The FBI Investigates the LA County Jails
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LA Sheriff Lee Baca has denounced the FBI for smuggling a cell phone into the Men's Central Jail. It's reported that the feds paid a deputy $1500 to pass it to an inmate informant. We hear about accusations of beatings and other misconduct inside the nation's largest jail system. Also, Governor Brown signs a bill expediting construction of Farmers' Field in downtown LA, just in case the National Football League comes up with a team. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the dangerous puzzle of Pakistan.
Banner image; Sheriff Lee Baca discussed accusations against the LA County Sheriff's Department on Good Day, LA, September 26, 2011
Brown Signs Bill Expediting Environmental Review of Farmers' Field ()
Governor Brown has signed a last-minute Senate bill to accelerate construction of AEG's Farmers' Field. It would be the largest construction project in the US, and AEG claims various environmental requirements would make it "carbon neutral." Senate Bill 292 was itself accelerated in the last few days of the legislative session. Democrat Alex Padilla of Pacoima was the author.
- Alex Padilla: California State Senator (D-20th District)
County Jails, Abuse of Authority, and the FBI ()
Today's Los Angeles Times reports that a sheriff's deputy took $1500 to smuggle a cell phone into the Central Los Angeles County jail. What he didn't know was it was part of a sting operation by the FBI. The Deputy has resigned, but Sheriff Lee Baca denounced the FBI for possibly breaking the law and conducting an investigation he calls "unnecessary." (Sheriff Baca declined our invitation to join in this discussion.)
- Robert Faturechi: Los Angeles Times, @RobertFaturechi
- Connie Rice: Advancement Project in Los Angeles, @ConnieRicePCN
- Merrick Bobb: Police Assessment Resource Center
The Dangerous Puzzle of Pakistan ()
On the verge of retirement, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed a Senate Committee last week, with Defense Secretary and former CIA Chief Leon Panetta by his side. Mullen testified that "Haqqani operatives planned and conducted" a recent truck bomb attack as well as the assault on our Kabul embassy, and called the network a "veritable arm of Pakistan's Internal Services Intelligence agency." As the US prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan, does it have bigger problems with Pakistan? Is the US threatening military action that could have unintended consequences?
- Scott Shane: New York Times, @ScottShaneNYT
- Robert Baer: CIA (former)
- Shuja Nawaz: Atlantic Council of the United States
- George Perkovich: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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