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Wanted: More Than 140,000 Rounds of Sniper Ammunition for Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is in on a shopping spree for more than 140,000 rounds of sniper ammunition, Inforwars.com reports.

The department is looking for 141,160 rounds of Hornady .308 Winchester 168gr A-MAX TAP ammunition.

The cost per round – $1.20.

It’s unclear why the department wants so many rounds of ammunition because the bullets are unsuitably expensive for training purposes, according to Infowars.com.

 

Justice Department Sues State of Rhode Island Over Alleged Discrimination of Minority Applicants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has sued the state of Rhode Island for allegedly discriminating against black people and Hispanics in its hiring corrections officers.

The Providence Journal reports that the state discriminated against minority applicants for entry-level corrections officers jobs.

State officials fired back Tuesday, saying they did nothing wrong.

“The state does not agree with the DOJ’s preliminary interpretation of the data the complaint is based on … and will respond accordingly,” said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general.

The Justice Department alleges the state’s written and video examinations are biased toward white people.

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Former Border Patrol Union Chief Accused of Stealing Money from Members

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge dismissed charges Tuesday against the former president of the National Border Patrol Council who was accused of funneling union money to finance pornography and trips to see his mistress, CBS8.com reports.

Terence J. Bonner has long claimed that he was set up for political reasons.

“This is about as egregious misconduct as you can find,” Bonner said.

The judge dropped the charges because federal agents exceeded the scope of the warrant for access to Bonner’s electronic devices.

“I would hope this would come back as an absolute embarrassment for the government,” Bonner said. “You can’t un-ring that bell. Everyone is going to say, ‘isn’t that the guy who had the extra-marital affair and had all those images?'”

Airport Security Confiscates Inch-Long, Plastic Gun from ‘Toy Story’s’ Mr. Woody Doll

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

You can rest easy now: Brave airport security has disarmed a Mr. Woody doll.

That’s right. Heahtrow Airport security confiscated Mr. Woody’s inch-long, pistol shaped piece of plastic at Heathrow Airport.

“I have travelled the world with ‘Toy Story’s’ Woody, taking pics for my son. At Heathrow, security just confiscated his ‘weapon,’ keep the world safe boys,” a Reddit user explained.

What’s unusual is that Mr. Woody doesn’t carry a gun in the movie.

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FBI Director James B. Comey Has Appointed Agents to New Posts in Recent Weeks

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
FBI Director James B. Comey recently made some new appointments.

John Giacalone/fbi photo

  • Carl Ghattas was named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division at the Washington Field Office. He most recently served as deputy assistant director in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters.
  • Gregory D. Cox was named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office. He most recently served as chief of the Global Operations Section in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.
  • Amy S. Hess was named executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch, which entails being responsible for the executive oversight of the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory and Operational Technology Divisions. She most recently served as assistant director of the Operational Technology Division.
  • John Giacalone was named assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.  He most recently served as the division’s deputy assistant director. 

FBI Helps Italian Authorities Crack Down on Suspected Mafia Members in New York

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An anti-mafia raid is targeting more than 40 people in the U.S. and Europe, CNN reports.

The operation, “New Bridge,” led to the arrests of 17 people in Italy and seven in New York. They are accused of international drug-trafficking and organized crime.

The operation was coordinated by the Italian national anti-mafia body.

One of the targets is the Calabria mafia, known as the Ndrangheta, which is responsible for drug trafficking between South and Central America, Canada, the United States and Italy.

Incidents of Lasers Being Pointed at Planes Spike; FBI Offering Reward to Catch Culprits

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Apparently people pointing lasers is becoming a growing problem.

In response, the FBI on Tuesday announced a pilot program in 12 field offices that will offer up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of people who aim handheld lasers at aircrafts. The program will run for 60 days.

The FBI, in a press release, said that the number of incidence has risen more than 1,100 percent since the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration began tracking laser strikes in 2005.  In 2013, authorities recorded 3,960 laser strikes — an average of almost 11 incidents per day.

The FBI said it will also be working with state and local law enforcement to educate teens about the dangers associated with pointing lasers at aircraft.

“Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a serious matter and a violation of federal law,” Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, said in a statement. “It is important that people understand that this is a criminal act with potentially deadly repercussions.”

“Shining a laser into the cockpit of an aircraft can temporarily blind a pilot, jeopardizing the safety of everyone on board,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. “We applaud our colleagues at the Justice Department for aggressively prosecuting aircraft laser incidents, and we will continue to use civil penalties to further deter this dangerous activity.”

 

Is Etan Patz Alive? FBI Asks American in Europe If He went Missing in 1979

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Etan Patz, whose 1979 disappearance shocked New Yorkers, was declared dead in 2001, and the 6-year-old’s confessed killer was charged.

But the New York Daily News reports that the FBI asked an American living in Europe if he was Patz.

“Obviously, I was surprised,” the man, who asked not to be identified, said. “I chuckled. I thought it was funny because it was so unlikely that it would be possible that I could be this person. I had no idea who Etan Patz was.”

In fact, the man is 30. Patz would be 41.

It remains unclear why the FBI sought out the man living in Europe.