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New Boston FBI Chief Pledges Cooperative Approach to Tackling Terrorism, Drugs, Guns

Harold Shaw

Harold Shaw

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Harold Shaw, the new head of the FBI in Boston, pledged to partner with local authorities and other federal agencies to tackle gun crimes, drug dealing and terrorism.

“There’s virtually nothing we can do in the FBI that’s not done in a task-force concept,” Harold H. Shaw said in an interview with the Boston Globe. “The critical element is partnerships.”

Shaw took over the Boston office in October and said his experience in counter-terrorism will help crack down on extremists.

“The tricks of the trade I learned were from the task-force partners who were doing it a lot longer than I was,” he said.

Shaw replaced Vincent Lisi, who retired to join the private sector in August.

Other Stories of Interest

Jailed Extremist Is Paid FBI Informant After Being Released from Prison Early

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jesse Morton was considered a terrorist who supported violence in the name of Islam and even advocated attacks against the writers of “South Park” after they made fun of the prophet Muhammed.

Morton was sentenced to 11.5 years in prison in 2012, but now the 37-year-old is out of prison and being paid by the FBI, the Washington Post reports, citing government records.

Morton, who prosecutors said, “endangered the lives of innocent people,” is a paid FBI informant to help agents investigates a case against another person trying to join ISIS.

“We may never know all of those who were inspired to engage in terrorism because of Revolution Muslim, but the string of recent terrorism cases with ties to Morton’s organization demonstrates the threat it posed to our national security,” then-U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said in a statement at the time Morton was sentenced.

An official who spoke to the Washington Post said the FBI believed Morton had been reformed and could help build a case against an ISIS supporter.

The Post reported:

Muslim leaders have long criticized the FBI’s use of informants and its sometimes aggressive approach to keeping tabs on Islamic communities. Four U.S. Muslims alleged in a recent lawsuit that their names were put on the no-fly list as part of a heavy-handed effort to coerce them to work on the FBI’s behalf. (That suit was dismissed late last year, but the men were taken off the no-fly list). The New York City Police Department agreed this year to settle lawsuits that alleged that Muslims were investigated and targeted for surveillance without good reason – agreeing to pay $2 million in attorney fees while admitting no wrongdoing.

NFL, FBI Leaders Identify ‘No Credible Threats’ to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday

super bowl 50By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and NFL security leaders said they’ve identified “no credible threat” to Super Bowl 50 – so far, the Associated Press reports. 

Security will continued to examine the perimeter of Levi’s Stadium to assess any terrorism risks.

Jeffrey Miller, NFL senior vice president of security, expressed satisfaction with the joint effort between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to address any issues that arise.

“It gives the NFL a great deal of confidence in the safety of our premiere event, our teams and our fans,” Miller said at a news conference Wednesday. “I can speak for Commissioner (Roger) Goodell in saying that we are deeply appreciative of the leadership, resources and attention to detail put forth by our public safety partners.”

Officials said the lessons from recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have been helpful.

“Every year is different. The world situation, the threat picture is different every February,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. “We are, with the NFL, with our federal partners, and state and local law enforcement, focused on layered security, seen and unseen. We learned from events of the past but we have to protect against events of the future. So, we try to anticipate things that can happen from multiple different directions. But we’re always informed by recent events and what we see in the world situation.”

Homeland Security Investigates High School Student Who Substituted ‘ISIS’ in Pledge of Allegiance

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is investigating a 15-year-old high school student in Connecticut who substituted “ISIS” for the “United States of America” during the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Hartford Current reports that police and school administrators said the student never posed a risk to school safety.

“The Ansonia police received a complaint from the Ansonia High School administrators on Oct. 9, 2015. The [school resource officer] completed a report and we forwarded it off to Homeland Security as we would with any case that we feel needs to be brought to their attention,” Lt. Andrew Cota said.

The boy was removed from the school out of  “an abundance of caution,” but school officials declined further comment.

“In response to press reports concerning an Ansonia student making reference to ISIS during the Pledge of Allegiance, we did not deem the incident a legitimate threat to the safety of students or staff,” Superintendent Carol Merlone said. “As far as Ansonia Public Schools is concerned, the matter is resolved.”

Kent State Professor Accused of Ties to ISIS Denies Wrongdoing, Suggests Witchunt

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kent State University professor accused of having ties to ISIS denied supporting terrorism and dismissed the complaints as absurd.

“I’ve never broken the law. I support no violence or violent organizations,” history professor Julio Pino told the Akron Beacon Journal. “One man or one woman’s interpretation of events can be very different from another’s. As they say, ‘Haters gonna hate.’ Truth always prevails, and truth will prevail in this case.”

Pino said he believed the FBI is investigating him because of his outspoken positions on the Middle East.

“I can only imagine, given my past record at Kent State dealing with controversial issues about the Middle East, some people may be favorable or unfavorable,” he said. “Rumors start, and that’s the only thing I can think would draw attention from a government agency.”

The FBI confirmed that the professor is under investigation but declined to elaborate.

A university spokesperson said the university is fully cooperating.

FBI Investigates Kent State Professor for Alleged Ties to ISIS As He Continues to Teach

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A tenured Kent State professor continues to teach as the FBI investigates suspicions that he has ties to ISIS terrorists, Newsnet5.com reports.

The FBI has investigated Julio Pino, an associate professor of history, for about a year and a half.

Because he is a tenured professor, Pino is still teaching.

In 2011, Pino shouted “Death to Israel” while a former Israeli diplomat was delivering a speech.

Kent State officials said the university is cooperating with the FBI, which declined to discuss the case because of the ongoing investigation.

ISIS Confirms ‘Jihadi John’ Killed in U.S. Airstrike in Syria

"Jihadi John"

“Jihadi John”

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ISIS confirmed that a U.S. airstrike last year killed infamous executor “Jihadi John” in Syria.

In the latest issue of its Dabiq magazine, ISIS said Mohammed Emwazi, a British national, was killed in a drone strike, ABC News reports. 

“The car he was in was targeted in a strike by an unmanned drone in the city of ar-Raqqah, destroying the car and killing him instantly,” an article on page 23 of the magazine said.

U.S. officials said in November that “Jihadi John” was killed in a “flawless” airstrike.

“He walked out of a building and got in the car. We struck it right after with zero collateral damage,” a counter-terrorism official told ABC News on Nov. 12. “The vehicle was on fire. It was a 100 percent flawless, direct hit.”

The ISIS magazine provided the first confirmation from ISIS that “Jihadi John” was killed.

FBI Director: No Evidence Shooter of Philadelphia Cop Belonged to Larger Terrorist Group

philadelphia-police-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI found no evidence that the man who opened fire on a Philadelphia police officer was part of a larger terrorist group, the Washington Post reports. 

FBI Director James Comey said agents found no credibility to a tip that Edward Archer was part of a larger group that planned to target police.

Still, Comey said the FBI is still investigating the shooting as a terrorist attack because Archer said he has pledged allegiance to ISIS.