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FBI Raids Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania; Many Questions Loom

Allentown, PA

Allentown, PA

A federal grand jury investigation has prompted FBI agents to raid Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania on Thursday, The Morning Call reports. 

Agents spent hours collecting records dating from 2005 to present, said Susan Ellis Wild, Allentown’s solicitor.

“There are a number of things in the search warrant,” Wild said. “It was not terribly specific.”

What remains unclear is target of the investigation.

Some city officials have said they were interviewed by the FBI about city contracts, but they didn’t offer more details.

Journalists Beat FBI at Providing Accurate Info of Cop-Involved Shootings

Washington post murdersBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When it comes to compiling accurate, complete information about people killed by law enforcement, journalists are running circles around the FBI.

One of the leaders is The Washington Post, which began building a database of every person shot and killed by police or federal agents so far this year, the Marshall Project reports.

On June 26, escaped murderer Richard Matt became the 459th person this year to be fatally shot by law enforcement.

The catalog comes from local news reports, independent databases and readers. Included is a host of information such as age, race, gender and residence.

The Guardian started a similar project this year.

For years, the FBI’s tally of crimes has been criticized as inaccurate and l0w because it depends on self-reporting by police agencies.

FBI Warns U.S. Companies of Increasing Dangers of Chinese Hack Attacks

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is alerting U.S. companies of the increasing dangers of Chinese hack attacks.

The Daily Beast reports that the bureau sent out warnings to companies Wednesday to be aware of a malicious computer program that has been tied to the bold hack of the Office of the Personnel Management.

The FBI also sent specifics such as the hash values for the malware, called Sakula, so that companies can search their systems to see if they are infected.

Although James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, has accused China of the government hack, he has yet to offer solid evidence, according to the Daily Beast.

The FLASH alert says the bureau has identified “cyber actors who have compromised and stolen sensitive business information and personally identifiable information.”

FBI Investigates Spate of Attacks on Internet Cables in California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are worried about a spate of attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past year, including one early Tuesday morning, USA Today reports.

The latest attack, which involved breaking into an underground vault and cutting fiber-optic cables, cut off Internet service for businesses and residents in and around Sacramento.

Authorities were tight-lipped about the impact of the attack because of the ongoing investigation.

The attacks began in the summer of 2014, said FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich.

“When it affects multiple companies and cities, it does become disturbing,” Wuthrich said. “We definitely need the public’s assistance.”

Middle School Teacher Accused of Watching Live-Streaming Sex Shows Involving Children

computer-photo1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A middle school teacher in Massachusetts was arrested Tuesday for allegedly paying for live-streaming sex shows involving children in the Philippines.

WCVB reports that Scott Peeler, 53, who works for Southbridge Public Schools, faces charges of attempting to entice and coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity and receipt of child pornography.

Prosecutors allege that Peeler used video-streaming services online that depicted children having sex.

Investigators said they also found child pornography on Peeler’s computer.

“The School Department is extremely alarmed by these charges and has taken

immediate steps to ensure the safety of our students. We have placed the employee on administrative leave, ensured that the employee is not currently involved in any summer programming, and have requested a no trespass order through the police department,” Acting Superintendent Sheryl Stanton said in a statement.

Prison Where 2 Killer Inmates Escaped Is Under Investigation for Alleged Drug Smuggling Ring

Clinton Correctional Facility

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating an alleged drug smuggling ring that operated at the upstate New York prison where two killers escaped, the New York Post reports. 

“The FBI is investigating the prison for drug trafficking. Agents are re-interviewing inmates and prison workers who have already been interviewed by state investigators,” a source familiar with the investigation said.

“This is a vote of no confidence by the feds in the state investigation. And it’s likely the state investigators did not ask pertinent questions regarding the drug trafficking that the FBI is currently asking. The information on the possible drug trafficking came up in the initial interviews conducted by state investigators with inmates and staff,” the source said.

The investigation is exploring other reported crimes at the Clinton Correctional Facility.

Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped but both were later captured. Matt was shot and killed Friday, and Sweet was wounded and captured Sunday.

FBI Establishes Command Centers in Event of Terrorist Attack This Weekend

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

To monitor potential terrorist threats on the Fourth of July weekend, the FBI is establishing command centers so federal authorities can respond quickly in the event of an attack, Fox News reports.

While the FBI has no credible threats, it is concerned about ISIS and other homegrown terrorists during the holiday weekend. Terrorist attacks were launched in three countries Friday.

The command centers will be used to gather information from local, state and federal law enforcement.

FBI Arrests Another Alleged ISIS Supporter in New Jersey Following Heightened Alert

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 23-year-old New Jersey man accused of helping support ISIS.

Alaa Saadeh, of West New York, allegedly bought his brother a plane ticket to fly to the Middle East and join ISIS, the Associated Press reports. 

Saadeh faces numerous charges, including conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, aiding and abetting an attempt to provide material support and witness tampering. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Saadeh also is accused of helping a friend lie to the FBI.

According to the criminal complaint, Saadeh’s brother, who has not been identified, was arrested earlier the month and charged with conspiring to provide material support to foreign terrorists.