Another day at work with a FBI agent

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1 killed, 3 in custody following gun battle during FBI drug sting

By Chrystian Tejedor, Jerome Burdi and Dianna Cahn | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 3, 2008

It was just after 10 p.m. Tuesday when two cars pulled up to a darkened warehouse.

Three men armed with assault rifles emerged from one car and walked toward the building.

Suddenly, FBI agents exploded on the scene, announcing their presence and calling on the men to surrender. The gunbattle that ensued left one of the gunmen dead, two others wounded and the target of the operation in federal custody, an FBI affidavit said.

The drama near downtown West Palm Beach was part of a sting federal agents and city police set up to capture one man, Frank Jackson, and the other Broward County men he called his "goons," the report said.

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Jackson, 37, of Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, has an arrest and prison record peppered with convictions for cocaine possession and sales dating to 1991.

The sting was part of the Safe Streets Initiative, started in 1992 to curb violent street gangs and drug-related violence nationwide.

The operation was set in motion in May when an FBI informant contacted Jackson about buying some assault rifles to rob a Mexican drug dealer of some cocaine.

Jackson told the informant he wanted in on the robbery, the report said.

On or about June 24, the informant met with Jackson and another man, a West Palm Beach police undercover officer who told Jackson that he'd been cheated by the Mexican and wanted help robbing the dealer of 8-10 kilograms of cocaine. Jackson said he had some "big goons with AK-47s," the report said.

The three met again Monday, agreeing that the robbery would go down Tuesday. The rendezvous took place at 10 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Belvedere Road.

Jackson arrived with Anthony Jackson, 36, of Fort Lauderdale, Michael Singletary, 21, of Pompano Beach, and Cory Caldwell, 18, of Deerfield Beach, the affidavit said.

The undercover officer drew a diagram of the warehouse and location of the drugs. Then he took Frank Jackson to the warehouse at 1100 Old Okeechobee Road and gave him the lay of the land. When they returned to the hotel, Jackson drove with his three men while the officer drove separately, the report said.

Jackson stayed in his car while his men walked over to the building. He tried to flee when he heard the gunfire but was apprehended after a chase that ended with a car accident, the report said.

The report does not detail the firefight except to say "a gunbattle ensued." West Palm Beach police assisted but did not fire any shots, police Capt. Pat Maney said.

All three men were wounded. Caldwell later died of his injuries, the report said.

The four men were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. More charges could follow.

Unlike Frank Jackson, his three accomplices had fewer brushes with the law and only Anthony Jackson had a cocaine-related arrest. Singletary was convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in 2007, a charge reduced from attempted felony murder. Caldwell had been arrested for violence.

At Singletary's home Wednesday, his grandmother Bessie Martin said she didn't know anything until someone came to her house and said her grandson was shot. She said Singletary has a 2-year-old son, his mother is in prison and his father is dead.

Outside the warehouse, purple and green gloves, a pool of blood and orange circles spray-painted on a sidewalk and fence were all that was left of the shooting Wednesday morning.

Across the street at Fantastic Floor & Interiors Inc., Harry "Sid" Sidman and his daughter got an early start to their day picking up shards of glass. A bullet from the shooting flew through a front window.

"The first thing on my mind is how much more can we take of this?" Sidman asked. "It's the last straw when bullets start flying."

The FBI is sending a team from Washington to investigate, spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said.

"It's freaking creepy," said Gina Coyle, who works next door at Mickey's Plumbing. "It's horrible. It's too close to where we work."

Staff Writers Sallie James and Andrew Tran and Staff Researchers Barbara Hijek and Bill Lucey contributed to this report.
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Postby joeb on Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:45 pm

Live Gambler, Started by a Former FBI Agent, Teams With Affilitude to Launch the World’s Premier Online Casino

LiveGambler, an online casino based out of Jaco Beach, Costa Rica scoured the world for the best partners to help them launch and grow their business. “When it came to affiliate marketing there really was no choice, but to go with Affilitude” says Founder and CEO Mark Songer, PhD, MS.

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) July 4, 2008 -- LiveGambler (, an online casino based out of Jaco Beach, Costa Rica scoured the world for the best partners to help them launch and grow their business. “When it came to affiliate marketing there really was no choice, but to go with Affilitude” says Founder and CEO Mark Songer, PhD, MS.

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LiveGambler, decided that no other online casino had captured the essence of a Las Vegas gambling experience. Dr. Songer, a former FBI Agent decided to bring in a top notch design team that publishes the pre-eminent entertainment nightclub magazine. They made the website and casino interface look and feel like Las Vegas. “We researched and looked for the most enduring images of Las Vegas. That’s when we decided we needed some beautiful women. The most beautiful and recognizable women in the world for the last 50 years have been Playboy Playmates. So we went out and got some of these sexy vixens to join the LiveGambler team. In fact, several of these beautiful women are now shareholders in LiveGambler.”

With a growing worldwide demand for gambling in places like Macau which is exceeding Las Vegas in the amount wagered, LiveGambler is launching their business to the international marketplace. And choosing an affiliate marketing team that has a firm grasp on myriad international markets was one of the most critical business decisions for LiveGambler. Affilitude was chosen because of their un-matched success in online marketing and affiliate management, especially in the Far East.

