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Archive for April 23rd, 2013

FBI Found No Trace of Ricin at Mississippi Home of Man Accused of Mailing Poisonous Letters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators found no traces of ricin in the house of the Mississippi man accused of mailing the toxic letters to President Obama, a senator and local judge, the Associated Press reports.

Agents believe Paul Kevin Curtis sent the letters but they have been unable to find evidence, including on his computer.

Curtis’ lawyer suggested the suspect was set up.

FBI Agent Brandon Grant disagrees.

“Given the right mind-set and the Internet and the acquisition of material, other people could be involved,” Grant said. “However, given information right now, we believe we have the right individual.”

Homeland Security Considers Charging a Fee to Cross Border to Finance Increased Costs of Protection

FBI Catches Heat After Discovery That Bureau Was Warned About Boston Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigated one of the Boston bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, two years ago after Russia warned about his shift toward Islamic extremism, CNN reports.

Now, some members of Congress are calling for an investigation to determine how Tsarnaev managed to convince the FBI that he wasn’t a threat, CNN wrote. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to hold a closed-door hearing with the FBI.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed by police. His 19-year-old brother was charged with federal terrorism charges Monday.

Luck Saves Lives of ATF Agent, Informants After Suspects’ Guns Discharge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An ATF agent and two informants are alive today because the guns of two drug-dealing suspects failed to discharge.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Frederick “Freaky” Crayton, 23 (pictured to the right)  and James “J. Blood” Jones, 21, tried to open fire on the agent and informants in a car but the guns malfunctioned.

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged Crayton and Jones with assault on a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous or deadly weapon.

“Sometimes things just work out better for us than for them,” ATF spokeswoman Trista Frederick said

Two Men Arrested in Alleged Plot to Blow Up Commuter Rail Between Toronto and U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men accused of plotting to blow up a major commuter rail between Toronto and the U.S. were arrested Monday, Newsday reports.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the attack involved al-Qaida “elements” in Iran but did not pose imminent danger, Newsday wrote.

The FBI helped investigate.

Police said the attack was still in the development stages and included blowing up a bridge used by the rail.

“This is the first known al-Qaida planned attack that we’ve experienced in Canada,” RCMP Superintendent Doug Best said in the news conference.