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U.S. Marshals Service Joins Hunt for Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now after 15 years on the lam, the U.S. Marshals Service has joined the hunt for 81-year-old mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston Globe reported.

A U.S. deputy Marshal has been assigned full time to the FBI-led Bulger Task Force, which is comprised of State Police, FBI agents, and state Department of Correction officers, the Globe reported.

U.S. Marshal John Gibbons issued a statement Thursday saying his agency “has a long-standing reputation as being expert fugitive investigators, and we look forward to providing the FBI with our assistance in this matter. It is our hope that this joint initiative will ultimately lead to the arrest of Bulger so he can face justice.”

Bulger, an FBI informant who is on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, vanished before his January 1995 federal racketeering indictment in Boston, the Globe reported. He later was charged with 19 murders.

Imagine: FBI Goes After John Lennon’s Fingerprints

album-imagine-original-soundtrackBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Imagine the FBI bothering to do such a thing in a world filled with the likes of the Underwear Bomber and Times Square Bomber and Bernie Madoff.

But as the late John Lennon sang: “It’s easy if you try.”

The New York Times reports that the FBI made a big fuss and served a subpoena Wednesday to the Gotta Have It! shop on East 57th Street in Manhattan  and seized a set of Lennon’s 1976 fingerprints he provided for his citizenship.

The shop was about to put the collectors item up for bid for a minimum of $100,000.

The Times reported that the fuss may have come down to an issue of ownership of government property.

NY FBI spokesman James Margolin told the Times there was an “investigation into how that item came to be up for auction.”

Peter Siegel, owner of the shop, told the Times that since last Thursday the F.B.I., the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan had asked about the card.

“I’ve been doing this 20 years and have never had this much government interest in something,” Siegel told the Times. “Here he is, one of our greatest musicians ever, and they just don’t stop investigating this guy.”

FBI’s Mueller Pushes to Expand Telecom Wiretap Laws

Robert Mueller III / file fbi photo

Robert Mueller III / file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is pushing to update laws to help agents keep up with the rapidly changing technology so they can effectively conduct surveillance of communications in anti-terrorism and other cases.

At a conference of intelligence experts in Washington, Mueller said there have been instances in which companies have not been able to comply with court orders and turn over electronic communications.

“One lesson we have learned in recent years is the need to ensure that the laws by which we operate keep pace with new threats and new technology,” he said.

“By way of example, let us turn to court-ordered intercepts,” he said. “In some instances, communications providers are not able to provide the electronic communications we seek in response to a court order.

“Many providers are not currently required to build or maintain intercept capabilities in their operating systems. As a result, they are often not equipped to provide timely assistance,” he said.

He cited one example in which “a Mexican drug cartel was making use of a communications system that we were not able to intercept. We had to use other investigative techniques that were far more risky.”

Some civil liberties groups are concerned about the FBI expanding its reach. But Mueller said that there is a balance that needs to be struck.

” Some have suggested there is an inherent tension between protecting national security and preserving civil liberties, ” Mueller said. ” I do disagree. Yes, we have a right to privacy. But we also have a right to ride the subways without the threat of bombings.”

FBI Sting in Puerto Rico Nets 89 Law Enforcement Officers

FBI San Juan Command Post was active Wednesday/fbi photo

FBI San Juan Command Post was active Wednesday/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI drug sting resulted in the indictment of 133 people in Puerto Rico including 89 law enforcement officers in the biggest crack down on police corruption in FBI history, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

The Justice Department said those indicted included 61 Puerto Rico Police Department Officers, 16 Municipal Officers, 12 Corrections Officers, one administrative examiner, one Social Security Administration employee, three Puerto Rico National Guard soldiers, two U.S. Army Officers, seven former law enforcement officers, and 30 civilians.

Authorities said the defendants provided security during undercover drug deals in exchange for payments ranging from $500 to $4,500 per transaction – more than half a million dollars in all.

The multiple indictments were the result of 125 undercover drug transactions FBI agents conducted in Puerto Rico from July 2008 until September 2010.

