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FBI ‘superinformant’ owned the limousine company in deadly Upstate New York crash

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The owner of the limousine company involved in a deadly crash in Upstate New York has been identified — as a Pakistani-born FBI “superinformant.”

Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reported that Shahed Hussain owns Prestige Limousine, the livery company that failed multiple inspections before the fatal crash that killed 20 in Schoharie County on Saturday.

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The limo company owner’s lawyer also confirmed that he was indeed the same Shahed Hussain who became a “celebrated informant” for the FBI.

A 2011 Mother Jones profile describes Hussain, a DMV translator who used his official role to help people cheat driving exams for cash, as a “superinformant.”

“Hussain pleaded guilty to a felony in relation to the DMV scam but avoided prison and deportation by becoming an informant,” the Democrat and Chronicle noted, “working in the Muslim community to find people that had radical tendencies.”

In 2006, the Pakistani immigrant’s work with the bureau led to the arrests of two Albany men who were accused of trying to buy a missile. In 2009, he went undercover and helped the FBI secure convictions for four men who allegedly planned to “shoot down airliners and plant bombs,” the report noted.

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Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why

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The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than it’s been letting on.

The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.

Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”

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Elizabeth Warren accuses Congress of complicity in Trump’s continued abuses

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment.

Warren's tweeted statement came hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.

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‘Resistance’ liberals love the FBI and CIA — but history says they don’t love you back

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A freaky moment recently transpired on television. In a nonfiction adaptation of “American Horror Story,” Bill Maher, nominally a member of the liberal “Resistance,” led his audience and guests in applauding and paying tribute to the FBI and CIA. To her credit, panelist (and rival talk-show host) Krystal Ball remained stoic, refusing to bring her hands together or smile. But even she allowed the moment to pass without noting the obvious: The CIA and the FBI are two of the most anti-democratic and violent forces in the history of our country.

Maher’s weird and historically illiterate “tribute” to two organizations with endless résumés of human rights violations, political persecution of dissidents and overseas coups directed at democratic governments — not to mention stunning failure at the principal tasks of their mission — punctuated his declaration of gratitude for “our safety” since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The comedian and commentator then tried to dress this right-wing, jingoistic bromide in progressive drag by reminding the crowd that President Trump has “disrespected” both agencies.

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