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Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom, Fighting Extradition to the U.S., to Start a New Political Party

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is busy these days.

In addition to trying to avoid extradition to the U.S. on charges of massive copyright infringement, Dotcom is hatching a new political party in New Zealand, where he lives, the Washington Post reports.

Dotcom said he’s confident he’ll stay in New Zealand, saying copyright infringement is not a sufficient reason to force his extradition.

Dotcom said he’s still in the planning stages.

“I have a handful of people who have already committed to be part of it, but we’re still in the early stages,” he told the Post about getting others involved in his new party, which does not yet have a name.

Deadly Bath Salts Became Big Craze in Syracuse, Making it ‘Ground Zero’ for Synthetic Drug

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Bath salts, a synthetic stimulant blamed for the deaths and panic attacks of users nationwide, appeared to become a craze in Syracuse before spreading elsewhere, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

A former candidate of the Syracuse Common Council received a shipment of the drug, which he called “molly,” a name for the pure form of Ecstasy.

It was anything but pure.

But as he circulated different version at swingers’ parties in the Syracuse area in 2010, partygoers became agitated and dehydrated, the Post-Standard wrote, citing a DEA investigation.

“And Syracuse apparently was ground zero in the United States,” the newspaper wrote, attributing the DEA.

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Terrorism Suspect to Be Charged Today with Trying to Get FBI Agent Killed

diagram of car bomb

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A suburban Chicago terrorism suspect is expected to be charged today with trying to solicit the murder of an FBI agent, the Associated Press reports.

Adel Daoud, who is accused of attempting to ignite what he thought was a car bomb outside of a downtown Chicago bar, is expected to plead not guilty.

Investigators allege Daoud was attempting to have an undercover FBI agent killed while behind bars in 2012.

Video: Before Ariel Castro Hanged Himself in Jail, He Revealed A Lot

 

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When Ariel Castro hanged himself in his jail cell earlier this week, he left behind many questions.

How was he able to avoid arrest for abducting and raping women? Why did he do it?

Some of the answers can be found in recently obtained FBI video of the convicted kidnapper, who said authorities had chances to catch him much earlier than they did, Today reports.

Castro also said his girlfriend had suspicions.

“She seen that I had a TV on in the upstairs room,’’ Castro said in the interrogation video. “And she says, ‘What is that? You have a TV on up there?’ And my heart started beating, and I was like, ‘Okay, she’s probably catching onto something.’”

Janet Napolitano’s Leadership at Homeland Security Expires at End of Today

Janet Napolitano/file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who served longer than either of her two predecessors, will step down at the end of today to become the first female president of the University of California.

“It’s challenging; it’s very rewarding. Because the things you do really impact human lives,” she said in an interview with NBC News on Thursday at the department’s headquarters in Washington.

Beginning Saturday, new interim Homeland Security Secretary Randy Beers will take over until President Obama decides on a predecessor.

Obama sought out Napolitano, who served six years as governor of Arizona.

Napolitano is credited with getting rid of the color-coded threat system and introducing body scanners and airport pat-downs, NBC News reported.

She oversaw more than 300 natural disasters and relentless terrorism threats.

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Brothers, Father Accused of Running Small Texas Town with Retaliation, Intimidation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When it comes to politics in the small Texas town of Progreso, it’s safe to say the Vela family flexed some muscle.

Omar Vela, 35, is the town’s mayor. His brother, Michael Vela, 28 (pictured), is the president of the school board. And their father, Jose Guadalupe Vela, 64, works in management at the school district.

All three are accused of participating in a “pay-to-play” scheme involving contractors, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Following an FBI investigation, the trio were charged in federal court Wednesday with conspiracy, mail fraud, theft and bribery.

Special Agent Ricardo Ale testified in court Wednesday that the men ruled through intimidation and retaliation.

The border town of Progreso has a population of about 5,000.

Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for Pulling Gun on FBI Agent

FBI stock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a little unsolicited advice: Don’t pull a gun on an FBI agent.

That’s what a Mississippi man learned after he was sentenced to 15 years in prison late last month, the Associated Press reports.

Eugene Bernardini, 38, bumped into a car in Olive Branch and then pulled a gun on the occupants.

One of those occupants turned out to be FBI Special Agent Thomas Barlow, who quickly disarmed Bernardini before the man pulled out a knife and fled in his car.

Bernardini was arrested later that day.