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Archive for September 10th, 2013

Retired ATF Official Phillip R. Price Dies at Age 75

Phillip Price

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Phillip R. Price, a 23-year veteran of ATF, died Sunday morning. He was 75 and was from Lancaster, Ky.

After serving in the military, Price returned to his home state of Kentucky to become a state trooper.

In 1967, Price was recruited to join the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division of the IRS, (known today as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives, or, ATF).

During his 23 year career with ATF, Price held field and supervisory assignments in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Washington,

DC, where he retired in 1988 as the Chief of the Special Operations Division. He retired from ATF in 1988.

After that, he began a second career as an investigator for the U.S. Department of State. He served the Bureau of Diplomatic Security for 25 years until his passing.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Deirdre. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Coburn of

Livermore, CA, his daughter Lori Gibbs of The Plains, VA, his son, Adam, of Washington, DC, his grandson, Matthew Gibbs of Pensacola, FL, his niece, Karen Stanfield of Lexington, his niece, Tammy Thurman of Livermore, CA, and his nephew, Tony Coburn of Sonoma, CA. Also mourning Phillip’s loss is Roxann Stacey of Sherrills Ford, NC, his first wife and the mother of his children, and her husband Anthony Stacey, with whom he remained close. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lilia Mae Price, and sister, Patsy Evans of Prestonsburg.

A viewing is planned for Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Spurlin Funeral Home in Lancaster, Ky.Viewing will be followed by a brief service at 8:00pm.

 

 

Retired FBI Official Says of the FBI’s Robert Mueller III: “I Never Doubted His Dedication to This Organization”

As part of an effort to get a broad view of Robert S. Mueller III’s tenure as FBI director, I’ve asked people to write and tell me what they think.  On Monday I published some comments. Later in the day,  I received this from Tom McClenaghan, a retired FBI agent. — Allan Lengel

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Tom McClenaghan

I retired four years ago after 25 years in the FBI. Had the pleasure of being SAC in two field offices and was able to see first hand Director Mueller’s impact on the Bureau.

While I didn’t always agree with some of his decisions I never doubted his dedication to this organization. I wonder if some of his Bureau critics have forgotten how perilously close the FBI was to being broken up into two agencies along the lines of MI5 and Scotland Yard .

At the time, Great Britain was finally realizing the dysfunctional nature of having its domestic intelligence and national law enforcement agencies separated and were making attempts to combine their efforts following the FBI model. Despite this, members of Congress were very close to breaking up the FBI into a likewise organizational mess. I don’t believe anyone other than Mueller could have convinced the Bureau critics in Congress to leave the FBI in its current form.

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Records: FBI Continues to Investigate Deceased Rolling Stone Journalist Michael Hastings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI continues to investigate Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings, who died in a car crash in June, for “controversial reporting,” Al Jazeera America reports.

The bureau opened a file on Hastings on June 11, 2012 “to memorialize controversial reporting by Rolling Stone magazine on June 7, 2012,” according to records obtained by the news agency in a FOIA request.

The story, called “America’s Last Prisoner of War,” featured a lengthy investigation about U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban in June 2009.

Details of the investigation remain fuzzy, but the FBI documents describe Hastings’ store as igniting “a media frenzy, speculating about the circumstances of [redacted] capture, and whether U.S. resources and effort should continue to be expended for his recovery.”

‘Dirty Old Man’ Charles Bukowski, a Late Novelist and Poet, Was Subject of FBI Scrutiny

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Late novelist and poet Charles Bukowski was not ashamed to admit it – he was a “dirty old man.”

That caught the FBI’s attention, as did Bukowski’s potential ties to the underground press, reports the Los Angeles Times.

More than 100 pages of FBI files from 1968 show agents investigated Bukowski, a postal worker and notorious drunk, but had a hard time finding anything relevant.

The focus was on Bukowski’s recurring column, “Notes From a Dirty Old Man,” which ran in the underground newspaper Open City, a subject of FBI interest.

Former FBI Analyst Gets More Than 4 Years in Prison for Possessing Child Porn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI analyst was sentenced to more than three years in prison Monday for possessing child pornography, The Washington Post reports.

Keith Dietterle, 28, who admitted to sending a pornographic image to an undercover officer, was nabbed in an undercover sting in November.

Dietterle was busted after communicating through a social networking site with an undercover officer who was posing as the father of a young girl, the Post reported.

Dietterle was sentenced to 42 months in prison and 10 years of supervised released, the Post wrote.

 

Who’s Right? Former Border Patrol Agents Challenge Number of Illegal Immigrants in U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former Border Patrol agents estimated that the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is nearly twice the estimate of 11 million by the government and other demographers, the Washington Times reports.

“The more likely figure is 18-20 million and rising daily,” Zack Taylor, chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, Inc., said in an open letter dated Sunday.

NAFBPO released its estimates as it continues to oppose a Senate bill that would grant legal status to some illegal immigrants, the Washington Times wrote.

Demographers have said illegal immigrants peaked at 12.4 million in 2007 before a precipitous drop.

M-13 Gang Member Found Guilty of Execution-Style Murders of Mother, 2-year-old

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury has found notorious gang member Adalberto Ariel Guzman guilty of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and firearms offenses, the FBI reports.

Monday’s conviction offers some relief to family members and friends of a mother and her 2-year-old who were shot execution-style in Central Islip, New York, in 2010.

Guzman, a member of M-13, faces up to life in prison during sentencing on Jan. 9, 2014.

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