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Archive for July 11th, 2011

FBI Investigating How Stun Gun Got on Jet Blue Flight to Newark

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Airport security never fails to amaze.

Fox 5 News reports that the FBI is investigating how a stun gun made it onto a Boston to Newark flight on Friday.

The station reports that a cleaning crew found a striker 1800 stun gun inside the back pocked of a seat on Jet Blue flight 1179 after passengers got off the plane in Newark.

Fox 5 reported that sources suspect the stun gun made it through screening at Boston’s Logan Airport.

JetBlue said it was cooperating in the probe, Fox 5 reported.

African American Woman Accuses TSA of Racial Profiling After Hair Search

tsa photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Transportation Security Administration, tasked with protecting the nation’s airports, can’t win.

The latest: An African-American woman is accusing TSA of racial profiling after her poofy hair was searched, The Hill newspaper reported.

The paper reported that Laura Adiele told MSNBC on Friday that agents at Seattle’s Sea-Tec Airport told her they needed to inspect her hair after she did a full-body scan. She claims agents made the request because she is black.

“It’s already uncomfortable to be going through a naked body imaging,” she said on MSNBC’s “Jansing and Co.” show. “For me, my hair is my breaking point.”

“I played the race card in this just because I looked around and didn’t see anyone else being searched in that way,” Adiele said. “And at the end of it, I had an African-American flight attendant come up to me and say that she’s had this experience and that she’s seeing it more frequently and that she thought I should complain about it.”

She said TSA agents told her it was policy to check anything that “poofs” from the body. TSA, according to the Hill, said that checking hair is sometimes done as part of its thorough screening of passengers.

3 Somalian Pirates Could Face Death Penalty

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Three Somalian men charged with murdering four Americans aboard the Quest ship in February near Somalia, could face the death penalty if convicted in Virginia

Authorities on Friday announced a superseding indictment in Norfolk,  Va. Of the 26 counts, 22 are death penalty eligible.

“Today’s superseding indictment charges three men from Somalia with brutally murdering four American citizens held hostage for ransom,” U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in a statement on Friday.

“This past March, the grand jury returned an indictment against these defendants, and others, with piracy in the armed hijacking of an U.S.-flagged yacht. The superseding indictment accuses these three men of summarily executing the hostages – without provocation – while the military was attempting to negotiate their release. With the additional charges, the defendants now potentially face a death sentence if convicted of these horrendous crimes, and the superseding indictment constitutes another important step in bringing to justice those accused of being directly responsible for the killing of innocent Americans.”

To date, 11 of the 14 defendants charged in the attack have pleaded guilty to mandatory life in prison.

Those charged in Friday’s superseding indictment include: Ahmed Muse Salad, aka Afmagalo, 25; Abukar Osman Beyle, 20; and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, 29,

Ex-Secret Service Agent Says Betty Ford Was Like a Mother to Agents

Gerald and Betty Ford at their wedding in 1948/gerald ford museum

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-First Lady Betty Ford, who died Friday at age 93,  had fans in the Secret Service.

Ex-Secret Service agent Mike Shannon, who protected the Fords, and showed up Saturday at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids to pay respect, told WOOD-TV that Betty Ford was like “a mother” to him and other agents.

He told the station that Ford was always concerned about the agents and once gave him a bag of oranges to take home for his wife.

Gerald and Betty got married on Oct. 15, 1948 at the Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids.