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As Release Date Nears, More is Being Released on the Movie “J. Edgar”

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As the November release date of the controversial movie about FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover nears, the studio is releasing more material on the matter.

Recently, the studio released a trailer. And now  a poster of the movie is circulating (to the right).

The movie, which reportedly has a national release date of Nov. 9,  is likely to draw in a fair amount of former and current agents, who are curious about the film.

Some have expressed displeasure about the film directed by Clint Eastwood, which reportedly depicts Hoover as having a romantic relationship with his top confidante Clyde Tolson.

The official J. Edgar movie website says this about Hoover:

“During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe.

“His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize.Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets–particularly those of others–and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation.

“Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable.He was as guarded in his private life as he was in his public one, allowing only a small and protective inner circle into his confidence.

“His closest colleague, Clyde Tolson, was also his constant companion. His secretary, Helen Gandy, who was perhaps most privy to Hoover’s designs, remained loyal to the end… and beyond. Only Hoover’s mother, who served as his inspiration and his conscience, would leave him, her passing truly crushing to the son who forever sought her love and approval.”

FBI Helps Recover Stolen Civil War Flag Missing for Almost 30 Years


The Confederate flag/fbi photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Missing for almost three decades, a civil-war battle flag stolen in the 1980s by a volunteer at the Memorial Hall Museum (Confederate Memorial Hall) of New Orleans, has been recovered, the FBI announced this week.

The FBI said the  Art Crime Team in the FBI Miami Division initially got some information and got the ball rolling.

After locating the current owner, investigators determined that the owner bought the flag in 2004, not knowing it was stolen, the FBI said. He voluntarily turned the item over to the FBI.

The FBI said the flag was turned over to The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.,  during a ceremony on Wednesday. It will ultimately be returned to the Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans.

Column: Shame on the Justice Dept. for Screwing the Families in Murder Cases

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Justice Department can feel proud that an appeals court Thursday essentially upheld its right to screw the families whose relatives were allegedly murdered by Boston gangster James J. “Whitey’’ Bulger.

Bulger was working as an FBI informant and running wild, and a Boston federal judge back in 2009 awarded the families nearly $8.5 million, saying the government was negligent when it essentially let informant Bulger — under its watch — get away with murder. Bulger was linked to the 1982 murders of Michael Donahue and Edward “Brian’’ Halloran, who were both gunned down on the Boston waterfront in 1982.

In February, an Appeals Court panel ruled 2-1 to vacate the award,  agreeing with the Justice Department, which argued that the families had not filed their claims for damages in time.  The Boston Globe reported on Thursday that the  Appeals Court ruled 3-3 on the matter, letting stand the court’s 2-1 decision.

Congratulations to the Justice Department. Yes, it was legally right.  Ethically and morally, it was very very wrong. But in Washington, winning is often more important than doing the right thing.

Interestingly, the court said in its ruling, according to the Globe: “Under the Constitution, federal courts may not make decisions based on sympathy. The legal issue presented by these cases is not whether the conduct of the FBI was shameful; it was. It is not whether plaintiffs are victims of that conduct; they are.’’

Perhaps the dissenting opinion from Judge Juan R. Torruella put it best:

“James ‘Whitey’ Bulger has finally been apprehended and is now being haled into the federal courthouse in Boston to answer for the crimes he allegedly committed years ago. But, unlike Bulger himself, thanks to the panel majority’s decision and the full court’s refusal to reverse it, Bulger’s most trusted associate, the Boston FBI office, has gotten away with murder.’’

One lawyer for the  family told the Globe that he would try to convince the Supreme Court to take up the appeal. I don’t think it’s likely to take up the case since there’s no great legal precedent here; just a matter of right and wrong. 

The Justice Department should have simply paid out the money. But nooo.

Yes, the Justice Department has good lawyers. And yes, they won. But winning isn’t always everything, particularly when the Justice Department looks like the real loser here.

 

Congress Grills FBI Director Mueller on Training About Islam

Single and Hate Internet Dating? Accused Scammer Mitchell Gross Won’t Make You Feel Better

Mitchell Gross/aka Mitchell Graham/from his website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For singles who have their doubts about Internet dating; Meet Mitchell Gross, aka fiction author Mitchell Graham.

