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Friends of Alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Accused of Dumping Backpack of Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Friends of the alleged Boston Marathon bomber are accused of dumping a backpack belonging to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in an attempt to hide evidence against him, Reuters reports.

When the FBI approached the friends about the backpack, they “simultaneously” responded that it had been thrown into a dumpster, according to testimony against one of the friends, Azamat Tazhayakov, who has been charged with interfering with the investigation.

The friends told the FBI that the backpack was removed from Tsarnaev’s room three days after the attack.

They told me simultaneously that the backpack had been placed in the dumpster and that a refuse truck had removed the dumpster from the location the previous day,” FBI Special Agent John Walker said.

The backpack was later recovered in a landfill. Inside were fireworks with the gunpowder removed, a spiral notebook and a jar of Vaseline.

FBI: Deputy U.S. Marshal Did Nothing Wrong in Fatal Courtroom Shooting

Siale Maveni Angilau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has ended its investigation of a courtroom shooting that killed suspected gang member Siale Maveni Angilau, the Desert News reports.

Federal authorities determined no excessive force was used when the deputy U.S. marshall shot Angilau four times after he grabbed a pen and charged after a witness who was testifying.

The feds found no evidence that Angilau was shot while on the ground, as claimed by some family members.

“There is no evidence to suggest Angilau was shot while on the ground,” according to the FBI.

Angilau was one of 16 Tongan Crip Gang members who were charged in federal court under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Charges included racketeering, carjacking, robbery, assault on a federal officer and weapons violations.

Howard S. Marshall Named New Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Louisville Office

Howard Marshall/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Howard S. Marshall, who began working with the FBI in 1997, has been named special agent in charge of the Louisville Division.

The Associated Press reports that Marshall will succeed Perrye K. Turner, who is becoming the new leader of the agency’s Houston office.

Marshall served as inspector in the Inspector Division at FBI headquarters in Washington. He began his career with St. Louis and also was assigned to Dallas, Tennessee and Memphis.

FBI Diretor James Comey made the announcements.

FBI Finds 100+ Photos, Videos of Child Porn in Florida Teacher’s Home

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents arresting a Florida teacher at his home Monday made a disturbing discovery – thousands of images of child porn on his computer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Matthew Graziotti, 42, a fifth grade teacher at a South Daytona private school and director of the school’s summer day camp, was charged with producing and distributing child porn.

Seized in the raid were 141 images and six videos depicting sexually abused and exploited children.

One folder on his computer was named “personally known” and included 31 subfolders with different boys’ names, according to the FBI. One image showed him sexually abusing a “prepubescent” boy.

“The FBI director told me that they, at this point, could not clarify where these boys are from, or who they are, or anything,” Mark Tress, superintendent at Warner Christian Academy, said. “We’re cooperating with them and providing them the assistance they need to determine whether or not any of our children were a part of that.”

Border Patrol Writes Propaganda Songs to Deter Illegal Immigration

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“La Bestia” is a hit song in Central America.

Turns out, the song, which chronicles the dangers of Mexican freight trains, was reportedly written by Customs and Border Protection as propaganda to discourage immigration to the U.S., the Washington Times reports.

“Migrants from everywhere, entrenched along the rail ties/Far away from where they come, further away from where they go,” the lyrics go. “They call her the Beast from the South, this wretched train of death/With the devil in the boiler, whistles, roars, twists and turns.”

In 2004, Customs and Border Patrol also wrote a propaganda song for Mexican audiences called “No Mas Cruces.”

The federal government said listeners aren’t told who wrote the song.

“It’s more important to us that the message be delivered,” Laurel Smith, director of communications and outreach for CBP told The Daily Beast. “We want to make sure the audience is listening.”

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Former Discount Furniture Salesman Becomes Foremost Expert in Cyber Crime for FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before becoming a leading expert on cyber crime, J. Keith Mularski sold discount furniture.

Now he’s a supervisory special agent for the FBI, heading the Pittsburgh field office’s cyber squad, the Associated Press reports.

After graduating from college, Mularski spent about five years selling furniture before joining the FBI.

“I was in private industry beforehand. But I’ve kind of always liked computers,” Mularski said during a recent interview.

Mularski’s status has risen because of some recent cases, including one in which five Chinese Army intelligence officers were charged with stealing trade secrets from U.S. steel companies.

“Keith Mularski is not without technical ability, but his real talent lies in convincing experienced cybercriminals that he is one of them and not a law enforcement officer,” said Misha Glenny, a British journalist who specializes in cybercrime.

Two Florida Cops Accused of Being KKK Members Were Forced to Step Down

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Florida police officers are without a job after a confidential FBI report showed they were members of a local branch of the KKK, the Daily Mail reports.

Fruitland Park Police dismissed Officer George Hunnewell, while Deputy Chief David Borst, 49, resigned. Borst also was the city’s fire chief.

While Fruitland Police Chief Terry Isaacs acknowledged it’s not against the law to be in the KKK, he said the allegations affect the officers’ credibility.

Isaacs launched an internal investigation Friday.

‘I’ve read the report, and it’s convincing,’ Isaacs said of the FBI report.

Texas Gov. Perry to President Obama: Send in 1,000 National Guard Troops to Avert Immigration Crisis

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gov. Rick Perry urged President Obama to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to southern Texas in a show of force designed to dissuade more Central Americans from crossing the Mexican border the American-Statesman reports.

Perry said the solution should not be spending an additional $3.7 billion in taxes to address the crisis.

“Pick up the phone, be a leader, make a difference,” Perry said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Perry said the problem could have been avoided had Obama heeded the governor’s warnings about the influx in May 2012.

“I gave the President a head’s up on what was happening with these unaccompanied children, these alien children who were coming in on the tops of trains,” Perry told “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. “And we laid out exactly what we felt was going to happen if we didn’t address that, and now we’re seeing that become reality with literally tens of thousands of these young children, making this long, arduous, very dangerous trip, being separated from their parents, and it could have been stopped years ago, had the administration listened, had the administration been focused on the border with Texas.”