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Archive for July 1st, 2010

Mass. Native Richard DesLauriers To Head Boston FBI

boston-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Massachusetts native Richard DesLauriers, who has served as deputy assistant director of Counterintelligence at FBI headquarters, has been tapped to head the agency’s Boston office.  He replaces Warren T. Bamford, who recently retired from the agency.

DesLauriers entered the FBI in 1987 and was first assigned to the Birmingham, Ala. office where he worked violent crime and fugitives.

In 1990, he began working counterintelligence in New York. Five year later, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Eurasian Section of the National Security Branch at headquarters.

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Mary Galligan Named First Female SAC in New York

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the past week  women have broken the gender barrier at the FBI’s New York office. First Janice Fedarcyk was named the first woman to head the office.

And on Thursday, the FBI announced that Mary E. Galligan will become the first woman special agent in charge at the office. She will head up up Cyber/Special Operations.

Galligan is currently is chief inspector overseeing the Office of Inspections, the FBI said.

Galligan will replace Amy L. Pickett, who filled in as an acting special agent in charge in New York.

To read more about her background click here.

Denver FBI Gets Glass Tower Building With Key Security Features

denver-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in Denver has a new home and it’s built to fend off unwanted guests.

The Associated Press reports that the new field office is a  four-story, glass tower with a lobby that has bomb  proof glass, fencing that can stop a moving truck and pillars that can withstand a bomb blast.

The building also features separate interview rooms for crime victims, AP reported. It stated the furniture in those rooms is cozier than the ones for suspects.

AP reported that the building is flush with parking. In the past, agents had to go three blocks to get some vehicles.

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Fed Judge Tenatively Grants Asylum to Son of Founder of Hamas Who Spied for Israel

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a story full of twists, and certainly worthy of a movie, a federal immigration judge in San Diego on Wednesday tentatively granted asylum Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas founder who converted to Christianity and became a spy for Israel, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the ruling came in a wake of the feds dropping concerns that he was a terrorist threat.

He argued that he’d be killed if he returned home. He was a spy for Israel’s Shin Bet, an Israeli intelligence agency.

“I will keep fighting the ideology that is behind terrorists because I know how they think,” he told reporters in the parking lot, according to AP. “I know that this is the real danger that is facing liberty, facing freedom, facing humanity.”

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FBI Arrests Chicago Cop in Onging Probe Into Tow Truck Kickbacks

chicago_police_patchBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents on Tuesday arrested a Chicago cop police officer as part of an ongoing probe into officers taking kickbacks from tow truck drivers, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A federal complaint filed against cop James Wodnicki alleged that he received  cash bribes from tow truck operators in exchange for preferential treatment at accident scenes, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The complaint suggests other cops were involved as well, but authorities declined to say if more arrests were forthcoming, the Tribune reported.

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging No-Fly List

plane window2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Wednesday challenging the government’s right to put someone on a no-fly list without them having the opportunity to challenge the decision, Reuters news service reported.

The suit, filed on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens, says thousands of people have been barred from flying and asks for systemic reform, Reuters reported. It also challenges the constitutionality of the list. It claims it violates individual rights.

The no fly-list was created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Some people who shouldn’t be on the list have appeared on there including children.

But some complain more people should be on it.

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ICE and Fed Prosecutors Shut Down 9 Websites in Crackdown on Movie Piracy

sex-and-the-city-2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now of days, you can see almost any movie — be it new or old — without going out to the the theater or renting a video– and all for free.

Unfortunately,  the whole set up is illegal.

On Wednesday, federal authorities clamped down and disabled nine websites that allowed people to download pirated movies, some which had just been released, the Associated Press reported.  Some of the free movies included Karate Kid and Sex and The City 2.

As part of the broadsweeping crackdown, AP reported that authorities seized assets from 15 bank, investment and advertising accounts, and executed residential search warrants in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York spearheaded the effort.

U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA said, “Criminal copyright

infringement occurs on a massive scale over the Internet, and reportedly results in billions of dollars in losses to the U.S. economy,” N.Y. U.S. Preet Bharara said in a statement. “That translates into lost jobs and real hardships for ordinary working people. That’s why we took today’s action. If your business model is movie piracy, your story will not have a happy ending.”

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