Friday, February 22, 2013

FBI Agents Dating Drug Dealers?

America, since the 30's and 40's, still has a romantic view about federal law enforcement through the lens of Hollywood.  

In those movies, the FBI was everywhere, and knew everything.  They even knew crime before it happened, or so it seemed.  To make it "all the way to the FBI, we'd have to interrogate the potential agent's kindergarten teacher...yet, here we have another black eye. 

Last year we learned from Joe Tacopina that FBI agents actually shared with him evidence against his client, Deborah Bradley, even though she has not even been charged in Baby Lisa's death. 

In Maine, the FBI investigated Baby Ayla, knew it wasn't a kidnapping, but...

The FBI was given the simplest of cases:  drugs, violence, child porn, blood lust videos and a missing child, yet no arrests for the perpetrators of crime against Hailey Dunn. 

What gives?  Is this a sign of the times, or a small snap shot...?

What's with the juvenile behavior?  America's "best and brightest" cops sexting?


FBI agents caught sexting and dating drug dealers

Dating drug dealers, harassing ex-boyfriends with naked pictures, and pointing guns at pet dogs: these were just a few of the offences committed recently by serving FBI agents, according to internal documents.

The US provided officers from the Egyptian secret police with training at the FBI, despite allegations that they routinely tortured detainees and suppressed political opposition.
The unidentified FBI agents were caught in a range of offences. Photo: ALAMY


Disciplinary files from the Bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility record an extraordinary range of transgressions that reveal the chaotic personal lives of some of America's top law enforcers.
One male agent was sacked after police were called to his mistress's house following reports of domestic incident. When officers arrived they found the agent "drunk and uncooperative" and eventually had to physically subdue him and wrestle away his loaded gun.
A woman e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to her ex-boyfriend's wife" and then continued to harass the couple despite two warnings from senior officials. The Bureau concluded she was suffering from depression related to the break-up and allowed her to return to work after 10 days.
But the sexually explicit picture was only one of what FBI assistant director Candice Will described to CNN as a "rash of sexting cases". The network was the first to obtain the logs.
Two other employees, whose genders were not specified, sent sexually explicit messages to fellow members of the Bureau, one a work Blackberry during office hours.
The second employee included a nude photograph which "created office gossip and negatively impacted office operations".
"When you are given an FBI BlackBerry, it's for official use," Ms Will said. "It's not to text the woman in another office who you found attractive or to send a picture of yourself in a state of undress."
During another incident, an employee snapped during an argument with their spouse and went on to snap an e-reader in half. As the situation deteriorated they pointed an "unloaded gun at dog's head while dog was sitting in spouse's lap". The agent was suspended for 45 days.
The logs, which contain incidents from July 2012 to January, also describe how a woman "engaged in a romantic relationship with former boyfriend (now husband) knowing he was a drug user/dealer". She was sacked after lying about the relationship.
Other firing offences included shoplifting, possession of child pornography and hiding a recording device in a supervisor's office during an employment dispute.
The incidents, and many others, were included in quarterly emails sent to all FBI employees to help them in "steering clear of ethical pitfalls and other violations".

26 comments:

Lemon said...

This just in…
Billie Jean Dunn Rejoices, Says FBI Really Just Like Her

Update at Eleven.

Amaleen6 said...

@Lemon:

LOL, she probably is!

Skeptical said...

What can be expected from an organization that was led for nearly 50 years by the soul dead despot J. Edgar Hoover. He ruled by fear and threats of blackmail. Much of his reputation comes from Hollywood movies not reality. The FBI is basically a large government corporation and the environment in its workplace trickles down from the top. They have more experience in covering their misdeeds and backsides. I have always thought that, to some degree, law enforcement is made up of sociopaths hunting sociopaths.

AJH said...

Peter, I was remembering your analysis on the McCann case when I read this: a lawyer named Bennett has paid the price for accusing the McCann's of having something to do with the murder of their child. He had sent numerous letters to Scotland Yard and would not give up as he strongly believes they did it. He was charged and received a three month sentence?! This was on Huffington Post Crime today. Does this mean that anyone could be charged for saying the same thing?

Anonymous said...

Please help find Ayla
I've wondered the same thing, AJH. Scent dogs hit on the interior of the McCanns car trunk, I think they hid Maddy's body there.

Jen said...

