to the south in the brutal murder of 3 promising high school kids in Newark New Jersey by illegal aliens Newark is a sanctuary city and with that status comes the inevitable presences of gangs such as MS 13 who preys on the immigrant population with a culture of violence That culture of violence will inevitably creep out of the immigrant community and menace the law abiding citizens of New York as it did in Newark With an ever greater percentage of illegal aliens coming to New York there is a statistical inevitability of more violent crime Add the ability for an illegal to get a driver s license and now the flood gates are open New York s tax payers need to understand all aspects of Governor Spitzer s new policy They need to understand that this influx of illegals will require them to pay a hefty tax bill Tax payers will have to pick up the tab on additional security checks and the labor cost to perform those checks resources that must be either diverted from their current security missions or new job positions need to be created if there is to be any hope of screening the illegals for fraudulent documents and terrorists and criminals hidden within their ranks On top of the increased security and administrative costs are the cost of social services that will have to be provided to the illegals as they move into the state We are talking about immigrants who are unable to provide for their own healthcare and or social wellbeing There is a certainty that both medical and welfare programs will be more heavily burdened by the expansion of the illegal alien population Lastly looking at the trends of most states with significant illegal alien populations the criminal justice system will be flooded by the criminal cases generated by a good number of these illegal individuals This will increase the case loads of the courts and with convictions it will rapidly increase the number of inmates in the state penal system The use of public defenders additional crimes and cases added to already heavily burdened legal system along with increased use of jails and prisons to house suspects and convicts will all add to the drain of the public coffers and require the already heavily taxed citizens of New York State to pay even more in taxes My Second Point the inevitability of passport fraud and the inability of the New York law enforcement community to identify all illegitimate passports will lead to another 9 11 type incident While the governor s plan calls for the need for a verified passport it does not take into account the ease with which foreign passports can either be obtained through illegal means or counterfeited outright Does the Governor Spitzer s plan to ask for additional resources to do overseas in depth investigations to verify the origins and legitimacy of the foreign passports and will he be able to ensure that each individual shown on the passport is a real person who is from the country he or she purports Implied in the Governor Spitzer s wish to change policy is the need to build foreign passport expertise within the state s law enforcement system Will there be funding available to create a staff of passport experts Will the New York State Police be able to travel to foreign countries to verify and interview people to confirm the source of an individual s passport Legitimate passports of many countries such as in Sub Sahara Africa and some European nations can be obtained quite easily by terrorists and criminals It has been noted in multiple news magazines over the last few years the ease with which criminals from Nigeria obtained third country passports for the purposes of committing financial fraud against U S citizens The knowledge of how to obtain a third country legitimate passports for illegal use will be an issue New York State law enforcement officials will be obligated to deal with under Governor Spitzer s policy I would argue that such expertise to evaluate the validity of each and every passport of every illegal alien wanting a New York state license will not be within the expertise of the New York State Police anytime in the near future Plus while some passport fraud may be detected by New York State law enforcement what becomes of an illegal alien who is discovered using an fraudulent passport in light of Governor Spitzer s comment that he will not perform the federal government s work regarding illegal aliens Does the alien get released so he or she can simply try again And how do you detect passport fraud if the passport is issued by a sovereign country in a way that is legitimate to the legal system of that country but in the eyes of U S law would be fraudulent How do you detect the intent of an illegal alien by simply examining his or her passport Plus looking at the worst case scenario once an individual using a false doctored or illegal passport obtains a New York State drivers license has he or she has effectively achieved legitimate status and de facto U S citizenship By creating this policy Governor Spitzer is opening a path for the worst law breakers in the world terrorists and criminals to obtain legitimate status as citizens of New York State and the United States With the authority to create policy comes the necessity to maintain responsibility In this case Governor Spitzer s intent to change the