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Attorney: Four Men Who Intended to Blow Up Synagogues Were Entrapped By Undercover FBI Sting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four men imprisoned for plotting to blow up two synagogues in Riverdale, N.Y. were entrapped by a paid FBI informant posing as an Islamic extremist, their attorneys told an appeals court Monday, the New York Daily News reports.

The attorneys of the men – James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payan – argue the convictions and 25-year sentences should be overturned because the FBI preyed on vulnerable, poverty-stricken Muslims who otherwise would not have committed a crime, the Daily News wrote.

Prosecutor Adam Hickey argued the defendants could have walked away without intending to blow up two synagogues in 2009.

No decision has been made yet by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Opinion: U.S. Is Winning the War on Drugs

By Gil Kerlikowske 
Director of White House’s National Drug Control Policy

Since March 2009, the Obama administration has placed an unprecedented amount of personnel, infrastructure and technology along the southwest border. The U.S. Border Patrol has doubled in size, we’ve bolstered operations at our ports of entry and we’ve expanded successful partnerships with the Mexican government that are cracking down on cross-border crime. These actions have improved our ability to disrupt drug-trafficking across the United States.

As drug seizures have increased due to smarter enforcement, the U.S. consumption of cocaine and methamphetamine has also plummeted. Since 2006, cocaine use has dropped by more than 40 percent, and meth use has fallen by a third. The demand for these drugs in the United States has fallen substantially, and the market for cocaine in particular is in disarray.

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Memorial Set for Border Patrol Agent Who Died on Duty

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Funeral services are set today for a 44-year-old U.S. Border Patrol agent who died while on duty in west Texas, the agency said this morning.

David Delaney died while installing a camera at Big Bend National Park.

Foul play is not suspected.

Authorities are awaiting results from an autopsy to determine exact cause of death.

Delaney’s viewing is today from noon until 2 p.m. at the Civic Center in Fort Stockton, Texas.

The memorial service begins at 2 p.m.

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Border Patrol Agent Dies While on Duty in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Border Patrol agent on foot patrol in Texas died Friday following a medical emergency, the agency told Tickle the Wire today.

Foul play isn’t suspected in the death of Agent David Delaney, said Bill Brooks, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The agency is awaiting results from an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Delaney was hiking near Big Bend National Park in west Texas to install a camera when he died.

Delaney was a 10-year veteran of Border Patrol and was assigned to the Big Bend sector.

He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.

‘Whitey’ Bulger Wants Evidence to Show He Had License to Kill from Government

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Lawyers for mobster James “Whitey” Bulger are seeking more evidence to bolster their claim that the accused serial murderer was given a license to kill by the federal government, the Boston Herald reports.

Defense lawyers are asking U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns to order the release of all relevant correspondence between the Department of Justice and the New England Organized Crime Strike Force, the Herald wrote.

“The federal government and the Department of Justice has a long-standing history of providing protection and rewards, even to murderers, if it assists them in other investigations they are interested in,” Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. stated in court papers filed Friday.

Bulger was a useful FBI informant in the government’s investigation of his rivals in the New England Mafia.

Bulger’s trial is scheduled to begin in March, the Herlad reported.

FBI Agents to Question Suspect in Deadly Benghazi Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents plan to question a suspect in the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya in a development that could bring suspects to justice in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the Associated Press reports.

The suspect, Ali Ani al Harzi, drew suspicions after he detailed the attack on social media as it was happening, according to the AP.

Al Harzi is detained in Tunisia.

“We are very pleased the Tunisian government is working with American investigators to allow in person access to Ali Ani al Harzi. Under this arrangement the interviews will be under Tunisian supervision and consistent with their sovereignty and meets the needs of our investigative team,” U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Saxby Chambliss said in a statement Saturday.

“Allowing American investigators in person access will make the interview more meaningful and is a welcome breakthrough in our efforts to find the perpetrators of the Benghazi Consulate attacks,” they added, according to the AP.

Investigation: Friendly Fire That Killed a U.S. Border Patrol Agent Was Not Sparked by Communication Breakdown

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A preliminary investigation into the friendly fire death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona found that agents didn’t lose radio contact before shots were fired, the Associated Press reports.

The sheriff’s report eased fears that a communication breakdown led to the fatal shooting, as many had speculated.

According to the AP, Agent Nicholas Ivie, 30, was responding to an underground sensor designed to detect illegal activity when two other agents to the south of him opened fire.

It was revealed that one of the agents who opened fire said she saw Ivie but drew her weapon when gunfire erupted.

The shooting remains under investigation.