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Appeals Court Denies Ex-FBI Agent Robert Lustyik Jr. Freedom Pending Trial

Robert Lustyik Jr.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent Robert Lustyik Jr. won’t be getting out federal prison in Utah any time soon.

The website Lohud.com reports that afederal appeals court in Utah has denied his request to get out of the fed prison pending trial on conspiracy charges. His freedom was revoked March 19 after a judge found he violated his bail conditions and had contact with a witness in his case.

An FBI agent was charged with using his position to try and derail a federal probe into a business partner, the Justice Department announced.

A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City charged Lustyik Jr., 51, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; Michael L. Taylor, 51, of Harvard, Mass., the principal of Boston-based American International Security Corporation (AISC); and Johannes W. Thaler, 49, of New Fairfield, Conn., each with one count of conspiracy, eight counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of obstructing justice and one count of obstructing an agency proceeding.

At the time of his indictment, the Justice Department issued a statement by then Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

“According to the indictment, while active in the FBI, former Special Agent Lustyik used his position in an attempt to stave off the criminal investigation of a business partner with whom he was pursuing lucrative security and energy contracts,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer in a statement. “He allegedly acted through a childhood friend to secure promises of cash, purported medical expenses and business proceeds in exchange for abusing his position as an FBI agent. The alleged conduct is outrageous, and we will do everything we can to ensure that justice is done in this case.”

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Radical Anwar al-Awaki Liked the Hookers, FBI Documents Show

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

So much for holiness and disdain for the vices of the west.

CNN reports that in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks,  FBI agents surveilled U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and found he was visiting prostitutes.

The network reports Al-Awlaki lived in a Washington suburb at the time and visited prostitutes at least seven times and paid up to $400 for sex.

The information was obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Judicial Watch, a consevative watch-dog group.

Al-Awlaki was killed in 2011 in Yemen in a U.S. missile strike.

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Ex-FBI Director Freeh Investigating Attorney Tied to BP’s Multibillion-Dollar Settlement

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed by federal judges to investigate a court-supervised administrator of BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement, the Associated Press reports.

Freeh, a private consultant, was named a “special master” by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.

Freeh is to investigate whether an attorney on the staff of claims administrator, Patrick Juneau, received inappropriate payments.

The AP reported that Juneau is accused of receiving a portion of the settlement proceeds before he started working on the deal.

Border Patrol Seeks Weaponizing Domestic Drones Amid Serious Questions

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol officials are hoping to soon use “non-lethal weapons designed to immobilize” people on surveillance drones, the Atlantic reports.

The discovery comes from documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

“This is the first we’ve heard of any federal agency proposing using weapons on drones flown domestically,” the EFF wrote. “The CBP has, without broader public discussion, considered this stop – combined with the fact that he agency is planning to sharply increase the number of drones it flies – should cause some serious concern for Americans.”

Attorney General Eric Holder has previously said that the president doesn’t have the authority to use weapons on drones to kill Americans not engaged in combat on American soil, the Atlantic wrote.

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Opinion: Obama’s Choice for FBI Director – James Comey – Is a Wrong One

James Comey

By Richard Cohen
Washington Post

It was probably the most famous hospital visit since Bob Woodward snuck into the room of dying CIA Director William Casey in 1987. This time it was James Comey, a deputy attorney general, who in 2004 rushed to the bedside of Attorney General John Ashcroft and implored him not to reauthorize the government’s warrantless spying program.

Ashcroft stayed his pen — and Comey, having virtually committed an act of civil disobedience, became something of a Washington legend. He is now President Obama’s choice to head up the FBI. I applaud him with one hand.

Why the hesitation? Why in this moment of warrantless everything, a government scooping up our emails and, it seems, nighttime dreams, would I not cheer the nomination of someone who insisted on constitutional and legal limits on such a program?

Because this is also the era of leak investigations in which the phone calls of reporters have been creepily noted, and one of them, Fox News’ James Rosen, not only had his phone records filched but was cited as co-conspirator in an investigation of a State Department leak. The criminalization of investigative reporting, even when it is done by Fox News, is a bad, bad thing.

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Ex-FBI Agent Makes Tearful Apology to Family of Murder Victim at ‘Whitey’ Bulger Trial

 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Disgraced FBI agent John Morris made a tearful courtroom apology Monday to the family of one of the alleged murder victims in the trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, ABC News reports.

Morris testified that he gave former FBI agent John Connolly information that ultimately led to the murder of two people, including an innocent bystander.

“Not a day in my life has gone by that I haven’t thought about this. Not a day in my life has gone by that I haven’t prayed that God gives you blessing and comfort for the pain that you suffered,” Morris told family of the bystander, Michael Donahue.

The family responded that Morris’ gesture “didn’t mean anything.”

Moving FBI Headquarters to Suburbs May Have Net Gain for Washington D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Washington D.C. has a lot to lose – and gain – if the FBI moves its longtime headquarters to the suburbs. 

If the bureau moves from Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 4,800 jobs would go with it, the Washington Post reports.

But redevelopment of the site could generate an additional $28 million, the Post reported, citing a study commissioned by the city to determine the pros and cons of a move.

”There is a substantial yearly tax revenue benefit flowing to the District from replacing the current FBI Headquarters with a private-sector redevelopment,” the report reads. “There will be a net overall loss of jobs if the FBI leaves the District. The District can realize both incrementally higher yearly tax revenue and employment gains from having Poplar Point, or another District property selected as the relocation site, particularly when the transaction is structured as a private lease.”

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Potential Witness in Chechen Man’s Death Ordered to Leave Country

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old roommate of the Chechen man killed by an FBI agent in Florida last month was ordered by an immigration judge to leave the country by July 1, raising fears that she is being swept out of the country before she can provide details to law enforcement, the Boston Globe reports.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida wants to talk with Tatiana Igorevna Gruzdeva, an aspiring foreign language teacher, about what she learned about the death of Ibragim Todashev, who was investigated for his knowledge of one of the Boston bombing suspects.

“We’re extremely interested in speaking to her and seeing what she has to say,” said Hassan Shibly, executive director of the council in Florida. “We’re very curious as to why the government’s put so many impediments, in trying to get her out of the country as soon as possible. There’s a very good likelihood that she has important information.”

The FBI has declined to discuss the death of Todashev.