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Meth Lab Seizures Up; Experts Point to “Shake-and-Bake”

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

According to an AP survey of the nation’s leading states in meth production, lab seizures by law enforcement agencies rose nationally, the AP reports.

In 2011 Missouri was the leading producer, with 2,096 seizures. Missouri was followed by Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky and then Oklahoma.

Across the nation the rise in meth lab seizures rose by about 8.3 percent from 2010 to 2011. The addictiveness of the drug and an increasingly popular and very quick method of producing it both contributed to the rise, experts say, according to AP. That method, know as “shake-and-bake,” quickly produces the drug using a soda bottle which, experts say, has created smaller labs but much more of them.

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British Intelligence Assisted FBI in Tracking Charlie Chaplin

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

MI5, the British intelligence agency, cooperated with J Edgar Hoover’s FBI in tracking the actor Charlie Chaplin in the 1950s for alleged communist sympathies, reports the Guardian.

Describing Chaplin as “Hollywood’s parlour Bolsheviks,” the FBI asked MI5 for cooperation in having him banned from the US. MI5 put together “extensive personal files” on the actor, files which are now being released publicly, according to the Guardian.

“Chaplin has given funds to communist front organisations … He has been involved in paternity and abortion cases,” a Washington-based MI5 liaison warned in October of 1952.

“There is a great deal of good in communism. We can use the good and segregate the bad,” Chaplin had told an American Soviet group in Los Angeles in, according to the files.

Eventually, MI5 found no evidence of Chaplin being a threat.

“We have no trace in our records of this man, nor are we satisfied that there are any reliable grounds for regarding him as a security risk,” Sir Percy Sillitoe, then head of MI5, told the chief police commissioner in South Africa, where Chaplin was planning a visit,according to the paper.

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Payday: $29.5 in Forfeited Money Distributed to Law Enforcement Across Texas

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It’s payday, thanks to a Mexican drug cartel.

The bulk of $29.5 million in money seized by federal authorities from a Mexican cartel boss has been handed out in “asset sharing” funds by ICE, DEA, FBI and other federal agencies to law enforcement agencies across the state of Texas to combat drug cartels, reports the Washington Times.

Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, the former boss of the Gulf drug cartel, forfeited the money as a result of  a February 2010 court order, according to the Times. Guillen was sentenced to 25 years in November of 2010 for threatening to assault two US agents a deputy sheriff from Cameron County, Tex.

“With equitable asset-sharing like this, federal and local law enforcement can really turn the tables on the bad guys,” said James Dinkins, ICE executive director and head of the agency’s Homeland Security Investigations Division. “We simply take their illegal profits and invest them in local law enforcement efforts.”

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Over the Top: Ohio Woman Solicited FBI Undercover Agent to Kill a Fur Lover

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Here’s an animal rights policy even PETA wouldn’t back: a Cleveland Heights woman is being charged with soliciting a hit man to randomly kill someone wearing a fur product, reports FOX Cleveland.

Meredith Marie Lowell, 27, was arrested shortly after the charges were announced on Tuesday, Special Agent with the FBI Stephen D. Anthony said.

Lowell had spoken over the internet with an undercover FBI agent several times seeking to have the agent carry out the murder so she could highlight her anti-fur stance, Fox reported.

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Mueller to Deliver Speech on Cyber Attacks at Calif. Conference

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, who has been sounding the alarms about the dangers of cyber attacks, will be the keynote speaker on March 1 at the  RSA Conference, which is billed as the world’s leading information security conference.

Mueller will deliver a speech entitled “Combating Threats in the Cyber World: Outsmarting Terrorists, Hackers and Spies.”

Mueller has repeatedly testified before Congress about the dangers of cyber attacks, and has predicted that the threat will only grow.

 

FBI Releases Files on 2002 Winter Olympics; Someone Raised Red Flag About $103,597 Overseas Phone Bill

By Nate Carlisle
The Salt Lake Tribune

Twenty-four days before the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the FBI’s counterterrorism unit sent a memo to its agents in Utah.

The FBI had received a tip from an employee at a cell service provider that a customer had racked up a $103,597 phone bill by making calls to Egypt, Yemen, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, as well as calls to and from Salt Lake City. The employee was worried the calls could be part of terrorist activities.

The employee sent her tip by email, and the text was included in the FBI memo.

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Ex-FBI Chief Spokesman John Miller Has Returned to TV

John Miller/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In case you didn’t notice, John Miller, who headed the FBI’s public affairs office, and then moved on in 2009 to become assistant deputy director of intelligence analysis for the Office of Director of National Intelligence, has returned to TV.

The New York Post recently reported that Miller showed up on “CBS This Morning”.

“I thought the stars were aligned — the two wars were winding down, bin Laden was killed,” Miller told the Post. He was named a CBS News senior correspondent in October.

“I always knew I was coming back to journalism,” he tells The Post. “It was just a question of when and where.”

From 1995 to 2002, Miller was an ABC news correspondent and in 2002, he was promoted to co-anchor of “20/20.”