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Mexican Drug Smugglers Use Catapult to Fling Pot into U.S.

Mexican authorities with the catapult/customs and border protection photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Smugglers never seem to run out of ways to get drugs into the U.S.

The latest: U.S. authorities tipped off Mexicans officials that some smugglers were using a catapult to launch marijuana packages from Mexico into the U.S.

The Associated Press reported that National Guard troops in Arizona spotted the catapult on a remote video surveillance system at the Naco Border Patrol Station Friday night, 80 miles southeast of Tucson. The U.S. Border Patrol then contacted Mexican authorities.

Mexican authorities responded and disrupted the operation, but the smugglers fled, leaving behind about 45 pounds of marijuana.

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Before Az. Shooting Loughner Looked at Websites on Assassinations and Lethal Injections

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More is spilling out about Arizona shooter Jared Loughner in the weeks before he went on a shooting spree that would stun the country.

The Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz reports that weeks and days before the shooting, Loughner surfed the Internet on his computer “in what investigators believe was an effort to prepare for his alleged assassination attempt, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said.”

The Post reports that Loughner looked at websites about lethal injections,and solitary confinement and political assassinations. Investigators gleaned the information from an analysis of Loughner’s computer.

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Homeland Security Pulls Plug on Border Fence

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s certainly not the first government boondoggle and it certainly won’t be the last. Nonetheless, it appears it was waste of time and money.

The Department of Homeland Security on Friday decided to cut off the ambitious, problem-plagued billion-dollar program SBInet to build a high-tech fence along the Arizona border to battle the nagging problem of illegal immigration, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The project had been plagued by continuous delays, cost overruns and technology glitches.

The Journal reported that Homeland Security will turn to “a mix of proven, existing technology it says will help agents patrol a much bigger chunk of the Southwest border at a lower cost.”

“SBInet cannot meet its original objective of providing a single, integrated border-security technology solution,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a written statement.

The Journal reported that she said the new solution will include mobile surveillance systems, unmanned aircraft and thermal-imaging devices. Up until now, only 53 miles of the border have been protected with the technology.

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Hundreds of FBI Agents Investigating Arizona Shooting

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Days after the tragic shooting in Arizona, hundreds of FBI agents are tracing the steps of shooter Jared Loughner, trying to figure out motive, a timeline leading up to the incident and who he had been in contact with, NPR radio reports.

NPR reported that inside the bureau the investigation is known as a “bureau special”, which means agents from around the country are working the case.

The public radio station reported that Loughner isn’t talking.

“Usually in a case like this, agents will try to account for literally every day of a suspect’s life going back years,” Tom Fuentes, a former assistant director with the bureau told NPR. “Investigators will look for other possible associates, or any indication that someone might have talked Loughner into the attack. Even though it appears he was caught red-handed — in this case he was literally tackled at the scene — it helps the prosecution if there is a motive.”

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Column: Az Sheriff’s Politicization of Shootings a Sad Day for Politics, Law Enforcement and Justice

Chris Battle

By Chris Battle
Security DeBrief

WASHINGTON — As a former reporter and, later, as a spokesperson for federal law agencies, I grew used to responses from criminal investigators anytime a reporter asked about who the culprit might be or what kind of motive the suspected culprit might have. The universal answer was: “We cannot comment at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation.” As more facts and evidence accumulated, some of it was shared with the public when appropriate.

What then accounts for the sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, and his outrageous and wholly unprofessional charge that the shootings that took place during an event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was the result of conservative ideology and Teaparty rhetoric?

What kind of law enforcement professional would blithely discuss possible motives about a heinous and shocking crime to the media, to national television, while the investigation was ongoing? What kind of law enforcement professional would do such things without a shred of evidence?

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FBI Dir. Robert Mueller’s Presence in Arizona Sends a Strong Message


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s a good thing that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III hopped a plane to Arizona to deal with the aftermath of a mass shooting that killed a federal judge and seriously wounded a member of Congress.

Sure, Mueller could have stayed back in Washington and gotten briefed regularly and made statements back here. But President Obama sent him out there, and it sends a strong message to the American people– even if just symbolic — that this country won’t tolerate such violence, particularly when it strikes at the heart of our government and our system.

Sure, Arizona has FBI agents on the ground and a special agent in charge, Nathan Thomas Gray. But it can’t hurt to have the big guy there.

Chances are, the gunman acted alone. But FBI and other law enforcement have to make sure. The FBI says its working on that.

In the meantime, Mueller’s presence sends a message that no resources will be spared in investigating this senseless tragedy.

Rep. Mike Rogers — Ex-FBI Agent — Criticizes Dir. Robert Mueller For Going to Az

Rep. Mike Rogers/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mi.), a former FBI agent, criticized the decision by President Obama to dispatch FBI director Robert S. Mueller to Arizona after the mass shooting on Saturday, according to the radio station WHMI in Livingston County, Mi., outside Detroit.

“He didn’t need to be in Arizona to be updated frequently and this is a very serious matter and I just hope…We don’t to overreact to the full implementation for successful investigation,” Rogers told WHMI.

“They are fully capable of doing it without the Director himself being on the ground in Arizona,” said Rogers who was an FBI agent in Chicago from 1988-1994 where he investigated public corruption.

Rogers also told the station it makes his “blood boil” when pundits try to implicate Sarah Palin in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az) because of her website which included bulls eye on lawmakers who supported the Obama healthcare.

Read ticklethewire.com Column Praising Mueller’s Trip to Az

U.S. Marshals Investigator in Trouble Over Expenses

By Allan Lengel,
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An investigator for the the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington finds himself in trouble and on administrative leave just days before Christmas.

Maria Glod of the Washington Post reports that investigator Peter F. Rouse has been charged with making more than $1,000 in unauthorized charges between August and December of 2009.

The Post reports that Rouse has been with the Marshals Service for about 11 years and recently worked in Washington and previously in Arizona. He’s been on administrative leave since Tuesday.

A court affidavit said authorities became suspicious of Rouse’s charges, which appeared to stand out among other employees, the Post wrote.

An examination of his expenses showed he made charges on weekends and holidays when he wasn’t working “and quantities of gas pumped that exceeded the capacity of the Crown Victoria assigned to Rouse,” the Post wrote.

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