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Saudi-Born Naval Engineer Accused of Revealing Secret Documents to Undercover FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Saudi-born Naval engineer is accused of revealing secret documents about a new aircraft carrier to an undercover FBI agent, the Washington Times reports.

Mostafa Ahmed Awwad is facing federal charges for allegedly handing over the information about a carrier being built in Norfolk, Va.

The FBI arrested the 35-year-old on Friday, claiming he met an undercover agent at a remote hiking trail.

Awwad also is accused of offering to buy a secret camera to photograph restricted material.

The undercover agent was posing as an Egyptian spy named “Yousef” and said he wanted to information “to strike the vessel with a missile in order to sink it.”

Navy Veteran Fired for Posting Photos of Homeland Security Cars on Facebook

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Navy veteran who posted photos to Facebook of Homeland Security vehicles arriving near Ferguson was fired from his job and accused of being a terrorist, CNN reports.

Mark Paffrath worked for the Drury hotel chain where the federal vehicles were amassing in a parking lot when he snapped the photos.

Paffrath said his boss was furious.

“The head of security for Drury was in there, and he pretty much called me a terrorist, saying that I dishonorably served my country for posting those pictures and videos on Facebook,” Paffrath said.

Paffrath said he can’t understand what he did wrong.

“You know, it surprised me, and I was rather shocked that they were there. So I took a short video and a picture of the vehicles. I didn’t give any location out,” he said.

Paffrath, who was born and raised in Ferguson, posted along with the images: “Why are all these vehicles here, I wonder if it has anything to do with Ferguson? #Ferguson, #No justice, no peace.”

He was fired on Saturday, two days after posting the photos.

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Denver’s ATF Head Lands Job As New Director of Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF’s head of the Denver field division has been named the new director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Denver Post reports.

The Navy announced Andrew Traver’s new position Friday.

“It is an awesome privilege to be chosen to lead a top-tier, elite agency in NCIS, and I intend to do my very best to ensure that NCIS continues to be a highly proficient, efficient and accomplished force, setting an inspiring professional standard for all to emulate,” Traver said.

Traver had been nominated by President Obama to become the new director of ATF, but his nomination stalled and never went anywhere.

 

 

Mexican Marines Capture Drug Kingpin “El Grande”

mexico-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Amid the seemingly endless stream of depressing news out of Mexico involving violence and drugs comes a little bit of good news.

The Associated Press reports that Mexican Marines in the central state of Puebla on Sunday captured Sergio Villarreal Barragan, leader of the embattled Beltran Leyva drug cartel. Known as “El Grande”, he was on the country’s most-wanted fugitives list.

AP reports that he was captured with two accomplices. The raid involved 30 Navy marines, five vehicles and a helicopter.

“This is a new and resounding blow by the federal government against crime, given the high rank and dangerousness of this person inside one of the country’s most extensive criminal organizations which has been deeply weakened,” government security spokesman Alejandro Poire said in a statement, according to AP.

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