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Threatening Graffiti Targeting DEA Found in Mexico


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A sign of the ongoing hostile feelings of Mexican drug gangs toward the DEA surfaced last week.

The New York Daily News reports that a Mexican drug gang spray-painted a message Friday near a school in Chihuahua, about 220 miles from the U.S. border:

“Gringos (D.E.A.), We know where you are and we know who you are and where you go. We are going to chop your [expletive] heads.”

Officials did not immediately comment on the message, the Daily News reported.

The Daily News reported that the message was discovered the same day Mexican marines battled suspected members of the Zeta drug cartel, and killed 15 cartel suspects. Six marines were injured.

The Daily News reported that on Texas authorities over the weekend urged Americans not to cross into the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo because they had info the Zetas could be targeting Americans.

“According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement, according to the Daily News.

Secret Service Probes Hacking Into Fox Website Saying Obama Was Assassinated

Pres. Obama at press conference/white house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

These Tweets  got the Secret Service’s attention.

CBS News reports that the Secret Service said Monday it will investigate and try to figure out who hacked into Fox’s political Twitter account and posted multiple Tweets claiming President Obama had been assassinated in Iowa and the shooter was unknown.

CBS reported that Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the agency will conduct the probe.

In a statement posted on its website, Fox News called the tweets “malicious” and “false”, CBS reported.

“We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts,” said Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital.

Ex-FBI Agent Denies Klan Leader Had Mole Inside FBI

Early Days of KKK ./ fbi via national archive

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An ex-FBI agent is dismissing allegations by an informant that former  Mississippi Ku Klux Klan leader Sam Bowers said he had a tipster inside the FBI during the civil rights movement, who disclosed which Klansmen were talking to the bureau, according to Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

The paper reported that, according to FBI documents, an informant told the FBI in the fall of 1964 of the allegations.

But the paper reported that former FBI agent Jay Cochran, who was there at time laughed and said: “That’s a new one on me. I don’t think there’s even a remote possibility of that.”

But the paper reported that the Klan may have gotten help from state troopers. A Jan. 5, 1965, FBI memo stated that a highway patrolman told a Klansman there was an FBI informant in Lincoln County getting paid $500 a month.

The paper reported that statements were included in 40,000 pages of FBI documents related to the investigation of the Klan’s June 21, 1964, killings of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.

Chief FBI Spokesman Challenges NY Times Editorial on FBI Policy

Michael Kortan is assistant director for public affairs for the FBI in Washington. His letter to the editor is in response to a June 19 Editorial in the New York Times.

Michael Kortan (left) talking to ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh /fbi file photo

By Michael P. Kortan
New York Times Letter to Editor

WASHINGTON — The purpose of the attorney general guidelines and F.B.I. policy contained in the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide is to ensure that F.B.I. activities are conducted with respect for the constitutional rights and privacy interests of all Americans.

Although an effort is under way to revise the prior version of the guide, contrary to the editorial’s statements, the revision will not provide “agents significant new powers.”

The editorial notes that currently specialized surveillance squads may be used only once during an assessment but that the new guide will allow repeated use.

What the editorial does not mention is that surveillance, whether conducted by a specialized squad or a single agent, is tightly controlled during assessments. It can be authorized only for very limited periods of time, and any extension must be separately justified and approved.

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Ex-Conn. FBI Agent Mike Clark Who Arrested Politicians is Running for Congress

Mike Clark

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent Mike Clark, who helped bring down two corrupt Connecticut mayors and a governor  wants to go to Congress.

The Associated Press reports that Clark, 56, has announced his candidacy for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, which includes wealthy Hartford suburbs and cities such as Waterbury and Danbury.

AP reported that he would become the third ex-FBI agent in Congress.

Clark has worked at Otis Elevator as manager of international investigations and compliance since he retired from the FBI in 2004, AP reported.

Clark is credited with helping send two Waterbury mayors to prison along with Conn. Gov. John G. Rowland.

“I’ve got this unique perspective that I’m bringing to the table,” Clark said, according to AP.

He Clark said the public won’t have to harbor concerns that he’ll be a crooked politician.

Authorities Capture Mexican Drug Lord Tied to ICE Agent’s Death

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