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FBI Assigns New SACs for Utah and Portland

Gregory Fowler/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has named two new special agents in charge: David J. Johnson for Utah and Gregory A. Fowler for Portland, Ore.

Since 2009, Johnson, who has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, has been the chief of the Violent Crimes Section in the Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters. He has been responsible for managing programs that involve federal violations such as bank robberies, kidnappings, extortions, crimes against children, Indian country matters, fugitives, major thefts, transportation crimes, and special jurisdiction matters.

Johnson entered the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to a violent crime squad in the San Jose Resident Agency. In 1994, he was assigned to the high-technology squad.

In 1997, Mr. Johnson was assigned to a Mexican drug trafficking organization squad. Two years later, he became a supervisory special agent of the Asian organized crime squad in the San Jose office.

As the chief of the Crimes Against Children Unit, he developed the Innocence Lost National Initiative, which identifies and rescues minors involved in prostitution and investigates the pimps who profit from their exploitation, the FBI said.

He was promoted to the assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division, and in 2008, was promoted to inspector in charge and led the task force created by the Attorney General to conduct a criminal investigation into the destruction of interrogation videotapes by the CIA.

Fowler, the new  special agent in charge of Portland,  most recently served as the SAC for counterterrorism in the FBI’s New York Division.

He entered the FBI in  April 1988. He was first assigned to the New York office, where he focused on organized crime and narcotics.

In February 1998, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and assigned to FBI Headquarters, where he managed the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area programs. He also went  abroad to train foreign law enforcement officers on organized crime and drug investigations through the International Law Enforcement Academy.

In February 2000,  Fowler transferred to the Seattle Division, where he supervised the organized crime/drug squad, the Special Operations Group, the cyber squad, and two resident agencies. He also supervised the division’s Evidence Response Team and Hazardous Materials Response Team.

In August 2004, he was temporarily assigned to Baghdad, Iraq, where he served as the deputy on-scene commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. One year later, he became  assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago Division.

Newly Released FBI Documents Show More Threats to Ted Kennedy; One Allegedly Came From Al Capone’s Son

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Just released FBI records show the bureau investigated more threats against Sen. Edward M. Kennedy than previously revealed, including one involving the son of the late mobster Al Capone and a plot by Cuban communists, the Boston Globe reported.

The paper reported that none of the half-dozen or so newly revealed threats were substantiated. Nonetheless, the paper reported that Kennedy seemed to live under constant threat after the murder of his two brothers and “protecting Kennedy became a full time job for the FBI and Secret Service agents.”

The Globe reported that the new documents released on Monday — the second since the FBI declassified the Kennedy file — spanned the mid-1960s to  2001.

The Globe reported that one of the more unusual threats surfaced in the summer of 1968, just weeks after Robert Kennedy’s death. The paper reported that a  man phoned the FBI’s Miami office to report that he, his roommate, a cashier, and a waitress at the New England Oyster House in Coral Gables, Fla., overheard a man  identify himself as Sonny Capone, the son of Al Capone, while making a threatening phone call.

“If Edward Kennedy keeps fooling around, he’s going to get it too,’’ the caller, who was apparently drunk, reportedly said.  The Globe reported that the FBI confirmed Sonny Capone was living in the area. However, there was no FBI document indicating a follow up to the call.

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Blago Sentencing Set for Oct. 6

Blagojevich as governor/state photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Oct. 6 won’t be a pretty day.

That’s the day U.S. District Judge James Zagel of Chicago has set for sentencing for the ever-chatty ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to court records.

In his retrial, Blago was convicted of 17 or 20 counts. He alos faces sentencing for the one count he was convicted of his first trial — laying to the FBI.

At a hearing on Monday Monday’s court hearing, the judge indicated he wasn’t impressed with Blagojevich’s attorneys 158-page filing seeking a new trial. The Chicago Tribune reported that the judge said:

“There doesn’t seem to be anything new,” he said.

Sheldon Sorosky, one of Blagojevich’s attorneys, hinted outside of court the defense at sentencing would raise Blago’s contributions to the state and the fact two daughters depend on him.

“He cared for the ordinary guy,” Sorosky said, according to the Trib.

DEA Helps Mexicans Capture Ex-Cop Suspected in 1,500 Killings

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

With the help of information from the DEA, authorities in Mexico have captured a former cop-turned drug gang chieftan allegedly responsible for ordering the killings of 1,500 people, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities said Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez is also a suspect in last year’s slaying of a U.S. consulate employee near a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez, AP reported.

