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Feds to Release Bacteria into Boston’s Subway System in Simulated Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Department of Homeland Security is releasing dead bacteria into Boston’s Subway System to test its new bio-terror sensing detector, the Business Insider reports.

Scientists will release Bacillus subtilis, a non-toxic bacterium found in soil, water, air and decomposing plant matter, as part of a simulated biological weapon attack.

It can’t cause disease, according to the Business Insider.

The idea is to monitor the spread of the bacteria for the next six months, according to the Business Insider.

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Dentist Sentenced to Prison for Threats to FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Pennsylvania dentist who seems convinced that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is a computer-hacking danger to the country was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for threatening an FBI agent, The Associated Press reports.

The threats came after Gregory Heeb, an FBI agent in Pittsburgh, notified the mother of Anthony Dinozzi, 45, that the son was making threatening calls to a federal judge, the FBI office in Seattle and to police in Medina, Wash., where Gates lives.

Dinozzi responded by threatening to get the Hell’s Angels to attack Heeb, according to the AP.

Authorities declined to comment on Dinozzi’s mental condition or his delusions.

 

Ex-Marine Says He Plans to Sue FBI Over Involuntarily Psychiatric Evaluation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Marine who was placed in involuntary psychiatric care for Facebook posts said he plans to sue the FBI and police over the detainment, the Guardian reports.

Speaking out after his release, Brandon Raub said the detainment sent “an extremely alarming” message to Americans.

Raub prompted concerns after he posted conspiracy theories and controversial song lyrics on Facebook.

The case has sparked a heated debate over freedom of speech and security.

FBI agents and police took Raub into custody Aug. 16 at his home in Chesterfield County, Va.

ICE Officers Files Suit Over President Obama’s Immigration Initiative

Pres. Obama at press conference/white house file photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ten ICE officers filed a lawsuit in federal court last week in hopes of invalidating President Obama’s new initiative to defer the removal of 1.8 million young illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements for at least two years, according to the Heritage Foundation.

The lawsuit claims the agents have been ordered to release illegal immigrations who say they meet conditions of the deferral.

ICE agents say the initiative runs counter to Congress’ intent to reduce executive discretion over immigration laws, the foundation reports.

The foundation, however, believes the case will be difficult to win because a judge may decide the defendants have no standing.

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Interview: FBI Veteran April Brooks Has History of Cracking Down on Crime

April Brooks

Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

April Brooks, the new head of the FBI’s criminal division in New York, seems to have done it all.

The first woman to run New York’s criminal division, the 45-year-old helped track down sex offenders and murders, crack down on dangerous gangs and go after corrupt officials, Reuters reports.

“This is just my characterization, but gangs in L.A. are about profit, about dope, about entrepreneurial endeavors,” Brooks told Reuters. “They acquire assets — cars and houses. The violence in Baltimore, much like it is to some extent in New York, is all about turf and territory and supremacy versus money-making.”

An Oklahoma native, Brooks joined the FBI in 1990 when she was 22 and last month was named head of the New York office.

 

FBI Files on Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Show No Hint of Scandal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com
The FBI has released a 868-page file on the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, but there was nothing in it hinting of the scandal that would shame the coach the school, the New York Daily News reports.

The paper reports that the file mostly involves involves threatening letters sent to him and his staff years ago.

The paper reported that Paterno received threatening letters in the 70s and 80s from someone who referred to themselves as a “a bitter father.”

The man blames Paterno for family problems that popped up after his son prematurely left the football program.

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U.S. Continues Search for Former Missing Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson in Iran

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former FBI agent Robert Levinson has been missing in for 2,000 days. He vanished while visiting Iran.

The U.S. State Department pledged Tuesday to continue its hunt for the 64-year-old man, who disappeared March 9, 2007, UPI reports.

The family last received a video of Levinson two years ago, but nothing since.

Family members said he was in Iran investigating cigarette smuggling for a private client, according to UPI

“Determining Mr. Levinson’s whereabouts and reuniting him safely with his family continues to be a priority for the U.S. government,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. “The United States also continues to welcome the assistance of our international partners in this investigation.”

 

Former FBI Director Louie Freeh’s Law Firm to Merge with Prominent Group

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Wilmington-based law firm of former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh is to merge with prominent Center City-based law firm, Pepper Hamilton L.L.P., the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The merger is designed to prepare Pepper Hamilton to expand its white-collar defense practice, according to the Inquirer.

Freeh started his own law firm in 2006 and has headed numerous investigations, including one on the failure of Pennsylvania State University to address sexual assault allegations.

The merger follows four years of collaboration between the two firms, according to Philadelphia Inquirer.