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Secret Service Joins Probe into Violent Clash Between Protesters And Erdogan Bodyguards


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service, State Department and D.C. police are investigating a violent clash between protesters and allies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside the Turkish embassy in Washington.

Protesters were calling for the release of a Kurdish opposition party leader last week when they were violently attacked by a group of men that included Erdogan’s bodyguards.

Video shows allies of Erdogan, who was watching the melee, brutally attacking protesters, many of whom were left bleeding on the ground.

D.C. police eventually were able to separate the two groups, but not before several protesters were beaten so severely they needed to be hospitalized.

“The investigation is being conducted by the MPD, U.S. Secret Service, and Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service,” a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon. “All three law enforcement organizations are actively sharing information.‎ However, as we have indicated before, as this is an ongoing investigation we will not go into specifics.”  

Congressman Among Activists Handcuffed at Sit-In at ICE Office

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez was among several immigrant advocates briefly handcuffed by federal officials for staging a sit-in at the regional ICE office Monday to protest President Trump’s immigration policies.

The Democrat from Illinois joined other activists at the Chicago office, rallying against increased targeting of undocumented immigrants for deportation, the USA Today reports. 

Federal Protection Service officers gave the protesters three warnings before placing them in handcuffs. But agents had a change of heart and allowed the protest to continue.

“They threatened us with arrest. We said ‘We’re ready to go to jail,'” Gutierrez told reporters after ending the protest. “We stood up to the bullies here…Unfortunately, tonight and tomorrow they will continue to prey on very vulnerable, defenseless people in their homes in the darkness of the night.”

Gutierrez said he was concerned after meeting with ICE officials, who gave incomplete answers about whether raids would be carried out in churches, schools and other sensitive places.

FBI Uses Terrorism Task Force to Investigate Standing Rock Activists

Dakota Access Pipeline protest in support of Standing Rock.

Dakota Access Pipeline protest in support of Standing Rock.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating activists who are standing up against the Dakota Access pipeline, even diverting terrorism experts to focus on protesters and environmentalists.

The Guardian reports that members of the FBI’s joint terrorism task force have tried to contact at least three people involved in protecting Standing Rock in North Dakota by knocking on their doors. 

The FBI declined to comment, and the focus and scope of the task force remain unknown.

“The idea that the government would attempt to construe this indigenous-led non-violent movement into some kind of domestic terrorism investigation is unfathomable to me,” said Lauren Regan, a civil rights attorney who has provided legal support to demonstrators who were contacted by representatives of the FBI. “It’s outrageous, it’s unwarranted … and it’s unconstitutional.”

The three individuals have declined to cooperate with the FBI and asserted their fifth amendment rights.

FBI Trying to Identify Black-Clad Rioters at UC Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley.

University of California, Berkeley.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to identify the black-clad rioters who disrupted a peaceful protest at the University of California, Berkeley last week.

About 100 to 150 people dressed in all black, with their faces covered, stormed a university plaza and chucked fireworks, rocks and Molotov cocktails at police to protest right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos.

UC Berkeley officials described the rioters as a paramilitary force that had “essentially raided the campus,” Berkeleyside reports. 

The rioting caused about $100,000 in damage at the MLK student union.

“They came in a military fashion, they were well-rehearsed,” said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof on the night of the protests. “They seemed armed and dangerous.”

UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich believes that the rioters may have been part of a right-wing group bent on causing chaos to damage the credibility of peaceful protesters.

Insane Clown Posse, Fans to Protest Group’s FBI Label As a Gang

Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown Posse

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The rap duo Insane Clown Posse and their fans plan to protest the group’s FBI classification as a gang in Washington D.C. in September.

“As many of you are no doubt personally aware, the FBI’s inclusion of Juggalos as a ‘gang’ has resulted in hundreds if not thousands of people subjected to various forms of discrimination, harassment, and profiling simply for identifying as a Juggalo,” the group wrote in an online manifesto, the New York Daily News reports.

“Over the past five years, our legal team has heard testimonies and reports from Juggalos all over the nation who have lost custody of their children, been fired from jobs, denied access into the armed forces, and the most common consequence — being officially labeled as a gang member by law enforcement agencies for wearing Juggalo related clothing or brandishing one or more Juggalo tattoos.”

The FBI classified the group’s fans as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” in 2011.

“Juggalos utilize the symbol of a man running with hatchet, called the ‘Hatchetman,’ have their own hand signs, slang, an anthem, and a pledge of allegiance to the ICP and their ideas,” the report read. “The Juggalos follow the groups teachings which are imbedded in their lyrics, movies, album covers and websites.”

FBI Found More Than 1,600 Spent Shell Casings at Oregon Wildlife Refuge

Scene at the federal wildlife refuge.

Scene at the federal wildlife refuge.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents found more than 1,600 spent shell casings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge boat launch in Oregon, where protesters occupied the area for 41 days earlier this year.

The findings were shared with jurors in a video that showed seven or eight men firing assault rifles, the Oregonian reports. 

Assistant U.S Attorney Ethan Knight said the video undermines defense attorneys’ claims that the armed standoff was a peaceful demonstration.

“It’s direct evidence of force,” Knight told the judge.

The Oregonian reports:

FBI agents, photographers and forensic accountants who were part of the agency’s Evidence Response Team spent the day testifying about what they recovered from the bird sanctuary in late February after the 41-day occupation. Bundy and six co-defendants are on trial, charged with conspiring to impede federal employees from the refuge through force, intimidation or threats.

The agents described dozens of boxes of ammunition found in multiple sites, rifle cases left in the refuge archaeologist’s office, a trench filled with trash bags near the RV park on the eastern edge of refuge headquarters, three cut padlocks located in a dumpster outside the bunkhouse, a “Tyranny” sign propped up at the refuge’s front gate and an improvised bunker dug out by the back gate of the refuge.

They also revealed handwritten notes they seized from the bunkhouse and elsewhere that described tactical training, formations and drills, guard duty schedules and individual assignments such as “rifleman” or “medic.”

FBI Special Agent Christopher Chew said he was the senior team leader, managing the search and seizure of evidence from Feb. 12 through Feb. 23. He said there were FBI evidence teams that helped Portland agents from Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver and San Antonio.

FBI Released Aerial Video Footage of Baltimore Protests

FBI surveillance video from the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore.

FBI surveillance video from the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI captured more than 18 hours of aerial surveillance video from the Baltimore protests following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.

The video was shot from traditional piloted aircraft, not drones.

The videos were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU.

The raw video is available at the FBI’s website.

The FBI has been using surveillance planes since the 1970s.

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Insane Clown Posse Plans Rally Over FBI Labeling Fans as ‘Gang’

Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown Posse

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After the FBI called them a gang, the Insane Clown Posse and their “Juggalo” fans have furiously fought back against what they consider unfair character assassination.

The horror-rap duo is leading a march on Washington D.C. next year to protest the “gang” label.

“In 2017, the weekend of September 17th, we need you,” rapper Violent J told an audience at what The Detroit News described as a “seminar discussion” at the Gathering of the Juggalos. “We’re gonna do a [expletive] march on Washington. They call the Juggalo World a movement, right? Well, let’s move!”
The march is scheduled for Sept. 16 and will begin at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the Washington Monument.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Violent J said. “We could totally embarrass ourselves, and there could be 25 people [who show up to protest].”

The FBI in 2011 described Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”