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Archive for November 18th, 2011

Weekend Series on Crime History: Sammy “The Bull” Gravano

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“Dean of Federal Law Enforcement in Tulsa” Don Crowl Passes at 72

 By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The “dean of federal law enforcement in Tulsa”has  passed away.

Don Crowl’s 25-year career with the Secret Service included stints on security details of six presidents, from Lyndon Johnson to George H. W. Bush, plus other politicians, judges, foreign dignitaries and cabinet members, reports the Tulsa World. He passed away on Monday at age 72.

“The criminal investigations, the whodunits, the thrill of the chase,” he told the Tulsa World once, “It’s what I like best about the job.”

The Tulsa paper described him as “the unquestioned dean of federal law enforcement in Tulsa.”

Crowl’s son Doug wowed classmates at show-and-tell when he brought his dad in. “It was fantastic. He came every year. It became a sort of tradition,” he told the Tulsa World. “All my friends looked forward to it, my dad coming to talk about what a cool job he had.”

Crowl joined the Secret Service 1965 as the agency was expanding in the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He protected Vice President Hubert Humphrey during the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots in Chicago and President Nixon in preparation for his first trip to China, the paper reported.

Crowley was named to lead the Tulsa Office of the Secret Service, pursuing investigations of counterfeiting and other federal cases. In 1989 he was nominated for the US Marshal’s post by President George H. W. Bush.

Crowl retired in 1994 as U.S. Marshal.

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Are FBI Terror Tactics Just?

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Undoubtedly the public has been grateful when terrorist plots have been foiled by the FBI. But some are questioning the tactics, not just asking if the ends justify the means but if the means are creating false ends, reports The Guardian.

“Critics say the FBI is running a sting operation across America, targeting – to a large extent – the Muslim community by luring people into fake terror plots,” reads the Guardian article. The FBI sends informants to “trawl through Muslim communities,” spending time at mosques and community centers talking about radical Islam in an attempt to identify possible sympathizers, the paper reports.

“Most of these suspect terrorists had no access to weapons unless the government provided them. I would say that showed they were not the biggest threat to the US,” Mike German, a former FBI agent who worked in counter-terrorism but is now employed by the American Civil Liberties Union, told the paper.

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San Antonio Drug Bust Nets Cash, Cars Including Hot Pink Low Rider

 
By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The powerful Zetas drug cartel took another blow in San Antonio, Tex., says a report from local KENS5.com.

A DEA bust recovered high quality cocaine and millions of dollared allegedly linked to the Zetas,  the station reported. Authorities claimed the bust crippled a powerful drug operation in San Antonio . Five were charged with cocaine trafficking.

A 1968 red Impala and a hot-pink low-rider classic automobile were among four vintage “hot rides” seized in the bust, the station reported.

“We had a seizure of about $2 million and another seizure of $50,000,” said Mauricio Fernandez, DEA special agent. “We also seized about 5 kilos of high quality cocaine.”

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Judge Rules FBI Must Pay Muslim Groups Legal Fees for Lying About Existence of Records in Freedom of Information Case

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After five years of legal wrangling, a federal judge in California ruled Thursday that the FBI must pay the legal fees of Muslim activist groups that sued the agency over a Freedom of Information Act case.

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney, in a written ruling, said his decision was not based on the merits of the case, but rather to “punish a government that chose to lie to its own judicial system,” reports ABC News. “The Court must impose monetary sanctions to deter the Government from deceiving the Court again,”

The FBI had denied the existence of files the group was asking for and had claimed that admitting the files in question existed would have compromised national security.  The court refuted that claim.

“And the Court rejects the Government’s suggestion that it initially had to deceive the Court to protect national security. The Government could have availed itself of routine court procedures without compromising national security,” Carney wrote.

The case was decided in favor of the Islamic Shura Council, a group composed of six Muslim-American community organizations and five community leaders.

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Utah Man Throws Molotov Cocktail at Bank, Ignites Bush

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

We’ve all been annoyed to find a hidden banking fee lurking in the shadows of our bank statements from time to time. But a Utah man took that frustration to another level, according to an Associated Press report out of West Jordan, Utah.

Joshua Raymond Townsend, 20, is facing a federal count of attempting to destroy a building used in interstate commerce after throwing Molotov cocktails at a Wells Fargo Branch. Townsend was arrested about 15 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Townsend began planning a bank bombing about two months, according to federal officials. He had ordered explosive chemicals but decided earlier this week to instead use Molotov cocktails instead. He called police immediately before throwing the first cocktail. That one failed to ignite and a second bounced off a window and set fire to a nearby bush.

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Suspected White House Shooter Thought Obama Was the Antichrist

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It may not have been the brightest of assassination plots considering President Obama wasn’t even in town when Oscar Ramiro Oretego-Hernandez allegedly fired at the White House.

Nonetheless, authorities believe the intent to kill Obama was there. He’s been charged with attempting to assassinate the president.

CBS News reports that a witnesses told the FBI he had become increasingly angry with the government and Obama, who he considered the antichrist who needed to be killed.

The FBI found a semi-automatic assault rifle in his car along with three loaded magazines, nine spent shells, several extra boxes of cartridges, an aluminum baseball bat, brass knuckles and a sales receipt for purchases made at a WalMart in Fairfax, Va. just four and a half hours before the shooting, CBS News reported.

Authorities confirmed several gun shots on the south side of the White House, CBS reported.

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