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FBI Busts St. Pete Cop For Shaking Down Informant

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has busted a St. Petersburg, Fla. police detective for shaking down an informant in exchange for helping him get  lenient treatment in some criminal matters, the Tampa Bay Tribune reported.

A federal grand jury in Tampa handed down a seven-count indictment on Tuesday against Anthony  Foster, 39, who allegedly demanded cash, a flat-screen television set, Nike sneakers for him and his children, clothes,groceries purchased by the informant with food stamps.

He also repeatedly demanded that the informant buy him a used motorcycle or give him cash to buy one, the paper reported.

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FBI Agent Robert Foley to Head Up Administrative Division at Washington Field Office

Robert Foley/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Foley is leaving FBI headquarters to move several blocks away to the Washington Field Office where he’ll become special agent in charge of the Administrative Division.

Foley, who most recently served as section chief of the Employee Development and Selection Program, Human Resources Division at headquarters, joined the FBI in September 1996.

He was first assigned to the Bridgeport Resident Agency, New Haven Division where he  investigated gangs and narcotics. matters. He was also a member of the New Haven Division SWAT team and served as a firearms instructor.

Foley transferred to the San Juan Division in 1999, where he investigated police corruption, gangs, and narcotics crimes.

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Ex-FBI Agent Denies Klan Leader Had Mole Inside FBI

Early Days of KKK ./ fbi via national archive

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An ex-FBI agent is dismissing allegations by an informant that former  Mississippi Ku Klux Klan leader Sam Bowers said he had a tipster inside the FBI during the civil rights movement, who disclosed which Klansmen were talking to the bureau, according to Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

The paper reported that, according to FBI documents, an informant told the FBI in the fall of 1964 of the allegations.

But the paper reported that former FBI agent Jay Cochran, who was there at time laughed and said: “That’s a new one on me. I don’t think there’s even a remote possibility of that.”

But the paper reported that the Klan may have gotten help from state troopers. A Jan. 5, 1965, FBI memo stated that a highway patrolman told a Klansman there was an FBI informant in Lincoln County getting paid $500 a month.

The paper reported that statements were included in 40,000 pages of FBI documents related to the investigation of the Klan’s June 21, 1964, killings of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.

Chief FBI Spokesman Challenges NY Times Editorial on FBI Policy

Michael Kortan is assistant director for public affairs for the FBI in Washington. His letter to the editor is in response to a June 19 Editorial in the New York Times.

Michael Kortan (left) talking to ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh /fbi file photo

By Michael P. Kortan
New York Times Letter to Editor

WASHINGTON — The purpose of the attorney general guidelines and F.B.I. policy contained in the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide is to ensure that F.B.I. activities are conducted with respect for the constitutional rights and privacy interests of all Americans.

Although an effort is under way to revise the prior version of the guide, contrary to the editorial’s statements, the revision will not provide “agents significant new powers.”

The editorial notes that currently specialized surveillance squads may be used only once during an assessment but that the new guide will allow repeated use.

What the editorial does not mention is that surveillance, whether conducted by a specialized squad or a single agent, is tightly controlled during assessments. It can be authorized only for very limited periods of time, and any extension must be separately justified and approved.

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Ex-Conn. FBI Agent Mike Clark Who Arrested Politicians is Running for Congress

Mike Clark

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent Mike Clark, who helped bring down two corrupt Connecticut mayors and a governor  wants to go to Congress.

The Associated Press reports that Clark, 56, has announced his candidacy for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, which includes wealthy Hartford suburbs and cities such as Waterbury and Danbury.

AP reported that he would become the third ex-FBI agent in Congress.

Clark has worked at Otis Elevator as manager of international investigations and compliance since he retired from the FBI in 2004, AP reported.

Clark is credited with helping send two Waterbury mayors to prison along with Conn. Gov. John G. Rowland.

“I’ve got this unique perspective that I’m bringing to the table,” Clark said, according to AP.

He Clark said the public won’t have to harbor concerns that he’ll be a crooked politician.

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Weekend Series on Law Enforcement: An Interview With Ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh

Mass. Gov. Weighs in on Whitey Bulger Case; Ex-Boston FBI Agent Said Some May Worry What the Mobster Has to Say

Gov. Duval/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The governor of Massachusetts is weighing in on the controversial James “Whitey” Bulger case.

Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday in an interview on WTKK-FM that more damaging information about the FBI could surface now that Bulger has been captured and  is talking.

Bulger was an informant for the FBI before he went on the lam in the mid-90s and one of his FBI handlers, agent John Connolly, is in prison after being convicted of assisting Bulger in a Florida murder. Connolly was supposedly on the take and there were allegations that other agents were as well.

“This case has not reflected well on the FBI,” the governor said on his monthly appearance on WTKK-FM. “There are a whole lot of us wondering if there’s going to be more revelations if Whitey Bulger is going to talk.”

Patrick said he has spoken about the case with state troopers who served on the task force that hunted Bulger for years. “I feel like there’s this whole backstory I have to learn, but some of the stories are really chilling,” he said on WTKK-FM, according to the Boston Globe.

Meanwhile, the New York Times quoted a former Boston FBI agent as saying there are people who might be worried Bulger may talk.

“I think there are a whole bunch of people out there he could probably name” who are worried what he might say, said Robert Fitzpatrick, a former assistant special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office in the 1980s, the Times reported. Patrick had previously testified that he tried nsuccessfully to end Mr. Bulger’s run as an informant.

The Times reported that during Bulger’s 16 years on the lam,  several of his former crime partners testified that he had made payoffs to two dozen Boston police officers and half a dozen FBI agents,  giving them thousands of dollars and rings, a Meerschaum pipe and Lalique glass.

The Times reported that retired Massachusetts State Police Commander Tom Foley, who pursued“” said Tom Foley, a retired state police commander who pursued Mr. Bulger with Ahab-like intensity for years, only to see him elude capture thanks to help from his F.B.I. friends. “It’s  the people who set that up and allowed it to happen, and especially the people who had a responsibility to put a stop to it.”

The Times reported that Foley intensely went after Bulger with “Ahab-like interensity for years,  only to see him elude capture thanks to help from his F.B.I. friends.”

“It’s not always just the guy pulling the trigger who is guilty,” he said. “It’s also the people who set that up and allowed it to happen, and especially the people who had a responsibility to put a stop to it.”