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Drug Arrests Increase in 2016 Despite Rhetoric on Rehabilitation

Drugs and MoneyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The war on drugs picked up steam last year. 

Drug arrests increased by 5.6% in the U.S. in 2016, even as local and federal governments began to call for less incarceration in favor of rehabilitation, according to new FBI data.

The number of arrests jumped from 1.488 million in 2015 to 1.573 million – or one arrest every 20 seconds.

The increase in arrests come despite many states legalizing medicinal or recreational marijuana.

The data does not break down the arrests by drug type.

FBI Releases Sketch of Person of Interest in Post Office Bombing

FBI sketch of person of interest in the bombing of a post office in Indiana.

FBI sketch of person of interest in the bombing of a post office in Indiana.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has released a sketch of “a person of interest” in the bombing of a post office in northwestern Indiana that killed an employee or injured several others.

The explosion was caused by a pipe bomb shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the post office in East Chicago.

The person of interest is described as a 6-feet tall, skinny, clean-shaven white man who is about 3o years old. He was wearing dark-rimmed glasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and dark vinyl sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI or submit an online tip at www.tips.fbi.gov.

Washington State Gang Member Lands on FBI’s Most Wanted List

Santiago Mederos has been added to the FBI's Most Wanted list.

Santiago Mederos has been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list.


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Tacoma, Wash., gang member has been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Santiago Mederos, 26, was charged in 2010 with killing two people in separate shootings. He has been on the run ever since.

“The victims who lost their lives in 2010 were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Jay Tabb, Jr. said Monday at a press conference at Tacoma police headquarters, the News Tribune reports

“Despite having no connection to street gangs they were senselessly targeted by Mederos.”

The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for his arrest.

Facebook Warned U.S. Government of Suspected Russian Hackers Before Election

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

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Ex-Agent: Secret Service Not Trained to Handle Weaponized Drones, 3-D Guns


secret-servic-via-secret-serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. is vulnerable to attacks from weaponized drones, 3-D printed guns and other high-tech weapons because the Secret Service isn’t equipped to cope with the “grave threat,” a former agent told the Washington Examiner

Don Bongino, author of “Protecting the President,” said President Trump is at risk of an attack from the high-tech weapons.

“The threat is grave,” Bongino said.

Bongino explained that the Secret Service is trained primarily to stop ground attacks, but are not equipped to handle weaponized drones. He also said that 3D-printed guns may not be detected my traditional magnetometers.

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FBI Launches Civil Rights Investigation into Mass Shooting at Tennessee Church

Emanuel Kidega Samson

Emanuel Kidega Samson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation into the mass shooting that killed one woman and wounded eight others at a church in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday.

“The Memphis FBI Field Office’s Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee have opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee,” David Boling, spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Nashville, said in a statement.

“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Police identified the attacker as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, a legal U.S. resident who came to the U.S. from Sudan and lived in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Authorities were still unsure of a motive Sunday evening, but church members told investigators that Samson attended the church a few times in the past year or two.

Samson first opened fire in the parking lot at the Burnette Chapel Church, fatally shooting a woman who was walking to her car. Samson then walked into the church with two pistols, shooting six people. Samson also was injured from a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest and was hospitalized for several hours before he was taken into police custody.

He is expected to be charged today with murder and other related charges.

Russia Targeted at Least 21 States in Hacking Scheme During 2016 Election

Cyber crime expert, via FBI.

Cyber crime expert, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security alerted 21 states that Russian tried to hack their election systems in 2016.

Some of the states were critical battlegrounds in the presidential election, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Arizona, according to the Washington Post

Homeland Security didn’t release details or say whether the hacking attempts were successful.

“We need Congress and the president to help states with their security systems for elections and ensure funding for more secure equipment where needed, and we need it to happen now,” Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill (D) said. “Rather than investigating this attack on our democracy from a hostile foreign power, the Trump administration has formed a commission to prove that he won the popular vote, an idea that has been entirely discredited by numerous studies.

At least one state’s election system was breached, according to Bloomberg

In early July 2016, a contractor who works two or three days a week at the state board of elections detected unauthorized data leaving the network, according to Ken Menzel, general counsel for the Illinois board of elections. The hackers had gained access to the state’s voter database, which contained information such as names, dates of birth, genders, driver’s licenses and partial Social Security numbers on 15 million people, half of whom were active voters. As many as 90,000 records were ultimately compromised.

Judge: Border Patrol Agents Had Right to Use Deadly Force Against Rock Thrower

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A San Diego federal judge defended Border Patrol’s use of deadly force against rock throwers in a case involving a lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican man killed at the border.

Border Patrol Agent Dorian Diaz fatally shot Jesus Yanez Reyes, 40, while he allegedly was throwing rocks at agents who were pursuing him.

U.S. District Judge William Hayes ruled last week that Border Patrol agents should not be held liable for Reyes’ death, the Los Angeles Times reports

“The Court concludes that the unique circumstances surrounding Yañez’s death implicate national security issues related to the security of our nation’s borders,” Hayes said.

Hayes also said Diaz is entitled to qualified immunity.

Lawyers for Reyes’ family plan to appeal.

“We feel strongly the law was clearly established on this point,” said attorney Gerald Singleton.