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Two years before revealing the suspected scandal to Congress, several senior IRS officials knew that agents were targeting conservative groups, Fox News reports.
One of those senior IRS official was Holly Paz, who “knew that agents were targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny as early as 2011.”
The IRS declined to comment.
The information was obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
The record show that Paz and other IRS officials were alerted in the spring and summer of 2011 thats agents were targeting Tea Party and conservative groups.
By Steve Neavling
The Secret Service assign code names to the people they protect.
The Clintons will keep their code names. Hillary Clinton is “Evergreen,” and Bill Clinton is “Eagle,” the Washington Post reports.
Donald Trump is referred to as “Mogul,” and Melanie Trump “Muse.”
Here are the vice president code names: Mike Pence is “Hoosier,” while Tim Kaine is “Daredevil.”
By Steve Neavling
Drug lord Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo, who killed a DEA agent in 1985, will serve the remainder of his sentence on house arrest.
The 86-year-old co-founder of the Guadalajara Cartel was in prison until he was transferred to house arrest Thursday, the Associated Press reports.
Fonseca will live in his house in Mexico State, which borders the capital.
Federal prisons chief Eduardo Guerrero said he was opposed to the release, but he had to respect the judge’s order of house arrest.
“From the government’s perspective, we believe it is not right that someone who did so much damage to this country is today serving the end of this sentence on the outside. … He did a lot of damage to society and he should still be, according to all the studies, inside a federal prison,” Guerrero said.
Fonseca was convicted in 1985 of kidnapping, torturing and murdering DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.
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By Allan Lengel
In what comes as a big surprise, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington on Thursday announced it was dropping murder charges against Ingmar Guandique, the man who was convicted in the 2001 killing of Washington intern Chandra Levy, the Washington Post reports.
Guandique had been convicted in the murder in 2010, but a judge granted a retrial.
The Washington Post reports that the latest twist in the case centered on a key witness, Armando Morales, who testified against Guandique in the first trial.
Morales, a convicted murderer, confessed to a neighbor after he was released from prison, that he lied in 2010 when he testified in trial that his cellmate, Guandique, had confessed to killing Levy.
The Levy case got national attention when it was learned that she was dating then-Congressman Gary Condit, who was initially a person of interest in the case.
Before his conviction in the Levy case, Guandique had already been serving time for attacking two joggers in Rock Creek Park in northwest Washington where Levy’s body was discovered in 2002.
By Steve Neavling
Defeating ISIS could increase terror attacks in the West, FBI Director James Comey Wednesday.
“At some point there is going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we’ve never seen before,” Comey said at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University, the New York Times reports. “Not all of the Islamic State killers are going to die on the battlefield.”
Comey said ISIS will be destroyed, but that “through the fingers of that crush are going to come hundreds of really dangerous people and they are going to flow primarily to Western Europe.”
Some, he said, may end up in the U.S.
Comey said the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris are good examples.
“We in the American counterterrorism business are constantly focused on that — that’s not here yet, but that challenge is going to come,” he said.
A man who rammed a dump truck into the gates of the FBI building in Pittsburgh was looking for emotional help, family and neighbors told WTAE.
“He’s been crying out for help, a lot of help, and he asked me if I could find someone for him to talk to,” a neighbor said of Thomas Richard Ross.
The neighbor added that Ross was taking painkillers after he had fallen off a roof more than 20 years ago.
“I don’t know what kind of pills they gave him but he got addicted and he’s still in pain,” the neighbor said, adding Ross had been paranoid the government was after him.
His son, Tommy Jr., also said his father had problems with drugs.
A Chicago woman was at home with her fiancé when she said the FBI stormed into her home, failed to show a warrant and left without an explanation.
“They were banging at first and they said ‘put your hands up,'” Rachel Rodriguez told NBC Chicago. “I was frightened cause I didn’t know if they were going to shoot me or not.”
Rodriguez, who has some of the raid captured on video, said the SWAT team raided the wrong home.
Chicago police said they have no records of the raid.
“They got inside, they had us sit down on the floor, they pointed guns at us,” she said. “They were looking for a guy, I don’t even know his name, I don’t even know this guy.”
Rodriguez said no one has answered her questions.
“They just left, they said they didn’t find the guy, the guy’s not here,” she said. “I almost had a panic attack, I was crying … I want to know why my house, and I’m hoping not just cause I’m Latino.”