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Tag: 60 Minutes

Retired DEA Official Joe Rannazzisi Named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year For 2017

Joe Rannazzisi (Photo grab from 60 Minutes)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For the first time since the awards were given in 2008, a former, rather than current federal law enforcement official has been named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year.

Joe Rannazzisi, a retired DEA deputy assistant administrator with a law degree and a pharmacy degree, has been named Fed of the Year for 2017, the result of his persistent and ongoing crusade against dangerous opioids and his criticism of Congress for protecting manufacturers.

As head of the Office of Diversion Control for the Drug Enforcement Administration, he led the crusade to clamp down on doctors, pharmacies, drug manufacturers and distributors.

He was aggressive, resulting in some of the biggest companies paying huge fines for failing to report suspicious orders. Not everyone was pleased.

He clashed with Congress, which he felt wasn’t being tough enough on drug companies. Some Congress members came after him, and in 2015, under pressure, he retired.

But that didn’t stop him from speaking out.

In October, he appeared in the Washington Post and on “60 Minutes” to tell his story how the DEA’s war on opioids got derailed by pressure from Congress and the drug industry.

He’s also a consultant for a team of lawyers suing the opioid industry.

His efforts in the battle against the opioid epidemic, particularly in light of the powerful opposition on Capitol Hill and from the drug industry, makes him worthy of the award, which is based on outstanding public service.

Previous recipients of the ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year award include: Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (2008):   Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010);  Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011); John G. Perren, who was assistant director of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Directorate (2012); David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterterrorism in Los Angeles (2013);  Loretta Lynch, who was U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn at the time (2014); John “Jack” Riley,  the DEA’s acting deputy administrator (2015) and D.C.  U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips (2016).

 

Lara Logan’s Mystery Man

By Jeff Stein
Newsweek

Nobody at 60 Minutes has been fired or even publicly disciplined for its odd, inflammatory and dead-wrong October 27 story on the Islamist assault in Benghazi that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But it has apologized.

That mea culpa, however, left some large and troubling questions unanswered; the most important one is how CBS’s superstar correspondent, Lara Logan, her producer and other network news executives let security contractor Dylan Davies on the air with his explosive tale about what he did and saw during that attack. While Davies was the central on-camera personality in that report, the most interesting figure in this mystery was never on screen, nor listed as a contributor to the piece.

It is Logan’s husband, Joseph W. Burkett, a former Army sergeant and onetime employee of a private intelligence outfit hired by the Pentagon to plant pro-U.S. stories in the Iraqi media in 2005. One recent account implied that Burkett, 42, was the Svengali behind the now infamous story that pinned responsibility for the Benghazi attack on al Qaeda, without citing any sources. To read the full story click here. 

“60 Minutes” Correspondent Mike Wallace Was Trailed by FBI During Cuba Visit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI kept a close eye on late “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace during a 1970 trip to Cuba, recently released files show, CBS News reports.

The documents detail the luggage and travel information of Wallace and “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt, according to CBS News.

The FBI also investigated a threatening letter sent to Wallace in 1977 by a World War II veteran. The letter “claims to have solid proof that” Wallace is “a pro-communist anti-American traitor.

Charges were never filed because the FBI said there was no criminal intent, the CBS News wrote.

Madoff and Wife Tried Committing Suicide

Ruth Madoff/ny post

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Before long everyone knew Bernie Madoff’s son Mark killed himself last year by hangning himself by a dog leash.

But what few know is that Madoff himself and his wife tried committing suicide as well, according to an interview this Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes, the Associated Press reported.

“I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening,” said Ruth Madoff.

Ruth Madoff told 60 Minutes that she he and her husband had receiving hate mail and “terrible phone calls” after the scandal became public.

She told 60 Minutes the couple took “a bunch of pills” including the insomnia prescription medication Ambien.

However, it didn’t work. The next day they woke up.

AP also reported that Madoff has told Barbara Walters in an interview that he has terrible remorse and horrible nightmares, but feels happier in prison than he has been in 20 years.

He told Walters that he had thought about suicide before he went off to prison, but not anymore.

 

 

Ex-Teammate Who Testified in Fed Grand Jury Says Lance Armstrong Took Banned Drugs


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The doping case involving Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong — the subject of a federal grand jury in Los Angeles — is heating up.

A former teammate of Armstrong’s Tyler Hamilton told 60 Minutes that the international cycling authorities helped the legendary Armstrong cover up a positive test for the banned drug EPO in 2001.

Hamilton, who has testified before the grand jury, also told 60 Minutes that he saw Armstrong take banned drug and that he finally told his own family about the illegalities that had been going on.

“Well, I just told my family for the first time four days ago about all this. It was brutal. Was the first time, really, I confided in them and then told them the whole story, you know, starting from the first time I doped till to up through the end,” Hamilton told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley.

To read more and see interview click here.

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Bureau of Prisons Blocks 60 Minutes Interview With Mobster John Gotti Jr.

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

CBS’s 60 Minutes knows Mobsters make good tv whether they’re real people or fictional characters like Tony Soprano.  In this case, it was worth a shot.

By Gangland News

John Gotti died in prison seven years ago yesterday. His son Junior, who has been behind bars for 10 months now, no longer has any clout with the Gambino crime family. But the mob prince is still a big ticket item when it comes to 60 Minutes, the godfather of television news shows.

Recently, 60 Minutes, which has interviewed numerous jailed mobsters in its 40-plus years, and which aired a talk with rogue cop Stephen Caracappa before his trial, reached out to the former Junior Don. Lo and behold, sources say, he agreed to an on-camera, one-on-one interview.

The first Sunday after Labor Day was the perfect time – for both 60 Minutes and Junior – to take viewers inside the Metropolitan Detention Center to see and hear Gotti talk about his plight, his relationship with his father, and with the entire Gotti family, including his sister Victoria, the author and onetime reality TV star.

That Sunday is the traditional start of the fall season for the award-winning news magazine. And Junior’s fourth federal racketeering trial in four years begins the following day, September 14.

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