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Archive for January 19th, 2016

ISIS Confirms ‘Jihadi John’ Killed in U.S. Airstrike in Syria

"Jihadi John"

“Jihadi John”

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ISIS confirmed that a U.S. airstrike last year killed infamous executor “Jihadi John” in Syria.

In the latest issue of its Dabiq magazine, ISIS said Mohammed Emwazi, a British national, was killed in a drone strike, ABC News reports. 

“The car he was in was targeted in a strike by an unmanned drone in the city of ar-Raqqah, destroying the car and killing him instantly,” an article on page 23 of the magazine said.

U.S. officials said in November that “Jihadi John” was killed in a “flawless” airstrike.

“He walked out of a building and got in the car. We struck it right after with zero collateral damage,” a counter-terrorism official told ABC News on Nov. 12. “The vehicle was on fire. It was a 100 percent flawless, direct hit.”

The ISIS magazine provided the first confirmation from ISIS that “Jihadi John” was killed.

Man Killed by FBI Was Acting As Informant Months Before the Fatal Shooting

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Allen Desdunes was acting as an FBI informant months before agents fatally shot him more than two years ago in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that the 37-year-old broke off contact with the FBI after helping the bureau with its investigation of a local heroin ring.

Desdunes was in contact with the FBI on a daily basis before he apparently backed out of a deal that would have kept him out of jail after getting busted with several thousand dollars worth of heroin in his car.

The revelations are part of a lawsuit by the Desdunes family that claims he “did nothing to provoke” the deadly shooting.

The FBI and New Orleans police converged on a Motel 6 on June 30, 2013, after believing that Desdunes was selling drugs from the hotel.

The lawsuit claims that Desdunes was killed after two unmarked cars rammed their vehicle into his car.

“Seconds later a gunshot or gunshots were fired,” according to the lawsuit.

Pentagon Considers Demoting Retired Gen. David Patraeus After Revealing Classified Information

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Retired Gen. David Petraeus may have retired, but that doesn’t mean he’ll maintain his rank.

The Daily Beast reports that the federal government is considering retroactively demoting him for revealing classified information to his biographer-turned-mistress.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is considering whether to overrule the Army’s earlier recommendation to not demote Petraeus.

“The secretary is considering going in a different direction” from the Army, a defense official told The Daily Beast, requesting anonymity.

The idea is to send a message that the general government won’t tolerate the release of classified information.

Georgia Psychiatrist Raided After Allegedly Running Pill Mill Tied to 36 Deaths

Writing prescriptionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia psychiatrist accused of running a pill mill that allegedly led to the deaths of 36 patients was arrested during a DEA raid, UPI reports. 

Dr. Narendra Nagareddy is accused of violating the state’s Controlled Substances Act by overprescribing potentially dangerous medications.

“He’s a psychiatrist in Jonesboro who has been overprescribing opiates and benzodiazepine and the last several years has had a multitude of overdose deaths.” Clayton County Police Chief Mike Register told WSB-TV.

His office and home were raided by local and federal authorities in Jonesboro, Ga.

“Former and current patients have admitted to obtaining controlled substance prescriptions from Dr. Nagareddy without having a legitimate medical need,” court records show.

Other Stories of Interest

Super Bowl: Feds Worried About ‘Complex Plot’ Involving Severed Fiber Optics

Levi's Stadium, via Wikipedia.

Levi’s Stadium, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether recent attacks on the fiber optic systems in California are tied to a “more complex plot” against the Super Bowl in the San Francisco area.

Internal memos between the FBI and Homeland Security show that intelligence analysts are worried about a series of unsolved incidents in which fiber optic cables were deliberately severed in the Bay Area, NBC reports. 

The memo detailed risks that include the fiber optic system, drones and attacks in crowded areas outside of Levi’s Stadium.

Still, the memo read, “The FBI and DHS have no information to indicate any specific, credible threats to or associated with Super Bowl 50 or related events.”

The memo also warned that attacks by an individual – as opposed to a larger terrorist group – “are of particular concern.”

Between July 2014 and June 2014, at least 10 fiber optic cables were deliberately severed in areas relatively close to the stadium.

Ex-FBI Agent’s Family Feels ‘Betrayed’ by White House Over Handling of Prisoner Exchange

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of Robert Levinson, the former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran nine years ago, lashed out at the Obama administration Monday for failing to notify them that their loved one was not part of a prisoner exchange.

In separate interviews, Robert Levinson’s wife, Christine, criticized the administration after they learned from the media – not the government – that her 59-year-old husband was not among the detained Americans released from Iran.

“We had to learn it from the TV ourselves, and that’s very disappointing and heartbreaking,” Robert Levinson’s wife, Christine, told the Associated Press.

Christine Levinson told ABC News that she felt “devastated” and “betrayed” by the White House.

“I thought after nine years that they would have enough respect for our family to at least tell us in advance that this is happening,” Levinson’s wife, Christine, told ABC News. “It could have been five minutes, but to find out on the TV for the whole family… was wrong. It was absolutely devastating.”

“I’m very disappointed. I feel extremely betrayed by them,” she said.

Levinson disappeared in Iran while on assignment for the U.S. government in 2007.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he feels “horrible” for the family.

“I know it’s very, very difficult for his family to see these other people come back and to not have answers,” Kerry said.

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