policy without careful study and contingency planning to address and mitigate all security risks is clearly irresponsible The implementation of the policy to provide illegal aliens driver s licenses requires a willing suspension of disbelief to quote a New York State Senator that this policy is in the best interest of the people of New York State and of the nation My third point bringing people in from the shadows for what purpose Governor Spitzer claims that by implementing this program the New York State insurance premiums will drop 34 because more people will be covered Based on what study or detailed assessment is this based Is someone going to guarantee the people of New York this cost savings Has there been a polling of the major insurance companies to verify this claim I have outlined the security issues unintended consequences and costs so far in my testimony but let me now examine the so called benefits of this policy Essentially Governor Spitzer is telling the people of New York that the creation of security vulnerabilities added cost of infrastructure and services to support the ever expanding illegal population of New York is worth saving on car insurance Is this a fair trade off The one security plus that the governor and his staff proclaim to be the best reason for implementing the policy the ability to track people Yes as the governor points out this change will bring people out of the shadows and give them access to New York State s vast social services medical schools welfare etc and a fast pass to legitimate access to all the states in the union and allow them access to move at will all across the country and obtain employment But wait how does this help track these people Governor Spitzer to justify the program has already stated that he would not do the work of the INS I think he meant ICE since INS has not existed for several years so if you are not willing to help ICE now why would the governor be more willing to help ICE after implementation of his policy It appears that Governor Spitzer s appears to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth What I see here is illegals gaining access to other states and exporting the state of New York s security problem like a virus to all other states of the union The theory is according to the governor s staff public comments that the illegals will be tracked if so how With whom and how will information on the illegal be shared What state agency will be tasked and held accountable to track them What will be the legal basis for tracking them Will they follow federal law and deport the illegals once they are identified Probably more willing suspension of disbelief Each citizen of this nation has fundamental expectation of privacy and protection from unreasonable search and seizure So how will this new group with legitimate driver s licenses be legally scrutinized any more than you or me The answer is clear they will not and they will be given the same access and freedoms that you and I enjoy as law abiding citizens of this country The bottom line of my testimony is this There are predictable security consequences and unintended consequences that will result from the implementation of the governor s policy to provide illegal immigrants with legitimate New York State driver s licenses none of which are being addressed by Governor Spitzer at this point as far as I can determine Once an illegal has a driver s license this makes them a threat to not only New York but every other state in the Union Plus it is important for the people of New York to have a clear understanding of the financial burden both the implementation of the minimal security requirements and new drain on social services will bring them in taxation Within the realm of legal immigration is a vetting process Individuals and their families are examined by a process in a systematic way While this is not a full proof system a great deal of information is learned about them in the process of becoming a citizen Even ICE s green card process requires an individual wishing legal resident status to provide significant information about their background information that is verifiable while not the perfect system this system is far better and more robust than that Governor Spitzer proposes in which de facto legal resident status will be bestowed on them by simply presenting a passport that may or may not be legitimate If this policy is implemented it will reward criminal behavior and encourage more of the same My family came over from Spain on the Lusitania just prior to World War I and worked their way through the American legal immigration system I appear before you now as a second generation American I urge the New York State Senate to examine closely Governor Spitzer s intent to modify policy as to allow for the issuance of drivers licenses to illegal aliens and prevent implementation of this flawed policy unless all direct and indirect consequences of the policy can be identified and mitigated Anthony Shaffer Senior Fellow Center for Advanced Defense Studies posted by Supporter 7 48 AM Data mining at the CIA Interesting story I stumbled across from 2003 By Bill Powell October 13 2003 FORTUNE Magazine In the DO Tenet eliminated old rules constraining agents from recruiting unsavory characters