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FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Puerto Rico Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI agent will oversee operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Carlos Cases, previously served as director for Latin America and the southwest border for the FBI’s criminal investigations division in Washington, D.C., will monitor crimes in U.S. territories from the San Juan, Puerto Rico office, the FBI announced.

Working outside of the mainland is nothing new for Cases. He worked at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and also at the FBI office in Puerto Rico, where he played a role one of the bureau’s largest public corruption cases of local police.

Cases replaces Joseph Campbell, who served most recently as special agent in charge of the Puerto Rico office.

FBI: Alabama Hostage-Taker Was Ready to Detonate Explosive Devices

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An Alabama man who took a boy hostage in an underground bunker for days had two explosive devices ready to detonate, the FBI said Tuesday, the Miami Herald reports.

The FBI also revealed that a firefight ensued as FBI agents rushed the bunker to save the boy who turns 6 today.

The Herald wrote that one of the bombs was in the bunker, while the other was in a plastic tube through which negotiators were speaking to the suspect, Jimmy Lee Dykes.

FBI special agent Jason Pack said Dykes “reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement.”

The devices were never detonated.

The boy is reportedly doing well, the Miami Herald reported.

California Detective Arrested on Charges of Taking Cash in Exchange for Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents arrested a San Louis Obispo detective on allegations he was involved in a bribery scheme, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Cory Pierce, 39, was charged in federal court with one count of bribery, the LA Times wrote.

He’s accused of taking cash and narcotics from two people whom he calls “cooperating witnesses.”

In exchange, Pierce provided the pair with drugs for personal use and fake drugs to sell, the FBI reported.

Pierce also is accused of tipping off drug sources about the ongoing probe.

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FBI Agents Rescue Child Who Was Held Captive for Seven Days in a Bunker

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

After seven grueling days, negotiations between the FBI and a kidnapper had broken down in southern Alabama.

Fears elevated when agents saw the kidnapper, Jimmy Lee Dykes, with a gun, NBC News reports.

A decision had to be made.

“Within the past 24 hours negotiations deteriorated and Mr. Dykes was observed holding a gun,” Special Agent in Charge Stephen Richardson, of the Mobile, Ala., office, said at a press briefing Monday. “At this point, FBI agents, fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child.”

Dykes was killed in the standoff, and the child was unharmed, NBC New reported.

FBI: Suspect in Wrigley Field Bombing Case May Have Been Entrapped by Informant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A month before Sami Samir Hassoun placed what he thought was a bomb near Wrigley Field in Chicago in 2010, the FBI worried the undercover informant had entrapped the suspect and warned the informant to back off, the Associated Press reports.

The AP wrote that Hassoun’s defense attorney disclosed the information in hopes of convincing a judge to order prosecutors to hand over more details on the informant, including how much he was paid.  

The informant was a key witness in the prosecution of Hassoun, who is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12.

FBI notes from March 2012 indicate that agents were worried the informant “is or is close to committing entrapment with Sami.” The informant was taken aside “and it was emphasized not to encourage Sami to get involved in illegal activity,” the AP reported.

The case is under review.

Hispanic News Group Voxxi Shows Bias After FBI Raid

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Hispanic news organization Voxxi brands itself as an independent watchdog that will stop at nothing for the truth.

But there was one truth the nationwide news group would not pursue – an FBI raid on Voxxi’s founder, Dr. Salomon Melgenlast week, the Washington Times reports.

Melgen has come under fire after reports that he provided bribes such as airfare and young prostitutes to Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The Washington Times wrote that Voxxi waited several days before acknowledging the raid in publication but wrote dozens of articles praising Menendez as “a fighter of the middle class.”

Grandson of Malcolm X Reportedly Arrested by FBI Before Trip to Iran

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents reportedly arrested Muslim activist and grandson of Malcolm X, Malcolm Lateef Shabazz, before a scheduled visit to Iran, Press TV reports.

Shabazz was on his was way to attend the Hollywoodism International Conference in Tehran when agents arrested him.

Details are murky because the FBI has declined to provide information, Press TV reported.

The conference is popular among filmmakers, actors, directors and movie critics.

It’s unclear whether the trip was related, Press TV wrote.

Justice Department: U.S. Permitted to Kill American Citizens Involved with al-Qaida

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A confidential memo obtained by NBC News reveals that the Justice Department has found no legal reason to bar the U.S. government from killing American citizens who are involved with al-Qaida or its alliances.

The 16-page memo, reported by NBC News, paints a clearer picture of President Obama’s legal reasoning for increasing the use of drone strikes in other countries.

The memo indicates the federal government can order the killing of an American citizen even if there’s no evidence the citizen was engaged in an active attack agains the U.S, NBC News reported.

“The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,” the memo states.

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