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June 2021


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‘Silk Road’ Bust Reveals Challenge of Cracking Secret Internet

Steve Neavling 

When federal agents swarmed Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht at a public library in San Francisco, the arrest of the alleged kingpin did little to curtail others from selling and buying drugs on the Internet’s largely untraceable underground, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Silk Road is not the only online drug marketplace. Web sites such as Sheep Marketplace offer special browsers to allow users to anonymously buy just about anything.

There’s no way of telling how much money and drugs are being exchanged, but a look at Silk Road offers a glimpse into one enterprise: Authorities said the site sold $1.2 billion in drugs and other contraband in less than three years.

“People have had the ability to set up enterprises that violate laws for a long time,” said Phil Zimmermann, who developed PGP, or “pretty good privacy,” as a human rights tool in the 1990s, the Sun wrote. “I don’t think that Silk Road is any worse than any other … conduit through which you could sell anything legal or illegal.”


One of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists in U.S. Custody After Capture in Libya

Steve Neavling

A few days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Anas al Libi was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

The reward – $25 million, the same amount offered for the capture of Osama bin Laden.

On Saturday, authorities finally captured al Libi in Libya, accusing him of being one of the top remaining leaders of al Qaeda and a former confidant of bin Laden’s, NBC News reports.

“As the result of a U.S. counterterrorism operation, Abu Anas al Libi is currently lawfully detained by the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya,” Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed, adding that al Libi was being held under the “law of war.”

Libyan officials are asking for an explanation, NBC News reported.

So Many ‘Whitey’ Bulger Books! Even He’s Writing One

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Steve Neavling

Long before James “Whitey” Bulger was captured in California in 2011, the notorious mobster was the subject of more than a dozen books.

Now that he’s been convicted and headed to prison for life, many more books are in the works – “books by relatives of his victims, books by his crime compatriots, books by cops and prosecutors,” LA Weekly reports.

One of those authors is none other than Bulger, who had written more than 100 pages of his memoir when he was arrested in his Santa Monica apartment, LA Weekly wrote.

Of all the books written about this “amazing crime story,” the LA Weekly recommended “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice,” by Boston Globe writers Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy.

The book “is the product of a combined 50 years of covering Bulger. But more than densely detailed reporting, it also brings amazing human-interest insight made possible by the authors’ geographic proximity: Cullen lived in South Boston for most of Bulger’s reign; Murphy graduated from South Boston High School.”


Fundraiser for FBI Agent Karen Pabon, Who Died of Cancer

By Allan Lengel

FBI agents are trying to help out the family of special agent Karen Pabon, who died recently after battling cancer..

Pabon was a was assigned to the South Jersey RA on their JTTF for the past year and a half and was in the Philly office for about 5 years before that.

She leaves behind a four-year-old autistic daughter Reegan Isabella Donnelly and husband Dan, Donnelly who is a deputy U.S. Marshal.

A fund raiser is planned to help the family on Oct. 24 in Philadelphia.

To get details on how to buy a ticket or donate to the family, click here.


Weekend Series on Crime: Mob Hitmen


How Authorities Tracked Down Alleged ‘Silk Road’ Founder

Steve Neavling

Authorities knew him as the “Dread Pirate Roberts” and the founder of the largest online marketplace for illegal drugs.

His sophisticated site, called Silk Road, made it nearly impossible for authorities to trace him or the users because of an encryption network and digital currency called “bitcoin.”

But FBI agents finally tracked down the alleged founder, 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht, after he posted his Gmail address online, CNN reports.

Experts were able to track him down at a San Francisco library.

The site allegedly sold drugs, fake IDs, guns and even hitmen.

Justice Department Accused of Keeping Public Records from Being Released

Steve Neavling 

President Obama pledged to run a transparent administration that respects public access to records.

But an internal audit of the Justice Department recently found excessive secrecy, according to Slate.

The audit found “persistent misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of certain classification processes.”

For example, a review of documents found that information was marked as secret despite containing no classified information, Slate reported.

Border Patrol Agents to Work without Paychecks Until Government Reopens

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents, who are considered vital to protecting the safety of Americans, are working throughout the government shutdown.

But they – 52,000 of the 59,000 employees of CBP, might not see a paycheck until the government reopens, the Tucson Weekly reports.

Working without pay is a “slap in the face,” said Shawn Moran, vice president at large of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing agents.

“We’re all out here serving our country, whether it’s overseas or on the border,” Moran said.

Moran said he worries about some employees because they live paycheck to paycheck while being expected to work.