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FBI Building in Miss. Named After Slain Civil Rights Workers and FBI Agent Who Investigated Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI building in Jackson, Miss.,officially has a pretty long name.

The building this week is being named after three civil rights workers killed by Klansmen 47 years ago, as well as the FBI agent who headed the probe, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

The paper reported that the James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and Roy K. Moore Federal Building is located at 1220 Echelon Parkway in Jackson. Roy K. Moore is the FBI agent.

“We pushed for the naming because … (of) the history of our state during that time, the fact that these three young men gave their lives and the FBI helped find them and did so much background work for any convictions associated with them,” U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said, according to the paper. “This is part of the healing process.”

The three civil rights workers were killed June 21, 1964.

Feds Try to Block Mongols Motorcycle Gang From Using its Trademarked Logo or Name

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds in L.A. are taking a novel approach to battling the violent Mongols motorcycle gang.

Prosecutors on Monday asked U.S. District Judge Otis Wright to block members of the gang from using its trademarked logo or using its name, the Los Angeles Times reported. A ruling in the government’s favor would make it the owner of the logo and name.

The paper reported that it was the first time the federal government has sought to control a gang’s identity through a court order.

The Times reported that the U.S. attorney’s office said the insignia — a pony-tailed man riding a chopper — is “very, very closely identified with the organization.” It said the office feels the move would further prevent the Mongols from operating.

“This patch is a central element of the identity of the gang. We’re trying to dismantle a criminal organization, and we’re trying to use whatever tools we can to do it,” Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said, according to the LA Times. “In this case it shows our determination to go after this organization as a whole — top to bottom leadership — and after the proceeds of criminal activity.”

While heading the gang, Ruben “Doc” Cavazos registered and trademarked the Mongols logo, Mrozek said.

An attorney for the Mongols told the Times that the government can’t legally do this.

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FBI Starts Unique Campaign; Running Ads About Top 10 Fugitive Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI isn’t giving up on finding the ever-elusive Top 10 fugitive, Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who is wanted for 19 murders.

The latest: the FBI is launching what it calls a “unique new publicity campaign” by focusing on Catherine Elizabeth Greig, the longtime girlfriend of Bulger. She has not been charged in his crimes, but is a federal fugitive wanted for harboring Bulger.

The campaign includes a 30-second, FBI- produced  public service announcement (PSA) that will begin airing Tuesday on  TV stations around the country. The announcement will hone in on  Greig’s relationship with Bulger and her physical characteristics.

The FBI said it purchased about 350 time slots in media markets in 14 cities in 10 states. The cities are Albuquerque, Biloxi, MS; Boston, Chicago,Ft. Myers, Miami, Milwaukee, Mobile, AL; New Orleans, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, and Tucson.

“The FBI believes that publicizing Catherine Grieg’s photo and characteristics among her contemporaries will lead to a tip about her whereabouts and, ultimately, to the arrest of Bulger,”  Richard DesLauriers, head of the  Boston Division, said in a statement.

The FBI said the PSA  announcement will air during shows that have a high percentage of female viewers in the same age group as 60-year-old Greig.

The FBI said it homes someone in that audience — a friend, co-worker, neighbor, hair stylist, manicurist, doctor or dentist —  might recognize Greig.

“In terms of publicity, for 100 years the FBI has known that combining the reach and power of the media with alert citizens is a successful formula for catching fugitives,”  FBI  Supervisory Special Agent Richard Teahan, who leads the Boston FBI task force searching for Bulger, said in a statement.  “So we’re taking the next logical step and focusing on Greig as part of a unique initiative.”

The PSA points out that there is more than 21-year age difference between Greig and Bulger, who is 81.

The FBI said some tibits about her include: she loves dogs and all kinds of animals; she is likely to have well-kept teeth because she previously worked as a dental hygienist; she likes to frequent beauty salons and prior to fleeing with Bulger in 1995, she had multiple plastic surgeries.

Authorities said she has blue eyes, is 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a thin build when she fled.

She is known to go by the aliases Helen Marshal and Carol Shapeton.

The FBI said the last credible sighting of the couple was in London in 2002.

The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to her capture and $2 million for Bulger’s arrest.

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Ex-FBI Agent Says Defense Attys Accused Him of Writing Fiction in Affidavits: Now He’s Writing Fiction Books

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent turned author Bob Hammer explains why he turned to writing.

“In the original Rocky movie Rocky tells Adrian he boxes because he can’t sing or dance. I can identify,” Hammer wrote in a column posted on the website Big Hollywood.

“After twenty-six years as an FBI agent, I now write because I can’t sing or dance. Throughout my career, criminal defense attorneys accused me of being a great fiction writer, referring to the affidavits I filed against their clients. In retirement, I thought I’d put those so-called fiction writing skills to good use.

Hammer has just published his second novel, “Targets Down“, part of an ongoing sequel about an undercover FBI agent named Matt Hogan.

“Much of my career was spent undercover so it makes sense Matt Hogan, my alter-ego, would be an undercover FBI agent…only younger, better looking, and with more hair than I have.

“Although fiction, I want to give the reader a realistic look at the FBI and what undercover work really entails. Hollywood seldom gets it right and too often our perception is only what we see on the big screen.”

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Wife of Missing Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson Writes Letter to Commemorate Their 37th Wedding Anniversary

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The wife of Robert Levinson, the ex-FBI agent who went missing from an Iranian island in 2007,  posted a letter “To my dear husband Bob” on the Internet on Friday to commemorate their 37th wedding  anniversary.  The letter from wife Christina  noted how painful the whole ordeal has been.

