Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

June 2021
S M T W T F S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



News Story

Log of Complaints Shows Misconduct Among Secret Service Employees

secret service photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A log of complaints against Secret Service employees shows a variety of misconduct, including an allegation that an agent was intoxicated while he was supposed to be protecting a foreign leader, Bloomberg News reports.

The federal government released the 229-page log this weekend in response to a Freedom of Information Act by news organizations following accusations that federal agents were consorting with prostitutes while preparing for President Barack Obama’s arrival in Columbia in April.

Logs show other cases of prostitution, Bloomberg reports.

Feds Land Big Insider Trading Conviction With Rajat Gupta

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A federal crackdown on illicit trading on Wall Street netted its latest catch with the conviction of Rajat Gupta, a business insider and former board member of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Reuters reports.

Gupta was convicted Friday on charges that he leaked confidential information about Goldman Sachs during the peak of the economic crisis.

He faces up to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of four criminal counts, according to Reuters.

The case is the latest victory by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, which has launched an aggressive campaign to bust insider trading.

FBI nabs Ocean’s Eleven-style ring of thieves after biggest heist in U.S history

Ted Sherman 
The Star Ledger 

 The Eli Lilly warehouse in Enfield, Conn., is a nondescript beige building with a pebbled concrete exterior, just off Freshwater Boulevard.

Although just down the road from a suburban shopping mall and an Olive Garden restaurant, it feels like the middle of nowhere, surrounded by woods and little else.

A light rain was falling on Saturday, March 13, 2010, when a tractor-trailer rumbled up to the loading dock about 9:33 p.m. Shut down for the weekend, the building had no security fence or watchman to keep an eye on the pallets of the costly pharmaceuticals awaiting shipment.

The Enfield warehouse was about to become legend — the scene of an $80 million commercial drug heist, the biggest in U.S. history.

This is the inside story of how it went down and how authorities tracked and arrested 22 alleged members of an Ocean’s Eleven-style ring of thieves, who operated with their own trucks, warehouses and black market wholesalers.

To read the full story click here:

Ex-FBI Agent Connolly Claims Justice Dept. Will Do Everything to Cover Up Full Story About Whitey Bulger and FBI

John Connolly

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Imprisoned ex-FBI John Connolly, who was the Boston case agent for informant/mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, tells Newsweek:

“The Justice Department is going to do everything within its power to try to make sure the full story never comes out” about Bulger’s activities and his relationship with the FBI.

Connolly is serving a 40-year sentence in Florida for crimes related to mobsters Bulger and Steve Flemmi, including second-degree-murder.

To read the full story click here.

Weekend Series on Crime: Mobster-Turned Informant Henry Hill

Editors Note: Henry Hill died in California on Tuesday at age 69.

U.S. Terror Mastermind Relied on E-Mails to Communicate With Followers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S.-born terror boss Anwar al Awlaki , who was killed by an American drone in Yemen last September, communicated with his followers using encryption and code words on more than 60 e-mail addresses while under FBI watch, FOX News revealed, following a five-month investigation that will be aired on the news channel at 10 p.m. tonight.

Some e-mails went to accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, Fox News reported.

“FOX Files: The Enemy Within” features interviews and firsthand accounts of the November 2009 Fort Hood Massacre that left 13 people dead and at least 43 injured.

A Senate committee investigating the Food Hood massacre accused the FBI for failing to act as an “effective interagency information sharing and operation coordination mechanism,” FOX reported.

No Regrets in Failed Prosecution of former Sen. Edwards

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
The former U.S. Attorney who spearheaded the failed prosecution of former Sen. John Edwards expressed no regrets, the News and Observer reports.

George Holding said political corruption cases are the most difficult to prosecute, and any decision to halt the prosecution would have been a “derliction of duty,” according to the News and Observer.

A mistrial on most charges prompted the Justice Department to abandon the prosecution after a mistrial.

Oregon Mosque Critical of FBI Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oregon’s largest mosque feels under siege by snoopy FBI agents who have placed at least five affiliates of the mosque on no-fly lists without an explanation, the Religion News Services reports.

Included on the roster of suspected terrorists banned from flying in the U.S. is the longtime religious leader of At Masjed As-Saber.

Muslims told the Religion News Services that the actions of the FBI are exacerbating already poor relationships with the mosque and Muslim community.

A special agent in Portland contends the FBI does not target people based on their religion, but declined to comment on the mosque investigation.