Saturday, August 1, 2015

FBI-DOJ Culture, Murders, and Catastrophic Events

This page is about FBI agents in the Boston and New York offices that were involved with organized crime and Mafia bosses in serial murders, the criminal culture in the FBI and other Department of Justice offices that covered up, and how the scheme by DOJ personnel to cover up for the FBI murders required withholding information on several planned terrorist attacks that eventually occurred, with the deaths of nearly 4,000 people. It also shows the many notices sent to people in government positions that failed to respond, even though the notices were sent by an insider with unprecedented backgrounds and credibility.
The charges were of such gravity, and if true, would continue to result in great harm, deaths, and catastrophic events, including further terrorist successes. For so many to refuse to respond indicated that the major scandal in the system was already known throughout the system.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ex-FBI agent who stole heroin sentenced to 3 years in prison

A onetime FBI agent who fed his drug addiction by stealing heroin seized as evidence in criminal cases was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison, a punishment far less than prosecutors and other law enforcement authorities sought.

U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan rejected Matthew Lowry’s plea for home detention, noting that the misconduct tainted investigations and forced prosecutors to dismiss cases against 28 drug defendants, 25 of whom had pleaded guilty and were freed from incarceration.

But the judge called Lowry’s addiction a mitigating factor that justified departing from sentencing guidelines that recommended a sentence of seven to nine years. Hogan noted that Lowry took heroin not “to play around” but after he had become dependent on prescription pain medication used to treat a painful intestinal inflammation.


NOTE:  Ever notice that federal agents prosecuted and convicted are always referred to by the media as EX-agents when their crimes were committed while on active duty and they didn't lose their jobs until charges were brought?  And, wow, addiction is a mitigating factor for this guy and he only gets a 3-year sentence?  How's that compare to someone who hadn't worked for the FBI and was brought up on similar charges?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.

Aerial surveillance represents a changing frontier for law enforcement, providing what the government maintains is an important tool in criminal, terrorism or intelligence probes. But the program raises questions about whether there should be updated policies protecting civil liberties as new technologies pose intrusive opportunities for government spying.

U.S. law enforcement officials confirmed for the first time the wide-scale use of the aircraft, which the AP traced to at least 13 fake companies, such as FVX Research, KQM Aviation, NBR Aviation and PXW Services. Even basic aspects of the program are withheld from the public in censored versions of official reports from the Justice Department's inspector general.

"The FBI's aviation program is not secret," spokesman Christopher Allen said in a statement. "Specific aircraft and their capabilities are protected for operational security purposes." Allen added that the FBI's planes "are not equipped, designed or used for bulk collection activities or mass surveillance."

But the planes can capture video of unrelated criminal activity on the ground that could be handed over for prosecutions.

Some of the aircraft can also be equipped with technology that can identify thousands of people below through the cellphones they carry, even if they're not making a call or in public. Officials said that practice, which mimics cell towers and gets phones to reveal basic subscriber information, is rare.

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Former FBI Special Agent Indicted for Theft of Drug Proceeds and Obstruction of Justice

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Thursday, June 4, 2015
Former FBI Special Agent Indicted for Theft of Drug Proceeds and Obstruction of Justice
A former special agent of the FBI was indicted yesterday for allegedly stealing over $100,000 of drug proceeds seized during the execution of search warrants and obstructing justice by taking steps to hide his alleged theft.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Angel D. Gunn of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General’s Los Angeles Field Office made the announcement.

“As alleged, former Agent Bowman put his own greed above the trust placed in him by the FBI and the American public,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.  “Corrupt law enforcement agents not only compromise those investigations in which they are involved, but also damage the reputations of fellow law enforcement officers who are dedicated to public service and the protection of all Americans.”

Scott M. Bowman, 44, of Moreno Valley, California, was charged in the Central District of California with three counts of conversion of property by a federal employee, three counts of obstruction of justice, two counts of money laundering, one count of falsification of records and one count of witness tampering.

According to allegations in the indictment, which was unsealed today, Bowman misappropriated over $100,000 of drug proceeds seized in June and August 2014 during the execution of three search warrants.  The defendant allegedly misappropriated these funds after they were transferred to his custody in his official capacity as a federal law enforcement officer.

The indictment alleges that Bowman used the stolen money for his own purposes, including spending $43,850 in cash to purchase a 2012 Dodge Challenger coupe, $27,500 in cash to purchase a 2013 Toyota Scion FR-S coupe and approximately $26,612 in cash to outfit these vehicles with new equipment including speakers, rims and tires.  According to the allegations in the indictment, the defendant also used approximately $15,000 of the misappropriated cash to pay for cosmetic surgery for his spouse, and opened a checking account into which he deposited approximately $10,665 of the stolen funds, a portion of which he used to pay for a weekend stay at a luxury hotel, casino and resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to the indictment, to conceal his misappropriation of the drug proceeds, Bowman allegedly falsified official FBI reports and other records.  Specifically, in connection with one of the seizures, Bowman allegedly endorsed an evidence receipt knowing that it did not accurately reflect the amount of cash seized and altered the same receipt by forging the signature of a police detective next to his own.

