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David Bowdich to Head Counterterrorism Division in LA

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
 
David Bowdich, the special assistant to the associate deputy director at FBI headquarters, is heading out to the field to become special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division in the Los Angeles office.

Bowdich started with the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the San Diego Field Office, where he investigated violent crimes and gangs and served as a SWAT team member and sniper.

In 2003, he headed to headquarters to serve in the Safe Streets and Gang Unit.

In late 2005, he returned to San Diego and supervised a multi-agency gang task force that investigated such groups as the Mexican Mafia, Bloods and Crips, and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club using wiretaps and undercover operations.

In 2009, he became assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office.

He eventually initiated the first FBI hybrid squad in the country to target kidnapping cells operating on both sides of the United States and Mexican border.

He also oversaw the murder investigations of two slain Border Patrol agents.

In 2011, he was chosen to handle the transition of a new FBI Director given that Director Mueller’s 10-year term expired in September 2011. After Director Mueller received a two-year extension, he was named a special assistant to the associate deputy director, the FBI said.

 

FBI Releases 2 Public Service Announcements to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Women Becoming FBI Agents

FBI Warns of Potential Violence in U.S. Following Satirical Film About Prophet Mohammed

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are warning of potential violence spreading to the U.S. following a satirical movie mocking the Prophet Mohammed, ABC News reports.

The Joint Intelligence Bulletin warned that “the risk of violence could increase both at home and abroad as the film continues to gain attention.”

The warning comes a few days after an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four others.

While there are no specific threats, U.S. officials said violent extremists hope to exploit Muslim anger over the film, ABC News reported.

Mafia Expert “Donnie Brasco” to Speak to Montreal Officials About the Criminal Underworld

Joseph Pistone

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mafia expert and former undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone, better known as Donnie Brasco, is expected to share knowledge of the criminal underworld to Montreal officials as early as Monday, the Montreal Gazette reports.

Pistone is known for bringing down members of two of New York City’s most notorious mobs – the Bonanno and Colombo crime families – by earning their trust during a six-year sting operation in the late 1970s.

But don’t expect Pistone to reveal much about the mafia in Canada, the Montreal Gazette reported.

According to an author who has spoken with Pistone, the former agent doesn’t have specific information on the mafia in Montreal.

Purported Spokesman for Hacking Group Anonymous Arrested for Threatening FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The purported spokesman for the hacking group Anonymous was arrested by the FBI on allegations that he threatened an FBI agent, his attorney said Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

Barrett Brown, 31, of Dallas is expected to be charged in connection with YouTube videos in which Brown rails against federal authorities.

In one of the profanity-laced videos, Brown addresses FBI Agent Robert Smith.

“So that’s why Robert Smith’s life is over,” Brown said. “But when I say his life is over, I don’t say I’m going to go kill him. But I am going to ruin his life and look into his (expletive) kids.”

Anonymous splinter group AntiSec appears to have retaliated Thursday night by posting addresses and credit card numbers of 13 federal government workers, the Dallas Morning News reports.

AntiSec claimed to have hacked an FBI computer to obtain personal information on millions of Apple users last week, but its story was quickly refuted by Apple and the bureau.

Civil Jury Clears ATF Agent William Clark of Wrongdoing in Fatal Shooting in Virgin Islands

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 ATF agent William G. Clark, who was accused of using excessive force when he fatally shot a man during a domestic dispute in 2008 in the Virgin Islands,  was cleared of wrong doing by a jury Thursday in a civil trial in U.S. District Court in the Virgin Islands.

ATF Special Agent William G. Clark “took immediate action to defend himself and others by discharging his firearm to stop the attack,” said Thomas Brandon, ATF deputy director, in a written statement issued Thursday.

The estate of the deceased man, Marcus Sukow, was suing Clarke and ATF, alleging that Clark used excessive force. Sukow was unarmed, but Clark said he posed an immediate danger. The estate seeking punitive and compensatory damage.

In 2010, a Virgin Island Superior Court judge dismissed the criminal charges. The criminal charges created a lot of tension between the island and ATF.

“The threat to personal safety that law enforcement employees carry every day to make communities safer and confront violent criminals is very serious,” ATF’s Brandon said. “ATF remains unwavering in its efforts to protect the American people and to reduce the impact of violent crime. We look forward to working with our local and federal partners in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

 

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Judge: Family of Whitey Bulger Victim Can Continue with Suit Against FBI Agents

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A family of one of James “Whitey” Bulger’s alleged victims can proceed with a federal lawsuit against FBI agents who monitored the mobster-turned-informant, a federal judge ruled Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Young follows an appeals court ruling that the case is null because the statute of limitations had expired.

The Boston Globe reported that the family of one of Bulger’s victims, Michael Donahue, can continue suing the federal government because the appeals court failed to consider the merits of the case

The family claims the FBI agents who were monitoring Bulger did nothing to stop his reign of terror.

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