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Infamous Masked Executioner ‘Jihadi John’ Targeted in U.S. Drone Strike

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by 'Jihadi John.'

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ‘Jihadi John.’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The infamous masked ISIS executioner known as “Jihadi John” was targeted by a U.S. drone strike in Syrian on Thursday, but his fate was unknown this morning, USA Today reports. 

The militant, a British resident whose real name is Mohamed Emwazi, is believed to have beheaded several Western hostages in Syria.

The Pentagon was trying to determine whether Emwazi was in fact killed.

“U.S. forces conducted an airstrike . . . targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Thursday.

“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate,” Cook said.

The 26-year-old who gradated from the University of Westminster in London began appearing in beheading videos in August 2014.

FBI Investigating Whether Hillary Clinton Made ‘Materially False” Statements about E-mail

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton now involves determining whether the former secretary of sate violated a federal statute on providing “materially false” information, The Hill reports. 

“The agents involved are under a lot of pressure and are busting a–,” an unidentified intelligence source told Fox, noting the statute can be broadly applied.

The news comes as the FBI reportedly stepped up its investigation earlier this week into Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server.

Republicans have been dogging Clinton over the investigation.

“I think she’s being protected by the Democrats, by the prosecutors and possibly by the FBI,” Donald Trump said Thursday during an interview on Fox Business when asked about the FBI probe.

“What she did is a crime,” Trump added. “She broke the law 100 percent.”

D.C. Museum Displays Collection of Terrorism Artifacts Following Sept. 11 Attacks

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new exhibit at a Washington D.C. museum is haunting collection of artifacts from the FBI’s biggest terrorism cases since Sept. 11, 2001.

The exhibit, “Inside Today’s FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror,” showcases 160 artifacts from the terrorism cases, The USA Today reports. 

Included are running shoes worn by a reporter who was running in the Boston Marathon when the bomb attack occurred in 2013. Another artifact is the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that was rigged with explosives in an attempted bombing of Times Square on May 1, 2010.

Another display called a “wall of terror” displays 18 IEDs from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It is important to us to have these objects create a visceral effect,” exhibit writer Ellie Stanton says.

Secret Service Officer Assigned to White House Charged with Sending Nude Photo to Teen

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 37-year-old Secret Service officer assigned to the White House is accused of sending a picture of his genitals to a detective masquerading as a 14-year-old girl in Delaware, The USA Today reports.

Lee Robert Monroe, of Church Hill, Md., is facing state and federal charges after investigators said he used a cellphone social media app to send the naked photo and try to set up a meeting.

Some of the communication occurred as Monroe was working in the uniformed division of the Secret Service, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

Moore is charged in federal court with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. He also faces two state charges of soliciting a minor for sex and one count of obscenity material provided to a minor.

Border Patrol: Agents Will Eventually Wear Body Cameras

Border Patrol agents reads the Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs.By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite a year-long review that recommended against Border Patrol wearing body cameras, the head of CBP said the goal is to eventually employ the technology in the field, the Arizona Republic reports. 

The CBP commissioner said the cameras must withstand long hours in often harsh environments.

“We will work through it both from a technological stand point and a negotiation standpoint, but the goal is to employ body cameras where they would be most useful and helpful,” CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said Thursday in a conference call with reporters.

One obstacle is the expected resistance from labor unions representing Border Patrol agents.

The news comes after a review released last week suggested the body cameras that were tested were not suitable for use by Border Patrol agents.

It’s not yet clear when the cameras would be employed.

“Let me assure you, it won’t be years and any opposition that is out there can be overcome and then we will move forward with this,” Kerlikowske said.

Other Stories of Interest

Oregon’s Justice Department Spied on Black Lives Matter Protesters

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oregon’s Justice Department spied on Black Lives Matter supporters to determine whether they presented a threat, the Huffington Post reports.

The digital surveillance included reviewing people who used the movement’s hashtag, BlackLivesMatter.

“When I initially heard about this incident I was appalled,” state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a letter, which was in response to an earlier letter from the Portland chapter of the national civil rights organization the Urban League.

But Rosenblum discovered that at least one Justice Department investigator performed digital surveillance.

Rosenblum said the department put an end to the surveillance after it became known.

“It is improper, and potentially unlawful, for the Oregon Department of Justice to conduct surveillance and investigations on an Oregonian merely for expressing a viewpoint, or for being a part of a social movement,” the letter from Urban League of Portland reads. “We are concerned that such unwarranted investigations are racially motivated, and create a chilling effect on social justice advocates, political activists and others who wish to engage in discourse about the issues of our time.”

Germany Accused of Spying on FBI, Arms Companies And European Countries

spy graphicBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, BND, is accused of spying on the FBI and U.S. arms companies, according to a German radio station.

The Associated Press reports on the radio station’s claims:

The station claimed that Germany’s BND also spied on the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the World Health Organization, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and even a German diplomat who headed an EU observer mission to Georgia from 2008 to 2011.

It provided no source for its report, but the respected German weekly Der Spiegel also reported at the weekend that the BND targeted phone numbers and email addresses of officials in the United States, Britain, France, Switzerland, Greece, the Vatican and other European countries, as well as at international aid groups such as the Red Cross.

The BND is accused of using phone numbers and email addresses of officials in the U.S and a slew of European countries.

Germany strongly criticized the U.S. two years ago after reports surfaced that America was eavesdropping on the German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

FBI Helps Search for Stolen World Champion Belts from International Boxing Hall of Fame

stolen boxing beltsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has entered in the ring in search of world championship belts stolen from the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Central New York, The New York Times reports. 

The break-in Thursday resulted in the theft of six championship belts at the museum about 20 miles east of Syracuse.

The FBI’s Antiquities Bureau is assisting Canastota Village Police.

The missing belts belong to boxing greats Carmen Basilio and Tony Zale.

The value of the belts is unknown.