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Archive for December 19th, 2012

Investigation: State Department Failed to Properly Secure U.S. Consulate in Libya

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The State Department was blasted for having inadequate security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, during an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, National Public radio reports.

The report by the Accountability and Review Board, released Tuesday night, criticized the State Department for relying heavily on Libyan militias for protection and ignoring calls for more security, NPR wrote.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the panel to investigate security at the consulate and make recommendations for preventing another attack.

NPR reported that the U.S. is sending hundreds of additional Marine guards to high-threat areas overseas.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Officials Accused of Hindering FBI Investigation

Steve Neavling
tickethewire.com

A federal grand jury is investigating whether Los Angeles County jail officials moved an FBI informant to hinder a federal probe into alleged jail abuses, the LA Times reports.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials moved the inmate several time under a series of aliases and kept him under constant watch, the LA Times reported.

At least one witness testified that the inmate was moved to hide him from federal agents, according to the LA Times.

Sheriff’s officials insist they weren’t trying to hide the informant, Anthony Brown. Instead, they said, they were protecting him from other deputies.

Woman Whose Angry Emails Led to CIA Director Petraeus’ Resignation Won’t Be Charged

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paula Broadwell, whose affair with then-CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation, won’t be charged with cyberstalking, NBC News reports.

“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has decided not to pursue a federal case regarding the alleged acts of ‘cyber-stalking’ involving Paula Broadwell,” a spokesman for the office said Tuesday in a written statement.

Broadwell, the 37-year-old who wrote a biography about Petraeus, is accused of sending harassing emails to women who were close to Petraeus.

The decision not to prosecute was made “after applying relevant case law to the particular facts of this case,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office statement said.

“The decision on whether to bring a prosecution is always a serious matter, and one that should never be undertaken without the most thoughtful deliberation. As federal prosecutors, we are guided in the discharge of our responsibilities by considerations of fairness and justice. The prosecution of a case is undertaken only after the most careful review and analysis of the evidence and applicable law,” the statement said.

Florida Man Claims to Be FBI Informant, Exposes Himself to Nurses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man forced his way onto a plane, claiming he was an FBI informant who was having medical complications and needed to fly to Boston, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

When the 28-year-old Fort Myers man was taken to a hospital after faking a seizure, he exposed himself to nurses, asking if they liked what they saw, the Sun-Sentinel wrote.

Officers found several different kinds of prescription pills on Arnaldo Jose Santiago Burgos that he said he liked to mix.

He was arrested by Lee County Port Authority officers, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

You Won’t Believe How These People Were Smuggled Across the Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fox 5 San Diego listed some unusual ways people have tried to smuggle drugs and humans across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Also included are photos, including one of a man found sewn into the upholstery of a van seat.

Other photos depict people hidden in compartments in the floor of a car or hidden in the engine of a van.

In one photo, 73 illegal immigrants are squeezed into the back of a tractor trailer.

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