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European Art Thieves: FBI Made Us Do It

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The perpetrators of a European art heist are accusing the FBI of encouraging them to carry out the plan to steal a Monet, a Sisley and two Breughels., according to the British Daily Mail.

Pierre-Noel Dumarais, the 64-year-old leader of the gang, insists the FBI persuaded them to steal the art, valued at 20 million pounds or more than $31 million in U.S. dollars.

Dumaris had a Colt 45 pistol and hand-grenades when going through with the plan.

FBI agent Robert K. Wittman of Miami, the defense is arguing, worked undercover as a corrupt art dealer and “ordered”  the theft in an attempt to infiltrate French art crime gangs responsible for the theft of American-owned paintings.

“My client’s modus operandi did not start from the premise: let’s steal some paintings then find a buyer. They were a bunch of amateurish stooges some of whom only met on the day of the heist,”  defense attorney Ludovic Depatureaux said, according to the paper. “These canvasses disappeared in order to recover two key paintings belonging to U.S. heritage. I’m not sure that the U.S. would appreciate it if French agents acted likewise.”

Wittman denies the charges. “I don’t think anything I did ‘encouraged’ anyone to obtain Chechen hand grenades and semi automatic pistols in order to commit armed robbery. It is a fanciful defence at best, at worst, it is a defense of desperation used only when criminals are caught,” he said, according to the paper.

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Craigslist Job Ads End in Murder

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Timothy Kern responded to a Craigslist ad in Ohio offering $300 a week to tend more than 680 acres of farm land. He was trying to provide for his three sons. His body was found on Friday, buried near a shopping mall in Akron, Ohio, the Associated Press reported. He was shot in the head.

He’s not the only Craigslist related murder.

According to the Associated Press, Norfolk, Va., resident David Pauley, 51, was lured to Ohio,  also with a Craigslist ad. Pauley was found dead in a rural area 90 miles south of Akron earlier this month. And on Nov. 6, a South Carolina man was shot before escaping after responding to a Craigslist ad.

Two suspects are in custody: a high school student charged with attempted murder and Richard Beasley, a 52-year-old in jail on separate charges.

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Four Arrested in AT&T Hacking; Group Allegedly Paid by Saudi Terrorist Group

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI, with the help of local law enforcement, arrested four people in the Philippines last week allegedly hacking into AT&T’s computer system.

CNET News reports that the four were allegedly paid by the same Saudi Arabian terrorist group that funded the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

While AT&T said their systems were not breached, the hacking cost the company $2 million in losses. Money stolen from the hacks was sent to the bank accounts of the terrorists, who payed the Filipinos on commission.

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Another Job for Ex-FBI Director Louie Freeh

Louis Freeh

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Louis Freeh is a busy man these days.

After being tapped to look into the unfolding scandal at Penn State, the former FBI director is now taking part in MF Global’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, reports the Associated Press.  He has been appointed trustee for the company. Media reports  say up to $1.2 billion in customer accounts is missing from the firm.

Freeh headed the bureau from 1993 through 2001 and is now chairman of Freeh Group International Solutions LLC, a global risk-management firm. MF Global filed for bankruptcy protection after placing bad bets on European debt and is currently being investigated by the FBI over actions that may have violated securities and criminal law. The financial firm asked Freeh to act as its trustee in seeking bankruptcy protection.

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Woman Tells United Airlines Boyfriend is Terrorist; FBI Arrests Her

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a good reminder for jilted lovers who feel the great need for revenge: DON’T ever Do this.

The New York Daily News reports that a woman called the United Airlines shortly before her ex-boyfriend boarded an international flight on Sept. 25 from Las Vegas to Paris and suggested he was a terrorist.

The FBI arrested Lizet Sariol , 45, the Daily News reported. She was behind bars on Wednesday.

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Newark Jury Deadlocks in Murder Case Against Ex-Fed Prosecutor Paul Bergrin

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Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The day before Thanksgiving, Paul Bergrin,  the ex-fed prosecutor who became a high-profile defense attorney representing rappers and gangbangers, had plenty to be thankful for.

That’s because a federal judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial after a jury deadlocked over whether Bergrin, 55, helped orchestrate a 2004 murder of an FBI witness in a drug case against his client, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

The paper reported that the trial was ” based on testimony that lacked hard evidence.”

“The hung jury brings an end to a tense and often-theatrical trial that had featured steely accusations among the lawyers; screaming in the courtroom; angry, nervous witnesses; admonishments by the judge; and — on more than one occasion — the judge himself questioning whether the government had presented enough evidence to convict Bergrin,” the paper wrote.

The paper quoted U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman as saying in a statement: “While it is disappointing the jury was unable to reach a verdict, we are fully prepared for the next trial.”

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Column: FBI and CIA Deserve As Much Thanks as the Military

Kessler is the author of “The Secrets of the FBI.”

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By Ronald Kessler
Newsmax

Because of the terrorist threat, the FBI and CIA have become as important as the military in preserving our freedom. Yet while thanking our military is standard practice in American life, no one thinks of thanking the FBI, the CIA, or the rest of the intelligence community for keeping us safe since 9/11.

Instead, the media and many on the extreme left and extreme right demonize the men and women of those agencies for allegedly “spying on innocent Americans.”

Last year, two Washington Post reporters took two years to uncover this story: The intelligence community is big and secret and uses a lot of contractors. Presented as an exposé, the series, “Top Secret America,” found no abuse. Instead, it presented the conclusion that the intelligence community is a “hidden world” that is “growing beyond control.”

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