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Archive for November 22nd, 2011

TSA Employee Charged in Sexual Assault Incident

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Transportation Security Administration employee in uniform flashed his badge and apparently more at a woman near his Manassas, Va., home.

Harold Glenn Rodman, a 52-year-old airport screener, has been charged with abduction with intent to defile, aggravated sexual assault, forcible sodomy and object sexual penetration, reports CNN.

According to police, a 37-year-old woman was walking with a friend in the neighborhood when Rodman approached and displayed a badge, then sexually assaulted the woman before she fled on foot. Rodman matched a description police had recorded on a patrol call while canvassing the neighborhood.

The Dulles International Airport employee has been removed from work pending the investigation.

“TSA holds its personnel to the highest professional and ethical standards, and investigates all allegations of misconduct,” TSA spokesman Greg Soule told CNN. “The disturbing allegations against this individual in no way reflect the work of the more than 50,000 security officers who every day ensure the security of the traveling public.”

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Mumbia Attack Planner Who was American Focus of PBS Special Tuesday Night

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

David Coleman Headley,  a lead planner of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, who looked Western and had a U.S. passport,  is the focus of  a special on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS’s Frontline called “A Perfect Terrorist.”

The son of a Pakistani father and an American mother, Headley was chosen for his non-Muslim, Western look and fluency in English, reports NPR.

Headley was a walking “mix of cultures,” born in Pakistan and raised by his father after his parent’s divorce in elite military training schools, then sent to Philadelphia to live with his mother above a pub when he got into trouble in Pakistan, NPR reported. At the pub in Philly alcohol and music clashed with his conservative upbringing, leading him into more trouble.

“It’s kind of this collision with the West after this upbringing in Pakistan,” says ProPublic reporter Sebastian Rotella, who did the documentary, according to NPR. “As a young man, he slides into drug addiction and drug trafficking.”

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Former FBI Agent: Oswald Acted Alone

Jacqueline Kennedy-1961/white house photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who worked in the Kennedy assassinations believes  the conspiracy theories may have resulted from suspicions after the FBI decided to initially withhold some information, reports the Salem News. He still believes Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Former agent Jim Graham of Overland, Ks., says the FBI withheld initially, at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy, evidence indicating the bullet that killed Kennedy came from Oswald’s position and his rifle, according to the Salem News. That, he says, may have created the conspiracy theories.

“Mrs. Kennedy did not want this evidence released immediately because she did not want her children to see it,” Graham told the paper.

Graham was a street agent in Kansas City at the time of the assassination, listening in over the radio from his car as it happened. Two days later Jack Ruby killed Oswald and Graham wound up investigating the incident in Dallas with hundreds of other agents. His work made it into the Warren Commission report, the large investigation into the murder.

Graham firmly believes Oswald acted alone. “Oswald was a small person who always wanted to be somebody,” he told the paper. “Killing the President of the United States was his claim to fame.” Graham believes Oswald would have confessed had he not been killed.

To read more about Graham’s career click here.

FBI Admits Report Overestimated Gang Problem in Utah


fbi file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Salt Lake County, Utah may not be gang free, but it’s not nearly as bad as the FBI initially suggested.

The Deseret News reports that the FBI has conceded that it far overestimated the gang problem in Salt Lake County, saying it miscalculated the numbers.

The paper reported that the FBI had said Utah County was among the 10 top in the nation when it came to gang problems.

It had estimated a gang population of more than 15,000.

On Friday, the FBI recalculated and came up with a figure of about 2,500 the Deseret News reported.

The original figures were released by the FBI last month in a national gang report.

The paper reported that “when officers with the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit saw the numbers, they immediately knew they were flawed.”

“I think the (FBI) stat is erroneous. The suggestion that Salt Lake has 15,000 documented gang members is inaccurate. How that inaccuracy was achieved, I don’t know,” Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder told the Deseret News last week. “I think the Metro numbers are very accurate.”

The Metro Gang Unit pegged the number at about 2,500.

