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Archive for January 30th, 2014

Exclusive: Gang Land News Reveals the Snitch in the Lufthansa Airlines Caper

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If you wondered who the snitch was who helped the feds charge a top mobster in the legendary 1978 Lufthansa Airlines robbery, wonder no more.

Mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News, in an exclusive, reports that the snitch is a “low level hood who for years was in the right place at the right time.”

He writes that the snitch is 67-year-old Gaspare (Gary) Valenti, a cousin of Vincent Asaro, the powerful Bonanno family wiseguy indicted in the heist that netted $6 million.

Capeci writes:

Valenti is an unlikely songbird of the mob’s best-kept secrets. He has a short rap sheet and a shorter mob pedigree, records show. But for many years he was in an excellent position to see what his Cousin Vinny was up to. And the mob tales he spilled to the feds provided the key evidence leading to the arrest of the 78-year-old Asaro for the Lufthansa heist, as well as for a 45 year old murder.

Gang Land News is a paid subscription site, but it’s worth it.

FBI Agent-Turned-Congressman Blasted for Lashing Out at Reporter in Front of Camera

 

Rep. Michael Grimm

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael Grimm was considered a hero by many when he won his U.S. House seat in 2010.

But now the lawmaker from Staten Island is trying to prove he’s not a bully ready to come undone, the U.S. News reports.

The former FBI agent who went after Wall Street and was nicknamed by the mob as “Mikey Suits” lashed out so harshly at a reporter following the State of the Union Tuesday.

Grimm threatened to throw reporter Michael Scotto off the “f*****g balcony.”

His time at the FBI was beset with problems, according to the report, which says Grimm “misused authority,” “waved a gun” and made “racially charged comments.”

 

Justice Department to Offer GPS Devices for Autistic Children Following Death of 14-Year-Old

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Children suffering from severe autism and similar conditions should soon be eligible for GPS tracking devices paid for by taxpyaers, Time reports.

New York Sen.Charles Schumer said the idea is to help parents find their children if they stray off.

The devices from the Justice Department cost about $85 each, Time wrote.

The news comes after a severely autistic 14-year-old, Avonte Oquendo, went missing in October and was later found dead in the East River.

Schumer said the goal is to secure long-term funding.

FBI, Local Police Prepare to Protect New York City During Sunday’s Super Bowl

 Steve Neavling
tickethewire.com

While the rest of us are enjoying Super Bowl XLVIII, law enforcement will be sweeping across New York City to keep it safe from terrorists.

The New York Daily News reports that about three dozens agencies are working together as 82,000 fans are expected to attend the game at MetLife Stadium.

“We’ve been practicing every day, too,” the head of the FBI’s Newark office, Aaron Ford, said Wednesday. “We are ready for what we have to do Sunday.

“We all have one goal — that is, to deliver a safe and secure Super Bowl XLVIII.”

To help, the NFL hired 4,000 private security officers.

FAA Must Decide What to Do After Homeland Security Drones Grounded Following Crash

istock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FAA is in a tough position after a Homeland Security drone crashed over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this week, Motherboard reports.

DHS grounded its fleet of 10 unmanned surveillance aircraft out of “an abundance of caution,” DHS spokesman Michael Friel said.

“The cause of the failure is unknown,” according to Friel.

Now the FAA, which is takes with overseeing the unmanned aerial system, must determine what went wrong and how to correct the problem.

“If you are going to meet that same high safety bar, it means you better be very careful, very deliberative,” Air Line Pilot Association national safety coordinator Sean Cassidy said.

U.S. Government Gets Bigger, Largely Because of Growth of Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of federal government workers rose from 1.9 million to 2.1 million between 2004 and 2012, the USA Today reports, citing the Government Accountability Office.

Homeland Security grew nearly 4% annually on average between 2004 and 2012.

The GAO report, which was released Wednesday, found:

  1. From 2004 to 2012, the federal non-postal civilian workforce grew by 258,882 employees, from 1.88 million to 2.13 million (14 percent).
  2. Three agencies — the Departments of Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and Veterans Affairs (VA) — accounted for about 94 percent of this increase. At DOD, officials said that converting certain positions from military to civilian, as well as the growth of the agency’s acquisition and cybersecurity workforce, contributed to this overall increase. At VA, officials said the increased demand for medical and health-related services for military veterans drove most of the growth in personnel levels. DHS officials said the increase in employment was due in large part to the nation’s border security requirements.

Departments with workforces that declined include the EPA, Small Business Administration and Office of Personnel Management.