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U.S. Park Police Detectives Cleared in D. C. Fatal Shooting in 2009

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Park Police detectives won’t face any criminal action in connection with the fatal shooting in D.C. in 2009.

The Justice Department announced Friday that it found “insufficient evidence” to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against U.S. Park Police detectives involved in the fatal shooting of Trey Joyner, 24, in an alley in Northeast Washington.

The Justice Department said representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which help investigate the D.C. shooting, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI’s Washington Field Office met with the Joyner family and their representatives to inform them of the findings. The Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office was involved instead of the D.C. office because of a potential conflict of interest.

“The investigation reviewed all of the material and evidence generated by the Washington Field Office of the FBI, including witness statements, crime scene evidence, ballistics reports and medical reports,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

Trey Joyner’s mother, Brenda Joyner, responded to the findings, according to the Washington Post, by saying: “My concern is justice. We are still looking for justice.”

“We did not get the truth.”

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Chicago FBI Helping in Hunt for Missing Stanley Cup Puck

file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in Chicago has dealt with some pretty heady issues in the past few years, from international terrorism to the high-profile indictment of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Now comes the case of the missing puck.

The FBI’s forensics experts in Chicago have been helping to try and locate the puck that passed through the net of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 to give the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane shot the puck to win the 2010 Stanley Cup.

The Tribune reported that the puck went missing after it went into the net and the Blackhaws started celebrating. It hasn’t been seen since.

“All we’re doing is helping,” Chicago FBI spokesman Ross Rice said, according to the Trib. “The people who are doing this are doing it on their own time. They feel they are a part of history.”

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Seinfeld and Chris Rock: Here Comes FBI Director Mueller


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Comedians like Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld don’t really have to worry about being dethroned as funny guys — at least if the competition is the straight-laced and often stoic FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

Still, from time to time,  the director slips a little humor into his speeches. On Friday, in a speech before the Citizens Crime Commission of New York, Mueller said;

“Today, we communicate by texting, tweeting, and Skyping. We take pictures without film, we read books without pages, and every six-year-old has a smart phone. We share the sundry details of our lives on Facebook. Well, most of us do. For some reason, no one wants to be “friended” by the Director of the FBI.

“YouTube made its debut just five years ago. Today, 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Most of them feature someone by the name of Justin Bieber. At my age, I have to wonder, who the heck is this kid, and why can’t he get a haircut?”

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Says Organized Crime Is an International Menace

Robert Mueller III/fbi file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said Friday that tentacles of organized crime go far beyond the shores of the U.S. and is an international menace.

“Some believe that organized crime is a thing of the past,” Mueller said during a speech before the Citizens Crime Commission of New York.  “Unfortunately, this is not the case. Traditional criminal syndicates still con, extort, and intimidate American citizens.

“But the playing field has changed. We have seen a shift from regional families with a clear structure, to flat, fluid networks with global reach.”

“Organized criminals have become “service providers”, Mueller said. ” Could a Mexican group move a terrorist across the border? Could an Eastern European enterprise sell a Weapon of Mass Destruction to a terrorist cell? Likely, yes.

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Internal Reports Show FBI Employees Stepping Over the Line

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — In an agency with thousands of employees, some in the FBI are bound to step over the line.

CNN obtained summaries of internal disciplinary reports by the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility dating back to January 2008. The reports detail wrongdoing by employees including lying, drunken driving, improperly going into FBI databases, sexual assault and threatening to release a sexual videotape. Discipline ranged from a letter of censure to dismissal.

The documents, which are regularly circulated internally to FBI employees to remind them to avoid ethical lapses, were posted on CNN’s website.

Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman, responding to questions from AOL News, noted that the total number of employees disciplined for misconduct in the past 3 years represented less than 1.5% of the total workforce worldwide.

“The FBI is an enormously talented organization that demands the very best of its workforce and takes strong and decisive disciplinary action when it is needed,” he said.

Here are some of the cases, according to the documents.

* An FBI employee provided “sensitive information” to his girlfriend, who was a reporter. After their breakup, he threatened to release a sex tape the two had made, according to the documents. She referred the threats to the U.S. attorney’s office. The employee also lied under oath during an administrative inquiry. He resigned after the agency proposed firing him.

* An FBI employee conducted more than 1,500 unauthorized database searches and shared information derived from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with someone outside the FBI. The employee refused to provide a sworn statement during the investigation into the matter and was fired.

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Customs and Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Lying to FBI and Making Up Story

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities claim U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent Andrew Rodriguez of Minnesota tried to get a transfer to the southern border by telling a big lie to federal investigators.

On Thursday,  an indictment was unsealed charging Rodriguez, 29, of East Grand Folks, Minn., with making a false statement to the FBI, claiming two men threatened his family. He is no longer with the agency.

The indictment alleges that last Nov. 7, Rodriguez told FBI agents he was pulled over by two men on Minnesota Highway 71, who threatened to hurt his family if he didn’t do as they said.

Authorities say that Rodriguez also told the FBI agents that he had seen the men’s vehicle near his home on a few recent occasions.

He later confessed that he fabricated the story to get a transfer to the southern border.

Disgraced Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Will Have Some Darn Interesting Reading While in Prison

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Detroit’s disgraced ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who sits behind bars at a federal prison in Michigan, should have some interesting reading to pass the time.

A federal judge Wednesday ordered the government to give him 24 DVDs containing evidence he can review to prep for his case in which he’s accused of racketeering and taking bribes while in office, the Detroit News reported.

The News reports that the DVDs contain thousands of text messages, phone conversations caught on wiretaps and summaries of more than 200 interviews the FBI conducted with people.

Kilpatrick,40, once dubbed the “hip hop mayor”, is currently in a federal prison in Milan, Mi. serving time for failing to pay $1 million in restitution after he pleaded in 2008 to obstruction of justice charges for lying about an affair with his chief of staff and about the discharge of a police official while under oath during a whistle-blower lawsuit in state court. The lies were revealed in Kilpatrick’s text messages the Detroit Free Press published.

He was sentenced in state court in May to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation.

A month later, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on 19 federal counts including mail fraud, wire fraud, tax evasion and filing a false tax return. He was Detroit mayor from 2002 to 2008.

Bernard Kilpatrick/wxyz tv

In December, Kilpatrick was indicted along with his father Bernard Kilpatrick, city contractor Bobby Ferguson, former top Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller and former water department chief Victor Mercado.

The indictment alleged that the defendants extorted money from municipal contracts and were knee-deep in bribery.

Before Az. Shooting Loughner Looked at Websites on Assassinations and Lethal Injections

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More is spilling out about Arizona shooter Jared Loughner in the weeks before he went on a shooting spree that would stun the country.

The Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz reports that weeks and days before the shooting, Loughner surfed the Internet on his computer “in what investigators believe was an effort to prepare for his alleged assassination attempt, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said.”

The Post reports that Loughner looked at websites about lethal injections,and solitary confinement and political assassinations. Investigators gleaned the information from an analysis of Loughner’s computer.

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