 

Retired FBI Employee Who Helped Crew in “J. Edgar” Reflects on Movie and Power of Hollywood

Rex Tomb served in the FBI from 1968 until his retirement in 2006. For most of his career he served in the Office of Public Affairs, retiring as Chief of its Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit.
 

Rex Tomb

By Rex Tomb
for ticklethewire.com

About a year ago I received a telephone call from my former boss at the FBI. No biggie. Usually they call to tell me that a former colleague is retiring or that maybe someone I know is ill or transferring. This call however, was different. He told me that some people were coming to town and that they were producing a feature film about the life of J. Edgar Hoover. Would I give them a tour of Mr. Hoover’s old office? I immediately agreed to do so.

I am not a historian, nor can I claim to have known Mr. Hoover, though in a couple of those “my brushes with fame” moments, I did catch glimpses of him and even exchanged a few words with the man (very few). To say however, that I knew him? When he was alive, I worked in the mail room and conducted FBI tours. We weren’t on a first name basis. I served under him for the first four years of my FBI career which, by the way, stretched from 1968 until my retirement in 2006.

In the early 1970s, I was given an assignment that enabled me to obtain a very good knowledge of how Mr. Hoover’s office had been laid out: Who sat where, where the entrances were, where some of the furniture stood, etc. Mr. Hoover’s office was in the Department of Justice Building which is located in Washington, D.C. Several years ago the building underwent an extensive renovation. Much of the building’s interior was gutted and rebuilt, making it much harder for newer people to know exactly where things were. Since I live only a few miles away and was available, I was called.

While some parts of Mr. Hoover’s office suite no longer exist, I was still able to show them Mr. Hoover’s old conference room, his working office as well as his secretary’s office. The movie production people that I met with could not have been nicer. I liked them then, and I still do. They were intelligent, courteous and very kind. I also tried to recommend that they telephone some people who actually knew Mr. Hoover. Believe it or not, there are still a few around. They were appreciative, but it was obvious that they had already been in touch with some of them. Researchers who work on major film productions are notoriously efficient.

After the tour, I eagerly anticipated the film’s release, and several weeks ago, “J. Edgar” which was directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer, came to Washington area movie theaters. The night I went to see it the theater was packed.

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Longest Serving Fed Prosecutor John C. Keeney Dead at Age 89

John Keeney

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It was Billy Joel who once sang “Only the Good Die Young.”

Not so.

AP reported that retired Justice Department official John C. Keeney, the longest-serving federal prosecutor in history, died on Saturday in Kensington, Md., at age 89.

In a statement posted on the Justice Department website on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. remarked:

“For the last six decades, Jack Keeney served the Department of Justice with dedication, integrity and an unshakeable commitment to the rule of law. As the longest-serving federal prosecutor in the history of the United States, the contributions that he made – to the Justice Department and to the nation he was so proud to serve – are beyond measure. And I am one of many who have been grateful to count him as a mentor, advisor and friend.

“Although Mr. Keeney will be sorely missed, his legacy will live on – in the Justice Department building that bears his name, in the standard of excellence that he established in the department’s Criminal Division, in the work of countless attorneys that he mentored throughout his career, and in the inspiration that he will continue to provide public servants across our nation.”

Justice Dept. Probes Allegations Boston FBI Lied About Mob Informant

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This can’t be good publicity for the FBI.

The station Newscenter 5 reports that the Justice Department is probing allegations by Massachusetts law enforcement officials that the Boston FBI lied about using Mafia capo Mark Rossetti, 54, as an informant.

The station quoted FBI spokesman Paul Bresson as saying: “Regarding the Rosetti matter, an inspection team from FBI headquarters in Washington D.C., is currently reviewing.’’

Previously, the Boston FBI got in big trouble for using mobster James “Whitey” Bulger as an informant while he committed numerous murders and other crimes.

In fact, comparisons to Bulger and this case were not lost. The headline on the station’s website read: “Another Bulger? Feds Probe FBI Mob Informant Use.”

To read more click here.

 

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