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FBI: Teen Accused of Trying to Detonate Bomb in Portland Also Wanted to Live Regular College Life

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A teenager on trial for trying to blow up what he thought was a bomb at an event in Portland, Oregon was “conflicted and manipulable,” the FBI acknowledged in an early assessment of the suspect, the Associated Press reports.

Mohamed Mohamud’s attorney has been trying to paint the suspect as a naive, harmless teenager who was manipulated by overzealous FBI agents.

But prosecutors Wednesday sought to depict him as an extremist bent on killing.

One email assessment by FBI Special Agent Isaac DeLong said Mohamud “wants to have it both ways” – as an extremist and binge-drinking college student, the AP wrote.

Judge To Let FBI Agent Off Hook If He Stays Out of Trouble: Agent Accused of Taking Off Pants and Making Lewd Gestures on Highway

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge may drop charges against an off-duty FBI agent accused of dropping his pants and making lewd gestures at a truck driver on I-90 in New York, WIVB reports.

A judge said Wednesday that John Yervelli Jr.’s charge of indecency would be dropped if he stays out of trouble for at least six months, WIVB reported.

Yervelli was arrested after a truck driver spotted him driving without pants on the NYS Thruway, according to WIVB.

Yervelli continues to work at the FBI and is getting counseling, WIVB wrote.

Justice Department’s Head of Criminal Division Lanny Breuer to Resign Soon

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department’s expert on public corruption and financial fraud is leaving the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, head of the criminal division,  is calling it quits,  the Post reports.

Breuer has been praised for aggressively pursuing white-collar crime and beefing up the division’s involvement in money-laundering case.

The Post wrote that Breuer’s “days in office are winding down.”

Breuer used to be a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office, becoming versed in white-collar crimes.

It’s unclear why he’s stepping down.

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President Obama Protected by More Female Secret Service Agents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Anyone watching President Obama’s second inaugural address may have seen some unsung heroes protecting the free world’s most powerful man.

Four female Secret Service agents were on hand – the most at any one time, Cosmopolitan reports.

“We’re pumped that the President practices the equality he preaches,” Cosmopolitan wrote. “Women are – despite what some people say – more than qualified to do any job a man can do, including protecting the most important politician in our country.”

The magazine goes further, saying perhaps women are better suited for the job than men because of their “superior observation and problem-solving skills.”

Attorney Charged with Orchestrating Murder of FBI Informant on Trial – Again

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Prominent New Jersey attorney Paul Bergrin, who is accused of using his law firm to commit crimes, including drug trafficking, prostitution and the murder of an FBI informant, is on trial in Newark federal court, Reuters reports. 

The trial began Tuesday and is the prosecution’s second attempt at landing a conviction against Bergrin.

The 57-year-old is charged with 24 counts of charges, including orchestrating the 2004 murder of Kemo DeShawn McCray, an FBI informant who was a witness against one of his clients.

The first trial ended in a hung jury in November 2011.

Ohio Woman Sues FBI, Claiming She Was Mishandled Because of Her Ethnicity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

DETROIT — A 36-year-old Ohio woman is suing the FBI and other federal agencies, saying she was removed from a flight in Detroit on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, manhandled, strip-searched and thrown into a dirty cell for more than four hours, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Shoshana Hebshi, who the Free Press describe as half-Jewish and half-Arab, says she and two Indian-American men were yanked from a Frontier Airlines flight after it landed in Detroit.

Federal agents handcuffed the trio, escorted them off the plan and pushed them into vehicles.

The ACLU filed the suit Tuesday in Detroit.

“I was frightened and humiliated,” said Hebshi, a freelance journalist and mother of 7-year-old twins. “As an American citizen and a mom, I’m really concerned about my children growing up in a country where your skin color and your name can put your freedom and liberty at risk at any time.”

Prince William County, hoping to be home to FBI’s New Headquarters, to Get New Firing Range

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It’s not the good news Prince William County has been waiting for, but it’s a good step.

The county, which is a candidate for a new FBI headquarters, will be home to a new firing range for law enforcement, including federal agents, the Washington Business Journal reports.

The FBI gave the county $150,000 to get the effort moving, the Journal wrote.

Under an agreement between the FBI and county, the bureau wants permission to use the facility, but not until the existing range, which is old and cramped, is replaced.

The Journal wrote that the funding will pay for two 50-point handgun ranges and a rifle range.

Border Patrol Urges Locals to Help Track Down Elusive Drug Smugglers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Not even 39-foot-high speed boats with 1,200 horsepower is enough for Border Patrol to hunt down all smugglers along the U.S. coast 36 miles north of Tijuana, Mexico, Fox News reports.

Agents are now asking for local residents to help in the hunt.

“We are actively pursuing this and we are asking for the public’s help because we can’t be everywhere,” agent Edward Cleary said during a Del Mar City Council meeting on Jan. 14, according to The Coast News.

The feds need more eyes looking out for boats that drop off drugs along the coast to getaway trucks, Fox News wrote.

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