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Former Police Chief Found Dead Hours After FBI Alleges Theft

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just hours after the FBI accused a former police chief in New Mexico of stealing federal money, the suspect was found dead, possibly of a suicide.

The Associated Press reports that former Rio Grande City Police Chief Byron Piper, who retired in December, was found dead at his home with a gunshot wound.

FBI agents filed a complaint Monday, accusing Piper of stealing more than $44,000 in federal grant money that was meant for overtime pay for border security operations.

Agents conducted surveillance and discovered that Piper did very little work during the time he was collecting overtime pay.

“He stayed several hours at home; he spent several hours eating meals at various restaurants; and he completed a number of personal errands,” the complaint said.

Piper acknowledged in a meeting with the FBI that he did not work about 70% of the time he submitted OT sheets.

“I did it out of being lazy and stupidity,” Piper’s statement said. “I am very, very sorry for my actions. It is not only another stain on law enforcement but I am also hurting my family and embarrassing them.”

Head of FBI’s Philadelphia Office Plans to Retire, Take Job with Fortune 500 Company

Edward Hanko

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The head of the FBI’s Philadelphia field office, Edward J. Hanko, plans to retire next month following 29 years with the bureau, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Pennsylvania native led the Philadelphia office since 2013, beefing up investigations of terrorism, cyber crime and public corruption.

Hanko, 55, plans to become the vice president of global security for an unidentified Fortune 500 company.

Hanko plans to leave his post on July 31, two years short of the mandatory retirement age for the FBI.

The bureau has not officially made an announcement, and Hanko didn’t return a call for comment.

State AG: NSA Officers Did Nothing Wrong by Shooting Transgender Women Outside Agency

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NSA officers did nothing wrong when they shot and killed a transgender woman outside of a security gate at the entrance of the agency in Fort Meade, Md., the Washington Post reports.

The Maryland U.S. attorney’s office said no evidence of a crime agains the officers were was found.

“Federal prosecutors and agents reviewed the evidence from the March 30, 2015 shooting at the National Security Agency and determined that there was no crime committed by the officers,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. “Video recordings of the incident make clear that the driver ignored directions given by NSA guards, rammed a barrier at high speed and was racing toward the officer who fired at the vehicle.”

An FBI spokeswoman said the agency “does not have a case open on that matter.”

Ricky S. Hall, 27, who was driving, was killed. Her passenger, Kevin Fleming, was wounded.

The women had stolen the car, a Ford Escape.

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FBI Struggles to identify culprit in Houston Astros’ Hacking Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is accusing the St. Louis Cardinals’ front office of illegally gaining access to another team’s computer to steal information about players and potential trades.

But there’s one problem, the New York Times reports: Agents are having trouble determining who specifically did the deed.

The investigation has narrowed in on a group of Cardinals employees whose expertise is statistics and computer programming.

According to the Times, at least four employees of baseball operations for the Cardinals have hired defense lawyers.

Agents have determined that the digital intruders had access to a computer near the team’s complex in Jupiter, Fla.

Was FBI Director Right When He Said Charleston Shooting Not Terrorism?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey came under fire after he said the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, was not terrorism.

Dylann Roof, who is white, has been charged in the killings and has a history of racism. He even posted a manifesto espousing his hatred for black people.

“Terrorism is an act of violence done … in order to try to influence a public body or citizenry so it’s more of a political act and again based on what I know so more I don’t see it as a political act,” Comey said during a press conference in Baltimore on Sunday.

According to the FBI, “domestic terrorism” is committed if it appears the person “intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.”

In Detroit, the police chief called the culprits of a mass shooting over the weekend “urban terrorists.”

 

Ex-FBI Criminal Profiler: Church Shooter Dylann Roof Was Paranoid, Narcissistic

Dylann Roof

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What compels someone to open fire at a church, taking life after life?

In the case of Dylann Roof, the man accused of murdering nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, paranoia and narcism were the contributing factors, according to Joe Navarro, a former FBI criminal profiler and veteran counterterrorist agent.

“We don’t know a lot about him just yet,” Navarro told Business Insider. “But we definitely would put him first in the paranoia box.”

Roof also held extreme feelings of racism, which he expressed on an online manifesto.

“What happens is, with paranoid ideation, the only way they see how to fix things is through violence,” Navarro said.

The comes narcissism.

“I’m not talking about the narcissism that would make you label a hotel chain after yourself,” Navarro said. “I’m talking about narcissism where even though you lead a rather unfulfilled life you still see yourself as superior and somebody else as inferior.”

Embattled TSA Gets New Leader After Senate Approves Obama

Peter Neffenger

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The embattled TSA has a new leader.

The Senate confirmed Peter Neffenger on Monday with an 81-1 vote, hoping that strong leadership can improve nagging security problems at the nation’s airports, USA Today reports.

Neffenger used to serve as vice admiral of the Coast Guard.

The Senate criticized President Obama for taking too long to name a successor.

“I wish the White House hadn’t waited six months to send us a nominee to lead this troubled agency,” McConnell said. “The American people will be counting on Mr. Neffenger to validate the trust their elected representatives place in him tonight by pursuing every necessary reform in the wake of such troubling findings.”

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FBI, Marshals Service Bestowed ‘Black Hole Award’ for Refusing to Disclose Records

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not an award to celebrate.

The Utah Headlines Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists bestowed the Black Hole Award to the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI.

The Deseret News published a letter to the Attorney General from the journalist group.

The group explained that the agencies won the award for refusing to disclose any information about the April 21, 2014, shooting at a federal courthouse in Salt Lake City.

The shooting by a U.S. marshal killed defendant Siale Angilau, and the case was investigated by the FBI.

“Those few facts and that the Department of Justice elected not to prosecute the marshal comprise what we know,” the group wrote. “No one at the Marshals Service or the FBI will answer more questions. The Marshals Service has denied multiple requests made for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. A request to the FBI has been pending for a year.”