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U.S. No Fly List Doubles; Underwear Bomber Appears to Have Contributed to Spike

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The man dubbed the “Underwear Bomber”, who tried blowing up a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day in 2009, may have contributed more to this country than we think.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. no fly list for suspected terrorists has more than doubled in the past year, and the bump seems to coincide with the Underwear Bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s failed attempt to blow up the airplane.

AP reported that the “the flood of new names began after the failed Christmas 2009 bombing of a Detroit-bound jetliner. The government lowered the standard for putting people on the list, and then scoured its files for anyone who qualified. The government will not disclose who is on its list or why someone might have been placed on it.”

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Oops! FBI in Mass. Busts into Wrong Apartment During Raid and Points Guns

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ooops!

Make that two Ooops!

The Associated Press reported that the FBI last week used a chain saw to cut open an apartment door during a drug raid in Fitchburg, Mass., in Worcester County. Only thing is, it was the wrong apartment.

Agents also pointed guns at the people inside, AP reported.

The news service reported resident Judy Sanchez said she was terrified when she stepped into her kitchen and saw chainsaw blade cut through her door.

AP reported that she was held face down on the floor at gunpoint for at least 30 minutes while her 3-year-old daughter cried in another room.

AP reported that the FBI apologized and is paying for the damage.

 

Romanian Hacker Breaks into Pentagon, NASA Databases, Draws Investigation

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A 20-year-old Romanian hacker is suspected of breaking into several NASA and Pentagon servers and posting confidential data from the servers on his blog, the Associated Press reports. Romanian officials are investigating the youth, officials said on Tuesday, in cooperation with the FBI.

Razvan Manole Cernaianu, reportedly an information technology student, allegedly offered to sell an app which showed how he broke into the servers as well.

Cernaianu “used sophisticated hacking tools to gain unauthorized access to government and commercial systems,” the US Embassy in Bucharest said in a statement.

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Confirmed: Civil Rights Era Photographer Ernest Withers Served as FBI Informant

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By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The civil rights era photographer Ernest Withers has been officially confirmed as a one-time FBI informant, reports the Blog of LegalTimes.

The FBI in the past has long-refused to confirm or deny Withers’s status as an informant, but it accidentally confirmed Withers’ work in documents it released to a newspaper, a federal judge in Washington said on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the D.C.  ruled today against the U.S. Justice Department in a spat between a newspaper reporter and the FBI over access to the agency’s file on Withers.

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Folk Nation Gang Members Remain at Large after FBI Arrests

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Two members of the Folk Nation Gang remain at large in Brooklyn after NYPD detectives and FBI agents arrested a number of other members early Tuesday morning, the FBI said.

One of the fugitives, standing 6′ tall at about 200 pounds,  is Devon Rodney, 24,  a leader of the violent gang, according tot he FBI. Rodney is also known as D-BLOC, Devon Nias and Devon Rodriguez. He has brown eyes and black hair and sports a  He is 6’ tall, 200 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, and sports a tear drop tattoo under his right eye.

The other man at large is Rahleek Odom, 19, who goes by the names RAH and  Ralik Odom, another member of the gang. Odom is 5’8” tall, 230 pounds, also with brown eyes and black hair. He is known to frequent the Ebbets Field neighborhood in Brooklyn, says the FBI. Odom was also recently released from prison.

The bureau is offering a reward for tips leading to an arrest. They are asking for those with information to call 212-384-1000, and will gladly accept anonymous tips.

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More than 7 Months Later, FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List Still 2 Short

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s been more than seven months since the FBI’s two most notorious Ten Most Wanted criminals — Osama bin Laden and Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger — were eliminated as fugitives. One was killed. The other was captured.

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Still, to date, the FBI has yet to replace them. So for all practical purposes, its a Top 8 list for now. Their photos remain on the FBI page. Bulger’s photo has word “Captured” draped across the bottom. Bin Laden’s photo has the word “Deceased” on it.

Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman at headquarters, said Tuesday that “replacements are still under consideration.” Stay tuned.

 

Former Secret Service Agent Acquitted on Bribery Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Former Secret Service agent R. Patrick Caldwell was acquitted on Monday of bribery charges involving his body armor company and foreign officials, Reuters reports. Caldwell was accused of trying to bribe a foreign official during a sting where FBI agents posed as representatives of African leaders seeking to by arms.

Reuters wrote that acquittal was the Obama administration’s “latest blow” in a “sprawling case aimed at rooting out purported corruption in the arms industry.”

After 27 years with the US Secret Service, Caldwell served as chief executive officer of Protective Products of America Inc. While with the Secret Service, Caldwell was in charge of the division for the vice president’s protection, according to Reuters.

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FBI: Lions Fan Threatened to Blow Up Building After Team Fell Behind

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It’s never been easy to be a Detroit Lions fan.

This fact was on hand at the Lions Jan. 7 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, where a fan threatened to blow up the team’s home stadium, the Superdome, reports the Detroit News.

Shawn Payton, of Jackson, Mich, bomb threats in after the Lions fell behind in the game, says an FBI agent’s affidavit. He made two calls all together.

“Hi, I want you to relay a message to the sideline, if your stupid Southern team keeps winning, there will be reper… severe consequences, OK?” Payton, 34, told a Superdome employee, court records detail.

In a phone interview on Monday, Payton showed regret for his actions and concern over losing his job as a cook at a McDonald’s. “I feel bad for making some stupid phone calls,” he said.

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