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FBI Informant Who Infiltrated KKK Dead at Age 94

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By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

FBI informant Stetson Kennedy, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, passed away this weekend near St. Augustine, Fla., at the age of 94, reports the International Business Times. Kennedy had been in hospice care at a nearby hospital.

Kennedy, using the name of a deceased uncle and former klansman, gained membership and trust within the Ku Klux Klan throughout the 1940s and 50s, spilling secrets about and ridiculing in books and radio the secret rituals and views of the klan, the publication reported. Rejected for military service, Kennedy sought to fight “homegrown racial terrorists” instead.

Kennedy provided information to the FBI, IRS, the Anti-Defamation League and Washington Post columnists Drew Pearson, and testified in the grand jury about the klan’s involvement in the bombing death of NAACP leader Harry T. Moore, all of which helped to weaken the racist organization, the publication reported.

Book Review: Chineses Spies, the FBI and Sex

By TARA McKELVEY
New York Times

In May 2004, the F.B.I. special agent James J. Smith found himself in an uncomfortable spot: he had to tell a federal judge about an affair he’d had with an informer, Katrina Leung, a San Marino, Calif., businesswoman with “jet-black hair,” while his wife and son were sitting in the courtroom. “Argh!” he later wrote to friends.

In “Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War With China,” David Wise writes about the ineptitude of American agents. Not only was Smith having an affair with Leung, Wise says, but so was another F.B.I. man, William Cleveland, who was the head of a Chinese counterintelligence squad in San Francisco. Neither seemed to know that Leung was sleeping with the other, nor did they know that she was working for Beijing’s Ministry of State Security. Double argh.

With this case and others, Wise documents not only the adroitness of Chinese agents, but also how China has for several decades “penetrated” the United States, as he puts it. “Penetrate” and “penetration” are two of his favorite words, appearing at least a dozen times, often in connection with Leung, who, despite the fact that she was taking classified documents from Smith’s briefcase during their trysts, was seen as “his prize asset.” Wise’s language, particularly in the descriptions of Leung, gives parts of his book a quasi-­pornographic feel.

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FBI Helps Hunt Ex-NBA Player Wanted for Murder

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended by the NBA in a gun incident in Washington in 2009, was not the most sought after player in the league.

But now he feels more wanted — by the FBI that is.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI is helping Atlanta and Los Angeles police search for the former NBA player on charges of murder.

AP reports that Crittenton is wanted in the fatal shooting of Jullian Jones, 22, a mother of four who was murdered on Aug. 19 in Atlanta. AP reported that she was not the intended target when Crittention opened fire from an SUV.

Authorities say Jones likely was not the intended target when Crittenton fired shots from an SUV. Authorities say Crittenton was retaliating for an April robbery in which he was a victim.

Crittenton had a limited career, having played a total of 113 games for teams like the Washington Wizards and the Memphis Grizzlies.

In 2010, he pleaded guilty and got probation for a gun possession charge after he and then-Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pulled guns on each other in the locker room over a gambling debts.  Both were suspended, but he never returned to the Wizards.

He eventually ended up playing for the Dakota Wizards, a minor league basketball team.

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Feds Charge “Christian Warrior” With Firebombing Oregon Mosque

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

There’s no shortage of hate. Take Cody Crawford, a self described Christian warrior.

The 24-year-old Oregon man has been charged with a hate crime for a November firebombing of a Mosque in Corvallis, Ore., the Associated Press reports.

Authorities allege that Crawford is a “potential major contributor” of DNA to a blue Maglite agents found near the mosque the morning of the firebombing, according to AP. The indictment out of Eugene, Ore. was announced on Thursday.

Crawford, a self-described Christian warrior, told an officer on his Dec. 14 arrest (for unrelated charges), “You look like Obama. You are a Muslim like him. Jihad goes both ways. Christians can jihad too.”

Authorities say the Agents believe the attack may have been in retaliation to a foiled bomb plot by a Muslim at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

Crawford has a history of trouble with the law. The December arrest was related to a ruckus he had caused at a gas station and then a Blockbuster store 40 miles from Corvallis, AP reported.

“Freedom of religion is essential to who we are as Americans,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Dwight C. Holton, in the FBI press release. “We will not tolerate attacks based on faith.”

Ex-FBI Evidence Technician Gets 15 Months for Lying About Stealing About $80,000 in Evidence

 
 
 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI evidence technician in the agency’s Merrillville, Ind. office was sentenced Thursday in Hammond, Ind., to 15 months in prison for lying about stealing nearly $80,000 in evidence that she kept for herself instead of properly returning the cash as she claimed she did.

Melissa L. Sims, 37, of Howell, Ind., who worked as a technician from 1996 to September 2008, was also ordered to pay $77,882 in restitution as part of her sentence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

She was ordered to begin serving her sentence on Nov. 28.

