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FBI Seizes Records at Detroit Library System in Corruption Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — FBI agents seized records and computer equipment from the Detroit Library System to investigate kickbacks involving a top official Tuesday, the Detroit News reports. Agents also raided the home of chief administrative officer Tim Cromer, who is accused of personally profiting from contracts.

The raid is just the latest in Detroit, where agents have been investigating corruption in virtually every corner of city government.

The FBI didn’t provide specifics on Monday’s raids but said contracts were involved, the Detroit News reported.

 

FBI: Number of Police Killed Rises Over Year Before

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the U.S. and Puerto Rico rose from 72 in 2011 from 56 the previous year, according to newly released FBI data, the AP reports.

Of the 72 fatalities, most involved an officer trying to make an arrest.

Most of the deaths – 29 – occurred in the South, while the West and Northeast had 10 each. In the Midwest, 21 officers were killed.

Police also died other ways. The FBI reports that 53 cops die in accidents in 2011, while nearly 55,000 were injured while in the line of duty.

 

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Attorney General Eric Holder to Keep Top Job for Another Year

Attorney General Eric Holder

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Attorney General Eric Holder will stay on the job for another year during President Obama’s second term, Fox News reports.

Citing senior administration officials, Fox News said Obama wants to prevent a mass exodus from his administration at the end of his first term.

That follows news that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to leave soon.

Among those mentioned a potential replacements are Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Retired DEA Agent Busted in Prostitution Ring in Florida

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired DEA agent was arrested on accusations of trying to buy sex from an undercover officer in Palm Bay, Florida, WDBO reports.

The former agent, David Costa, 76, was nabbed as part of a sting operation  undercover officers posing as prostitutes, WDBO reported.

“It just sometimes amazes me how many people go up to our undercover officers at any given time,” said Palm Bay police Sgt. Ron Lugo.

WDBO wrote that Costa approached the undercover officer and offered $10 for a sex act.

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Editorial: Reno Dispute Between Justice Department and ATF Must End Now

Reno Gazette-Journal
Editorial

The ongoing dispute between the Reno offices of the U.S. Attorney and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — a dispute that should have been resolved months ago in the interest of effective law enforcement — has gone from the absurd to the downright dangerous.

The rift, more than a year old, already has resulted in the near decimation of the Reno ATF office, with five of six agents transferring to other offices, the Reno Gazette-Journal’s Martha Bellisle has reported, when the U.S. Attorney’s office refused to prosecute cases prepared by the ATF. In at least one case, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office has stepped in to prosecute.

On Sunday, Bellisle reported the ATF is no longer picking up weapons purchased by nearly three dozen people who failed to pass a background check required by federal law. The ATF doesn’t have sufficient personnel to meet its most basic responsibilities, leaving guns in the hands of people who aren’t allowed to have them, most often because they’ve been convicted of felonies.

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FBI Kept Tabs on Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin’s Only Daughter

Joseph Stalin

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI monitored Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s only daughter after she defected to the United States in 1967, newly declassified documents show, the Associated Press reports.

The documents show FBI agents were gathering information to find out how Lana Peters’ arrival to the U.S. was affecting relations with other countries.

One source said the impact was “profound.”

“Our source opined that the United States Government exhibited a high degree of maturity, dignity and understanding during this period,” according to the memo, the AP wrote. “It cannot help but have a profound effect upon anyone who is considering a similar solution to an unsatisfactory life in a Soviet bloc country.”

Peters lived a relatively quiet life before she died in a nursing home in 2011.

CBP Officer Sentenced to Probation in Gun-Buying Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A CBP officer who bought guns at local sporting goods stores for other people and then lied about it was sentenced Monday to fives years on probation, the Associated Press reports.

Manuel Eduardo Pena had faced up to five years in prison after prosecutors say he bought hunting rifles for other people and lied to authorities when asked about it, the AP reported.

A federal jury convicted Pena in August of two counts of making a false statement on a firearms record and one count of making a false statement to a federal authority.

The AP wrote that Pena is on unpaid leave.

4 Men With Ties to California Held in Terrorist Plot

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI announced Monday night that it had busted four men -, including one who served in the Air Force —  who allegedly plotted to join Qaeda and the Taliban to commit “violent jihad” and bomb military bases and government facilities,  the Los Angeles Times reported.

The four men had ties to southern California.

A criminal complaint alleges that one of the men Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, traveled in July to Afghanistan, where he arranged for terrorist training to be conducted with Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives.

The complaint, according to the LA Times, also alleged that Kabir introduced Ontario, Calif. resident Ralph Deleon, 23, and Upland, Calif., resident Miguel Alejandro Santana, 21, to “radical and violent Islamic doctrine.”

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