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FBI Director Comey Reaffirms Commitment to Cracking Down on Public Corruption in Maryland

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although counterterrorism remains the FBI’s top priority, public corruption isn’t far behind, FBI Director James Comey said during a visit with local law enforcement in Baltimore.

WBALTV.com reports that Comey addressed concerns among officials that public corruption remains a problem.

“Public corruption has long been one of the FBI’s top priorities, one of the things we do well. I wish it was work we didn’t have to do, but we do it all over the country,” Comey said.

An elected official hasn’t drawn federal attention four four years, WBALTV reports, citing Prince George’s County state Sen. Ulysses Currie and Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson, both of whom were indicted in 2010.

“It tends to run in waves and cycles,” Comey said of corruption. “As I tell folks when I am in different communities that have seen prominent cases recently, everybody will have their turn at some point just given the nature of human beings.”

Border Patrol Union: Agency Violated Guidelines with Ban on Agents’ Cell Phones

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s ban on bringing cell phones or electronic devices to work following the leaked photos of an overcrowded processing center in Texas violates collectively-bargained guidelines, a union representative insists.

The Blaze.com reports that the agency also is threatening employees who speak to the media.

Prior to the release of photos at the Nogales center, agents were allowed to bring cell phones to work in case radio communications shut down.
Shawn Moran, spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, said a patrol agent in charge doesn’t have the authority to to ban cell phones. That responsibility lies with the sector chief.

“If the Tucson local feels there’s a violation of our collective bargaining agreement then they can file the appropriate grievance,” Moran told TheBlaze. “If there’s a violation I hope they do, our locals are not afraid to litigate these matters.”

A Dec. 2, 2008 memo to all station chiefs states that the “policy does not prohibit personal wireless communication devices while performing official duties, but limits the usage.”

Wedding Crasher Impersonates Homeland Security Officer, Takes Off with Gifts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 25-year-old walked into a wedding reception in Louisiana with law enforcement attire and said he was with Homeland Security.

Apparently that was enough for family and friends of the bride and groom to trust him, the Times-Picayune reports.

When everyone departed and the newlyweds left for their reception, the suspect loaded the gifts into his car until he was spotted by the town’s fire chief. The family had planned to return the next day for the gifts.

The suspect was arrested and booked with theft and impersonating a law enforcement official.

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OMG! FBI Maintains 83-Page Glossary of Shorthand Internet Slang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

BOGSAT. DILLIGAD. SOMSW.

Those are three terms – or acronyms – that the FBI considers serious enough to add to its 83-page glossary if Internet slang.

And the reason for adding the nearly 3,000 terms may be as confusing as the terms themselves, the Washington Post reports.

The glossary is called “Twittter shorthand,” although it’s not limited to Twitter; it’s designed to familiarize agents with shorthand used on the Internet.

So what does BOGSAT mean? Bunch of guys sitting around talking.

DILLIGAD? Does it look like I give a damn?

And SOMSW? Someone over my shoulder watching.

“So while I might wanna (want to) LMSO (laugh my socks off) over this glossary, it’s actually kind of serious, when you TOTT (think on these things),” Washington Post writer Caitlin Dewey concludes.

“Austin Powers” Star Verne Troyer Complains About TSA Treatment at LAX

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“Austin Powers” star Verne Troyer posted a photo of TSA agents conducting what many fans considered to be an invasive search, the New York Daily News reports.

Troyer, who has a dwarfism disability and rides a scooter, posted the photo on Facebook entitled, “TSA Struggles.”

It shows a TSA agent conducting a patdown while Troyer is in his scooter at the Los Angeles International Airport’.

The TSA said nothing unusual happened during the search.

“The screening process for a passenger who uses a wheelchair or scooter is determined by their ability to stand and walk,” Ross Feinstein, press secretary for TSA said in a statement to the Daily News Monday.

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FBI Fears Doomsday Man May Have Stashed Weapons While Manhunt Continues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man who is accused of building explosive devices as part of an end-of-the-world plan to kill federal agents may have stashed weapons in a hidden bunker, the FBI said.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Martin Howard Winters, 55, remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI on Tuesday announced a $5,000 reward for information leader to his arrest.

“Mr. Winters is very familiar with this area, especially wooded areas,” FBI spokesman David Couvertier said Tuesday. “He knows the terrain. He knows the best places to hide, the best places to track, to move, when to move. So we suspect that he does have specific sites that he’s very comfortable with, and he may have supplies there or know the terrain so well that he can hide.”

Agents were close to capturing Winters Monday, when the suspect was able to elude police following a high-speed chase.

“The way it was described — there was steam coming out of the engine, so that tells you how hard he was pushing that vehicle,” Couvertier said.

Florida Man Accused of Plotting Deadly Confrontation with Federal Agents Is at Large

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal manhunt is underway for a Florida man who is accused of building explosive devices as part of a end-of-the-world plan to kill federal agents, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin Howard Winters, 55, was indicted on June on charges stemming from an investigation of a group that he headed called the River Otter Preppers.

The devices were booby traps made of metal tubes designed to fire 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Winters and the River Otter Preppers “are preparing for an end-of-times event as prophesied by the Book of Revelations in the Bible which he believes will occur in the near future,” the affidavit states, “which will require individuals to rely on themselves for food and protection from other individuals and the federal government.”

As of Tuesday morning, Winters was still at large.

“We’re hoping for a peaceful resolution to this,” said FBI spokesman David Couvertier. “Nobody’s looking to do him any harm.”

FBI Denies Violating Rights of 5 Accused Sept. 11 Terrorist Conspirators After Investigating Defense Team

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI adamantly dismissed allegations Monday that its agents spied on defense teams and violated the rights of the five accused Sept. 11 terrorist conspirators, The Los Angeles Times reports.

A government lawyer argued to a military judge at Guantanamo Bay on Monday that the FBI did not conduct an undercover investigation of the defense teams and therefore no rights were violated.

Details were limited in open court, but the FBI was probing “personal security clearance” issues of some of the defense team, said Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez, a senior Justice Department official.

The investigation appeared to be focused on whether anyone illegally released confidential and classified information to the public. At issue was a letter written by the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.