Sims pleaded guilty on Feb. 15 to making false statements to FBI agents conducting an investigation.

According to her plea agreement, between 2005 and August 2008, Sims stole or embezzled nearly $80,000 in evidence that she was responsible for.

Instead of contacting certain individuals and returning the money to them, she kept it herself, authorities said.

On at least 10 different dates, she signed 16 separate forms stating that various amounts of cash, ranging from $2 to $2,790, had been “released” or “returned,” when she had actually taken the money for herself.

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John Edward’s Attys Want to Delay Trial

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for ex-presidential hopeful John Edwards have a lot reasons to want to delay Edwards’ trial October trial — or so they say.

The Associated Press reports that lawyers filed a motion Wednesday asking for the delay so they could have more time to review 400,000 documents produced by prosecutors.

Edwards is accused of violating campaign finance laws in 2008.

AP reported his attorneys would also like more time to interview 125 witnesses that 50 FBI and IRS agents talked to during the investigation.

And that’s not all. He also wants a delay because his daughter Cate is getting married in October.

Edwards, 57, was indicted in June on charges that he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on campaign funds to cover up an extra-marital affair during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Edwards insists he never did anything intentionally wrong.

Then again, he initially denied, and later admitted that he fathered a child with his mistress.

With CIA help, NYPD Moves Covertly in Muslim Areas; Practice Raises Questions

By Adam Goldman
Associated Press.

In New Brunswick, N.J., a building superintendent opened the door to apartment No. 1076 one balmy Tuesday and discovered an alarming scene: terrorist literature strewn about the table and computer and surveillance equipment set up in the next room.

The panicked superintendent dialed 911, sending police and the FBI rushing to the building near Rutgers University on the afternoon of June 2, 2009. What they found in that first-floor apartment, however, was not a terrorist hideout but a command center set up by a secret team of New York Police Department intelligence officers.

From that apartment, about an hour outside the department’s jurisdiction, the NYPD had been staging undercover operations and conducting surveillance throughout New Jersey. Neither the FBI nor the local police had any idea.

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NYPD has become one of the country’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies. A months-long investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that the NYPD operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government. And it does so with unprecedented help from the CIA in a partnership that has blurred the bright line between foreign and domestic spying.

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Fla. Feds Break Up $40 Million Pill Mill

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By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Thirty two people were busted– including 13 doctors — in what the head of the Miami FBI described as “the nation’s largest criminal organization involved in the illegal distribution of pain killers.”

The bust capped a three-year investigation dubbed “Operation Oxy Alley” that netted the players tens of millions of dollars in profit, authorities said.  In a related state case, authorities charged a doctor with first-degree murder after a Florida man died shortly after filling an illegal prescription.

Authorities on Tuesday  unsealed the federal indictment that targeted the illegal distribution of pain killers and steroids through pill mills operating in Broward and Palm Beach Counties in Florida, and through the Internet. The charges included racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

The law enforcement agencies involved in the take down included the DEA, FBI and IRS and local police departments.

The indictment alleges that twin brothers Christopher and Jeffrey George operated, managed and financed four  pain management clinics in Broward and Palm Beach Counties: American Pain, Executive Pain, East Coast Pain and Hallandale Pain.

According to the indictment, from 2008 to early 2010, the defendants’ pill mills distributed approximately 20 million oxycodone pills and made more than $40 million from the illegal sales of controlled substances.

“These defendants showed a callous disregard for the well-being of their patients and the value of human life. For years, they distributed oxycodone and other controlled substances without regard to medical need, without individual treatment plans, and without physical examinations, ” Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said in a statement.

John V. Gillies, head of the Miami FBI said :  “The significance of today’s takedown is that we have dismantled the nation’s largest criminal organization involved in the illegal distribution of pain killers. Up until today, efforts focused on the demand by targeting individual users. Today, we attacked the source and choked off the supply.”

Authorities alleged that the defendants operated the clinics as pill mills that offered patients prescriptions for oxycodone and other controlled substances “without any legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional medical practice.”

Authorities said patients included addicts and traffickers seeking to buy large quantities of oxycodone and other drugs. Some traveled from such states as  Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The clinics hired security guards to try and control  fights and arguments that often erupted between patients waiting in the clinic lobbies for their physical examinations or prescriptions, authorities said.

The indictment stated that by  2010, the doctors involved in the operation were examining close to 500 patients a day at the American Pain Clinic alone.

Lastly, authorities alleged in the indictment that the racketeering defendants engaged in wide-ranging violence, including kidnapping, extortion, assault, aggravated assault with a firearm against  competitors and others suspected of  stealing or other acts of disloyalty.