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Archive for August 7th, 2015

FBI Releases Video of Decades-Old Art Heist at Museum in Boston

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI released a jumpy surveillance video in hopes of solving the decades-old art heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Authorities have been scratching their heads since two men, disguised as policemen, stole 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas, NBC News reports.

The FBI released the video to the public for the first time. It was recorded 24 hours before the theft and shows a car that matches the description of the one reported to be involved in the theft the following night. An unidentified man also is shown.

“We have engaged in an exhaustive re-examination of the original evidence in this case,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, “to ensure that all avenues have been explored in the continuing quest to recover these artworks.”

FBI Source: Probe into Hillary Clinton’s Emails Is ‘Criminal,’ Not Fact-Finding

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s examination of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email account is more than a fact-finding mission, the New York Post reports.

“It’s a criminal probe,” the New York Post reports, citing a federal source with knowledge of the investigation.

Since news of the investigation became public, Clinton’s camp has claimed the probe was not criminal and instead just a fact-finding venture to determine if her private email server was secure.

“It’s definitely a criminal probe,” said the source. “I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.

“The DOJ [Department of Justice] and FBI can conduct civil investigations in very limited circumstances,” but that’s not what this is, the source stressed. “In this case, a security violation would lead to criminal charges. Maybe DOJ is trying to protect her campaign.”

The investigation threatens to further undermine Clinton’s run for president.

FBI Informant Paid $40,000+ to Help in Terrorism Conspiracy Case

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An informant who provided key information implicating friends in a terrorism conspiracy case was paid more than $40,000 by the FBI, the Star-Tribune reports, citing court documents. 

Defense attorneys said the payments undermine the credibility of the informant, code-named “Rover.”

“Most importantly of all, the informant has been paid in the most valuable currency of all — his freedom,” wrote attorney Andrew Birrell. “Despite lying under oath multiple times and having participated in the same conduct charged in the indictment, the informant has remained free.”

The defense attorneys want permission to interview the informant to determine whether he was induced by money to say the defendants broke the law.

The informant said the defendants planned a domestic attack.

Authorities: North Carolina Man Planned to Shoot Up FBI Because He Couldn’t Buy Gun

Walter Litteral

Walter Litteral

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of three men accused of building crude explosives and buying firearms to prepare for a violent confrontation with the federal government also wanted to shoot up the FBI after he was denied the ability to buy a semi-automatic rifle, the Charlotte Observer reports. 

The man was arrested, along with two others, and charged in federal court.

During brief testimony by an FBI special agent, Walter Litteral was accused of planning to drink a bottle of tequila before shooting up the FBI.

Litteral and others were afraid the U.S. government was planning to impose martial law after spotting military exercises in Gaston County in North Carolina.

Testimony was only given in Litteral’s case.

TSA Shocked After Discovering Children with Grenade, Hatchet at Florida Airports

Recovered objects/TSA

Recovered objects/TSA

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It would have been a shocking discovery no matter who was found trying to carry the potential weapons onto airplanes at two Florida airports.

But the TSA was especially surprised when they found a 12-year-old with a grenade inside a carry-on at Jacksonville International Airport earlier this week, Bay News 9 reports. 

Then on Wednesday, security found a 16-year-old with a hatchet at Orlando International Airport.

“Hatchets, knives, grenades and guns are not permitted in your carry-on bags,” said TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz.

Authorities later determined that the grenade was “inert and not dangerous,” Bay News 9 wrote.

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