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Archive for September 25th, 2013

Here are 5 Fascinating Facts about the FBI

The History Channel listed 10 fascinating facts about the FBI. Here are five of them.

1. J. Edgar Hoover served 48 years as director of the FBI, spending 62% of his life at the helm. FBI directors are now restricted to 10-year terms.

2. The FBI went through a variety of names in the early 20th century. Then-Attorney General Charles Bonaparte recruited a group of federal investigators in 1908 and dubbed it the “special agent force.” The following year, Bonaparte’s successor name it the Bureau of Investigation. In 1933, the name was changed to Division of Investigation. Finally, in 1935, the name was changed to Federal Bureau of Investigations.

3. Hoover was not a fan of female agents. In fact, no women were hired during his tenure. When he arrived three women were agents. They were required to wear skits or dresses and were barred from smoking at their desks.

4. The oldest former FBI agent alive today is 106. Walter Walsh was a skilled marksman who famously participated in a shootout with killed notorious gangster Al Brady in 1937.

5. FBI agents spent two years investigating the Kingsmen’s hit pop song, “Louie Louie.” Parents were concerned the garbled verses contained sexual language. The bureau ultimately released a 120-page report that concluded the song was “unintelligible at any speed.”

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FBI Reduces Time Spent on White Collar Crimes by 7%

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ever wonder why no one on Wall Street was charged in connection with the 2008 financial crisis?

The FBI will have even less time investigating Wall Street after the bureau reduced the amount of time its agents spend on white-collar crime, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The FBI has reduced its recommendation for white-collar criminal prosecution by 7%.

The new recommendation is 2,001, according to a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearance.

The reduction continues a years-long drop in white-collar crime investigations, the LA Times reported.

Border Patrol to Reveal 18 Months of Traffic Stop Records After ACLU Lawsuit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The U.S Border Patrol, as part of a lawsuit alleging the agency racially profiles people, has agreed to share records of each traffic stop in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula for 18 months, ABC News reports.

The ACLU has alleged in a lawsuit that Border Patrol agents were pulling over people without reasonable suspicion because of the way people look.

The agency also pledged to retrain its Olympic Peninsula agents on the Fourth Amendment, ABC News wrote.

Still, the Border Patrol has admitted no wrongdoing.

“This agreement confirms that Border Patrol can’t pull over a vehicle because of the driver’s race or ethnicity or simply because the person lives in proximity to the border,” said Matt Adams, legal director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. “We hope that the reporting requirements and the additional training will ultimately provide greater accountability, and restore a measure of dignity for folks who live in this region.”

Eighth Case Dropped in ATFs Botched Gun-Buying Sting in Milwaukee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF’s botched gun-buy sting in Milwaukee took another turn for the worse, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Karen Loebel said two more cases related to the sting need to be dismissed because the lead agent cannot be called as a witness.

The case is the eighth of 18 that Loebel dismissed.

It’s unclear why the lead agents can’t be called as a witness because of “the manner in which I received the information,” Loebel said.

The cases stem from a sting that went seriously wrong. Guns were stolen. A brain-damaged man was promoted to set up drugs in the case. And evidence was lost

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Ex-FBI Bomb Expert Who Leaked Information Played Vital Role in Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Before he was charged with child pornography and leaking classified information, Donald Sachtleben was an important expert on bombs for the FBI, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Sachtleben collected evidence after the attack on the Word Trade Center, 10 years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He found bomb-making notes and other evidence in the Unabomber’s Montana cabin.

He led the team probing the bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building, the Start wrote.

Sachtleben also trained cops how to identify and handle bombs.

Now he’s headed to prison.