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FBI Releases Some Gems; Videos, Photos, Documents of Probe into Russian Spy Ring

Russian spy Christopher Metsos, right, swaps information in a “brush pass” with an official from the Russian Mission in New York in 2004. The image from a video is part of a trove of documents, photos, and surveillance released by the FBI as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request

 
 
AllanLengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has released some gems; videos, photos and documents relating to the arrests of 10 Russian spies last year.

Along with the materials, the FBI noted that the spy ring was “a chilling reminder that espionage on U.S. soil did not disappear when the Cold War ended. The highly publicized case also offered a rare glimpse into the sensitive world of counterintelligence and the FBI’s efforts to safeguard the nation from those who would steal our vital secrets.”

“Our case against the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) operatives—dubbed Operation Ghost Stories—went on for more than a decade. Today we are releasing dozens of still images, surveillance video clips, and documents related to the investigation as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.”

Spy Anna Chapman meets with undercover agent

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Does FBI Gang Report Go Too Far When it Comes to Followers of Insane Clown Posse?

A Juggalo/facebookBy Allan Lengel

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Did the FBI go over board a little in its recent 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report?

Reporter Spencer Ackerman of WIRED seems to think so.

Ackerman writes that the FBI considers the teen fans of the “shticky rap group Insane Clown Posse to represent a threat on par with the Crips, Bloods, and Aryan Brotherhood.”

Apparently the fans of the Insane Clown Posse’s people — called Juggalos — paint their faces and have been known to cause mayhem at concerts. The rap group Insane Clown Posse is comprised of a duo from Detroit.

WIRED writes that the feds describe the group as loosely-organized hybrid gang” that are “forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity.”

WIRED writes that the FBI report says the Juggalo gang activity includes thefts, hand-to-hand drug sales and felony assaults.

“The FBI has recently had difficulty distinguishing ordinary American Muslims from terrorists; now it appears it has a similar problem distinguishing teenage fads from criminal conspiracies,” Ackerman writes.

Time magazine wrote a little piece on the matter and labeled it “Bizarre.”

 

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What the Heck is Going on in Amish Country? FBI Investigating

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

From an outsider’s viewpoint, the Amish are known for their food products and beards and cultural simplicity.

Now comes the FBI.

Station WKYC reports that the FBI is investigating crimes in eastern Ohio involving Amish-on-Amish incidents, including beard cutting. WKYC reported that the FBI is looking into whether hate crimes are involved with Amish members of a breakaway sect, who have disagreed with the way some Amish carry out their beliefs.

“We’re looking at any potential federal violations, specifically any civil rights violations, because we take civil rights violations as a very serious matter,” FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson told WKYC.

“We met with local law enforcement about a week ago and made the decision to enter the case,” she said, according to the station. A number of Northeast and Eastern Ohio sheriffs were involved in that meeting.

CNN reports five men have been arrested and charged with kidnapping and burglary stemming from an October incident. Authorities allege that the group  pulled an Amish man out of his home by the beard and cut off portions of it.

CNN reports that Jefferson County Sheriff Fred J. Abdalla said that was among a handful of incidents in several counties carried out by as many as 30 men and woman.

CNN reported that the perpetrators are suspected of being followers of a breakaway Amish group led by Sam Mullet.  Three of the five men arrested are sons of Mullet.

CNN reported that “local law enforcement officials and members of the Amish community believe Mullet has created a cult and is single-handedly behind the beard cutting incidents and other crimes in recent years.”

 

Indiana FBI Agents Get New Home

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents in Indiana have a new home.

A new, $40 million, three-story, 90,000-square foot building on Indianapolis’ northeast side was dedicated Thursday, the Indianapolis Star Tribune reported.

The building sits on a 14-acre site and includes a parking garage and maintenance facility.

Up until now, the office has been located downtown in the Minton-Capehart Federal Building.

“GSA is an experienced leader providing federal agencies with modern, efficient and sustainable buildings,” said Ann P. Kalayil, Regional Administrator for GSA’s Great Lakes Region in a statement. “We’re building on that experience here to provide the men and women of the FBI with a workspace that reduces energy costs and consumption and helps them to work more efficiently, so they may continue to ensure the safety of our nation.”

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Ex-FBI Profiler-Turned Author Warns of Dangers of “Nice” Neighbor

Ex-FBI Mary Ellen O’Toole is the author of the new book: ” Dangerous Instincts.” 
  
By Monica Hesse
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The man sitting in front of Mary Ellen O’Toole was, she says, a well-mannered guy. “He was low-key. He was nice. He didn’t swear.” He was very proud of his work, which he described in polite, pleasant tones.

His name was Gary Ridgway. His other name was the Green River Killer. His work was killing at least 49 women in Washington state throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He did it all while maintaining marriages, parenting and church-going, and he seemed very much the word neighbors often use to describe men who turn out to have headless torsos in their freezers. Which is to say, he seemed very, very nice.

The niceness paradox. O’Toole worked as a profiler for the FBI for 30 years, headquartered in Quantico. She interviewed the Unabomber. She worked on the Polly Klaas abduction, the Red Lake school shooting and the investigation of David Parker Ray — the Toy-Box Killer who tortured women in a high-tech homemade dungeon. What she found was that the most dangerous criminals were often the ones who came across as the most harmless. That’s how they were able to continue harming people.

“Over the years, I used to hear this all the time.” Other investigators would explain to her why they had disregarded suspects: “I just looked at him, man to man, and I could tell” that he was a good guy.

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FBI Looking for Linguists: $29 to $41 an Hour

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There’s one thing the FBI always needs more of: folks with foreign language skills.

The agency is conducting a contract Linguist Job Fair on Friday, Nov. 4 and Sat. Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seattle University Student Center at 901 12th Avenue, Seattle.

The pay? $29 to $41 an hour, depending on the language.

The agency said it is looking for linguists proficient in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Hebrew, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Somali, Spanish, Urdu and others.

Anyone with question should email Eric.Leach@ic.fbi.gov.

 

Pot Laws Just Become More and More Confusing

Dep. Atty. Gen. James Cole/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The controversy over the legality of medical marijuana only seems to be getting more and more confusing.

The Associated Press reports that James Cole, the number two person at the Justice Department, has written a memo saying state medical marijuana laws do not provide immunity from federal prosecution, and refused to say Wednesday whether a recent crackdown in California by fed prosecutors signals a shift in federal policy that could impact other states.

Cole, the deputy Attorney General, said it’s up to individual U.S. Attorneys to decide how to enforce federal laws, AP reported.

“I think it says what needs to be said,” Cole said of his memo and the fed policy after a press conference in Colorado, AP reported.

Sixteen states have passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical use, AP reported. California was the first in 1996.

The feds have raised concerns that some medical marijuana dispensaries are buying pot from unauthorized places and dispensing to people who don’t have a valid medical reason to use the drug.

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