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Archive for April 9th, 2010

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Jimmy Hoffa Disappearance

Ex-ATF Agent Charged in Tulsa With Drug Trafficking

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An ex-ATF agent in Tulsa, Ok., has been charged with drug trafficking and has been implicated in a  fabricated drug buy in 2007 that sent a father and daughter to federal prison,  the Tulsa Daily World reported.

The paper reported ex-ATF agent Brandon J. McFadden, 33, who left the agency last year, has been charged in federal court with  drug conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting money laundering.

McFadden joined the ATF in 2002 after working as a cop in Lubbock, Tex.

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Column: Qatar Should Pay For Goofy Antics of Its Diplomat Aboard United Flight

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s really not enough that the goofy Qatari diplomat who caused a scare aboard a United Flight from D.C. to Denver Wednesday will voluntarily leave the country.

The country of Qatar, at minimum, should pay for the two F-16 fighter jets that were scrambled in response to the man’s stupidity and the cost of investigators who had to deal this nonsense.

Apparently, the diplomat Mohammed al-Madadi, who has immunity from prosecution,  was going to visit a jailed al Qaeda agent in prison in Denver, and while on board the United flight, decided to light up a cigarette in the bathroom. When confronted, he apparently made a joke about trying to light his shoe on fire.

Now, if the guy had been in 5th grade, perhaps the response might have been understandable. One thing is for sure: Qatar needs to raise the bar a little and send diplomats to the U.S. who exhibit the maturity of someone beyond elementary school.

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Man Who Placed Explosives in Mailboxes in East Texas Was Angry at Govt.

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ticklethewire.com

The fear in east Texas vanished with the indictment on Wednesday of a man suspected of putting more than 30 explosive devices in mailboxes and other locations, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that suspect Larry Eugene North was angry at the government and appeared have acted alone.

ATF Agent Robert R. Champion told AP that investigators believe North is the culprit who planted 36 devices since Feb. 5. The explosives put residents of east Texas on edge.

The AP reported that North had been under surveillance for about week before being arrested while placing a bomb in a mailbox in Tyler, Tex.

Mobster John Gotti Jr. Tells 60 Minutes He Feared Getting Whacked Everyday In Interview to Air Sunday