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Archive for November 6th, 2014

FBI’s Rafael “Jorge” Garcia Jr. Named Assistant Directorate of Intelligence

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rafael “Jorge” Garcia, Jr. has been named assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) at FBI headquarters.

Garcia most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Intelligence Operations Branch within the DI.

Garcia joined the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the Phoenix office he investigated drugs, organized crime, and terrorism cases.

He was assigned to FBIHQ from 1999 to 2005, where held several positions related to intelligence and counterterrorism, including chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures Unit, a press release said.

In 2004, he served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Iraq. In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office.

In 2011, he was named director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) in Quantico, Va.

In 2012, Garcia was named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the Los Angeles Field Office.

 

Prosecutors Dropping Drug Conspiracy Charges Because of Alleged FBI Miconduct

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent accused of tampering with evidence has prompted federal prosecutors to begin the process of dismissing indictments against 28 defendants, the Washington Post reports.

Half of the defendants were already serving sentences.

Many of the defendants will be in U.S. District Court on Friday for a hearing.

The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating other cases handled by the FBI agent, who was working with a D.C. police task force in the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

In the meantime, the agent has been suspended while authorities investigate.

Authorities have not discussed details of the alleged misconduct, but said the agent is accused of tampering with drug and gun evidence.

Alcohol Played Role in Boat Crash That Killed 2 FBI Employees Near Cincinnati

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Alcohol played a role in a boat crash that killed two FBI employees on the Ohio River near Cincinnati in September, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The off-duty employees, Bryce Eastlick, 28, and John Stack II, 29, were killed after their 19-foot boat smashed into a massive barge on Sept. 25.

“The toxicology report did confirm that it was alcohol related,” an official at the coroner’s office said Wednesday.

The coroner didn’t divulge details, such as the men’s blood alcohol content.

The men were dead when rescuers arrived and likely died on impact.

“I don’t believe there was any suffering,” Cincinnati District Fire Chief Lou Arnold said.

Notorious Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly May Not Be Leaving Prison Anytime Soon

John Connolly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Connolly, the former Boston FBI agent who helped gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and was convicted of murder, likely won’t be leaving prison anytime soon.

The Miami Herald reports that the Third District Court of Appeals decided this week to hear the prosecution’s case for keeping Connoly behind bars following the 1982 murder of a gambling executive.

That’s a dramatic turnabout after the Miami appellate court reversed the murder conviction on a legal technicality over the summer.

Connolly is to remain imprisoned in northern Florida while the court reconsiders the decision to reverse the conviction.

“We’re disappointed,” James McDonald, one of Connolly’s attorneys, said of this week’s ruling.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said she was “pleased” with the court’s decision.

“There are important issues here which are in conflict and this will allow those conflicts to be resolved,” she said.

Yankees Slugger Alex Rodriguez Told DEA He Used Banned Performance Enhancing Drugs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just two weeks after New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez issued a statement in which he adamantly denied using performance enhancing drugs, the baseball player admitted to the DEA and prosecutors that he had in fact used the ban substances, the Washington Post reports.

“I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court,” Rodriguez said in a statement in January.

But in a meeting with the DEA, Rodriguez said he obtained banned substances through Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in Florida, the Post wrote.

In exchange for his sworn statement in the case against Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch and his suppliers, Rodriguez admitted he took the substances.

According to records of the meeting, Rodriguez took responsibility.

According to a written “report of investigation,” Rodriguez admitted paying Bosch for supplies of testosterone cream, lozenges laced with testosterone (aka “gummies”) and human growth hormone injections.

“Rodriguez injected the HGH into his stomach,” the DEA report stated. “Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery.”

Rodriguez also described how Bosch gave the ballplayer “tips on how to beat MLB’s drug testing,” according to the DEA report.

The secret? According to Rodriguez, “Bosch advised him to only use mid-stream urine for MLB drug testing. Bosch told Rodriguez not to use the beginning or the end urine stream.”

Other Stories of Interest


Opinion: FBI Erodes Media’s Credibility with Fake News Site, Story Used in Probe

By Alexander Dominquez
Daily Titan

Government agencies sometimes do whatever they feel is necessary to accomplish their goal of catching people engaged in criminal activities.

However, there are times when even these agencies must ask themselves whether they are crossing the line.

In their pursuit of criminals, agencies like the FBI could be in the wrong themselves.

The FBI is taking heat from media organizations for its shady tactics to catch a suspect involved in a bomb threat case, according to an AFP article. What they did could almost be described as either childish.

In 2007, The FBI created a fake Associated Press news article hoping that the suspect would click the article, thereby revealing his location to the FBI.

The article would install malware that would essentially track him and provide the FBI with his location.

The fake article, which appeared to be in the Seattle Times, was then sent to the suspect’s Myspace account.

This disturbing information was only recently discovered when a security research for The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted out a link to the case file.

Of course, the bureau is defending its actions in multiple ways.

According to the FBI, The Seattle Times was never named. However, the fake site resembled that of the newspaper.

FBI agent Frank Montoya added in a statement to the Union that the tactic used in this particular case is only used in what he described as “rare circumstances.”

That all may be fine and dandy to the FBI. Still, the bureau’s decision to participate in such a questionable scheme should raise concerns on multiple levels, by media and citizen alike.

When the FBI associated the AP and The Seattle Times with their fake story, they compromised every news outlet’s most precious trait: credibility.

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