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Senate Minority Leaders Calls for FBI Investigation After Secret Audiotape Emerged About Ashley Judd


Ashley Judd

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Saying his political opponents secretly recorded an internal campaign meeting, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants the FBI to investigate, the New York Times reports.

The Republican from Kentucky discovered the recording when Mother Jones magazine released a 12-minute audiotape from a Feb. 2 campaign staff meeting.

“We’ve always said the left will stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell, but Nixonian tactics to bug campaign headquarters is above and beyond,” campaign manager Jesse Benton said in a statement.

The recording revealed that McConnell and his campaign team poked fun at actress Ashley Judd, who is considering running against McConnell.

FBI Takes Over Hunt for Family That Has Been Missing for Three Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which has been unable to solve the mystery of family missing from Fallbrook for three years, is handing the case over to the FBI, the LA Times reports

Sheriff’s officials say they have exhausted “hundreds of tips” about what happened to Joseph and Summer McStay and their young boys Gianni and Joseph Jr.

Authorities believe the family crossed the border into Mexico, where their car was found.

“Due to the fact that the family is believed to be out of the country, and because minor children are involved, the primary investigative responsibility for the case is being transferred to the FBI,” Lt. Glenn Giannantonio, of the Sheriff’s Department homicide detail, said in a statement to the LA Times.

Bin Laden Aide Denied Request to Question FBI, Witnesses at Resentencing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Osama bin Laden’s former secretary won’t be able to question FBI agents and witnesses during his resentencing, Bloomberg reports.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday denied the request of Wadih el-Hage, who is serving a life sentence for participating in a plot to kill Americans.

“My past experience with my lawyers is that they delay my requests to the last minute, then use that as an excuse not to do it, therefore I am writing this letter,” he told the judge.

The judge said el-Hage can’t handle case alone as long as he has an attorney.

“Given the aggressive representation of this defendant by his able counsel, this court declines to permit hybrid representation,” Kaplan wrote.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Michigan Militia Members Sue FBI, Michigan Over Seizure of Guns, Ammo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Members of a Michigan militia, who were acquitted last year of trying to overthrow the federal government and murder police officers, are suing the FBI and Michigan State Police, saying feds violated their constitutional rights by raiding their homes and seizing their guns, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The March 27 lawsuit was filed by the Hutaree, a militia that believed the Antichrist, possibly President Obama, is leading the country. The goal is to create a “Colonial Christian Republic.”

The raids in March 2010 led to numerous charges but each defendant was acquitted.

During the raid, agents seized more than 40 guns and 100,000 of ammunition.

Man Finds Out Hard Way Why He Shouldn’t Commit Crimes on Airline Flight

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Evan Castle picked the wrong place to grope a woman’s butt.

Since the 24-year-old is accused of committing the crime aboard an airline flight, the incident is being investigated by the FBI, a U.S. Attorney and federal special agents, Fox 31 Denver reports.

According to Fox 31, Castle was sexually harassing two flight attendants before he grabbed their butts.

Castle was advised Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver that he faces a charge of abusive sexual contact.

If charged and convicted, Castle faces up to two years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

ATF Seeks Mega Database to Consolidate Personal Information About Suspects

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF is hoping to acquire a mega database that would allow agents to quickly draw connections between suspects’ names, phone numbers, social security numbers and utility bills, the Huffington Post reports.

As it is, agents must analyze data largely by hand because the information is stored in separate locations, consuming time that could be spent investigating the suspects.

ATF is seeking proposals for “a massive online data repository system,” Huffington Post reported.

The idea is to drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to track down data on suspects.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Some Think Jana Monroe Should Be in the Mix for FBI Director

 

Jana Monroe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There have been plenty names bandied about to replace FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III later this year including Lisa Monaco, a career federal prosecutor, ex-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Jim Comey, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan

But one name some think should be in the mix is Jana Monroe, the former FBI special agent in charge of the Phoenix division, who is now Director, Corporate Security & Business Continuity Management at Southern California Edison in the Los Angeles area. She worked in the areas of counterterrorism, national security, corporate fraud, white-collar crime, corruption, and compliance crimes

One FBI agent, who thinks it would be wise to consider her, tells ticklethewire.com:

“It would be refreshing and rejuvenating for the FBI to hire someone with her background and leadership skills and style. She comes from the ranks and she’s been involved in the corporate world long enough to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the corporate world. I think Jana would also be great at working in the criminal intelligence and terrorism violations”

 In 2004 to 2006, she served as the head of the Phoenix office.   She was the first female operational Assistant Director of the FBI, tasked with establishing its Cyber Division shortly after 9/11.

 

Director Appoints Agents to Head Offices in Charlotte, Newark and Phoenix

Aaron Ford

 

John Strong

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Douglas Price

The FBI has announced the appointment of agents to head offices in Charlotte, Newark and Phoenix.

John A. Strong, who was deputy assistant director in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, W. Va., will head up the Charlotte office.

Douglas G. Price, who most recently served as chief of the Employee Development and Selection Program Section in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters, will head up the Phoenix Division.

And Aaron T. Ford, who served most recently as the special agent in charge of the Memphis Division heads north to head up the Newark Division.