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FBI’s Shameful Past Likely to Be Revealed During Trial of Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering trial against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger likely will reveal an ugly period for the FBI.

While Bulger was wreaking havoc as the leader of a crime gang in South Boston from the 1970s to the early 1980s, he also was acting as an FBI informant. During that time, at least three agents were helping Bulger, Bloomberg reports.

Bulger is accused of 19 murders and racketeering while leading an organized crime gang in South Boston.

Bulger faces life in prison.

Socialite Jill Kelley Sues FBI for Breach of Privacy During Petraeus Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jill Kelley, whose complaints about threatening e-mails led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, has sued the FBI, saying the agency violated her privacy by divulging her name to the media, the Huffington Post reports.

At the time, federal agents were investigating Petraeus’ extramarital relationship with Paula Broadwell, the author of Petraeus’ biography.

Broadwell told authorities she believed Kelley was competing with her for Petraeus’ affections.

“There was no legally acceptable reason for the government to disclose confidential information about the Kelleys and thereby make them part of the public scandal,” the lawsuit reads.

Violent Crime Increased Last Year for First Time Since 2006, FBI Records Show

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

For the first time since 2006, violent crime rose last year, the FBI said Monday.

Violent crime increased 1.2%, or 3.7% in areas with populations between 500,000 and 1 million, NBC News reported.

The biggest spike occurred in the West, where violent crime rose 3.3%. It fell 0.6% in the Northeast.

The data come from a preliminary analysis of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

ATF Agents in Milwaukee Face Disciplinary Action Over Handling of Storefront Operation in Milwaukee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some ATF agents involved with a botched gun-buying storefront operation in Milwaukee face disciplinary action, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The investigation was so bungled that agents last year had their guns stolen and their storefront pillaged.

The Journal Sentinel discovered through a letter sent to Congress that the Justice Department is conducting personnel investigations in connection with “Operation Fearless.”

According to the letter, the FBI backed off helping because of concerns about how the investigation was run.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

James Comey Nomination for FBI a “Poke in the Eye With a Very Sharp Stick For the Cheney Crowd”

James Comey

By David Corn
Mother Jones

WASHINGTON — The pending nomination of James Comey to become FBI chief is a poke in the eye with a very sharp stick for the Cheney crowd. Comey, deputy attorney general during the W. years, has drawn criticism from civil libertarians for being part of an administration that waterboarded (though Comey reportedly opposed the justification of this practice), yet

Comey is best known for saying no to a top-secret surveillance program much beloved by Vice President Dick Cheney and his lieutenants. He successfully defied the Bush-Cheney White House on this point in a dramatic encounter in a Washington hospital room, when top Bush advisers tried to bum-rush an ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft into authorizing an extension of the program after Comey, then the acting attorney general, had refused.

But Cheney and his crew have another good reason to be aghast at the thought of Comey leading the FBI: he was the guy who started the independent Plamegate investigation that ended up tainting Cheney and convicting Scooter Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff, of serious crimes.

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Husband of Zombie Actress Questioned over Ricin-Tainted Letters Sent to Obama, Mayor Bloomberg from Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An investigation into who sent Ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and New York City Mayor Bloomberg has zeroed in on a Texan man who is married to actress Shannon Roger Guess, a zombie on the “Walking Dead,” The New York Daily News reports 

Nathan Richardson 33, was busted after his pregnant wife called police upon finding a suspicious substance in her refrigerator in Texas, the Daily News reported.

The father of five has been described as a person of interest.

Authorities have scoured the couple’s home in New Boston, Texas.

“They’ve only lived there about a year,” said neighbor Johnie Ruth Fields. “I don’t really know them, but this is pretty disturbing.”

Editorial: FBI Needs to Explain What Happened in Death of Boston Bomber’s Friend

 By Denver Post Editorial Board

The clouds of conflicting stories surrounding the police killing of a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects need to be cleared, officially and with some dispatch.

While we understand there are ongoing investigations into the shooting of Ibragim Todashev during questioning, authorities should quickly release an explanation — even a brief one — of what led to the May 22 killing of the Chechen man.

In the vacuum, anonymous sources have given different details about the events, and some versions portray the FBI in an unfavorable light.

Authorities were questioning Todashev about a triple homicide in Massachusetts, in which Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was another suspect, when, well, something happened.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: Nixon White House Tries to Derail FBI Probe Into Watergate

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