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U.S. Continues Search for Former Missing Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson in Iran

Steve Neavling 

Former FBI agent Robert Levinson has been missing in for 2,000 days. He vanished while visiting Iran.

The U.S. State Department pledged Tuesday to continue its hunt for the 64-year-old man, who disappeared March 9, 2007, UPI reports.

The family last received a video of Levinson two years ago, but nothing since.

Family members said he was in Iran investigating cigarette smuggling for a private client, according to UPI

“Determining Mr. Levinson’s whereabouts and reuniting him safely with his family continues to be a priority for the U.S. government,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. “The United States also continues to welcome the assistance of our international partners in this investigation.”


Former FBI Director Louie Freeh’s Law Firm to Merge with Prominent Group

Steve Neavling

 The Wilmington-based law firm of former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh is to merge with prominent Center City-based law firm, Pepper Hamilton L.L.P., the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The merger is designed to prepare Pepper Hamilton to expand its white-collar defense practice, according to the Inquirer.

Freeh started his own law firm in 2006 and has headed numerous investigations, including one on the failure of Pennsylvania State University to address sexual assault allegations.

The merger follows four years of collaboration between the two firms, according to Philadelphia Inquirer.

Science Fiction Legend Bradbury Aroused Suspicions of FBI

Steve Neavling 

The FBI actively investigated late science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury on suspicions that he had Communist leanings in the 1960s, according to records obtained by The Huffington Post.

Several writers, including screenwriter Martin Berkeley, voiced suspicions about Bradbury, who was an outspoken critic of the House Un-American Activities Committee, which probed communists in America, The Huffington Post reported.

Berkeley “stated that the general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would seriously believe [sic] could not be won since their morale had been seriously destroyed.”

But an investigation later revealed: “No evidence has been developed which indicates he was ever a member of the CP (Communist Party).”

Retired FBI Agent Shares Story of Long Relationship with Mafia Hitman

Steve Neavling 

A retired FBI agent who handled a notorious mafia hitman and secret FBI informant in the 1960s will be featured on Biography Channel’s Mobsters next week, reports the Sarasota Patch.

Former agent Lindley “Lynn” DeVecchio will discuss the handling of Colombo crime family capo Gregory Scarpa, known as “The Grim Reaper” in New York.

The series captures DeVecchio’s 30-year relationship with Scarpa as an informant, according to the Sarasota Patch.

Scarpa was serving time for murder when he died of AIDS in 1994.

New Jersey Mail Carrier Accused of Distributing Cocaine though packages

Steve Neavling 

A New Jersey postal worker was distributing more than mail on her daily route.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday the arrest of Christina Nunez, who allegedly used her daily route to ship cocaine in falsely addressed packages, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said Nunez admitted receiving packages of cocaine as part of a drug trafficking organized based in Puerto Rico, according to the AP.

Nunez didn’t enter a plea Tuesday.


Playful FBI Site Offers Quiz on Pop Culture and Women FBI Agents

A scene from “The X-Files” television show, which featured agents investigating paranormal phenomenon.

By Allan Lengel

The FBI website is getting rather playful.

As part of its celebration of the 40th anniversary of woman FBI agents, the bureau is offering a quiz on women and pop culture.

The website writes:

It took a while for Hollywood and television to notice that FBI women special agents had come on the scene in 1972—and to think how they might work into old and new storylines.

At first, in the early 1990s, the focus was on training and new agents…and on comedy—women trying by hook or by crook to make it in a man’s profession. Now you find our women agents portrayed in a variety of decisive roles in team environments—trying to locate missing persons, analyzing evidence, analyzing the criminal mind, and, of course, investigating paranormal activity and worldwide conspiracies.

Take our quiz and test your knowledge of pop culture as it relates to women FBI special agents. This is part of our continuing series marking the 40th anniversary of female agents.


Celebrating Women Special Agents
Part 4: Who Said It? Pop Culture’s Take on Women Special Agents

1. “I am in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven’t slept all night, I’m starved, and I’m armed! Don’t mess with me!”

2. “You see a lot, doctor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don’t you—why don’t you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you’re afraid to.”

Answer Key

3. “He was kinda of cute…for a sociopath.”

4. “Hey, you think it’s easy being surrounded by guys with guns all day?”
Male agent: “I thought you liked guys with guns.”

“I like the guns.”

5. “What are you doing here?”
Male scientist: “We’re trying to plug a hole in the universe. What are you doing here?”

“Apparently the same thing.”

6. “Sometimes looking for extreme possibilities makes you blind to the probable explanation right in front of you.”

7. “Journalist William D. Tammeus wrote: You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around and why his parents will always wave back.”

8. “A cup of tea, a German-English dictionary, and I’ll have it translated in a day or two.”


Justice Dept. Joins Probes of Police Shooting in Saginaw

Steve Neavling

The U.S. Justice Department is joining the investigation into the shooting death of Milton Hall, who was gunned down by police in Saginaw, Mich.,  the Saginaw News MLive reports.

An amateur video of the shooting spurred protests from residents who say police opened fire unnecessarily because Hall was not an imminent threat, MLive reported.

The officers involved in the shootings are back on the job after a 30-day leave.

The video shows a distraught Hall holding a knife but not using it.

Book About Osama bin Laden Raid Under Scrutiny; Justice Dept. Could Try to Put Kibosh on Book

Steve Neavling

The Justice Department may be asked to pull a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said Matt Bissonnette, who is listed under the pseudonym, Mark Owen, was required to submit the book for pre-publication review under military secrecy agreements he signed.

If the book’s manuscript reveals classified information, Pentagon officials said they would take the case to the Justice Department, according to the AP.

Bissonnette is a former Navy SEAL who took part in the raid.