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FBI nabs Ocean’s Eleven-style ring of thieves after biggest heist in U.S history

Ted Sherman 
The Star Ledger 

 The Eli Lilly warehouse in Enfield, Conn., is a nondescript beige building with a pebbled concrete exterior, just off Freshwater Boulevard.

Although just down the road from a suburban shopping mall and an Olive Garden restaurant, it feels like the middle of nowhere, surrounded by woods and little else.

A light rain was falling on Saturday, March 13, 2010, when a tractor-trailer rumbled up to the loading dock about 9:33 p.m. Shut down for the weekend, the building had no security fence or watchman to keep an eye on the pallets of the costly pharmaceuticals awaiting shipment.

The Enfield warehouse was about to become legend — the scene of an $80 million commercial drug heist, the biggest in U.S. history.

This is the inside story of how it went down and how authorities tracked and arrested 22 alleged members of an Ocean’s Eleven-style ring of thieves, who operated with their own trucks, warehouses and black market wholesalers.

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Ex-FBI Agent Connolly Claims Justice Dept. Will Do Everything to Cover Up Full Story About Whitey Bulger and FBI

John Connolly

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Imprisoned ex-FBI John Connolly, who was the Boston case agent for informant/mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, tells Newsweek:

“The Justice Department is going to do everything within its power to try to make sure the full story never comes out” about Bulger’s activities and his relationship with the FBI.

Connolly is serving a 40-year sentence in Florida for crimes related to mobsters Bulger and Steve Flemmi, including second-degree-murder.

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Weekend Series on Crime: Mobster-Turned Informant Henry Hill

Editors Note: Henry Hill died in California on Tuesday at age 69.

U.S. Terror Mastermind Relied on E-Mails to Communicate With Followers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S.-born terror boss Anwar al Awlaki , who was killed by an American drone in Yemen last September, communicated with his followers using encryption and code words on more than 60 e-mail addresses while under FBI watch, FOX News revealed, following a five-month investigation that will be aired on the news channel at 10 p.m. tonight.

Some e-mails went to accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, Fox News reported.

“FOX Files: The Enemy Within” features interviews and firsthand accounts of the November 2009 Fort Hood Massacre that left 13 people dead and at least 43 injured.

A Senate committee investigating the Food Hood massacre accused the FBI for failing to act as an “effective interagency information sharing and operation coordination mechanism,” FOX reported.

No Regrets in Failed Prosecution of former Sen. Edwards

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
The former U.S. Attorney who spearheaded the failed prosecution of former Sen. John Edwards expressed no regrets, the News and Observer reports.

George Holding said political corruption cases are the most difficult to prosecute, and any decision to halt the prosecution would have been a “derliction of duty,” according to the News and Observer.

A mistrial on most charges prompted the Justice Department to abandon the prosecution after a mistrial.

Oregon Mosque Critical of FBI Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oregon’s largest mosque feels under siege by snoopy FBI agents who have placed at least five affiliates of the mosque on no-fly lists without an explanation, the Religion News Services reports.

Included on the roster of suspected terrorists banned from flying in the U.S. is the longtime religious leader of At Masjed As-Saber.

Muslims told the Religion News Services that the actions of the FBI are exacerbating already poor relationships with the mosque and Muslim community.

A special agent in Portland contends the FBI does not target people based on their religion, but declined to comment on the mosque investigation.

Serial Rapist Connected to Another Rape in D.C. Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities have linked a 1996 sexual assault to a serial rapist accused of attacking women in Washington D.C. and Maryland, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI and local police believe the man attacked nine other women between 1991 and 1998, including a 28-year-old biochemist who was murdered with a heavy rock.

The women ranged in age from 18 to their 40s and were stalked and then overpowered by the man who would throw a towel or blanket over their heads.

Since the last known attack was 14 years ago, authorities aren’t sure whether the suspect still lives in the area or is alive.

Hidden Internet Sites Creating Big Headaches for FBI Investigations

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The complexities of the Internet are creating major challenges for the FBI.

Security Daily News reports that the FBI halted a child porn investigation, “citing an inability to infiltrate the Web’s hidden underworld — the ‘dark net’.”

Information about the probe was obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request.

The FOIA request came from Jason Smathers of MuckRock after he learned that a man called the “Detroit FBI office to report that he’d found a dark net site called  ‘TSChan’ which appeared to be hosting child pornography.”

Security Daily News reports that a number of sites are hosted on a “dark net” which deliberately hides sites, making them accessible only through IP-anonymizing portals such as The Onion Router.

Security News reported: “According to the FOI request, the FBI acknowledged the impossibility of tracing TSChan, and halted its investigation.”

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