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Archive for April 9th, 2012

FBI Analyst Claims He Was 1 Pushup Short of Becoming an Agent

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jay Bauer, an intelligence analyst for the FBI in Chicago, may have been short on the pushups, but he’s no pushover.

The Northwestern University doctoral graduate has filed a gender-discrimation lawsuit against the FBI, claiming he was short one pushup at the training academy and was rejected as an agent, according to the Chicago Tribune. Bauer claims a woman who failed the fitness test was given a second chance and that he wasn’t.

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Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to 1 Year-1Day for Lying About Helping Informant He Had An Affair With

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s prison time for former FBI agent Adrian Busby.

The New York Post reports that Busby was sentenced Monday in fed court in Manhattan to one year and one day in prison for leaking secret documents to help an informant who was also his lover.

“Your life is now pretty much ruined, at least in terms of any law enforcement job,” said Judge Harold Baer, according to the Post.

After the sentencing Busby said, according to the Post:  “I screwed up and I regret it, but I do not think I abused my power. I got permission every step of the way,” said Busby, who is no longer with his wife and has three children with health issues. “It’s a nightmare. I’m not going to be able to get another job. How am I supposed to support my family?”

It all began in 2008 when Busby, who was investigating mortgage fraud, started using a female real estate loan officer as a confidential source. He also began having an affair with her.

On Feb. 5, 2008, the source was arrested and subsequently prosecuted by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for identity theft and related charges.

Authorities charged that Busby “actively assisted with her criminal defense, met with her attorneys on multiple occasions, and during trial “provided her defense attorney with confidential, law enforcement reports…related to her case….in violation of FBI regulations.”

In December 2009, she was convicted.

Beginning in January 2008, authorities said Busby made numerous false statements regarding the things he did to assist her in the trial.

 

 

Video Shows Man Easily Getting Atty. Gen. Eric Holder’s Voting Ballot

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr./doj file photo

By Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

A just-released video may add fuel to the ongoing controversy over requiring photo IDs to vote.

The conservative  site Breitbart News reports  that James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has released a video trying to prove a point about the need to have photo IDs to vote.

The video shows someone walking into Attorney General Eric Holder’s voting precinct in Upper Northwest Washington without a photo ID and getting Holder’s voting ballot.

International Arms Dealer Viktor Bout Gets 25 Years

dea photo

By Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

It’s going to be a long time before international arms dealer Viktor Bout sees daylight again.

The DEA announced late last week that Bout was sentenced in New York to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell millions of dollars’ worth of weapons, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles and over 20,000 AK-47s to the Colombian terrorist group, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (the “FARC”).

Authorities said that Bout understood the weapons would be used to kill Americans in Colombia.

He was convicted on the charges last November 2.

“The crimes Viktor Bout committed represent the worst case scenario for modern law enforcement–the merger of criminal international narcotics cartels with their terrorism enablers,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a statement.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara added in a statement: “Viktor Bout has been international arms trafficking enemy number one for many years, arming some of the most violent conflicts around the globe. He was finally brought to justice in an American court for agreeing to provide a staggering number of military grade weapons to an avowed terrorist organization committed to killing Americans. Today’s sentence is a fitting coda for this career arms trafficker of the most dangerous order.”

FBI Probing Police Shooting Involving Unarmed College Student

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI stepping into a controversial police shooting in Pasadena, Calif. involving an unarmed college student.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI will open a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of college student Kendrec McDade by the Pasadena Police.

The FBI issued a statement, according to the LA Times, which said: “The FBI is assessing the incident involving the Pasadena Police Department on March 24, 2012, which resulted in the death of Kendrec McDade. The FBI will seek to determine whether a violation of federal civil rights law was a factor.”

The paper reported that McDade was shot by two cops responding to a 911 call about an armed robbery. To read more click here.

FBI Concerned About Spying on U.S. Campuses

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. campuses aren’t just for educating our youth.

Bloomberg news reports that the FBI is concerned about countries using universities to gather intelligence.

“We have intelligence and cases indicating that U.S. universities are indeed a target of foreign intelligence services,” Frank Figliuzzi, the FBI’s assistant director for counterintelligence told Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reports that authorities are seeing growing signs of spying on U.S. campuses.

To read the full story click here.