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Archive for May 21st, 2013

Two FBI Agents Killed in Virginia Plunged to Their Deaths from a Helicopter

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two FBI agents who were part of an elite rescue team were killed in Virginia when they plunged to their deaths during a counter terrorism exercise, CBS News reports.

Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, who are members of the bureau’s hostage rescue team, were killed when the helicopter involved in the exercise encountered problems.

“The FBI agents were participating in a maritime counterterrorism exercise involving helicopters and a ship,” Special Agent Ann Todd, an FBI spokeswoman, wrote in an email to CBS News on Monday. “The agents were in the process of fast-roping from the aircraft onto the ship when the helicopter encountered difficulties. The agents tragically fell a significant distance and suffered fatal injuries.”

The rescue team is highly trained and is often compared to the FBI version of the Navy Seals, CBS News wrote.

Prosecutors Refuse to Reveal Confidential Informant in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors said they will not release the name of the confidential informant involved in the case against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston Herald reports.

The defense attorneys maintain the informant helped the FBI determine what others may say during testimony.

Prosecutors dismissed the allegations as ” street talk” and “rumors.”

“The FBI has advised that the informant had no first-hand knowledge of any of this information, and indeed had no direct contact with the relevant individuals discussed in the FBI report: Kevin Weeks, John Martorano, Pat Nee, Jack Curran, Patrick Linskey, Michael Linskey, Richard Buccheri and Kevin Weeks’ former girlfriend,” prosecutors said in court papers filed Monday.

The prosecutors added that the defense is “free to impugn government witnesses’ credibility through vigorous cross-examination, and may ask witnesses about prior inconsistent statements.”

GSA to Soon Begin Taking Proposals to Relocate FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The General Services Association soon will begin accepting proposals to relocate FBI headquarters beginning this summer, the Kingstowne-Rose Hill Patch reports.

The FBI has received numerous preliminary proposals from surrounding cities to be home to the new FBI headquarters.

The current headquarters in Washington D.C. is outdated and crumbling, the GSA has said.

The FBI is looking for land that is close to the metro station and Beltway.

Justice Department to Probe Big Blunders in ATF Milwaukee Sting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department is investigating the high-profile blunders of the ATF in Milwaukee following embarrassing mistakes reported by the the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the newspaper reports.

In letters to two members of Congress, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the sting raised “significant management issues related to the oversight and management” of the ATF, the newspaper wrote.

Journal Sentinel reports detail serious mistakes, including having their guns stolen, losing $40,000 in merchandise and allowing an armed man who had threatened to shoot someone leave the store.

Protesters Arrested After Trying to Storm Justice Department Building in Washington D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Protesters furious over foreclosure attempts tried to storm the entrances of the Justice Department on Monday, leading to 17 arrests , the Washington Post reports.

About 100 protesters participated, and some were tased during the event.

After the arrests, about half the protesters stuck around as police prepared to make additional arrests.

Law enforcement blocked the entrance while a police helicopter flew overhead.

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DOJ Report: Justice Dept. Temporarily Lost Track of 2 Suspected Terrorists in Witness Protection Program

By Fox News

The Justice Department temporarily lost track of two known or suspected terrorists who were in the witness protection program — and allowed others on the no-fly list to board commercial flights — according to a watchdog report which fueled criticism of the administration.

“This is gross mismanagement — pure and simple,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.

The allegations were made in an inspector general report released Thursday. The report found agencies in the department did not properly share the new identities of some in witness protection — the lapse meant those new names were not updated in the no-fly list.

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