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October 2022


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Families of Whitey Bulger’s Victims Speak Out

Michigan Prof Sues FBI and CIA; Claims Bush White House Tried to Smear Reputation

Prof. Juan Cole

By Allan Lengel

University of Michigan History Professor Juan Cole wants to take a peak at CIA and FBI files — and for pretty good reason.

Last month, according to the New York Times, former CIA official Glenn Carle said the Bush White House wanted to smear Cole’s reputation and discredit him because he was critical of the administration’s Middle East policies. Cole, who lives in Ann Arbor, writes a blog on Middle East issues.

The CIA’s Carle, according to the Times, said his supervisor asked him: “Does he (Cole) drink? What are his views? Is he married?” And, “What do you think we might know about him, or could find out, that could discredit him?”

Cole asked the CIA and the FBI to look at any of his files, but never got a response, according to the Detroit Free Press.

So on Wednesday, Cole and the American Civil Liberties Union and a University of Michigan professor filed a lawsuit in Detroit federal court,  asking that he see any files relating to any alleged scheme to discredit him, the Free Press reported.

“In a democratic society, the secret police should not be spying on citizens for simply criticizing government policy,” said Michael Steinberg, legal director of the Michigan branch of the ACLU, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Free Press reported that the FBI could not be reached for comment and  CIA spokesman Preston Golson said: “The CIA does not, as a rule, comment on pending litigation.”

Agencies Like FBI, DEA, ICE Increasingly Asking For Facebook Info

By Allan Lengel

High school buddies and colleagues aren’t the only ones who seem to have an interest in Facebook.

Reuters reports that U.S. law enforcement agencies are increasingly obtaining warrants to search Facebook, and usually the users doesn’t know.

A Reuters review of the Westlaw legal database shows that since 2008, federal judges have authorized at least two dozen warrants to search individuals’ Facebook accounts for agencies including the FBI, DEA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Reuters reported that “many of the warrants requested a laundry list of personal data such as messages, status updates, links to videos and photographs, calendars of future and past events, ‘Wall postings’ and ‘rejected Friend requests.'”

Reuters said the search warrants often ask for detailed packages of profiles and photos not even available to the user.


Unruly Saudi Man Arrested for Diverting Plane to Cleveland

By Allan Lengel

And now for more news from the friendly skies.

A 21-year-old Saudi  Arabia man is facing charges for interfering with United Flight 944 from Chicago to Germany.

Fox News reports that the FBI said that the unruly behavior of  Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, aka Saleh Ali S. Alramakh, 21, of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  forced the flight to make an unscheduled landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The FBI alleged that Alramakh was in the bathroom and started to use an electronic device while the plane was taxiing in Chicago. He refused to turn it off and immediately return to his seat, but eventually did, Fox reported.

At one point, he got up a third time and confronted a flight attendant in a belligerent manner, the FBI alleged.

“Alramakh was speaking in a loud tone of voice, using profanity, with his face inches from the flight attendant’s face. The flight attendant asked Alramakh to step back multiple times, but instead Alramakh shoved the flight attendant backwards against the aircraft,” the FBI said in a news release, according to Fox.

Eventually, at least one passenger jumped in to help the crew restrain the man, who was kicking and spitting, the station reported.

Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend Called Sister While on the Lam

FBI Investigating How Stun Gun Got on Jet Blue Flight to Newark

By Allan Lengel

Airport security never fails to amaze.

Fox 5 News reports that the FBI is investigating how a stun gun made it onto a Boston to Newark flight on Friday.

The station reports that a cleaning crew found a striker 1800 stun gun inside the back pocked of a seat on Jet Blue flight 1179 after passengers got off the plane in Newark.

Fox 5 reported that sources suspect the stun gun made it through screening at Boston’s Logan Airport.

JetBlue said it was cooperating in the probe, Fox 5 reported.

Mexico’s Drug Violence Leaves 40 Dead

Undercover FBI Agent Gets Praise For his Work With the Mob

By Allan Lengel

Jerry Capeci, the mob expert who runs the website Gang Land News, offers nothing but high praise in an article this week about FBI agent David Sebastiani, who went undercover to bring down some Philly mobsters.

Capeci wrote that Sebastiani, who works out the New York division and is a certified public accountant, spoke last week to “the American Apparel & Footwear Association about brand labels and intellectual property rights. The talk took place at the New York offices of Calvin Klein. To hear Sebastiani talk, you wouldn’t think he knew the difference between a mobster and a Ferragamo shoe salesman – even if one kicked him in the shins.

“If that’s what you thought, you would be wrong.”

Gang Land New reported that Sebastiani went undercover as a cash strapped financial wizard known as “Dino” who became a loanshark victim.

As a result, some Philly mobsters –Anthony  Staino and associate Robert Ranieri — are facing criminal charges.

Gang Land reported “that the gangsters are not the first to be stung by the smooth-talking undercover agent over the last two decades.”

In the Philly case, Gang Land reported that the FBI sting involving the Philly mob caught reputed mobsters Staino and Ranieri in tape-recorded threats disclosed by the feds last month.

Sebastiani, who works in the cybercrime division in the New York office, is done as an undercover with the mob, Capeci writes.

But the appreciation for his undercover acting hasn’t vanished.

Ex-FBI undercover agent Joaquin (Big Jack) Garcia, who worked with Sebastiani in the past, and went undercover with the mob himself (and came a hair’s length away from being a “made guy”), said of Sebastiani:

“Dave was one of those guys who you could always count on in an undercover operation,” Garcia told Gang Land. “He would always do the job. He wouldn’t say anything stupid; he wouldn’t DO anything stupid. The FBI could always count on him, whether it was for a cameo appearance or a regular long-term role.”

To read Gang Land News click here. (It is a pay-to-read website)