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FBI Spied on Nelson Mandela During His First Visit to U.S. in June 1990

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Nelson Mandela visited the U.S. for the first time in June 1990, he was under the watch of the FBI.

Al Jazeera America reports that the FBI used a confidential source to spy on Mandela, who had been recently released after spending 27 years in prison.

The newly released documents are heavily redacted and give little detail about the intelligence.

What’s certain is that the source provided information about Mandela’s travel itinerary, according to a memo from the Atlanta field office to then-FBI Director William Sessions.

“What’s missing from these documents is often as illuminative as what’s disclosed,” said Ryan Shapiro, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral candidate who studies the policing of dissent. “Not only did the FBI heavily redact and withhold documents, but there’s virtually no discussion of U.S. intelligence community involvement prior to Mandela’s 1990 release from prison.”

Records Show FBI Aware of Potential Plot to Kill Leaders of Occupy Houston

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Were snipers planning to kill leaders of Occupy Houston in 2011?

The Houston Chronicle obtained FBI records that suggest the agency was aware of such a plan.

To be clear, the FBI was not involved, but the records indicate the agency knew about a potentially deadly plot.

FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dulap warned that the records were redacted and raw so they might not be entirely accurate.

According to the document, “An identified (DELETED) as of October [2011] planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas, if deemed necessary. An identified (DELETED) had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. (DELETED) planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles.”

Court: Death Row Inmate Doesn’t Have Right to Access All Records Related to Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Tennessee death row inmate has been denied access to FBI records that he says would overturn his 1998 conviction for the murder of a Memphis motel clerk, the Associated Press reports.

A federal appeals court reaffirmed the FBI’s right to redact information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The redacted records, inmate Michael Dale Rimmer argues, contain information from witnesses who said he was the wrong suspect, the AP reported.

But the FBI won its argument that the names of those witnesses aren’t important enough to trump the privacy rights of witnesses, the AP wrote.