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Archive for March 20th, 2014

Grown Man Robs Bank While Riding Child-Sized Bike into Texas Building

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

They call him the BMX Bandit.

The FBI is looking for a man who robbed a Missouri City, Texas, bank after riding a child-sized bike into the building, Click2Houston.com reports.

The robbery happened at Amegy Bank.

The man pulled out a gun and demanded money.

 

Border Patrol Chief: Agency is Unfairly Criticized for Using Excessive Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said his agency is unfairly criticized for using excessive force, the Associated Press reports.

Fisher said it’s a mischaracterization to describe his employees as “indiscriminately” opening fire on immigrants.

“If you are like me, there’s nothing more terrifying than fighting for your life when you’re alone with no communication, and the thought for a split second that you may never get home at the end of that shift to see your wife and son again,” Fisher said. “The only thing that is equal to the ripple of fear is thinking of having to use deadly force against another human being.”

Fisher was speaking at the annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix.

Details Emerge on Man Who Went on Killing Spree Because He Thought He Had AIDS

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Andrew Cunanan was out for revenge.

Although he had never been tested, he believed he had AIDS he wanted to seek revenge against anyone who could have given him the disease.

ABC WLS obtained new details from the killing spree, which included world-famous designer Gianni Versace and Chicago real estate tycoon Lee Miglin.

Describing him as “a murder machine,” ABC reports that Cunanan killed five people in five states – from hammer blows, gun shots, pruning shears and a hacksaw.

“If I had AIDS or if someone did that to me I would go on a five-state killing spree and take everyone with me I could,” Cunanan is quoted as telling friends before the spree began.

Washington Times Editorial: ATF Breaks Law to Enforce It

By Washington Times
Editorial Board

When President Obama rewrote inconvenient parts of his very own Obamacare law, he undermined more than health care. The attitude of “we can do what we want” trickles down to the lowliest federal agencies. That’s what several federal judges are saying about the schemes of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The ATF is the Rodney Dangerfield of law enforcement; among its peers it “don’t get no respect.” So the agency devises creative ways of proving itself, if only to itself. For example, ATF agents posing as cocaine couriers in poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Los Angeles boasted of big plans to steal the narcotics they were supposed to deliver. They did this to goad “small-time crooks” into joining a high stakes fake “stash house” raid to obtain fake cocaine. The hoods would then be arrested.

Agents are allowed to infiltrate a criminal enterprise, but this sting constituted what a federal judge called an outrageous fishing expedition. “In these stash-house cases,” said U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II, “the Government’s ‘participation in the offense conduct’ is what makes them particularly repugnant to the Constitution. Everything about the scheme — and therefore almost everything bearing upon a defendant’s ultimate sentence — hinges solely on the Government’s whim.”

Threatened with stiff drug penalties, few perps challenge the charges, and federal prosecutors add easy convictions to their trophies. No drugs were taken off the street. “That’s the problem with creating crime,” observed Judge Wright, “the Government is not making the country any safer or reducing the actual flow of drugs.” The judge dismissed all charges against defendants, saying: “The time has come to remind the Executive Branch that the Constitution charges it with law enforcement — not crime creation.”

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Nearly 2 Weeks Later, FBI Asked to Help Investigate Disappearance of Malaysia Jet

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly two weeks after a Malaysia Airlines jet went missing, the FBI has finally been asked to help.

CBS News reports that Malaysian investigators and the FBI are trying to restore files that were deleted from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the plane.

Investigators said Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah is considered innocent until proven guilty. His family is cooperating, CBS News reported.

CBS News wrote that it has confirmed the FBI was provided with electronic data to analyze from the flight simulator.

Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed the FBI is prepared to help.