Meanwhile some internal walls have tumbled down Jami Miscik now boasts about how many analysts from her directorate work in tandem with DO and sci tech agents abroad including several currently in Iraq Increasingly those analysts in the field can access data that used to be available only at headquarters The CIA also laid so much broadband fiber in Iraq during the war says Bobby Brady deputy chief information officer that videoconferencing is easier there than in Virginia In October the Agency will start using a data mining program called Quantum Leap that s so powerful it s scary says Brady It enables an analyst to get quick access to all the information available classified and unclassified about virtually anyone Civil libertarians not surprisingly are unhappy and even Brady says that in the wrong hands This could be Big Brother But Quantum Leap will be an extremely useful tool at the new Terrorist Threat Integration Center run by John Brennan a 23 year CIA veteran TTIC went into business just four months after President Bush announced its formation last February It draws on personnel from the FBI the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security in the hope that next time the government will be able to connect the dots Here s another interesting story from October 2003 According to Congressional testimony and news reports The Matrix which stands for Multistate Anti Terrorism Information Exchange creates dossiers about individuals from government databases and private sector information companies that compile files on Americans activities for profit It then makes those dossiers available for search by federal and state law enforcement officers In addition Matrix workers comb through the millions of files in a search for anomalies that may be indicative of terrorist or other criminal activity While company officials have refused to disclose details of the program according to news reports the kind of information to be searched includes credit histories driver s license photographs marriage and divorce records Social Security numbers dates of birth and the names and addresses of family members neighbors and business associates Raising even more issues the Matrix is operated by a private company Seisint Inc of Boca Raton Florida Ironically the company s founder was forced to resign after information about his own past came to light according to Florida police he was formerly a drug smuggler who had piloted multiple planeloads of cocaine from Colombia to the U S posted by Supporter 6 48 AM Friday October 12 2007 Video tribute to USS Cole crew members Thanks to Vi Adkins for the link The heroes who died in this monstrous al Qaeda terrorist attack are Monique Francis 19 Seaman Tim Gauna 21 Signalman Seaman Recruit Louis Gunn 22 Ensign Andrew Triplett 30 Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronchester Santiago 22 Seaman Craig Wibberley 19 Electronics Warfare Technician First Class Kevin Shawn Rux 30 Seaman Recruit Lakiba Nicole Palmer 22 Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter 21 Engineman 2nd Class Marc Nieto 24 Electronics Warfare Technician 3rd Class Ronald Scott Owens 24 Electronics Technician 1st Class Richard Costelow 35 Fireman Apprentice Patrick Roy 19 Engineman Fireman Joshua Parlett 19 Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis 26 Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels 19 Operations Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Lamont Saunders 32 posted by Supporter 5 05 PM Seven Years Ago Today Important post from Jane Novak over at the Jawa Report On October 12 2000 two Yemeni suicide bombers rammed an explosives laden dingy into an American destroyer the USS Cole Seventeen US service members were killed and forty nine injured The destroyer had been invited by the Yemeni government to refuel in the port of Aden In the light of historical perspective several facts have become clear Intelligence warnings generated prior to the attack were never forwarded to the commander of the Cole The investigation afterwards was marred by turf wars within the US government leaving links between the Cole bombing and the attacks of 9 11 unexplored The Yemeni government worked diligently to limit the scope of the US investigation Almost all the Yemenis involved in the Cole bombing are free today The involvement of some Yemeni officials in the bombing is documented however the scope of that involvement is not Military commander and presidential half brother Ali Mohsen al Ahmar recruited fighters for bin Laden in the 1980 s and set up training camps in Yemen Thousands of Yemenis at all levels were active in the Afghan conflict After the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan the

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  • Able Danger Blog: November 2007
