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Archive for December 12th, 2012

FBI Prepares Furlough Days for Agents if Fiscal Cliff Deal Not Reached

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the White House and congressional Republicans fail to reach a budget plan, the FBI is prepared to reduce the number of agents working daily on cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The plan under consideration would give agents one unpaid furlough day roughly on a bi-weekly basis, the Journal reported.

That includes special agents.

The plan could change, FBI officials said, because the crisis could be averted by political compromise, the Journal wrote.

Police in Georgia Prepare to Enforce Show-Me-Your-Papers Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police in Georgia are prepared to start enforcing the state’s controversial “show-me-your-papers law” after a federal judge lifted an injunction on it, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The law allows police to check the immigration status of suspects. Anyone believed to be in the country illegally can be detained, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Aimed at pushing illegal immigrants out of the state, critics say the law is unconstitutional and would lead to racial profiling, the Journal-Constitution wrote.

Immigration rights groups said they will be on the lookout for abuse.

“Any type of violations of individuals’ rights — including prolonged detention — is something we will be looking for, documenting and will bring back to court,” Karen Tumlin, a managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, told the Journal-Constitution.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

Can’t Drive Drugs Across Border? Try Launching Them with a Cannon

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Drug smugglers are using a new technique to get their product across the U.S.-Mexico border, Huffington Post reports.

Instead of risking the drive across, some smugglers are launching drugs over the border using a canon.

The Huffington Post wrote that 33 cans of marijuana were spotted in a field Friday near a border crossing near the Colorado River.

Agents found a carbon dioxide tank and 85 pounds of pot.

Border Patrol officials said they are preparing to combat the new smuggling technique.

New Orleans U.S. Atty. Jim Letten Says He’ll Stay Involved in Community and Comments on Scandal

Two U.S. Citizens Arrested for Allegedly Planing to Wage Violent Jihad in North Africa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents arrested two U.S. citizens accused of trying to leave the U.S. for North Africa “to wage violent jihad,” The Los Angeles Times reports.

The 25-year-old residents, Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson, were charged Tuesday with conspiring to kill people outside the U.S.

The L.A. Times reports the men met online two yeas ago, once opened a men’s fragrance store in Alabama and ultimately planned to wage war in the name of Islam.

The men were busted after an undercover FBI source were told of their plans to use falsify passports and join terrorists in Morocco or Mauritania.

FBI, Facebook Track Down International Crime Ring That Stole $850 Million from Computer Users

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents, with the help of Facebook, cracked one of the largest cybercrime cases in history, arresting 10 people accused of infecting computers with malicious software and then stealing their bank and other personal information worth $850 million, Reuters reports.

Agents were assisted by Facebook’s security team after users of the social networking giant were victimized by the theft, Reuters wrote.

Its “security systems were able to detect affected accounts and provide tools to remove these threats,” the FBI told Reuters.

The 10 people arrested came from Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.