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Jane Burrell, the First CIA Officer to Die in the Agency’s Service

Jane Burrell

Jane Burrell

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jane Burrell became the first CIA officer to die while working for the agency when the plane in which she was riding – an Air France DC-3 – crashed while it was approaching the Le Bourget airport near Paris on Jan. 6, 1948.

Small Wars Journal reports that Burrell was a CIA counterintelligence officer at a time when most women in intelligence were “clerk typists.”

“The way that Jane entered into US intelligence and eventually into CIA was through her intellectual ability combined with her mastery of the French language,” Small Wars Journal wrote.

Burrell held several intelligence jobs before the plane accident.

But at the time of the accident, little was known about her. At the time, the U.S. said she had been on vacation.

TSA Finds 74 Firearms, 3 Grenades, Cleaver, Knife at Airports in One Week

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter how often the TSA reminds airline passengers not to bring weapons on carry-on bags, security continues to find guns, grenades and other weapons.

In the week spanning from July 22-29, for example, TSA officers found 74 firearms, three inert grenades, a cleaver and several pocketknives, Fox News reports. 

Of the 74 guns found, 65 were loaded.

“Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds,” TSA Social Media Team member Bob Burns wrote on the blog. “Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.”

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Arrests Man Wanted Since 1977 for Fatally shooting Immigration Official

William Claybourne Taylor, via FBI

William Claybourne Taylor, via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

William Claybourne Taylor had been on the run since 1977, when he was accused of fatally shooting a former immigration official in Florida.

Taylor, 67, who was on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, was arrested Thursday in Reidsville, North Carolina, the Associated Press reports.

Taylor also is accused of trying to shoot the former mayor of a small Florida town. That’s when he also fatally shot a former official with the Immigration and Nationalization Service.

In May 1980, Taylor was indicted on charges of murder and aggravated battery. He disappeared soon after.

Weekend Series on Crime History: LBJ and J. Edgar Hoover on Mississippi Civil Rights Workers’ Murders (1964)

Records: IRS Officials Were Aware of Agents Targeting Conservative Groups

IRSBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two years before revealing the suspected scandal to Congress, several senior IRS officials knew that agents were targeting conservative groups, Fox News reports. 

One of those senior IRS official was Holly Paz, who “knew that agents were targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny as early as 2011.”

The IRS declined to comment.

The information was obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The record show that Paz and other IRS officials were alerted in the spring and summer of 2011 thats agents were targeting Tea Party and conservative groups.

Evergreen vs. Mogul: See the Secret Service Code Names for the 2016 Candidates, Their Spouses

Hillary Clinton is known as "Evergreen."

Hillary Clinton is known as “Evergreen.”

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service assign code names to the people they protect.

The Clintons will keep their code names. Hillary Clinton is “Evergreen,” and Bill Clinton is “Eagle,” the Washington Post reports.

Donald Trump is referred to as “Mogul,” and Melanie Trump “Muse.”

Here are the vice president code names: Mike Pence is “Hoosier,” while Tim Kaine is “Daredevil.”

Mexico Drug Lord Who Tortured, Killed DEA Agent in 1985 Is Given House Arrest

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug lord Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo, who killed a DEA agent in 1985, will serve the remainder of his sentence on house arrest.

The 86-year-old co-founder of the Guadalajara Cartel was in prison until he was transferred to house arrest Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Fonseca will live in his house in Mexico State, which borders the capital.

Federal prisons chief Eduardo Guerrero said he was opposed to the release, but he had to respect the judge’s order of house arrest.

“From the government’s perspective, we believe it is not right that someone who did so much damage to this country is today serving the end of this sentence on the outside. … He did a lot of damage to society and he should still be, according to all the studies, inside a federal prison,” Guerrero said.

Fonseca was convicted in 1985 of kidnapping, torturing and murdering DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

Other Stories of Interest

U.S. Attorney’s Office Drops Murder Charge Against Man Previously Convicted in Death of Chandra Levy

Ingmar Guandique

Ingmar Guandique

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In what comes as a big surprise, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington on Thursday announced it was dropping murder charges against Ingmar Guandique, the man who was convicted in the 2001 killing of Washington intern Chandra Levy, the Washington Post reports.

Guandique had been convicted in the murder in 2010, but a judge granted a retrial.

The Washington Post reports that the latest twist in the case centered on a key witness, Armando Morales, who testified against Guandique in the first trial.

Morales, a convicted murderer, confessed to a neighbor after he was released from prison, that he lied in 2010 when he testified in trial that his cellmate, Guandique, had confessed to killing Levy.

The Levy case got national attention when it was learned that she was dating then-Congressman Gary Condit, who was initially a person of interest in the case.

Before his conviction in the Levy case, Guandique had already been serving time for attacking two joggers in Rock Creek Park in northwest Washington where Levy’s body was discovered in 2002.