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FBI Joins Probe of Woman Missing from Cruise Ship

Granted, an endless numbers of people go on cruises every year. But it just takes one of these incidents to make them sound so dangerous.


By Sofia Santana
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
MIAMI – Cruise ship surveillance images show a woman falling overboard hours before her husband reported her missing from the Miami-based Norwegian Pearl last week, U. S. Coast Guard officials said Sunday.
The FBI began an investigation into the woman’s disappearance when the 15-deck vessel returned to the Port of Miami on Sunday morning.
“We’re looking to see if a crime was committed on the high seas,” said FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock.
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Ex-FBI Agent Robert Hart Named President of Manhattan-based Consulting Firm

Robert Hart was named president of Pathfinder Consultants International LLC, a Manhattan-based investigative, security and consulting firm, Newsday reported. Hart of  Garden City resident was senior agent in charge of the Long Island office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Chinese Women Made It Into FBI Academy Before Getting Busted For a Sham Marriage to Get Citizenship

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A 26-year-old Chinese woman made it into the FBI academy to train as an agent before authorities busted her for entering into a sham marriage to obtain U.S. citizenship.
Yue Cheng of Williamsburg, Va. pleaded guilty last week in Norfolk, Va., to naturalization fraud and false claims. She faces up to 26 months in prison at her April 19 sentencing.
According to authorities, Cheng entered the U.S. in 1999 to attend college. Two years later, at age 19, she married a 57-year-old California man in Las Vegas to obtain citizenship, according to an FBI affidavit. She then joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Norfolk. She collected extra pay because of her marriage.
On Sept. 28, 2004, she became a naturalized citizen, authorities said.
In March 2007, she applied to the FBI in Norfolk to become a special agent and in September she reported to the FBI Academy for training,  the affidavit said.
Earlier this year, while in special training at the FBI academy in Quantico, “she admitted to entering into a fraudulent marriage for the purpose of obtaining United States citizenship.”
During an interview with two FBI agents, Cheng told agents that she first suspected there would be a financial obligation to her sham husband, but that she suspected he ultimately “benefitied from the marriage through sexual favors”, the affidavit said.
She told agents that “her intent was to create better educational and career opportunities in the United States rather than to cause harm to the United States or help the Chinese government.”
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FBI Kept Tabs on Politician Thomas Eagleton

It didn’t take much to tick off J. Edgar Hoover. The reams of FBI records on Thomas Eagleton was just another example of Hoover’s long reach.

Thomas Eagleton

Thomas Eagleton

By Phillip O’Connor
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
ST. LOUIS — Sitting in the coffee shop of the Las Vegas Desert Inn one morning in February 1958, Thomas Eagleton, one of the youngest prosecutors in the country and already a rising political star, regaled colleagues from Denver and Philadelphia with a story.
The 28-year-old St. Louis circuit attorney told how an FBI fingerprint examiner’s stilted way of speaking while testifying in a robbery trial in St. Louis had blown the prosecution’s case. Unknown to Eagleton, a fourth man at the table worked for the FBI.
Word of the slight made it all the way to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, the bureau’s longtime leader who fiercely defended the image of the agency he helped create. Hoover was a feared Washington figure, capable of wrecking careers.
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Tangled Tale of How Private Spy Firm Helped the Feds Bust An Afghan Heroin Trafficker and Got Screwed

Well, as the old addage goes, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. In this case, the spy firm, Rosetta Research and Consulting, helped the feds make their case, then got screwed.

Feds Hold Press Conference in 2005 After Arrest of Noorza/dea photo

Feds Hold Press Conference in 2005 After Arrest of Noorza/dea photo

By Richard Leiby
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — After a federal jury in New York swiftly convicted a major Afghan heroin trafficker and Taliban supporter named Haji Bashir Noorzai, the government promptly issued the usual celebratory news release thanking the men and women of the DEA and FBI for their “countless sacrifices” in making the case.
Left out was any credit to the party most responsible for the government’s victory: an unusual three-man private intelligence firm called Rosetta Research and Consulting.
At the instigation of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Rosetta agents lured Noorzai to America and delivered him right into the feds’ hands. He spent 11 days in an Embassy Suites Hotel in Manhattan in 2005, enjoying room service and considering himself a guest of the U.S. government — until he was arrested. He was imprisoned for three years awaiting his trial, which concluded in September. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in January.
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Justice Dept. I.G. Glenn Fine Wins National Law Journal Award

Glenn Fine/doj photo

Glenn Fine/doj photo

If you want to be loved by everyone, don’t become an Inspector General. Folks on the outside constantly want you to crack things wide open. People on the inside avoid you like you’re Bernie Madoff’s best friend.

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog won the National Law Journal’s top honor Monday for targeting Bush administration actions that cast doubt on the department’s political independence.
Inspector General Glenn A. Fine was named “Lawyer of the Year.”
The newspaper said Fine’s investigations into White House political meddling and mismanagement by former Justice officials has helped restore the fierce independence that was once the department’s trademark.
“During a year in which the Justice Department’s reputation suffered one black eye after another _ largely because of politicization of a number of its functions _ Fine and the team he has assembled in the past eight years emerged as beacons of nonpartisanship and independence,” the newspaper said.

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FBI Agent in Sen. Stevens Case Lodges Explosive Allegations Against Government

By Allan Lengel
Ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – An FBI agent involved in the Sen. Ted Stevens public corruption case is accusing the government of “violations of policy, rules and procedures as well as possible criminal violations” that include disclosing names of grand jury witnesses during the investigation and altering a document that was later turned over to the defense.
In an explosive affidavit flush with blacked out names and passages of sensitive information, the unnamed agent accused an unnamed government investigator of becoming too close with witnesses and disclosing far too much information to people about the investigation. The accusations were filed  late Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington.
The agent has asked for whistle blower status.
Stevens’ attorney responded Monday by filing a motion asking that the indictment be dismissed or the judge order up a new trial. Stevens was convicted on public corruption charges shortly before the Nov. 4 election, which he lost.
“A whistle blower complaint submitted by a Special Agent with the FBI now confirms what the defense has long contended: the government cheated and lied in order to obtain a verdict against Senator Ted Stevens,” the motion said.
The FBI did not have an immediate comment last night.

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Witness Regrets Testifying (AP)

Bob Woodward Talks About the FBI Agent Known as “Deep Throat”