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FBI Suspects a Law Enforcement Leak in Bike Club Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating suspicions that a law enforcement official in Atlanta compromised a probe into the Outlaw Motorcycle Club this summer, the Associated Press reports.

The AP said FBI agents believe a law enforcement official leaked the name of a government informant, which forced feds to halt the case.

But that didn’t stop officials from charging nearly two dozen people with ties to the Outlaws and its affiliated clubs with drug and weapons offenses, the AP reported.

The Outlaw Motorcycle Club has chapters nationwide.

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FBI Spied on Renegade Journalist Hunter S. Thompson During his Colorful Career

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI trailed outlaw journalist Hunter S. Thompson during his eclectic career, interviewing those close to him and gathering information on his whereabouts, RT.com reports.

It’s unclear why the bureau was interested in Thompson, but a journalism professor suggested the FBI wanted to know more about his time with biker gang, the Hell’s Angels, and his affiliation with the Communist Party.

Some of the files have since been destroyed, according to RT.com.

Records obtained by the newspaper, the Argus Leader, show the FBI had a deep interest in Thompson, who was outspoken about his hatred of former president Richard Nixon and who unsuccessfully ran for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado, on the “Freak Party” ticket.

“The intrusiveness of FBI domestic security investigations is on display here,” South Dakota State University journalism professor Matt Cecil said. “An agent just barged into Woody Creek, Colorado and started asking questions. Obviously, the FBI didn’t care much what conclusions people drew from that. Thompson probably didn’t either. Imagine, however, that you were the subject of a 1960s domestic security investigation and agents came into Sioux Falls and started asking questions about you. What inference would people make?”

Thompson committed suicide in 2005.

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Former and Current Law Enforcement Officials Arrested in Theft Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested four people – three of them former and current cops – accused of scheming to steal cash from drug dealers, the bureau announced Wednesday, according to the Jackson Free Press.

In September 2011, the men allegedly entered a Jackson, Mississippi, hotel room of suspected drug dealers and stole $23,000 in cash, the FBI reported in a press release.

One of the men arrested, Zack Robinson, 45, is a deputy at the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office. Two others are a former Jackson Police officer (Kent Daniels, 44) and former deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (Watson Lee Jackson, Jr., 42).

A fourth person, George Hilliard, 43, was arrested.

All made initial court appearances Wednesday.

Thousands of Recorded Phone Calls Helped FBI Investigate Sale of Suspicious Electronics to Russia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Federal agents investigating a Houston business that is accused of sending microelectronics that can be used for weapons and radar to Russia spied on damning phone calls, the Houston Chronicle reports.

One of the most revealing phone calls that helped the FBI was a phone call between an ARC Electronics manager and college newspaper reporter who inquired about the business’ ability to get around strict export laws.

“We’re lying,” the manager said, according to the Chronicle.

In another call, among thousands recorded by the FBI, a company manager told a Russian employee, “We will be f—–,” if someone found out about the exports, the Chronicle reported.

 

FBI Launches Probe of Man’s Death While in Police Custody in Milwaukee

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the death of a man who died while in police custody in Milwaukee after a newspaper report cast suspicions over the manner of death, the Associated Press reports.

A medical examiner changed the cause of Derek William’s July 6, 2011, death from natural to homicide after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel detailed the last moments of his life.

Williams, 22, died in the back of a squad car after struggling to breathe, the AP reported.

A video shows Williams losing consciousness after he complained he couldn’t breathe.

He was pronounced dead 45 minutes later, following failed efforts to resuscitate him, according to the AP.

FBI: Tell the Truth Or You Could End up Behind Bars Like Martha Stewart

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No one wants to end up like Martha Stewart – a raging success who landed behind bars.

Tapping into that fear, FBI agents bounced around the design diva’s name several times during a year-long probe into whether Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and staffer Kathleen Winn violated election laws, the East Valley Tribune reports.

The newspaper’s review of FBI transcripts revealed that agents used her name at least three times in hopes of getting witnesses to divulge more information.

Despite the FBI’s efforts, no charges were filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

FBI Taps New Special Agent in Charge of Criminal Division in Washington Field Office, Timothy Gallagher

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI has tapped a new Special Agent in Charge of the bureau’s Washington Field Office, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Timothy Gallagher, who most recently served as chief of the Financial Crimes Section at FBI headquarters, will head criminal and cyber probes in D.C. and northern Virginia.

Gallagher’s career as a special agent began in 1996, when he investigated a wide-range of criminal activities at the Cleveland Division’s Canton Resident Agency.

He also was a member of the team that responded to the crash site of United Flight 93 in Somerset, PA, on Sept. 11, 2011.

Con Man Wanted Hitmen to Store Heads of Judge, Prosecutor in Formaldehyde Until His Release

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Romano, a convicted con man, wanted revenge for being sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

So much so, reports the New York Daily News, that he tried to hire hitmen to torture and decapitate the judge and prosecutor who oversaw his case in New York.

An added bonus to the killers: Store their heads in formaldehyde until Romano’s release from prison, according to the Daily News, citing authorities at a court hearing Tuesday.

Romano, 49, was convicted in 2010 of wire and bank fraud in connection with a scheme to sell collectible coins at outrageously inflated prices.