Affilitude program manager William Chase is keen to emphasize the synergies in the relationship with LiveGambler. “We know Asia is a big market for LiveGambler, and Affilitude was amongst the first affiliate program management firms to be formed in Asia. Based in Bangkok, Affilitude is within easy striking distance of every Asian country”. And Affilitude is thrilled to be working with LiveGambler. “When we learned we would be taking the LiveGambler account we were definitely fired up” adds Chase “the LiveGambler casino is exciting, fun and has a Vegas ambiance that is just plain sexy! We know that consumers and affiliates of the site alike will love this latest offering on the market.” LiveGambler offers all the popular table games, including baccarat and slot machines. They also have a one of the most generous signup bonuses:150% on new account deposit amounts, plus you may be one of the lucky LiveGamblers to win a date with a Playmate in Las Vegas.
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Re: Another day at work with a FBI agent

Postby joeb on Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:59 pm

NPR would rather discuss the FBI SSG than the best evidence for FBI agents assassinating Martin Luther King or President Kennedy.
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Couple of reads about the disinformation business and FBI agents.


2 reads about the FBI SSG

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FBI Surveillance Team Reveals Tricks Of The Trade

by Dina Temple-Raston

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Weekend Edition Saturday, July 5, 2008 · The FBI has an entire army of people whose sole job is to do surveillance. Whether they are tracking a terrorist suspect or mobster or potential spy, the secret isn't about being a master of disguise. Instead, it is all about blending in.

Turn on any cop show and their surveillance always seems pretty straight forward. There are always a couple of guys in a van and maybe another two in a car outside some apartment building. But the truth is, real surveillance is much more subtle.

The Special Agent-in-Charge of the Special Operations Division of the FBI in New York is Todd Letcher. He says if his team is doing the job right, you won't even know they are there. "When a target comes out of the bodega with a cup of coffee, they don't see where we are or they don't see our people," he said. "Our people look so ordinary they just look over them."

So, for example, that guy with the flat-top haircut who looks like a cop could be one of the people following you. In fact, there are some scenarios in which the FBI wants you to think he's actually following you. But what you probably won't see is the roster of other people who are with him. Those people, the members of the FBI's Special Surveillance Group team, or SSGs, operate just below the radar — and that is where they are most effective.

When I met three SSGs in New York City recently, they would only talk to me under the strictest conditions. I had to promise not only to not use their names, but they didn't even want me to describe them either. They say that might compromise their mission. And their mission is to gather intelligence for the FBI.

Once the ground rules were set, the trio — Tango, Bravo and Poppa, for our purposes — and their supervisor in charge, Charlie Muldoon, agreed to demonstrate how to follow someone in lower Manhattan.

"First of all, you would spread out," Muldoon says, waving his arms around. "You wouldn't stand in a parade behind the guy."

And, he says, you'd have a team dressed for the occasion. SSGs carry entire wardrobes in their cars — a business suit in case they need to go to Wall Street, gym shorts in case surveillance requires them to go for a jog through Central Park.

Muldoon says he has some SSGs who travel with a bicycle in their trunk so that at a moment's notice they could ride through the streets of New York pretending to be a messenger. "They are prepared for anything," he says.

I pick out an unsuspecting Manhattanite and ask Bravo how they would start.

"We usually key on something, whether a bright color she has on or a particular item that might be unique," Bravo says. "We relay that to other team members so they can see her when she comes to the next corner, so they would be able to identify her."

Poppa chimes in. He says the team would set up some sort of "picket surveillance" in the surrounding area.

A picket surveillance would have the team covering all the subway entrances. They would be stationed at various corners. Bravo, who has been doing this for seven years, says the team would radio ahead with information.

SSGs have all kinds of techniques, and they all have catchy names like Picket and Web or Leapfrop. Leapfrog is kind of what it sounds like: SSGs will follow a target up to a certain point, then pass him off to another group up ahead, and then leapfrog to pick up the surveillance further down the street.

When operating under Leapfrog surveillance, Tango says, they would be telling the people up ahead that the target was coming up to them. "They should be telling us the next movement so you don't have to run and pullback and run and pullback," she says. "That's kinda obvious, especially if there is a possibility that someone could be watching you from the rear."

That kind of counter-surveillance happened all the time during the Cold War. Tango was a member of one of the first SSG teams. They began as an FBI experiment in New York City in the 1970s. The pilot project was so successful that it went nationwide. Back then, it was all spycraft, like out of the movies.

"Some days it was really like war," Tango recalls. "Push them off the road if you have to, don't let them through the toll booth. Other days you were right in their shoes practically, making sure they didn't meet the other person they were handling."

Robert Hanssen — the former FBI official who spied for the Soviet Union and Russia against the U.S. for more than 20 years — may be the most famous case the SSGs have handled.

"I think the Hanssen case probably and the movie Breach really for the first time that I can recall, highlighted what the special surveillance group does," Letcher says.

In the movie, a young wanna-be FBI agent begins following Hanssen around. He has no idea that Hanssen is a spy. He has no idea he is in the middle of one of the biggest cases the FBI had ever run.

The SSGs are often in the middle of the FBI's biggest cases. And Tango says that's what has really changed since the Cold War. Now the surveillance requires more political savvy, more finesse.

"Every day you just get a little piece of the puzzle, you don't have to get the puzzle all in one day," Tango says. "It's like something builds up to a very long story, if you will, like a soap opera more so as opposed to a cut-and-dry short story. ... And you build on it every single day."

And because it is a drip, drip, drip information operation, the SSGs end up learning a lot about the people they are following. Before Charlie Muldoon was supervising the SSGs in New York, he was doing surveillance on mobster John Gotti. He says he could read him like a book.

