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Archive for April 27th, 2012

Does Secret Service Need More Rules to Make Sure Agents Don’t Hire Hookers?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It would seem like common sense that if you’re a Secret Service agent and you’re on the road, you shouldn’t booze it up too much and bring prostitutes back to the hotel.

Well, obviously some Secret Service agents needed a little more guidance and common sense.

So after the Colombia-prostitute scandal, the Secret Service is tightening and clarifying its policies for travel, according to NPR.

The new rules were contained in an internal message, NPR reported.

Too bad the guidelines weren’t tightened earlier.

I’m sure if the agents had known they weren’t supposed to bring prostitutes back to the hotel, they wouldn’t have done it. Right?

 

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Column: Does Secret Service Need More Rules to Make Sure Agents Don’t Hire Hookers?

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It would seem like common sense that if you’re a Secret Service agent and you’re on the road, you shouldn’t booze it up too much and bring prostitutes back to the hotel.

Well, obviously some Secret Service agents needed a little more guidance and common sense.

So after the Colombia-prostitute scandal, the Secret Service is tightening and clarifying its policies for travel, according to NPR.

The new rules were contained in an internal message, NPR reported.

Too bad the guidelines weren’t tightened earlier.

I’m sure if the agents had known they weren’t supposed to bring prostitutes back to the hotel, they wouldn’t have done it. Right?

 

Taiwanese Pair Held for Alleged Drug and Arms Smuggling

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

What first looks like a routine drug bust seems to have evolved into international arms smuggling charges.

The FBI is alleging that Taiwanese nationals Hui Sheng-shen, 45, and Huan Ling-chang, 41, known as “Charlie” and “Alice”, were trying to acquire military spy drones, E-2C Hawkeye surveillance airplanes and stealth technology relating to F-22 jets, on behalf of wealthy Chinese connections and possibly even the Chinese government. The Taipei Times reports that the couple has been held for the past two months awaiting trial, charged with selling 1kg of nearly pure crystal methamphetamine to undercover agents.

Newark U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the pair’s activities were revealed during an investigation into counterfeit Chinese goods.

“The charges against Shen and Chang illustrate starkly why we do this work and what is at stake when the security of our ports is breached for any reason, ” Fishman said in a statement. “National security isn’t an a la carte enterprise. The same conduits that bring knockoff sneakers flood our communities with illegal drugs and establish dangerous criminal relationships.”

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FBI Move to $150M New Chelsea, Mass. HQ in Limbo

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Are sour grapes delaying construction of the FBI’s new $150 million regional headquarters in Chelsea, Massachusetts?

Slated to begin construction late last year (never happened) bid-winning developer Emerald Corporate Center LLC, a division of ACS Development Corp. is facing a lawsuit from losing-bidder Boston Harbor Development Partners, an arm of Pappas Enterprises in South Boston, the Boston Business Journal reports.

Pappas’ attorney argued that Emerald Corporate Center’s site for the FBI headquarters in Chelsea “failed to meet the minimum requirements of the bid and were ineligible for the award”… meaning the Pappas’ bid and MassPort parcel on Fargo Street in Boston should be reconsidered for the lucrative project.

Naturally Boston Mayor Thomas Menino thinks it would be better to keep the FBI HQ in town, while local Chelsea officials are still advocating the move. “It’s not a good decision to put the building in Chelsea,” Menino told the Boston Business Journal. “It makes more sense to put the FBI near the other law enforcement agencies like the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the federal courthouse.”

On the other side, Patricia Simboli said her company ACS has a signed legally binding lease with the federal government, with no escape clause. “We will be constructing the FBI building and Pappas is unhappy about that,” she said.

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5 Gambino Gangsters Plead Guilty to Laundry List of Dirty Deeds

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Racketeering, narcotics trafficking, assault, extortion, murder? Just another day-in-the-life of a Gambino mobster.

Five Gambino wise guys pled guilty this week to a range of nefarious charges, announced Preet Bharara, NY U.S Attorney in Manhattan.

Working as “soldiers” and “associates” of the Gambino crime family, Vincenzo Frogiero, Todd Labarca, John Brancaccio, Christopher Reynolds, and Sean Dunn earned millions for the Gambinos by trafficking hundreds of kilos of cocaine and marijuana, and thousands of ecstasy and vicodin pills through operations based in Queens over the past 30 years.

Labarca also pled guilty to conspiracy to murder fellow gangster Martin Bosshart in a 2002 turf war, after Bosshart made a power grab in the Gambino’s marijuana import operation. Bosshart was found shot point blank in the back of the head for his ambitions.

The 5 will face similar fates in their July sentencing as a couple dozen other Gambino members and associates snared by the FBI recently as part of a nationwide takedown of organized crime.

According to Bharara, “The laundry list of illegal conduct to which LaBarca and these four other defendants pled serves as a reminder of the scourge that is organized crime and that our efforts to root it out will continue unabated.”

To read more click here.

 

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