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Militia Groups Sporting Semi-Automatic Rifles And Camouflage Are Patrolling the Border

Steve Neavling

More than 10 militia groups are patrolling the Texas-Mexico border despite objection from the federal government, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The newspaper obtained more than 30 photos showing the armed militia members in camouflage, tactical gear and masks.

CBP responded that it does not “endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands, as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”

State lawmakers also expressed concern and anger.

“Local law enforcement and federal Border Patrol agents have been clear. The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts,” said Van de Putte, who is running against state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, for lieutenant governor.

The groups, including Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, have been recruiting members since the media began focusing on an influx of Central American immigrants, mostly families and children.

FBI Arrests Indiana Sheriff Accused of Hiring Prostitute, Urging Her to Destroy Evidence

Steve Neavling

The FBI arrested a county sheriff in Indiana on charges that he paid a prostitute $300 for oral sex and then urged her to hide the evidence, the Courier-Journal reports.

The arrest of Sheriff Danny Rodden comes after he was indicted July 23 on charges of lying to federal agents and counseling the destruction of evidence.

Investigators said Rodden paid for the sex act in a Louisville hotel.

Rodden, 60, also is accused of giving the prostitute a badge and sheriff’s department apparel so she could receive discounts at hotels.

“It is a sad day for Clark County. It is a sad day for all elected and appointed officials who do their best to adhere to the high standards expected of those of us who serve the public,” said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, who announced the charges.


FBI Searching for Massive Cloud Storage to More Quickly Share, Access Information

Steve Neavling

Hoping to transform how it operates, the FBI is trying to build a massive cloud infrastructure to store massive amounts of information for easy sharing among bureaus, the Federal Times reports.

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division wants to create a cloud environment for statistics, fingerprints and criminal background checks at the Clarskburg, WV, facility.

The cloud must have an astonishing amount of memory – 2.3 petabytes.

“At this point in time, the [FBI] is simply exploring new technologies and potential emerging capabilities with this RFI,” FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said.

Experts say the storage cloud would save the FBI money and be readily available.


Parker: Slain DEA Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Would Be Proud of His Son, the Judge

Judge Enrique Camarena, Jr.

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.
By Ross Parker

While six extradited Colombians have been arraigned and await trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on charges related to the murder of DEA Special Agent James “Terry” Watson in Bogota last summer, the DEA Survivor Benefit Fund dedicated a memorial this summer to Special Agent Watson in his home town of Rayville, LA.

Farther west, past investment by the SBF Higher Education Fund bore particularly poignant fruit when Enrique Camarena, Jr. was appointed to a judgeship on the San Diego Superior Court in July 15th. Judge Camarena was 11 years old when his father DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was murdered by Mexican drug cartel members in February 1985.

Like Special Agent Terry Watson, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena lived a full life of bravery and service. He was born in Mexicali, Mexico, but his family moved to the United States in Calexico, California. He became a naturalized U. S. citizen and served in the Marines, as a firefighter and police investigator before joining DEA.

His son at an early age made a commitment to follow in his father’s footsteps. With the support of the DEA Survivors Benefit Fund he went to law school and became a Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County. He has also been active in the work of the Camarena Foundation and in contributing to the efforts to support other children who have lost a father or mother who were killed in the line of duty.

No doubt Judge Camarena’s father was in his and his family’s memories as he received his robe to the Superior Court bench.

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Lawsuit: FBI Has Video of Oklahoma City Bombing That Shows Another Person Involved

Timothy McVeigh/fbi photo

Steve Neavling

A Salt Lake Security attorney is suing the FBI to release what he says is a video that shows a second person was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, the USA Today reports.

But the FBI has maintained it lost the surveillance video from the 1995 blast that killed 168 people.

Jesse Trentadue says his brother, who died in a federal holding cell after being transferred to Oklahoma several months after the bombing, bore a striking resemblance to a second bombing suspect.

“I did not start out to solve the Oklahoma City bombing, I started out for justice for my brother’s murder,” Jesse Trentadue said. “But along the way, every path I took, every lead I got, took me to the bombing.”

Despite records that indicate the FBI has surveillance video, the bureau said it can’t find them, and it would take more than 18 months to conduct a thorough search.

New Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s San Antonio’s Office Busy with Immigration Issues

Steve Neavling

Special Agent Chris Combs has been busy since taking over the FBI’s San Antonio office in April.

Combs, who opened the San Antonio office for a media tour on Monday, covers a large area of South Texas and also works out of offices in Austin, Waco and along the border, KSAT 12 reports.

With a immigration crisis brewing at the border, the FBI has been investigating a scheme in which people masquerading as U.S. officials are asking for thousands of dollars from families to reunite with their children.

“It was a fraud, the United States government does not ask for money to bring these children back to their family members,” Combs said. “It’s hard to believe that somebody would take advantage of children and their families that have been separated to make a couple hundred bucks, so we take that very seriously and we have a nationwide investigation going now.”

Combs said his office is working closely with Border Patrol.

“We work very closely with them, as they’re in charge of protecting the border,” Combs said. “As they gather people who have come across illegally, there’s a good information flow there. If there are people they are concerned about, they contact the FBI and we work with them.”

Before coming to San Antonio, Combs was the lead agent to respond to shootings across the country.

FBI to Media: Please Stop Identifying Mass Shooters

Media coverage of Newton, Connecticut shooting

Steve Neavling

The FBI has taken the unusual step of urging the media to stop identifying mass shooters, reports.

The campaign, called “Don’t Name Them,” comes after researchers at Texas State University found that fame and past mass casualties often motivated shooters.

“When the media covers it, it unfortunately puts ideas in people’s heads,” said Chris Combs, special agent in charge of the San Antonio FBI field office.

Dr. Pete Blair, a researcher with TSU, said reporters are often focused on identifying the shooters and sharing their personal information.

“We understand that the events have to be covered, but it shouldn’t be a glamor piece making this person the center point of the story,” Blair said. “We’d much rather see stories about the heroes and the victims and those sorts of things.”

Blair said people should call out news organizations on social media for naming shooters.