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Threats Prompt Borders to Cancel Book Signings of Mobster Son Who Snitched for FBI on Dad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

You can’t expect everyone to love ya when you snitch for the FBI on your mobster dad and then write a book about it.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Borders books in the Chicago area canceled two book signings slated for this week  for ex-Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Jr., who helped put away his father Frank Calabrese Sr. and then co-authored a book called: “Operation Family Secrets: How a Mobster’s Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago’s Murderous Crime Family.”

Apparently, the book store received anonymous threats saying there would be violence if Calabrese did the book signings, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“We can confirm that our Oak Brook store received a voice mail threatening violence should Mr. Calabrese’s scheduled book signings take place,” Mary Davis, spokeswoman for Borders, told the Tribune. “Given the controversial nature of the content of the book, we viewed this as a legitimate threat.”

Oak Brook, Ill. police Chief Thomas Sheahan told the Trib that a male caller disguised his voice and said: “No rats can sign books here.”

“We take any threats seriously,” Sheahan said. “This is an ongoing investigation, and we’ll take appropriate action.”

Mayor Bloomberg Doesn’t Want Ray Kelly to Head FBI

Mayor Bloomberg

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Despite what Sen. Charles Schumer says, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants his police commissioner Ray Kelly to stay put, according to the Huffington Post.

Schumer the other day told the New York Daily News that he’s going to push for Kelly to succeed FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who finishes up his 10-year term in September.

Bloomberg isn’t disputing that Kelly would make a good FBI director. It’s just that he’s darn happy with what he’s doing in New York.

“Ray Kelly served his time in Washington and did a great job there,” Bloomberg said, according to the Huffington Post. “I, for one, would like him…expect him to stay for the next 1,023 days.”

Kelly was the undersecretary for enforcement at the Department of the treasury from 1996 to 1998, the Huffington Post noted, and he was commissioner of the US Customs Service from 1998 to 2001.

The website said Bloomberg cited low crime rates and effective counter-terrorism as reasons for his fondness for Kelly.

FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List Turns 61

Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger remains on the list

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As birthdays go, it may not be the most memorable one.

That said, the FBI felt it was worth noting on its website  that the The Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list turned 61 years old on Monday.

The FBI noted that 494 fugitives have made the list since its inception and 463 have been apprehended or located and 152 fugitives were captured or located as a result of citizen cooperation.

If you’re looking to make a few bucks, find one of these fugitives. The minimum reward of up to $100,000 is offered by the FBI for information leading directly to their arrest.

The Top 10 list currently includes such notables as Boston mobster Whitey Bulger and terrorist Osama bin Laden.

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Lewis “Matt” Chapman to Head Mobile, Ala. FBI Office

Lewis M. Chapman/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Lewis “Matt” Chapman is taking charge  of the FBI’s Mobile, Ala. office, the FBI announced Monday.

Chapman’s last stop was as  FBI  section chief of the Investigative and Operations Support Section, Critical Incident Response Group in Quantico, Va.

The FBI said Chapman, as section chief, oversaw the FBI’s National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime, crisis management, special events, and rapid deployment logistics programs. He also served as the FBI on-scene commander at the Beijing Olympics.

He entered the FBI in 1988, first working in the Dallas division on violent crime, fugitives, public corruption and government fraud matters.

In 1999, he was bumped up to supervisory special agent at FBI Headquarters in the Counterterrorism Division, Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Unit. At headquarters, he also served as an assistant inspector i the Inspection Division.

In 2002, he moved to the the Memphis Division as a supervisor of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and oversaw all foreign counterintelligence matters.

He then went off to the New Orleans office, where he served as an assistant special agent in charge from 2004 to 2008.

Deputy U.S. Marshals Increasingly Being Put in Harms Way


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Marshals Service has becoming increasingly involved in apprehending local and federal officials, which may explain in part why its deputies are increasingly being put in harms way, the website Talking Points Memo suggests.

In the past several weeks, two deputy U.S. marshals have been shot and killed during confrontations with wanted felons.

“The USMS has seven Fugitive Apprehension Task Forces around the country and another 75 Violent Offender Task Forces run by various regional USMS offices,” Ryan Reilly of Talking Points Memo reports.

“And the volume of state and local fugitives apprehended or cleared by the Marshals Service through a decade-old initiative has surged from just 15,412 in 2004 to 34,015 in 2007 and 73,915 in 2008. The number peaked at 101,910 in 2009 (likely due to apprehension and Fugitive Safe Surrender programs funded by stimulus funds) then dropped in 2010, when the agency captured or cleared 52,519 violent state and local felony fugitives. The USMS is planning to apprehend or clear 52,000 state and local felony fugitives in 2012.”

