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Daily Rotten Archives
February 26, 2004
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Guantanamo trial outcomes completely irrelevant
BBC | Submitted by: Reverend Sam
"Pentagon officials have confirmed that Guantanamo detainees may still be kept in detention, even if they are found not guilty by a military tribunal. They say detainees could be kept prisoner if they are considered a security risk. If found guilty, they could also be held beyond any sentence laid down by the tribunal... The trial process has been widely criticised by human rights groups... A lawyer appointed by the US military to represent one of the first detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be charged has also voiced his concerns. 'The tribunals don't have the safeguards that one would expect,' he told the BBC's World Today programme. 'This is unlike any system we have seen since at least World War II - except perhaps similar military commissions in other countries that we frequently criticise as fundamentally unfair.'"

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FBI destroyed crucial OKC bombing evidence
Topeka Capital-Journal | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"FBI agents destroyed evidence and failed to share other information that raised the possibility that a gang of white supremacist bank robbers may have assisted Timothy McVeigh during the Oklahoma City bombing, according to documents never introduced at McVeigh's trial. Both the FBI supervisor who ran the Oklahoma City investigation and the veteran agent who was in command at the bombing scene say the new evidence, detailed in documents obtained by The Associated Press, is serious enough to warrant reopening the inquiry nine years later. The evidence, never shared with Oklahoma City investigators or defense lawyers, includes documents showing the Aryan Republican Army bank robbers possessed explosive blasting caps similar to those McVeigh stole and a driver's license possibly stolen during the bombing plot."

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Firefighter on trial for stealing WTC souvenirs
New York Daily News | Submitted by: optional
"A retired city firefighter accused of stealing items from the wreckage of the World Trade Center bragged to undercover cops that he found a human head, diamonds and gold - but took only 'minor things.' A jury heard Samuel Brandon's admission on tape yesterday as his trial started in Manhattan Criminal Court on 11 counts of petty larceny... Diane Weeb, a Sullivan County resident, said police learned of Brandon's ghoulish souvenirs after she toured his home in May 2002 and later told friends about seeing a framed picture of the ex-firefighter at Ground Zero with a human hip bone... prosecutors contend he swiped seven IDs, a wedding photo, a mangled radio and a coin. The IDs belonged to Cantor Fitzgerald and Port Authority workers, including two killed in the Sept. 11 attack, authorities said."

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Saddam's people shredder fails to materialize
Guardian | Submitted by: threedmofo
"Forget the no-show of Saddam Hussein's WMD. Ask instead what happened to Saddam's 'people shredder,' into which his son Qusay reportedly fed opponents of the Ba'athist regime... An Amnesty International spokesman tells me that his inquiries into the shredder 'drew a blank.' Widney Brown, the deputy programme director of Human Rights Watch, says: 'We have not heard of that particular form of execution or torture.' It remains to be seen whether this uncorroborated story turns out to be nothing more than war propaganda."

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FBI agent caught lying to judge
Newsday | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A Brooklyn federal judge yesterday threw out evidence seized in a drug paraphernalia case against two Queens businessmen after determining that an FBI agent made false statements to get a search warrant. Judge Nicholas Garaufis said the FBI agent - whom he identified as Elvin Quinones - 'recklessly, if not deliberately, disregarded the truth' when he claimed to have seen suspected drug paraphernalia at a College Point warehouse... Garaufis seemed most troubled by the fact that Quinones, who testified at a special hearing Tuesday, actually did not see 'massive amounts of contraband drug paraphernalia,' as he had claimed in his search warrant affidavit."

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Resigned Smith & Wesson exec also convicted bank robber
Arizona Republic | Submitted by: Paine
"James Joseph Minder, 74, who spent at least 13 years in Michigan prisons for various armed robberies and a bank heist in the 1950s, stepped down at the company's board meeting Monday in Scottsdale... He had served on the board since 2001, when another company whose board he served on acquired Smith & Wesson, which is a publicly traded company. Following up on a caller tip, The Arizona Republic discovered Minder's criminal past after conducting a background check on him. According to records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Minder served various stints in state and federal prisons in the 1950s and 1960s. In news stories from the period, he admitted to carrying out at least 20 armed robberies. The last eight came while he was a 29-year-old journalism student at the University of Michigan in 1959. That ended with a wild, three-mile chase and crash in a stolen car. He was dubbed the 'shotgun bandit' for his penchant for brandishing a 16-gauge sawed-off shotgun at shopkeepers, reported the Detroit News. During his stint at a federal prison, he and another prisoner on the Ionia Reformatory debate team escaped during a scheduled debate in a stolen car. They were caught a week later after a police chase."

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UN bugging scandal deepens
BBC | Submitted by: Mr Op Tional
"British spies would have undermined the United Nations' work if it was true they bugged Secretary General Kofi Annan's office, says a UN spokesman. Fred Eckhard told reporters Mr Annan wanted the action stopped if it was happening, especially as it would have been illegal. He spoke out after ex-cabinet minister Clare Short's claim that the UK had been listening in to Mr Annan's talks. Tony Blair said Ms Short's claims were 'deeply irresponsible.' ... At his monthly news conference, the prime minister insisted the UK security services acted in accordance with domestic and international law and in the best interests of this country... Ms Short dismissed the prime minister's attack on her as a distraction. 'What's he going to say? He either says "Yes, it's true" or he has to say "No, it's not true." Then he would be telling a lie. So he's got to say something else, so he can have a go at me.'"

