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FBI Announces the Latest Crackdown on Child Sex Trafficking

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

San Diego — Trying to keep a focus on the plague of child sex trafficking,  FBI Director James Comey on Monday announced that 82 minors were rescued and 239 traffickers and their associates were arrested in a nationwide crackdown titled Operation Cross Country X that ran from Oct. 13 to Oct. 16 and involved members of state, local and federal law enforcement.

“Operation Cross Country aims to shine a spotlight into the darkest corners of our society that seeks to prey on the most vulnerable of our population,” Comey said at the International Association of Police Chiefs in San Diego.  “As part of this effort, we are not only looking to root out those who engage in the trafficking of minors, but through our Office for Victim Assistance, we offer a lifeline to minors to help them escape from a virtual prison no person ever deserves.”

For the first time, Comey said, the program, in its 10th year, included foreign countries: Cambodia, Canada, the Philippines, and Thailand.  In Canada, authorities recovered 16 children, while in Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines, authorities recovered 25 children, including a 2-year-old girl.

Comey said while some are relieved when law enforcement intervenes, not all are grateful, and may require counseling and other assistance to essentially be deprogramed.

Thailand Asks FBI to Help Identify Dismembered Body Found in Freezer

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ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been asked to help identify a dismembered body in Thailand found in a freezer last week.

The foreign male was discovered Friday while police were investigating a passport-forgery gang in Bangkok, Time reports. 

During the investigation, three foreign nationals were arrested, and two had U.S. passports. The other was identified as British.

It’s unclear whether the men are from the U.S., though, because they likely had fake identification.

The body was chopped into several pieces and stowed in a freezer for months, making it impossible to use fingerprints to identification.

The FBI has been asked to check dental records to identify the body.

FBI: American Tourists Sent Human Parts Home from Thailand

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether two American tourists broke any laws by shipping preserved human parts from Thailand to Las Vegas, the Associated Press reports.

Bangkok police said one of the tourists, 31-year-old Ryan McPherson, sent home an infant’s head, a baby’s foot and an adult heart because he thought it was bizarre and wanted his friends to see them. Also accused is 33-year-old Daniel Tanner.

Bankok police confiscated the body parts after finding three boxes labeled “toys.”

The AP couldn’t reach the tourists for comment.

ATF in Thailand Training Police to Probe Explosions

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Two hours outside of Bangkok, Byron San Marco, an ATF special agent, explodes a hidden bomb slung over the back seat of a motor bike, according to a report by Time magazine.

San Marco and his ATF team will blow up two more improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the US-funded Tactical Training Center in Cha-am, Thailand. There, they are training Thai police in post-blast training to officers who most sift through wreckage to find evidence of the explosions causes, reports Time.

“The IED has evolved into the weapon of choice for insurgent, terrorist and even criminal networks throughout the world,” the Australian Bomb Data Centre (ABDC), a part of the Australian Federal Police, said in a recent statement.

There are approximately 30,000 government troops and thousands of armed police and paramilitary soldiers deployed across southern Thailand where, like many fragile regions of the earth, IEDs are increasingly threatening.

“We train them to collect anything and everything the bomber brought,” says San Marco, according to Time. “If he delivered the device in a box and that blew up, you want 100% of the box. It may contain DNA, a bar code, a fingerprint.” A cell phone was used to denote the The motor bike bomb, which San Marco hopes his trainees will figure out through the phone’s SIM card or lasting fragments.

To read more about ATF training to Thai police click here.

Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill VP Joe Biden; Email Traced to Wifi in Thailand

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sounds like a case of displaced anger. After all, why Joe Biden?

Justin Alan Woodward was charged with threatening to kill Vice President Joe Biden after allegedly posting a message on the White House website, the Associated Press reported. He faces a detention hearing Wednesday in Hawaii.

AP reports that Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said agents arrested Justin Alan Woodward on Friday when he arrived in Honolulu on a Delta Airlines flight from Bangkok, Thailand.

AP reported that the criminal complaint filed in federal court alleged that Woodward’s email was traced to a public Wi-Fi access point in Thailand.

The complaint notes that Woodward is from Kansas and was discharged from the Marines in 2004 after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

 

U.S. Extradites International Arms Dealer Viktor Bout From Thailand

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By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

In the eyes of Russian officials, Viktor Bout is an innocent businessman being railroaded — quite contrary to the American view that he’s a cunning and dangerous arms dealer worthy of the moniker “Merchant of Death.”

Clad in black T-shirt and black sweat pants, Bout briefly appeared this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, represented by a federal defender. He entered a not guilty plea and was ordered held without bail pending his next court appearance, set for Jan. 10.

“Yes, your honor,” Bout told U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin when asked if he understood the charges, the New York Daily News reported.

The case has garnered international attention and caused Cold War-like strains between Russia and the U.S. And things heated up when he was extradited from Thailand and arrived Tuesday in New York aboard a plane chartered by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. authorities allege that Bout had agreed to supply arms and weapons to two confidential sources for the DEA who posed as Colombian rebels intending to kill American pilots patrolling the drug war.

To read more click here.