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Archive for July 18th, 2014

Weekend Series on Crime History: LBJ Talks to J. Edgar Hoover About Mississippi Civil Rights Workers’ Murders in 1964

FBI Arrests Four Americans Following Fake Sex-Slave Auction in Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has arrested four American men after setting up a sting featuring a fake sex-slave auction in Arizona, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Agents set up the sting after the men expressed an interest in buying sex slaves through an online Malaysian slave trading organization that the FBI had been investigating.

Undercover agents set up a fictitious auction.

“We came to realize that there was a portion of the human-trafficking threat that we were underappreciating,” said George  Steuer, supervisory special agent in the Phoenix FBI office. “We realized that there was this group of individuals in the U.S. who were interested in owning a human slave both for sexual exploitation and domestic labor.”

But defense lawyers say the FBI went too far.

“I thought I’d heard of everything until I got this case,” said George Klink, a Phoenix attorney who represents one of the men. “It’s an awful waste of resources.”

US Sees Fewer Undocumented Central American Children Crossing Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border in South Texas has declined over the past 10 days, authorities said.

That’s good news for an agency that has become overwhelmed by a surge of children entering the country without their parents, Fox New reports.

Since October, federal authorities have arrested more than 57,000 undocumented children.

Border Patrol also converted a 55,000-square-foot warehouse to temporarily house up to 1,000 children.

“We arrested 80 juveniles yesterday, so within the last 10 days we’ve seen a decrease in the number of juveniles arrested,” Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector Chief Kevin Oaks

The Los Angeles Times toured the facility in McAllen, Texas, where squalid, cramped conditions were reported earlier in the month because of the immigration surge from Central America.

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FBI, NTSB Prepare to Investigate Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and NTSB officials are planning to investigate the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298 people.

Authorities believe the plane was struck by a missile over an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

ABC News reports that the separatists who control the area have agreed to allow investigators access to the site to recover bodies and collect evidence.

It’s not yet clear when the investigating will begin.

The plane crashed at 12:15 p.m.

The FBI and NTSB described their role as an advisory one.

FBI Likes, Hates Idea of Driverless Cars For Public Use

"Hands-free Driving" by Steve Jurvetson (Wikipedia.org)

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI likes the idea of driverless cars but also fears them, according to a newly released FBI report.

While the cars would help chase down criminals, they also would help them flee, the FBI wrote in the report, Forbes reports.

According to the FBI, the driverless cars could serve as getaways for criminals, who wouldn’t need to pay attention to the road and could even shoot at pursuers.

The FBI believe the cars will be approved for public use within the next seven years.

But there are perks to driverless cars for the FBI. Response times could quicken, for example, because the cars avoid potential collisions and detection.

The report adds that “algorithms can control the distance that the patrol car is behind the target to avoid detection – or intentionally have a patrol car make opposite turns at intersections, yet successfully meet up at later points with the target.”