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Archive for November 15th, 2013

Weekend Series on Crime: Mexican Crime Gangs

Boston Herald: ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was Motivated by Greed, Making His Career Even More Heinous

Whitey Bulger/fbi

By Howie Carr
Boston Herald

If Whitey dies before we find his blood money, he wins.

This is the last unfinished chapter in the sordid tale of the Bulgers. Where is Whitey’s dough? So far, they’ve found four of his safe-deposit boxes — in Montreal, Clearwater, London and Dublin — so how many more do you figure there are out there?

The feds discovered $822,000 cash in his Santa Monica love nest. How much more cash do you suppose is out there?

This is all about money.

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The Day the FBI Could No Longer Deny the Existence of the Mafia

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a breezy November day in 1957 when the FBI had no choice but to admit that the mafia not only existed, but it operated on a national level, Slate reports.

It was Nov. 14, 1957 – 56 years ago Thursday.

New York state troopers were alarmed by the number of out-of-state, expensive cars that gathered in Appalachia for a national summit meeting.

Before that meeting, the FBI refused to admit the mafia even existed, Slate reported. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was more focused on communists and so-called domestic subversives.

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California Lawmaker Says FBI Tried to Get Him to Rat Out Two Top Democrats

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A California lawmaker says the FBI raided his office because he refused to rat out two of the state’s top Democrats, NBC News reports.

State Sen. Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello, filed a federal complaint, saying agents asked him to “sting” Sen. Darrell Steinberg, leader of the state Senate’s Democratic majority and Sen. Kevin de Leon.

Calderon also is asking for a judge to hold federal investigators in contempt for leaking details of the investigation. He’s accused of accepting more than $60,000 from undercover agents in exchange for supporting legislation, NBC reported.

During a June 2012 meeting with an undercover agent, Steinberg allegedly said, “I told you man, anything you can do, any help you could do for my kids is, you know – that’s diamonds for me. That’s diamonds.”

 

Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to 3+ Years for Leaking Intelligence to AP

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent who leaked information to the Associated Press was sentenced Thursday to about three-and-a-half years in prison for possessing and disclosing secret information, the AP reports.

Donald Sachteren, 55, was accused of disclosing intelligence about the U.S. operation in Yemen in 2012.

The discovery prompted feds to seize phone records from the AP in search of the source.

“Clearly, you have betrayed your nation,” U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence told 25-year veteran of the FBI, the AP wrote.

The prosecution is part of the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of intelligence leakers.

Secret Service Accused of Engaging in Sexual Misconduct in 17 Countries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service employees have engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in at least 17 countries in recent years, according to the Washington Post.

The Post got that estimate from whistleblowers who reported to the Senate’s subcommittee on Homeland Security.

Sen. Ronald H. Johnson, R-Wis., said the whistleblower accounts contradict statements from Secrete Service leaders who say the agency has not tolerated sexual misconduct.

This follows recent allegations that two supervisors were accused of sending sexually explicit emails to a female agent.