Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

September 2009
S M T W T F S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Archive for September, 2009

Ex-FBI Agent O’Neill Talks About Helping Bust FBI Agent Robert Hanssen

FBI Spy Robert Hanssen

FBI Spy Robert Hanssen

Many years have passed since FBI agent Robert Hanssen was busted for being a spy.  But the story is still worth retelling and retelling. That’s what  ex-FBI agent Eric O’Neill, who is now in the private sector,  did the other night.

By Dinara Aprymova
The Tennessee Journalist
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former FBI operative Eric O’Neill shared his experience in catching the most notorious spy in U.S. history Tuesday night at the UC auditorium. O’Neill’s story was depicted in the Universal feature film Breach, starring Ryan Phillippe.

O’Neill graduated from Auburn University in 1995. He then moved to Washington D.C. to work as a consultant. He realized the consultant position was not where he wanted to be, so he began applying for work with governmental agencies.

O’Neill joined the FBI after going through a long process to determine if he represented upstanding citizenry. As an undercover surveillance specialist, O’Neill was trained to watch, photograph and follow people on the streets of Washington, D.C.

“In 2001, I am called off the street to discuss a case that my superiors thought I’d be just right for,” O’Neill said.

His new assignment was to investigate special agent Robert Hanssen. O’Neill was chosen for this mission because he was a Catholic and a male.

Since the FBI suspected Hanssen of espionage, they built an office for him, gave him an important job and enticed him not to retire.

On the first day of work, Hanssen introduced O’Neill to “Hanssen’s Law”. This “law” stated that “the spy is always where he has access to the information that he knows he can use to do the most damage and get the most money. And he knows how to use it and get away with it.”

For Full Story

Ex-High Ranking U.S. Anti-Drug Official Arrested For Helping Mexican Cartels

mexico-border-signWe keep assuming that the corruption is limited to the Mexican government — and not the U.S. — when it comes to the violent war on drugs in Mexico. But people like Richard Padilla Cramer are a reminder that the problem long ago crept over the border. Greed knows no geographical boundary.

By Sebastian Rotella
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — As a high-ranking U.S. anti-drug official, Richard Padilla Cramer held front-line posts in the war on Mexico’s murderous cartels. He led an office of two dozen agents in Arizona and was the attache for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Guadalajara.

While in Mexico, however, Cramer also served as a secret ally of drug lords, according to federal investigators.

Cramer allegedly advised traffickers on law enforcement tactics and pulled secret files to help them identify turncoats. He charged $2,000 for a Drug Enforcement Administration document that was sent to a suspect in Miami by e-mail in August, authorities said.

“Cramer was responsible for advising the [drug traffickers] how U.S. law enforcement works with warrants and record checks as well as how DEA conducts investigations to include ‘flipping subjects,’ ” or recruiting informants, a criminal complaint says.

For Full Story

Ex-D.C. Cop Charged in Maryland Cocaine Ring

dc-police-patch

Whether they’re still in the department or not, getting busted tarnishes the reputation of a police department. For one, you assume when he was on the department t he was probably crooked. Carter left the department in 2002. The D.C. department has a reputation for having far less corruption than some other big departments.

By Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writer

A former District police officer is among a dozen men charged in a cocaine ring based in Southern Maryland that netted more than $1.5 million, authorities said Wednesday.

Darrell Alphonso Carter, 42, of Abell, Md., and 11 co-defendants are charged in federal court in Greenbelt with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Carter was hired as an officer in 1990 and resigned in November 2002, a District police spokeswoman said.

During raids this month on sites in Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, authorities seized about $200,000 in cash, 11 cars, including a Lexus sport-utility vehicle and a BMW 525, motorcycles worth $50,000, and high-end jewelry that included several Rolex watches. A drag-racing car and two engines also were seized, officials said.

For Full Story

Justice Dept. Investigating Ex-Bush Interior Sec. Gale Norton

It’s good to see corruption is not limited to the Democrats or Republicans in this town. Who says bipartisanship is dead in Washington?  Interior Sec. Gale Norton becomes the first Bush cabinet member to come under official criminal investigation.

Gale Norton/gov photo

Gale Norton/gov photo

By Jim Tankersley and Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton illegally used her position to benefit Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the company that later hired her, according to officials in federal law enforcement and the Interior Department.

The criminal investigation centers on the Interior Department’s 2006 decision to award three lucrative oil shale leases on federal land in Colorado to a Shell subsidiary. Over the years it would take to extract the oil, according to calculations from Shell and a Rand Corp. expert, the deal could net the company hundreds of billions of dollars.

The investigation’s main focus is whether Norton violated a law that prohibits federal employees from discussing employment with a company if they are involved in dealings with the government that could benefit the firm, law enforcement and Interior officials said.

For Full Story

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Homeland Sec. Napolitano  Talks About Successes in Border Security (AP)

FBI Searches Suspected Terrorist’s Denver Area Home; Man Insists He’s Not a Terrorist

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Homeland To Back Off Stimulus Funding Until It Reviews Priorities

The spending of stimulus funds should come under intense scrutiny. There’s going to be some misspending of stimulus funds, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to keep waste and misguided priorities to a minimum.

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Facing criticism for her handling of federal stimulus money, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she would not start any new border construction projects and would review how her department selected projects that would get money.

Napolitano has faced questions since The Associated Press reported last month that Homeland Security officials did not follow their internal priority lists when choosing which border checkpoints would be financed for renovations. Under a process that is secretive and susceptible to political influence, officials planned to spend millions at tiny checkpoints, passing over busier, higher-priority projects.

For Full Story

D.C. Sniper Muhammad Has a Date With Death

John Allen Muhammad

John Allen Muhammad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Convicted D.C. area sniper John Allen Muhammad, who went on a killing spree in 2002, terrorizing the Washington region  and sending local and federal law enforcement on a wild manhunt, has a date with death.

Prince William County Circuit Judge Mary Grace O’Brien in Northern Virginia on Wednesday set his execution date for Nov. 10 by lethal injection, the Associated Press reported.

Muhammad, 48, along with his teen partner Lee Malvo, killed 10 people. He lost an appeal last month at the appeals court level. Malvo is serving a life sentence.

Muhammad’s death sentence is tied to the fatal shooting of Dean Meyers at a gas station in Virginia. He is expected to ask the governor for clemency and appeal to the Supreme Court to try and head off the execution.

The execution would take place at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va.

Ex-Fed Prosecutor Emerges As Lead Contender For D.C. U.S. Atty Post

Ronald Machen

Ronald Machen

All across the country candidates are emerging for the many U.S. Attorney posts that need to be filled. In Washington, D.C., former federal prosecutor Ronald Machen has emerged as the likely person to become the next U.S. Attorney, according to the Washington Post. The position is currently being filled by interim U.S. Attorney Phillip Channing, a career prosecutor who was among the candidates being considered for the permanent post.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Ronald C. Machen, a former federal prosecutor, has emerged as the leading contender to be the next U.S. Attorney in the District, according to sources close to the selection process.

Machen was the top choice of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) when she submitted the names of three candidates to President Obama several weeks ago, sources said.

For Full Story