    the worst law enforcement corruption cases in U S history former FBI agent Lindley DeVecchio was cleared Thursday of giving up confidential information that a Colombo family hit man used to kill four fellow mobsters either rivals or potential rats It wasn t until Schiro began testifying this week that the case reached its unexpected conclusion The key prosecution witness was the lone direct link between DeVecchio and the murders Once she finished her first day of testimony veteran reporter Tom Robbins came forward with tapes made in 1997 when he and fellow journalist Jerry Capeci had interviewed Schiro for a never published book The tapes contradicted her sworn testimony against DeVecchio Her account was so disturbingly different we couldn t sit on it Robbins said outside court after Thursday s dismissal Well not all of it was so different at least Most of our conversations with Schiro were tape recorded Some tapes have long since gone missing Audibility is a problem in others But the conversation about the murder of Joe Brewster has survived So has Schiro s story about another killing that of Lorenzo Lampasi a Colombo soldier gunned down by Scarpa and his gang during the crime family s bloody civil war in the early 1990s But if she was scared of him and she never said so on the stand Monday Schiro showed no sign of it in 1997 When she talked with us about the FBI agent she sounded unconcerned I was friendly with Lin she said at one point She even put him in lesser crimes claiming that Scarpa had sometimes passed cash to DeVecchio and on one occasion gave the agent a couple of baubles from a jewelry heist Last week at the DeVecchio trial a prosecution witness named Rey Aviles who was present at the Halloween shooting testified that it was Porco himself who told Joey Schiro and his old man about his encounter with the cops But Linda Schiro told us in 1997 and testified on the stand this week that the information came from DeVecchio Lin called he said the kid was going to tell the detectives what happened Schiro told us She remembered that the agent was unusually secretive Usually she said DeVecchio was willing to chat on the home phone with his informant This time Schiro said he insisted that Scarpa call him back from an outside line I drove him to the pay phone Schiro said They used what she said was a special untraceable number to call DeVecchio Greg got back in the car and told me that this kid Patrick was going to rat on Joey said Schiro UPDATE In response to a reader question yes all charges were dismissed and because DeVecchio asked for a bench trial instead of a jury trial he can never be retried Personally I suspect he knew about the tapes before the trial and specifically requested a bench trial for that reason DeVecchio is close to one of the

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  • Able Danger Blog: December 2007
    and this cloud of suspicion that has been circling around him will be lifted Winning said UPDATE Here is the press release from the Justice Department posted by Supporter 11 18 PM Thursday December 06 2007 198 criminals in the House A reader writes Don t think for a second that the attack on Russ is not political From what I know he sought and received permission for his wife to perform the work He made the simple mistake of forgetting to acknowledge it on his disclosure statement Disclosure statements get amended all the time see the attached link Lawmakers rush to disclose trips in wake of DeLay furor Scrutiny of Majority Leader Tom DeLay s travel has led to the belated disclosure of at least 198 previously unreported special interest trips by House members and their aides including eight years of travel by the second ranking Democrat a review has found At least 43 House members and dozens of aides had failed to meet the one month deadline in ethics rules for disclosing trips financed by organizations outside the U S government The review of thousands of pages of records covered pre 2005 travel that was disclosed since early March That s when news stories began scrutinizing DeLay s travel prompting lawmakers to comb through their files to make sure they had disclosed their travel While most of the previously undisclosed trips occurred in 2004 some date back to the late 1990s House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer recently disclosed 12 trips the oldest dating back to 1997 posted by Supporter 4 48 PM Sklamberg files charges against Caso That s right the same Clinton appointee who let Sandy Berger go free with a slap on the wrist has just filed criminal conspiracy charges against Russ Caso former chief of staff for Curt Weldon It s with a heavy heart that I have to link to this report Ex Staffer To Weldon Agrees to Guilty Plea Former congressman Curt Weldon s chief of staff has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges for allegedly helping a consulting firm championed by Weldon obtain federal funds and for concealing money the firm paid his wife according to court papers filed yesterday Russell James Caso Jr and a top official at the unnamed nonprofit consulting firm met repeatedly with Weldon to seek the Pennsylvania Republican s help in obtaining federal funds for the organization s defense projects according to the court papers The criminal information a document filed yesterday in U S District Court in Washington could not have been submitted without the defendant s permission It indicates that a plea agreement has been reached A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on the charges against Caso Federal prosecutors make no accusations of wrongdoing against Weldon a former 10 term Republican from Pennsylvania A grand jury last year investigated whether he had acted improperly to help clients of his daughter s consulting firm The firm named in the court papers filed yesterday

