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Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on the Kansas City Area Shooting: “I Was Horrified”

Eric Holder /doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The shooting in the Kansas City area on Sunday at Jewish facilities that killed three was a horrifying reminder of the dangers some hate groups pose.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Monday morning issued a statement on the matter.

“I was horrified to learn of this weekend’s tragic shootings outside Kansas City. These senseless acts of violence are all the more heartbreaking as they were perpetrated on the eve of the solemn occasion of Passover.

“Justice Department prosecutors will work with their state and local counterparts to provide all available support and to determine whether the federal hate crimes statute is implicated in this case.

“No matter what, we will do everything in our power to ensure justice is served in this case on behalf of the victims and their families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these heinous acts.”


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FBI Investigating After Agents Fatally Shoot Man in SUV in Busy Shopping Area in Maryland

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents fatally opened fire on a man in his SUV in a busy shopping area in Maryland, the Associated Press reports.

The Friday shooting occurred near Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in Owings Mills during rush hour while agent were conducting a drug investigation.

The SUV was riddled with bullet holes.

The FBI and Baltimore County Police Department are investigating the shooting.


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Former KKK Leader Accused of Killing 3 People in Jewish Center Attacks in Kansas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former KKK leader is suspected of killing three people at two Jewish centers Sunday afternoon in Kansas.

Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., 73, is accused of shooting to death a 14-year-old Eagle Scout and his grandfather in the parking lot at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus in Overland Park, NBC News reports.

Authorities said he then went several blocks to Village Shalom, a retirement community, and shot a woman.

The suspect, who is from Missouri, was taken into custody and placed in a police car, where he reportedly yelled “Heil Hitler.”
Cross was no stranger to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which said Cross was a former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the KKK.


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Border Patrol Gets New Agent in Charge at Marysville Station in Michigan

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s Marysville station in Michigan has a new agent in charge.

Matt Calmes, who spent most of his 16-year career with the Border Patrol in Southwest, told a Marysville City Council that the community is the priority.

“As we continue to move toward a risk-based approach – as opposed to a resource-based approach – the community is the most important piece of our enforcement puzzle, especially here in this area,” Calmes said. “Anything that we can do to help the community, and any information the community has for us, is invaluable.”

Mayor Dan Damman inquired about the difference between the two approaches.

“Around 2004, we got all the stuff we wanted and that continued through about 2010, 2011,” Calmes said. “Our strategy was personnel, technology and infrastructure. So give us more stuff, give us more people and we’ll secure the border. That was great when the economy was on the uprise. As we’ve plateaued, it’s been determined that we can’t secure our border with stuff and people alone. Now it’s more of a risk-based approach. We assess areas of the border based on threat and vulnerability. We deploy our assets based on that risk. We now operate under the construct of information, integration and rapid response… We’re trying to do … the right things with the resources we got during the fruitful years.”

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FBI’s Little-Known Alliance with U.S. Military in Afghanistan, Iraq Put Agents at Risk

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the FBI was transformed into a counterterrorism organization, sending its agents to Iraq and Afghanistan for hundreds of raids.

The Washington Post reports on a controversial, effective and little-known alliance between the FBI and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

Some in the bureau questioned why domestic law enforcement agents were sent to battlefields a world away from the U.S.

“The concern was somebody was going to get killed,” said James Davis, the FBI’s legal attache in Baghdad in 2007 and 2008.

Davis said FBI agents often were involved in shootings and were forced to fight attacks alongside the military, though no deaths were ever reported.

U.S. officials said the relationship was helpful because of the bureau’s expertise in investigations.


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Diplomat Suspected of Bludgeoning Family in 1976 Added to FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’

A diplomat accused of bludgeoning his family to death in their suburban Maryland Home in 1976 was added to the FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.”

The Associated Press reports that William Bradford “Brad” Bishop Jr., who worked for the State Department at the time, is suspected of killing his mother, wife and three sons. According to authorities, he then drove their bodies to a wooded area in North Carolina, buried them in a shallow grave and lit them on fire.

Bishop, who would be 77 years old now, is a Yale graduate fluent in five languages.

“Brad, you’ve been living with this on your conscience now for 38 years,” Montgomery County, Md., Sheriff Darren Popkin said. “I am the voice of your family who can no longer speak. The time is now to contact law enforcement.”


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Retired DEA Agent Was Trailblazer for Better Treatment of African Americans, Women in Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Arthur Lewis, the first African American acting deputy administrator of the DEA, rose to prominence after starting his career on the hardscrabble streets of Harlam as an undercover agent.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Lewis is credited with breaking down racial barriers and winning a legal battle in the 1970s to improve treatment of black and female agents.

It was a tough journey that spanned nearly three decades and involved some of the most dangerous assignments, Lewis, 84, told the Inquirer during an interview at his home in Cherry Hill.

“It was hard work and it was difficult,” Lewis recalled. “But to me, it was very worthwhile.”

Added Lewis Rice, a former special agent, “He’s a living legend, a legend for all ages.”

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