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Three Florida Workers Accused of Trying to Rip Off FBI May Face Local Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Be careful when choosing your victim.

Three workers in southern Florida are accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of electrical wire from the FBI, the Miami Herald reports.

But federal prosecutors recently dismissed the theft complaint, putting the decision to charge in the hands of state prosecutors in Broward County.

“Our understanding is the matter is not closed, but will likely be pursued by the Broward state attorney’s office in January,” said Miami criminal defense attorney, Brian Bieber, who is representing one of the three men, Robert Gesek.

County Attorney in Montana Doesn’t Want DOJ Investigating Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An attorney for Missoula County in Montana is arguing that the Justice Department has no authority to investigate how local authorities handle sexual assault cases, the Associated Press reports.

Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg even went on to say that the county is an unfair target of the DOJ’s.

“For whatever reason we have been kind of picked on by the DOJ, and I honestly think we have a greater responsibility to the country as a whole, to prosecutors in every county in America, to stand up and say, ‘This is wrong, you can’t do this,’” Van Valkenburg told county officials.

The county, Missoula police and the University of Montana campus police came under a federal investigation in May 2012.

Police cooperated and even increased training and changed some policies.

Border Patrol Agent Is Accused of Killing Texas Man In Jealous Rage

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is accused of shooting to death a Central Texas man in a fit of jealousy, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said Agent Adam Garibay bound his wife in duct tape and demanded she reveal the name of the man she was dating.

“He was able to get from her by threat the address of the man,” Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown said.

Garibay is accused of driving 160 miles to the town of Hondo to shoot 35-year-old Keith Martin, the AP wrote.

Police said the agent fled the scene and led police on an 18-mile chase before he was arrested.

Something Smells Funny? FBI Warns About Proliferation of Counterfeit Cosmetics, Fragrances

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Something doesn’t smell right.

So says the FBI, which reports an increase in the sale of counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances.

According to the agency’s recent blog, more people are being scammed with phony cosmetics and counterfeit fragrances that are being shipped into the U.S.

That’s especially dangerous because phony cosmetics may contain arsenic, carcinogens and unhealthy amounts of aluminum. Counterfeit fragrances also may contain carcinogens and even urine.

The FBI offers a list of ways to identify counterfeits.

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About 100 Tips Haven’t Led the FBI to Anymore Deaths Linked to Alaskan Serial Killer

Israel Keyes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Since the FBI began asking the public for more information about late Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes, the agency has received about 100 phone calls, the Seattle Times reports.

But none has helped authorities connect Keyes with more missing people.

“The majority of phone calls were from people who knew him and interacted with him, who would give information about the types of things he did, activity he was involved in,” FBI special agent Jolene Goeden of Anchorage told the Peninsula Daily News.

So far, authorities believe Keyes killed 11 people between 2001 and 2012, the Seattle Times wrote.

Outgoing New York Police Commissioner Has Some Biting Words for FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, known for his stop-and-frisk tactics and zealous pursuit of Islamic terrorists, was quick to criticize the FBI.

In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, Kelly accused the FBI of failing to cooperate with local police.

He cited Boston as an example following the bombings last year.

“We want information right away,” he says. “I think in retrospect the mayor in Boston and the police commissioner in Boston feel the same way based on what they knew or didn’t know relative to the Boston Marathon bombing.”

During Kelly’s tenure, he pursued doggedly Muslims and built a counterterrorism apparatus, the Times wrote.

Webcam Child Sex Tourism Is Becoming Worldwide Because of Ubiquity of Internet

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Pedophiles are increasingly using webcams to watch children perform sex acts from as far away as other continents, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

A Pennsylvania man, for example, watched a 12-year-old perform for him at an Internet cafe in the Philippines. For a fee, the man was able to control the action in real time, the Post-Gazette wrote.

This exploitation – referred to as webcam child sex tourism – means pedophiles don’t have to travel across the world to molest a child.

“These cases are considered ‘virtual traveler’ cases,” said one of the FBI agents, James Kilpatrick, a computer forensics expert. “Instead of getting on a plane and flying to the Philippines, he can do this on the computer.”

FBI Allowed Nearly 6,000 Crimes to Be Committed in 2012 – Up from Previous Year


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI allowed its informants to break the law , all in the name of fighting crime.

According to the Final Call the FBI permitted nearly 6,000 violations of the law by informants.

That’s a 5% hike over the previous year.

The law violations range from acts of violence to using drugs and bribing politicians.

“It sounds like a lot, but you have to keep it in context,” former top FBI official Shawn Henry told USA Today in August. “This is not done in a vacuum. It’s not done randomly. It’s not taken lightly.”