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FBI Wants Ex-Agent to Remove Bureau Seal From Website and Any Book Reprints

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The questions are: Is this battle worth it? Is it bad public relations?
And are there better ways for the FBI to spend its resources?

By Jeff Stein
Spy Talk
WASHINGTON — You’d think that the nation’s number one domestic counterterrorism agency would have better things to do than yap at authors and publishers about using the bureau’s official seal on their books.

But I.C. Smith, a retired senior FBI counterintelligence agent who wrote a very critical book about the bureau in 2004, just found out otherwise.

A few weeks ago an FBI lawyer instructed Smith that he had to remove the FBI seal from his Web site, including one on the jacket of his 2004 book, “INSIDE: A Top G Man Exposes Spies, Lies and Bureaucratic Bungling Inside the FBI.”

The G-lawyer also told Smith that the publisher of his book, Thomas Nelson, Inc., would also be instructed “that if the book is reprinted, the cover be redesigned to remove the FBI Seal.”

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Cyber Piracy: FBI and Va. State Police Search for Hackers Who Have Demanded $10 Million For Pharmacy Records

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This is the equivalent of piracy on the high seas. The only difference is: records — not human life — are at the heart of the ransom demand.

By Brian Krebs and Anita Kumar
Washington Post Staff Writers
RICHMOND, Va. May 7 — The FBI and Virginia State Police are searching for hackers who have demanded the state pay them a $10 million ransom by Thursday for the return of millions of personal pharmaceutical records they stole from the state’s prescription drug database.

The hackers claim to have accessed 8 million patient records and 35 million prescriptions collected by the Prescription Monitoring Program.

Sandra Whitley Ryals, director of Virginia’s Department of Health Professions, declined to discuss details of the hackers’ claims and referred inquiries to the FBI.

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FBI Wiretapped Ex-Congressman Curt Weldon’s Inner Circle and at Least One Reporter

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Ex-Rep. Weldon

The Justice Department has sent out wiretap letters, which may indicate that this probe is over. Ex-Rep Curt Weldon was never charged.

By WILLIAM BENDER
Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — Federal investigators were running wiretaps for months at a time in 2006 on then-U.S. Rep. Curton Weldon’s chief of staff and other members of his inner circle, the Justice Department has revealed.

The wiretaps were disclosed in letters that the department recently sent to individuals – including this reporter, then employed at another newspaper – whose phone conversations with the targeted parties were intercepted.

The notifications, required under federal law, often are sent toward the end of an investigation or when the disclosure would no longer affect an ongoing investigation.

Legal observers say that the wiretap disclosure could be another indication that the corruption probe that helped end Weldon’s lengthy political career has concluded.

Weldon, a Delaware County Republican now working for Exton-based Defense Solutions, has not been charged.

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Government Wants Court to Reverse Finding that Boston FBI Framed 4 Men in 1965 Gangland Slaying

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This case is a major blemish on the Boston FBI, which has taken a major hit for its role in dealing with the mob and mobsters like Whitey Bulger. The government appears to have an uphill battle in reversing a lower court ruling.

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe
BOSTON — As he sat in a federal appeals courtroom yesterday listening to a government lawyer argue that the FBI was not to blame for the wrongful conviction that put him and three other men behind bars for decades, Joseph Salvati said it was like being subjected to “waterboarding” – the tactic used during some government interrogations.

“The torture goes on,” said the 76-year-old Salvati, who served 29 years and five months in prison for a 1965 gangland slaying in Chelsea while secret files that would later clear him remained buried at the FBI. “The federal government and the Justice Department has been torturing us for 40 years . . . they just don’t stop.”

His wife, Marie, who raised their four children while he was in prison and has remained by his side through every proceeding, said: “The FBI is still trying to make believe that they didn’t do anything wrong. They are still in denial.”

In July 2007, US District Judge Nancy Gertner found that the FBI was responsible for framing Salvati, Peter J. Limone, Louis Greco, and Henry Tameleo for the murder of Edward “Teddy” Deegan, a small-time criminal, and ordered the government to pay them a total of $101.7 million for the decades they had spent in prison.

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Inspector Gen. Report Says FBI Still Slow to Update Terror Watch List

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I.G. Glenn Fine

The FBI issued a statement Wednesday saying it has implemented measures to address all 16 recommendations by the Inspector General “which are all now resolved” and it remains “committed to improving our watchlist policy and practices”.

