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FBI Steps Up Scrutiny of Syrians Inside U.S. Amid Fears of Retaliation for Military Action

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is stepping up its surveillance of Syrians inside the U.S. because of fears of a terrorist attack in retaliation for American military involvement in the country’s affairs, the New York Times reports.

Also of concern are cyberattacks, which officials warned federal agencies and private companies about in recent days.

Syria isn’t the only worry. Authorities also are on alert after Iran threatened to retaliate against Israel if the U.S. attacks, the New York Times wrote. Iran also is considered a sponsor of terrorism and could attack U.S. targets.

“They’re not starting from scratch — the field offices know what they have in terms of sources and investigations, but this is a directive for them to redouble their efforts and check their traps,” one senior American official told the Times.

Suspect Spits Blood at Border Patrol Agent Following Violent Encounter

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The suspect was unwilling to go without a fight.

When a Border Patrol agent was arresting Alberto Mayen, the Guatemalan responded by twisting the agents arm and then pounding the agent in the chest, Valley Central reports.

The suspect, who was sent to the hospital, spat blood on the agent when another agent came to help.

The pair were able to get the suspect into a Border Patrol car, Valley Central reported.

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Let Us Know What You Think About FBI Director Robert S. Mueller’s Tenure as FBI DIrector

Robert Mueller III/ photo ticklethewire.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
With FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III about to step down, I thought it would be worth publishing comments about his tenure from readers of ticklethewire.com.

Fair to say, no FBI director has oversaw more changes in recent decades than Mueller, who was forced to reorganize the bureau after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

I’d like you to send your thoughts to me at Allan.Lengel@gmail.com so I can publish them. Preferably,  it would be best to include your name.

But I will publish anonymous comments — positive or negative — so long as they’re thoughtful and done in good taste.

The deadline to  submit comments will be Sunday, Sept. 1.

I’d like to hear from you.

 

Convicted Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Complains about Trial in Letter to Old Pal

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger complained in recently obtained letters that his trial was a sham and “revenge for corrupting two FBI agents,” The New York Daily News reports.

A week after he was found guilty of murder and racketeering, Bulger wrote a letter to his friend on Aug. 20 that details Bulger’s feelings on the trial and his time in jail.

“The trial was a neck and tie party and a stacked deck from day one,” Bulger wrote.

At least, he wrote, he has “lots of time to read and think” inside the Plymouth Correctional Facility.

“I am off the scene and not much I can do for anyone out there,” he wrote in longhand, according to the Daily News.

Man Charged with Trying to Bomb Chicago Bar Accused of Trying to Kill Undercover FBI Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A teenager accused of trying to bomb a downtown Chicago bar also tried to get an undercover FBI agent killed, the Associated Press reports.

From his jail cell, Adel Daoud is accused of plotting to have someone kill an FBI agent who played a role in a sting that led to this arrest in 2012, the AP wrote.

The 19-year-old now faces a charge of solicitation of murder.

Authorities say Daoud was targeting the FBI agent who posed as a terrorist in New York.

Daoud’s attorney dismissed the claims as outrageous.

“The government was pursuing the allegations of a notoriously unreliable street gang jailhouse informant,” attorney Thomas Durkin said.

“These fantastic new charges only further support our previous public position that the trial evidence will show that Adel Daoud is an immature, impressionable and manipulable teenager — not the international terrorist the government seems hell-bent on trying to paint.”

Joint Task Force Nabs 7 Detroit Building Inspectors in Alleged Bribery Scandal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After high-profile corruption cases against Detroit officials, including ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a joint task force that includes the FBI announced charges Thursday against seven building inspectors accused of accepting bribes for phony inspections, the Detroit News reports.

The charges stem from an FBI probe dating as far back as 2007.

According to authorities, the scheme involved seven inspectors who accepted bribes to forge building inspections and even covered up potentially dangerous code violations.

“When you violate the public’s trust, it’s a big deal,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. “When you endanger lives and families, it’s a big deal. You can’t close your eyes to it.”

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FBI Has Domestic Version of Seal Team Six

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Meet the Seal Team Six of the FBI.

One of the nation’s most elite units, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team are decked out in camouflage and armed with HK416 assault rifles, The Week reports.

Think of them as the domestic version of the U.S. Navy SEALs.

They undergo similar training, use common techniques and technology and even chase down terrorists.

But there is a difference, former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh once said.

“The members of the HRT are not commandos.”

The qualifications are strict – experience as an FBI special agent and a grueling selection process, The Week wrote.

ATF Holds Seminars to Avoid Errors on Paperwork That Jeopardizes Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Make a mistake on paperwork for a gun purchase can prevent authorities from tracking down a killer, the ATF warns, according to WDIO.com.

To avoid mistakes made in the past, the ATF is hosting a series of seminars starting in Minnesota.

ATF Senior Special Agent and Public Information Officer Robert Schmidt the idea is to “get the word out about proper documentation of firearm transactions.”

Improper documentation can kill a case, the ATF warned.

“We may not be able to get correct trace results,” Schmidt said to WDIO.com. “We may not be able to find out who the original purchaser of the firearm was,”

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