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Roommate of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Surprised by Friend’s Visit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Just hours after the FBI released photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the roommate of one of the accused mass killers said he was surprised when someone came over to retrieve some of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s belongings, the Boston Globe reports.

Andrew Dinwell was testifying in the obstruction-of-justice trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, who rummaged through Tsarnaev’s room. Dinwell said the friend appeared to take a bag of marijuana but couldn’t recall whether anything else was taken.

“This was abnormal,” Dwinells said of the friend’s visit Tuesday in federal court in Boston.

Tazhayakov is one of three charged with interfering with a terrorism investigation.

All three are being tried separately.

Insane Clown Posse Can’t Sue Government Over FBI Gang Report, Judge Rules

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse has lost its lawsuit against the feds.

U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland dismissed the group’s lawsuit against the FBI and Justice Department,  saying the government can’t be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that classified fans of the group as a “loosely organized hybrid gang,”  the Associated Press reported. The fans are known as Juggalos.

The AP reported that the U.S. Justice Department is not responsible for how authorities use a national report on gangs.

Fans claimed they were unfairly targeted by local authorities because of the gang label.

Attorney General Holder Urge Global Allies to Adopt Anti-Terrorism Tacts Used by FBI

attorney general/doj file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Calling the Syrian conflict a “global crisis in need of a global solution,” Attorney General Eric Holder urged U.S. allies to use tactics employed by the FBI to root out extremists before they strike, Huffington Post reports.

Speaking to Norwegian officials in Oslo, Holder suggested that other countries adopt pre-emptive counterterrorism tactics that include enticing suspects into developing terrorist attacks.

The idea is to stop homegrown terrorists before they travel to Syria.

“If we wait for our nations’ citizens to travel to Syria, to become radicalized, and to return home, it may be too late to adequately protect our national security,” Holder said.

Holder lauded the FBI’s role in cracking down on terrorism.

“We have found undercover operations -– which the Federal Bureau of Investigation pioneered in fighting transnational organized crime -– to be essential in fighting terrorism as well,” Holder said in the speech. “In the United States, the FBI has already conducted undercover operations that have identified individuals with intentions to travel to Syria. These operations are conducted with extraordinary care and precision, ensuring that law enforcement officials are accountable for the steps they take -– and that suspects are neither entrapped nor denied legal protections.”

FBI, NSA Has Been Spying on Innocent Muslim Americans Since 9/11

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government has been spying on law-abiding Muslim Americans, according to the latest documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The Intercept reports that new documents show the targets of the surveillance included lawyers, academics, civil rights activists, and a political candidate who “have all led highly public, outwardly exemplary lives.”

“I just don’t know why,” said Faisal Gill, whose email accounts were monitored while he was a Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. “I’ve done everything in my life to be patriotic. I served in the Navy, served in the government, was active in my community—I’ve done everything that a good citizen, in my opinion, should do.”

It remains unclear whether the federal government even received warrants.

Border Patrol Agent Told to ‘Immediately Desist’ from Speaking to Media

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol sent an official warning to one of its agents, saying he must “immediately desist” from communicating with the media with information that is “Law Enforcement sensitive,” according to the document obtained by National Review.

The letter from Kathleen Scudder, assistant chief patrol agent of the San Diego Sector, was sent to agent Ron Zermeno, health and safety director of National Border Patrol Council Local 1613.

Zermemo said he believes the letter was retaliation for blowing the whistle on public health risks involving illegal immigrants.

“As a union officer, I feel it’s my job to expose when management is putting people at risk,” he said. “They violated their oath as Border Patrol agents.”

Zermemo recently notified a superior that two agents contracted scabies while processing immigrants.

“I’m willing to lose my job over this because I know I’m doing the right thing,” Zermeno said. “I’ve been in this agency for 20 years and this is the worst I’ve seen it. It’s similar to the VA.”

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W. Jay Abbot Named Head of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division

W. Jay Abbott

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
W. Jay Abbott has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division. He last served as as the acting special agent in charge of the Seattle Division.

Abbott began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1987 at the Washington Field Office where he worked on a variety foreign counterintelligence and international terrorism matters.

He was also a part of the FBI’s first Cold Case Homicide Task Force, which partnered with the D.C. Police, an FBI press release said.

In 1997, he was assigned to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters.

In 2000, he was named an assistant legal attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

In 2005, he transferred to the El Paso Division to supervise the public corruption squad.

Three years later, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge over the division’s Criminal and Administrative Programs. .

In March 2012, he was appointed chief of the Global Operations Sections in the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, the press release said. He then was named acting deputy assistant director of the Information Services Branch of the division.

Border Patrol Union: Central American Immigrants Bringing Scabies to U.S. , Exposes Agent

Itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei)

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol union said at least one agent has contracted scabies, a mite-borne skin infection that is coming into U.S. via illegal immigrant minors, Fox News reports.

“Border Patrol management is aware of the scabies outbreak but continue to ignore recommendations,” Ronald Zermeno, health and safety director for the San Diego chapter, wrote to a top California Border Patrol official in a July 4 letter.

The union is worried about a larger infection as Central American families continue to flood the border.

The agent who contracted scabies was doing medical screening despite having no experience as a medical professional.

“He observed several people with open sores and which he recorded on the questionnaire,” Zermeno said. “He was not told about any precautions to take such as decontamination of himself and uniform. This demonstrates that we are not properly trained to identify infectious disease and to properly respond when we suspect a disease.”

New Jersey Senator Says He’s Victim of Cuban Plot to Smear Him with False Allegations about Prostitutes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sen. Robert Menendez is urging the Justice Department to investigate what he claims was an elaborate smear campaign by Cuban operatives to destroy his reputation with lies about prostitutes, the Washington Post reports.

The New Jersey Democrat, a vociferous critic of Castro’s regime, said Cuban officials created a fake tipster to claim that Memendez was partying with underage prostitutes while vacationing at his Dominican Republic home of a friend.

According to officials familiar with the case, the CIA found evidence that Cuban agents fabricated a tipster.

The allegations came out publicly in November 2012, when a conservative website quoted two Dominican women who claimed to have sex with Menendez.