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Dozens of FBI Agent Headed to Chattanooga to Crack Mystery of Gunman’s Motive

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The mystery about what motivated Muhammad Abdulazeez to target military targets has drawn dozens of additional FBI agents to Chattanooga, Tenn., this week, ABC reports. 

Investigators still have not found any connection to ISIS and are now looking at Walmart where the 24-year-old may have joined two other men as he purchased ammunition.

His family has indicated he was showing an elevated interested in powerful weapons.

But his family also said he was often suicidal after losing his job in 2013.

FBI Investigating Whether Gunman in Tennessee Had Ties with ISIS

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the 24-year-old who killed four Marines and a Navy petty office in Tennessee on Thursday, was involved with ISIS, USA Today reports.

Agents are examining Abdulazeez’s cellphone and computer and investigating his recent trip to Jordan following the shooting.

Family of Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kuwait, said he was depressed “for many years.”

Before the shooting, Abdulazeez reportedly texted an Islamic verse to a friend.

“Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him,” the text read.

Gunmen Abduct Family, Force Husband to Rob Bank

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Armed gunmen abducted a Tennessee family from their home Tuesday and forced the husband to rob a bank, the FBI said.

The suspects forced the family, which included a bank employee, his wife and their young child, into their own car and drove them to a bank branch in Knoxville Cedar Bluff district, ABC News reports. 

After the husband robbed the bank, he handed the money to the gunmen, who left the man in a parking lot while driving the wife and child, who were hooded, to a nearby intersection.

The FBI is searching for the suspects, who they describe as white males.

Steve Cook Elected President of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Steve Cook

Steven H. Cook, chief of the Criminal Division in the Eastern District of Tennessee, has been elected president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Cook has been a prosecutor in the Eastern District of Tennessee for 28 years. Over the years, he has worked in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, the General Crimes Section handling white collar crime, fraud and public corruption cases and as chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crime Section.

“NAAUSA’s first priority is eliminating the large pay gap between new and mid-career AUSAs and their DOJ trial attorney counterparts, improving security for AUSAs and their families and assuring AUSAs have the necessary tools to perform their responsibilities,” he said in a statement.

Others newly elected to the Executive Committee include:

  • Vice President of Policy: John Nordin, Central District of California
  • Vice President for Operations and and Membership: Larry Leiser, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Secretary: Kathleen Bickers, District of Oregon
  • Treasurer: Steve Wasserman, District of Columbia
  • At-Large: Greg Bowman, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • At Large: Karen Escobar, Eastern District of California
  • At-Large: Craig Haller, Western District of Pennsylvania

Ex-FBI Investigator Claims Bureau Hid Evidence in 2001 Anthrax Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former director of the FBI’s anthrax investigation claims the bureau hid evidence that would punch holes in the case that Army scientist Bruce Ivins mailed anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and sickened 27 others in 2001, Fox News reports. 

Richard Lambert claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tennessee that investigators used flawed scientific methods to arrive at a conclusion to charge Ivins in the anthrax attacks. Ivina later committed suicide before any charges were filed.

Lambert alleges there’s a “wealth” of evidence casting doubt on the case, which “the FBI continues to conceal from Congress and the American people. ”

While he headed up the investigation, he focused heavily on scientist Steven Hatfill.

The FBI declined to comment because of the litigation.

FBI Arrests homicide fugitive in Delaware After 13 Years on Run

Ignacio Constantino

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Victor Castillo lived a quiet life as a maintenance man for an apartment building in Wilmington.

Turns out, Castillo’s real name is Ignacio Constantino, and he was wanted for first-degree murder in Tennessee for 13 years, the USA Today reports.

The FBI, along with local police and the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested Constantino on Thursday without incident.

“Our community is very happy that he has been taken into custody and we look forward to him facing the first-degree murder charges,” said Morristown police Maj. Michelle Jones, a spokesman with the department.

Local police said cooperation among law enforcement agencies was key.

“This arrest is a demonstration of the effectiveness of law enforcement working together throughout our country,” Police Chief Roger Overholt said in a statement. “It is important to our community that Constantino faces the charges brought against him in this violent crime.”

Lawmakers Call for FBI Investigation of Private Prison in Idaho Over Understaffing, Falsified Records

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A private prison in Idaho is under fire for possible criminal wrongdoing.

Top Democratic lawmakers in the state are urging the FBI to investigate Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison company based in Tennessee, because the state lacks the manpower and expertise to handle such a large inquiry, the Associated Press reports.

The company admitted last year that it understaffed the Idaho Correctional Center, the largest prison in the state, and that employees falsified records to cover up the vacancies.

“We request that the FBI investigate whether CCA, its employees, or its officers and leadership engaged in criminal conduct and defrauded the state of Idaho and our citizens by falsifying time sheets over many years to hide chronic understaffing. We also ask that you use your expertise to define the nature and scope of any investigation since the full nature of the potential criminal activities is, at present, unknown,” a group of lawmakers wrote.

Most Dangerous States Are Not What You Might Expect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Think of the most dangerous states in the U.S. and you’re likely to name places like Michigan, New York, California and Texas.

They have large cities with reputations for violence.

But newly released FBI statistics show the most dangerous states are Tennessee, Nevada and Alaska, the USA Today reports.

You are more likely to be a victim of violence in those states than any other in the country, according to the stats.