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Archive for December 18th, 2015

Weekend Series on Crime: The Dangerous Bikers

FBI Joins Search for Teen with ‘Affluenza’ Who Sheriff Believes May Have Fled the Country

Sheriff Dee Anderson, via Twitter.

Sheriff Dee Anderson, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Teenager Ethan Couch made national news when his attorney argued he suffered from “affluenza,” a condition stemming from being coddled so much that he lost his sense of responsibility, CBS News reports. 

Now federal officials are helping Texas deputes search for Couch, who was 16 years old when his drunken driving crash killed four pedestrians.

In 2013, Couch was sentenced to 10 years of probation, but now he and his mother are missing.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson suggested that Couch may have hit the left the country, making him a top fugitive.

A warrant was issued for his arrest.

“I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so,” Anderson said. “I said, we’re going to see him again. He’s going to be back in this system.”

His disappearance follows a video that show what appears to be Couch drinking, which would be a probation violation.

Records: Folk Legend Peter Seeger Hounded by FBI for Years Over Alleged Communist ties

Pete Seeger, via Wikipedia.

Pete Seeger, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Singer-songwriter Peter Seeger was hounded by the FBI from the 1940s to the early 1970 because of his political views and his opposition to deporting Japanese Americans after World War II, according to bureau documents obtained by Mother Jones. 

The nearly 1,800-page file shows that the FBI began pursuing Seeger when he was an Army private and wrote a letter protesting a proposal to deport Japanese Americans following the end of World War II.

The folk legend also joined the Communist Party in the 1940s, which later acknowledged. The FBI continued to try to tie him to the Communist movement.

Here is his letter of protest to the California chapter of the American Legion:

Dear Sirs –

I felt shocked, outraged, and disgusted to read that the California American Legion voted to 1) deport all Japanese after the war, citizen or not, 2) Bar all Japanese descendants from citizenship!!

We, who may have to give our lives in this great struggle—we’re fighting precisely to free the world of such Hitlerism, such narrow jingoism.

If you deport Japanese, why not Germans, Italians, Rumanians, Hungarians, and Bulgarians?

If you bar from citizenship descendants of Japanese, why not descendants of English? After all, we once fought with them too.

America is great and strong as she is because we have so far been a haven to all oppressed.

I felt sick at heart to read of this matter.

Yours truly,

Pvt. Peter Seeger

I am writing also to the Los Angeles Times.

FBI Arrests Man Suspected of Robbing an Armored Truck in Detroit

cash2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The FBI has arrested a man suspected of stealing more than $500,000 from an armored truck in Detroit’s Greektown, the Detroit Free Press reports. 

The FBI arrested the man Thursday afternoon at a home in Detroit, but declined to release more information.

The man is accused of dressing as a security guard and stealing several bags of cash from an armored truck on Nov. 28.

No one was injured in the theft.

Homeland Security Official Grilled Over Screening Visas for Potential Terrorism Ties

lvisasBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security official was grilled by a House committee over the lack of social media screening for people trying to enter the U.S. on visas for refugees, The San Francisco Gate reports. 

Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that checking social media in refugee cases often yields little results.

Congress wants to know how thoroughly the U.S. examines the backgrounds of people seeking to come to the country.

The issue has taken on an urgency after it was discovered that one of the San Bernardino shooters came to the U.S. on a K-1 fiancé visa in July 2014 after passing multiple background checks.

The FBI said Tashfeen Malik never publicly posted her allegiance to jihad on Facebook but instead sent private messages.

Editorial: ATF gun-trace records Are ‘Horribly Outdated’

By Editorial Board
Capital-Journal

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued a report to support the contention 90 percent of guns used in United States crimes could be traced to 5 percent of gun dealers.

To emphasize the point, the Washington, D.C., gun-control advocacy organization released a list of the 50 “most despicable” dealers among 3,000 bad apples in the business. The Kansas business on the roster was Shawnee Gun Shop Inc. Allegedly, 588 guns were traced to the store during a five-year period.

There is a glaring problem with the list touted by the Brady Center. It is horribly outdated. Gun traces involving Shawnee Gun Shop and noted by the Brady Center occurred from 1996 to 2000. The location of the store on Robinson Street in Johnson County is now home to a different entity: Bullet Hole Shooting Range.

The Brady Center can’t legitimately anchor policy advocacy on information so antiquated. It is not remotely fair.

The solution is for Congress and the president to repeal a federal law named for former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt. The Kansas Republican authored the Tiahrt Amendment, which blocks public release of specific federal crime gun data under the Freedom of Information Act. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives performs traces on firearms at request of law enforcement agencies. The information has been beyond reach of anyone other than investigators or prosecutors involved in criminal inquiries since the early 2000s.

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