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FBI Agent Indicted in Suburban D.C. in Drunk Driving Death

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a story that has no good ending.

An FBI agent as been has been indicted by a D.C. suburban county grand jury in connection with a fatal drunk driving crash that killed an 18-year-old on Feb. 7 in Brandywine, Md.,  the Washington Examiner reported.

Washington Examiner reporter Emily Babay reported that a Prince George’s County grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against agent Adrian Johnson, 37, who was dismissed after the incident.

The paper reported that the charges include motor vehicle manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle, driving under the influence and reckless driving.

Authorities allege that Johnson was drunk and speeding in his personal vehicle, a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero,  when he drove into oncoming traffic and  crashed into 18-year-old Lawrence Garner Jr.’s Hyundai Sonata, according to the Examiner. A passenger in Garner’s car was critically injured, but survived.

Johnson had been with the agency for six years and was preparing for an assignment of protecting the FBI director or U.S. attorney general, the paper reported.

Top Ten List About Paranoia: FBI Investigating Radical Muslim’s Death Threats Against David Letterman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If talk show host David Letterman were to put out a “Top 10 List” of reasons to be paranoid, this would be at the top.

The FBI has said it will investigate a death threat made by a radical Muslim, the International Business Times reports.

The radical person called for Letterman’s tongue to be cut out and his neck broken for mocking former al Qaeda leader and former senior al-Qaeda member Ilyas Kashmiri, the publication reported.

“So [al Qaeda] picked a successor to Osama bin Laden, and his name was Ilyas Kashmiri,” Letterman said during his opening monologue on June 8. “Well, guess what: He was blown up by an American drone.”

The International Business Times  reported that “Omar from Basra, Iraq”  posted on the al Qaeda online forum Shumoukh al-Islam: “We pray to Allah to paralyze his tongue, and that the righteous believers will break his neck.”

The International Business Times reported that CBS and Letterman declined comment and that New York police notified CBS and local police wher Letterman lives.

FBI Opens Civil Rights Probe into Teen Who Ran Down Black Man in Miss.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shades of Mississippi in the 1960s?

The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of a black man who Mississippi authorities say was intentionally run down and killed by a white teenager in a pickup truck in June near a Jackson hotel, the Associated Press reports.

Deborah Madden, an FBI spokeswoman in Mississippi, said Wednesday that the bureau is investigating the June 26 death of James Craig Anderson.

A surveillance video shows Deryl Dedmon running over Anderson near a hotel in a green 1998 Ford F-250, AP reported. The video stirred anger across the country. Dedmon is already facing a murder charge.

AP reported that John Aaron Rice has been charged with simple assault for assaulting Anderson before his death. Both teens were 18 at the time.

Mississippi authorities allege that Dedmon and Rice and a group of other teens were searching for a black person to assault.

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Statements by Bombing Suspect Tossed After FBI Delayed Reading of Miranda Rights

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The controversy over the FBI reading Miranda rights to terrorism suspects could get some added fuel.

The website Talking Points Memo (TPM) reported that U.S. District Judge Jude Justin Quackenbush in Spokane, Wash., was upset that the FBI did not immediately advise white supremacist Kevin Harpham of his rights after arresting him as a suspect who planted a bomb along the route of the MLK Day Parade in Spokane.

Consequently, prosecutors agreed not to use statements he made prior to being advised of his rights, TPM reported.

Some Republicans of members have been sharply critical of the FBI and the Justice Department for reading Miranda rights too soon.

In December 2009, some criticized the FBI for reading the Miranda rights too soon after agents arrested  “underwear bomber” in Detroit on Christmas day.

The Miranda rights issue surfaced again after suspect Faisal Shahzad was arrested for trying — but failing —  to detonate a bomb in Time Square.

TPM noted the usual critics in the past seemed to be missing this time around, possibly because the suspect in the MLK bombing case was not a Muslim.

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FBI Stats Show Gun Sales on the Rise

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Depending on where you stand on the issue of gun sales, here’s good or bad news:

Gun sales continue to rise in this country, according to the Dayton Daily News.

The paper based its conclusion on FBI background checks for gun sales — a good indicator of sales — which increased to 14.4 million in 2010 from 8.5 million in 2003, according to the FBI.

The paper reported a record number of firearm background checks in Ohio.

In Ohio, during the first seven months of this year, the FBI conducted 247,847 background checks for firearm purchases at gun sellers, up 17.7 percent from the same period in 2010, 9.2 percent from 2009 and 42.4 percent from 2008, the paper reported, citing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The paper reported that Andrew M. Molchan, director of the Professional Gun Retailers Association, said gun sales have been on the upswing nationwide for the last six years following a Supreme Court ruling lifting gun bans in major cities including Washington.

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FBI Launches New Site to Show Agency Changes Since Sept. 11 Attacks

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has changed dramatically since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, with a heavy emphasis on counterterrorism.

Not all the agents have liked the change, but it’s a reality that was brought about by the attacks and pressure from the public and Capitol Hill.

To chronicle that change, the FBI has developed a new website “Ten Years After: The FBI Since 9/11.”

The top of the new FBI page begins:

“By all accounts, the morning of September 11, 2001 was a pivotal point in American history—and for the FBI.

“The ensuing investigation was the most massive in the history of the Bureau. The attacks led to far-reaching changes in the organization, which quickly made prevention of terrorist strikes its overriding priority and deliberately set out to be more predictive and intelligence-driven in addressing all major national security and criminal threats.

“Here you can find a range of materials on both the 9/11 investigation and how the FBI has changed in the past decade. We will be adding more information in the weeks to come.

To see the site click here.

The White Powder We Fear: Packages Shut Down Alaska Congressional Offices in Fairbanks

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The anthrax attacks of 2001 have left the U.S. with a collective paranoia about white powder and mail.

The latest: Authorities temporarily shut the offices of three Alaska Congressional members on Monday after their Fairbanks offices received suspicious packages with white powder, Reuters news service reported.

It ended up being harmless.

Reuters reported that it ended up that a man had sent samples of concrete material to the Congressional delegation, which includes Sen. Mark Begich, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Don Young.

After the anthrax attacks, which killed five people and sickened 17, the U.S. Postal service installed sensors to detect anthrax in mail processed through postal facilities around the country.

No anthrax has been detected in the mail since the 2001 attacks, but there have been endless false alarms that have shut down buildings and resulted in people being decontaminated for safe measure.

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