About 750 FBI agents and personnel were flown in to Puerto Rico from across the country to assist in the arrests Wednesday, and in all, about 1,000 FBI employees participated in the arrests, authorities said.

The multiple indictments included charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking offense.

John Perren Named Acting Head of FBI’s Wash. Field Office

John G. Perren/fbi photo

John G. Perren/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John Perren, FBI special agent in charge of counterterrorism branch at Washington Field Office, has been named acting head of the office.

In the meantime, James McJunkin, assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters is rumored to be a front runner to take over the top spot at Washington Field Office on a permanent basis.

The change comes as Shawn Henry, who headed the office, moves over to headquarters to take over the number four spot in the FBI as Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

Prior to going to the Washington field office, Henry served at headquarters as assistant Director of the Cyber Division. He’s been with the bureau 21 years.

James McJunkin/fbi photo

James McJunkin/fbi photo

Perren joined the FBI in 1987 and has held a number of positions including  Section Chief of the Countermeasures and Preparedness Section of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate at FBI Headquarters.

Perren was one of three On-Scene Commanders at the Pentagon following 9/11.

From January to June of 2005 he was the On-Scene Commander for FBI Field Operations in Baghdad, with responsibility for over 125 FBI personnel in Iraq.

It’s Life For Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Just as expected, Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, who authorities say had links to al Qaeda in Pakistan, was given a life sentence Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, during sentencing, told Shahzad, according to the New York Times:  “You are a young man, and you will have a lot of time to reflect about what you have said today, and what you have done.”

Shahzad told the judge:

“We are only Muslims … but if you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you,” he said, according to the Associated Press, adding at another point: “The defeat of the U.S. is imminent.”

“If I’m given 1,000 lives I will sacrifice them all for the life of Allah,” he also said. “How can I be judged by a court that does not understand the suffering of my people?”

Though Shahzad, 31,  cooperated with authorities after his capture, he showed no remorse when entering a guilty plea, eliminating even the slightest of chances of getting any break on his sentence.

After sentencing Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a statement:

“Faisal Shahzad is a remorseless terrorist who betrayed his adopted country and today was rightly sentenced to spend the rest of his life in federal prison.”

“The case of Faisal Shahzad demonstrates the global scope of the terrorist threat,” added Janice K. Fedarcyk, head of the New York FBI, in a statement. “Distinctions between home-grown and foreign terrorists are blurred when a U.S. citizen travels to Pakistan to learn bomb-making from a known terrorist organization, then returns to the U.S. and receives financial backing from the overseas organization.

” However you define him, there’s no question that Shahzad built a mobile weapon of mass destruction and hoped and intended that it would kill large numbers of innocent people – and planned to do it again two weeks later.”

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Twin Brothers Plead Guilty to Bribing Cops in an FBI Sting

washington-dc-map2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Twin brothers pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Washington to trying to bribe two D.C. police officers to get a heroin case dismissed in the city court.

Larry and Garry Moody, 39, both of Washington, who ended up being busted in an FBI sting, are set to be sentenced Jan. 11.

Authorities said Larry Moody was arrested in February 2009 after an undercover cop saw him preparing to sell heroin to two men in Southeast Washington.

Afterwards, Larry and his brother Gary approached two D.C. cops to see if they would help get the criminal charges dropped, authorities said.

The two cops went to the FBI, which set up a sting with the officers. On March 5, 2009, one of the undercover police officers met with Garry Moody at a restaurant in Northwest Washington and Moody paid the officer $8,000.

Director of “Die Hard” Gets 1 Year for Lying to FBI

die-hard-posterBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The director of “Die Hard” is off to live hard.

A federal judge in Los Angeles  sentenced John McTiernan Monday to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine for lying to FBI agents over a wiretapping case in which he hired rogue detective Anthony Pellicano to wiretap film producer Charles Roven after they worked on the 2002 movie “Rollerball”, the news service AFP reported.

His other films include “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

Pellicano, the detective to the star, who illegally wiretapped the rich and famous, is serving a 15-year-sentence.

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