Sep 252010
 

Obamacare proving to be a tough sell as midterm elections close in


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Sep 252010
 

Extremists in the city and the countryside are spreading hate against America and the West.

The state of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia in particular), the home of the Liberty Bell, is attracting Islamists peddling a softer, slicker form of jihad. These Islamists are careful not to raise alarm lest they jeopardize their long-term goals. It’s not clear what is attracting the groups, but staying true to the Keystone State nickname, Pennsylvania is becoming a common congregating point for Islamists.

An article I recently wrote, “Muslim Enclaves U.S.A.,” went viral and brought enormous reaction. One of the stories contained in the piece was about a music producer, Kenny Gamble, who converted to Islam and is now going by the name of Luqman Abdul Haqq. He has been accused of trying to create a “black Muslim enclave” in Philadelphia. Joe Kaufman, chairman of Americans Against Hate, investigated Gamble further and discovered that he owned the United Muslim Movement’s (UMM) first mosque in Philadelphia in 1994.

Interestingly, he found that the Jawala Scouts, a group that teaches young Muslim children combat techniques and firearms use while dressed in military fatigue, was registered in 2005 under the same address as the UMM. Kaufman found that the email contact for the Jawala Scouts appears to be that of Gamble. However, the Jawala Scouts is reported to be the creation of another organization called the Sankore Institute of Islamic-African Studies International (SIIASI), which consists largely of former felons who are seen on the SIIASI website showing off swords and guns. The group was founded in Sudan and had its offices raided in 2006 by the FBI. Its director is virulently anti-American and condemns “pacifist imams” who oppose waging jihad against democracy.

The connections laid out by Kaufman show that three groups are very closely tied and all their efforts should be seen as part of a single campaign. In other words, the effort by Gamble to make a “black Muslim enclave” in Philadelphia is done in conjunction with the anti-American, pro-jihad SIIASI and the Jawala Scout effort to give Muslim children paramilitary training. When those three components are put together, the picture of what they hope to ultimately bring to Philadelphia is not pretty.

But the conspiracy is even bigger than that. Gamble sits on the Shura council of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), another group consisting largely of black Muslims that is led by the notorious Siraj Wahhaj. Also in a leadership position was Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the leader of a black Muslim extremist group called Ummah, until he died after opening fire on the FBI. The government says he too preached violent jihad, trained his followers, and sought to create a Muslim state within the U.S. Imam Abdul Alim Musa used to be a high-level MANA official, but his name has been removed. Imam Musa is the pro-terrorist leader of As-Sabiqun, another black Muslim group with a published program to establish enclaves in the U.S. — a plan that Gamble and his cohorts seem to be following.

This network isn’t alone. An extremist group called Muslims of the Americas, which is a front for a Pakistani militant group called Jamaat ul-Fuqra, has been very successful in creating enclaves dozens of acres large around the country that are used for paramilitary training. From the beginning, it has looked at Pennsylvania as a target. According to an article in the Journal of Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security International written by Larry Martines, the director of the Nevada Department of Homeland Security, Fuqra members linked up with other terrorists at a camp near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to “help Muslims in Bosnia.” Videotapes submitted as court evidence against five Fuqra members who planned a bombing of a Hindu temple in Toronto in 1991 showed that the cell traveled to the camp in Pennsylvania to practice firearms and create explosives.

Since then, the state has been in the sights of Jamaat ul-Fuqra/Muslims of the Americas. In June 2004, Muslims of the Americas members from all around the U.S. and Canada assembled in Philadelphia for a conference held under the name “Islamic NAAT Group.” A law enforcement source provided me with copies of the pamphlets which proved without a doubt that this was really an MOA event. Strangely, with the exception of a 20-strong male security force, the conference was attended by women who sang songs inside. The source emphasized that the men had to have gone somewhere unknown.

