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Former College Student on FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ List for Spying on Suspected Cheating Lovers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For just $89, a former San Diego college student has been selling malicious software that spies on suspected cheating lovers.

Although Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara likely didn’t make a lot of money, he was one of five people recently added to the FBI’s list of most wanted cyber-criminals, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

According to the FBI, Perez-Melara would send an electronic greeting card via email to the subjects of his surveillance. Once the card was opened, the software would begin capturing emails and instant messages, the AP explained.

Border Patrol May Ignore Recommendation to Stop Shooting Rock-Throwers

Steve Neavling
tickleticklethewire.com

Despite a government-commissioned review recommending an end to the practice of shooting rock-throwers, Border Patrol agents may continue anyway, the Associated Press reports.

CBP responded that the recommendation was “very restrictive.”

The review came from the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit that advises law enforcement agencies, the AP wrote.

Border Patrol agents are currently told they can use deadly force if they have a reasonable belief that their lives are in danger.

Concerns were raised after eight people since 2010 were killed in rock-throwing incidents with Border Patrol agents.

Republican Lawmakers Plan to Remove AG Eric Holder From Office

attorney general/doj file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Republicans are planning to remove AG Eric Holder from office by year’s end, Rep. Tod Yoho, R-Fla., told the Gainsville Sun.

“It’s to get him out of office — impeachment,” the Florida freshman said, adding “it will probably be when we get back in [Washington]. It will be before the end of the year. This will go to the speaker and the speaker will decide if it comes up or not.”

Among the reasons for removal is the botched “Fast and Furious” operation, which allowed guns to be placed in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

The group plans to take the plan to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, when the lawmakers return from break.

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Police Chief Arrested in New York State On Accusations That He Threatened His Replacement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A police chief is accused of retaliating against his temporary replacement for snitching on him to the FBI, CBS New York reports.

FBI agents arrested Port Chester, N.Y. Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski on Monday, saying he physically threatened and retaliated against the department’s acting chief, John Telesca. Last week Krzeminski is accused of going to Telesca’s home and calling him a “rat.”

Krzeminski is out of jail on a $100,000 bond.

Krzeminski’s attorney dismissed the allegations, saying his client was the one who requested an FBI investigation.

The High-Powered Hunt For Slippery Thieves Who Steal Restaurants’ Used Cooking Oil

The Simpsons/via Baltimore City Paper

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — On normal shifts working the mean streets of Baltimore’s northwest police district, officer Maunda Williams catches people engaged in typical Mobtown crimes, like shooting people. But just after midnight on Oct. 18, 2012, Williams’ shift started with something oddly amiss, right before his crime-keen eyes. It was going down right next door to the police station, at the Roost, the beautifully retro drive-in eatery that is far-famed for its deep-fried fare, especially its delectable lake trout.

Long lines of fried-food connoisseurs regularly form at the Roost, so its fryers work overtime, needing fresh oil on a regular basis—and producing huge volumes of used oil that restaurants like the Roost sell to companies that recycle it into animal feed or biofuels. That night, Williams had reason to suspect the Roost’s prodigious quantities of old fryer fat were about to go somewhere they shouldn’t, which would rob revenue from both the Roost and its used-oil recycler.

Williams, after returning to his personal vehicle to retrieve some items he needed for his shift, “observed a white Freightliner truck with a green tank on the back” as it entered the Roost’s property, he wrote in court records. Williams “began to observe the actions of the truck driver in the rear of the restaurant” as the man “extended a long blue hose” from “a vacuum pumper type of tank on the rear of his truck” to two 300-gallon tanks “that are kept in the rear of the location to store the used cooking oil of the Roost.”

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New FBI Chief Comey Picks 25-Year Veteran to Become Deputy Director

Mark Giuliano/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the most important jobs at the FBI is the position of deputy director.

On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey named 25-year bureau veteran Mark Giuliano to the job, which makes him responsible for overseeing all domestic and international investigations, the Washington Post reports.

He’ll begin his new duties when the current deputy Sean Joyce retires on Dec. 2.

Giuliano started his career as a special agent at the Washington Field Office and has plenty of experience in national security and counterterrorism, the Post wrote.

FBI Ramps Up Oversight of Tax Subsidies Under Obama’s Health Care Reform

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is preparing for the potential abuse of tax credits under Obama’s health care reform, Fox News reports.

Nearly 17 million Americans are expected to be eligible for federal tax credits to buy health insurance on the exchange. That leaves a lot of room for waste, fraud and abuse, Fox News reported.

The tax subsidies are essentially handed out on the honor system, not unlike the often abused earned income tax credits for low-income people, according to Fox News.

The federal government plans to conduct audits to detect fraud.

AG Holder Opposes Arming TSA Agents Following LAX Shooting

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Would travelers be safer if TSA agents were armed?

The answer is no, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who opposes the idea, UPI reports.

The question was raised again after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend.

Mass shootings “can’t be the new normal,” Holder said.

“Now, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t review the measures that are in place to keep people safe from the time that they get out of their cars and go into the terminals,” he said.