The U.S.  announced earlier this year that it believed Levinson, 63, was alive and being held in Southwest Asia. But Levinson has yet to surface.

The letter, which was posted on the website Help Bob Levinson, is as follows:

To my dear husband Bob,

On the occasion of the anniversary of our 37 years of marriage, just a few short weeks ago, I’m writing to you in hopes that this message finds you. This should be a time of celebration and instead it is a time of anxiety, pain and frustration.

When we took our vows, for better or for worse, never did I imagine the circumstances we find ourselves in.

This situation has thrust me into a position in which I feel lost and ill prepared.

I imagined us enjoying this time in our life together raising our children, seeing them off to college, watching them get married, starting families of their own and growing into productive citizens we are proud of.

Instead the last four years, separated from you, have been a living hell. I’ve lived with uncertainty, frustration and anticipation waiting for your safe return to us.

I am willing to do whatever is necessary to bring you home. At the same time I’m at a loss as to how I can do that.

These uncertain times all over the world further complicate what I, a wife and mother who has dedicated her life to her family, can do to influence change.

I remain hopeful that by the grace of God, you will soon walk through our front door and this nightmare will be over.

We will never get this time back which makes each day that passes all the more precious.

Know that our deep faith in God provides comfort and hope that you remain safe and cared for until we are reunited.

I will never abandon you.

Your loyal and devoted wife,

Christine

New York Times Editorial: When it Comes to Basic American Rights, FBI Going Backwards

By The New York Times
Editorial Page

The Obama administration has long been bumbling along in the footsteps of its predecessor when it comes to sacrificing Americans’ basic rights and liberties under the false flag of fighting terrorism. Now the Obama team seems ready to lurch even farther down that dismal road than George W. Bush did.

Instead of tightening the relaxed rules for F.B.I. investigations — not just of terrorism suspects but of pretty much anyone — that were put in place in the Bush years, President Obama’s Justice Department is getting ready to push the proper bounds of privacy even further.

Attorney General John Ashcroft began weakening rights protections after 9/11. Three years ago, his successor, Michael Mukasey, issued rules changes that permit agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use highly intrusive methods — including lengthy physical surveillance and covert infiltration of lawful groups — even when there is no firm basis for suspecting any wrongdoing.

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FBI Agent James Hosty Who Investigated Oswald Dead at Age 86; He Got Letter From Oswald Weeks Before the JFK Assassination

 
 
 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald quickly became a household name. For the most part, many to this  day, have never heard of former FBI agent James P. Hosty. But there was a well-known link between the two.

Hosty, who died of prostate cancer on June 10 at age 86 in Kansas City, Mo.,   started investigating  Oswald, a suspected communist agitator, weeks before the assassination of President Kennedy, according to the New York Times. In early November, he tried to track Oswald down, but had no luck.

The Times reported that Oswald had come to the attention of authorities after returning to the states in 1962 with his Russian wife after trying, without success, to settle in the Soviet Union.

The Times reported that Oswald had previously been interviewed by other FBI agents, who noted in reports that he was an avowed communist, a potential spy and a heavy drinker. It said nothing about him being a potential assassin.

The Times reported that Hosty finally caught up with Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963, at Dallas Police headquarters where he was being held after being accused of killing  Kennedy and a Dallas cop.

At a Congressional hearing, according to the Times, years after the assassination, Hosty  told a  Congressional committee years  why he did not alert the Secret Service about Oswald: “The only thing that we could tell the Secret Service was a direct threat to the president. He made no direct threat to the president. Therefore we could not tell them.”

In 1964, before the Warren Commission, he admitted getting a letter from Oswald weeks before the assassination, protesting Hosty interviewing his wife Marina twice at their home while Oswald wasn’t there, the Times reported.  He admitted destroying the letter on the day Oswald’s assassin Jack Ruby was killed.

The Times reported that Hosty admitted some mistakes.

But he wrote in his memoirs that the FBI erred by trying to eliminate any evidence that might suggest  the bureau might have had a hint of Oswald’s plans to kill Kennedy. The bureau also tried to portray him as a bumbler.

“I came to understand that one of our jobs was to protect the bureau’s image at all costs,” he wrote.

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White House Likely to Replace Head of ATF

ATF's Kenneth Melson /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Obama White House  had no intention of keeping Ken Melson, acting head of ATF.

In fact, last November it nominated Andrew Traver, head of the Chicago ATF office, to become the permanent head of the agency.  But the confirmation process seemed to hit a big bump as the pro-gun lobbying groups attacked him, claiming he was hostile to gun owners.

But things may be changing.

Wall Street Journal reporters Evan Perez and Devlin Barrett report that the Justice Department is likely to soon oust Melson. The move would come as  the agency is coming   under sharp attack by some Congressional members for a questionable ATF operation known as Fast and Furious, which encouraged gun dealers in Arizona to sell to straw purchasers — all with the hope of tracing the guns to Mexican drug cartels.

Problem was, agents lost track of the guns and authorities say some of the guns were linked to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry late last year.

The Journal reported that  Traver is set to travel to Washington on Tuesday to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

The Journal said the administration is trying to figure out whether it should name Traver acting director or name someone else as “acting” in the interim  while Traver awaits  Senate action.

ATF spokesman Scot Thomasson told the Journal : “Acting Director Kenneth Melson continues to be focused on leading ATF in its efforts to reduce violent crime and to stem the flow of firearms to criminals and criminal organizations. We are not going to comment on any speculations.”

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