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ATF Agents in Phoenix Learn How Easy It is to Get Criminals to Rob Dope Dealers

phoenix-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Undercover ATF agents learned how easy it is to get someone to rob a drug dealer during a sting they pulled off in Phoenix.

The Arizona Republic reports that agents were able to get complete strangers to agree to help rob dope dealers. In the end, agents arrested 70 people.

“This proved what we know to be true,” said Dennis Burke, the new U.S. attorney in the District of Arizona  said, according to the Arizona Republic. “When drugs and distribution of drugs are in our neighborhoods, violent armed criminals follow behind them.”

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FBI Destroyed Files on Newsman Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite/asu photo

Walter Cronkite/asu photo

Someone should have saved these historical records. It’s a shame the records are gone.  Fortunately the memory of Walter Cronkite can’t be destroyed.

By Matt Kelley
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — The FBI destroyed its files on former CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite two years ago under a policy that has been criticized by researchers for allowing potentially valuable records to be wiped out.

A search of the agency’s main index of the subjects of FBI investigations found some records tied to Cronkite’s name were destroyed in October 2007, the FBI said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by USA TODAY. Cronkite’s death in July at age 92 made any FBI files about him available for release under the federal law.

The FBI should have preserved records about Cronkite, who anchored CBS’ newscasts from 1962 to 1981, said Scott Hodes, a former top lawyer in the FBI’s records office. All FBI records on such a prominent person should have been saved under the FBI’s policies, Hodes said.

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Pro Golfer Jim Thorpe Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion After Earning $5.4 Million

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Jim Thorpe/photo pgatour.com

That’s a whole lot of money not to pay taxes on. If he goes off to prison, who knows? He may find a lot of golf enthusiasts among the Ponzi schemers, embezzlers, crooked politicians and doctors convicted of health care fraud.

By Reuters
MIAMI — American golfer Jim Thorpe, a 13-time winner on the senior Champions Tour, pleaded guilty to tax evasion on Tuesday and faces up to two years in prison and a fine totaling more than $4 million, authorities said.

Thorpe, 60, of Heathrow, Florida, pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to pay income taxes for 2002, 2003 and 2004, a period when his income totaled about $5.4 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando said.

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Married FBI Agent in Jefferson Case Had An Affair With Key Witness and Other FBI Agents

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A married FBI agent who had an affair with a key government witness in the corruption case of ex-Rep. William Jefferson, was also having affairs with female FBI agents and was under internal investigation, according to court and FBI documents.

A court document unsealed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. on Monday, revealed that the Office of Professional Responsibility had launched an internal probe as a result of a document prepared by the married FBI agent John Guandolo.

The document. which amounted to a list of marital indiscretions, was discovered by the superiors of Guandolo, who resigned in December.  The court papers did not specify why Guandolo had drawn up the list.

Guandolo’s document, according to court records, “detailed his affairs with female FBI agents” and also indicated that he “had an intimate relationship with a confidential source he thought could damage an investigation….”

The document, according to court records, did not disclose the name of the confidential source. But shortly before trial in June, authorities learned that the confidential source was wealthy Virginia investor Lori Mody, who wore a wire as part of the FBI sting targeting Congressman Jefferson. He was convicted of 11 of 16 public corruption charges.

Guandolo posed as Mody’s chauffeur during the sting.

Kate Schweit, a spokeswoman for the FBI Washington field office, said Tuesday night: “We’ll let the documents stand, we couldn’t comment any further.”

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Fed Prosecutors Won’t Seek Death Penalty in Fatal Shooting of Pitts. FBI Agent Sam Hicks

FBI Agent Sam Hicks

FBI Agent Sam Hicks

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors filed notice Tuesday saying they won’t seek the death penalty in the Nov. 14 slaying of Pittsburgh FBI agent Sam Hicks.

In a three-paragraph filing in U.S. District Court, assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Rivetti in Pittsburg said the office would not seek the penalty against Christina Korbe, who is charged with fatally shooting Hicks as he and other law enforcement agents entered her home to execute a drug-related arrest warrant for her husband.

Korbe claims that she thought  her home was being invaded by intruders. Authorities insist she knew that Hicks and others were law enforcement officers.

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Secret Service Found Drunk Boris Yeltsin in Underwear Hailing Cab for Pizza

Secret Service agents have seen a lot of history. This is one drop of history that was apparently kept secret for a long time. Yelstin in all likelihood probably had a little too much vodka. And what better way to take the edge off of a vodka binge than with a good slice of pizza.

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PIZZA ANYONE? Boris Yeltsin with Clinton/bbc photo

Tim Reid
The Times of London
WASHINGTON — Boris Yeltsin got so drunk during a 1995 visit to Washington that Secret Service agents found him a few hundred feet from the White House clad only in his underwear and trying to hail a cab – because, he explained, he wanted a pizza.

The encounter and near international incident involving the former Russian President was revealed yesterday in a new oral history of Bill Clinton’s presidency, based on 79 taped interviews between Mr Clinton and the historian Taylor Branch during late-night visits to the White House.

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In Gotti Case, Feds Figure: If You Don’t Succeed Try Try Try Again

The feds haven’t given up on putting John Gotti Jr. away for life. Three previous trials resulted in mistrials. Can they succeed this time?

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK – The fourth racketeering trial of John “Junior” Gotti began yesterday with the government portraying the mob heir as a maniacal killer and chronic criminal who has dodged prison by intimidating witnesses and obstructing justice.

Gotti’s lawyer, Charles Carnesi, tried to debunk that picture by telling a jury in US District Court in Manhattan that federal prosecutors have assembled a cast of mob killers trying to win leniency for their crimes by testifying that Gotti ordered assaults and murders.

Carnesi said Gotti, 45, never had anything to do with killings in the late 1980s and early 1990s of two drug dealers, despite claims of the witnesses, including one who could have faced the death penalty if convicted of charges he faced before he began cooperating.

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NY Daily News Reports Prime Terror Suspect Was “Hell-Bent on Murderous Mayhem”

So far, as this unravels, it seems to be the real deal. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies should get kudos for work on this case.

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BY Alison Gendar, James Gordon Meek, John Marzulli, Rocco Parascandola and Corky Siemaszko
New York Daily News
NEW YORK –– Detectives were combing Queens storage facilities on Monday for stockpiled explosive chemicals that Al Qaeda terror thugs planned to use to bomb New York, sources said.

At the same time, the Daily News has learned that prime terror suspect Najibullah Zazi has confessed he was a jihadist hell-bent on murderous mayhem, the sources said.

NYPD investigators, in coordination with the FBI, hit chemical and fertilizer companies looking for customers who bought bulk and paid cash – and they were also showing up at storage centers in Long Island City.

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