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FBI’s Las Vegas Division Gets New Special Agent in Charge

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Las Vegas division has a new special agent in charge.

Aaron Rouse, who has more than 20 years experience with the bureau, took the helm on Monday.

Rouse most recently served as section chief in the FBI’s headquarters counterintelligence division.

He replaced Laura Bucheit, who left in July after being promoted to security division assistant director to FBI Director James Comey.

Rouse served in a violent crime unit and a joint fugitive task force in the Washington field office.

Secret Service Officer Hospitalized After His Motorcycle Was Struck by Car

Secret-Service-BadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service officer has been hospitalized after being struck by a car Monday while riding a motorcycle near the White House.

The uniformed division motorcycle officer sustained non-life threatening injuries, ABC News reports. 

The crashed occurred near the intersection of 15th and Pennsylvania in northwestern Washington.

A medevac helicopter transported the officer from the scene to a hospital.

The cause of the crash wasn’t known early Tuesday morning.

House Oversight Chairman Subpoenas FBI for Full Case File of Clinton Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Saying he’s not messing around, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz subpoenaed the FBI Monday for the full case file of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

During the contentious meeting in which Democrats accused Republicans of trying to derail Clinton’s presidential campaign, Chaffetz said his committee is entitled to the information, Politico reports. 

“It’s ‘trust, but verify’ is how it works,” Chaffetz told FBI acting legislative affairs chief Jason Herring. “You don’t get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all.”

When Herring said he was unsure whether he could deliver unedited investigative summaries – known as 302s – Chaffetz delivered the subpoena to the witness table where Herring was sitting.

“I’ve signed this subpoena. We want all the 302s….and you are hereby served,” Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz said the FBI doesn’t get to decide what’s relevant for the committee’s investigation.

“That’s the way a banana republic acts, not the way the United States of America acts,” he said. “I don’t expect to have to issue a subpoena to see unclassified information.”

FBI Appoints New Special Agent-in-Charge of Norfolk Field Office

Martin Culbreth

Martin Culbreth

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Hampton Roads region has a new leader, the bureau announced Monday.

The new special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office is Martin Culbreth, who recently served at FBI headquarters as the section chief for the bureau’s strategic information and operations center.

Culbreth will take the helm at the end of October and will replace John S. Adams, who led the Hampton Roads operations since February 2015.

Adams was promoted to the position of assistant director of the directorate of intelligent in Washington, D.C.

Culbreth’s career with the FBI began in 1995, when he was assigned to the Washington Field Office.

“He worked primarily counterintelligence and public corruption matters,” the FBI said in a statement announcing Culbreth’s appointment.

More Than 110 People Charged with ISIS-Linked Crimes in U.S. Since Late 2013

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Since late 2013, more than 110 people have been charged in federal court with crimes related to ISIS, U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said Monday.

Carlin urged Americans to alert federal authorities when they witness a supporter of terrorist organizations, Reuters reports. 

He said people in the community have told authorities in more than 80% of the ISIS cases that they believed the suspect had been involved in crimes for which they were charged. But in more than half of those cases, the public failed to report the activity until after charges were filed.

Last year, 60 people with links to ISIS were charged.

Other Stories of Interest

Arson Suspected at Florida Mosque Where Orlando Nightclub Shooter Worshiped

fire via pixabayBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local law enforcement is asking the FBI and ATF to join the investigation into a suspicious fire early Monday morning at the Fort Pierce, Fla., mosque where the Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had worshiped.

“Evidence has revealed that this fire was set intentionally,” St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Maj. David Thompson told reporters, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

The fire broke out at about 12:30 a.m. at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. No injuries were reported.

Surveillance video shows someone approaching the mosque.

“Immediately after the individual approached, a flash occurred and the individual fled the area,” Thompson said.

News Virginian: No Jail Time for Former Gov. McDonnell Doesn’t Mean He Escapes Disgrace

Ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell

Ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell

By Editorial Board
The News Virginian

After four years of dragging Virginia and his family through the mud with tawdry tales of what any layman would recognize as bribery, it turns out the punishment of former Gov. Bob McDonnell will not be prison time, but abject disgrace.

That’s the effect of the Justice Department’s decision last week to drop the official corruption case against McDonnell, despite recommendations by federal prosecutors in Virginia, who still believed they could secure a felony conviction against him.

The case’s resolution also lifts the threat of further prosecution against McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, whose brief tenure as Virginia’s first lady endowed her with a titanic sense of entitlement.

The Justice Department’s decision follows a decision by the Supreme Court in June vacating McDonnell’s conviction and leaving prosecutors with little realistic chance of securing a conviction under the court’s crabbed definition of official corruption.

The court’s ruling provides comfort for future sticky-fingered politicians, who will find it easier to line their pockets while leading supplicants and suitors by the nose. The McDonnells’ story is as hackneyed as any in America’s lurid history of political graft. A politician of some talent and unobjectionable views, whose good looks and respectable bearing are judged worthy by voters, is elevated by stages to lofty office. Once installed, he performs his official duties competently while, hidden from public view, he rubs shoulders with a conga line of well-heeled, solicitous and ethically agnostic favor seekers.

In the McDonnells’ case, one of them, businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., saw advantage in plying the first couple with tens of thousands of dollars in loans, gifts, favors and vacations, a potpourri of generosity in return for which he clearly hoped for favorable state treatment for his company’s tobacco-based nutritional supplement.

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Homeland Security Chief: Threats of Lone-Wolf Attacks Keep ‘Me up at Night’


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Speaking on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said America remains “challenged when it comes to the prospects of the lone-wolf actor, the home-grown violent extremist.”

The good news is, Johnson said he believes the U.S. is less likely to see a similar coordinated attack on the level of 9/11, NBC News reports.

Johnson’s concerns relate to the kind of mass shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando, which “is upper most on our minds. It is the thing that keeps me up at night the most.”

“But we’ve got threats from, you know, cyber-security. We’ve got a mission devoted to the potential for bio threats, a dirty bomb. We’ve got to keep our eye on all of it. But obviously, there are things that are higher probability, there are things that are lower probability, but higher impact. And we’ve got to keep our eye on all of it.”