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Ex-FBI Agent: ‘I Wouldn’t Send My Family’ to Olympics in Sochi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The dangers at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia can’t be overlooked, a former FBI agent warned.

NBC Charlotte reports that Chris Swecker, who led security efforts at the Olympics in Salt Lake City following the Sept. 11 attacks, said the large world stage is a magnet for terrorists.

“It’s the largest world stage. It’s where if you’re a terrorist organization, and you want to call attention to your cause, this is the No. 1 event to do that,” Swecker said.

Swecker described the threats as “nonstop” when he was in Salt Lake City.

“I mean the whole time we were there we were fielding just dozens of threats.”

“I wouldn’t send my family over there right now,” Swecker said. “My biggest concern would be the areas where western people are known to frequent.”

Homeland Security Warns Airlines of Possible Toothpaste Tube Bomb

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Air carriers flying to the Winter Olympics in Russia are being warned to look out for toothpaste tubes containing material for a bomb, Bloomberg reports.

The warning comes just days before the start of the Olympics, where officials are on extra alert.

It’s unclear what prompted the warnings, and Homeland Security would only say that it “regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics.”

Officials are worried about terrorists targeting the Olympics in Sochi, a few hundred miles from where terrorists have been battling Russians, Bloomberg wrote.

Throwing Stars, Skull Fragments, Grenades: You Won’t Believe the Items Confiscated by TSA in 2013?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The better question might be – what wasn’t confiscated from U.S. airports in 2013?

The TSA discovered guns, grenades, throwing stars and human skull fragments on travelers at checkpoints, WSBT.com reports, citing a TSA blogger.

Security found a stun gun in a cane and pepper spray disguised as lipstick. 

“Our officers regularly find sword canes, credit card knives, belt buckle knives, comb/brush knives, knives hidden in shoes, knives hidden in thermoses and knives hidden under the bag lining near the handle mechanism,” TSA blogger Bob Burns wrote.

The busiest airport for guns was Atlanta International, where 111 firearms were found.

 

Nearly a Year Later, FBI Still Uncertain What Motivated Sophisticated Sniper Attack on Power Substation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is still uncertain what motivated a sophisticated sniper attack at a Silicon Valley power substation last year.

The New York Times reports that the attack exposed the vulnerability of electrical grids and led to concerns that terrorists were responsible.

But the FBI has found no strong evidence to link the attack with terrorists.

“The F.B.I. at this time does not believe it is related to terrorism, based on the initial assessment of the investigation,” Peter Lee, an agency spokesman in San Francisco, said.

On April 16, communication cables were methodically cut near a Pacific Gas & Electric substation in San Jose, and more than 100 rifle bullets disabled most of the station’s transformers.

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ATF Operation Veers into Human Trafficking and Naked Detective’s Massage


By Les Zaitz
The Oregonian

PORTLAND, Ore. — A police operation meant to protect girls working for a pimp ended with an 18-year-old woman partially stripped, talking sex while massaging a naked police detective in a hotel room.

The 2011 episode in a Vancouver, Wash., hotel was an odd conclusion to a long undercover operation run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency for months bought guns and drugs through a phony store in Gresham.

Prostitution wasn’t a target of “Operation Kraken” because ATF doesn’t investigate human trafficking. But federal agents opened the case even as they shut down the eight-month undercover operation.

To read the full story click here. 

Four People Arrested, Questioned Over Possible Connection to Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities may be closer to finding the source of the heroin that is believed to have killed 46-year-old actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The USA Today reports that authorities arrested four people in Manhattan on Tuesday evening and were questioning them over possible connections to the actor’s death Sunday.

The suspects were found with 350 bags of heroin, police said.

Hoffman was found dead in his apartment with a syringe in his arm.

FBI Rescues 16 Juveniles, More Than 50 Adults Forced into Prostitution for Super Bowl

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents rescued 16 juveniles who were forced into prostitution for the Super Bowl in the New York City area, the Associated Press reports.

The children, who ranged in age from 13 to 17, were found in Newark, New York City and New Haven. 

At least one of the victims had spent two years with her pimp, the AP wrote.

Agents also rescued more than 50 adult women who also were forced into prostitution.

Big events like the Super Bowl are lucrative for people involved in the sex trade, the AP reported.

FBI Helps Investigate Tutor Accused of Teaching Students to Change Grades

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Private tutor Timothy Lance Lai sure knew how to boost students’ grades.

Police says he’s the mastermind behind a cheating scandal at a Newport Beach high school where 11 students have been expelled for changing their grades by hacking into the district computer system, the L.A. Times reports.

Now local police want the FBI’s help investigating the 28-year-old tutor, who has not yet been located.

Electronic evidence has been turned over to agents in Orange County, the L.A. Times wrote.