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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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Bombing Suspect Was Investigated by FBI in 2014 After Father Expressed Concerns

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old man accused of placing bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was the subject of an FBI investigation more than two years ago.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI received a tip from Rahami’s father, who expressed concerns about his son, prompting an investigation that included interviews and a review of internal databases.

At the time, the FBI concluded no evidence of “ties to terrorism.”

Rahami’s father spoke to reporters recently and said his son was violent toward family members “for no reason.”

FBI agents “found nothing” during the investigation, according to an official who spoke to the Post.


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FBI Takes Over Investigation of Minnesota Mall Stabbing

Dahir Adan, via Facebook

Dahir Adan, via Facebook

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken over the investigation of the Minnesota mall stabbing attacks over the weekend.

St. Cloud police will assist the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force after Dahir Adan stabbed at least 10 people before being shot by former Albany Police Chief Jason Falconer, the St. Cloud Times reports.

So far, investigators have found no connection between Adan and terrorist groups.

The FBI said Sunday the stabbings were a “potential act of terrorism.”

“One of the things we’re looking at with respect to these attacks is what motivated this young man to do what he did,” FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said. “And that obviously takes some time. It takes an extraordinary amount of legwork. And it’s something that our JTTF is well suited to do.”

Witnesses said Adan, 20, made references to Allah during the attack and even asked some victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them.


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Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector Gets New Deputy Chief Patrol Agent

border-patrol-san-diego-sectorBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector has a new deputy chief patrol agent.

Roy Villarreal has been selected to serve second-in-command of the sector, which is headquartered in Chula Vista, Patch.com reports. 

Villarreal replaced Rodney Scott, who was promoted to chief patrol agent of El Centro Sector in February.

Among Villarreal’s duties are providing oversight for more than 2,400 agents and 200 support staff throughout San Diego County and southern Riverside and Orange counties.


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Demonizing American Muslims Accomplishes Nothing

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Editorial Board
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The bombs planted in New York and New Jersey on Sunday appear to have been the work of a radicalized Muslim man whose behavior and international travel followed familiar patterns.

Some prominent American political figures suggest that the way to deal with people like Ahmad Khan Rahami is to seal up our borders, isolate and profile members of domestic Muslim communities, and impose bans on all people traveling from nations where radicalized Muslims have operated previously.

Such responses appeal to the worst xenophobic tendencies among us, but they won’t solve the terrorism problem. In fact, they are certain to make it worse.

U.S. law enforcers at all levels depend on the cooperation of Muslim communities for intelligence about individuals who pose security threats. Police and FBI investigators cannot be everywhere. The people most attuned to what’s happening in their neighborhoods are the ones who worship at mosques, attend school and interact daily with potentially radicalized individuals.

Many serve as informants, and they do so in secret specifically because their lives could be in jeopardy if their status became known to the individuals under surveillance. Because it’s happening in secret, non-Muslim Americans have little appreciation for the reality.

Hate crimes against Muslims in America have reached their highest levels since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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