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Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom, Fighting Extradition to the U.S., to Start a New Political Party

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is busy these days.

In addition to trying to avoid extradition to the U.S. on charges of massive copyright infringement, Dotcom is hatching a new political party in New Zealand, where he lives, the Washington Post reports.

Dotcom said he’s confident he’ll stay in New Zealand, saying copyright infringement is not a sufficient reason to force his extradition.

Dotcom said he’s still in the planning stages.

“I have a handful of people who have already committed to be part of it, but we’re still in the early stages,” he told the Post about getting others involved in his new party, which does not yet have a name.

Deadly Bath Salts Became Big Craze in Syracuse, Making it ‘Ground Zero’ for Synthetic Drug

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Bath salts, a synthetic stimulant blamed for the deaths and panic attacks of users nationwide, appeared to become a craze in Syracuse before spreading elsewhere, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

A former candidate of the Syracuse Common Council received a shipment of the drug, which he called “molly,” a name for the pure form of Ecstasy.

It was anything but pure.

But as he circulated different version at swingers’ parties in the Syracuse area in 2010, partygoers became agitated and dehydrated, the Post-Standard wrote, citing a DEA investigation.

“And Syracuse apparently was ground zero in the United States,” the newspaper wrote, attributing the DEA.

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Snowden Documents: NSA Has Undermined Encryption That Protects Online Privacy

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The NSA has surreptitiously succeeded in unscrambling encryption that protects people’s privacy online, the New York Times reports.

It’s the latest discovery from documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

According to the Times, the NSA has been able to undermine coding to access information ranging from personal e-mails to medical records.

The NSA used supercomputers, technical trickery and old-fashion persuasion, the Times wrote.

“For the past decade, N.S.A. has led an aggressive, multipronged effort to break widely used Internet encryption technologies,” said a 2010 memo about NSDA accomplishments for employees of its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. “Cryptanalytic capabilities are now coming online. Vast amounts of encrypted Internet data which have up till now been discarded are now exploitable.”

Terrorism Suspect to Be Charged Today with Trying to Get FBI Agent Killed

diagram of car bomb

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A suburban Chicago terrorism suspect is expected to be charged today with trying to solicit the murder of an FBI agent, the Associated Press reports.

Adel Daoud, who is accused of attempting to ignite what he thought was a car bomb outside of a downtown Chicago bar, is expected to plead not guilty.

Investigators allege Daoud was attempting to have an undercover FBI agent killed while behind bars in 2012.

Video: Before Ariel Castro Hanged Himself in Jail, He Revealed A Lot

 

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When Ariel Castro hanged himself in his jail cell earlier this week, he left behind many questions.

How was he able to avoid arrest for abducting and raping women? Why did he do it?

Some of the answers can be found in recently obtained FBI video of the convicted kidnapper, who said authorities had chances to catch him much earlier than they did, Today reports.

Castro also said his girlfriend had suspicions.

“She seen that I had a TV on in the upstairs room,’’ Castro said in the interrogation video. “And she says, ‘What is that? You have a TV on up there?’ And my heart started beating, and I was like, ‘Okay, she’s probably catching onto something.’”

Judge Dismisses DUI Charges Because Border Patrol Unlawfully Held Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Vermont woman who was charged with drunken driving will walk away after a judge ruled the U.S. Border Patrol held her illegally, the Associated Press reports.

Judge Howard Van Benthuysen said Border Patrol agents did not have the right to take Meaghan Leary’s keys from her, which effectively forced her to wait 53 minutes for a state trooper to arrive, the AP wrote.

The judge said agents never gave Leary a lawful reason for holding her.

Janet Napolitano’s Leadership at Homeland Security Expires at End of Today

Janet Napolitano/file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who served longer than either of her two predecessors, will step down at the end of today to become the first female president of the University of California.

“It’s challenging; it’s very rewarding. Because the things you do really impact human lives,” she said in an interview with NBC News on Thursday at the department’s headquarters in Washington.

Beginning Saturday, new interim Homeland Security Secretary Randy Beers will take over until President Obama decides on a predecessor.

Obama sought out Napolitano, who served six years as governor of Arizona.

Napolitano is credited with getting rid of the color-coded threat system and introducing body scanners and airport pat-downs, NBC News reported.

She oversaw more than 300 natural disasters and relentless terrorism threats.

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