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‘Heroic’ Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Thwarts Carjacking, Assault of Pastor

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

An-off duty Border Patrol agent from the El Centro Sector helped thwart a carjacking over the weekend in what the agency called a “heroic act.”

Roy Rosas was on his way to work when he spotted a 24-year-old man attacking a local church pastor as he tried to steal the victim’s car in Westmorland, Calif., on Sunday afternoon.

The agent and a private citizen intervened, and a scuffle ensued with the perpetrator. The two men managed to detain the suspect until police arrived. 

The assailant was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and later released before being booked into a county jail. 

“As sworn officers, Border Patrol agents risk their lives every day both on and off-duty,” Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino said in a news release Thursday. “Agent Rosas actions demonstrated just that and brought great credit upon himself and the U.S. Border Patrol.”   

Earlier this month, an off-duty Border Patrol agent in San Diego detained a man who was slashing a knife through the air while approaching bystanders.

FBI: FedEx Gunman Not Motivated by Hate. Instead, He Wanted to “Demonstrate His Masculinity’

Brandon Scott Hole

By Steve Neavling

The FBI announced on Wednesday that the Indianapolis gunman who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in April was not motivated by racial bias or ideology. 

At a news conference, the FBI and police called the shooting by Brandon Scott Hole “an act of suicidal murder” inspired by his desire to “demonstrate his masculinity and capability while fulfilling a final desire to experience killing people,” The IndyStar reports.

Hole, who worked at the Fed Ex facility briefly in 2020, planned the shooting for at least nine months, the officials said.  

FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said Hole wanted to prove his masculinity after trying to live on his own but failing before moving backing into his old home. In addition, Hole had “almost daily” suicidal thoughts.

“Only the shooter knows all the reasons why he committed this horrific act of violence,” Keenan said. “However, at this time, the FBI is confident that based on the evidence collected, the assessment of the (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit is accurate.”

He added that investigators reviewed Hole’s computers, phones and other electronic equipment and found only “an extremely small percentage of overall viewing” of “World War II, Nazi-type propaganda.”

“But there was no indication that there was any animosity towards the Sikh community, or any other group for that matter,” Kennan said.

Homeland Security Requires All Employees to Wear Masks Following New CDC Advice

By Steve Neavling

By Steve Neavling

As COVID-19 cases make a resurgence, Homeland Security and other federal agencies are requiring all employees to wear masks indoors and socially distance. 

The mandate comes after the White House said masks must be worn in all federal buildings. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that vaccinated people should mask up indoors in areas where COVID-19 is on the rise. 

“Beginning today, all employees, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask indoors & physically distance,” Homeland Security tweeted Wednesday. 

Also on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he’s working from home because he had come in close contact with an employee who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Other federal law enforcement agencies have not yet publicly announced mask mandates. 

President Biden is expected to discuss mask requirements for federal employees today. 

FBI Photographer Fights Crime with a Camera

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By Steve Neavling

Buren Foster has seen enough for a lifetime. 

A crime scene photographer for the FBI since 2006, Foster fights crime – not with a gun, but a camera. 

“I’ve seen my share of dead bodies,” he told People. “I see things people shouldn’t see — I see them in their raw state.”

Foster has photographed murders, active shooting scenes, the aftermath of bombings, plane crashes and even funerals for fallen FBI agents. 

But it’s not all gory. He captures critical evidence for agents and prosecutors, including fingerprints, shoe impressions, and bullet trajectories. 

He also tags along during FBI surveillance. 

And there’s no room for mistakes. 

“There’s no ‘oops,'” he said. “You go through all the scenarios in your head to avoid any Murphy’s Law things from happening.”

For him, the most difficult part of the job is dead children. 

“I’ve worked my share of cases with murdered children. For most people this is probably the hardest. It is for me — and it doesn’t get any easier,” Foster said. 

DOJ Authorizes Former Trump Officials to Testify in Jan. 6 Congressional Probe

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By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department has given permission to former Trump administration officials to participate in Congress’ investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. 

The DOJ notified the former officials this week and said they could give “unrestricted testimony” to the House Oversight and Reform Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee, The New York Times reports.

The committee are investigating Trump’s role in the riot and the former administration’s efforts to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. 

The notification alleviates fears that the Justice Department would assert executive privilege, a common tactic used by Trump’s White House to avoid administration officials from testifying before Congress. 

According to the department’s notice, former officials may provide unrestricted testimony “so long as the testimony is confined to the scope of the interviews set forth by the committees” and does not disclose classified information or pending criminal cases. 

DHS Secretary Mayorkas Works Remotely After Potential COVID-19 Exposure

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

By Steve Neavling

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is working from home this week because he came in close contact with an employee who later tested positive for COVID-19. 

“Secretary Mayorkas has a virtual schedule this week after coming into close contact with a DHS official who later tested positive for COVID-19,” DHS spokeswoman Marsha Espinosa said in a statement. “The Secretary is fully vaccinated, has no symptoms, and has tested negative twice. Official DHS contact tracing is underway. These recommendations have been informed by the Office of the DHS Chief Medical Officer and are taken in an overabundance of caution.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if other employees were exposed and are quarantining. 

COVID-19 cases are surging again with the spread of the Delta variant.   

Mayorkas testified remotely before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Tuesday. 

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Stops Man Slashing a Knife at Bystanders in San Diego

An off-duty Border Patrol agent and another law enforcement officer detain a man wielding a knife. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

An off-duty Border Patrol was leaving a restaurant with his girlfriend in downtown San Diego this month when he spotted a man slashing a knife through the air while approaching bystanders. 

The quick-acting agent urged people to retreat and asked his girlfriend to call 911. He pulled out his personally owned firearm and identified himself as a law enforcement officer, but the man ignored him. 

After another off-duty law enforcement officer stepped in to help, the man dropped the knife. The officers detained the man until police arrived. 

“As sworn public servants, Border Patrol agents are never really off-duty,” Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a news release Monday.  “This agent’s actions embody CBP core values – Vigilance, Integrity, and Service to Country.  I am proud of his bravery and composure under pressure.”

No one was injured in the incident.