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FBI Agent Spared Jail After Assaulting 15-Year-Old Boy Because of Stellar Career

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent captured on video shoving a Maryland teenager was spared a jail sentence Wednesday because of what a judge called a stellar career.

The Washington Post reports that Gerald Rogero, a unit chief in the FBI’s counterterrorism division, likely will continue his duties with the bureau.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Steven Salant placed Salant on two years’ probation and ordered him to undergo anger-management classes.

“Would it be in the best interest of the defendant — as a result of this isolated and unfortunate mistake of judgment — to deprive him of his employment, of his livelihood?” Salant asked from the bench, speaking to a courtroom packed with FBI agents supporting their colleague as well as friends and family supporting the teenager. “To impact upon his children? To impact upon the service that he can bring to the community? I think not.”

Rogero, 46, shoved a 15-year-old boy, sending him to the pavement.

Oregon Governor Urges Feds to ‘End Occupation’ of Wildlife Refuge

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oregon’s governor said she’s fed up with federal authorities’ leniency with an armed militia’s occupation of a national wildlife refuge.

Gov. Kate Brown said the time has come for the feds to “move quickly to end the occupation and hold all of the wrongdoers accountable.”

“The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal officials’ response thus far. I have conveyed these very grave concerns directly to our leaders at the highest levels of our government: the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House,” Brown said.

Saying the occupation has cost state taxpayers nearly a half million dollars, Brown said she’ll be “asking federal officials to reimburse the state for these costs.”

Federal authorities so far have left the occupiers alone to avoid provoking a confrontation.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI So Busy with Spike in Gun Background Checks That it Halted Appeals

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been so swamped with the increase in criminal background checks for gun purchasers that it has been forced to temporarily stop processing thousands of appeals from people who have been denied a firearm, the USA Today reports. 

The news comes after the FBI conducted more background checks for guns in 2015 than any previous year.

The FBI has about 50 analysts who handle appeals, but the employees were redeployed to keep up with the spike in background checks.

As a result of the redeployment, the FBI has a backlog of 7,100 appeals.

“The last several months, we’ve kind of found ourselves in a perfect storm,’’ Morris said in an interview with USA TODAY.

The spike in gun purchases followed several high-profile shooting massacres.

Violent Crime Increased Nationwide in First Half of 2015, FBI Reports

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Violent crimes in the U.S. increased in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary FBI data.

Local law enforcement reported to the bureau a 1.7% increase in violent crimes in the first six months of 2015. Murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery rose nationwide, while arson and burglary declined.

“While the overall violent crime rates remain historically low, and it is too early to draw any long-term conclusions, the Justice Department is acutely focused on the increases being experienced in some communities of the country,” Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush told CBS News. “While the overall violent crime rates remain historically low, and it is too early to draw any long-term conclusions, the Justice Department is acutely focused on the increases being experienced in some communities of the country,” said Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush.

Despite the increase, the violent crime rate is still far below what it was 20 years ago.

Airport Security Confiscates Gun Designed to Look Like a Pen at Orlando International Airport

A pen gun confiscated by airport security, via TSA.

A pen gun confiscated by airport security, via TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gun designed to look like a pen was confiscated from a traveler at Orlando International Airport.

The gun, when operational, can fire a .22 caliber round.

The TSA told WESH 2 News that the weapon was found in an unidentified passenger’s carry-on bag at an airport security checkpoint on Dec. 30.

“The item was surrendered,” a TSA spokesman said.

The TSA allowed the passenger to continue to fly. No arrest was made.

Sources told the WESH 2 News that the gun was a family heirloom and was inoperable.

Still, the TSA has the authority to issue a civil penalty of $11,000 for anyone who brings a dangerous or prohibited item to the checkpoint.

Teenage Hackers Who Broke into Email Account of CIA Director Also Targeted White House Official

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Teenage hackers who managed to break into the email account of CIA Director John Brennan have struck a White House official, Motherboard reports. 

The group, called Crackas with Attitude, gained access to the home phone and email accounts of President Obama’s senior advisor on science and technology, John Holdren.

The hackers managed to manipulate the phone so that all calls would get forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement.

One of the members of the hacking group sent an email to Motherboard to divulge the latest stunt.

“If you don’t believe me you can call the home phone,” he said, before sending me a phone number that belongs to Holdren.

When Motherboard called the number, the reporter was forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement, which answered the phone.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Investigates Kent State Professor for Alleged Ties to ISIS As He Continues to Teach

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

Professor Julio Pino, via You Tube.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A tenured Kent State professor continues to teach as the FBI investigates suspicions that he has ties to ISIS terrorists, Newsnet5.com reports.

The FBI has investigated Julio Pino, an associate professor of history, for about a year and a half.

Because he is a tenured professor, Pino is still teaching.

In 2011, Pino shouted “Death to Israel” while a former Israeli diplomat was delivering a speech.

Kent State officials said the university is cooperating with the FBI, which declined to discuss the case because of the ongoing investigation.

ISIS Confirms ‘Jihadi John’ Killed in U.S. Airstrike in Syria

"Jihadi John"

“Jihadi John”

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ISIS confirmed that a U.S. airstrike last year killed infamous executor “Jihadi John” in Syria.

In the latest issue of its Dabiq magazine, ISIS said Mohammed Emwazi, a British national, was killed in a drone strike, ABC News reports. 

“The car he was in was targeted in a strike by an unmanned drone in the city of ar-Raqqah, destroying the car and killing him instantly,” an article on page 23 of the magazine said.

U.S. officials said in November that “Jihadi John” was killed in a “flawless” airstrike.

“He walked out of a building and got in the car. We struck it right after with zero collateral damage,” a counter-terrorism official told ABC News on Nov. 12. “The vehicle was on fire. It was a 100 percent flawless, direct hit.”

The ISIS magazine provided the first confirmation from ISIS that “Jihadi John” was killed.