News & Views » Columns




For the last several months, we've been following federal law enforcement news on a new website, It's the post-newspaper-career project of veteran journalist Allan Lengel, a former Detroit News and Washington Post staff reporter. 

The site is named after the term describing how investigators create a situation that will encourage targets of a probe to talk on a wiretapped phone. On the site, you'll find headlines and links for law enforcement news from around the country and original work from Lengel and contributors including, once in a while, even this rag.

An interview last week caught our attention and we think you should take a peek too. Lengel talks with Andrew G. Arena, head of the Detroit FBI, to discuss a wide range of topics.

In most of the interview, Arena addresses the bureau's work involving the southeast Michigan Arab community. He explains the bureau's relationship there, how intelligence is gathered and some of the dynamics in the post-9/11 world including setting up FBI recruitment booths at Arab cultural events. The bureau, after all, needs agents who speak Arabic.

Arena also cagily discusses — we wanted to hear more — ongoing public corruption investigations regarding Detroit officials. "Once you get something rolling, you get one person falling and they fall like dominos," Arena told Lengel. "That's obviously our goal here."

Which suggests that the plea deal arranged with City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers is just the beginning of the game.

News Hits is edited by Curt Guyette. Contact him at 313-202-8004 or

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.