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ATF Changes Policy, Gun Control Advocates Unhappy

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is loosening restrictions on the sale of guns to noncitizens, reports the New York Times.

Justice Department lawyers have decided that a rule requiring noncitizens to document that they have lived in a state for at least 90 days has no legal basis, according to a letter sent to firearms dealers on Thursday, reports the Times.

Citizens also must generally be residents in the states they purchase firearms in, but the 90-day rule does not apply to them.

“Once the regulations have been revised, both U.S. citizens and aliens legally present in the U.S. will be subject to the same requirements for state residency and proof of residency,” the A.T.F. said in the letter.

Gun control advocates such as Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, had immediate criticism of the move. The change in law “defies common sense and puts Americans at risk” by making it easier for foreign terrorists to buy guns in the US, said Lautenberg, the Times reported.

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Feds Hand Out Seized Money to Local Law Enforcement

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It was more than just a stocking stuffer. Federal agents gave more than $1.2 million in confiscated drug money to five police agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

The money came from a former medical marijuana dispensary in the area. DEA and IRS agents announced the holiday gift from the US Department of Treasury Asset Forfeiture Fund from a federal building in Oakland, Calif.

“This is a true holiday gift,” said Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban, according to the paper. Her department received the largest payment, nearly $475,000.

“The assets forfeiture program is one of the federal government’s most effective tools against drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime,” said Scott O’Briant, IRS-Criminal Investigations Special Agent in Charge, according to the paper. “The program disrupts and dismantles criminal enterprises by seizing their assets” and then distributes those resources to local law enforcement to help fight crime.

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FBI Suspects “Geezer Bandit” Ain’t Such a Geezer: Looking for Customers Who Bought Elderly Mask

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Dumfounded by the success of the “Geezer Bandit” — a prolific bank robber who appears to be in his 70s — the FBI in Southern California  is now aggressively pursuing the theory that he is actually a younger man who has donned a mask while sticking up 16 banks in the San Diego area since August 2009.

The LA Times reports that investigators in the case have served a search warrant at a costume store in the San Luis Obispo area. The warrant asks for a list of customers who bought a mask known as “The Elder.”

After the last robbery on Dec. 2 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the FBI issued a statement, according to the paper, stating:

“The robber was described as someone who appeared to be an elderly white male, but may have been wearing a synthetic-like mask and gloves to conceal his true physical characteristics.”

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Mass. Man Sentenced for Economic Espionage for Israel

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Elliot Doxer has become Massachusetts’ first ever individual prosecuted for foreign economic espionage, according to a statement from the FBI.

Doxer was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement and electronic monitoring on Tuesday, as well as fined $25,000, after providing trade secrets to an undercover agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. Doxer  had previously plead guilty.

Doxer sent an e-mail to the folks at the  Boston’s Israeli Consulate in June of 2006 telling them he worked for the company Akamai Technologies, Inc., in the finance department, and wanted to provide whatever information he could “to help our homeland and our war against our enemies,” according to the statement. Doxer also asked to be paid for the risks he was taking.

A federal agents posing as an Israeli intelligence officer spoke to Doxer in Sept, 2007, establishing a “dead drop” where the two could exchange information. Doxer visited the dead drop at least 62 times between Oct. 2007 and March 2009, leaving information and checking for new communications.

Doxer provided the undercover agent with a list of the company’s customers, contracts with those customers, a full list of the company’s employees, with positions and contact information, and a broad description of the company’s physical and computer security systems. He also said he could travel to Israel or support special operations at home.

“We acknowledge the Government of Israel for their cooperation in this investigation, and underscore that the Information does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf committed any offense under U.S. laws in this case,” said the FBI statement.

 

Investigators in WikiLeaks Case Targeted by Groups Online

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Investigators in the prosecution of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking top secret documents to WikiLeaks,  may face a backlash from activist hackers online, reports NextGov.com.

Gregg Housh,  an Internet activist who follows the pro-WikiLeaks hacking collective known as “Anonymous”, said there is talk in the chat rooms of  retaliating against people involved in the prosecution of Manning, who is currently sitting in on a military pretrial hearing to determine whether he should face a court martial.

Housh said the talk in particular is focused in on retaliating against a government-hired forensics specialist and an investigator from the Army .

“Both are being talked about pretty heavily as possibly problems that need to be dealt with,” said Housh, according to NextGov.

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Column: Republican Campaign Against Atty. Gen. Holder Ends Up Being Just Another Exercise in Partisan Politics

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Partisan politics inside the Beltway has been around forever. That’s a given. Unfortunately, these days it has reached such ridiculous heights.

That being said, if the Republicans had been serious at all about pressuring Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. to resign, they would have been a little smarter and tried to get some Democrats on board.

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Instead, it ends up looking like another Republican opportunity to bash the Obama administration and its Justice Department.

So far, more than 60 members of Congress, along with two presidential hopefuls,  have called for Holder to resign. Not one is a Democrat.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying the Republicans’ campaign is even legitimate. Sure, Eric Holder should take some blame for the disastrous Operation Fast and Furious, but I don’t think there’s any evidence so far that he intentionally misled Congress as some are saying.  Simply put: Having no Dems on their side hurts the cause.

In the end, the attack-Holder campaign by the Republicans ends up being just another ugly exercise in partisan politics.

 

Secret Service Investigate Angry Facebook Poster

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A failed city council candidate from Carson, Calif. has caught the attention of the Secret Service after posting racist commentary about the president on Facebook, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Jules Manson, who ran in March for city council on the Libertarian platform, called Barack Obama a “monkey,” then called for the assassination of the president and his “monkey children.”

“We are aware of the incident and are going to conduct appropriate followup,” said Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie, according to the LA Times.

Manson’s post was made in reaction to the controversial National Defense Authorization Act, which permits indefinite detention without trial for some terrorism suspects.

Manson later erased the comment and apologized, saying it was “careless, emotionally driven remarks that had no real substance.” He was, perhaps, not entirely sorry. He went on to write that “Not including my regular friends whom I converse with often or have in the past and always welcome their comments and posts, I do not believe many of you are concerned citizens. Most of you were simply looking for drama to demonstrate your politically correct righteousness.”

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