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Comrades Gather in Detroit to Honor the Late Ex-FBI Agent and Author Paul Lindsay

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — In a beer-and-burger joint on Michigan Avenue in Detroit, down the street from where the old Tiger Stadium once stood, former and current FBI agents and employees gathered Thursday evening to remember ex-Detroit FBI agent Paul Lindsay who died last week in Boston at age 68 from pneumonia.

He had been battling leukemia.

Most drank Bud Light in plastic cups at Nemo’s — a place Lindsay had his retirement party at years ago. They caught up with one another and talked about Lindsday, who became quite the prolific author, knocking out seven novels. Some of those in attendance were much grayer and considerably older than when Lindsay retired, but no less fonder of him.

Ironically, the last word some had heard about Lindsay was that he had recently sold the movie rights to his latest novel. Things seemed  to be moving ahead.  Life looked good from the outside. Lindsay hadn’t told friends he was battling leukemia.  Then came the ultimate bad news that he had died.

A few spoke Thursday to the crowd, telling humorous stories of Lindsay, a no-nonsense guy with a sense of humor who was considered a first-rate investigator. Lindsay had mentored some.

Lindsay fully understood the bittersweet dish he had been served in life, writing in his memoirs that his family shared with friends via email:

“I am dying. A single cell, damaged and then mutated, is now multiplying at a Pandorian rate through my bloodstream. The aberration was triggered, from best guesses, by Agent Orange, the defoliant dumped so generously-18,000,000 gallons or so–on Vietanam to help keep American troops alive. An irony that is life itself.

“For me, it was over forty years ago. The medical term is Chronic Lyphocytic Leukemia, or to those of us on more intimate footing, CLL. The disease has reached stage four, and unfortunately there is neither a cure nor a stage five.

“. . . I have been the recipient of a great deal of luck in my life. But as John Steinbeck wrote in The Pearl, ‘Luck, you see, brings bitter friends’.”

“Recent events have made it apparent that good fortune is nothing more than a temporary statistical anomaly, which given enough time has little choice but to swing in an opposite and equal arc. In my case, leukemia. Given the extraordinary adventure my good luck has provided to my years, I can offer no complaint about the pendulum’s final resting place.”

Funeral services are set to be held at the Robert K. Gray, Jr. Funeral Home 24 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, N.H. Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

 

Our World Since 9/11: Mall of America Visitors Unknowingly End Up in Counterterrorism Reports

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By G.W. Schulz, Center for Investigative Reporting | Andrew Becker, Center for Investigative Reporting | Daniel Zwerdling, NPR

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – On May 1, 2008, at 4:59 p.m., Brad Kleinerman entered the spooky world of homeland security.

As he shopped for a children’s watch inside the sprawling Mall of America, two security guards approached and began questioning him. Although he was not accused of wrongdoing, the guards filed a confidential report about Kleinerman that was forwarded to local police.

The reason: Guards thought he might pose a threat because they believed he had been looking at them in a suspicious way.

Najam Qureshi, owner of a kiosk that sold items from his native Pakistan, also had his own experience with authorities after his father left a cell phone on a table in the food court.

The consequence: An FBI agent showed up at the family’s home, asking if they knew anyone who might want to hurt the United States.

Mall of America officials say their security unit stops and questions on average up to 1,200 people each year. The interviews at the mall are part of a counterterrorism initiative that acts as the private eyes and ears of law enforcement authorities but has often ensnared innocent people, according to an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting and NPR.

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DEA Spokesman David Ausiello Named Assist. Director for Communication at Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DEA Public Affairs Specialist David Ausiello is making a switch.

Ausiello has been named Assistant Director for Communication and Law Enforcement Coordination at the Executive Office for the U.S. Attorneys.

“Staying in the DOJ family…but moving up, over, and out,” Ausiello said in an email to members of the media on Thursday.

Obama Faces Historic Threats, Ex-Secret Service Agent Says

 

Donald Tucker/ from his website

 
By PAUL BEDARD and LAUREN FOX
U.S. News & World Report

Racism and the nation’s white hot political environment that has sparked bitter division in Washington and a political assassination attempt in Arizona have raised concerns about President Obama’s safety on the campaign trail, according to a former top U.S. marshal and retired Secret Service agent.

