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Congressional Hearings to Probe Boston Marathon Bombing And Federal Response to Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The first congressional hearings begins next in the case of the Boston Marathon bombing, the National Journal reports.

The House Homeland Security plans to examine the attack and federal law enforcement response. 

Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said the investigation also focuses on the potential security breakdown among agencies, the National Journal wrote.

The Senate also is investigating.

“It is critical that we conduct a proper examination of the actions of the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security, and its interactions with state and local government partners, so that we as a nation are better able to anticipate, prevent, or if necessary respond to, the next terrorist threat,” the Senate Homeland Security Committee leaders said in a statement.

ATF Needs Permanent Director to Usher in Strong Leadership

Reno Gazette-Journal
Editorial

It is an article of faith among many opponents of additional restrictions on gun ownership that the U.S. “doesn’t need new gun laws; it only needs to enforce the ones we’ve already have.”

For the past year, the difficulties of enforcing the nation’s gun laws have been on full display in the Truckee Meadows, where a dispute between the Reno office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Office of the U.S. Attorney has decimated the ATF forces and left local law enforcement agencies scrambling to pick up the slack.

The troubles of the Reno ATF office are evidence of an agency badly in need of strong leadership, so it’s ironic that some of the same members of Congress who have blocked any new gun measures also have blocked the appointment of a permanent director for the agency for nearly seven years now.

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Border Patrol Raids Captured 230 Immigrants in Just 12 Hours

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a long, fruitful day for Border Patrol Monday. 

The Action 4 News reports that agents criss-crossed the Rio Grange Valley, raiding houses where 230 immigrants were found in about a half day.

Border Patrol was tipped off of a suspected human smuggling operations by the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. 

Agents found the immigrants scattered across the area.

The illegal immigrants will be returned to their country, Action 4 News reported.

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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While ATF Task Force Member Remains in Critical Condition, Friends and Colleagues Raise Money

Patrick Hill

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Detroit cop Patrick Hill — part of an ATF violent crime  task force — was critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect about four weeks ago on Detroit’s west side.

On Saturday night, while he remained hospitalized in critical condition, suffering from head wounds, his fellow officers and members of the community gathered at the VFW hall in Lincoln Park to raise money for Hill and his family. He and his wife have four children, ages 3 to 16.

Detroit Police Sgt. Michael DiCicco, a close friend of Hill’s who played on a traveling softball team with him, spearheaded the fundraiser on Saturday, and said about 1,000 people bought $20 tickets for the event. People also donated money and bought raffle tickets for donated prizes.

“It was a good haul,” DiCicco said, declining to disclose the total amount of money raised.

He said the money will help the family. The wife, who is a phsycian’s assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital, has taken an unpaid leave to help take care of her husband. DiCicco said she was on hand Saturday night along with other family members.

“She was floored,” he said. “It was overwhelming for her to see all those people come out to support her husband.

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To donate money for Patrick Hill, click here. 

 

 

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Seriously Injures Knee Getting into U.S. Marshals Van

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — A new motion filed on behalf of convicted felon Kwame Kilpatrick indicates that he thinks he has plenty appealable issues and is innocent of the 24 criminal counts he was convicted of in March.

It also talks about how he damaged his knee while getting into a U.S. Marshals van.

The motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court by attorney James Thomas, asks the judge for the third time to let Kilpatrick go free pending sentencing. His request the previous two times was rejected, and he’s likely to have a hard time convincing U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edminds to change her mind this time around.

Thomas writes that Kilpatrick has been preliminarily diagnosed with a torn Anterior Ligament (ACL).

In the motion he states:

This injury occurred just after the verdict in this case on March 11, 2013. While Defendant Kilpatrick was exiting the federal building, chained and bound (hands and feet), he slipped on the rain soaked steel step of the Federal Marshal Van, being provided for transport to the Federal Detention Center at Milan, Michigan. After receiving no care for more than a week at the Detention facility,and experiencing tremendous swelling of the knee, the Court convened a meeting of the federal marshals and Detention Center Staff.

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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.