AP reported that “Mexican President Felipe Calderon said through his Twitter account that Acosta’s capture is ‘the biggest blow’ to organized crime in Ciudad Juarez since he sent about 5,000 federal police to the city in April 2010 to try to curb violence in one of the world’s most dangerous cities.”

Authorities said Acosta, 33, was caught Friday in the northern city of Chihuahua along with his bodyguard.

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Column: The Feds Leak Investigation: Probe or Payback?

By Len Levitt
NYPD Confidential

The Justice Department’s bullseye on the FBI and NYPD via a grand jury probe into leaks in terrorism cases appears to have been prompted a year ago by a news story about an Al Qaeda mastermind, sources said.

The story was an Associated Press exclusive from Washington about the impending indictment of Adnan Shukrijumah, who had recruited Najibullah Zazi and his Flushing High School pals to blow up New York subways in 2009.

The indictment of the fugitive Shukrijumah, in New York’s Eastern District, linked the Zazi subway plot to another Al Qaeda terrorist plot in Manchester, England.

But the AP published its story before Shukrijumah’s indictment was announced.

The story forced law enforcement officials overseas — in Norway, of all places — to scramble and speed the arrests of two suspects in Oslo. The pair had been under surveillance for a year.

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Judge Lets Justice Correct Anthrax Filing that Created PR Mess

One of the real anthrax letters in 2001/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge has allowed the Justice Department to correct a court filing that created an embarrassment and public relations goof for the agency in the anthrax case.

ProPublica reported Friday that U.S. District Judge David Hurley of West Palm Beach, Fla., gave the ok to the government to withdraw a court filing that mistakenly said that the late scientist Bruce Ivins did not have access to “specialized equipment” to make the deadly anthrax, when in fact he did.

The revised filing says Ivins had access to a refrigerator-sized machine known as a lyophilizer, which can be used to dry solutions such as anthrax, ProPublica reported.

The filings were in response to a lawsuit filed by the wife of National Enquirer photo editor Robert Stevens, who died as a result of an anthrax mailing. She contends the government did not do enough to protect the anthrax supplies from being used against citizens.

The erroneous filing created a stir in the media, which printed stories saying the Justice Department had undermined its own claim that Ivins was to blame for the attacks. Ivins committed suicide in July 2008 before authorities could file criminal charges against him.

The erroneous filing provided more fodder for critics who are skeptical that Ivins was in fact the one who mailed the letters.

Authorities to Add Ted Bundy’s DNA to FBI Database

fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Florida authorities are working to add serial killer Ted Bundy’s DNA profile to the FBI’s national database by mid-August, a move that could help detectives in Tacoma, Wash., determine if Bundy was responsible for the abduction of 8-year-old girl Ann Marie Burr in 1961, The News Tribune reported

The paper reported that Tacoma detectives hope to compare the DNA to evidence that was never analyzed. Authorities say it could also help solve other murders.

“From a historical standpoint, there is this belief that Ted Bundy could be responsible,” said detective Gene Miller, who leads the Tacoma Police Department’s cold case unit, told the Tacoma paper.

The paper reported that it took years for authorities to come up with a complete DNA profile of Bundy.

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Column: Injured FBI Agent Still Hopes for Justice

FBI agent Theresa Foley was the first full-time female FBI agent to be stationed at Guantanamo. She has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department, saying she was made to bunk with vermin that gave her a tropical disease. Theresa Foley has undergone multiple surgeries since contracting the disease and has been disabled and is living with her parents. She claims her disease was made worse when the FBI refused to let her stand and instead made her kneel in the traditional stance during firearms qualification.The lawsuit also says she was ostracized for refusing to join in a “spring break” atmosphere in which agents were encouraged to drink, date and frolic during off hours.

Her lawsuit alleges sexual discrimination and harassment, employment discrimination based on disability and gender and retaliation. Her mother Irene Foley says Director Robert S. Mueller was unresponsive to the family regarding her daughter’s problems.

Theresa Foley/family photo

By Peter Gelzinis
Boston Herald

BOSTON — All that FBI Special Agent Theresa Foley hopes for in this life can be summed up in one word: justice.

Justice for this 45-year-old Roslindale woman would be the ability to walk on her own once again, free of the pain left by two spinal fusions, six other major surgeries and the effective loss of her right leg.

It would mean living without a morphine drip, or those powerful oxycodone patches, or the help of her elderly parents.

But these days, Terry Foley’s notion of justice goes well beyond the physical devastation that has befallen a woman who once ran marathons and took great pride in becoming an FBI agent.

After seven years of living as an invalid, of watching her family petition members of Congress with letter after letter, Terry Foley has given up waiting for the FBI to offer her some expression of justice.

So, she is suing the Sons of Hoover to get some.

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