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ATF Sends About 20 Agents to Help Investigate Shooting of Kansas City Officer

USA_-_KANSAS_-_Kansas_City_police_departmentBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is helping police investigate the fatal shooting Tuesday of a Kansas City, Kansas, officer.

Police said 46-year-old Capt. Robert Melton was gunned down while investigating report of a drive-by shooting, the Imperial Valley Press reports. 

The ATF has sent about 20 agents to the scene of the shooting. They will be on hand to provide help with ballistics and any other facets of the investigation.

A spokesman for the police department said it wasn’t clear whether the officers on the scene were ambushed.

“The investigation needs to play out before that can be determined,” he said.

Lawsuit: FBI Deliberately Uses Outdated System to Impede FOIA Requests

foiaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A national security researcher is suing the FBI, alleging the bureau uses an antiquated system to deliberately impede requests under the Freedom of Information Act, IDG New Service reports. 

Ryan Shapiro, a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, claims in the lawsuit that the FBI has established “countless means” of impeding FOIA requests, including a reliance on a computer system “designed” to fail.

“When it comes to FOIA, the FBI is simply not operating in good faith,” Shapiro said via email. “Since the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI has viewed efforts to force bureau compliance with FOIA as a security threat.”

Shapiro said the FBI deliberately refuses to user newer search technologies.

FBI to Start Sending Thousands of Deleted Clinton Emails to State Department

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI on Friday will start sending “several thousand” deleted Hillary Clinton emails to the State Department.

Once in hand, the State Department will begin “rolling” out the e-mails to the public as part of a public-records lawsuit tied to Clinton’s use of a private email server, the Hill reports. 

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan appeared to be annoyed that the FBI was taking so long to transfer the emails.

“It seems to me they could figure out how to transfer [the emails] immediately upon request,” Sullivan said, suggesting that the FBI could just “push a button.”

The Justice Department responded that it takes time to create a format that makes  it possible to process and read the emails.

Oranges, Apples, Pears – Don’t Think of Taking Them inside RNC Convention

Fruit, via Wikipedia

Fruit, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It appears the Secret Service is worried about a fruit war at the Republican National Convention.

Along with weapons, fireworks and explosives, fruit is a banned item in the convention area.

Fruit, said one Secret Service officer, “can be thrown,” The New York Post reports.

Here is a list of other banned items: strollers, selfie sticks, screwdrivers, baseballs and fog horns.

FBI Concluded Orlando Shooter Was Not Likely to “Go Postal” After 2013 Interviews

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI concluded that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was not a terrorist and not likely to “go postal” after interviewing him twice in 2013.

Mateen convinced the FBI that he fabricated ties to terrorists because he was fed up with the incessant anti-Muslim criticism from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. 

The FBI discounted Mateen has a threat, saying his comments were just rhetoric, newly released records show.

Mateen told an FBI agent he was “1,000 percent pure American.”

On June 12, Mateen walked into Pulse nightclub, leading to the deaths of 49 people.

R. Justin Tolomeo To Head Up FBI’s Milwaukee Office

R. Justin Tolomeo

R. Justin Tolomeo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — R. Justin Tolomeo, who served as an inspector in the Inspection Division of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Milwaukee Division, the FBI announced on Monday. He’ll assume the new post in September.

 Tolomeo joined the FBI in 1998 and was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked criminal matters, according to a press release.  In 2001, he transferred to the New York Division and investigated drug violations.

After Sept. 11, 2001, he  Tolomeo was assigned to international terrorism and intelligence matters. In 2007, he was appointed as assistant legal attaché in London overseeing counterterrorism efforts, the FBI said.

Tolomeo has held leadership positions in the New York and Philadelphia Divisions. Prior to the FBI, he served as a DEA agent  New York and as a criminal investigator in New Jersey.

 

Black Lives Matter Activists Claim FBI Agents Urging Not to Protest at RNC

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Black Lives Matter activists said FBI agents have been urging them not to protest at this week’s Republican convention in Cleveland.

The Washington Post repots that Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson asked President Obama to instruct the FBI to stop contacting activists ahead of the convention.

The Post reports:

Activists in Cleveland, San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, and St. Louis have all told The Washington Post that they have been visited by FBI agents in recent days, which the activists consider an intimidation tactic.

One activist with Campaign Zero, the group co-founded by Mckesson, tweeted about a recent encounter he had with an FBI agent.

An activist in New York said an agent visited his home earlier this week.

“I don’t want to talk about particular groups here but there is a concern anytime there’s an event like this that people from across a spectrum of radical groups will be attracted to it,” FBI Director James Comey said during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing.

FBI Returns Charles Darwin Letter to Museum After Theft in 1970s

Stolen Charles Darwin letter is returned to the Smithsonian.

Stolen Charles Darwin letter is returned to the Smithsonian.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A handwritten letter by Charles Darwin was stolen from the Smithsonian Institution Archives about four decades ago, frustrating investigators and historians.

Then earlier this year, the FBI received a tip about the whereabouts of the letter written by the British naturalist and geologist known of his theory of evolution.

The artifact was return ed to the Smithsonian on May 26,

“Thanks to a tip from a member of the public, we were able to return this artifact to the care of the Smithsonian Archives,” Paul Abbate, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said in a statement. “It’s a privilege to return a piece of the history of science and exploration in the United States to the American people.”

Anne Van Camp, director of the Smithsonian Archives, said she’s relieved.

“This is an important event, as this type of crime is not easily detected, and it demonstrates how seriously the FBI regards our cultural heritage,” Van Camp said.