A sign of the times...our society and everything being an American USED to stand for is being erased. There seems to be little hope of recovery with the current leadership. Since we bend the rules for 'he who shall not be named' then why not bend them for his underlings? After all it's just a job, it's not like their lack of good judgement and inability to control their behavior, combined with their position of power is a bad thing, right?

I really thought when the FBI took over the Hailey Dunn investigation that child-pornography charges were imminent. I never even considered they just wanted to get their hands on Shawn and Billie's collection of 109,000 deviant images to pass them around the office on their Blackberries! What a disgrace...

AJH said...

I found the link for that Tony Bennett story. He was found guilty of publishing the accusations against the McCanns. He breeched a court order 13 times and got a three month suspended sentence. It looks like he had to apologise too as the apology looks half hearted. I can't seem to paste the link here...

lane said...

OT
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/child-496847-murder-jurors.html

Putting parents on trial in child's death proves difficult

By VIK JOLLY

SANTA ANA – She cut a diminutive figure, hardly visible alongside the other inmates in holding cages at the farthest end of a cavernous Orange County courtroom.
At an appearance last month where Sonia Hermosillo pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges that she murdered her disabled infant son by tossing him from the fourth floor of a hospital parking structure, she spoke softly through a Spanish interpreter and nodded when a judge asked a question.
Hermosillo's attorney Jacqueline Goodman says the 32-year-old from La Habra was a "phenomenal mother and phenomenal wife" who was and still is suffering from a little understood mental illness.
From Orange County prosecutor Scott Simmons' point of view, the defendant may have been a decent mother to her other two kids but not to 7-month-old Noe, whom he says she deliberately pushed to his death because she did not want to take care of the infant.
Hermosillo, who will be back in court Friday for a hearing, will take center stage when she sits at the defense table during her trial later this year with jurors mulling, once again, the fate of a parent accused of taking the life of her own child.
Prosecutors say theirs is a bigger burden because, instinctively, jurors want to believe that parents protect their offspring.
Defense attorneys contend that is a fleeting feeling with jurors soon looking to blame somebody for a child's killing, parent or not. Experts say such cases are hard for both sides, with neither usually getting everything it wants in court.
"It's very difficult from a D.A.'s perspective to reach first-degree murder, for them to get a jury to go all the way," said Roberto Flores de Apodaca, an expert in forensic psychology who testifies for both sides in cases where a parent is accused of killing a child.
"It's also very difficult for the defense to get an acquittal. ... My impression is that a lot of juries settle for a conviction; it's usually something that neither side argued for, it's kind of a compromise," he said.
Hermosillo is not alone.
Killed newborn

An Orange County jury in September found that moments after secretly giving birth in 2009 to a 6.3-pound, 17-inch baby girl in the restroom of a Stanton restaurant, Juana Perez Valencia, 21, killed her baby.
At her first trial, a jury could not reach a verdict when Valencia was charged with first-degree murder.
Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh retried her on charges of second-degree murder and felony assault. The jury convicted on both.
"We actually sleep much better at night when we convince ourselves that a mother or father will never kill their child," Baytieh said. "Nobody would ever say a gang member would only kill if they were mentally ill."
But with cases involving parents charged with killing their babies, that's where people start, he said.
Jurors quickly overcome societal conditioning that parents are supposed to protect their children when they see images of a dead, defenseless baby, said Perez's attorney Calvin Schneider, who argued Valencia's baby died during unassisted birth.
"When (jurors) come in to the courtroom and see the parent sitting there and then they see horrific injuries due to neglect or intentional abuse, look out," Schneider said. "They're going to really come after a parent at that point. There's no mercy at that point."
Justice for the child

lane said...

OT
continued

Deputy District Attorney Simmons, who recently won a conviction in the case of another mother, Linda Wilborn of Seal Beach, accused of killing her 23-month-old daughter, is also prosecuting Hermosillo.
Seal Beach Detective Cpl. David Barr Jr. and two of his fellow detectives investigated the Wilborn case in which Simmons argued the mother squeezed and then slammed the toddler on a hard surface.
A conviction in the Wilborn case was a big win for Barr's 30-member department with only three detectives, who also helped prosecute Wilborn's husband, Derrick Wilborn, a U.S. Army recruiter, via military court. He was court-martialed for his role in the death of young Millicent.
The detectives also participated in civil proceedings that led to the adoption of the Wilborns' other three children.
"Any time you have a child at the center of (a crime), you really take on the desire to see justice for the child," Barr said.
Simmons explains what makes child death cases unique is that the parents involved don't necessarily intend to kill their children with premeditation and deliberation, which are prerequisites to proving first-degree murder.
"I think that most jurors don't want to believe that the parent will purposely kill their child," he said.
Prosecutors typically file dual charges of murder and assault on a child causing death. First-degree murder is psychologically a huge hurdle to overcome in such cases, and the alternate charges produce the same level of punishment – 25 years to life in prison.
For a second-degree murder, prosecutors argue "that even if (parents) did not intend to kill the child, their act was in conscious disregard for human life," Simmons said.
He will next try to convince a jury of that in Hermosillo's case.
Contact the writer: 714-834-3773 or vjolly@ocregister.com

