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Feds Want To Give Eco-Terrorist A Big Break

He may not be William Ayers, buy the feds want to give eco-terrorist Frank Ambrose a break for cooperating.

By Ed White
The Associated Press
DETROIT — Federal prosecutors are seeking a major sentencing break for an activist who committed arson at Michigan State University, publicly acknowledging for the first time his wide-ranging undercover role in investigations of eco-terrorism.
Frank Ambrose of Detroit recorded 178 conversations with other targets, putting himself at risk as he traveled out of state to help the FBI, the government said.
His cooperation “has been nothing short of remarkable, both in terms of the time and effort he put into it and in terms of its value to federal law enforcement,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagen Frank said in a court filing Friday.
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Defense Wants Terrorism Charges in Dallas Tossed

The defense in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial wants a judge to toss out terrorism charges. The judge should rule by tomorrow. Up in Washington, the defense in the Sen. Ted Stevens trial asked repeatedly for the judge to dismiss the case, but failed.

Judge Jorge Solis

Judge Jorge Solis

By Jason Trahan
Dallas Morning News
DALLAS — Attorneys for a defendant in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing case asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the charges against their client because they say FBI testimony tainted the jury by treading too closely to his prior convictions.
U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis is expected to rule on whether to drop the case against Ghassan Elashi, Holy Land’s former board chairman and co-founder, on double-jeopardy grounds by Tuesday, when the trial resumes after Monday’s federal holiday for Columbus Day.
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Will Ex-FBI Agent Testify On His Own Behalf In Mob Murder?

Trial resumes Tuesday in Miami in the high-profile trial of ex-FBI agent John Connolly. Will Connolly testify on his own behalf? Inquiring minds want to know. One of his attorneys said the decision hasn’t been made yet.

John Connolly/wbztv

John Connolly/wbztv

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff
A Miami jury has been offered a stark view of Boston’s underworld, FBI corruption, and murder in the past month from a trio of deadpan killers and a disgraced ex-FBI supervisor who wept on the stand.
After 17 days of startling testimony, it will be the defense’s turn to call witnesses when jurors return to court Tuesday for the murder trial of retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., who is accused of plotting with informants James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, to kill a Boston businessman in 1982.
The most crucial decision for the defense, according to legal specialists, is whether the 68-year-old Connolly, once a highly decorated star in the FBI’s Boston office, should take the stand.
If he does, then jurors, who have not been told that Connolly is serving 10 years in prison for racketeering, will be informed that the former agent is a convicted felon, according to his lawyers. But if Connolly remains silent, jurors may wonder why a seemingly respected federal law enforcement agent would not personally defend himself against allegations made by a cast of criminals.
“It’s his decision,” said Manuel L. Casabielle, one of Connolly’s Miami trial lawyers, adding that Connolly has yet to decide.
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Retired Agent Honors Late Det. Steven Carter

John Moore retired last year after 33 years as a Special Agent with the U. S. Secret Service. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a member of the Arlington County Virginia Police Department.
It’s been a little over two years since his dear friend, Arlington detective, Steven Carter, died of cancer. In memory of Carter’s passing, he wanted to run a story he had previously written, detailing how Carter and an FBI agent cracked a cold case involving multiple murders across the country.

By John Moore
In October of 1972, during the bungled armed robbery of the Arlington Trust Bank in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Arlington County police officer Israel Gonzales and the bank’s branch manager, Harry J. Candee were shot and killed.
After the aborted robbery and murders, the killers, later to be known as the “Tuller Gang” fled to Houston where they murdered an Eastern Airlines ticket agent, Stanley Hubbard, and then hi-jacked a plane to Cuba.
The gang was headed by Charles A. Tuller, 48, and included his sons Jonathan 17, and Bryce 19. Their fourth accomplice was William White Graham, 17,. Charles Tuller was a mid-level federal executive at the Commerce Department. The two Tuller sons and William White Graham were students at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Confessions Of A Big-Time FBI Snitch In New Orleans

Stan Barre, a former undercover cop and confidant to some New Orleans mayors, was good at conning the city out of money and schmoozing with the best of them. That all helped make him a pretty good FBI snitch.

Stan Barre/WWL-TV

Stan Barre/WWL-TV

By Gordon Russell and Frank Donze
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS – On a hot day in the summer of 2007, a sweaty-palmed Stan “Pampy” Barre fidgeted as he watched FBI agents cut crude holes in his $1,500 tailored Italian suit, planting a bug that would shortly be used to record a conversation with New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas.
The hasty alterations took place in a small building at Houston’s Hobby Airport, where Thomas was expected en route to New Orleans and Barre was going to pretend to run into him by chance.
Facing a potential 11-year jail term after skimming more than $1 million from a City Hall energy contract, Barre had told the feds about bribing Thomas in a separate scheme five years earlier — and then agreed to fly to Houston, “wire up” and buttonhole the popular councilman. He did it in hopes of landing a shorter sentence.
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FBI Files Show Hoover Detested Jack Anderson

J. Edgar Hoover was apparently never short of disparaging words when it came to investigative columnist Jack Anderson. Can you say ” lower than the regurgitated filth of vultures?” Hoover apparently could.

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Pete Yost and Lara Jacks Jordan
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — In caustic comments on internal FBI memos, bureau director J. Edgar Hoover referred to prominent columnist Jack Anderson with undisguised contempt, calling him “a jackal” as agents combed his articles for errors and hints about possible sources.
“This fellow Anderson and his ilk have minds that are lower than the regurgitated filth of vultures,” Hoover typed on a memo dated April 30, 1951. It is one of hundreds from FBI files on Anderson.
Anderson was a Hoover critic. He once wrote that the aging director, running the bureau well into his 80s, should have resigned a decade before. Other journalists suggested the same, but Anderson delivered that and a long career’s worth of critical assessments of the bureau in a blunt style that enraged FBI officials.

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Blackwater Tries To Patch Up Black Eye: Recruits Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson/ official photo

Asa Hutchinson/ official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Blackwater Worldwide,  the target of intense public criticism and an FBI probe into arms smuggling into Iraq, has appointed former undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa Hutchinson to a three-person committee to ensure that it complies with U.S. Export laws.
“Our Company has experienced remarkable growth in the last few years,” Erik Prince, Blackwater founder and CEO said in a prepared statement. “This growth, our work for the U.S. government around the world…have created compliance challenges.”
Besides serving as undersecretary of Homeland Security, Hutchinson also headed the Drug Enforcement Administration and served in Congress.
Blackwater said the other committee members include : Robert C. Bonner, a former federal judge, former head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and ex-U.S. Attorney; and Carol R. Marshall,  the former vice president of ethics at Lockheed Martin Corp and MCI.
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Feds In N.Y. Bust 26 For Selling “Hot Kielbasa”

This “hot kielbasa” didn’t require any mustard.

By Associated Press
NEW YORK – A Brooklyn butcher shop worker called his specialty “hot kielbasa” _ for snorting, not eating.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the kielbasa was really cocaine _ not the Polish sausage sold in a popular meat market.
According to a criminal complaint, the “hot kielbasa” was kept in the basement.
Twenty-six suspects are under arrest, including the butcher, after an FBI informant visited the shop in response to the message: “Come to the store, I have hot kielbasa for you.”
Law enforcement officials say the ring includes John Guarnieri, a nephew of Louis Eppolito, the former NYPD detective convicted of murdering eight people on the orders of a Mafia boss.
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