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  • Able Danger Blog: February 2008
    NSC transition and that other staffers had held conflicting positions in the Clinton administration In his book Shenon also says that while working for the panel Zelikow appears to have had private conversations with former White House political director Karl Rove despite a ban on such communication according to Holland Shenon reports that Zelikow later ordered his assistant to stop keeping a log of his calls although the commission s general counsel overruled him Holland wrote Zelikow told ABC News he was under no prohibition that barred his conversations with Rove and did not recall asking his assistant to stop logging his calls although he did speak to her about leaving phone messages in a publicly visible place Two other people took my calls as well and neither have a recollection of Zelikow asking for calls not to be logged he said Further Zelikow said 9 11 Commission general counsel Daniel Marcus did not raise the matter with Zelikow at the time Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon Marcus declined to confirm or deny the events Zelikow flatly denied discussing the commission s work with Rove I never discussed the 9 11 Commission with him not at all Period What s more the idea of Zelikow and Rove conspiring over the commission s work was unrealistic the ex director indicated I was not a very popular person in the Bush White House when this was going on There s a lot of carryover of that to this day Holland reports that Shenon discovered some panel staffers believed Zelikow stopped them from submitting a report depicting Rice s performance as amount ing to incompetence or something not far from it I don t think that staffers will bear that out Zelikow said Out of 85 staffers half a dozen were disgruntled Zelikow told ABC News Under the circumstances that was a pretty low fraction he said But they all talked to Shenon Halfway into the panel s operation Zelikow told his bosses under oath of the once hidden ties Holland s blog says Shenon s book reports Upon hearing the details Shenon writes Marcus concluded Zelikow never should have been hired according to Holland That s not right Marcus said when told of the account That s certainly not true Shenon directed calls to his publisher Twelve Books a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group Cary Goldstein a spokesman for Hachette confirmed the blog s characterization of the book s contents but said he could not confirm direct quotes It s not a surprise Goldstein said when asked his reaction to the leak of the book s details before its Feb 5 publication date I think people are really curious to see what the report had looked like if it hadn t been neutered in the panel s effort to be unanimous posted by Supporter 8 51 AM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support

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  • Able Danger Blog: March 2008
    Ms Alexandrovna writes Bayoumi moved to London in 2001 and lived there until his arrest immediately after the Sept 11 attacks Following his release Bayoumi returned to Saudi Arabia where he was interviewed in October 2003 by the Executive Director of the 9 11 Commission Philip Zelikow and Senior Counsel Dieter Snell Snell did not respond to requests for comment Zeilkow could not be reached According to Shenon several staff members working under Snell felt strongly that they had demonstrated a close Saudi government connection based on explosive material on al Bayoumi and Fahad al Thumairy a shadowy Saudi diplomat in Los Angeles Shenon recounts how Snell in preparing his team s account of the plot purged almost all of the most serious allegations against the Saudi government and moved the explosive supporting evidence to the small print of the report s footnotes The Commission pp 398 399 Two commission investigators who were working on documenting the 9 11 plot Michael Jacobsen and Raj De argued that it was crazy to insist on 100 percent proof when it came to al Qaeda or the Saudi regime In the end however and with a publishing deadline looming Snell s caution and Zelikow s direction buried apparently promising leads posted by Supporter 10 11 PM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline

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  • Able Danger Blog: May 2008
    U S officials have so little faith that he s still in his cell that they have demanded the right to perform random inspections Two suspects described as the key organizers were captured outside Yemen and are being held at Guantanamo Bay Cuba beyond the jurisdiction of U S courts Many details of their alleged involvement remain classified It is unclear when or if they will be tried by the military The collapse of the Cole investigation offers a revealing case study of the U S government s failure to bring al Qaeda operatives and their leaders to justice for some of the most devastating attacks on American targets over the past decade posted by Supporter 12 38 PM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline Able Danger on Google News Able Danger on Technorati Able Danger on Google Blogs Able Danger at Wikipedia Able Danger on CNN Congressman Curt Weldon Journalist Peter Lance Radiohost Dirk Thompson Intelligence Summit News Able Danger Video Links Able Danger Bloggers Related Books Related Blogs Armies of Liberation Gary Swenchonis Sr Haft of the Spear Tom Maguire Mac Ranger Left Coaster Mudville Gazette Daily Pundit Myopic Zeal Political Teen Michelle Malkin INTEL DUMP Brad Blog Doctor Sanity Junk Yark Blog Free Republic Daily Kos Politically Uncorrect Previous Posts NYC ballot initiative for new 9

