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FBI Investigating Whether Census Worker’s Hanging Involved Anti-Govt Sentiments

It’s scary when a census worker might be the target of anti-government sentiment. There’s pockets in America where the hatred for the government runs deep, from farmers to militia members.

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DEVLIN BARRETT and JEFFREY McMURRAY
Associated Press

When Bill Sparkman told retired trooper Gilbert Acciardo that he was going door-to-door collecting census data in rural Kentucky, the former cop drew on years of experience for a warning: “Be careful.”

The 51-year-old Sparkman was found this month hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery with the word “fed” scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment.

“Even though he was with the Census Bureau, sometimes people can view someone with any government agency as ‘the government.’ I just was afraid that he might meet the wrong character along the way up there,” said Acciardo, who directs an after-school program at an elementary school where Sparkman was a frequent substitute teacher.

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FBI Says Corrupt Border Guards Expose U.S. to Terrorist Risk

When people feel they’re not earning enough, or they simply get greedy, you’ve got a problem. There’s a problem along the Mexican border with corrupt border guards and the U.S. needs to address it in a big way.

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By PIERRE THOMAS
ABC NEWS

The Federal Bureau of Investigation worries that corrupt U.S. officials at the nation’s border crossings are exposing Americans to serious risk, and are stepping up efforts to root those officials out.

With evidence of corrupt U.S. border officials allowing illegal immigrants to enter the country in exchange for bribes, the FBI is concerned terrorists or materials that could be used in a terrorist attack might also slip through.

“If you’re a corrupt border official, and you’re allowing illegal immigrants to come into the country, you’re not going to know who you’re letting in,” Kevin L. Perkins, assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division for the FBI, told ABC News.

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Therapist’s Request that Married FBI Agent List His Affairs Results in his Downfall

fbi-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A married FBI agent, at the center of sexual scandal that surfaced this week, had written down a list of sexual affairs with female FBI agents and a key informant in the Congressman William Jefferson case because his therapist had asked him to, according to a person familiar with situation.

The writing exercise, which became  FBI agent John Guadolo’s  undoing,  was supposed to help him realize the damage the affairs had done to his marriage, according to the source.

Instead, the affairs damaged his career after someone discovered his very personal document and showed it to his supervisors at the FBI Washington field office.

The Office of Professional Responsibility launched an internal probe into matter and he resigned in December 2008, several months before Jefferson went on trial and was convicted on 11 of 16 public corruption counts, according to government court documents.

The whole matter came to light this week when U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III refused to grant a new trial to the defense team of ex-Rep. William Jefferson.

The defense had raised the sexual affair with the informant as part of its push for a new trial.

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Obama Nominates Alan Bersin to Head U.S. Customs and Border

Alan Bersin/photo stanford edu

Alan Bersin/photo stanford edu

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Alan Bersin, a high ranking Department of Homeland Security official, has been nominated by President Obama to head the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Bersin, a former U.S. Attorney in California, is currently Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs.

Bersin would take over an agency that has faced some tough challenges combating the smuggling of illegal aliens and drugs and internal corruption.

“Under Alan’s leadership over the past several months, we have forged new international and domestic partnerships along our borders to strengthen security,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a press release issued by her department.. “I look forward to continuing to work with Alan in his new position, where he will lead the Department’s efforts to implement practical, innovative solutions to protect our country from threats to our national and economic security and facilitate legitimate travel and trade.”

Bersin would manage 57,000 employees.

U.S. Border Agents Fire at Vans With Illegal Immigrants; Shut Down Nation’s Busiest Border Crossing

The smuggling of illegal immigrants across the border continues to be a big big problem. This only illustrates how big it is and how brazen it can be. Frightening.

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By Richard Marosi
Los Angeles Times

The nation’s busiest border crossing was closed and declared a crime scene Tuesday after at least two U.S. agents attempted to stop smugglers from speeding through the San Ysidro Port of Entry by firing their weapons at three vans loaded with suspected illegal immigrants.

Port Director Oscar Preciado said it was the first time officials had shuttered the 24-lane border crossing to vehicular traffic since President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

Three people in the vans suffered injuries and a person in a nearby car also was wounded in the unusually brazen smuggling attempt, U.S. authorities said. More than 70 people inside the vans were arrested.

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ATF Agents in Phoenix Learn How Easy It is to Get Criminals to Rob Dope Dealers

phoenix-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Undercover ATF agents learned how easy it is to get someone to rob a drug dealer during a sting they pulled off in Phoenix.

The Arizona Republic reports that agents were able to get complete strangers to agree to help rob dope dealers. In the end, agents arrested 70 people.

“This proved what we know to be true,” said Dennis Burke, the new U.S. attorney in the District of Arizona  said, according to the Arizona Republic. “When drugs and distribution of drugs are in our neighborhoods, violent armed criminals follow behind them.”

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FBI Destroyed Files on Newsman Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite/asu photo

Walter Cronkite/asu photo

Someone should have saved these historical records. It’s a shame the records are gone.  Fortunately the memory of Walter Cronkite can’t be destroyed.

By Matt Kelley
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — The FBI destroyed its files on former CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite two years ago under a policy that has been criticized by researchers for allowing potentially valuable records to be wiped out.

A search of the agency’s main index of the subjects of FBI investigations found some records tied to Cronkite’s name were destroyed in October 2007, the FBI said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by USA TODAY. Cronkite’s death in July at age 92 made any FBI files about him available for release under the federal law.

The FBI should have preserved records about Cronkite, who anchored CBS’ newscasts from 1962 to 1981, said Scott Hodes, a former top lawyer in the FBI’s records office. All FBI records on such a prominent person should have been saved under the FBI’s policies, Hodes said.

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Pro Golfer Jim Thorpe Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion After Earning $5.4 Million

Jim Thorpe/photo pgatour.com

Jim Thorpe/photo pgatour.com

That’s a whole lot of money not to pay taxes on. If he goes off to prison, who knows? He may find a lot of golf enthusiasts among the Ponzi schemers, embezzlers, crooked politicians and doctors convicted of health care fraud.

By Reuters
MIAMI — American golfer Jim Thorpe, a 13-time winner on the senior Champions Tour, pleaded guilty to tax evasion on Tuesday and faces up to two years in prison and a fine totaling more than $4 million, authorities said.

Thorpe, 60, of Heathrow, Florida, pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to pay income taxes for 2002, 2003 and 2004, a period when his income totaled about $5.4 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando said.

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