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Longtime FBI Agent Joins Miami Dolphins to Oversee Security Following Bully Scandal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Miami Dolphins have hired a longtime FBI agent to oversee security after last year’s bullying scandal.

The USA Today reports that Joe Cicini, a 23-year veteran of the FBI’s Miami division, has the credentials: He provided crisis management training to professional football, baseball and basketball.

The hiring follows a scandal last year in which three offensive lineman relentlessly harassed tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.

“We are all committed at this organization to providing a productive and respectful work environment, as well as ensuring the safety and security of all of our employees and fans,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement.


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U.S. Marshal Fatally Shoots Gang Member Who Charged Witness Stand in Trial

Siale Maveni Angilau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gang member’s decision to attack a witness testifying against him Monday was a deadly one. KSL.com reports that Siale Maveni Angilau was fatally shot by a U.S. Marshall after he charged a witness in federal court in Salt Lake City.

“The defendant went after (a witness) … and when he engaged the witness at the witness stand, he was shot by the U.S. Marshals Service,” said Mark Dressen, assistant special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Utah bureau.

“From what I understand, the defendant may have grabbed a pen or a pencil and charged the witness stand at that time,” he said.

A marshal standing between the jury and the witness stand fired three to five shots.

“After the marshal fired, he told everyone to stay down. And he kept his gun pointed at Siale because he was still alive as he went down,” a juror said.

Angilau was breathing on the way to the hospital but later died, KSL reported.

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Pittsburgh’s New FBI Leader Is Tested on Third Day with Mass Stabbing at High School

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was just Scott S. Smith’s third day as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh office when a student slashed and stabbed classmates in a hallway at Franklin Regional High School last week.

“It was a horrific incident,” Smith told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for a story. “Behind the scenes, though, there’s a lot of investigative activity, evidence collection, witness interviews that have to be done, and they have to be done then.”

Smith allotted 20 agents to the investigation, which includes interviews and evidence reconstruction.

“He was battle-tested in his very first week,” said U.S. attorney David Hickton, who was on the scene with Mr. Smith.

Smith is in charge of 145 FBI agents, in a addition to other support staff and local law enforcement.


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Justice Department Drops Investigation of FBI Agent Who Shot, Killed New Orleans Man

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has declined to open a criminal investigation into the FBI-involved shooting that left a New Orleans man dead during an undercover drug sting last summer, the Times-Picayune reports.

It’s the second time an agency has opted against pursuing charges against the agent, who shot 37-year-old Allen Desdunes on July 30.

“The Civil Rights Division reviewed the information collected by the FBI regarding the shooting and declined to open a criminal investigation,” said spokeswoman Dena Iverson.

Whatever prompted the shooting remains unclear because the FBI has been tight-lipped.

This much is known: Agents were investigating Desdunes following a drug deal when the shooting occurred.


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FBI: Fugitive Tax Cheats Built Massive Bunker in Washington to Avoid Detection

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A pair of fugitive tax scofflaws secretly built an elaborate bunker at the Washington state home.

The New York Daily News reports that Radu Nemes and his wife, Diana, were arrested in March on accusations of conspiring to hide at least $68 million in taxes.

The pair have not been charged with a crime and are now facing extradition hearings.

The FBI described a cross-continental money laundering scheme to conceal money made from a tax scam that involved profits from selling one million tons of diesel fuel.

By reporting it as a lower quality gas, they pair is accused of avoiding tariffs.


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Opinion: FBI Has Plenty of Questions to Answer About Its Repeated Failures Following Boston Marathon Attack

By The Rutland Herald
Editorial Board

As Boston marks the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings, one chapter closes. But there’s still enough to fill a book — especially when it comes to the role of the FBI.

Questions about it pour from the pages of numerous post-bombing government reports. An assessment by the House Homeland Security Committee challenges the FBI’s resistance to information sharing. A review done by various intelligence agencies highlights missed opportunities involving the threat posed by a radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Reports by a Florida prosecutor and the Department of Justice address the shooting death of Ibragim Todashev, who tied Tamerlan Tsarnaev to a triple homicide in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 11, 2011. Unsurprisingly, both reports conclude that Todashev’s shooting by an FBI agent was justified. But why was Todashev questioned in his Orlando apartment, with access to items that could be used as weapons, rather than in a more secure environment?

Lawyers for Tamerlan’s brother, Dzhokhar, also claim the FBI sought to turn Tamerlan into an informant. The government said it has “no evidence” of that, which doesn’t exactly shut the door on the possibility.

Richard DesLauriers, the now retired FBI agent who was in charge of the Boston office and the Marathon investigation, went on “60 Minutes” to explain how the FBI identified the bombers. But the FBI has never told the public who interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev, nor explained why that agent failed to recognize the older brother from the surveillance video. So much for that old saying that a police officer never forgets a face. If this agent remembered Tamerlan’s face, it might have averted the public release of the video and the manhunt and violence that followed.


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Teenager Survives ‘Miracle’ Trip in Wheel Well of Flight from California to Hawaii

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 16-year-old boy survived a five-and-a-half-hour trip in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, the FBI said.

CBS News reports that the boy was questioned by the the FBI after he was discovered Sunday on the tarmac without identification at the Maui airport.

“I would imagine flying (at that altitude), it would be very cold. Also … that wheel well really is not pressurized or temperature controlled, so it would be a miracle to have survived,” Maui Airport Duty Manager Marvin Moniz said.

What’s worrisome to federal authorities is how easily Simon hopped a fence to get on the plane at Santa Clara.

Authorities said he was running away from home after an argument

“He was unconscious for the lion’s share of the flight,” FBI spokesman Tom Simon said.

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Secret Service Threatened to ‘Go for Kill Shot’ if New York Mets Mascot Approached President Clinton in 1997

Steve Neavling
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The Secret Service threatened to shoot the New York Mets’ mascot with a sniper if he approached then-President Bill Clinton in 1997, the New York Daily News reports.

AJ Mass, who once wore the Mr. Met costume, detailed the account in his new memoir, “Yes, It’s Hot in Here — Adventures in the Weird, Wooly World of Sports Mascots.”

The threat came after he couldn’t squeeze his costume’s dome-sized head through a metal detector at Shea Stadium, where the president was honoring Jackie Robinson.

“We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen,” the agent warned. “Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?”

Mass said he couldn’t believe the reaction.


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