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Border Patrol Agent Pricked by Needle Found Under His Car Door Handle

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was pricked by a needle stuck under his car door handle with gum.

The FBI is investigating.

The agent from the Tucson Sector was pricked by the needle while stopping at a local convenience store to start his day, Tucson News Now reports.

“The agent opened his passenger side door and felt a sharp pain in his finger,” said the President of the Local 2544 Border Patrol Union.

Authorities to Examine Airflow at New York Subways to Prepare for Possible Terrorism

New York City Subway.

New York City Subway.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are examining the airflow of tunnels in the New York subway to prepare for a potential biological chemical attack.

The massive study will involve a small device that authorities hope will play a big role in the event of a terrorist attack, CBS New York reports. 

“This is important information to help local authorities enhance their emergency preparedness for an event that might occur in the subway if there’s a release of biological material or a chemical material,” Dr. Donald Bansleb with Homeland Security said.

About 200 chemical tracers will be placed at dozens of subway stations across the city as part of a five-dat airflow test.

“This will tell us in real time data aerosol concentrations and the particle concentrations in the stations after we do the release,” laboratory engineer David Brown said.

“That will help authorities to predict boundaries of contamination if there is a release of a substance,” Bansleb said.

Other Stories of Interest

More Public Corruption Charges Expected in FBI Case Targeting Pennsylvania Officials

Harrisburg Capitol Building.

Harrisburg Capitol Building.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is expected to make more public corruption arrests stemming from a case that targeted a onetime top aide to former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, the New York Times reports. 

John H. Estey, 53, is expected to plead guilty to wire fraud in federal court Tuesday.

The investigation involves a phony company established by the FBI to root out public corruption in Harrisburg.

“I would anticipate that there are a lot of people who are nervous and looking over their shoulder right now, because they know they had conversations with John Estey,” said Jeffrey Lindy, a Philadelphia defense lawyer and a former prosecutor.

More charges are likely, legal experts said.

“You’re not going to set up a fake corporation and go to all the trouble just to take down one guy,” said L. George Parry, a Philadelphia defense lawyer who as a former prosecutor helped set up the fake businesses.

Ex-FBI Agent to Plead Guilt to Perjury Following ‘Whitey’ Bulger Testimony

"Whitey" Bulger

“Whitey” Bulger

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent plans to plead guilty to perjury charges as early as Monday after prosecutors said he lied during the James “Whitey” Bulger case in Boston.

The Associated Press reports that Robert Fitzpatrick is accused of lying to jurors when defense attorneys called him as the first witness in the high-profile trial.

Prosecutors accused Fitzpatrick, 76, of falsely claiming to recover the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and exaggerating claims that he tried to get supervisors to stop using Bulger as an informant because he wasn’t helpful.

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FBI Interviews Several Clinton Aides As Part of Ongoing Investigation into Private E-Mail Server

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has interviewed several of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides as part of an investigation into her use of a private e-mail server while she was Secretary of State.

CNN reports that long-time advisor Huma Abedin was among those interviewed.

But so far, investigators have not found evidence to show that Clinton willfully violated the law, federal officials said.

The interviews took place over the past several weeks.

Clinton has not yet been interviewed.

Abedin’s lawyers declined to comment.

Judge: Ex-Mafia Informant Can Sue FBI for Scheming to Imprison Him

judge and gavelBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ex-mafia informant who is suing the federal government and three FBI agents may proceed with a lawsuit that alleges he was thrown in jail despite authorities knowing he was innocent.

The New York Daily News reports that former Bonanno family soldier Joseph Barone Jr. was a mole for 18 years and is thrilled by the judge’s decision Thursday.

“This is wonderful, this is no joke,” Barone said. “I’m nervous, I’m happy, I’m angry still. I’m so thankful to God, and we’ve just got to wait to take the next step.”

Barone claims federal agents leaked his status as an informant after he refused to wear a wire.

The FBI declined to comment.

LAPD Unlocked an iPhone While FBI Was Struggling to Open Another

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While the FBI struggled to break into an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department managed to unlock an iPhone 5S, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

A “forensic cellphone expert” helped bypass the security features on an iPhone belonging to the deceased wife of The Shield actor Michael Jace. The actor is accused of killing his wife.

Detectives wanted to gain access to the phone because the pair allegedly had an argument via text message.

It’s unclear how detectives managed to open the phone.

The FBI sued Apple to force the company to open the phone but the feds dropped the case after the bureau paid under $1 million to a hacking group to unlock the phone.