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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Lands Job in Russia Working for Website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of America’s most wanted men is making ends meet working for a website in Russia, Reuters reports.

Edward Snowden, who is on temporary asylum after escaping arrest in the U.S. for revealing confidential documents, landing a job at a “large Russian site.”

Snowden is wanted by the U.S. for disclosing secret U.S. internet telephone surveillance programs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he does not plan to turn over Snowden to the U.S. to face espionage charges.

Snowden’s asylum can be extended every year.

ACLU Report: FBI Has No Safeguards to Protect Against Constitutional Violations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s lack of safeguards in collecting suspicious activity leads to privacy violations as well as racial and religious profiling, the ACLU claimed in a new report, the Washington Post reports.

The FBI collects so-called “suspicious activity” records using the eGuardian system, which has caused confusion among different law enforcement agencies, the Post reported.

“These programs give extremely broad discretion to law enforcement officials to monitor and collect information about innocent people engaged in commonplace activities, and to store data in criminal intelligence files without evidence of wrongdoing,” the report says.

FBI spokesman Michael Kortan said the bureau has a commitment to sharing appropriate information.

“The FBI conforms to well-established authorities and safeguards in order to obtain threat information from state and local police authorities and to make that information available to other state and local police authorities, while also protecting privacy and civil liberties,” Kortan said.

Toothless Bandit? Beer Gut Bandit? Bank Robbers Get Unfortunate Nicknames

File photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Some serial bank robbers have unfortunate monickers.

Consider these three robbers wanted by FBI agents in San Diego County – the “Toothless Bandit,” the “Beer Gut Bandit” and the “Bomb Bandit.”

The three men are wanted for at least a dozen bank robberies in San Diego County, reports NBC San Diego.

Each bandit got his nickname for various reasons. The Toothless Bandit, for example, had just one tooth in the upper part of his mouth, NBC San Diego wrote.

 

Could Chris Brown Be Saved from Prison by Secret Service?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service, which protects the president, may come to the aid of actor and R&B singer Chris Brown, TMZ reports.

A Secret Service agent witnessed a melee early Saturday between Brown and another man. The agent said a witness told police that Brown never struck the alleged victim, despite cops saying otherwise.

The  agent has come forward because he said the officer is lying, TMZ reported.

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Did Detroit Mayoral Candidate Misspeak When He Said ‘There Are No Organized Gangs’ in Detroit?

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, a mayoral candidate.

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Did Detroit mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon — the county sheriff — misspeak when he downplayed the existence of gangs in Detroit or was his statement on Facebook Tuesday misinterpreted?

“There are no organized gangs in this city because as head of the Detroit Police Gang Squad, we got rid of the Chambers Brothers, Young Boys Incorporated and other gangs,” Napoleon wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday. “We will put the thugs in jail and run others out of town who disrespect Detroiters and our neighborhoods.”

Some law enforcement in Detroit see if differently.

In August, newly minted Detroit Police Chief James Craig was quoted in the Free Press as saying: “I’m looking to bring back a gang suppression unit really quickly. I’m not sure what form it’ll take right now, but we will have a unit in place soon.”

Donald Dawkins, spokesman for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Detroit, told Deadline Detroit Tuesday: “There are gangs. ATF and DPD have active investigations into gangs.”

Dawkins said some are groups and organizations that “can be categorized as gangs” that control neighborhoods and are involved in robberies, drug trafficking and violent crime.

“We have some that are very closely knit,” he said.

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A Talk With Daniel Kumor, The New Head of ATF in Boston

Video: Jimmy Kimmel Skit Pokes Fun at NSA, FBI Justification for Spying

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel featured a skit about the FBI and NSA spying on ordinary Americans to prevent them from dangers like expired milk and relatives who want to borrow money.

 

Guns And Explosions Bring FBI Agents, Journalists Together at Firing Range

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sometimes the FBI and journalists don’t see eye to eye.

So what’s a better way to nurture that relationship than to host a day at a firing range with reporters in Alabama, AL.com reports?

Journalists and agents gathered Tuesday for FBI Range Day, which gives the media a firsthand look at guns, bombs and explosions.

Reporters from throughout northern Alabama took up arms Tuesday,” AL.com reporter Carol Robinson wrote. “And watched things blow up. And, miraculously, didn’t hurt themselves or each other.”