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Tag: FBI

Feds Will Be Out in Full Force for Sunday’s Super Bowl

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds will be out in full force Sunday for Super Bowl game in Arizona.

TMZ reports that the agencies involved in security, which is always very intense, include:

– Department of Homeland Security

– Immigration and Customs Enforcement

– FBI

– United States Secret Service

– Phoenix PD

– Glendale PD

 

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Minneapolis FBI Refused to Use Somali Outreach Program to Spy on Groups

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI office deserves kudos for doing the right thing.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the FBI directed agents in Minneapolis and five other U.S. cities in 2009 to use community outreach with Somali groups as cover to gather intelligence on terrorist recruiting efforts and on individuals who would likely be vulnerable to being radicalized.

But the paper reports that the Minneapolis field office refused from the start to follow the spying directive, which had been approved by then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.

“We never followed it because at the time we believed our brand of community outreach would engender the trust we’d built up here,” said Kyle Loven, the FBI’s spokesman in Minneapolis, according to the paper. “We took great care to make sure our outreach specialists were not involved in any investigations.”

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In December 2010, the Obama administration halted the spy operation against Somalis be stopped immediately, the paper reported.

FBI Busts Russian Agents Accused of Spying on U.S. from NYC

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI said Monday it broke up a Russian spy ring in New York City, arresting the alleged ringleader and forcing two others to leave the country, The Washington Post reports. 

Evgeny Buryakov was charged with conspiracy to act and acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government after he allegedly collected intelligence reports and other confidential information and supplied them to the SVR,  Russia’s foreign intelligence service.

The other two SVR agents were returned to Russia with diplomatic immunity.

Prosecutors said Buryakov arrived in the U.S. in 2010 and began establishing connections to gather reports on subjects ranging from U.S. sanctions to progress on alternative energy sources.

FBI Drama About ‘Young, Sexy’ Recruits to Premiere on ABC This Season

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A new drama about a group of “young, sexy” FBI recruits has been picked up by ABC in what will be a busy pilot season, A.V. Club reports.

The show, Quantico, features the recruits at a real-life training center.

But there’s a twist.

“One of the recruits turns out to be a terrorist [who] created the most severe terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11,” the show’s official description reads.

 

Is Terrorism the FBI’s Top Priority in Indianapolis? Field Office Head Says Yes

W. Jay Abbott

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

What’s the FBI’s most pressing concern in Indianapolis?

Not public corruption, violent crime or the protection of civil liberties.

According to Jay Abbott, director of the Indianapolis field office, the FBI’s most urgent issue in Indianapolis is terrorism, he told RTV6 ABC in an exclusive interview.

Abbott said the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine outlet in Paris underscores the dangers to the homeland.

“With the current news and events that are occurring right now in Europe, particularly in France in Paris with the Charlie Hebdo magazine outlet, we’re not sure yet what that means for us as we help the French with their investigation in any way we can. But, we’re watching very closely to try and interpret those things that may be helpful to us.”

Who Tweeted a Bomb Threat That Triggered F-16 Jets to Escort Commercial Aircraft?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating a bomb threat made in a tweet that prompted the U.S. military to send F-16 fighter aircraft to escort two jets bound for Atlanta on Saturday, the Associated Press reports.

The threats involved a Southwest Airlines flight from Milwaukee and a Delta Air Lines flight from Portland, Oregon.

Authorities scoured the planes and found no evidence of bombs.

“We certainly take these types of threats seriously and we’re pursuing them aggressively,”Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Stephen Emmett told The Associated Press on Sunday.

“We are continuing to pursue leads in the efforts to locate this individual,” he added.

The military dispatched the fighter jets after being alerted about the tweet.

Powerful New York Assembly Speaker Arrested on Charges of Bribery, Conspiracy

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, via State of New York

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

One of New York government’s most influential and well-known politicians faces serious charges that he used his extraordinary power in return for millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, The Associated Press reports.

The FBI arrested Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who posted $200,000 bail after being charged with federal counts of bribery and conspiracy.

The powerful 70-year-old now faces up to 100 years in prison.

After his release, Silver was dogged, saying he was “confident that after a full hearing and due process, I’ll be vindicated on the charges.”

He is accused of abusing his power to obtain about $4 million in payments characterized as attorney referral fees solely through the corrupt use of his official position.”

Democrats said they plan to stand behind Silver, a prominent voice.

“Along with the Senate majority leader and the governor, he plays a major role in creating state budgets, laws and policies in a system long-criticized in Albany as ‘three men in a room,’” The Associated Press wrote.

Anonymous-Linked Activist Sent to Prison for Threatening FBI Agent, Sharing Stolen Data

 

Barrett Brown via YouTube

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An activist tied to the hacking group Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of threatening an FBI agent and spreading stolen data.

The Business Insider reports that Barrett Brown, who had faced more than 100 years behind bars, read from a lengthy statement before sentencing, saying he broke the law to uncover unlawful government activity.

“If I criticize the government for breaking the law, but then break the law myself in an effort to reveal their wrongdoing, I should expect to be punished just I’ve called for the criminals at government-linked firms… to be punished,” he said. “When we start fighting crime by any means necessary, we become guilty of the same hypocrisy as law enforcement agencies throughout history that break the rules to get the villains, and so become villains themselves.”

Brown was arrested in 2012 after threatening an FBI agent in a YouTube video.

He pledged to “ruin his life and look into his (expletive) kids.”

Brown also was charged with sharing information hacked from defense contractor Stratfor, Business Insider wrote.