Anonymous said...

OT-Jeff Hanson's next big announcement about Ayla?

http://toriliesagain.blogspot.com/2013/02/exclusive-jeffs-next-announcement.html

Anita said...

A sign of the times. I agree the present US leadership isn't helping. "Get away with murder if you can," is the message of he who cannot be named and all who think like him. To them, it's a sport.

I don't get the lure. I would rather die than live without beauty, truth, and innocence. These things get me out of bed every day. I don't understand getting out of bed each day just to look at porn or hurt the innocent or fill my belly or do drugs. It's disgusting.

Ney said...

Preview of Dylan Redwine disappearance on Dr Phil show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMJi36_fMOg

Father says he has suspicions that Elaine could be involved in this.

Ney said...

I have to add, he might be the only one thinking that...

john said...

NEY,

That looks explosive, and so much anger in such a short clip,i cant wait to see it,,

Anonymous said...

I have long thought there was something fishy about the FBI
and porn in the Hailey Dunn case.

Ney said...

OT, John, I hope the show and the new analysis will give some new info to LE. I am curious to hear how he will re-tell the events.

Sus said...

I am glad you posted on this topic. I began looking at this very thing awhile back, noticing the public perception of the FBI doesn't seem to match their job performance. I did a little research and asked around.

The FBI has been able to keep their budget and employees in place largely because of an effective public relations department. They are looking like they are doing their job and arresting the "correct" people, not angering any powerful lobbying groups.

Their rate of prosecution per agent for violent criminals is 1.5 per year. I leave that up to each of you if that is worth your tax money.

The FBI are trained to interview family crime differently. They don't want to be too hard on family members, or they'll never get their answers. I think the FBI is behind the times on this one. No wonder they are bungling so many missing children cases.

Hobnob said...

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Trigger said...

Ethical pitfalls? Does this have anything to do with proving who is top dog in the world of crime and justice?

It almost sounds like the cops and the criminals are vying for the same women like a sporting trophy.

Is this about who is the biggest man in the bedroom?

Hobnob said...

It is a part of the dumbing down of LE.

Previously candidates had to have a clean record, be off good character and such like.

Now we have candidates who have a criminal record, some minor offences done as teens, others more serious crimes.

When you let criminals into the system to regulate the system it will fail.
They have already proven themselves to be not of good character, the bad guys knowing this , will offer bribes, threats, blackmail and sundry other incentives for the lawgiver to turn a blind eye.
In the end it will be criminals applying the law to other criminals and the one with the most money, the most weapons, the most men will rule the roost.

The only way we can take back the law and enforce it fully and appropriately is to to do a root and branch cull.

Any one with a criminal conviction ( apart from say parking tickets or a speeding ticket) is out, thats theft, assault dui, drugs, threats etc is out.
Part of training and also probationary period should be to see if they will turn a blind eye to a crime, accept an inducement and so on. If they do they are out.
Set strict requirements for applicants , these apply regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation.
No exceptions because you had a deprived childhood, did bad at school, everyone was in a gang so you had to be and so on.
Make the pay worth the job so you attract the best and the brightest.
Ex forces again make it worth their while if they pass the requirements.
SCAN is a mandatory course for all officers.

Once you have a solid base of uncorruptable officers then crime will fall.
the public will trust the officers and know any valid complaint they make will be followed regardless, the guilty know they will be caught and the innocent will feel safe and secure.

As it stands crimes get ignored because of inept, lazy, biased and corrupt officers 'sigi' i am talking to you.
the public have no confidence in the officers and thus the law.

Trigger said...

You are right, Hobnob.

Americans have little confidence in the law enforcement agencies.

We have DA's who make choices about what crimes/criminals they will prosecute.

We have the Justin DiPietro's of this world who lie and mock the police.

