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Archive for September 22nd, 2016

U.S. Must Combat Terrorism Inspired by Internet, Homeland Security Chairman Says

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As domestic terrorism cases continue to rise, the U.S. must take on extremism on the Internet, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said Tuesday.

McCaul said terrorism is spreading because of the Internet, creating a “global jihadist movement,” The Dallas Morning News reports. 

“Now we have a new generation of terrorists that are very savvy on the internet. They know how to exploit it, both how to recruit and train, and to radicalize from within,” he said, later adding: “Through the power of the internet, you don’t have to travel to Syria. You can get radicalized here.”
McCaul is calling for a nonpartisan proposal that will be pitched to the presidential candidates.

McCaul was speaking at the American Enterprise Institute.

FBI Searches for 2 Men Who Removed Bomb from Luggage on NYC Sidewalk

The FBI is searching for these two men.

The FBI is searching for these two men.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for two men who were spotted removing an improvised explosive device from luggage on a sidewalk in New York City over the weekend.

Surveillance video shows the men taking the luggage but leaving the bomb behind.

The device was near another bomb that detonated on West 23rd Street in Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring more than 25 people. The men were captured on surveillance between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., the same period when the other bomb exploded.

In a statement, the bureau said, “The FBI is interested in speaking to these individuals and recovering the luggage.”

Police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, in connection with the bomb that had detonated. It’s unclear whether the other men in the video are connected to Rahami.

FBI Official on Terrorism: ‘We Will Not Be Able to Stop Everything’

terrorism-911By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter how vigilant the United States is, some extremism will “unfortunately get through” counterterrorism efforts, a senior FBI official warned Wednesday.

“We will try and do as much as we can, but we will not be able to stop everything,” FBI Executive Assistant Director Mike Steinbach said, according to ABC News. 

Steinbach was defending the FBI’s handling of an investigation two years ago of the prime suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey.

New York Police officials also defended the FBI.

“It was handled to the extent that the law, the system and the guidelines that we operate under would allow,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller told a House panel.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old man suspect in the bombings of placing bombs over the weekend, was the subject of an FBI investigation more than two years ago.

Vice News Sues FBI, Secret Service for Details of Investigations into Donald Trump

donald trump rallyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Vice News and an MIT doctoral student filed suit against the Secret Service on Tuesday in hopes of receiving documents about the agency’s investigation of Donald Trump and his campaign.

The news agency also filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI after Trump made two inflammatory statements about Hillary Clinton.

In two separate statements, Trump appeared to suggest violence against Clinton for her position on gun control – one that the Republican candidate has mischaracterize as an attempt to abolish the Second Amendment.

Trump also called on Russia to leak hacked documents of Clinton’s emails.

Vice News wrote:

VICE News and Shapiro submitted a FOIA request to the Secret Service August 18 for records pertaining to its investigation of Trump’s statements, and sought expedited processing. We asked for “disclosure of any and all records that mention or refer to the matter” and “any records compiled as part of any investigation into the referenced matter.” The Secret Service didn’t even acknowledge the request.

Border Patrol Agent Vega Jr.’s Murder Reclassified as Line of Duty Death

Javier Vega Jr.

Javier Vega Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr., who was killed while fishing with family in Santa Monica in August 2014, died in the line of duty, a Border Patrol committee has determined.

“It means so much that Harvey finally gets the respect and recognition he deserves,” said Marie Vega, Javier’s mother, calling her son by his family nickname, the San Antonio Express-News reports. “He paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting us.”

Vega was killed while trying to protect his family during an armed robbery attempt that placed his family in danger. His father, Javier Vega Sr., was shot in the back but survived.

Vega Jr. was killed by the robbers.

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico are facing capital capital murder charges in connection with the case. They are Ismael Hernandez-Vallejo, 43, and Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval, 32, who were arrested hours after the shooting.

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