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Feds Indict Penn. Man for Cross Burning

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Old expressions of hatred live on.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division on Tuesday  announced charges against A 20-year-old Pennsylvania man for burning a cross in 2010.

Authorities said that Ryan M. Held, aka Ryan M. Foley, 20, of Philipsburg, Penn., was indicted on March 27 by a federal grand jury for burning the cross outside the residence of a white woman who associated with an African-American male.  The two-count indictment charges Held with violating the housing rights of the two victims by burning the cross for the purpose of threatening and intimidating the victims in order to interfere with their rights to occupy a dwelling free from racial discrimination.

 If convicted, Held faces a max of 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Penn. State Police and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

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FBI Whistle-Blower Claims Agency Blocking Her From Publishing Memoirs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds is causing a stir once again.

The former contract linquist for the FBI, claims, via her lawyer, that the agency’s prepublication review is imposing restrictions that are blocking her from publishing her book about the bureau, the Associated Press reports.

AP reported that she was fired a decade ago after complaining to supervisors about shoddy wiretap translations and after she made allegations about an interpreter tipping off targets about FBI surveillance.

The book is entitled: “Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story.”

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Ex-Teacher Replaces bin Laden on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He ain’t exactly Osama bin Laden.

Still, the FBI on Tuesday announced a replacement for bin Laden for its Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List: Eric Justin Toth, 30, a former private-school teacher and camp counselor.

Toth is accused of possessing and producing child pornography.

In a press release, the FBi said that Toth, who also goes by the name David Bussone, has been on the run since warrants for his arrest were issued in Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2008. There is also reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.

The FBI said a probe into Toth began in June 2008 after pornographic images were found on a camera in his possession at the private where he worked.

The FBI is still looking to add another fugitive to replace Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was captured last year in California.

 

FBI Analyst Claims He Was 1 Pushup Short of Becoming an Agent

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jay Bauer, an intelligence analyst for the FBI in Chicago, may have been short on the pushups, but he’s no pushover.

The Northwestern University doctoral graduate has filed a gender-discrimation lawsuit against the FBI, claiming he was short one pushup at the training academy and was rejected as an agent, according to the Chicago Tribune. Bauer claims a woman who failed the fitness test was given a second chance and that he wasn’t.

To read more click here.

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Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to 1 Year-1Day for Lying About Helping Informant He Had An Affair With

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s prison time for former FBI agent Adrian Busby.

The New York Post reports that Busby was sentenced Monday in fed court in Manhattan to one year and one day in prison for leaking secret documents to help an informant who was also his lover.

“Your life is now pretty much ruined, at least in terms of any law enforcement job,” said Judge Harold Baer, according to the Post.

After the sentencing Busby said, according to the Post:  “I screwed up and I regret it, but I do not think I abused my power. I got permission every step of the way,” said Busby, who is no longer with his wife and has three children with health issues. “It’s a nightmare. I’m not going to be able to get another job. How am I supposed to support my family?”

It all began in 2008 when Busby, who was investigating mortgage fraud, started using a female real estate loan officer as a confidential source. He also began having an affair with her.

On Feb. 5, 2008, the source was arrested and subsequently prosecuted by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for identity theft and related charges.

Authorities charged that Busby “actively assisted with her criminal defense, met with her attorneys on multiple occasions, and during trial “provided her defense attorney with confidential, law enforcement reports…related to her case….in violation of FBI regulations.”

In December 2009, she was convicted.

Beginning in January 2008, authorities said Busby made numerous false statements regarding the things he did to assist her in the trial.

 

 

FBI Probing Police Shooting Involving Unarmed College Student

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI stepping into a controversial police shooting in Pasadena, Calif. involving an unarmed college student.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI will open a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of college student Kendrec McDade by the Pasadena Police.

The FBI issued a statement, according to the LA Times, which said: “The FBI is assessing the incident involving the Pasadena Police Department on March 24, 2012, which resulted in the death of Kendrec McDade. The FBI will seek to determine whether a violation of federal civil rights law was a factor.”

The paper reported that McDade was shot by two cops responding to a 911 call about an armed robbery. To read more click here.

FBI Concerned About Spying on U.S. Campuses

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. campuses aren’t just for educating our youth.

Bloomberg news reports that the FBI is concerned about countries using universities to gather intelligence.

“We have intelligence and cases indicating that U.S. universities are indeed a target of foreign intelligence services,” Frank Figliuzzi, the FBI’s assistant director for counterintelligence told Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reports that authorities are seeing growing signs of spying on U.S. campuses.

To read the full story click here.