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AG Holder to Speak at Funeral of First TSA Agent Killed in Line of Duty

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to speak at the funeral today of the TSA agent killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for Gerardo I. Hernandez, who became the first TSA worker killed in the line duty.

In addition to Holder, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers, TSA Administrator John Pistole and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are expected to speak.

“We are hurting,” Hernandez’s wife, Ana, said. “I am truly devastated.”

Victims Of ‘Whitey’ Bulger to Speak Out During Mobster’s Trial Wednesday

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After all these years, family and friends of victims killed by convicted mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger will finally have their say in court this week.

More than a dozen relatives of Bulger’s victims want to speak during his sentencing Wednesday, the Boston Globe reports.

“I just want Whitey Bulger to know the person he killed,” said Donahue, whose husband, Michael, was killed by Bulger in 1982. “He knew nothing of my husband. He knew nothing of my family.”

Added Edward Connors, whose father was killed by Bulger, “I don’t even need to look at him. The only satisfaction is that I know he’s going to die in jail, as opposed to with his freedom.”

Police: A New Mexico Man Gets in Drunken Fight With FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Forest Service employee Gregory Gallegos was arrested Saturday night after getting into a drunken fight with an FBI agent ,  police told KRQE News 13.

Police said the Forest Service employee was in a minor car crash in Albuquerque when witnesses called 911 after seeing a fight.

Gallegos, who failed a sobriety test, was arrested, KRQE News 13 wrote.

The other person was an FBI agent named Gallegos, according to KRQE News 13.

The agent arrested the attacker and put him in handcuffs, police said.

Initially, ticklethewire.com erroneously reported that the agent and the assailant had the same last name.

Former Female FBI Agent Teaches Women How to Tap Peaceful, ‘Warrior’ Sides.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 


Patty Haley was not your typical FBI agent.

For one, she’s an avid belly dancer who performs in the D.C. region.

“In every woman there is a peaceful side and a warrior girl,” Haley told ABC 7.

Also a former Marine, Haley is now teaching a program meant to empower women.

She teaches dancing, self-defense and firearms training.

“I get to be proactive instead of responding to crimes. I get to help women maybe never get into these situations ever and that’s pretty rewarding,” Haley said.

Teenager Busted for Stealing High-Powered Rifles from Parked FBI SWAT Vehicle

Colt M16-A1

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 16-year-old faces juvenile charges after stealing two high-powered rifles from the parked FBI SWAT vehicle outside an agent’s home in Andover, Mass.,  the Boston Globe reports.

The teenager, whose name was not released, stole a Colt M-16-A1 rifle and an HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 Sniper Rifle overnight Wednesday.

On Friday, the teenager and his dad were questioned by police.

The teen faces juvenile charges of breaking and entering, larceny over $250 and larceny under $250,

Former FBI Agent Recalls Investigating JFK’s Assassination

Stee Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jim Graham was planting a Russian olive tree outside his suburban Kansas City home when the phone call of his life came, the Kansas City Star reports.

President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, and the FBI wanted Graham, who was an agent, to help investigate.

So he did.

But he doesn’t buy into the conspiracy theories and she has no doubt the killer was Lee Harvey Oswald.

“He acted alone and he would have told us why he did it if (Jack) Ruby hadn’t killed him,” Graham told the Star.

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Heartening News from Mexico Supreme Court on Killer of DEA Agent


Enrique Camarena

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com
 
The Supreme Court of Mexico this week reversed the ruling of a Mexican intermediate appellate court which had resulted in the surprise release from jail three months ago of one of the murderers of iconic hero DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena.
 
The decision should dampen speculation about the imminent release of other high level traffickers by Mexican courts. It also should help reduce the tension that has developed as a result of the policies of the new President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto to limit access of U. S. law enforcement to intelligence and investigative activities of their Mexican counterparts.

With no advance warning and under highly questionable circumstances, the lower court had overturned the conviction of drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero on the jurisdictional grounds that he had been incorrectly prosecuted in federal rather than state court.

The decision was kept secret for two days from the media and the U. S, government. Quintero was released from Jalisco jail on August 9th before any steps could be taken to review the ruling. His release blindsided the U. S. government, and the Justice Department immediately protested to the Mexican government and filed an extradition request for two federal indictments out of Los Angeles.

“Kiki” Camarena continues to be remembered as a courageous and effective federal agent whose efforts under constant threat were successful in dealing a serious blow to the cartel’s operation in Guadalajara.

His 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder mobilized federal agents as few such atrocities on foreign soil have. U.S. agents crossed the border to hunt down his killers. Customs agents deliberately slowed cross-border traffic to put pressure on Mexican authorities. The killers were hunted down by both Mexican and U.S. law enforcement and were convicted and sentenced in cases on both sides of the border, Quintero still had 12 more years to serve on his forty-year sentence as one of the most culpable of the murderers.

There are indications that Quintero, considered the godfather of the Mexican cartels in the 1970s and 80s, had continued his criminal activity from prison, operating a substantial money laundering operation for one of the cartels. The fact that he was released under such questionable circumstances has raised suspicions that the cartels continue to control parts of the Mexican criminal justice system.

The problem, of course, with this good news is that Quintero is in the wind. It took a maximum joint effort by American and Mexican law enforcement to arrest him 28 years ago from his hiding place in Costa Rica. Although the Mexican Attorney General has promised to apprehend Quintero, the Justice Department is taking no chances. A $5 million dollar reward has been announced and federal agents are undoubtedly actively involved in the manhunt.

When he is re-arrested, his extradition at least on the U. S. drug charges pending in the Central District of California will most likely be aggressively pursued even if he is returned to Mexican jails to serve the remainder of his sentence.