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FBI Informant Spied on Political Activists in Iowa Before Minn. Republican Convention

Law enforcement authorities always argue that they need to get intelligence to make sure groups aren’t up to no good.  Civil liberty groups say activities like this lead to abuses. The debate continues.fbi

By William Petroski
Des Moines Register

An FBI informant and an undercover Minnesota sheriff’s deputy spied on political activists in Iowa City last year before the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Confidential FBI documents obtained by The Des Moines Register show an FBI informant was planted among a group described as an “anarchist collective” that met regularly last year in Iowa City. One of the group’s goals was to organize street blockades to disrupt the Republican convention, held Sept. 1-4, 2008, where U.S. Sen. John McCain was nominated for president.
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The undercover Minnesota deputy who traveled to Iowa City was from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department, which infiltrated a group known as the “RNC Welcoming Committee” that was coordinating convention protest activities in St. Paul.

The undercover officer accompanied two activists from the Twin Cities who attended the University of Iowa in April 2008 for a Midwest campus anti-war conference.

The Iowa City Police Department was not aware that an FBI informant was monitoring local anti-war activists last year, Police Chief Samuel Hargadine said. But he confirmed to the Register that he was notified by Ramsey County authorities last year that they were sending an undercover officer to Iowa City.

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Justice Dept. Legal Assistant Indicted in Maryland on Drug Trafficking Charges

doj-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — A Justice Department legal assistant has been charged in Maryland with cocaine trafficking, according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday.

Wilson Lee Garrett,  35, of Waldorf, Md., faces charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to the the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the two count indictment alleges that from mid-2006 to February 2007 Garrett “conspired to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine.”

If convicted on the various charges, he could face up to life in prison.

Garrett made his initial appearance Friday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. He was detained pending a detention hearing Monday.

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You’ve Got to Be Kidding: Feds Bust FDIC Economist For Bank Robbery

Ok. This simply comes under the category of: What’s Wrong With This Picture? This guy apparently didn’t get the memo that he’s supposed to protect the banks, not rob them.Its a stick up

By The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An economist on leave from the federal agency that insures bank deposits has been charged with the April 11 attempted robbery of a Kansas City-area bank.

Jeff Walser said he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded money at the Bank of America branch in Independence, but did not take $41,000 brought to him by an employee, according to an indictment filed Tuesday.

Walser, 51, surrendered to police and was being held in federal custody, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Walser told police that he has health problems and was “alone, discouraged and tired of working” and that his plan was to be arrested and not tell police he required thrice-weekly dialysis treatments to survive.

“I wanted to be arrested and I wanted to die,” he is quoted as saying. “But after my arrest, I did not have the will to kill myself.”

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Ex-FBI Agent Mark Rossini Gets Slap on Wrist: One Year Probation in Case Where he Leaked Secret Document to Actress Linda Fiorentino

Mark Rossini (left)/YouTube

Mark Rossini (left)/YouTube

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — In the end — after all the drama —  it came down to a slap on the wrist.

In relatively quick fashion, a federal magistrate judge Thursday morning in Washington sentenced ex-FBI agent Mark Rossini to one year probation and a $5,000 fine for illegally accessing FBI documents and leaking one of them to his lover, actress Linda Fiorentino.

Fiorentino  passed the document on to an attorney for rogue detective Anthony Pelicano, who was eventually convicted of illegally spying on some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and received a 15 -year prison term.

“I am so profoundly and deeply ashamed and remorseful,” said Rossini, 47, as a he stood before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola.

The sentence fell far short of what was already considered by some to be a lenient recommendation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of five years probation and a $10,000 fine.

Rossini left the courtroom without comment along with his brother and his attorney who simply said they were grateful to “have it behind us.”

Rossini, a flamboyant agent who became fodder for the N.Y. tabloids after he started dating actress Linda Fiorentino, had friends in high places in the FBI and had a successful 17-year career.

On Dec. 8 that all came to an end when he pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal computer access for illegally accessing the FBI Automated Case Support System (ACS) more than 40 times for personal use in Washington and New York in 2007.

