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Obama’s Nominee to Lead TSA Gets Advances After Senate Committee Approval

Peter Neffenger via YouTube

By Steve Neavling

President Obama’s nominee to lead the TSA was approved by a Senate committee following the enforcement of the Commerce Committee less than two week earlier, Bloomberg reports.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee approved Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger on a voice vote.

The nomination comes at a strenuous period for the TSA, which recently was exposed for failing to spot weapons and other banned items in a vast majority of the test cases. The agency also has come under criticism for purchasing decisions, hiring practices and aggressive pat-downs.

If approved, Neffenger would replace former acting TSA Administrator Melvin Carraway.

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FBI Investigates St. Louis Cardinals for Allegedly Hacking into Astros’ Network

By Steve Neavling 

The St. Louis Cardinals are under investigation by the FBI for allegedly hacking the computer network of the Houston Astros to steal player information, The Washington Post reports.

A federal law enforcement official said the investigation is “ongoing” and that there is “a lot of working going into” it.

It would be the first corporate espionage case involving a sports team accused of hacking the network of another team.

Federal officials said a person commits a crime when he or she intrudes on another person’s computer without authorization or permission.

Investigators said they have uncovered evidence that shows Cardinals officials hacked the Astros’ database and accessed information on scouting and potential trades.

Major League Baseball said it “has fully cooperated.”

“Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly,” the official said.

FBI: Suspect in Muhammad Cartoon Contest Shooting Planned a Super Bowl Attack

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem

By Steve Neavling

The man accused of helping attack a Muhammad drawing contest in Texas also planned to attack the Super Bowl, investigators said.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 43, who was arrested last week on charge connected to the Garland attack, is being held in jail without bond, reports. He is accused of supplying weapons to the attackers,

During a federal court hearing, FBI Special Agent Dina McCarthy said Kareem wanted to attack the Super Bowl in Phoenix in February.

“This is an individual who is apt to incite violence,” prosecutor Kristen Brook said. “This defendant, based on all these facts, is dangerous, he is off-the-charts dangerous.”

Is Texas Trying to Create Own Border Patrol? Governor to Spend $800M

Greg Abbott

By Steve Neavling 

The new Republican governor of Texas is spending a whopping $800 million for border security over the next two years, raising questions about his intentions.

The Associated Press reports that Gov. Greg Abbott more than doubled the amount spent by his predecessor, Rick Perry.

Included on the shopping list is a$7.5-million high-altitude plane designed to scan the border.

The spending is unprecedented by a border state, according to the AP.

Abbott said he is just protecting Texas residents from criminals such as dangerous cartel members.

“The first obligation of government is to keep people safe and that means ensuring that this ongoing cartel activity, which is not abating whatsoever, gains no root at all in the state of Texas,” Abbott said.

FBI Agent Shocked When Cleveland Police Unable to Help Tamir Rice After Shooting

Tamir Rice

By Steve Neavling 

An FBI agent who made a desperate, last-minute attempt to save the life of Tamir Rice said he was as shocked as anyone that Cleveland Police were unable to properly respond to the 12-year-old boy’s emergency medical needs after officers shot him.

The agent, who has not been identified publicly, said he arrived to find Tamir’s abdomen split open, his small intestines spilling from his body, reports.

The agent looked at officers for help but they stood no chance.

“What medical gear do you have?” the agent asked, according too a sheriff’s investigation. “Give me your first-aid kits and the medical equipment you have (and) they’re like, uh, we don’t have any. I said how about some gloves? and uh, some guy threw me a pair of gloves.'”

Last week, the city received 800 first-aid kits to address the shortfall, which was exposed by WXYC.

New Records Reveal final Moments of Ibragim Todashev’s Life During FBI Probe

Ibragim Todashev

By Steve Neavling

What happened in the final moments of Ibragim Todashev’s life has been the subject of intensive investigations and a lawsuit. reports that new information suggests Todashev was “calm and respectful” when the FBI and Massachusetts State Police entered his apartment in Florida.

By night’s end, Todashev, who was a friend of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was dead after being shot seven times.

An acquaintance said Todashev “lost control easily.”

According to the reports, Todashev was confessing to an unsolved murder just before he lunged at an FBI agent with a broomstick handle, causing a head injury that would require nine stitches.

The agent shot Todashev seven times.

FBI Probes Rash of Intentional Cuts to San Francisco Area’s Fiber Optic Cable

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is trying to determine whether a series of deliberate cuts of fiber optic cable in the San Francisco area are related and were intended to be an act of terrorism.

IDG News Service reports that telecom cables were intentionally cut in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Berkeley and San Jose 10 times over four separate nights.

“We are hoping for anybody that has seen anything out of the ordinary,” FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich said. The perpetrators may have worn uniforms to make themselves look like workers, “so even if it looked like normal uniforms, we’d like to hear so we can vet them out.”

Massive Computer Hack May Have Compromised 400,000 Workers, Contractors

By Steve Neavling 

A massive data breach that targeted Homeland Security may have compromised the security of nearly 400,000 former and current employees, contractors and job applicants.

The Associated Press reports that the computer hack was discovered in September but many employees weren’t made available until April 27.

This is a separate hack than the one that attacked the Office of Personnel Management.

Files on as many as 48,000 government workers may have ben compromised.