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Archive for August 13th, 2013

Reporter: Why Did FBI Target Me If Justice Department Not Going After Reporters?

By James Ball
The Guardian

Would you trust a politician if your liberty depended on it?
Day to day, it’s something journalists in America are having to do, whether they’re aware of it or not. The politician in question is Attorney General Eric Holder, and the key quote in question is his vow to Congress: “As long as I’m attorney general, (the Justice Department) will not prosecute any reporter for doing his or her job.”

That memo doesn’t quite seem to have filtered down to federal agencies, if a recent report to Slate is to be believed. Ryan Gallagher, one of the site’s security writers, has produced a long account of the strange tale of Sigurdur Thordarson, who became a WikiLeaks insider as just 17 years old, who then preceded to voluntarily turn FBI informant.

To read more click here.

FBI Says Alaska Serial Killer Murdered At Least 11 People Before Committing Suicide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Israel Keyes took the easy way out.

After the serial killer accused of murdering at least 11 people committed suicide in his Anchorage jail cell in early December, the FBI compiled a list of Keyes’ likely victims, Reuters reports.

Keyes was waiting trial for the murder of an Anchorage barista.

The FBI on Monday released more information about Keyes’ suspected murders, which investigators said began in 2001 and lasted until 2012.

“Right now, the best hope for solving these cases is going to come from information from the public,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis, who led the prosecution of Keyes, told Reuters.

Memorable Quotes from Murder, Racketeering Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Brutal mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was a colorful figure in the underground crime word.

So it’s no surprise his trial prompted some memorable quotes:

“After I heard that they were informants, it sort of broke my heart.”
– Ex-gangster and former Bulger partner John Martorano, who served just 12 years after admitting to murder 20 people.

“They hunted their targets. These men didn’t hunt animals, ladies and gentlemen, they hunted people.”
– Prosecutor Fred Wyshak, detailing the brutal details of Bulger’s murders.

“James Bulger is of Irish descent. And the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant. That was the first and foremost reason why James Bulger was never an informant against people.”
– J.W. Carney Jr., defense lawyer for Bulger

“Bulger: “You suck.”
Weeks: “F— you, OK!”
Bulger: “F— you, too.”
Weeks: “What do you want to do?”
– Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, explaining on the stand his response to do nothing when Bulger strangled his girlfriend.

“It’s affected me and it’s going to affect me until the day I die.”
– Exchange between Bulger and his former associate Kevin Weeks, who was testifying at the time.

“We killed people that were rats, and I had the two biggest rats right next to me.”
– Weeks, referring to Bulger and Flemmi

“My thing is, as far as I’m concerned, I didn’t get a fair trial, and this is a sham. And do what yous want with me.”
–Bulger to Judge Denise Casper

‘Whitey’ Bulger Verdict Closes Chapter on Two Decades of Brutal Rule in Boston’s Criminal Underworld

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, who seized Boston’s criminal underworld in the 1970s and ’80s, likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty Monday of murder and racketeering.

Wearing a gray shirt, dark pants and sneakers, the 83-year-old who occasionally shouted  in anger during the trial showed little emotional response as the jury read guilty 32 verdicts following five days of deliberations.

Boston’s legendary figure, who spent 16 years on the run, will be sentenced Nov. 13, bringing to an end a brutal chapter in U.S. history.

Victims’ families respond

Bulger’s victims had been waiting for this moment for decades, but not everyone was happy. The jury decided the prosecution only proved its case in 11 of 19 murders.
“My father just got murdered 40 years later, again, today in this courtroom,” William O’Brien, whose father, also named William, was murdered, told the Boston Globe. “That prosecution dropped the ball. . . . That jury should be ashamed of themselves.”

For Patricia Donahue, the verdict provided some closure after Bulger was found guilty of killing her husband, Michael Donahue, 31.

“I couldn’t hold my emotions,” she told the Globe. “I cried for myself. I cried for [the other families], because we are all in the same place.

Her son, Tommy Donahue, felt mixed emotions.

“It’s a good feeling,” he said after the jury found Bulger killed his father. “But my heart also goes out to those families who were searching for that closure.”

Bulger wants Stanley Cup ring back

When feds finally tracked down Bulger in California, they found $822,000, guns, knives and other pricey belongings, such as a Stanley Cup ring.

According to a separate Boston Globe report, Bulger isn’t going to fight for his cash, guns and ammunition, but he wants his ring back.

Whether his wish is granted remains to be seen.

It’s unclear how Bulger acquired the ring, but the Globe reported that the mobster paid for the wedding of NHL player Chris Nilan, a Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens.