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FBI Probing Fla. Man Who Tweeted About Killing Cops

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and locals are investigating an Oviedo, Fla. man who posted a tweet on Twitter saying: “We won’t make a difference if we don’t kill a cop or 2,” according to station WESH Orlando.

The station reported that Rusty Braxton, 23, posted the tweet after watching Occupy protests in New York.

Braxton said the posting was a misunderstanding, the station reported.

FBI Informant Slept With Muslim Women Agency Was Targeting

By Paul Harris
The Guardian

IRVINE, Calif. — Craig Monteilh says he did not balk when his FBI handlers gave him the OK to have sex with the Muslim women his undercover operation was targeting. Nor, at the time, did he shy away from recording their pillow talk.

“They said, if it would enhance the intelligence, go ahead and have sex. So I did,” Monteilh told the Guardian as he described his year as a confidential FBI informant sent on a secret mission to infiltrate southern Californian mosques.

It is an astonishing admission that goes that goes to the heart of the intelligence surveillance of Muslim communities in America in the years after 9/11. While police and FBI leaders have insisted they are acting to defend America from a terrorist attack, civil liberties groups have insisted they have repeatedly gone too far and treated an entire religious group as suspicious.

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Secret Service Crosses Pond to Help Train Scotland Yard

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Elite U.S. Secret Service agents, who protect President Obama, are on a little mission across the pond.

The Daily Mail in London reports that the agents are training Scotland Yard bodyguards to protect VIPS from “high-tech assassins.”

The paper reported that police chiefs are worried computer hackers might infiltrate security for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games.

The paper reported that the Brits are worried terrorists might hack into computers controlling building security.

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Penn State Begins Implementing New Guidelines Recommended by Ex-FBI Dir. Louie Freeh

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This won’t make this scandal vanish, but it may help avoid one in the future.

The Associated Press reported that Penn State University has begun implementing new guidelines about identifying and reporting sexual abuse recommended by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

The recommendations come in wake of the scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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FBI Worried Scientology Leader Might Escape on Tom Cruise’s Plane

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI probe into Scientology and human trafficking is dead, the Village Voice reports, but the details are fascinating nonetheless.

The newspaper reports that by around June, 2010, the FBI had planned to raid Scientology’s California international headquarters “using high resolution footage shot from drone aircraft, and had also recorded the tail numbers on airplanes owned by Tom Cruise in case Scientology leader David Miscavige should try to abscond from the scene.”

The Village Voice also reported that by the time the New Yorker had revealed the existence of the probe in February 2011, the investigation had been over for about four months.

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FBI and Homeland Security Concerned About Attack at Home

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The murder of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier could come back to haunt us here in the homeland.

CNN reports that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security put out a bulletin on Wednesday issuing that warning, saying “there is currently no specific, credible threat information” but that the U.S. should still be on the alert.

“The FBI and DHS are concerned that this event could contribute to the radicalization or mobilization of homegrown violent extremists in the Homeland, particularly against U.S.-based military targets,” the bulletin said, according to CNN.

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Woman Wore FBI Wire to Help Bring Down Ex-Ill. Gov Blago

Blagojevich/file photo

By Craig Wall
FOX Chicago News

CHICAGO — Pam Davis said convicted former governor Rod Blagojevich has lost his sense of reality.

“I feel a sense of vindication that justice has finally been served,” Davis said. “It’s taken more than eight years, but I do think truth prevailed.”

It has been a long journey for Davis, who has been waiting for this day, waiting for the end of what has been along road for her. She provided the evidence that lead to the FBI’s investigation of Blagojevich.

“The first couple of months I did not have suspicions that it went all the way up to the governor,” Davis said. “But shortly after the second month of working with the FBI, I began to get a sense that this was much more complex and that they tentacles from these individual that were scheming to make money off good works probably did go up to the governor.”

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FBI Wants Google’s Help in Accessing Pimp’s Phone

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Technology is once again bumping up against law enforcement.

PC Magazine is reporting that the FBI has issued a warrant to get Google to give it a Gmail account and password and other info so it can tap into the Android cell phone of an alleged pimp suspected of playing a role in a human trafficking investigation.

PC reported that agents in the San Diego office seized a Samsung phone from suspected pimp Dante Dears on Jan. 17, but were unable to get past the lock on it.

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