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Thailand Asks FBI to Help Identify Dismembered Body Found in Freezer

thailand-map-2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been asked to help identify a dismembered body in Thailand found in a freezer last week.

The foreign male was discovered Friday while police were investigating a passport-forgery gang in Bangkok, Time reports. 

During the investigation, three foreign nationals were arrested, and two had U.S. passports. The other was identified as British.

It’s unclear whether the men are from the U.S., though, because they likely had fake identification.

The body was chopped into several pieces and stowed in a freezer for months, making it impossible to use fingerprints to identification.

The FBI has been asked to check dental records to identify the body.

FBI’s Annual Report Expected to Show Increase in Violent Crime in Some Big Cities

crime sceneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s annual crime report is expected to show an increase in violent crime in some big cities in 2015.

Those cities include Chicago, Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

Despite the increase, “the violent crime rate has remained far below peak levels of the early 1990s,” Reuters reports, citing experts.

The news comes on the day of the first presidential debate.

Republican Donald Trump has falsely claimed violent crime has reached dangerous new levels, but any increase could be used as political football. Trump has called for more aggressive policing tactics, such as “stop-and-frisk.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: Declaring War on Terrorism Wrongly Suggests An End to Fight

NYC Terror ColoradoBy Editorial Board
Philadelphia Inquirer

The fallacy in declaring a “war on terror,” as President George W. Bush did after the 9/11 attacks, is that it suggests an eventual end to the fight. After all, even the so-called Hundred Years War had a conclusion. But 15 years later, we know the terror war, like the war on poverty and the war on drugs, is a never-ending battle.

Every new act of terrorism is a reminder of that, including the Sept. 17 bombing that injured 29 people in Manhattan and a rampage that same day at a St. Cloud, Minn., mall in which 10 people were stabbed. ISIS claimed the Minnesota assailant was a “soldier of the Islamic state,” but it has been silent about the man arrested for leaving bombs in New York and Elizabeth and Seaside Heights, N.J.

At some point, Americans will have to accept that our terror war has no foreseeable end; that no battlefield victory in the Middle East or arrest of homegrown jihadists on U.S. soil will completely erase the possibility of another attack, most likely carried out by some radicalized lone wolf rather than masterminds like those who planned 9/11.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, who was shot and captured after leaving pressure-cooker and pipe bombs in New York and New Jersey, may have made the devices by following instructions in Inspire, the online newsletter published by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Dahir A. Adnan, 22, the knife-wielding Minnesota attacker shot and killed by police, needed no instructions to use his weapon.

Such incidents are likely to occur so long as there are people who succumb to the siren song of jihadists who use the internet to recruit and indoctrinate. There should be no reduction in efforts to blunt their ability to inspire violence. But as intelligence work and related military operations abroad continue, we must reassess the terror “war” and consider how that approach empowers those who seek to weaken us.

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Secret Service Pays Trump’s Company $1.6M to Fly with the Candidate

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Taxpayers forked over $1.6 million to one of Donald Trump’s companies for Secret Service protection on his private plane.

The money was for reimbursing TAG Air – one of Trump’s companies – for flying Secret Service agents to protect the candidate, Politico reports, citing Federal Election Commission records.

While it’s standard practice to cover the costs of the Secret Service traveling with the candidates, it’s very unusual for the money to enrich a candidate’s companies.

“The taxpayers are actually reimbursing Trump for the travel of the Secret Service agents,” said Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer at the law firm Akerman LLP. “It’s just another example of how the Trump campaign has taken an unprecedentedly large amount of its money and spent it at Trump-owned facilities.”

Trump’s campaign said the Secret Service payments were in accordance with FEC guidelines and regulations.

A Secret Service spokeswoman said the FEC “specifically requires security personnel such as the Secret Service to reimburse campaigns for seats” on charter aircraft.

Trump once said, “I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”

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FBI Appoints New Leaders in Columbia and Atlanta Offices

David LeValley (Linkedin photo)

David LeValley (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

New special agents in charge have been appointed in the FBI’s  Columbia, S.C. and Atlanta offices, the bureau announced this week.

David LeValley, who has been the special agent of  the Criminal Division of the Washington Field Office, has been named head of the Atlanta office. He’ll assume that post in November.

LeValley jointed the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the New York Field Office, where he investigated Colombian and Caribbean drug trafficking and money laundering violations on a joint task force with the New York City Police Department, a press release said.

While at FBI Headquarters, LeValley helped establish the FBI’s Mara-Salvatrucha-13 (MS-13) National Gang Task Force.

Alphonso “Jody” Norris, chief of the executive development and selection program in the Human Resources Division at FBI Headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Columbia Division. He’ll begin the new job at the end of October.

Norris joined the FBI in 1990 and was first assigned to the Houston Division, where he investigated public corruption, large-scale bank failures, health care fraud, and civil rights matters, a press release said.

Norris has held leadership positions in the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Tampa Division, Human Resources Division, and Charlotte Division.

DEA Warns About Deadly Dangers of Carfentanil, An Animal Tranquilizer

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has issued a public warning about the dangers of carfentanil, a synthetic opioid it describes as being 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin.  It  is designed to be used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals.

The agency said law enforcement has recently seen the presence of carfentanil, which has been linked to a number of overdose deaths around the country.

“Carfentanil is surfacing in more and more communities.” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg in a statement. “We see it on the streets, often disguised as heroin.  It is crazy dangerous.  Synthetics such as fentanyl and carfentanil can kill you.  I hope our first responders – and the public – will read and heed our health and safety warning.  These men and women have remarkably difficult jobs and we need them to be well and healthy.”

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Bombing Suspect’s Father Said He Warned FBI in 2013 That His Son Had Become Radicalized

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of the key suspect in the bombings in New York and New Jersey said he warned the FBI in 2014 that his son had become radicalized and “bad.”

The father, Mohammad Rahami, said his son, Ahmad Khan Rahami, changed after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013, ABC News reports. 

“I found a change in his personality. His mind was not the same. He had become bad and I don’t know what caused it but I informed the FBI about it,” he said.

Saying he didn’t believe the FBI took action against his son, the elder Rahami said he is sickened by what his son’s alleged actions.

“I condemn the act of my son and I am sad over injuries caused to people,” he said, adding that he was cooperating fully with investigators.

The son is an Afghan-born U.S. citizen who has been predominately unconscious and incubated since undergoing surgery.