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Tag: Suspects

Border Patrol Vehicle Struck by Bullets; Suspects on the Loose

border-patrol-struckBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Suspects shot at and struck a Border Patrol vehicle on Friday evening in southern Arizona near Tucson, shattering a window with bullets, KGUN9 TV reports.

The agent was uninjured and did not return fire.

The suspects remain at large.

An agent assigned to a mobile surveillance unit south of Sierra Vista heard the gun shots ring out.

It was unclear why the agent came under fire.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Disagrees with Trump That Muslims Aren’t Reporting Suspicious Activity

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Responding to a question about Islamophobia during Sunday’s presidential debate, Donald Trump said Muslims must “report when they see something going on.”

“Muslims have to report the problems when they see them,” Trump said during the town hall. “And there’s always a reason for everything. If they don’t do that, it’s a very different situation for our country.”

But the FBI disagree that Muslims aren’t reporting suspicious activity, the Washington Post reports. 

“They do not want people committing violence, either in their community or in the name of their faith, and so some of our most productive relationships are with people who see things and tell us things who happen to be Muslim,” FBI Director James Comey said over the summer. “It’s at the heart of the FBI’s effectiveness to have good relationships with these folks.”

After the Orlando nightclub shooting, for example, an American Muslim reported that he had notified investigators about the suspect because “I wanted to do my part.”

In an essay for The Post, the Muslim American, Mohammed A. Malik, said he wanted to correct false impressions about people who share his faith.

“I am hardly the first American Muslim to report on someone; people who do that simply don’t like to announce themselves in to the media,” Malik wrote. “Trump’s assertions about our community – that we have the ability to help our country but have simply declined to do so – are tragic, ugly and wrong.”

Border Patrol Agent Shoots Drug-Smuggling Suspect After Confrontation

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A physical confrontation with a Border Patrol agent didn’t end well for a suspected drug smuggler Monday morning near the Arizona-New Mexico border, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

The agent shot and wounded the suspect at about 10:45 a.m. in New Mexico

Agents were looking for suspects who fled a vehicle containing drugs when the incident began.

The suspect’s condition wasn’t immediately known, but the person was flown to an undisclosed hospital.

Elite FBI Surveillance Squads Are Tracking At Least 48 ISIS Suspects in U.S.

NYC Terror ColoradoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is using elite surveillance squads and more than 500 FBI agents to track 48 high-risk ISIS suspects in the U.S., the Daily Mail reports. 

The agents are working around-the-clock in the event that a terrorist attack is planned.

“There is a very significant number of people that are on suspicious watch lists, under surveillance,” Republican Senator Dan Coats, who is on the Select Committee on Intelligence, said.

Coats added that it “takes enormous amounts of manpower” to follow the suspects constantly and is costing the authorities dear.

“It is a big resource drain. Yes it is. Almost overwhelming,” Coats said.

“There will be a lot of people over the Thanksgiving weekend that will not be enjoying turkey with their family. They’ll be out there providing security for the American people and the threat is particularly high during this holiday period,” he added.

Homeland Security Investigating Roughly 900 Homegrown Terrorism Suspects in U.S.

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security estimates there are roughly 900 investigations into homegrown terrorists in the U.S., and a vast majority have ties to ISIS, the New York Daily News reports. 

A recent report by Homeland Security said investigations have netted 71 arrests related to ISIS.

The suspects range from Americans to immigrants.

But most suspects were American citizens in their early 20s.

Suspected Terrorists Are Permitted to Buy Guns in America

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Suspected terrorists may be banned from flying, but they are permitted to buy guns in the U.S., the Washington Post reports. 

Bills have been introduced to ban terrorists from purchasing firearms, but the legislation has stalled in committees because of pressure from the NRA.

“Membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in 2010.

The GAO reported found that suspected terrorists tried to buy guns from American dealers at least 2,233 times between 2004 and 2014. Of those, the suspected terrorists successfully made a purchase 91% of the time.

The NRA wouldn’t comment for the story.

DEA Agent’s Gun Fires As Suspect Tries to Wrestle a Gun from Him

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a tense moment for a DEA agent who was trying to arrest a drug suspect.

The suspect tried to remove a gun from the agent, causing the weapon to fire as the suspect and a female suspect fled in a hotel parking lot near JFK Airport on Tuesday, the New York Post reports. 

A witness saw the incident unfold and initially thought the agent was the aggressor as the female suspect screamed.

“He was running after her and she was running back towards the Hampton Inn parking lot. He jumped and tackled her here behind the car, like a football tackle,” said Tyesha Davis, 29.

“I ran over and started hitting him, saying, ‘Get off her!’ He reached in his shirt and pulled out a badge and said, ‘Stop, I’m a DEA officer.’”

“I asked, ‘Who is she?’ and he said, ‘She’s a drug trafficker, I’m making an arrest,’” Davis continued.

The man who tried to wrestle the gun away from the agent was still at large Tuesday night.

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Did FBI ‘Whitewash’ Investigation of Saudi Connection to Sept. 11 Attacks?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About two weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks, a well-connected Saudi family left their luxury home in Sarasota, Fla., leaving behind expensive possessions without letting neighbors or the mail carrier know.

The New York Post reports that a couple made a hasty, suspicious retreat back to Saudi Arabia.

A subsequent investigation found that at least one of the family members trained at the same flight school as some of the hijackers.

The investigation was active for years and included the FBI’s Tampa field office and the bureau’s office in New York and Washington.

The New York Post wrote:

The Saudi-9/11 connection in Florida was no small part of the overall 9/11 investigation. Yet it was never shared with Congress. Nor was it mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report.

Now it’s being whitewashed again, in a newly released report by the 9/11 Review Commission, set up last year by Congress to assess “any evidence now known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission.” Though the FBI acknowledges the Saudi family was investigated, it maintains the probe was a dead end