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Ex-Homeland Security Agent Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Investigative Records

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former Homeland Security agent who conspired to falsify investigative records pleaded guilty Thursday, and new evidence suggests he faked the documents at the urging of his supervisor, the Associated Press reports.

Wayne Ball was a special agent with Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s Office in McAllen, Texas, when he falsified records in a probe into a customs officer accused of assisting in drug and human trafficking, the AP wrote.

Prosecutors declined to identify the supervisor but an investigation is underway.

Under a plea agreement, Ball is required to cooperate with the prosecutors.

The case involves Ball backdating falsified reports to show investigative work had been done when it had not.

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FBI Probes Fatal Police Shooting of Double Amputee in Houston

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether a Houston police officer used excessive force by fatally shooting a double-amputee in a wheelchair at a home for the mentally ill, the Associated Press reports.

The AP said police were responding to a call about an irate one-armed, one-legged man who wouldn’t come down.

One of the officers said he shot the 45-year-old amputee in the head because he felt cornered by the wheelchair and feared his partner was in danger by what turned out to be a ballpoint pen, according to the AP.

“It is my desire to have everyone reserve judgment until all the facts and evidence in this investigation have been gathered,” Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said.

Purported Spokesman for Hacking Group Anonymous Arrested for Threatening FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The purported spokesman for the hacking group Anonymous was arrested by the FBI on allegations that he threatened an FBI agent, his attorney said Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

Barrett Brown, 31, of Dallas is expected to be charged in connection with YouTube videos in which Brown rails against federal authorities.

In one of the profanity-laced videos, Brown addresses FBI Agent Robert Smith.

“So that’s why Robert Smith’s life is over,” Brown said. “But when I say his life is over, I don’t say I’m going to go kill him. But I am going to ruin his life and look into his (expletive) kids.”

Anonymous splinter group AntiSec appears to have retaliated Thursday night by posting addresses and credit card numbers of 13 federal government workers, the Dallas Morning News reports.

AntiSec claimed to have hacked an FBI computer to obtain personal information on millions of Apple users last week, but its story was quickly refuted by Apple and the bureau.