"You could just tell by his body language whether he was surveillance conscious," Muldoon says. "You could just tell by his body language and the way people related to him whether he was in the middle of a crisis."

That's an important piece of information if you are working with the FBI trying to avert a future bank robbery or even terrorist attack.

"John Gotti's tell was that when he used to get mad, he used to talk a lot more with his hands, he used to be very very physical with his hands," says Muldoon.

Once Tango, Bravo and Poppa had finished with the interview, I was determined to keep an eye on them as long as I could I even followed them for a bit, trying to use what I had learned. Within minutes, I lost them in the crowd.

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Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty, Receives Jail Sentence

Updated: Jan 22, 2008 12:45 PM

by Leasa Conze, KOLD News 13 at 5

A former FBI agent accused of masturbating in a women's bathroom at the University of Arizona pleaded guilty today to public sexual indecency.

Ryan James Seese was sentenced to 5 days in the Pima County jail and 3 years probation.

Seese also must go through a treatment program.

In May, a janitor found Seese when she went to clean a bathroom stall in the Student Union.

She ran out and reported it.

Seese fled to the nearby parking garage, where he was cited for three misdemeanor charges and released to an FBI supervisor.
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Postby joeb on Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:56 am

Trial of alleged drug dealer in Lusher teen's death postponed
by Gwen Filosa, The Times-Picayune
Monday July 07, 2008, 8:21 AM

Henry Deeb Gabriel, III, the New Orleans man facing federal drug charges for his alleged role in supplying the heroin that led to a 16-year-old girl's overdose, has until September to prepare for trial at U.S. District Court.

Gabriel had been scheduled for trial today on a host of federal narcotics charges related to the death of Madeleine Prevost, a Lusher School student who died after taking a dose of heroin.

Defense attorneys petitioned for the extension, which was granted by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier last month.

Failure to grant the defense team's request could have resulted in a "miscarriage of justice," Judge Barbier found.

The federal probe that nabbed Gabriel began in January after Prevost, a junior at Lusher, died of "massive acute hemmorhagic pulmonary edema" caused by a drug overdose, according to an affidavit filed last month by FBI Special Agent James Hurley, Jr.

Prevost's death stunned a city already well-versed in the trauma and pain of addiction that fuels the local illicit drug trade, and prompted U.S. Attorney Jim Letten to hold four men responsible for the girl's overdose by heroin.

Gabriel, the namesake son of a Loyola Law School professor and a friend of Prevost, became an informant for the FBI after agents found him in Boston, according to documents and a source close to the case.

Gabriel agreed to come home to New Orleans and set up a drug buy through Perez while authorities waited to pounce, federal agents detailed in an affidavit. The feds outfitted Gabriel's car with video recording equipment, and he wore a wire, documents and interviews indicate.

On Feb. 15, Perez told Gabriel that Battenburg had received a new shipment of heroin, according to an affidavit in which Gabriel is referred to as a "CI," or confidential informant.
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Postby joeb on Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:53 am

Local FBI agent indicted in dog’s death

By Tommy Witherspoon | Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 12:06 PM


Local FBI agent Lovett Leslie Ledger was indicted by the McLennan County grand jury this morning on a cruelty to animals charge, a state jail felony, in the killing of a Chihuahua in his neighborhood.

Ledger, 39, allegedly shot the dog, named Sassy, with a pump pellet gun in front of his home near Lorena on Feb. 29.

If convicted of a state jail felony, Ledger faces 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Five witnesses testified before the grand jury, including Ledger and his wife, Jacqueline. Les Ledger testified for about 25 minutes; his wife for 10.

Grand jurors also heard from the dog’s owner, Jason Davis, and McLennan County Sheriff’s Lt. Clay Perry.

Ledger’s attorney, Rob Swanton, declined to comment after hearing of the indictment. Prosecutor Crawford Long also declined comment.

In a previous story in the Tribune-Herald, a neighbor who said she was home the afternoon of the incident said she heard her dogs barking and went outside to see Sassy walking on Estes Road.

The dog lurched to one side upon being shot, then rolled into a yard, where she died, the neighbor said.

The neighbor also said she saw Ledger lower the pellet gun and walk inside his home with one of his children. A group of people gathered around the dog, and the neighbor said she could see a hole in Sassy’s neck above her pink rhinestone collar.
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Feds refuse to share data on mystery remains
The FBI keeps information on 'Escalante Man' discovery from Utah archaeologists, treat the site as a crime scene
By Brian Maffly
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 07/12/2008 12:35:35 AM MDT

An aging American Indian with rotting teeth and arthritic joints sat down and died in the Utah desert outside Escalante with a musket, ammunition and a bucket. Blowing sand covered his corpse for more than a century before a hiker stumbled across it last year.
This is the likely scenario of how a nearly complete skeleton, dubbed "Escalante Man" in BLM documents, came to be buried a few hundred paces off Highway 12 in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. What remains a mystery is why a dozen FBI agents excluded archaeologists from its April 16 excavation, treating the site as a crime scene rather than the historic site many believe it clearly was. "It's an ongoing investigation. Our policy is we cannot comment on it," FBI spokesman Juan Becerra said. Agents stress they had legitimate reasons for excluding the monument's own archaeologist from the dig, even though they invited a TV news crew to document it, and the U.S. Attorney's Office signed off on the investigation. While the BLM and FBI acted in partnership on the dig, the episode has attracted criticism from state officials charged with protecting cultural resources and triggered dissension within the BLM.
"It seems the FBI is running roughshod over the BLM, scientific procedures and legal requirements in their unexplained zeal to excavate an historic site," Matt Zweifel, the BLM's excluded Kanab-based archaeologist, wrote in a four-page memo documenting a