In the Christian Action Network’s documentary about MOA, Homegrown Jihad, the filmmakers discover a new compound being built in Wayne County in an area they would never have found without precise directions. Neighbors report gunfire coming from the site and when the filmmakers find it, they see a desecrated American flag hanging off the side of the building. It was full of holes created by bullets or possibly knives.

In July 2006, pressure from the residents of Villanova resulted in the cancellation of an event in August for Muslim youth. Previous events had been advertised as the “Youth Jihad Camp” before the 9/11 attacks and were organized by the Foundation for Islamic Education (FIE). The group is tied to (JP) Muslim Brotherhood fronts like the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society, and the board of trustees is located in Saudi Arabia. FIE has been criticized for hosting speakers for its events who are involved in the Brotherhood networks, preach anti-Semitism, support suicide bombers, and speak in support of and have ties to terrorist groups.

Another organization with significant ties to Pennsylvania is the CAIR Council on American-Islamic Relations. The need to create a new group with a clean record that could pursue the Islamist political agenda was discussed in a secret meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 between members of Hamas and leaders from the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP). The IAP was later shut down for acting as a front for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The following year, participants in that meeting birthed CAIR. Today, the organization is listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, another charity found to have been financing Hamas.

Although no Muslim Brotherhood ties to the Muslims of the Americas have been found aside from setting up a booth at the ISNA Islamic Society of North America conference in 2008, the Brotherhood’s affiliates have been tied to other mentioned Islamist components involved in the Muslim enclave effort. They are tied to MANA and defended Imam Abdullah after his death, painting the incident as an episode of FBI misconduct. The Brotherhood network has helped host Imam Musa on college campuses, and the legal officer for the Jawala Scouts is a CAIR official. The Brotherhood might not have put major resources behind the effort to establish Muslim enclaves in the U.S., but they can still be counted upon as a friend of the effort.

Eastern Pennsylvania is also home to a man named Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish preacher who has received considerable attention this year. He came to the state shortly before the Turkish government prosecuted him for trying to undermine its secular foundations. He was acquitted in 2006 but he has remained in the U.S. He denies having a connection to the Justice and Development Party that now governs Turkey, but experts say he has at the very least inspired many of its members, and we see what that has brought. In 1999, he was recorded telling his audience to delay “until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey.”

He has been recorded telling followers to “work patiently” and “creep silently” into positions of power and bide their time until “conditions are ripe,” but says his adversaries took the comments out of context. However, he told those listening to him they “must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.”

He is not shy about opposing secularism, but he does speak in favor of democracy (albeit an Islamic version) and condemns violence. He was one of the few Muslim leaders to criticize the Gaza flotilla for not arranging the arrival of aid in coordination with Israel. From his home in Pennsylvania, he manages a network of thousands of schools and businesses with a budget of approximately $25 billion, making him one of the most powerful Muslims in the world.

This doesn’t even address direct cases of terrorism, such as the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, female convert in Philadelphia who went by the name of “Jihad Jane” as she planned to participate in killing a cartoonist in Sweden who mocked Mohammed in 2007.

No, it’s not always sunny in Philadelphia.

~I would like to thank Ryan Mauro for this very informative, comprehensive piece. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com, national security advisor to the Christian Action Network, and an intelligence analyst with the Asymmetrical Warfare and Intelligence Center (AWIC). He can be contacted at TDCAnalyst@aol.com.

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Sep 252010
 
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WARNING: May be offensive to some readers. For mature peeps , or 18 years or older?

The Emergency Bra is a protective garment that transforms into two respiratory face masks in case of an emergency.

Caught in a disaster? You’d better hope you’re wearing the Emergency Bra. Simply unsnap the bright red bra, separate the cups, and slip it over your head — one cup for you, and one for your friend.

Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ignoble Award for the invention last year, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public; purchase one online for just $29.95.

“The goal of any emergency respiratory device is to achieve tight fixation and full coverage. Luckily, the wonderful design of the bra is already in the shape of a face mask and so with the addition of a few design features, the Emergency Bra enhances the efficiency of minimizing contaminated bypass air flow,” explains the eBra website.

