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Archive for September 20th, 2013

Weekend Series on Crime History: Jimmy Hoffa’s Parole Denied in 1971

FBI Prohibited from Entering Libya to Arrest Terror Suspects

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Libyan government is barring the FBI from arresting suspects in last year’s deadly terror attack on the U.S. that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, CNN reports.

A top State Department official delivered the news to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Republicans expressed shock that no one has been brought to justice, especially since federal authorities have already filed charges against suspects in connection with the attack.

“Not one terrorist perpetrator has been captured or killed, despite the president saying that this was his highest priority,” said Rep. Ed Royce, the panel’s Republican chairman.

Some Republicans noted that a CNN reporter interviewed the suspected leader of the attack.

“After a year, we can’t find these people but yet a CNN reporter can go to Benghazi at a hotel, at a coffee shop and have coffee with the suspected ringleader of (of this group) indicted by our government,” Rep. Ted Poe said. “Maybe the FBI ought to just ask the CNN reporter `how did you get a hold of this guy?'”

Navy Yard Shooter Sought Medical Treatment Before Shooting Rampage

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In the days before he opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard this week, Aaron Alexis sought emergency treatment twice, Bloomberg reports.

The 34-year-old Navy contractor, who had a history of mental illness, requested treatment for insomnia twice in the past month, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday.

Authorities alerted the local naval station of Alexis’ behavior. A few weeks earlier, Alexis had told police he was hearing voices, Bloomberg reported.

The VA reported that Alexis never threatened to hurt anyone while seeking treatment.

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Justice Department Watchdogs Did Nothing to Investigate Complaints about NSA Surveillance

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When federal judges repeatedly complained about the government misleading them about NSA’s secret domestic surveillance, the Justice Department never sprang into action, the USA Today reports.

According to the USA Today, newly released records show the Justice Department’s internal ethics watchdog never investigated allegations of the NSA having surveillance on Americans’ phone calls and Internet connections.

At least two judges who oversee the spying programs delivered sharp rebukes after learning federal officials misrepresented the surveillance, the USA Today reported.

Although the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is charged with investigating allegations by judges, no such probe ever occurred, according to the USA Today.

Audit: Justice Department Overstates Terrorism Conviction Statistics

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department grossly overstated the number of terrorism convictions and made other inaccuracies because of shoddy record keeping, a federal audit has found, the Washington Post reports.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz concluded in a report that the federal agency, which has 93 U.S. attorneys’ offices, over-reported the number of defendants who had been found guilty of terrorism.

The number was overstated by 13% in 2009 and 26% in 2010, the Post wrote.

The investigation found other significant errors in record keeping, according to the Post.

FBI: Windy City Became Murder Capital of U.S. in 2012

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Chicago led the nation in the sheer number of murders last year with 500, eclipsing even New York, which has a much larger population.

The FBI statistics released this week show that New York City had 419 murders, followed by Detroit with 386 and Philadelphia with 331 last year.

But on a per-capita basis, Flint, Mi., led the nation, followed by Detroit.

Other cities with more than 200 murders include Los Angeles (299), Baltimore (219) and Houston (217).

Of the murders, 69% involved a gun.

 

Washington Navy Yard Shooter Was ‘Wondering Around Looking for People to Shoot’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was “wondering around looking for people to shoot” and didn’t appear to have specific targets, new FBI Director James Comey said, NPR reports.

It was Comey’s first public comments since taking office this month.

Comey said Alexis used a legally purchased sawed-off shotgun. When he ran out of ammunition, he used a Beretta that he stole from a wounded guard, NPR reported.

The shooting ended a little more than a half hour after it started.

A “sustained exchange” of gunfire killed Alexis, Comey said.

Counterterrorism Expert Named as Head of FBI’s Chicago Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Robert Holley, one of the FBI’s premier counterterrorism experts, was tapped to head the bureau’s Chicago office, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The 55-year-old will join the Chicago office as the new Special Agent in Charge in October, the Sun-Times wrote.

Holley worked in Chicago in the past as the office’s lead counterterrorism expert.

“Bob Holley will be terrific. He is smart, practical, hard-working and gets along with people,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, former U.S. Attorney in Chicago during the Headley investigation. “He has the experience of working side by side with federal, state and local partners as well as prosecutors. And he has the experience supervising important programs at headquarters. Working with Bob was great. The FBI Chicago will be in great hands.”