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Maryland Officials Hope FBI Chooses Greenbelt for New FBI Headquarters Site

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Maryland official hope they soon land the new FBI headquarters, saying the site is perfectly located, News4 reports.

The site at Greenbelt has quick access to Metro and the Beltway, and it has about 80 acres to develop.

The FBI has said it requires about 50 acres for a new headquarters.

“We need to have access to transit, we need to have access to the Beltway,” GSA Project Executive Bill Dowd told News4. “Now we want to identify the sites that are real.”

Others hoping to land the FBI headquarters are Prince William County and Potomac Shores.

“It is still out opinion that Loudoun offers great options for the FBI headquarters relocation,” Lois Kirkpatrick with Loudoun County Communications told News4.

Former Female FBI Agent Teaches Women How to Tap Peaceful, ‘Warrior’ Sides.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 


Patty Haley was not your typical FBI agent.

For one, she’s an avid belly dancer who performs in the D.C. region.

“In every woman there is a peaceful side and a warrior girl,” Haley told ABC 7.

Also a former Marine, Haley is now teaching a program meant to empower women.

She teaches dancing, self-defense and firearms training.

“I get to be proactive instead of responding to crimes. I get to help women maybe never get into these situations ever and that’s pretty rewarding,” Haley said.

‘Whitey’ Bulger Has ‘No Redeeming Qualities,’ Prosecutors Say Before Sentencing

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger has “no redeeming qualities” and should die in prison, prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bulger is awaiting sentencing next week after being convicted of racketeering and murder charges.

“Bulger is one of the most violent and despicable criminals in Boston history,” prosecutors wrote. “Having now been convicted of 31 felonies … Bulger richly deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail.”

Prosecutors also are seeking restitution for the families of 19 murder victims, the LA Times wrote.

 

Thief Swipes 2 High-Powered Rifles from FBI SWAT Vehicle

Colt M16-A1

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

You never know what you’ll find when breaking into a car.

For one thief, it was two high-powered rifles.

The Boston Globe reports that a Colt M16-A1 Rifle and an HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 Sniper Rifle were stolen from an FBI SWAT vehicle parked in a residential area, where the agent wasn’t working, the Boston Globe reports.

The bureau didn’t disclose the identity of the agent.

The theft may be connected to others in the area, the FBI said in a statement.

“During that same time, items were stolen from other vehicles parked at nearby homes in Andover.”

FBI Fears Gangs Are Targeting North Carolina Police in Retaliation for Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gang in Wilmington, N.C., appears to be retaliating against police for fatally shooting one of its members in October, the Star News reports.

Police shot Brandon Devone Smith on Oct. 13 after he allegedly fired at a sheriff’s detective. A state investigation concluded the fatal shooting was justified.

“Low-ranking gang members have committed to engage in shooting in the City of Wilmington for the next 52 days in retaliation for Smith’s death,” an FBI memo reads.

The FBI and local police have witnessed a spike in violence among gang members who are showing a “blatant disregard for authority and for life,” according to the Star News.

Thrown Rock Downs Border Patrol Helicopter in Lower Rio Grande Valley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A rock launched from the ground struck a Border Patrol helicopter, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in a vacant lot, the Associated Press reports.

Whoever threw the rock could not be found, CBP said in a statement.

The two-member crew of the American Eurocopter AS350 were not injured when they landed safely in the border town of Roma.

The crew was helping Border Patrol agents in Roma when the incident happened, the AP reported.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Illicit Drug Site Silk Road Has Relaunched and Pokes Fun at Federal Law Enforcement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just a month after the FBI arrested its founder, the black market site Silk Road is back up, the Daily Caller reports.

The notorious site, where people could buy drugs, guns and even hit men, relaunched Wednesday with more protections for its customers, who use a currency called Bitcoin to avoid being traced.

“You can never kill the idea of Silk Road,” the new Dread Pirate Roberts tweeted just before the new site’s launch.

The Daily Caller wrote that the encrypted website cannot be easily dismantled by the feds.

After the FBI took over the site, it read “This hidden site has been seized.” On the relaunched site, the phase “seized” was replaced with “risen again.”

Former College Student on FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ List for Spying on Suspected Cheating Lovers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For just $89, a former San Diego college student has been selling malicious software that spies on suspected cheating lovers.

Although Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara likely didn’t make a lot of money, he was one of five people recently added to the FBI’s list of most wanted cyber-criminals, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

According to the FBI, Perez-Melara would send an electronic greeting card via email to the subjects of his surveillance. Once the card was opened, the software would begin capturing emails and instant messages, the AP explained.