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FBI Seeks Public’s Help in Tracking Down 3 People Seen Near the Embassy Attack in Benghazi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is urging the public to help identify three people who were on the grounds of the U.S. embassy in Benghazi on the day an attack killed three Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“We are seeking information about three individuals who were on the grounds of the U.S. Special Mission when it was attacked,” the FBI said in a press release Wednesday. “These individuals may be able to provide information to help in the investigation.”

The grainy photos appear to show three men.

FBI: Man Who Sent Ricin-Laced Letter Bought One Critical Ingredient on eBay

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

You can find almost anything on eBay.

According to the FBI, James Everette Dutschke used the online auction to buy a critical ingredient to making the toxin ricin, which he’s accused of sending to President Obama and two other political officials in a letter, Christian Science Monitor reports.

Dutschke bought 100 red castor beans from eBay in November and December 2012, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

“I understand that the number of castor beans ordered is more than sufficient to extract the quantity of ricin found in the three letters,” Special Agent Stephen Thomason wrote in an affidavit, Reuters reported.

The FBI arrested Dutschke at his home Saturday.

DEA Goes After Pot Dispensaries in Seattle, Says It’s Not Signal of War Against State Pot Laws

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA has alarmed marijuana advocates after sending cease-and-desist letters to 11 dispensaries in the Seattle area, the Seattle Times reports

Although state law permits medical-marijuana dispensaries, federal law bans all forms of pot. 

The letters, however, don’t signal a war against state marijuana laws, according to the DEA.

The dispensaries were within 1,000 feet of schools, the Seattle Times reported.

Recipients of the letters were told to stop selling marijuana within 30 days or they face seizure.

California dispensaries also are being targeted by Federal authority, Gawker reports.

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More Evidence Found Against Suspect Accused of Sending Ricin-Tainted letters

 Steve Neavlimg
ticklethewire.com

Evidence is mounting against the man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a judge, the USA Today reports.

Lab tests found traces of ricin on items such as a dusk mask that were in the possession of the suspect, Everett Dutschke, USA Today reported. Tests also confirmed the presence of ricin in other materials.

FBI agents also said they found that the suspect downloaded Internet directions on handling the deadly poison.

 

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FBI Visits Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect at New Hampshire Home

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents Monday visited the Rhode Island home of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s and left with several bags.

Katherine Russell married Tsarnaev three years ago and was reportedly questioned about how much she knew about the attack.

“The FBI is there as part of our ongoing investigation, but we aren’t permitted to discuss specific aspects of our case,” the agency said in a statement.

It’s unclear how much Russell knew about the attack.

Former Ricin Suspect Wants Feds to Clean Up His House After Intrusive Search

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Kevin Curtis has had a rough month.

First he was charged with mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama and two other officials.

Now, his attorney said, Curtis’ home is uninhabitable after a thorough search of his Mississippi house turned up no evidence of ricin, the Associated Press reports.

Now that the charges have been dropped and another man was arrested in the letter attacks, Curtis’ lawyer has requested that federal government officials provide temporary housing while fixing his home and possessions.

“To be specific, Mr. Curtis’ home is uninhabitable. I have seen a lot of post search residences but this one is quite disturbing. The agents removed art from the walls, broke the frames and tore the artwork. Mr. Curtis offered his keys but agents chose to break the lock. Mr. Curtis’ garbage was scheduled to be picked up Thursday, the day after he was snatched from his life. A week later, the garbage remains in his home, along with millions of insects it attracted,” a letter to U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams says.

New Bipartisan Proposal Would Add Unarmed Drones to Examine Borders

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. government would rely heavily on drones to inspect the borders under a new bipartisan proposal to reform immigration, the Medill News Service reports.

The unarmed drones are considered to be more effective and efficient than helicopters

Critics charge the drones are anything but.

“There’s been no evidence that (drones) have protected the homeland,” said Tom Barry, director of the TransBorder Project at the Center for International Policy, a liberal Washington think tank. “It’s just a political measure to show border security credentials of the immigration reform.”

CBP currently operates 10 unarmed drones.

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Internet Companies Like Google Could Face Fines for Refusing to Comply with Wiretap Orders

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Companies that refuse to comply with wiretap orders would be penalized under FBI-backed legislation that is being drawn up by a government task force, RT reports.

That means companies like Google and Facebook would be fined tens of thousands of dollars a day for refusing to cooperate.

“We don’t have the ability to go to court and say, ‘We need a court order to effectuate the intercept.’ Other countries have that. Most people assume that’s what you’re getting when you go to a court,” FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann told the Washington Post.

This is the latest effort by law enforcement to better monitor online communications.