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FBI Steps Up Scrutiny of Syrians Inside U.S. Amid Fears of Retaliation for Military Action

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is stepping up its surveillance of Syrians inside the U.S. because of fears of a terrorist attack in retaliation for American military involvement in the country’s affairs, the New York Times reports.

Also of concern are cyberattacks, which officials warned federal agencies and private companies about in recent days.

Syria isn’t the only worry. Authorities also are on alert after Iran threatened to retaliate against Israel if the U.S. attacks, the New York Times wrote. Iran also is considered a sponsor of terrorism and could attack U.S. targets.

“They’re not starting from scratch — the field offices know what they have in terms of sources and investigations, but this is a directive for them to redouble their efforts and check their traps,” one senior American official told the Times.

DEA Has Unprecedented Access for AT&T Phone Records Dating Back to 1987

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

AT&T agreed to provide the DEA with real time access to an unprecedented amount of phone records as part of a recently revealed partnership, The Atlantic reports.

Since 2007, the DEA has had access to every call that goes through AT&T’s switchboard, The Atlantic wrote.

The phone company even provided four employees to help track down suspects.

The access includes phone numbers, time and duration of calls and where the calls were made dating back to 1987.

To put that into perspective, 4 billion call records accumulate every day, the New York Times wrote.

Denver’s ATF Head Lands Job As New Director of Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF’s head of the Denver field division has been named the new director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Denver Post reports.

The Navy announced Andrew Traver’s new position Friday.

“It is an awesome privilege to be chosen to lead a top-tier, elite agency in NCIS, and I intend to do my very best to ensure that NCIS continues to be a highly proficient, efficient and accomplished force, setting an inspiring professional standard for all to emulate,” Traver said.

Traver had been nominated by President Obama to become the new director of ATF, but his nomination stalled and never went anywhere.

 

 

Suspect Spits Blood at Border Patrol Agent Following Violent Encounter

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The suspect was unwilling to go without a fight.

When a Border Patrol agent was arresting Alberto Mayen, the Guatemalan responded by twisting the agents arm and then pounding the agent in the chest, Valley Central reports.

The suspect, who was sent to the hospital, spat blood on the agent when another agent came to help.

The pair were able to get the suspect into a Border Patrol car, Valley Central reported.

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Let Us Know What You Think About FBI Director Robert S. Mueller’s Tenure as FBI DIrector

Robert Mueller III/ photo ticklethewire.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
With FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III about to step down, I thought it would be worth publishing comments about his tenure from readers of ticklethewire.com.

Fair to say, no FBI director has oversaw more changes in recent decades than Mueller, who was forced to reorganize the bureau after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

I’d like you to send your thoughts to me at Allan.Lengel@gmail.com so I can publish them. Preferably,  it would be best to include your name.

But I will publish anonymous comments — positive or negative — so long as they’re thoughtful and done in good taste.

The deadline to  submit comments will be Sunday, Sept. 1.

I’d like to hear from you.

 

Convicted Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Complains about Trial in Letter to Old Pal

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger complained in recently obtained letters that his trial was a sham and “revenge for corrupting two FBI agents,” The New York Daily News reports.

A week after he was found guilty of murder and racketeering, Bulger wrote a letter to his friend on Aug. 20 that details Bulger’s feelings on the trial and his time in jail.

“The trial was a neck and tie party and a stacked deck from day one,” Bulger wrote.

At least, he wrote, he has “lots of time to read and think” inside the Plymouth Correctional Facility.

“I am off the scene and not much I can do for anyone out there,” he wrote in longhand, according to the Daily News.