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White NYPD Officer to Plead Guilty in Case Involving False Arrest of a Black Man

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A New York cop plans on pleading guilty to charges  relating to allegations that he  falsely arrested an innocent black man and later made racist remarks about the incident, reports the New York Post.

Michael Daragjati was arrested by the FBI this fall on civil rights violations. He has been in jail awaiting trial since.

After the black man complained about his treatment by Daragjati during a stop-and-frisk in Staten Island on April 15, Daragjati added resisting arrest charges before arresting the man. Daragjati, a white man, was later overheard saying he had “fried another n—–” on an FBI wiretap, the Post reports.

“Race played no part in the decision he made in effectuating the arrest of the individual in question,” Daragjati’s defense lawyer Eric Franz said after a court hearing, according to the Post.  Still, they announced plans for a plea deal.

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FBI Agent Deleted Terror Investigation Emails

Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent testified in federal court Thursday  in New York that she deleted several months of potentially sensitive emails during a terror investigation, the Associated Press reported.

Defense attorneys want to examine the emails to see if agents skirted rules while interrogating Eritrean terror suspect Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, reports the Associated Press. Ahmed is charged with receiving explosives training, buying an assault rifle and fundraising for the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

The FBI agent, Jennifer Dent, “was a member of a so-called “dirty” team that did an initial intelligence-gathering interview of Ahmed without reading him his Miranda rights while he was still in Nigerian custody in December 2009,” AP reported..

“We were very concerned about plots and plans against the United States and national security,” she said, according to AP.

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Fast and Furious Redux?

Rep. Issa/gov photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It appears that members of Congress have found a new ATF operation to scrutinize.

But unlike Fast and Furious, the operation–code-named White Gun–has been defended by the agency as a “well-managed investigation” which resulted in the arrest and conviction of three individuals, reports LA Times.

Still, critics are skeptical.

“Apparently guns got away again,” an unnamed source close to the investigation told the Times. “How many got into Mexico, who knows?” The Congressional probe into the matter is being led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

The Times reports that operations White Gun and Fast and Furious both began in the fall of 2009, and that the same officials from the ATF ran both operations.

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FBI Exec. Asst. Dir. Warns of Dangers Online

FBI's Shawn Henry /fbi file photo

Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the FBI, had some dire warnings for attendants of the International Conference on Cyber Security, in New York, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday.

Criminal hackers pose risk that are “existential, meaning it could eliminate whole companies,” he said. Hackers tampering with things such as the power grid “could actually cause death,” Henry said. He also mentioned FBI investigations into a small company that had gone out of business after hackers stole $5 million, another which lost a decade’s worth of research and development, and another who encrypted computer health systems for hostage, demanding a fee for the password.

“We’ve seen the number and sophistication of the attacks by these cyber actors increase dramatically,” Henry said, according to the Huffington Post. “Hundreds of millions of dollars have been stolen, primarily through the financial services sector, just in the last couple years.”

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Judge Whacks Ala. Bank Robbers With Tough Sentences

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A couple of Alabama bank robbers got hit with some pretty  stiff sentences, the FBI said Wednesday.

Antoine Jamar Harper was sentenced to 39 years and 3 months, and Aaron Thomas was sentenced to 72 years and 7 months in prison for their roles in a violent strong of robberies near Montgomery, Ala., according to the FBI.

Both men plead guilty to armed robbery charges from January and March of 2010, as well as charges of “brandishing a gun during a crime of violence.” Thomas also plead guilty to a couple of additional robberies in December 2009.

The ATF, FBI and local police worked together to investigate the crimes.

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FBI Seeking Five Members of Cartel-Like Gang in San Diego

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Five members of the cartel-like Los Palillos gang, a blight on life in San Diego, remain at large while the FBI continues searching for them, reports 10 News.

“It’s as if a group of serial killers moved from Tijuana into San Diego and started murdering citizens here,” deputy district attorney Mark Amador said of the group, who are said to be responsible for a kidnapping and killing spree across San Diego county, according to the station.

A Los Palillos member was seen on surveillance cameras casing a wealthy entrepreneur’s home in area in 2009; just days later, the homeowner was kidnapped and held hostage. FBI swat tracked down the hostage holders, apprehending six, but the others got away.

“We believe some of these members are down in Mexico but it doesn’t preclude them from traveling around Mexico or possibly up here,” said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth, the station reported.

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Latin Kings National Leader Gets 60 Years

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The highest-ranking leader in the United States of the notorious street gang the Latin Kings was sentenced in Chicago to 60 years in federal prison on Wednesday, according to a statement from the FBI.

Augustin Zambrano, 51, was given the statutory maximum. He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and other charges involving drug trafficking in April of last year. Zambrano was a “Corona” of the Almighty Latin King Nation, according to the FBI, responsible for overseeing and orchestrating “the illegal activities of all factions of the powerful street gang,” the FBI says. The gang has around 10,000 members in Illinois alone.

Zambrano went by the names “Big Tino,” “Tino,” “Old Man,” and “Viejo.”

He and three co-defendants were convicted of running a criminal enterprise to enrich themselves  through drug-trafficking, preserving and protecting their power, territory and revenue with murder, attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, extortion, and other acts of violence.

“This investigation has held to hold the leaders of the Latin Kings like Zambrano responsible for their iron-fisted leadership of a criminal enterprise responsible for murders and attempted murders. As the CEO of this gang, Zambrano bears responsibility for its criminal acts,” said Chicago  U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald in a statement.

Prosecutors fought for a maximum sentence by saying that Zambrano “chose violence at every turn.”

 

More Suburbs Competing to Attract FBI Headquarters

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The battle to attract the new FBI headquarters is blossoming.

The Examiner reports that Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia endorsed a site adjacent to the Franconia/Springfield Metro station as a potential new location. The current FBI building in D.C.  on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, several blocks from the Capitol,  is crumbling and too small to accommodate all the employees, who are spread out in different facilities.

Other suburbs competing for the building are Prince George’s County in Maryland, just outside D.C., and Loudoun County, in Virginia, which is considered an outer county of D.C.

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