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Archive for September 23rd, 2015

Plans to Build New FBI Headquarters Is Delayed over Dispute Among Agencies

Current FBI Headquarters

Current FBI Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s plans to move into a new headquarters has hit a snag over a dispute involving the bureau, Office of Management and Budget and GSA, The New York Times reports. 

The dispute stems from how the federal government is going to pay for the 2.1-million-square-foot headquarters in one of three Washington D.C. suburbs.

As a result of the disagreement, the next step of releasing the second request for site proposals and draft environmental impact statements have been delayed.

“The fundamental problem with these federal real property assets is that there’s no money to replace and modernize them,” said Daniel M. Tangherlini, who was the administrator of the G.S.A., the government’s landlord, until he left for the private sector in February. “But there is also no money to leave them the way they are.”

The current headquarters is literally crumbling and can only house about half of the headquarters staff.

Did FBI Agent Swipe Some of Millionaire Heiress’ Fortune After 1977 Murder?

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A millionaire heiress was murdered in 1977, and investigators found her cash buried in an Arizona desert.

According to the Indianapolis Star, an FBI agent who was investigating the case may have stolen a large chunk of her money and hidden it in a Swiss bank account, according to the Indianapolis Star. 

During the investigation, about $1.6 million of Majorie Jackson’s fortune went missing after she was fatally shot inside her Indianapolis home.

Investigators found a lot of her money buried in an Arizona desert.

“I’m not accusing the FBI agent of anything,” said Steve Koers, a nephew of Jackson and co-executor of her estate. “But it sounds like there could be something to it, so I think it is something that should be looked into.”

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Girlfriend Refused – Again – to Testify about Time with Boston Mobster

Catherine Greig

Catherine Greig

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend once against refused to testify about the time the couple spent in hiding, the New York Post reports.

As a result, Catherine Greig, 64, was indicted for contempt of court on Tuesday.

Authorities want to know who helped Bulger while he was on the lam for 16 years.

“Catherine Greig has yet again failed to do the right thing,” said Boston FBI agent Joseph Bonavolonta in a press release. “Her refusal to testify has hindered the FBI’s efforts to seek justice for the victims of (Bulger’s) crimes.”

Greig, who already is serving an 8-year sentence in connection to Bulger, could serve more time for refusing to testify.

Judge Dismisses Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Border Patrol in Taser Explosion

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent whose use of a Taser caused a deadly car explosion acted reasonably, a judge ruled in dismissing a wrong-death lawsuit against the agency, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Alex Martin died after his car exploded when the agent used the Taser following a chase.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns said the agent responded in a reasonable manner given the tense situation.

The incident happened after Martin, 24, initiated a chase in San Diego that ended after his tires were flatted by a spike strip.

When agents surrounded Martin’s car, he appeared to reach in the center console, prompting one of the agents to fire a Taser through the window, causing an explosion.

Pope’s U.S. Visit Presents Nightmare Scenario for Secret Service

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

By all accounts, it’s a security nightmare.

The Secret Service is helping keep Pope Francis safe during his visit to the U.S., but it’s no easy task, the New York Times reports.

“The crowds throw things,” Mr. Clancy, who took over as the head of the Secret Service last October, told the Times. “They throw flags, dolls and, obviously, babies towards him. It’s difficult because we don’t want our agents to overreact. He doesn’t want to see an overreaction, either, but you don’t want to miss anything.”

What makes the protection even more difficult is the pontiff’s refusal to stay in his popemobile.

Pope Francis is making stops in Washington, Philadelphia and New York, and crowds are expected to grow into the hundreds of thousands.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Recovered Personal, Work-Related E-mails from Hillary Clinton’s Private Server

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton said she deleted personal and work-related e-mails from a private server during her time as secretary of state.

But Bloomberg reports that the FBI has recovered the e-mails.

The FBI is trying to determine whether classified information was on Clinton’s server.

Clinton said about half of the e-mails were personal.

It wasn’t year clear how many e-mails were recovered. The investigation is expected to take several months.