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September 2022


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Officials: Chechen Man Shot in Apartment by Federal Agent Was Unarmed

Steve Neavling

A Chechen man killed by an FBI agent during an interview about his relationship with one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was unarmed, the Washington Post reports.

What remains unclear is what instigated the fatal shooting by a federal agent.

“The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a statement Wednesday. “The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”

At the time of the shooting, Ibragim Todashev was being interviewed in his apartment on the morning of May 22 about a triple murder.

Furloughs? Overtime cuts? Border Patrol Agents Still Don’t Know What’s Looming

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents are in the dark about a lot of things these days.

With the fiscal year halfway through, agents still don’t know whether they will have furlough days or overtime reductions, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

A plan submitted by Customs and Border Protection to Congress seeks to eliminate the need for furloughs.

“However, other effects of sequestration will remain and will continue to have serious impacts on CBP’s operations, including nearly $600 million in cuts,” Jenny Burke, CBP spokeswoman, wrote in an email statement to the Star.


The 2007 Testimony of James Comey (Nominee for FBI Director) on Infamous Hospital Visit


New York Times: Obama to Nominate James B. Comey for FBI Director

James Comey

By Allan Lengel

President Obama appears to have opted for a former Justice Department official from the Bush days to head the FBI.

The New York Times, citing a person with knowledge of the selection, reported that James B. Comey, a hedge fund executive and a former senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, will be nominated to replace Robert S. Mueller III as FBI director.

The nomination must be approved by the Senate.  Comey is 52. A key front runner appeared to be Lisa O. Monaco.

To read more click here.



New Mexico Gov. Martinez’s Inner Circle Possible Target of FBI Investigation

Steve Neavling 

FBI agents have become interested in the inner circle of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the Santa Fe Reporter writes.

According to the Reporter, agents have been interviewing close political allies of the Republican over a lucrative, 25-year lease the state signed with the Downs at Albuquerque Racetrack & Casino.

The lease has been marred with problems from the onset and has cast a shadow of suspicion on Martinez.

Investigators have questioned people close to the governor about the bidding process and the state officials’ relationship with Downs, according to the Reporter.

Driver Pulls Gun on Off-Duty Homeland Security Officer in Philadelphia

Steve Neavling

An off-duty Homeland Security officer told police an erratic driver pointed a gun at him in Philadelphia, the Chestnut Hill Patch reports.

The unidentified officer said he approached an erratically driven car to see if the driver was OK when the driver pulled out a semi-automatic handgun.

The officer drove off and called police, Patch reported.

No one was injured.


FBI Files: A Peek Into Mobster Vito Giacalone’s Cat-And-Mouse Game With the Feds

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Like old Tiger Stadium and the Vernors plant, Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone was a fixture in Detroit, one of the city’s best known mobsters — a Tony Soprano type whose mug occasionally graced the 6 p.m. news.

He was a suspect in the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance. He was known as a street boss who helped run sports betting operations.

And he wasn’t shy about collecting debts.

After he died last year at  88, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI, which indicated it had about 20,000 documents on Giacalone.

I became interested in Giacalone as a Detroit News reporter in the early 1990s. He had just pleaded guilty to some IRS charges and was walking out of a federal courtroom downtown.

“Mr. Giacalone, would you care to comment?” I asked.  He ignored me, and with an icy stare, straight ahead, he proceeded to the elevator.

Before he went off to prison, I wrote a rather lengthy profile on him. I called his attorney David DuMouchel to request an interview. Dumouchel called Giacalone, then called me back to say that he not only didn’t want to talk, but:  “He’s not happy” that I was doing the story.

While Giacalone was alive, we got very little information on his private goings on, even though there was always a thirst for news about the Mafia.  I thought the FBI files could shed some light. 

FBI Finally Releases Some Documents

A week ago, I got the first installment from the FBI, a measly 120-plus pages or so, focusing on the mid-1980s. Many were redacted, chock full of whited out spaces to hide names and certain information , and more than 250  were reviewed and withheld. The FBI said it is working on processing the rest of the documents, determining what it can release.

The pages I received provide a glimpse of the ongoing cat-and-mouse game Giacalone played with the FBI and U.S. Strike Force attorneys, who often relied on snitches, wiretaps and surveillances to keep tabs on his life.

And keep tabs they did.

FBI documents talk about  seeing him play golf around town, including on the Wolverine Golf Course in Mt. Clemens; chatting with certain people on the course; people picked him up by car;  a dentist appointment for some gum problems; his winter stays in North Miami Beach and a desire to influence Teamsters elections.

The FBI also got word that Giacalone could be one wily guy.

Could Listen to Phone Conversations

A 1986 document mentions a source saying that Giacalone “has the capability to monitor telephone conversations. Source advised that he/she does not know how Giacalone does this, but he/she has heard on several occasions that Giacalone has this capability. Source added that Giacalone carries binoculars around in his automobile and that he used to spot surveillance vehicles.”

To read more click here. 


New $120 Million FBI Headquarters Joins Tech Giants in Sorrento Valley, Calif.

Steve Neavling 

The FBI has moved into a massive glass complex in Sorrento Valley, Calif.

San Diego’s new headquarters opened among technology and biotech giants who have made that area popular.

The $120 million complex was aimed at improving security and providing ample space for the 400 or so special agents and other staff at the FBI, U-T San Diego reports.

Today is the first official day of business in the building.

The moment will be celebrated with a flag-raising ceremony.