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FBI Finds 100+ Photos, Videos of Child Porn in Florida Teacher’s Home

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents arresting a Florida teacher at his home Monday made a disturbing discovery – thousands of images of child porn on his computer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Matthew Graziotti, 42, a fifth grade teacher at a South Daytona private school and director of the school’s summer day camp, was charged with producing and distributing child porn.

Seized in the raid were 141 images and six videos depicting sexually abused and exploited children.

One folder on his computer was named “personally known” and included 31 subfolders with different boys’ names, according to the FBI. One image showed him sexually abusing a “prepubescent” boy.

“The FBI director told me that they, at this point, could not clarify where these boys are from, or who they are, or anything,” Mark Tress, superintendent at Warner Christian Academy, said. “We’re cooperating with them and providing them the assistance they need to determine whether or not any of our children were a part of that.”

Two Florida Cops Accused of Being KKK Members Were Forced to Step Down

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Florida police officers are without a job after a confidential FBI report showed they were members of a local branch of the KKK, the Daily Mail reports.

Fruitland Park Police dismissed Officer George Hunnewell, while Deputy Chief David Borst, 49, resigned. Borst also was the city’s fire chief.

While Fruitland Police Chief Terry Isaacs acknowledged it’s not against the law to be in the KKK, he said the allegations affect the officers’ credibility.

Isaacs launched an internal investigation Friday.

‘I’ve read the report, and it’s convincing,’ Isaacs said of the FBI report.

TSA Agent Arrested on Felony Charges of Manufacturing, Selling Drugs in South Florida

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent in South Florida has been arrested on felony charges of manufacturing and selling drugs from her home, South Florida 6 reports.

During a search of Latwana Daniels’ home, authorities said they found 111 grams of cocaine and 39 grams of marijuana. They also found scales and materials to make crack cocaine near her TSA uniforms, investigators said.

Also recovered was a loaded Beretta PX4 handgun, which investigators said wasn’t secured from her four children.

Neighbor Ismael Morales expressed shock.

“I come and see a lot of cops there,” Morales said. “Over here we never see something like that.”

Doomsday Man Surrenders After Spending 2 Days in Woods in Florida, Gets Cheeseburgers, Fries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After spending two days hiding from authorities in the woods, a Florida man accused of building explosive devices to prepare for the end of the world surrendered Wednesday without incident, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin Winters waited outside the FBI field office in Tampa while his attorneys arranged for his surrender.

In exchange, the 55-year-old received cheeseburgers, fries and dry shoes from the FBI.

“We’re glad to report that Mr. Winters did the right thing,” said FBI spokesman David Couvertier. “We were hoping for a peaceful resolution, and today we got that.”

The FBI was worried Winters would resort to violence to keep authorities from descending on him.

FBI Fears Doomsday Man May Have Stashed Weapons While Manhunt Continues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man who is accused of building explosive devices as part of an end-of-the-world plan to kill federal agents may have stashed weapons in a hidden bunker, the FBI said.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Martin Howard Winters, 55, remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI on Tuesday announced a $5,000 reward for information leader to his arrest.

“Mr. Winters is very familiar with this area, especially wooded areas,” FBI spokesman David Couvertier said Tuesday. “He knows the terrain. He knows the best places to hide, the best places to track, to move, when to move. So we suspect that he does have specific sites that he’s very comfortable with, and he may have supplies there or know the terrain so well that he can hide.”

Agents were close to capturing Winters Monday, when the suspect was able to elude police following a high-speed chase.

“The way it was described — there was steam coming out of the engine, so that tells you how hard he was pushing that vehicle,” Couvertier said.

TSA Workers Are Successful in Protecting Traveling Public Because of Dedicated Workforce

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By Robert Cohen
Federal Security Director

As a Marine Corps colonel who commanded in all environments, I learned upon arriving at the Department of Homeland Security that the domestic front lines of the war on terrorism extend to the men and women of the Transportation Security Administration at your local airport.

Having served for the past nine years in leadership positions with TSA and DHS, I will be departing TSA in September as the federal security director for Southwest Florida International and Punta Gorda airports.

The success of TSA in Southwest Florida is directly linked to a dedicated workforce and partnerships with the airport directors, their staffs, airlines, law enforcement community and DHS agencies.

Every day, without fail, the men and women of TSA demonstrate an exceptional capability to protect the traveling public and regulate airports and airlines to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Their commitment to mission and daily actions exemplify the character and integrity of our federal employees. They have a tough job and know there is no margin for error.

They take the routine out of routine when screening thousands of bags and passengers. They accept the risk that a passenger might be carrying an improvised explosive device, gun or knife. They train constantly to stay ahead of a “thinking enemy” who wants to hurt us. They put themselves in harm’s way, as we saw at Los Angeles International Airport when two Transportation Security officers were shot in the line of duty; one of them died.

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Court Overturns Murder Conviction of Former FBI Agent John Connolly Jr. Linked to Mobster Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida state court panel on Wednesday ruled that former FBI Agent John J. Connolly Jr. was wrongfully convicted of participating in a plot to kill a Florida businessman in 1982 at the urging of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the three-judge appellate panel tossed out the murder conviction, citing a legal technicality.

The government is expected to appeal the decision.

Connolly is serving a 40-year sentence that began in 2011.

Former FBI agents expressed relief.

“We won,” said former agent Richard Baker of Boston, who has led the coalition of ex-FBI agents. “I’m very delighted he’s going to finally get to see his kids on every holiday there is. I just have to pray now that somebody doesn’t come out of the woodwork and put a wrench in it…. He’s not out of jail yet.”

Columnist: Another Kafkaesque Moment in Saga of FBI’s Embrace of Whitey Bulger

By Kevin Cullen
Boston Globe

Pat Donahue was on the phone, incredulous not for the first time in this sordid, relentless mess.

“So what you’re telling me,” she said, “is that John Connolly is getting off on a technicality, that he is probably going to get out of prison because of the statute of limitations?”

Um, yes.

Thanks to a 2-to-1 decision by the Third District Court of Appeal for the state of Florida, John Connolly’s second-degree murder conviction was thrown out, not because he was innocent, but because he didn’t get caught soon enough.

Just another Kafkaesque moment in the never-ending scandal that was the Faustian embrace of Whitey Bulger by the FBI.

One can forgive Donahue’s incredulity, her being utterly perplexed, frustrated, and sick to her stomach. Because it was on those same statute of limitations grounds, on an identical 2-to-1 vote by a federal appeals court in Boston, that Pat Donahue and her three sons were told to go pound sand when they tried to hold the FBI and the Justice Department accountable.