It sounds silly, but Bodnar, a Ukraine native who now lives in Chicago, started her medical career studying the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. If people had had cheap, readily available gas masks in the first hours after the disaster, she said, they may have avoided breathing in Iodine-131, which causes radiation sickness.

~Back in the early 80′s we sisters (A Shout out to Mama Nor & MyEi) had a birthday tradition that was pretty nuclear in it’s own right! We had to have an ‘honorary’ bra, attached with balloons to a bottle of champagne. They loved us at Walter Payton’s club Studebakers :)

The bra-turned-gas masks could have also been useful during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and for women caught outside during the dust storms that recently enveloped Sydney, she said.

“You have to be prepared all the time, at any place, at any moment, and practically every woman wears a bra,” she said. Her patented devices also look pretty, no different from a conventional bra, she added.

~Unless of course you were my brother’s girlfriend! He had an uncanny ability of walking down the street with his arm around his girl of the moment, & pffft, he would be holding her bra in his grimy paw & she was not even aware of it! I call that a Bramician!

~I am out of luck because I ‘did’ burn my bra in 68′. But I was thinking it’s about time they found a good use for this horrendous contraption! So I said to myself: ” Piper, what other uses can you use it for?”

One MUST protect their eyes with a chemical incident:

Also we need to listen to emergency radio right?

BUT…what if there is an explosion?! It could blow out our hearing! So we put away the I-Pod bra & no ordinary pair of earmuffs will do so:

Think about it friends! This can open up a whole new market to get our country moving again!

We can have Conservative Bras:

One for Bubba & the rest of the liberals:

It is JUST seemingly endless with how the bra ‘finally is purposeful.

~And the mother of all Bras! The ‘weaponized’ version for combat!

I had one made just for me! (Yes, I had to use 3 Sunday copies of the NYT!) A matching set even. For all female bloggers & News Junkies…

This so reminds me of the 60s cultural relic! the disposable, rayon paper dress

According to a report on tech news site CNET, there are plans for a “counterpart device for men” in the works, though the precise shape it will take has yet to be revealed.

FoxNews.com’s SciTech

~JP leaving you with a purse to carry all your essentials in…

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Sep 252010
 
cyber war

Weird Coincidence?

~THIS was posted here on the 16th of August (I was clogged with fuzzy math, friends. I plead mathematical dyslexia) ! So was Stuxnet the line of attack & more effective then we are being told? You be the judge

Israel has ’8 days’ to hit Iran nuclear site

Reuters Update:Iran says Bushehr nuclear plant not damaged by Stuxnet

“Cyber war!” flashes on the screen at an Internet security conference. The United States is analyzing the “Stuxnet” computer worm but does not know who is behind it or its purpose, a top US cybersecurity official said Friday. Stuxnet worm attack has been centered on Iran, studies show. Experts offer dueling theories as to the cyber weapon’s target: Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant or the nuclear fuel centrifuge facility at Natanz?

Top industrial control systems experts have now gleaned enough about the Stuxnet worm to classify it as a cyber superweapon. But the mystery of what its target is – or was – remains unsolved, though guesswork about its mission is intensifying among those who have studied Stuxnet’s complicated code.


Educated guesses about what Stuxnet, described as the world’s first cyber guided missile, is programmed to destroy include the reactor for Iran’s new Bushehr nuclear power plant, as well as Iran’s nuclear fuel centrifuge plant in Natanz. Both facilities are part of Tehran’s nuclear program, which Iranian officials say is for peaceful purposes but that many other countries, including the United States, suspect are part of an atom-bombmaking apparatus.

The Bushehr power plant was supposed to be humming by now, but is not – a possible sign that Stuxnet impaired one of its vital systems, says one computer security expert. But another analyst who has also been assisting on the Stuxnet case says the worm’s internal order makes that scenario unlikely. The nuclear fuel centrifuge plant in the Iranian town of Natanz is a better fit and a larger nuclear threat, he says.

