A leading California Congressman is threatening to subpoena FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. if the agency isn’t more forthcoming about its investigation into the federal government’s handling of a conservative group, the Washington Times reports.
Rep. Darrell E. Issa is accusing the FBI of stonewalling his inquiry about whether the IRS unfairly targeted True the Vote for scrutiny.
Six months into the investigation, the FBI still has not turned over a document and won’t brief him in person, the Washington Times wrote.
“The department’s tactics have impeded a congressional investigation and interfered with the comittee’s access to documents and information. Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime,” Issa wrote in a letter to Comey.
Posted: December 3rd, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: california, Congress, darrell issa, FBI, IRS, james comey, obstruction, True the Vote
Democrats in California are in a vulnerable position.
Democratic State Sen. Ron Calderon is accused of taking cash bribes in exchange for promoting bills. But when his Democratic colleagues in the California Senate removed him from committees in the past month, Calderon has publicly lashed out at his own party, the Associated Press reports.
Calderon has not been charged and said his office was raided by the FBI in June because he wouldn’t take down two fellow Democrats.
“He’s made a threat that ‘politicians live in glass houses,’ and he’s trying to throw his colleagues under the bus. Who knows what lies ahead?” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political consultant in Sacramento. “What does he know about other members that at a minimum could serve as an embarrassment to them?”
Posted: December 2nd, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: bribes, california, Democrats, FBI, Sacramento, Sen. Ron Calderon
A California lawmaker says the FBI raided his office because he refused to rat out two of the state’s top Democrats, NBC News reports.
State Sen. Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello, filed a federal complaint, saying agents asked him to “sting” Sen. Darrell Steinberg, leader of the state Senate’s Democratic majority and Sen. Kevin de Leon.
Calderon also is asking for a judge to hold federal investigators in contempt for leaking details of the investigation. He’s accused of accepting more than $60,000 from undercover agents in exchange for supporting legislation, NBC reported.
During a June 2012 meeting with an undercover agent, Steinberg allegedly said, “I told you man, anything you can do, any help you could do for my kids is, you know – that’s diamonds for me. That’s diamonds.”
Posted: November 15th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: california, Darrell Steinberg, Democrats, FBI, federal complaint, federal investigators, lawmaker, leak, politics, Sting
You never know what you’ll find when breaking into a car.
For one thief, it was two high-powered rifles.
The Boston Globe reports that a Colt M16-A1 Rifle and an HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 Sniper Rifle were stolen from an FBI SWAT vehicle parked in a residential area, where the agent wasn’t working, the Boston Globe reports.
The bureau didn’t disclose the identity of the agent.
The theft may be connected to others in the area, the FBI said in a statement.
“During that same time, items were stolen from other vehicles parked at nearby homes in Andover.”
Posted: November 8th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Andover, california, Colt M16, FBI, Sniper Rifle, Swat, theft
California prisons are violating the federal constitution by isolating people based on race after a riot, the Associated Press reports.
When a riot breaks out, officers often lock up entire races of people to prevent further violence.
But the Justice Department said in a recent court filing that the practice violates the 14th amendment, which guarantees equal protection, the AP wrote.
The policy “is not based on any individual analysis of prisoner behavior, but rather on generalized fears of racial violence. Indeed, the policy affects hundreds of prisoners throughout the (prison) system who the state acknowledges have absolutely no gang ties or history of violence,” according to the filing signed by the chiefs of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Posted: October 21st, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: california, California prisons, DOJ, isolation, Justice Department, prisons, race
Civil rights supporters are calling for the FBI and Justice Department to reopen the investigation into the 1985 killing of a prominent Palestinian American leader, Democracy Now reports.
Alex Odeh was killed by a powerful pipe bomb placed at the offices of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination in Santa Ana, Calif., where he served as group’s western regional director.
The FBI’s focus was on the Jewish Defense League, according to Democracy Now.
But no one has been arrested.
“Despite 28 years of knocking on the doors of justice, we have not found it yet. Alex was a very peaceful man,” says Albert Mokhiber, former president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. “He was known as an activist, in not just the Arab-American movement and Palestinian issues, but civil rights in general.”
Posted: October 18th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: activist, Alex Odeh, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination, california, civil rights, DOJ, FBI, Jewish Defamation League, Justice Department, pipe bomb, Santa Ana
A California man’s decision to hack the phone of the reigning Miss Teen USA turned out to be a bad one.
ABC News reports that police arrested 19-year-old Jared James Abrahams of Temecula on charges that he hacked her phone to obtained nude photos, which he threatened to reveal unless she sent him additional nude pictures or videos.
Abrahams is accused of trying to extort Miss Team USA Cassidy Wolf, 19, and other women.
“Abrahams used malicious software to disguise his identity in order to capture nude photos or videos of victims through remote operation of cameras on their home computers without their consent,” according to the criminal complaint.
Posted: September 27th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: california, extortion, hacking, Miss Teen USA, nude photos, sextortion
The murder and racketeering case against accused mobster James ‘Whitey” Bulger may have reached its final days as prosecutors and defense attorneys prepare to present lengthy closing arguments today, the Associated Press wrote.
The nearly eight-week trial will give way to closing arguments after jurors heard testimony about 19 killings in which Bulger is accused of being involved.
It has been a long time coming. The 83-year-old man fled Boston ahead of an indictment, and he remained one of the most wanted fugitives until he was found in California in 2011.
Judge Denise Casper has given each side three hours and 15 minutes to present closing arguments.
The jury is expected to begin deliberating Tuesday.
Posted: August 5th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: california, closing arguments, hury, Mob, murder trial, Prosecutor, racketeering trial, Whitey Bulger