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CBP Is Hiring 2,000 New Agents Because of New 2014 Spending Plan

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CBP plans to hire 2,000 new agents thanks to funding provided in the 2014 budget, KTAR reports.

The hiring of agents to secure the air, land and sea ports has nothing to do with the current immigration crisis involving unaccompanied Central American children, officials said. “This was in the pipeline,” said CBP spokeswoman Theresa Small. “It has nothing to do with the influx of Central American children.”

The plan is to fill the positions by the end of fiscal year 2014 to “enhance security, help reduce wait times and facilitate growing volumes of legitimate goods and travelers that are critical to the health of our nation’s economy,” the CBP said in a press released.

For more information on the positions, visit www.cbp.gov/careers.

Homeland Security Director: Cash for Border Protection About to Dry Up

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Funding to combat illegal immigration may be gone in less than a month, warned Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson.

Johnson is urging lawmakers to approve an emergency spending bill.

At the current rate, Johnson said funds for the U.S. Immigration Customs would dry up in the mid-August. Cash for Border Protection would be gone by mid-September.

Authorities are hoping the U.S. House can reach a compromise on the bill before the month-long August recess.

President Obama is asking for $3.7 billion in emergency spending.

New Jersey Police Captain Accused of Using FBI Database to Vet Baseball Teammates

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge convicted a suspended New Jersey police captain of using an FBI database to check to do  backgrounds of players on a minor league baseball that he followed, Philly.com reports.

Brian Brady, 52, of Sparta, also directed subordinates to use the National Crime Information Center database to conduct a background check on a home health aid for his mom. He was the third ranking officer of the state Human Services Police.

Brady was found guilty of official misconduct and computer theft.

Brady “repeatedly treated a restricted law enforcement database like his personal information clearinghouse,” said Criminal Justice Division Director Elie Honig.

“There’s no room in law enforcement for this type of rogue behavior,” Honig said.

Brady faces up to 20 years in prison.

ATF Handles Far Fewer Cases Because of Policy Change Under President Obama

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of ATF cases recommended for prosecution dropped by a third since 2004, according to data compiled by Syracuse University, the Washington Times reports.

Federal investigators and gun law experts said the decline is attributed to a policy change in the Obama administration, which has changed its focus to regulatory-type cases.

“Within the later part of the Bush years, case selections within the ATF have gone from mostly violent crime cases – which is their forte – toward the regulatory, where they look at dealers, manufacturers and trafficking cases – and they take a lot more time to develop,” said Robert Sanders, a former ATF assistant director. “The agencies philosophy has shifted to guns are the problem, and access to guns are the problem, rather than the criminal being the direct indicator of crime.”

Under Obama, the agency merged its regulatory division with law enforcement.

The result was the loss of law-enforcement and an increased focus on regulation, the Washington Times wrote.

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Seattle’s New FBI Chief Described ‘Momentum’ In 13-Year-old Murder of Prosecutor

Frank Montoya Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The new head of the Seattle FBI office is wiping off the dust of a 13-year-old investigation into the fatal shooting of a Seattle federal prosecutor after expressing “momentum” in the case, the Seattle Times reports.

“It’s an ongoing, active investigation,” Special Agent in Charge Frank Montoya Jr. said during a wide-ranging news briefing. The news comes after the previous special agent in charge, Laura Laughlin, reportedly reduced the size of the task force working the case of Thomas Wales.

Montoya said he’s encouraged with the prospect of solving the case, which involves active leads.

Wales was shot in his basement through a window in the backyard.

A witness said a man fled.

Despite All the Hype, The PBS Show on The Jimmy Hoffa Disappearance Didn’t Crack the Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com 

DETROIT — As we thought would be the case, the PBS show Tuesday night on Jimmy Hoffa — “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?” –  didn’t crack the case as the pre-show hype suggested it might. And it certainly didn’t leave you feeling as if you knew what really happened to the Teamster boss.

It was entertaining, but a little cheesy, particularly for a PBS production.

Greg Stejskal on the right.

Retired FBI Agent Greg Stejskal, who was interviewed in the show, told ticklethewire.com after the show that he thought it was full of “a lot of speculation” and “I thought pretty far fetched as far as some of the connections they made.”

“There’s a lot of information there,” he said. “But I thought they took a lot of literary license making things fit together that didn’t necessarily fit together and basically ignored things that would have argued otherwise.”

The PBS website hyped the upcoming show:

For decades, investigators have searched for clues about what happened to Hoffa and why. Was he murdered? If so, who wanted him dead? After serving prison time for conspiracy and fraud, Hoffa was pardoned by President Richard Nixon. What interest did the White House have in Jimmy Hoffa?

Recently declassified government files reveal shocking evidence of corruption at the highest levels. Interviews with a former mob lawyer, a murder witness, and an FBI agent are among the sources History Detectives unearth as they track Jimmy Hoffa’s final hours and answer the question: “Who killed Jimmy Hoffa?”

The show gave a lot of weight to a death bed confession of Frank Sheeran, a friend of Hoffa who was described as a hitman. Sheeran said he killed Hoffa at a home in Detroit.

Stejskal said the FBI investigated and was dismissive of his claims.

It also talked about President Richard Nixon possibly taking mob money, something that had reported in the past.

David Ashenfelter, a former Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reporter, and a Pulitzer prize winner, who was interviewed in the show, told ticklethewire.com:

David Ashenfelter

“I think Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance remains a mystery. I found the archival footage very interesting. I enjoyed the program.

“I thought they covered all of the major leads and brought a younger generation up to date on one of the biggest mysteries of the 20th Century,” he added. “But as it always turns out in the Hoffa mystery, we don’t know much more than we knew when the FBI wrote the Hoffex Memo six months after Jimmy Hoffa vanished.”

 

FBI May Investigate Death of Staten Island Man Placed in Chokehold by NYPD

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is considering launching its own investigation into the death of a Staten Island man who died after he was placed in a chokehold by police, The New York Post reports.

The bureau also is “monitoring” the investigation by the New York Police Department.

George Venizelos, the chief of the FBI’s New York office, spoke with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton about the death.

Eric Garner, 43, died of cardiac arrest after an undercover cop put him in a chokehold. A video shows Garner struggling to say he can’t breathe but police sustained the hold.

80th Anniversary: Death of Gangster John Dillinger Helped Lead to Creation of FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gangster John Dillinger was the fed’s first Public Enemy Number One.

It was June 22, 1934, and Dillinger was wanted for at least 12 bank robberies, four police department robberies and the murder of a police officer. Outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago, agents from the Department of Investigation of the Justice Department shot and killed Dillinger after he reached for a gun, Reason recounts.

The nationally publicized capture catapulted J. Edgar Hoover and his “G-Men” into heroes, prompting Congress to approve the creation of the FBI.