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Archive for April 21st, 2010

Pulitzer Prize Winners Who Brought Down Detroit Mayor Publish Book of His Famous and Infamous Quotes

Kwame-Sutra
By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

When former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is the target of an FBI bribery investigation, was re-elected in 2005 in a miraculous comeback, he told his followers, “Some y’all just crazy.”

When he came to visit the Detroit Free Press years before his text-message scandal, he said to city hall reporter M.L. Elrick, “Boy, I’d really like to hit you.”

Well, Elrick, along with fellow reporter Jim Schaefer, ended up delivering the knockout punch to Kilpatrick. They got hold of thousands of his text messages on his pager — some worthy of Hustler magazine — that he had sent to his chief of staff and lover, Christine Beatty. The rest is history — including a Pulitzer Prize for Elrick and Schaefer and a book of Kilpatrick’s quotes that’s selling well enough to spark talk about a sequel.

The messages showed Kilpatrick had perjured himself in a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by two ex-cops.

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FBI Appoints Sean Joyce to Key Post as Exec. Assist Dir. of National Security Branch

Sean Joyce/fbi photo

Sean Joyce/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Sean Joyce, a Boston native, has been named executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch (NSB), a key post that oversees a number of divisions including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, Directorate of Intelligence and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.

His last post was as assistant director of the FBI’s International Operations Division. He replaces Arthur M.  Cummings II, a widely respected agent and supervisor, who is retiring.

“The NSB oversees the FBI’s national security and intelligence operations,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement. “As EAD, Sean will be responsible for the continued development of a specialized national security workforce and will serve as the FBI’s lead intelligence official.

“Sean brings a wide range of operational and leadership experience to this position, which he has demonstrated during more than 20 years of service to the FBI.”

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Authorities Contact Canadian Bookstores About FBI Fugitive Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Top Ten Fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger of Boston may be a cold and calculated killer, but apparently he does like literature.

The Boston Globe reports authorities last week circulated posters of Bulger, 80, and his girlfriend Catherine Greig, 59, at bookstores around the ocean front city of Victoria in British Columbia. He is known to be an avid reader with an interest in history.

“It’s just part of our outreach to locate where Bulger might be,” Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Boston told the Globe.

She told the Globe that the FBI has no specific information about Bulger. “Whitey could probably be anywhere. We’re just trying to reach all logical places.”

The Globe reported that a manager of a Victoria bookstore “said authorities had visited just about every bookstore in the city last week and asked employees to be on the lookout for Bulger.”

“They came in and just gave us a wanted poster and asked us if we recognized him because he’s known to be a book reader,” he said, according to the Globe.

Bulger is accused in 19 murders and has been on the run for more than 15 years. T

Feds Subpoena Sarah Palin in Hacker’s Trial in Tenn.

Sarah Palin/ official photo

Sarah Palin/ official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Republican star Sarah Palin may soon have a speaking engagement, but she won’t be able to collect a lucrative speaking fee as she as on different occasions.

The Huffington Post reports that federal prosecutors have subpoenaed her to testify in the trial of  former college student David Kernell, 22, in Knoxville, Tenn. Trial began this week for Kernell who is charged with hacking into Palin’s  email account during the 2008 presidential campaign.

A federal prosecutor  said Palin’s husband Todd and daughter Bristol could also be subpoenaed, the Huffington Post reported.

“He definitely talked about how he didn’t believe in what she wanted to do,” David Omiecinski, Kernell’s former University of Tennessee roommate, testified, according to the Huffington Post.

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Drug War Spreads in Mexico to Northeast Section: Cops Beheaded, Journalists Abducted

While the U.S. fights battles in Afghanistan and Iraq, another war far closer threatens the safety of people in the U.S. — the drug war in Mexico where murder of police is common place. Now the war there is spreading. The money is too good for it to simply die off. More needs to be done on both sides of the border.

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By William Booth
Washington Post Foreign Service

LOS ALDAMAS, Mexico — Javier Martinez Gonzalez may have thought himself a lucky man as he arrived in pressed khakis for his first day of work as a police officer in this little country town.

Half an hour later, masked men dragged him from the station. His body was later found in a patch of weeds alongside those of two fellow officers. Their killings early this month marked a dangerous new front in Mexico’s battle against drug gangs in the borderlands south of Texas.

More than 22,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderón unleashed his war on traffickers in December 2006, according to a confidential government report circulated last week, a toll that far exceeds previous media estimates.

The northeastern states along the Gulf of Mexico had been mostly quiet as drug cartels and the Mexican military fought farther west. But powerful and warring crime syndicates have now launched a campaign of terror here, abducting journalists, beheading police officers and assaulting military garrisons.

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