There is no independent confirmation that Bushehr or Natanz or anyplace else has been attacked by a directed cyberweapon. But competing theories are emerging about Stuxnet’s target. Here are two from a cybersecurity duo from Germany who have worked, separately, on deconstructing Stuxnet – and why they think what they do.

Ralph Langner is no Middle East policy wonk or former diplomat privy to insider information. He is a German software security engineer with a particular expertise in industrial control system software created by industrial giant Siemens for use in factories, refineries, and power plants worldwide.

This week, Mr. Langner became the first person to detail Stuxnet’s peculiar attack features. He explained, for example, how Stuxnet “fingerprints” each industrial network it infiltrates to determine if it has identified the right system to destroy. Stuxnet was developed to attack just one target in the world, Langner says and other experts confirm. His best guess as to the target?

During an interview with the Monitor about Stuxnet’s technical capabilities, Langner pointed at the Bushehr nuclear power plant. He cites shards of information he has gleaned from open sources, including news accounts, as well as his technical understanding of the attack software. Here are his main arguments for his case.

~Trending number ONE

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Sep 252010
 

Garza and his team take on an Arizona immigration case but come to the defense of an unlikely party. When an immigration stop turns into a police shooting, they head to Arizona in search of justice.

While Eddie believes the team should take on the controversial case, Al doubts his decision to join Garza in the first place. On a personal front.

In case you’re a new comer to ‘Outlaw’ – it’s a Court Room themed show that debuted on September 15 2010. Outlaw is the story of Cyrus Garza who gives up his lifetime Supreme Court Justice appointment to set up his own private practice with team members savvy of insider knowlege and rules to help the ‘little guys’ in controversial cases.

~The reason I am posting this show here is because it covers the AZ law controversy. I don’t want to reveal too much but it is relevant & a must see show.

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Sep 252010
 

New York may emerge as the epicenter of a political earthquake on Nov. 2. This longtime blue-state bystander could elect a Republican governor, dethrone House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and topple the Democratic majority in the US Senate.

Yesterday’s unveiling of the GOP “Pledge to America” recalls the “Contract with America” of 1994 — but 2010 is shaping up to be a larger upheaval.

In the Empire State, the GOP primaries tested the establishment candidates for governor and senator and found them wanting. In their place, primary voters nominated two feisty, scrappy contenders with hearts and souls not far from the Tea Party movement — Carl Paladino and Joe DioGuardi.

A Rasmussen survey right after the primary gave Cuomo a comfortable 54-38 lead. But Paladino trails by only 49-43 in the Quinnipiac poll and 49-40 in the SurveyUSA poll, both taken in the last few days. (A Siena poll released yesterday shows a 57-24 race — a finding out of kilter with everything else; it may have oversampled Democrats.)

And, just when Republicans saw reduced chances of picking up a Senate seat in Delaware, comes the news that former Rep. Joe DioGuardi has a great shot at unelected Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. A Rochester Democrat and Chronicle/White Plains Journal News poll released yesterday has him just one point behind her, 45-44, while Quinnipiac has her ahead by only 48-42.

Republicans need 10 pickups to take the Senate; their candidates lead in eight races:

Arkansas, Indiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Nevada, where Harry Reid is below 50 percent and tied with Republican Sharron Angle, looks to be a GOP gain, too — because undecideds almost always break against the incumbent in the closing days.

DioGuardi is the best bet for that 10th seat, but Republicans can also still hope to score Senate gains in California, Washington state and Connecticut. Even in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell may yet pull out a win.

On the House side, New York’s role is no less crucial. The National Republican Congressional Committee, the body charged with running the GOP House campaign, lists seven New York seats as among the hundred it considers to be in play — tied with Pennsylvania for the national lead.

The key races:


* Suffolk, where Randy Altschuler has a good chance to defeat Rep. Tim Bishop.

