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Obama’s Choice for Homeland Security Director Defended Happy Meal Hoaxer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A disgraced scientist who fried a rat’s tail, placed it in his son’s french fries and tried then to extort McDonalds for $5 million was represented by Jeh Jonson, who is President Obama’s nominee for head of Homeland Security, the Daily Caller reports.

Despite Johnson’s representation, Michael Zanakis was convicted of the rat-tail fraud and another scheme involving Coca-Cola Classic.

Zanakis threatened McDonald’s in 1996 that he would go public about his son swallowing part of a rat tail unless the fast food giant gave him $5 million.

“He didn’t threaten to blow up a McDonald’s, he didn’t threaten to break anybody’s arm,” Johnson said at the time. “What he said he was going to do was put a spotlight on something McDonald’s wanted kept in the dark.”

Douglas Lindquest to Head Up El Paso FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Douglas E. Lindquist, who recently served as section chief of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, has been named head of the agency’s El Paso Division.

Lindquist began his career with the FBI in 1997, and was first posted at the Washington Field Office, where he investigated international terrorism and counterintelligence.

In 1998, as a member of the Rapid Deployment Team, he deployed to Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya, as part of the KENBOM investigation, which followed the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, according to an FBI press release.

In 2002, he was promoted to a supervisor in the Middle East Unit of the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.

Two years later, he joined the Springfield Division as a counterintelligence squad supervisor and program coordinator. He also supervised the Field Intelligence Group squad.

In 2009, he was off to Philly where he became assistant special agent in charge of the division’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction programs and directed the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Before joining the FBI, he was an officer in the Marine Corps.

 

 

Stejskal: The Hole-In-The-Truck Gang

Greg Stejskal

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.

By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com

It was a cold early spring Saturday morning, and I was following a lead in a rural part of Michigan. I had received a call on Friday afternoon that there was a unique piece of evidence on a farm near the Michigan/Ohio border.

When I got to the farm, I made contact with the owner and identified myself. He walked me to the back of an outbuilding. There parked in the weeds was a white cargo van with flat tires. The farmer opened the van’s back door. In the middle of the cargo bay was a circular hole that had been cut in the floor.

So why was I out here on a cold Saturday morning looking at a van with a hole in its floor?

It all started in the summer the year before, 1998. An Environmental Protection Agency /FBI task force that was working illegal dumping cases had received information that a waste disposal company near Ann Arbor, Michigan, was defrauding clients by not doing work and overcharging. There were also rumors that the company was surreptitiously creating spills which they then charged clients to clean-up. The information was fragmentary, and it was coming primarily from disgruntled employees.

The disposal firm was Hi-Po. Hi-Po had been in business for about 9 years. The founders Aaron Smith, who was just 26, and Stephen Carbeck (34) started with a pick-up and a power washer. They had grown Hi-Po to more than 100 employees and several vacuum trucks at well over $200,000 each. By all accounts Hi-Po had become extraordinarily successful with such clients as the University of Michigan and Chrysler.

In the summer of 1998, the EPA/FBI task force had learned that recently one of the Hi-Po employees had quit reportedly because he was upset with Hi-Po not performing work and then charging for the work that hadn’t been done.

That employee, Michael Stagg had retired from the Washtenaw County (Michigan) drain commissioner’s office prior to working at Hi-Po. EPA agent Greg Horvath and FBI agent, Steve Flattery, both from the task force, and I went to Stagg’s home in Ann Arbor. He wasn’t surprised to see us and said he had been thinking about coming to us.

Stagg was very forthcoming, but he only had limited direct knowledge. He had inspected a Hi-Po clean-up project in Riverview, a city south of Detroit. There he saw that Hi-Po had only done about ½ the work they had contracted to do, but Stagg was told Hi-Po billed Riverview for the whole job. (Later we learned that a Riverview official was receiving kickbacks.)

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FBI Investigated PETA Over Alleged Plan to Launch Anthrax Threat

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI began investigating the animal-rights group PETA in the late 1990s after agents were told volunteers planned an anthrax attack, the New York Post reports.

Documents obtained by PETA show the FBI was told the group planned to release anthrax at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Washington D.C.

“I was bowled over by it,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said. “It was such a disappointment. I don’t know if someone just hated us, but it’s Alice in Wonderland. It’s total fantasy.”

The FBI declined to comment.

FBI Worried About Increase in Lasers Being Pointed at Aircraft

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI reported an increasing number of lasers being pointed at aircraft and pilots in the New York area, CNN reports.

The 17% increase is concerning because lasers can temporarily or permanently blind a pilot or crew. Earlier this year, several pilots suffered significant eye injuries, including a burnt retina.

On Tuesday, at least two incidents of green lasers were reported, according to CNN.

“The FBI is asking anyone with information about any of these dangerous laser incidents to pick up the phone and call us,” Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said. “Our paramount concern is the safety of aircraft passengers and crew.”

 

 

Justice Department: California Prisons’ Handling of Riots Often Violate Federal Constitution

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

California prisons are violating the federal constitution by isolating people based on race after a riot, the Associated Press reports.

When a riot breaks out, officers often lock up entire races of people to prevent further violence.

But the Justice Department said in a recent court filing that the practice violates the 14th amendment, which guarantees equal protection, the AP wrote.

The policy “is not based on any individual analysis of prisoner behavior, but rather on generalized fears of racial violence. Indeed, the policy affects hundreds of prisoners throughout the (prison) system who the state acknowledges have absolutely no gang ties or history of violence,” according to the filing signed by the chiefs of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Washington Times: Obama’s Poor Choice for Homeland Security Secretary

By the Washington Times 
Editorial Page

Janet Napolitano finally retired as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to take a job as president of the University of California.

That’s good news for friends of reason, good sense and liberty, considering her tenure was marked by the implementation of backdoor amnesty schemes.

The not-so-good news is that President Obama’s replacement doesn’t sound much better. Jeh Johnson, formerly the top lawyer at the Pentagon, was crowned, or bemedaled, or beribboned, or whatever may be appropriate for that job, in a Rose Garden ceremony Friday. He was a Manhattan trial lawyer and a lobbyist who was general counsel at the Defense Department during Mr. Obama’s first term.

The department looks dysfunctional, and may need someone more than a professional lobbyist.

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FBI Apologizes for Press Release That Gives False Credit to Head of Connecticut Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI office in Connecticut issued an unusual apology after sending out a press release with false information about the office’s new head, Patricia Ferrick said.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Sept. 23 news release incorrectly credited Ferrick for playing a key role in an investigation she wasn’t involved in.

“Ms. Ferrick left the ranks of management [at FBI headquarters in Washington] in 2005 and transferred to the New Haven Division after being selected primary investigator of a high-profile case involving the governor of Connecticut,” the news release read.

Turns out, Ferrick didn’t investigate the case, according to the Courant.

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