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FBI’s Randall Thysse Named SAC for NY Counterintelligence

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By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Randall C. Thysse of the FBI’s global counterintelligence section at headquarters has been named special agent in charge of the New York Office’s Counterintelligence Division.

Thysse joined the FBI in 1989 and was first stationed in the Omaha Division’s Des Moines Resident Agency.

He later went to headquarters as a supervisor in the Criminal Investigative Division’s financial institution fraud unit.

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Column: Some Criminal Politicians are Disgraceful til the End

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel

Some criminal politicians  are disgraceful right up to the end.

Take former Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson who was sentenced Thursday in Boston federal court to 3 1/2 years in prison  for taking $23,000 in bribes to help secure a liquor license for a nightclub and for legislation to grease the skids for commercial development in her district.

You might recall she was photographed in an FBI sting stuffing $100 bills in her bra at a restaurant near the state house. She could have at least asked for a doggy bag instead to sock away the cash.

On Thursday, she said, sure I did wrong but…..

FBI photo of Wilkerson stuffing cash in bra

Yes, But. But. But….After sentencing, she told reporters, according to Jonathan Saltzman at the Boston Globe, that federal prosecutors were corrupt and went after her and former Boston councilor Chuck Turner because they were outspoken. Turner was convicted of a taking $1,000 payoff in the same FBI sting.

“Chuck Turner and I have always been about the same business,” she said, according to the Globe. “Some in positions of power were threatened by our actions, and as a result we became targets.”

She went on to blast the “despicable actions of the government and its collaborators,” according to the Globe.

Sadly, Wilkerson was a crook, plain and simple. And sadly, she still can’t fess up to it. There was no noble thing going on. She was just stuffing her pockets (or her bra).  Another crooked politician — and perhaps a delusional one at that.

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson

Sadly, she had had other problems in the past. In 1997, she was convicted for failing to file her income taxes for two years, the Globe reported. And she had other ethical lapses as well.

Maybe prison will give her time to rethink her noble gesture of taking bribes.

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FBI Probing Death of Mexican Teen Shot By Border Patrol Agent

By Allan Lengel

The FBI is investigating the death of a Mexican teen who died Wednesday in a shooting involving a U.S. border patrol agent in Nogales along the Arizona-Mexico border, Reuters reported.

The Sonora, Mexican police said Ramses Barron, 17, was found dead outside a hospital in Nogales, Sonora on Wednesday with a wound from a bullet fired by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Reuters reported. The FBI said rock throwing appeared to have played a role in the 3 a.m. incident. The sister cities on both sides of the Arizona-Mexico border are called Nogales.

The teen was trying to cross the tall fence at the time of the incident, Reuters reported.

“At that moment (as he was climbing the fence), a United States Border Patrol agent shot at him, sending him falling onto gravel on the Mexican side,” the Mexican police said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman David Jimarez said, according to Reuters:

“There was an agent involved in a shooting in Nogales, Arizona, although the details are very sketchy. We are not aware of the injuries involved in the incident,” he said.

FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said, according to  Reuters: “Border Patrol agents were attempting to arrest alleged drug smugglers. …when bystanders began to throw rocks” at them. A Border Patrol agent responded by firing a shot at an alleged rock thrower.”