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3 TSA Agents Busted in Prescription Drug Ring

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More bad publicity for the Transportation Security Administration.

Three of its agents, along with a police officer and a state trooper were among 20 people arrested in connection with an interstate prescription drug ring that shipped oxycodone to New York and Connecticut from Florida and relayed the profits back to Florida, Reuters news service reported.

Federal authorities in Connecticut on Tuesday announced the arrests.

Reuters reported that suspects Christopher Allen and John Best were TSA agents assigned to the Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, and the third accused TSA agent, Brigitte Jones, worked at Westchester County Airport in New York.

Other charged included Michael Brady, a police officer with the Department of Public Safety in Westchester County, N.Y. and Florida State Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Kolve.

 

 

Clint Eastwood: “I Don’t Give a Crap if (Hoover) Was Gay or Not.”

DiCaprio as a young J. Edgar Hoover/ mtv photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Leonardo DiCaprio and director Clinton Eastwood for J. Edgar seem to be very circumspect when discussing FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s sexuality and their film on Hoover that is set to be released in November.

The film is called “J. Edgar.”

USA Today reports that in an interview in GQ magazine with Mark Harris, Eastwood says:

“I’d heard all the various controversies and gossip—that he wore dresses at parties. Everybody was saying, maybe he’s gay because he’d never gotten married. But that’s the way they did it back in the ’40s. If a guy didn’t get married, they always thought, Oh, there’s something wrong with him.”

Harris then asked: “But didn’t he have something approaching a long-term marriage with Clyde Tolson, associate director of the FBI (played by Armie Hammer)?’

“Well, they were inseparable pals,” says Eastwood. “Now, whether he was gay or not is gonna be for the audience to interpret. It could have been just a great love story between two guys. Or it could have been a great love story that was also a sexual story.”

DiCaprio explains, “What we’re saying is that he definitely had a relationship with Tolson that lasted for nearly fifty years. Neither of them married. They lived close to one another. They worked together every day. They vacationed together. And there was rumored to be more. There are definite insinuations of—well, I’m not going to get into where it goes, but…”

Interrupts Eastwood: “It’s not a movie about two gay guys. It’s a movie about how this guy manipulated everybody around him and managed to stay on through nine presidents. I mean, I don’t give a crap if he was gay or not.”

Adds Leo: “If I were a betting man, I actually don’t know what I would bet [regarding his sexuality].”

 

FBI Assigns 2 Agents to N.O. Police Internal Affairs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has assigned two agents to work full time in the New Orleans Police Department’s internal affairs unit, another move in a concerted effort to unearth corruption in the troubled department, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

“It’s the right thing to do at the right time,” said David Welker, special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans division, according to the paper. “This relationship is not designed to make the FBI the NOPD’s Big Brother.”

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas applauded the move, saying:

“These two agents will work closely with us on systems of corruption, on civil rights investigations and to help in our in-service training programs.”

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FBI Never Publicly Disclosed Saudi Couple Abandoning Home With New Car Right Before Sept. 11

Ex-Sen. Graham/meet the press

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Is there even more about the Saudi connection to 9/11 that we didn’t know about?

Well, ex-Sen. Bob Graham, former co-chair of a Congressional inquiry after the September 11, 2001, seems to think so and is calling for the U.S. government to reopen its probe in wake of a news report that says a Saudia Arabian couple in Sarasota, Fla., abruptly abandon their home two weeks before the attacks, leaving behind a full refrigerator, clothes, and a new car, Reuters reported.

Reuters reported that the report was published by BrowardBulldog.org., a nonprofit Internet news site and was simultaneously published on the news website of the Miami Herald.

Reuters said the report, if true, indicates the FBI never disclosed the matter to the public or the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee investigating the attacks.

Reuters reported that the FBI office in Tampa issued a statement on Monday saying the Sarasota case was one of many leads that “were resolved and determined not to be related to any threat nor connected to the 9/11 plot.”

 

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Good News for the Feds; Bad News for Detroit’s Ex-“Hip Hop Mayor” Kwame Kilpatrick


Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Good news for the feds. Bad news for Kwame Kilpatrick, the  ex- “hip hop mayor” of Detroit, who is eye-brow deep in legal trouble.

