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Archive for June 11th, 2010

Cory Nelson to Head Up FBI’s San Antonio Division

Cory Neslon/fbi photo

Cory Neslon/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Cory B. Nelson,  chief of the FBI’s Terrorist Financing Operations Section, has been tapped to head up the agency’s San Antonio Division.

Nelson joined the FBI in July 1991 and was first assigned to the New York Division’s applicant squad. He later went on the organized crime squad, where he worked on cases involving the Genovese crime family, the FBI said.

In August 1997, he headed off to the San Antonio Division’s Brownsville Resident Agency, where he worked narcotics, served as a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, and was the SWAT assistant team leader, the FBI said.

In October 1999, Nelson was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division, Colombian/Caribbean Unit, at FBI Headquarters.

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Baltimore’s Anti-Snitching Culture and a Dead FBI Informant

There have been anti-snitching videos distributed in Baltimore, reminders of the very real anti-snitching culture that has snatched many lives. Van Smith, an investigative reporter for the Baltimore City Paper, takes a look at one of the latest victims: Kareem Kelly Guest, an FBI informant.

Kareem Kelly Guest/baltimore city paper photo

Kareem Kelly Guest/baltimore city paper photo

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — Kareem Kelly Guest, a 29-year-old Westport resident, was no saint. He’d been charged dozens of times in state court for crimes typical of those in the drug game.

He was convicted in several cases, though his sentences were lenient and involved little jail time. But on Jan. 9, 2008, Guest did something that may have helped end his life: He sat down with federal law-enforcers and answered questions about what he knew about drug dealing in his neighborhood.

Twenty months later, after documents proving Guest’s cooperation started showing up on the streets of Westport last summer, Guest was shot dead. Who shot him and why remain unknown, though aspects of law enforcers’ efforts to answer those questions surfaced on June 1, when an obstruction-of-justice indictment was unsealed in U.S. District Court against Raine Zircon Curtis, an alleged witness to Guest’s murder.

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Boston FBI Not Giving Up on Finding Whitey Bulger: Places Ad in Military Publication

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One thing you have to say about the Boston FBI: It’s not rolling over and giving up on capturing mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, one of the agency’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

The latest, according to the Boston Globe: the FBI placed an ad in the May 24 issue of The Military Times, with photos of Bulger, 80, and his girlfriend Catherine Greig, 59, with the headline “Have You Seen This Couple?”

Why the military angle? The Globe reports Bulger was dishonaraby discharged from the Air Force, but the FBI says “he obtained a fake military identification card before he fled Boston and may be lurking around military bases.” The agency said Bulger has a fascination with the military.

The Globe reports Bulger had served in the Air Force from 1949 to 1952 and was dishonorably discharged after going AWOL. At the time, he was charged with rapes in Montana and Boston, the Globe reported.

In recent times, the FBI placed an ad in the Plastic Surgery News because Bulger’s girlfriend had some work done on her, and a dental trade publication because she was a dental hygentist and seemed to have her teeth cleaned monthly.

“We’re looking for avenues to have his picture reach worldwide,” said Gail Marcinkiewicz, an FBI spokeswoman told the Globe.

Ex-FBI Agent Who Worked on Natalie Holloway Case Comments on van der Sloot Probe

FBI Probing Security Breach of Ipads

ipadBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The creators of the iPad — the mini computer that seems to be today’s hot item in the gadget world — may be getting a little more attention then they want.

This time it’s from the FBI.

The FBI on Thursday said it was investigating a security breach of AT&T’s wireless network, the Washington Post reported. The problem: email addresses and network numbers of iPad users were exposed.

The website Gawker reported that some high-level government officials, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, were among those affected.

The Post reported that FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a e-mail: “The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and is looking into it.”

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