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Cop arrested for selling kilos of pot, coke on duty
Houston Chronicle | Submitted by: jtrotter
"A Houston police officer was arrested Tuesday night and charged with selling a large amount of cocaine and marijuana while on duty and in uniform, according to Houston Police Department officials. Gilberto Davila Zertuche, 42, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of marijuana... Internal affairs officers arrested Zertuche around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday outside an apartment in the 400 block of South Bender in Humble, where the drug transaction is alleged to have happened... Zertuche is accused of delivering one kilogram - or 2.2 pounds - of cocaine and 100 pounds of marijuana. Investigators believe he provided protection and participated in the drug sale, according to prosecutor Julian Ramirez of the Harris County district attorney's office. Ramirez said Zertuche watched the marijuana being weighed and helped in its repackaging. Zertuche was arrested while walking to his police car after receiving some of the money from the sale, Ramirez said."

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Clear Channel suspends Howard Stern
MSNBC | Submitted by: shaiwa
"[1,200-station Clear Channel Radio] suspended broadcasts of the Howard Stern show on its six stations that carry it, citing sexually graphic content from Tuesday’s broadcast... The show that prompted Clear Channel to act included a man discussing a sexual encounter with hotel heiress Paris Hilton... On Thursday, Stern told listeners he had been unaware of the move by Clear Channel. Stern routinely criticizes the government’s indecency policies, saying they are arbitrary and fail to reflect that anyone who finds his material objectionable can simply change the channel."

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Clear Channel employee killed by religious film
Wichita Eagle | Submitted by: Dustin Prewitt
"Peggy Law Scott, 57, was attending a 9:30 a.m. showing of [The Passion of the Christ] with some co-workers from Clear Channel Radio when she collapsed about 20 minutes before the movie was to end at the east-side Warren Theatre... Emergency dispatchers said they responded to a report of a woman who wasn't breathing and might be having a seizure. The cause of death was unclear, but an autopsy will be conducted today, a Sedgwick County spokeswoman said."

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Psychiatrist about to launch MDMA study
CNN | Submitted by: VICTORIA3407
"South Carolina psychiatrist said Wednesday he will immediately start recruiting patients after winning approval to conduct the first study testing MDMA - better known as ecstasy - as a therapeutic tool. Dr. Michael Mithoefer plans to conduct psychotherapy sessions with 20 women who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder due to sexual assaults or other violence, and who haven't been helped by other treatment. Twelve of the women will receive MDMA prior to the sessions while eight will be given a placebo... Mithoefer's research required approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration because MDMA is a Schedule I drug. It's grouped with drugs like heroin, cocaine and LSD, all considered to have no medical use."

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Yet another weed to criminalize
KMGH-TV 7 Denver | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A new legal drug call 'Salvia' that looks like marijuana, but creates a high much like LSD, 7NEWS Investigator Tony Kovaleski reported recently. 'It's legal and very easy for anyone, including teenagers, to purchase,' said Kovaleski. Users say Salvia Divinorum produces a more potent and hallucinogenic high than marijuana... Matt Debaets said he started smoking Salvia 2 years ago. 'It's the best shit ever, man.'"

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Kiwi vaginas resculpted
Sydney Morning Herald | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"'Designer vaginas' are now on offer to New Zealand women with the establishment of the country's first 'appearance gynaecology' clinic in Auckland. Andrew Mackintosh's private practice at Ascot Hospital offers a range of treatments, including restoring hymens, vaginal rejuvenation, repairing damage from giving birth, liposuction and labial reconstruction. Some women had it done for appearance sake, often as an add-on to more functional operations, he told Doctor Magazine."

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Wendy's employees strip-searched for prank caller
Boston Herald | Submitted by: Mayor McCheese
"Four local Wendy's restaurant supervisors ordered employees to shed their clothes under the direction of phony phone calls from a man who passed himself off as a cop conducting an investigation, police said. 'Words simply cannot express how badly we feel about the entire incident,' Wendy's spokesman Bob Bertini said. 'Obviously we had managers who were duped. They thought they were responding to direct orders from police.' ... The caller said police suspected the employees of stealing from customers and asked that they be strip-searched... At each restaurant, one supervisor asked one employee to remove their clothes, Bertini said. The searches occurred between 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., depending on the store. All four managers have been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation."

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British cybercop probably loathes Rotten.com
ZDNet UK | Submitted by: Omega
"Detective chief superintendent Len Hynds, who is the head of Britain's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), said on Tuesday that the most vulnerable people in society need to be protected from corrupting influences. 'For the Internet to take the final step to adulthood it must first deal with those fringe elements that choose to promote abhorrent activities like cannibalism and necrophilia,' Hynds told the e-Crime Congress 2004 in London. 'For it [the Internet] to continue to grow as a mainstream medium for businesses, education and entertainment, it must design out the minority factors that inhabit cyberspace for their own perverse gratification,' Hynds added. According to Hynds, Web sites devoted to such extreme material are the online equivalent of graffiti and litter. He believes that taking a zero tolerance on this kind of content could make the Internet a more law-abiding place." [Let's agree to disagree.]

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