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FBI releases photos of suspects wanted in Boston Marathon explosions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI released photos today of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, urging the public to help track down the men.

Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office, said one of the suspects appeared to drop a black backpack near twin explosions that killed three and injured more than 100 more.

DesLauriers said the men are considered armed and dangerous.

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FBI Bashes Media for Inaccurate Reporting on Boston Marathon Explosions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI excoriated members of the media after false reports began circulating that an arrest was made in the Boston Marathon bombings, the New York Times reports.

Agents said the city faulty reporting could lead to “unintended consequences” for the massive investigation.

Several news organizations, including the Associated Press, Fox News, CNN and local Boston media, reported that a suspect was in custody.

The FBI responded with a statement Wednesday: “Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”

Retired Counterintelligence Expert for FBI Dies After Battle with Cancer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Joseph P. McMahon, who joined the FBI in 1967 and worked his way up as a section chief specializing in foreign counterintelligence, died at his Alexandria home earlier this month.

The Washington Post reports that McMahon died after a battle with cancer.

He was 72.

McMahon started a supervisor of the political corruption desk in New Orleans. Before focusing on national security, McMahon was assistant special agent in charge of the Memphis field office, the Post reported.

McMahon leaves behind a wife and two children.

Homeland Security Warned About Potential for Pressure Cooker Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Department of Homeland Security in 2010 warned about terrorists using pressure cookers in bombings in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, Fast Company reports.

Surgeons who worked on the victims found large pellets, small BBs and headless nails that were stuffed in six-liter pressure cookers.

The department sent letters to law enforcement officials nationwide warning about the pressure cookers.

“IEDs represent the most ubiquitous threat to our nation for those intent on conducting physical attacks. Law enforcement and the private sector need tools to provide the capability to prevent such incidents,” Robert Liscouski of Implant Sciences told Fast Company.

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FBI Arrests Mississippi Man For Allegedly Mailing Ricin Letters

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI announced Wednesday that it arrested a man in connection with the mailing of three letters suspected of containing ricin. The letters were sent to a U.S. senator, the White House and a Mississippi justice official.

Agent around 5:15 p.m. arrested Paul Kevin Curtis at his home in Corinth, Miss.

The Washington Post reported that he is a frequent letter-writer to lawmakers, and was known to law enforcement.

 

Letter to President Obama Tests Positive for Ricin

Pres. Obama at press conference/white house file photo

 
Aaron C. Davis and Sari Horwitz
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — A letter addressed to President Obama containing a substance that initially tested positive for the toxin ricin was intercepted Tuesday by authorities at a remote White House mail screening facility, according to the FBI.

The letter follows the discovery Tuesday of a ricin-laced letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and came as authorities were investigating suspicious packages in and near the offices of members of Congress.

Edwin Donovan, deputy assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service, did not identify the substance. However, he said the Secret Service is working closely with the U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI.

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Man Recently Released After Serving 25 Years in Prison Strikes Another Bank, Is Arrested

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

John Edward Stevens, a prolific bank robber who once was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, had just finished up a 25-year-prison sentence when police said he struck an Oakland bank and fled with a bag of cash in a stolen car, NJ.com reports.

Police said Stevens, 59, wasn’t out of prison for two weeks when he brandished a gun at a bank in Oakland and demanded money.

Stevens was arrested in a stolen car, and police found a bank bag with more than $4,000 in cash and a handgun.

Stevens served his prison sentence for robbing 25 banks in eight states.

FBI Investigates Whether Letter to Mississippi Senator Contained Ricin

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker after it initially tested positive for ricin, a toxic and potentially deadly substance, Fox News reports.

The letter never made it to the Mississippi Republican because it was intercepted at an off-site mail screening facility.

The letter will be further tested after initial field tests came back positive for ricin.

Police said they suspect who sent the letter.

“The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members,” McCaskill said.