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“Deep Throat” Parking Garage Gets Historical Signpost

Mark Felt/face the nation

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

In a nondescript Rosslyn, Va. parking garage in 1972, a FBI deputy director met with two young Washington Post reporters, sharing strands of information that would eventually take down the president of the United States.

The Watergate story has become an American legend, a story many from that era share with their children. The FBI deputy director: “Deep Throat”, later revealing himself in 2005 as W. Mark Felt. The reporters: Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Now that garage boasts a historical marker, reports USA Today. Arlington County drafted the sign in 2008 and put it up this past Friday, according to the report. The text of the sign reads:

Mark Felt, second in command at the FBI, met Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward here in this parking garage to discuss the Watergate scandal. Felt provided Woodward information that exposed the Nixon administration’s obstruction of the FBI’s Watergate investigation. He chose the garage as an anonymous secure location. They met at this garage six times between October 1972 and November 1973. The Watergate scandal resulted in President Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Woodward’s managing editor, Howard Simons, gave Felt the code name “Deep Throat.” Woodward’s promise not to reveal his source was kept until Felt announced his role as Deep Throat in 2005.

But, as the USA Today article notes, a keen blogger pointed out a slight inaccuracy on the signpost. W. Joseph Campbell, on his Media Myth Alert blog, took issue with the line that “Felt provided Woodward information that exposed the Nixon administration’s obstruction of the FBI’s Watergate investigation.” Not so, says Campbell, who wrote:

Such evidence would have been so damaging and explosive that it surely would have forced Nixon to resign the presidency well before he did, in August 1974.

Felt didn’t have that sort of information — or (less likely) didn’t share it with Woodward.

As described in Woodward’s book about Felt, The Secret Man, the FBI official provided or confirmed a good deal of piecemeal evidence about the scandal as it unfolded.

Read more about the sign at WTOP.com

Column: Where’s the Outrage Over the FBI Bungling?

By Kevin Cullen
Boston Globe Columnist

BOSTON — About 20 years ago, some ATF agents went looking for Mark Rossetti, to lock him up.

Rossetti was a career criminal and ran with a violent band of thugs out of East Boston who used guns the way painters use brushes and carpenters use saws: tools of the trade.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents had a warrant for Rossetti on a gun charge, but every time they came close to arresting him, he somehow caught wind and eluded them.

After the ATF men finally caught Rossetti, they complained that an FBI agent named Mike Buckley was too cozy with Rossetti and didn’t want them to lock him up.

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The FBI’s Man on the Pirate Beat– Kevin Coughlin

By Joseph Goldstein
New York Times

In the F.B.I.’s expansive offices in Lower Manhattan, a black-and-white banner on Special Agent Kevin P. Coughlin’s desk stands out amid the rows of cubicles. It is a Jolly Roger, skull above crossed swords, the pirate’s calling card.

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Mr. Coughlin, 35, belongs to a squad whose caseload includes investigating crime on the high seas. Not too long ago that mostly meant crimes on cruise ships, like rape and jewelry theft. But as piracy proliferated off the coast of Somalia over the past four years, and as American ships came under attack, the nature of the squad’s inquiries changed.

In the past two years, as lead investigator in most of the F.B.I.’s piracy cases, Mr. Coughlin has interviewed a majority of the accused pirates charged in United States courts in modern times — 18 of 27 men, all from Somalia or Yemen. He has tried to determine how each ended up in a skiff far out to sea, and what their respective roles were during an attack.

“Like a lot of criminals, they try to minimize their involvement,” Mr. Coughlin said.

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Ga. FBI Forms New Squad to Take Aim at Corrupt Judges and Lawmakers

Brian Lamkin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in Georgia is trying to hone in on corrupt judges and legislators.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI has created a new squad to investigate those folks. Brian Lamkin, who heads the FBI office in Georgia, told The Associated Press he formed the team after months of reviewing the agency’s priorities.

“It impacts the everyday system. It’s not just a dirty law enforcement officer that might be shaking you down,” he said, according to AP. “You’re talking about people that you elect to an office to represent you who try to line their pockets.” To read more click here

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Weekend Series on Crime History: FBI Spy Robert Hanssen

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FBI Agent Indicted in Suburban D.C. in Drunk Driving Death

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a story that has no good ending.

An FBI agent as been has been indicted by a D.C. suburban county grand jury in connection with a fatal drunk driving crash that killed an 18-year-old on Feb. 7 in Brandywine, Md.,  the Washington Examiner reported.

Washington Examiner reporter Emily Babay reported that a Prince George’s County grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against agent Adrian Johnson, 37, who was dismissed after the incident.

The paper reported that the charges include motor vehicle manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle, driving under the influence and reckless driving.

Authorities allege that Johnson was drunk and speeding in his personal vehicle, a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero,  when he drove into oncoming traffic and  crashed into 18-year-old Lawrence Garner Jr.’s Hyundai Sonata, according to the Examiner. A passenger in Garner’s car was critically injured, but survived.

Johnson had been with the agency for six years and was preparing for an assignment of protecting the FBI director or U.S. attorney general, the paper reported.

Hackers Break into FBI Contractor’s Computers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The mind boggling abilities of hackers continues to boggle the mind.

The latest: The hacker collective Anonymous has released a fresh batch of data taken from Vanguard Defense Industries — an FBI and Pentagon contractor that deals with drones, the publication International Business Times reports.

The publication reported that data release was revealed via a post on tor2web.org and later published on the group’s AnonymousIRC Twitter account.

The publication reported that the group said the emails it released belonged to Vanguard’s senior vice president, Richard T. Garcia, and contained information regarding “internal meeting notes and contracts, schematics, non-disclosure agreements, personal information about other VDI employees, and several dozen ‘counter-terrorism’ documents classified as ‘law enforcement sensitive’ and ‘for official use only.'”

A statement by the hackers, according to the International Business Times, said: “We are doing this not only to cause embarrassment and disruption to Vanguard Defense Industries, but to send a strong message to the hacker community. White hat sellouts, law enforcement collaborators, and military contractors beware: we’re coming for your mail spools, bash history files, and confidential documents.”

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Pa. Father and Son Indicted for Making Harassing Calls to Sarah Palin’s Family

Sarah Palin/ official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Put Sarah Palin into the equation, and you’re bound to get plenty attention. Just ask Christy, 47, and his 22-year-old son Shawn.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the FBI from the Allentown, Pa. office on Thursday arrested the two on charges of making hundreds of harassing calls to Palin’s family and associates.

They were indicted out of Alaska and are expected to be sent there to face the charges. It was unclear if Palin herself received the calls.

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