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FBI: 3 Teenage Girls from Suburban Denver Detained on Way to Join ISIS

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI believes three teenage girls from suburban Denver were headed to Syria to join Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Associated Press reports that two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their friend, age 16, were stopped at the Frankfurt, Germany en route to Turkey and then Syria.

The sisters are of Somali descent, while their friend is of Sudanese descent.

Now the FBI is trying to determine whether any of their friends may try to join Islamic State.

The sisters were reported missing by their father after they skipped school Friday.

The families expressed shock and said they hadn’t had problems with the girls.

Jury Deliberations begin in Trial of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Friend

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

The Boston Globe reports that the fate of Robel Phillipos is now in the hands of a jury.

In closing arguments, Phillipos’ attorney said the government failed to show that he “knowingly and intentionally” made false statements during the investigation. The attorney said Phillipos’ memory was clouded by marijuana.

But U.S. attorneys said Phillipos intentionally lied to protect his friend.

“This case is about someone who lied, not about someone who didn’t remember,” Assistant US Attorney Stephanie Siegmann said.

 

 

Federal Officials Warn That Hackers Stole More Than 500 Million Financial Records in 1 Year

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

These bank robbers don’t wear masks or slip notes to a teller.

“We’re in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement,” said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

The FBI and Secret Service warned companies that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records of the past year, the USA Today reports.

“You’re going to be hacked,” Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyberdivision, told business leaders at a  cybersecurity event. “Have a plan.”

Personal data for about half of U.S. adults have been exposed in some form, officials said.

“No one is going to solve this problem on their own,” said Supervisory Special Agent Thomas Grasso of the FBI. “This is something we all need to work together on.”

 

 

FBI Agent in Connecticut Alleges Abuses, Mismanagement in Lawsuit Claiming Retaliation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent in Connecticut claims in a lawsuit that he was retaliated against after complaining that he was passed over for a supervisory position, the New Haven Register reports.

Agent Kurt Siuzdak, a lawyer and 17-year veteran of the FBI, said the Connecticut office is dysfunctional and managed by fear.

Siuzdak said he was retaliated against with a baseless investigation after he launched the complaint.

His wife, Heather Clinton, told the Register that the lawsuit was a last resort.

“This is an organization that he believes in. It’s an organization that is very powerful. And he wants it to be better,” she said.

3 Arrested in Buffalo for Allegedly Impersonating FBI Agents to Kidnap Women

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Perpetrators wearing “FBI” vests and badges around their neck tried to kidnap women in two separate incidents in Buffalo, the Buffalo News reports.

The fake agents handcuffed the victims.

Police stopped an SUV in which the perpetrators and a victim were riding.

The Buffalo News wrote that the victim believed she was being legitimately arrested after they rushed up to her, screaming “FBI, you’re wanted for questioning in a homicide” and placed handcuffs on her.

Another victim escaped when the would-be kidnappers tried to force her into an SUV.

There people were charged with attempted kidnapping: Hakim Owens, 22; Paul Manning, 19; and Christopher Southerns, 22.

FBI spokesman Maureen Dempsey said the suspects were unusually young for FBI agents, noting that the minimum age is 22 with a four-year college degree and three years of work experience.

 

FBI Director Comey Says No Evidence of Terrorists Trying to Weaponize Ebola

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that there’s no evidence that terrorists are trying to weaponize Ebola, The Hill reports.

Comey had a one-word response when asked whether there was credible evidence of an Ebola threat from terrorists: “No.”

Comey didn’t elaborate after a speech at the Brookings Institute.

Some Republicans and others have expressed fear that terrorists have considered Ebola as a possible weapon.

President Obama’s administration has come under fire for its response to Ebola after a second U.S. heath worker contracted the virus.

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One of FBI’s Oldest Special Agent Dies Following Long Battle with Cancer

John "Jack" Sullivan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John “Jack” Sullivan, 95, was one of the agency’s oldest special agents when he died on Sept. 23 following a long battle with cancer.

During his three decades with the FBI, Sullivan worked in multiple locations.

Masslive.com repots that Sullivan, who was characterized as a long grandfather, storyteller and admirer of poetry, will have visiting hours Friday from 4 p.m. to 7  p.m. at Sampson Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home in Springfield, Mass.

The Funeral is scheduled for Saturday at St. Cecilias Church in Wilberham.

Burial with military honors is scheduled for Saturday.

Click here to read his obituary.

FBI Joins Investigation into Who Threatened ‘Deadliest School Shooting’ if Feminist Spoke

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI joined an investigation into who sent an email threatening “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if Utah State University hosted a speech by feminist writer Anita Sarkeesian, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Sarkeesian, a critic of how women are portrayed in video games, said she canceled the speech because of the threat and a state law that allows people to carry concealed permits at events in public venues.

The email purportedly came from an anonymous USU student, who claimed to “have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs” that he would use to ensure Sarkeesian would “die screaming like the craven little whore that she is.”

Campus police said they were prepared to protect Sarkeesian.

“She was worried about Utah law preventing police from keeping people with legal, conceal-carry permits from entering the event,” USU spokesman Tim Vitale said. “But our police were prepared and had in place extra security measures. It was her decision to cancel.”