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FBI Found No Trace of Ricin at Mississippi Home of Man Accused of Mailing Poisonous Letters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators found no traces of ricin in the house of the Mississippi man accused of mailing the toxic letters to President Obama, a senator and local judge, the Associated Press reports.

Agents believe Paul Kevin Curtis sent the letters but they have been unable to find evidence, including on his computer.

Curtis’ lawyer suggested the suspect was set up.

FBI Agent Brandon Grant disagrees.

“Given the right mind-set and the Internet and the acquisition of material, other people could be involved,” Grant said. “However, given information right now, we believe we have the right individual.”

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FBI Catches Heat After Discovery That Bureau Was Warned About Boston Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigated one of the Boston bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, two years ago after Russia warned about his shift toward Islamic extremism, CNN reports.

Now, some members of Congress are calling for an investigation to determine how Tsarnaev managed to convince the FBI that he wasn’t a threat, CNN wrote. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to hold a closed-door hearing with the FBI.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed by police. His 19-year-old brother was charged with federal terrorism charges Monday.

Luck Saves Lives of ATF Agent, Informants After Suspects’ Guns Discharge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An ATF agent and two informants are alive today because the guns of two drug-dealing suspects failed to discharge.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Frederick “Freaky” Crayton, 23 (pictured to the right)  and James “J. Blood” Jones, 21, tried to open fire on the agent and informants in a car but the guns malfunctioned.

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged Crayton and Jones with assault on a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous or deadly weapon.

“Sometimes things just work out better for us than for them,” ATF spokeswoman Trista Frederick said

Two Men Arrested in Alleged Plot to Blow Up Commuter Rail Between Toronto and U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men accused of plotting to blow up a major commuter rail between Toronto and the U.S. were arrested Monday, Newsday reports.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the attack involved al-Qaida “elements” in Iran but did not pose imminent danger, Newsday wrote.

The FBI helped investigate.

Police said the attack was still in the development stages and included blowing up a bridge used by the rail.

“This is the first known al-Qaida planned attack that we’ve experienced in Canada,” RCMP Superintendent Doug Best said in the news conference.

FBI Top 10 Fugitive Eric Toth Captured in Nicaragua

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former D.C. elementary school teacher Eric Justin Toth, who was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, was captured in Nicaragua over the weekend, Allison Klein of the Washington Post reports.

Toth, who replaced Osama bin Laden on the Top Ten list, was wanted on child pornography charges. He had been on the run for five years.

He went on the lam after after officials at Washington National Cathedral’s exclusive Beauvoir elementary school found explicit photos of a student on a camera assigned to him, Klein reported.

He had yet to be extradited as of Monday afternoon.

 

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Israeli Law Enforcement Officials Met with ADL Days After Boston Bombing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It was interesting time for a senior delegation of Israel Police commanders to visit the Anti-Defamation headquarters in New York.

The delegation, headed by Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino visited the headquarters on April 19, just days after the Boston Marathon bombing. The meeting had been planned already before the bombing.

The ADL, in a press release, said the meeting “helped deepen the Israel Police’s understanding of the breadth and scope of ADL’s work with American law enforcement on such issues as countering extremism, domestic terrorism and hate crimes. ”

ADL has been known to work closely with law enforcement agencies like the FBI and ATF.

The Israeli delegation met with Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Directo, and various ADL experts on law enforcement.

“The Israel Police continue to play an important role in working closely with counterterrorism experts to share their insights with American police commanders,” Foxman said in a statement. “As we were reminded by the Boston Marathon attack, terrorism knows no borders, and we are fortunate that Israel Police officials are willing to work alongside us and share best practices in counterterrorism with their American counterparts.”

 

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Charged with Federal Crimes at Hospital Bed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors charged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his hospital bed Monday, Reuters reports.

The criminal complaint charges mean Tsarnaev won’t be treated as an enemy combatant.

“We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,”  White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commission.”

Tsarnaev has been unable to speak because of his injuries.

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