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Monument at Township Hall Honors Slain FBI Agent In Indiana Township, Pa.

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not big – a waist-high granite stone.

But the memorial signifies so much more.

For Charlotte Carrabotta, it’s a place to reflect on her son, Agent Samuel Hicks, who was gunned down in November 2008 while trying to serve a drug warrant in Indiana Township, Pa.,  reports TribLive.com.

The memorial for the 33-year-old slain FBI agent was unveiled Tuesday at the Indiana Township Town Hall.

“For five years I’ve held it together in public. But this is going to be hard to do today, because this has been such a personal project,” Carrabotta said, reports TribLive.com. “When I lay my head on my pillow at night, I struggle for answers and I struggle for peace. But here we are, still honoring our commitment to his memory. And I think Samuel would have been so proud of that.”

Busted! Congressman Caught Buying Cocaine in Joint Sting by FBI, DEA

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel faces up to six months in jail after he was busted  for cocaine possession in a joint sting by the FBI and DEA, authorities announced Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The 37-year-old freshman lawmaker said he made an “extremely terrible choice” and has been struggling with alcoholism.

Radel was snagged in a “buy and bust” operation. On Oct. 29, Radel is accused of buying cocaine from an undercover sting.

“In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions,” Radel said in a statement.

“However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling,” his statement said. “I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

Expert on Osama bin Laden Speaks about Terror Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Few people know al Qaeda and its former leader Osama Bin Laden quite like Jack Cloonan.

Radio host Steve Leser interviewed Cloonan, the senior case agent in the FBI Bin Laden Squad, on Blog Talk Radio.

Five years before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Cloonan was working on intelligence about the terrorist group.

Cloonan conceded that authorities underestimated the extent of al Qaeda’s funding and support.

To listen to the full episode click here.

 

Judge: AG Eric Holder Must Participate in Contempt Case And Can’t Appeal It

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal judge put an end to Attorney General Eric Holder’s request to appeal his contempt case following the bungled gun-running Operation Fast and Furious, Politico reports.

Monday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson potentially puts Holder on the hot seat.

The ruling means the Justice Department likely will be forced to show a log of the events surrounding the botched sting.

A protracted legal battle is expected.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the ruling.

Sharp Rise in Border Patrol Apprehensions along New Mexico Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is experiencing a sharp increase in apprehensions at the New Mexico border, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The Border Patrol took into custody nearly 8,000 people for illegally crossing the border in fiscal 2013 – compared to about 5,700 in fiscal 2012.

Although the New Mexico numbers were on the rise, Texas and Tucson saw declines, Albuquerque Journal wrote.

It may be the success in places like Tucson that are prompting immigrants to try the New Mexico border, said Joe Romero, acting special operations supervisor in the Border Patrol El Paso sector’s public affairs office..

“The success of neighboring sectors, such as Tucson Sector, may lead people away from that area in hopes of possibly finding a greater chance for success in our area,” Romero said in an emailed response to questions from the Albuquerque Journal.

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Maryland Officials Hope FBI Chooses Greenbelt for New FBI Headquarters Site

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Maryland official hope they soon land the new FBI headquarters, saying the site is perfectly located, News4 reports.

The site at Greenbelt has quick access to Metro and the Beltway, and it has about 80 acres to develop.

The FBI has said it requires about 50 acres for a new headquarters.

“We need to have access to transit, we need to have access to the Beltway,” GSA Project Executive Bill Dowd told News4. “Now we want to identify the sites that are real.”

Others hoping to land the FBI headquarters are Prince William County and Potomac Shores.

“It is still out opinion that Loudoun offers great options for the FBI headquarters relocation,” Lois Kirkpatrick with Loudoun County Communications told News4.

Documentary on the Detroit Sleeper Cell that Wasn’t

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By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — It’s been about a decade since the “Detroit Sleeper Cell”  case imploded and ended up being a big embarrassment to the Justice Department and the FBI.

You might recall, shortly after Sept. 11, 2001,  four men were charged in Detroit with operating a sleeper cell that was plotting to pull off terrorist acts.  In 2003, two of the four men were convicted of terrorism charges.

But the defense learned that the government withheld information that might have helped their clients, and eventually in 2004 U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen vacated the terrorism convictions. Essentially, the judge concluded the case was nonsense.

The Retro Report, a documentary organization, has partnered with the New York Times, to produce an 11 minute, 45 second  documentary, “The Detroit Sleeper Cell.” The documentary was released Monday. 

The documentary takes a look back at the case and talks to some  key players, including former prosecutor Keith Corbett who assisted the lede prosecutor RIchard Convertino on the case.

“I think we overreacted in the post 9/11 world,” Corbett says in the documentary. “I think we were looking for the boogeyman under every bed. I think in hindsight a couple deep breaths would have server everybody better.”

Read Deadline Detroit’s Three Part Series: “Terrorism and the American Dream”

 

 

Former Secret Service Agent Among Millions Losing Their Insurance Plan Under Obamacare

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

You’ve probably heard of the millions of Americans who say they’ve lost their insurance plan because of the Affordable Care Act requirements.

Among those unlucky souls is a former Secret Service agent, the Washington Times reports.

Dan Bongino, who was a Secret Service agent for 12 years under the Clinton and Obama administrations, said he’s been notified by mail that his coverage is about to be canceled, the Washington Times wrote.

The letter stated: “Your current benefit plan does not conform to these new [Obamacare] mandates.”

Does Bongino have ulterior motives, though? He’s running as a Republican.