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Archive for October 7th, 2013

Most Dangerous States Are Not What You Might Expect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Think of the most dangerous states in the U.S. and you’re likely to name places like Michigan, New York, California and Texas.

They have large cities with reputations for violence.

But newly released FBI statistics show the most dangerous states are Tennessee, Nevada and Alaska, the USA Today reports.

You are more likely to be a victim of violence in those states than any other in the country, according to the stats.

Feds Take Amber Alert Site Offline as Part of Gov’t Shutdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department shut down its Amber Alert website (www.amberalert.gov) because of the government shutdown.

Instead of featuring photos and other urgent information about missing children, the site tells visitors, “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable.”

The site was set up to give residents and law enforcement of all jurisdictions quick, up-to-the-minute information about urgent missing-person cases.

It’s just the latest federal resource to be cut during the shutdown.

Controversial Ex-FBI Agent John Guandolo Has Authored a Book on Islam

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI agent John Guandolo, a controversial figure who has been described in some circles as a nationally recognized expert on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Movement has authored a new book “Raising a Jihadi Generation.”

Guandolo has been praised for his knowledge of the Islamic world.

“Raising a Jihadi Generation needs to be in the hands of every police officer in America.” wrote a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy .

Andrew C. McCarthy, former chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, wrote:  “Members of the government’s national security agencies who read Raising a Jihadi Generation, and who are wise enough to keep it nearby as a handy reference, will be far better equipped to protect the United States.”  

But in other circles he’s been criticized for “Muslim bashing” and presenting an inaccurate assessment of the issues.

Ryan Lenz, in an article  posted on the Southern Poverty Law Center earlier this year, wrote of Guandolo:

Oh sure, he’s already gone after college professors who weren’t sufficiently anti-Muslim. He’s identified mosques that he says are bases of operation for militant Islam. He’s asserted that Muslims have no First Amendment rights in America and aim only to “subjugate” the nation. But it was just last week that he made what may be his most remarkable claim yet, insisting that John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, is secretly a Muslim convert working to undermine the Constitution.

His bio on his webpage states:

Mr. Guandolo served on the Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Team Leader for three of those years. He was a certified Undercover Agent, and served in a variety of assignments in that capacity. Mr. Guandolo was a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an “Advanced Capability Medic” with the FBI. His career has included significant overseas travel to include many areas of Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and elsewhere. In his last year and a half in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo served on a Surveillance Unit.

Mr. Guandolo currently works advising governments – U.S. and others – on matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement. He actively advises members of Congress, law enforcement, the intelligence community, military, National Guard, key community leaders, and others. He is an adjunct instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, and is one of the authors of the “Shariah – The Threat to America,” the first comprehensive book on the threat from the Islamic Movement in the U.S. He has appeared on television and radio, and regularly publishes articles related to these matters in a number of media outlets.

The book is available on Amazon.

‘Silk Road’ Bust Reveals Challenge of Cracking Secret Internet

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When federal agents swarmed Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht at a public library in San Francisco, the arrest of the alleged kingpin did little to curtail others from selling and buying drugs on the Internet’s largely untraceable underground, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Silk Road is not the only online drug marketplace. Web sites such as Sheep Marketplace offer special browsers to allow users to anonymously buy just about anything.

There’s no way of telling how much money and drugs are being exchanged, but a look at Silk Road offers a glimpse into one enterprise: Authorities said the site sold $1.2 billion in drugs and other contraband in less than three years.

“People have had the ability to set up enterprises that violate laws for a long time,” said Phil Zimmermann, who developed PGP, or “pretty good privacy,” as a human rights tool in the 1990s, the Sun wrote. “I don’t think that Silk Road is any worse than any other … conduit through which you could sell anything legal or illegal.”

 

One of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists in U.S. Custody After Capture in Libya

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A few days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Anas al Libi was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

The reward – $25 million, the same amount offered for the capture of Osama bin Laden.

On Saturday, authorities finally captured al Libi in Libya, accusing him of being one of the top remaining leaders of al Qaeda and a former confidant of bin Laden’s, NBC News reports.

“As the result of a U.S. counterterrorism operation, Abu Anas al Libi is currently lawfully detained by the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya,” Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed, adding that al Libi was being held under the “law of war.”

Libyan officials are asking for an explanation, NBC News reported.

So Many ‘Whitey’ Bulger Books! Even He’s Writing One

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Long before James “Whitey” Bulger was captured in California in 2011, the notorious mobster was the subject of more than a dozen books.

Now that he’s been convicted and headed to prison for life, many more books are in the works – “books by relatives of his victims, books by his crime compatriots, books by cops and prosecutors,” LA Weekly reports.

One of those authors is none other than Bulger, who had written more than 100 pages of his memoir when he was arrested in his Santa Monica apartment, LA Weekly wrote.

Of all the books written about this “amazing crime story,” the LA Weekly recommended “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice,” by Boston Globe writers Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy.

The book “is the product of a combined 50 years of covering Bulger. But more than densely detailed reporting, it also brings amazing human-interest insight made possible by the authors’ geographic proximity: Cullen lived in South Boston for most of Bulger’s reign; Murphy graduated from South Boston High School.”

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