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President Trump Congratulates Secret Service on its 152nd anniversary

Photo via Secret Service.

Photo via Secret Service.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump congratulated the Secret Service on its 152nd anniversary.

Here is the president’s statement:

My family and I send our congratulations to the dedicated professionals of the United States Secret Service as it proudly celebrates its 152nd anniversary.

The Secret Service, most renowned for ensuring the personal protection of our Nation’s top officials and their families, began protecting the President in 1901, following President McKinley’s assassination. Every day, the elite Federal law enforcement officials of the Secret Service willingly put their lives on the line to ensure the security of the President, the Vice President, our former Presidents, the heads of visiting foreign governments, and many others.

As President of the United States, I am honored to recognize the men and women of the Secret Service for their hard work and dedication. Melania and I are especially thankful for those who selflessly stand by our side to safeguard our family every day.  We are privileged to benefit from the unfailing professionalism and skill of these extraordinary men and women.

Together, we send our very best wishes for success to Director Randolph “Tex” Alles and we pray for the continued safety of the entire United States Secret Service family.

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CIA Tweets U.S. Capture of Osama bin Laden – Five Years Later

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Osama bin Laden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA commemorated the five-year anniversary of killing Osama bin Laden with a series of live tweets.

On Sunday, the CIA tweeted that bin Laden was found “on third floor and killed.”

“The takedown of bin Laden stands as one of the great intelligence successes of all time. History has been a key element of CIA’s social media efforts,” CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said, according to ABC. “On the fifth anniversary, it is appropriate to remember the day and honor all those who had a hand in this achievement.”

Ceremony Scheduled Today for 30th Anniversary of Bloody Florida Shootout with FBI

FBI agents Jerry L. Dove (left) and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed.

FBI agents Jerry L. Dove (left) and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Today is the 30th anniversary of a bloody South Florida shootout that left two FBI agents dead and another five agents wounded.

The FBI will mark the anniversary today as Director James Comey plans to speak at a ceremony at the bureau’ office in Miramar, NBC2 reports. 

The shootout with bank robbers occurred in the Miami suburb of Pinecrest on April 11, 1986.

Agents Jerry L. Dove and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed, and so were the robber suspects, William Russell Matix and Michael Lee Platt.

The FBI agents found themselves inadequately armed to fight off the robbers’ heavy fire, prompting the bureau to begin using more powerful handguns.   

First Female FBI Agent Killed in Line of Duty 30 Years Ago This Month

Robin Ahrens

Robin Ahrens

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Thirty years ago this month, the first female FBI agent was killed in the line of duty.

Robin Ahrens had only been a special agent for six months when she died following a shootout on Oct. 5, 1985, the Hudson Star-Observer reports. 

She was just 33 years old.

Ahrens was staking out a Phoenix apartment complex when she was shot by two other agents who falsely believed she was the girlfriend of an armed robbery suspect.

Hundreds of people, including FBI Director William Webster, attended the funeral.

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Jimmy Hoffa: On the 40th Anniversary of His Disappearance, the Case Goes Unsolved

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Jimmy Hoffa

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — I remember back in 1983 interviewing Jimmy P. Hoffa about his father’s disappearance and asking if it bothered him that comedians like Johnny Carson used his father as a punch line in jokes.

Eight years had passed since his disappearance, but time didn’t seem to soften the blow. Hoffa, who was 42 at the time and a labor attorney,  said in no uncertain terms that it did bother him and he didn’t appreciate it one bit. He also wanted to know what really happened. To this day, no one has ever been charged.

Today marks the 40 year anniversary of the disappearance of James Riddle Hoffa, who would now be 102.

Hoffa, who is now the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, declined to comment on Thursday on the anniversary.

Instead, the union issued a press release that said:

Hoffa was devoted to his union and to his family. He gave his life while fighting to remove corrupt elements from the union and return power to the members.

On this tragic anniversary, Teamster members and retirees from across North America join together in honoring the man who forever improved the lives of millions of workers and their families.

On July 30, 1975, he was supposed to meet two gangsters — Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano  of New Jersey and Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone of the Detroit area — at the Machus Red Fox on Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township. They didn’t show and he reportedly got into someone’s car in the parking lot and was never seen again.

Theories abound. Over the years, properties have been dug up on the hunch that the body was buried there.

Some gangsters who likely knew what happened are dead including Giacalone and Provenzano. And the Machus Red Fox is gone as well.

WDIV’s Kevin Dietz reports on the anniversary. He  goes over some of the theories, reports on the embarrassing FBI digs and talks to Scott Burnstein, a Detroit area reporter who specializes in organized crime.

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Secret Service, Obama, Former Presidents Celebrate Agency’s 150th anniversary

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama and other four former presidents joined Secret Service officials to celebrate the agency’s 150th anniversary.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secret Service Director Joe Clancy gave brief speeches at the small, private gathering inside the National Archives building Tuesday, CNN reports. 

The nation’s four living former presidents – Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush – delivered video speeches in what CNN described as “a rare and poignant tribute that could only be reserved for the Secret Service.”

This come amidst troubles in the agency that caused a shakeup in leadership, but officials managed to stay clear of that subject during the celebration.

FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’ List Celebrates 63 Years of Existence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

One of the most popular weapons against criminals, the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” recently turned 63 years old.

The list of most-wanted fugitives has helped nab 153 most-wanted fugitives from people tipped off by pictures on the list, About.com reports.

Of the 495 people who have been on the list, 465 have been apprehended.

J. Edgar Hoover hatched the idea with reporters at the end of Word War II and published the first list on March 14, 1950, About.com wrote.

The FBI’s deputy director chooses the list of fugitives after getting recommendations from field offices, About.com reported.

The list is prioritized by length of criminal history, severity of the crimes and their potential threat to the public, About.com wrote.

Nevada Man With Fascination for Va. Tech Killings Faces Fed Charges For Sending Threatening Emails

nevada1This story comes under the category of “scary people with guns”. With 13 guns and three bullet-proof vests, who knows what this guy was capable of doing.

By Allison Klein
Washington Post Staff Writer

As the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre approaches, federal prosecutors are preparing a criminal case against a Nevada man who police say idolized shooter Seung Hui Cho, owned the same type of guns Cho used and sent threatening e-mails to two Tech students who had run-ins with Cho before the rampage.

In the e-mails, Johnmarlo Balasta Napa, 27, included a picture of Cho holding paper dolls with photos of the faces of the two students and the people he killed, according to court records. Napa is accused of sending the e-mails from the address seunghuichorevenge@yahoo.com hours before the first anniversary of the April 16, 2007, shooting.

When Napa was arrested last year, police found 13 guns and three bulletproof vests in his house in Henderson, Nev., police said.

Napa, who has been held without bail since April, is charged with two counts of sending e-mail threats. His trial is scheduled for April 28 in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

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