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June 2021


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Report by Ex-FBI Chief Freeh to Shed Light on Molestation Scandal at Penn State

Steve Neavling

Did Penn State University officials conceal that former defensive coordinator was Jerry Sandusky a child molester? How did the school and coach Joe Paterno respond to previous molestation accusations against Sandusky more than a decade ago?

A report by former FBI chief Louis J. Freeh is expected to answer those questions and many more when it is released online Thursday, the Associated Press reports.


According to a statement by his family, Paterno “did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth.”

Attorneys for the university’s deposed president, Graham Spanier, said he did not participate in a cover-up to protect Sandusky and the university’s image, according to the AP.

Physics Grad Pleads Guilty in Model Plane Plot

Steve Neavling

A Massachusetts man accused of staging a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol Building and the Pentagon with explosive-laden model airplanes pleaded guilty Tuesday to two federal charges, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Under a plea deal, Rezwan Ferdaus is to serve 17 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release, if the federal judge in Boston signs off, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Ferdaus is a physics graduate who was arrested in September after undercover FBI agents posed as Al Qaeda operatives and delivered to him explosives and assault rifles.

Ferdaus told authorities he wanted to terrorize the country in the name of jihad, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

AG Holder Pledges to Fight Texas Voter ID Law at NAACP Event

Steve Neavling

 Attorney General Eric Holder pledged Tuesday to aggressively challenge new voter restriction efforts during a speech at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Houston, the New York Times reports.

“In our efforts to protect voting rights and to prevent voting fraud, we will be vigilant and strong,” Mr. Holder said. “But let me be clear: we will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right.”

Holder’s speech comes as the Justice Department is in federal court over Texas’ photo ID voting requirement, which Holder says violates the Voting Rights Act and disproportionately impacts minorities, young people and the elderly, according to the New York Times.

Holder pledged to vigorously enforce civil rights violations.

“The arc of American history has always moved toward expanding the electorate,” he said. “It is what has made this nation exceptional. We will simply not allow this era to be the beginning of the reversal of that historic progress.”


FBI Probes Border Patrol Shooting That Killed Mexican

Steve Neavling

 The FBI is investigating the death of a Mexican resident who was allegedly shot over the Rio Grande River by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, the Associated Press reports.

The 29-year-old man was killed Saturday by a single bullet over the border from Brownsville, Texas.

A spokesman for the Border Patrol said two agents shot into Mexico after the man threw rocks at them. Firing a gun to “neutralize” rock attacks is an acceptable use of force, the spokesman, Enrique Mendiola told Reuters.

“A rock could be considered a lethal weapon and we are going to respond. Agents have been very badly injured by rock attacks,” Mendiola said. “Our agents are highly trained and regardless of where the threat is coming from, our agent is going to respond to neutralize it.”

FBI Promotes Public Corruption Expert to New Orleans Post

Steve Neavling

 The FBI has promoted an expert on public corruption as the new Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division, feds announced Monday, reports

Michael J. Anderson worked public corruption cases in the Miami Division before being promoted to special agent in the Public Corruption Unit of the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Among Anderson’s past duties was investigating Hurricane Katrina-related corruption.

Anderson also served at headquarters as the chief of the Employee’s Services Section of the FBI’s Human Resources Division.





FBI Joins Probe Into Explosives Found Under Orange County Bridge

Steve Neavling

The FBI is helping investigating a cache of explosives found under a bridge in Orange County Monday, the LA Times reports.

People working on a drain ditch found a backpack full of grenades, blasting caps and fuse igniters.

If ignited, the explosive would have caused “major structural damage to the bridge,” Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino told the LA Times.

“It was a dangerous situation,” he said.

It’s unclear whether the explosives were rigged to detonate.

Five Charged in Border Agent Brian Terry’s Death: $1 Million Award Offered for Info on Whereabouts of 4

Brian Terry

By Allan Lengel

The Justice Department announced on Monday the indictment of five people in connection with the 2010 death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and a $1 million reward from the FBI for info leading to the arrest of four the defendants who remain at large.

Authorities unsealed the indictment in Tuscon charging  Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Lionel Portillo-Meza with  first degree murder, second degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference with commerce by robbery, use and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, assault on a federal officer and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  Only Manuel Osorio-Arellanes has been in custody.

Authorities charged that the men crossed the border into the U.S. to rob drug traffickers and ended up in a gun fight with agent Terry.

“Agent Terry served his country honorably and made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect it from harm, and we will stop at nothing to bring those responsible for his murder to justice,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement.“This investigation has previously resulted in one defendant being charged with Agent Terry’s murder and taken into custody, and today’s announcement reflects the department’s unrelenting commitment to finding and arresting the other individuals responsible for this horrific tragedy so that Agent Terry’s family, friends and fellow law enforcement agents receive the justice they deserve.”

Terry’s name has become part of the controversy over Operation Fast and Furious, an ATF operation out of Phoenix that encouraged gun dealers to sell to “straw purchasers”, all with the hope of tracing the guns to the Mexican cartels.

Two of the guns from that operation surfaced at the crime scene where Terry was murdered.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, ranking member of the the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has been examining the failed Operation Fast and Furious, issued a statement:

“I commend the Department of Justice for its vigorous pursuit of justice for Brian Terry’s family. I remain dedicated to ensuring that his family and the American people get the answers they deserve.”



FBI Probes Link Between Nightclub Operator and Son of Federal Judge

Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating a link between the son of a U.S. district judge and a Las Vegas nightclub operator who received a lenient sentence in a $7 million tip-concealment scheme, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Agents want to know about Brian Dawson’s employment as a bartender at clubs associated with Steve Davidovici.

Dawson is the son of U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson, who sentenced Davidovici to probation over the objections of prosecutors, according to the Review-Journal.

The probe is being handled by the FBI’s public corruption unit in Las Vegas.