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Ex-FBI Informant and Right Wing Shock Jock Claims Life is in Danger in Prison

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Convicted right winger, New Jersey Internet shock jock Harold “Hal” Turner, who once worked as an FBI informant, claims his life is in danger now that he’s  housed in federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., with notorious prisoners, the Jersey Journal reported.

“I probably won’t even see it coming,” Turner wrote in a letter to the The Jersey Journal. “They are facilitating my murder by putting me in the direct physical presence of the very terrorists I defended the nation from.”

A Bureau of Prisons spokesman told the Journal: “All inmates in the custody of the BOP are designated at facilities, housing units and management programs consistent with the inmate’s security needs.”

After jurors twice deadlocked, Turner was convicted at a third trial last December of threatening the lives of three U.S. Court of Appeals judges in Chicago. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Turner, 48, was charged in June 2009 for writing Internet postings proclaiming “outrage” over the pr0-gun control, handgun decision  by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judges Richard Posner and William Bauer and wrote: “Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed.”

His postings included photographs, phone numbers, work address, and room numbers of these judges. It also included a photo of the building they worked in and a map with its location, authorities said.

Like Portland, San Francisco Police Place Limits on Officers Who Participate in FBI’s JTTF

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The San Francisco Police Department becomes the second major police force in the nation in recent months to place limits on what its officers can do as members of  the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

Following Portland, Oregon’s lead, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr has issued an order that says cops assigned to the FBI’s terrorism task force must adhere to local policies protecting civil rights rather than the federal rules, which are looser.

“His announcement came during a rare joint meeting of the San Francisco police and human rights commissions, which was called after the American Civil Liberties Union, along with groups representing Arab Americans and other minorities, raised concerns that local police officers who served on the task force fell under FBI control and therefore operated under federal laws that gave them more leeway in terrorism investigations,” the Chronicle reported.

“No one wants SFPD officers to be under control of the FBI,” John Crew, a lawyer with the ACLU, said , according to the Chronicle.  “We’re all on the same page about that. But we’re not there yet with making it happen.”

In April, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to rejoin the FBI’s JTTF, but with limits. The city had quit the JTTF in 2005, citing concerns that the FBI was violating civil rights. It was also concerned its officers might snoop on citizens and violate local laws. Then-police chief and mayor were also angry that they did not have access to the same classified information task force officers had.

Under Portland’s new arrangement, the department will not permanently assign manpower to the JTTF, but will get involved with the anti-terrorism task force on an “as-needed basis” when it deemed the investigations worthy, The Oregonian reported.

Under the plan, the police chief will have the discretion to assign officers to investigations after consulting with the police commissioner. Some community members were adamantly against the city having a relationship with the JTTF.

Portland revisited the issue of participating in the JTTF after the FBI set up a sting and busted a man last November who was plotting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

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ICE Agent Busted for Selling Stolen Gov Property on eBay

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An ICE agent was arrested Tuesday on charges of stealing tens of thousands of dollars of government property and selling it on eBay, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark said.

Steven Kucan, 47, of Wood Ridge, N.J., was arrested by agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and ICE, Office of Professional Responsibility.

Authorities said Kucan supervised an administrative group at ICE’s offices in New York since the 1990s, and was responsible for obtaining, storing and controlling ICE equipment.

Between December 2004 and February 2011, authorities alleged that he regularly stole ICE property including printing cartridges, film, batteries, camera lenses, combat lights for ICE’s M-4 rifles and an immersion suit designed to prevent hypothermia in cold water.

Authorities alleged that Kucan had an eBay account under a relative’s name and sold $37,000 in ICE property.

ICE employees reported seeing  Kucan wheel ICE property out of the offices on carts, including on a Saturday.

A raid at his home turned up about $40,000 in ICE property including  personal computers, printers, keyboards, police batons, flashlights, work gloves, safety glasses, lifejackets, helmets, handcuffs, gun holsters, camera lenses, emergency lights and sirens, and two-way radio systems, authorities said.

FBI Agent Charged With Allegedly Lying About Helping Informant He Had Affair With

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Toss in an FBI agent, an informant and allegations of sex and you’ve got scandal.

The U.S. Attorney’s  Office in Manhattan announced Tuesday the unsealing of an indictment charging  FBI agent Adrian Busby, 37,  with making false statements to protect a married confidential source he was allegedly having an affair with.

Busby, who now resides in El Paso, Tex.,  was charged with trying to protect the woman from identity-theft charges in a Queens State Criminal Court trial and then lying about it to authorities. He surrendered Tuesday in Texas to authorities.

It all began in 2008 when Busby, who was investigating mortgage fraud, started using a female real estate loan officer as a confidential source. He also began having an affair with her.

On Feb. 5, 2008, the source was arrested and subsequently prosecuted by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for identity theft and related charges.

