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Archive for December 20th, 2010

FBI Says Violent and Property Crimes Dropped Nationwide in First Half of 2010

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Calling the results “encouraging”, the FBI on Monday released preliminary crime stats for the first six months of 2010, saying violent crime nationwide dropped 6.2 percent compared to last year. It also reported that property crimes dipped 2.8 percent.

The report explained that violent crimes included murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The FBI reported that violent crime as a whole decreased in all four regions of the country, falling 0.2 percent in the Northeast, 7.2 percent in the Midwest, 7.8 percent in the South, and 7.2 percent in the West.

But in a not so heartening development in the Northeast sector, murders were up 5.7 percent, forcible rapes were up 1.1 percent and aggravated assaults were up 2.4 percent. It also reported that burglaries in the Northeast rose 3.9 percent.

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U.S. Cable to FBI and CIA Warns Terrorists in Yemen Could Have Easy Access to Radioactive Material

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As if we need to hear more scary stuff on the terrorism front, here’s the latest.

The Guardian newspaper in London reports that a senior Yemen government official warned US diplomats shortly after the “underwear” bomber incident last Christmas in Detroit that the country’s main store of radioactive products was poorly guarded and could result in materials falling into the hands of terrorist.

News of the warning, which surfaced publicly from a WikiLeaks  U.S. embassy cable, said that a lone guard at Yemen’s atomic energy commission had been removed, the Guardian reported. The paper also reported that the lone closed circuit TV security camera had broken down and was never repaired.

The Jan. 9 cable sent to the CIA , FBI and Department of Homeland Security stated: “Very little now stands between the bad guys and Yemen’s nuclear material.”

Yemen has become a hotbed of al Qaeda activity.

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