FBI and NYPD investigators shut a two-block stretch of Prince Street in SoHo today to dig for remains in the case of a young boy who went missing nearly 33 years ago. Etan Patz, 6, disappeared on May 25, 1979 after leaving his home for a two-block walk to his school bus stop. Despite worldwide attention, the case has never been solved. NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne told The Observer that police and FBI investigators are “executing a search warrant this morning for human remains, clothing or other personal effects that may help us lead to the location of Etan Patz” in the basement of 127B Prince Street. Etan went missing about a half block away from the basement.
“It’s about a 15-by-30 basement space,” Mr. Browne said. “It’s currently unoccupied, we’ll be taking down the drywall and excavating the basement.”
Public Service Announcements
It is a sad but unavoidable reality of life in the early 21st century: The New York Police Department has become more than the enforcer of law and order in the city’s streets. It has become—and not for the first time—part of a broader effort to protect Americans from the nation’s enemies.
That assignment requires—yes, requires—the surveillance of organizations and individuals suspected of inciting or of plotting attacks on the streets of New York. This is hardly an abstract threat, as any glance at the downtown skyline will confirm. But 9/11 was hardly the last plot against New York. Several other planned attacks have been thwarted; one, a car bomb in Times Square, came dangerously close to success. And surely there were other threats dismantled quietly but effectively, without public disclosure.
In a new PSA from the FBI denouncing insider trading, Michael Douglas, star of Wall Street and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleep tells the American public that the Oliver Stone movies were fictional. But!
In spite of a fusillade of P.R. overkill about what a brave, risk-taking actor he is, and how he spent five hours a day in a makeup chair squirming, Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrait of a balding, sweaty, gristle-chewing, half-mad J. Edgar Hoover is gimmicky play acting. J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood’s exhausting chronicle of power obsession about the enigmatic, self-serving egomaniac who, as director of the F.B.I., kept America trembling with terror for half a century under the phony guise of patriotism, is a long, tedious and hollow disappointment.
At a time when the new Russia is more about gangsters than politicians, along comes a benign thriller that is about as thrilling as last week’s borscht.
White Collar Grime
Ray Kelly declined today to say if he was interested in or had been contacted about becoming the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“I’m very happy where I am. Best job in America,” he told a scrum of reporters after a press conference at Grand Central Terminal with Department of Homeland Security head Read More
The FBI has tasked agents from its Behavioral Analysis Unit with profiling the tics and traits of a Wall Street fraudster, according to Reuters.
As is pointed out a number of times in the article, this is a difficult task, since what makes people good at business might coincide with the things that make them Read More
“They better be fucking confident that they’re right before they destroy reputations,” a major New York hedge fund manager was saying just before midnight on Monday. Attorney General Eric Holder had confirmed an investigation of Wall Street that afternoon, 10 days after The Journal had broken news of a three-year insider-trading probe that “could eclipse Read More
Having made three stops in New England yesterday, the authorities’ traveling crackdown caravan may soon head to Chicago. Balyasny Asset Management, a Windy City-based fund with about $1.8 billion under management as of the end of the second quarter, is “being examined,” according to Susan Pulliam of The Wall Street Journal.
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Following the lead of nations like India and the Arab Emirates an Obama administration task force is working to ensure that your phone, email and even Facebook status are available for immediate and consistent snooping.
A 1994 law established that cell and broadband network companies must design their systems so that survelliance can begin immediately Read More