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Tussle for FBI Headquarters: Maryland Says It Has More Bureau Employees Than Other States

FBI headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ongoing battle to land the new FBI headquarters has prompted a tussle between Maryland and Virginia about where most of the bureau’s staff actually live, the Washington Post reports.

According to a previously unreleased study from 2012 by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Maryland is the most popular home for headquarters employees.

“Based on commuting data of the Census block groups of the current FBI location, we estimate that 43.2% of current FBI headquarters employees reside in Maryland, 33.4% in Virginia and 17.4% in DC,” the report states. ” Outside of Washington DC, the largest number of commuters resides in Montgomery County (16.4%), Prince George’s County (16.3%) and Fairfax County (15.4%).”

The Washington Post reports that residency is important and could give Maryland the advantage.

But little could be gained from an income tax standpoint.

“The only way that Maryland would gain income tax revenue from FBI employees would be if they relocate from either D.C. or Virginia,” wrote the Maryland researchers, in their report. “Currently, 75 percent of workers around the FBI headquarters commute from within a 25-mile radius and would be unlikely to relocate. Very few of the current FBI workers would be likely to relocate to Maryland in the near term.”

 

 

 

FBI Agents Association Issues Statement about Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Who Was Seriously Injured in Car Crash

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

The FBI Agents Association President Reynaldo Tariche issued a statement about former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Monday in Vermont.

“On behalf of our members – 12,000 active duty and retired FBI Agents – I want to wish former Director Freeh a speedy recovery. When Louis Freeh was FBI Director, our members knew that he was always there for us, and that he understood the challenges a Special Agent faces in their daily duties. We want Director Freeh to know that we are – and will continue to be – there for him during his recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

CNN reported that the Vermont State Police said that Freeh was driving a GMC Yukon when it went off the road, struck a mailbox and ran over some bushes.

 

FBI Has Potentially Damning Recording of Moment Michael Brown Shot Dead in Ferguson

Michael Brown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents investigating the shooting death of an unarmed teen in Ferguson were handed a potentially damning recording of the encounter with an officer, the Daily Mail reports.

The audio captures at least 11 shots, with a pause after seven of them.

“There sounds like a pause in it (the audio). And when you hear that pause it brings some concern,” said retired Chief Deputy US Marshall Matthew Fog after listening on CNN.

“It is very significant, because if you have a pause there it means somebody had time to think and then fire again.”
A voice in the audio can be heard saying, “You’re so pretty,” before 11 gunshots ring out.

An attorney for the unidentified man with the recording said the audio, if authentic, shows a clear “point of contemplation” while shooting.

Judge Orders FBI to Investigate Whether Bureau Pressured Witness Not to Testify

Timothy McVeigh/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge wants the FBI to conduct an internal investigation to determine whether the bureau pressured a witness not to testify in a case involving videos of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Associated Press reports.

Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue claims that the FBI threatened the benefits of a former government operative if he testified in a trial.

The FBI’s attorney rejected the allegations as baseless, but U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said he wants the matter investigated more thoroughly.

“If all of this is nonsense, let’s bring this in and put an end to it,” the judge said.

The attorneys are expected to present their results on Nov. 13.

FBI Hopes DNA Test on Sheriff’s Badge Sheds Light on Assault Charges Against Him

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A badge can say a lot about a police officer.

In the case of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella, the badge can help shelf light on whether he assaulted a man, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Rodella, who is facing federal civil rights charges, is accused of striking Michael Tafoya, 26, in the face with his badge. The FBI is testing the badge for DNA.

An FBI agent who reviewed a photo of Tafoya’s booking photo showed “a reddish, swollen area under his right eye,” according to an FBI affidavit.

“This is consistent with Tafoya’s statement that sheriff Rodella hit him in the face with his badge, and then ground the badge in his right eye and against his cheek,” the affidavit states.

FBI: Woman Offered 12-Year-Old, Infant Relative to Boyfriend to ‘Train’ for Sex

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 42-year-old Texas woman is accused of offering her 12-year-old relative and a yet-to-be born infant for sex, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The FBI said Lydia Vasquez was arrested and charged with one count of coercion and enticement of a minor.

According to the criminal complaint, Vasquez offered up the children to her long-distance boyfriend, who actually was an FBI informant in Detroit. In one text message, she offered the 12-year-old relative to “train sexually.”

The woman also offered an infant, who was set to be born in January, to the man to “train” to enjoy sex.

Vasquez was arrested when she went to McAllen Miller International Airport to meet her boyfriend.

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CNN: Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Seriously Injured in Car Crash in Vermont

Louis Freeh

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Louis Freeh, who served as FBI director from 1993 to June 2001, was seriously injured Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle car crash in Vermont,  CNN reported.

CNN, citing a U.S. law enforcement official, said Freeh was undergoing surgery for unspecified injuries.

CNN reported that the Vermont State Police said that Freeh was driving a GMC Yukon when it went off the road, struck a mailbox and ran over some bushes.

He was transported by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., CNN reported.

 

Homeland Security, FBI Warn Law Enforcement to Be on Lookout for Signs of ISIS Activity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security and the FBI have issued an alert to all law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for signs of terrorism activity, the News Center reports.

The Joint Intelligence Bulletin warns of activity from ISIS.

The FBI said there is no “specific credible threat to the U.S.,” but the public should “remain vigilant” and “report any suspicious activities to local police or the FBI.”

In the statement, the FBI stated, “We work around the clock with our partners in the law enforcement community to share and assess information.”