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FBI Called to Help Track Possible Serial Killer in Suffolk County, NY

Suffolk County map.

Suffolk County map.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities believe a serial killer may be on the loose in Suffolk County, New York.

Two FBI agents are now assisting local police as they investigate the discovery of 10 sets of human remains scattered along Giglo Beach and Ocean Parkway, NBC New York reports. 

The FBI is helping develop a profile of the killer or killers as part of a behavioral science team.

Authorities still have not identified five of the 10 victims.

FBI Hacked More Than 1,000 Computers to Go After Online Child Pornography

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested two men on charges of online child pornography after agents were able to hack into their computers to identify their true IP addresses that were hidden by Tor, Hacked.com reports.

The FBI hacked thousands of computers as part of a “bulk hacking campaign” to fight child pornography.

“In order to fight what it has called one of the largest child pornography sites on the dark web, the FBI hacked over a thousand computers,” Motherboard detailed.

The ACLU called the news “simply unprecedented.”

The FBI said some of the sites “contained some of the most extreme child abuse imagery one could imagine, and others included advice on how sexual abusers could avoid detection online.”

The site was “the largest remaining known child pornography hidden service in the world,” the FBI said.

“Fifteen-hundred or so of these cases are going to end up getting filed out of the same, underlying investigation,” Colin Fieman, a federal public defender involved in several related cases, told Motherboard in a phone interview.

“There will probably be an escalating stream of these [cases] in the next six months or so,” Fieman added. “There is going to be a lot in the pipeline.”

ISIS Fighter Accused of Executing His Own Mother for Not Supporting His Terrorist Actions

The unidentified Syrian fighter accused of killing his mother.

The unidentified Syrian fighter accused of killing his mother.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ISIS fighter is accused of executing his own mother, according to a well-respected Syrian refugee human rights group, the Washington Post reports. 

A 20-year-old Syrian fighter shot his mother “in front of hundreds of people near the post office … where she was employed, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights in Britain.

ISIS arrested his mother after she had an argument with her son over his support of ISIS.

“His mother spoke with him and asked him to leave ISIS and leave Raqqa to go to a different area of Syria and Turkey,” Rami Abdulrahman of the Syrian Observatory said in a telephone interview, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “… After that he told ISIS and, 1-2-3, they arrest his mother.”

DEA Accused of Wasting $850,000 on One Informant Who Worked for Amtrak

AmtrakBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Amtrak employee was paid more than $850,000 to act as an informant for the DEA over the past 20 years, but none of the information that was received was new to the federal agency, USA Today reports. 

The employee was assisting a task force aimed at identifying drug trafficking on the passenger train system.

The inspector general said the arrangements violate federal regulations and wasted “substantial government funds.”

The DEA has been long accused of failing to provide oversight of about 240 confidential informants.

FBI Arrests 2 Men Accused of Fighting in Syria for ISIS, Arrested on Terrorism Charges

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Syrian refugee was among two people arrested for having alleged ties with ISIS, the Daily Mail reports. 

The men are accused of trying to assist terrorist organizations affiliated with ISIS.

Omar Faraj Saeed Al Harden, 24, of Houston, was indicted on three charges of trying to provide material support to ISIS.

Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, of Sacramento,is accused of traveling to Syria to fight in Syria. Authorities said Al-Jayab came to the U.S. as a refugee from Syria.

Authorities said there was no evidence that either men planned an attack in the U.S., but they are considered potentially dangerous.

‘This is precisely why I called for a halt to refugees entering the U.S. from countries substantially controlled by terrorists,’ Abbott said in a statement.

‘I once again urge the President to halt the resettlement of these refugees in the United States until there is an effective vetting process that will ensure refugees do not compromise the safety of Americans and Texans.’

Justice Department Plans to Hire More Attorneys to Handle Clemency Cases

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s push to grant early release to federal prisoners has prompted the Justice Department to announce it’s drastically increasing the number of attorneys to handle the clemency, The Daily Caller reports. 

The Office of the Pardon Attorney is looking for 16 attorney advisors to help handle the clemency cases.

The hiring would more than double the agency’s staffing level, which currently has seven permanent attorneys.

The Justice Department has encouraged federal prisoners to petition for early release.

Under the initiative, announced in April 2014, federal prisoners who served at least a decade in prison for non-violent crimes are eligible.

Ex-Federal Prosecutor Says Hillary Clinton Could Soon Be Indicted Because of ‘Overwhelming’ Evidence

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the midst of the Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, a former U.S. attorney said he believes the Democratic frontrunner may soon be indicted over the e-mail scandal, The Daily Mail reports. 

The remarks come just before the Iowa caucuses in February, which suggests Clinton’s campaign could be derailed.

Joe DiGenova, a prosecutor appointed to President Reagan, said the investigation has reached a “critical mass.”

“They have reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff,” DiGenova said Tuesday. “And, it’s going to come to a head, I would suggest, in the next 60 days.”

DiGenova said the Justice Department is “not going to be able to walk away from it.”

“They are now at over 1,200 classified emails. And, that’s just for the ones we know about from the State Department. That does not include the ones that the FBI is, in fact, recovering from her hard drives.”

FBI Believes Aging Mobster Knows Whereabouts of Stolen Gardner Museum Masterpieces

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  in 1990.

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The mystery behind the theft of $500 million worth of masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 continues to baffle federal investigators.

But the FBI believes an aging Connecticut mobster knows the whereabouts of the paintings, the Boston globe reports.

An assistant U.S. attorney told a judge on Wednesday that a Robert Gentile, 79, told at least three people he knows where the paintings are since he was jailed several years ago on drug and gun charges.

An undercover agent posing as a drug dealer said Gentile offered to sell the paintings for $500,000 apiece before the deal collapsed.

“There is a legitimate law enforcement interest in trying to recover the paintings,” US District Judge Robert N. Chatigny said.

Among the stolen paints were three Rembrandts, a Manet, Vemeer and Flinck.

The theft is considered the world’s largest art heist.