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Ex-FBI Agent Ali Soufan Tells Senate Torture Doesn’t Work

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Leads Candlelight Vigil for Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Agents

photo by Allan Lengel/ticklethewire.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — On a perfect spring night, with temperatures hovering in the 60s, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder lead a candle light vigil for thousands of law enforcement officers and family members who gathered Wednesday night in Washington to commemorate the passing of 387  officers and federal agents killed in the line of duty.

“As we dedicate these 387 names to the walls of this Memorial we reflect on the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our safety and to defend our freedoms,” Holder said as he stood at the National Law Enforcement Memorial near the FBI Washington Field Office and D.C. Police headquarters.

Of those officers, 133 were killed in 2008.

The candlelight vigil is an annual ritual during Police Week, which runs through this week. The event attracts law enforcement officers from around the country.

DEA Agent Indicted on Charges of Lying that Resulted in 17 Wrongly Charged

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This has the makings of an ugly ugly public relations mess.

By John Caniglia
Cleveland Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND – An agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was indicted today on charges that he lied repeatedly in a botched 2005 drug case that caused 17 people to be wrongly charged.

Lee Lucas, a 19-year veteran, was charged in U.S. District Court in Cleveland with perjury, making false statements, obstruction of justice and violating a person’s civil rights involving a case that resulted in 26 arrests in Mansfield.

A federal grand jury spent 17 months investigating Lucas’ role in the Mansfield case, a case that years later prompted judges and juries to drop charges against 23 of the people arrested.

Lucas, 41, was known for his intense work ethic, especially when teaming up with Cleveland police narcotics officers. He led a DEA task force that swooped up cocaine and sent scores of people to prison.

But his career, which began in Miami and later Bolivia, often was clouded with controversy and questions about his credibility.

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Prosecutors Recommend Probation for FBI Agent Mark Rossini Who Leaked Document to Actress Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino

Linda Fiorentino

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – Ex-FBI agent Mark Rossini, who was busted for leaking a confidential FBI document to his lover, actress Linda Fiorentino, should get probation instead of prison time, federal prosecutors said in a court filing here.

” As a result of admitting this violation, the defendant has already resigned from the FBI, and has suffered a significant and public fall from grace,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington.

“Taking into account all of these factors, the government feels that a sentence of five years probation, with the general conditions and special conditions…., along with a $10,000 fine, is justified by the serious criminal conduct when measured against the defendant’s contrition and admission of guilt,” the government document said.
The government document said sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 0 to 6 months in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine.

Sentencing is set for Thursday at 10 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola.
Rossini, a dapper and colorful character who became fodder for the New York gossip columns when he started dating actress Linda Fiorentino , was accused of accessing the FBI’s Automated Case Support System (ACS) more than 40 times for personal use in Washington and New York between Jan, 3 2007 and July 30, 2007. He pleaded guilty last Dec. 8 to five counts of criminal computer access.

What ended up being his undoing was when he downloaded an FBI document known as a “302 report” on Jan. 26, 2007, and gave it to Fiorentino.

Fiorentino, who according to federal authorities, had a “previous relationship with Anthony Pellicano” provided a copy of the report to a Pellicano attorney in San Francisco.

The attorneys then used the document in Pellicano’s trial to say that the government was withholding “exculpatory information from the defense.”

Little did the attorneys know that the judge had privately told the government in an ex-parte communication that it did not have to hand over the document. Pellicano was eventually convicted of running a criminal enterprise that illegally snooped on high profile celebrities.

Rossini resigned from the FBI, and according to the sentencing memorandum, has landed employment “which was a condition of his plea agreement.”

Under the government’s proposed special conditions of probation, Rossini would be required to perform 250 hours of community service and not seek employment with the federal government or any state, federal or local law enforcement entity while on probation.

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FBI AGENT MARK ROSSINI WHEN HE VISITED A MOSQUE IN BROOKLYN

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXsnOsZPdYE