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Fox News: Surveillance of Americans Violates Constitution, Reduces Our Free Choices

By Judge Andrew Napolitano 
Fox News 

Readers of this page are well aware of the revelations during the past six months of spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). Edward Snowden, a former employee of an NSA vendor, risked his life and liberty to inform us of a governmental conspiracy to violate our right to privacy, a right guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

The conspiracy he revealed is vast. It involves former President George W. Bush, President Obama and their aides, a dozen or so members of Congress, federal judges, executives and technicians at American computer servers and telecoms, and the thousands of NSA employees and vendors who have manipulated their fellow conspirators. The conspirators all agreed that it would be a crime for any of them to reveal the conspiracy. Snowden violated that agreement in order to uphold his higher oath to defend the Constitution.

The object of the conspiracy is to emasculate all Americans and many foreigners of their right to privacy in order to predict our behavior and make it easier to find among us those who are planning harm.

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Former Teacher on FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List Pleads Guilty to Pornography

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Eric Toth, a 31-year-old former teacher and camp counselor, was described as “every parent’s worst nightmare,” Reuters reports.

But in 2008, he fled the Washington area when authorities began investigating claims that he possessed child pornography on a camera at the private Beauvoir School.

Toth was captured a year after he was placed on the Most Wanted List.

He pleaded guilty Thursday to pornography charges and faces 22 to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in March 11, 2014.

FBI Searches for Human Remains at Industrial Area Owned by Anatomy Expert

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The FBI is searching for bone fragments and other human remains at an industrial area on Detroit’s east side, WXYZ reports.

Crews in HAZMAT suits searched the area Thursday and plan to resume today.

WXYZ conjectured that it’s possible that human body parts were being sold but provided no evidence or attribution.

The industrial site, International Biological, is owned by Arthur Rathburn, a suburban man who worked in the anatomy department for the University of Michigan from 1984 to 1990.

Agents also searched his home.

Drug Seizures Double Since Venezuela Kicked Out the DEA in 2005

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Venezuelan authorities are seizing far more drugs every year since the government broke ties with the DEA in 2005, the Venezuelan Analysis reports.

Since 2005, the Venezuelan government has seized 462 tons of illegal drugs – or twice the amount seized under a partnership with the country in the seven years prior to the severed relationship, the Venezuelan Analysis reported.

“Members of the FANB [Bolivarian National Armed Forces] have made a sustained effort on the front to fight drug trafficking,” Vladimir Padrino, head of the Strategic Operational Command of Venezuelan armed forces, said according to state news agency AVN.

Drug seizures peaked in the year before the Venezuelan government gave the boot to the DEA.

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Washington Post: Ex-FBI Agent Who Disappeared in Iran Was on Rogue Mission for CIA

Robert Levinson

By Adam Goldman
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — An American man who disappeared in Iran more than six years ago had been working for the CIA in what U.S. intelligence officials describe as a rogue operation that led to a major shake-up in the spy agency.

Bob Levinson, an ex-FBI agent, traveled to the Iranian Island of Kish in March 2007 to investigate corruption at a time when he was discussing the renewal of a CIA contract he had held for several years. He also inquired about getting reimbursed for the Iran trip by the agency before he departed, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials.

After he vanished, CIA officials told Congress in closed hearings as well as the FBI that Levinson did not have a current relationship with the agency and downplayed its ties with him. Agency officials said Levinson didn’t go to Iran for the CIA.

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FBI Agents Association Throws Weight Behind Bipartisan Spending Plan

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to avoid further cutbacks, the FBI Agents Association is showing its support for a bipartisan spending plan that would avoid more than $700 million in additional sequestration reductions, NPR reports.

The plan, while not ideal for the cash-strapped agency, was announced Tuesday by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

Agents are hoping to avoid furloughs that reduce law enforcement efforts, such as combating terrorism and corruption.

“The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 would help alleviate some of these budgetary pressures by lifting the threat of over $700 million in additional sequestration cuts and providing appropriators with additional funds that can be used to support the vital work of FBI Special Agents,” FBI Agents Association President Reynaldo Tariche writes in a letter obtained by NPR.

Son Learns His Long-Lost Mom Likely Was Killed by Serial Killer Israel Keyes

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Matthew Feldman lost track of his mother about five years ago. The New Jersey mom had chronic drug problems, and her son believed she was in a witness protection program.

Israel Keyes

Then the FBI told him recently that his mother likely was yet another victim of serial killer Israel Keyes, who is believed to have murdered at least 11 people, UPI reports.

Feldman’s mom, Debra Feldman, turned up missing about the time that authorities believe Keyes killed another woman on the east coast.

Keyes committed suicide in an Anchorage, Alaska jail in December 2012.

The last time Feldman saw his mom, he said he reluctantly gave her money for rent.

“It’s unfair to say that I didn’t care whether she lived or died, but it was once the truth,” Feldman said. “The last thing I said to her was, ‘If you’re not going to get clean, you have no room in my life.'”

 

 

 

J. Edgar Hoover Delivered Order to Ignore Democrat After His Critical Comments

 

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

J. Edgar Hoover wasn’t known for messing around.

When U.S. Rep. Jack Brooks criticized the FBI director during a background interview for a potential judicial nominee in 1958, Hoover laid down the law – his version of it.

“He is to be ignored,” Hoover wrote of the Texas Democrat in a June 1958 memo, the Huffington Post wrote.

FBI files shows that agents believe Brooks may have gone to a communist meeting in 1943 and favored inter-racial relationships.