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Archive for April 16th, 2015

FBI Reveals Potential Break in Unsolved Times Square Bombing in ’08

Times Square

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A bomb that exploded in the heart of Times Square just after 3:30 a.m. in 2008 has gone unsolved for seven years.

The FBI hopes to end that streak after announcing Wednesday that progress has been made in the attack, which resembled two earlier bombings in Manhattan.

Investigators said three people who had been identified as “persons of interest” were now believed to be connected, The New York Times reports. 

“Someone knows those responsible for placing this device in the heart of New York City,” Diego Rodriguez, the head of the New York office of the F.B.I., said in a statement. “We need those people to come forward to help us solve this crime before they can strike again.”

The FBI has not yet identified the suspects.

Border Patrol Arrests 6 Immigrants, Driver After High Speed Chase

istock photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A high-speed chase with Border Patrol agents near El Paso ended badly for the driver and six undocumented immigrants.

The chase began when agents saw the undocumented immigrants emergee from desert brush and get into a Chevrolet Silverado along Interstate 10, The El Paso Times reports.

The chase, which hit speeds in excess of 70 mph, came to a halt after the Silverado struck a curb and got a flat tire.

Three immigrants hailed from Guatemala; the other came from Mexico, officials said.

Ex-FBI Investigator Claims Bureau Hid Evidence in 2001 Anthrax Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former director of the FBI’s anthrax investigation claims the bureau hid evidence that would punch holes in the case that Army scientist Bruce Ivins mailed anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and sickened 27 others in 2001, Fox News reports. 

Richard Lambert claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tennessee that investigators used flawed scientific methods to arrive at a conclusion to charge Ivins in the anthrax attacks. Ivina later committed suicide before any charges were filed.

Lambert alleges there’s a “wealth” of evidence casting doubt on the case, which “the FBI continues to conceal from Congress and the American people. ”

While he headed up the investigation, he focused heavily on scientist Steven Hatfill.

The FBI declined to comment because of the litigation.

House Members Declare ‘No Confidence’ in DEA Administrator Leonhart

Michele Leonhart

Michele Leonhart

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers leveled harsh claims against DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart on Wednesday, saying they had no confidence in her ability to lead the agency.

The sharp words come a day after lawmakers learned that DEA agents received lax punishment for attending “sex parties” in Columbia, the Huffington Post reports. 

“After over a decade of serving in top leadership positions at DEA, Administrator Leonhart has been woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive ‘good old boy’ culture that exists throughout the agency,” read the statement from 22 members of the Oversight Committee, including Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

“From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold those accountable who compromise national security and bring disgrace to their position,” the statement continues. “Ms. Leonhart has lost the confidence of this Committee to initiate the necessary reforms to restore the reputation of a vital agency.”

DEA critics were happy to chime in.

“There’s simply no excuse for the outrageous behavior of the DEA’s so-called leadership,” said Neill Franklin, executive director of the reform group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and a Maryland police veteran, in a statement. “Leonhart just helps us add to the list of reasons of why we need to rethink our entire approach to drug policy.”

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Feds Investigate Online Posting of Personal Information about U.S. Military Members

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether an Islamic group illegally obtained personal information of 100 U.S. military members  before posting it publicly.

A group called the Islamic Hacking Division posted the information online, urging its “brothers residing in America” to attack, The USA Today reports.

One investigator said it appears so far that the information was culled from social media sites, which has prompted the Army last month to rewrite its social media guidelines.

Now questions are being raised about changing the guidelines for officials in the Justice Department and FBI, The USA Today wrote.