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Something Smells Funny? FBI Warns About Proliferation of Counterfeit Cosmetics, Fragrances

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Something doesn’t smell right.

So says the FBI, which reports an increase in the sale of counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances.

According to the agency’s recent blog, more people are being scammed with phony cosmetics and counterfeit fragrances that are being shipped into the U.S.

That’s especially dangerous because phony cosmetics may contain arsenic, carcinogens and unhealthy amounts of aluminum. Counterfeit fragrances also may contain carcinogens and even urine.

The FBI offers a list of ways to identify counterfeits.

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About 100 Tips Haven’t Led the FBI to Anymore Deaths Linked to Alaskan Serial Killer

Israel Keyes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Since the FBI began asking the public for more information about late Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes, the agency has received about 100 phone calls, the Seattle Times reports.

But none has helped authorities connect Keyes with more missing people.

“The majority of phone calls were from people who knew him and interacted with him, who would give information about the types of things he did, activity he was involved in,” FBI special agent Jolene Goeden of Anchorage told the Peninsula Daily News.

So far, authorities believe Keyes killed 11 people between 2001 and 2012, the Seattle Times wrote.

Outgoing New York Police Commissioner Has Some Biting Words for FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, known for his stop-and-frisk tactics and zealous pursuit of Islamic terrorists, was quick to criticize the FBI.

In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, Kelly accused the FBI of failing to cooperate with local police.

He cited Boston as an example following the bombings last year.

“We want information right away,” he says. “I think in retrospect the mayor in Boston and the police commissioner in Boston feel the same way based on what they knew or didn’t know relative to the Boston Marathon bombing.”

During Kelly’s tenure, he pursued doggedly Muslims and built a counterterrorism apparatus, the Times wrote.

Webcam Child Sex Tourism Is Becoming Worldwide Because of Ubiquity of Internet

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Pedophiles are increasingly using webcams to watch children perform sex acts from as far away as other continents, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

A Pennsylvania man, for example, watched a 12-year-old perform for him at an Internet cafe in the Philippines. For a fee, the man was able to control the action in real time, the Post-Gazette wrote.

This exploitation – referred to as webcam child sex tourism – means pedophiles don’t have to travel across the world to molest a child.

“These cases are considered ‘virtual traveler’ cases,” said one of the FBI agents, James Kilpatrick, a computer forensics expert. “Instead of getting on a plane and flying to the Philippines, he can do this on the computer.”

FBI Allowed Nearly 6,000 Crimes to Be Committed in 2012 – Up from Previous Year


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI allowed its informants to break the law , all in the name of fighting crime.

According to the Final Call the FBI permitted nearly 6,000 violations of the law by informants.

That’s a 5% hike over the previous year.

The law violations range from acts of violence to using drugs and bribing politicians.

“It sounds like a lot, but you have to keep it in context,” former top FBI official Shawn Henry told USA Today in August. “This is not done in a vacuum. It’s not done randomly. It’s not taken lightly.”

DEA on High Alert After Colorado Law Allows Anyone 21 Years & Older to Smoke Marijuana

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Colorado residents are now allowed to light up marijuana – and the federal government is watching closely.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, people 21 and over were allowed to buy up to 1 ounce of pot, the Desert News reports.

Colorado became the first in the country to allow recreational pot sales.

The Obama administration has said it is not pursuing the sale of medicinal marijuana like it used to.

But whether the FBI tampers with legalization is another issue.

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Happy New Year from ticklethewire.com

Five Top Federal Law Enforcement Achievements in 2013

 
 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mob boss convicted: One of the nation’s most notorious mafia leaders, James “Whitey” Bulger, was sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 13 after a Boston federal jury found him guilty of racketeering, money laundering and extortion. Bulger was a violent, cold-blooded leader of the Boston Irish mob for decades. He had been on the run for 16 years.

Silk Road busted: In October, the FBI captured the elusive owner and operator of Silk Road – a website that sold drugs and other illegal items and services. The transactions were virtually untraceable because of a currency called bitcoins. The FBI seized $28 million worth of the bitcoins.

Bombs in Boston: A federal manhunt ended in the death of one suspect and the arrest of another in the Boston Marathon bombing in April. The suspects, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are accused of placing a bomb at the finish line of the marathon on April 15. The blast killed three and injured more than 260 others.

Motor City corruption: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering, extortion, bribery, fraud and tax charges in March. Kilpatrick, his father and a city contractor were running a criminal enterprise out of city hall.

Exploited children saved: In a nationwide sweep targeting underage prostitution in July, 105 juveniles were rescued and more than 150 alleged pimps arrested. The FBI coordinated with local, state and federal officials over three days to nab suspects in 76 cities.