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FBI to Consolidate Field Offices in Mississippi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI is consolidating two offices in Mississippi into a larger one in Oxford as part of a budget-cutting move, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

But the move – relocating Tupelo and Greenville into Oxford –won’t affect staffing, an FBI spokeswoman told the Daily Journal.

“The consolidation will not affect the number of FBI resources in the northern part of the state, within the state of Mississippi or in the FBI Jackson Division,” said spokeswoman Deborah Madden, who declined to divulge whether other FBI offices were closing.

Tupelo’s office first opened in the mid-1960s to address the increasing activity of the Ku Klux Klan.

ABC Crime Drama to Feature Character Who is an ATF Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A crime drama about an ATF agent is in the making.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that writer John Hlavin has sold to ABC a show “Shelter”  about “an ATF Agent whose real working-class Chicago life collides with his flashy Los Angeles cover when his wife is exposed to his criminal world, trapping them both undercover.”

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FBI Trip Wires Help in Battle Against Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI has foiled terrorist attacks and saved lives using so-called trip wires, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the former assistant FBI director in charge of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax.

Ronald Kessler writes:

The wires are designed to tip off the FBI of potential terrorists by identifying people who buy suspicious chemicals or are funding enemies of the U.S., author and reporter Ronald Kessler wrote after interviewing Majidi.

Trip wires ended in the arrest of a 20-year-old college student from Saudi Arabia who was accused of planning to blow up the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, according to Newsmax. In a separate case, the FBI became aware of a man who planned to make ricin from castor beans.

“We have a complete set of trip wires for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats,” Majidi said.

Senior ATF Official Accused of Collecting Pay From Private Sector Pay While On Leave

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A top official of the ATF who was involved in the controversial gun operation “Fast and Furious” is working full time for investment bank J.P. Morgan while also collecting a government salary, according to two Republican lawmakers, Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post  reports.

Deputy Assistant ATF Director William McMahon has been receiving two salaries simultaneously, two Republican senators wrote in a letter to acting ATF director, B. Todd Jones.

What’s worse, they said, ATF was allowing McMahon to remain on leave and stay on the payroll for another four or five months to become eligible for retirement, according to the Post.

“ATF has essentially facilitated McMahon’s early retirement and ability to double dip for nearly half a year by receiving two full-time paychecks — one from the taxpayer and one from the private sector,” wrote Sen. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

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Threats to President Obama Lands Washington Man in Jail


Pres. Obama at state of the union/white house photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Washington state man is in custody after the FBI notified the Secret Service of emails threats against President Obama, Reuters reports.

The Secret Service described the emails from Anton Caluori, 31, as alarming but didn’t elaborate.

Agents found Caluori brandishing a shotgun when they arrived at his home south of Seattle on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Caluori was charged with threatening the president and assault of a federal agent, according to Reuters.

FBI: More Local Police to Use Facial Recognition Program

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local police across the country soon will be using the FBI’s facial recognition software to help identify suspects, reports Government Computer News.

The FBI is extending its facial recognition pilot to other states after Michigan began testing the program in February.

Hawaii and Maryland are planning to sign on to the program. Others expected to include  South Carolina, Ohio, New Mexico, Kansas, Arizona, Tennessee, Nebraska and Missouri, according to GCN.

The software would enable local police to search a repository of about 13 million criminal mug shots.

Florida Retreat of Gangster Mom Ma Barker Up for Sale

Ma Barker/ wikipedia photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Up for sale: Two story, lakefront Florida retreat riddled with bullets.

The suggested starting price: $1 million.

The frame house in rural Ocklawaha, about 60 miles northwest of Orlando, is where FBI agents killed legendary Ma Barker in 1935, Reuters reports.  She was the mother of some  gangsters of the Barker and was considered an accomplice to their crimes.

“It’s like walking into a time capsule in 1935. The fact that it has this extra history is a really interesting cachet,” Mark Arnold, a realtor, told Reuters.

Barker was one of the most notorious gangsters, wanted in the early 1930s for murders, kidnapping and robberies.

Ex-Marine Detained, Placed in Psychiatric Care for Facebook Posts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Supporters of a former Marine who was forced into psychiatric care for posting anti-government messages on Facebook say authorities are violating his First Amendment rights, the Washington Post reports.

Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since Thursday after the FBI, Secret Service and local police became alarmed by ominous Facebook posts, including one that read, “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads,” the Washington Post reported.

Raub, who has not been charged with a crime, was ordered detained for another month, according to Charlottesville-based civil liberties group, the Rutherford Institute.

“For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon,” Rutherford Executive Director John Whitehead told the Post. “This should be a wake-up call to Americans that the police state is here.”

Raub’s mother, Cathleen Thomas, said her son is “a staunch patriot.”

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