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Blood Gang Leader Admits to Murdering Teen in Case of Mistaken Identity

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A leader of a Bloods street gang in New Jersey has admitted to the murder of an innocent teenager in a case of mistaken identity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

Torien Brooks, the 30-year-old leader of the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims subgroups or chapters of the Bloods, also admitted Tuesday in federal court in Newark to kidnapping a rival gang member and conspiring to sell narcotics, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a press release.

According to court documents, the murder took place on July 19, 2004 in Jersey City and involved Brooks and  co-defendant Emmanuel Jones, 27, of Jersey City, who went by the names “Killer,” “Killer E” and “Emo.” The documents say the two shot and killed who they thought to be responsible for an earlier shooting of a fellow gang member, but who was in fact an innocent teenager identified only as “M.T.” Three bystanders were hit by stray shots in the incident.

The kidnapping confession involves a rival gang member identified as “M.M.” According to ATF, Brooks said that he and fellow members Lary Mayo, 29, John Benning, 28, and Haleek State, 26 conspired to kidnap M.M. after a M.M. had changed gang sub-groups without permission.

The four kidnapped M.M. on April 11, 2005, pistol whipped him and took him to Patterson Falls, N.J., with the intent to kill him. M.M. was able to make a break and run to safety, according to court documents.

The narcotics confession involves a period in April 2007 and continuing for about a year in which Brooks and others conspired to smuggle heroin into Northern State Prison in Newark, where he was incarcerated. As part of the conspiracy, he and others in the Fruit Town and Brick City Brims gangs conspired to sell heroine on the streets of Paterson and have profits sent to his prison commissary account.

Brooks’ sentencing is set for Dec. 14. The racketeering count to which Brooks pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and $250,000. Jones, Mayo and Benning await sentencing for similar charges.

 

Those Whacky Salahis — the Party Crashers Who Were Targets of Criminal Probe — Grab Headlines Again

The Salahis pose with the v.p./facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

That whacky couple — Tareq and Michaele Salahi — who crashed the White House party in November 2009 and ended up being the target of a long drawn out and fruitless criminal investigation, were grabbing some rather weird headlines in the Washington media on Wednesday.

The media reported earlier in the day that husband Tareq said he believed his wife had been abducted.

But the Washington Post’s Reliable Source reported:

“Hours later, though, came a calmer statement from the Warren County (Va.) Sheriff’s department: They had talked to Michaele Salahi. She seemed fine. She had left home willingly. And she told them she didn’t want her husband to know where she was.”

The column reported that late in the day a publicist for the 80s rock group Journey — “confirmed that that Michaele, 45, is shacking up with guitarist Neal Schon, 57, and is currently with him at a concert tour stop in Memphis.”

The famous party-crashing incident involving the couple on Nov. 24, 2009, was an embarrassment for the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security and raised questions about security at the nation’s most important address.

Federal authorities had reportedly been looking at possibly charging the couple with criminally trespassing or lying to a federal agent.

But the case appeared problematic for a number of reasons. And although the U.S. Attorney’s Office has yet to make a public announcement on the final disposition of the case, sources tell ticklethewire.com that it does not appear as if the feds will end up filing criminal charges.

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Column: Ex-FBI Official Says Media Distorts Image of J. Edgar Hoover and His Sexuality

Anthony Riggio is a former lawyer who went on to work for the FBI for 24 years. He held a number of posts during that time including assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit office. He retired in 1995 as a senior executive at FBI headquarters. His column is in response to a ticklethewire.com story about a GQ interview with Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio about the upcoming film “J. Edgar” that suggests Hoover carried on an affair with his right hand man Clyde Tolson.

Tony Riggio

 
By Anthony Riggio
For ticklethewire.com

I find it interesting that Hollywood has no proof of Hoover being a homosexual, a story that was sparked by a discredited author.

Yet, it tickled the media’s fancy and now the media can’t get over it, and every chance they get, they herald this unfounded suspicion.

The media is so loathe to give Hoover any credit for the magnificent organization he built and an agency that is held up to reverence by every country in the world (including current and former communist countries). Note that the FBI has even built an FBI Academy in some of these countries, and whenever a country does not know how to deal with certain criminal activities, they implore the FBI’s help.

The “left” leaning media in this country holds Hoover in contempt because he did what he had to do at the time to keep this country safe and free from harm, under acceptable and lawful rules.

I realize that there is a heavy emphasis on accenting what today is considered awful and one of Hoover’s detractors — and there many — was a Washington columnist named Jack Anderson who accused Hoover of every evil on the face of the earth. Yet, Mr. Anderson and his tactics have been severely criticized lately. Does this get the same publicity or negative distortion that J.Edgar Hoover got?

Our media has become so cynical and corrupt that they have molded history to their leanings and polluted the minds of the young and of the too lame (of which most Americans are) to search out the the truth for themselves. Instead, they continue to believe the lie that keeps on being repeated. With time, this lie has become truth.

