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Archive for June 4th, 2015

Proecutors: Terrorism Suspect in Boston Planned to Kill Police with Knives

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not long before a 26-year-old terrorism suspect was fatally shot Tuesday during a scuffle with FBI agents and Boston police, he told a friend that he wanted to randomly kill police officers and bought three combat knives on Amazon.com, the Washington Post reports.

A criminal complaint filed against Usaamah Abdullah Rahim alleges he even wanted to behead an unknown person in a different state.

The complaint asserts that Rahim and two other men plotted the killing of police officers while they were visiting Rhode Island.

One of the suspects has been questioned but not identified. The other, David Wright, of Everest, Mass., was charged Tuesday with conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Sen. Franken Drills Justice Department with Questions about Spy Planes

Al Franken

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Less than a week after the discovery that the FBI was using fictitious names of companies to conceal the use of small planes to spy on Americans, Sen. Al  Franken is demanding more information on the surveillance flights, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The small planes, mostly single-engine Cessnas, were used nationwide to assist in criminal investigations.

“Many Americans have been troubled by these reports, and as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, I believe it is important to ensure that these programs adequately protect Americans’ privacy while furthering public safety and national security,” Franken wrote to Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

Franken wanted to know what kind of technology was being used and what the legal basis was for the flights.

“What safeguards are in place to ensure that innocent Americans’ privacy is protected during aerial surveillance utilizing technology that collects data and personal information?” he asked.

The FBI and Justice Department have declined to comment.

Lawmakers Try to Protect Medical Marijuana Users from Zealous DEA

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA’s defiant crusade against marijuana users may cost the agency a lot of money.

Federal lawmakers are considering several proposals that would severally limit the DEA’s ability to arrest marijuana users, the LA Weekly reports. 

One bill would protect hemp growers and sellers, and another would extend a law  designed last year to protect marijuana users in states where medical marijuana is legal.

Other proposals include trimming millions of dollars from the DEA’s hemp eradication program.

Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, saod “there’s unprecedented support on both sides of the aisle for ending the federal war on marijuana.”

FBI’s Secret Insider Took Bribes from 2 Countries Ahead of World Cup

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s inside source on the FIFA investigation admitted to federal authorities that he took bribes from two countries that wanted to host the World Cup, according to ABC News.

The informant, Charles Blazer, an American ex-FIFA executive committee member,  pleaded guilty to tax evasion and fraud in 2013. New documents show how he became an informant.

“Among other things, I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup,” Blazer said the November 2013 hearing, according to a court transcript.

Officials said Blazer recorded conversations with other soccer officials.

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