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Tag: Texas

Is Texas Trying to Create Own Border Patrol? Governor to Spend $800M

Greg Abbott

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The new Republican governor of Texas is spending a whopping $800 million for border security over the next two years, raising questions about his intentions.

The Associated Press reports that Gov. Greg Abbott more than doubled the amount spent by his predecessor, Rick Perry.

Included on the shopping list is a$7.5-million high-altitude plane designed to scan the border.

The spending is unprecedented by a border state, according to the AP.

Abbott said he is just protecting Texas residents from criminals such as dangerous cartel members.

“The first obligation of government is to keep people safe and that means ensuring that this ongoing cartel activity, which is not abating whatsoever, gains no root at all in the state of Texas,” Abbott said.

Border Patrol Helicopter Comes Under Fire; FBI Investigates

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine who fired shots at a Border Patrol helicopter on Friday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing near the Mexican border.

The helicopter was carrying at least one Border Patrol agent during an operational mission along the Rio Grande near Laredo, Texas, when it came under fire, Reuters reports.

“The rounds penetrated and damaged the aircraft, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing,” Special Agent Michelle Lee told Reuters.

No one was injured, she said.

It wasn’t clear this weekend whether the shots came from the American or Mexican side of the border, which the FBI is investigating.

The Texas Rangers also are helping investigate.

Homeland Security Chairman: Espionage Motivates China to Hack U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Evidence n0t only points to China as the culprit behind “the most significant breach in U.S. History,” but the hackers may have been sponsored by the Chinese government, The Hill reports. 

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said all indications are that hackers were motivated espionage because of the target, the Office of Personnel Management.

It’s not only looking very likely that someone located in China hacked the U.S.

“It was perhaps nation-state sponsored because of the way it was done,” he said. “It was done for espionage.”

“This is an area where there are no rules to the game,” McCaul added. “It raises all sorts of issues for Americans.”

Other Stories of Interest


Border Patrol Agent Rescued Following ATV Crash in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is recovering from traumatic injuries after his ATV plunged over a ledge near the Rio Grande in Sanderson, Texas.

Agents from the Office of Air and Marine boarded a helicopter and rescued the agent soon after the crash.

“The safety of our officers and agents is critical. These men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. We are glad to say that our air crew was able to successfully extract this individual from an extremely remote location to safety,” Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent Clay Tippit said in a press release.

The agent was treated and stabilized and then sent to a hospital via helicopter.

“We work closely with other agencies in the area especially Border Patrol. When an agent, or any individual, is injured we do everything we can to ensure an outcome such as this. Everyone worked together and got this injured agent the care that he needed. Because of that, I can gladly say that the agent has been released from the hospital and is doing well,” said Tippit.

 

 

FBI Agent Shot Trying to Rescue 9-Year-Old from Kidnapper

Jessie Williams, 24

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent was shot and wounded while trying to rescue a 9-year-old girl from a kidnapper in a Louisiana hotel Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. 

The agent was struck in the leg and will survive. The 24-year-old kidnapping suspect, however, died after a member of the FBI task force shot him.

An investigation into the kidnapping of the Texas girl led authorities to a Days Inn near Shrevoport, La.

“They encountered the suspect and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, an FBI agent was shot,” a brief FBI statement said.

The suspect was identified as Jessie Williams.

Motorcycle Gangs Involved in Deadly Shootout in Waco Are Known Outlaws

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some of the motorcycle gangs involved in Sunday’s shootout in Waco, Texas, are dangerous criminal organizations, the USA Today reports.

Among those involved were the Bandidos and Cossacks, both of whom are known as outlaw biker gangs and “pose a serious national domestic threat.”

They’re among what the FBI dubs outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The Bandidos, according to the FBI,  “are involved in transporting and distributing cocaine and marijuana and are involved in the production, transportation and distribution of methamphetamine.”

The FBI lists at least 60 gangs who “have been either enlisted or have attempted to gain employment in the military or various government agencies.”

The Cossacks, a smaller motorcycle gang, have been feuding with the Bandidos.

“We knew the tensions with the Cossacks were as high as they’d ever been,” Steve Cook, executive director of the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, said. “I don’t think anybody could have forecasted it to the degree that it happened.”

 

 

Texas Man Accused of Lying to FBI about Joining ISIS

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Texas man has been arrested after lying to the FBI about his allegiance to ISIS, according to a criminal complaint.

NBC DFW reports that Bilal Abood, 37, of Mesquite, faces up to eight years in prison for making a false statement to the FBI. http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/FBI-Mesquite-Man-Pledged-Allegiance-to-ISIS-Leader-303803121.html

A licensed security guard, Abood was born in Iraq and moved to the U.S. in 2009, becoming a naturalized American citizen.

Abood was captured while trying to travel from D/FW International Airport, where he told officials he was going to visit family. The FBI said he was actually going to fight for ISIS.

The complaint alleges that Abood admitted planning to go to Syria to fight with the Free Syrian Army.

Federal Authorities Were Investigating One of the Gunmen at Texas Cartoon Contest

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the gunmen behind the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of Prophet Muhammad strongly hinted on Twitter that he was about to get violent about 20 minutes before opening fire, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

“May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” or holy warriors, he tweeted.

One of his hashtags read: “#texasattack.”

Federal authorities were tracking 31-year-old Elton Simpson’s Twitter account and even had an open investigation on him at the time.

Homeland Security and the FBI also issued bulletins to local law enforcement, warning that the cartoon contest in Garland was a possible terrorism target.

Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, were killed, but not before shooting a security guard in the leg.