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Archive for October 6th, 2014

FBI Director: Roughly a Dozen Americans Fighting with Extremists in Syria

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said he knows the identities of roughly a dozen Americans fighting alongside terrorists in Syria, Bloomberg reports.

Comey said the bureau is prepared to track the U.S. citizens if they return.

“Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport’s revoked, is entitled to come back,” Comey said in a taped interview for CBS’s “60 Minutes” program airing Monday.

“So, someone who’s fought with ISIL, with American passport, wants to come back, we will track them very carefully,” he said

Last month, Defense Secretary Church Hagel estimated there were more than a 100 citizens fighting with ISIL forces. The Pentagon responded that there may be 100 U.S. residents inside Syria, but only about a dozen are fighting with terrorists.

Federal Appeals Court to Decide Whether FBI’s National Security Letters Are Constitutional

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal appeals court is expected to decide soon whether the FBI’s “national security letters” are constitutional, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The letters are a demand for customer information in terrorism-related cases, allowing the FBI to obtain information without a warrant.

San Francisco U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled last year that the letters violate the First Amendment because they prohibit recipients from disclosing that they’ve received one.

The 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals is reviewing the case.

“The gag order says you not only have to turn over the information, but you can’t complain about it,” said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.

FBI Director Comey Was Held Captive by ‘Ramsey rapist’ While a Teen in New Jersey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey knows a thing or two about being a victim of a crime.

While a high school senior, Comey was held captive in his Allendale, New Jersey home by a notorious criminal known as “Ramsey rapist” in 1977.

Comey made the comments on “60 Minutes” while talking about terrorism threats.

“I was a high school senior and home alone one night with my younger brother, and a guy – a gunman – kicked in our front door at our home in New Jersey and held the two of us captive,” Comey said.

“We escaped, he caught us again, we escaped again – so it was a pretty horrific experience,” the FBI director said. “Frightening to anybody, but especially for a younger person to be threatened with a gun and to believe you’re going to be killed by this guy.”

He added: “He got away. My recollection is he was part of a pattern of rapes and robberies, home invasions, rapes and robberies in that area of Northern New Jersey.”

Comey said the “incident most affects me in giving me a sense of what victims feel. Even the notion that no one was physically harmed doesn’t mean no one was harmed, because I thought about that guy every night for five years.”

U.S. Immigration Officer Sent to Federal Prison for Accepting Bribes of Cash, Egg Rolls

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A U.S. immigration officer who accepted bribes of cash and egg rolls from people seeking citizenship and green cards was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison last week, Fox News reports.

Mai Nhu Nguyen, 48, an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Santa Ana, Calif., pleaded guilty to receiving bribes as a public official.

Prosecutors said she accepted bribes from July 2011 to May 2013.

In one case, Nguyen approved an immigrant’s paperwork after the applicant paid for a $150 order of 300 egg rolls.

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