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FBI Offers $3M Reward for Information on Most Wanted Cyber Criminal

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is offering some serious cash for information leading to the arrest of the bureau’s most wanted cyber criminal.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, 31, is accused of hacking 1 million computers in the U.S. and internationally.

Newsweek reports that the FBI is offering $3 million for information on capturing Bogachev, who is accused of collecting personal and bank information by installing a malware onto victims’ computers.

A Pennsylvania court indicted Bogachev on charges of conspiracy, computer fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering in May 2014. Authorities said his last known location was the Russian town of Anapa on the north coast of the Black Sea.


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‘Jihadi John’ Identified As London Resident with Computer Programming Degree

Mohammed Emwazi is shown here before the beheading of American war reporter James Wright Foley.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

His face covered in a black balaclava, “Jihadi John” is the menacing figure seen in Islamic State videos beheading several foreign hostages.

The New York Times reports this morning that the man has been identified as British resident Mohammed Emwazi, a graduate of the University of Westminster with a degree in computer programming.

Emwazi first appeared on an ISIS video in August, when it appears he beheads American journalist James Foley.

He also showed up in videos of the beheadings of American journalist Steven J. Sotloff; the British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines; the British taxi driver Alan Henning; and the American aid worker Peter Kassig.

Authorities believe Emwazi was born in Kuwait and traveled in Syria in 2012.


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Parker: UK Study Shows High Potency Pot Users Have Triple the Rate of Psychosis

Ross Parker

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

A British study found recently that the risk of first time psychosis among users of high THC cannabis was three times greater than for non-users, regardless of the age of the user or the frequency of use. Frequent users were found to have more than five times the risk.

The study was conducted by a group of physicians and scientists at Kings College London, and the results were published in this week’s Lancet, one of the most highly regarded medical journals in the world. The study was funded by the UK National Institute of Health Research.

No psychosis risk increase was found comparing low potency users with non-users. However, recent studies show that the legalization trend has resulted in a steady increase in the THC content of marijuana available for use and sale in the US.

The study results add to the increasing body of medical research pointing out the increasing dangers of marijuana use, particularly among children and young adults. Ironically these studies are bucking the trend toward legalization of medical and recreational use in roughly half the states. This occurs at the same time that use, distribution, and cultivation continue to be federal crimes. This anomaly is nowhere more blatant than in the District of Columbia which legalized use and cultivation this week.

Nor does there appear to be any resolution in the offing of this conflict. The federal executive and Congressional branches seem to offer no leadership on the dilemma.

Meanwhile many state government leaders considering the issue seem to be focused on short term financial projections than on the health issues. And whatever medical research is made part of the debate is often from an earlier time when THC levels were a small fraction of today’s high potency pot being cultivated by enterprising agronomists.

The psychosis study seems symbolic of this entire issue from a macro-examination perspective as well.


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Secret Service to Conduct Exercises with Drones in Washington D.C. Area

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service is planning to hold drone exercises in the Washington D.C. area over the next few weeks, Bloomberg reports.

The agency said in a statement Tuesday that it plans “a series of exercises involving unmanned aircraft systems” in the restricted airspace of Washington.

Secret Service declined further comment.

The meeting comes after the FAA earlier this month proposed regulations for the flying cameras.

Secret Service also was dealing with a security breach after a radio-controlled quadracopter crashed into the White House lawn.


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Justice Department Closes Trayvon Martin Shooting Case without Civil Rights Charges

Trayvon Martin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
The federal investigation into the shooting death three years ago of Trayvon Martin has ended without hate-crime charges against the gunman, George Zimmerman, The New York Times reports. 

The Justice Department closed the civil rights investigation.

The family is devastated, said Benjamin L. Crump, the lawyer for Martin’s family.

“This is very painful for them; they are heartbroken,” Crump said. “But they have renewed energy to say that we are going to fight harder to make sure that this doesn’t happen to anybody else’s child.”

The investigation was launched to determine whether there was enough evidence to show Martin was killed because of his race.

The Justice Department interviewed 75 witnesses and reviewed evidence.


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Justice Department Threatens to Prosecute Supporters of ISIS on Social Media

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As ISIS turns more to social media to recruit future terrorists, the Justice Department made clear that it would prosecute people who help the extremists spread the message, The Daily Beast reports.

What remains unclear is where the government where draw the line between free speech and support of a terrorist group.

Intelligence experts say ISIS’ propaganda campaign, which includes posting beheading videos, has been at least partly effective.

John Carlin, the assistant attorney general for national security, said social media has provided “essentially a free form of communication that you can use to plot and plan.”

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FBI Names Angela Byers As New Special Agent in Charge of Cincinnati Office

Angela Byers

Angela Byers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cincinnati’s FBI office has a new leader.

Angela Byers, who was chief of the financial crimes section of the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI headquarters, was named as the new special agent in charge of the Cincinnati division, The Biz Journal reports.

Byers is replacing Kevin Cornelius, who led the office from May 2013 until December, when he left for a job in the private sector.

Byers started working for the FBI in 1986.


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San Diego Park Improvements Become Impediments for Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Enhancements at a San Diego park have caused an unusual rift between the Border Patrol union and city park officials.

NBC San Diego reports that wooden bollards were placed around the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park in 2013 to prevent cars from driving into the park.

But those roadblocks are now impeding border protection, the union claims, because law enforcement officials can’t get around them.

“It looks to me the design is there in the middle of the roads to keep the Border Patrol agents off those roads where we ordinarily patrol,” said Border Patrol Union Representative Gabe Pacheco.

 

Now Border Patrol worries that illegal immigrants will use the barriers to their advantage.

But park officials said the bollards are important.

“Bollards are used for 2 main reasons: (1) Public Safety- Protect trail users from vehicular traffic; (2) Stewardship of Public Lands- Protect areas that are environmentally or culturally sensitive,” park’s department spokeswoman Shannon Singler told NBC.


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