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Archive for February 5th, 2015

Suburban Detroit Man Accused of Threatening to Behead NYPD Officer

Alvaro Eduardo Guzman-Telles via Facebook

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A suburban Detroit man with Asperger’s syndrome faces up to five years in prison after the FBI said he threatened on Facebook to behead a New York police officer who placed Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a fatal chokehold, the Detroit News reports.

Alvaro Eduardo Guzman-Telles also is accused off posting on Facebook that people should kill police officers.

“Kill all cops on sight. No matter the circumstances,” Guzman-Telles is accused of writing.

The NYPD’s police union wanted to “convey our deepest appreciation to (the FBI) for following up and making an arrest in a case of a threat against one of our officers.”

His dad said the threats were empty and just an expression of his free speech rights.

“It’s just words. He was venting,” his father told The News. “It is symbolic language. That does not mean he was going to do that.”

Republican’s Last-Ditch Effort to Halt President’s Immigration Plan Is Destined to Fail

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Even if Republicans pass a spending measure intended to squash President Obama’s executive action on immigration, they won’t be successful, PBS.org reports.

PBS notes that a shutdown, which would happen if a funding plan isn’t in place by Feb. 27, would not impact about 85% of the agency’s workers, including those charged with implementing the president’s executive action.

As evidenced in the September 2013 shutdown, most of the Homeland Security jobs are deemed “necessary for safety of human life or protection of property” or because they are “funded by sources other than annual appropriated funds.”

But the shutdown would impact new border surveillance, FEMA disaster funding and the hiring of Secret Service agents for the presidential candidates.

 

Head of Interpol in D.C. Accused of Exploiting His Power to Land Jobs for Relatives, Friends

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Warren Lewis, the executive officer at Interpol’s Washington D.C. office, is accused of exploiting his authority to get a job for his son and other relatives and acquaintances, Fox News reports.

The Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office revealed the findings in a reported released Wednesday. Other high-ranking officials are accused of doing the same thing, contributing to what the report called “a pervasive culture of nepotism and favoritism.”

Interpol serves as a liaison between the American government and the international law enforcement body and is overseen by the Justice Department.

The report says Lewis “earmark a spot” for his son and “provide extra attention to his processing, for obvious reasons.”

His son was even hired as a contractor, according to the inspector general.

“Lewis had no personal knowledge of their professional abilities,” the report says. “After the three individuals all failed to make the certified lists of qualified applicants, Lewis took steps to overcome their exclusion.”

Other Stories of Interest


Man Claims TSA Jailed Him for 23 Hours for Threatening to File Complaint

tsa.gov

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 57-year-old man claims in a lawsuit that the TSA jailed him for 23 hours in retaliation for asking to file a complaint about the length of a search, the Daily News reports.

Roger Vanderklok said security thew him in jail while he was trying to fly from Philadelphia International Airport to Miami two years ago.

Vanderklok said he was miffed that security took 30 minutes search his baggage without explaining why.

The TSA responded that it was suspicious of a heart-monitoring watch and power bars in his suitcase because they resembled explosives and a detonator.

Vanderklok said he was placed in a jail cell after saying he wanted to file a complaint.

“I was scared to death. I have never been arrested in my life, never had handcuffs put on,” Vanderklok said. “Throughout the night, I was in a dark place; no one knew where I was. I thought, ‘I could fall off the face of the earth right now, and no one would know it.’ “

FBI Believes ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ Killed in Air Strike in Philippines

Zulkifli bin Hir

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists is believed to be dead following a raid in the Philippines last week, Reuters reports.

The FBI collected body matter at the scene of the deadly raid, and a DNA sample shows a strong link to Zulkifli bin Hir.

Still, the tests don’t prove with certainty that the body matter belonged to Zulkifli bin Hir, a Malaysian member of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant group behind numerous bombing attacks in the Philippines.

The decision to conduct the raid to capture bin Hir was a costly one, ending in the deaths of 44 police commandos and undoing a three-year ceasefire with Muslim rebels.

Authorities also believed they killed bin Hir three years ago in an air strike, but he emerged to the surprise of the U.S.