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Archive for May 8th, 2013

Cleveland Browns Owner Apologized to Fans for Federal Probe of Truck Company

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI continues to investigate fraud inside his truck-stop company, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told fans he was embarrassed and planned to return glory to the football team, Sports Illustrated reports.

Speaking at the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s annual scholar-athlete banquet, Haslam expressed regrets over his legal troubles.

“I apologize to the city of Cleveland, Northeastern Ohio and all Browns fans because the last thing we ever wanted to do as a new owner was detract from football and the Browns and just what a great football area this is, and so I apologize for that,” Haslam said.

“We feel badly about it and we’re very comfortable we’ll work through this situation.”

Agents raided Pilot’s headquarters in Tennessee on April 16, alleging that members of the sales team boosted profits by deliberately withholding rebates, Sports Illustrated wrote.

New Special Agent in Charge Takes Over FBI Office in Denver

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI’s Denver office has a new leader. 

Thomas P. Ravenelle, who most recently served in the inspection division at FBI’s headquarters in Washington D.C., has been named as special agent in charge of the Denver office, CBS Denver reports.

He replaces James Yacone, who left in March to work for the Virginia-based Critical Incident Response Group.

Most recently, Ravenelle led inspections of FBI offices and investigated FBI-involved shootings.

Yacone launched his career with the FBI in 1987.

How Did Kidnappers of 3 Ohio Women Elude Detection for So Long? Authorities Investigating

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are questioning how three Ohio women were held in captivity for a decade inside a Cleveland house without being detected.

As authorities arrested three brothers in the kidnapping Tuesday, investigators are talking to neighbors to see what, if anything, people have heard or seen at the house, Reuters reports.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Johnson defended local authorities, responding to unfounded accusations that neighbors had alerted the suspicious activity to police, the Tribune wrote.

The women were freed Monday evening after one of them alerted a neighbor.

Border Patrol Says Mountaintop Drug Spotters Eluding Authorities Because of Rules of Engagement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol told senators Tuesday that rules of engagement are too constraining and making it difficult to combat armed drug cartel spotters while atop U.S. mountains, the Washington Times reports.

Cartels traditionally send out spotters on U.S. territory to inspect border protection. 

Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher said his agents can’t shoot the spotters like U.S. troops could in Afghanistan, for instance. The rules of engagement are much stricter on U.S. soil, Fisher said.

“The rules of engagement, what we call our ‘use of force,’ applies to individuals on the street or whether they’re up on a mountaintop,” he told the Senate panel.

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Obama Administration Considers Making Internet Wiretapping Easier

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration is close to stiffening surveillance laws to make it easier to wiretap people who use the Internet, the New York Times reports.

Saying it’s much easier to wiretap people using traditional phone services, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III wants the federal government to extend the practice to monitor suspects who communicate using the Internet.

The proposal is being reviewed by the White House, the Times wrote.

Privacy advocates aren’t so happy about the proposed change.

“I think the F.B.I.’s proposal would render Internet communications less secure and more vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves,” said Gregory T. Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology. “It would also mean that innovators who want to avoid new and expensive mandates will take their innovations abroad and develop them there, where there aren’t the same mandates.”