The suspected leader of the Juarez drug cartel, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, was captured in the northern Mexican city of Torreon, Mexican officials announced Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
The wire service reported that Carrillo Fuentes, 51, is believed to have headed the cartel founded by his late brother, Amado Carrillo Fuentes.
DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart issued a statement following the arrest:
“The Drug Enforcement Administration congratulates the Government of Mexico on the arrest of Vicente Carrillo-Fuentes, one of history’s most notorious drug traffickers. Carrillo-Fuentes was the leader of the Juarez Cartel and facilitated murder and violence in Mexico while fueling addiction in the United States and across the world. Once again, our valiant partners in Mexico who pursue these dangerous criminals should be lauded for their efforts.”
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One of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives may have been dead for more than two decades.
WUSA9 reports that the FBI plans to exhume a body that bears a “strong physical resemblance” to Bradford Bishop, who has been wanted for allegedly murdering his mother, wife and three sons in Montgomery County in 1976.
The body is of a man who was killed while walking on a highway inAlabama in 1981.
Bishop was indicted by a grand jury in March 1976 for the murder of his family.
The Obama administration is denying claims by a Republican Congressman that at least 10 ISIS fighters were caught trying to cross the Mexican border in Texas, the Daily Mail reports.
Rep. Duncan Hunter said Tuesday that the Border Patrol told him that the extremists were captured at the border.
Homeland Security responded by calling Hunter’s claim “categorically false.”
“The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” a Homeland Security spokesman said in a statement
“DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”
Still, Hunter’s spokesman pressed forward.
“The congressman was conveying what he knows – and what he was told,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“It makes sense that the left hand of DHS doesn’t know what the right hand is doing – it’s been that way for a long time and we don’t expect that to change.’”
The Obama administration has repeatedly denied that anyone from his administration was involved with the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal in Columbia.
But the Washington Post reports that new information suggests one of the presidential advance-team members was involved but never thorough investigated.
In fact, the White House continued to say no one from the administration was involved, despite evidence that includes hotel records and firsthand accounts.
The lead investigator said he was pressured to withhold evidence.
“We were directed at the time . . . to delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election,” David Nieland, the lead investigator on the Colombia case for the DHS inspector general’s office, told Senate staffers, according to three people with knowledge of his statement.
According to Nieland, his supervisors told him “to withhold and alter certain information in the report of investigation because it was potentially embarrassing to the administration.”
Homeland Security agents are being trained to screen travelers for Ebola after they return from West Africa, the New York Daily News reports.
The advanced screenings will take place at five major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York; Newark Liberty International Airport; Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C.; Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport; and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Travelers returning from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be subject to the screenings. About 150 people return from those countries every day.
“These five airports, as you may know, are the destination of 94% of individuals who travel to the United States from the three countries that are currently affected by Ebola right now,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said during a briefing Wednesday afternoon.
Roughly 150 travelers who have been in the three counties
The family of a TSA officer who was shot 12 times and killed at Los Angeles International Airport last year is suing the city of Los Angeles for $25 million, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The lawsuit alleges security lapses and delays in medical care.
A gunman shot Gerardo Ismael Hernandez at point-bank range on Nov. 1.
Los Angeles employees “failed in carrying out their duties, creating a very dangerous lapse in security which was a factor causing Mr. Hernandez to be fatally shot,” said Michael Alder, the attorney for the officer’s family. “Even more horrific is that the city’s employees delayed medical care to Mr. Hernandez.”
The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and names as defendants city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles police and fire departments, Los Angles Airport Police Department and the Los Angeles World Airports.
The lawsuit claims that airport police officers abandoned their positions in a terminal without the required approval from supervisors. The suit further alleges that the agencies did not properly hire or train employees to handle emergencies and to provide prompt medical care.
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Twitter wants its users to know how often the government has requested information for surveillance purposes.
The Associated Press reports that Twitter is suing the FBI and Justice Department in hopes of getting permission from a judge to release the information.
It’s currently against the law for companies to disclose how many national security requests they receive.
Twitter said the First Amendment should apply to the disclosure so the San Francisco-based company can “”respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance.”
“Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service provider like us from disclosing the exact number of national security letters (‘NSLs’) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (‘FISA’) court orders received — even if that number is zero,” Ben Lee, Twitter’s vice president of legal, wrote in a blog post.
The ACLU hopes other companies join Twitter.
“We hope that other technology companies will now follow Twitter’s lead,” said Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, in a statement. “Technology companies have an obligation to protect their customers’ sensitive information against overbroad government surveillance, and to be candid with their customers about how their information is being used and shared.”
Should law enforcement have the right to conduct an investigation by using photos and other personal information to create a fake Facebook page in a real person’s name?
The Justice Department said Tuesday it will examine the after Sondra Arquiett in Watertown, N.Y., filed a lawsuit that claims the DEA used photos, including one of her in a bra and underwear, and other information from her cellphone to create the fake account, the Washington Post reports. The information was gathered during a 2010 arrest for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
In hopes of finding others involved in the alleged drug ring, police set up the fake account.