“I think there is going to be a violent incident in 2012. I cannot put my finger on when or where. I am more inclined to worry about the president, but the volatility is there,” said Donald Tucker. “I don’t think there is ever enough security when you go from city to city, place to place, shaking hands and kissing babies. Secret Service can only do so much,” he added in an interview.

Tucker spent 25 years in the Secret Service. After retiring in 1990, then President George H. W. Bush named him a U.S. Marshal in Arizona. Last year he published Two-Edged Sword, his biography about being one of the first black federal agents.

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Justice Department Scorns Puerto Rico Police Dept. — the Nation’s Second Largest

 
 By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is coming down hard on the Puerto Rico Police Department — the nation’s second largest —  accusing it of  “profound” and “longstanding” civil rights violations and illegal practices, reports the New York Times.

The Puerto Rico Police Department is “using force, including deadly force, when no force or lesser force was called for,” says a 116-page Justice Department report to be made public on Thursday, according to the Times.

The report cited regular profiling and singling out of those of Dominican descent, and it noted a failure to “adequately police sex assault and domestic violence” cases, such as spousal abuse and abuse by fellow law enforcement officials, reports the Times.

Puerto Rico has seen increases in violent crimes, an occurance that has begun to spill into middle class neighborhoods recently, according to the Times, with 786 homicides this year–up by 117 from the same time last year.

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Read Statement on Report by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez

Atty. Gen. Holder Insists Upper Levels of Justice Dept. Didn’t Know About Fast and Furious

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr./doj file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. is sticking to his guns, insisting “the upper levels of the Justice Department” were unaware of the flawed and controversial ATF gun program “Operation Fast and Furious.”

“The notion that somehow or other this reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that, at this point, I don’t think is supported by the facts,” Holder said at a press conference Wednesday, according to Politico. “We’ll certainly see, I think, at the end of [the Inspector General’s investigation] exactly who was involved, exactly who made the decisions.”

The controversial Fast and Furious operation encouraged Arizona gun dealers to sell to straw purchasers or middlemen, all with the hopes of tracing the weapons to the Mexican cartels. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Ia.) have been trying determine who in the Justice Department knew about the operation and gave the okay.

ATF lost track of some weapons that ended up surfacing at crime scenes.

Fox News reported that a spokesman for Issa said Holder’s comments were baseless “whining.”

“My hope would be that Congress will conduct an investigation that is factually based and not mired with politics,” Holder said regarding Issa’s investigation, according to Politico.

 

FBI Gets Involved in IHOP Shooting in Nevada

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has jumped into the investigation into the 32-year-old gunman who opened fire with an AK 47 in an IHOP in Carson City, Nevada Tuesday morning, killing four people and  himself.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports that more than a dozen FBI agents on Wednesday morning combed through the Mi Pueblo Meat Market in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., where gunman Eduardo Sencion, 32, worked as a cashier.

The paper reported that FBI agents removed several paper and plastic bags of property, as well as what appeared to be two computer towers.

The store was closed during the search, the paper reported. In fact, a sign on the door said the market would not open today.

 

Man Who Plotted Bronx Synagogue Bombings in FBI Sting Gets 25 Years

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The last of four men –Laguerre Payen — was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court to 25 years in prison for his role in an FBI sting that involved plotting to bomb Bronx synagogues and shoot down U.S. military planes, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Specifically, authorities say he was involved in plots to bomb synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and use to use Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles to shoot down military planes at the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y.

The case came as a result of the FBI putting up an informant in in 2008 assigned an informant to infiltrate a mosque in Newburgh, N.Y.

Lawyers for the defendants claimed the men were entrapped by the paid informant. In the end, the men planted fake bombs supplied by the FBI in 2009.

Payen was convicted along with his three co-defendants James Cromitie, David Williams, and Onta Williams in October 2010 after a two-month jury trial.

“Laguerre Payen was a willing participant in a plot to use bombs and missiles to target New York synagogues and U.S. military planes,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “Although these weapons were fake, the defendant believed they were real, and today’s sentence underscores the gravity of these crimes.”