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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Baselessly Claims FBI Orchestrated Jan. 6 Riots

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By Steve Neavling

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has become the latest conservative voice to peddle a baseless conspiracy theory that the FBI orchestrated the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

Carlson’s rant last week was based on a report by Revolver News, which is run by Darren Beattie, a former Trump White House speech writer who was terminated in 2018 for appearing on a panel with a white nationalist.

Carlson told nearly 3 million viewers that it appeared “the FBI was organizing the riots of Jan. 6.”

He cited no evidence and doubled down Friday, suggesting that unindicted co-conspirators were government agents. 

Carlson’s false narrative received searing fact-checks in the media, including in The Washington Post, which cited legal experts who pointed out that the FBI “cannot name an undercover agent as an unindicted co-conspirator.”

Weekend Series on Crime: VP Spiro Agnew Resigns

Whitey Bulger Was Victimized by FBI, New Documentary Suggests

Whitey Bulger

By Steve Neavling

A new documentary argues James “Whitey” Bulger, the murderous Boston mobster, was victimized by the FBI.

Bulger, who was sentenced to two life sentences after more than a decade on the run, was beat to death inside his prison cell in 2018. 

So how could a man who embarked on a life of crime and was convicted of 11 murders be a victim? 

According to the new documentary, My Name Is Bulger, which is streaming on Discovery+, filmmakers suggested the FBI demonized Bulger to protect their own reputations, The Daily Mail reports.

Interviewees in the movie claimed “Whitey was basically a victim of the FBI who ostensibly made him out to be an informant so they could hide the fact that they’d taken his bribes.”

Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig, says in the film that Bulger was “a kind and gentle soul,” according to The Daily Beast.

The publication, however, isn’t entirely buying it, saying the “attempted rehabilitation of Whitey Bulger feels a bit strained.”

Retired LAPD Officer Says CBP Officer Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted Her

CBP officer (Photo: CBP via Twitter)

By Steve Neavling

A retired Los Angeles police officer alleged in a complaint filed against Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday that she was racially profiled, unlawfully arrested and sexual assaulted by an officer at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry last year. 

Janine Bouey, 61, who is Black, said she was singled out while waiting in line at a pedestrian lane to re-enter the U.S. from Tijuana on June 16, 2020, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In the complaint, she alleges she was escorted into the main building at the port, where a female CBP officer ordered her to stand against the wall with her legs spread. At that point, she says the officer penetrated her genitals through her clothing. 

The officer sexually assaulted her several more times, she says, and even shoved a dog’s face between her legs. 

“It was both shocking and frightening,” Bouey said. “It was the most frightening day of my life.”

She says she was later ordered to strip naked in a small room, where the officer beamed a flashlight into her genitals. The officer refused to let her talk to a supervisor, she alleges. 

Bouey is requesting $3 million in compensation. 

“If they’re doing this to a retired LAPD officer, they’re going to do this to a lot of people,” Bouey said.

CBP declined to comment, citing pending litigation. 

FBI Agents Fatally Shoot Kidnapping Suspect, Rescue Boy at New Jersey Apartment

By Steve Neavling

FBI agents rescued a 17-year-old boy from a New Jersey apartment and fatally shot the man accused of kidnapping him early Wednesday. 

The raid was prompted by the abduction of a teenager who was reported missing after he failed to return home from work, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The boy’s father told authorities that he received a ransom demand. 

FBI agents came under fire after they tracked the boy and suspect to the New Jersey apartment. They returned fire, killing the suspect. 

The boy was unharmed. 

The FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office is investigating the kidnapping. 

Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge Hospitalized After Stroke

Tom Ridge

By Steve Neavling

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke at his home in suburban Washington D.C. on Wednesday. 

The former Pennsylvania governor was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot, his family said in a statement. 

The 75-year-old Republican was in critical but stable condition Wednesday. 

Ridge had a heart attack in 2017. 

In January 2003, Ridge left the governorship to become the first secretary of Homeland Security, which was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 

He retired in February 2005 and worked in the private sector. 

FBI Agents Association Calls for Making Domestic Terrorism a Federal Crime

By Steve Neavling

The FBI Agents Association is calling on the Biden administration to make domestic terrorism a federal crime. 

The group, which represents more than 14,000 active and former special agents, applauded the administration for launching a new strategy to combat terrorism. 

But, the group said, the plan does not include an enforceable domestic terrorism statue, Axios reports.

Domestic terrorism is currently not a federal criminal offense, though it is defined under federal law. 

“As the plan points out, ‘domestic terrorism’ is defined by federal law,” the FBI Agents Association said in a statement. “Despite this definition, domestic terrorism is not a federal crime with a penalty. Penalties are required for the definition to be an effective deterrent for would-be perpetrators and an effective tool for law enforcement.”

Following the deadly Jan. 6 riot, Congress has considered making domestic terroism a federal offense. But some members of Congress worry an enforceable domestic terrorism law could be used to criminalize political dissent. 

“Making domestic terrorism a federal crime would not result in the targeting of specific ideas or groups,” the FBI Agents Association countered. “Rather, it would target acts of violence that have no place in the political discourse secured by our Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

Former DEA Agent Convicted of Stealing Property, Cash from Arrestees

By Steve Neavling

A jury on Tuesday convicted a former DEA agent of conspiring to steal property and cash from arrestees while working in the agency’s New Orleans office. 

Chad A. Scott will be sentenced on Aug. 11. 

The conviction caps a multiple-year investigation into a DEA task force previously led by Scott. Others who were convicted in connection with the case were Tangipahoa Parish Deputy Sheriff Johnny Domingue, Deputy Karl Newman, and task force officer Rodney Gemar. 

Scott also was convicted by a jury in August 2019. He was found guilty of multiple counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and falsifying government documents.

Prosecutors alleged Scott was the ringleader of a scheme to steal possessions from arrestees.