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State Police: FBI Agents Repeatedly Sabotaged Investigation of Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal law enforcement officials intentionally misled state and local authorities who were investigating mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, a former senior Massachusetts state police officer testified during the second day of Bulger’s criminal trial, The Hartford Courant reports.

Retired State Police Col. Thomas Foley said some FBI agents sabotaged the investigation by tipping off Bulger about surveillance and other investigative measures.

“Were you surprised that members of the Boston FBI were trying to circumvent and undercut your investigations?” Bulger lawyer Hank Brennan asked during cross-examination.

“Yes,” Foley replied. “I was naïve on some things, yes. I’m not sure at one point we started questioning what was going on.”

Since the 1980s, Foley said he knew that Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang was one of the most dangerous groups in the country, Reuters wrote.

Fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry Honored by Specialty Coin

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal group is selling collector’s coins of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, who was killed in a shootout while on duty, to raise money for a foundation created to honor Terry.

Called the “Challenge Coin,” the Border Narcotics Intelligence is selling the coins online for $15.

Terry’s death grabbed national headlines because it revealed the federal government’s botched “Fast and Furious” drug smuggling investigation.  

 

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FBI Director Robert Mueller Defends Snatching Massive Phone Records

FBI Director Mueller testifies on Thursday.

By GINGER GIBSON
Politico

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert Mueller defended the amassing of widespread phone records, before a House Committee, saying had it been in place before the Sept. 11 attacks, the attacks could have been “derailed” and that it was used to track a friend of the Boston Marathon bombers.

Monitoring calls between a Yemen safe house and an organizer in San Diego, “could have derailed the plan, in any case, the opportunity was not there,” Mueller told the House Judicary Committee. “If we had this program that opportunity would have been there.”

He said the phone program was also used to track Ibragim Todashev, who was shot by agents while being interrogated, saying he was found through means “including one of the programs that is under scrutiny today.”

“We came upon him in a variety of ways,” Mueller said.

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FBI Director Mueller Faces Tough Questions in Final House Committee Meeting


Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com 

FBI Director Robert Mueller is expected to undergo tough questions today as he nears the end of his 12 years at the helm, the Associated Press reports.

In what likely will be his final appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller likely will be grilled about the Boston Marathon bombings investigation, the Benghazi attacks and the recent disclosure of massive government surveillance on millions of Americans.

“Over the past few years, we have witnessed troubling national security leaks and have learned that the Obama administration seems to be bending the rules in place that protect the freedom of the press in its investigations,” the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said.

 

Defense Opens Trial Telling Jurors ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was Never an FBI Informant

Whitey Bulger/fbi

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was never an FBI informant, his attorney said during opening statements in a trial that alleges 19 counts of murder, U.S. News & World Report writes.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney said Bulger never worked as an FBI informant against Italian mob rivals.

“Number one, James Bulger is of Irish descent,” Bulger’s defense attorney J.W. Carney said in court. “And the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant.”

Bulger was arrested in June 2011 after spending 12 years on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list.

Two Virginia Friends Accused of Stealing FBI-Issued Machine Gun from Trunk

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Virginia friends thought it would be fun to test out a machine gun they are accused of stealing from the trunk of an FBI agent in Alexandria, The Washington Examiner reports.

Jonathan Cowden, 26, a security guard and Nate Whilden, a music instructor, face up to 10 years in prison on charges of possessing a machine gun.

Whilden is accused of breaking into the FBI sedan and stealing a black bag that contained an agency-issued Heckler and Koch MP5/10mm machine gun and body armor marked with the bureau’s letters.

“Oh, crap, what did I do,” Whilden is accused of saying after becoming aware he had stolen an FBI machine gun, The Washington Examiner reported.

Cowden is described as an “avid collector of exotic guns.”

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Richard DesLauriers, Head of Boston FBI, Announces He’s Retiring And Joining Private Sector

Richard DesLauriers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Richard DesLauriers, who has led the Boston FBI office since July 2010, announced he’s retiring from the bureau and taking a job in the private sector, The Boston Globe reports.

DesLauriers, who most recently led the response to the Boston Marathon bombings, will retire effective July 13 as he prepares to take a job as vice-president corporate security with Penske Group, a suburban Detroit transportation company, the Globe reported.

DesLauriers also is known for helping capture mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

“I think it’s been a very eventful three years,” he said. “We’ve had some tremendous accomplishments.”

 

Long-Awaited Trial of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Begins Today in Boston Courtroom

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Opening statements begin today in the long-anticipated trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, who is accused of murder, racketeering, extortion, money laundering, gun stockpiling and drug dealing.

Before his arrest, Bulger was so notorious that he shared the top spot on the FBI’s most-wanted list with terrorist Osama bin Laden, The New York Times reports.

A jury was sworn in Tuesday from a pool of 858 candidates, The Times reported.

Bulger also happened to be a long-time FBI informant.