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Archive for June 7th, 2010

No Jail Time in Criminal Case for Ex-Calif. FBI Agent Linked to Golf Pro Greg Norman

Greg Norman/great white shark enterprises

Greg Norman/great white shark enterprises

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

A former California FBI agent who federal prosecutors say abused his position to help pro golfer Greg Norman in his 2006 divorce was sentenced Monday in an unrelated case to one year’s probation, including three months of home confinement, The Orange County Register reported.

Peter Norell Jr., a veteran agent out of Orange County, was sentenced for illegally accessing FBI records and pressuring someone in 2005 to pay a $500,000 debt owed to an acquaintance and other investors.

Norell — popular among his peers, some of whom reportedly showed up in court to support him Monday — was not charged in the Norman incident in 2006. But it was cited by the government in a sentencing memorandum to illustrate another time that Norell had “misused his FBI position on behalf of a friend.”

Norell resigned from the FBI as part of the plea agreement for illegally accessing the FBI records.

During a three-hour sentencing hearing in Santa Ana, Calif., Norell apologized to fellow agents, prosecutors and U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford, according to the Register.

“I understand my actions have tarnished the image of the FBI and for that I am deeply, deeply sorry,” he said. “I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

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Ex-CIA Official Admits Raping Algerian Woman on U.S. Embassy Property

cia-logoBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Ex-CIA official Andrew Warren pleaded guilty Monday to drugging and sexually assaulting an Algerian woman in 2008, while he was stationed in that country, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He also pleaded guilty to using cocaine while possessing a firearm.

Warren’s plea in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., capped an embarrassing international scandal for the CIA.

While pleading guilty Monday to the charge of abusive sexual conduct, Warren, 42, admitted that on Feb. 17, 2008, he had sexually assaulted the woman on the U.S. Embassy property in Algiers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. The government alleged in court documents that Warren had made a drink for the woman, who “consumed part of the drink and suddenly became very ill.”

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Author: We Must Stop Glamourizing Mobsters

William Donati is an English professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and author of the just-released book: “Lucky Luciano: The Rise and Fall of a Mob Boss”

lucky lucianoBy William Donati
For ticklethewire.com

LAS VEGAS –– Hollywood was criticized in the thirties for films like Public Enemy and Little Caesar: Gangsters were portrayed too sympathetically complained citizens.

In modern times, we have the Godfather, Goodfellas, Scarface, and the Sopranos offered as popular entertainment. Motion pictures reflect cultural values. The recent film Dillinger was criticized for its moral ambiguity. The cops are just as rotten as the crooks. Is that true?

Do citizens believe that? If so, society is in deep trouble.

Of course, the real heroes are the police and prosecutors. Film audiences do not feel the actual pain criminals inflict as killers, extortionists, thieves, and drug dealers.

When I was writing my book about the Lucky Luciano case, a literary agent said it was too “law and order,” as if I had transgressed by portraying Special Prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey as a hero. But he was indeed an American hero. Yet, in the film Hoodlum (1997), a screenwriter falsely depicted Dewey as corrupt – an absolute lie.

I examined over 40,000 archival documents to investigate the Luciano case, and I can assure readers that Dewey was defamed.

In Las Vegas, where I live, Mayor Goodman’s unfinished Mob Museum will open next year. The official name will be the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.

Alright, let’s hope it is a fine presentation. However, just announced is the Las Vegas Mob Experience where family members will tell what their gangster kinfolks “were really like” – the human side of Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. According to press reports, it will be an interactive experience where visitors might even be “made” or “wacked.” Gee, will they sell junior Mafioso badges?

lucky luciano and bookFederal prosecutors should visit high schools and clearly state: “I represent you. I represent the People. Let me explain my job.” Let students see your faces and understand that prosecutors are the ones who defend citizens’ rights and freedoms.

A sweeping media campaign should be initiated by law officers to remain atop the pedestal of citizen opinion; a good start would be a statue of Thomas E. Dewey in Times Square.

As Dewey commented concerning Luciano’s deportation in 1946: “I sent him out of the country like the rat he was.”

