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FBI Hostage Negotiator Urges Kidnapper to Surrender, Hand Over Boy in Alabama

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As a hostage standoff reaches a fourth day in Alabama, authorities are hoping the kidnapper grows tired and surrenders as a FBI hostage negotiator talks with the suspect through plastic ventilation pipes, CNN reports

On Tuesday afternoon the suspect boarded a bus stop, killed the bus driver and grabbed two children. One of them escaped.

The gunman is holed up in an underground bunker.

An FBI hostage negotiator has been communicating with the suspect through an underground bunker four feet beneath the ground, CNN report.

“They’re taking time and trying to wear him out,” said Police Chief James Arrington of Pinckard, who is familiar with details of the case.

The motive of the kidnapping is unclear.

Stepfather of Slain FBI Informant Loses Temper During Murder Trial

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Johnny Davis showed flashes of anger as he recounted watching his stepson get shot in the head in Newark, N.J., in 2004, NorthJersey.com reports.

Davis’ stepson, Kemo Deshawn McCray, was an FBI informant when prosecutors say he was gunned down by an attorney who wanted to stop the man from testifying against a client, NewJersey.com wrote.

Davis delivered the testimony Wednesday at the murder and racketeering trial of the attorney, Paul W. Bergrin, who is representing himself.

At one point, Davis grew louder as he remembered looking back at his son when the gun went off.

“That’s when I saw my son with a (expletive) hole in his head,” Davis said.

The judge urged Davis to ease up, NorthJersey.com reported.

Islamic Group: FBI Agents Intimidate Somali Man; Bureau Investigates

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Minneapolis office is investigating claims that two agents pressured a Somali man to work as an informant in the Somali community, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group, requested the probe last week.

The man claims the agents were “intimidating and threatening” him in an attempt to get him to cooperate with an undercover investigation, the Pioneer Press reported.

The FBI pledged to take the allegations seriously.

“We’re just trying to determine what happened, and appropriate action will be taken, or not, depending on what we discover here,” FBI Special Agent Kyle Loven told the Pioneer Press.

 

 

Jury to Decide Fate of Somali-Born Man Accused of Terrorism in Portland

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jurors today are deliberating the fate of a Somali-born man accused of trying to detonate a bomb at a 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, the Daily Beast reports.

The big question is whether Mohamed Mohamud, who was in braces and 19 years old when he first met undercover agents, was entrapped by overzealous law enforcers.

Both sides delivered closing arguments Wednesday, the Daily Beast wrote.

Mohamud’s attorney said his client was a vulnerable, impressionable teenager who had no intention of hurting anyone until feds approached him with the idea of detonating a bomb.

Prosecutors countered that Mohamud is a serious threat because he intended to kill up to thousands of people.

The Inventor of “Nagra,” A Recording System Used by Fed Agents, Has Died

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents remember the “Nagra,”, the first portable professional sound recorder.

Well, the inventor of the system, Stefan Kudelski, has died at age 84, according to swissinfo.ch, the website for the Swiss Broadcasting company.  The Kudelski Group in Switzerland made the announcement.

One former federal official told ticklethewire.com that it was a portable tape recorder that agents taped to their body.

“It had a specific tape length so the agents had to conclude their dealings within that set time,” he said.

The Swiss news organization reported that Kudelski created the Nagra in 1951. It was also used by the radio, film and television industry.

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Former Iraqis Accused of Terrorism Are Sentenced to Federal Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two former Iraqi residents who were living in Kentucky were sentenced to prison this week for their involvement with terrorist activities, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 25, was given a life sentence, while his conspirator, Waad Ramadan Alwan, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.

Both had already pleaded guilty.

“These are experienced terrorists who willingly and enthusiastically participated in what they believed were insurgent support operations designed to harm American soldiers in Iraq,” U.S. Attorney David Hale said. “The serious crimes of both men merit lengthy punishment, and only the value of Alwan’s immediate and extensive cooperation with law enforcement justifies our recommendation of a reduced sentence for him. Bringing these men to justice is the result of a comprehensive law enforcement effort.”

The defendants tried to ship weapons and money to Iraqi insurgents, the FBI said.

FBI’s Spanish-Speaking website Popular among immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s efforts to reach out to Spanish-speaking residents for help fighting crime appears to be working, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Two years ago this month, the bureau launched a Spanish-language website on www.fbi.gov.

Since then, the site has been viewed more than 160,000 times, according to the FBI.

The bureau has posted stories on the site that it believes would help reduce crimes against Spanish-speaking residents.

Stories included human trafficking and scams against the elderly.

FBI Agents Raid Business of Eye Doctor Accused of Providing Prostitutes to U.S. Senator

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents raided the South Florida business of an eye doctor accused of providing underage prostitutes and free trips to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, Fox News reports.

The New Jersey Democrat adamantly denied any wrongdoing.

Federal authorities accuse Dr. Salomon Melgen, a big supporter of the senator, of providing perks to Menendez, Fox News wrote.

The focus appears to be on Melgen’s finances and whether Menendez violated campaign laws or had sex with underage prostitutes.

The FBI declined to divulge details of the probe.

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