Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

June 2021
S M T W T F S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



FBI

Jewish Defense League Schemed to Extort Money from Rapper Tupac Shukur, FBI Documents Reveal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The radical Jewish Defense League plotted to extort money from rappers including Tupac Shakur by threatening them, then offering them protection for a fee, recently released FBI records reveal.

Others who were targets of the plot included Eric Wright aka “EAZY-E” of Ruthless Records, who who died of AIDS, the FBI documents show

The scheme, according to the FBI documents, involved the JDL making death threats to rappers, then offering to provide protection and intervene to make the threat go away. The plot involved the victims and their family being taken to a “safe haven” with gun toting guards, the documents said.  One document said the extortion figure amounted to about $50,000.

It was unclear from the documents how far the plots got. Shakur was murdered in 1996 in Las Vegas.

Read FBI Documents

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICE ACT STORIES

How Sleuths Cracked the Anthrax Mystery Via Genetic Fingerprints

One of the real anthrax letters in 2001/fbi photo

By Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Inside a Rockville laboratory, a team of scientists labored in round-the-clock shifts to do something many colleagues thought impossible: decode the genetic “fingerprint” of a deadly anthrax sample to help the FBI solve a case.

The researchers had been swept into Amerithrax, the massive federal investigation into the 2001 anthrax mailings, and they yearned for a breakthrough. But finding unique markers in the organism’s vast genetic code was a long shot.

The big break came in a small package: tiny test tubes, delivered by the FBI, from a military lab at Fort Detrick in Frederick, where lab workers had spotted a series of odd-looking bacteria colonies. Those oddities would help the Rockville scientists decipher the genetic signature of the anthrax used in the nation’s most serious bioterror attack.

To read more click here.

Ex-Fed Judge Busted in Affair With Stripper Reports to Prison

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

Judge Jack Camp/daily report

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Disgraced ex-federal Judge Jack Camp of Atlanta reported on Friday to a prison in El Reno, Ok., to begin serving his 30-day sentence, the Associated Press reported.

You might recall Camp, who is married, was busted in an FBI sting after buying drugs for a stripper he was carrying on an affair with. His light sentence — he was caught with two guns in his car the time of the bust last October — stirred criticism in the Atlanta community. Some thought it was far too lenient.

He was also sentenced to 400 hours of community service.

His attorneys in a pre-sentence report said Camp had long battled depression and suffered brain damage in 2000 as a result of a bicycle accident. They claimed the accident may have resulted in him having impulse control issues.

Ex-NY Mob Boss Testifies that Crooked FBI Agent in 80s Tipped Off the Mafia About Arrests

Joseph Massino/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Bonanno mob boss Joseph Massino — the first N.Y. family boss to ever take the witness stand for the government — testified Thursday that a crooked FBI agent tipped off the Mafia back in the 80s that he and others were about to get arrested, the Associated Press reported.

As a result, he said, he went on the lam for two years, AP reported.

“The FBI agent never gave a bad tip,” Massino testified, according to AP. “Anytime he told us something, we could take it to the bank.”

Massino is currently serving a life sentence for multiple murders. He was testifying against his successor in the mob, Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, who is accused of putting a hit out on a mob associate. Basciano is already serving a life sentence in another case.

AP reported that it was unclear whether authorities ever confirmed Massino’s story about the crooked FBI agent. AP reported that the FBI on Thursday declined comment.

Retirement of Portland’s Top FBI Agent Could Speed Up City’s Decision to Rejoin the FBI’s JTTF

FBI's Art Balizan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The longstanding rift between the city of Portland, Ore., and the local FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force could get resolved quicker than expected, thanks to the pending departure by month’s end of the head of the city’s FBI office, the Portland Mercury news website reports.

The city pulled Portland police out of the local JTTF in in 2005 in protest after the then-Mayor Tom Potter and Police Chief Derrick Foxworth were blocked from getting classified information because they didn’t have a security clearance. Some residents also thought the unit was unjustifiably spying on citizens and violating state and local laws.

This past November,  the city was pressed to rethink the issue of rejoining the JTTF after the FBI arrested a 19-year-old man in a terrorism sting. The man allegedly planned to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the city’s Pioneer Square.

But some commission members remain opposed to rejoining, and some local skeptics insist the terrorism plot was created by the FBI sting, and that Portland was never really in any danger as the arrest suggested.  A city commission vote on the issue has been delayed three times.

The Portland Mercury reports that Mayor Sam Adams may be pressed to strike up some deal with the JTTF that council members can accept  because the head of the Portland FBI, who turns 57 this year — the mandatory retirement age — is retiring at the end of the month to take a job out of state.

