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Report: At least 27 Accused Terrorists Prosecuted Under Secret Surveillance Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least 27 accused terrorists were prosecuted since 2007 using evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reports.

The FISA cases vary from murder to an 18-year-old American trying to join an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria.

As early as today, the U.S. government plans to disclose how many terrorist attacks were foiled under the NSA program, which is another surveillance tool used by feds.

FISA warrants were created in 1978 after congressional hearings revealed the U.S. was illegally spying on its residents, Reuters wrote.

FISA requires approval from a judge.

FBI Adds Accused Child Rapist, Murderer to ‘Ten Most Wanted’ list

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A child rapist and an alleged killer are the most recent additions to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, NBC News reports.

They are the 499th and 500th fugitives to be added to a list that has included Osama bin Laden, Ted Bundy, Whitey Bulger and James Early Ray.

“These individuals are a dangerous menace to society,” said Ron Hosko of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division in a news release. “That’s what got criminals on the Top 10 list 63 years ago, and that’s why we put them on the list today.”

The most recent additions were Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, who is accused of raping and stabbing a 26-year-old woman in front of her child, and Walter Lee Williams, who allegedly molested children.

Star Government Witness Describes Murders He Says He Committed for ‘Whitey’ Bulger

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An aging mobster and star government witness testified Tuesday that his heart was broken after learning that mob boss and friend James “Whitey” Bulger was an FBI informant, CNN reports.

“It broke my heart. It broke all loyalties,” said John Martorano, an alleged hit man who described the people he said he murdered. 

Bulger is accused of killing 19 people during nearly two decades.

Martorano, who lives on Social Security after serving 12 years in prison, testified that he pulled the trigger while Bulger was along to ensure a successful “hit.”

Ranking Senator Questions Quickness of Confirming New ATF Head B. Todd Jones Gets

Todd Jones

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ranking Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said “very troubling allegations” have surfaced that suggest B. Todd Jones, who is President Obama’s choice to head the ATF, retaliated against a whistleblower, The Washington Times reports.

The Iowa senator questioned why the confirmation hearings last week weren’t delayed while an investigation of Jones continues. 

When asked about the whistle-blowing complaints, Jones said he wasn’t familiar with the “substance of the complaints” and declined to comment.

“I must say that the allegations in the complaint are extremely troubling,” Grassley said.

Mystery Continues Over Cause of Border Patrol Agents’ Illness in New York

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Authorities are not sure how six U.S. border agents became ill after inspecting a vehicle at a crossing in northern New York, The Associated Press reports.

The officer became ill Saturday morning while examining a 2002 BMW at the Champlain crossing.

The officers, who were decontaminated on site, have been released from the hospital, The AP wrote.

The driver of the car was charged with marijuana and meth possession.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

A Familiar Circus Breaks Out As FBI Digs for Jimmy Hoffa

TV trucks and neighbors gathered outside the site.

Update: Tuesday, 8:10  a.m. — The FBI resumes digging today. 
Update: Monday, 6 p.m. — Detroit FBI spokesman Simon Shaykhet said agents would continue digging until sundown and will return Tuesday at 8 a.m.  to resume activities. He declined to provide specifics beyond that.*************
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

Oakland Township, Mich –– On Monday morning, almost as quickly as a snap of the finger, a circus broke out at a corner of rural Oakland Township, north of Detroit.

There were no elephants and dancing bears. But there were FBI agents, sheriff’s deputies, farm equipment and lots of TV cameras and reporters, curious neighbors and gawking motorists, some who stopped to snap a photo.

The FBI was digging for James R. Hoffa.

It wasn’t a huge surprise, in some ways.

Ex-Detroit mobster Tony Zerilli had come forward and spoken to the media several months ago, saying Hoffa is buried on property at a property near the corner of Buell and Adams Road. The site once belonged to Detroit’s top mobster Jack Tocco. The FBI was interested.

Zerilli, in a transcript of a partial book offered for sale on his website HoffaFound.com, said mobsters drove Hoffa to the property on July 30, 1975, bound and gagged him, then took a shovel and “cracked Hoffa over the head with it.” A gravesite already had been dug in a barn.

“They threw him in the hole, buried him alive,” Zerilli wrote. “He wasn’t shot, he wasn’t stabbed, nothing like that. A cement slab of some sort was placed on top of the dirt to make certain he was going to be discovered. And that was it. End of story.”

Anthony Zerilli’s partial manuscript — just 21 pages — is being peddled online for $5 as a download or $8 mailed.

Zerilli was at the excavation site for a while Monday morning, but took off. His attorney, David Chasnick, said he may have been a little intimidated by the crowd.

Chasnick gave journalists copies of Zerilli’s 21-page manuscript of his developing book on the disappearance. Zerilli, 85, is broke and has said he wants to make money on all of this.

To read the full story click here. 

Here We Go Again: Feds Begin Search for Jimmy Hoffa on Property in Suburban Detroit

 

James R. Hoffa

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– Here we go again.

The feds were searching a property Monday in Oakland County, outside of Detroit,  for the missing body of ex-Teamster leader James R. Hoffa, Robert Snell of The Detroit News reports.

The property is located near Buell and Adams roads in Oakland Township, Snell reports. The search appears to be the result of ex-Detroit mob boss Tony Zerilli coming forward on WDIV-TV (Channel 4) to say that Hoffa’s body was buried there. Hoffa disappeared in 1975. The property once belonged to mobster boss Jack Tocco.

Simon Shaykhet  of the  FBI declined comment Monday morning when contacted by Deadline Detroit.  

The search is the latest over decades.

The past searches have included farm land and a house in Detroit and a driveway in Roseville. All proved to be a bit of an embarrassment to the FBi, which came up empty handed.

To read more click here.

 

 

Dick Cheney Defends Phone, Internet Surveillance, Said It Could Have Prevented 9/11

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said the NSA database of phone and Internet records that were recently disclosed by a self-proclaimed whistleblower would have been useful in the fight against terrorism, NECN reports.

“We might have been able to prevent 9/11,” said Former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney is among those adding pressure to capture Edward Snowden and hold him accountable for exposing secret surveillance.

“He’s compromised it and he should be held accountable,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina.

Added Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia: “He needs to look an American jury in the eye and explain why he has disclosed sources and methods that are going to put American lives in danger.”