litany of concerns two days before the agents descended on the site with shovels and screens.
''I have seen other burials 'excavated' by law enforcement personnel with disastrous results as far as archaeology is concerned,'' he wrote. "I don't doubt that the FBI forensics personnel are the best in their field, but they are not trained archaeologists."
No one has accused the feds of botching the dig, but some wonder whether they ran afoul of cultural resource protection laws, particularly requirements to obtain permits before excavating historic sites and to consult with tribes in a timely manner. And the secrecy with which it was handled mystified and frustrated state archaeologist Kevin Jones and Forrest Cuch, Utah's director of Indian affairs.
"We try to work with law enforcement. If there is a possibility that there is a crime involved, we would want the police there, and vice versa if it's an historic site. Neither of us benefit working in isolation," Jones said. "It's regrettable that a professional archaeologist wasn't there."
The case of Escalante Man began in winter when an ''informant'' discovered what appeared to be a pipe sticking out of the ground and reported it to authorities, according to internal BLM documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Federal officers checked the site and returned to Salt Lake City with metal objects and bone fragments, which BLM experts determined to be human. The FBI and BLM law enforcement personnel organized an "evidence recovery" effort, but did not inform monument officials or Jones' agency, the Utah Division of State History.
Zweifel got wind of the dig on April 14, but his inquiries went unanswered and monument director Rene Berkhoudt ordered Zweifel to stay away from the April 16 excavation. BLM officer Larry Shackelford initially invited Zweifel, but wound up tapping a planner out of the Salt Lake City office, Jeanette Matovich, who is trained in bioanthropology, to be the only scientist to participate.
"He wasn't picked. That's all I can say about it," Shackelford said.
During the dig, agents extracted 80 percussion caps, parts of a firearm, lead straps, polished stones, a horn, and human molars from a young adult. Then they found the skull, which Matovich quickly recognized as American Indian because of its distinctive cranial features. A large brass bucket fitted with a handle and chain, which an evaluator considered to be a rare antique in excellent condition, bore an 1865 patent date.
These items roughly date the man's demise to the mid-to-late 19th century. The FBI transferred custody of the "evidence" to the BLM, which took the items to Utah Museum of Natural History on April 18 for "observational analysis" and "curation," as well as storage for up to one year while the bones go through a tribal repatriation process, according to internal documents.
University of Utah scientists and museum officials examined the bones and Derinna Kopp, a doctoral candidate in anthropology, submitted a written report, supporting BLM's conclusions that the dead man was not deliberately interred.
The bones were those of a stocky man, 55 to 65 years old, with active abscesses eating his badly worn teeth. Osteoarthritis had fused his lumbar spine and cranial lesions were consistent with iron deficiency that was common among tribal communities in the 19th century.
The bones showed signs of rodent damage, but no ochre, a yellowish pigment applied to the dead in Indian burials, according to Matovich's report. These clues suggest the person was not deliberately buried, but rather exposed for a period while mice chewed his ribs. The position of the bones was also important.
"The skeleton was completely collapsed in on itself, with the feet tucked under the pelvis, indicating the individual was sitting in an upright squatting or kneeling position at the time of death," Matovich wrote. Her report does not determine the cause of death, although no traumatic injury was noted other than minor breaks that could have occurred postmortem.
Jones said these clues are not conclusive on the key question of burial because Indians were not always interred with ochre and post-burial rodent damage can happen.
"Without good stratigraphic work and a soil profile, you can't say how the body got to where it is now. A lot of things can happen to a body after it's buried," Jones said.
"He is entitled to his professional opinion," responded BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall, herself an archaeologist. "We have here a marriage of law enforcement and science. . . . We were able to accomplish disparate goals. This is a situation that should be held up as a positive example. It's frustrating that it's being spun in a negative light."
Meanwhile, the FBI probe continues, although agents won't reveal what they are investigating, and the BLM is attempting to identify Escalante Man's cultural affiliation. The agency's goal is getting the remains to his tribe or descendants who most likely will return them to the earth.
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E-mail shows officer tried to find call girl
Sunday, July 13, 2008



KALAMAZOO -- Evidence seized from a woman at the center of a controversial 2003 prostitution case may have collected dust at the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team's headquarters for four years.

But the items, stored unconventionally in plastic grocery bags and unprocessed since their seizure, were apparently not forgotten.

Internal e-mails obtained by the Kalamazoo Gazette using the Freedom of Information Act show KVET officer Craig Stouffer, chief evidence handler in that case, sought to find the woman or ``dump'' the items before that investigation was made public by the Gazette in 2007.

``I need to dump this Steam computer stuff I still have, any ideas?'' Stouffer said in a Nov. 29, 2006, e-mail to another Public Safety officer who had participated in the 2003 prostitution sting.

``Steam'' was the online screen-name used by the woman who was investigated for allegedly being a high-priced call girl. Police reports suggest her clients may have included an FBI agent, police officers, defense attorneys and prosecutors.

Stouffer's Nov. 29, 2006, e-mail was written shortly after a citizen filed a FOIA request to examine evidence records in that case, documents showed.

Public Safety officials have offered no explanation for the single-sentence e-mail. A Gazette FOIA request for any response from the second officer turned up nothing.

Ten months later, other e-mails show Stouffer enlisted the help of a contact in the Michigan State Police.

``Any luck finding that (woman's last name) chick?'' Stouffer e-mailed his state police contact on Aug. 1, 2007, the day after a Kalamazoo County judge ordered Public Safety to turn over search-warrant documents from the 2003 prostitution case.

An e-mail response to Stouffer from the state police employee indicated she was familiar with Friend of the Court and Department of Human Services files connected to the alleged call girl.

But the state police contact provided no current address.

A day later, Stouffer apparently located the woman.

``We found (her). Thanks for the assistance,'' Stouffer responded Aug. 2.
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PTSD and the FBI Agent

By Susan Smith

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

In Desmond v. Mukasey, C.A.D.C. No. 07-5139, 7/1/08, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned the lower court's summary judgment and sent an FBI agent's discrimination complaint under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 back for trial. The facts are as related in the court's decision.

When Desmond was accepted into new agent training, he signed the required paperwork acknowledging that he could be assigned anywhere, no transfers were available for personal reasons, and that he had to pass certain academic and suitability requirements to stay in the program. He performed well in the new agent training program at Quantico. At the same time he worked hard to try to secure assignment to Cleveland, Ohio upon graduation. His mother lived in Cleveland and Desmond, fearing for her personal safety as the result of a harrowing experience involving a break-in at her house a few years earlier, was determined to be assigned there so that he could personally watch out for his mother. (Opinion p. 4)

The experience in question had involved Desmond personally when he was in his early 20's. A notorious rapist broke into his mother's house, held Desmond hostage for an hour or so, robbed the house, and threatened to come back and hurt his mother. Desmond worked with the police to help apprehend and convict the guy. Motivated by the experience to work in law enforcement, Desmond was determined to be an FBI agent.
(p. 4)

But he also apparently had a lot of guilt about leaving his mother unprotected in Cleveland, hence his efforts to secure an assignment with the FBI's office there once he finished Quantico.

When he learned he was being sent to Chicago, Desmond claims he started experiencing more anxiety than usual. He eventually consulted an agency counselor who told Desmond he showed signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as the result of the traumatic incident back in Cleveland. (p. 7)

Just before graduation from Quantico, Desmond wrote out a draft letter of resignation addressed to the FBI Director complaining about the lies and deceit in the agency's refusal to accommodate his family and personal needs in his post training assignment. His supervisor found the letter on Desmond's desk and talked to him about it. Desmond claimed he never intended to resign, he was simply venting by writing out his feelings, as the counselor had suggested. He did a short note retracting the document. However, his supervisors decided to do an inquiry into Desmond's suitability to be an FBI agent. (pp. 7-10)

By the time the dust settled, the suitability report questioned Desmond's retention as an agent, Desmond had filed an equal opportunity discrimination complaint based on mental handicap, and Desmond resigned when told he was being terminated from the agent program. (pp. 10-12)

Desmond filed suit in district court, alleging disability discrimination and retaliation. The latter claim went to a trial by jury and the jury held against Desmond. Meanwhile, the disability discrimination claim was thrown out by the district court, which awarded summary judgment to the government. (p. 13)

The court of appeals has now upended the district court's decision on the discrimination claim and sent the case back to be tried on its merits. Among other things, the appeals court considered the question whether Desmond's PTSD substantially limited a major life function, i.e. Desmond's ability to sleep. The D.C. Circuit joins every other circuit that has considered whether sleep constitutes a major life activity, and, among other authorities, quotes a passage from Shakespeare's MacBeth in concluding that it does. (pp. 15-19)

The court then considers whether Desmond has raised enough evidence to suggest that his PTSD interfered with his sleep and concluded that he did. The appeals court points out that the government never contested that the PTSD impacted Desmond's ability to sleep. Since Desmond raised enough evidence that a jury could conclude that the FBI took action against him because of his PTSD, the issue should have been tried before and decided by a jury. (p. 34)

In the end, the appeals court has reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment and sent the case back for trial. (p. 43)

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GAO: FBI needs to refine cost controls for Sentinel

The FBI must establish more stringent controls over contractor expenses on the $425 million Sentinel automated case-management system to keep close tabs on project costs and assets acquired through the project, government auditors said in a new report.

Although the FBI has made some progress toward strengthening internal oversight of Sentinel, tighter controls are necessary, the General Accountability Office said in a report released today. GAO conducted the audit from August 2006 through May 2008.

Sentinel is designed to replace a case-management system that was slated to be part of the bureau’s failed Trilogy project. As envisioned, Sentinel would create Web-enabled systems that manage records, workflow and evidence, and allow agents to search records. The FBI awarded the Sentinel contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. in March 2007.

FBI officials plan to launch Sentinel in four phases, with the full system available by 2010. The first phase was completed in April 2007.

Lawmakers asked GAO to review the FBI’s internal controls over expenditures for Sentinel’s development and implementation. In the course of its audit, GAO assessed the FBI’s controls to see if they are capable of preventing or detecting improper payments and able to maintain proper accountability for equipment bought for the project.

GAO tested the property controls established by the Sentinel project management office. They are designed to provide detailed oversight of the project’s technical and financial aspects on a daily basis.

