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FBI Solves Boston’s Most Notorious Unsolved Crime After 25 Years

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Boston’s most notorious unsolved crime may finally have a resolution after the FBI said the two robbers were positively identified as being responsible for one of the largest art heists in the nation, Breitbart.com reports. 
The bold robbery occurred in 1990 at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and has perplexed investigators and art lovers since.
The suspects, George Reissfelder, 48, and Lenny DiMuzio, died within a year of committing the burglary.

The pair posed as uniform Boston cops and looted the museum for 81 minutes.
Here is a listing of the works stolen, according to the FBI:

Vermeer, The Concert
Rembrandt, A Lady and Gentleman in Black
Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Rembrandt, Self-Portrait
Govaert Flinck, Landscape with Obelisk
Manet, Chez Tortoni
Degas, La Sortie de Pesage
Degas, Cortege aux Environs de Florence
Degas, Program for an artistic soiree (1)
DegasProgram for an artistic soiree (2)
Degas, Three Mounted Jockeys
Chinese Beaker or Ku
Bronze Eagle Finial

 

Indiana Man Dies Year After FBI Seized Incredible Collection of Exotic Artifacts

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Indiana man who amassed an incredible collection of exotic artifacts and became the subject of an FBI probe last year has died.

Don Miller, 91, died Sunday, nearly a year after the FBI seized thousands of artifacts from all over the world, The Indy Star reports. 

The case has been shrouded in mystery since, and no charges or lawsuits were ever filed against Miller.

Even now, the FBI is declining to discuss the case.

But experts say his death could result in a headache for those sorting out which of the artifacts were legally acquired.

“Even just figuring out which ones are illegally possessed in the United States is an enormous task when he’s purchased them over so many years, so you can see why this is such a difficult problem to solve,” said David B. Smith, a Virginia-based attorney with a background in asset forfeiture.

“Without his help, it’s just going to be enormously difficult to figure out which ones he legitimately purchased, which are legal and which ones aren’t,” Smith said. “It’s a huge problem.”

 

Report Says FBI Successful in Thwarting Terrorism But Needs Improvements

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 9/11 Review Commission credited the FBI for thwarting terrorist attacks but said the bureau needs to improve intelligence and hire more linguists, according to a report released Wednesday, the New York Times reports.

While the commission applauded the FBI’s ability to prevent terrorism, the report said the bureau lags “behind marked advances in law enforcement capabilities” because of its struggle to effectively collect and analyze information.

“This imbalance needs urgently to be addressed to meet growing and increasingly complex national security threats, from adaptive and increasingly tech-savvy terrorists, more brazen computer hackers and more technically capable, global cyber syndicates,” the report said.

Wednesday’s report was far more optimistic than a 2004 report that called for major changes in the FBI. The report said the bureau has made a lot of significant improvements.

FBI’s May Have Drones But Bureau Rarely Uses Them, According to DOJ Report

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI drone program isn’t very far-reaching.

According to a newly released report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General, the FBI has 17 working drones and just two pilots, The Verge reports.

The report found that the drones operate out of one location, making it difficult to use the flying cameras nationwide. Because of the limitations, the pilots “needed to travel thousands of miles to support FBI investigations across the United States.”

The drones were only used for 13 investigations between September 2006 and August 2014.

The FBI has a $ million budget for its drones.

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Criminologist: FBI Distorts Mass Shooting Incidents for Political Purposes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
The FBI’s crime statistics on mass shootings are “politically biased” to make the incidents appear more common and deadly than they actually are, according to a criminologist. 

John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told Fox News that the information is misleading and not substantiated by facts.

“The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” said Lott, a frequent opinion writer for FoxNews.com and author of “More Guns, Less Crime.” “I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this. It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies, but there has always been a Chinese wall separating the FBI raw data collection from political pressures.”

Fox News said Lott’s group concluded there was a major flaw.

“The data was gleaned from news reports, and noted recent accounts were more accessible, and thus over-represented. Recent cases of the far more common ‘active shooting incidents’ were added to legitimate cases of mass shooting incidents, making the more recent years covered by the report appear to have a large increase in both mass shootings and deaths from them.”

 

 

Judge Orders FBI to Release Records on Surveillance, Recruitment of Muslims

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge has ordered the FBI to release documents detailing its surveillance of Muslims and recruiting efforts in Northern California, The San Francisco Gate reports. 

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of San Francisco said the FBI must disclose previously redacted or omitted information about the programs used to conduct surveillance of Muslims without evidence of wrongdoing.

The FBI claimed that some of the information was “compiled for law enforcement purposes” and therefore are exempt from disclosure.

“Generalized monitoring and information-gathering are not sufficient justifications” to withhold information, Seeborg said.

“This decision upholds the public’s right to know about FBI activities that are not sensitive crime-fighting activities,” said ACLU attorney Julia Harumi Mass. “Communities in Northern California have a right to understand how they’re being spied upon by the government.”

The FBI declined to comment.

Defense for Marathon Bombing Suspects Grills FBI Special Agent about Evidence

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The trial for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued Monday as defense attorneys grilled FBI Special Agent Kevin Swindon about his knowledge of computers and the evidence.

MassLive.com reports that attorney William Fick appeared to grow agitated as Swindon struggled to answer some of his questions.

Swindon was unable to answer some of the questions directly, frustrating Fick.

The testimony sheds some light on the defense’s strategy, which appears to be discrediting the evidence.

The evidence was collected from three computers.

The trial continues today.

Maryland Makes Big Pledge to FBI in Hopes of Luring New Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
Maryland is trying its best to lure the FBI’s headquarters to the state. 

The Washington Post reports that Maryland and Prince George County have pledged to commit hundreds of millions of dollars on road improvements if the FBI relocates from downtown Washington to Greenbelt or Landover.

Support has also come from the state’s congressional delegation.

Maryland is locked in a tight competition for the headquarters with Springfield in Fairfax County.

The headquarters will bring an estimated 11,000 FBI jobs.