On July 19, the Washington Post published the first installment in a series of investigative reports looking at the U.S. intelligence community’s massive growth since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Post titles the series, posted on a special website established for the project : “Top Secret America.”
It turns out that Vicky Pelaez, the Peruvian journalist expelled from the United States on July 8 along with nine Russians, obtained her U.S. citizenship by taking advantage of the 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens. However, according to a report in El Commercio of Lima, Peru, Pelaez obtained her amnesty fraudulently, using a false birth certificate and falsely claiming she had been residing in the United States during a period when records, apparently, show she was actually residing in Peru.
Federal agents are investigating a bomb explosion at the home of 58-year-old Houston woman, Vennie Wolf, on July 9. Disguised as an innocuous box of candy, the exploding box shot nails and tacks, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, injuring the woman’s hands and face. The bomb exploded so violently that pieces of shrapnel and nails were found on the roof of the woman’s home.
On Friday, July 9, 2010, a day after the ten accused Russian spies pleaded guilty in the US District Court in Brooklyn, New York, they were all quickly sent back to Russia as part of a negotiated Cold War-style "spy swap."
Former Texas narcotics officer turned anti-drug-war activist Barry Cooper surrendered himself to authorities at the state capitol on misdemeanor charges of filing a false police report in connection with his reality show KopBusters. But he used the high-profile July 2 arrest to promote “jury nullification” and an end to the War on Drugs.
Former Department of Justice Official Christian Adams testified before the Civil Rights commission today “pursuant to a subpoena investigating the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation dismissal.” During his testimony, Adams claimed that the Obama administration has generally failed to prosecute “non-whites” in voter intimidation cases. On November 4, 2008, members of the New Black Panthers stood outside of a Philadelphia polling facility bearing nightsticks and employing an intimidating stance. When questioned about their presence and their possession of weapons, the Panther members claimed that they were concerned citizens and “that’s why we’re here.”
As photos and information from accused Russian spy Anna Chapman’s social networking connections continue to circulate around the Internet, information of the other accused Russian agents, such as Mikhail Semenko, has remained a mystery — that is, until now.
There is controversy over whether a 14-year-old Orlando-area boy who says he was just trying to help a small girl find her mother last Thursday, June 10, actually committed a crime.