The Inspector General Report saw it differently by concluding: “Nevertheless, the FBI’s own review and our work in this audit indicate that weaknesses continue to exist, that significant improvements are still necessary, and that it is too early to tell whether the deficiencies identified in this audit have been fully addressed.”

By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The FBI is slow to update the national terror suspect watchlist — and the lapses pose real risks to U.S. security, a Justice Department audit has found.

A report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General, Glenn Fine, found 12 terror suspects who were either not watchlisted or were slow to be added to the list may have traveled into or out of the United States during the period when they were not placed on the list.

The watchlist, which is used to screen people entering the U.S. and by local law enforcement, contains more than 1.1 million names.

In 15 percent of the cases auditors reviewed, subjects were not nominated to the watchlist, contrary to FBI policy.

In some instances, people with names matching subjects who were not watchlisted — or who were not put on the list in a timely fashion — attempted to cross U.S. borders during the period their names were not placed on the list by the FBI, according to the report.

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Feds Lining Up Ex-Gov Blago’s Ex-Allies to Bury Him in Trial

Allies one day, enemies the next. That’s the lesson ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is learning as the government lines up witnesses to try and bury him during trial.

By Jeff Coen
Tribune reporter

CHICAGO — Several onetime allies of for
Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in better times

mer Gov. Rod Blagojevich have already lined up as government witnesses against him, and another close friend and confidant could be next.

Sources familiar with the case said Christopher Kelly has had preliminary discussions with prosecutors about possibly cooperating, but he has not yet agreed to do so.

As Kelly weighs his future, his lawyers asked a federal judge Tuesday to delay his sentencing until October. Kelly, 50, a wealthy roofing company owner, pleaded guilty in January to tax-fraud charges for concealing his use of corporate funds to cover gambling debts. U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo is considering the request.

Prosecutors have ratcheted up pressure on Kelly, hitting him with two additional charges since he pleaded guilty to the tax offenses. He was charged with taking part in a kickback scheme to rip off United and American Airlines at O’Hare International Airport.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Assures Federal Judges He’ll Upgrade Professionalism at Justice Dept.

In recent months, federal judges have chastised federal prosecutors around the country including in Washington, Miami and Montana. The newly minted Atty. General Eric Holder Jr. has vowed to address this.

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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Joe Palazzolo
The National Law Journal
WASHINGTON — In his first confab with the nation’s chief federal district judges, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. pledged to raise the bar of professionalism in the U.S. Department of Justice and acknowledged that the current procedure for reviewing complaints against attorneys was too slow and opaque.

Nine chief judges described the April 21 meeting on the condition of anonymity because it was closed to the public. Holder’s words held the promise of reform for the approximately 90 judges who attended the annual meeting at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington as discovery abuses and other prosecutorial misconduct, new and old, have come under increased scrutiny in the aftermath of the Ted Stevens case.

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Boston Mobster Donato “Danny” Anguilo Dead at 86

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Slowly but surely the mobsters of the old days are passing away around the country. Sometimes their children have stepped in, but often times the kids like John Gotti Jr. haven’t been nearly as smart and have lived off the reputation of their street- smart dads.

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe
BOSTON — Former New England Mafia capo regime Donato “Danny” Angiulo, who was part of a powerful mob family that ruled Boston’s underworld from the 1960s through the mid-1980s, died Sunday night at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after a long illness. He was 86.

His brother, Gennaro “Jerry” Angiulo, was the underboss of the Patriarca crime family until an FBI bug planted in his North End headquarters in 1981 captured conversations about homicide, extortion, and loansharking, which led to Boston’s first sensational Mafia trial and the end of the Angiulos’ reign.

In 1986, a federal jury convicted Donato Angiulo and his brothers, Gennaro and Francesco, who was the mob’s accountant, of racketeering, and a third brother, Michele, of illegal gambling.

An Angiulo associate was caught on FBI tapes boasting that South Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his sidekick, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, were friends of the Mafia and would kill for them. More than a decade later it was disclosed that Bulger and Flemmi were longtime FBI informants who had provided information about the interior of Angiulo’s headquarters that assisted agents in planting the bug.

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