The DEA also posted photos of her children.
“The allegations in this case are shocking,” said Mariko Hirose, staff attorney for the New York Civil Liberties Union. “This case illustrates the importance of digital privacy and identity, and the possibility of abuse when law enforcement is able to access the trove of personal information that we store in our devices.”
A California Congressman is claiming ISIS fighters trying to get into the U.S. were busted at the Texas border with Mexico, Fox News reports.
“ISIS is coming across the southern border,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose district includes much of San Diego. “They aren’t flying B-1 Bombers bombing American cities, but they are going to be bombing American cities coming across from Mexico.
“At least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas,” Hunter continued. “There’s nobody taking about it.”
The information has not been independent verified by the Border Patrol, which is where Hunter said he received the information.
“They caught them at the border,” Hunter said. “Therefore, we know ISIS is coming across the border. If they catch five or 10 of them you know there are going to be dozens more that did not get caught by the Border Patrol.”
Here’s a quiz: Which crime is more likely to get you shot to death?
A) Scaling the fence outside the White House, with a knife;
B) Jaywalking in Ferguson, Mo., unarmed.
The answer, of course, is B, at least if you’re a black man. And it’s not just in Ferguson. In South Carolina, a state trooper pulled over 35-year-old Levar Jones for a seat belt violation, but shot himas he reached for his license. (Jones survived.) In Ohio, police killed 22-year-old John Crawford III in Wal-mart for carrying a pellet gun he had picked up off the store’s shelf. In Utah, police questioned 22-year-old Darrien Hunt outside a shopping mall because he was carrying a replica of a samurai sword. Moments later, they shot him to death, in the back. And that’s just in the past eight weeks.
It’s worth mentioning that these incidents all took place in small cities with almost no violent crime. Saratoga Springs, Utah, for instance, hasn’t seen a murder since 2010. Ferguson averages a little over one homicide a year. So why are police in those places so skittish? So quick to use deadly force? By the same token, why is the Secret Service so reluctant to do so?
According to Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the answer lies in the way law enforcement agents are trained to interact with the public. Too often, instead of deescalating conflict, police do just the opposite.
“Officers traditionally respond to disrespect or perceived challenges to their authority by stepping up their use of force,” he said. “It’s called ‘contempt of cop.’ Here in Omaha, if you are stopped by the police, you don’t ask a question. It will escalate up to where you are out of the car and under arrest.”
That’s how an officer trying to give jaywalking citations in Seattle ended up breaking a guy’s nose. The pedestrian didn’t feel he had done anything wrong, and refused to stop. The officer got physical. The Department of Justice investigated, and found a pattern of low-level offenses turning into excessive use of force in Seattle. Racial distrust can make that dynamic even worse.
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The FBI arrested a 19-year-old man at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as he was trying to leave the country to join Islamic State, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan was boarding a plane to Vienna, where he was going to catch a flight to Istansbul, according to the FBI complaint.
Investigators said they found evidence on Khan that supported allegations that he was planning to join the extremist fighters. Among the evidence was a three-page letter in which Khan said he had an obligation to “migrate” to Islamic State and that he angry that his tax dollars were being used to kill fellow Muslims.
The arrest comes less than a week after the FBI said it has the identities of about a dozen Americans who are fighting alongside Islamic State.
Texas Tech University is trying to get to the bottom of racist photos that allegedly show members of a sorority preparing for a “Border Patrol” party with two women posing as immigrants with sombreros and ponchos, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The photos depict two women dressed as police officers “arresting” the posing immigrants.
The university is investigating Zeta Tau Alpha.
The sorority’s national representatives insist only one Zeta Tau Alpha member was involved and denied there was a “Border Patrol” party.
“We have already addressed the terribly insensitive decisions displayed in these photos with our member and apologize on her behalf for the offense she caused,” said Heather Kirk, director of education and communications for Zeta Tau Alpha’s national headquarters.
The FBI has a new special agent in charge of the Jackson Division.
MS News Now reports that FBI Director James B. Comey named to the post Donald Alway, who began his career with the FBI in 1996 when he was first assigned to investigate drug violations in the Los Angeles Division.
Since then, he worked counterterrorism and supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York.
Alway also investigated Iraq under former leader Saddam Hussein when he worked for the Regime Crimes Task Force.
In 2011, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Division.
Hoping to address low morale and security blunders at the Secret Service, some congressional watchdogs are proposing to limit the agency’s role of protecting the president, Time reports.
Perhaps most important, the proposal includes removing Secret Service from the Department of Homeland Security, which has struggled as a giant bureaucracy.
“Long-term, the 60,000 foot view, there are some who are very critical of the switch that the Secret Service went through after 9/11,” says Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a top member of the House Oversight Committee. “That seems to have changed the dynamic and made it much more political as opposed to security-driven. And I think long-term that’s something we might explore is the structure of having it within Homeland Security.”
