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FBI Investigates Who Hacked AP Twitter Feed with Bogus News about White House Explosions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine how a hacker or hackers were able to send out a bogus tweet that President Obama was injured in a White House bombing using the Associated Press’ Twitter feed, Reuters reports.

The tweet caused markets to nosedive briefly and sent some people into panic.

The AP Twitter feed has nearly 2 million followers.

The Tweet on Monday read: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Obama is injured.”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also is investigating, according to Reuters.

Border Patrol Gets New Chief for Tucson Sector

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Manuel Padilla Jr., a native of southern Arizona and long-time federal authority, has been appointed chief of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Padilla, who has worked with Border Patrol for 26 years, was serving as the acting chief at the office since October 2012; before that he served as deputy chief.

The Tucson Sector is critical to border safety because it has more than 4,500 employees who are tasked with securing 262 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border.

Padilla replaced Chief Richard A. Barlow, who took a job as chief of Strategic Planning, Policy and Analysis Division at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“Tucson Sector remains committed to serving the communities” and “our agents are dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure border environment,” Padilla said.

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Charges Dismissed Against Mississippi Man Accused of Sending Ricin-Tainted Letters to President, Others

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Charges have been dropped against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and other public officials, NBC News reports.

“I respect President Obama and love my country. I would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other U.S. official,” Paul Kevin Curtis said at a news conference Tuesday following the dismissal of charges. “This past week has been a nightmare for myself and my family. My mother has suffered, as well as my children. I would like to get back to normal, which for me means being the best father I can to my children.”

A search of Curtis’ home turned up no evidence of ricin , investigators said.

Just hours after Curtis was released, authorities searched another Mississippi home, NBC News reported.

ATF Nominee B. Todd Jones Faces Inquiry Following Retaliation Claims

  

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An independent watchdog group for the Justice Department is investigating claims that President Obama’s nominee to head the ATF retaliated against a whistleblower, the Roll Call reports.

B. Todd Jones is accused of suspending an employee in retaliation for lodging a complaint.

Carolyn N. Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, is heading the investigation.

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FBI Found No Trace of Ricin at Mississippi Home of Man Accused of Mailing Poisonous Letters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators found no traces of ricin in the house of the Mississippi man accused of mailing the toxic letters to President Obama, a senator and local judge, the Associated Press reports.

Agents believe Paul Kevin Curtis sent the letters but they have been unable to find evidence, including on his computer.

Curtis’ lawyer suggested the suspect was set up.

FBI Agent Brandon Grant disagrees.

“Given the right mind-set and the Internet and the acquisition of material, other people could be involved,” Grant said. “However, given information right now, we believe we have the right individual.”

FBI Catches Heat After Discovery That Bureau Was Warned About Boston Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigated one of the Boston bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, two years ago after Russia warned about his shift toward Islamic extremism, CNN reports.

Now, some members of Congress are calling for an investigation to determine how Tsarnaev managed to convince the FBI that he wasn’t a threat, CNN wrote. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to hold a closed-door hearing with the FBI.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed by police. His 19-year-old brother was charged with federal terrorism charges Monday.

Two Men Arrested in Alleged Plot to Blow Up Commuter Rail Between Toronto and U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men accused of plotting to blow up a major commuter rail between Toronto and the U.S. were arrested Monday, Newsday reports.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the attack involved al-Qaida “elements” in Iran but did not pose imminent danger, Newsday wrote.

The FBI helped investigate.

Police said the attack was still in the development stages and included blowing up a bridge used by the rail.

“This is the first known al-Qaida planned attack that we’ve experienced in Canada,” RCMP Superintendent Doug Best said in the news conference.

FBI Top 10 Fugitive Eric Toth Captured in Nicaragua

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former D.C. elementary school teacher Eric Justin Toth, who was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, was captured in Nicaragua over the weekend, Allison Klein of the Washington Post reports.

Toth, who replaced Osama bin Laden on the Top Ten list, was wanted on child pornography charges. He had been on the run for five years.

He went on the lam after after officials at Washington National Cathedral’s exclusive Beauvoir elementary school found explicit photos of a student on a camera assigned to him, Klein reported.

He had yet to be extradited as of Monday afternoon.

 

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