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  • Able Danger Blog: June 2008
    administration should continue to have kind of an unofficial or second tier dialog not to give them the status of direct bilateral talks because as we saw with the 94 framework as Colin Powell said on March the 26th of 03 before the House Appropriations Committee and our Congress before the ink was even dry they were cheating with their enriched uranium program which they finally admitted to in the middle of 2002 That enriched uranium program was specifically designed to build nuclear weapons You need to be candid and transparent with them I think the six party framework is the right one but I think there need to be secondary talks at the second tier third tier level which is why I took two bipartisan delegations in not to try to preempt the administration but to support the president s overall intentions and to try to find a way to convince the North Koreans that it was in their best interest And I can tell you Larry they are ready to do that and I still believe that today I think what you re seeing now is the result of the pressure we ve applied by the tightening up on INAUDIBLE Asia which has basically shut down much of their economy That was an action this administration took in recent months and it s had a devastating impact on their economic capability and I think you re seeing Kim Jong il lash out because of that posted by Supporter 2 56 PM Sunday June 22 2008 Sentencing for Russ Caso delayed This whole thing is sad to watch Russ is a good guy Here s the latest UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v Criminal No 07 332 HHK RUSSEL J CASO JR Defendant JOINT MOTION TO CONTINUE STATUS CONFERENCE On December 11 2007 the Court accepted Russell J Caso s plea of guilty and deferred setting a date for his sentencing The Court scheduled a status conference for May 23 2008 at 9 45 a m As part of his plea agreement Mr Caso has agreed to cooperate with the government in any and all matters when required In conformity with this agreement Mr Caso has been cooperating with government agents and prosecutors The government anticipates that Mr Caso s cooperation will continue for the foreseeable future In the view of both parties no issues have arisen which require the Court s intervention at this time Accordingly the parties jointly move the Court to again defer setting a date for the sentencing of Mr Rudy The parties also ask that the Court continue the status conference to a date not less than 90 days in the future in order to allow Mr Caso s cooperation to continue uninterrupted A proposed order is attached Dated this 2nd day of May 2008 FOR THE UNITED STATES JEFFREY A TAYLOR United States Attorney Howard R Sklamberg Deputy Chief FOR THE DEFENDANT Kelly B Kramer

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  • Able Danger Blog: July 2008
    her role as a lobbyist is incorrect and unfounded said the statement from the Montgomery McCracken Walker Rhoads law firm in Philadelphia The FBI turned its focus to Grimes as part of its investigation into whether Weldon agreed to help Grimes by supporting appropriations requests from her lobbying firm based in Media Pa according to court documents Weldon s defense attorney William Winning did not immediately return a telephone call Weeks before the November 2006 election FBI agents raided the homes of Weldon s daughter Karen Weldon and her business partner Charles P Sexton Jr as they investigated whether the congressman helped them win nearly 1 million in foreign lobbying contracts Weldon lost the race to Democrat Joe Sestak Weldon s former chief of staff Russell Caso Jr of Rockville Md pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to commit honest services fraud Records show his sentencing has been deferred indefinitely while he cooperates with federal investigators Earlier this year Weldon moved the last 80 000 in his campaign fund to a legal defense fund posted by Supporter 11 44 AM View our Able Danger timeline Read Tony Shaffer s testimony Listen to audio of the hearing Browse the hearing transcript Demand more news coverage Support a new investigation Add a banner to your site Disclaimer WWW Able Danger Blog About Us Vi is QT Monster Mike is TopDog08 Voxott is Voice of the Taciturn Email Us Contact at AbleDangerBlog Com Links Able Danger Overview Able Danger Twenty Questions Latest Able Danger Video Clips Able Danger Press Conference Able Danger Hearing Testimony Whistleblower Hearing Video Able Danger Timeline Able Danger on Google News Able Danger on Technorati Able Danger on Google Blogs Able Danger at Wikipedia Able Danger on CNN Congressman Curt Weldon Journalist Peter Lance Radiohost Dirk Thompson Intelligence Summit

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