The discussions come after the resignation of Director Julia Pierson and the release of a study that showed Homeland Security employees had the lowest morale of all 19 large agencies surveyed.
“I think the counterfeiting role really probably belongs in Treasury,” says Connolly. “The protection and investigation role I think might make sense in DHS but I do think we have to have a thorough review about the missions and whether they continue to make sense. Are they compatible? Do they detract from one another?”
More mild reforms call for increasing funding and the number of employees.
“I don’t know if moving it out of DHS [would work],” says Mickey Nelson, a 28 year-veteran of the Secret Service who retired in 2012. “Then where would you move it, logically speaking? But I think that should be part of the review.”
Last year, two movies with remarkably similar plots featured lone men saving the president and what was left of his official home. In “White House Down,” the hero is a Washington, D.C. cop with aspirations to be a Secret Service agent who fights off a band of domestic terrorists. In “Olympus Has Fallen,” the hero is a desk-bound Secret Service agent who battles a horde of nasty North Koreans. In both films, the villains employ an arsenal of weapons and elaborate tactics to gain entrance to the White House.
Who knew that all they really needed to do was jump the fence and walk through the unlocked front door?
Last week, the director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, turned in her resignation following revelations of several security breaches at the White House and on presidential outings. She quit just a day after being grilled by the always-cinematic Darrell Issa and a supporting cast on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The California Republican and committee chair manwanted to know how Omar Gonzalez, a troubled Army veteran with a knife, got past rings of security and into the Green Room on the first floor of the White House before he was tackled by Secret Service agents.
“An intruder walked in the front door of the White House,” Mr. Issa said prior to hazing Ms. Pierson. “That is amazing — and unacceptable.”
Another committee Republican, Utah’s Jason Chaffetz, wanted to know why agents did not simply shoot the guy while he was still outside the mansion. The congressman was frustrated by Ms. Pierson’s clinical answers to questions about when agents are authorized to use force. He insisted that the rule should be clear to both agents and would-be invaders: “You make a run and a dash at the White House, we’re going to take you down.”
Both Messrs. Issa and Chaffetz criticized the agency for lauding the “tremendous restraint” exhibited by the agents who chased the intruder. Clearly, they would prefer Secret Service agents to be more like Channing Tatum and Gerard Butler, the bold, trigger-squeezing action stars of the White House attack movies.
Maybe the response would have been different had the First Family been in residence at the time of the intrusion. Still, the manner in which Mr. Gonzalez was taken down is not as troubling as the ease with which he got as far as he did.
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FBI Director James Comey said he knows the identities of roughly a dozen Americans fighting alongside terrorists in Syria, Bloomberg reports.
Comey said the bureau is prepared to track the U.S. citizens if they return.
“Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport’s revoked, is entitled to come back,” Comey said in a taped interview for CBS’s “60 Minutes” program airing Monday.
“So, someone who’s fought with ISIL, with American passport, wants to come back, we will track them very carefully,” he said
Last month, Defense Secretary Church Hagel estimated there were more than a 100 citizens fighting with ISIL forces. The Pentagon responded that there may be 100 U.S. residents inside Syria, but only about a dozen are fighting with terrorists.
A federal appeals court is expected to decide soon whether the FBI’s “national security letters” are constitutional, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The letters are a demand for customer information in terrorism-related cases, allowing the FBI to obtain information without a warrant.
San Francisco U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled last year that the letters violate the First Amendment because they prohibit recipients from disclosing that they’ve received one.
The 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals is reviewing the case.
“The gag order says you not only have to turn over the information, but you can’t complain about it,” said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.
By Steve Neavling
FBI Director James Comey knows a thing or two about being a victim of a crime.
While a high school senior, Comey was held captive in his Allendale, New Jersey home by a notorious criminal known as “Ramsey rapist” in 1977.
Comey made the comments on “60 Minutes” while talking about terrorism threats.
“I was a high school senior and home alone one night with my younger brother, and a guy – a gunman – kicked in our front door at our home in New Jersey and held the two of us captive,” Comey said.
“We escaped, he caught us again, we escaped again – so it was a pretty horrific experience,” the FBI director said. “Frightening to anybody, but especially for a younger person to be threatened with a gun and to believe you’re going to be killed by this guy.”
He added: “He got away. My recollection is he was part of a pattern of rapes and robberies, home invasions, rapes and robberies in that area of Northern New Jersey.”
Comey said the “incident most affects me in giving me a sense of what victims feel. Even the notion that no one was physically harmed doesn’t mean no one was harmed, because I thought about that guy every night for five years.”
A U.S. immigration officer who accepted bribes of cash and egg rolls from people seeking citizenship and green cards was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison last week, Fox News reports.
Mai Nhu Nguyen, 48, an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Santa Ana, Calif., pleaded guilty to receiving bribes as a public official.
Prosecutors said she accepted bribes from July 2011 to May 2013.
In one case, Nguyen approved an immigrant’s paperwork after the applicant paid for a $150 order of 300 egg rolls.
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