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FBI Alleges That Three American Girls May Have Been Trying to Join ISIS

Number of Migrant Children, Families Crossing into U.S. Declines Sharply

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of migrant children and families from Central American crossing the border in the U.S. has dropped significantly since the crisis this summer, the Arizona Republic reports.

The number of crossings have dropped to the lowest level this year, Customs and Border Protection said.

The crossings peaked in June but began to fell because of the media attention.

In September, agents apprehended 2,402 unaccompanied children, compared to 10,622 in June. That’s a 77% decline.

The number of families taken into custody also declined sharply.

FBI: 3 Teenage Girls from Suburban Denver Detained on Way to Join ISIS

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI believes three teenage girls from suburban Denver were headed to Syria to join Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Associated Press reports that two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their friend, age 16, were stopped at the Frankfurt, Germany en route to Turkey and then Syria.

The sisters are of Somali descent, while their friend is of Sudanese descent.

Now the FBI is trying to determine whether any of their friends may try to join Islamic State.

The sisters were reported missing by their father after they skipped school Friday.

The families expressed shock and said they hadn’t had problems with the girls.

Jury Deliberations begin in Trial of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Friend

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

The Boston Globe reports that the fate of Robel Phillipos is now in the hands of a jury.

In closing arguments, Phillipos’ attorney said the government failed to show that he “knowingly and intentionally” made false statements during the investigation. The attorney said Phillipos’ memory was clouded by marijuana.

But U.S. attorneys said Phillipos intentionally lied to protect his friend.

“This case is about someone who lied, not about someone who didn’t remember,” Assistant US Attorney Stephanie Siegmann said.

 

 

Homeland Security Announces Flight Restrictions to Stem Ebola Spread

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To stem the spread of Ebola, the Department of Homeland Security has limited the number of flights coming from affected countries in West Africa, NPR reports.

“Today, I am announcing that all passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

Beginning today, passengers will be subject to “secondary screening and added protocols, including having their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States,” the statement said.

The airports are New York’s JFK; Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C.’s Dulles; Atlanta; and Chicago O’Hare.

“We are working closely with the airlines to implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption,” Johnson said on Tuesday. “If not already handled by the airlines, the few impacted travelers should contact the airlines for rebooking, as needed.”

Homeland Security Raids Lingerie Boutique for Selling Kansas City Royals panties

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security raided a lingerie boutique for selling panties celebrating the Kansas City Royals’ presence in the World Series, Pitch.com reports.

“We’ve had so many cops come in and buy these,” the artist at Birdies, Peregrine Honig, said.

The panties were selling for about $30.

Homeland Security agents issued a cease-and-desist order and confiscated the remaining undies, which was emblazoned with the words, “Take the crown.”

The problem, the shop owner said, was that the “K” and “C” were connected, much like it is on the Royals emblem.

“We’d just restocked, and they were literally hot off the press,” Honig said.

Homeland Security officers claim the panties infringed on major league baseball copyright.

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Federal Officials Warn That Hackers Stole More Than 500 Million Financial Records in 1 Year

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

These bank robbers don’t wear masks or slip notes to a teller.

“We’re in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement,” said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

The FBI and Secret Service warned companies that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records of the past year, the USA Today reports.

“You’re going to be hacked,” Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyberdivision, told business leaders at a  cybersecurity event. “Have a plan.”

Personal data for about half of U.S. adults have been exposed in some form, officials said.

“No one is going to solve this problem on their own,” said Supervisory Special Agent Thomas Grasso of the FBI. “This is something we all need to work together on.”

 

 

FBI Agent in Connecticut Alleges Abuses, Mismanagement in Lawsuit Claiming Retaliation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent in Connecticut claims in a lawsuit that he was retaliated against after complaining that he was passed over for a supervisory position, the New Haven Register reports.

Agent Kurt Siuzdak, a lawyer and 17-year veteran of the FBI, said the Connecticut office is dysfunctional and managed by fear.

Siuzdak said he was retaliated against with a baseless investigation after he launched the complaint.

His wife, Heather Clinton, told the Register that the lawsuit was a last resort.

“This is an organization that he believes in. It’s an organization that is very powerful. And he wants it to be better,” she said.