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FBI Agents Finally Reach Libyan City Where Four Americans Were Killed in Attack on U.S. Consulate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A team of FBI agents finally arrived in Benghazi, Libya, to investigate the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate and has narrowed the suspects to one or two people in an extremist group, the Associated Press reports.

The AP said agents swooped in before dawn Thursday and left after about 12 hours following weeks of waiting to access the scene of the attack that left Ambassador J. Christopher Sevens and three other Americans dead.

The agents were joined by several dozens U.S. special operations forces, the AP reported, citing an unnamed senior Defense Department official.

The FBI said the agents visited “the relevant locations” in the city, but would not say whether any evidence was found.

A U.S. counterterrorism official said the probe has focused on one or two suspects in the Libya-based extremist group Ansar al-Shariah.

Was Border Agent Victim of Friendly Fire?

Controversy Heats Up Over Border Patrol’s Shooting of a Mother of Five

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One thing is for sure: A mother of five was killed in her car by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near San Diego.

Why the agent opened fire last week on Valeria Tachiquin Alvarado, 32, remains the subject of an investigation and much debate in the heavily Latino suburb of Chula Vista, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Some witnesses say Alvarado must have been confused when an the agent in plainclothes approached her car, offering varying accounts of the incident.

But authorities say she was inside a drug den and left in her car when she hit the agent, who was dragged on her hood for 200 yards before he fired multiple rounds into her windshield, according to the LA Times.

The FBI and Chula Vista Police Department are investigating.

FBI Offers Reward in Search of Massachusetts Man Accused of Training to Kill U.S. Soldiers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward to help locate a Massachusetts man who was training how to kill Americans soldiers while visiting Pakistan and Yemen, the bureau announced Wednesday.

The FBI believes Ahmad Abousamra may be living in Syria with his wife, at least a daughter and extended family.

Abousamra allegedly conspired with Tarek Mehanna, who was convicted of terrorism charges in December 2011 and sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison in April.

It’s believed that Abousamra last lived in an affluent Boston suburb and has family members in the Detroit area.

FBI: Houston Business Busted for Exporting High-Tech Equipment to Russian Military

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI is investigating a Houston business accused of illegally exporting high-tech equipment to Russian military and intelligence agencies, the Associated Press reports.

Agents executed a search warrant Wednesday at Arc Electronics Inc. in what they said was a secret military procurement network.

The AP said agents were searching for microelectronics, which can be used in missile guidance systems, surveillance systems and detonation triggers.

The search follows an indictment that identifies 11 members of the alleged network.

Ex-FBI Agent Accused of Disrupting A Probe into Military Fraud Not Jailed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former New York FBI Agent accused of an “extensive scheme” to derail a criminal investigation into potential military fraud will remain free from jail – for now, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart dismissed prosecutors claims that Robert G. Lustyik Jr., 50, would continue to disregard the law.

Lustyik was arrested Saturday at his home in Sleepy Hollow on four counts of conspiracy. wire fraud, obstruction of justice and obstruction of an agency proceeding.

Lustyik, a 20-year veteran of the FBI’s counter-intelligence squad in New York, is accused of attempting to derail an investigation into a business partner, Michael Taylor, in exchange for cash and other favors, the Tribune reported.

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FBI, Local Police Probe Fatal Shooting of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators in helicopters and on ATVs and horseback scoured the desert near the U.S.-Mexico line Tuesday to piece together what happened when a Border Patrol agent was fatally shot and his partner wounded in Arizona, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities identified the slain agent as Nicholas Ivie, 30, who lived in Sierra Vista with his wife and two young daughters.

The shooting happened shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday in the rugged area of Naco, about 100 miles from Tucson.

It’s still unclear what happened, but authority the FBI and local police believe more than one gunman was involved, the AP reported.

The last time an agent was fatally shot was in 2010, when a shooting broke out with Mexican bandits.

Justice Department Buys Never-Used State Prison in Illinois for $165 Million

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department plans to use a never-opened state prison in Illinois and turn it into a federal facility, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Under President Obama’s direction and over the objections of an influential Republican congressman, the Justice Department purchased the prison for $165 million.

The sale is a relief to the cash-strapped sate of Illinois, which never opened the Thomson Correctional Center, the Tribune reported.

Virginia Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf had tried to block the purchase, saying he fears the Obama administration will break its pledge to not transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the new facility.

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