In light of its findings, GAO recommended that the FBI take the following steps:

* Establish procedures to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the Lockheed Martin database used to create the official FBI property record in the bureau’s property management application.
* Reconcile asset records with underlying source documents as part of the monthly process of reviewing and approving invoices.
* Establish policies and procedures to document initial inspection of Sentinel assets and verification of the bar codes assigned to them.
* Capture property data so the project management office can monitor compliance with its policy requiring that all accountable property be recorded within 27 days of receipt.

GAO auditors said they did not identify any missing assets but did find 20 property records for which there were discrepancies among the values recorded in the contractor database, property management application and contractor invoices.
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Local officials defer to FBI in fatal sting
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Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Monday, July 14, 2008

WEST PALM BEACH — On the night of July 1, one man was shot to death and two others were wounded by law enforcement agents during an illegal-weapons sting at a warehouse near Okeechobee Boulevard.

The city of West Palm Beach owns the warehouse. West Palm Beach police officers were at the scene, and one filled out the official complaint detailing what occurred.
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Alleged getaway driver Frank Jackson Jr., 37, of Pompano Beach.

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Anatomy of a shooting

According to the arrest report in the July 1 sting operation and shooting:

# In May, an informant told the FBIthat Frank Jackson Jr. of Pompano Beach hadoffered him the chance to buy AK-47 assault rifles. On June 24, the informant and a West Palm Beach undercover officer met with Jackson and told him they were going to use the weapons to rob a Mexican cocaine dealer who had stiffed them on a drug deal. Jackson said he wanted to be part of that robbery.

# 'Jackson stated that he had some big goons with AK-47s who would help him.

# On June 30, the informant and the undercover officer told Jackson thata shipment of 8 to 10 kilos of cocaine for the Mexican dealer would arrive the next day in West Palm Beach.

# Jackson said he would bring friends to pull off the robbery and that 'he and his crew would be armed with AK-47s, Uzis and handguns.'

# Jackson and three friends showed up with their guns around 10 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Belvedere Road. The undercover officer told them the drugs were stashed in a warehouse at 1100 Old Okeechobee Road, near Okeechobee Boulevard and Parker Avenue.

# The men proceeded to the warehouse. Jackson waited in the car outside while his 'goons' - allegedly Cory Caldwell, Michael Singletary and Anthony Jackson - entered the fenced area around the warehouse and approached the door.

# As the suspects approached the warehouse, law enforcement officers announced their presence and demanded that the men surrender. A gun battle ensued during which all three men were wounded. Cory Caldwell died.

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But when it came to investigating the shooting, city and county law enforcement authorities left it to the FBI because they say that only FBI agents fired their guns that night.

"The state attorney has confirmed that we are not doing an investigation on this case," said Claudette Hughes, speaking for Palm Beach County State Attorney Barry Krischer.

West Palm Beach Police Chief Delsa Bush said last week that city officers were at the warehouse but were not in a position to witness the shooting. No city officers fired their weapons, she said.

The city will not do its own investigation because it is a federal case, Bush said.

"There's no need for two investigations," she said. "It's their operation."

The four men caught in the sting had been told by a West Palm Beach police undercover officer that 8 kilograms of cocaine that a smuggler owned were hidden at the warehouse. One of the suspects, Frank Jackson Jr., 37, of Pompano Beach, agreed to steal the cocaine with the help of other men who would be armed with "AK-47s, Uzis and handguns," according to the complaint.

When they arrived at the warehouse after 10 p.m., FBI agents, who have been collaborating with South Florida police in a Safe Streets offensive against violent crime, announced their presence and a gunfight ensued, according to the complaint.

Cory Caldwell, 18, of Deerfield Beach died in the shooting. Anthony Jackson, 36, and Michael Singletary, 21, of Pompano Beach were shot and wounded. Frank Jackson Jr., who allegedly was the getaway driver, crashed the car while trying to flee and was arrested.

All four men had felony arrests. Caldwell was charged last year with battery on a law enforcement officer. The other three have been charged with cocaine distribution at various times. Frank Jackson also has been charged with resisting arrest and aggravated battery, and Anthony Jackson with resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.

Frank and Anthony Jackson are related, according to a family friend.

The FBI announced that a shooting review team, part of its inspections division, arrived in South Florida last week to probe the incident.

Shootings by FBI agents have averaged about 10 a year nationwide in recent years. Federal agents are involved in such sting operations "regularly and routinely," said Guy Lewis, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Lewis, who also was director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys in Washington, a liaison with federal prosecutors nationwide, said there is no protocol for the involvement of local officials in investigations of shootings by federal agents.

"It differs from case to case," Lewis said. "It's not cut and dried. But it happens very seldom, especially in a situation where only the feds were the ones to discharge their weapons."

In at least two cases in recent years, grand juries that local prosecutors convened to investigate shootings by FBI agents have cleared the agents of criminal charges.

In a 2002 case in Colorado Springs, Colo., an FBI agent fired five shots into a car, wounding a passenger, when he mistakenly thought a woman in the car was being kidnapped.

In a 2002 case in Maryland, an FBI agent shot a man in the face after mistaking him for bank robbery suspect. The grand jury did not indict the agent, but the federal government later agreed to pay the victim a $1.3 million settlement.

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Re: Another day at work with a FBI agent

Postby joeb on Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:42 am

2 reads about tran

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Ex-FBI agent arrested in plot to rob Orange County 'narcotics stash pad'
During an 18-month undercover investigation, the suspect discussed murder for hire, home invasion robberies and financial fraud schemes, an arrest affidavit says.
By Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 17, 2008
A former FBI agent who was fired from the bureau five years ago has been arrested in connection with an alleged scheme to rob a "narcotics stash pad" in Orange County, according to court documents and federal authorities.

