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Washington State to Remove Paintings by Inmate Who Killed 2 FBI Agents

fbi-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four pieces of art painted by a man in prison for murdering two FBI agents are being removed by a Washington state agency.

The Retired FBI Agents Association complained about the paintings, which are hanging near the front doors of the state Department of Labor and Industries’ headquarters in Tumwater, Washington, Capital Justice reports. 

Leonard Peltier, 71, a Native American activist, created the paintings while in prison for murdering two FBI agents during a standoff on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.

“He’s nothing but a thug,” said retired FBI agent Ray Lauer. “He’s an unrepentant cop killer.”

“For the state of Washington to use taxpayers’ dollars to basically offer a free art gallery to somebody who is a convicted cop killer, I find it, as a law enforcement officer, appalling and quite frankly disgusting as taxpayer also,” Lauer said.

The paintings were part of an exhibit to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month.

FBI to Step Up Wiretaps, Other Surveillance After Terrorist Attacks in Paris

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After Islamic State supporters attacked Paris, killing more than 125 people, the FBI plans to use more wiretaps and other monitoring techniques on suspected sympathizers of the terrorist organization, The Week reports. 

The FBI emphasized, however, that the increased surveillance is out of caution, not a specific threat.

The idea is to determine whether new information would warrant more monitoring.

FBI Director James Comey previously said it’s a drain on resources to monitor suspected ISIS supporters 24/7.

New York Post: Justice Department Needs to Let Local Authorities Take Smaller Cases

department-of-justice-logoBy Editorial Board
New York Post

The Justice Department is increasingly jumping into smaller criminal matters so it can look good while “playing daddy” to local authorities — but its efforts are a waste of manpower and tax money, several current and former law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Under the Obama administration, the agency’s Civil Rights Division has been readily opening more federal investigations shortly after violent encounters in municipalities across the country instead of allowing local cops and prosecutors to do their jobs first, the souces said.

The latest example came three weeks ago, when the department announced within 24 hours that the FBI would investigate a South Carolina school-resource officer caught on video dragging a female student across the floor of a classroom.

“The notion that [the] DOJ would jump in so quickly where the offense was so slight on a federal scale is ridiculous,” said retired FBI Deputy Assistant Director Ronald Hosko. “They’re just playing daddy when no daddy is needed.”

A federal source agreed, saying Sunday, “In light of what just happened in Paris, I think more than ever we need to allocate our resources to fighting terrorism instead of worrying about crimes that take place on the local level.”

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Head of House Homeland Security Committee Warns of ‘Gaping Holes’ for Terrorism

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. is vulnerable to attack on the scale of the one in Paris because of “gaping holes” in security, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee warned Sunday, The Hill reports. 

“There are a lot of holes — gaping holes,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“We have hundreds of Americans that have traveled” to Iraq and Syria, he added. “Many of them have come back as well. I think that’s a direct threat.”

McCaul said he is concerned with how easily Europeans and Americans can travel to Iraq and Syria.

He also expressed concerns about terrorists slipping into the U.S. by posing as Syrian refugees.  t

“This causes a great concern on the part of policymakers, because we don’t want to be complicit with a program that could bring potential terrorists into the United States,” McCaul said.

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Infamous Masked Executioner ‘Jihadi John’ Targeted in U.S. Drone Strike

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by 'Jihadi John.'

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ‘Jihadi John.’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The infamous masked ISIS executioner known as “Jihadi John” was targeted by a U.S. drone strike in Syrian on Thursday, but his fate was unknown this morning, USA Today reports. 

The militant, a British resident whose real name is Mohamed Emwazi, is believed to have beheaded several Western hostages in Syria.

The Pentagon was trying to determine whether Emwazi was in fact killed.

“U.S. forces conducted an airstrike . . . targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Thursday.

“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate,” Cook said.

The 26-year-old who gradated from the University of Westminster in London began appearing in beheading videos in August 2014.

FBI Investigating Whether Hillary Clinton Made ‘Materially False” Statements about E-mail

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton now involves determining whether the former secretary of sate violated a federal statute on providing “materially false” information, The Hill reports. 

“The agents involved are under a lot of pressure and are busting a–,” an unidentified intelligence source told Fox, noting the statute can be broadly applied.

The news comes as the FBI reportedly stepped up its investigation earlier this week into Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server.

Republicans have been dogging Clinton over the investigation.

“I think she’s being protected by the Democrats, by the prosecutors and possibly by the FBI,” Donald Trump said Thursday during an interview on Fox Business when asked about the FBI probe.

“What she did is a crime,” Trump added. “She broke the law 100 percent.”

D.C. Museum Displays Collection of Terrorism Artifacts Following Sept. 11 Attacks

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new exhibit at a Washington D.C. museum is haunting collection of artifacts from the FBI’s biggest terrorism cases since Sept. 11, 2001.

The exhibit, “Inside Today’s FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror,” showcases 160 artifacts from the terrorism cases, The USA Today reports. 

Included are running shoes worn by a reporter who was running in the Boston Marathon when the bomb attack occurred in 2013. Another artifact is the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that was rigged with explosives in an attempted bombing of Times Square on May 1, 2010.

Another display called a “wall of terror” displays 18 IEDs from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It is important to us to have these objects create a visceral effect,” exhibit writer Ellie Stanton says.

Secret Service Officer Assigned to White House Charged with Sending Nude Photo to Teen

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 37-year-old Secret Service officer assigned to the White House is accused of sending a picture of his genitals to a detective masquerading as a 14-year-old girl in Delaware, The USA Today reports.

Lee Robert Monroe, of Church Hill, Md., is facing state and federal charges after investigators said he used a cellphone social media app to send the naked photo and try to set up a meeting.

Some of the communication occurred as Monroe was working in the uniformed division of the Secret Service, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

Moore is charged in federal court with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. He also faces two state charges of soliciting a minor for sex and one count of obscenity material provided to a minor.