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Archive for August 8th, 2014

FBI Seizes Work Email Account of Fired Ford Motor Co. Engineer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has copies of the work email account of a fired Ford Motor Co. engineer who is accused of hiding listening devices in the automaker’s conference rooms, the Detroit News reports.

The contents of the email account include files, pictures, drafts, address boxes, contact lists and calendar data of fired Ford engineer Sharon Leach.

“We continue to work with the FBI on this investigation that we initiated and requested assistance on from the FBI,” Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel said Thursday.

In a previous raid, the FBI has took possession of the 43-year-old’s personal email accounts and searched her home, finding eight secret listening devices, the Detroit News wrote.

Ford fired her in June after she admitted installing the audio equipment.

FBI Abruptly Changes Course on Hiring Company to Grade Positivity of News

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has ended its controversial quest to hire a company to grade whether news is positive, neutral or negative, the Washington Times reports.

The bureau abruptly removed the contract solicitation without explanation, and the FBI declined to discuss it.

Journalism ethicists expressed worries about the FBI’s plans to grade news coverage.

“You would certainly worry this could affect access,” Dan Kennedy, a journalism professor for Northeastern University, said. “It might affect the way they’re going to approach your questions, whether they’re going to be extra careful not to make news if you’re on the ‘bad list.’”

Now the FBI is looking for a clipping service but not a grading system.

Border Patrol Agent: Feds Let Central American Gang Members Loose in U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent claims that gang members from Central America are being released into the U.S., Fox News reports.

Agent Chris Cabrera said the federal government is releasing gang members if they have family members in the U.S.

“If they have family in the United States, they’ll release them to the family, even if they’re admitted gang members,” Cabrera explained to Fox News. “We’ve had a couple that had admitted to murders in their home country. They were 17 years old, 16 years old, and the United States government thought it fit to release them to their parents here in the United States.

“Even if he’s a confirmed gang member, a confirmed criminal even by self-admission, we for some reason don’t send them back to their home country, we release them into our country.”

Cabrera blames the release on a “loophole.”

“They found a loophole with the unaccompanied women and children,” Cabrera told Fox News. “We don’t have anywhere to house these women and children and if the child has no family back in his home country, or claims he has no family back in his home country, we have to release him to a parent who is here.”

Two Honduran Nationals Face Federal Charges for Allegedly Assaulting Border Patrol Officer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Honduran nationals are accused of violently assaulting a Border Patrol officer near the Rio Grande City in Texas, the Brownsville Heralds reports.

Marco Tulio Avelar-Gomez, 45, and Nelson Dionosio Chavarria-Ramos, 25, face federal charges after the alleged assault.

The Border Patrol agent, whose identity is not being released, approached the men when Chavarria-Ramos punched the agent several times in the face while Avelar-Gomez held the agent down.

The men were spotted and arrested.

Border Patrol is reporting a rise in the number of violent crimes because of an influx of immigrants.

MLB Wants Names of New Baseball Players Accused of Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Baseball fans, brace for another wave of disclosures about players accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.

ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball is urging the DEA to identify the players in an attempt to begin an investigation.

Now the feds are trying to determine how they are going to honor the request after discovering previously undisclosed players suspected of using the drugs by Biogenesis, a clinic accused of providing the concoctions to baseball players.

MLB wants the names to begin disciplining the accused players.

The DEA said it expects more arrests and accusations to surface.

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