Authorities charged that Busby “actively assisted with her criminal defense, met with her attorneys on multiple occasions, and during trial “provided her defense attorney with confidential, law enforcement reports…related to her case….in violation of FBI regulations.”

In December 2009, she was convicted.

Beginning in January 2008, authorities said Busby made numerous false statements regarding the things he did to assist her in the trial.

Busby denied wrongdoing to The New York Daily News.

“Was she a suspect in my case? She wasn’t a suspect in my case,” Busby told the paper. “Was she a confidential informant? That’s something that the FBI would have to give out.”

“If [the Justice Department investigators] did not find anything, then apparently my actions were appropriate,” he added.

Wounded ICE Agent Still not Back to Work; Wants to Testify Before Congress

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — ICE agent Victor Avila Jr. who was shot in February in an ambush in Mexico along with agent Jaime Zapata is moving about, but has yet to return to work, said the agency spokesman Brian P. Hale. Zapata did not survive the shooting.

Hale said Avila is in daily contact with ICE and recovering in the U.S.

Avila was spotted last week in Washington at Police Week, an annual gathering of law enforcement. Events during Police Week include a candlelight vigil for slain law enforcement officers.  Avila and  Zapata were ambushed on a road about four hours north of Mexico.

Avila wants to testify about his case, according to a Congressional committee.

In late March, Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management, which was conducting a hearing on U.S. Homeland Security and Mexican drug cartels, said:

“I’ve been in contact with the Department of Justice after meeting with Agent Avila, who expressed his willingness to testify here today.

“However, the Department of Justice objected to that request as he is a material witness in an ongoing criminal investigation and for his personal safety. Better judgment, in my view, was to not call him as a witness, but I do believe that his story needs to be told.”

Juan Osun Gets Nod as Permanent Dir. of Justice Dept’s Exec. Office of Immigration Review

Juana Osuna/cspan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Former Associate Deputy Attorney Juan Osuna, who has been acting director of the Director for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) at the Department of Justice will become the permanent director, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

“Having served with the department for over a decade, Juan has developed an extensive knowledge of immigration litigation and issues, and demonstrated himself to be a diligent and thoughtful advocate and manager,” said Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. in a statement. “I am confident he will lead this office with the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and dedication.”

EOIR was created on Jan. 9, 1983, through an internal department reorganization which combined the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) with the Immigration Judge function previously performed by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the Justice Department said.

Osuna has served as Acting Director of EOIR since December 2010. Prior to that, he worked as an Associate Deputy Attorney General focusing on immigration policy, Indian country matters, pardons and commutations and other issues, the Justice Department said.

“I am honored by the Attorney General’s appointment and look forward to continuing to serve the department and the American people on these important issues,” Osuna said.

Before joining the Deputy Attorney General’s office, he worked as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the department’s Civil Division.

Ex-Suburban D.C. County Executive Jack Johnson Who was a Prosecutor Pleads Guilty

Jack Johnson/wusa

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Considering he was once the  top prosecutor for a prominent suburban county just outside D.C., Jack B. Johnson was not such a smart crook and shakedown artist.

Johnson was arrested by the FBI last November while in his final weeks in office as county executive of Prince George’s County on charges of taking more than $400,000 in bribes.  He was recorded by the FBI on a frantic phone call with his wife Leslie, who was home at the time when two FBI agents knocked at the front door. He was advising her to hide incriminating evidence including wads of cash.

On Tuesday, it was time to fess up.

Johnson, 62, of Mitchellville, Md. pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to  extortion conspiracy relating to the performance of his official duties and tampering with a witness and evidence. A number of other people were charged in the case including Johnson’s wife, who faces charges relating to hiding evidence.

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Federal Agencies Praise America’s Most Wanted Day After Fox Cancels Show

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

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Federal agencies on Tuesday tipped their hats to America’s Most Wanted, one day after Fox announced it was canceling the show after 23 years.

“For 23 years, John Walsh and the ‘America’s Most Wanted’ team have worked tirelessly to make communities across the country safer and more secure,” Michael Kortan, chief FBI spokesman said in a statement to ticklethewire.com.

“More than 550 fugitives sought by the FBI have been arrested or located as a direct result of their hard work, including 17 individuals who were on the FBI’s “Top Ten Most Wanted” list.”

Jeff Carter/facebook photo

“Few television shows have aired for so long. Even fewer have provided such a worthy public service, or have made such a lasting impact on the American public. John and his team have always understood the power of the people in helping to bring criminals to justice. Their tenacity, their unwavering dedication to victims of crime and violence, and their commitment to law enforcement will be missed.”

Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, also praised the show, saying:

“America’s Most Wanted has been a valued partner for the U.S. Marshals Service for the 23 years that it’s been airing.  We’ve worked very closely with them over the years. They’ve been a real asset to us.”

Fox said that the show had not been profitable for quite a while.

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