* In Westchester/Putnam, Dr. Nan Hayworth trails Rep. John Hall by only 44-42, according to a Sept. 12 poll by Public Policy Polling.

* Hudson Valley, where challenger Chris Gibson trails Rep. Scott Murphy by only 45-40, according to an Aug. 1 poll by the American Action Forum.

* In Plattsburgh/Watertown/the North Country, Republican Matt Doheny looks likely to succeed, assuming the Conservative Party nominee (who lost the GOP primary) doesn’t split the vote.

* Central New York, including the Finger Lakes, Utica and Rome, where incumbent Mike Arcuri trails challenger Richard Hanna by 50-37 in a poll by the Democratic Benenson Strategy Group on Aug. 31.

* Syracuse, where Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei nurses a narrow 44-41 lead over Republican Ann Marie Buerkle, according to an Aug. 1 poll by the American Action Forum

* The Southern Tier (Olean, Hornell, Corning, Elmira and Canandaigua counties), the district of ex-Rep. Eric Massa, a Democrat who resigned amid scandal and charges that he was being marginalized by the House leadership for opposing ObamaCare. Republican Tom Reed leads Democrat Mathew Zeller by 44-30.

Add to that list possible GOP pickups by John Gomez against Democratic Rep. Steve Israel in Suffolk and George Phillips vs. Rep. Maurice Hinchey in the Newburgh/ Poughkeepsie/Binghamton district, and Republicans have nine possible House pickups in New York.

Since many of these incumbent Democrats are well below the 50 percent threshold and their Republican challengers are right on their trail, most of these insurgents look likely to achieve their goal.

In all, 2010 may produce the biggest shakeup in New York’s recent history.

~Published in the New York Post

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Sep 252010
 


Give the proponents of New START credit for “staying on message” regarding the reasons why they think the Senate should consent to the ratification of this strategic nuclear arms control treaty with Russia. These are the same tired arguments the Obama Administration has been making for months, and are now made again in The Washington Times op-ed by former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft and former Senator Jake Garn. So let’s revisit the arguments.

First, they argue that the strategic nuclear verification regime incorporated into the predecessor treaty, called START, expired with START last December and, as a result of this expiration, there is now the need for the Senate to rush to approve New START in order to replace the expired regime. This might be a compelling argument except for the fact the Obama Administration did not believe it when it drew up its plans for strategic nuclear arms control with Russia.

t could and should have focused on this issue single-mindedly and proposed adopting a verification and transparency protocol to the existing Moscow Treaty. Instead, the Administration chose to negotiate New START under the deadline of START expiration and failed to meet that deadline. When it failed to meet the deadline, the White House justified its position on the basis that it was more important to get New START right than to meet its own deadline. Scowcroft and Garn are effectively saying that the Senate cannot afford to take its time and must rush to approve a treaty even as the Obama Administration is asserting that is counterproductive to rush.

Second, they argue that New START imposes no substantive restrictions on U.S. missile defense options. The fact is that the Russians assert that qualitative and quantitative improvements in U.S. missile defense capabilities are incompatible with the treaty. The Russian position has caused even treaty proponents on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to accept an understanding in its resolution of ratification to counter the Russian position. While this understanding is only a partial and unreliable solution, at least the Members of the Committee recognize the problem—unlike Scowcroft and Garn,

Third, Scowcroft and Garn tout the verification provisions within New START. Former Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance and Implementation, Paula DeSutter, spoke on this matter at The Heritage Foundation on June 30, 2010 and expressed profound doubts about this verification regime. Secretary DeSutter is a recognized expert in this area.

Fourth, the two former statesmen assert that the Russian advantage in non-strategic (tactical) nuclear weapons, which is not addressed in New START, should await negotiations in a separate agreement. Perhaps, but they make no substantive recommendations about how to convince Russia to accept an agreement that will require it to forgo its advantage in this area, when all previous attempts have failed.

