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Archive for August 26th, 2016

Weekend Series on Crime History: Being a ‘Rat’ In the Mafia

FBI: Minnesota Man Used Settlement from Bridge Collapse to Support ISIS

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mohamed Roble was 10 years old, the school bus he was riding crashed after a Minneapolis bridge began to crumble into the Mississippi river.

Thirteen people died when the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed.

Roble began receiving $19,000 from his settlement from the crash when he was 18. The Washington Post reports that Roble is accused of using the money to join ISIS in Syria not long after.

Roble is the 11th man from the Twin Cities area to be charged with supporting ISIS, the Justice Department said.

Innocent Dallas Couple’s Home Raided by FBI in Apparent Mistake

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donna and Walter Williams were rattled awake by a loud noise at their door in Dallas.

“Boom, boom, boom!” Donna told WFAA.com. “My husband jumped up, and he said, ‘Somebody’s trying to break in!'” 

Their home had been broken into before, so they worried they were about to get robbed.

“We heard, ‘Open the door! Open the door now!'” Donna recalled.

FBI agents stormed into the home looking for a man that the Williams said they’ve never seen before.

“He showed me the picture, and I said, ‘Sir, I’ve never seen this man before in my life,'” Williams said. “It’s only me, my husband, and our little dog.”

The FBI eventually cleared the home.

Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Thomas M. Class, Sr., released a statement:

“The FBI attempted to execute a lawful, federal arrest warrant at [the home on] Blanton Street, Dallas, Texas, based upon probable cause to believe a wanted subject resided at that location. The FBI determined through a search of the home and the cooperation of the residents that the subject was not there, and agents departed the scene,”

The Williams family wants answers.

“I want to know why we were treated that way,” she said. “It was so scary. They didn’t ring the doorbell. They didn’t knock on the door. All they was trying to do was break in, and proceeded to treat us like criminals.”

Judge Orders State Department to Release Some Clinton E-Mails by Sept. 13

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The timing is bad for Hillary Clinton.

Under an order from a federal judge, the State Department must begin delivering a portion of the emails uncovered by the FBI during its investigation of Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server by Sept. 13, CNN reports. 

The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, is suing for the records.

But the judge only ordered the release of documents related to the Benghazi attacks, and it’s possible that none of those documents exists, the State Department said.

“As we have said, the department agreed to search the materials we received from the FBI in response to several pending (Freedom of Information Act) requests and, to the extent responsive records are identified, produce them,” State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Thursday. “Using broad search terms, we have identified a number of documents potentially responsive to a Benghazi-related request. At this time, we have not confirmed that the documents are, in fact, responsive. We also have not determined if they involve Secretary Clinton.”

Secret Service Agent Who Protected President Johnson Died

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jim Hardin, who protected President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family as a Secret Service agent, died in Texas at the age of 80.

The death was announced Thursday by the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin.

His son, Brad Hardin, told the Associated Press that his dead had an apparent heart attack at his Fredericksburg home.

Hardin, a former teacher and football coach, joined the Secret Service in 1965.

Hardin protected Johnson’s daughter, Lynda, in 1966, while she was attending the University of Texas. Hardin later joined President Johnson’s protective detail.

Hardin, who also protected President Richard Nixon, retired in 1995.

The Gazette: Feds Must Investigate Clinton’s Potential Pay-to-Play

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
The Gazette 

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been our neighbor since 2012. He’s lives at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, where he will stay for at least eight more years.

Blagojevich traded in his government job. Six of his 17 felony convictions involve asking a campaign worker to pressure a hospital executive for a donation. The governor had arranged a health care grant for the hospital and prosecutors proved he wanted quid pro quo for his re-election campaign.

Throughout much of Hillary Clinton’s boring email scandal, Americans have lacked a clear motive for the former secretary of state’s extraordinary measures to hide government emails. Her lawyers deleted tens of thousands of conversations as an FBI investigation commenced.

Suddenly, the email scheme seems less mysterious. The legal foundation Judicial Watch claims deleted emails reveal quid pro quo arrangements linked to donations to the Clinton Foundation. The Wall Street Journal last month detailed a possible quid pro quo arrangement with a Swiss bank that paid money directly to the Clinton household.

The Washington Post summarized a few of the email revelations:

“A sports executive who was a major donor to the Clinton Foundation and whose firm paid Bill Clinton millions of dollars in consulting fees wanted help getting a visa for a British soccer player with a criminal past.

“The crown prince of Bahrain, whose government gave more than $50,000 to the Clintons’ charity and who participated in its glitzy annual conference, wanted a last-minute meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

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