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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Sister Accused of Threatening to Bomb NYC Woman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested Monday after police say she threatened to bomb a New York City woman, Fox News reports.

Ailina Tsarnaeva is accused of making the threat via telephone Monday. She been charged with aggravated harassment and is due in court Sept. 30.

Tsarnaeva couldn’t be reached for comment.

Her brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, pleaded no guilty to killing three people in the April 2013 marathon explosions.


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FBI Investigates Coordinated Hacking Attacks on JPMorgan Chase, Other Financial Institutions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

JPMorgan Chase was among at least five financial institutions recently hacked in coordinated attacks, the USA Today reports.

A federal law enforcement official told USA Today that investigators believe Russian attackers were behind the hacking. Now FBI agents are trying to determine whether the attacks were related to U.S. sanctions against the Russian government.

The banks lost sensitive data in the attacks.

Companies “of our size unfortunately experience cyberattacks nearly every day,” JPMorgan spokeswoman Trish Wexler said in a statement without confirming the reports. “We have multiple layers of defense to counteract any threats and constantly monitor fraud levels.”

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the bureau is “working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions.”


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Local Police Receive Cell Phone-Monitoring Surveillance Made for Federal Government

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The militarization of local law enforcement has become a hot button topic since police in Ferguson employed their weapons during the recent protests, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. What’s not getting as much attention is surveillance equipment that some police forces are getting from federal law enforcement.

In Tacoma, Wash., police were using surveillance known as Stringray that is capable of collecting records on every cell call, text message or data transfer up to a half-mile from the device. It was manufactured by a Pentagon contractor.

More than 40 local law enforcement agencies have similar surveillance.

Privacy groups have warned of the potential for abuse.

“It’s like kicking down the doors of 50 homes and searching 50 homes because they don’t know where the bad guy is,” Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU, told the News Tribune.

 


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Former CBP Insider Accuses Agency of Corruption, Distortions to Cover Up Deaths

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Tomsheck, who was forced to resign as internal affairs for CBP, said the agency made it difficult for him to investigate internal complaints.

NPR reports that Tomscheck believes some Border Patrol agents aren’t being held accountable because of a culture that evades legal restraints.

Tomscheck said about a quarter of the 28 fatal shootings by agents and officers are highly suspicious, yet no one has paid any consequences.

“I believe the system was clearly engineered to interfere with our efforts to hold the Border Patrol accountable,” he says.

“Some persons in leadership positions in the Border Patrol were either fabricating or distorting information to give the outward appearance that it was an appropriate use of lethal force when in fact it was not.”

Tomscheck said he became a scapegoat for the problems in the agency.


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Condition of Ex-FBI Chief Freeh Remains Mystery After Serious Car Accident

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh remained hospitalized Wednesday but officials remained tight-lipped about his condition, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Freeh, 64, of Wilmington, Del, crashed his SUV on a rural stretch of southern Vermont on Monday and has been in the hospital since under armed guard.

Authorities said no drugs or alcohol were involved.

The special protection is in place because of Freeh’s work against terrorists.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Anti-Defamation League to Hold 5th Annual ADL Shield Awards to Honor Law Enforcement

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization which works closely with law enforcement in the battle against terrorism and protecting civil rights, will present its fifth annual ADL Shield Awards on Sept. 17 in D.C.

The awards are in the area of terrorism and civil rights.

The awards were created in 2010 to recognize law enforcement for major achievements in the fight against hate crimes, domestic and international terrorism, and for protecting civil rights.

“The SHIELD Awards give us an opportunity to publicly recognize and express our appreciation to law enforcement for protecting our nation and its values,” Elise Jarvis, ADL’s Associate Director for Law Enforcement Outreach and Communal Security, said in a press release. “They are a way for us to honor the individuals who guard our lives and freedoms.”

According to a press release, the 2014 ADL SHIELD Award recipients will include investigators and prosecutors from:

  •  The FBI Washington Field Office, New York City Police Department Intelligence Bureau, US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Counterterrorism Section for their investigation and prosecution of the founders and leaders of Revolution Muslim, an organization which encouraged terrorist attacks and violence against non-Muslims. Zachary Chesser pled guilty to soliciting murder and attempting to support a designated terrorist group and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Jesse Morton pled guilty to soliciting murder and was sentenced to nearly 12 years in jail. Yousef Al-Khattab pled guilty to using the Internet to place others in fear of serious bodily injury or death and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
  •  The FBI Baltimore Division and the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Criminal Section for their investigation and prosecution of a Color of Law case in which corrections officers in Maryland beat an inmate over a series of shifts and then subsequently obstructed justice with other officers in an effort to cover up the assault. Fourteen corrections officers were held accountable and convicted under federal law.
  •  The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Division and Statesboro Resident Agency and the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia for their investigation and prosecution of Michael Lee Fullmore, a member of the Georgia Knight Rider’s, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, who was arrested after confiding to an FBI informant that he wanted to firebomb a local church in retaliation for the church’s support of the Latino community. He was charged with firearms and drug distribution violations and sentenced to 52 months in prison. Following his conviction, the entire Knight Riders Klan organization was disbanded.
  •  The Drug Enforcement Administration, US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, US Customs and Border Protection, and US Department of the Treasury for a multi-agency operation which focused on the financial activities of three Lebanese financial institutions, each of which has been implicated for its involvement with the Hezbollah terror group. As of March 2014, more than $150 million dollars had been seized under this Operation.
  •  The Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for their investigation and prosecution of local members of the Moorish Nation, part of the sovereign citizen movement, for felonies which included First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy, and Theft over $100,000 in connection to their occupation of a home in Montgomery County, MD. Honorees received threats to themselves and their families because of their involvement in the case.

 


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Wondering in the Pretend Mob World if Tony Soprano Died at the End? Here’s the Answer

Tony Soprano

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fans of the HBO mob show “The Sopranos,” never got the answer to the big question: Did Tony Soprano die in the last episode?

We last saw the Soprano family on June 10, 2007 eating at a New Jersey diner. Tony was knocking back onion rings. the family was getting together.

But it looked as if Tony was about to get knocked off at the diner. The show ended and we never knew.

Well, apparently Martha P. Nochimson of Vox asked the show’s creator David Chase at a coffee shop.

Chase responded:

“No he isn’t.”

 

 


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No Drugs, Alcohol Suspected in Crash That Injured Former FBI Director Freeh

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to play a role in the car accident that seriously injured former FBI Director Louis Freeh, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Freeh, 64, of Wilmington, Del., remains in serious condition at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. where he’s being protected by armed guards.

The accident happened Monday when Freeh’s 2010 GMC Yukon veered off a rural stretch of road in Vermont.

Investigators found no evidence of brake marks or skids.

Freeh was traveling alone and wearing a seatbelt.


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