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Archive for February 18th, 2013

FBI Warns Parents About Growing Trend to Exploit Girls on Social Media

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It usually starts out as a friendly message to teen girls on Facebook or Twitter.

But once the perpetrator gains the trust of the girl, he encourages her to send a nude picture, KCTV 5 News reports.

If she doesn’t, he threatens to show their messages to the principal.

Christopher Patrick Gunn, 31, of Montgomery, AL, used the ruse on hundreds of girls between the ages of 9 and 16 and recently was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The FBI advises teens against making contact with anyone they don’t know online and recommend that parents talk to the children about the dangers, KCTB reported.

So Far, FBI Probe Unearths No Evidence of Sen. Menendez Using Young Prostitutes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI investigation into whether Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was given prostitutes while staying at a friend’s resort in the Dominican Republic has so far found nothing substantive, the Washington Post reports, citing two people familiar with the investigation.

Menendez is accused of accepting the prostitutes and free vacations from an eye doctor who is a close friend and major campaign donor.

The FBI is following the lead from an unknown tipster, the Post reported.

Menendez has denied meeting with prostitutes, saying the allegations are part of a smear campaign

“As we have said all along, Sen. Menendez welcomes any review because his actions have been appropriate, and we believe the facts will confirm that,” a Menendez aide told the Post.

The FBI also is investigating Menendez’s role in supporting a contract in the Dominican Republic for his friend, Salomon Melgen.

Column: Obama Administration Gets Free Pass on Use of Drones

John E. Sununu
Washington Post Columnist

A year ago, Attorney General Eric Holder first spoke in public about the Obama administration’s program to target and kill US citizens overseas. At the time, it seemed an extraordinary assertion of power, and certainly one that no president had previously dared to make. Holder’s speech was intended to reassure skeptics that the White House took this power very seriously. He explained to his audience in somber tones that targets would have to be deemed an “imminent threat” whose capture “was not feasible.”

To some, such vague terms were cause for even greater alarm. For Congress, however, they calmed the waters — at least for a year. With the exception of a few steady critics like Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, most elected officials have quietly gone along. In fact, neither the Senate Intelligence Committee nor its House counterpart has ever held a public hearing on the drone programs — let alone the targeted assassination of US citizens.

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FBI Closes Kingston Office, Moves Operations to Albany

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI shuttered its Kingston office in New York and moved staff and resources to the Albany offices, the Mid-Hudson News reports.

The move will make operations run more smoothly, said FBI spokesman Paul Holstein.

“The Albany division did not have any resources diverted away as part of the closing of this resident agency. These assets were merely reallocated within our division to be utilized more effectively and efficiently,” told the Mid-Hudson News. “One of the major issues when we look at an analysis to determine what resident agencies should be closed is to reduce internal costs to run it more efficiently and to use taxpayers’ money more effectively.”

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WDIV: ‘Almost A Certainty’ FBI Will Dig Up Land In Search For Jimmy Hoffa

James R. Hoffa

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit 

DETROIT — WDIV’s Kevin Dietz reports that it’s “almost a certainty” that the FBI will dig up land in Oakland Township, north of Detroit,  where an ex-mobster claims Jimmy Hoffa’s body is buried.

“Half the office wants to go today, the other half wants to wait a few weeks for better weather,” Dietz reports. “No one is saying digging would be a waste of time.”

The ex-mobster Anthony Joseph Zerilli has told the feds, who have interviewed him on several occasions, that the late mobster Tony Giacalone told him that the body was buried on the land that was once owned by ex-Detroit mob boss Jack Tocco, WDIV reports.

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