The website wrote: “For anyone grumbling that the work on Portland’s Joint Terrorism Task Force dalliance has been moving too slowly, you might be pleasantly surprised by a sudden speed-up. Art Balizan, the special agent in charge of Portland’s FBI field office, is leaving at the end of the month. Which means Mayor Sam Adams will be working like hell to find a compromise with the feds and his city council colleagues before he suddenly finds himself starting over with a brand-new FBI partner.

“Sources in city hall have been bandying around the words “next week” and “very soon” when talking about when the mayor might unveil the draft agreement he’s been shopping with the feds and the council. And now I know one reason why. Having to work with an interim FBI special agent, or even a new permanent agent, could slow the process down dramatically.”

Gun Dealer Was Concerned About ATF’s Gun-Walking Program


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A controversial ATF gun-walking program apparently concerned an Arizona gun dealer, who like many others, had been encouraged by ATF to keep selling weapons to straw purchasers, all with the hopes agents would trace them to the higher levels of the Mexican drug cartels.

Problem was some of those guns sold by gun dealers got into the hands of criminals and may have been used in the fatal shooting of at least one federal agent.

Sen. Charles Grassley, who has been on the war path, attacking ATF for its programs — Project Gunrunner and its offshoot Operation Fast and Furious — released emails on Thursday from a concerned Arizona gun dealer. The emails were forwarded along with a letter to Atty. Eric Holder Jr. in which Grassley pointedly complained that the Justice Department had not released to him documents on the programs.

In one email, Grassley notes that the gun dealer — whose name was blacked out — raised concerns to ATF supervisor David Voth:

“I shared my concerns with you guys that I wanted to make sure that none of the firearms that were sold per our conversation with you and various ATF agents could or would ever end up south of the border and in the hands of the bad guys…I want to help ATF with its investigation, but not at the risk of agents’ safety because I have some very close friends that are U.S. border patrol agents in southern Arizona.”

Agent Voth replied on April 13, 2010:
“I understand that the frequency with which some individuals under investigation by our office have been purchasing firearms from your business has caused concerns for you. I totally understand and am not in a position to tell you how to run your business.

“However, if it helps put you at ease we (ATF) are continually monitoring these suspects using a variety of investigative techniques which I cannot go into detail. … Just know that we cannot instruct you on how to run your business, but your continued cooperation with our office has greatly aided the investigation thus far.”

Grassley said the gun dealers were put in a bad spot.

“On the one hand, these gun dealers rely upon the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for their license to even be able to be in business,” he said in a statement.

“So, of course, these agents (Federal Firearms Licensees) want to cooperate with the government. When you have got this big club hanging over your head, will you be licensed or not licensed. On the other hand, the government asks these gun dealers to keep selling to the bad guys even after the dealers warned that it might end in tragedy.”

Grassley has indicated that some of the guns sold to straw purchases may have been used in the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona last December. He is also trying to determine if any of the guns were used in the February fatal shooting in Mexico of ICE agent Jaime Zapata and the wounding of another agent.

Read Grassley letter and emails

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Blago Noise Machine Revs Up: He Wants All FBI Tapes Played in Court

facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Blago noise machine is revving up again as the ex-Illinois governor prepares for his retrial next week in federal court in downtown Chicago.

On Wednesday, Rod Blagojevich griped before a group of reporters in front of his Ravenswood Manor home in Chicago that the prosecution is refusing to play all the FBI tapes in trial, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He thinks the tapes in their entirety will prove his innocence.

“It’s not the job of prosecutors to win at all costs,” Blagojevich said, according to the Sun-Times. “It’s not the job of prosecutors to railroad an innocent man.”

“I’m renewing my call – every taped conversation, every FBI interview, every scrap of evidence should be released to the public,” said Blagojevich. “They elected me twice as their governor. They have the right to know what the truth is.”

His first trial ended with him being convicted on only 1 of 24 counts. The jury deadlocked on the remaining charges.

FBI Kept Files on the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix and Col. Sanders

subversive chicken?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda they were not.

But declassified FBI files show agents kept tabs on the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix and Col Sanders of KFC fame, according to the London publication, The Sun.

The paper reports that the FBI files indicate the agency’s concern that the Beatles in the 1960s might undermine America. John Lennon was described as a “radically orientated” druggie, and pages talk in detail about him posing nude with wife Yoko Ono, the Sun reported.

The documents show the agency got involved in helping local police investigate child molestation allegations against pop star Michael Jackson.

Documents detailed Jim Hendrix’s marijuana conviction and noted that he was a contributor to a hippy magazine called The Chicago Kaleidoscope, the Sun reported.

And yes, a file was opened on the king of chicken himself,Colonel Sanders after he asked director J. Edgar Hoover for his autograph.

Could the FBI have been concerned that the colonel might try to sell his secret “finger lickin’ good” recipe to the Russians?