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November 2022


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Mary Galligan Named First Female SAC in New York

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel

In the past week  women have broken the gender barrier at the FBI’s New York office. First Janice Fedarcyk was named the first woman to head the office.

And on Thursday, the FBI announced that Mary E. Galligan will become the first woman special agent in charge at the office. She will head up up Cyber/Special Operations.

Galligan is currently is chief inspector overseeing the Office of Inspections, the FBI said.

Galligan will replace Amy L. Pickett, who filled in as an acting special agent in charge in New York.

To read more about her background click here.

Denver FBI Gets Glass Tower Building With Key Security Features

denver-mapBy Allan Lengel

The FBI in Denver has a new home and it’s built to fend off unwanted guests.

The Associated Press reports that the new field office is a  four-story, glass tower with a lobby that has bomb  proof glass, fencing that can stop a moving truck and pillars that can withstand a bomb blast.

The building also features separate interview rooms for crime victims, AP reported. It stated the furniture in those rooms is cozier than the ones for suspects.

AP reported that the building is flush with parking. In the past, agents had to go three blocks to get some vehicles.

To read more click here.

Fed Judge Tenatively Grants Asylum to Son of Founder of Hamas Who Spied for Israel

By Allan Lengel

In a story full of twists, and certainly worthy of a movie, a federal immigration judge in San Diego on Wednesday tentatively granted asylum Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas founder who converted to Christianity and became a spy for Israel, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the ruling came in a wake of the feds dropping concerns that he was a terrorist threat.

He argued that he’d be killed if he returned home. He was a spy for Israel’s Shin Bet, an Israeli intelligence agency.

“I will keep fighting the ideology that is behind terrorists because I know how they think,” he told reporters in the parking lot, according to AP. “I know that this is the real danger that is facing liberty, facing freedom, facing humanity.”

To read more click here.

FBI Arrests Chicago Cop in Onging Probe Into Tow Truck Kickbacks

chicago_police_patchBy Allan Lengel

FBI agents on Tuesday arrested a Chicago cop police officer as part of an ongoing probe into officers taking kickbacks from tow truck drivers, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A federal complaint filed against cop James Wodnicki alleged that he received  cash bribes from tow truck operators in exchange for preferential treatment at accident scenes, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The complaint suggests other cops were involved as well, but authorities declined to say if more arrests were forthcoming, the Tribune reported.

To read more click here.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging No-Fly List

plane window2By Allan Lengel

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Wednesday challenging the government’s right to put someone on a no-fly list without them having the opportunity to challenge the decision, Reuters news service reported.

The suit, filed on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens, says thousands of people have been barred from flying and asks for systemic reform, Reuters reported. It also challenges the constitutionality of the list. It claims it violates individual rights.

The no fly-list was created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Some people who shouldn’t be on the list have appeared on there including children.

But some complain more people should be on it.

To read more click here.

ICE and Fed Prosecutors Shut Down 9 Websites in Crackdown on Movie Piracy

sex-and-the-city-2By Allan Lengel

Now of days, you can see almost any movie — be it new or old — without going out to the the theater or renting a video– and all for free.

Unfortunately,  the whole set up is illegal.

On Wednesday, federal authorities clamped down and disabled nine websites that allowed people to download pirated movies, some which had just been released, the Associated Press reported.  Some of the free movies included Karate Kid and Sex and The City 2.

As part of the broadsweeping crackdown, AP reported that authorities seized assets from 15 bank, investment and advertising accounts, and executed residential search warrants in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York spearheaded the effort.

U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA said, “Criminal copyright

infringement occurs on a massive scale over the Internet, and reportedly results in billions of dollars in losses to the U.S. economy,” N.Y. U.S. Preet Bharara said in a statement. “That translates into lost jobs and real hardships for ordinary working people. That’s why we took today’s action. If your business model is movie piracy, your story will not have a happy ending.”

To read more click here.


Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Visits Afghanistan to Talk About Corruption

eric holder-msnbcBy Allan Lengel

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder came to Afghanistan on Wednesday to talk to officials about the justice system and public corruption, which seems to be running rampant, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that Holder’s visit comes in wake of Afghan’s top prosecutor’s denial that he was being pressured to look the other way when it came to pursuing cases against high ranking officials.

“Fighting corruption and supporting the rule of law in Afghanistan are top priorities for this administration, and we will continue to assist the Afghan government in creating and sustaining the effective criminal justice system to which the Afghan people are entitled,” Holder said in a statement issued by the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, AP reported.

To read more click here.

Michigan Man Charged with Extorting Money from John Stamos Says FBI Destroyed Compromising Photos of Actor; FBI Denies That

John Stamos

John Stamos

By Allan Lengel

A northern Michigan man busted by the FBI on charges of trying to extort $680,000 from actor John Stamos, said his plan was to sell unflattering photos of the actor as part of a legit business transaction. He said it was not part of any extortion plot as the government claims, the Associated Press reported.

The claims came in court filings in Michigan on Tuesday. The defendant, Scott Sippola also claimed in court papers that the FBI destroyed the unwholesome photos of Stamos, AP reported.

The FBI said no pictures that would have embarrassed Stamos even existed, the AP reported.

The government says they tried to get $680,000 from Stamos. Assistant U.S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat says Sippola’s claims are a “standard defense in blackmail cases.”

Stamos’ TV credits include “ER” and “Full House.”


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