The arrest capped an 18-month undercover operation in which authorities said Vo Duong Tran was secretly recorded talking about wanting to kill at least two people who owed him money from an illegal sports betting operation he ran.

"I want blood," Tran is heard saying on a tape recording made by a confidential informant working for the FBI.

Tran and the informant discussed several crimes, including "murder-for-hire, home-invasion robberies, and various financial fraudulent schemes" according to an arrest affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.

Tran was fired from the FBI's Chicago field office in 2003, federal authorities said. Tran is charged with conspiring to distribute narcotics and interfering with commerce by means of threat or violence.

An FBI SWAT team arrested Tran and an accomplice in Orange County late Monday after they traveled from Louisiana to Southern California to commit the crimes, authorities said.

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Postby joeb on Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:35 pm

Judge delays robbery trial because of FBI
By Phil Ray,
POSTED: July 23, 2008

HOLLIDAYSBURG - Blair County Senior Judge Thomas G. Peoples delayed a bank robbery trial because the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not forward its report of the incident to lawyers for the prosecution and defense until Monday, one day before the trial was to begin.

Peoples apologized Tuesday morning to the Blair County jury awaiting to hear robbery charges against David Eugene Houtz, 37, of Altoona, who was charged 23 months ago with the robbery at the M&T Bank in Martinsburg.

"I can tell you, ladies and gentleman, I am not pleased with the FBI. It is most disconcerting to me the history of this thing as shown to me this morning," Peoples said.

The bank was robbed Aug. 23, 2006, and was one of a series of robberies in Blair and Bedford counties.

By early afternoon, the combined efforts of Martinsburg and state police had traced the robbers to the Cedar Grove Motel in Logan Township, and arrests took place within a short period of time when several cruisers surrounded a car on Seventh Avenue near Fourth Street.

Houtz and Dwayne Harvey were accused in the robbery.

Harvey, who was allegedly in the getaway car with Houtz, was found not guilty last year of the robbery.

Houtz, who was identified by bank employees, has been fighting the charges, contending he was not the person who entered the bank with a gun.

According to Assistant District Attorney Doug Keating and defense attorney Ed Zang, local police and attorneys did not know that the FBI investigated the case.

During a recent pretrial hearing, Zang said he routinely asked one of the bank tellers if she had talked to anyone about the case prior to being asked to identify the alleged robber from a photo spread several months after the robbery.

She off-handedly said she talked to no one about the case since the original investigation - except for the FBI.

This recent revelation was the first time Zang and Keating knew the FBI had interviewed witnesses.

Both requested a report of the federal investigation but it did not arrive until Monday afternoon.

The time lag in sending the report may not have been fatal to the trial, Zang said, except that some of the statements given to the FBI by witnesses were different than the statements given to local police.

Keating said when witnesses were shown the FBI summary of what they said, they contended the FBI had gotten it wrong.

This confusion is important, Zang said, because it shows inconsistency in what witnesses apparently saw and is detrimental to the credibility of the prosecution witnesses.

Zang said he had to request a continuance so he can interview FBI Agent William Weiss who prepared the summary.

"I didn't want to continue the case. I wanted it to go. My client wanted it to go," Zang said.

Weiss, the FBI agent in question, was not available for comment Tuesday. He is located at the FBI's Laurel Highlands office in Somerset County.
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Postby joeb on Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:25 pm

FBI analyst and her son plead not guilty to fraud charges

12:00 AM CDT on Friday, July 25, 2008

By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News

An FBI financial analyst from Dallas and her son pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that they committed wire fraud and tax evasion for falsifying paperwork on several high-dollar vehicle loans.

The bureau placed Deborah Lee Stinson, 55, a 20-year FBI support employee, on administrative leave earlier this year after the allegations surfaced, officials said. She and her son, Mark Alan Stinson, 27, also of Dallas, turned themselves in Thursday after they were indicted the previous day.

Prosecutors say that last year, Ms. Stinson was given large amounts of cash by her son that she used to obtain loans for more than a quarter-million dollars' worth of vehicles. She falsely claimed they were hers, authorities allege.

The vehicles, all 2007 models, included a Mercedes E350, a Mercedes S550, a Cadillac Escalade and a Honda racing motorcycle.

Authorities did not comment on where Mr. Stinson got the tens of thousands of dollars used in the alleged straw purchases, but said that no FBI money was involved and no cases were compromised.

Mr. Stinson was cleared by a Dallas County grand jury in the Aug. 1 death of 24-year-old Mario Moreland. Mr. Moreland was with a group of home invaders that broke into Mr. Stinson's northeast Dallas home last year. Mr. Stinson shot at the intruders as they left, and Mr. Moreland died.

Dallas police detectives found several guns inside Mr. Stinson's home and also noticed several luxury vehicles there registered to Mr. Stinson's mother, who they found worked for the FBI.
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Re: Another day at work with a FBI agent

Postby joeb on Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:35 am

Should we trust DNA?

Monday, July 28, 2008

The role of DNA testing in the justice system has seemed unassailable - who can argue with the odds of two people sharing the same genetic markers being, in some cases, as low as 1 in 113 billion? So DNA testing has been used to convict defendants in cases that are otherwise scant of evidence, and it's been used to spring prisoners who rotted in jail for decades for crimes that they said they didn't commit.

Now, it turns out that DNA might not be so reliable after all.

