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Mobster Al Capone’s Wisconsin Hideout For Sale

The question is: Did Al Capone leave behind any bootleg liquor? It has got to be an interesting home — certainly more so than the ones being built these days.

Al Capone/fbi photo

Al Capone/fbi photo

By ROBERT IMRIE
Associated Press Writer
WAUSAU, Wis. — The buyer of a scenic property in northern Wisconsin will get more than just its bar and restaurant: They’ll have a former hideout of Chicago mobster Al Capone.

The 407-acre wooded site, complete with guard towers and a stone house with 18-inch-thick walls, will soon go on the auction block at a starting bid of $2.6 million.

The bank that foreclosed on the land near Couderay, about 140 miles northeast of Minneapolis, said Capone owned it in the late 1920s and early 1930s during Prohibition.

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NY Daily News Reports in Terrorist Case that NY Imam Was FBI Informant Who Became Double Agent

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This is getting messy. Did the FBI lose a great informant or did it finally get rid of one who hurt the agency far more than he  helped it? And the more that comes to light in the case, more serious it seems.

BY Elizabeth Hays and Helen Kennedy
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
NEW YORK — The Queens imam arrested in the Denver terrorism probe is an FBI informant who the feds say became a double agent – tipping suspects that they were in the government’s cross hairs.

Ahmad Afzali, 37, insisted he’s been loyally helping the feds root out extremists since 9/11.

His lawyer Ron Kuby calls him a fall guy.

“I think the FBI is angry that they blew this case, and they want to blame poor Imam Afzali for blowing the investigation,” Kuby said.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Offers $5,000 Reward for Return of Weapons Stolen From Agent’s Car in Indianapolis

handgun-photoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is going all out to retrieve  weapons and equipment stolen from an agent’s car in the northwest sector of Indianapolis earlier in the week.

Michael S. Welch, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis office, announced that the bureau was offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of those responsible for the theft of three stolen weapons: H&K MP5/10A3 10 mm gun, a Rock River Arms LAR15 rifle and a Springfield 1911A1 .45 caliber handgun.

Additionally, thieves made off with a large green duffel-style gear bag that contained an FBI SWAT uniform and two sets of body armor, the FBI said.

According to the FBI, the theft took place between the evening hours of Sept. 16 and the early morning of Sept. 17 when burglars went on a spree, breaking into 10 other vehicles or homes.

The Associated Press originally reported that the guns were stolen from the agent’s home.

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NY Daily News Reports that Denver Man at Center of NY Terrorism Probe Wants to Cut Deal with FBI

UPDATE: Sunday 12:45 a.m.  FBI Arrests Father and Son in Terror Probe (NY Times)

The FBI is expected to run down counterterrorism leads and check them out thoroughly. And that’s what the agency seems to be doing in this case. But it’s still not clear how big of a deal this was.denver-map

BY James Gordon Meek In Washington, Judith Crosson In Denver and Rocco Parascandola and Larry Mcshane In New York
N.Y. DAILY NEWS WRITERS

The Afghan national at the center of a reputed Al Qaeda terror cell probe was trying to cut a deal Friday after two days of FBI grilling, sources told the Daily News.

Lawyers for Najibullah Zazi, 25, were negotiating with federal officials for an agreement where he could admit receiving military training – but deny plans to injure any Americans, sources familiar with the case said.

Zazi arrived at the FBI’s Denver office Friday for a third day of questioning. He did a pair of eight-hour Q&A sessions with federal agents on the two previous days.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

NBA Star Arrested for Carrying 3 Guns (Fanhouse)

Mass Judge Orders Boston Mobsters to Pay $33.5 Million to Family of 1981 Murder Victim

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Massachusetts judge has ordered two infamous Boston mobsters — James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi — to each pay $15 million to the family of  26-year-old Debra Davis after finding the duo  liable  for her 1981 murder, according to press reports.

Norfolk Superior  Judge Patrick Brady also ordered, as part of the lawsuit, that  Flemmi  pay another $3 million for molesting the woman’s younger sister, and another $500,000 for intentionally inflicting emotional distress on the woman’s mother, the Boston Globe reported. The sister and mother have both died.

It all may sound good, but the judgment in the lawsuit may end up being symbolic.  In other words, collecting the money may be next to impossible. Bulger has been on the lam for years, and Flemmi is serving a life sentence in prison for 10 murders.

Of the two mobsters, Bulger, 80, is more likely to have the cash. But no one can find him. He remains on the the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive list.

Steve Flemmi

Steve Flemmi

The Davis lawyer told the Boston Globe that it was unclear whether the two mobsters had the assets to pay up.

Thieves Break into FBI Agent’s Indianapolis Car and Steal Weapons

gunBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s one burglary that will probably get a little more attention from law enforcement than most.

The Indianapolis police reported that thieves broke into an FBI agent’s car on the city’s northwest side Thursday morning and stole a submachine gun, a semiautomatic rifle, .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun and two sets of body armor, according to the Associated Press. AP initially reported that burglars broke into the agent’s home.

The news agency reported that the agent, a member of the SWATT team, had stored the weapons in a chained lockbox.

The AP reported the agents home was among a number of  homes, garages and vehicles that were broken into.

Ex-FBI Agent O’Neill Talks About Helping Bust FBI Agent Robert Hanssen

FBI Spy Robert Hanssen

FBI Spy Robert Hanssen

Many years have passed since FBI agent Robert Hanssen was busted for being a spy.  But the story is still worth retelling and retelling. That’s what  ex-FBI agent Eric O’Neill, who is now in the private sector,  did the other night.

By Dinara Aprymova
The Tennessee Journalist
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former FBI operative Eric O’Neill shared his experience in catching the most notorious spy in U.S. history Tuesday night at the UC auditorium. O’Neill’s story was depicted in the Universal feature film Breach, starring Ryan Phillippe.

O’Neill graduated from Auburn University in 1995. He then moved to Washington D.C. to work as a consultant. He realized the consultant position was not where he wanted to be, so he began applying for work with governmental agencies.

O’Neill joined the FBI after going through a long process to determine if he represented upstanding citizenry. As an undercover surveillance specialist, O’Neill was trained to watch, photograph and follow people on the streets of Washington, D.C.

“In 2001, I am called off the street to discuss a case that my superiors thought I’d be just right for,” O’Neill said.

His new assignment was to investigate special agent Robert Hanssen. O’Neill was chosen for this mission because he was a Catholic and a male.

Since the FBI suspected Hanssen of espionage, they built an office for him, gave him an important job and enticed him not to retire.

On the first day of work, Hanssen introduced O’Neill to “Hanssen’s Law”. This “law” stated that “the spy is always where he has access to the information that he knows he can use to do the most damage and get the most money. And he knows how to use it and get away with it.”

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FBI Searches Suspected Terrorist’s Denver Area Home; Man Insists He’s Not a Terrorist

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