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FBI to Reconstruct Shooting Scene at Ft. Hood

The presence of the FBI shows the thoroughness of the investigation. It’s good the agency is reconstructing the shooting, but more importantly the Department of Defense needs to find better ways to detect when someone on a base or in  a combat zone is displaying danger signs, no matter their rank or job.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan/dod photo

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan/dod photo

By Sharon Jayson, Dan Reed and Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY

FORT HOOD, Texas — The FBI on Friday dispatched a special team of investigators from Washington, D.C., to re-create the Fort Hood shooting in an attempt to learn how the attack was carried out.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist who had counseled troops and was upset about being deployed to Iraq shouted “Allahu Akbar!” and opened fire on an unarmed crowd at the Army base Thursday afternoon, military officials said. Thirteen people died and 30 were wounded.

FBI spokesman Eric Vasys said among the goals of the “shooting team” is to establish the exact location of the shooter at the time of the attack, a time-line reflecting the order in which the victims were shot, how many rounds were fired and how the suspect, Hasan, was ultimately stopped by a civilan police officer.

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Ex-Phone Co. Worker Convicted of Perjury and Lying to FBI Agents in Connection to Rogue LA Private Detective Pellicano

Anthony Pellicano/youtube

Anthony Pellicano/youtube

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The scandal involving rogue L.A. private detective Anthony Pellicano, who illegally wiretapped some of the Hollywood’s biggest stars like Sylvester Stallone, continues to show life.

A Los Angeles federal jury earlier this week convicted former SBC phone company employee Joann Wiggan, 56, of Burbank, of perjury and lying to FBI agents about information she provided from the company data bases to a former phone employee, Ray Turner. Authorities say Turner used the info to help Pellicano illegally wiretap stars.

In closing arguments, prosecutors alleged that Wiggan, a facilities technician with access to the phone company’s mainframes in Los Angeles, was the person physically connecting the illegal wiretaps at  the direction of  Turner and Pellicano, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

In 2006, a federal jury acquitted her on four counts alleging  perjury before a federal grand jury.  A mistrial was declared on the fifth count. Earlier this week, prosecutors tried her on that unresolved fifth count, plus new charges of lying to FBI agents in 2004 and committing perjury during her 2006 trial.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 22.

Pellicano is serving 15 years in prison.

2 Jurors Dismissed in Gotti Trial; His Mother Yells “They’re Railroading You”

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
As expected, the New York racketeering trial of mobster John Gotti Jr. has been flush with drama.

On Wednesday, after the judge dismissed two jurors who weren’t getting along, Gotti’s mother loudly voiced her opinion from the gallery, not far from where her son sat.

“They’re railroading you!” Victoria Gotti shouted, according to the Associated Press. “They’re doing to you what they did to your father.”

Meanwhile, Gotti’s attorneys on Wednesday won a victory when the judge ruled that the jury can hear evidence  contained in an FBI report that a top mobster approved killing Gotti after he said he had quit the mob.  The paper reported that the evidence could bolster Gotti’s claim that he quit the mob in 1999.

FBI Lawyer May Have Helped Provide Answers to Test for High Ranking FBI Agents

D.C. Field Office/gov photo

D.C. Field Office/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
More details are emerging about a potential scandal at the FBI’s Washington field office centering around a test.

Sources familiar with  situation say the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has launched an internal investigation focusing on allegations that three high ranking agents not only worked together on a mandatory FBI test online, a violation of department policy, but may have received the answers from an FBI lawyer. Agents are required to take the test on their own.

Two of the agents declined to comment. A third did not return a phone call.

Speculation as to what might happen to the agents  has been circulating in law enforcement circles in recent days. Generally punishments in the FBI can range from a reprimand to a demotion to a firing.

The test, which is on  the bureau’s Domestic Investigation and Operations Guide (DIOG),  is given to all FBI agents including FBI Director Robert Mueller III and to some support staff on the operational side. Agents attend a class on the subject before the test and have to take it over again if they flunk.

