Miranda rights being mugged by law officials

Freedom New Mexico No matter how grave the circumstances or dangerous the suspects, television detectives Joe Friday and Lennie Briscoe always remembered to do one thing as they slammed the perpetrator against the patrol car: Read him his Miranda rights. But, if new FBI guidelines are allowed to remain unchallenged, Americans’ Miranda rights someday could […]

FBI press release: Arrest in 2007 kidnapping of Oklahoma girl

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA – James E. Finch, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Oklahoma, announced the arrest of Terrance Lynn McGuire related to the January 18, 2007 kidnaping of a 10 year-old girl from Texhoma, Oklahoma.At approximately 6:30 p.m. on January 18, 2007, an unidentified individual lured a 10 year-old […]

Editorial: Prosecutors in Stevens’ trial need sanctions

Prosecutors of ex-senator now in trouble. Good. It seems that a serendipitous confluence of unusual events is responsible for the heightened scrutiny that prosecutors who worked on the now-dismissed corruption case of former Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens are receiving. Whatever the reasons, the attention is welcome, especially if it leads to more effective sanctions […]

Muslims unfair target of FBI surveillance

Supporters of the Patriot Act and other expansive efforts to fight the “war on

Patriot Act abuse calls for action

Freedom News Mexico FBI Director Robert S. Mueller has confirmed in a Senate hearing that a forthcoming report from the Justice Department’s inspector general will find that abuses by FBI agents in the use of a tool called national security letters (NSLs) occurred in 2006. This comes even after abuses had been documented from 2003-05, […]

More checks, balances needed to protect citizens

By Freedom Newspapers U.S. District Court Judge John Bates has set a July 5 deadline for the FBI to hand over documents relating to the bureau’s possible misuse of what are known as National Security Letters, or NSLs, under the Patriot Act. An earlier Justice Department audit found the FBI had improperly and sometimes illegally […]

FBI: Girl held in local home

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Graham Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI […]

FBI says progress made in bank robbery case

CNJ staff Police have identified a person of interest and are waiting on forensic evidence in a July bank robbery in Clovis, according to Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. Police are hopeful they will be able to make an arrest, he said. Bill Elwell, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s […]

Former Bovina resident sentenced

Staff and Wire Reports A former Bovina chiropractor has been sentenced to nine years in prison for trying to hire a Clovis police detective posing as a hit man to kill her ex-husband and his father. Shannon Elizabeth Hollister, 36, pleaded guilty last year to one count of interstate murder for hire. Neither man was […]

Promising robbery leads developed

Local Roundup Investigators have some promising leads in last month’s robbery of a Clovis bank, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation official. Federal agents continue to work closely with Clovis police to solve the case, FBI agent Bill Elwell said Tuesday. A branch of New Mexico Bank & Trust located in the Hilltop Plaza […]

Bank robbery suspect at large

CNJ Staff No suspect had been identified or apprehended late Saturday night in connection with Friday’s robbery of the New Mexico Bank & Trust branch in the Hilltop Plaza, according to an official of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Bill Elwell, special agent with the FBI Albuquerque division, said the case is “still a pending […]

FBI raid doesn’t put separation of powers in danger

Freedom Newspapers A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit […]

Moussaoui case raises questions on preparedness

Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to feel any sympathy for Zacarias Moussaoui, the French national of Moroccan descent who was deemed eligible for the death penalty by a federal jury Monday for his role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil. The jury must now decide whether it will actually impose the death penalty on […]

Shooting suspect remains at large

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 27-year-old city man remains a fugitive more than six months after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis fifth-grader. Noe Torres, 27, was indicted for first-degree murder in October along with three Clovis brothers in connection with the death […]

Sheriff talks about training at FBI academy

Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., for 10 weeks. Now back at his desk, Hatcher talks about what he learned and how it may affect his office. Q. What classes did you take? A. I took six classes: Physical training, public speaking, effective writing, educational leadership, ethics and […]

FBI’s reporting requirements need beefing up

Freedom Newspapers The FBI has committed at least 13 violations of the guidelines governing its conduct under the Patriot Act serious enough to be referred to the Intelligence Oversight Board. That’s an arm of the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which is charged with examining violations of laws and directives. These facts came to light […]

Intelligence failure not fully explained by 9/11 report

Freedom Newspaper There is probably still more that we don’t know than we do about the likelihood that a military intelligence unit identified 9/11 highjacker Mohammed Atta a year or so before the World Trade Center was attacked. but didn’t pass on the information to the FBI. What we think we know now is likely […]

Charges could interrupt Israel, American relations

Freedom Newspapers This could turn out to be nothing much, or it could be a major scandal that ends up affecting U.S. relations with Israel. The emerging Larry Franklin-AIPAC story bears watching because it could signify an organized effort to affect U.S. policy in the Middle East — perfectly legitimate — that veered over the […]

Edmonds’ case may help new intelligence chief

Freedom Newspapers The story of Sibel Edmonds is one that should not be overlooked amid the news flurry of naming a new CIA chief, the 9/11 Commission report and other ideas to remake the U.S. intelligence community. Edmonds is a former FBI translator who handled wiretaps and documents in various Middle Eastern languages. She complained […]

Citizens, officials have hard time deciding what is credible

By Michael J. Sniffen: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In recent years, the government has told Americans it has credible evidence of impending terror attacks, of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and of collaboration between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. But “credible” doesn’t mean the same thing to every government official and even credible information […]