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Man Claims to Have Original Wire Taps Used on Mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Reznikoff wants a hefty price – nearly $4,000 – on eBay for some circuit boards, wires and digital cards.

Then again, they aren’t just any computer scraps, the Connecticut resident claims.

UPI.com reports that Reznikoff bought the equipment for $500 from the president of a Boston electronics recycling company, where a pallet showed up marked, “Bulger Phone Switch.”

“It came from a government agency in Boston,” the man told Reznikoff, reported UPI.com.

Now Reznikoff is asking nearly $4,000 for the equipment on eBay.

FBI officials have expressed doubt that Reznikoff has legitimate surveillance equipment from the Bulger case.

Ray Kelly, Fierce Supporter of New York’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy, Still Mum on Homeland Security Post

NYPD Commissioner Kelly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Is New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in line for the top Homeland Security post?

Kelly said he’s spent time in Washington D.C., but added Sunday, “I know it’s wise to keep my mouth shut at this time,” Kelly told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

But pressure is building against Kelly, whose controversial stop-and-frisk policy was struck down by a court as unconstitutional, The Hill reports.

Still, President Obama doesn’t seem to be bothered by Kelly’s fiery defense of stop-and-frisk.

“Mr. Kelly might be very happy where he is, but if he’s not, I’d want to know about it because obviously, he’d be very well-qualified for the job,” Obama said last month.

 

Guns, Body Armor, Night Vision Equipment Stolen from FBI’s Agent’s Car

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An FBI agent made an unsettling discovery outside of his North Carolina residence earlier this month: Someone broke into his car overnight and stole an M-16, shotgun, night vision equipment and body armor.

Now the Charlotte FBI office is offering up to a $5,000 reward leading to the recovery of the stolen guns, which can be very dangerous in the wrong hands, the Charlotte Observer reports.

One of the guns was a Colt M-16; the other was a Remington 870 shotgun with pistol grip.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI Charlotte office at 704-672-6700.

Retired FBI Agent Greg Stejskal Will Talk to U-M Football Team About Gambling

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

The author (right) Greg Stejksal and late Michigan coach Bo Schembechler

 
By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com
In 1982, legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler asked the Ann Arbor, Mich., FBI office to talk to his team about the perils of illegal sports gambling.

The senior resident agent, Tom Love, agreed to make the presentation. Love, knowing I had played college football at Nebraska (read: mostly practiced), asked me to help. We explained that sports gambling is not about who wins but about covering the point spread. That gamblers need to get inside information as an edge to better divine how a team will perform and, the Holy Grail of bookmakers, have a cooperating player or referee with the ability to control the point spread: point shaving.

Sports gambling was and is a potential threat to the integrity of sports. The huge amount of money bet illegally in the United States, estimated at more than $300 billion, is an incentive to control the outcome of a game.

When I started making presentations, Michigan’s football team was housed in a relatively small, one-story building. Michigan’s transition to the state-of-the-art facilities it has today is emblematic of the change in Division I football in the past 30 years. In those days, college teams such as Michigan might be on TV once or twice a year. Now, a dedicated fan or gambler can watch just about any game played anywhere in the country. With the increase in TV coverage, sports gambling also has increased. And with the advent of the Internet, gamblers have access to more current information and can place bets online.

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FBI Crime Lab in Quantico, Va., Helps Track Down Terrorists Who Used IEDs

Robert Mueller

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A little-known FBI crime lab near Washington played a critical role in convicting two men who helped target American soldiers in Iraq with improvised exploding devices, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammad pleaded guilty to smuggling Stinger surface-to-air missiles and money to terrorists in Iraq from the one place you wouldn’t expect to find jihadists – Bowling Green, Ky.

Lab technicians at the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in Quantico, Va. found evidence linking Alwan to the use of an IED in Iraq, the LA Times reported.

The lab has processed more than 80,000 IED submissions.

But FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III fears the lab may be hit by budget cuts.

Partner of Journalist Responsible for Reporting on NSA Leaks Was Held at London Airport

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

David Miranda, the partner of the journalist who exposed the NSA’s surveillance program through records from Edward Snowden, found himself detained at a London airport for nine hours, The New York Daily News reports.

Miranda lives in Brazil with journalist Glenn Greewald, whose reports on NSA surveillance has stirred controversy around the globe.

Miranda was at Heathrow Airport returning from meeting one of Greenwald’s collaborators when he was held for nine hours under a terrorism law, the Daily News reported.

Greenwald called the detainment “a failed attempt at intimidation.”

“It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources,” he said,” It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic.”

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Buffalo Parking Meter Mechanic Who Stole 800,000 quarters over 8 Years Will Spend 2 1/2 Years in Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Bagarozzo spent eight years stealing quarters from parking meters in Buffalo.

By the time he was arrested in December 2011, authorities said he had stolen 800,000 quarters – or $200,000.

The parking meter mechanic was sentenced to 2 1/2 ears in prison Friday.

“When he went to work, half of his day was spent stealing from the city,” said Special Agent Rob Gross, who investigated the case out of our Buffalo Division.

So how did the 57-year-old exchange the quarters at a bank without raising red flags?

The FBI said he rolled the changed in coin wrappers and said his friend worked with a vending machine business.

“He developed such a good relationship with the bank tellers,” Gross said.

Here’s the press release

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Crashes Into El Paso Bike Rider, Killing Him

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Anthony Aragon saw the bicyclist on his right and prepared to carefully pass him.

But the off-duty Border Patrol agent said the bicyclist veered into his lane, causing him to strike 47-year-old Floyd Hancock in New Mexico on Saturday morning, the El Paso Times reports.

Aragon jumped out of his car and performed CPR on Hancock, New Mexico State Police spokesman Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez told the Times.

Hancock was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation.