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Dozens of FBI Agent Headed to Chattanooga to Crack Mystery of Gunman’s Motive

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The mystery about what motivated Muhammad Abdulazeez to target military targets has drawn dozens of additional FBI agents to Chattanooga, Tenn., this week, ABC reports. 

Investigators still have not found any connection to ISIS and are now looking at Walmart where the 24-year-old may have joined two other men as he purchased ammunition.

His family has indicated he was showing an elevated interested in powerful weapons.

But his family also said he was often suicidal after losing his job in 2013.

Sen. Menendez Legal Team Attacks FBI’s Motives in Corruption Case

Robert Menendez

Robert Menendez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyer of Sen. Robert Menendez, who is accused of corruption, went on the offensive Monday, accusing the FBI and federal prosecutors of lying and willing to “stop at nothing” for a conviction, the Washington Post reports. 

His lawyers filed more than 400 pages of legal argument in hopes of convincing the court to drop the case against the New Jersey Democrat and friend of Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, who authorities claim bought favors from the senators.

Many observers expected a fierce fight from 61-year-old Menendez, who is fighting for his political career.

Lawsuit Filed Against Border Patrol Agent over Fatal 2011 Shooting

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The controversial deadly shooting of a U.S. citizen by a Border Patrol agent in 2011 is headed to a civil trial in Douglas, Ariz. in what will be a closely watched case, the Arizona Daily Star reports. 

Carlos LaMadris was 19 when he was shot in the back while climbing a ladder back to Mexico. His family said he was peaceful and posed no risks to authorities to provoke Border Patrol Agent Lucas Tidwell.

“It’s not disputed that Tidwell shot and killed LaMadrid by four shots to his back as he was climbing the ladder propped up against the international fence,” said attorney Bill Risner. “It’s uncontradicted that Carlos did not himself use or attempted to use deadly force.”

The federal government argues the shooting was justified because the agent was under attack by rocks and he feared for his life.

No criminal charges have been filed against LaMadris.

Charges Dismissed Against Man Arrested After Taking Photo of FBI Headquarters

camera policeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It took just moments to dismiss a misdemeanor charge against a man who was arrested after he was spotted filming the exterior of the Richmond-area FBI headquarters, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

After public outcry over the arrest of 27-year-old Kyle David Hammond, the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Giroux requested that the charges be dropped. Minutes into the hearing Monday, a Henrico County judge dismissed the case.

In contrast to the debate surrounding his arrest, no public discussion took place in the court.

FBI Investigating Whether Gunman in Tennessee Had Ties with ISIS

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the 24-year-old who killed four Marines and a Navy petty office in Tennessee on Thursday, was involved with ISIS, USA Today reports.

Agents are examining Abdulazeez’s cellphone and computer and investigating his recent trip to Jordan following the shooting.

Family of Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kuwait, said he was depressed “for many years.”

Before the shooting, Abdulazeez reportedly texted an Islamic verse to a friend.

“Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him,” the text read.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman: Chattanooga Attack Prove Attacks ‘Can Happen Anywhere’

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The shooting that left five military members dead in Chattanooga last week should serve as a chilling reminder to Americans, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, said Sunday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

“If it can happen in Chattanooga, it can happen anywhere, anytime, anyplace,” the Texas Republican said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who texted his friend an Islamic verse before the shooting spree and reportedly traveled to the Middle East recently, shot and killed four Marines and a Navy petty officer.

Homegrown or lone terrorists in the U.S. are a growing concern for security officials.

“What keeps us up at night are the ones we don’t know about,” McCaul said. “And I’m afraid this case falls into that category.”

Arizona Republic: Court Case Over Constitutional Rights of Mexican Child Needs Hashed Out

border patrol 3By Editorial Board
Arizona Republic 

Either the Constitution means something or it doesn’t.

When a U.S. cop shoots a Mexican kid through the border fence, it might be tempting to apply a more convenient standard.

But it won’t wash.

A federal judge in Tucson said the young man’s mother can take her case against a Border Patrol agent to court. She says the agent violated her son’s constitutional rights by firing through the fence and killing him on a sidewalk in Mexico.

“At its heart, this is a case alleging excessive deadly force by a U.S. Border Patrol agent standing on American soil brought before a United States Federal District Court tasked with upholding the United States Constitution,” U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins wrote.

His order lets the case go forward. It does not determine the merits of the lawsuit.

The case matters because the Border Patrol has faced repeated allegations of human rights violations, ranging from the petty to the fatal. The agency lacks transparency and accountability.

What’s more, Collins says he “respectfully disagrees” with a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that declined to extend constitutional protections to another youth shot in Mexico by U.S. agents firing across the line from Texas.

To read more click here. 

Boston Police Captain Faced Dilemma When Dealing with Son’s Growing Extremism

Terror Plot Officer's Son

Alexander Ciccolo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Boston Police Captain Robert Ciccolo faced a dilemma when he became concerned that his son may pose a danger because of his growing extremism.

His son, Alexander Ciccolo, was mentally ill and began talking about joining ISIS and fighting in Iraq and Syria, WBUR reports. Although his son hadn’t committed a crime, Capt. Ciccolo took the news to the FBI.

Now his son is charged with plotting to detonate a bomb at an unknown university following an FBI sting.

“Obviously, he struggled with him, and he couldn’t set him straight,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “So maybe getting locked up was the best thing. Maybe now he’ll get the medical care he needs.”

The son’s attorney thinks the father had a better alternative.

“This is a kid who should have been involuntarily committed in a mental hospital,” said defense attorney Harvey Silverglate, of Cambridge, Mass. “He would have been no danger to society. He would have been no danger to himself.”

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