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Experts: TSA Wasted $1 Billion on Training Law Enforcement to Read Body Language

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA has spent $1 billion on training airport security screeners to read body language.

Trouble is, critics charges there’s no evidence that the training prevented a single act of terrorism, the New York Times reports.

Scientific experiments show that people are terrible at spotting liars, and law enforcement is no exception. “There’s an illusion of insight that comes from looking at a person’s body,” says Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago. “Body language speaks to us, but only in whispers.”

The conclusion follows an analysis of more than 200 studies, the Times reported.

“The common-sense notion that liars betray themselves through body language appears to be little more than a cultural fiction,” said Maria Hartwig, a psychologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

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FBI Stands Behind Decision to Release Photos of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Officer Sean Collier

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI did the right thing by releasing photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects last year, even though it led to the death of an MIT police officer.

The Associated Press reports that Stephanie Douglas, an executive assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division, said law enforcement “really had no choice” but to release the photos of Dzhohkar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan.

While on the run, the brothers killed MIT Officer Sean Collier.

“Believe me, the death of Sean Collier is not lost on the FBI,” she said. “But I think at the end of the day, given the facts as we knew them at the time, we made the best decision.”

 

State, Local Officials to Show Support for Bringing FBI Headquarters to Maryland

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI headquarters in Maryland would inject an estimated $2 billion and 11,000 jobs into the economy, the Associated Press reports.

Top officials are scheduled to promote moving the FBI office to Prince George’s County.

Scheduled to attend are Gov. Martin O’Malley, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

Several areas are competing to land the FBI headquarters, saying it would boost the economy.

FBI Agent to Be Cleared in Shooting of Ibragim Todashev’s Death in Florida

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Justice Department investigation is to reveal this week that the FBI used appropriate force by fatally shooting Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen man tied to one of the brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Washington Post reports that the report will clear the agent, but a Florida prosecutor warned that the probe is not concluded.

The investigation is to indicate that Todashev 27, a mixed martial-arts fighter, used a metal pole to attack an FBI agent after implicating himself in the unsolved 2011 triple murder, the Post reported, citing anonymous sources.

The agent acted in self-defense, the report is to conclude.

What remains unclear is whether the agent was alone during the shooting.

First Openly Gay State House Speaker to Resign After FBI Raids in Rhode Island

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A popular Rhode Island state lawmaker is resigning from his leadership role and won’t run for re-election after the FBI raided his home and public office, the Associated Press reports.

Gordon Fox, a 52-year-old Democrat who has been House speaker since 2010, said he will step down from his leadership post but will serve out the remainder of his term.

“My personal focus going forward will be on my family and dealing with the investigation,” Fox said.

Fox became the nation’s first openly gay House speaker.

‘‘Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I am resigning as Speaker,’’ Fox said in a written statement emailed to reporters. ‘‘The process of governing must continue and the transition of leadership must be conducted in an orderly manner.’’

Where Have All of the Bank Robbers Gone in California? State Sees Huge Reduction Since 1990s

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

California may no longer be the nation’s bank robbery capital.

The Latin Post reports that the FBI’s L.A. office, which includes seven counties, is handling far fewer bank robbery cases than in the past.

Robberies peaked in the early 1990s, with as many as 28 bank robberies a day in the counties of  Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo.

That has dropped to 212 robberies a year – or fewer than one a day.

FBI officials said they were surprised.

“I was flabbergasted when we broke 400. Then we broke 300,” FBI Special Agent Stephen May, who works as the bureau’s bank robbery coordinator for the region, said.

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Weekend Series on Crime: Former Undercover FBI Agent Jack Garcia

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FBI Arrest Two Men Accused of Conspiring to Commit Acts of Terrorism in U.S. or Abroad

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is accusing two men of conspiring and training to fight alongside terrorists in Syria or Yemen, the News & Observer reports.

The charges were the result of a one-year undercover investigation into the actions of Marsalis Brown, 21, and Akba Jihad Jordan, whose age was not disclosed in court records.

The suspects told undercover agents that they supported terrorism.

According to the FBI, Jordan wanted to commit violent acts in the U.S. or abroad. Brown had more specific plans and was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday en route to Turkey, where he’d then travel to Syria, investigators said.