- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 9, 2002

Judge caught smoking pot
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. A judge went on indefinite voluntary leave after admitting smoking marijuana at a Rolling Stones concert.
A woman told court officials she saw District Judge Thomas Gilbert smoke a joint passing along a row of people at an Oct. 12 concert in Detroit.
Judge Gilbert admitted to the accusation during a meeting this week with Chief District Judge Michael Haley and District Judge Thomas J. Phillips. He left the bench on Wednesday.
"He's full of shame and regret and it's just a very sad day for the district court," Judge Haley said.
"I broke the law by twice puffing on a marijuana cigarette during a rock concert," Judge Gilbert said in a statement. "I deeply regret this error in judgment."
Judge Gilbert will be on voluntary leave until at least Nov. 15. Once he returns, he will be limited to civil cases indefinitely, Judge Haley said.

Pentagon seeking source of terror photos
The Pentagon was investigating yesterday to find out who took and released photographs of terror suspects as they were being transported in heavy restraints aboard a U.S. military plane.
Four photographs of prisoners handcuffed, heads covered with black hoods and bound with straps on the floor of a plane appeared overnight on the Web site of radio talk show host Art Bell.
"Anonymous mailer sends us photos taken inside a military C-130 transporting POWS," the headline said.
The photos are the first giving a glimpse into security measures aboard any of the airplanes used over the past year as prisoners were transferred to prisons in and around Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world, including to the high-security prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Yemeni American linked to Buffalo al Qaeda cell
A Yemeni American killed in a CIA air strike in Yemen has links to suspected members of the al Qaeda cell in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., that was raided by U.S. authorities in September, a U.S. government official said yesterday.
The man, identified by Yemeni officials as Ahmed Hijazi, is a U.S. citizen, U.S. and Yemeni officials said on the condition of anonymity.
The apparent killing of a U.S. citizen, even a suspected terrorist killed collaterally, threatens to draw the CIA into murky waters. The agency is conducting a massive, largely hidden effort to catch and kill al Qaeda members as a part of the war on terrorism.
On Sunday, a CIA Predator drone aircraft near Marib, Yemen, fired a missile at a car carrying Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, believed to be al Qaeda's chief operative in Yemen. Hijazi and four non-Americans, all described as al Qaeda operatives, were traveling with him.

Illegal migrants to be detained and deported
The Bush administration announced yesterday that Haitians and others who attempt to enter the United States illegally by sea will be detained and subject to an expedited process to send them home.
An Immigration and Naturalization Service statement says that even the perception that rules are being relaxed could spur a mass migration that threatens U.S. national security.
"Any message that may encourage a mass migration and detract federal resources from our homeland defense is unacceptable," the INS statement said.
Although Justice Department officials said the move was made under existing authority, immigration activists said it marked a change in that most Haitians no longer will be able to go free on bond while awaiting the outcome of their asylum cases.

Stupidity expert charged with soliciting minor
LANTANA, Fla. A man who has written two books on stupidity was arrested for trying to arrange sex with a 15-year-old girl over the Internet. The girl turned out to be an undercover male detective.
James F. Welles, the 61-year-old author of "The Story of Stupidity" and "Understanding Stupidity," was taken into custody last week after arranging to meet the girl at a restaurant, investigators said.
He was charged with soliciting a minor over the Internet and released on bail. He did not immediately return a call to his Pompano Beach home yesterday.
According to police, Mr. Welles was aware of the possibility of a sting, saying in one message that he worried about "the state of Florida looming in the background."


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