Peter Hyatt said...

This was the question posed:

What part does your affirmative action programs play in the declination of confidence in the American system?

It is a good question. In the 1980's, police exams were "re-scored" due to racial sensitivity.

In essence, it meant the beginning of a decline in talent. An officer would be chosen based upon skin pigmentation, rather than intelligence levels. Those who worked hard, applied themselves, and did well on the tests, were dropped in scores, if they were not the 'right' skin pigment.

This was not only insulting to those favored, but long term, it meant a change in culture of law enforcement.

I knew one man who was dropped 20 points on his test, and another who was by-passed for the NYC Sgt's exam due to being the wrong color.

This is, I think, part of a larger problem and is a contributing factor.

I also think that test scores, in schools (not police exams), have shown a downgrade, over decades now, of education overall.

It is not uncommon to now see a college professor, for example, use improper grammar. Many years ago, NY papers posted letters from NYC school teachers which were shocking, at the time, for their butchering of the language.

Today, just 20 years later, it is not shocking.

Since this an overall trend, why should law enforcement be an exception?

Recently, someone told me about the promotion of a manager and said, "the funny thing is, is that she is dumber than dirt", she said.

Another worker laughed and was finally asked, "Why are you laughing?"

She said, "because the manager was my college professor!"

She said that the freshmen would ridicule her because she was...

so dumb!

I feel for dedicated teachers who struggle to get parents on board.

I also feel so much gratitude for my junior high English teacher.

She 'red-penned' every paper we handed in, and made us re-write it, until it was acceptable.

Today, she would be sued for not enhancing the self esteem of her students.

There are many dedicated professionals in law enforcement who share our frustration about the dumbing down of police. One detective said to me, "Well, they call me the nerd here."

When I had done analysis for a victim, the detective assigned to the case said, "uh, yeah, nouns, verbs and stuff. Yeah, I think I had that training, but my partner, yeah, he's really kinda into that sort of thing."

His partner was intelligent, read the analysis, and arrested the suspect.

Months later, he pled guilty instead of going through with a trial as planned.

Peter

Hobnob said...

Positive discrimination is as bad as negative discrimination.

The color of your skin doesn't make you smarter or dumber than the next person, neither does your gender, your sexual orientation or religios belief.

You are either smart or you aren't.

Getting a job or promotion based on anything other than inteliigence or skill does no one any favors, it promotes laziness and a sense of entitlement, i'll sue cos you didn't give me the job/promotion because of my skin color.

Blacks have a huge sense of entitlement based on the fact they were once slaves and the white guy is the baddie, no one says hang on here, it was blacks selling blacks to the whites and the arabs, in many countries today it still goes on and guess what most of it is in black and arab countries.
No one tells them if your ancestors hadn't been captured and brought to America as slaves, you wouldn't be here today with all that being in a democratic first world country, you would be living in poverty in some 3rd world country if you were lucky and if not you probably wouldn't have been born.

It also drives me nuts when i hear the phrase african-american.
Wrong you are American, you ancestors when they were brought over may have been african-americans, you were born in America, you are american, get over it.
The same with all the other variants, using pointless tags causes nothing but trouble, it causes racism, it leads to huge chips on shoulders, a sense of entitlement and an excuse when caught doing wrong.
In the UK we have a rich history of immigration, we don't go around saying i'm roman-scottish, or viking-english.
heck if you want to be picky i am english-irish-scottish-welsh-italian-romany-norwegian-egyptian plus a whole host more according to my family bible (in no particular order) if i am asked i am a brit or english.
Due to my romany blood i could probaly get all sorts of goodies if i play the race card.

If you work hard, study hard you will benefit, if you sit around playing the pity card, you will never amount to anything.
make the most of what your country gives you, which is taken for granted, don't waste it, be proud of what you can do, lead by example.

Lis said...

It is heartbreaking to see our nation falling further and further into dissipation. I often think of C.S. Lewis' quote from The Abolition of Man:

“In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”

We have removed the underpinnings of morality from our culture yet foolishly expect nothing to change. It doesn't work that way.

Corruption has always existed in positions of wealth and power, of course, but it seems to be becoming more and more common, business as usual.

Anonymous said...

Lis: Corruption has always existed
I come from a small town where a local FBI agents career student/teacher-for-the-gifted-middle-schoolers sister (who had access to cognitive/ability intelligence tests) cheated on her FBI exams. Thus allowing an almost complete retard authority with a weapon.

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