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Is Hoover Building too Ugly to be Saved?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI looks to vacate the J. Edgar Hoover building for a new Washington headquarters, you won’t find preservationists and neighbors putting up a fight to save what was dubbed the ugliest building on Earth this year, the Washington Post reports.

The fortress-like, concrete building, which is nearly 40 years old and has stylistically outlived its increasingly posh and modern neighborhood, is uninviting and generally disdained, the Post reported.

“Certainly the general public detests it,” said Tersh Boasberg, former longtime chairman of the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board.

The building is so unattractive that a travel site named the Hoover building the ugliest on Earth this year.

The FBI plans to move because the building is deteriorating, the Washington Post reported last year.

FBI Weighs Whether to Pursue Federal Hate Crime Charges Against White Men Who Killed White Man

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The case of a white man who apparently was killed for hanging out with black friends in October has raised questions about whether a hate crime was committed.

In a report about the case, the Southern Poverty Law Center asks whether a hate crime was committed when three white men fatally stabbed 24-year-old Michael Luke Darby in Louisiana for hanging out with black friends.

Also asking the question is the FBI, which is trying to determined whether agents should pursue federal hate crime charges.

Two brothers have been arrested and charged in the incident.

“There’s no doubt this was a racial crime, and there’s no reason why my son should have been murdered because of his friendships,” the victim’s father, Jerry Darby, said. “My son was loved by everybody, and never caused nobody any trouble.”

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Column: Suburban Detroit’s Phantom Shooter Triggers Memories of My Days in D.C. and the Beltway Snipers

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– A week ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in suburban Detroit spoke about some crazed person who’s been going around shooting at cars.

What struck a chord with me in particular is what he said about D.C. : “We don’t want anything to develop that certainly developed in the Washington area and paralyzed that area, rightfully so and understandably so for a long time.”

I was living in Washington in October 2002 when two snipers killed 10 people and seriously wounded three others in the region. People were terrified, afraid to fill up their gas tanks. People were afraid to sit near the window at the place I got my haircut at on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, just north of Georgetown. In public, you were really forced to be little paranoid.

Thankfully, in this case here, no one has been hurt so far. But the potential is certainly there. Some bullets have come awfully close in the 22 incidents that were reported last week in Oakland, Livingston and Ingham counties. Most involved the gunman shooting at cars.

John Allen Muhammad

Hunting for shooters like this can be a daunting task. In the D.C. case, scores of FBI, ATF and Secret Service agents and deputy U.S. Marshals were on the hunt, along with police departments including D.C., Prince George’s and Montgomery County.

The ordeal lasted about three weeks. It was a long three weeks.

I worked day and night on the story as a reporter for the Washington Post — along with about 30 other reporters. Day and night authorities tried to figure out who was doing this.

There were blunders on the part of law enforcement. There were false assumptions. There were little turf battles. But there was also some first-rate investigative work.

To read more click here.

 

Ex-FBI Agent Convicted of Vehicular Manslaughter and Drunken Driving

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A suburban D.C. jury on Thursday found a former FBI agent guilty of  driving drunk and plowing into the side of another car, which killed a teenager and seriously injured another in Prince George’s County, Md.,  the Washington Post reports.

Adrian Johnson, who was off duty at the time of the crash,  was found guilty of motor vehicle manslaughter and six related charges in connection with the crash.

Johnson faces up to 13 years in prison.

Johnson resigned from the FBI shortly after the crash. His attorney said he plans to appeal.

 

ACLU Sues U.S. Customs and Border Protection Over Ban on Photographing Border Crossings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU filed suit against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency over a policy prohibiting the use of cameras and video recorders near U.S. crossing points, the ACLU announced on its site Thursday.

The ACLU said the policy violates the constitutional rights of citizens to take pictures.

The suit alleges the agency already deleted photos taken by two separate people – one of whom was documenting pollution at the border, and the other of whom was photographing potential abuse.

“The courts have been quite clear and consistent on the fact that photography is a First Amendment right, but apparently word has not reached the Customs and Border Protection agency,” the ACLU says in a press release.

Click here to see a copy of the lawsuit.

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NYC Police Officer Charged in Detailed Rape, Cannibalism Plot

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The plot was as disturbing as it was precise.

The FBI said they discovered detailed records of at least 100 women’s height, weight, dates of birth and bra sizes at the home of a New York police officer.

Turns out, the list was part of a gruesome plot to kidnap, rape, cook and eat women, the FBI said, the New York Daily News reports.

Officer Gilberto Valle was charged Thursday with kidnapping conspiracy and unauthorized use of law enforcement records, the Associated Press reported.

His defense attorney dismissed the allegations as fantasy.

Valle was busted by his estranged wife, who tipped off authorities of him boasting about this plans online, according to the AP.

FBI Probes Letters Designed to Scare Florida Voters from the Voting Polls

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI is investigating potential voter intimidation after official-looking letters questioning people’s eligibility to vote began turning up in mailboxes in at least  28 Florida counties, NBC News reports.

“We’re taking it as a serious situation,” David Couvertier, a spokesman for the FBI in Tampa, told NBC News on Wednesday. “We’re looking at everything from civil rights violations to election fraud — to everything in between.”

The letters, which began arriving Friday under the real names of Florida county election supervisors, raise questions about recipients’ citizenship status.

The letter threatens arrest for people who cast a ballot and aren’t eligible.

Florida is a critical battleground state in the 2012 presidential election.

City of Joliet Considers New Detention Center for Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The city of Joliet in Illinois could be home to a new detention center for immigrants facing deportation after residents of suburban Crete derailed a similar plan in their city, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Joliet officials are considering the plan but were short on specifics.

The Tribune said City Manager Tom Thanas met with ICE officials last week in Washington to discuss the issue.

City Council members were briefed on the proposal during a closed-door session last week, the Tribune reported.

“I don’t know enough about it at this point to offer an informed opinion,” Councilwoman Jan Quillman told the tribune. “My understanding is that this is all very preliminary.”

ICE has been looking for a site near Chicago where a private company would build and operate the detention center.

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