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Whistleblower: Port Newark Ill-Prepared for Terrorist Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the country’s largest ports is not adequately prepared to fend off terrorists, thieves and other criminals, a former Homeland Security agent said, the New York Post reports.

Terrorists “are looking for a weakness, and you’re standing in one of them right now,” Adam Conti, 46, told The Post. “This place is like a piece of Swiss cheese. There are good cops over [here], but they are outnumbered and have no resources.”

Some of the problems the security expert pointed out at Port Newark were high crime, lack of surveillance and east access  to the plant.

Conti said blowing the whistle on the site cost him his job at the Port Authority, the Post reports.

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GOP-Led House Oversight to Sue AG Eric Holder

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Hoping to compel Attorney General Eric Holder to release documents related to the botched gun-walking case Operation Fast and Furious, the Republican-led House Oversight Committee plans  Monday to file a civil contempt suit today against the AG, CBS News reports.

The lawsuit comes after the White House and Justice Department said Holder wouldn’t face criminal prosecution for withholding records of a botched case.

President Obama asserted executive privilege in the case, a move that legal experts said would head off prosecution, CBS News reported.

Democrats blame the controversy over the records on election-year politics.

Islamic Group Urges Investigation of Pig Feet Found at Site of Proposed Mosque

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 An Islamic organization in Southern California is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate a case in which three pigs legs were strewn on a site of a proposed mosque last week during the Muslim holy month of of Ramadan, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pigs are offensive to Muslims because they believe the animal is unclean.

Construction of the proposed Al-Nur Islamic Center was approved last year by San Bernardino County officials said.

“This has shaken up the community a bit, but they’re trying not to let it deter them,” Munira Sayed, spokeswoman for the group’s L.A. chapter, to the LA Times.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

Weekend Series on Crime History: Spy John Walker

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Feds Search for Woman Wanted in Child Porn Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Suspects in child porn cases are usually men.

But ICE agents are on the hunt for an unidentified woman who is accused of producing videos of her having sex with an adult male and two children, reports the Associated Press.

In an attempt to track down the “Jane Doe,” ICE released eight photos of the woman who is believed to live somewhere in the United States.

ICE agents made the discovery while investigating an unrelated child porn case, the AP reported.

FBI: Fans of Detroit-Based Rap Group Belong to Hybrid Gang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

DETROIT — The headline on the U.S. Marshal’s press release announced, “Gang Member Removed from New Mexico’s Most Wanted.”

Turns out, 20-year-old Mark Anthony Carlson was wanted for missing probation. And oh yes, more importantly, he is a “Juggalo,” a fan of the Detroit-based rap group, Insane Clown Posse, reports the Village Voice.

And according to the FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, Juggalos are a “criminal organization formed on the street,” lumping them with Crips and Bloods.

“Because of their multiple affiliations, ethnicities, migratory nature, and nebulous structure, hybrid gangs are difficult to track, identify, and target as they are transient and continuously evolving,” the FBI report reads.

The Village Voice noted in its story about the Juggalo:

Initially, this seemed amusingly ludicrous, another example of a federal agency looking foolish for its cultural ineptitude. “The FBI has recently had difficulty distinguishing ordinary American Muslims from terrorists,” wrote Wired’s Spencer Ackerman, who first wrote about the FBI’s Juggalo gang-list inclusion. “Now it appears it has a similar problem distinguishing teenage fads from criminal conspiracies.” Except that a seemingly silly judgment tucked away in a federal document is beginning to have tangible consequences.

Law Enforcement Needs to Take On Mental Illness If It Wants to Reduce the Chances of More Mass Shootings

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Looking at the mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years, from Tucson to Aurora, Colo. from  Columbine to Oak Creek, Wisc., two things become apparent: The gunmen all had easy access to guns and they all had severe psychological problems.

I won’t address the issue of the guns. Not in this column.

But I want to address the issue of mental illness.

Law enforcement has to recognize this as a crime problem.

Law enforcement needs to partner with social services and psychiatric agencies and address mental illness in this country that is being played out in such deadly ways these days.

When states cut budgets, social services and mental health facilities often take hits. That means more untreated mental illness or people going without their meds.   That potentially opens us up for the next Aurora or Sikh temple shooting. That should be unacceptable.  Law enforcement should let that be known.

As early as elementary school, we can often identify problem children. Teachers and counselors need to play a bigger role in identifying those kids.  Law enforcement needs to make sure funding and  treatment is there.

In junior high, I could already see that some of my classmates were destined for trouble. One ended up being fatally shot during an armed robbery right after high school graduation. Another had the distinction of being known as “the west side rapist.”

Not to suggest addressing mental illness is the end-all solution.  But it is  part of the solution.

Law enforcement needs to recognize that.  Responding to the massacres  isn’t good enough.  We can’t keep watching these massacres unfold and simply wonder why.

FBI Probes Photo Depicting High School on Fire

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The photo at the York County Fair in Nebraska was shocking.

The manipulated image showed York High School erupting in a ball of fire with a hooded figure in the foreground.

“They never seen this coming,” is impoosed on the image, reports York Times.

Now the FBI is trying to determine whether the photo was an off-colored prank or a legitimate threat.

“We consider it an act of intimidation and extremely poor decision-making,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas told the York Times. “It is unclear to me who is responsible for this or how many people were involved, but it’s a real shame that this has transpired.”