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Feds: Cartels Relying on Children to Smuggle Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are alarmed at what appears to be an increase in cartels recruiting children and teenagers to smuggle drugs over the U.S. border, NBC 7 in San Diego reports.

Federal agents said children as young as 12 are being used as drug mules.

“It shocks me and saddens me that kids are getting involved. It doesn’t shock me that cartels will use whatever method they need,” Jose Garcia, a deputy special agent for ICE Homeland Security Investigations, told NBC 7.

Cartels are recruiting children outside schools and malls and by using social media, agents told NBC 7.

Making matters worse, the children appear to be moving more meth across the border.

CBP Open Outpost Along Border in Increasingly Problematic Southwest New Mexico

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A new border outpost for CBP has opened in an isolated section of southwest New Mexico to combat a rise in crimes related to drug trafficking, authorities announced Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

For the first time, the mountainous region of Bootheel will be patrolled around-the-clock by CBP.

The idea was to place agents along smuggling routes, the AP reported.

The outpost is named “Camp Garza” to memorialize Agent Rene Garza, who was killed in 1999.

According to the AP, the area was one of the last unguarded regions along the U.S-Mexico border.

A Missouri Man Fooled by a Computer Virus Tipped Off Police about Child Porn on His Computer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Missouri man was so spooked by an Internet scam that he tipped off police about child porn on his computer, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

Police say the unnamed man, who is now under investigation, panicked when he received an alert that the FBI wanted $200 to unlock his computer to search for porn.

Not knowing the alert was part of a computer virus, the man called police and said he believed there was porn on his computer that he had tried to delete in the past, according to the News-Leader.

When he took the computer into the police department for a look, cops said they found 20 images and a video of child porn.

Obama: No Judgment Yet on FBI Handling of Petraeus Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In his first public comments about the downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus, President Obama said he is reserving judgment on whether the FBI handled the matter properly, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Obama said Wednesday that he is waiting for more information before deciding whether the FBI should have told him earlier about the investigation involving Petraeus.

One good sign, Obama said, is that it so far doesn’t appear like classified information had been disclosed  “in any way that would have had a negative impact” on national security, the Wall Street Journal wrote.

“I have a lot of confidence generally in the FBI,” Obama said.

The FBI continues to investigate whether Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, led to the leak of classified information.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

Shirtless FBI Agents Says Photo Was Sent as a Joke to Friends and a Reporter

By Mike Carter
Seattle Times staff reporter

The FBI agent who initiated the investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus said Thursday a shirtless photograph of him found in the email of Tampa socialite Jill Kelley “was a tongue-in-cheek joke” sent to dozens of friends and acquaintances and was meant to be self-effacing, not sexual.

The picture, which was sent to a reporter at The Seattle Times in 2010, was taken following a “hard workout” with the SWAT team at MacDill Air Force Base. He’s posed between a pair of target dummies that have a remarkable likeness to the buff agent. The caption on the photo, which was sent from a personal email account, reads, “Which One’s Fred?”

Humphries, who works out of the Tampa, Fla., FBI office, has found himself swept up in the intrigue and mystery surrounding revelations that Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer.

To read the full story click here.

Justice Dept. Whacks BP: Company to Pay Record $4.5 billion Fine, and 3 People Criminally Charged

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department whacked BP Exploration and Production Inc.

The company agreed to plead guilty to felony manslaughter, environmental crimes and obstruction of Congress and pay a record $4.5 billion in criminal fines and penalties for its roll in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and caused the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday.

The 14-count information, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana, charges BP with 11 counts of felony manslaughter, one count of felony obstruction of Congress, and violations of the Clean Water and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts.

“The $4 billion in penalties and fines is the single largest criminal resolution in the history of the United States and constitutes a major achievement toward fulfilling a promise that the Justice Department made nearly two years ago to respond to the consequences of this epic environmental disaster and seek justice on behalf of its victims,” said Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “We specifically structured this resolution to ensure that more than half of the proceeds directly benefit the Gulf Coast region so that residents can continue to recover and rebuild.”

“The oil spill was catastrophic for the environment, but by hiding its severity BP also harmed another constituency – its own shareholders and the investing public who are entitled to transparency, accuracy and completeness of company information, particularly in times of crisis,” said Robert Khuzami, Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement. “Good corporate citizenship and responsible crisis management means that a company can’t hide critical information simply because it fears the backlash.”

Additionally,  Robert M. Kaluza, 62, of Henderson, Nev., and Donald J. Vidrine, 65, of Lafayette, La. – the highest-ranking BP supervisors onboard the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010 – were charged with allegedly engaging in negligent and grossly negligent conduct in a 23-count indictment charging violations of the federal involuntary manslaughter and seaman’s manslaughter statutes and the Clean Water Act.

David I. Rainey, 58, of Houston – a former BP executive who served as a Deputy Incident Commander and BP’s second-highest ranking representative at Unified Command during the spill response – is charged with obstruction of Congress and making false statements to law enforcement officials.

Read Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.’s Statement

 

Acting New England Crime Boss Anthony Dinunzio Off to Prison for 6 years and 6 Months

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Anthony L. Dinunzio, the acting boss of the New England La Cosa Nostra, was sentenced Wednesday in Providence, R.I. federal court to 6 years and 6 months in prison for his role in extorting protection payments from adult entertainment businesses in Rhode Island.

Dinunzio, 53, of East Boston, Mass., pleaded guilty on Sept. 13 to one count of conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise (RICO).

“Today, the admitted leader of the New England La Cosa Nostra was sentenced to prison for the years of significant harm he caused to the people of Rhode Island,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer in a statement. “Anthony Dinunzio and his NELCN subordinates used threats of violence to extort protection payments from business owners throughout the state, and his sentence sends a powerful message about the department’s determination to hold mafia leaders and associates to account.”

“Over the last several years, the FBI and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners have undeniably shattered Omerta, the New England LCN’s code of silence,” said FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers. “Through persistent, methodical and unyielding investigations, Mr. Dinunzio and others in the LCN know they no longer are able to rely on their sworn bonds for protection from the FBI and our partners.”

 

 

FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List Grows to 31 with American Suspect

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists now includes an American accused of working with terrorists in Somalia, the Associated Press reports.

The AP reported that the FBI on Wednesday added former Alabama resident Omar Shafik Hammami to the most wanted list, which has grown to 31 since being created a month after the terror attacks of 2011.

Hammami is accused of being a senior leader in al-Shabab, a Somalia-based terror group with links to al-Qaida.

The FBI’s counterterrorism division nominates suspects to the list.

A nominee must be under a criminal indictment, according to the AP.