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Ex-Govt. Scientist Snared in Spy Sting in Which FBI Agent Posed as Israeli Mossad Agent

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON –  In a hotel room in Northwest Washington last month, scientist Stewart David Nozette told the other man in the room:

Nozette: I don’t get recruited by Mossad every day. I knew this day would come by the way.

Other man: How’s that.

Nozette: (laughs) I just had a feeling one of these days.

Other man: Really?

Nozette: I knew you guys would show up.

Unfortuantely,  it was bad news for Nozette.  The other man wasn’t really an Israeli Mossad agent.

In fact, on Monday, the suburban D.C. scientist  who had worked for a number of government agencies was arrested on charges of attempted espionage for allegedly trying to pass on highly classified information to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli Mossad agent.

Nozette, 52, of Chevy Chase, Md., who had worked in various capacities over the years for the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was charged in a criminal complaint with knowingly and willfully attempting to communicate, deliver, and transmit classified information relating to the national defense of the United States, authorities said.

Authorities said they were not alleging that the Israeli government or anyone else acting on its behalf  had committed any crime.

“The conduct alleged in this complaint is serious and should serve as a warning to anyone who would consider compromising our nation’s secrets for profit,” David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said in a prepared statement.

He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in D.C. on Tuesday.

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No Joke: Have You Heard About the Official FBI Cologne?

Would J. Edgar Hoover Have Bought a bottle of "Integrity"?/fbi photo
Would J. Edgar Hoover Have Bought a bottle of “Integrity”?/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — And now for the FBI agent who has everything.

The FBI Recreation Association, a non-profit organization which sells official FBI merchandise at headquarters and FBI field offices, has announced on its website that it is selling an official FBI cologne called “Integrity”.

“For the first time ever,  a terrific, light spicy fragrance for the FBI’s man of distinction is now being offered at the RA Services Desk. Purchase a bottle for the man in your life. Only $36.99 a bottle,” the website says.

First off, who knew integrity smelled so good?

Don’t worry ladies. The Association says it will be out with a fragrance for women in 2010.

What would J. Edgar Hoover say?

Who knows?  But the FBI did not have an immediate comment.

By the way, the FBI website says all FBI employees belong to the  FBI Recreation Association free of  charge.

FBI Report Says 41 Law Enforcement Officers “Feloniously Killed” in 2008 inclduing Pitts. FBI Agent

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2008

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — A Pittsburgh FBI agent was among 41 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2008 during arrests, tactical situations, surveillance, ambushes or domestic violence, according to an FBI report released Monday.

The number of deaths marked a significant decline from 2007 when 58 officers were killed in what the FBI terms “feloniously killed”. Of those killed in 2008, 37 were men and four were women.

Among those killed was Sam Hicks, an FBI agent in the Pittsburgh field office, who was serving an arrest warrant in Indiana Township, Pa.  on Nov. 19, 2008. The FBI says a woman in the house who was under the influence of drugs fired a single shot and struck Hicks in the chest just above his bullet proof vest.

Here’s some details as listed in an FBI press release:

*Line-of-duty deaths occurred in 19 states;
*The average age of officers feloniously killed was 39 years; the average length of service was 10 years;
*35 were killed with firearms; 29 of them, including Special Agent Hicks, were wearing body armor when they were fatally shot;
*The average age of the alleged offenders was 32;

*36 of the 42 alleged offenders had prior criminal arrests.

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Feds to Issue New Policy on Medical Marijuana

marijuana-umledu2With the Mexican Cartels spreading their violent tentacles in the U.S., and bullets still flying at  your local crack corner, it’s very smart to prioritize and layoff the medical marijuana users.

DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.

Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.

The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.

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Indicted Ex-Gov Blago to Appear on “The Celebrity Apprentice”

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who became a household name after being indicted for trying to sell President’s Obama’s Senate seat, seems to be doing quite fine while he awaits federal trial next June 3.

For one, he’s written a book “The Governor”, which likens his fall to a Shakespearean tragedy. And now he’s going to appear on the “The Celebrity Apprentice” in what promises to a be a battle of dueling hairs: His against the Donald’s.

Of course, the only reason worth noting this is to mention the comment by Seth Meyers on Saturday Night Live Update, who said of Rod Blagojevich and others joining the upcoming “The Celebrity Apprentice”:

“I think we’ve finally reached the point in our society where ‘celebrity’ just means ‘mammal’.”

Atlanta Latino Gang Ripping Off Mexican Cartels

atlanta-map1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mexican drug cartels, which have flourished in the U.S. and made fortunes, are now bumping up against a little problem in Atlanta: they’re being ripped off by local a local Latino gang that has been known to cut  off  the ears of children, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

FBI Agent John Houston of the Atlanta office told the paper that law enforcement is concerned about the situation, saying the cartels are responding by arming themselves heavily.

Authorities say the a Latino gang in question is “violent, brash and increasing in numbers”, the paper reported.

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Fla. City Commissioner Was FBI Informant for 4 Years

It’s an interesting tale how the commissioner in this little community outside of Ft. Lauderdale kept her status as an FBI informant secret for four years.  Or at least that’s what she says. Some say she didn’t really keep it secret. Either way,  it’s not a giant leap to believe that she would cooperate with law enforcement considering that she’s also a state prosecutor.

Sheila Alu/city photo

Sheila Alu/city photo

By Susannah Bryan and Tonya Alanez
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
SUNRISE, Fla. – She is the first to admit that secrets have a short shelf-life around her.

Yet Sheila Alu, a Sunrise commissioner and state prosecutor, managed to keep her role as an FBI informant secret from her family for four years, not even confiding in her mother or boyfriend.

“It was stressful,” Alu, a prosecutor with the Broward State Attorney’s Office, said in an interview with the Sun Sentinel. “I kept secrets from my family and the people I love.”

Some debate whether her work with the FBI was a closely guarded secret. More than a few folks at the courthouse say Alu confided – even boasted of – her collaboration with the feds.

Alu, 47, scoffed at the claim. “Are you kidding me? How effective would I have been if I’d told everyone?”

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Secret Service Agent Maurice Martineau Who Testified on Kennedy Assassination Dies in Ill. at Age 95

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Maurice G. “Marty” Martineau, a U.S. Secret Service agent from 1941 to 1972, who coordinated security at the 1968 Democratic Convention and testified before Congress on the Kennedy Assassination, has died at age 95, the Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday.

During his 31-year career, Martineau protected every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson, the paper reported.

He died Oct. 8, 2009 in Winfield, Ill.

The Michigan State University grad became a Secret Service agent in 1941, the paper reported. He worked in a number of field offices including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Kansas City.

The Tribune reported that he was the assistant special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Office from 1963 to 1969 and coordinated security at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

He also testified before the House Select Committee on Assassinations as part of the Warren Commission probing into the JFK assassination, the Tribune said.

He retired in 1972.