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Border Patrol Finds 9 Immigrants in Back of U-Haul Truck at Arizona Checkpoint

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents in Arizona found nine immigrants locked inside the cargo area of a U-Haul, AzFamily.com reports.

Agent searched the trucks after becoming suspicious of the driver and passenger at a checkpoint near Amado.

Inside were eight adults and one juvenile who had no fresh air or ability to escape.

An undocumented immigrant was killed a similar way last summer.

“Transporting people inside the cargo area of a vehicle is extremely dangerous due to heat, the possibility of a vehicle accident, or other unforeseen circumstances,” the agency said in a statement.

Homeland Security Warns about Today’s ‘National Day of Rage’ Over Ferguson Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The activist group Anonymous has hatched plans for nationwide protests in Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown, and Homeland Security is worried enough to issue a warning about the potential ramifications, the Caller reports.

The group is calling for a “National Day of Rage” today.

The bulletin was issued but the Threat Management Division of the Federal Protective Service.

“Currently there is no indication that protests are expected to become violent. However, recent protests in Ferguson have resulted in violence, property damage and subsequent arrests,” the bulletin reads.

“Current civil unrest associated with the incident in Ferguson, MO, presents the potential for civil disobedience directed toward identifiable law enforcement personnel, marked law enforcement equipment and government facilities associated with law enforcement during the identified protest times and dates.”

Attorney General Eric Holder Visits Ferguson

FBI Director Comey Says Agents Have ‘Flooded’ Ferguson in Search of Answers to Shooting

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey addressed the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson during a visit to the bureau’s Salt Lake City office Tuesday, saying agents are on the ground looking for answers, the Associated Press reports.

“We have flooded the area,” Comey said.

The director declined to divulge specifics of the case but said agents are looking for witnesses to the shooting.

The death of Michael Brown sparked outrage and continuing protests in Ferguson.

Comey’s statements come during his tour of the agency’s 56 field offices.

Former FBI Special Agent James P. Mallon Jr. Dies at 66 After Battle with Cancer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James P. Mallon Jr., a retired FBI special agent who helped crack down on organized crime, died after a battle with cancer on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Mallon was working in Detroit when the FBI tapped him to work in the Organized Crime program in Atlantic City, where he shined.

Mallon “was very instrumental in helping set up an FBI undercover operation that resulted in the indictment and conviction of former Atlantic City Mayor Michael Matthews,” in 1984.

Mallon was born in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After college, he initially worked as a certified public accountant.

Mallon’s career as an FBI special agent began in 1972. He worked in offices in Buffalo, Newark and Detroit.

FBI Investigates Reported Theft of 1.2 Billion Passwords by Russian Gang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating an unprecedented theft of 1.2 billion passwords by a Russian crime ring, NBC News reports.

A security firm said it has recovered the Internet passwords and logins, which investigators say is the largest known collection of such stolen data.

The stolen information comes from 420,000 websites.

“The FBI is investigating the recently reported incident involving the potential compromise of numerous user names and passwords, and will provide additional information as the nature and scope of the incident becomes clearer,” agency spokesman Josh Campbell said Tuesday.

The cybercrime gang has been dubbed CyberVor.

FBI Investigating District Attorney’s Use of Forfeiture Fund As Hush Money After Car Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents are investigating District Attorney Craig Watkins in Dallas after he used more than $50,000 in asset forfeiture funds to secretly reach an agreement following a car accident in which he was involved, WFAA 8 reports.

Watkins said he couldn’t talk about the investigation.

Agents are focusing in on the ruse of asset forfeiture funds to pay the settlement, which may be illegal, experts said.

“We are troubled by the actions undertaken by Mr. Watkins,” State Rep. Jason Villalba told News 8. “He is a steward of the public trust. He has a duty to manage the public’s trust in a way that doesn’t violate the rule of law. What we see here is a clear abrogation of his responsibility to treat asset forfeiture funds in the ways that the existing authorities have determined they should be treated.”

Under the settlement, the man hit by Watkins’ car agreed not to speak to the media or he’d be forced to turn over $40,000, according to WFAA 8.

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Justice Department: More than 40 FBI Agents Conducting Investigation in Ferguson

Attorney General/DOJ file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that more than 40 FBI agent are investigating the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed white teen who was shot by an officer in Ferguson.

Holder issued the following statement Monday after President Obama held a briefing.

“As I informed the President this afternoon, the full resources of the Department of Justice are being committed to our federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

“During the day today, more than 40 FBI agents continued their canvassing of the neighborhood where Michael Brown was shot. As a result of this investigative work, several new interviews have already been conducted.

“Moreover, at my direction, an additional medical examination is being performed on the body of Michael Brown. This autopsy is being performed today by one of the most experienced medical examiners in the United States military. I am confident this additional autopsy will be thorough and aid in our investigation.

“In addition to updating the President on these developments, I informed him of my plan to personally travel to Ferguson Wednesday. I intend to meet with FBI investigators, and prosecutors on the ground from the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office officials about the ongoing investigation.

“I realize there is tremendous interest in the facts of the incident that led to Michael Brown’s death, but I ask for the public’s patience as we conduct this investigation. The selective release of sensitive information that we have seen in this case so far is troubling to me. No matter how others pursue their own separate inquiries, the Justice Department is resolved to preserve the integrity of its investigation. This is a critical step in restoring trust between law enforcement and the community, not just in Ferguson, but beyond.

“In order to truly begin the process of healing, we must also see an end to the acts of violence in the streets of Ferguson. Those who have been peacefully demonstrating should join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters and others seeking to enflame tensions.

“To assist on this front, the Department will be dispatching additional representatives from the Community Relations Service, including Director Grande Lum, to Ferguson. These officials will continue to convene stakeholders whose cooperation is critical to keeping the peace. Furthermore, as the President has announced, Ron Davis, our Director of the COPS office, will arrive on the ground in Ferguson Tuesday. Ron has been in touch with local and state officials since last week, providing technical assistance on crowd control techniques and facilitating communications between Missouri officials and other law enforcement officials whose communities have faced similar challenges in the past.”