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Fox2: Off-Duty FBI Agent Almost Shoots Detroit Cop in ‘Lame Brain’ Incident

 By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Here’s a story that’s very bizarre and dangerous.

Fox2’s Charlie LeDuff reports that an off-duty FBI agent almost shot a Detroit cop on Wednesday at a gas station in Detroit in the Corktown area during a “lame brain” incident.

He reports that the Detroit Police Department was simulating a purse snatching at the station at Michigan Avenue and 11th Street so WDIV could film peoples’ reaction. WDIV was trying to produce an instructive segment to educate the public on safety and crime prevention.

Problem was that an off-duty FBI agent was filling up and witnessed the plain-clothed cop snatching the purse from a WDIV associate. He had no idea it wasn’t real, LeDuff reports. So the FBI agent gave chase to the cop and pulled out a gun, according LeDuff’s report.

The immediate supervisor of these cops had no idea this was happening until they called him.

LeDuff reports:

“The event takes place. The officer takes the purse, runs around the gas station. As he’s running, an off-duty FBI agent is pumping gas. He witnesses the whole thing. He gives chase. He pulls his weapon, and as he turns the corner around the gas station, he’s stopped by another officer, who identifies herself as a police officer and don’t shoot, don’t shoot, this is a scenario,” said Inspector Shawn Gargalino with the Detroit Police Department.

That is the same description of events we got from four other ranking law enforcement officials, including Lieutenant Chuck Flannagan, a 28-year veteran of DPD.

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Homeland Security Agent Hit by Car, Shoots Fleeing Driver

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security special agent assisting in a multi-agency narcotics operation in Washington state was hit by a car and then shot the fleeing driver, The News Tribune reports.

The suspect’s condition was unknown at the time, but the agent suffered a minor injury and is expected to fully recover, The News Tribune wrote.

The shooting happened in Lakewood about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Involved in the investigation were ICE, Homeland Security, DEA, Lakewood Police Special Operations Unit, and ATF.

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FBI Investigates California State Senator over Water Board Contract That Helped Brother

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An FBI investigation of a California state senator involves legislation he introduced for a water district that his brother was hired to oversee, the Associated Press reports.

Two people told the AP they were questioned by the FBI about Sen. Ron Calderon’s water board legislation and its connections with his brother, Tom Calderon.

The contract for the Central Basin Municipal Water District went to a firm where Tom Calderon is a consultant.

Neither brother would comment on the investigation.

FBI Used Fake Underground Newspapers to Neutralize Anti-War Sentiments in ’60s, ’70s

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI produced fake newspapers in the 1960s and ’70s to combat anti-war sentiment, the Austin Chronicle reports.

The newspapers, which were recently discovered in a cache of declassified documents, included a campus newspaper at Indiana University Bloomington, called the Rational Observer.

“[They are] one of the ‘smoking guns’ that activists who produced the underground press in the Sixties and Seventies could little have imagined: right-wing campus papers produced by the FBI,” said James Danky, instructor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin, and author of Undergrounds, a librarian’s catalog of alternative press publications. “These papers’ faltering efforts … speak to the cultural and political distance between the forces of repression led by J. Edgar Hoover and the seismic changes in America’s social fabric.”

Part of the point was to expose the identities of so-called leftists in the newspapers.

“The purpose of this program is to expose, disrupt and otherwise neutralize the activities of this group and persons connected with it.,” a letter to Domestic Intelligence Director William C. Sullivan said. “It is hoped that with this new program their violent and illegal activities may be reduced if not curtailed.”

FBI Begins to Track Hate Crimes Against Followers of the Sikh Religion

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI will begin tracking crimes against Sikhs as part of its reporting system, the Associated Press reports.

The decision follows recent attacks on followers of the Sikh religion, including the shooting deaths of six worshippers in Wisconsin in August.

Followers of the religion have been pressing the FBI to include Sikhs in the tracking of hate crimes.

About 10% of Sikh adults have been physically assaulted because of their religious beliefs, a coalition of Sikhs told the FBI.

Members of Congress Mixed on Response to Russia’s Claims That FBI Dropped Ball in Boston Bombing Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Members of Congress who travelled to Russia to investigate whether the FBI could have prevented the Boston Marathon bombings have mixed feelings about the bureau’s response, The Hill reports.

Russian security officials told the lawmakers that the FBI never responded to a letter warning about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the bombing suspects. The FBI counters that it did respond but couldn’t get Russia to provide additional information, the Hill wrote.

“What could have stopped this is not something within the context of our current [U.S.-Russia] framework. But we need to change the overall relationship and that could have thwarted this attack, I have no doubt,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told The Hill.

But Steve King, R-Iowa, isn’t as confident.

“[Russia] wanted to help,” King told the Hill. “And they got the message by implication that the FBI was not interested in examining Tamerlan.”

FBI Raids Offices of California State Senator, Latino Caucus in Mysterious Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A California state senator and the Legislature’s Latino caucus appear to be the target of an FBI investigation, the Huffington Post reports.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed warrants were served Tuesday at 3 p.m. About six agents removed a half-dozen boxes and what appeared to be computer equipment, the Huffington Post wrote.

Ron Calderon, a Democrat from the Los Angeles County city of Montebello, was among the targets.

Calderon’s attorney said the investigation is nonsense.

“I have a sense that they’re on a witch hunt,” Geragos said. “My client refused to read their script and so this is what resulted….My client has done absolutely nothing wrong.”

Details weren’t available Wednesday morning.

FBI Joins Search for Kidnapped Marine, His Family in Mexico

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for the whereabouts of a U.S. Marine reservist, his father and uncle after they were kidnapped from a ranch in Mexico last month, Reuters reports.

U.S. Marine Armando Torres III, who served in Iraq, was in La Barranca, close to the southern tip of Texas, when investigators in Mexico said a dispute over a ranch sale may have prompted the kidnapping, Reuters wrote.

According to investigators, Torres and his two family members were kidnapped shortly after Torres arrived to visit his father’s ranch.

“We’ll take any leads to find this guy safely,” said Erik Vasys, an agent from the FBI’s San Antonio office.

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