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At Least 10 Mexican Cops Killed and Several Others Wounded

Mexico border map
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Another reminder of the lawlessness in Mexico reared its ugly head Monday when at least 10 federal police officers were killed and more than a dozen  wounded in an ambush in an area a major drug organization calls home, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The paper reported that the attacks took place in the Mexican state of Michoacan, the home base for the Familia drug trafficking organization.

The paper reported that the officers had finished doing their patrols and were headed to Mexico City when they came under fire.

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Man Says FBI Apologized After Raiding Home in Connection with Times Square Car Bomb Probe

times square artBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has apologized to a New York man whose Long Island home was raided in connection to the Times Square car bomb incident, the man said, according to the Associated Press.

AP reported that Mohammad Iqbal said agents returned his Pakistani passport and other items seized during a raid at his Shirley, Long Island home.

Authorities conducted raids and rounded up some people suspected of having ties to Faisal Shahzad, the man who has admitted planting the failed car bomb in Times Square on May 1, AP reported. Iqbal said he never met Shahzad.

AP reported that FBI spokesman James Margolin confirmed that agents met Iqbal last week, but he did not elaborate.

White Powder Letters Sent to FBI, U.S. Atty and IRS Offices Out West

western u.s. mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The old white powder in the envelope trick continues to scare people and disrupt work places even though none have ever proved dangerous since the 2001 attacks that killed five people and sickened 17.

The latest: White powder envelopes, that were later found to be harmless, were discovered Monday in eight federal buildings in seven cities in Washington, Idaho and Utah, the Associated Press reported.

An IRS building and a U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise were evacuated. Letters were also sent to various FBI offices.

“It is obviously disruptive and taken seriously,” FBI special agent Frederick Gutt told AP.

AP reported that a field test on powder found in Bellevue, Wash., showed it was comprised of calcium carbonate, which is found in chalk and limestone.

After the 2001 deadly anthrax letter attacks, the postal service set up systems to detect letters with anthrax and other harmful materials.

Retired Texas Border Patrol Agent Says Agents Have Been Denied Service in Restaurants in El Paso

Border PatrolBy Allan Lengel
ticklthewire.com

Retired Border Patrol agent and field operations supervisor John Hubert tells the El Paso Times that it’s not always easy being an agent in El Paso.

“I learned early on that if you’re a Border Patrol agent in El Paso… basically you’re an object of scorn to about 75 percent of the population,” Hubert told the paper.

“But if you get away from the border and go somewhere else, people look at the Border Patrol agent as one of the upper-level law enforcement officers in the U.S. If you go to Dallas and tell them you’re a Border Patrol agent, there’s a lot of respect.

“If you tell someone in El Paso you’re a Border Patrol agent, well, I’ve seen restaurants refuse to serve Border Patrol agents,” said the retired agent and field supervisor with 30 years experience. “You go in there in your uniform and they tell you to leave.”

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FBI Says Millionaire Supposedly Had Info on Sex Parties and Mentioned Kennedys, Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe

photo: jfk libary-facebook

photo: jfk library-facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 40-year-old multi-millionaire who had once been married to the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, reportedly had “considerable information” about sex parties at a New York Hotel  involving the Kennedys and some famous entertainers, according to a 1965 FBI file released Monday.

The July 1965 FBI file, part of a ream of files released Monday about the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, stated that millionaire Jacqueline Hammond had information about sex parties at the Hotel Carlyle in New York and “a number of persons participated at different times.’

frank-sinatra-frank-sinatras-gr-426390The document said among those mentioned: Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy, Sammy Davis Jr., Mr and Mrs. Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.

The document said that Ogden was once married to Ogden Hammond, the one time ambassador to Spain.

marilyn monroeIt also mentioned that “she maintains a room at the Hotel Carlyle.”

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Ted Kennedy FBI Files: Father Phoned FBI to Check on Rumors of Son; Tipster Told FBI Mob Was Trying to Set Up Teddy and Robert Kennedy and Peter Lawford

Late Sen. Ted Kennedy

Late Sen. Ted Kennedy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI files released Monday on the late Sen. Ted Kennedy show that Joseph P. Kennedy, the senator’s father, felt close enough to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to check on a rumor regarding his son.

An FBI file dated May 11, 1954, said Kennedy called the bureau and spoke to an assistant director. Kennedy said he had learned that muckraking journalist Drew Pearson was going to write a story about his son “Teddy” that said he had not been admitted to school at Fort Holabird, Md., while in the Army because of an “adverse FBI report which linked him to a group of ‘pinkos.'”

The FBI assured him that Ted Kennedy had not been investigated for any links to communism.

In another document, an informant told the FBI the mob was plotting  a character assassination of Robert and Ted Kennedy and brother-in-law Peter Lawford.

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S.F. U.S. Attorney’s Office Gets Bad News in Barry Bonds Case

Barry Bonds/facebook
Barry Bonds/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Home run slugger Barry Bonds just keeps knocking them out of the park in the legal arena.

On Friday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a federal judge’s ruling that bars three steroid tests from being introduced into his perjury case, a ruling that will weaken the federal government’s case, the San Franciso Chronicle reported. And it could potentially spell the end to the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco.

Bonds, 45, had told a federal grand jury in 2003 he had never knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs. He was indicted in 2008 for perjury and obstruction of justice.

The court, in a 2-1 ruling,  barred the evidence because Bond’s trainer Greg Anderson, who had arranged the tests, refused to testify against Bonds, resulting in no valid evidence that Bond was the source of samples for the tests,  the San Francisco Chronicle wrote.

The prosecution had delayed the case pending the ruling on the evidence.

Dennis Riordan, a lawyer for Bonds, told the Chronicle that the delay in trial was a concession by the prosecution that it “could not proceed against Mr. Bonds in a jury trial without the evidence that’s now been excluded.”

“We hope that this puts the entire prosecution to rest,” Riordan said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office does have other evidence in the case, the Chronicle reported. It said the office declined comment on the ruling.

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Probe Into NJ Jihadists Started With Tip on FBI Website

new-jerseyBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI had been tracking two suspected New Jersey jihadists since 2006 after getting a tip on its website, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

“Every time they access the internet, all they look for is all those terrorist videos about the Islam holly war and where they kill U.S. soldiers and other terrible things …,” the tip said. “They keep saying that Americans are their enemies, that everybody other than Islamic followers are their enemies, and they all must be killed.”

Earlier this month, the two men Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, and Eduardo Almonte, 26, were arrested at JFK Airport on charges of being jihadists who were going to Somalia to join up with a radical group and kill American soldiers.

The paper reported that in 2006 and 2007  “there was a serious debate inside the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness about the seriousness of the threat posed by the two young men, according to those interviewed for this story.”

Then authorities learned the men had taken a trip to Jordan in 2007, the paper reported.

“We were trying to figure out was it serious or was it just rhetoric. Some of us were saying they thought these guys were just talk. But they had already taken a trip,” a law enforcement source told the Star-Ledger. “We heard about that after the fact. That was what really got the Bureau’s attention.”

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