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Column: Penn State Cover Up is Lesson for Institutions Including Fed Law Enforcement

Allan Lengel

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There’s a lesson to be learned from the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State child sexual abuse scandal for institutions, including federal law enforcement agencies.

The main lesson is that institutions aren’t more important than people.

We’ve seen this play out so many times before. Institutions protecting their image, avoiding disgrace.

We’ve seen it in the Catholic church with the pedophile scandal. High ranking church officials covering up disgraceful criminal acts of sexual abuse to protect images and people in the institution.

We’ve seen it with the old FBI in Boston that covered up the misdeeds of mobster Whitey Bulger.

When cover ups like that happen, people get killed. Children get molested. Lives are ruined.

What happned at Penn State is unforgivable. Yes, as the Louie Freeh report points out, even good ole coach Joe Paterno was involved in the cover up.

So when scandal surfaces in institutions, including federal law enforcement, it’s best to come clean, lick the wounds and move on.

Cover ups are so much more dangerous to the things that matter most to us: People.

 

FBI In Early 1960s Mistakenly Referred to Mob as “La Causa Nostra”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

How unsophisticated was the FBI when dealing with the mob in the early 1960s?

So unsophisticated that the bureau referred to the La Cosa Nostra as the La Causa Nostra, according to Jerry Capeci, the mob expert who runs the site Gang Land News.

Capeci writes that for near two years, from September 1961 until July of 1963, the FBI had the name wrong.

Capeci writes:

The lack of agents familiar with the Italian language probably didn’t help matters, but the incorrect term originated with two confidential informants who were developed by FBI agents under the Top Hoodlum program that Hoover put into play to gather intelligence about the Mafia in the 1950s, according to FBI documents obtained by Gang Land.

“According to (informer) NY T-2,” stated one FBI report, “during  September, 1961, in the Italian underworld, the overall organization or group is referred to as ‘La Causa Nostra,’ literally translated, ‘our Cause.’ This term, in his opinion,” the report continued, “could be readily interchangeable with the word Mafia.”

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ATF May Help Combat Denver Street Violence if it Becomes More Serious

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Disturbing trends of violence in Denver concern the feds, but it may not be enough to trigger additional resources from ATF, the Denver Post reports.

B. Todd Jones, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who was visiting Denver, said he’s disturbed by increasing violence from gangs and young people.

“The troubling thing about Denver — and it is a phenomenon across the country — is the age of people who are involved in firearm violence for conflict resolution,” Jones said. But Jones warned that resources are scarce and will likely be focused on more violent cities, such as New Orleans and Chicago.

Closing Arguments to Begin Today in Texas Voter ID Law Trial

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Judges who will determine the fate of Texas’ controversial voter ID law are to hear closing arguments in the case today after both sides wrapped up testimony Thursday.

During the hearing, some experts testified that the law, which would require voters to show a valid ID, would disproportionately affect minorities. Lawyers for Texas countered that there is no evidence to make such a claim.

The Justice Department claims the new law violates the Voting Rights Act, which was designed to protect minority voting rights.

The judges expect to make a decision before November’s election.

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Legal Experts Say Louie Freeh’s Penn State Report is Lacking

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some legal experts criticize former FBI director Louis Freeh for not delving deeper into the past of accused molester Jerry Sandusky while investigating the Penn State University sex-abuse scandal, The New York Daily News reports.

Freeh’s report, which was released Thursday, didn’t explore Sandusky’s relationship with children prior to 1998, when the mother of one of Sandusky’s victims told police that the then-defensive coordinator fondled her boy in the shower.

But some legal experts say Freeh should have investigated Sandusky’s time at The Second Mile, his charity for disadvantaged kids that dates back to 1977.

“We know Sandusky used Second Mile to draw together children from precarious situations, and those are the kids who predators target,” Marci Hamilton, professor at New York’s Cardozo School of Law, told the Daily News. “Given the science of sexual abuse, we know Sandusky didn’t start in 1998, when he was in his mid-50s.”

FBI: No Evidence That George Zimmerman Is a Racist

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI found no evidence that accused murderer George Zimmerman was racist when he shot an unarmed black teen in Florida, according to new documents released Thursday, Reuters reports.

FBI agents investigating whether race was a factor in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin interviewed police and Zimmerman’s boss, friends, neighbors and others.

In an interview with the FBI, Sanford Police Detective Christopher Serino said he did not believe the shooting was motivated by racial prejudice.

It was Travyon’s attire – a hoodie – that appears to have prompted Zimmerman to confront an unarmed Martin.

Zimmerman “took it upon himself to view Martin as acting suspicious,” Serino said, adding that members of local gangs often wear hooded sweatshirts.