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New Orleans Sector of CBP Now Led by 22-Year Veteran Gregory Bovino

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Gregory Bovino, a 22-year-veteran of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has been named the new leader of the agency’s New Orleans sector.

Bovino is tasked with heading up a sector that encompasses nearly 700 miles of coastal border in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and the Florida Panhandle.

The sector includes border stations in Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Gulfport and Mobile.

Bovino said the key to running a successful sector is collaboration with local and state law enforcement.

“Collaboration and steady communication with our local partners and ensuring that this is ongoing is extremely important to us,” he told the Times-Picayune.

Google Tips Off Users about FBI Investigation into Some Users

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Google alerted dozens of people or more that the search engine giant was ordered by the FBI to release user data as part of an unspecified investigation.

The news site Motherboard indicated that the “unusual notice appears to be related” to a hacking tool called LuminosityLink. 

Several people reported receiving the email and posted the information on popular social media platforms and HackForums, a popular source of information about hacking and cybersecurity.

“Google received and responded to legal process issue by Federal Bureau of Investigation (Eastern District of Kentucky) compelling the release of information related to your Google account,” the email read, according to people who said they received it.

A lawyer who specializes in cybercrimes said it appears Google was eventually given permission to notify users.

“It looks to me like the court initially ordered Google not to disclose the existence of the info demand, so Google was legally prohibited from notifying the user. Then the nondisclosure order was lifted, so Google notified the user. There’s nothing unusual about that per se,” the lawyer, Marcia Hoffman, told Motherboard in an online chat. “It’s common when law enforcement is seeking info during an ongoing investigation and doesn’t want to tip off the target(s).”

Mueller Delivers Good & Bad News to Trump’s Lawyers about Federal Probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller delivered both good and bad news to President Trump’s lawyers, who for months have been trying to prevent an interview between prosecutors and Trump over of concerns that he will perjure himself.

In a letter to the president’s lawyers Friday, Mueller said he will accept – for now – written answers to questions about whether Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the presidential election in 2016, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times report, citing people familiar with the correspondence. 

But calls by the president’s attorneys to end the special counsel investigation before mid-term elections appeared to be nothing more than fantasy. The letter indicates that Mueller plans to continue investigating Russian collision and may still seek an in-person interview over allegations that Trump obstructed justice by interfering with the federal probe.

“He said he’d assess it down the road,” one person familiar with the letter about Mueller, the Los Angeles Times reported. “They’re essentially saying, ‘We’ll deal with this at a later date.’”

In other words, Mueller’s team is keeping open the investigation until some unspecified time, without acquiescing to White House demands.

Lengel: Trump’s Disgraceful Shaming of His Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Trump, via the White House

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On Labor Day, President Donald Trump couldn’t give his mischievous hands a break on Twitter, nor could he let rest the idea that his Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to do the right thing. He tweeted:

Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff….

The tweet was just another attempt by the president into shaming his attorney general into resigning. He’s already fired the FBI director, deputy FBI director and acting Attorney General. Trump knows he’s skating on thin ice and can’t keep firing his way out of trouble. Richard Nixon learned that.

I may not agree with everything Jeff Sessions believes in, but he certainly deserves credit for hanging in there and taking the Justice Department job serious enough to let Rod Rosenstein do his job.

Some Democrats have spoken out loudly about Trump’s shaming of Sessions. Republicans need to follow suit.

 

The tweets.

The shaming.

Disgusting.

 

FBI Solves Years-Long Mystery of Stolen Iconic Red Slippers from ‘Wizard of Oz’

Red “Wizard of OZ” slippers stolen from a museum.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A years-long FBI investigation into the theft and whereabouts of the iconic red slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” has ended with some good news.

Agents recovered the sparkly kicks, which were stolen in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn., the FBI announced Tuesday.

Authorities from the Minneapolis FBI, the North Dakota U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Grand Rapids Police Department plan to divulge more details at a press conference later today.

It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday morning how feds tracked down the iconic slippers, which were insured for $1 million.

Happy Labor Day from ticklethewire.com