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Archive for September 23rd, 2013

Ex-FBI Bomb Technician Pleads Guilty to Disclosing National Defense Info to Associated Press

By Sari Horwitz
Washington Post

WASHINGTON –– A former FBI bomb technician who later worked as a contractor for the Bureau has agreed to plead guilty to disclosing national defense information about a disrupted terrorist plot to the Associated Press, according to the Justice Department.

Donald John Sachtleben, 55, of Carmel, Ind., who previously had agreed to plead guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography in a separate investigation, provided information to an Associated Press reporter relating to the disruption of a plot to conduct a suicide bomb attack on a U.S.-bound airline by the Yemen-based terrorist organization al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and the recovery by the U.S. of a bomb in connection with that plot, according to court documents filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

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Bernie Kerik’s Sentence Officially Ends Oct. 15

Bernie Kerik/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Disgraced NY Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik was released from prison in late May, and has been serving out the remainder of his sentence under house arrest at his home in Franklin Lakes, N.J.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmate locator says Kerik, 58, will officially finish his sentence Oct. 15. He was sentenced to a four-year term for eight felony convictions in 2010.

 

 

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FBI: Were Americans Involved in Terror Attack at Kenyan Mall?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether as many as five Americans were part of a team of terrorists who took over a Kenyan mall over the weekend, unleashing an attack that led to the death of at least 68 people, NBC News reports.

The probe comes after a group purporting to be behind the attacks, Somali al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab, indicated Americans were involved and listed their names and home states.

At least two of them came from the St. Paul-Minneapolis area in Minnesota, which has a large Somali population, the group claimed, according to NBC News.

New FBI Director Comey Is Battling More Than Crime in First Weeks in Office

FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just two weeks into his job at the helm of the FBI, James B. Comey is combating more than global terrorism, government corruption and organized crime.

The budget sequester is forcing the bureau to reduce its $8.1 billion budget by $800 million, adding to the list of pressures on the FBI, the Washington Post reports.

Comey said he was briefed on the sequester before taking the job, but told the Post that he “was very surprised to learn how severe the potential cut is.”

The deficit could continue for a decade, forcing across-the-board cuts of 8.2%, according to the Post.

FBI Busts Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy for Selling Pot Out of Squad Car

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia sheriff’s deputy is accused of peddling pot from his squad car.

The FBI said Darrell Mathis, 40, sold a pound of marijuana to an undercover agent and then coordinated a drug-selling scheme with another agent, the New York Daily News reports.

That scheme involved Mathis transporting pot to another state, according to the FBI.

“The FBI considers such allegations of criminal conduct by law enforcement officers to be a priority investigative matter,” said special agent Mark F. Giuliano of the FBI Atlanta Field Office.

ATF, Already Struggling to Show Relevancy, Snubbed in Navy Yard Shooting Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although the ATF is tasked with tracing guns used in crimes, the agency was virtually left out of the Navy Yard shooting investigation, CBS News reports.

That task was given to the FBI, which located the store where the gun was purchased within a few hours of the shooting.

It was unusual to leave out the ATF, CBS News reported.

“I have never seen an instance where ATF had not been relied upon to trace the gun,” said Mike Bouchard, a former ATF assistant director for field operations. “I have never heard of a situation like that.”

ATF spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun was vague in a statement.

“ATF is the sole federal agency that is authorized to conduct firearms tracing,” Colbrun stated. The ATF’s National Tracing Center “is authorized to trace a firearm for a law enforcement agency involved in a bona fide criminal investigation.”

 

Did FBI Conduct Warrantless Wiretapping of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack?

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was listening to Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s cell phone calls for nearly six months under the authority of a court.

But that authorization ended two days after agents raided Mack’s home last summer, the NJ.com reports.

Government records now suggest agents continued to tap Mack’s phone, raising major questions surrounding the handling of the probe of the mayor of New Jersey’s capital city.

NJ.com wrote that defense attorneys are likely to challenges any warrantless wiretappings.

“It will come out at the time of motions,” said Jerome Ballarotto, a lawyer for Mack’s co-defendant Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni.

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