By Damon Lowney
If a college student is caught smuggling drugs across the border, one might think the kid got what was coming to him. But when a Mexican student at the University of Texas in El Paso was caught by Border Patrol agents with duffel bags filled with marijuana in his trunk, the man used a classic excuse: He claimed they weren’t his.
While a claim like that is almost unbelievable, Ricardo Magallanes, the student, is now suing Ford for handling its vehicles’ key codes negligently enough to allow drug smugglers to break into his Ford Focus and stash the drugs, The Daily Caller reports. The twist here is that four other people who lived in Juarez and worked in El Paso were involved in the same type of scheme – allegedly unwittingly, just like Magallanes – and all the cars were Fords except one model from General Motors. FBI agents also found an employee at a Dallas Ford dealership that had accessed the key codes to all four of the cannabis-stuffed Fords.
While we all may not own Fords, the case still causes us slight paranoia. We’ll definitely be checking our trunks before we cross any more international borders.
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Drone surveillance in the United States does not require a warrant, but the practice remains limited, the FBI told Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in a letter after he placed a hold on James Comey’s nomination to be the new FBI director. Read More: FBI to Rand Paul: Domestic drone surveillance doesn’t require a warrant | […]
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By Ruth Brown
The US Senate has confirmed James Comey as the FBI’s next director today, the AP reports. Rand Paul had been holding up the vote until the FBI would tell him more about its use of domestic drones, but at the last minute, Paul announced the FBI had sent him a… …read more
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A feared gangster known as “The Rifleman” detailed for a jury Friday a grisly string of nine killings he says reputed Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger ordered, approved or carried out with his own hands, including the strangling of the witness’ own girlfriend.
Stephen Flemmi said he set his girlfriend’s killing in motion when he blurted out to her something he shouldn’t have: that he and Bulger were FBI informants.
Bulger decided Debra Davis knew too much and strangled her in front of Flemmi, the once-loyal Bulger associate told a rapt jury at Bulger’s racketeering trial in federal court.
“What did you do?” prosecutor Fred Wyshak asked.
“Nothing,” Flemmi replied.
“Why not?” Wyshak asked.
“That was the plan,” Flemmi said.
Flemmi did show a flash of remorse for killing Davis, who was 26. “It’s affected me and it’s going to affect me until the day I die,” he said.
In rapid succession, the mob turncoat described Bulger’s alleged role in eight other killings during the 1970s and ’80s when the two men were leaders of the Winter Hill Gang, Boston’s Irish mob.
On Thursday, when Flemmi began his testimony, he and Bulger snarled obscenities at each other in a staredown in court. But on Friday, Bulger looked straight ahead and took notes on a legal pad during Flemmi’s testimony and did not appear to look at him.
In one of the slayings he recounted, Flemmi said he and Bulger sprayed a phone booth with gunfire in 1975, killing bar owner Edward Connors, because he was “telling people Winter Hill business,” including details about an earlier murder committed by the gang.
Flemmi said another member of the gang had lured Connors to the phone booth by telling him he would receive a call there at a certain time. Bulger and Flemmi were waiting for him, Flemmi said.
“We just stepped out from the side of the building — the garage — and shot him,” Flemmi said, matter-of-factly. “We just fired on him.”
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The major difference between civil rights movements of the past and those of today is blaringly obvious. Civil rights movements of the 60s were aimed at freeing many people from oppression and injustice. The faux civil rights leaders of today engage in aiming all their resources at one person. The feeling is not so much about justice as it is about vengeance, venting, and (in some cases) violence.
Al Sharpton announced that he will use his networks to rally protesters in 100 cities this coming weekend to call for the DOJ to drag George Zimmerman back to court to face federal charges on civil rights violations. Without arguing whether this is fair, we are prompted by the barest expediency to ask the all-important question – what if it goes wrong?
The nation is charged since the Florida trial of Zimmerman ended with a not guilty verdict. Blacks are not happy with the verdict and are calling for the proverbial pound of flesh. Millions of others think the verdict was fair, and the FBI has concluded that there were no racial motivation connected to the incident. None of this has undaunted the perennial team of Sharpton and Jackson from doing what they do best – riling up the people.
Since every state in the nation has laws against ‘inciting a riot,’ is there a chance that one of these rallies could be the trigger for just such an eventuation?
