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American Writer, Leftist Gore Vidal Was Monitored by FBI for Decade

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

American writer Gore Vidal, a political leftist, was trailed by the FBI for about a decade, newly released bureau records show, U.S. News reports.

The FBI even recorded Vidal’s criticisms of then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who was known for his paranoid behavior. One of the criticisms comes in Vidal’s play, “The Best Man.”

In a radio interview, Vidal criticized Hoover for his persecution of suspected communists, the U.S. News reported.

The FBI record begin in 1960, when Vidal ran unsuccessfully for Congress and ended in 1970.

Newspaper to Examine FBI Treatment of Civil Rights Icons in 1960s

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is releasing dozens of investigative files involving civil rights-era photographer Ernest Withers as part of a lawsuit with The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn., CNN reports.

Among the files is an investigation of Martin Luther King Jr. while in Memphis in 1968, CNN reported.

The bureau also examined the NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and peace and black power movements.

The files are expected to shed light on how deeply the FBI probed the lives of civil rights leaders.

The newspaper won the right to examine the records after reaching a settlement under the Freedom of Information Act.

Illinois Man Charged After Claiming He Was Scammed by FBI in Home Search

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An Illinois man complained to local police nearly two weeks ago that two people impersonating FBI agents came into his South Elgin home and examined the contents of his computer.

Now the homeowner, L. John Toth, 51, has been charged with making a false police report, The Courier-News reports.

Turns out, those people were not scammers; they were real FBI agents investigating Toth for possessing child pornography, The Courier-News reported.

“The alleged offender failed to notify the police that he actually knew that the two subjects were actual agents and failed to notify police of specific incidences with the reason the agents were there,” said a statement from South Elgin police.

Video: Meet New Head of ATF in St. Paul, Find Out His Plan to Curb Gun Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

KSTP ABC News interviewed ATF Chief Scott Sweetow about his plans for curtailing gun crimes.

Reporter Steve Teller interviewed Sweetow about his expectations for the office.

Watch the entire video here.

 

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Mobster Whitey Bulger Befriended Ordinary Neighbor in Big Mistake Before Arrest

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 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

John Bond thought it was odd for the old man to stop by several times a week, sometimes with gifts, to tell him stories.

It didn’t occur to him that the old man was James “Whitey” Bulger, one of the most wanted men in America, Salon wrote in a lengthy narrative of how the mob boss made critical mistakes that led to his arrest.

The friendship lasted through 2011, when federal authorities amped up their search for Bulger. 

When authorities learned of Bulger’s whereabouts, Bond received a knock at the door.

Friendly-Fire Shooting of FBI Agent Barry Bush Should Not Have Happened, New Report Shows

Slain Agent Barry Lee Bush/fbi photo

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It was an error that cost FBI agent Barry Bush his life on April 5, 2007.

A new detailed report of the friendly-fire shooting shows numerous mistakes under very confusing circumstances, the Leigh Valley Express-Times reports.

Bush, a veteran FBI agent, was supposed to perform surveillance on suspected bank robbers until a SWAT team took over.

But a command post ordered Bush to close in on one of the suspect’s cars, not knowing that SWAT was preparing to do the same thing.

Turns out, SWAT and Bush had separate written orders that were not communicated.

Mistaking Bush for one of the suspected robbers, a SWAT agent shot and killed the 52-year-old, the Express Times reported.

FBI Special Agent Accused of Compromising Task Force with Woman in Georgia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Special Agent Ken Hillman was leaving a bar with the wife of a local millionaire last year when he avoided arrest by convincing the responding officer to take him home, the Times Free Press reports

 

The article does not say that Hillman was drinking but implies that.

On top of that,  the  woman, Angela Russell, who is not a certified law enforcement officer in Georgia, says she worked on a task force that cracks down on online offers for underage sex, the Times Free Press wrote.

Some defense attorneys are now questioning whether Russell compromised any of the dozens of cases.

“[These allegations] definitely damage the credibility of this task force and everything it’s doing,” said defense attorney Shawn Bible, who represents several suspects arrested recently by the FBI task force.

Retired Secret Service Agent Rex Scouten, Known for His Long Service, Died at 88

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Rex Scouten served 10 families as a Secret Service agent and was so popular that then-President Ronald Reagan named his dog “Rex” in honor of the Scouten.

The Washington Post reports that Scouten, who lived in Fairfax, VA., died Wednesday at a local hospital at the age of 88.

Harry S. Truman was president when Scouten first became a Secret Service agent. He continued the job through Bill Clinton’s presidency, the Post reported.

Scouten was promoted in 1969 to chief usher, a post he held until 1986.

The Post wrote that Scouten retired briefly before becoming the White House curator at President Reagan’s request.

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