I am a lover of history, but history derived from a film or biased reporters — no, make that media distorters — is not history but fanciful story telling.

Settlement Close for DEA Agent Who Claims She was Fired for Being Gay

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Dawn Strobel was working as a DEA agent with a local High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in 2006 in Indiana when a colleague outed her as gay to her boss, William Wells, according to the Post-Tribune newspaper.

Wells then told the Army Reserves, where Strobel had served since 2001. The Reserves honorably discharged her for being gay, according to a lawsuit Strobel filed last year after being fired from the DEA in 2009.

The newspaper reports that the suit appears to be close to being settled.

The paper reported that the government filed a status report in federal court in Hammond, Ind.,  saying that both sides had exchanged settlement papers and that Strobel had signed one of the papers. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.

Strobel also claimed in her suit that she faced harassment at HIDTA and was stripped of her security clearance without being given an explanation why.

To read more click here.

 

3 TSA Agents Busted in Prescription Drug Ring

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More bad publicity for the Transportation Security Administration.

Three of its agents, along with a police officer and a state trooper were among 20 people arrested in connection with an interstate prescription drug ring that shipped oxycodone to New York and Connecticut from Florida and relayed the profits back to Florida, Reuters news service reported.

Federal authorities in Connecticut on Tuesday announced the arrests.

Reuters reported that suspects Christopher Allen and John Best were TSA agents assigned to the Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, and the third accused TSA agent, Brigitte Jones, worked at Westchester County Airport in New York.

Other charged included Michael Brady, a police officer with the Department of Public Safety in Westchester County, N.Y. and Florida State Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Kolve.

 

 

Clint Eastwood: “I Don’t Give a Crap if (Hoover) Was Gay or Not.”

DiCaprio as a young J. Edgar Hoover/ mtv photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Leonardo DiCaprio and director Clinton Eastwood for J. Edgar seem to be very circumspect when discussing FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s sexuality and their film on Hoover that is set to be released in November.

The film is called “J. Edgar.”

USA Today reports that in an interview in GQ magazine with Mark Harris, Eastwood says:

“I’d heard all the various controversies and gossip—that he wore dresses at parties. Everybody was saying, maybe he’s gay because he’d never gotten married. But that’s the way they did it back in the ’40s. If a guy didn’t get married, they always thought, Oh, there’s something wrong with him.”

Harris then asked: “But didn’t he have something approaching a long-term marriage with Clyde Tolson, associate director of the FBI (played by Armie Hammer)?’

“Well, they were inseparable pals,” says Eastwood. “Now, whether he was gay or not is gonna be for the audience to interpret. It could have been just a great love story between two guys. Or it could have been a great love story that was also a sexual story.”

DiCaprio explains, “What we’re saying is that he definitely had a relationship with Tolson that lasted for nearly fifty years. Neither of them married. They lived close to one another. They worked together every day. They vacationed together. And there was rumored to be more. There are definite insinuations of—well, I’m not going to get into where it goes, but…”

Interrupts Eastwood: “It’s not a movie about two gay guys. It’s a movie about how this guy manipulated everybody around him and managed to stay on through nine presidents. I mean, I don’t give a crap if he was gay or not.”

Adds Leo: “If I were a betting man, I actually don’t know what I would bet [regarding his sexuality].”

 

FBI Assigns 2 Agents to N.O. Police Internal Affairs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has assigned two agents to work full time in the New Orleans Police Department’s internal affairs unit, another move in a concerted effort to unearth corruption in the troubled department, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

“It’s the right thing to do at the right time,” said David Welker, special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans division, according to the paper. “This relationship is not designed to make the FBI the NOPD’s Big Brother.”

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas applauded the move, saying:

“These two agents will work closely with us on systems of corruption, on civil rights investigations and to help in our in-service training programs.”

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FBI Never Publicly Disclosed Saudi Couple Abandoning Home With New Car Right Before Sept. 11

Ex-Sen. Graham/meet the press

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Is there even more about the Saudi connection to 9/11 that we didn’t know about?

Well, ex-Sen. Bob Graham, former co-chair of a Congressional inquiry after the September 11, 2001, seems to think so and is calling for the U.S. government to reopen its probe in wake of a news report that says a Saudia Arabian couple in Sarasota, Fla., abruptly abandon their home two weeks before the attacks, leaving behind a full refrigerator, clothes, and a new car, Reuters reported.

Reuters reported that the report was published by BrowardBulldog.org., a nonprofit Internet news site and was simultaneously published on the news website of the Miami Herald.

Reuters said the report, if true, indicates the FBI never disclosed the matter to the public or the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee investigating the attacks.

Reuters reported that the FBI office in Tampa issued a statement on Monday saying the Sarasota case was one of many leads that “were resolved and determined not to be related to any threat nor connected to the 9/11 plot.”

 

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