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After Long Battle Airport Screeners Get Bargaining Rights

TSA displays the traditional body scanner/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — After a long drawn out battle that lasted nearly 10 years, more than 40,000 airport screeners have been given limited collective bargaining rights, Fox News reported.

The station reported that the Transportation Security Administration on Friday granted the right. Under the provision, screeners would still be barred from striking or negotiating over compensation.

Republican lawmakers had adamantly opposed the measure, saying it will compromise the fight against terrorism.

John Pistole, head of the agency and the former number two person at the FBI, said the unions will allow bargaining of employment issues like setting work shifts, transfers, vacation time and awards, the station reported.

“The safety of the traveling public is our top priority and we will not negotiate on security,” Pistole said, according to Fox. “But morale and employee engagement cannot be separated from achieving superior security.”

Florida Rep. John Mica, Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, called the decision “an Obama union payoff” and would hurt the government’s fight against terrorism, Fox reported.

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2 Philly Cops to Plead Guilty in DEA Undercover Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two of three Philly cops busted in an undercover DEA sting last summer are expected to plead guilty Monday, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Cops Robert Snyder, 30, of South Philadelphia, and James Venziale, 32, of the Far Northeast, are scheduled to enter pleas before U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III, the paper reported. The cops, along with a third cop, Mark Williams, have all been dismissed from the department.

The cops were charged with plotting to steal 300 grams of heroin from a drug dealer, the paper reported.

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Modern Mobsters Still Follow Dad into the Mafia

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The historic mobster roundup that collared more than 120 people in the New York region last month provided a snapshot of the Mafia of today: murder, gambling and extortion; big bosses and small fries; “made guys” and associates. But what it didn’t show was the pervasive nepotism that still exists in organized crime — only one son with a father with alleged ties to a crime family was arrested that day.

Even so, organized crime experts say the mob of the 21st century, just like the one in the 20th century, is still a magnet for the younger generation.

Father John J. Gotti

“Unfortunately, there’s still quite a few sons in the business,” David Shafer, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Organized Crime Branch in New York, told AOL News. “Hollywood has glamorized the business with shows and movies like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas.’

“But it’s not a glamorous lifestyle. A lot of wise guys and associates aren’t living the luxurious lifestyle and living in a mansion like Tony Soprano.”

Adds Andrew DiDonato, a former associate of the Gambino crime family: “There’s still a ton of nepotism in organized crime. Nepotism still runs wild.”

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White House Can’t Pull the Trigger; Delays Emergency Request to Require Gun Reporting Along the Mexican Border


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The White House just can’t seem to pull the trigger.

James V. Grimaldi of the Washington Post reports that White House budget officials once against delayed a decision for at least two months on an emergency request that would require gun dealers along the Mexican border to report people who buy two or more assault weapons in five days.

The Post reported that the White House officials want to show more transparency and give the public more time – until Feb. 14 – to comment on the proposal.

The NRA has opposed the rule and ATF has been pushing for it to help clamp down on guns going into Mexico and into the hands of the cartels. It’s the second time implementation of the rule has been delayed.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: Watergate- Howard Baker vs H.R. Haldeman

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COYZScMEnhs

Nixon Talks to Haldeman During Watergate

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm5FIs9V0VA

Fed Judge Shoots Down New Trial For Highest Ranking Arab-American FBI Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday shot down a request for a new civil trial for the FBI’s highest-ranking Arab American agent, who claimed the agency retaliated against him after he filed a discrimination complaint, the  Blog of Legal Times reported.

Agent Bassem Youssef, a supervisory agent and unit chief in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, claimed at  trial in September that the FBI discriminated against him and delayed his career advancement because he is Egyptian and that he filed the discrimination complaint, according to the ruling by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

Specifically, Youssef contended that the bureau blocked him from participating in inspections of FBI offices at a certain juncture in his career. The  inspections provide a training opportunity that leads to inspection certification, which can be helpful in getting promotions. He eventually obtained the certification, but he claimed two years later than he should have.

Justice Department lawyers claimed he was denied the inspection opportunities at one point  because he had transferred to a new unit and missed too much work.

The jury found Youssef had not proven his case and judge consequently ordered that “costs be taxed against Youssef.”

The judge in denying a new trial  ruled Wednesday  that he “was not actually harmed” by the denial to go on certain inspections in 2005.

The FBI has sought reimbursement in the case for $32,431.46 in costs; $446 for fees for service of summons and subpoenas; $615.50 in copying fees; $5,924.66 in witness fees and $25,445.30 fees for transcripts.

The judge ruled Thursday that the agent should pay some costs and not others, but that the  Justice  Department “should submit a revised bill of costs” excluding certain expenditures.

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U.S. Marshals Help Nab Hell’s Angels Member in Buenos Aires

Paul Eischeid/kpho tv

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

South American authorities on Thursday nabbed a member of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club  who was on the U.S. Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List for allegedly murdering a Phoenix area woman in 2001.

Paul Merle Eischeid, 39,  a former Charles Schwab stockbroker, was captured in Buenos Aires by Argentinean authorities, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

The U.S. Marshals Service said it had developed information about Eischeid’s whereabouts along with Diplomatic Security Service.  The information was then passed on to the Interpol and local Argentinean authorities, and an Interpol Red Notice was issued.

Eischeid was  also wanted  on federal drug trafficking and racketeering charges, authorities said.

“Eischeid’s crimes were horrendous and his potential for continued violence made his arrest a priority for the U.S. Marshals,” Stacia A. Hylton, Director of the U.S. Marshal Service, said in a statement.

Eischeid was charged in the 2001 murder Cynthia Garcia, who was allegedly attacked while attending a party at the Hell’s Angels’ clubhouse in Mesa, Az., the Marshals Service said.

She was severely beaten, thrown in the trunk of a car, and taken to the desert where she was brutally stabbed, said David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the Arizona district.

ATF Investigating Whether VA. Inmate Used Facebook to Threaten Witnesses

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Apparently Facebook isn’t just for chatting it up with old pals or initiating a discussion about the latest Monet art exhibit.

ATF is investigating allegations that a Virginia inmate used Facebook to threaten government witnesses in his upcoming arson case, station WSLS reported.

The station, citing a federal search warrant for his cell, said investigators were trying to determine if inmate John Conner Jr. contacted his girlfriend via phone and mail and had her contact witnesses in his upcoming trial through his Facebook account.

Conner, an inmate serving a six year sentence at the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem, Va., is awaiting trial in April on federal charges that he set his ex-girlfriend’s duplex on fire on Nov. 15, 2008 when they were still together, WSLS reported.

The station reported that he set the fire after his girlfriend spit in his face during a spat.