The indictment further alleges that Bowman made false representations to his colleagues regarding the disposition of certain seized drug proceeds.  In addition, Bowman allegedly sent an email to the detective whose signature Bowman had forged setting forth a detailed cover story that the detective should offer if asked about Bowman’s activities with respect to the seized drug proceeds.  According to the indictment, Bowman also allegedly provided the detective with a copy of the forged receipt so that the detective falsely could claim the forged signature as his own, if asked.

The charges contained in an indictment are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Robert J. Heberle and Lauren Bell of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.

Bowman Indictment
Public Corruption
Updated June 4, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Report: FBI broke internal rules for Keystone XL protesters

The FBI has broken internal rules in investigating activists opposed to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to a report.

The Houston field office investigated Keystone protesters between 2012 and 2014, but did not get necessary approval from office attorneys, as is required by protocol for probes involving controversial political matters, the Guardian reported Tuesday.

Documents obtained by the Guardian through public records requests also show details about how the FBI dealt with Keystone opponents. The files emphasize the benefits of the proposed pipeline and refer to its opponents as “environmental extremists.”
FBI agents gathered inside information about upcoming protests, recording identities of people photographing oil infrastructure and established at least one confidential informant with intimate knowledge of protesters’ plans.

They focused on Tar Sands Blockade, an activist group focused in the Houston area, where Keystone XL is planned to end, bringing oil sands from Canada through the middle of the United States.

The actions were, at least initially, in “substantial non-compliance” with rules on controversial political matters, the FBI admitted to the Guardian.

Ron Seifert, an organizer for the group, told the Guardian multiple activists had been arrested, but none were accused of violent crimes or property destruction.

The FBI defended its actions to the Guardian and said that it worked quickly to get the necessary approvals and report the non-compliance to the correct authorities.

It said it was compelled to “take the initiative to secure and protect activities and entities which may be targeted for terrorism or espionage.”



Friday, May 1, 2015

Ex-FBI agent accused of lying for Bulger

Former FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick has long cast himself as a whistle-blower who urged superiors to drop James “Whitey” Bulger as an informant in the 1980s, only to be ignored as corrupt agents protected the murderous gangster.

It’s a portrayal he offered while testifying for the families of Bulger’s victims in wrongful death suits against the government, during court hearings delving into FBI corruption, in a book about his life, and as a defense witness at Bulger’s 2013 racketeering trial.

In a stunning development Thursday in the never-ending Bulger saga, the 75-year-old Fitzpatrick was recast as a villain as prosecutors unsealed a 12-count indictment accusing him of perjury and obstruction of justice while misleading jurors in an effort to bolster Bulger’s defense.


Monday, April 20, 2015

FBI Informant Exposes Sting Operation Targeting Innocent Americans in New "(T)ERROR" Documentary

We spend the hour with an explosive new film that shines a bright light on the FBI's shadowy use of informants in its counterterrorism sting operations. These undercover operatives are meant to root out would-be terrorists before they attack. Since 9/11, they have been used to prosecute at least 158 people. But critics argue they often target the wrong people, "including those with intellectual and mental disabilities, and the indigent." "(T)ERROR" goes inside the world of a particular informant who has played a key role in several major terrorism cases. It does so while he is in the middle of carrying out his latest sting operation. It came together when two independent filmmakers gained unprecedented access to follow Saeed Torres, whose undercover name is "Shariff," a 63-year-old former black revolutionary turned FBI informant, as he monitors a white Muslim convert named Khalifah al-Akili. Torres knew one of the directors, Lyric Cabral, and after he came out to her as an informant, he agreed to share his story, without informing his superiors. As the film unfolds, al-Akili begins to post on his Facebook page that he suspects the FBI is targeting him. The filmmakers used this an opportunity to approach him, and soon find themselves interviewing him at the same time they are also documenting "Shariff" monitoring him. During this time each man remains unaware that the filmmakers are talking to the other one. We get the rest of the story when we are joined by the filmmakers who co-directed "(T)ERROR," Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, and play part of an interview with al-Akili from federal prison. Al-Akili was arrested just days after he emailed civil rights groups to say he believed he was the target of an FBI "entrapment" sting. He is now serving eight years in federal prison for illegally possessing a gun after having previous felony convictions for selling drugs. We are also joined by Steve Downs, executive director of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. He works with Project SALAM, which published a report last year called "Inventing Terrorists: The Lawfare of Preemptive Prosecution." He is also representing imprisoned Pakistani scientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. We are also joined by Marlene, the mother of Tarik Shah, who was arrested in 2005 after a joint FBI/NYPD sting operation that also involved Saeed "Shariff" Torres. She details in the film how Shah thought Shariff was his close friend, but he was actually an FBI informant.