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May 2021


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Column: FBI’s Arrest of Would-Be Bush Assassin Not Luck

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari/lubbock sherrif's dept.

By Ronald Kessler

The arrest of a Saudi man for allegedly plotting to blow up the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush is being widely portrayed as a lucky break for the FBI.

Carolina Biological Supply called the FBI to report that Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a 20-year-old college student from Saudi Arabia, had tried to buy large quantities of concentrated phenol, which can be used to make a high explosive. The order was sent to a freight company, which called police in Lubbock, where Aldawsari lived, and the police also notified the FBI.

That sequence of events led many commentators to call the arrest a matter of “luck,” as former CIA officer Michael Scheuer put it on Fox News.

In fact, the arrest is a direct result of FBI Director Robert Mueller’s strategy after 9/11 of transforming the FBI from an agency that emphasizes prosecutions to one that focuses on stopping plots before they happen.

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FBI Document Says Ted Kennedy Rented Brothel in 1961 in Chile

By Allan Lengel

Over the decades, detractors and supporters saw the many sides of Ted Kennedy; the playboy, the tireless public servant, the advocate for the poor and universal health care,  the man who left the scene at Chappaquiddick.

Now comes the latest: The conservative group Judicial Watch has obtained FBI files through the Freedom of Information Act– including one dated Dec. 28, 1961 –that says “while Kennedy was in Santiago, he made arrangements to ‘rent” a brothel for an entire night. Kennedy allegedly invited one of the Embassy chauffeurs to participate in the night’s activities.”

Kennedy was an assistant district attorney in Boston at the time. He was elected to the Senate the following year in 1962.

During his tour of Latin America, the documents said, he met with communist sympathizers and while in Mexico City, asked the ambassador to invite left-wingers to the embassy so he could interview them.

“However, the Ambassador refused to do so and stated that if any such interviews were to be conducted, all arrangements would have to be made by Kennedy himself,” the FBI file said.

“Subsequently, a State Department official in Lima, Peru, confidentially advised that Kennedy had made a similar request in Peru, and this official described Kennedy as ‘pompous and spoiled brat’,”the file said.

To read the files click here.

Retired FBI Agent Southerton Decides to Try Politics

By Allan Lengel

Life after the FBI can take some unexpected turns. Ask retired agent Richard Southerton.

The 25-year veteran of the FBI is tossing his hat into the ring in a run for a seat on the Wayne County Commission in Pennsylvania, according to the Scranton Times Tribune.

“In my wildest dreams, it’s not something I thought I would ever do,” Southerton told the paper.

The Wayne County native joins an expanding field of candidates in the May Democratic primary, the paper reported.

“I’m a newcomer all around. I don’t owe any allegiances to anybody,” Southerton said, according to the paper. “I’m not a career politician. I’m just looking to do the right thing.”

The job pays $50,150.

More Arrests Made in ICE Agent’s Murder

By Allan Lengel

The hunt for the murderers of ICE agent Jaime Zapata continued.

The BBC reported that Mexican authorities have arrested two suspected leaders of the violent Mexican  Zetas drug gang in connection with the murder and the wounding of another ICE agent.

BBC reported that authorities arrested Sergio “El Toto” Mora, suspected head of the Zetas drugs gang in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. Meanwhile, authorities detained Luis Miguel Rojo in San Luis Potosi, the town where the attack occurred.

Last week, authorities arrested Julian Zapata Espinoza, who told authorities that he and other thought the ICE agent’s car belonged to a rival gang, BBC reported.


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Is it End of the Line for Ex-FBI Agent Jody Weis as Head of Chicago Police?

Chief Johy Weis/police photo

By Allan Lengel

Could it be the end of the line for ex-FBI agent Jody Weis, the first outsider to head up the Chicago Police Department in nearly 50 years?

The Chicago Tribune reports that his three-year, $310,000 a year contract as police chief expires on Tuesday, and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel had pledged to replace him.

“We’ll see what happens,” Weis said during a news conference on Sunday, according to the Trib.

“When this position ends, I’ll look into doing something else. I’d like to do something here in Chicago,” he said. The former FBI agent was appointed by Mayor Richard Daley in 2008.

Ex-FBI Agent Gets 8 to 20 Years in Prison in Las Vegas Slaying

Edward Preciado-Nuno/kimberly long blog

By Allan Lengel

Ex-San Diego FBI agent Edward Preciado-Nuno was sentenced last week in Las Vegas state court to 8 to 20 years in prison in the slaying of his son’s girlfriend, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The paper reported that Preciado-Nuno, 63, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter after beating his son’s girlfriend Kimberly Long to death with a hammer in November 2008 at his son’s home. His son had been trying to evict her.

Preciado-Nuno testified that he struck her in self defense. But prosecutors said she had been struck more than a dozen times in the head, raising questions about the self-defense claim.

Preciado-Nuno, a 25-year FBI agent, retired in 2003. His son had asked him to come to Las Vegas from San Diego to help evict Long, the paper reported.


Atlanta Fed Judge Busted With Drugs and Stripper Suffered Depression and Brain Damage, Sentencing Memorandum Says

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Federal Judge Jack Camp is hoping to stay out of prison, hoping a judge considers his sentencing memorandum that focuses on his mental health and problems in life on March 11.

In a memo filed in federal court in  Atlanta on Friday,  Camp’s attorney William Taylor of Washington writes that Camp has suffered from acute depression,  brain-damaging from a bicycle accident and personal family tragedy that may have contributed to him getting busted for buying cocaine for a stripper he was having an affair with.

“They do not excuse his conduct,” his attorney wrote.” They do help explain, however, how in May of 2010 a lonely man in the twilight of his life became entangled with a seductive prostitute more than willing to take advantage of his needs and of his misguided impulse to be her friend and protector.”

The memo notes that Camp entered a psychiatric hospital after his arrest last year.  The physician in charge of his evaluation and treatment, Dr. Miles Quaytman talked to the probation office.

“In brief, since he sought pyschiatric care in 1999, Mr. Camp had been treated with standard antidepressant medications when his conditions actually involved a mood cycling or bipolar disorder,” the sentencing memorandum said. “Mood cycling disorders have both depressive and manic phases. Characteristic features of the manic phase are the excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have high potential for painful consequences and impairment of judgment about those consequences. Mr. Camp’s recent conduct is certainly consistent with that characterization.”

On Nov. 19, Camp, who was on senior status, pleaded guilty to aiding a felon in possessing illegal drugs, possessing illegal drugs and giving his government issued lap top to the stripper he was having an affair with. He has resigned as a federal judge, which is lifetime presidential appointment.  Camp bought drugs for the stripper, who was cooperating with authorities.

The papers also noted that  Dr. Qaytman found that Camp suffered serious head injury in a bicycling accident in 2000 and he has no memory of that.

“In addition to his mood cycling disorder and the physical damage to the brain, Mr. Camp has faced a number of difficult and stressful personal challenges,” the sentencing memorandum said.

Plus, he had prostrate cancer, his mother has dementia and his sister has stage four colon cancer.

The document asked that he be sentenced to probation and community service.

“No one can assess precisely how these features of his personal mental health and the sorrows and stress of his life interacted,” the filing said.

Read Sentencing Memo