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FBI Cuts Back on Use of GPS Systems After Supreme Court Ruling

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Supreme Court has ruled and the FBI is responding.

USA Today reports that the FBI has started cutting back on the use of GPS surveillance in wake of a Jan. 23 Supreme Court ruling which said law enforcement needs court authorization to attach a GPS to a vehicle.

The paper reported that the FBI implemented the change the day after the court ruling which said that mounting the device secretly on a car amounted to a search protected by the Fourth Amendment.

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FBI Paying Closer Attention to “Sovereign Citizen” Extremists

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By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The FBI has been paying closer attention to ‘sovereign citizen’ extremists around the country out of concerns that they will react violently when they interact with government officials.

Sovereign citizens are people who reject their U.S. citizenship and don’t recognize government authority, like laws and taxes. In 2009, the FBI started paying closer attention to the movement, which previously had been grouped with the militia movements in the bureau’s domestic counterterrorism operations. Many people who claim to be followers of this movement are involved in white collar crimes like tax evasion schemes and making fraudulent documents, the FBI said.

“We started to notice a heightened potential for violence,” said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

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LA Feds End Probe into Lance Armstrong; No Charges Filed

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After a two-year doping investigation that triggered plenty speculation and gossip, fed prosecutors in Los Angeles decided to end  their probe into Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong without filing charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The media relentlessly reported on the probe and the folks who appeared before the grand jury.

But on Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced it was over.

The LA Times reported that U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. praised the work of investigators, but fell short of explaining why the probe ended in a whimper.

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Brits Release Cleric With Suspected Ties to al Qaeda

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s something bound to cause a stir and heighten anxiety:

CNN reported Monday that a British court granted bail to a radical cleric Abu Qatada, who is accused of having links to al Qaeda.

CNN reported that Abu Qatada has been imprisoned for years and has been fighting deportation to Jordan after he was arrested for being a suspected terrorism.

The Home Office, which is the United Kingdom’s government agency responsible for immigration control, security, and order, opposed bail, according to CNN.

“This is a dangerous man who we believe poses a real threat to our security,” the Home Office said through a spokesperson,, according to CNN “… This is not the end of the road and we are continuing to consider our legal options.”

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US Citizen Denied Re-entry After Trip to Libya

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

An Oregon man is defending his innocence after being banned from flying back into the United States, reports FOX News.

After flying to Libya, Jamal Tarhuni’s native country, to distribute medicine and supplies during the country’s recent violent revolution, the 55-year-old naturalized citizen of the US was barred from boarding a flight homeward bound from an airport in Tunisia on Jan. 17, according to FOX. There, FBI agents interrogated Tarhuni for reasons he says he does not know.

“I very strongly believe the FBI violated my constitutional rights as an American citizen,”said Jamal Tarhuni.

The story was first reported by Kari Huus of MSNBC.com.

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What Part of “Don’t Bring Guns to the Airport” Don’t People Understand?

 

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What part of “don’t bring guns to the airport” don’t people understand?

It still fails to amaze.

As part of an occasional story on the issue, we report that 31 people from Jan. 23 to Jan. 29 were caught at airport checkpoints in the U.S. with guns, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The number is considered on the higher end of the spectrum. The numbers generally range from the teens to the 30s for a week.

Authorities have said in the past that some people — including cops and hunters — say they forgot they had the weapon in their bag.

 

How Whitey Bulger Corrupted the Justice System

By NPR Staff

When Whitey Bulger was captured last year, he’d spent close to 20 years on the run — and on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Bulger was the head of an Irish gang terrorizing the streets of South Boston. The Massachusetts State Police wanted him gone, but curiously couldn’t touch him.

Why? Bulger was a confidential FBI informant, and the bureau shielded him for years.

Robert Fitzpatrick, the author of Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down, says Bulger was widely known to be an unsavory character.

“He’s a stone killer, has been known to be a hit man for the Mafia out of Providence, and he’s also known to be the head of the Winter Hill gang, a bunch of Irish guys trying to take over the rackets, extortion and the drug stuff up in Boston,” Fitzpatrick tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Detroit Industrial Building Busted for Housing Pot Growers

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Known in recent years for the young artists that have taken over abandoned parts of the hulking structure, Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center was raided at 10 a.m. on Friday as a part of a federal investigation into illegal marijuana production, the Detroit News reports.

Four people were arrested at the building after DEA agents executed search warrants at the large warehouse, which also houses printing, bindery, woodworking and graphics firms, according to the Detroit News.

“We need this; the city has lost control. The drug dealers control everything,” said Detroit resident James Turner, who works near the building.

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