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President Obama Says of ATF’s Fast and Furious: “People Who Screwed Up Will be Held Accountable”

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The seriousness of the screw up with ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious has apparently not been lost at the White House.

“People who have screwed up will be held accountable, President Obama told reporter Jake Tapper on ABC’s  “Nightline.”

“Our overarching goal consistently has been to say we’ve got a responsibility not only to stop drugs from flowing north, we’ve also got a responsibility to make sure we are not helping to either arm or finance these drug cartels in Mexico,” Obama said.

“It’s very upsetting to me to think that somebody showed such bad judgment that they would allow something like that to happen,” he said. “And we will find out who and what happened in this situation and make sure it gets corrected.”

Operation Fast and Furious encouraged gun dealers in Arizona to sell to middlement, all with the hopes of tracing them to the Mexican cartels.

ATF lost track of some guns, some of which surfaced at crime scenes on both sides of the border. The Mexican government was infuriated when it learned of the undercover operation.

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FBI in New Mexico Releases Images, Seeks Help in Finding Bodies Linked to Suspected Serial Killer

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Seeking the public’s help, the FBI in Albuquerque has released  hundreds of images of items collected during the investigation of suspected serial killer David Parker Ray.

Ray died in 2002 while serving more than 223-years in a state prison in connection with the kidnapping of two women who said he sexually tortured them at his residence near Elephant Butte Lake, N.M.

Ray claimed to have abducted about 40 victims from several states, though no bodies have been found so far. Many searches have been conducted over the years, and suspicions remain that Ray may have murdered several victims still unidentified.

The FBI is asking public to look at the images of clothing and jewelry, which they believe may have been taken from his victims, to see if anybody recognizes the items.

released fbi photo

“We are asking family and friends of missing people to look over these photographs and contact us if they recognize any of these items,” said Frank Fisher of the Albuquerque Field Office.

To read more, and to view the images, click here.

 

Late Rep. Murtha Was Under FBI Investigation

Rep. John Murtha/gov. photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents spent more than two years investigating the late Rep. John Murtha, moving to expand their ongoing investigation into a full public corruption probe just months before he passed, reports the Washington Post.

Investigators were looking into whether the Pennsylvania Democrat was using his positions as defense appropriations chairman-a position that controlled billions of defense contract dollars-to benefit select contractors and lobbyists, according to the Post. Charges were never brought.

Murtha’s brother worked at the lobbying firm KSA Consulting, which won millions of dollars in Murtha-steered earmarks, reports the Post, and the FBI had been scrutinizing that relationship by June of 2009.

It was not confirmed whether the investigation was dropped for lack of evidence or if it was deemed irrelevant; Murtha passed away in February 2010 from complications following a gall bladder surgery. Murtha had denied any wrongdoing until the end, and his office had repeatedly insisted he was not being investigated.

“There is utter clarity now that Mr. Murtha was under criminal investigation,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) told the Post. “And given all the people the FBI was talking to, it seems he probably knew it.” CREW, a government watchdog organization, had sought documentation of the investigation in an effort to learn about the Justice Department’s general work in prosecuting public officials.

To read more click here.

FBI Subcommittee Recommends New Definition of Rape

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After much talk, an FBI subcommittee made recommendations Tuesday to update the definition of rape for the first time in 80 years.

The recommendations came out of a meeting in Baltimore by a subcommittee of law enforcement officials and will head next to an advisory panel, reports the Baltimore Sun. The advisory panel is expected to sign off on them, and they will then be submitted to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III for approval. Details of the recommendations could not be verified at this point.

The FBI has to this point gone by their original 1927 definition of rape: “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” Womens’ Rights groups and others have criticized the definition as too narrow, excluding anal or oral penetration, male rape and incidents where force is not used.

“This is a huge step forward in accurately reflecting the true number of rapes that are occurring in our country,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement policy think tank. Wexler told the Sun that 80 percent of police chiefs agreed the definition was outdated.

To read more click here.

FBI Probing Detroit County Executive and $200,000 Severance Payout to Underling

Column: The Wrong Way to Fight Terrorism

Salam Al-Marayati is president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
 
By Salam Al-Marayati
Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Page

We in the Muslim American community have been battling the corrupt and bankrupt ideas of cults such as Al Qaeda. Now it seems we also have to battle pseudo-experts in the FBI and the Department of Justice.

