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Hate Group Files Suit for Permission to Post Controversial Anti-Muslim Ads on Buses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An anti-Muslim group is suing King County for refusing to let it post controversial FBI advertisements on Metro buses, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

The anti-terrorism ads previously ran until the FBI pulled them following complaints that the image, which depicts mostly non-white, Muslim terrorism suspects, perpetuated a negative stereotype of Muslims.

The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative claims King County violated its first amendment rights to free speech by refusing to let the ads run, the Post-Intelligencer wrote.

The county did not comment.

Civil Rights Group Gets Access to Phone Secret Surveillance Unit Information

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New documents reveal more about the FBI’s cell phone surveillance group, which has the technology to listen to anyone’s calls, Slate reports.

The surveillance method was revealed in new documents received by the civil rights group, Electronic Privacy Information Center, using the Freedom of Information Act.

The technology, most commonly referred to as “Stingrays” are portable surveillance transceivers that trick phones into transferring onto a fake network, Slate wrote.

The FBI maintains it uses the phones to track information of individual suspects, but the group believes the surveillance may violate the federal Communications Act because it interferes with the cellphone signals.

Government Shut Down Leaves Justice Department Understaffed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The government shutdown has made life difficult for the U.S. Department of Justice.

With just a fraction of the staff working, attorneys said they are overwhelmed by work, ABC News reports.

The shutdown forced so-called nonessential employees to stay home

“What bothers me the most about the entire situation is this whole idea that there are nonessential employees in the U.S. Attorneys office. None of my people are non essential,” U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance told ABC.

The Federal Public Defenders Office continues to operate, but only because it had reserve funds that are about to run out.

“Those funds are becoming depleted and will be depleted shortly. Once those funds are depleted, we will continue to represent the indigent,” Public defender Kevin Butler told ABC. “We will continue to provide quality representation. We simply will not be paid for our services.”

 

Air Force Staffer in Illinois Possessed Pipe Bombs Intended for Sex Offenders

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 24-year-old Air Force staffer in Illinois is accused of having pipe bombs that he intended to use to attack sex offenders, the Associated Press reports.

Justin Vangilder, who also said he was feeling suicidal, was charged Friday with three felony counts.

Authorities said they found three pipe bombs, which he said he fantasized using on child molesters, the AP wrote.

Vangilder is assigned to Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois.

FBI, ATF Probe Attacks on Arkansas’ Power Grid

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF are investigating what appears to be three attacks on Arkansas’ power grid over the past six weeks, THV 11 reports.

“We believe that anyone that intentionally brings down power lines could potentially put themselves at risk and certainly the public at risk,” said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kimberly Brunell. “Though we remain confident that we will identify the person or persons responsible for these incidents we are enlisting the public’s help to be our eyes and to be our ears. We take threats to our power grid very seriously.”

In one incident, the scofflaws cut down two power poles, knocking out power to roughly 10,000 people, THV reported.

Furious Bitcoin Users Prank FBI Following Silk Road Shutdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has received more than 200 complaints from pro-drug advocates after agents raided Silk Road, an online marketplace for drugs, guns and other illicit goods, the Guardian reports.

While attempting to access $80 million worth of Bitcoins accumulated by Silk Road founder, the FBI seized $3.2 million worth of Bitcoins that the city had held in escrow for customers.

The FBI transferred the Bitcoins to blockchain.info so users can still access their Bitcoin accounts, the Guardian wrote.

Users sought retaliation by posting public messages along with minuscule transactions.

One Bitcoin user quoted Thomas Jefferson: “The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

Amber Alert Website Restored After Outrage Expressed Over Shutdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government’s Amber Alert website was restored Monday morning after people expressed outrage.

The site, www.AmberAlert.gov, was temporarily taken offline because of the government shutdown.

“The Amber Alert system was never interrupted, but to eliminate any confusion, the informational site maintained by the Justice Department has been restored,” Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN.

While the website was taken down, the Amber Alert system was still functioning, Justice Department officials said. They said Amber Alerts were still issued, and the system was not impacted.

Keeping the website up requires bringing in furloughed employees, Fallon said.

“It’s a cyber-security risk for sites to be posted but not maintained or supervised,” Fallon said.

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Most Dangerous States Are Not What You Might Expect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Think of the most dangerous states in the U.S. and you’re likely to name places like Michigan, New York, California and Texas.

They have large cities with reputations for violence.

But newly released FBI statistics show the most dangerous states are Tennessee, Nevada and Alaska, the USA Today reports.

You are more likely to be a victim of violence in those states than any other in the country, according to the stats.