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ATF Supervisor Indicted for Theft

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Things aren’t looking good for James Contreras, who was an ATF supervisor in Seattle.

The Seattle PI reports that Contreras, 51, has been indicted on charges that he stole $19,700 from ATF from funds that were earmarked for undercover agents to buy guns and for informants.

The feds allege that he faked records to cover up the theft.

The paper reports that authorities allege that the crimes took place between March 2010 to April 2012.

Prosecutors claim the thefts began in March 2010 and continued through April 2012.

 

Secret Service Investigation into Sexual Misconduct Is Bungled by Federal Officials

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigations into the U.S. Secret Service have been bungled by senators and plagued with nepotism allegations against an inspector general, according to congressional and government sources, the Washington Times reports.

Despite allegations of sexual misconduct against a Secret Service agent, Sen. Claire McCaskill has demanded an end to the investigation, and Deputy Inspector General Charles K. Edwards is accused of abusing agency resources and hiring his wife.

Additional reports indicate Edwards was asked by Homeland Security officials to water down an audit.

At stake is the reputation of the Secret Service, the Washington Times reported.

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FBI Agents Sidelined for More Than Three Years After Charges Were Dismissed Against Them

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When FBI agents Matt and Katia Litton were arrested in an alleged steroid ring in September 2010, they were shocked.

Sure enough, the charges were dropped two months later.

The couple said they were taking steroids because they were trying to have a baby, the Washington Post  reports.

Still, three years after the arrest, the couple has been all but sidelined at the Washington Field Office and Quantico because an administrative review continues, the Washington Post wrote.

“We’ve been in still water,” Katia said. “There has to be some sort of justice to let people move on.”

The FBI declined to comment on the case.

NSA’s Deputy Director Skeptical About Plan to Give FBI, DEA Access to Surveillance Data

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The NSA’s deputy director has expressed skepticism about giving the FBI, DEA and other law enforcement access to the agency’s troves of data, the Guardian reports.

NSA’s top civilian, John C. Inglis, said he was unaware of a Senate bill that would allow some law enforcement to search directly through the NSA’s data.

“The FBI is a customer of mine,” Inglis said in response to a question from the Guardian. “But I don’t provide domestic intelligence for the FBI, I essentially provide foreign intelligence inside, something that might cross the seam, and give them a tip as to how to spend their precious domestic resources to prosecute terrorism, counterintelligence, things of that sort.”

“So I can imagine situations where I, on their behalf, am querying my databases, foreign intelligence databases, to inform those instruments of power. I’m not yet in a place where I understand how I might give them direct access to those databases for their authorities. That I think would be problematic.”

Inglis said he wants to look at the legislation.

Alleged Mobster ‘Papa Smurf’ Sentenced Up to 3 Years in Prison in Waste Hauling Scandal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

They call him Papa Smurf.

The alleged mobster, Carmine Franco, 78, will spend two to three years in prison after he was sentenced Friday to racketeering charges, the New York Daily News reports.

Franco is accused in a multi-crime-family plot to seize control of waste hauling in New York City and New Jersey between 2009 and 2012.

Franco is among 32 alleged mobsters swept up in an FBI sting involving three families.

Lara Logan’s Mystery Man

By Jeff Stein
Newsweek

Nobody at 60 Minutes has been fired or even publicly disciplined for its odd, inflammatory and dead-wrong October 27 story on the Islamist assault in Benghazi that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But it has apologized.

That mea culpa, however, left some large and troubling questions unanswered; the most important one is how CBS’s superstar correspondent, Lara Logan, her producer and other network news executives let security contractor Dylan Davies on the air with his explosive tale about what he did and saw during that attack. While Davies was the central on-camera personality in that report, the most interesting figure in this mystery was never on screen, nor listed as a contributor to the piece.

It is Logan’s husband, Joseph W. Burkett, a former Army sergeant and onetime employee of a private intelligence outfit hired by the Pentagon to plant pro-U.S. stories in the Iraqi media in 2005. One recent account implied that Burkett, 42, was the Svengali behind the now infamous story that pinned responsibility for the Benghazi attack on al Qaeda, without citing any sources. To read the full story click here. 

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Interview with FBI Agent Reveals New Details about ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Including His Cheap Socks

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI agent credited with capturing notorious gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger provides new details about the June 2011 arrest, CBS reports.

CBS released a short clip previewing the interview with Scott Garriola that will be aired on 60 Minutes on Sunday.

When FBI agents raided Bulger’s apartment, they found a collection of 64-ounce bottles topped by stretched white sox.

“I said, ‘Hey Whitey, what are these? Are these some kind of Molotov cocktail you’re making?’ He goes, ‘No,’ he said, ‘I buy– tube socks from the 99 Cents Store and– they’re too tight on my calves and that’s the way I stretch ‘em out.’ I said, ‘Why you shopping at the 99 Cents Store? You have half a million dollars under your bed.’ He goes, ‘I had to make the money last.’”