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June 2021


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Company: Hackers Did Not Breach FBI Laptop to Prove Massive Spying

Steve Neavling 

Was the FBI keeping tabs on millions of Apple devices?

No, says an Orlando company that claims it – not the FBI – was hacked to obtain millions of identification numbers for Apple devices, the New York Times reports.

Hacking group AntiSec – a subset of the hacking collective known as Anonymous – claimed it had stolen the identification numbers from an FBI laptop, which would suggested the agency was spying on millions of Americans.

The Orlando company, BlueToad, which works with creates digital and mobile formats for users, said its contents matched the stolen information, according to the New York Times.

FBI Sting Pledged ‘Martyrdom Payments” to Suspected Terrorist

Steve Neavling

 The attorney of a Moroccan immigrant who volunteered to kill himself in a bomb attack on the U.S. Capitol said his client was promised “martyrdom payments” by the FBI, the Associated Press reports.

The attorney also alleges the FBI gave suspect Amine El-Khalifi, 29, more than $5,700 in living expenses during the six-month sting.

Undercover agents also promised El-Khalifi that his parents would receive $1,000-a-month “martyrdom payments,” according to the AP.

El-Khalifi is expected to be sentenced Friday in federal court.

Trenton Mayor Mack Set Up by Undercover Informants

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling

 The FBI used a government informant to see if Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and his sidekicks would accept a bribe over a fake land-development deal, the Associated Press reports.

Turns out, it worked, the FBI announced after arresting Mack, his brother Ralphiel and others early Monday morning.

Mack, his brother and mayoral supporter and convicted sex offender Joseph Giorgianni were each charged with a single count of conspiring to extort the undercover informants Monday, the AP reported.

Since Mack’s home was raided in July, federal authorities have been mum about the allegations until Monday.

The suspects were released on bond, according to the AP.

Former DEA leaders Urge AG to Come Out Against Legalizing Marijuana

DEA photo

Steve Neavling 

Nine former heads of the DEA sent a strong message to Attorney General Eric Holder: Fight against efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in three states, the Reuters reports.

Failing to say anything, they said, would suggest he condones legalization.

The former officials told Holder that legalization would fly in the face of federal law, according to Reuters.

“To continue to remain silent conveys to the American public and the global community a tacit acceptance of these dangerous initiatives,” said a copy of the letter obtained by Reuters.

Voters in three states – Colorado, Washington state and Oregon – are set to decide in November whether to legalize pot for recreation.


Column: The Deafness Before the 9/11 Attack

Kurt Eichenwald, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former reporter for The New York Times, is the author of “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars.”

New York Times
IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.

On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda.

That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that daily brief — and only that daily brief — in response to pressure from the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack.

Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance, saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack.

To read the full column click here.

Retired FBI Agent John Wills Publishes Collection of Stories By Women in Law Enforcement

John Wills

By Allan Lengel

John Wills, a retired FBI agent, former Chicago cop and award winning author, has cranked out his latest book: “Women Warriors: Stories from the Thin Blue Line.”

The book is described on his website as  “a compelling collection” of true stories about women in law enforcement from the radio dispatcher to a courageous lone officer staring down the barrel of a gun inside a crowded department store.

The book is set to be released on Tuesday.

It features police officers, federal agents, chaplains, corrections officers and dispatchers.

Wills’ web page says that the women “all share their stories, each one written in their own hand. The diverse tales will make you laugh, cry and cheer as these Women Warriors face unknown danger during their shifts.”

Wills, who in 2011 published his third suspense novel “Targeted”, won First Place in the fiction novel category at the 2011 Writing Competition held by the the Public Safety Writers Association in Las Vegas in July 2011.


FBI Agents Forced From Positions to be Compensated Under Deal with Congress

By Steve Neavling
Current and retired FBI agents who were forced from their supervisory positions because of a 2004 policy will be compensated under a deal between Congress and the bureau, the FBI Agents Association announced today.

The agency said a total of $6.4 million will be spread out in varying amounts to 94 supervisory special agents who were affected by a policy known as “Up or Out.”

The 2004 policy limited squad supervisors to five years in field offices. After that, they had a few options: transfer to FBI headquarters in Washington, compete for select promotions, accept a demotion or retire.

“While the Bureau has yet to fulfill a prior commitment to assist all those negatively affected by the Policy, we do want to report measurable progress on the effort to address some of the unfortunate consequences of the Up or Out policy,” the FBIAA wrote in a statement.

Under the deal, the SSAs who will be compensated must have been in their positions by 2001.

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Arrested This Morning in Corruption Probe

Mayor Tony Mack

By Steve Neavling

The FBI arrested Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and others this morning as part of an ongoing corruption investigation, NBC 4 New York reports.

Among the potential charges facing the mayor is conspiracy to obstruct commerce by extortion.

Also taken into custody were top campaign contributor Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni and six others, according to NBC 4 New York.

Specific charges and more details are expected to be announced later today.