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No Shortage of Conspiracy Theories As 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination Comes Friday

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the U.S. remembers the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination Friday, there is no shortage of conspiracy theories.

Depending on whom you ask, JFK was killed by the CIA, the mafia, Cuban exile groups, the FBI, southern segregationists or the Soviet Union.

The way author and attorney Craig Zirbel sees it, there are only two explanations for President John F. Kennedy’s assassination – either he was killed by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, with no motive, or there’s a more complex theory, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Scottsdale attorney has written two books on JFK’s death: “The Texas Connection” in 1991 and “The Final Chapter on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy” in 2010.

He believes Lyndon B. Johnson was behind the assassination 50 years ago Friday.

Veteran ATF Agent, Wife Dead in Shooting Possibly Motivated by Domestic Problems

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran ATF agent and his wife are dead following a shooting at a home in Chantilly, Va., CBS-DC reports.

Killed were 46-year-old Paul Parisi and his wife, 47-year-old Jannine Parisi, who were found in their home after a report of gunshots just after 5 a.m.

Police have not yet divulged details but said the shooting was domestic-related.

Not injured were two teenage girls inside the home.

According to CBSDC, Paul Parisi worked with ATF since 1993 and was most recently a special agent assigned to the Washington Field Division in the arson and explosives division.

His wife taught physical education at a middle school, CBSDC reported.

Report: FBI Spied on ‘David Frost Show’ Because of Left-Wing Guests

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI under J. Edgar Hoover’s leadership spied on David Frost’s program to monitor left-wing guests, newly released FBI reports show, the New York Post reports.

At one point, an undercover FBI agent was even planted in the audience, in yet another bizarre discovery about the celebrities spied on by the bureau.

The FBI had their eyes on specific guests, including economist John Kenneth Galbraith, black nationalist Stokely Carmichael and even folk singer Joan Baez.

No action was taken, according to the memos, the Post reported.

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5 Extradited in Plot to Smuggle N. Korean ‘Breaking Bad’ Quality Meth into U.S.

By Michael Winter
USA Today

Five foreigners extradited from Thailand to New York have been charged with conspiring to smuggle Breaking Bad-quality methamphetamine that was produced in North Korea, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The suspects — two from Britain and one each from Taiwan, the Philippines and Slovakia — were arrested in September as part of a sting operation that nabbed a former U.S. sniper instructor nicknamed “Rambo,” the alleged mastermind of a plot to import narcotics and kill a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent. They arrived in the United States on Tuesday night and were due in court Wednesday

U.S. authorities said two men — Ye Tiong Tan Lim and Kelly Allan Reyes Peralta — belonged to a Hong Kong crime syndicate that supplied the 99%-pure meth produced in North Korea. Last year, authorities in Thailand and the Philippines seized 30 kilograms — more than 60 pounds. That led to the DEA sting, during which the suspects allegedly agreed to provide confidential informants with 100 kilos of Hermit Kingdom meth that would be smuggled across the Pacific.

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Congressman Radel Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charges

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
U.S. Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court, the DEA announced.

D.C. Superior Senior Judge Robert S. Tignor placed Radel on one year of probation. The DEA press release said if the probation is successfully completed, the Court could dismiss the case without an adjudication of guilt.

The press release stated:

According to a statement of offense submitted as part of the plea, Radel came to the attention of the FBI and DEA in the fall of 2013, during an investigation into cocaine trafficking in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Agents learned that Radel would purchase cocaine for his personal use and sometimes share it with others.

The statement of offense says that, on Oct. 29, 2013, Radel met with an undercover police officer at a restaurant in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. At this time, Radel agreed to buy about 3.5 grams of cocaine from the undercover officer. He and the undercover officer went outside, and Radel handed over $260. The undercover officer provided Radel with a package of cocaine. Federal agents then approached Radel and the cocaine was recovered.

Radel agreed to speak with the agents about what had taken place and invited them to his apartment. There, he voluntarily admitted that he had purchased the cocaine. He also retrieved and provided to the agents a vial of cocaine that he had in his apartment.

 

 

AG Eric Holder to Decide Soon Whether to Charge George Zimmerman in Civil Rights Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

George Zimmerman may have been exonerated in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, but that may change soon.

Attorney General Eric Holder is weighing whether to file federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who recently was arrested on unrelated domestic violence charges, Huffington Post reports.

Holder said his office is finishing up a civil rights investigation after Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old.

In the past, Holder has referred to the incident as a “tragic, unnecessary shooting death.”

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Parker: A Friend Who Was the Victim of A Vicious Crime and The Rule of Law

Ross Parker

 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. He is the author of the book “Carving Out the Rule of Law: The History of the United States Attorney’s Office in Eastern Michigan 1815–2008″.
  
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

A friend named Carolyne was a victim of a vicious and brutal crime last week.

Such a crime is especially distressing when its victim is such a gifted and empathic person who has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of kids at risk.

Her advice and guidance have placed many children on the right path to productive lives.

This is not another Detroit crime story. Or even one that occurred in these United  States. It happened in Africa.

When I retired a few years ago, my Dad gave me some advice. “Don’t spend all of your time in pool halls.” He was joking because I never was very good at the game, but I have nevertheless attempted to follow his advice. This has led to meeting some amazing people, some here and some in other countries. Most of the time our interaction has had little to do with crime, but after three decades in the criminal justice business, it’s hard not to notice. Hence some columns on Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, as well as a bunch on the U.S. of A. This is another one.

Carolyne lives in a poor but peaceful country with a lot of good people, men and women, who are dedicated to improving the lives of their countrymen and women, and especially for the next generation. They are of different faiths, but they look up to America and are invariably friendly to visiting Americans.

But every nation has crime. It’s what is done in reaction to crime that matters.

Carolyne was attacked in her home by a gang of burglars and killers and badly beaten. The same group killed another woman earlier in the evening. The police were remarkably efficient and picked up one of the perpetrators in a short time.

 

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Racist Serial Killer, Who Also Shot Larry Flynt, Was Executed Today in Missouri

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin was executed early this morning after a murderous cross-country spree from 1977 to 1980, the USA Today reports.

The 63-year-old, who targeted black and Jewish people, was executed in Missouri.

Franklin claimed responsibility for 20 murders but was convicted of seven.

He also has admitted he shot Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who was paralyzed in the 1978 attack.