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white male FBI special agent charged with possessing and distributing child pornography

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A former FBI special agent, who worked on some of the bureau’s most high profile cases including the 9/11 attacks and the Oklahoma bombing, faces twenty years in prison after being arrested on child pornography charges.

Donald Sachtleben, 54, who served the FBI as a bomb technician for 25 years, was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.

The Indiana resident was arrested after the FBI and an Internet Crimes Against Children task force began investigating another individual who was allegedly trading child pornography online.

That individual, identified as Jason Nicoson from Illinois, was arrested in January.

After searching Nicoson’s computer, investigators were able to trace illegal activity to Sachtleben’s home in Carmel.

After obtaining a search warrant on May 3, police allegedly discovered approximately 30 images and video files containing child pornography on the hard drive of his laptop computer.

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Charged: Sachtleben, 54, faces thirty years behind bars if convicted of the child pornography possession and distribution charges

Police interviewed Sachtleben’s wife, who denied knowing anything about the images on her husband’s computer, according to an affidavit released today by the U.S Attorney’s office in Indiana.

The indecent images found on Sachtleben’s computer allegedly match those which were discovered on Nicoson’s.

If convicted, Sachtleben faces up to 20 years behind bars for the distribution charge and up to 10 years for the possession charge.

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Successful career: After retiring from an illustrious career in the FBI, Sachtleben began working in the Forensic Science department at Oklahoma State University, where he has been employed since last October

Both charges carry a fine of up to $250,000 and a lifetime supervised release.

‘Today’s announcement […]should make clear that no matter who you are, you will be brought to justice if you are found guilty of such criminal behavior,’ said US Attorney Joseph Hogsett.

Sachtleben retired from the FBI in 2008, after working on cases including the Unabomber case, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the USS Cole bombing, reported ABC News.

and currently works at Oklahoma State University in the Forensic Sciences department, where he has been employed since last October.

He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.

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ban on mixed-race adoption deprived thousands of decent home life, says equality chief

Sadness: Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said he regretted failing to challenge race rules

Sadness: Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said he regretted failing to challenge race rules

 

Thousands of children have lost the chance of a decent life because of the ban on mixed-race adoption, the state equality chief has admitted.

Trevor Phillips said it was his greatest regret that he failed to challenge the race rules which denied children the chance of a loving family and instead left them at the mercy of a failing care system.

Changes could have been made 10 years ago if the race relations watchdog had called for an inquiry, Mr Phillips said.

The acknowledgement by Mr Phillips of the damage done by the ban follows the Coalition’s decision to legislate to sweep away race rules.

The new law will reinforce guidelines already handed to social workers that tell them the need to find a family for a child is more important than their longstanding doctrine which says, for example, it is bad for a black child to be brought up by a white family.

For more than two decades adoptive parents have been strictly screened on race grounds, with many rejected because they have been judged the wrong match.

Social workers have been trained to believe that black children lose self-esteem and pride in themselves if they are not brought up by parents of the same colour.

Critics have said there is no evidence to support this theory and that race has been used as an excuse to depress the number of adoptions.

Mr Phillips, who is to step down as chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission this summer, said he should have challenged the race ban when he was appointed chief of its race relations predecessor, the Commission for Racial Equality, in 2003.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: ‘If I had to pinpoint one single thing I would say that I wish when I took over at the CRE I had been more aggressive on the issue of transracial adoption.

‘If I had ordered an inquiry, an investigation, it would have shown pretty clearly that the life chances of children would have been much much better in a family of any race compared to staying in care.

‘I would have then be able to essentially change the policy in local authorities 10 years ago.’

Mr Phillips added: ‘My personal regret is that hundreds of children, maybe thousands of children, would now be in families who got stuck in the care system. If I had to go back and do something different, I would do something about that.

‘Being in care is the surest indicator that you will end up in crime, in drugs, that you will end up unemployed, and your children will repeat your experience.’

He added: ‘I think if we had been more aggressive on this issue we could have transformed the lives of very many children. But these are things we know in hindsight.’

It was the first time Mr Phillips is thought publicly to have criticised the ban on mixed-race adoptions, although critics of the system have long held that adoption was the last area of public life in Britain in which authorities were prepared to support open racial discrimination.

History: In 2000 Tony Blair suggested that the bar to transracial adoption should go

History: In 2000 Tony Blair suggested that the bar to transracial adoption should go

In 2000 Tony Blair suggested that the bar to transracial adoption should go, and his Government began to publish figures illustrating how long black children had to wait for new families because of the race rules. But his 2002 Adoption Act had nothing to say about race.