Several violent incidents have already erupted over the verdict in the Zimmerman case. Purposely gathering to decry the verdict, so soon after the trail, could be the seed for even more bad behavior.
Will Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson be held to account for any violence, injuries, deaths, and destruction of property that may result from these gatherings? This question may not be foremost in the thinking of people today, but perhaps it should be.
In Oakland, Calif., a conservative filmmaker was beaten mercilessly by an angry mob that was demonstrating against the Zimmerman verdict. In Milwaukee, a 34 year-old white male was brutalized and battered by a group of black teens angry over the verdict. He was saved by another black male who pulled him out of the beating.
Although the business of Trayvon Martin’s past, his record, and his attitude was not allowed as evidence at the trial, now it is pouring forth like a flood. Not everyone sees young Martin as a happy little teenager with a hoodie munching on Skittles.
Black journalist and editor of the Daily Rant Mychal Massie, himself a minister, has declared that Trayvon’s problems are rooted in bad parenting. Massie also believes that Trayvon was shot for only the reasons that came forth in the trial and not because of the color of his skin.
Andrea Shea King writes in an article entitled “It Wasn’t Just Skittles Trayvon Was Carrying,” published on WND July 15, 2013, that Trayvon was jacked up on a combination of a Skittles, Arizona Iced Tea, and Robitussin, all which make for a psychotic inducing cocktail that produces episodes …read more
A northern New Jersey man has been convicted of sexually abusing a sleeping woman on a cross-country flight last year.
Jurors returned the verdict against 49-year-old Bawer Aksal (BAO’-uhr OCK’-sahl) on Friday, their second day of deliberations. The Turkish-born American citizen was convicted of sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact.
The woman testified under an alias that she awoke on the Phoenix-to-Newark flight last August to find Aksal with one hand inside her blouse and the other inside her underwear.
Aksal didn’t testify but told authorities the woman made unwanted sexual advances toward him and forced his hands to touch her.
On Thursday, jurors had asked to review testimony by a man who sat next to Aksal on the flight and by an FBI agent who interviewed the defendant.
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1940 – Nazi occupiers in Neth forbid anti-nazi films
1963 – Philadelphia Phillies Roy Siever hits HR # 300
1981 – 110th British Golf Open: Bill Rogers shoots a 276 at Royal St George
1991 – Mike Tyson rapes a Miss Black America contestant (Desiree Washington)
1993 – Pres Clinton fires FBI director William Sessions
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1923 – William A. Rusher, American columnist
1952 – Alan Collins, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1958 – Robert Gibson, American professional wrestler
1963 – Marla Duncan, Fairfield California, Miss Northern California fitness (1990)
1970 – Rhona Susan Robertson, Auckland NZ, badminton player (Olympics-96)
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Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi is headed back to the witness stand to testify against his former partner in crime, James “Whitey” Bulger.
Flemmi spent only about 15 minutes testifying Thursday before court recessed for the day. He barely scratched the surface of his long criminal relationship with Bulger.
Flemmi said the two teamed up in 1974 and ran the Winter Hill Gang for two decades. Flemmi said both he and Bulger were also FBI informants during most of those years, squealing on the rival Mafia and assorted criminals from South Boston.
When Flemmi returns to the stand Friday, prosecutors are expected to question him about Bulger’s role in numerous killings. Bulger is charged with participating n 19 slayings during the ’70s and ’80s.
Flemmi pleaded guilty in 10 killings and is serving a life sentence.
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An adoring crowd (some of whom camped out overnight) packed into Ballroom 20 to show their continued devotion to The X-Files today at Comic-Con. It’s already hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since we first met FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, and the agelessness of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson only made it more so. The panel yielded plenty of laughs, but those seeking information about a possible third X-Files movie were left with merely a few coy teases from series creator Chris Carter. But really, what better way to celebrate The X-Files than with a frustrating lack of answers?
The panel included the men behind all your favorites episodes: Darin Morgan, his brother Glen Morgan, James Wong, David Amann, John Shiban and two men who were nominated for Emmy’s this morning, Howard Gordon (Homeland) and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad). Gilligan stated that he learned everything he knew about writing and producing for television from his time on The X-Files, and spoke about meeting Bryan Cranston for the first time when he guest-starred in the Season 5 standout, “Drive.”
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James “Whitey” Bulger and his former partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, are facing each other for the first time in almost 20 years as Flemmi testifies at Bulger’s racketeering trial.
