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Courtney Evans — FBI Liaison to Hoover and the Kennedys — Dies at Age 95

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A historic link to the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover and JFK and Robert Kennedy is gone.

Courtney A. Evans, 95, a high ranking FBI official who was a liaison between Hoover and the Kennedy’s, died last month of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Naples, Fla., the Washington Post reported.

The Post reported that the veteran FBI agent became friendly with the Kennedys in the 1950s and  became the bureau’s assistant director in the early 1960s.

“His job landed him in the middle of a power struggle between the autocratic Hoover and a new administration determined to rein in Hoover’s authority, said Athan G. Theoharis, a retired professor at Marquette University, who is a historian of the FBI’s Hoover years,” the Post reported.

“Evans found himself in this very difficult position,” Theoharis said, according to the Post.”He briefed the attorney general, but it wasn’t always clear that he fully informed the attorney general of FBI practices — and there was some indication that Kennedy was party to a ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ [attitude]. Even so, Evans became persona non grata in the bureau.”

He resigned from the FBI in 1964 and eventually was a founding partner in a D.C. law firm, the Post reported.

To read the full obituary click here.

Commentary: I’ll Say it Again: Don’t Bother Charging the Salahis — Move On

The publicity seeking Salahis/facebook photo

The publicity seeking Salahis/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — I’ll say it again, as I did recently: the feds shouldn’t waste their time trying to figure out whether to criminally charge the famous White House party crashers,  Tareq and Michaele Salahi.

It’s a waste of time, and a distraction from the task at hand: plugging up all the security gaps that allowed the couple to attend the Nov. 24 state dinner.

We need to move on, correct what needs correcting. Besides, charging the Barbie Doll couple with something like criminal trespassing will only look petty.  (To add to the embarrassment, we now learn that a third person, a D.C. man named Carlos Allen,  made it into the party without being on the official guest list.)

In any event, if  the Salahis must be punished, I suggest they be charged with making the Secret Service and White House look foolish. In the court of public opinion, they’ve already been found guilty of that charge.

Besides, we should be grateful it was the harmless-publicity seeking Salahis, not an underwear bomber, who pointed out the flaws in the White House security.

Las Vegas Fed Courthouse Shooter Had Violent Criminal Past

nevada1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Perhaps it should come as no big shock that Johnny Lee Wicks, the man who killed one court security officer and wounded a deputy Marshal in the Las Vegas federal courthouse on Monday, had a violent criminal past.

The Associated Press is reporting that Wicks, 66, served 12 to 15 years after being convicted of  killing his brother Leo Wicks in Memphis in 1974. He was paroled in 1981.

The AP also reported that he served time after pleading no contest to domestic battery in Sacramento in 1995.

Court records show Wicks, an African American, complained of racial discrimination “and lost a federal lawsuit last year challenging a $286 cut in his $974 monthly Social Security benefits after moving from California to Las Vegas,” the AP reported.

FBI Probe into Illegal Steroids Broke New Ground

Pres. Obama Says the System Failed in the Detroit Plane Bombing Case

Arizona Border Patrol Agent Shoots and Kills Illegal Immigrant

arizona-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border patrol agent in southern Arizona on Monday shot and killed an illegal immigrant who allegedly threw rocks at the agent, the Associated Press reported.

Attributing information to Border Patrol spokesman Omar Candelaria, AP reported that the incident happened when the agent and his dog encountered the illegal immigrant outside of Douglas, Az. and the man started throwing rocks.

The agent fired his gun and killed the man, the AP reported. The incident is under investigation by the Border Patrol, Cochise County Sheriff’s Department and FBI.

AFTERNOON UPDATE

Head of Newark FBI Weysan Dun to Take Charge of Omaha Division

Dun Weysan/fbi photo

Weysan Dun/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Weysan Dun, who has headed the FBI’s Newark office, is leaving the east coast for the Midwest where he’ll take charge of  the Omaha Division, the FBI announced Monday.

Dun started out with the FBI in 1982 and worked in the San Francisco, Omaha, and Chicago Divisions, where he specialized in national security, high technology theft, extremist, and violent crime investigations, the FBI said.

In 1988, he came to the mothership in D.C. as a supervisory special agent of the National Security Division.

In 1991, he became a supervisory senior resident agent in the Hartford, Conn. office.

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A Third White House Party Crasher Found at Party that Has Become the Secret Service’s Ongoing Nightmare

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Famous White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi have opened what continues to be a public relations nightmare for the U.S. Secret Service and its director Mark Sullivan.

The latest is that a third uninvited guest was at the now infamous state dinner, according to media reports including Newswmax.com’s Ronald Kessler, author of a book highly critical of the Secret Service.

According to Newsmax.com, a member of the Indian diplomatic delegation invited someone to the Nov. 24 event “without the knowledge or consent of the White House.”

“As with the Salahis, the Secret Service ignored the fact that the man was not on the guest list and failed to conduct a background check on him,” Newsmax wrote.

The publication said the man’s presence came to light while the Secret Service was investigating the Salahi incident.

Carlos Allen/hushgalleria photo

hushgalleria photo

Politico reported on Monday that the party crasher Carlos Allen, a D.C. party promoter, denied attending the dinner.

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