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Trump’s Threats of Large-Scale ICE Raids Never Materialized

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump threatened mass roundups of undocumented immigrants over the weekend, but nothing remotely close to that happened.

There were only scattered reports of ICE raids in New York City and a small town in Florida.

Raids expected in major cities, including Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, Philadelphia and Atlanta, never happened, at least not on a large scale. Many of those cities only saw large protests, which underscore the anxiety nationwide as immigrant communities grapple with what’s next.

Mayors in Los Angeles and New York City criticized Trump’s threats.

“Here’s the blunt truth: @realDonaldTrump isn’t trying to ‘secure our borders.’ He’s trying to make America HATE again,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

Ice declined to comment on the raids – or lack of them.

“As always, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” an ICE spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal.

White House officials walked back some of the threats of large-scale raids.

“I take issue with the word ‘raids,’” Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary and communications director, said Sunday. “These are law enforcement officials carrying out law enforcement operations as they have done in the past and will continue to do.”

Federal Authorities Worried El Chapo May Try to Break Out of U.S. Prison

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are worried convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may be planning another jail escape.

It wouldn’t be a first. Guzman, who is lodged at a federal correctional facility in New York after being convicted on 10 counts of drug trafficking and conspiracy to murder, escaped two Mexican prisons in the past.

Those fears have prompted prison officials to deny requests from El Chapo’s lawyers to prove at least two hours of outdoor recreation every week for the former ringleader of the Sinaloa Cartel, as well as access to other accommodations like earplugs and access to the commissary.

“Violate the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment as well as the fundamental norms of human decency,” his lawyers wrote to a judge in recent weeks, ABC30 reports.

Federal officials pushed back, citing fears of another breakout.

“He sees the window closing because he’s about to get sentenced,” said ABC News Consultant and former FBI Agent Brad Garrett. “Maybe he thinks that his best chance to get away again would be while he’s still in New York.”

Staten Island Man Charged in Murder of Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali

Anthony Comello

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Anthony Comello, 24, of Staten Island man, has been arrested in the execution-style killing of Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali last week outside of his Staten Island home, the New York Daily News reports.

Comello was arrested down the Jersey Shore.

One motive may have been that Comello was angry that Cali was preventing him from seeing his niece.

But NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said he hadn’t ruled out that Comello was working with others.

“Let me reiterate this (investigation) is far from over,” said Shea. “Was he acting alone? Was he acting for other people? Were others involved? What was the motive? I do not have all the answers for you.”

Police days earlier had said they were not ruling out the possibility that just-out-of-prison Gene Gotti, brother of the late John Gotti, was involved.

Federal Jury in New York Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ on All Counts

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As expected Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was found guilty on Tuesday of crimes spanning more than a quarter of a century, NBC News reports.

A federal jury in New York convicted El Chapo, 61, on all 10 count after a trial that lasted almost three months.

After a nearly three-monthlong trial and six days of deliberations, a New York jury found the alleged Sinaloa cartel leader guilty of all counts he was tried on.

 

Owner of Limo Company Tied to Deadly Crash Was an FBI Informant

fbi photo

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The owner of the limousine company linked to a crash that killed 20 people in New York is a former FBI informant who posed as a recruiter of terrorists and an arms dealer.

Shahed Hussain, who owns Prestige Limousine in Wilton, New York, began working for the FBI to avoid deportation after he faced federal charges for using fake documents to help a would-be taxi driver obtain a driver’s license, the New York Times reports. 

One of his limos plowed through a stop sign Saturday, killing 18 people on board and two pedestrians.

State and federal investigators are scrutinizing the company to help determine the cause of the accident. The limo should not have been on the road because it had failed a state Department of Transportation inspection and the drive did not have a proper license to operate the vehicle.

After Hussain was arrested on fraud charges in December 2001, three months after 9/11, he agreed to become an FBI informant. He worked undercover, helping the FBI ensnare arrests during counter-terrorism stings.

Hussain also testified in high-profile terrorism cases.

NTSB: Limo Crash That Killed 20 People Was ‘Deadliest Transportation-Related Accident’ Since 2009

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The limo crash that killed 20 people in New York on Saturday was the “deadliest transportation-related accident” in the nation since 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB is investigating what caused the limo to crash into another vehicle and pedestrians near Albany.

Killed in the crash were 18 people in the limo and two bystanders.

The limo was packed with people from a wedding party.

“This is one of the biggest losses of life that we’ve seen in a long, long time,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt told local NBC affiliate WNYT. 

For reasons that aren’t yet clear, the limo failed to stop at an intersection and careened into the parking lot of an Apple Barrel store and café.

“My heart breaks for the 20 people who lost their lives in this horrific accident,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said in a statement. “I commend the first responders who arrived on the scene and worked through the night to help. State police are working with federal and local authorities to investigate the crash, and I have directed state agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy.”

Ex-FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Secretly Photographing Woman in Dressing Room Stall

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A former special agent for the FBI admitted he secretly snapped photos of a 22-year-old woman while she was trying on clothes in a dressing room stall.

Daniel Brown, who worked in the FBI’s New York Field Office, pleaded guilty to four-degree invasion of privacy in exchange for probation and a psychological evaluation, NJ.com reports

“When confronted by the victim, Brown identified himself as a law enforcement officer,” the news release said.

Brown, who will no longer work at the FBI, is expected to be sentenced Dec. 6.

Secret Service Unveils New Presidential Limo With Exterior Armor Plating

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service is using its new armored presidential limousine in New York to shuttle President Donald Trump around this week as he attends the United Nations General Assembly meetings.

The exterior armor plating of the 2018 Cadillac is reportedly eight-inches thick, with its doors weighing the same as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft, reports the website Auto Spies. The site says the bulletproof windows are 5 inches thick and its nearly bus-size tires can run-flat to keep the car in motion for some distance.

The interior is sealed to protect against a chemical attack.