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FBI Director Mueller Says Special Interrogation Group Used More Than a Dozen Times in Past 2 Years

Director Mueller testifying on the Hill/fbi photo

By CNN

WASHINGTON — A special group set up to interrogate captured terror suspects has been mobilized more than a dozen times in the past two years, FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday.

“It’s been effective,” Mueller told a House appropriations subcommittee when asked about the use of the so-called High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, known as HIG. “Over the last two years I think we’ve had 14 instances where we’ve deployed elements of the HIG to conduct interrogations.”

Mueller did not list the cases in which the HIG was used. A law enforcement official said the HIG can be deployed both overseas and in the United States and can be used in interrogations with U.S. citizens as well as non-citizens.

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Read his statement to Congress

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Head of NJ FBI Not Happy With NYPD Spying on Muslims

Michael Ward/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The New York Police Department’s spying on Muslims in New Jersey is not only ticking off Muslims. The FBI is none too happy.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the NYPD activity, which as been written about in the media, is rubbing Michael Ward, head of the New Jersey FBI, the wrong way.

Ward, according to the paper, says the NYPD activity is damaging his agency’s ability to gather info.

“What we have now is (Muslim communities) … that they’re not sure they trust law enforcement in general, they’re fearing being watched, they’re starting to withdraw their activities,” Ward told The Star-Ledger in an exclusive interview. “And the impact of that sinking tide of cooperation means that we don’t have our finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the community as well — we’re less knowledgeable, we have blind spots, and there’s more risk.”

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Newt Gingrich to Get Secret Service Protection

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It took a while.

CBS News reports that presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich will be getting Secret Service protection just like Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

The network pointed out that Ron Paul is now the only candidate left who doesn’t have the Secret Service protection.

Gingrich, who has been fading in the race, got a little injenction of hope Tuesday night with a primary victory in his home state of Georgia.

 

Hacker Helped FBI Break Big Case With Anonymous

istock photo

By Donna Leinwand Leger
USA TODAY

An influential computer hacker turned FBI informant led investigators to his former accomplices, helping federal agents make their first significant crack into Anonymous, a cybergroup that attacks corporate and government websites.

Four members of the international computer hacking group LulzSec were charged Tuesday with a worldwide conspiracy after the legendary hacker known in Internet circles as Sabu exposed the inner workings of the sophisticated attacks.

LulzSec hackers are allegedly part of a loose confederation of computer saboteurs known as Anonymous, which has “waged a deliberate campaign of online destruction, intimidation and criminality,” according to an indictment made public Tuesday in a federal court in New York.

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How The Feds Turned a Hacker Against His Own (Fox News)

 

Obama Orders Atty. Gen. Holder to Investigate Oil Price Speculation

Pres. Obama at state of the union/white house photo

By Jon Perkins
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday at a press conference that Attorney General Eric Holder will reconstitute the Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group to probe the rising prices at the gas pumps around the nation.

The move comes amid a consensus that speculation is what has driven the cost of a gallon of gasoline  up 42 cents from the beginning of January to the end of February when the average retail price per gallon of gasoline jumped  from $3.30 to $3.72.

Obama did not detail when the group will report its findings or just what the panel would do. The group was created in 2011 to root out speculators who buy and sell oil futures based on the predicted price of oil. The task force, which has met bout a half dozen times,  has been helping the Federal Trade Commission investigate  gas prices since June 2011.

Oil speculation is generally legal unless the investor has relied on insider information.

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Texas Financier R. Allen Stanford Convicted in $7 Billion Fraud

R. Allen Stanford

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

All the riches in the world, and no where to go but prison.

A fed jury in Houston on Tuesday convicted wealthy Texan R. Allen Stanford,61,  on 13 of 14 counts that involved allegations that he ran a $7 billion fraud through an offshore bank, the Houston Chronicle reported. Family members wiped away tears as the verdict was read, according to the paper.

The conviction is likely to keep him behind bars for quite a while.

The charges included conspiracy, fraud, obstruction and money laundering. The counts of which he was found guilty carry total penalties of 230 years.

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FBI Announces $1 Million Reward to Help Find Ex-FBI Agent Who Vanished in Iran in 2007

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On the five-year anniversary of his disappearance– which happens to be this week — the FBI is offering a $1 million reward and is launching a publicity campaign in Asia to try to locate and bring home ex-FBI agent Robert A. Levinson, who vanished while on business in Iran.

The FBI said that on March 8, 2007, Levinson traveled to Kish Island, Iran as a private investigator “and has not been publicly seen or heard from since his disappearance on March 9, 2007.”

“On the fifth anniversary of Bob’s disappearance, the FBI continues to follow every lead into his abduction and captivity,” James W. McJunkin, head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office said in a statement.

“We are committed to bringing Bob home safely to his family. We hope that this reward will encourage anyone with information about Bob or his captors, no matter how insignificant it seems, to contact the FBI.”

Director Mueller, seen with Robert Levinson’s wife Christine and Deputy Director Sean Joyce, announces a $1 million reward in the Levinson case./fbi photo

Authorities said a year ago Sec. of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement saying the U.S. had info that Levinson was being held captive by a group in southwest Asia.

Authorities said they were launching a publicity campaign in southwest Asia to heighten awareness of Levinson’s abduction and $1 million reward  via billboards, radio messages, and flyers. A tip line will be provided to listeners and viewers.