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FBI Investigated More Than 100 Suspected Islamic Extremists with Military Ties

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has investigated more than 100 suspected Islamic extremists connected to the U.S. military and discovered about a dozen serious cases, NPR reports.

FBI and Department of Defense officials said the suspects – or “insider threats” showed a strong intent to attack military targets, according to the NPR report.

Suspects range from reserve military personnel or people with access to military facilities, such as contractors.

Dozens of Teen Prostitutes Rescued in FBI Sting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly 80 teenagers who were forced into prostitution were rescued during a three-day sting spanning 57 U.S. cities, the FBI announced Monday, Reuters reports.

The operation carried out by the FBI and state and local police also netted the arrests of 104 alleged pimps in cities from Sacramento to Toledo, Ohio.

The rescued teens were aged from 13 to 17 years old and were being held against their will, according to Reuters. Of the 79 teens, 77 were girls. All were U.S. citizens.

The FBI said the prostitution rings were well-established criminal enterprises.

Attorney: Ex-Boston Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Should Not Be Prosecuted Because of Immunity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger should not be prosecuted for 19 murders because the government promised him immunity for past and future crimes when he was an FBI informant, his lawyer argued Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said he plans to urge the judge to dismiss the charges because his client had blanket immunity.

But Carney is asking U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns to recuse himself because he will be a witness during the motion to dismiss, according to the Post report.

Also Monday, Bulger’s defense was granted a four-month delay in the trial.

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FBI and ATF Attend Groundbreaking Ceremony For Terrorist Explosive Device Center in Ala.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The directors of the FBI and ATF, along with Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and the military attended a groundbreaking Monday for a new Terrorist Explosive Devices Analytical Center (TEDAC) Laboratory at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.

The FBI described the new center as “a milestone in TEDAC’s development and in the combined efforts to defeat the threat of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.”

An FBI press release said the new building will provide dedicated forensic and technical exploitation workspace for TEDAC.

Currently, TEDAC shares laboratory facilities with the FBI Laboratory at Quantico.  The facility works with multiple agencies.

Photo: Breaking ground: pictured from left to right are FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III; Redstone Arsenal commander Major General Lynn Collyar; U.S. Senator Richard Shelby; and Acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones.

 

 

Feds Arrest 3 Officials in Calif. Bribery Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the small Southern California city of Cudahy after arresting three officials Friday that feds say accepted bribes to support the opening of a marijuana dispensary, L.A. Times reports.

Documents in the case against former City Manager Angel Perales, Mayor David Silva and Councilman Osvaldo Conde suggest bribery and other malfeasance are far more pervasive, according to the Times.

“These guys are not your typical, uh, council people,” the longtime official, Angel Perales, advised the informant in a phone call on Jan. 26, according to a transcript released by the U.S. attorney, the Times reported. “They’ve dealt with, you know, people that throw money down.”

Federal investigators also appear to be determining whether the city was involved with election fraud.

Feds Seek Stiff Penalty in Illegal Online Gambling Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors are hoping send a message about illegal online gambling by urging a judge to sentence the brother-in-law of U.S. Rep. John Tierney, D-Massachusetts, for at least four years, the Boston Herald reported.

The mastermind of Antigua-based Sports Off Shore, Daniel Eremian, was found guilty in December of racketeering and conspiracy for operating a multimillion-dollar gambling website.

The case is the first of its kind since the passage of the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, according to the Boston Herald.

“The online gaming world has been watching the case at bar and the court’s sentence must reflect that criminal organizations cannot hide in offshore havens and commit crimes in the United States,” prosecutors said in their sentencing memorandum filed in U.S. District Court, as reported by the Boston Herald. “If the court’s sentence does not provide sufficient punishment, other offshore gambling businesses may take it as a signal that U.S. laws have no teeth and that it is worth the risk to conduct their business in the United States.”

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Kevin Perkins Named #3 Person at FBI

Kevin Perkins/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Kevin Perkins is moving up.

The veteran FBI agent has been named the agency’s associate deputy director, the number three spot at FBI headquarters. He’s  replacing Thomas J. Harrington, who is retiring.

In 2009, he was named assistant director of the bureau’s Criminal Investigative Division.

He joined the FBI in 1986 and has worked in Kansas City, Baltimore, Philadelphia and headquarters.

 

What Is That Sound? FBI Building buzzes Incessantly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An incessant, high-pitched hum coming from a nondescript FBI building in Virginia is driving neighbors crazy, the Washington Post reports.

“You’ve never stood next to such a loud building,” Tom Jackman wrote for the Washington Post. “It sounds like a helicopter is hovering a block away – a helicopter that never goes away. It just keeps buzzing, 24 hours a day.”

The loud noise comes from 23 “dry cooler” air-conditioning units atop the three-story office building. Each with 10 fans, the units make 230 “high-velocity whirring noises,” Jackman wrote.

The building houses the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, which compiles the no-fly list and other national security information.