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FBI Destroyed Files on Newsman Walter Cronkite

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Someone should have saved these historical records. It’s a shame the records are gone.  Fortunately the memory of Walter Cronkite can’t be destroyed.

By Matt Kelley
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — The FBI destroyed its files on former CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite two years ago under a policy that has been criticized by researchers for allowing potentially valuable records to be wiped out.

A search of the agency’s main index of the subjects of FBI investigations found some records tied to Cronkite’s name were destroyed in October 2007, the FBI said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by USA TODAY. Cronkite’s death in July at age 92 made any FBI files about him available for release under the federal law.

The FBI should have preserved records about Cronkite, who anchored CBS’ newscasts from 1962 to 1981, said Scott Hodes, a former top lawyer in the FBI’s records office. All FBI records on such a prominent person should have been saved under the FBI’s policies, Hodes said.

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Married FBI Agent in Jefferson Case Had An Affair With Key Witness and Other FBI Agents

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A married FBI agent who had an affair with a key government witness in the corruption case of ex-Rep. William Jefferson, was also having affairs with female FBI agents and was under internal investigation, according to court and FBI documents.

A court document unsealed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. on Monday, revealed that the Office of Professional Responsibility had launched an internal probe as a result of a document prepared by the married FBI agent John Guandolo.

The document. which amounted to a list of marital indiscretions, was discovered by the superiors of Guandolo, who resigned in December.  The court papers did not specify why Guandolo had drawn up the list.

Guandolo’s document, according to court records, “detailed his affairs with female FBI agents” and also indicated that he “had an intimate relationship with a confidential source he thought could damage an investigation….”

The document, according to court records, did not disclose the name of the confidential source. But shortly before trial in June, authorities learned that the confidential source was wealthy Virginia investor Lori Mody, who wore a wire as part of the FBI sting targeting Congressman Jefferson. He was convicted of 11 of 16 public corruption charges.

Guandolo posed as Mody’s chauffeur during the sting.

Kate Schweit, a spokeswoman for the FBI Washington field office, said Tuesday night: “We’ll let the documents stand, we couldn’t comment any further.”

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Fed Prosecutors Won’t Seek Death Penalty in Fatal Shooting of Pitts. FBI Agent Sam Hicks

FBI Agent Sam Hicks

FBI Agent Sam Hicks

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors filed notice Tuesday saying they won’t seek the death penalty in the Nov. 14 slaying of Pittsburgh FBI agent Sam Hicks.

In a three-paragraph filing in U.S. District Court, assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Rivetti in Pittsburg said the office would not seek the penalty against Christina Korbe, who is charged with fatally shooting Hicks as he and other law enforcement agents entered her home to execute a drug-related arrest warrant for her husband.

Korbe claims that she thought  her home was being invaded by intruders. Authorities insist she knew that Hicks and others were law enforcement officers.

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NY Daily News Reports Prime Terror Suspect Was “Hell-Bent on Murderous Mayhem”

So far, as this unravels, it seems to be the real deal. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies should get kudos for work on this case.

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BY Alison Gendar, James Gordon Meek, John Marzulli, Rocco Parascandola and Corky Siemaszko
New York Daily News
NEW YORK –– Detectives were combing Queens storage facilities on Monday for stockpiled explosive chemicals that Al Qaeda terror thugs planned to use to bomb New York, sources said.

At the same time, the Daily News has learned that prime terror suspect Najibullah Zazi has confessed he was a jihadist hell-bent on murderous mayhem, the sources said.

NYPD investigators, in coordination with the FBI, hit chemical and fertilizer companies looking for customers who bought bulk and paid cash – and they were also showing up at storage centers in Long Island City.

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Texas Trooper Shot and Wounded While Helping FBI Serve WarrantT

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Texas state trooper was shot and wounded late Monday night while helping FBI agents serve a federal warrant at an apartment on the south side of Dallas, the Associated Press reported.

The exact condition of the trooper was not immediately released, but AP reported that he was conscious just before being taken to Baylor University Medical Center.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the trooper was providing backup for the FBI around 10 p.m. when shots rang out, the AP reported.

The incident happened across from the Dallas Veterans Affairs Hospital near Texas 342 and Loop 12.

Feds Tie As Many as a Dozen to Suspected al Qaeda Bomb Plot

Federal authorities had hoped to wait to bust these guys once they started to look like they were actually kicking things in gear. But leaks forced them to act quicker. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.

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By Josh Meyer and Tina Susman
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have tied as many as a dozen people to a suspected Al Qaeda-linked bomb plot on U.S. soil as they continue to gather evidence to indict on terrorism charges the young Afghan immigrant at the center of the case, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Authorities said that they did not know the exact number of potential suspects or many of their identities, but that they had been connected through electronic intercepts, surveillance, seized evidence and interviews.

A federal law enforcement official and others, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the high level of secrecy surrounding the investigation, said the suspects appeared concentrated in the New York area, with possibly others in the suspect’s home state of Colorado and elsewhere.

Of particular interest are several individuals that Najibullah Zazi, 24, had met or communicated with on a trip to New York two weeks ago.

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Illinois Cop Claims He was Probing Drug Trafficker Who Ended Up Being Undercover FBI Agent

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From outward appearances, the defense sounds fairly lame. On another point, it’s amazing how many times the FBI has been able to successfully  pull off this type of sting with cops around the country. In Detroit, in the 1990s, the FBI used this sting and busted a number of cops along with the mayor’s common-law brother in law who recruited the dirty cops.

By Jeff Coen
Chicago Tribune reporter
CHICAGO — A former Harvey police officer accused of providing security for a purported high-rolling drug dealer falsely claimed he was investigating the dealer after the FBI confronted him, prosecutors alleged Monday.

Archie Stallworth accepted cash from the “trafficker,” who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent who recorded their conversations, Assistant U.S. Atty. April Perry told jurors at the start of the trial.

The charges allege he once traveled to the DuPage Airport with “Carlos” to watch over the transfer of 30 kilograms of cocaine, but it was part of the sting operation.

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FBI Agent Had Sexual Relations With Cooperating Witness in ex-Rep. Jefferson Case; Judge Refuses Request for New Trial

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Here’s a little explosive news. These are the things agents know can harm a case. In this case, so far, this sexual relationship hasn’t derailed the conviction. But we’ll see on appeal.

By New Orleans Times-Picayune Staff
Federal Judge T.S. Ellis III today denied former Rep. William Jefferson’s request for a new trial.

The request was based partly on the judge’s refusal to allow the jury to hear that one of the FBI agents assigned to the corruption case had a sexual relationship with a government informant who secretly recorded conversations with the defendant.

According to the ruling, lead FBI agent Timothy Thibault disclosed June 5, four days before jury selection began, that agent John Guandolo, who served as the undercover driver for the government’s informant Lori Mody, had been involved in a sexual relationship with her.

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