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Archive for May 9th, 2013

Did FBI Miss Opportunity to Crack Abduction Case in Cleveland? Agents Dismiss Some Public Claims

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI missed a critical opportunity to make progress in the Cleveland abduction case in 2004, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Fernando Colon, who was living with one of the suspect’s ex-wives at the time, said he told investigators that suspect Ariel Castro knew two girls who had gone missing a year earlier.

“Nobody wanted to believe me about this guy,” Colon said in an interview with The Plain Dealer. “Maybe the FBI didn’t feel there was enough evidence to focus on him.”

But FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony dismissed the claims, saying agents “scrubbed” records to determine whether there ever was a mention of Castro, one of three brothers accused in the abduction and rape of the girls, the Plain Dealer reported.

Anthony said there’s “no reason to believe” the FBI had been tipped off.

Whistleblower Says Obama Administration at Fault for Delayed Benghazi Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Obama administration’s characterization of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, slowed the down the investigation, a key Benghazi whistleblower said, Fox News reports.

“I definitely believe that it negatively affected our ability to get the FBI team quickly to Benghazi,” Greg Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya, said during a Congressional hearing Wednesday.

Some Republicans are accusing the administration of downplaying the attack for political reasons.

Democrats scoffed at the idea.

“People who have actually seen the documents, who have actually conducted a real investigation completely reject the allegation that they were made for political purposes,” Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., said.

U.S., Russia Try to Repair Decades of Distrust to Protect Each Other from Common Threats

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mutual distrust between the U.S. and Russia is threatening to jeopardize cooperation between the FBI and Russia’s Federal Security Service, the Washington Post reports.

Cooperation over security threats is guarded and restrained, making it difficult for the two countries to share information about mutual safety concerns.

The Boston Marathon bombing has prompted officials from both countries to try and mend the relationship, according to the Post.

“This tragedy should motivate us to work closer together,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a news conference late last month. “If we combine our efforts, we will not suffer blows like that.”

President Obama made similar statements earlier.

ACLU: FBI Accessing Private Emails Without Warrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is accessing private emails of suspects without as much as a warrant, records obtained by the ACLU suggest, according to NBC News.

The documents “paint a troubling picture of the government’s email surveillance practices,” wrote Nathan Freed Wessler, attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.

“Not only does the FBI claim it can read emails and other electronic communications without a warrant — even after a federal appeals court ruled that doing so violates the Fourth Amendment — but the documents strongly suggest that different U.S. Attorneys’ offices around the country are applying conflicting standards to access communications content,” he wrote.

The records strongly suggest the FBI is obtaining the information without warrants, NBC News reported.

The FBI denied wrong doing.

In “all investigations, the FBI obtains evidence in accordance with the laws and Constitution of the United States, and consistent with Attorney General guidelines,” the agency said in an emailed statement.

Suspect in Abductions, Rape of 3 Girls in Cleveland is Charged