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FBI Helps American University Investigate Discovery of Bananas Hanging from Nooses

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping American University track down whoever hung bananas from nooses in multiple locations on campus.

Scrawled on the bananas was “AKA,” the acronym for the historically black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, NBC Washington reports

Incensed students are planning another day of demonstrations to urge the administration to find the culprit.

The FBI’s Civil Rights division is lending a hand because a racially motivated hate crime appears to have been committed.

The bananas were found on the same day that an AKA member became the university’s first black student government president.

Campus police distributed what they believe is the suspect walking alone on an empty campus between 3:45 a.m, and 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, when at least three bananas were hung in nooses on campus.

Black students threatened to withdrawal from school.

“If our existence isn’t valued on this campus, then we don’t need to be here,” student Ma’at Sargeant said Tuesday. 

Fresno State Professor Under Federal Investigation After Tweeting That Trump Should Hang

Fresno State Professor Lars Maischak

Fresno State Professor Lars Maischak

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Fresno State professor is under investigation after tweeting that President Trump must hang to save democracy.

History Professor Lars Maischal, who was born in Germany, apologized and deleted the tweet, which stated, ““to save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better,” the Fresno Bee reports

Maischal said he is “prepared to take full responsibility for my statements.”

Fresno State President Joseph Castro said he has not made a decision on Maischal’s fate because the university is still investigating.

The FBI and Secret Service are investigating.

FBI Seeks Access to Terrorism Suspect’s Skype Account in Search for Another Suspect

Alexander Ciccolo

Alexander Ciccolo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI believes a third person may have been involved early on with a terrorism plot to attack an unidentified university outside of Massachusetts.

A cooperating witness told authorities that Alexander Ciccolo had discussed the terrorism plans with another person, the Boston Globe reports.

“There was a brother who wanted to be involved a while ago and he has not been responding to my messages,” Ciccolo, of Western Massachusetts, told the witness, who gave copies of the July 1 online conversation to authorities.

FBI Special Agent Jeffrey J. Lawrence said in affidavit, “It appears as though Ciccolo was telling [the cooperating witness] that at least one other individual had previously indicated that he wanted to be involved in his terrorism plot.”

Authorities are trying to get access to Ciccolo’ online Skype account in hopes of identifying the third person.

The cooperating witness initially alerted authorities to the alleged plot in June 2015 and agree to provide weapons to Ciccolo as part of a sting operation.

Ciccolo also is accused of building several Molotov cocktails and a pressure cooker to build a bomb.

FBI Investigates Kent State Professor for Alleged Ties to ISIS As He Continues to Teach

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A tenured Kent State professor continues to teach as the FBI investigates suspicions that he has ties to ISIS terrorists, Newsnet5.com reports.

The FBI has investigated Julio Pino, an associate professor of history, for about a year and a half.

Because he is a tenured professor, Pino is still teaching.

In 2011, Pino shouted “Death to Israel” while a former Israeli diplomat was delivering a speech.

Kent State officials said the university is cooperating with the FBI, which declined to discuss the case because of the ongoing investigation.

FBI Passes Up Another Opportunity to Re-Open Civil Rights Cold Case

Lloyd Gaines/Wikipedia

Lloyd Gaines/Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Soon after winning a landmark legal battle to become the first black student in the University of Missouri’s law school, Lloyd Gaines vanished in 1939.

The FBI declined to investigate in 1940 and 1970.

Records obtained by the Associated Press show that the bureau again declined to investigate the case between 2006 and 2013, despite reviewing more than 100 others as part of the Department of Justice initiative and Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Act.

“They should have done more way back when,” said nephew George Gaines, a retiree who lives in San Diego. “I don’t believe there would have been much uncovered more recently. People die, memories fade, records are destroyed. And some people choose not to remember.”

In 1938, the Supreme Court ruled that Gaines, who grew up in St. Louis, must be allowed into the law school or the university must establish a separate law school for black people.

What happened to Gaines remains unclear. Some believe he was killed; others believe he moved to Mexico.

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Mural Celebrating Convicted Cop Killer Is Removed from Campus in Wisconsin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A mural celebrating a woman on the FBI’s most wanted list was quickly removed from the campus of Marquette University in Wisconsin following complaints.

The Journal Sentinel reports that the mural of Assata Shakur was displayed in March at the Marquette Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.

But university officials weren’t happy. Shakur was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 before fleeing to Cuba.

One quote in the mural read: “No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them.”

Study: Only 20% of Sexual Assaults on College Campuses Are Reported to Police

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Only one of five campus sexual assaults are reported to police, according to a new Justice Department report, PBS reports.

The reasons victims didn’t alert police range from fear of reprisal to believing the crime doesn’t rise to the level of police involvement.

The findings are based on figures from the National Crime Victimization Survey from 1995 to 2013.

Peter Lake, a law professor at Stetson University College of Law who conducts training for colleges on the topic, said some students “don’t know what their legal rights are.”

New ‘One-of-a-Kind’ Homeland Security Policy Center to Open in Oklahoma City

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Oklahoma law school is creating a national center for homeland security law and policy, the Associated Press reports.

The new Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy is being established at the Oklahoma City University of Law.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind center that will be a national resource for legal analysis and policy for our country’s homeland security issues, especially in regard to domestic terrorism,” Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said.

The center’s advisory board will be chaired by former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and John Whitley, a former general counsel for Homeland Security.

The center’s launch will take place on the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in April.

“Because of this event in our history and the way in which our city has rebuilt in these two decades since, we are uniquely positioned to help our nation and members of the private sector confront these issues,” said Josh Snavely, dean for advancement and external relations at the law school.

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