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Archive for January 26th, 2015

Tim Steller: Unsealed Jay Dobyns Files Look Bad for DOJ

Jay Dobyns

By Tim Steller
Arizona Daily Star

Retired ATF agent Jay Dobyns’ lawsuit against the federal government alleged they broke a settlement deal with him and mistreated him, in part by calling him a suspect in the 2008 arson of his own Tucson home.

Newly unsealed documents in his case suggest that the government misbehaved during the trial in 2013, leading to DOJ attorneys being barred from filing further documents in the case. More eerily, the misbehavior may have extended to surveillance of Dobyns’ Phoenix attorney even up into this month.

For people like me, who have sympathized with Dobyns but tried to reserve judgment about his case, the documents push us further into the retired agent’s camp. You can’t read the few filings that have been unsealed in the case without wondering why the Justice Department is going to such extremes and spending so much on what is, at base, a relatively minor contractual dispute that could have ended years ago.

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Drone Found on White House Grounds

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

With the security breaches of recent, this is not very heartening.

ABC News reports that a small drone was found on the White House grounds overnight.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the situation “does not pose any sort of ongoing threat,” according to ABC News.

The Secret Service is investigating the device, Earnest said.

FBI Drama About ‘Young, Sexy’ Recruits to Premiere on ABC This Season

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A new drama about a group of “young, sexy” FBI recruits has been picked up by ABC in what will be a busy pilot season, A.V. Club reports.

The show, Quantico, features the recruits at a real-life training center.

But there’s a twist.

“One of the recruits turns out to be a terrorist [who] created the most severe terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11,” the show’s official description reads.

 

Is Terrorism the FBI’s Top Priority in Indianapolis? Field Office Head Says Yes

W. Jay Abbott

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

What’s the FBI’s most pressing concern in Indianapolis?

Not public corruption, violent crime or the protection of civil liberties.

According to Jay Abbott, director of the Indianapolis field office, the FBI’s most urgent issue in Indianapolis is terrorism, he told RTV6 ABC in an exclusive interview.

Abbott said the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine outlet in Paris underscores the dangers to the homeland.

“With the current news and events that are occurring right now in Europe, particularly in France in Paris with the Charlie Hebdo magazine outlet, we’re not sure yet what that means for us as we help the French with their investigation in any way we can. But, we’re watching very closely to try and interpret those things that may be helpful to us.”

Who Tweeted a Bomb Threat That Triggered F-16 Jets to Escort Commercial Aircraft?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating a bomb threat made in a tweet that prompted the U.S. military to send F-16 fighter aircraft to escort two jets bound for Atlanta on Saturday, the Associated Press reports.

The threats involved a Southwest Airlines flight from Milwaukee and a Delta Air Lines flight from Portland, Oregon.

Authorities scoured the planes and found no evidence of bombs.

“We certainly take these types of threats seriously and we’re pursuing them aggressively,”Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Stephen Emmett told The Associated Press on Sunday.

“We are continuing to pursue leads in the efforts to locate this individual,” he added.

The military dispatched the fighter jets after being alerted about the tweet.

WikiLeaks Journalists Face Serious Charges After Google Hands Over Information

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Three WikiLeaks journalists are facing charges of espionage and conspiracy after Google turned over their confidential data to the U.S. government, WikiLeaks announced on its site Monday morning.

The whistleblower organization now wants an explanation from both Google and the Justice Department.

“The US government is claiming universal jurisdiction to apply the Espionage Act, general Conspiracy statute and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to journalists and publishers – a horrifying precedent for press freedoms around the world,” WikiLeaks posted on its website.

WikiLeaks alleges the warrants violated the Privacy Protection ACt of 1980, “which protects journalists and publishers from being forced to turn over to law enforcement their journalistic work product and documentary materials,” the letter from WikiLeaks attorneys read.

Border Patrol Kills Second Suspect in 1 Week After Car Runs Checkpoint

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

For the second time in Texas in one week, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed man.

The Associated Press reports that agents fatally shot the man after he drove through the inspection checkpoint at 5 p.m. Thursday.

According to authorities, the motorist was in the inspection lane on Interstate 10 in Sierra Blanca, about 80 miles southeast of El Paso.

Border Patrol agents pursued the car for about 30 minutes before the man brandished a gun.

“A pistol-shaped pellet gun was recovered from the individual’s vehicle,” according to the statement.

Border Patrol agents said they came under fire on Wednesday and shot back, killing one suspect on the U.S. side of the border.

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