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Feds Expected to Announce First-of-Its-Kind Prosecution Involving Cyber-Espionage Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal law enforcement officials are expected to announce criminal charges today in an international cyber-espionage case.

Details were murky this morning, but the Associated Press reports that Attorney General Eric Holder planned to reveal new indictments against people suspected of cyber-espionage on behalf of a foreign government.

The target wasn’t clear early this morning, but one official said it will be a first-of-its-kind prosecution.

The Obama administration has expressed an urgency in going after cyber threats.

Pakistani Court Dismisses Criminal Case Against FBI Agent Who Tried to Board Flight with Bullets, Knife

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan for trying to board a flight with bullets and a knife in his luggage will not be charged after all, Reuters reports.

A Pakistani court dismissed the case Monday in a move likely intended to keep from souring U.S.-Pakistani ties.

Joel Cox, an FBI agent for the Miami Field Office, was arrested May 4 after trying to board a civilian flight with the knife and bullets. He was jailed for three days before being released on $10,000 bond.

“Since he was not carrying a weapon, only bullets were found from his luggage, the investigation report recommended the cancellation of the case,” Inspector Khalid Mehmood told Reuters.

Column: DEA’s Actions with Industrial Hemp in Kentucky Is Arbitrary

By Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
Cincinnati.com

On the afternoon of May 14, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture filed suit against the federal government. Enough is enough.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is illegally preventing shipment of hemp seeds to Kentucky in clear violation of federal law. For weeks, we have dealt with unnecessary government bureaucracy, federal officials unwilling to discuss the law or answer questions, and delay … after delay … after delay.To understand what led to legal action, you have to know the journey. From the beginning, Kentucky has taken a legally responsible pathway to reintroducing industrial hemp to our agricultural economy. We did everything “by the book” and in record time. We revived the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission, pulled together an unprecedented bipartisan coalition, passed a landmark state law legalizing hemp production in Kentucky, and traveled to Washington and worked with our congressional delegation to change federal law.

The Agricultural Act of 2014, signed into law by the president of the United States in February, authorizes states where hemp production is legal to carry out research pilot programs “notwithstanding any other federal law.”

A couple of weeks ago, a 250-pound shipment of hemp seeds meant for legal Kentucky hemp pilot programs was imported from Italy to Chicago. The shipment cleared customs in Chicago, but then, in an arbitrary and capricious about-face, the DEA seized the seeds when they arrived in Louisville. We negotiated for their release for days, and we thought we had the matter resolved. But then, DEA attached conditions to the release of the seed requiring the department to obtain a Schedule 1 controlled substances research registration and prohibiting private farmers with sites duly certified by and registered with the department from participating in the pilot programs.

When we confronted the DEA about this, the response was, “Make a counter-offer.”

FBI Director James B. Comey Steadfast in Keeping Terrorism As Top Concern for Bureau

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When James B. Comey became the FBI’s new director last year, many observers believed he’d usher in a new era at the bureau by shifting some of the focus away from terrorism.

But the New York Times reports that Comey, a former Justice Department prosecutor who focused on gun cases, appears to have underestimated the threat still posed by terrorism.

“I didn’t have anywhere near the appreciation I got after I came into this job just how virulent those affiliates had become,” Mr. Comey said, referring to offshoots of Al Qaeda in Africa and in the Middle East during an interview with the Times at the J. Edgar Hoover Building. “There are both many more than I appreciated, and they are stronger than I appreciated.”

Comey said he therefore will keep terrorism as the main focus of the FBI.

President Obama appeared to indicate last year that the U.S. would move past terrorism soon and that “we have to recognize that the scale of the threat resembles the types of attacks we faced before 9/11.”

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FBI Agents Raid Volunteer Fire Department in Connecticut Over Finances

www.middleburyfire.org

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents raided the volunteer Middlebury Fire House on Thursday morning, seizing computers and financial records from the firehouse in Connecticut, WFSB reports.

The search took about three and a half hours, according to Fire Chief Paul Perrotti, who said the department hires an independent auditor to review the books.

“This has always been a well-run department and these are allegations, and I think there not going anywhere. We still are solvent. We do our job and there’s no malfeasance here,” Perrotti said.

Perrotti said fire service won’t be disrupted.

New York Man Sentenced for Elaborate Lie Told to FBI About Sex Trafficking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calling it one of the most bizarre cases he’s ever handled, U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. sentenced the New York man to a year in jail for lying to the FBI.

The Elmira Star-Gazette reports that Brandon Todd lied and claimed he was a trafficker who had compelled women to join the sex trade.

Since the 20-year-old served most of his year awaiting sentencing, he soon will return to his home in Prattsburgh, which he shares with his grandparents.

The case started when a woman falsely accused Todd of forcing her into the sex slave, a lie that Todd decided to perpetuated.

“This is one of the more bizarre cases that I’ve ever really presided over, and I’ve presided over a lot of cases,” Geraci told Todd.

“You created a lot of havoc, not only for law enforcement but also for the victim in this case,” Geraci said. “… This did unleash a widespread investigation.”

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Offers ‘Fresh Start’ With Controversial Deportation Program

Jeh JohnsonSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In yet another sign that the Obama administration is planning to revise its immigration-enforcement priorities, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said a controversial deportation program needs a “fresh start,” the Washington Post reports.

Johnson said the program, Secure Communities, needs some revision but should not be scrapped.

The program, which started during President George W. Bush’s tenure, seeks to identify undocumented immigrants by teaming up local law enforcement with federal authorities.

The program has come under fire by immigrant advocates who say undocumented immigrants with minor no prior criminal record were being arrested.