The feds in Atlanta on Thursday announced the indictment of the 61-year-old on charges of wire fraud and money laundering after he allegedly duped at least two women he met on a Jewish dating site into investing millions of dollars in a phony investment company.

OYE!

“This defendant allegedly met women through an online dating service and posed as someone who wanted a committed romantic relationship, but who in fact was interested in luring them into investing their savings with a phony company,” said Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates in a statement.

“The unsuspecting victims transferred millions of dollars into bank accounts controlled by the defendant, who allegedly depleted the funds to pay back previous victims and enrich himself.”

Authorities said Gross, who published novels under the name “Mitchell Graham” met a woman on the dating site in June 2006 and struck up a romance.

Gross told the woman — authorities referred to only as “R.J”– that he  was independently wealthy and financially secure and that his wealth dramatically increased as a result of the successful investment of his funds by “Michael Johnson,” supposedly a licensed stock broker employed by a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch known as “The Merrill Company.”

In fact, “Michael Johnson” was an alias used by Gross himself, and “The Merrill Company” did not exist.

R.J. called a phone number provided by Gross and spoke to “Michael Johnson” who in fact was Gross, who was disguising his voice.

The woman ultimately wired approximately $2.99 million to an account she believed belonged to “The Merrill Company,” which was actually controlled by Gross.

As part of the scheme, Gross sent the woman IRS 1099 forms that falsely reported dividend and interest income purportedly earned on her “Merrill Company” investment accounts. Gross also sent phony “Merrill Company” account statements to be delivered to R.J.

Authorities said that Gross used the funds to repay a former girlfriend, who had invested about $1.4 million with “The Merrill Company.”

 

Forces Against Atty. Gen. Holder Building — at Least in Republican Ranks

Raul Labrador/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The forces against Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. seem to be building some momentum — at least in the Republican ranks.

The latest: Freshman Rep. Raúl Labrador(R-Idaho)on Thursday demanded that Holder resign, claiming he was lying when he testified before Congress about when he learned of ATF’s troubled  Operation Fast and Furious.

“When Attorney General Eric Holder testified before Congress on May 3, his statements were either untrue or deliberately misleading,” Labrador said. “It is clear from recently-released documents that Mr. Holder did in fact know about Fast and Furious well before he publicly admitted.

“Attorney General Holder has a troubling pattern of failed cooperation with the legislative branch. Because of this intentional stonewalling and his misleading testimony, I now call for Mr. Holder’s resignation.”

On Tuesday, Rep. Lamar Smith, head of the House Judiciary, asked the White House to assign an independent counsel to determine the truthfulness of Holder’s Congressional testimony on the matter.

On Wednesday, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Az) told The Daily Caller that Obama administration officials responsible for Operation Fast and Furious might be accessories to murder.

Holder told a Congressional committee in May  that he hadn’t heard of the controversial operation until a few weeks before.  But publicly released documents show that he was provided written briefings on the matter as far back as July 2010.

However, the Justice Department says that Holder, when answering questions, meant that he was not aware of the questionable tactics, which involved encouraging gun dealers to sell to straw purchasers, with the hopes of tracing the weapons to the Mexican cartels.

 

Ex-Atty. Gen. Gonzales to Split Time Between Law Firm and University

Alberto Gonzales/Fox 34

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales isn’t only going to be teaching law, he’s going to practicing it as well.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Gonzales is going to join the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis to practice white collar defense and advise clients about government relations.

Earlier this week, the new law school at Belmont University in Nashville announced that it had hired Gonzales as a teacher.

The Journal reports that he will split his time between the law firm and Belmont University.

At present, he is still teaching at Texas Tech Law School.

 

Michelle Obama Drops in at Secret Service Headquarters


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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service got a little visit Wednesday from one of its protectees — First lady Michelle Obama.

Politico reports that she checked out the intricate works that goes into protecting her family.

She called the daily task of agents “pretty scary.”

“All I can say is, after my little tour, is ignorance is bliss,” Obama told a packed crowd of Secret Service employees who had gathered in a conference room to hear her speak, according to Politico.

“I just — I just don’t want to know,” she said. “You all can handle that. Just tell me when — where to run.”

Obama also said the Secret Service agents at the White House have become like family, and that they sometimes have little spats over who gets which agent on outings, Politico reported.