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Ex-CIA Chief Compares NSA Leaker Snowden to Boston Marathon Bombers

Michael Hayden/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Of all the ways to describe Edward Snowden, former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden may have come up with the most incendiary.

In an interview with Financial Review, an Austrian publication, Hayden compared Snowden to the Boston Marathon bombers.

“I don’t think Snowden spied for the money, and he probably did not spy for the power. He seems to have revealed this information because of his ideological embrace of transparency as a virtue,” Hayden said.

“It is a little like the Boston bombers. The issue is at what point does Islamic fundamentalism flip-over and become a genuine national security threat? Likewise, at what point does a cultural tendency towards transparency flip-over to become a deep threat inside your system?”

Just in case you’re keeping score, the Boston bombers terrorized the country, tried to kill a massive amount of people with a bomb and led police on a deadly, dangerous pursuit.

Snowden, on the other hand, leaked records because he believed in transparency.

 

Reality Show to Feature Alleged Accomplice in ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Murder, Racketeering Trial

 
 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sure, Patrick Nee has been connected to five murders in the trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.

But that hasn’t stopped the Disney Channel from featuring Nee on a reality show on the Discovery Channel about bookies in Boston, the Boston Globe reports.

“I’m absolutely disgusted,” said Tommy Donahue, the son of a man whom Nee is accused of helping murder.

He said he can’t understand why the feds aren’t pursuing Nee.

“His name has been thrown around a dozen times, and the government hasn’t done anything about it,” Donahue said.

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ACLU Urges Florida Authorities to Open Investigation into FBI-Involved Shooting of Chechen

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tired of the FBI’s refusal to describe what happened when an agent shot and killed Ibragim Todashev in an Orlando condo, the ACLU is urging Florida authorities to investigate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The ACLU also wants to know about the Orlando police officer who was at the condo when the May 22 shooting occurred.

Orlando police won’t even confirm any of their officers were in the condo, according to the Sentinel.

Todashev, who is Chechen, was said to be friend’s with the Boston Marathon bomber who was killed.

The ACLU said the FBI “has fostered widespread public distrust.”

Janet Napolitano’s Job at Department of Homeland Security Is Not Only High-Ranking Post Available

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Janet Napolitano’s job as head of the Department of Homeland Security is not the only high-ranking position available there, NPR reports.

According to the NPR, 15 top jobs at DHS are vacant or about to be, and lawmakers won’t fill the jobs.

The openings raise questions about whether DHS is too large and unwieldy.

“Customs and border protection — the role of commissioner for that has been vacant [and] filled by acting people for … nearly a year and a half,” says Christian Beckner, deputy director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Institute.

And surprise, surprise. There’s bipartisan agreement.

“It is a bad situation,” says Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, who chairs the Senate homeland security committee. “I call it executive branch Swiss cheese. And it’s not that the people in these acting positions are inept or bad people, but there’s a special stature that comes by Senate confirmation.”

Teens Steal Ammo, Submachine Gun, Bullet-Proof Vest from FBI Agent’s Car in Florida

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two teenagers are accused of breaking into the car of an FBI agent Saturday and stealing bullet-proof vest, ammo and an MP5 9 millimeter submachine gun in the Tampa Bay metro area,  reports The Tampa Bay Times.

Raymond Cano, 18, and a 16-year-old accomplice are believed to have broken into the car between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

Cano was arrested on charges of armed burglary and grand theft and remained in jail Monday on $155,000 bail.

 

Former ‘Whitey’ Bulger Associate Describes Murders, Mayhem at Hands of White Hill Gang Leader

 

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger drew detailed, gruesome testimony about the litany of crimes committed by the White Hill Gang.

Stephen “the Rifleman” Flemmi described on his third day of testimony how he helped murder people, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Flemmi said Bulger was driven to kill anyone who he thought would spill the beans about the group.

Flemmi described four murders that he said were committed by Bulger.

The trial resumes today.

FBI-Involved Shootout Ends with 1 Suspect Dead, Another Injured in Philadelphia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A shootout between two suspects and the FBI and police ended with one suspect dead and another injured, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The newspaper reported that both men were suspects in murders and robberies across the city and were determined to fight if authorities tried to apprehend them. 

That’s exactly what happened when FBI agents and Philadelphia police swarmed their hangout early Monday afternoon, according to The Inquirer. After a 10-minute gunfight, 21-year-old Tevin Hammond was dead and 19-year-old Justin Mackie was severely wounded.

Authorities were not injured.

“They knew people were looking for them, and they made it very clear they would not surrender,”  Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford told the Inquirier.

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Appeals Court Rules NY Times Reporter James Risen Must Testify: He Says He’d Rather Go to Jail

Reporter James Risen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — James Risen, a hard-hitting New York Times reporter, continues to have his feet held to the fire.

A U.S. Appeals Court in Richmond, Va. on Friday ruled that the reporter and author must testify in a criminal trial of a former CIA officer accused of providing classified information to Risen about a botched plot against the Iranian government, USA Today reports.

The court ruled that  the First Amendment did not protect reporters in cases of unauthorized leaks from testifying against the suspected leakers.

Risen has vowed to appeal the ruling to Supreme Court and go to jail if necessary.

The ruling comes in wake of a controversial move by the Justice Department to secretly obtain Associated Press reporters’ phone records, and a vow by the Justice Department to be more sensitive to the work reporters do.

“The subpoena for Risen’s testimony was not issued in bad faith or for the purpose of harassment,” the court’s majority concluded. “Risen is not being called upon to give information bearing only a remote and tenuous relationship to the subject of the investigation, and there is no reason to believe that his testimony implicates confidential source relationship without a legitimate need of law enforcement.”

The latest ruling has triggered much talk among journalists here in the nation’s capital.

The New York Times writes:

Mr. Risen is a national security reporter for The Times, but the case revolves around material he published in his 2006 book, “State of War,” not in the newspaper. A chapter in the book recounted efforts by the C.I.A. in the Clinton administration to trick Iranian scientists by having a Russian defector give them blueprints for a nuclear triggering device that had been altered with an error. The chapter portrays the operation as reckless and botched in a way that could have helped the Iranians gain accurate information.