The website reported that up until a few weeks ago, the last deputy U.S. Marshal killed  in the line of duty was at Ruby Ridge in 1992.

Last week, deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry in St. Louis was shot and killed while trying to arrest someone. And last month, deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller was killed in West Virginia.

Two Ex-Blackwater Workers Convicted in Fed Court in Fatal Shooting in Afghanistan


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two former Blackwater employees have been convicted in federal court in of involuntary manslaughter while working Afghanistan in 2009.

Justin Cannon, 27, of Corpus Christi, Tex. and Christopher Drotleff, 29, of Virginia Beach, Va., were convicted Friday in Norfolk U.S. District Court. Both were working for Blackwater as contractors for the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan. They were acquitted of other charges including second-degree murder.

The Justice Department said evidence at trial showed Cannon and Drotleff left their military base without authorization and joined a convoy transporting local interpreters.

Following a traffic accident involving one of the vehicles in the convoy, Cannon and Drotleff fired multiple shots into the back of a civilian car that tried to pass the accident scene, the Justice Department said.

The passenger of the car was fatally shot, the driver was seriously injured and a man walking his dog was also killed.

Washington Post Reporter Writes Book on Shooting of Pres. Reagan

By JANET MASLIN
New York Times

The patient was 70, fit and very polite. He made it a point of pride to walk into the emergency room under his own steam. The medical staff went to work on him immediately, cutting off clothes, inserting IV lines, starting fluids and hooking up monitors. The process moved so fast that one worker never bothered to look at his face. Another asked for an address and was surprised by the answer: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It has been nearly 30 years since President Ronald Reagan was shot outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981. The attack is well remembered, but the details are not. One reason for the memory lapse, according to Del Quentin Wilber, the author of “Rawhide Down,” a newly revealing account of this potentially deadly attack, is that Reagan survived it so smoothly.

Twelve days after being fired upon, he was back at the White House looking sensational. He ultimately enhanced his popularity by rebounding with such courage, resilience and even good cheer.

Mr. Wilber, a Washington Post reporter covering law-enforcement and security issues, had no great interest in dredging up the details of this crisis. But in 2008 he covered a hearing for John W. Hinckley Jr., the blank-faced shooter who had been found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982. (Mr. Hinckley remains largely confined to a psychiatric hospital.)

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Sen. Schumer Wants NYPD Chief Ray Kelly as Next FBI Director

NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As the September retirement date for FBI director Robert S. Mueller III approaches, speculation on his successor continues to make news.

New York’s top cop, Ray Kelly, whose name has surfaced in the past, got a little boost from New York’s Sen. Charles Schumer, who said he believes Kelly is the best candidate, the New York Daily News reported.

“I think the country needs him,” Schumer told the Daily News. “Ray Kelly is a world-class choice, and he’s at the top of the list, whether it’s fighting terrorism, drug crime or street crime.”

Schumer told the Daily News he would promote Kelly as a successor with the Justice Department and the White House.

“He’s the preeminent law enforcement person in the country,” said Schumer. “He knows more about this than anyone.”

Arguments run both ways — pro and con — for installing Kelly in that post.

The upside: He’s a  legend in New York law enforcement, and has the credentials. He worked his way up through the police department. He served as chief from 1992 to 1994 and then returned as chief in 2002 and has been around ever since.

He knows how to run a big operation. And he has federal law enforcement experience.

From 1996 to 1998, he was Under Secretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department. He supervised the Department’s Customs Service, Secret Service, ATF, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

From 1998 to 2001, he served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, and managed 20,000 employees.

But the argument against him goes like this: It’s 10 year appointment. He’s 69, which would make him 79 at the end of his term. Some think that’s too old.

Plus, he’s not exactly beloved at the FBI. He’s butted heads with the agency over the years.

Other names for successor include John Pistole, the former number two person at FBI headquarters, who left to become head of the Transportation Security Administration and Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Reader Comments

Comment from fedupgman | [e]
Time March 14, 2011 at 12:21 am

Just what the FBI needs…a director who has taken every opportunity that he can to stiff arm the FBI and run his own game–even at the cost of blowing a huge terrorism case.

No thanks, Chuckie–you keep him in NY where he can continue to play the role of big city chief.