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Border Patrol Chief: ‘Alarming’ Alcohol Problem Among Agency’s Staff

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Border Patrol has an “alarming” and “detrimental” alcohol problem among its agents, according to an internal memo from the agency’s chief, ABC News 10 reports.

“The Border Patrol is averaging almost two alcohol-related arrests per week,” U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher wrote in the memo. “This continued level and rate of alcohol-related arrests within our agency is alarming and detrimental to the overall well-being of our workforce.”

Among the concerns is that agents are turning up to work under the influence of alcohol while possessing automatic weapons.

“People are showing up to work drunk,” said one agent who spoke with Team 10 under the condition of anonymity. “I want to see this addressed and to end the secrecy of what’s going on.”

FBI Worries Mysterious Cyber Attacks Are Increasing on Federal Agency Websites

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A mysterious hacking group is breaching federal computer systems and gaining access to thousands of people’s personal information, Fox News reports.

The FBI issued warnings to federal agencies that the hackers, who are associated with Anonymous, may becoming more widespread.

So far, the agencies affected were the U.S. Army, Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The campaign has been going on for about a year and appears to be an act of retaliation for the prosecution of other hackers, Fox reported.

Former FBI Agent Convinced JFK Assassination Was CIA Plot

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

William Turner isn’t just any conspiracy theorist.

An FBI agent from 1951 to 1961, Turner was working as a journalist when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He was a trained investigator and wanted to learn more about the breakdown in security that November day in 1963, CBS 13 reports.

During his investigation, Turner believed there were two shooters and eventually would conclude that the CIA choreographed JFK’s murder.

“I believe the mafia was allied with the CIA in assassinating Kennedy, and I think we’ve proven that and should go ahead with closure — designating it a conspiracy and not a single man’s work,” Turner told CBS 13.

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Boston Herald: ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was Motivated by Greed, Making His Career Even More Heinous

Whitey Bulger/fbi

By Howie Carr
Boston Herald

If Whitey dies before we find his blood money, he wins.

This is the last unfinished chapter in the sordid tale of the Bulgers. Where is Whitey’s dough? So far, they’ve found four of his safe-deposit boxes — in Montreal, Clearwater, London and Dublin — so how many more do you figure there are out there?

The feds discovered $822,000 cash in his Santa Monica love nest. How much more cash do you suppose is out there?

This is all about money.

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The Day the FBI Could No Longer Deny the Existence of the Mafia

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a breezy November day in 1957 when the FBI had no choice but to admit that the mafia not only existed, but it operated on a national level, Slate reports.

It was Nov. 14, 1957 – 56 years ago Thursday.

New York state troopers were alarmed by the number of out-of-state, expensive cars that gathered in Appalachia for a national summit meeting.

Before that meeting, the FBI refused to admit the mafia even existed, Slate reported. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was more focused on communists and so-called domestic subversives.

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California Lawmaker Says FBI Tried to Get Him to Rat Out Two Top Democrats

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A California lawmaker says the FBI raided his office because he refused to rat out two of the state’s top Democrats, NBC News reports.

State Sen. Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello, filed a federal complaint, saying agents asked him to “sting” Sen. Darrell Steinberg, leader of the state Senate’s Democratic majority and Sen. Kevin de Leon.

Calderon also is asking for a judge to hold federal investigators in contempt for leaking details of the investigation. He’s accused of accepting more than $60,000 from undercover agents in exchange for supporting legislation, NBC reported.

During a June 2012 meeting with an undercover agent, Steinberg allegedly said, “I told you man, anything you can do, any help you could do for my kids is, you know – that’s diamonds for me. That’s diamonds.”

 

Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to 3+ Years for Leaking Intelligence to AP

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent who leaked information to the Associated Press was sentenced Thursday to about three-and-a-half years in prison for possessing and disclosing secret information, the AP reports.

Donald Sachteren, 55, was accused of disclosing intelligence about the U.S. operation in Yemen in 2012.

The discovery prompted feds to seize phone records from the AP in search of the source.

“Clearly, you have betrayed your nation,” U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence told 25-year veteran of the FBI, the AP wrote.

The prosecution is part of the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of intelligence leakers.