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Executions of Fed Prisoners May Be Rare But the Denver U.S. Atty. Will Try for Dealth Penalty in 2 Cases

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Going for the federal death penalty is one thing. Putting a federal inmate to death is another.

Since the reinstatement of the federal death penalty in 1988,  three  federal inmates have actually been executed and 60 are sitting on death row, according to Death Penalty Information Center. The last inmate to be executed was Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh by lethal injection on June 11, 2001.

Now comes one of the latest pushes:  U.S. Attorney John Walsh in Denver is seeking  the death penalty for two inmates already convicted of murder, who face fresh charges of killing inmates at the Supermax” federal prison  in Colorado, according to the Denver Post. It is the first time a U.S. Attorney in Denver has filed notice to go after the death penalty since 2001, the paper reported. The inmates names are Richard Santiago and Gary Watland and are charged in separate murders.

The Denver Post reported that  Santiago, 51, is accused of beating a man to death at the Supermax prison in 2005. Authorities charged that he and another inmate, Silvestre Mayorqui Rivera,  stomped  on inmate Manuel Torrez until he was unresponsive. After walking away, Santiago returned and kicked him in the head and torso several times, the Post reported.

Prosecutors are only seeking the death penalty against Santiago, who claims to be in the Mexican Mafia,  and  was involved in a previous murder while in custody in Fresno, Calif., the Denver Post reported.

In the other case, inmate Gary Douglas Watland, 48, is accused of stabbing fellow inmate Mark James Baker in the neck and head with a homemade metal “shank” in 2008, the Post reported. The paper reported that Watland was serving a life sentence for a state murder at the time of the prison slaying.

James F. Yacone Who Was Portrayed in Movie “Black Hawk Down” to Head FBI’s Denver Office

James Yacone/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — James F. Yacone, a decorated Army combat veteran who was portrayed in  the movie “Black Hawk Down”, and who last served as section chief in the Critical Incident Response Group for the FBI, has been named head of the bureau’s Denver office, the FBI and the Denver Post reported.

Under his post as section chief, Yacone was involved in managing the national tactical program, crisis negotiation program and a variety of mobility and crisis response assets, the FBI said.

A West Point graduate, the Denver Post reported that he served eight years in the U.S. Army and flew a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Somalia in 1993. The paper reported that he later became the subject of a book and film.

The New York native joined the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the Philly office where he worked violent drug trafficking organizations, organized crime and financial institution fraud.

In 2006, he was appointed as the chief of the FBI’s Aviation and Surveillance Branch.

In 2007 to 2009, he became assistant special agent in charge of the FBI Richmond Division’s National Security Branch.

FBI Sends Letter Warning Stores About Suspicious Purchases of Fertilizer and Chemicals

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –The easy to purchase farm supplies and chemicals continue to concern the FBI.

The bureau has sent out a reminder to farm supply stores and other businesses in the U.S. to watch for unusual or suspicious purchases of fertilizer, pesticides and other substances that could be converted into explosives, ABC News reports.

ABC reported that the letters were not sent in response to a specific threat or the arrest this week of a Saudi student in Texas who had purchased chemicals as part of a plot to blow up nuclear plants, President George W. Bush’s home and the homes of some soldiers who had been stationed at Abu Ghraib.

“It’s a continuing outreach effort to develop relationships with business and entities that may come across suspicious activities,” Michael Rankin, acting special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Denver told ABC News.

According to ABC, the letter said:

“Current trends in terrorist bombings show that fertilizer-based explosives are continuing as a threat throughout the world,” the letter states. “Ammonium nitrate and urea-based fertilizers pose an explosive threat if prepared and initiated properly. In addition, certain pesticides can be used to cause widespread harm to people.”

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Fed Agents Go After Suspected Mexican Cartel Members in U.S. in Response to Murder of ICE Agent

ICE Agent Jaime Zapata killed in Mexico/ice photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents have been conducting raids in U.S. cities and targeting Mexican cartel members in response to last week’s murder of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico, the Associated Press reported. Another ICE agent Victor Avila Jr. was shot and wounded.

“We are taking a stand and we are sending a message back to the cartels that we will not tolerate the murder of a U.S. agent, or any U.S. official,” Carl Pike, assistant special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s special operations division said, according to AP.

The roundup, which began Wednesday and is expected to go through Friday, has targeted cities including Atlanta, St. Louis, Denver, Detroit, San Antonio, San Diego, Chicago and New Jersey, AP reported.

AP reported agents seized more than $4.5 million in cash and nearly 20 guns, arrested more than 100 people and confiscated about 23 pounds of methamphetamine, 107 kilos of cocaine, 5 pounds of heroin and 300 pounds of marijuana at more than 150 different locations.

Ex-Head of Denver FBI Named Director of Colorado’s Public Safety Dept.

James Davis/denver rotary

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Jim” Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI, who headed the FBI’s Denver office since 2008, has been named the new director of Colorado’s Department of Public Safety, the Associated Press reported.

Davis, who retired from the FBI last month, was named to the post by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who called him “one of the nation’s finest law enforcement officers,” the AP reported.

The public safety department includes the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado State Patrol.

Davis began his career with the FBI in 1985, according to the FBI. Just before heading up the Denver office, he served as Legal Attache in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Feds Bust Dozens in Calif., Colo. & Fla. Associated With “Amernian Power Gang”

Denver FBI Gets Glass Tower Building With Key Security Features

denver-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in Denver has a new home and it’s built to fend off unwanted guests.

The Associated Press reports that the new field office is a  four-story, glass tower with a lobby that has bomb  proof glass, fencing that can stop a moving truck and pillars that can withstand a bomb blast.

The building also features separate interview rooms for crime victims, AP reported. It stated the furniture in those rooms is cozier than the ones for suspects.

AP reported that the building is flush with parking. In the past, agents had to go three blocks to get some vehicles.

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Denver FBI Chief Says Obama Phone Call Was Huge Morale Boost

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — President Obama is getting some plus points  for going out of his way to congratulate FBI agents in New York and Denver involved in the latest terrorism case linked to suspect Najibullah Zazi.

Early last week, he visted the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in N.Y. to congratulate them on their work.  Two days later, he called the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Denver to do the same.

ABC’s Jake Tapper and Clayton Sandell report that Obama spoke by phone to Jim Davis, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI and about 30 of his agents on the terrorism task force.

Davis, according to ABC News, said the call from the President was a huge morale boost for agents.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’m not aware of any time the president has ever called the special agent in charge of a field office to communicate his thanks for an investigative effort,” Davis told ABC.