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U.S. Marshals Service Joins Hunt for Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now after 15 years on the lam, the U.S. Marshals Service has joined the hunt for 81-year-old mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston Globe reported.

A U.S. deputy Marshal has been assigned full time to the FBI-led Bulger Task Force, which is comprised of State Police, FBI agents, and state Department of Correction officers, the Globe reported.

U.S. Marshal John Gibbons issued a statement Thursday saying his agency “has a long-standing reputation as being expert fugitive investigators, and we look forward to providing the FBI with our assistance in this matter. It is our hope that this joint initiative will ultimately lead to the arrest of Bulger so he can face justice.”

Bulger, an FBI informant who is on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, vanished before his January 1995 federal racketeering indictment in Boston, the Globe reported. He later was charged with 19 murders.

Mexican Journalists Vow To Keep Reporting

ciudadBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The bad news is that members of the Mexican media are getting murdered, kidnapped and threatened  by drug cartels. The good news is that the journalist have vowed to continue reporting on the drug war,  according to the Washington Post.

The Post reported that a young photo journalist from El Diario de Juarez was gunned down last Thursday in a busy mall parking lot.

On Sunday, the paper published a front page-editorial saying:

“We don’t want to see more dead. We don’t want to see more wounded nor do we want to be intimidated. It is impossible for us to do our job under these conditions. Tell us, then, what you expect from us, as a newspaper?”

“This is not a surrender. This is about a truce with those who have imposed the force of their law in this city, so that you will respect the lives of those who dedicate themselves to the job of informing the public.”

Pedro Torres, the top editor said, according to the Post:

“No, we will keep on doing the same work as always. We have not changed at all. It is an intolerable situation. But we do not want to give up. We will continue”

FBI Report Says Major Crimes Including Murder and Rape Down in 2009

fbi crime report graphicBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Murders, robberies and rapes were down in the U.S. in 2009, according to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report released Monday.

The report said violent crimes were down 5.5 percent over last year and property crimes dropped 4.9 percent.

More specifically, robberies dropped 8.1 percent; murder, 7.2 percent; aggravated assault, 4.2 percent; and forcible rape, 3.1 percent, the report said. Violent crime dropped 4 percent in metropolitan counties and 3.0 percent in non-metropolitan counties.

The report said the largest dip in murders —7.5 percent—was in cities with populations ranging from 500,000 to 999,999. Murders were up overall — 5.3 percent — in cities of 25,000 to 49,999.

Car theft was also down 17.2 percent.

Drug War Spreads in Mexico to Northeast Section: Cops Beheaded, Journalists Abducted

While the U.S. fights battles in Afghanistan and Iraq, another war far closer threatens the safety of people in the U.S. — the drug war in Mexico where murder of police is common place. Now the war there is spreading. The money is too good for it to simply die off. More needs to be done on both sides of the border.

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By William Booth
Washington Post Foreign Service

LOS ALDAMAS, Mexico — Javier Martinez Gonzalez may have thought himself a lucky man as he arrived in pressed khakis for his first day of work as a police officer in this little country town.

Half an hour later, masked men dragged him from the station. His body was later found in a patch of weeds alongside those of two fellow officers. Their killings early this month marked a dangerous new front in Mexico’s battle against drug gangs in the borderlands south of Texas.

More than 22,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderón unleashed his war on traffickers in December 2006, according to a confidential government report circulated last week, a toll that far exceeds previous media estimates.

The northeastern states along the Gulf of Mexico had been mostly quiet as drug cartels and the Mexican military fought farther west. But powerful and warring crime syndicates have now launched a campaign of terror here, abducting journalists, beheading police officers and assaulting military garrisons.

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Drug War in Mexico Continues to Spin Out of Control: 69 Murders in One Day

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — If there’s any doubt the narco-terror war in Mexico is real and getting crazier– just look to Saturday: 69 people were murdered, including 26 in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, the Associated Press is reporting.

In 2009, Mexico recorded more than 6,500 drug related murders.

The AP reports that the drug murders are “becoming more grotesque.”

“Last week a victim’s face was peeled from his skull and sewn onto a soccer ball,” the AP reported. “On Monday, prosecutors in Culiacan identified the remains of 41-year-old former police officer divided into two separate ice chests.”

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Two Ex-Blackwater Guards Charged with Murder 1 Week After Judge Dismissed Charges Against 5 Others

blackwaterlogo2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A week after a judge dismissed murder-related charges against 5 Blackwater guards who worked in Iraq, the Justice Department came back with murder charges against two former Blackwater guards who were detailed to Afghanistan.

The U.S. Attorney in Alexandria filed second-degree murder and attempted murder charges on Thursday against Justin Cannon, 27, of Corpus Christi, Tex. and Christopher Drotleff, 29, of Virginia Beach, Va. in connection with shootings that resulted in the death of two people and the wounding of a third.

Authorities say the two men were contractors for the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan and employed by Paravant LLC, a subsidiary of Xe, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide. The two were charged under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA).

The 13-count indictment alleges that on May 5, 2009, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Cannon and Drotleff shot and killed two Afghanistan nationals and wounded a third.

The FBI arrested Cannon Thursday in Corpus Christi and Drotleff in Virginia Beach.

Last week, a D.C. judge dismissed charges against 5  Blackwater guards in connection with the deaths of  14 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The judge ruled that the Justice Department overstepped its bounds by using statements the men made to the State Department even though the men were told the statements could not be used against them in court.

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Ill. Sheriff Busted by the Feds For Selling Pot Now Faces Murder-for-Hire Charge

gallitan county sheriff mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Down in southern Illinois, Sheriff Raymond Martin enjoyed the respect of the people of Gallatin County — that is until the feds busted him last May on charges of selling marijuana while in uniform.

Now things have only gotten worse. Martin, who has been sheriff since 1990, was charged with plotting to kill someone while behind bars, the Associated Press is reporting. His wife and 20-year-old son were also charged.

“Is it greed? Ignorance? I don’t know,” County Chairman Randy Drone told the Associated Press Tuesday before Martin’s first court appearance with his wife and 20-year-old son.

“Arrogance – maybe that’s it. Thinking he’s so above the law he could actually get away with this.

“But getting rearrested while still in jail? That’s something.”

Drone has urged the sheriff to resign.

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Murders Dropping in U.S. Towns Bordering Mexico

el paso map istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Amid all the gloomy and scary news about the Mexican drug cartel violence, comes a little good news.

USA Today reports that beefed up law enforcement patrols along the U.S. Mexican border may be helping prevent some of the Mexican drug cartel violence from spilling over to the U.S.

The paper reports that murders in El Paso fell from six in the first half of 2008 to four in the same period this year, according to the FBI.

In the first half of 2009, nearly 1,000 people were killed in the neighboring Mexican town of Ciudad Juarez.

What’s more in Tucson, murders fell from 30 in the first half of 2008 to nine during the same period in 2009, USA Today reported. The drop is part of an overall decrease in the murder rate in the U.S.