Thank you. To hell with gangster glamour.

Bernie Madoff: “F— My Victims. I Carried Them for 20 Years”

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It seems conman Bernie Madoff is at peace now that he’s among among fellow thieves.

New York magazine has written a fascinating piece on how Madoff seems relieved to have gotten caught and is admired by some of  his fellow inmates at the Butner Correctional Facility in North Carolina.

Lifer at the prison,  Robert Rosso, founder of convictinc.com, wrote, according to the magazine that Madoff, 71, is a “A hero. “He’s arguably the greatest con of all time.”

The magazine noted that Madoff has been known to walk with Carmine Persico, the former mob boss, or Jonathan Pollard, the spy.

The magazine said one inmate said he heard Madoff say one day: “F— my victims. I carried them for twenty years, and now I’m doing 150 years.”

Madoff’s former cellmate, the magazinze reported, recalled a conversation between Pollard and Madoff: “Bernie was telling a story about an old lady. She was bugging him for her money, so he said to her, ‘Here’s your money,’ and gave her a check. When she saw the amount she says, ‘That’s unbelievable,’ and she says, ‘Take it back.’ And urged her friends [to invest].”

Pollard thought it was “kind of f—- up” taking advantage of older women, according to the magazine.

“Well, that’s what I did,” Madoff said.

“You are going to pay with God,” Pollard warned. Madoff was unmoved. He was past apologizing, the magazine wrote.

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Where Does the Secret Service Draw the Line?

white house photo

white house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secret is expected to do everything within its power to protect the vice president of the United States.

But where does it draw the line?

Perhaps when it comes to Super Soaker attacks.

The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column reports that on Saturday Vice President Joe Biden hosted a “Biden Beach Boardwalk” picnic at his residence at the Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington.

Suddenly, Biden’s wife Jill Biden opened up with an attack on the v.p. with a giant squirt gun known as a Super Soaker.

“I’m here to protect you, Mr. Vice President, but not from this,” the Post quoted a grinning Secret Service agent as saying.

Mexican Cartels Stealing Crude Oil

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Don’t worry BP, there may be a less popular distributor of oil products than you: The Mexican drug cartels.

USA Today reports that cartels are tapping into Mexican underground pipelines and siphoning tons of crude oil and gasoline. Some is being peddled in the U.S.

Authorities estimate the thievery is generating as much as $715 million a year, which is helping cartels buy weapons and bribe officials, USA Today reported.

“It’s a big problem and a continual thorn in their side,” said David Shields, editor of Energia a Debate, an oil industry magazine, USA Today reported. “And the states that have drug trafficking have more problems with their pipelines.”

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John W. Douglas Who Headed Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division in 60s Dies at Age 88

justice dept. logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John W. Douglas, an assistant U.S. attorney general who led the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division from 1963 to 1966, died Wednesday in the nation’s capital from complications from a stroke, the Washington Post reported. He was 88.

The paper reported that Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy designated him in 1963 to represent the government in the planning of the March on Washington on Aug. 28. It was there before some 250,000 people that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the powerful speech “I Have a Dream”.

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Washington Post Editorial: “Appalling” That Fed Agencies Unprepared for WMD Attack

terrorismBy The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — “EVERYBODY WOULD be winging it.” That is how one law enforcement official described the likely Justice Department response to an attack involving weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

The remark was included in a critical report by the department’s inspector general, which concluded that the department “is not prepared to fulfill its role . . . to ensure public safety and security in the event of a WMD incident,” including those involving biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

The only Justice component to receive high marks was the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which the report noted had specific policies in place to deal with a WMD attack and routinely carried out WMD-specific training for agents and other personnel.

Not so the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Agency or the U.S. Marshals Service.

The ATF, for example, had been tapped to coordinate federal law enforcement’s response and its efforts to dovetail with local and state efforts in such matters as sealing off buildings and areas subject to WMD exposure. But the agency has no policies or training focused specifically on reacting to a WMD attack, and many officials within the Justice Department were not aware of the agency’s critical role nor had they worked with any other component, including the FBI, to coordinate efforts in the event of an attack.

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