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Federal agents raided the offices of a Jewish college that has prospered from millions of dollars in federal aid even though almost all its students live in Israel and hardly any of them graduate.

Federal officials declined to comment on the reason for the July 7 raid at Michigan Jewish Institute, in a suburb of Detroit.

But in 2012, the Forward showed how MJI’s assets soared as the college enrolled thousands of students in distance and online learning courses.

During a five-year period, MJI’s students claimed $25 million under the Federal Pell Grant Program, which is designed for the neediest American students.

Almost all those students took degree courses in Judaic studies at yeshivas and seminaries in Israel that they never completed.

Although MJI’s academic record has been poor, its assets have increased to $4.6 million in 2013, the most recent tax year available, from $1.2 million in 2008.

Source: [haaretz]

In February 2014, Drug Enforcement Administration task force officers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport seized $11,000 in cash from 24-year-old college student Charles Clarke. They didn’t find any guns, drugs or contraband on him. But, according to an affidavit filled out by one of the agents, the task force officers reasoned that the cash was the proceeds of drug trafficking, because Clarke was traveling on a recently-purchased one-way ticket, he was unable to provide documentation for where the money came from, and his checked baggage had an odor of marijuana. (He was a marijuana smoker.)

Clarke’s cash, which says he he spent five years saving up, was seized under civil asset forfeiture, where cops are able to take cash and property from people who are never convicted of — and in some cases, never even charged with — a crime. The DEA maintains that asset forfeiture is an important crime-fighting tool: “By attacking the financial infrastructure of drug trafficking organizations world-wide, DEA has disrupted and dismantled major drug trafficking organizations and their supply chains, thereby improving national security and increasing the quality of life for the American public.”

Two local agencies were involved in the seizure of Clarke’s cash: the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Police, and the Covington Police Department, which is the home office of the DEA task force officer who detained and spoke with Clarke. But according to the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit civil liberties group now representing Clarke in court, 11 additional law enforcement agencies — who were not involved in Clarke’s case at all — have also requested a share of Clarke’s cash under the federal asset forfeiture program. They include the Kentucky State Police, the Ohio Highway Patrol, and even the Bureau of Criminal Investigations within the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

Source: [Washington Post]

A trial date of Jan. 20, 2016, has been set for a racketeering lawsuit filed against Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and their non-profit Clinton Foundation, former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman, who launched the suit this week, has revealed to Newsmax TV.

“That’s pretty quick … unprecedented, particularly in the southern district of Florida,” Klayman, founder of the government watchdog group Freedom Watch, said Friday on “The Steve Malzberg Show.”

The suit alleges Clinton, while secretary of state, used her position to influence foreign donors supporting the Clinton Foundation. It also accuses Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills of lying about the existence of documents Klayman requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

The crux of the suit revolves around Clinton’s use of a private email account and server to conduct government business.

“My takeaway is we’ve seen only a fraction of those emails,” Klayman said.

Asked whether he plans to call the Clintons as witnesses, Klayman told Steve Malzberg:

“Absolutely.”

Source: [newsmax]