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Herman Cain Asked for Secret Service Protection, Washington Post Reports

Cain with his wife Gloria/ cain campaign photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

We’re getting a little more insight as to why presidential candidate Herman Cain was granted Secret Service protection — the first candidate to get protection in this campaign season.

Apparently Cain asked for it, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and congressional leaders approved it Thursday,  reports the Washington Post.

The Secret Service has requested $113.4 million to guard the Republican primary winner in the general election — $4 million more than in 2008 and about two-thirds more than 2004.

The Secret Service has a long history of protecting those seeking the highest office in the land.

Barack Obama was the earliest candidate to receive Secret Service protection when agents began tailing the then-senator eight months before the first primary contest, in May 2007.

Campaign trail security began in 1968 with Congressional authorization to protect major presidential candidates after Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in California.

While Obama received protection earliest, having agents at his side for 629 days. But Ronald Reagan holds the record for the most “protection days:” Over the course of three campaigns, the Secret Service protected Reagan for 791 days.

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FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Probing Book of Apocalypse Sent to Tex. Judges by Polygamist

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Talk about a lousy holiday gift.

Warren Jeffs, the polygamist and cult leader imprisoned in Texas, sent judges throughout the state copies of his book “Proclamations” last week. Now local authorities and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force are looking into the gift giving as a possible threat, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The book is full of apocalyptic prophesies about natural disaster and the fall of the United States.

“I looked at this and thought, either they sent this to every judge or I got some bad stuff coming my way,” said Susan Criss, a district judge in Galveston County, according to the Chronicle.

Jeffs is the president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that was convicted this year on two counts of felony child sexual assault.

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Are the Feds Helping Crackdown on Occupy Wall Street?

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Many are wondering whether or not the feds are helping crack down on the Occupy Wall Street movements spreading throughout the country, reports the Huffington Post.

Federal agencies deny any involvement, but that doesn’t seem to satisfy all. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee, two civil rights groups, filed freedom of information requests regarding communications between federal law enforcement agencies and local police concerning the protests, according to the Huffington Post.

At a recent appearance in San Francisco FBI director Robert Mueller did little to clear things up. Speaking to the Commonwealth Club, reports SF Appeal, Mueller refused to answer any questions about FBI involvement in the crackdowns. “Many attendees of the talk were eager to ask the FBI director about the Occupy protests, but at the mention of the word, Mueller promised he would duck the question,” SF Appeal reports.

Mueller said the protesters are walking a fine line between exercising their first amendment rights and denying the rights of others to use public spaces. “I’m not going to get too deep in these waters,” he said. Occupy demonstrations are “largely” being dealt with by local authorities, he told listeners, and it has been working differently in various cities.

This comes shortly after an Associated Press report officials from nearly 40 cities discussed via conference calls how to deal with protestors.

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Retired FBI Agent Gregg Schwarz — a Second Generation Agent — Disputes Betrayal of J. Edgar Hoover in Film

Washington Post Editorial: PITY The 17,300 Workers and Contractors Assigned to FBI Headquarters

By The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — PITY THE 17,300 workers and contractors assigned to FBI headquarters. Divided between the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, where about half of them work, and 21 annexes in leased office buildings scattered over the Washington area, they are a beleaguered lot, judging from a report by the Government Accountability Office. Security is below par. Lacking super-secret conference facilities to discuss highly classified material, they are forced to shuttle from location to location. And, since the explosion of FBI hiring following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, usable office space is at a premium.

Nowhere are the problems more dire than at the Hoover Building, a crumbling, obsolete, concrete pile of Brutalist architecture that opened for business in 1974. Surrounded by a dry moat but, owing to its mid-city setting, still plainly vulnerable to attack, the FBI headquarters is an efficiency expert’s nightmare: horribly configured; stunted by endless interior corridors and, as countless sun-starved FBI office workers have learned, all but impervious to natural light.

Built as a fortress for the ostensible protection of citizens, the building now stands as an imminent threat to pedestrians, who risk being brained by wind-blown chunks of falling concrete.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: Sammy “The Bull” Gravano

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“Dean of Federal Law Enforcement in Tulsa” Don Crowl Passes at 72

 By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The “dean of federal law enforcement in Tulsa”has  passed away.

Don Crowl’s 25-year career with the Secret Service included stints on security details of six presidents, from Lyndon Johnson to George H. W. Bush, plus other politicians, judges, foreign dignitaries and cabinet members, reports the Tulsa World. He passed away on Monday at age 72.

“The criminal investigations, the whodunits, the thrill of the chase,” he told the Tulsa World once, “It’s what I like best about the job.”

The Tulsa paper described him as “the unquestioned dean of federal law enforcement in Tulsa.”

Crowl’s son Doug wowed classmates at show-and-tell when he brought his dad in. “It was fantastic. He came every year. It became a sort of tradition,” he told the Tulsa World. “All my friends looked forward to it, my dad coming to talk about what a cool job he had.”

Crowl joined the Secret Service 1965 as the agency was expanding in the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He protected Vice President Hubert Humphrey during the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots in Chicago and President Nixon in preparation for his first trip to China, the paper reported.

Crowley was named to lead the Tulsa Office of the Secret Service, pursuing investigations of counterfeiting and other federal cases. In 1989 he was nominated for the US Marshal’s post by President George H. W. Bush.

Crowl retired in 1994 as U.S. Marshal.

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Are FBI Terror Tactics Just?

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Undoubtedly the public has been grateful when terrorist plots have been foiled by the FBI. But some are questioning the tactics, not just asking if the ends justify the means but if the means are creating false ends, reports The Guardian.

“Critics say the FBI is running a sting operation across America, targeting – to a large extent – the Muslim community by luring people into fake terror plots,” reads the Guardian article. The FBI sends informants to “trawl through Muslim communities,” spending time at mosques and community centers talking about radical Islam in an attempt to identify possible sympathizers, the paper reports.

“Most of these suspect terrorists had no access to weapons unless the government provided them. I would say that showed they were not the biggest threat to the US,” Mike German, a former FBI agent who worked in counter-terrorism but is now employed by the American Civil Liberties Union, told the paper.

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