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Richard McFeely to Head FBI Baltimore Division

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Richard A. McFeely, who has a law degree and was the FBI’s deputy assistant director of the Finance Division, has been named special agent in charge of the bureau’s Baltimore Division.

McFeely replaces Amy Jo Lyons, who was recently named assistant director of the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

McFeely joined the FBI in 1990 and was first assigned to the Buffalo office, where he worked violent crimes and street gangs, the agency said.

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Did the Russian Mob Kill NY Cop Ralph Dols?

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Was the Russian mob responsible for the 1997 murder of a cop in Brooklyn? Here’s a report by long-time mob reporter Jerry Capeci, which suggests that’s a good possibility.

By Jerry Capeci
Gang Land News

Who killed Police Officer Ralph Dols?

The feds say the 1997 murder in front of his Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn home was a mob hit, one that was ordered and orchestrated by a jealous high-level mobster who was outraged that the young, muscular housing cop had married the wiseguy’s ex-wife.

But could Russian organized crime figures have done it?

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White Half-Naked Missouri Woman Charged With Lying to FBI About Being Abducted By Black Men and Raped

FBI And Other Agencies Battle Backlog of DNA Samples

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It’s great that we have DNA samples to help convict criminals and free the wrongly accused. But it doesn’t help when the DNA samples go untested.

By Emily Witt and Ben Protess
ProPublica

At least 350,000 DNA samples from murder and rape cases remain untested, according to the federal government’s best estimates.

The story behind the DNA sample backlog – and the uptick in sample collection that is partially responsible – is one that we’ve been exploring for months, with investigations published in partnership with Politico, the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.

There’s no one cause for the surge in untested samples. But in May we detailed how much of it can be traced to new federal and state laws requiring DNA samples from people convicted of – or simply arrested for – nonviolent crimes, including shoplifting.

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FBI Sees al Qaeda Networks Popping Up in Places Like Yemen

The FBI and other agencies are learning that trying to remove al Qaeda in one or two countries won’t destroy the movement. It’s one thing to kill people, it’s another to kill a movement.

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By Kevin Johnson
USA Today
WASHINGTON — In the eight years since the 9/11 attacks, FBI Director Robert Mueller has spent nearly the entire time focused on one enemy: al-Qaeda.

Thousands of terrorist operatives have been killed or captured. Terrorist safe havens and training grounds in Afghanistan where operatives were trained have been destroyed.

Military forces largely have shattered al-Qaeda’s leadership in Iraq. Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden and top deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, who once closely managed al-Qaeda’s day-to-day operations, have been driven into seclusion.

Now, Mueller and counterterrorism analysts are tracking the emergence of a new threat. Al-Qaeda has morphed into a fractured network of small terrorist franchises strewn across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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Could There Be an Upset in the Making for the New DEA Chief Position?

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Michele Leonhart

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Could there be an upset in the making for the top post at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration?

For weeks now, multiple sources have said the new administrator is likely to be John Pistole, deputy director of the FBI.

But one source on Tuesday insisted that the acting administrator Michele Leonhart has a good shot at getting the permanent position. She was one of four people interviewed for the job.

An announcement is likely to come some time this month. If Pistole does not get the job, he could be considered for the ATF top spot.

Ex-Ill. Gov Rod Blagojevich On Book Tour Says FBI Tapes Taken Out of Context

A Preview of the HBO Documentary on D.C.’s Marion Barry; the FBI Sting, His Ups and Downs

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