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Judge: Ex-Mafia Informant Can Sue FBI for Scheming to Imprison Him

judge and gavelBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ex-mafia informant who is suing the federal government and three FBI agents may proceed with a lawsuit that alleges he was thrown in jail despite authorities knowing he was innocent.

The New York Daily News reports that former Bonanno family soldier Joseph Barone Jr. was a mole for 18 years and is thrilled by the judge’s decision Thursday.

“This is wonderful, this is no joke,” Barone said. “I’m nervous, I’m happy, I’m angry still. I’m so thankful to God, and we’ve just got to wait to take the next step.”

Barone claims federal agents leaked his status as an informant after he refused to wear a wire.

The FBI declined to comment.

LAPD Unlocked an iPhone While FBI Was Struggling to Open Another

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While the FBI struggled to break into an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department managed to unlock an iPhone 5S, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

A “forensic cellphone expert” helped bypass the security features on an iPhone belonging to the deceased wife of The Shield actor Michael Jace. The actor is accused of killing his wife.

Detectives wanted to gain access to the phone because the pair allegedly had an argument via text message.

It’s unclear how detectives managed to open the phone.

The FBI sued Apple to force the company to open the phone but the feds dropped the case after the bureau paid under $1 million to a hacking group to unlock the phone.

Inspector General Investigates Claims That TSA Instructed Racial Profiling

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security’s inspector general is investigating complaints that the TSA is illegally profiling passengers.

The Federal Times reports that a TSA employee in Minneapolis complained that a supervisor told him to treat Somali residents “differently from others who visit the Minneapolis TSA office.”

The TSA has been under fire in recent years over claims by federal officers that they were instructed racially profile people.

The TSA responded that it does not condone profiling.

“The Transportation Security Administration does not  profile, nor does it tolerate profiling by employees,” a TSA spokesperson said. “TSA welcomes the Office of Inspector General’s investigation and will cooperate fully, but cannot comment until the investigation is complete.”

Was CIA’s Top Operative in Pakistan Poisoned After Killing of Osama Bin Laden?

bin laden sun timesBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA suspected its top operative in Pakistan was poisoned two moths after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The Washington Post reports that Mark Kelton, who is now retired, became violently ill and was taken out of the country for treatment.

The health problems were so sudden that the CIA believed Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, known as ISI, poisoned Kelton.

It’s still unclear what happened to Kelton, 59.

“I’d rather let that whole sad episode lie,” he said. “I’m very, very proud of the people I worked with who did amazing things for their country at a very difficult time. When the true story is told, the country will be very proud of them.”

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Charges 48 Alleged Member of Gangster Disciples in Nationwide Crackdown

Members of the Gangster Disciples, via YouTube.

Members of the Gangster Disciples, via YouTube.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested four dozen alleged members of the Gangster Disciples, including a Georgia police officer, nationwide.

The FBI’s Memphis offie said members of the Chicago-based organization faces charges of participating in “a racketeering enterprise that included multiple murders, attempted murder and drug crimes.”

Of those arrested, 30 were indicted in Georgia and 15 in Tennessee. Others hailed from Chicago, Alabama, California, Colorado, Detroit, Kansas and Wisconsin.

Included in the charges were 10 homicides, 12 attempted homicides and drug trafficking.

Vancito Gumbs, an officer for the DeKalb County Police Department, also is accused of carrying out orders for the Disciples.

Donald Trump Supports Making Giuliani Secretary of Homeland Security

Rudolph Giuliani

Rudolph Giuliani

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If Donald Trump is elected president, he plans to name Rudy Giuliani the secretary of Homeland Security.

The New York Daily News reports that a secret deal has been struck by Trump to make Giuliani the head of Homeland Security. 

“It’s my understanding that the two have talked directly (and) I know there have been serious talks on both sides,” the Daily New was told. “I’m told it’s a done deal, but until it’s on paper, I don’t think anyone is counting on anything. Trump is already cutting deals as he moves to solidify his position in the party.”

Giuliani said he would support Trump as president.

“He’s my friend, and I think of the candidates, of the choices that I have, he’s the best choice for President,” Giuliani told The New York Times before last month’s New York primary.

Border Patrol Agent Narrowly Escapes Serious Injury from Runaway Truck

Casa Grande, Ariz.

Casa Grande, Ariz.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was nearly struck by a car driven by a suspected smuggler at a checkpoint, narrowly escaping serious injury at a checkpoint near Casa Grande, Ariz.

Cass Grande Dispatch reports that a Dodge pickup truck refused to pull over and accelerated at the agent. 

The agent deployed a strike strip and narrowly evaded the oncoming truck. With flat tires, the truck continued for about 30 minutes until a second spike strip was deployed and successfully stopped the vehicle.

The suspect is in custody.

“The agent showed incredible fortitude, maintaining the presence of mind to deploy spike strips in an attempt to prevent the driver from inflicting harm to others,” said Tucson Sector Chief Paul Beeson. “The agent’s quick thinking and composure reinforces the importance of utilizing safe tactics and the necessity for our agents to remain vigilant at all times.”

DEA, Other Feds Join Investigation of Prince’s Untimely Death

Prince, via Wikipedia.

Prince, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA and other federal authorities are investigating the death of pop superstar Prince.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that it and the DEA would help with the local investigation of the April 21 death, Time reports. 

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA are joining the Carver County Sheriff’s investigation. The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office are able to augment this local investigation with federal resources and expertise about prescription drug diversion. While this remains an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment.”

Reports have suggested that Prince was in possession of painkillers, but it wasn’t confirmed whether the medication was a factor in his death.