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Archive for July 22nd, 2014

Omaha Columnist Interviews Retired FBI Agent Greg Stejskal About the Hoffa Disappearance

 Editors Note from ticklethewire.com: Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office. He is also a columnist for ticklethewire.com

Greg Stejskal

 
By Michael Kelly
World-Herald columnist

Omaha native and retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal recently returned to the scene of a famous crime: the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

Stejskal, who worked on the case of the missing former Teamsters Union president, was interviewed for the PBS program “History Detectives” at the Red Fox restaurant in suburban Detroit, where Hoffa was last seen.

The ex-agent is curious as to whether the “History Detectives” turned up something new. The “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?”documentary airs at 9 tonight.

Says PBS: “Recently declassified government files reveal shocking evidence of corruption at the highest levels.”

To read more click here. 

Listen to his interview below on WDET in Detroit.

USA Today Investigation: ATF Drug Stings Targeted Minorities

By Brad Heath
USA Today
WASHINGTON — The nation’s top gun-enforcement agency overwhelmingly targeted racial and ethnic minorities as it expanded its use of controversial drug sting operations, a USA TODAY investigation shows.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has more than quadrupled its use of those stings during the past decade, quietly making them a central part of its attempts to combat gun crime. The operations are designed to produce long prison sentences for suspects enticed by the promise of pocketing as much as $100,000 for robbing a drug stash house that does not actually exist.

At least 91% of the people agents have locked up using those stings were racial or ethnic minorities, USA TODAY found after reviewing court files and prison records from across the United States. Nearly all were either black or Hispanic. That rate is far higher than among people arrested for big-city violent crimes, or for other federal robbery, drug and gun offenses.

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Blistering Human Rights Report: FBI Pushed Muslims to Plot Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department used questionable tactics to identify and prosecute terrorism suspects, a new human rights report offers, the Washington Post reports.

Human Rights Watch offered a scathing assessment of the FBI and Justice Department, which are accused of injecting fear into some Muslim communities because of the use of surveillance and informants.

The report, which follows a lengthy examination of U.S. terrorism prosecutions, says feds have targeted people with mental and physical disabilities, using tactics that critics decry as entrapment.

“The report clearly shows, in many respects, the American public is being sold a false bill of goods,” said Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington director at Human Rights Watch. “To be sure, the threat of terrorism is real,” she said. “But in many of the cases we documented, there was no threat until the FBI showed up and helped turn people into terrorists.”

The Justice Department defended its record.

“The Department of Justice has been a steadfast ally of our nation’s civil rights groups for decades,” Marc Raimondi, a Justice Department spokesman, said. “The report itself acknowledges that the legal process used in the cases it highlighted is not only lawful but is also specifically approved by federal judges. . . . We do not and cannot target individuals solely for engaging in activities protected by the First Amendment, which includes free speech and religion.”

DNA Evidence Exonerates Man in 1982 Slaying Following Discovery of FBI Lab Error

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who spent 26 years in prison in the 1982 slaying of a Washington woman was exonerated following the discovery that the FBI made a critical lab error during the investigation, the Washington Post reports.

Kevin Martin, 50, who long maintained his innocence, was cleared following DNA evidence that contradicted FBI lab results that tied Martin to the scene of the attack.

It’s the fifth time in five years that prosecutors in Washington conceded making errors by an elite forensic unit.

“I am free at last. I am humbled. I never gave up,” Martin said, hugging his lawyers as his fiancé and family gathered around him.

“I just want to live,” Martin said.

Martin was accused of killing Ursula C. Brown, whose body was found near a dumpster next to an elementary school. She had been stabbed, sexually assaulted and shot in the head.

Texas Gov. Perry to Deploy National Guard Troops to Border Over Immigration Surge

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking matters into his own hands and is reportedly planning to dispatch the Texas National Guard to the U.S. border to crack down on Central American immigrants, the Washington Post reports.

Perry plans to mobilize about 1,000 guardsman to the Rio Grand Valley.

“I won’t stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor,” Perry said Monday in announcing the plan.

Many Republicans applauded the plan.

Democrats questioned the move, especially following a recent drop in the flood of immigrants coming to the U.S.

“They’re trained in warfare,” said Sheriff Omar Lucio of Cameron County, which borders Mexico. “I don’t know what they’re really going to be doing.”

Book: Secret Service Accommodates Blond Mistress for Bill Clinton When Wife Gone

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service was given orders to ignore former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s blond mistress when she visited the home he shares with his wife in New York, according to an upcoming book, “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Revel the Hidden Lives of Presidents.”

The book by Ronald Kessler claims that Secret Service agents were told never to stop the woman, whose code name was “Energizer,” the Business Standard reports.

The woman arrived in the absence of Hillary Clinton, according to the book.

The book also alleges that some of President Obama’s Secret Service agents have hired prostitutes in Columbia.

Border Patrol Agent Points Gun At Head of Boy Scout for Snapping Photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent pointed a gun at the head of a Boy Scout and threatened to arrest him for snapping a picture of an agent near the Canadian border, KCCI reports.

The Iowa Boy Scout troop was on a three-week trip to Alaska when the incident happened, Troop 111 leader Jim Fox said.

Fox said the Boy Scouts were detained for about four hours while they were questioned and their van searched.

During the search, one of the Boy Scouts underwent a horrifying experience.

“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Fox said.

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