A disturbing string of training material used by the FBI and a U.S. attorney’s office came to light beginning in late July that reveals a deep anti-Muslim sentiment within the U.S. government.

If this matter is not immediately addressed, it will undermine the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim American community — another example of the ineptitude and/or apathy undermining bridges built with care over decades. It is not enough to just call it a “very valid concern,” as FBI Director Robert Mueller told a congressional committee this month.

To read more click here.

Chinese National Pleads to Theft of Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com
 
In Indiana, in the heart of the Midwest, a Chinese national working for two major U.S. companies pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing trade secrets about food products and pesticides and giving them to people in China and Germany, the Justice Department announced.

 It marked the first time ever that the feds in Indiana had prosecuted a trade secret case.
 
Authorities pegged the losses from the criminal deeds of Kexue Huang, who lived in Carmel, Ind., at more than $7 million, but less than $20 million. He pleaded guilty to theft of trade secrets and economic espionage.
 
Huang worked as a research scientist for Dow Chemical, based in Midland, Mi.  from January 2003 until February 2008, a company that  provides agrochemical and biotechnology products. After Huang left Dow, he was hired in March 2008 by Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services.

Huang admitted that he sent  trade secrets to  Germany and the Peoples Republic of China, the Justice Department said.  He and his collaborators then used the information to conduct unauthorized research in an effort to benefit foreign universities serving the Peoples Republic of China.

Authorities said he also  sought to use the trade secrets to establish sites in China from which he could compete directly with Dow in the organic pesticide market.

Court documents show that after his employment with Dow, Huang worked for Cargill beginning in 2008, again disclosing trade secrets, this time to a student at Hunan Normal University in China.

From that company, the Justice Department said, he stole a company trade secret — a key component in the manufacture of a new food product, which he later gave to a student at Hunan Normal University in China.

“Among the various economic espionage and theft of trade secret cases that the FBI has investigated in Indiana, the vast majority involve an inside employee with legitimate access who is stealing in order to benefit another organization or country,” Robert J. Holley, head of the Indianapolis FBI said in a statement.

“This type of threat, which the FBI refers to as the Insider Threat, often causes the most damage. In order to maintain our competitive advantage in these sectors, industry must identify their most important equities, realize that they are a target, implement internal protection mechanisms to protect their intellectual property, and communicate issues of concern immediately to the FBI.”

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Sen. Grassley Writes FBI Director; Concerned About Boston FBI’s Mobster Informant Mark Rossetti

Robert Mueller

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shades of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger?

A letter from Sen. Charles Grassley to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III seems to suggest so.

If you recall, the Boston FBI caught hell for letting Bulger run wild and commit crimes while he acted as informant and snitched on his rivals back in the day. Bulger, who was captured in June,   is a suspect in 19 murders.

Now comes mobster Mark Rossetti, a “capo” and “acting consigliore” who worked as a confidential informant for the FBI all while committing his fair share of serious crimes. There are concerns by some inside and outside law enforcement that the FBI should have cut off Rossetti as an informant when it became clear how dangerous a criminal he was.

In a letter to Mueller, Grassley wrote:

“As a Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, I write to inquire about recent reports from the Boston area regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) ties with alleged mafia “capo” and “acting consigliore” Mark Rossetti as a confidential informant and reports that the FBI misrepresented Mr. Rossetti’s status as an informant to the Massachusetts State Police.”

“Mr. Rossetti is currently under state indictment for a multitude of crimes including home invasions, heroin and marijuana trafficking, gambling, and loan sharking. Additionally Mr. Rossetti was convicted of armed robbery, beating a Massachusetts State Trooper nearly to death and was a suspect in multiple murders and the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum art heist, the largest in Boston history.”

“Despite all these alleged crimes and the claim that Mr. Rossetti was running a ‘sprawling criminal enterprise,’ it appears that the FBI may have engaged in a long-term relationship with Mr. Rossetti.

“In fact, as early as 1992, an FBI agent’s pager number was found on Mr. Rossetti and former Massachusetts State Detective Bill McGreal stated that an FBI agent declined to pursue a case against Mr. Rossetti saying, ‘we decided to pass on Rossetti” despite strong evidence from a cooperating witness.'”

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