Between debating the location of a proposed dog park and discussing taxi permit fees one night last month, the city council in Oakland, California, turned to severing ties with Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
“I don’t eat at Wendy’s,” Robert Lenna, the Maine Municipal Bond Bank’s executive director, said when asked why he and three other officials had dinners costing almost $4,000 with Wall Street bankers selling the state’s debt.
The convictions of four men for conspiring to bomb New York synagogues vindicated the post-9/11 strategy of using an informant to identify individuals deemed likely to engage in terrorism and encourage them up to the point of arrest, legal experts said.
The undercover informant in the case against four men accused of plotting attacks on New York synagogues and military planes said he attended about a dozen services at an upstate New York mosque before meeting a man who introduced himself as Abdul Rehman in June 2008.
James Cromitie, the alleged leader of a plot to blow up New York City synagogues, told an undercover informant he wanted to kill Jews and send a message “bigger than the World Trade Center” in two days of secretly recorded talks played for jurors in his trial.