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Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed in Two-Car Collision in California


 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old Border Patrol agent was killed in a two-car crash on his way to work Friday afternoon in California, Imperial Valley Press reports.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident, which also killed a 43-year-old woman who has not been identified. 

Imperial Valley Press identifies the agent as Agent Francisco Puga.

Agents were told “that we lost one of our brothers, that he’s too young to be taken from us, that he was coming to work,” said Lombardo Amaya, union president of National Border Patrol Council Local 2554, which oversees the El Centro Sector.

“We feel really sad for his wife, for his sister, for his mother, for his brother,” Amaya said.

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Border Patrol Agent Shot, Suspect Killed After Deer Intervenes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was shot and the suspect was killed during an unusual scene that federal authorities are investigating, Fox News reports.

The agent, whose name has not yet been disclosed, was treated and released after the gunman shot him in the leg, Fox News wrote.

Authorities said Border Patrol agents were trying to help a man in about 50 miles southeast of Laredo, Tex. whose car was hit by a deer when the man became combative and opened fire.

Turns out, the man hijacked the car, Fox News reported.

FBI Agent Opens Up About Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick’s Public Corruption Trial

Kwame Kilpatrick/deadline detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI opened its investigation of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick more than 8 years ago after getting a variety of tips, the leader investigator on the case told WXYZ Channel 7 reports.

Channel 7 interviewed FBI Special Agent Bob Beeckman about an investigation that included some 70 agents, 1,000 witnesses and 40,000 text messages.

“If you have public officials that betray the trust of citizens, the whole fabric of society comes apart,” Beeckman told Channel 7.

The prosecution tallied more than 30 guilty convictions against Kilaptrick, his father and contractor Bobby Ferguson in the public corruption case two weeks ago.

Beekman said the most damning evidence was probably the text messages that revealed a lot about the former mayor’s administration.

AG Eric Holder Pledges to Avoid Furlough of Prison Staffers Under Sequestration

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Attorney General Eric Holder said he’s prevented the furloughs of prison staffers nationwide to protect prison staff, inmates and the public, the Associated Press reports.

Holder prevented the furloughs of some 38,000 employees at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons by moving $150 million from from Justice Department account, the AP wrote.

The Justice Department has already been forced to cut $1.6 billion from its budget.

It’s not yet clear which department agencies will absorb the $150 million that won’t be saved from furloughs.

“I am deeply troubled by the impact the sequester will have on the department’s capacity to prevent terrorism, combat violent crime, partner with states and local law enforcement agencies and protect the judiciary and our most vulnerable citizens,” Holder wrote.

Ammunition Found in Wealthy Dallas High School; Where Are the Metal Detectors?

Pamela Kripke

By Pamela Kripke
Huffington Post

Earlier this month, a student at my daughter’s public high school found a pile of .22 caliber bullets on the floor of a boys’ bathroom. A day before, a threatening note was discovered in the same restroom, inside a stall. On top of the tissue dispenser. In February, three similar notes were found, three days in a row, in the same place. All talked of bombs.

When the bullets surfaced, FBI agents were called to the school to assist local police officers. The next day, someone dropped another handwritten note at the top of a stairwell. Then, after a $10,000 reward was announced, someone emailed a seventh threat to the organization that receives the tips. Twice this week, a person sent intimidating messages to individual students’ telephones. One was two paragraphs long. It said that the situation is “not a hoax,” we will see, but has been “building.” Finally, today, while writing this piece, another round of messages hit students’ phones.

When something happens, the school administrators send a text message to parents. They started doing this after the first round of notes. Numbers show up on the screen and you know there is trouble. We rush to the school to pick up our kids, in pajamas, in the middle of work. My stomach pangs when the phone rings. The morning of the bullets, it was my mom. I should tell her not to call.

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Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: A 1960 FBI Film on Defense Tactics

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U.S. Senator Harshly Criticizes FBI for Handling of Mob Informant Mark Rossetti

Mark Rossetti/ from Fox video

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Sen. Charles Grassley, a longtime critic of the FBI, issued some harsh words for the agency in the case of  FBI informant Mark Rossetti, a big-time Boston mobster, who was sentenced last week in Suffolk Superior Court to 12 years in prison.

Grassley said the Boston FBI hasn’t learned its lesson since FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger ran amuck and continued to commit crimes while working as an FBI informant, according to MyFox Boston. He said the Boston office needs a major shakeup.

“I thought it was pretty clear after Bulger as an example, now Rossetti coming out and not having learned any lessons. There needs to be big changes. I’m not running the FBI but this has been going on too long. There have to be big changes,” Grassley told FOX Undercover.

Fox wrote on its website:

Rossetti is a mob captain and suspected murderer who was charged in 2010 with running an organized crime ring including heroin trafficking, loan sharking and extortion. A State Police wiretap on Rossetti that gathered evidence used to indict and ultimately convict him also recorded conversations with his FBI handler, showing he was committing crimes while acting as a paid informant.

“It’s very difficult with the use of a Rossetti or a previous person that they wouldn’t know it’s going on and there wasn’t some knowledge of it. And if there isn’t knowledge of it there ought to be, otherwise the FBI is not doing its job,” Grassley said.

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FBI Searches Home of Former Reagan Aide Robert McFarlane for Evidence of Sudanese Relationship

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents searched the apartment of a national security adviser under former President Reagan on suspicions that he violated federal law by lobbying on behalf of the Sudanese government, according to an Associated Press story in the Washington Post.

Agents searching the apartment of Robert McFarlane found classified White House documents and handwritten notes about Sudan, the Post reported. The search warrant was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.

Federal law bars Americans from doing business with Sudan because of human rights violations and its alleged support for terrorism, the Post wrote.

Email obtained by the FBI show communication between McFarlane and the Sudanese government

“I believe that these emails are evidence that McFarlane was entering into an agreement with the government of Sudan to lobby the U.S. government officials on behalf of Sudan and to provide it advice during negotiations with the United States,” FBI agent Grayden R. Ridd wrote, according to AP.