Mr Phillips was the leading Labour figure on the London Assembly at the time. He went on to head the CRE and then the EHRC when it took over from all the state equality bodies in 2007.

Social workers have long been criticised for failing to back adoption for children in care, preferring to see them brought up in the care system which often means life in a children’s home or shifted repeatedly between different foster parents.

Middle class couples hoping to adopt have long been rejected on a series of flimsy grounds, including their age, their smoking habits, or their beliefs.

There are currently around 65,000 children in the care system, with numbers rising because more children are being taken into state care following the Baby P scandal in 2008.

Last year just 3,050 children were adopted from state care, among them only 60 babies under a year old, the lowest total since 2001.

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Seller of Trayvon Martin Gun Range Targets Sold Out in Two Days

Seller of Trayvon Martin Gun Range Targets Says They Sold Out in Two Days

“My main motivation was to make money off the controversy,” said the seller of a gun range target designed to resemble murdered Florida teen Trayvon Martin in an email to Local 6 reporter Mike DeForest.

The seller remains unidentified despite the correspondence.

The Orlando-based news station says it spotted an ad for the targets — since removed — on a “popular firearms auction website.” They feature a black hoodie similar to the one worn by Martin on the night he was shot by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, along with a drawing of a Skittles bag and a can of iced tea.

The seller is reportedly a supporter of Zimmerman who believes “he is innocent and that he shot a thug.”

Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, rejected the support, calling the targets “the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility.” He expressed concern that “this type of hatred” is “going to make it more difficult to try this case.”

According to the seller, others are much more keen on the item. Though they would not say how many $8 ten-packs were produced, they claim the response has been “overwhelming,” and the targets “sold out in 2 days.”

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neo-nazi party on the rise in Greece

Rise of the far right: Dressed in black shirts and brandishing flares, these Golden Dawn supporters celebrate after they secured almost seven per cent of the vote

Rise of the far right: Dressed in black shirts and brandishing flares, these Golden Dawn supporters celebrate after they secured almost seven per cent of the vote

 

A neo-Nazi party who advocate forcing immigrants into work camps and planting landmines along the border are today savouring unprecedented political success in Greece.

Golden Dawn party will enter parliament with seven per cent of the vote after the electorate shunned the main parties who they blame for plunging the nation into austerity.

The obscure extreme-right group are one of the biggest winners in a poll which has plunged Greece into a fresh political crisis. 

Extremism: A supporter of the far right party waves a Greek flag as they become the most extreme right-wing group to sit in parliament since Greece returned to democracy after the fall of a military junta in 1974

Extremism: A supporter of the far right party waves a Greek flag as they become the most extreme right-wing group to sit in parliament since Greece returned to democracy after the fall of a military junta in 1974

The party, who deny being neo-Nazis, have branded journalists ‘liars’ and warned all ‘traitors’ to run scared.

They adopt the Nazi salute and have a stylised swastika as their logo and have already made inroads into local government – in areas of Athens where there are large numbers of immigrants.

At the last general election they took just 0.23 per cent of the vote.

But the group has cultivated a benevolent image in some Athens’ neighbourhoods by dropping off food to needy families and escorting elderly residents to cash machines.

This time they easily passed the 3 per cent threshold to win their first seats in Parliament.

Flanked by burly, muscular men in tight black t-shirts, Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos marched down the street in Athens yelling ‘liars’ and ‘You must be ashamed for all your lies!’ at foreign journalists following him.

‘Greece is only the beginning,’ he shouted at them. When asked what that meant, he said: ‘You know very well’, wagging a finger at the television camera. 

Ruling party hit: The coalition saw their share of the vote shrivel as the electorate turned to extremist parties including Golden Dawn

Ruling party hit: The coalition saw their share of the vote shrivel as the electorate turned to extremist parties including Golden Dawn

As they strode to the hotel, his supporters began chanting ‘Greece belongs to Greeks’ and ‘Foreigners get out of Greece’.

When asked what his first action in parliament would be, Mihaloliakos said: ‘All the illegal immigration out! Out of my country, out of my home!’

Asked how he planned to carry that out, he angrily said: ‘Use your imagination’.

As he entered the news conference, party members ordered assembled journalists to stand to attention. 

Seats victory: Leader of extreme-right Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Mihaloliakos (centre) pledges to 'get all immigrants out of the country' after they secured their first seats in Parliament

Seats victory: Leader of extreme-right Golden Dawn party Nikolaos Mihaloliakos (centre) pledges to ‘get all immigrants out of the country’ after they secured their first seats in Parliament 

Celebration: Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party react after securing almost 7 per cent of the vote yesterday. They cultivated a more moderate image on their road to success

Celebration: Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party react after securing almost 7 per cent of the vote yesterday. They cultivated a more moderate image on their road to success 

Extreme: A supporter of the far-right Golden Dawn party holds a flare last night as they won 7 per cent of the vote. The party has vowed to kick out immigrants and mine Greece's borders with Turkey

Extreme: A supporter of the far-right Golden Dawn party holds a flare last night as they won 7 per cent of the vote. The party has vowed to kick out immigrants and put mines on Greece’s borders with Turkey

‘I’ll say one thing: ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici‘,’ Mihaloliakos said from the podium, surrounded by his bodyguards sitting motionless with their arms crossed.

‘You defamed me, you shut my mouth – I won.’

It is the first time such an extreme right party has been in parliament since the fall of a military dictatorship in 1974.

‘We will continue our struggle for a free Greece, free from foreign loan sharks and a Greece that is independent and proud, without the slavery of the bailout,’ said Mihaloliakos, who was elected to the Athens city council in 2010.

He promptly gave the Nazi salute on his first appearance there.

‘We will struggle for a Greece that is not a social jungle because of the millions of immigrants they brought here without asking us,’ he said.

The group – which openly displays books on Aryan supremacy at its party offices – has been frequently linked to racist attacks, but denies beating up migrants.

‘This victory is devoted to all the brave boys with the black T-shirts and the white letters reading Golden Dawn,’ Mihaloliakos said. ‘Those who betrayed the motherland – you should be scared now.’

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Swiss neo-nazi wanted for attempted murder is arrested after police identify him by his Hitler tattoos

Tattoo fan: Right-wing extremist Sebastien Nussbaumer was easily identified by his collection of Nazi inkings

Tattoo fan: Right-wing extremist Sebastien Nussbaumer was easily identified by his collection of Nazi inkings

A Swiss neo-Nazi wanted for attempted murder has been tracked down by German police, who identified him easily thanks to his litany of Nazi tattoos – including a huge picture of Hitler on his chest.

Sebastian Nussbaumer, 24, left his victim hospitalised after a shooting incident in Zurich last Saturday.

On Monday he travelled to Hamburg by train, but a police tip-off meant that 40 officers with machine guns were waiting at the station to arrest the fugitive, who was reportedly armed with a pistol.

 

Nussbaumer’s Nazi tattoos include a symbol on his forearm representing Hitler’s paramilitary force, the Stormtroopers, which it is illegal to display in Germany.

Also among his inkings are a swastika next to the image of Hitler’s face, a hand grenade on his neck, and a spider’s web symbolic of an SS division.

As well as the attempted murder charges in Switzerland, the neo-Nazi may face jail in Germany if it is judged that his tattoos illegally glorified the crimes of the Third Reich.

The present allegations against him are not Nussbaumer’s first brush with the law, according to The Local, an English-language German news site.

He was jailed in 2006 after attacking a group of Albanians with a knuckleduster while being filmed by another far-right extremist.

In 2007 he earned 16 months for assaults which included breaking the noses of two men – one with a kick, the other with a head-butt – and beating a drunk man so seriously that he got concussion.

 

Banned images: Nussbaumer's tattoos include Nazi insignia which it is illegal to display in Germany - meaning he may face charges there

Banned images: Nussbaumer’s tattoos include Nazi insignia which it is illegal to display in Germany – meaning he may face charges there

Nussbaumer appealed a further sentence of three years and three months which he received in January 2012 for various offences, arguing that he had been sentenced more harshly because of his personal beliefs.

His latest victim remains in hospital, and the shooting is expected to net Nussbaumer an attempted murder charge.

Swiss Nazi hunter Heinz Kaiser said: ‘The last time he was jailed it was for 44 different offences for which he got 39 months. Then he was released. But he is a ticking timebomb – he will commit violence again. He is very prominent in the far right scene where he gets the recognition that he doesn’t get anywhere else. He’s one of their key players.’

The Hamburg far-right group the White Wolves is regarded as one of the most violent of the neo-Nazi groups in Germany, and has been blamed for attacks on foreigners and the police.

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