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Undercover FBI Agent Denies Spending Tax Dollars on Prostitutes in the Philippines

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An undercover FBI agent accused of using tax dollars to  pay for prostitutes for himself and others while posing as an arms broker in the Philippines denied wrongdoing, the Washington Post reports.

“At no time did I pay to have sex with any employee” of the two clubs, according to the declaration filed by federal prosecutors. “I was never told by any manager that the bill included prostitution, nor did I ever see prostitution, in any term, listed on any bill.”

The agent, whose name hasn’t been made public, sought nearly $15,000 for reimbursements for entertainment and other expenses, records state, according to the Post.

The subjects of the FBI investigation are now asking for the case to be dropped because of the agent’s alleged behavior. A defense attorney representing one of the defendants made the allegations about prostitutes in court papers.

Federal prosecutors said law enforcement officials never saw the undercover agent go anywhere to have sex with prostitutes.

Here is part of the statement by the FBI agent that was filed Monday. The statement mentions Philippine clubs called Area 51 or Air Force One.

“Each time an undercover meeting occurred with the defendants at either Area 51 or Air Force One, we would meet in private rooms were called ” Karaoke rooms.” There were no beds in any of these rooms. An extra fee was changed by the managers of the KTV bars for use of the rooms. In the persona of an arms-buyer, I wanted defendants to believe that I represented wealthy drug dealers and that I had ready cash to finance the arms dealing.

“As a seemingly wealthy patron of Area 51 and Air Force One, the managers of those clubs plied me with female employees who would sit with us. In fact, when you wanted to have a conversation outside the presence of any of the female employees, you had a pay a fee so that she would leave.  At the end of the evening, the manager of the club would present me with a bill that included all costs for everyone in the room. The bills were not itemized. In keeping with my persona as a businessman, I would dispute the bill loudly, but mak sure that , at the end, the defendants understood that I paid the entire bill, in cash.”

“At no time did I pay to have sex with any employee of either Area 51 or Air Force One. At no time was I alone with any female employee of Area 51 or Air Force One. At no time did I leave the club in the company of a woman, nor was alone with a woman in a private room. Nor was the CS, who was present during every meeting with the defendants that occurred at Area 51 and Air Force One, ever alone with any female employee of the clubs. I never saw any defendant engage in any sexual act.  I  was never told by any manager that the bill included prostitution, nor did I ever see prostitution, in any term, listed an any bill.”

“In none of the undercover visits I made to Area 51, did I ever meet anyone who identified herself by the name ‘Natasha.'”

“At no time did I ever force any female employee of any nightclub to drink shots of alcohol. Nor did I ever berate or belittle any female employee of the nightclub.”

“At no time did I ask any employee of any nightclub to buy guns on my behalf or to sell me guns. Such a request would be counter to my persona of a well-connected arms buyer. The last undercover meeting at Area 51 took place on the night of September 24, 2011. At no time did I observe any women dancing or working as hostesses who appeared to be underage.”

Read Agent’s Full Declaration

 

 

Snapping Pictures of an Approaching Thunderstorm Raised Suspicions of Volunteer Photographer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Why would anyone be snapping photos of a storm brewing in Houston, Texas?

The FBI was concerned enough to question photographer Michael Galindo about the Sept. 13 pictures near a refinery, reports Opposing Views.

Galindo said the answer was simple enough: He was volunteering for the National Weather Service.

After someone at the refinery called the FBI, an agent who was investigating allegedly told Galindo that he clearly wasn’t a threat, “but just be careful next time,” Opposing Views reports.

DEA Leads Biggest Meth Bust in New York History

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 New York has had its share of big drug busts.

But when it comes to methamphetamine, the state has never seen a bigger one than the 50 pounds seized from a boardinghouse in Westchester County, CBS New York reports.

The DEA called it the biggest meth bust in New York State history.

About $1 million worth of the dangerous drug was discovered as Mexican cartels try to carve a larger market for meth, CBS New York reports.

The bust netted two arrests, while agents search for the chemist.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

Laser Attacks on Pilots Prompt FBI to Create Nationwide Crackdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 To crackdown on the increasing number of people pointing at pilots, the FBI has created a national Anti-Laser Attack Task Force, Gizmodo.com reports.

Since 2005, so-called laser attacks, which can temporarily blind a pilot, are up 10 fold, the technology site reported.

In fact, the FBI expects 3,700 more attacks by year’s end.

Since 2008, the FBI’s Sacramento division has run a successful campaign to crack down on laser attacks, prompting the bureau to create a nationwide effort, according to Gizmodo.com.

If convicted, laser-wielders face up to five years in prison and up to $11,000 in fines.

Feds to Begin Testing Wider Use of Drones That Could Have Widespread Ramifications

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Department of Homeland Security will test drones – small, unmanned flying spies – to see if they can be used for emergencies, law enforcement and border patrol, Wired.com reports.

The testing grounds will be Fort Sill in Oklahoma, where drones will officials will experiment with drones for five days, according to Wired.com.

The drones being researched are small and weigh less than 25 pounds.

The drones are controversial because of fears that they violate privacy rights or could crash into buildings, Wired.com reports.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

Feds: How Did Friendly Fire End in the Death of a Border Patrol Agent?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine what went wrong when friendly fire resulted in the fatal shooting of the U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie, the USA Today reports.

A preliminary investigation suggests agents became disoriented while responding to a ground sensor near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the USA Today.

“There are strong preliminary indications that the death of Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents,” the FBI said in a statement.

Officials originally believed other suspects were involved and fled to Mexico, a scenario that authorities say looks unlikely.

Eight Arrested in Alleged Scheme to Sell Cutting-Edge Military Technology to Russia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Houston company accused in a scheme to sell high-tech electronics to the Russian military and intelligence agencies told employees to hide information about the technology, the Associated Press reports, citing an FBI agent.

In custody are Arc Electronics Inc. owner Alexander Fishenko and seven employees accused of illicitly selling military technology to Russia since 2008, according to the AP.

The company’s director of procurement, the AP reported, is a Russian immigrant and current U.S. citizen who is considered a flight risk.

A detention hearing is set for Wednesday, the AP reported.

FBI Paid $40,000 to Informant Who Helped Bring Down Members of a Neo-Nazi Group

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI paid $40,000 to an undercover informant who infiltrated a neo-Nazi group in Florida and secretly photographed white supremacists, some of whom were arrested last spring, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The informant, Jason Hall, helped determine that the members of American Front were receiving paramilitary training to prepare for an inevitable race war, the Sentinel reported, citing records.

Hall began working as an informant to work off criminal charges and helped the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s task force.

The investigation into the neo-Nazi group led to the arrest of 14 people. One has pleaded guilty, while the others are awaiting trial, according to the Sentinel.