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Estranged Wife Gets Protective Order Against Ex-Dallas FBI Agent

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

And now the latest in the soap opera involving fired Dallas FBI agent Carlos Ortiz.

The Dallas Morning News reports that a Dallas County associate family court judge on Thursday granted the ex-agent’s estranged wife a protective order in case he gets out of federal prison. The order forbids him from seeing the wife or their 6-year-old son.

Ortiz was ordered detained pending trial on allegations that he planned to kill his estranged wife, an FBI analyst, and Robert Casey Jr, the head of the Dallas FBI. Authorities charged him after he told his friend of his plan to kill the two.

FBI Investigating Vandalism at Phoenix Mosque Under Construction

phoenix-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The anti-Islam sentiment, triggered by the planned mosque in New York near ground zero, appears to be spreading around the country.

The FBI is investigating vandalism that occurred at a mosque under construction in Phoenix a few weeks ago, the Associated Press reports. The vandalism included broken glass and graffiti.

The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked the FBI to investigate the matter, AP reported.

FBI to Investigate Staff-Inmate Sexual Misconduct at Washington State County Jail

jailBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been asked to step in and investigate allegations of sexual misconduct involving staff and inmates at the Clallam County Jail in Washington state, the Associated Press reports.

Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict told the Peninsula Daily News that he had asked the  FBI to step in , the AP reported.

A Bureau of Justice Statistics report “ranked the jail the third-highest among 286 U.S. jails for instances of inmate-reported sexual misconduct by staff,” AP reported.

The report stated that 6.1 percent of 75 inmates surveyed said they were sexually assaulted by staff, and 4.4 percent said they sexually assaulted by fellow inmates, AP reported.

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Column: Ex-ATF Official: Know Your Real Enemy, Protect Your Friends

James Cavanaugh was an ATF agent and supervisor for 33 years before retiring earlier this year. In 2009, he was given the International Asscociation of Chiefs of Police Civil Rights Award for his Career fight against the KKK, Nazis, Militias and Hate Groups. 

James Cavanaugh/atf photo
James Cavanaugh/atf photo
By James Cavanaugh
For ticklethewire.com

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors are going to be called on more in the coming months and years to fight in the new civil rights struggle that is unfolding before our eyes.

In the midst of the long, multigenerational war against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, many haters bigots and self-appointed demagogues will attack Muslims and the face of Islam, declaring it the enemy of the U.S. and the West.

 They are wrong, not just barely wrong, not even arguably arguably wrong, just plain wrong. The attacks come in many forms as we saw in Tennessee last week with the arson at the mosque construction site and verbally as we saw in the media when cowardly politicians mouthed off about the planned Islamic center in New York City.

And let’s not forget, the foolish reverend in Florida who plans to desecrate and destroy the holy writings of Islam by burning Korans on Sept. 13.

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Bomb Threat Note Found on Thai Flight to LA

plane window2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A jittery public continues to get a periodic reminder of the potential dangers of flying.

The latest came Tuesday evening when  Thai Airways flight 794 from Bangkok landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport  after a bomb threat written in poorly worded English was discovered on a bathroom mirror, the Associated Press reported. No explosives were found aboard.

The plane landed just before 9 p.m., AP reported. The FBI said the plane had less than 200 passengers, who were interviewed, the AP reported.

Ex-Treasurer of National Republican Congressional Committee Admits Stealing About $850,000

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ex-treasurer for the National Republican Congressional Committee pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Washington to embezzling about $850,000 in funds, authorities said.

Christopher J. Ward, 41, formerly of Bethesda, Md.,pleaded guilty to stealing funds from the NRCC and other political committees, which were clients of his accounting and consulting business, authorities said. Sentencing is set for Dec. 2.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and FBI Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office Shawn Henry.

“Christopher J. Ward was trusted to oversee other people’s money, and he violated that trust by diverting nearly $850,000 into his own pocket and creating fraudulent documentation to conceal the theft,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of Baltimore, whose office was assigned to the case in Washington, said in a statement.

“Mr. Ward then caused false reports to be filed with the Federal Election Commission concerning the expenditure of the political contributions.”

“Mr. Ward claimed to operate an accounting business that helped clients comply with federal election laws, while he was filing false documents with the Federal Election Commission to hide the fact that he was stealing money,” Assistant Director Shawn Henry of the Washington FBI field office said in a statement. “The FBI has a responsibility to investigate and uncover fraudulent financial reporting related to federal elections in order to protect the public’s confidence in democracy and the election process.”

Ex-Head of Dallas FBI Wanted to Fire Agent Now Accused of Threatening to Kill Wife and Current Head of Office

dallas-map1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ex-FBI agent accused of threatening to kill his estranged wife and the head of the Dallas FBI should have been dismissed 18 years ago after he was involved in a seven-hour standoff with the SWAT team, the former head of the office told the Dallas Morning News.

Oliver “Buck” Revell, the former special agent in charge of the Dallas office, told the paper that he recommended firing agent Carlos Ortiz, but his superiors in Washington rejected it, pointing out that psychiatrists had deemed him fit for duty.

Ortiz had barricaded himself in his home over “job stress and personal issues,” the Dallas Morning News reported.

“They came back and said it was stress induced, and as soon as it was dealt with, he would be just fine,” Revell told the paper. “My recommendation to headquarters was unequivocal that this man was not qualified to be an agent or carry a weapon and I want him out of my office. They said, ‘Well that would be a discriminatory action.’ ”

A magistrate judge ruled that Ortiz was a danger to society and ordered him held in jail pending his trial on federal charges of threatening to kill his estranged wife, who is an FBI analyst, and the head of the Dallas FBI.

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Atlanta Cop Pleads Guilty in FBI Sting

atlanta policeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Atlanta cop Lucius T. Solomon got tripped up in an FBI sting and will likely head off to prison.

The 31-year-old, now a former cop, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta to corruption and drug charges. He could get up to life in prison at sentencing, which is set for Nov. 9.

According to authorities, Solomon on three occasions in 2009 and 2010 provided protection for what he believed to be multi-kilogram cocaine deals, but in reality it was all part of an FBI sting that has been carried out in other cities around the nation over the years.

On two occasions, Solomon was on duty, in uniform and in his marked police car when he provided the protection, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. In each deal, he agreed to provide protection for $2,000.

“Instead of protecting and serving the people of this community from the scourge of the illegal drug trade, this former police officer took money to protect the very drug dealers he had sworn to pursue and arrest,” Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “There is no greater breach of a police officer’s oath than to actively participate in criminal conduct that so powerfully harms the community.”

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