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FBI’s Shameful Past Likely to Be Revealed During Trial of Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering trial against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger likely will reveal an ugly period for the FBI.

While Bulger was wreaking havoc as the leader of a crime gang in South Boston from the 1970s to the early 1980s, he also was acting as an FBI informant. During that time, at least three agents were helping Bulger, Bloomberg reports.

Bulger is accused of 19 murders and racketeering while leading an organized crime gang in South Boston.

Bulger faces life in prison.

FBI Informant at Center of New York City Bribery Case Has Own Big Troubles

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI informant who provided vital information about an alleged bribe to get a state senator on the New York City mayoral ballot has his own troubles, NBC 4 New York reports.

NBC 4 identified the informant as real estate developer Moses Stern, 40, who is accused of orchestrating a fraudulent real estate deal totaling more than $100 million. 

Authorities allege Stern owes most of the money to Citigroup, NBC 4 reported.

“We’re gratified to hear the Mr. Stern is cooperating with law enforcement on this important corruption investigation and hope that as part of his deal, the government will insist that he come clean about the 2007 real estate fraud as well,” said Craig Missakian, general counsel for Amusement Industry, which is allegedly owed $13 million.

Stern helped the FBI uncover a bribery plot by State Sen. Malcolm Smith.

Questions Raised About FBI Informant Who Played Key Role in Political Campaigns

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

While William Fulton was acting as a key undercover FBI informant in a case involving a militia leader, the Alaskan store owner was heavily involved in political campaigns, the LA Times reports.

Fulton helped bring down Schaffer Cox, the leader of the Alaska Peacemaker Militia.

Now many are questioning why an FBI informant was involved in political campaigns, the LA Times wrote.

In 2010, Fulton played a role in the campaigns of conservative former radio host Eddie Burke and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller.

“They had absolutely nothing ever to do with anything like that,” Fulton told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. “The only thing that they ever asked me to do was to look into Schaeffer Cox and a few other people. The only thing they said [about the political activities] was, ‘Hmm, Bill, maybe you shouldn’t be doing this.”

Florida Man Claims to Be FBI Informant, Exposes Himself to Nurses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man forced his way onto a plane, claiming he was an FBI informant who was having medical complications and needed to fly to Boston, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

When the 28-year-old Fort Myers man was taken to a hospital after faking a seizure, he exposed himself to nurses, asking if they liked what they saw, the Sun-Sentinel wrote.

Officers found several different kinds of prescription pills on Arnaldo Jose Santiago Burgos that he said he liked to mix.

He was arrested by Lee County Port Authority officers, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Attorney: Ex-Boston Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Should Not Be Prosecuted Because of Immunity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger should not be prosecuted for 19 murders because the government promised him immunity for past and future crimes when he was an FBI informant, his lawyer argued Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said he plans to urge the judge to dismiss the charges because his client had blanket immunity.

But Carney is asking U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns to recuse himself because he will be a witness during the motion to dismiss, according to the Post report.

Also Monday, Bulger’s defense was granted a four-month delay in the trial.

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Confirmed: Civil Rights Era Photographer Ernest Withers Served as FBI Informant

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By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The civil rights era photographer Ernest Withers has been officially confirmed as a one-time FBI informant, reports the Blog of LegalTimes.

The FBI in the past has long-refused to confirm or deny Withers’s status as an informant, but it accidentally confirmed Withers’ work in documents it released to a newspaper, a federal judge in Washington said on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the D.C.  ruled today against the U.S. Justice Department in a spat between a newspaper reporter and the FBI over access to the agency’s file on Withers.

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FBI Informant Says U.S. Missed Chance to Stop 9/11 Ringleader Atta

Could we have prevented the 9/11 attacks? That’s the question we continue to ask. At the time, we certainly could have been doing more. FBI counter-terrorism agent John O’Neill kept warning us of an attack while at the FBI. He eventually left the agency and became director of security at the World Trade Center. He died during that attack. But still, even if we had caputured Mohammed Atta, do you think he would have rolled over and confessed about the plot? Brian Ross’s piece aired Thursday night.

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By Brian Ross and Vic Walter
ABC News

On the eve of the eight year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an FBI informant who infiltrated alleged terrorist cells in the U.S. tells ABC News the FBI missed a chance to stop the al Qaeda plot because they focused more on undercover stings than on the man who would later become known as 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta.

In an exclusive interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC World News with Charles Gibson and Nightline, former undercover operative Elie Assaad says he spotted and became suspicious of Atta in early 2001, when he was sent by the FBI to infiltrate a small mosque outside Miami. Atta was there with Adnan Shukrujuman, an al Qaeda fugitive who now has a $5 million U.S. reward on his head.

“There was something wrong with these guys,” Assaad, a 36-year-old Catholic native of Lebanon who pretended to be an Islamic extremist, says.

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FBI Informant Infiltrated California Mosques

News of this informant can only make the Islamic community more weary about the FBI. The FBI has made extra efforts to nurture a relationship with the Islamic community, but some efforts have fallen short.

Teresa Watanabe and Scott Glover
Los Angeles Times

As federal authorities press their case against a Tustin man accused of lying about ties to Al-Qaeda, they disclosed this week that some evidence came from an informant who infiltrated Orange County mosques and allegedly recorded the defendant discussing jihad, weapons and plans to blow up abandoned buildings.

On Wednesday, a man who claims to be that informant stepped forward, filing court documents saying that he had served as a confidential informant for the FBI from July 2006 to October 2007 to identify and thwart terrorist operations in the Orange County Islamic community.

The claim by Craig Monteilh, a 46-year-old Irvine resident, that he had been sent by the FBI to infiltrate several Orange County mosques could affect the government’s case against Ahmadullah Sais Niazi.

His allegations highlight recurring issues about the use of informants by law enforcement agencies and have fanned long-held fears by some Muslim leaders about religious profiling.

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