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Secret Service Could Have a Lot More Work if Pres. Shows up to Super Bowl in Texas


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service could have a lot more work on its hands if the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

That’s because the Bears would be headed to  Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Tex. on Feb. 6, and President Obama being from Chicago, might show up as well.

Frank Supovitz, vice president of events for the NFL, smiled when asked if Obama might show up if the Bear head to the big game.

“I’ve heard that,” he said, according to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

“We will coordinate with the Secret Service, which already has a presence in the Super Bowl,” he said, “and add additional details to our plan. We may have to change some procedures and add assets, but we will deal with it.”

Report Finds 9/11 Plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed Killed Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl

Daniel Pearl/daniel pearl foundation photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A new report concludes that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the 9/11 attack, killed abducted Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan nine years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The paper reported that Asra Q. Nomani, a former Journal reporter who was friends with Pearl, led an investigation into the murder with Georgetown University faculty and students.

The “Pearl Report” found that U.S. officials, using vascular technology or vein matching,  concluded that the hands in the high-profile video killing belonged to Mohammed, the Journal reported.

Mohammed had confessed to the killing during a military hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2007, where he is currently being held and awaiting trial in the 9/11 attack. But at the time it wasn’t clear if it was self promotion or the truth.

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

Pearl was abducted Jan. 23, 2002. He was duped into thinking he was going to an interview someone as part of his investigation into ties between a radical Pakistani cleric and shoe bomber Richard Reid.

Mohammed told U.S. investigators that he was not originally involved in the abduction, but was later pulled in by another senior al Qaeda operative, the Journal reported.

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Column: Meth Resurgence Requires New State and Federal Action

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.

Ross Parker

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

If you haven’t seen the Oscar-nominated film Winter’s Bone yet, put it on your to-do list. The movie is about a seventeen-year old Ozark girl who searches for her fugitive father, a long time meth maker, among the dangerous and bleak terrain of the mountains’ criminal clans who manufacture and sell the drug.

Not only is the movie powerful entertainment, but it serves as a warning of the resurgence of the meth scourge, which is once again sweeping across the country, especially in the South.

In 2005, the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act imposed restrictions and regulations on the sale of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products in drug stores.

Since these precursors, found in cold remedies, are used in the most common method of meth production, the idea was that restricting its availability would inhibit production. And it did for a couple years.

The federal statute, which went into effect in 2006, requires that ephedrine/pseudoephedrine products be kept “behind the counter” in drug stores. Sales are limited to 3.6 grams a day (and 9 grams in a thirty-day period) for individual buyers, who are required to show government issued identification. Drug stores are required to keep a log on purchases and to contribute this information to a state database.

These federal restrictions, along with specific state laws, worked and drug lab seizures were down during the period of 2005-2007 in most states.

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ATF’s Robert Browning to Head Columbus Division

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Robert J. Browning,  Deputy Director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center at Quantico, has been named head of ATF’s Columbus, Ohio field division.

A 23-year veteran of ATF, Browning worked at Quantico as part of a multi-agency organization responsible for analyzing improvised explosive device (IED) evidence, primarily from Iraq and Afghanistan, ATF said.

ATF’s Columbus Field Division is comprised of Ohio and part of Indiana.

Browning is a native of Mobile, Ala. and a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, La. and holds a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia, according to a press release.

During his 23 year career with ATF, he has served as Chief, Public Affairs Division at headquarters; Assistant Special Agent in Charge, New Orleans Field Division; Supervisory Special Agent, Special Operations Division, Washington, D.C.; Resident Agent in Charge, Youngstown, Ohio; Public Information Officer, Atlanta, Ga. and Special Agent, Little Rock, Ark.

Va. ATF Agent Under Investigation for Allegedly Stealing Tens of Thousands of Dollars of ATF-Owned Cigarettes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are investigating allegations that an ATF agent in Virginia stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of ATF-owned cigarettes and sold them, according to the Daily Press newspaper.

The agent Clifford D. Posey, 43, who is part of the Norfolk, Va. ATF office, has not been charged, but the allegations are contained in a federal search warrant affidavit written by J. Brian Burnett, a special agent with the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s Office, the paper reported. The ATF-owned cigarettes are used as bait in stings.

The affidavit alleges that Posey of Chesapeake,Va., stole the cigarettes, moved them to a rented storage unit in Virginia Beach where he distributed the goods for money, the paper reported.

“Posey has … used his position as an ATF Special Agent to facilitate the embezzlement of property belonging to the United States,” the affidavit said. ATF said Posey has been suspended without pay since December, the paper reported.

The paper said Posey declined Tuesday to discuss the case.

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Sentenced at Age 93, Mob Underboss Was Wiseguy’s Wiseguy

John "Sonny" Franzese/wikipedia photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The story line of Colombo family underboss John “Sonny” Franzese, 93, of New York reads something like this: He knew Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. He got booted from the Army in World War II for displaying homicidal tendencies. His son testified against him in trial last year. And the feds recorded him talking about hiding bodies — though he was never convicted of murder.

And now Franzese, a wiseguy’s wiseguy who a federal prosecutor said was responsible for the “glamorization of the Mafia over the past century,” could spend what’s left of his life in prison.

His grandchildren and daughter wrote gushing letters to the judge asking for leniency, but Franzese was sentenced last week in a Brooklyn, N.Y., federal court to eight years for shaking down Hustler and Penthouse strip clubs in Manhattan and a Long Island pizzeria for protection. He reportedly could become eligible for parole at age 100.

“He’s very resilient,” his attorney, Richard B. Lind, told AOL News, commenting this week on Friday’s sentencing. “He took it like a man.”

Franzese was the underboss — or the second in command — of the Colombo crime family, one of five Mafia families in New York. He got there by taking wrong turns every step of the way, authorities say.

“From a very young age, he has engaged in relentless and increasingly brutal violence, starting with an assault arrest at the age of 19 in 1938, then escalating to rape of a waitress in a garage in 1947 and armed bank robbery in 1967,” Brooklyn Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cristina M. Posa and Rachel J. Nash wrote in a court document last month, weeks before sentencing.

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Feds Bust 2 Hackers for Stealing Emails from AT&T’s iPad Data Base; Some Famous Names Included

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

With the most modern of technology comes the most modern of crimes.

Two men — one from Arkansas and another from California — were arrested Tuesday and charged in Newark, N.J.  with hacking into the AT&T’s servers and stealing emails and personal info of about 120,000 Apple iPad users including such notables as Diane Sawyer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Harvey Weinstein and Rahm Emanuel.

The thievery happened between June 5 and June 9, authorities said.

Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco were arrested by the FBI and charged with an alleged conspiracy to hack AT&T’s servers and for possession of personal subscriber information obtained from the servers.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that immediately after the Immediately following the theft, the hackers provided the stolen e-mail addresses and ICC-IDs (Circuit Card Identifiers) to the website Gawker, which published the stolen information in redacted form.

The article said the breach “exposed the most exclusive email list on the planet,”and indicated that iPad users were vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Mayor Bloomberg

U.S. Attorney Fishman stated: “Hacking is not a competitive sport, and security breaches are not a game,” said Newark U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

“Companies that are hacked can suffer significant losses, and their customers made vulnerable to other crimes, privacy violations, and unwanted contact.” Computer intrusions and the spread of malicious code are a threat to national security, corporate security, and personal security.”

FBI Says Bomb Found at MLK Parade in Spokane

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