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Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to Probation for Passing on Information about Undercover Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com

A former FBI agent who passed on confidential information to a friend about an ongoing federal investigation in New Jersey was sentenced Tuesday to four years of probation, the Washington Post reports.

Ivan Stanchev, 43, delivered information about a criminal probe in Newark to a friend who apparently was curious about an undercover operation, the Washington Post reported.

Among the information were four telephone numbers and the names of people linked to the probe, the Post wrote.

The information “was in no way classified and did not involve national security,” Stanchev’s attorney said.

Gun ownership appears to be on a steady rise, but the motive is in dispute.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Over the past decade, the number of federally mandated background checks of prospective gun purchases has nearly doubled, the USA Today reports, citing FBI records.

Nearly 17 million people received background checks already this year, up from 8.5 million in 2002, the USA Today wrote.

If you ask gun-rights advocates what’s causing the spike, they’ll tell you it’s the increase in popularity of hunting, fears that the Obama administration will restrict firearm purchases and more lenient concealed weapon laws.

But gun control advocates say the rise predominately is from existing gun owners who believe there is a plot to take away their weapons, the USA Today reported.

Although President Obama hasn’t signed gun-control legislation, some worry he will during the second term.

“People expect a siege on the Second Amendment (right to bear arms),” National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told the USA Today.

Young Cancer Patients Get Smiles, Honors at FBI Office in Nebraska

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

They aren’t your typical FBI agents.

Then again, Sammy Nahorny, 4, Paul Hayes, 9, and Jack Hoffman, 7 aren’t your typical children.

Diagnosed with cancer, the children were distracted from their illnesses at the Omaha FBI office, where they became honorary members of the agency during a mock swearing-in ceremony, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

The kids also met Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead.

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FBI Prepares Furlough Days for Agents if Fiscal Cliff Deal Not Reached

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the White House and congressional Republicans fail to reach a budget plan, the FBI is prepared to reduce the number of agents working daily on cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The plan under consideration would give agents one unpaid furlough day roughly on a bi-weekly basis, the Journal reported.

That includes special agents.

The plan could change, FBI officials said, because the crisis could be averted by political compromise, the Journal wrote.

Police in Georgia Prepare to Enforce Show-Me-Your-Papers Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police in Georgia are prepared to start enforcing the state’s controversial “show-me-your-papers law” after a federal judge lifted an injunction on it, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The law allows police to check the immigration status of suspects. Anyone believed to be in the country illegally can be detained, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Aimed at pushing illegal immigrants out of the state, critics say the law is unconstitutional and would lead to racial profiling, the Journal-Constitution wrote.

Immigration rights groups said they will be on the lookout for abuse.

“Any type of violations of individuals’ rights — including prolonged detention — is something we will be looking for, documenting and will bring back to court,” Karen Tumlin, a managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, told the Journal-Constitution.

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Can’t Drive Drugs Across Border? Try Launching Them with a Cannon

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Drug smugglers are using a new technique to get their product across the U.S.-Mexico border, Huffington Post reports.

Instead of risking the drive across, some smugglers are launching drugs over the border using a canon.

The Huffington Post wrote that 33 cans of marijuana were spotted in a field Friday near a border crossing near the Colorado River.

Agents found a carbon dioxide tank and 85 pounds of pot.

Border Patrol officials said they are preparing to combat the new smuggling technique.

New Orleans U.S. Atty. Jim Letten Says He’ll Stay Involved in Community and Comments on Scandal

Two U.S. Citizens Arrested for Allegedly Planing to Wage Violent Jihad in North Africa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents arrested two U.S. citizens accused of trying to leave the U.S. for North Africa “to wage violent jihad,” The Los Angeles Times reports.

The 25-year-old residents, Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson, were charged Tuesday with conspiring to kill people outside the U.S.

The L.A. Times reports the men met online two yeas ago, once opened a men’s fragrance store in Alabama and ultimately planned to wage war in the name of Islam.

The men were busted after an undercover FBI source were told of their plans to use falsify passports and join terrorists in Morocco or Mauritania.