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FBI Arrests Lone Gunman Accused of Shooting Spree in Washington D.C., Baltimore

The NSA headquarters in Maryland was damaged by gunfire.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a man accused of at least five shootings in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area over the past two weeks.

The New York Daily News reports that the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, also shot up the NSA building Tuesday.

“We believe the subject responsible for shooting incidents on the ICC, near Fort Meade Army installation, and other locations around the Baltimore-Washington metro area in the last two weeks is in custody,” FBI Public Affairs Specialist Amy J. Thoreson said in a statement.

No one was injured in the NSA shooting.

It remains unclear whether the NSA was the intended target.


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FBI Adds 6 Agents to Indianapolis Office to Fight Violent Crime

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is adding agents to its Indianapolis office to help fight violent crime, Fox 59 reports.

Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abbott, who said he has “a lot of confidence and true hope for our community here in Indianapolis” has added six agent to investigate gang activities and violent crimes.

“We’ve increased the number of agents that work on the Safe Streets Task Force.  Instead of one squad, we have two squads,” said Abbott.

“The ability to bring federal prosecution to the table is a huge help, because it usually includes a much stiffer penalty,” said Abbott.

Other priorities include terrorism and cyber crime, Abbott said.


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Republicans Give Up Fight Against Obama’s Immigration Plan with Homeland Security Budget

John A. Boehner

House Speaker John A. Boehner

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After all the outrage and pledges to dig in for a fight against President Obama’s immigration plan, Republicans in the House gave up Tuesday and voted to fund Homeland Security to avoid a partial shutdown of the agency.

The New York Times reports that Speaker John A. Boehner built a coalition of 75 Republicans to join Democrats in passing the bill, 257-167.

Despite the capitulation, Republicans “expressed a sense of resigned relief,” The Times wrote.

The president is expected to sign the bill.

“How did we end up with kind of a slow demise, you mean, even after a very hefty kind of rhetoric?” asked Representative John Fleming, Republican of Louisiana. “Well, apparently that’s the way it’s done around here. I don’t agree with it.”

The outcome was “an unmitigated loss for conservatives,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Republican of South Carolina, said.

Republicans in the House hit a roadblock after realizing they didn’t have the votes in the Senate.


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Legalizing Medical Pot in Utah Would Make Bunnies Go Crazy, DEA Agent Insists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has proposed numerous reasons to oppose medical marijuana – health effects, lack of motivation, dependency.

But the latest reason given by a DEA agent may be the most memorable. Speaking to a Utah Senate panel about a bill that would allow certain patients to consume edible cannabis, Special Agent Matt Fairbanks said legal outdoor grows would endanger bunnies.

Fairbanks suggested that passing the bill would harm rabbits because they would “cultivate a taste” for the plant and be constantly high, the Washington Post reports.

“I deal in facts. I deal in science,” Fairbanks insisted last week.

Fairbanks said he saw rabbits “that had cultivated a taste for marijuana” and “one of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone.”

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Petraeus Reaches Deal to Plead Guilty to Misdemeanor But Will Likely Not Face Prison Time

By Adam Goldman and Sari Horwitz
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for David H. Petraeus have reached an agreement with federal prosecutors for the retired general and former CIA director to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with his handling of classified materials.

As part of the agreement, Petraeus admitted to improperly retaining classified material, according to documents filed Tuesday in federal court in Charlotte. Petraeus has also acknowledged he misled FBI investigators, officials said.

Federal prosecutors will not seek prison time for the retired four-star general but instead will ask a judge to impose a probationary period of two years.

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FBI Faces $30M Lawsuit in Fatal Shooting of Ibragim Todashev in Florida

Ibragim Todashev

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida-based Muslim advocacy group is suing the FBI after an agent fatally shot Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen national who was friends with one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, The Boston Herald reports.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is suing for $30 million in the wrongful death lawsuit.

“We are seeking answers and justice for someone who was shot seven times by an FBI agent in his own home after hours of interrogation,” CAIR Florida Civil Rights Director Thania Diaz said in a statement. “A few key weaknesses in FBI practice are unfortunately highlighted all too well in this case.”

A spokesman for the FBI did not comment.

The FBI agent was not charged in the shooting because the Florida state attorney determined the shooting was self-defense.

 


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Ex-Virginia Cab Driver Captured After Being Placed on ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ List

Liban Haji Mohamed

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Less than two months after the FBI added a Washington-area cabbie to the bureau’s “Most Wanted Terrorist ” list, the Somali-born U.S. citizen was arrested and taken into custody of the Somali government, Reuters reports.

Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, was added to the list for allegedly providing support to the Somali-based terrorists al Shabaab.

The Somali government arrested Shabaab several days ago, but whether the country sends him back to the U.S. is still anyone’s guess.

Mohamed left the U.S. in 2012 after living in the northern Virginia suburbs near Washington.


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Elite Surveillance Team Accuses FBI of Nepotism, Favoritism at Expense of Investigations

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
An FBI surveillance team is fed up with what members say are internal politics and nepotism that are distracting from the mission of tracking terrorists, spikes and mobsters, The Washington Times reports.

The newspaper reviewed FBI memos that showed at least three relatives of FBI supervisors landing jobs on the elite surveillance team. Two were “fast-tracked to full special agent status,” The Times wrote.

Agents with more experience are being passed up by politically connected officials.

One longtime surveillance team member is even seeking whistleblower protection as he explains the issue to the Justice Department’s inspector general and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

When the whistleblower launched complaints, he said he was given a poor personnel review.

The newspaper reviewed FBI memos that showed at least three relatives of FBI supervisors landing jobs on the elite surveillance team. Two were “fast-tracked to full special agent status,” The Times wrote.

Agents with more experience are being passed up by politically connected officials.

One longtime surveillance team member is even seeking whistleblower protection as he explains the issue to the Justice Department’s inspector general and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

When the whistleblower launched complaints, he said he was given a poor personnel review.


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