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Washington Post Editorial: Has FBI Lost Focus on Real Bad Guys?

Editorial Board
Washington Post

Law Enforcement agencies can’t be expected to stop every terrorist attack, any more than they can prevent every mass shooting. If, as most investigators now appear to believe, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev acted on their own with a bomb design downloaded from the Internet, their plot posed a steep challenge to those agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for detecting threats.

Nevertheless, there are reasons for concern about the two agencies’ performance, based on what is known so far about their tracking of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The older and more radical brother was first identified as a possible extremist by Russia, which asked the FBI to investigate him in early 2011. Later that year, also after prompting from Russia, the CIA asked that his name be added to a watch list maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, The Post’s Greg Miller and Sari Horowitz reported. His subsequent departure for Russia in early 2012 resulted in “a ping” to customs officials, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Tuesday. However, it appears the FBI never learned that Tamerlan had left the country and was not informed when he returned in July.

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FBI Searches Martial Arts Studio in Mississippi in Search of Ricin Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents investigating who sent ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and other officials searched a martial arts studio in Mississippi on Wednesday after prosecutors dropped charges against the original suspect, CNN reports.

Wearing hazardous materials suits, agents also searched the home of James Everett Dutschke on Tuesday after charges were dismissed against Paul Kevin Curtis. Dutschke authorized the searches of his home and the martial arts studio, the FBI said.

CNN reported that Dutschke has not been called a suspect.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Dutschke sent the ricin letters and tried to set up Curtis, one law enforcement source told CNN.

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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Fed Judge Skeptical of Justice Dept. Bid to Dismiss Lawsuit in Fast and Furious Case


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A fed judge in D.C. appeared skeptical of the Justice Department’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit centering on the poorly thought out ATF operation known as Fast and Furious, according to the Associated Press. 

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has filed a lawsuit seeking records related to the operation.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson “sharply challenged the department’s claim that federal courts have no jurisdiction in the dispute,” according to the Associated Press.

“I’m a check and balance,” countered Jackson.”The third branch exists.”

 

Boston Bombing Suspect Tells Investigators that He and Brother Acted Alone

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The plan to set off bombs at the Boston Marathon wasn’t hatched until about a week before the event, the surviving suspect told investigators Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Writing from his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said he and his brother acted alone and were not trained by outsider terrorist groups, the L.A. Times reports.

The brothers were angry over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and hastily plotted the attack, learning how to build bombs using pressure cookers in an online magazine tied to Al Qaeda, Tsarnaev told investigators, who do not believe outside Islamic groups were involved.

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.

Female Prison Guards Charged in Smuggling Case with Baltimore Jail Gang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Thirteen female guards are accused in a federal indictment of working with an inmate gang to smuggle drugs and other banned items into a Baltimore jail, the USA Today reports.

Four of those women were impregnated by the leader of the gang, the .

Inmates and the guards were charged with racketeering, drug trafficking, extortion, bribery and money laundering, the USA Today reported.

The Black Guerrilla Family was formed in San Quentin Prison in 1966, the USA Today wrote.