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FBI Warns Military Members That ISIS Wants to Attack Them at Home

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI issued a strong warning Sunday that ISIS and other terrorist groups want to target military members where they live in the U.S., ABC News reports.

The FBI and Homeland Security issued a join intelligence bulletin, urging military members to remove anything from their social media accounts that would bring attention to extremists or reveal their identities

“The FBI and DHS recommend that current and former members of the military review their online social media accounts for any information that might serve to attract the attention of ISIL [ISIS] and its supporters,” the federal bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies said, advising that troops “routinely exercise operational security in their interactions online.”

The FBI said fresh intelligence suggests that ISIS wants to encourage sympathizers to attack American military members in the U.S.

“The FBI recently received reporting indicating individuals overseas are spotting and assessing like-minded individuals who are willing and capable of conducting attacks against current and former U.S.-based members of the United States military,” the bulletin said.

 

Justice Department Prepares to Turn Over Nearly 30,000 Emails in IRS Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Did the IRS improperly disclose taxpayer information to the White House?

It has been a question that is more than a year old but may finally yield an answer after the Justice Department said it is close releasing thousands of documents related to the IRS investigation, International Business Times reports.

The Justice Department reportedly could release nearly 30,000 emails between a White House policy adviser and a former IRS official.

The potentially inappropriate exchange surfaced in 2013 when The Daily Caller reported that the White House and IRS officials exchanged confidential information about a conservative group aiming to abolish the contraception mandate with Obamacare.

The allegations are part of larger claims that the IRS was targeting conservative groups seeking tax exemptions.

Questions Linger a Year After Woman Fatally Shot by Secret Service in Washington D.C.

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A year after Secret Service agents fatally shot Mariam Carey in Washington D.C., many of the circumstances leading to her death remain a mystery, Gawker reports.

The 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut made a U-turn at a White House checkpoint before she was gunned down by the Secret Service and Capitol police.

A chase began when she forced her way past a portable barrier. Some media reports indicate she never tried to ram through a barrier.

Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car with her.

The official claims are that Carey prompted a “high-speed chase,” but media estimates put her average speed at 19.5 mph.

What remains a mystery is how she ended up in a car chase. Family said she was a loving mother and carried a stable job.

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David Laufman To Oversee Justice Department’s Increased Counterespionage Efforts

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

David Laufman, an experienced former federal prosecutor, will take over the Justice Department’s counterespionage efforts as part of a larger restructuring to put more of a focus on cyber attacks, Reuters reports.

Laufman is expected to begin his job today as chief of the counterespionage section of the Justice Department’s national security division.

Laufman is returning to government work after joining the private sector. He’s worked as a CIA analyst, a congressional insider and in the early 2000s a senior Justice Department official under George W. Bush.

The Justice Department is trying to get a handle on growing cyber threats and violations of export control laws, Reuters wrote.

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FBI Investigating Threat Against Ole Miss Trees, Shrubs Ahead of Rivalry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As far as threats go, this isn’t the FBI’s most dire.

The bureau launched an investigation into an anonymous letter that threatened someone would damage trees and shrubs in the Center of Ole Miss’ campus, the USA Today reports.

“What’s going to happen to y’all on the field Saturday Aint nothing compared to what’s going to happen on your beautiful campus,” the letter read. “You won’t be one of the most pretty campus’s Next year. A lot of shrubs and trees are going to die; especially in the grove. Can’t stop us.” (SIGNED) “Hail State go to hell TSUN”

Ole Miss handed over the note to the FBI’s Jackson office.

University police chief Calvin Sellers said the threat is no laughing matter.

“This longtime football rivalry has separated families and friends for generations, but while it’s spirited, our attention has been focused mostly on the football field,” Sellers said. “We encourage everyone to remember that this is a game, after all, not a time for hate. We are hopeful that passions have not escalated to the point that someone is prepared to do damage to a landmark for which all Mississippians take great pride.”

 

Houston-Area Investigators Accused of Stealing Valuable Comics while working embezzlement case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Houston-area investigators were working on an embezzlement case when authorities said the men helped themselves to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare comic, the Associated Press reports.

Dustin Deutsch, 41, and Lonnie Blevins, 39, are accused of stealing the vintage comics from an evidence storage unit in 2012 while working on an embezzlement case for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The suspect was accused of buying valuable collectibles with money he had stolen from his employer, a crane-manufacturing company.

Included in the collection was a first-edition Batman comic that could fetch about $900,000, the AP wrote.

 

ISIS Supporters Encourage Lone-Wolf Attacks in Areas Distracted by Ferguson Protests

Photo by Steve Neavling

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Islamic State supporters are calling on lone-wolf attacks in areas where law enforcement is distracted by unrest in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision, HSToday.com reports.

The supporters are using social media to spread the message.

In one tweet, Al Nusra Al Maqdisiyya, a popular group of pro-ISIS activists, wrote “O lone mujahid, you must use the breakdown of security in #Ferguson to increase the burning in America. They are squabbling over worldly [matters], so you send them to hell! #ISIS.”

Another tweet from ISIS supporters read, “O supporters of the Islamic State in America, what is happening in #Ferguson is a valuable opportunity that will not return. Rise up and engage them with themselves, away from the mujahideen. Spill their blood in the roads and in the neighborhoods.”

Law enforcement agencies are sharing the information to help avoid an ambush.