Derrick Miller, 41, a Kilpatrick confidante who worked as the city’s Chief Administrative Officer, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to corruption and tax charges and agreed to cooperate and testify for the feds against Kilpatrick, who faces federal corruption charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit announced.

Federal authorities said that Miller admitted, among many things, that “at the direction of then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Miller and other members of the City administration assisted Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson by steering millions of dollars of City business to Ferguson.”

Ferguson is a contractor and close friend of Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick, as well as his top assistants, including Miller and Victor Mercado (ex-head of the city Water Department), pressured contractors to put Ferguson on City contracts they had received, or risk having the contracts held up or canceled, authorities alleged.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Mercado and other City officials influenced the award of contracts to teams that included Ferguson on them, including re-evaluating bids if Ferguson was not part of the winning team. Miller and other City officials also gave Ferguson inside information about contracts or bid evaluations to give Ferguson’s team an edge over competing bidders.

Kwame was sometimes referred to as the “hip hop mayor” because of his hip, young image as an up and coming mayor.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Kilpatrick told reporters he would “absolutely not” answer questions as he left a book signing. His father and codefendant, Bernard, said of Miller, according to the Free Press: “I know the kind of pressure that the government puts on people in these kinds of situations. They pushed him right in a corner. He felt he had no choice.”

“This guilty plea marks an important step in the investigation and prosecution of those involved in municipal corruption during the Kilpatrick administration of the City of Detroit,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement. “It also serves as a warning to those who hold public office throughout this region that there are serious consequences to abusing the trust of the citizens they are supposed to serve.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena added: “This plea is part of a multi-year, multi-agency investigation in to the corruption plaguing the City of Detroit.”

 

Coke Kingpin Charged in Miami; Considered Among Colombia’s Most Wanted

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The feds in Miami are taking aim at some big guys in the drug world.

Authorities filed charges against  Daniel Barrera-Barrera, an international drug smuggler with alleged ties to terrorist groups in Columbia, reports the Miami Herald.

The report calls Barrera-Barrera, 42, one of Columbia’s most-wanted, and says he “maintains a partnership with the U.S.-designated terrorist group known as the FARC,” a leftist guerrilla group.

Barrera-Barrera, also know as “Loco Barrara,” remains at large. He was charged in Miami along with two brothers, Javier Fernandez-Barrero, 43, and Orlando Fernandez-Barrero, 45, also known as “Los Gorditos.” The brothers are in custody.

The family’s “criminal enterprise is responsible for distributing tons of cocaine into the U.S and other countries,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge John Gillies, according to the Herald.

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Rep Issa Calls Atty. Gen. Holder Inept and Dangerous and Thinks He Should be Fired

Rep. Issa/gov photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The botched ATF gun walking program Operation Fast and Furious continues to stoke anger in Washington.

The latest: Republican Rep. Darrell Issa’s reprimand of Attorney General Eric Holder.

“[Eric Holder is so] inept that he is dangerous to have as the Attorney General,” Issa said on the Laura Ingraham show, reports the Hill. He also said the president should consider removing him from office.

The program is currently under investigation, and it remains in question who in the upper reaches of the Justice Department knew about the operation. But Issa seems convinced already, saying on the show that “the only way the attorney general didn’t know is that he made sure he didn’t want to know,” said Issa. “He doesn’t want to admit that it was felony-stupid.”

And if there’s any question as to the breakdown in trust between the nation’s voters and their elected officials, the 83 comments left on the Hill post are certainly an indication. While there are plenty of comments from all angles, there seems to be overall little sympathy for the Justice Department or the ATF, with vitriol on all sides.

Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill VP Joe Biden; Email Traced to Wifi in Thailand

white house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sounds like a case of displaced anger. After all, why Joe Biden?

Justin Alan Woodward was charged with threatening to kill Vice President Joe Biden after allegedly posting a message on the White House website, the Associated Press reported. He faces a detention hearing Wednesday in Hawaii.

AP reports that Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said agents arrested Justin Alan Woodward on Friday when he arrived in Honolulu on a Delta Airlines flight from Bangkok, Thailand.

AP reported that the criminal complaint filed in federal court alleged that Woodward’s email was traced to a public Wi-Fi access point in Thailand.

The complaint notes that Woodward is from Kansas and was discharged from the Marines in 2004 after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.