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Archive for August 27th, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Dream’ Speech Prompted FBI to Launch Spying Campaign

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech inspired African Americans in 1963, the FBI was worrying aloud whether the civil rights leader was gaining too much influence and popularity, Bloomberg reports.

Two months after the speech, then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy approved a campaign to spy on King in an attempt to smear his reputation.

“The FBI’s program to destroy Dr. King as the leader of the civil rights movement entailed efforts to discredit him with churches, universities and the press,” read a 1976 U.S. Senate report nicknamed, “Church Committee.”

The urgency was clear, Bloomberg reported.

“Personally, I believe in the light of King’s powerful, demagogic speech” that “he stands head and shoulders over all other Negro leaders put together when it comes to influencing great masses,” said William Sullivan, head of the FBI’s domestic intelligence division during the King surveillance program. “We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro and national security.”

The campaign also included an investigation into “community influence on the Negro,” an Oct. 1, 1963 memo read.

“FBI officials viewed the speech as significantly increasing King’s national stature,” Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Garrow told Bloomberg. King was viewed as “measurably more ‘dangerous’ in the FBI’s view.

FBI Agent Faces Trial After Shooting His Wife During an Alleged Confrontation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

A second-degree murder trial is scheduled for Arthur “Art” Bernard Gonzales to begin on Oct. 16, Frederickburg.com reports.

Gonzales, who has been working as a supervisory special agent-instructor at the bureau’s National Academy at Quantico, is accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife at their Stafford County home in Virginia during what he said was an argument.

Gonzales, 43, called 911 on April 19 and blamed the confrontation on his estranged wife, Julie Serna Gonzales, 42.

“My wife just attacked me with a knife and I had to shoot her,” he was recorded telling the Virginia 911 dispatcher. “She cut me on the arm.”

 

Justice Department Launches Probe into Report That NSA Supplied DEA with Domestic, Non-Terrorism Intelligence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal lawmakers are calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to respond to a Reuters report that showed the NSA was supplying the DEA with surveillance information about domestic, non-terrorism cases, Reuters reported Monday evening.

Five Democrats in the Senate and three congressmen want to know if the DEA – as reported – passed NSA intelligence to other agencies, including the FBI, IRS and Homeland Security. The instructions: Never reveal your source, even in court, according to Reuters.

“These allegations raise serious concerns that gaps in the policy and law are allowing overreach by the federal government’s intelligence gathering apparatus,” wrote the senators – Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

The Justice Department confirmed it is investigating.

 

 

Prankster Teens, 14 and 15, Tracked Down for Making Threats to President Obama

Pres. Obama at state of the union/white house photo

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What started as a prank call ended with two frightened teens and a visit by the Secret Service.

The teens, ages 13 and 14, acknowledged they made a threat to President Obama but had no intention of harming anyone, King 5 reports.

No federal charges are planned, the Secret Service said.

According to King 5, the teens randomly made a phone call and told the person who picked up the phone that they were going to hurt the president.

The woman who received the call had her husband call authorities, who tracked down the teens.

Federal Agent Returns Home After Hung Jury in His Second-Degree Murder Trial

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A monthlong trial for a federal agent accused of murder in Hawaii ended in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict, ABC News reports.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy is headed home to Virginia, but he most likely will face another trial, ABC News wrote.

“Mr. Deedy does need to go back home and back to work,” defense attorney Brook Hart told the judge.

The 29-year-old agent from Virginia is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kollin Elderts, 23.

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