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FBI Seeks Help Identifying Two Men Who May Have Information about Boston PD Cruiser Set on Fire

The two men who posed in front of the vandalized cruiser. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Boston law enforcement are looking for two men who authorities believe may have information about a Boston Police Department cruiser set on fire in the aftermath of a May 31 protest.

Police said they parked their cruiser to help authorities after a protest when several people vandalized the vehicle and torched it.

Video and photographs show two men posing for near the squad car.

“Investigators would like to speak with them because they may have information relevant to the ongoing investigation into the vandalism and arson of a Boston Police Department cruiser,” the FBI said in a news release.

The FBI released surveillance footage and photos of the two men.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the FBI at (857) 386-2000.

ICE Official Outraged After Vandals Desecrate Homeland Security Flag

Vandalized Homeland Security flag, via ICE.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A top ICE official expressed outrage after vandals desecrated a Homeland Security flag.

The flag now reads, “ICE KILLS,” “FREE THEM ALL,” and “U.S. INTIMIDATION & COMMUNITY ERADICATION.”

“Unfortunately, this is typical of those who think they can overturn the rule of law by criminal acts,” Todd M. Lyons, acting field office director of enforcement and removal operations for ICE in Boston, told the Boston Herald on Thursday.

He added, “A crisis is no time to stop enforcing the law.”

Lyons said the vandalism won’t stop ICE’s mission.

“Our ICE officers, who are first responders who have never stopped doing their work of protecting our communities from violent criminal aliens during this pandemic, will not be intimidated or dissuaded from protecting the communities of the commonwealth,” Lyons said.

He added, “As to their ‘message,’ we’re already seeing on our streets, especially in Boston, the dangerous impacts that come from the idea of taking advantage of a health crisis by ‘letting everyone out’ of all detention centers.”

Journalist Who Exposed ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Ties with FBI Dies

One of the books co-written by Gerald O’Neill.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gerald M. O’Neill, an intrepid Boston Globe journalist who helped expose mobster James “Whitey” Bulger as an FBI informant, has died.

He was 76.

O’Neill was a longtime investigative reporter and editor for the newspaper’s Spotlight Team when he revealed in 1988 that Bulger was killing people while snitching for the FBI. At the time, the bureau was protecting the murderous crime boss.

“That stopped time in Boston,” Stephen A. Kurkjian, one of the original Spotlight reporters, told New York Times for an obit.

Kurkjian said the FBI told the Globe its information was erroneous and would embarrass the newspaper if it dropped the bombshell report. But editors stood behind O’Neill’s investigative work and published the story. After all, O’Neill had valuable sources within the FBI.

“It was a nerve-racking moment,” Dick Lehr, a Spotlight reporter who worked on the series with Mr. O’Neill, told the Times.

A decade later, the FBI finally admitted publicly that O’Neill and his team was right – Bulger was an FBI informant.

O’Neill and Lehr wrote two books about Bulger. One of them, “Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal,” which was published in 2000, was turned into a 2015 movie in which Johnny Depp starred as Bulger.

O’Neill died at his Boston home Thursday after complications with interstitial lung disease.

Owner of Gigantic Lobster Angry That TSA Photographed ‘Dinnah’

Giant lobster posted on the TSA's Twitter account.

Giant lobster posted on the TSA’s Twitter account.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia man is irate after discovering that his 20-pound lobster was photographed by TSA agents and went viral on the agency’s Twitter account.

“They are dumb,” Christopher Stracuzza told the New York Times of the TSA. “They are like the dumbest people in the world.” 

While on a trip to a market in Connecticut, Stracuzza bought 12 standard lobsters and the gigantic one.

The 32-year-old auto-body repairman spent $700 on the lobsters, which he planned for a cookout at his home in Savannah, Ga.

Stracuzza checked a cooler with the lobsters with his luggage at a Boston airport. When he arrived home, he noticed the cooler had been tampered with.

Then a friend told him his giant lobster was posted by a TSA agent and another official on the agency’s official Twitter account.

“We share images through social media to provide helpful travel tips and to better inform the traveling public about T.S.A.’s mission,” an agency spokesperson told the New York Times.

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FBI Director Meets with Local Law Enforcement at Ribbon-Cutting for New Boston Office

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey met with about 40 local law enforcement leaders over lunch Tuesday before participating in a ribbon-cutting to announce the opening of a new headquarters for the FBI’s Boston field office in Chelsea.

The office, which covers Massachusetts, Main, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, sits on 5.1 acres and will be 220,000 square feet, eight stories and cost $100,000 to build.

Although Comey didn’t field questions from reporters, Harold Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Boston, said the director talked about drug trafficking, terrorism and gang violence. Comey sought to build a working relationship with other law enforcement agencies, the Boston Globe reports. 

“They were very insightful, the discussions about what’s concerning them most,” said Shaw.

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, who is head of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association, said he’s encouraged by the enhanced level of partnership between the FBI and local police.

“The FBI has been incredibly supportive of local police in terms of these issues as they pertain to gang violence, drugs, bank robberies, white collar crime and certainly terrorism,” Kyes said.

FBI Moves Office Out of Boston And into Larger Building in Chelsea

New FBI office in Chelsea, Mass.

New FBI office in Chelsea, Mass.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has moved out of the city of Boston and into a new Chelsea facility that has more room for expanded operations.

The FBI Boston Division has already started working at its new headquarters at 201 Maple St., the Boston Globe reports. The new building is 268,000 square feet.

“This new facility will give our employees and law enforcement partners better security, upgraded technologies, and provide more room for our growing task forces,” Harold H. Shaw, the special agent in charge, said in a statement.

The General Services Administration is leasing the eight-story building to the FBI.

The FBI Boston Division is responsible for federal laws in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

“We look forward to continuing to build upon the relationships we’ve established here in Chelsea while maintaining the critical partnerships we’ve developed over the years in Boston,” Shaw said. “We hope our presence in the neighborhood will have a positive impact.”

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DA: FBI Agent, Boston Cop Justified in Shooting Terror Suspect

fbi logo large

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent and Boston police officer were justified in using deadly force against a man suspected in a terror plot.

Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force shot Usaamah Rahim, 26, on June 2, 2015, after they say he lunged at them with a knife, NBC4 reports.

The task force approached him about recorded phone conversations when he tried to attack the members.

“The evidence proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Rahim was armed with a large, military-style knife and posed the threat of death or serious bodily injury to the task force officers,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said at a Wednesday afternoon media briefing. “Their use of deadly force was a lawful exercise of self defense and defense of others.”

Rahim was accused of plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller for organizing a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. But investigators said he and co-conspirators chose instead to plot an attack on police officers.

FBI Recovered Remains of Mob Victim Steven DiSarro After 23 Years of Searching

Stephen DiSarro

Stephen DiSarro

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has recovered the human remains of South Boston nightclub owner and mob victim Steven A. DiSarro, who has been missing since 1993.

The Boston Herald reports that his body was found buried in the rear of a building Providence on March 31.

The FBI confirmed this week that the remains belonged to DiSarro, who reportedly owed money to the mob before he went missing. He was 43 at the time.

“We’d like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all the efforts that went into locating Steven,” DiSarro’s wife, Pamela, said in 
an FBI’s press release. “We look forward to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation so we can learn as much as possible about what really happened to Steven and finally get some closure for our family.”

It’s unclear who killed DiSarro. Several mobsters have accused each other of the murder.