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Man Killed by FBI Was Acting As Informant Months Before the Fatal Shooting

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Allen Desdunes was acting as an FBI informant months before agents fatally shot him more than two years ago in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that the 37-year-old broke off contact with the FBI after helping the bureau with its investigation of a local heroin ring.

Desdunes was in contact with the FBI on a daily basis before he apparently backed out of a deal that would have kept him out of jail after getting busted with several thousand dollars worth of heroin in his car.

The revelations are part of a lawsuit by the Desdunes family that claims he “did nothing to provoke” the deadly shooting.

The FBI and New Orleans police converged on a Motel 6 on June 30, 2013, after believing that Desdunes was selling drugs from the hotel.

The lawsuit claims that Desdunes was killed after two unmarked cars rammed their vehicle into his car.

“Seconds later a gunshot or gunshots were fired,” according to the lawsuit.

Pentagon Considers Demoting Retired Gen. David Patraeus After Revealing Classified Information

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Retired Gen. David Petraeus may have retired, but that doesn’t mean he’ll maintain his rank.

The Daily Beast reports that the federal government is considering retroactively demoting him for revealing classified information to his biographer-turned-mistress.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is considering whether to overrule the Army’s earlier recommendation to not demote Petraeus.

“The secretary is considering going in a different direction” from the Army, a defense official told The Daily Beast, requesting anonymity.

The idea is to send a message that the general government won’t tolerate the release of classified information.

Georgia Psychiatrist Raided After Allegedly Running Pill Mill Tied to 36 Deaths

Writing prescriptionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia psychiatrist accused of running a pill mill that allegedly led to the deaths of 36 patients was arrested during a DEA raid, UPI reports. 

Dr. Narendra Nagareddy is accused of violating the state’s Controlled Substances Act by overprescribing potentially dangerous medications.

“He’s a psychiatrist in Jonesboro who has been overprescribing opiates and benzodiazepine and the last several years has had a multitude of overdose deaths.” Clayton County Police Chief Mike Register told WSB-TV.

His office and home were raided by local and federal authorities in Jonesboro, Ga.

“Former and current patients have admitted to obtaining controlled substance prescriptions from Dr. Nagareddy without having a legitimate medical need,” court records show.

Other Stories of Interest

Super Bowl: Feds Worried About ‘Complex Plot’ Involving Severed Fiber Optics

Levi's Stadium, via Wikipedia.

Levi’s Stadium, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether recent attacks on the fiber optic systems in California are tied to a “more complex plot” against the Super Bowl in the San Francisco area.

Internal memos between the FBI and Homeland Security show that intelligence analysts are worried about a series of unsolved incidents in which fiber optic cables were deliberately severed in the Bay Area, NBC reports. 

The memo detailed risks that include the fiber optic system, drones and attacks in crowded areas outside of Levi’s Stadium.

Still, the memo read, “The FBI and DHS have no information to indicate any specific, credible threats to or associated with Super Bowl 50 or related events.”

The memo also warned that attacks by an individual – as opposed to a larger terrorist group – “are of particular concern.”

Between July 2014 and June 2014, at least 10 fiber optic cables were deliberately severed in areas relatively close to the stadium.

Ex-FBI Agent’s Family Feels ‘Betrayed’ by White House Over Handling of Prisoner Exchange

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of Robert Levinson, the former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran nine years ago, lashed out at the Obama administration Monday for failing to notify them that their loved one was not part of a prisoner exchange.

In separate interviews, Robert Levinson’s wife, Christine, criticized the administration after they learned from the media – not the government – that her 59-year-old husband was not among the detained Americans released from Iran.

“We had to learn it from the TV ourselves, and that’s very disappointing and heartbreaking,” Robert Levinson’s wife, Christine, told the Associated Press.

Christine Levinson told ABC News that she felt “devastated” and “betrayed” by the White House.

“I thought after nine years that they would have enough respect for our family to at least tell us in advance that this is happening,” Levinson’s wife, Christine, told ABC News. “It could have been five minutes, but to find out on the TV for the whole family… was wrong. It was absolutely devastating.”

“I’m very disappointed. I feel extremely betrayed by them,” she said.

Levinson disappeared in Iran while on assignment for the U.S. government in 2007.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he feels “horrible” for the family.

“I know it’s very, very difficult for his family to see these other people come back and to not have answers,” Kerry said.

Officer on FBI Human Trafficking Task Force Shot and Wounded; Suspect Fatally Shot in Suburban Detroit

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — An officer on an FBI human trafficking task force was shot and wounded Friday night in the parking lot of the Detroit Marriott Southfield Hotel on Northwestern Highway in Southfield, a suburb just outside Detroit. A suspect targeted by the task officer was shot and killed, according to FBI spokesperson Jill Washburn.

The Michigan State Police told WDIV that the task force officer was shot in the vest. The incident happened around 7:45 p.m.

The officer is expected to recover, Washburn said. She declined to say if the person hit was an agent or a police officer on the task force.

The subject, or one of the subjects, was shot and killed.

Washburn said it was unclear if the officer who was shot returned fire of if the suspect was killed by another member of the task force.

Deal with Iran Leaves Behind Robert Levinson, Former FBI Agent Who Disappeared in 2007

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Iran freed five detained U.S. citizens Saturday, one family is still heartbroken.

Still missing is Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who disappeared off Iran’s Kish Island in March 2007.

“We are happy for the other families. But once again, Bob Levinson has been left behind,” the Levinson family said on Facebook. “We are devastated.”

His family said Levinson was discussed with Iran as part of a deal that led to the release of five Americans in exchange for the clemency of seven Iranians in the U.S., but Iranian officials insisted they don’t know where the 67-year-old is, ABC News reports. 

On Sunday, the FBI released the following statement:

Today, the United States celebrates the safe return of four American citizens detained by the government of Iran to their families and loved ones. Unfortunately, the family of retired FBI agent Robert “Bob” Levinson still waits. Bob went missing from Kish Island, Iran in March 2007, and for almost nine years now, Bob’s wife, children, and grandchildren have waited for the release of their loved one. Bob forever remains part of the FBI family, and we remain committed to bringing him home safely to the family who misses him so much. The FBI expects our Iranian counterparts to fulfill their commitment to locate Bob and help bring him home safely.

Feds Still Have Not Interviewed Hillary Clinton Over Investigation of Private Email Server

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although the FBI has been investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for months, the former secretary of state said Sunday she still has not been questioned by federal investigators.

Clinton was asked during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether feds spoke with her about the investigation, and she answered, “No.”

Clinton has turned over her private email server and a thumb drive as part of an investigation that was revealed in August.