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FBI: Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter Says He Was Inspired by ISIS

Esteban Santiago

Esteban Santiago

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 26-year-old man who killed five people and injured six more in a shooting at Ford Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier this month told authorities the attack was inspired by ISIS.

During Esteban Ruiz Santiago’s bond hearing Tuesday, FBI agents testified that the military veteran said he spoke with other jihadis online before the shooting, Business Insider reports. 

What’s unclear is whether he was working directly with ISIS.

FBI special agent Michael Ferlazzo said Santiago maintained he was under some form of government control.

If convicted, Santiago could face the death penalty.

President Obama Pardons Retired General Who Lied to FBI

General James Cartwright

General James Cartwright

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama on Tuesday pardoned a retired Marine Corps general who was convicted of lying to the FBI about his communication with reporters about Iran’s nuclear program.

In effect, General Cartwright, a former member of Obama’s national security team, was saved from a possible prison sentence.

Cartwright, who was due to be sentenced this month, pleaded guilty last year to lying to investigators about leaked classified information about cyberattacks against Iran.

“The president’s decision is wise and just, and it achieves the right result,” Cartwright’s lawyer, Gregor Craig, said in a statement. “It allows General Cartwright to continue his life’s work — to serve, protect and defend the nation he loves. It allows the nation to continue to benefit from his vast experience and knowledge.”

Two Teens Charged with Shooting Out Window of Border Patrol Vehicle

border-patrol-struckBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two teenage boys accused of shooting a Border Patrol vehicle near Sierra Vista, Ariz., have been charged with endangerment and felony criminal damage.

The boys, who are 15 and 16, shot out a window in the Border Patrol vehicle on Dec. 30, according to a CBP release.

No one was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, and no one was injured.

The shooter managed to escape capture until their parents contacted the local sheriff’s office after recognizing the boys in a photo released to the public.

Other Stories of Interest

Mexican Judge Orders Drug Lord to Pay Nearly $1 Million to Family of Slain DEA Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena

camarena

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican federal judge has ordered convicted drug lord Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo, co-founder of the Guadalajara cartel, to pay relatives of slain DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena nearly $1 million, the Associated Press reports. Camarena was tortured and killed in 1985.

The order was announced last Friday.

Fonseca, 86, was transferred from prison in July to serve the remaining nine years of his 40-year sentence under house arrest due to his advanced age and ill health, AP reports.

Two other drug bosses were convicted in the slaying.

Wife of Orlando Mass Shooter Is Arrested by FBI for Aiding And Abetting

Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of the Orlando nightclub killer has been arrested by the FBI and charged with obstructing the investigation of the mass shooting.

Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, also was charged with aiding and abetting by providing material support, the New York Times reports. 

The FBI arrested Salman at her home outside of San Francisco.

Her husband killed 49 people and wounded dozens of others in an Orland nightclub on June 12, 2016.

After interviewing Salman for hours following the attack, the FBI believed she was being untruthful about her husband’s plans to carry out a mass shooting.

Salman is expected to make her first court appearance in federal court in Oakland, Calif., this morning.

One of FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives Is Captured in El Paso

Terry Strikland

Terry Strikland

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives was taken into custody by the FBI on Sunday in El Paso.

Terry A.D. Strickland, 24, is accused of killing two men in Milwaukee and has been charged with two counts of first-deere homicide and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, the Associated Press reports. 

Prosecutors said Strickland fired a gun into a small crowd in front of a Milwaukee home on July 17 following an argument. Killed were Maurice Brown Jr., 38, and Michael Allen Reed, 39. 

“It was vicious,” Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said when Strickland was added to the FBI’s most-wanted list last month. “It was unnecessary. Neither individual posed the slightest threat to Mr. Strickland, but they paid with their lives for occupying the same space.”

Strickland abandoned his 18-year-old daughter and fled. But after receiving tips, the FBI found Strickland in El Paso.

Border Patrol Agent’s Murder Trial Begins This Week in Beheading Case

Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna

Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The trial begins this week for a Border Patrol agent accused of capital murder and drug trafficking.

Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna, along with his two brothers and two associates, are charged in the beheading death of Jose Francisco Salacios Paz, the Texas Tribune reports. 

Prosecutors say Paz was killed because he knew too much.

Jury selection begins Tuesday morning.

Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Gus Garza expressed optimism that there’s enough evidence to convict Luna and his brothers.

“The state alleges that this group, the brothers, were conducting a criminal enterprise, of moving drugs, selling drugs. Later on, we also learned that they were moving weapons, and Franky was going to snitch on them,” Garza told The Texas Tribune. “In order to silence him and not have their enterprise disclosed to law enforcement — that’s why he was killed.”

Secret Service Worried About Possible Violence at Trump Inauguration

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is on edge as it prepares for one of the most contentious inauguration days in U.S. history.

Protesters plan to converge in Washington D.C. to rally against Donald Trump, while tens of thousands of his supporters are expected to gather for the event, WTOP reports. 

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said he’s worried about potential violent acts.

“I think people today are willing to do things they may not have been willing to do in the past,” Clancy said.

Clancy pointed out other incidents during the campaign, “where people jumped over those bike racks or security zones into our buffer. In the past, it was very rare for somebody to do that. Today, in this past campaign, people were willing to do it.”

Among the concerns are terrorist attacks.

“We know that this (Washington region) is a high-profile [terror] target. It’s been attacked in the past, historically,” said Paul Abbate, the FBI’s executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.