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Archive for April 5th, 2012

DEA Opens Office in Bulgaria

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

To the DEA: Welcome to Bulgaria.

The agency has opened an office in the city of Sofia, according to the FOCUS News agency.

UThe opening of an office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Bulgaria is a sign for strategic partnership and cooperation between the US and Bulgaria,” Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said at the official opening of the office in Sofia, according to the news agency.

“It is highly important that the opening of a DEA office in Bulgaria will strengthen the country’s role in the neutralisation of drug trafficking rings and now we become a much securer and more reliable external border of the EU, since Bulgaria has a geostrategic location in the Balkans,” Tsvetan Tsvetanov said.

DEA chief Michele Leonhart, who attended a ceremony in Bulgaria for the opening said: “The opening of a DEA office in Sofia is very important, because our access will allow us expand our activity in the region and other countries.

 

 

Ex- Secret Service Agent Writes Fond Book About Jackie O

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Secret Service agent Clint Hill has penned a book on his fond memories of protecting Jacqueline Kennedy.

NBC’s TODAY Books reports that Hill, who protected Jackie O for for years, and became her confidant, has written a book entitled “Mrs. Kennedy and Me.”

At one point in the book, Hill describes a conversation with Jackie O in which she expresses concern about having any privacy with the Secret Service always around.

“I’m worried, Mr. Hill,” she said, as her brow furrowed slightly, “about losing all semblance of privacy.

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New Orleans Cops in Danziger Bridge Shooting Get Whacked at Sentencing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A group of New Orleans cops convicted in connection with the shootings at the infamous Danziger Bridge got whacked at sentencing on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

Four of the officers got sentences ranging from 38 to 65 years in prison. A fifth officer, who was just involved in the cover up, got six years, the Justice Department announced.

The sentencing capped an ugly chapter in New Orleans history.

Days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the cops were involved in the shootings of six civilians. Two of the civilians died.

“We hope that today’s sentences give a measure of peace and closure to the victims of this terrible shooting, who have suffered unspeakable pain and who have waited so patiently for justice to be done. The officers who shot innocent people on the bridge and then went to great lengths to cover up their own crimes have finally been held accountable for their actions,” Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez said in a statement. “As a result of today’s sentencing, the city of New Orleans can take another step forward.”

U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Englehardt the long sentences as follows:

  • Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, 40 years.
  • Sgt. Robert Gisevius, 40 years.
  • Officer Robert Faulcon, 65 years.
  • Officer Anthony Villavaso,38 years.
  • Sgt. Arthur “Archie” Kaufman, 6 years.

 

 

Justice Dept. Breaks Off Talks With Controversial Sheriff Joe

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

America’s most controversial sheriff — Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio — is causing more heartburn for the Justice Department.

CNN reports that the Justice Department broke off talks with the sheriff, whose department has been accused of discrminating against Hispanics.

The Justice Department is preparing to sue the sheriff over the discrimination. The Justice Department wanted to install an independent monitor to oversee changes in the department.

Sheriff Joe said no way.

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