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Luck Saves Lives of ATF Agent, Informants After Suspects’ Guns Discharge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An ATF agent and two informants are alive today because the guns of two drug-dealing suspects failed to discharge.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Frederick “Freaky” Crayton, 23 (pictured to the right)  and James “J. Blood” Jones, 21, tried to open fire on the agent and informants in a car but the guns malfunctioned.

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged Crayton and Jones with assault on a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous or deadly weapon.

“Sometimes things just work out better for us than for them,” ATF spokeswoman Trista Frederick said

Two Men Arrested in Alleged Plot to Blow Up Commuter Rail Between Toronto and U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men accused of plotting to blow up a major commuter rail between Toronto and the U.S. were arrested Monday, Newsday reports.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the attack involved al-Qaida “elements” in Iran but did not pose imminent danger, Newsday wrote.

The FBI helped investigate.

Police said the attack was still in the development stages and included blowing up a bridge used by the rail.

“This is the first known al-Qaida planned attack that we’ve experienced in Canada,” RCMP Superintendent Doug Best said in the news conference.

FBI Top 10 Fugitive Eric Toth Captured in Nicaragua

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former D.C. elementary school teacher Eric Justin Toth, who was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, was captured in Nicaragua over the weekend, Allison Klein of the Washington Post reports.

Toth, who replaced Osama bin Laden on the Top Ten list, was wanted on child pornography charges. He had been on the run for five years.

He went on the lam after after officials at Washington National Cathedral’s exclusive Beauvoir elementary school found explicit photos of a student on a camera assigned to him, Klein reported.

He had yet to be extradited as of Monday afternoon.

 

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Israeli Law Enforcement Officials Met with ADL Days After Boston Bombing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It was interesting time for a senior delegation of Israel Police commanders to visit the Anti-Defamation headquarters in New York.

The delegation, headed by Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino visited the headquarters on April 19, just days after the Boston Marathon bombing. The meeting had been planned already before the bombing.

The ADL, in a press release, said the meeting “helped deepen the Israel Police’s understanding of the breadth and scope of ADL’s work with American law enforcement on such issues as countering extremism, domestic terrorism and hate crimes. ”

ADL has been known to work closely with law enforcement agencies like the FBI and ATF.

The Israeli delegation met with Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Directo, and various ADL experts on law enforcement.

“The Israel Police continue to play an important role in working closely with counterterrorism experts to share their insights with American police commanders,” Foxman said in a statement. “As we were reminded by the Boston Marathon attack, terrorism knows no borders, and we are fortunate that Israel Police officials are willing to work alongside us and share best practices in counterterrorism with their American counterparts.”

 

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Charged with Federal Crimes at Hospital Bed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors charged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his hospital bed Monday, Reuters reports.

The criminal complaint charges mean Tsarnaev won’t be treated as an enemy combatant.

“We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,”  White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commission.”

Tsarnaev has been unable to speak because of his injuries.

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Ana Montes Did Much Harm Spying for Cuba. Chances Are, You Haven’t Heard of Her

Anna Montes

By Jim Popkin
Washington Post Magazine

WASHINGTON — Ana Montes has been locked up for a decade with some of the most frightening women in America. Once a highly decorated U.S. intelligence analyst with a two-bedroom co-op in Cleveland Park, Montes today lives in a two-bunk cell in the highest-security women’s prison in the nation.

Her neighbors have included a former homemaker who strangled a pregnant woman to get her baby, a longtime nurse who killed four patients with massive injections of adrenaline, and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the Charles Manson groupie who tried to assassinate President Ford.

But hard time in the Lizzie Borden ward of a Texas prison hasn’t softened the former Defense Department wunderkind. Years after she was caught spying for Cuba, Montes remains defiant.

“Prison is one of the last places I would have ever chosen to be in, but some things in life are worth going to prison for,” Montes writes in a 14-page handwritten letter to a relative. “Or worth doing and then killing yourself before you have to spend too much time in prison.”

Like Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen before her, Ana Montes blindsided the intelligence community with brazen acts of treason.

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Border Patrol Pursuit Leads to Death of 5 in Rollover Accident in Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A van being pursued by the Border Patrol this weekend flipped over and killed five people in southern Arizona, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities found 22 people in the van Saturday between Tucson and Benson, Ariz., the AP reported.

The remaining 17 were rushed to a hospital for a variety of injuries.

Details of the pursuit remained murky Monday.

FBI Has Trouble Interrogating Boston Bombing Suspect Because of His Injuries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is having trouble interrogating the surviving Boston bombings suspect because of his condition at the hospital, The Guardian reports.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has a bullet wound in his throat and is unable to speak, The Guardian wrote.

“The information that we have is that there was a shot to the throat. It doesn’t mean he can’t communicate, but right now I think he’s in a condition where we can’t get any information from him at all,” Dan Coats, a Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee, said.