The test is an open book exam, but can be time consuming and requires that it be done individually. The FBI also expects agents to find the answers themselves and not rely on others to provide them. The test can easily take 2 or 3 hours to complete.

The DIOG, according to the FBI website “establishes the FBI’s internal rules and procedures to implement the Attorney General’s Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations (AGG-Dom), which are posted on the Department of Justice’s website, www.usdoj.gov.

“These rules, which will be audited and enforced through a rigorous compliance mechanism, are designed to ensure that FBI assessments and investigations are subject to responsible review and approval and do not target anyone or any group on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, or the exercise of any other right guaranteed by the Constitution.”

Michael Kortan,  the FBI’s chief  spokesman, declined comment on Tuesday.

Comment Thursday From Anonymous Reader:

“Clearly, the gross cheating outlined in this matter at WFO woud cost a street agent his job. How senior managers will be treated by the Director will be interesting to watch. Letting any of these individuals retire without public discipline would be tragic but not unexpected in the Bureau. This incident has already languished for a week and is not that difficult to adjudicate.”

FBI Has More than 3,000 Files on Sen. Ted Kennedy

PR NEWSWIREUlrich Boser, editor of the website The Open Case, could be in for some interesting reading if the FBI doesn’t redact too much.

By Ulrich Boser
The Open Case
What does the FBI have on Ted Kennedy? A lot, apparently. I filed a FOIA to get any documents related to the lion of the Senate shortly after the Senator’s death. I received a letter late last week, and the FBI told me that they had over 3,000 files on Kennedy.

To put that in context, Michael Jackson’s FOIA turned out to be only 600 pages.

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Potential Scandal Brewing at FBI D.C. Field Office Over Test

D.C. Field Office

D.C. Field Office/ gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A potential scandal may be brewing over at the FBI’s Washington field office, one of the largest and most prominent FBI field offices in the nation.

An internal investigation has been launched into allegations that some high ranking agents worked on an online test together instead of individually, an apparent violation of department policy, sources familiar with the situation said. A bureau lawyer was also rumored to have been involved.

The test was on  the bureau’s Domestic Investigation and Operations Guide (DIOG), and is given to all FBI agents including FBI Director Robert Mueller III and to some support staff on the operational side.

The test is an open book exam, but can be time consuming and requires that it be done individually.

The DIOG, according to the FBI website “establishes the FBI’s internal rules and procedures to implement the Attorney General’s Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations (AGG-Dom), which are posted on the Department of Justice’s website, www.usdoj.gov.

“These rules, which will be audited and enforced through a rigorous compliance mechanism, are designed to ensure that FBI assessments and investigations are subject to responsible review and approval and do not target anyone or any group on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, or the exercise of any other right guaranteed by the Constitution.”

Michael Kortan,  the FBI’s chief  spokesman, declined comment.

The FBI, like other federal law enforcement agencies,  has historically refrained from commenting on ongoing personnel matters.

NJ FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Submitting $41,000 in Fraudulent Expenses

fbi-logo3By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Under the category of “Bad Career Moves” comes New Jersey FBI agent Jeff B. Shim, who pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington to filing more than $41,000 in fraudulent expenses while he was temporarily posted at FBI headquarters, the AP reported.

According to a criminal information filed last month, Shim claimed to be renting a room in Beltsville, Md., while on temporary assignment in Washington, when in fact he was living in a home in Olney, Md., that he and his wife owned.

He submitted phony rental agreements to get reimbursements of more than $41,000 in rent that he never paid.

He has resigned, the AP reported. Sentencing is set for Feb. 5.

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FBI and ATF Join Hunt for Cop Killer in Seattle

seattle-police-shieldBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF have joined the hunt for the  killer of Seattle cop Tim Brenton, who was gunned down while sitting in his cruiser Saturday night, King5 TV reported.

Authorities said they believe the killing was well planned, but officer Tim Brenton and his partner Britt Sweeney were random targets, the Seattle TV station reported. A bullet grazed her back.

The tv station reported that the gunman pulled up to the cruiser,  and opened fire. To read more click here.