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DA: FBI Agent, Boston Cop Justified in Shooting Terror Suspect

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent and Boston police officer were justified in using deadly force against a man suspected in a terror plot.

Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force shot Usaamah Rahim, 26, on June 2, 2015, after they say he lunged at them with a knife, NBC4 reports.

The task force approached him about recorded phone conversations when he tried to attack the members.

“The evidence proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Rahim was armed with a large, military-style knife and posed the threat of death or serious bodily injury to the task force officers,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said at a Wednesday afternoon media briefing. “Their use of deadly force was a lawful exercise of self defense and defense of others.”

Rahim was accused of plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller for organizing a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. But investigators said he and co-conspirators chose instead to plot an attack on police officers.

FBI Veteran Amy Hess to Take Helm at Bureau’s Louisville Office

Amy Hess/fbi photo

Amy Hess/fbi photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Amy Hess, a 26-year veteran of the FBI, will be the new special agent in charge of the Louisville office beginning in October.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports she will be replacing the current head of the office, Howard S. Marshall, who is headed to FBI headquarters to become deputy assistant director of the Cyber Division.

Hess’ most recent assignment was executive assistant director of the Science and Technology Branch of the FBI. She has worked with the bureau since 1991.

Hess is originally from Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Prosecutors Drop Case Against ex-DEA Agent Accused of Posing As FBI Agent

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former DEA agent who was accused of posing as an FBI agent in a fraud scheme no longer faces charges.

The Daily Breeze reports that federal prosecutors dropped their case against David Garcia Herrera, 70, this week.

The decision comes after U.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal said he would inform jurors that the U.S. Attorney’s Office had used bad evidence in the case.

Herrera and his alleged conspirator, Jerome Arthur Whittington, are accused of convincing a victim that they would help him recover money he lost in investment schemes if he paid about $290,000.

In another scheme, Herrera and Whittington are accused of convincing another victim to pay them about $8,500 to help with his wife’s immigration case.

Other Stories of Interest

Mississippi Man Who Tried to Join ISIS Credits FBI for Saving His Life

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ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mississippi man thanked the FBI for saving his life as he was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for trying to join ISIS.

Muhammad Dakhlalla told a federal judge that he didn’t know at the time what ISIS represented, the Associated Press reports. 

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Dakhlalla said he watched Internet videos with his former fiancee, Jaelyn Young, and videos depicted ISIS members helping people in Syria and Iraq. While jailed, he said he learned about ISIS’ violence after watching TV news coverage of the terrorist organization.

“I was completely wrong about what ISIS was,” Dakhlalla told U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. “I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re really sick and twisted. They twist Islam for their own agenda. I denounce them. I condemn them.”

His former fiancee, Young, was sentenced to 12 years in prison earlier this month.

FBI Investigating Hacking of Actress Leslie Jones After Nude Photos Posted

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the hacking of actress and comedian Leslie Jones.

TMZ reports the FBI is trying to track down the person or people who hacked her iCloud and cell phone for photos and personal information. 

Nude photos and personal information was added to her website, causing a big embarassment for the star.

It’s unclear whether agents are investigating on the West Coast or East Coast because Jones lives in both.

Jones was a co-star on the new Ghostbusters movie and has been taunted by racists on Twitter.

Son of Jailed ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Kidnapped in Mexican Resort

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The son of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was among six men kidnapped by seven armed men who stormed into trendy restaurant in the Mexican resort Puerto Vallarta.

CNN reports that the Jesus Alfredo Guzman, 29, was kidnapped shortly after 1 a.m. Monday.

Jesus Alfredo Guzman is believed to be involved with the Sinaloa Cartel. At least three of the others who were kidnapped are said to have ties with organized crime.

“At this moment, we have identified four of the kidnapped,” Jalisco Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said, “one of them being Jesus Alfredo Guzman.”

Almaguer said no one reported the men missing, and authorities have not heard from the kidnappers.

House Committee to Investigate Whether Clinton Perjured Herself

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The House Judiciary Committee plans to grill FBI officials next month to determine whether Hillary Clinton committed perjury when she testified before Congress last year about her use of private e-mail servers.

The date and witness list have not yet been determined, but FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify, the USA Today reports. 

Two top Republicans sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips outlining examples that they believe show Clinton’s sworn testimony contradicted evidence gathered during the FBI’s investigation of Clinton.

“During a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on October 22, 2015, Secretary Clinton testified with respect to whether she sent or received emails that were marked classified at the time; whether her attorneys reviewed each of the emails on her personal email system; whether there was one or more servers that stored work-related emails during her time as secretary of state; and whether she provided all her work-related emails to the Department of State,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, wrote.

Clinton has claimed her testimony was truthful and consistent with public statements she made about her e-mails while he was secretary of state.

Open Letter to Secret Service: Assign People of Color to Protect Trump

secret serviceBy Dorian de Wind
The Moderate Voice

As a Latino and a naturalized U.S. citizen, I am aghast at the derogatory and condescending comments the Republican presidential nominee makes time and time again about Muslim Americans, Latinos and African Americans — even about women.

As a veteran who served his adopted country “meritoriously” for 20 years, I am deeply disturbed when Mr. Trump makes unbelievably insensitive remarks about Gold Star parents.

As an American, I am awestruck by the daunting responsibilities and inspiring accomplishments of the Secret Service and its members, especially by those entrusted with the protection of our national leaders and, during our national elections, of major presidential and vice-presidential candidates and nominees.

I also understand and honor the sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice, made by Secret Service personnel in their full dedication and commitment to “duty, honor and country.” The Service’s “Wall of Honor” amply attests to this.

Finally, I applaud the Service’s “overarching goal” to recruit and maintain a diverse and inclusive work force and the Service’s formal declaration that “diversity is about more than race and gender. [That] diversity includes everyone, encompassing our unique differences as well as what we have in common.”

Considering all this, I genuinely believe that the Secret Service should assign its most elite African-American, Latino and Muslim-American agents — including women — to protect the Republican presidential nominee.

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