Seven years ago, a state crime lab analyst was running tests on Arizona's DNA database when she found two felons - one white, one African-American - who had nine out of 13 matching loci. According to the FBI, the odds of two unrelated people having a similar match was 1 in 113 billion. The analyst found dozens of similar matches in the years to come, and eventually news of her discovery spread to defense lawyers and the courts, despite aggressive attempts by the FBI to block similar searches. Considering how much we've come to rely on DNA tests in the judicial system, the FBI's resistance to allowing other expert scientists test the accuracy of their official statistics borders on criminal.

It's also completely illogical. The DNA system isn't under attack here - it's the numbers, and the way they've been used, that are.

"It isn't that the DNA technology is problematic," said David Faigman, the John F. Degardi Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings School of Law. "It's that the explanation for what the DNA is doing that can be problematic. It tells you something, but perhaps it doesn't tell you everything that you want to know."

Statistics of "one in a billion" can be misleading if you are searching through data banks with tens, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people, Faigman explained. Those kinds of data bank searches are usually used in cold cases - no suspect, no motive, and no witnesses.

"It's an issue for the legal system," Faigman said. "Do you allow DNA hits in cold cases absent any other evidence? I would hope that there would be other evidence that's solid if you're going to get a conviction."

Unfortunately, the FBI seems to think that the only way is its way. The bureau has sought to discredit the analyst's findings and urged state authorities to resist requests for similar searches. FBI officials have even threatened to expel offending states from the national DNA database.

Their response is ridiculous and reprehensible. People's lives are at stake. They must open their databases to outside scientists, and they must do it now.
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Re: Another day at work with a FBI agent

Postby joeb on Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:53 am

Former FBI agent Maheau is at the top of my list of FBI agents involved in assassinating President Kennedy.
couple reads about a Natural Born Sociopath

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search NAMEBASE for this person's name
was a CIA asset and ex-FBI agent, Howard Hughes' right-hand man, and tied to the Mob. When CIA needed Castro assassins, Maheau procurred the services of GIANCANA and ROSSELLI. He played a key role in numerous covert ops, including buggings, election rigging, and the Glomar affair.

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Former Hughes' confidant dies in Las Vegas

Associated Press - August 5, 2008 3:34 PM ET

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man who was once Howard Hughes' most trusted confidant and a CIA operative involved in a plot to kill Fidel Castro has died in a Las Vegas hospital.

Robert A. Maheu died at Desert Springs Hospital on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Maheu's son, Peter Maheu, says the 91-year-old had been in failing health.

Maheu was the public face of Hughes' casino empire in the 1960s, when the troubled aviation mogul was rarely seen in public.

Before working for Hughes, Maheu was an FBI agent and a private investigator. Recently released documents show he was enlisted by the CIA to act as a mob liaison in a plot to kill Castro.

Maheu was born in Waterville, Maine. He'd lived in Las Vegas since 1966.

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Carmine Bellino was born in New Jersey in 1905. After graduating from New York University in 1928 Bellino worked as an accountant in New York City.

In 1934 Bellino joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served as an administrative assistant to, J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, until the end of the Second World War. He then served as assistant director of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (1945-46) and War Assets Administration (1946-47). According to Robert Maheu, Bellino was also employed by Joseph Kennedy as his accountant and personal secretary.

Bellino specialized in dealing with organized crime and corrupt trade union officials and served on two congressional investigations into labour racketeering. In 1955, Robert Kennedy became chief counsel of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He recruited Bellino as one of his staff members.

Bellino served as a consultant to various congressional committees. He also worked as an accountant in New York City and Washington.

In 1961 John F. Kennedy appointed him as his special consultant until and held the post until the president was assassinated in 1963. Bellino now became a partner at Wright, Long and Company. He also worked part time for the Atomic Energy Commission and various congressional committees.

During the Watergate Scandal Bellino was appointed chief investigator of the Senate Select Committee on the 1972 Presidential Campaign Activities. Bellino had worked with Lou Russell at the FBI and the House Committee on Un-American Activities. According to Jim Hougan (Secret Agenda) Russell had helped James W. McCord to "sabotage the break-in".

Russell was interviewed by the FBI soon afterwards. He claimed that during the break-in he was in his rooming house. The FBI agents did not believe him but none of the burglars claimed he had been involved in the conspiracy and he was released. Bob Woodward discovered that Russell had been working for James W. McCord. He interviewed Russell but decided that he had not taken part in the Watergate break-in. According to Woodward: "He (Russell) was just an old drunk".

Soon afterwards Russell received a phone call from Bellino. It is not known was was said but as a result of this conversation Russell went to stay with Bellino's friend, William Birely, on the top floor of the Twin Towers complex in Silver Spring, Maryland. Birely was also a close friend of Lee R. Pennington. Both men had been active members of the Sons of the American Revolution. John Leon later claimed that Lou Russell was working as a spy for the Democratic Party and was reporting to Bellino about the Watergate break-in.

During the Watergate investigation George Bush accused Bellino of organizing a wiretap to be placed on the phones of Engelhard Industries for John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential elections. It later emerged that this story was true. Charles W. Engelhard, a South African diamond merchant, had discovered that Kennedy was having an affair with a nineteen year old student at Radcliffe College. Engelhard had attempted to employ a private detective in Boston to obtain photographs of Kennedy with this student. The detective refused and informed Kennedy of what was going on and this resulted in Bellino organizing the wiretap.

In 1979 Bellino was appointed as chief investigator of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He held this post for the next two years.
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