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Archive for June 21st, 2013

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Detroit Mob

FBI Agents Association Praises Nomination of James Comey

James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He wasn’t the first choice of the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA.

Nonetheless, the association’s President Konrad Motyka issued a statement Friday praising President Obama’s official nomination of former Justice Department official James Comey for FBI director. The association has recently endorsed Rep. Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent.

“On behalf of our members – more than 12,000 active duty and retired Agents – I congratulate James Comey on his nomination to be the next FBI Director.

“We believe that Mr. Comey understands the centrality of the Special Agent to the Bureau’s mission of protecting our country from criminal and terrorist threats. We look forward to meeting with him soon and working with him on the wide array of challenges facing our country.”

“While the FBIAA endorsed Rep. Mike Rogers and believes that he would have been an excellent nominee, Mr. Comey has an outstanding reputation among FBI Agents.”

 

Democratic Congressman Complains That Most-Wanted Terror Ad is Racist

Steve Neavlng
ticklethewire.com

A most-wanted ad posted on buses in Seattle is racist because it only depicts faces of Muslims, a Democrat who represents Seattle said Thursday, Biz Pac reports.

The ad, which pictures the FBI’s 16 most-wanted terrorists, were posted on buses throughout Seattle in an effort to track down terrorists.

It’s part of a worldwide effort to capture terrorists. A $25 million reward is offered for information leading to the capture of the suspected terrorist, according to Biz Pac.

Rep. Jim McDermott said his problem is that the suspected terrorists come “from only one ethnic or religious group promotes stereotypes and ignores other forms of extremism.”

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‘Whitey’ Bulger Case to Resume Next Week As Trial Focuses on 700-Page FBI File

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger will turn its focus on the FBI’s 700-page file on the ex-mob boss next week, the Boston Herald reports.

The trial began this week and took a recess for the weekend beginning Thursday. 

The records are expected to shine light on Bulger’s relationship with convicted FBI Agent John Connolly Jr.

Connolly is serving a 40-year sentence for leaking information to Bulger, which led to the murder of a businessman, John Callahan.

Bulger’s trial Thursday included emotional testimony from survivors of Bulger’s gang.

 

Opinion: Congress Should Promptly End NSA Phone Surveillance

 
By Eugene Robinson
Washington Post

From the evidence so far, there’s no good reason to let the National Security Agency (NSA) continue its massively intrusive practice of logging our private phone calls. Congress should pull the plug.

I’m not ignoring all the officials, including President Obama, who swear that the electronic snooping has foiled dozens of terrorist plots and saved untold lives. I’m just listening carefully, and what we’re getting is a lot of doublespeak and precious little clarity.

It’s important to keep in mind that Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who absconded to Hong Kong and started blabbing secrets, has thus far disclosed the existence of two separate clandestine programs. One, known internally as PRISM, involves the international harvesting of e-mails and other electronic communications. The other involves the domestic collection of phone call “metadata” – a vast, pointillist record of our contacts and movements.

To read more click here.

 

NSA Outlines Rules for Using Phone, Internet Surveillance on U.S. Citizens

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The NSA, which has come under fire for its widespread use of surveillance, may keep copies of intercepted material involving an American if it contains evidence of a crime or significant intelligence, the Associated Press reports on the agency’s secret rules.

The documents, published by The Guardian in the latest leak, require feds to first build a case before spying on someone on the phone or Internet.

The person also must not be an American, according to the Associated Press.

But if the surveillance leads to involvement from an American, the feds may keep the records indefinitely.

President Obama to Announce Nomination of James Comey to Head of FBI Today

 

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama today plans to make the long-anticipated announcement that he’s nominating James B. Comey, a senior Justice department under President George W. Bush, to take the helm at the FBI, White House officials told The New York Times.

The administration’s plan is to convince the Senate to conform Comey by Sept. 3, when the current FBI head, Robert S. Mueller III, is prepared to step down, according to The Times.

But administration officials expect a grueling nomination process that likely will begin when the Senate is back in session in August.

FBI officials said they want to avoid having an interim FBI director.