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Archive for August 4th, 2014

FBI Special Agent in Las Vegas Succumbs to Brain Cancer at 41

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Special Agent David Schrom, who wanted to work with the bureau since he was a kid, died after a battle with brain cancer last month, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Schrom was 41.

The Army veteran launched his FBI career in 2002 at the Las Vegas office, where he fought public corruption and cyber-crimes. He also served on the SWAT team and was the media representative in Las Vegas.

“He was very well liked,” said Joseph Dickey, supervisory special agent for the FBI.

Schrom is a West Virginia native who graduated from journalism school in Ohio University. He also served in Bosnia.

 

FBI Wants to Hire Someone to Score Media Coverage of Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wants to know how it’s perceived in the media.

The Washington Times reports that the FBI is hiring a contractor to categorize news stories as “positive,” “neutral” or negative.”

But what the FBI plans to do with the information remains unclear. The FBI also wouldn’t divulge why it wants the information.

During the five-year contract, the winning bidder would “use their judgment” to score news coverage every day.

The Times wrote that President Obama’s administration also gave grades to measure media coverage of the BP oil spill.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Shot, Killed During Robbery While On Vacation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent vacationing with his family was shot and killed during a robbery in Texas, the Border Patrol said Sunday.

“Another one of these typical robbery things,” Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said. “People fishing, people drive by, turn around, come back, pull weapons and rob them.

“In this case, someone got shot.”

Investigators combed the area overnight into this morning.

“If this is the scene, we’re just going to babysit it until daylight,” Spence said in the southeaster part of the county.

The agent has not been identified.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Said Humanitarian Crisis at Mexico Border is ‘Side Issue’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The crippling influx of migrant children escaping violence in Central America is a “side issue” to tackling the wave of crime from undocumented immigrants, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday.

While most politicians in Washington expressed concerns about the 62,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border, Perry said he is “substantially more concerned about” the criminals coming into the state.

“That’s the real issue here, and one that all too often gets deflected by the conversation about unaccompanied minor children,” Perry said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Perry said last week that he plans to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to “combat” crime.

“We’ll continue to do what we have to do to keep our citizens safe,” he said.

 

 

TSA Administrator John Pistole Opens Up About Lessons Learned, Future of Agency

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

TSA Administrator John Pistole knows his agency has made some mistakes after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In a candid interview with the Los Angeles Times, Pistole said the TSA’s policies are constantly evolving to protect U.S. travelers.

Last year, the TSA announced that it would allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes, but you rescinded that decision. Will you allow small knives on planes in the future?

Given the lobbying efforts against it and members of Congress weighing in against it, I decided to take it off the table as something that was not furthering our efforts to transform from a one-size-fits-all to a risk-based [system].

European airports are testing devices to analyze liquids carried by passengers for explosives. When will travelers in the U.S. be able to fly without having to toss away bottles of water, soda or other liquids?

We have over 900 what we call bottle liquid scanners that we use for such things as mother’s milk and certain medicines that are larger than 100 milliliters. We could allow any liquids to fly, but it’s a time-consuming process so we don’t have an efficient way of doing that. One of the options that we looked at is to have a dedicated lane for people who wanted to bring liquids aboard, but that might be a long line.

The TSA announced a contest recently to find new ideas to speed the passenger-screening system. Why is that such a big challenge?

Each of the 450 airports where we provide screening is unique. Most airports were built and designed pre-9/11 and security is kind of an afterthought. So we’ve tried to cobble our way into some pretty tight spaces.

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