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FBI/DEA Produce Documentary on Heroin and Prescription Drug Addiction

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

To make the public more aware of the issue, the FBI and DEA have teamed up to produce a film on the opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic  that is sweeping the country.

The documentary is called: “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict.”


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FBI Formally Notifies State Department That It’s Investigating Hillary’s Emails

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After months of speculation, the FBI made clear Monday that the Hillary Clinton private e-mail investigation is ongoing.

The letter, written by FBI general counsel James Baker, serves as a formal notice to the State Department that the case is under investigation, The Hill reports.

Since last September, “in public statements and testimony, the Bureau has acknowledged generally that it is working on matters related to former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server,” Baker wrote to the State Department.

“The FBI has not, however, publicly acknowledged the specific focus, scope, or potential targets of any such proceedings.

“Thus … we remain unable (to) provide (details about the case) without adversely affecting on-going law enforcement efforts,” he concluded.

The FBI previously declined to officially confirm the investigation.

The letter does not provide any details of the investigation.


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Hackers Unload Information on 20,000 FBI Employees After Doing Same for Homeland Security

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 8.02.48 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hackers unveiled the contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday evening, a day after releasing similar data on nearly 10,000 Homeland Security employees.

The information was released on Twitter, via @DotGovs, indicating the hacks are in retaliation for the U.S. government’s ties to Israel.

“When will the US government realize we won’t stop until they cut relations with Israel..” the tweet reads.

The hackers broke into a Justice Department database.

The information on FBI and Homeland Security officials contained their names, titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

The Justice Department, which is investigating, said private information, such as Social Security numbers, didn’t appear to be breached, CNN reports. 

“The department is looking into the unauthorized access of a system operated by one of its components containing employee contact information,” said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr. “This unauthorized access is still under investigation; however, there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive personally identifiable information. The department takes this very seriously and is continuing to deploy protection and defensive measures to safeguard information. Any activity that is determined to be criminal in nature will be referred to law enforcement for investigation.”


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Remaining Occupiers of Oregon Wildlife Refuge Taunt FBI in Videos

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

The five-week standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge took a bizarre turn after one of the four remaining occupier released a video taunting the FBI.

In one video, David Fry, a 27-year-old dental assistant from Cincinnati takes a joy ride in a U.S. government vehicle, challenging the feds to charge him with theft, The Washington Post reports. 

“You see this? It’s a U.S. government vehicle,” he says, filming himself getting into a pickup truck with federal plates. “I think I want to take it on a little joy ride. You know? Yeah. Let’s start this baby up. Now you’ve got another charge on me, FBI. I am driving your vehicle.”

In another video, husband-and-wife due, Sean and Sandy Anderson, claim they are “hostages” for missing a deadline to leave the refuge unscathed.

“Here we sit as hostages because we didn’t hear about a deal that everyone else got to leave,” Sean Anderson says in the video. “They either let us go, drop all charges because we’re good people, or they come in and kill us. How’s that going to sit with America?”


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Wife of Dead ISIS Commander Charged in Death of 26-Year-Old U.S. Aid Worker

Kayla Mueller, a U.S. aid worker who was killed.

Kayla Mueller, a U.S. aid worker who was killed.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of a dead ISIS commander was charged Monday after the Justice Department alleged she was part of a plot that resulted in the death of a 26-year-old U.S. aid worker who was kidnapped by ISIS in Syria, the Daily Beast reports. 

The ISIS widow, known as Umm Sayyaf, is expected to be charged by Iraqi officials, so she may never end up in a U.S. court. But the official said the charges were “an insurance policy” in case she isn’t charged in Iraq or in case she escapes prison.

What remains unclear is how 26-year-old aid worker, Kayla Mueller, died after being kidnapped by ISIS.

The charges allege that Sayyaf was a sex slave held against her will.

Sayyaf’s husband was killed, and she was taken custody and interrogated in Iraq.


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Homeland Security Should Explain Cuts in Aerial Surveillance, Says Longview News-Journal

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Editorial Board
Longview News-Journal

Extreme views of how to deal with illegal immigration range from building a fence along the entire border between the United States and Mexico to those who think it would be possible to deport the more than 10 million illegal immigrants now living here.

Neither of those strategies is ever going to work, though, and the more time we spend considering them is that much less we have to come up with real solutions.

No matter where you position yourself on the political spectrum, immigration into the United States ought to be done legally. The fact so many disregard the law completely suggests it is deeply flawed and needs to be fixed.

Still, until that time, we should only tolerate the legal process, which means U.S. security forces should stop as many of those trying to sneak in as possible. There are sensible ways to do that and one of those is through aerial surveillance of routes known to be used by those guiding illegal immigrants into this country.

That is why we find it so surprising the federal Department of Homeland Security is suggesting cutting the number of flight hours almost in half for this year.

But it gets worse.

Right now the Texas border is experiencing a surge in illegal immigration mostly from Cubans trying to get to the United States. A loophole in immigration law written years ago allows for favorable treatment of Cubans if they can make it to the mainland.

Secondarily, an influx is coming from Central America, where life-threatening conditions make any risk from illegal immigration seem negligible.


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Hacker Dumps Details of Homeland Security Officials; Plans Same for FBI Today

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A hacker posted a database featuring details of nearly 100,00 Homeland Security employees online Sunday and pledged to post similar information today of 20,000 FBI employees, International Business Times reports.

The database includes the names, titles, phone numbers and email address of 9,355 DHS employees, the hacker announced on Twitter.

The information “appeared to be genuine and matches other online records,” IBT reported.

The hacker, who often uses the hashtag “FreePalestine,” said access was possible through an internal Justice Department network.

Neither the Justice Department nor the FBI has commented yet.


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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.

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