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June 2021


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Father and Son Charged With Sending Threatening Letter to Rep. Stupak Because of Health Care Bill

Rep. Bart Supak/govt photo

Rep. Bart Supak/govt photo

By Allan Lengel

A Michigan man and his son in Colorado have been arrested and charged with conspiring to send a threatening letter to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi.) for his support of health care, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit announced.

Russell Hesch, 73, of West Branch, Mi., a known critic of Stupak, allegedly wrote the threatening letter and then sent it to his son David Hesch, 50 of Loveland, Colo. who mailed it to Stupak’s office in Menomie, Mi., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Stupak told investigators he had met Hesch on several occasions and he was “historically most vocal and critical constituents.”


No Jail Time in Criminal Case for Ex-Calif. FBI Agent Linked to Golf Pro Greg Norman

Greg Norman/great white shark enterprises

Greg Norman/great white shark enterprises

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

A former California FBI agent who federal prosecutors say abused his position to help pro golfer Greg Norman in his 2006 divorce was sentenced Monday in an unrelated case to one year’s probation, including three months of home confinement, The Orange County Register reported.

Peter Norell Jr., a veteran agent out of Orange County, was sentenced for illegally accessing FBI records and pressuring someone in 2005 to pay a $500,000 debt owed to an acquaintance and other investors.

Norell — popular among his peers, some of whom reportedly showed up in court to support him Monday — was not charged in the Norman incident in 2006. But it was cited by the government in a sentencing memorandum to illustrate another time that Norell had “misused his FBI position on behalf of a friend.”

Norell resigned from the FBI as part of the plea agreement for illegally accessing the FBI records.

During a three-hour sentencing hearing in Santa Ana, Calif., Norell apologized to fellow agents, prosecutors and U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford, according to the Register.

“I understand my actions have tarnished the image of the FBI and for that I am deeply, deeply sorry,” he said. “I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

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Ex-CIA Official Admits Raping Algerian Woman on U.S. Embassy Property

cia-logoBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Ex-CIA official Andrew Warren pleaded guilty Monday to drugging and sexually assaulting an Algerian woman in 2008, while he was stationed in that country, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He also pleaded guilty to using cocaine while possessing a firearm.

Warren’s plea in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., capped an embarrassing international scandal for the CIA.

While pleading guilty Monday to the charge of abusive sexual conduct, Warren, 42, admitted that on Feb. 17, 2008, he had sexually assaulted the woman on the U.S. Embassy property in Algiers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. The government alleged in court documents that Warren had made a drink for the woman, who “consumed part of the drink and suddenly became very ill.”

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Bernie Madoff: “F— My Victims. I Carried Them for 20 Years”

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel

It seems conman Bernie Madoff is at peace now that he’s among among fellow thieves.

New York magazine has written a fascinating piece on how Madoff seems relieved to have gotten caught and is admired by some of  his fellow inmates at the Butner Correctional Facility in North Carolina.

Lifer at the prison,  Robert Rosso, founder of, wrote, according to the magazine that Madoff, 71, is a “A hero. “He’s arguably the greatest con of all time.”

The magazine noted that Madoff has been known to walk with Carmine Persico, the former mob boss, or Jonathan Pollard, the spy.

The magazine said one inmate said he heard Madoff say one day: “F— my victims. I carried them for twenty years, and now I’m doing 150 years.”

Madoff’s former cellmate, the magazinze reported, recalled a conversation between Pollard and Madoff: “Bernie was telling a story about an old lady. She was bugging him for her money, so he said to her, ‘Here’s your money,’ and gave her a check. When she saw the amount she says, ‘That’s unbelievable,’ and she says, ‘Take it back.’ And urged her friends [to invest].”

Pollard thought it was “kind of f—- up” taking advantage of older women, according to the magazine.

“Well, that’s what I did,” Madoff said.

“You are going to pay with God,” Pollard warned. Madoff was unmoved. He was past apologizing, the magazine wrote.

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Where Does the Secret Service Draw the Line?

white house photo

white house photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secret is expected to do everything within its power to protect the vice president of the United States.

But where does it draw the line?

Perhaps when it comes to Super Soaker attacks.

The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column reports that on Saturday Vice President Joe Biden hosted a “Biden Beach Boardwalk” picnic at his residence at the Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington.

Suddenly, Biden’s wife Jill Biden opened up with an attack on the v.p. with a giant squirt gun known as a Super Soaker.

“I’m here to protect you, Mr. Vice President, but not from this,” the Post quoted a grinning Secret Service agent as saying.

Mexican Cartels Stealing Crude Oil

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel

Don’t worry BP, there may be a less popular distributor of oil products than you: The Mexican drug cartels.

USA Today reports that cartels are tapping into Mexican underground pipelines and siphoning tons of crude oil and gasoline. Some is being peddled in the U.S.

Authorities estimate the thievery is generating as much as $715 million a year, which is helping cartels buy weapons and bribe officials, USA Today reported.

“It’s a big problem and a continual thorn in their side,” said David Shields, editor of Energia a Debate, an oil industry magazine, USA Today reported. “And the states that have drug trafficking have more problems with their pipelines.”

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John W. Douglas Who Headed Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division in 60s Dies at Age 88

justice dept. logoBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — John W. Douglas, an assistant U.S. attorney general who led the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division from 1963 to 1966, died Wednesday in the nation’s capital from complications from a stroke, the Washington Post reported. He was 88.

The paper reported that Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy designated him in 1963 to represent the government in the planning of the March on Washington on Aug. 28. It was there before some 250,000 people that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the powerful speech “I Have a Dream”.

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Washington Post Editorial: “Appalling” That Fed Agencies Unprepared for WMD Attack

terrorismBy The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — “EVERYBODY WOULD be winging it.” That is how one law enforcement official described the likely Justice Department response to an attack involving weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

The remark was included in a critical report by the department’s inspector general, which concluded that the department “is not prepared to fulfill its role . . . to ensure public safety and security in the event of a WMD incident,” including those involving biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

The only Justice component to receive high marks was the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which the report noted had specific policies in place to deal with a WMD attack and routinely carried out WMD-specific training for agents and other personnel.

Not so the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Agency or the U.S. Marshals Service.

The ATF, for example, had been tapped to coordinate federal law enforcement’s response and its efforts to dovetail with local and state efforts in such matters as sealing off buildings and areas subject to WMD exposure. But the agency has no policies or training focused specifically on reacting to a WMD attack, and many officials within the Justice Department were not aware of the agency’s critical role nor had they worked with any other component, including the FBI, to coordinate efforts in the event of an attack.

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