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Inauguration Goes Off Without Glitches Despite Intelligence Reports That A Radical Somalia Group Might Try to Disrupt It

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By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – The most security-intense inauguration of our times went off without apparent glitches Tuesday, even in wake of intelligence reports of a possible threat from an East Africa radical Islamic terrorist group.
The Associated Press reported that law enforcement and intelligence officials got word that a Somalia-based group, al-Shabaab, might disrupt the inauguration, according to a joint FBI/Homeland Security bulletin issued Monday night.
The news agency said Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke indicated there was little specificity and uncertain credibility. The AP said a senior law enforcement official said the Somali alert had been posted to make sure no effort was spared.

FBI Agent Stephen Tidwell Who Worked on D.C. Sniper and 9/11 is Calling it Quits After 25 Years


After 25 years and investigations that have included the D.C. snipercase and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, FBI agent J. Stephen Tidwell is calling it quits.

By LISA BEISEL
Annapolis Capitol

Crofton resident J. Stephen Tidwell has had an exciting career with the FBI since 1983.
He currently holds the bureau’s fourth-highest position, and during his career he led the investigation into Flight 77, the American Airlines flight that crashed into the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He also was in charge of the FBI’s October 2002 sniper investigation in Washington, D.C.
In 2004, he also was the on-scene commander for the FBI during the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.
But all that FBI excitement will end for him this month, when he retires at age 56. It will likely be replaced by some Harley riding and golfing.

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Current ticklethewire.com Poll: Who has Been a Better FBI Director?

I invite more of you to vote on the current ticklethewire.com poll (to the right): Who has been the better director of the FBI?

Louis Freeh

Louis Freeh

Robert Mueller III

Robert Mueller

Louis Freeh or Robert Mueller III. The voting has been has been neck-and-neck. The poll will close on Friday at midnight.

Allan Lengel

editor/ticklethewire.com

FBI Agents Raid 2 Detroit Businesses in City Hall Probe

The ex-mayor is in jail on state charges. The FBI is investigating him and city hall corruption. And Detroit is in the economic dumps. Not a pretty picture.

BY JOE SWICKARD, M.L. ELRICK and JIM SCHAEFER
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — Federal agents converged on double fronts Thursday in their wide-ranging investigation into City Hall corruption, raiding two businesses linked to a city contractor who is a longtime friend of disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
The searches of offices linked to Bobby Ferguson followed last weekend’s news that a grand jury is seeking the testimony of a veteran City Council aide as part of the probe into allegations that officials have taken bribes for city contracts.
A City Hall official with knowledge of the federal investigation said Thursday’s raids were tied into the probe of an alleged pay-to-play scheme in city government for contracts, including those at Cobo Center, as well as a controversial sludge-hauling deal awarded to Synagro Technologies of Houston. The official requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.
By afternoon Thursday, agents lugged about a dozen boxes — one marked “2008 bank statements” — from Ferguson Enterprises Inc. on Wyoming on the city’s west side.
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Fed Judge Allows Govt To Pursue Criminal Contempt Charges Against Ex-Fla Professor For Refusing to Testify in Grand Jury About Muslim Groups (AP)

Oooops! Another Government Screw Up in Stevens Case: Prosecution Says it Misspoke and Asks Judge Not to Force Atty. Gen. To Sign Declaration Under Oath

The government now says it misspoke when it told the judge on Wednesday that an FBI agent in the Stevens case had been denied whistleblower status. The misstep on Wednesday set off the judge who ordered  Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey to sign a declaration of oath on the matter. Now the prosecution says it was all a misunderstanding. Ooops.

By Lisa Demer and Erika Bolstad
Anchorage Daily News

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors revealed that Anchorage FBI agent Chad Joy was the person alleging misconduct in the Ted Stevens corruption investigation and also said he had been “denied whistleblower status.”
Today, they told the judge they were wrong on the second point.
A document filed late in the day today describes another misstep for the prosecution in the case of former U.S. Sen. Stevens, convicted last year of seven felonies for failing to reveal gifts on federal financial disclosure forms.
At Wednesday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan was angered when prosecutors told him that Joy didn’t qualify for whistleblower status. Had he known that earlier, the judge said, he would have handled the complaint differently from the start, he said. In December, when the complaint came to light, he ordered that a redacted copy with almost no names be released.
“I want to know what your office knew and when,” Sullivan demanded at the hearing. He ordered that Attorney General Michael Mukasey sign a declaration under oath about who knew what when about the whistleblower status. But on Thursday, prosecutors admitted they got that part wrong and are asking that the judge back off his order for Mukasey to get involved.
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UPDATE: Friday 6:40 P.M. Annoyed Judge Still Wants Answers From  Mukasey (Anchorage Daily News)

Feds Say White Supremacist Hate Talk Out There About Obama Inauguration

With an event of this magnitude, you can never underestimate potential problems. And one of those potential problems is the white supremacists, who have been spewing hate ever since Obama launched his presidential campaign. Inauguration or not, that isn’t expected to change anytime soon.

By Richard Sisk and James Gordon Meek
New York Daily News
Washington — Federal agents are on “a higher state of alert” because of hate talk by white supremacists about Barack Obama’s inauguration, officials told the Daily News on Tuesday.
“That chatter is out there, no doubt about it,” one senior FBI agent in Washington said this afternoon, adding that no credible plots against the 56th Presidential Inauguration have been detected.
The Bureau has ordered agents in all 56 field offices to “shake the trees” in advance of the Jan. 20 swearing-in of the 44th President, who will become the first African-American to occupy the Oval Office.
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Pittsburgh FBI Agent Tells of His Stint in Afghanistan to Crack Down on Contractor Fraud

Jeff Killeen is just one of the many FBI agents who have played an increasing roll in the world for the U.S. in the post-9/11 era. He went there to help crack down on fraud committed by U.S. and Afghani contractors.

By Torsten Ove
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH — Home from what he calls the “wilds” of Afghanistan, Pittsburgh FBI Chief Division Counsel Jeff Killeen climbed into a colleague’s car at the airport for the ride to the South Side office.
As Agent Bill Crowley drove, he noticed something different about his friend.
In addition to being 10 pounds lighter, Agent Killeen was a bit twitchy, glancing over his right shoulder and looking out the window as if he expected to see something bad.
Turns out he was.
Out of reflex, he was checking for suicide car bombers — the main threat to any American on the chaotic roads of Kabul.
“Crowley said that I was ‘on edge,’ ” said Agent Killeen, 56. “You’re constantly looking for threats over there.”
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Ex-Boston FBI Agent John Connolly Gets 40 Years in 1982 Mob Murder

The mob and the Boston FBI had a toxic relationship. This was just another story in that sad chapter. But this tale may not be over. Connolly could still go free on a successful appeal, which he seems to have a shot at.

BY DAVID OVALLE
Miami Herald
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MIAMI — Disgraced FBI agent John Connolly must serve 40 years in prison for the 1982 murder of a one-time gambling executive, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Thursday.
But Circuit Judge Stanford Blake left the door open to the conviction being tossed out by an appeal court later, agreeing with defense attorneys that the statute of limitations had run out for the murder.
However, Blake refused to toss Connolly’s conviction because the ex-agent’s lawyers waited too long to file their motion.
Defense attorney Manny Casabielle proclaimed Connolly a “free man.”
”There is no doubt that John has won,” Casabielle said.
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