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Michael Douglas Helping FBI Fight Insider Trading

By BEN PROTESS and AZAM AHMED
New York Times

Gordon Gekko is cooperating with the F.B.I.

No, there’s not another big-budget Oliver Stone follow-up to “Wall Street” in the works. Instead, Michael Douglas, who played the financier in the 1987 movie and the sequel, is now starring in a straight-to-television video for the Federal Bureau of Investigation meant to root out insider trading — the same crime that brought down the high-flying Mr. Gekko.

A one-minute spot that points out that illicit trading is, in fact, illegal might not seem a priority. But the new video — now showing on CNBC and Bloomberg Television — is part of the government’s broader initiative aimed at drawing cooperating witnesses and tipsters from Wall Street.

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FBI Says Billions in Financial Crime Restitution (AP)

DEA Agent Critical of Columnist’s Assertions on Penn State Scandal; Columnist Responds

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 Charles Lutz is a retired DEA agent and Penn State University alum. His column is in response to a ticklethewire.com column by Ross Parker’s entitled: A Letter to My Son on Moral Decisions in Light of Penn State.
 
By Charles Lutz
For ticklethewire.com

 While I don’t disagree with Ross Parker’s advice to his son to always try to do the “right thing,” he has misstated the facts in making his case in his column “A letter to my Son on Moral Decisions in the Light of Penn State.”

For example, he says that once Joe Paterno, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President Gary Schultz learned of the alleged allegation by Graduate Assistant Mike McQueary that the three took no further action of any kind, and that Sandusky’s access to the children and the Penn State facilities were not restricted. That’s simply not true.

According to the Grand Jury Presentment, when Paterno learned of the incident from McQueary he reported it to his superiors, one of whom was in charge of the police department, which had jurisdiction for all crimes on campus. And when Curley and Shultz learned of the incident they banned Sandusky from bringing children into the locker room facilities, and reported the allegation to the Executive Director of Sandusky’s former charity, the Second Mile. It would have been fair for Ross to have said that he didn’t think what had been done was enough. But what was done was done was certainly more than nothing.

Further, Ross unfairly, in my opinion, accuses McQueary of doing nothing for nine years after making his report to Paterno, Curley and Schultz. But according to the Grand Jury Presentment, McQueary was informed of the actions taken against Sandusky, and that they had been approved by University President Graham Spanier. When McQueary was asked on the stand (at the preliminary hearing for the perjury charges against Curley and Schultz) why he didn’t go to the police, he said, “I thought I did (referring to Schultz).” I’m not sure what else a Graduate Assistant could have done.

Ross is quick to conclude, on his mistaken premise that Paterno, Curley and Schultz did nothing, that Sandusky was free to molest other children. But he fails to mention that during the more than two-year Grand Jury investigation of this allegation, these same facts, and allegations made by many other children, were well known to the Pennsylvania Attorney General (newly elected Governor), and the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, and that they did nothing to intervene on behalf of the children.

They could have indicted Sandusky on one felony count, exposed him, asked for legal restrictions on his activities with children, and superseded the indictment with the additional counts. But they chose not to do so. While they were quick to point the moral finger at Penn State officials, where were their moral compasses pointed? Perhaps Corbett didn’t want to rock the boat while he was running for Governor(?).

Parker’s Response

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office. He is a regular columnist for ticklethewire.com.

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

The fact is that exactly who did what and when in this alleged tragedy are hotly disputed subjects which will presumably be sorted out in court in the months ahead.

Neither of us were witnesses so each of us has relied on someone’s version. However, from what I can determine, the column’s assertion is accurate that Sandusky’s access was not restricted to children or to University facilities—except that about a month after the incident his keys to the locker room were taken away.

Coach Paterno did report to the appropriate officials two days after the incident. McQueary did report, in some fashion, to Coach Paterno and then to the Athletic Director and the Vice President for Finance and Business (who also oversaw the campus police), about ten days later when he was called to a meeting with them. Second Mile officials were told something about the incident, but Sandusky continued to be active in the organizationfor eight years.

If my brief and general rendition of the facts is unduly hard on the two coaches, who at least did do something, however limited, then I appreciate former Special Agent Lutz’s corrections of the record. But on the fundamental moral issue, the point is that, although everyone had to know that Sandusky continued to be actively involved with children, coaching, Second Mile activities, etc., no one acted to intervene beyond those initial discussions.

According to the Grand Jury Presentment, no one notified the University Police, the city or state police, or Child Protective Services. No one tried to protect or even identify the alleged child victim or to determine if there were others in need of counseling or protection.

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FBI Busts Sheriff on Conspiracy, Obstruction Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Louisiana Sheriff was arrested on conspiracy, computer fraud, identity theft and obstruction charges, the FBI announced in a statement.

Sheriff Royce Edward Toney, 64, of Monroe, La., was arrested on Friday, according to the FBI. The indictment alleges that Toney and another man engaged in a conspiracy to illegally track the communications of a third party and that, once he learned the FBI sought to speak with him, he attempted to cover up the illegal tracking, according to the FBI.

From April to October of 2010 Toney and another man allegedly accessed protected computers without authorization and committed identity theft by using the AOL e-mail address and password of another persons. Toney is charged with obstruction both for reformatting the victim’s computer and for retaliating against a witness who spoke to the FBI in the investigation.

FBI Dir. Mueller Gets Prestigious Award at His Old Stomping Grounds — Princeton

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III let his Ivy League colors fly over the weekend.

Mueller, a 1966 graduate of Princeton, was awarded the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award on Saturday at Princeton, which recognizes an alum’s commitment to public service, the Daily Princetonian reported.

The paper reported that Mueller spoke at the Richardson Auditorium about the importance of values he developed at Princeton.

“Since its earliest days, Princeton has had a unique way of instilling ideals, such as leadership, humility and service, into the educational experience, and the institution is all the stronger for it,” he said, according to the college paper.

 

GOP Hopeful Santorum to Get Secret Service

The Santorum family/ campaign photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, is set to receive protection from the Secret Service, reports FOX News. Rival candidate Newt Gingrich has also requested protection from the service, and Mitt Romney already has it, according to FOX.

Santorum asked for protection after an incident earlier this month after “Occupy” supporters heckled the candidate near Tacoma, Wash., earlier this month. After a scuffle broke out at the Washington event involving Occupy Tacoma protestors one man was arrested for the “glitter bombing” of Santorum, an act of protest that has spread recently in defiance of the candidate’s extreme views on homosexuality. Glitter bombing involves throwing glitter at the candidate.

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Supreme Court Ruling Prompts FBI to Turn Off About 3,000 GPS Devices

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s fair to surmise that the FBI has a surplus of GPS devices that are just going to be sitting around.

The Wall Street Journal reports that FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann said at a conference Friday that a Supreme Court ruling requiring a court order before placing a GPS on someone’s car has prompted the FBI to turn off about 3,000 GPS devices that were in use.

Weissmann made his comments at a University of San Francisco conference called “Big Brother in the 21st Century.”

The Journal reports that the devices were often placed underneath cars to track movements.

 

 

FBI Seizes Property in Detroit-Area Operation Targeting Public Schools

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Add a new Jaguar sports car and over $34,000 to the coffers of FBI in  Detroit. Those profits were seized during an ongoing investigation of the cash-strapped town of Pontiac, Mich., just north of Detroit, reports the Detroit News.

The Jaguar was once Jumanne Sledge’s, a former Pontiac schools superintendent who resigned after allegations rose last  August of the improper use of school funds.

“The seizures shed light on an FBI investigation that coincides with a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging financial wrongdoing inside the troubled district, writes the Detroit News.

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