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Democratic Congressman Complains That Most-Wanted Terror Ad is Racist

Steve Neavlng
ticklethewire.com

A most-wanted ad posted on buses in Seattle is racist because it only depicts faces of Muslims, a Democrat who represents Seattle said Thursday, Biz Pac reports.

The ad, which pictures the FBI’s 16 most-wanted terrorists, were posted on buses throughout Seattle in an effort to track down terrorists.

It’s part of a worldwide effort to capture terrorists. A $25 million reward is offered for information leading to the capture of the suspected terrorist, according to Biz Pac.

Rep. Jim McDermott said his problem is that the suspected terrorists come “from only one ethnic or religious group promotes stereotypes and ignores other forms of extremism.”

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‘Whitey’ Bulger Case to Resume Next Week As Trial Focuses on 700-Page FBI File

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger will turn its focus on the FBI’s 700-page file on the ex-mob boss next week, the Boston Herald reports.

The trial began this week and took a recess for the weekend beginning Thursday. 

The records are expected to shine light on Bulger’s relationship with convicted FBI Agent John Connolly Jr.

Connolly is serving a 40-year sentence for leaking information to Bulger, which led to the murder of a businessman, John Callahan.

Bulger’s trial Thursday included emotional testimony from survivors of Bulger’s gang.

 

President Obama to Announce Nomination of James Comey to Head of FBI Today

 

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama today plans to make the long-anticipated announcement that he’s nominating James B. Comey, a senior Justice department under President George W. Bush, to take the helm at the FBI, White House officials told The New York Times.

The administration’s plan is to convince the Senate to conform Comey by Sept. 3, when the current FBI head, Robert S. Mueller III, is prepared to step down, according to The Times.

But administration officials expect a grueling nomination process that likely will begin when the Senate is back in session in August.

FBI officials said they want to avoid having an interim FBI director.

Possible Human Remains Found at Former Home of Mobster Who Inspired ‘Goodfellas’

 

James Burke

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents searching for evidence of a 30-year-old mob murder said they found possible human remains in a New York home once occupied by a famous gangster, the Associated Press reports.

The Queens house was once home to James Burke, a Lucchese crime family associate known as “Jimmy the Gent” and who inspired the character Jimmy Conway in the movie “Goodfellas.”

The FBI didn’t divulge details but said agents have gathered evidence that may be related to the decades-old murder.

Burke, who masterminded a nearly $6 million robbery at New York’s Kennedy Airport, died in Jail in 1996.

The home that was searched is still owned by Burke’s wife, the AP wrote.

FBI Stops Man from Building Strange X-Ray Weapon, Possibly to Kill President Obama

FBI’s Mueller: Bureau Uses Surveillance Drones Domestically in ‘Very, Very Minimal Way’

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged for the first time that the bureau uses surveillance drones inside the U.S., the L.A. Times reports.

Testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Mueller said remotely piloted aircraft are used “in a very, very minimal way and very seldom.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, called drones one of “the greatest threat to the privacy of Americans.”

Mueller responded that the FBI is still in the “initial stages” of crafting a fair policy to limit the how Americans are monitored by drones.

 

F.B.I. Director Warns Against Dismantling Surveillance Program

Robert Mueller

By CHARLIE SAVAGE
New York Times

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, warned Wednesday that dismantling the National Security Agency’s once-secret program that is keeping records of billions of domestic phone calls by Americans would slow down investigators as they seek to stop terrorist attacks.

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Mueller addressed a proposal to require telephone companies to retain calling logs for five years — the period the N.S.A. is keeping them — for investigators to consult, rather than allowing the government to collect and store them all. He cautioned that it would take time to subpoena the companies for numbers of interest and get the answers back.

“The point being that it will take an awful long time,” Mr. Mueller said.

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Ex-Mob Prosecutor on Hoffa Dig: ‘That’s the Last One We’ll Ever See’

Ex-Prosecutor Keith Corbett

 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– So maybe we’ve seen the last Jimmy Hoffa dig for a long long time. Perhaps ever.

On Wednesday, two days after it began, the FBI stopped rooting around for a skeleton in Oakland Township

Former mob federal prosecutor Keith Corbett said he doesn’t expect to see another Hoffa dig in his lifetime, particularly since the feds are unlikely to ever have another ex-mobster of Anthony (Tony Z) Zerilli’s stature come forward again.

“I think that’s the last one,’ he said. “It’s embarrassing for the bureau.”

Over the years, authorities have dug up dirt and concrete looking for Hoffa, missing for 38 years. Each search came up empty.

The latest dig came as a result of a tip from Zerilli, who headed the Detroit mob for a short time and was eventually demoted to capo (captain). He’s sometimes referred to as an underboss.

Zerilli was in prison at the time of Hoffa’s 1975 disappearance in Bloomfield Township. His father headed the Detroit Mafia back then.

Now frail, and sometimes appearing less than sharp, he claimed months ago that Hoffa was whacked with a shovel and buried alive in a shallow grave in a barn on a property at Buell and Adams Road in Oakland Township. The property was once owned by high-ranking mobster Jack Tocco.

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