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House Report Concludes Secret Service Is ‘in Crisis,’ Beset by Leadership Problems

Joseph Clancy

Joseph Clancy

By Steve Neavling

A yearlong investigation into the Secret Service has found an agency “in crisis,” beset by low morale, scandals and the failure to provide adequate protection, the Associated Press reports.

The report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee found that facilities that are secured by the agency were breached or had attempted breaches 143 times.

The report faults poor leadership and congressional budget cuts that have left the agency with a “staffing crisis.”

Following the report’s release, President Obama expressed “absolute” confidence in Joe Clancy, who is the agency’s director.

“This report reveals that the Secret Service is in crisis,” said the committee chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

“Morale is down, attrition is up, misconduct continues and security breaches persist. Strong leadership from the top is required to fix the systemic mismanagement within the agency and to restore it to its former prestige.”

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California Shootings: Wife May Have Been Behind Husband Becoming Radicalized

Syed Rizwan Farook

Syed Rizwan Farook

By Allan Lengel

In the California shootings on Wednesday, investigators are looking into the possibility that the wife may have convinced her husband to become radicalized, a source familiar with the probe tells

Husband Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed by authorities after going on a rampage and killing 14 and wounding 21 at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

CNN is reporting that Farook was in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism. CNN cites law enforcement officials.

But a source says that investigators are also looking into communications the wife may have had with international terrorists.

Authorities found three pipe bombs that were made into an IED (improvised explosive device) at the site of  the shootings, and some investigators theorized that the bomb might have been left behind to hurt the law enforcement responders.

Source: Bombs May Have Been Left Behind in San Bernardino To Blow Up Responders

Home of Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, the two dead suspects

Home of Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, the two dead suspects

By Allan Lengel

Some federal investigators are theorizing that three pipe bombs that were IEDs (improvised explosive devices) found at the scene of the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., may have been left behind to blow up responders, a source familiar with the investigation tells The bombs had detonators, and could have been detonated from another location.

Authorities said the three pipe bombs were connected.

Additionally, 12 more bombs were found at the Relands, Calif., home of Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, the two dead suspects, the source said.

Fourteen people were killed and 21 wounded during the shooting rampage at the Inland Regional Center, the scene of a holiday party for county employees.

The source said investigators who have examined the  improvised bombs say they appear to be just like the ones ISIS or al Qaeda have provided instructions for online.

Authorities have still not concluded whether it was a terrorist attack, but the source said it appears more likely than not that it is, and wasn’t work related.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Farook was a U.S. citizen, born in Illinois. He was employed by the government agency holding the holiday banquet. The paper reported that co-workers said Farook, a Muslim, had traveled in recent years to the Middle East.

The LA Times reports that San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan  said he could not rule out that a personal conflict led to the shooting. During the banquet, “there was some type of dispute,” and Farook left the gathering angrily, the chief said, and he returned with his wife and they opened fire, the paper wrote.

However, the source tells tha Farook looked as if he had been planning an attack, and it wasn’t some knee-jerk reaction simply out of anger.


FBI Investigates Motive in Shooting in San Bernardino: Terrorism or Workplace Violence?

San Bernardino, Calif., via Wikipedia.

San Bernardino, Calif., via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

Terrorism or workplace violence?

That’s one of the many questions the FBI is trying to answer after a man and woman opened fire at a holiday banquet for his co-workers in San Bernardino, Calif., killing 14 people and seriously injuring more than a dozen others, the Associated Press reports.

The violence at a social services center for the disabled was the deadliest mass shooting since the 26 children and adults were gunned down at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The suspects were killed in a shootout with police.

“They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

The motive remains unclear and could include workplace violence and terrorism, according to the FBI.

One of the suspects, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, was a restaurant inspector for the health department.

Chicago Mayor Bluntly Denounces State AG’s Call for Civil Rights Investigation into PD

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

By Steve Neavling

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back Wednesday at Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request for the Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation into the police department.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the mayor called the request “misguided,” even as protesters demanded justice for several unarmed people killed or shot by Chicago police officers.

Emanuel noted there are numerous investigations by city and federal authorities into the death of Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot by police in October 2014, resulting in murder charges against Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

“Like everybody else, I await their conclusions. They are looking into this situation and all the aspects around it. An additional layer prior to the completion of this, in my view, would be misguided,” Emanuel said in a live, online interview conducted by Politico before an audience at the Willis Tower.

“They are doing a thorough job. Hitting the re-start button on a whole new investigation does not get you to the conclusion in an expedited fashion.”

Wide-Ranging FIFA Corruption Probe Nets More Than a Dozen New Arrests

FIFABy Steve Neavling

More than a dozen people are expected to be charged following the pre-dawn arrests Thursday in Switzerland in the wide-ranging corruption probe of FIFA, soccer’s multibillion-dollar governing body, the New York Times reports.

The investigation involves current and former senior soccer officials who are accused of money laundering, fraud and racketeering.

Thursday’s raid follows a series of similar arrests in May.

The arrests heavily involved South and Central American soccer leaders.

The investigation is being led by the U.S.

Some Border Patrol Agents to Begin Using Russian-Designed Pistol with Rubber Bullets

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling

Authorities who protect the nation’s border have long used stun guns on smugglers, migrants and human traffickers.

But with so much open space on the Southwest border, the stun guns have posed a problem because they can only reached about eight to 10 feet, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Border Patrol agents with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will soon begin using the Osa handgun, a Russian-designed break-action pistol that fires rubber bullets.

“Illegal immigrants don’t generally have guns, but they could be throwing rocks,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who demonstrated the weapon’s accuracy by striking a target 15 feet away. “I’ve seen those incidents end with someone getting shot, someone getting killed.”

The sheriff said fewer people will die as a result.

Suspects in San Bernardino Shooting Were Armed with 4 guns, Explosive Device

atf_hat_lgBy Steve Neavling

The man and woman accused of opening fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino came prepared for a massacre.

The ATF said the suspects, who were killed in a shootout with police, were armed with four guns, an explosive device and several magazine of ammunition, NBC News reports. 

The suspects had two .223-caliber assault rifles and two semi-automatic handguns.

At least two of the four weapons were legally purchased, according to sources who spoke with NBC News.

“They were in tactical gear and had several mags full of ammunition fashioned to their body so they were ready for a gunfight should that occur,” ATF spokeswoman Meredith Davis said. “With my experiences with other mass shootings, there are indicators this was well-planned out and it was to be violent in nature.”