- The Washington Times - Friday, November 3, 2006

Iraqi bomb documents removed from Web

The nation’s top intelligence official took down a government Web site with captured Saddam Hussein-era Iraqi documents after questions were raised about whether it provided too much information about making atomic bombs.

In a statement Thursday night, a spokesman for Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte said his office had suspended public access to the Web site “pending a review to ensure its content is appropriate for public viewing.”

The action came after the New York Times raised questions about the contents of the government site, called “Operation Iraqi Freedom Document Portal.” The Times’ Web site reported Thursday night that weapons experts say documents posted on the government site in recent weeks provide dangerous detail about Iraq’s covert nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

Detective a victim of pot-laced food

NEW YORK — A detective suspended after testing positive for drugs says his wife served him meatballs spiked with marijuana because she wanted to keep him out of harm’s way by forcing him into retirement.

An administrative judge believed him, and recommended earlier this week that Nicholas Chiofalo be reinstated.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has yet to decide what to do.

Mr. Chiofalo, a 22-year-veteran assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, was suspended without pay last year after a random drug test found marijuana in his system.

During an investigation, his wife said she had substituted marijuana for oregano in her meatball recipe, and has passed a lie-detector test offered as testimony.

Jewish teens charged in beating of Muslim

NEW YORK — Five Jewish teenagers have been charged with attacking a Pakistani man who required reconstructive surgery, prosecutors said yesterday.

The five, all aged between 15 and 17, were charged with offenses including assault as a hate crime and gang assault for the attack on the 24-year-old Brooklyn immigrant.

The teenagers purportedly called Shahid Amber a terrorist, telling him, “Go back to your country,” before physically attacking him, prosecutors said.

Mr. Amber, a gas station attendant, was quoted by the Daily News as saying he was attacked after a member of the group asked if he was a Muslim.

Court to consider sentencing cases

The Supreme Court said yesterday it would try to resolve uncertainty over prison terms created by its decision giving federal judges more freedom to decide on fair sentences.

The justices agreed to hear two cases, one in which an appeals court determined a prison term was too short and another in which the defendant argued he was punished too harshly.

The court last year scrapped a nearly 20-year-old mandatory sentencing system set to keep sentences from varying widely from courtroom to courtroom. The court said judges could not make factual decisions to increase prison time because it violated defendants’ constitutional right to a jury trial.

But rather than get rid of the rules altogether, the court said judges should consult the sentencing guidelines in determining reasonable prison terms. The sentences may be subject to reversal if appeals courts find them “unreasonable.” The cases will be argued early next year.

From staff reports and wire dispatches.

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