Finally, Scowcroft and Garn assert that New START will generate a deal between the Obama Administration and those in the Senate concerned about the atrophying U.S. nuclear arsenal and weapons infrastructure. This deal, they argue, will establish a sustained program for nuclear modernization in exchange for treaty ratification. Apparently, they fail to recognize the flawed logic behind this supposed deal. The need for such a deal is based on the well-grounded assumption that the Obama Administration does not favor steps to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal and infrastructure on its merits. Rather, it supports such steps only in the context of its desire to ratify New START. What will prevent the Obama Administration and New START proponents in Congress from walking away from an effective modernization plan following the ratification of New START is a question they leave unanswered.


Recycling old arguments on the merits of New START fails to make a convincing case regarding ratification. The Senate will best serve the national interest by ignoring the manufactured arguments that it cannot afford to take the time necessary to understand the flaws with the treaty and must rush to approve it. Such a rush to approval is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they forged the treaty-making process established by the Constitution.

~Heritage Foundry

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Sep 252010
 

WASHINGTON—Paul Magliocchetti, the founder and president of PMA Group Inc., a lobbying firm, pled guilty today in federal court in Arlington, Virginia, to making hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions and making false statements to a federal agency, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia.

Magliocchetti was charged in an indictment unsealed on Aug. 5, 2010. According to the indictment, Magliocchetti orchestrated a scheme to make illegal conduit and corporate federal campaign contributions in an effort to enrich himself and PMA by increasing the firm’s influence, power, and prestige among the firm’s current and potential clients as well as among the elected public officials to whom PMA and its lobbyists sought access. The federal campaigns that received these funds were unaware of Magliocchetti’s scheme.

Magliocchetti admitted that, from 2005 through 2008, he used members of his family, friends and PMA lobbyists to make unlawful campaign contributions. Aware of the strict limits on individual federal campaign contributions—and the outright ban on corporate contributions—Magliocchetti admitted that he instructed the conduits to write checks out of their personal checking accounts to specific candidates for federal office and that, for the purpose of making these contributions, Magliocchetti advanced funds to or reimbursed these individuals using personal and corporate monies. Magliocchetti also admitted that, through this scheme, he caused various federal campaign committees to unknowingly create and file false reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) regarding the contributions they had received. These reports, which the FEC made available to the public, falsely stated that the conduits had made contributions, when in fact the contributions were made by Magliocchetti or PMA.

“For years, Mr. Magliocchetti, by using conduit contributors, hid the fact that he and his company were donating significant funds to campaigns in violation of the federal election laws. Mr. Magliocchetti, in an effort to cover his tracks, used family, friends and business associates to secretly funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to political campaigns, all in an effort to enrich himself and increase his power and prestige,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer. “This case is an important reminder to all who seek to evade the federal campaign finance laws that they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

“Mr. Magliocchetti is answering for his brazen disregard for the law to achieve political influence and enrich himself,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Campaign finance laws give transparency to political contributions, and protect the public’s ability to see who’s really funding a campaign.”

“Americans should be confident that elections are not being influenced by illegal campaign contributions. Those who undermine this process and use it to gain power and influence should be punished” said Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “I’m proud of the diligent efforts put forth by special agents from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and FBI who investigated this matter.”

Magliocchetti pleaded guilty to one count each of making false statements, making illegal conduit contributions, and making illegal corporate contributions. The maximum penalty for making false statements to a federal agency and making illegal campaign contributions from a corporation is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, to be followed by a term of up to three years of supervised release. The maximum penalty for making illegal campaign contributions in the name of another is five years in prison, a fine of not less than 300 percent of the amount involved in the violation and not more than the greater of $50,000 or 1,000 percent of the amount involved in the violation, and a three-year term of supervised release. Magliocchetti is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 17, 2010.

This case is being prosecuted by Deputy Chief Justin V. Shur and Trial Attorneys M. Kendall Day and Kevin O. Driscoll of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, and by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark D. Lytle of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service.

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