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Archive for October 19th, 2011

Teresa Carlson to Head FBI’s Milwaukee Division


Teresa Carlson/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Teresa L. Carlson, FBI section chief in the Directorate of Intelligence, has been named the new head of the Milwaukee Division.

Carlson, a 19-year veteran of the FBI, started her career in the Chicago Division where she worked violent crimes and public corruption cases.

While in Chicago, she was a case agent for Operation Silver Shovel, an undercover investigation that involved bribery, drug trafficking, and organized crime activity. It resulted in more than 20 convictions, including elected officials, the FBI said.

She went on to the Inspection Division at headquarters before heading south to the Birmingham bureau, where she was a supervisor in the white-collar crime program.

After that, she served as assistant special agent in charge of the white-collar crime and cyber programs in the New York Division.

She returned to FBI headquarters in the  National Security Branch, which is responsible for national security matters, including budget matters and liaison with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Congress, and the White House.

 

President Obama Says of ATF’s Fast and Furious: “People Who Screwed Up Will be Held Accountable”

white house file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The seriousness of the screw up with ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious has apparently not been lost at the White House.

“People who have screwed up will be held accountable, President Obama told reporter Jake Tapper on ABC’s  “Nightline.”

“Our overarching goal consistently has been to say we’ve got a responsibility not only to stop drugs from flowing north, we’ve also got a responsibility to make sure we are not helping to either arm or finance these drug cartels in Mexico,” Obama said.

“It’s very upsetting to me to think that somebody showed such bad judgment that they would allow something like that to happen,” he said. “And we will find out who and what happened in this situation and make sure it gets corrected.”

Operation Fast and Furious encouraged gun dealers in Arizona to sell to middlement, all with the hopes of tracing them to the Mexican cartels.

ATF lost track of some guns, some of which surfaced at crime scenes on both sides of the border. The Mexican government was infuriated when it learned of the undercover operation.

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FBI in New Mexico Releases Images, Seeks Help in Finding Bodies Linked to Suspected Serial Killer

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Seeking the public’s help, the FBI in Albuquerque has released  hundreds of images of items collected during the investigation of suspected serial killer David Parker Ray.

Ray died in 2002 while serving more than 223-years in a state prison in connection with the kidnapping of two women who said he sexually tortured them at his residence near Elephant Butte Lake, N.M.

Ray claimed to have abducted about 40 victims from several states, though no bodies have been found so far. Many searches have been conducted over the years, and suspicions remain that Ray may have murdered several victims still unidentified.

The FBI is asking public to look at the images of clothing and jewelry, which they believe may have been taken from his victims, to see if anybody recognizes the items.

released fbi photo

“We are asking family and friends of missing people to look over these photographs and contact us if they recognize any of these items,” said Frank Fisher of the Albuquerque Field Office.

To read more, and to view the images, click here.

 

Late Rep. Murtha Was Under FBI Investigation

Rep. John Murtha/gov. photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents spent more than two years investigating the late Rep. John Murtha, moving to expand their ongoing investigation into a full public corruption probe just months before he passed, reports the Washington Post.

Investigators were looking into whether the Pennsylvania Democrat was using his positions as defense appropriations chairman-a position that controlled billions of defense contract dollars-to benefit select contractors and lobbyists, according to the Post. Charges were never brought.

Murtha’s brother worked at the lobbying firm KSA Consulting, which won millions of dollars in Murtha-steered earmarks, reports the Post, and the FBI had been scrutinizing that relationship by June of 2009.

It was not confirmed whether the investigation was dropped for lack of evidence or if it was deemed irrelevant; Murtha passed away in February 2010 from complications following a gall bladder surgery. Murtha had denied any wrongdoing until the end, and his office had repeatedly insisted he was not being investigated.

“There is utter clarity now that Mr. Murtha was under criminal investigation,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) told the Post. “And given all the people the FBI was talking to, it seems he probably knew it.” CREW, a government watchdog organization, had sought documentation of the investigation in an effort to learn about the Justice Department’s general work in prosecuting public officials.

To read more click here.

FBI Subcommittee Recommends New Definition of Rape

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After much talk, an FBI subcommittee made recommendations Tuesday to update the definition of rape for the first time in 80 years.

The recommendations came out of a meeting in Baltimore by a subcommittee of law enforcement officials and will head next to an advisory panel, reports the Baltimore Sun. The advisory panel is expected to sign off on them, and they will then be submitted to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III for approval. Details of the recommendations could not be verified at this point.

The FBI has to this point gone by their original 1927 definition of rape: “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” Womens’ Rights groups and others have criticized the definition as too narrow, excluding anal or oral penetration, male rape and incidents where force is not used.

“This is a huge step forward in accurately reflecting the true number of rapes that are occurring in our country,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement policy think tank. Wexler told the Sun that 80 percent of police chiefs agreed the definition was outdated.

To read more click here.

FBI Probing Detroit County Executive and $200,000 Severance Payout to Underling