Flemmi took the stand to testify Thursday in Boston a few minutes before the day’s court session was to end. He gave Bulger a long, hard stare as he was led into the witness box, and Bulger glanced over at him.
The 83-year-old Bulger is accused of participating in 19 killings during the 1970s and ’80s. Flemmi, who’s 79, pleaded guilty to 10 murders and agreed to testify against Bulger. He is serving a life sentence.
The two hadn’t seen each other since 1994, when their FBI handler tipped them off that they were about to be indicted.
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After a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin on Saturday, President Obama appealed for calm. “I know this case has elicited strong passions,” he said. “And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.”
Although Obama wants us to respect the jury’s verdict, that does not necessarily mean he will. His Justice Department is mulling the possibility of prosecuting Zimmerman again, most likely based on the federal hate crime statute. That would be wrong for at least four reasons.
There is very little evidence that Zimmerman was motivated by bigotry. Zimmerman, a Hispanic with an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather, grew up in a racially mixed household, started a business with a black friend, and mentored African-American children. Last year the FBI interviewed dozens of his neighbors and co-workers, none of whom described him as racist.
The evidence that race was a factor in Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin was so thin that the judge did not allow the prosecution to mention it during his trial. Yet to convict Zimmerman of a hate crime in connection with Martin’s death, federal prosecutors would have to show not just that the teenager’s skin color was one of the things that made him seem suspicious to Zimmerman but that Zimmerman shot him “because of” his race.
The government should not punish people for their beliefs. If Zimmerman had been known to espouse racist views, or if he had uttered racist epithets during his encounter with Martin, that evidence would be used to prosecute him for a federal crime that carries a life sentence. A man with different opinions would not face that risk. To make criminal punishment hinge on a defendant’s expression of politically disfavored ideas violates freedom of conscience and freedom of speech.
Read More at Reason . By Jacob Sullum.
The body of a key witness in James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s racketeering trial was found dead on the side of a road Wednesday by a jogger in Lincoln, Mass., which is just west of Boston.
The body belonged to Stephen “Stippo” Rakes, 59, who was allegedly extorted by Bulger and considered one of the most determined alleged victims who waited a decade to testify, The Boston Globe reported.
The Globe reported that Rakes has been a fixture for six weeks at Bulger’s trial and was just told recently that he would not get the chance to testify.
The Middlesex County district attorney’s confirmed in a press release Thursday morning the identity of the body. There were no obvious signs of trauma, a statement said. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
ABC News first reported the link to the Bulger and reported that Rakes was set to testify that Bulger threatened his daughter with a gun and took over his Boston liquor store. Police told Rakes family the cause of death appears to be a suicide, the report said. However, he was missing his phone and wallet, the report said.
Calls from FoxNews.com to the Middlesex District Attorney to confirm the report were not immediately returned.
Bulger, now 83, is accused in a 32-count racketeering indictment of playing a role in 19 killings in the 1970s and ’80s while he allegedly led the Winter Hill Gang. He is also charged with money laundering and extortion.
Bulger’s alleged partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, was scheduled to testify Thursday — nearly 20 years after they last saw each other. The judge was reportedly in a room at the courthouse Thursday with lawyers.
Their former FBI handler, John Connolly, was convicted of tipping off both men in late 1994 that they were about to be indicted. Bulger fled Boston and was one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives until he was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011. Flemmi stayed, was arrested and later pleaded guilty to 10 killings. He is now serving a life sentence.
Bulger’s lawyers have strongly denied the prosecution contention that their client was an informant who ratted on the New England Mafia and other criminals. They say he paid FBI agents to tip him off to investigations and upcoming indictments.
In other testimony Wednesday, a former U.S. customs agent said a man Bulger is accused of killing was cooperating with law enforcement just before he disappeared in 1984.
Bulger is charged with fatally shooting John McIntyre, a fisherman from Quincy, after learning that he was talking to authorities.
Former customs agent Donald DeFago testified that McIntyre described drug smuggling and other activities, including a failed attempt to ship weapons to the Irish Republican Army.
Bulger associate Kevin Weeks testified earlier that Bulger interrogated and killed McIntyre while he was chained to a chair. Weeks said Bulger tried to strangle him, but when the rope caused him to vomit, he asked McIntyre if he wanted a bullet in the …read more
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