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Archive for July 17th, 2014

FBI Launches Nationwide Probe into Fungal Meningitis Outbreak That Killed 64

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has launched an investigation into a fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened 751 people nationwide, killing 64, the Tennessean reports.

Authorities are blaming the outbreak on contaminated steroids manufactured by a Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center and used in spinal injections as pain relief.

Joan Peay of Nashville met with an FBI agent after she came down with fungal meningitis in 2012. “They are creating a criminal case against New England Compounding Center,” Peay said. “They are just at the point now where they are interviewing patients.”

She was questioned about how she contracted the illness and how it impacted her.

FBI Arrests Passenger Accused of Making Bomb Threats on LA-Bound Flight

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested an airline passenger who claimed he had a bomb, threatened to kill flight attendants and mocked the captain, NBC Los Angeles reports.

Kevin Lee Mosele, 20, of Hawaii, appeared in federal court in Los Angeles Tuesday and posted $10,000 bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison on suspicion of interfering with a flight crew.

The British Airlines flight was headed to Los Angeles from London when a flight attendant complained of an “abusive and disruptive passenger” who was “swearing and screaming.”

Mosele was placed in metal handcuffs but continued to spit and scream, NBC reported.

Opinion: U.S. Should Be More Careful About Deporting Central American Immigrants

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By Alan Gomez
USA Today

For the past few weeks, the attention of the White House and Congress has, rightfully, been on the tens of thousands of children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador flooding across the U.S. border.

But as Washington debates the fastest and safest way to send those kids back home, it gives us a chance to rethink the way we’re deporting people to Mexico, too.

Border Patrol agents have wide latitude to determine where and when they deport someone caught trying to cross the border illegally. In many instances, they deport the person far from the location where they were caught — that hinders their ability to try to cross again, given they’re in an unfamiliar city and don’t have local connections to help.

But little thought has been given to their deportation destination, and data from both sides of the border indicate the government is sending people into some incredibly dangerous terrain.

Take Tijuana, for example. That area was once one of the most violent along the border, with drug cartels fighting a bloody battle for control of the region. But from 2008 to 2012, the city’s murder rate fell from 41 per 100,000 residents to 21,according to a study by the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute.

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Report: FBI Failed to Reveal Flawed Lab Work in Death Row Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A scathing report accuses the FBI and Justice Department of waiting too long to notify prosecutors of flawed forensic work used in death-row convictions, the Washington Post reports.

The Office of Inspector General reported Wednesday on one of the worst modern scandals involving the FBI lab. The Inspector General found that the Justice Department failed to properly review cases handled by FBI examiners with a history of flawed work.

The report indicates that more than 60 death-row defendants were notified that their cases were handled by 13 lab examiners whose work has been questioned. But it took more than five years to identify those defendants, according to the report.

One man was executed in Texas in 1997 but should not have been because of the FBI’s flawed work, the report states.

Chicago Gets Additional ATF Agents to Quell Outbreak in Gun Violence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Chicago is getting seven more ATF agents to help quell an outbreak violence, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The decision was made recently by Attorney General Eric Holder, who had met with the Chicago mayor.

The Windy City now has 52 ATF agents.

“They wanted to bring more resources to Chicago to combat some of the gun violence that’s taking place here,” said ATF spokesman Tom Ahern.

“Initially we’ll have four starting out here on the 21st of the month, then we have more coming down the road,” Ahern said.

The decision comes after a bloody Fourth of July weekend in which 13 people were killed and 58 wounded in Chicago.
Ahern said the help is desperately needed.

“We welcome the new agents. We can always use more manpower,” Ahern said. “The ATF’s primary focus is firearms trafficking and stemming the flow of illegal guns into Chicago.”

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