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Archive for October 10th, 2016

FBI Disagrees with Trump That Muslims Aren’t Reporting Suspicious Activity

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Responding to a question about Islamophobia during Sunday’s presidential debate, Donald Trump said Muslims must “report when they see something going on.”

“Muslims have to report the problems when they see them,” Trump said during the town hall. “And there’s always a reason for everything. If they don’t do that, it’s a very different situation for our country.”

But the FBI disagree that Muslims aren’t reporting suspicious activity, the Washington Post reports. 

“They do not want people committing violence, either in their community or in the name of their faith, and so some of our most productive relationships are with people who see things and tell us things who happen to be Muslim,” FBI Director James Comey said over the summer. “It’s at the heart of the FBI’s effectiveness to have good relationships with these folks.”

After the Orlando nightclub shooting, for example, an American Muslim reported that he had notified investigators about the suspect because “I wanted to do my part.”

In an essay for The Post, the Muslim American, Mohammed A. Malik, said he wanted to correct false impressions about people who share his faith.

“I am hardly the first American Muslim to report on someone; people who do that simply don’t like to announce themselves in to the media,” Malik wrote. “Trump’s assertions about our community – that we have the ability to help our country but have simply declined to do so – are tragic, ugly and wrong.”

Father of NY Bombing Suspect Accused FBI of ‘Punishing’ His Family

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has accused the FBI of “punishing” his family for the accusations against his son.

Mohammed Rahami told the Associated Press that his family is barred from traveling to the U.S. and that the FBI has made “mistake after mistake.”

The father said the FBI failed to act when he told investigators in 2014 that he had suspicions of his son after he returned from trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The FBI, however, disputes those claims, saying the father never raised the issue of his son’s potential interest in terrorism.

Rahami said his wife and one of his sons were prevented from traveling to Afghanistan to the U.S.

His son was arrested for allegedly planting bombs in New York and New Jersey, injuring 31 people last month.

“My son’s bad act damaged our repute, it defamed my motherland and it caused bad impression about Islam, which stands for peace,” the father said.

NTSB to Investigate Cause of N.Y. Train Derailment That Injured 33 People

Long Island Rail Road train, via Wikipedia.

Long Island Rail Road train, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine what caused a 12-car commuter train and a work train to sideswipe each other in New York, leading to 33 injuries of 33 people, four seriously, Gob. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday.

State officials said the eastbound Long Island Rail Road train derailed after it sideswiped a yellow maintenance train, leaving a “splatter of yellow paint where the first collision occurred,” the Washington Post reports. 

“Both trains were running in the same direction — one was a work train, one was a revenue train and they sideswiped each other,” said Cuomo. “The question is why.”

FBI File Shows Bureau Investigated Trump’s Father over Campaign Donations, Tie to Organized Crimes

fbi logo newBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI briefly investigated Donald Trump’s father over campaign donations and concerns about organized crime, according to recently released records.

But the size of the FBI file – eight pages – suggests Fred Trump wasn’t subjected to serious scrutiny prior to his 1999 death, Politico reports. 

Much of the information was redacted, but the file indicates the bureau was interested in organized crime.

Another report involves a background check on Trump Construction Corp. as part of an investigation into Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organization.

Also in the files is a report that shows the FBI was interested in a 1986 New York Daily News story about Trump Management Co’s big donations to top politicians, including Mayor Ed Koch, members of the Board of Estimates and “Democratic clubhouse organizations.” The total donations during a 5-year-period was more than $350,000.

FBI’s Fight Against Rising Heroin Use Leads to Arrest of Man Linked to Overdoses

800px-HeroinBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s fight against the rising use of heroin led to the arrest of a man accused of selling the drug to people who overdosed in the greater New Orleans area.

Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Sallet said the FBI investigation was in response to a recent rise in heroin overdoses, the Associated Press reports. 

The New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force led the investigation, which resulted in the arrest of 39-year-old Gary Hagan on Friday on a charge of distributing heroin.

As of Sunday, Hagan remained in jail after a $140,000 bond was set.

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