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Is Terrorism the FBI’s Top Priority in Indianapolis? Field Office Head Says Yes

W. Jay Abbott

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

What’s the FBI’s most pressing concern in Indianapolis?

Not public corruption, violent crime or the protection of civil liberties.

According to Jay Abbott, director of the Indianapolis field office, the FBI’s most urgent issue in Indianapolis is terrorism, he told RTV6 ABC in an exclusive interview.

Abbott said the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine outlet in Paris underscores the dangers to the homeland.

“With the current news and events that are occurring right now in Europe, particularly in France in Paris with the Charlie Hebdo magazine outlet, we’re not sure yet what that means for us as we help the French with their investigation in any way we can. But, we’re watching very closely to try and interpret those things that may be helpful to us.”

Microsoft Turned over Data on Charlie Hebdo to FBI in Less Than Hour

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Microsoft took less than one hour to provide the FBI with data connected to the Charlie Hebdo investigation, an attorney for the software giant said Tuesday, The Los Angeles Times reports.

After concluding the request was “proper,” Microsoft gave the FBI the information in within about 45 minutes.

Microsoft attorney Brad Smith said the quick turnover underscores that private companies can work with law enforcement.

But Smith emphasized that new laws expanding the government’s right to access information from the Internet could sacrifice civil liberties.

“If those in government want to shift the line between safety and privacy, the appropriate path is to do so by changing the law rather than asking those of us in the private sector to shift this balance ourselves,” he said. “Democratic societies, not private companies, need to decide on the balances to be struck between public values such as public safety and personal privacy.”

Father of Ohio Man Accused of Plotting Attack on Capitol Building Blames FBI ‘Snitch’

Christopher Lee Cornell

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

How does your son become the suspect in a horrifying plot to spray bullets into a crowd at the Capitol Building?

John Cornell still can’t believe his 20-year-old son, Christopher Lee Cornell, was arrested in an FBI raid on allegations that he bought two M-15 semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition, he told NBC News on Thursday.

“His best friend is his kitty cat,” the father said. “He’s never even fired a gun before.”

Cornell said his son was manipulated by an FBI “snitch” and never would have gone through such an attack.

“I think a lot of it was coercion. I think he got coerced,” Cornell said. “No way he had the money to carry out any kind of terrorist attack.”

The father said his son recently converted to Islam.

FBI Chief: New York Times Gave Platform to Terrorists by Quoting Anonymous Source

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 
 
The New York Times’ decision to quote an anonymous source from a terrorist group about the bloody attacks last week in France was in poor taste and provided a platform for violent extremists, FBI Director James Comey said in a sharply worded letter to the Times, the newspaper reports. 

The front page story Thursday quoted a member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula about the timing of the attacks.

“Your decision to grant anonymity to a spokesperson for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula so he could clarify the role of his group in assassinating innocents, including a wounded police officer, and distinguish it from the assassination of other innocents in Paris in the name of another group of terrorists, is both mystifying and disgusting,” Mr. Comey said in a letter to The Times.

He added: “I fear you have lost your way and urge you to reconsider allowing your newspaper to be used by those who have murdered so many and work every day to murder more.”

Michael Slackman, the international managing editor for The New York Times, stood behind the decision to use anonymity.

“The individual quoted anonymously has for several weeks provided accurate insight and information into the thinking and actions of AQAP,” Mr. Slackman said. “The material was generally central to the news, in one case noting that Al Qaeda and the Islamic State had not jointly planned the attacks in Paris.”

Ex-Secret Service Agent Calls President Obama ‘Petulant Child’ in Paris Explanation

Daniel Bongino

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former Secret Service Agent Daniel Bongino bashed President Obama for blaming the Secret Service on his decision to bail out on the anti-terrorism rally in Paris, the Daily Caller reports

Bongino, who has become an outspoken conservative, said the president was “acting like a petulant child” for not just admitting he didn’t want to go.

Bongino said the president went to Mandela’s funeral where many more dangers were present.

“If the president wants to go he goes,” Bongino said. “The Secret Service doesn’t tell him he can’t go. That’s only in movies.”

NYPD Takes Precautions After ISIS Threatens Attacks on Law Enforcement

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An FBI bulletin about ISIS encouraging attacks on law enforcement prompted the New York City Police Department to take extra steps to protect its officers, Fox News reports

“Strike their police, security and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents,” the video, released on Twitter by ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad Al-Adnani, urged, naming the U.S., France, Australia and Canada as targets.

It was the second time Isis released the video, but after last week’s deadly attack in Paris, authorities are taking no risks.

NYPD officers were warned in an internal memo over the weekend to “remain alert and consider tactics at all times while on patrol.”

“NYPD learned yesterday of the re-issuance of a previously posted video threat, believed to have been issued by ISIL in September,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis said. “Based on this new posting, which calls for the killing of civilians, soldiers, intelligence officers and police in certain countries, including France, Australia, Canada and the U.S., the NYPD sent out a message to officers reminding them to remain vigilant on patrol.”

It’s unclear how many other police departments also are taking extra measures to remain vigilant.

Homeland Security Beefs Up Security After Terrorist Attacks in Paris

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The terrorist attacks in Paris have prompted Homeland Security officials to ramp up security at federal buildings and airports, the USA Today reports

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the move was “precautionary.”

“We have no specific, credible intelligence of an attack of the kind in Paris last week being planned by terrorist organizations in this country,” he said in a statement.

Johnson declined to provide specifics and said that the Federal Protective Service would “enhance its presence and security at various U.S. Government buildings.”

Security also tightened after a shooting at the Canadian Parliament building.

Newsday Editorial: Now Is No Time to Play Political Games with Homeland Security

By Newsday
Editorial Board

The massacre in Paris last week by homegrown French terrorists and the ensuing dragnet to find those responsible have dramatically underscored the need for unstinting vigilance to keep the United States safe. But the Department of Homeland Security will run out of money by the end of next month if additional funding is not approved. Congress must not let that happen.

Republicans insisted on that short leash for the department in December when the lame-duck Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the rest of the government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

The GOP wanted to hold the Department of Homeland Security hostage as leverage to block President Barack Obama’s executive orders allowing temporary legal status for 5 million immigrants in the country illegally. The short-term funding ensured Congress would revisit the volatile immigration issue after November’s election, when many expected the Republicans to win control of the Senate.

But the violent carnage that claimed at least 17 victims in France last week has the American public on edge about the threat of homegrown terrorism in this country. People who feel vulnerable won’t look kindly on a party threatening to cripple the department whose job is to keep them safe.

So congressional Republicans are looking for a way to thread the needle. They want to withhold funding for Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is in the Department of Homeland Security, without defunding the entire department. It won’t be easy.

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