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The Day the FBI Could No Longer Deny the Existence of the Mafia

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a breezy November day in 1957 when the FBI had no choice but to admit that the mafia not only existed, but it operated on a national level, Slate reports.

It was Nov. 14, 1957 – 56 years ago Thursday.

New York state troopers were alarmed by the number of out-of-state, expensive cars that gathered in Appalachia for a national summit meeting.

Before that meeting, the FBI refused to admit the mafia even existed, Slate reported. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was more focused on communists and so-called domestic subversives.

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California Lawmaker Says FBI Tried to Get Him to Rat Out Two Top Democrats

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A California lawmaker says the FBI raided his office because he refused to rat out two of the state’s top Democrats, NBC News reports.

State Sen. Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello, filed a federal complaint, saying agents asked him to “sting” Sen. Darrell Steinberg, leader of the state Senate’s Democratic majority and Sen. Kevin de Leon.

Calderon also is asking for a judge to hold federal investigators in contempt for leaking details of the investigation. He’s accused of accepting more than $60,000 from undercover agents in exchange for supporting legislation, NBC reported.

During a June 2012 meeting with an undercover agent, Steinberg allegedly said, “I told you man, anything you can do, any help you could do for my kids is, you know – that’s diamonds for me. That’s diamonds.”

 

Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to 3+ Years for Leaking Intelligence to AP

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent who leaked information to the Associated Press was sentenced Thursday to about three-and-a-half years in prison for possessing and disclosing secret information, the AP reports.

Donald Sachteren, 55, was accused of disclosing intelligence about the U.S. operation in Yemen in 2012.

The discovery prompted feds to seize phone records from the AP in search of the source.

“Clearly, you have betrayed your nation,” U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence told 25-year veteran of the FBI, the AP wrote.

The prosecution is part of the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of intelligence leakers.

Secret Service Accused of Engaging in Sexual Misconduct in 17 Countries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service employees have engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in at least 17 countries in recent years, according to the Washington Post.

The Post got that estimate from whistleblowers who reported to the Senate’s subcommittee on Homeland Security.

Sen. Ronald H. Johnson, R-Wis., said the whistleblower accounts contradict statements from Secrete Service leaders who say the agency has not tolerated sexual misconduct.

This follows recent allegations that two supervisors were accused of sending sexually explicit emails to a female agent.

Breaking: Whitey Bulger Gets 2 Life Sentences, And then Some

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Whitey” Bulger, the murderous Boston mobster who has been the subject of public fascination and fodder for movies and books, was sentenced Thursday to two life sentences, plus five years, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. He was also ordered to  pay $19,510,276 in restitution to the families.

The harsh sentence, handed down in U.S. District Court in Boston, hardly came as a surprise. But it appeared to be a final e xclamation mark in what was a legendary career of crime.

In August, following a two month trial, Bulger, 84,  was convicted of 31 of 32 counts including extortion and drug dealing in addition to murder. He was found guilty of 11 of 19 murders prosecutors say he committed.

 

Relatives of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Victims Spoke Out Before He Is Sentencing Today

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The relatives of James “Whitey” Bulger’s victims spoke out Wednesday during a pre-sentencing hearing for the notorious mobster, the Boston Globe reports.

But no matter what the relatives said, Bulger stood impassively with his back to them.

“You won’t even turn around and look at us?” said Patrick Callahan, shaking his head in disgust after speaking of his father, John B. Callahan, who was shot to death in Florida in 1982 on orders from Bulger. “Coward.”

The Globe wrote that Bulger declined to speak out on his own behalf.

“Mr. Bulger has made clear to us that his position is the same today as it was when he gave a colloquy to Your Honor at the time of his trial, that he believes the trial was a sham,” defense attorney Hank Brennan told the judge.

Columnist Recalls Terrifying Days He Was in Whitey Bulger’s Crosshairs

Howie Carr 
Boston Herald

Whitey Bulger, you wanted to kill me, but I’m still alive.

And you’re dead. You’re not going to last long in a real prison, you bully, you coward.

I heard you’ve told some of the guards down at Plymouth you would have killed me for sure but you were concerned about blowback on your brother, who by the way didn’t show up one single day at your trial.

First you were going to blow me up with plastic explosives you got from one of your crooked FBI agents. Then you sent out Kevin Weeks with a rifle.

Your edge was always that you had the cops, and you had the pols, and the rest of us didn’t. It was a machine, as Joe Murray used to say. He couldn’t go up against the machine and neither could I.

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Secret Service Agents Under Investigation for Alleged Misconduct

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It started with a bullet inside a woman’s hotel room.

Ignacio Zamora Jr., a senior supervisor who oversees a dozen agents in the president’s detail, tried to force his way into the hotel room and retrieve the bullet, the Washington Post reports.

After launching that investigation, authorities also discovered that Zamora and another supervisor, Timothy Barraclough, sent sexually suggestive e-mails to a female subordinate, the Post reported.

The Secret Service declined to comment on the case.

“We have always maintained that the Secret Service has a professional and dedicated workforce,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in a statement, referring to the Hay-Adams incident. “Periodically we have isolated incidents of misconduct, just like every organization does.”