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Florida Retreat of Gangster Mom Ma Barker Up for Sale

Ma Barker/ wikipedia photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Up for sale: Two story, lakefront Florida retreat riddled with bullets.

The suggested starting price: $1 million.

The frame house in rural Ocklawaha, about 60 miles northwest of Orlando, is where FBI agents killed legendary Ma Barker in 1935, Reuters reports.  She was the mother of some  gangsters of the Barker and was considered an accomplice to their crimes.

“It’s like walking into a time capsule in 1935. The fact that it has this extra history is a really interesting cachet,” Mark Arnold, a realtor, told Reuters.

Barker was one of the most notorious gangsters, wanted in the early 1930s for murders, kidnapping and robberies.

Treasury Department Chooses Justice Department Investigator to Probe Financial Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Treasury Department has tapped a top official with the Justice Department to investigate financial crimes, The Hill reports.

Jennifer Shasky Calver, who probed asset forfeiture and money laundering for the Justice Department since 2010, will replace outgoing Jim Freis.

Calvery plans to take over the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) in September.

“I am delighted to welcome Jennifer as the new FinCEN Director and as a key member of my senior leadership team. Her proven record of leadership and strong working relationships with Treasury, law enforcement and the federal bank regulatory agencies will be enormous assets to us as we work together to chart a course for FinCEN’s future,” said David Cohen, the Treasury’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, according to The Hill.

Ex-Marine Detained, Placed in Psychiatric Care for Facebook Posts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Supporters of a former Marine who was forced into psychiatric care for posting anti-government messages on Facebook say authorities are violating his First Amendment rights, the Washington Post reports.

Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since Thursday after the FBI, Secret Service and local police became alarmed by ominous Facebook posts, including one that read, “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads,” the Washington Post reported.

Raub, who has not been charged with a crime, was ordered detained for another month, according to Charlottesville-based civil liberties group, the Rutherford Institute.

“For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon,” Rutherford Executive Director John Whitehead told the Post. “This should be a wake-up call to Americans that the police state is here.”

Raub’s mother, Cathleen Thomas, said her son is “a staunch patriot.”

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From Accused Terrorist To U.S. Citizen: Ali-Haimoud’s Painful Journey

Farouk Ali-Haimoud

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — He was accused of being part of terrorist cell in Detroit in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He spent about 15 months in the Wayne County Jail, often in isolation. He was occasionally strip searched.

And then, he was acquitted of all charges.

Now, after the trial, the jailing, the humiliation and the close encounter with spending his life in prison, Farouk Ali-Haimoud has a new American experience:

He has become a U.S. citizen.

“I went through a lot to get that citizenship,” he said, talking on a recent Sunday afternoon at an Arabic bakery on West Warren Avenue in Dearborn. “Those were hard times, not just hard times for me, but for my family. They accused me of one of the worst crimes on the planet.”

About nine months ago, Ali-Haimoud, 32, got word from immigration authorities — just like millions of immigrants before him — that he was a U.S. citizen.

But his journey from Algeria to Detroit to U.S. citizenship, was anything but typical.

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Investigation: FBI Informant Armed, Trained Black Panther Party

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An undercover FBI informant was responsible for arming and training the Black Panther Party before violence broke out in the turbulent 1960s, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Activists were alarmed to learn that Richard Masato Aoki, who was considered a fearless militant and street fighter, was an informant who covertly filed reports about the Black Panthers and others in the Bay Area.

Aoki’s background was uncovered as part of three decades of research for the book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power.”

Aoki committed suicide in 2009.

Louisiana Shootout Suspects Probed for Link to Domestic Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some of the suspects in the fatal shootout with Louisiana deputies have ties to violent anarchists on the FBI’s domestic terrorism watch lists, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI is joining the investigation of Thursday’s shootout in Laplace, La., where two deputies were killed and two more wounded, police said.

At least some of the seven suspects were adherents to the “sovereign citizens” movement, which believes people are free from the responsibilities of a U.S. citizen, such as laying taxes, according to the AP.

The movement has been linked to threats against judges and law enforcement as well as fake currency.

Justice Department to Probe Professional Baseball Players for Synthetic Testosterone

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Department of Justice is joining Major League Baseball in searching for the source of synthetic testosterone found on San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera, the USA Today reports.

Helping steer the investigation is Jeff Novitzky, a criminal investigator for the Food and Drug Administration who led a separate probe of anabolic steroids about a decade ago.

Some predict the investigation could lead to big headlines as stars are revealed for using performance-enhancing drugs, the USA Today reported.

Cabrera received a 50-game suspension last week after testing positive for testosterone use.

“We can’t have bodyguards on these guys 24/7, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Sunday. “It comes down to choices. Unfortunately, I do think they get bad advice from other sources.”