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TSA Allows Full-Body Scans at Airports Because of Heightened Terrorism Concerns

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As lines grow at airports during the holidays ,TSA changed its rules to allow full-body scans, USA Today reports.

Previously, travelers were allowed to opt for a pat-down search instead.

But because of terrorism concerns, TSA announced the change Friday.

The scanners are designed to detect non-metallic objects that could be used as weapons.

“Generally, passengers undergoing screening will still have the option to decline a (full-body) screening in favor of physical screening,” said Bruce Anderson, a TSA spokesman. “However, some passengers will be required to undergo (full-body) screening if warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security.”

“This will occur in a very limited number of circumstances where enhanced screening is required,” Anderson added. “The vast majority of passengers will not be affected

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Homeland Security Readies for Raid to Deport Hundreds of Central American Families

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is preparing for a series of raids that involve deporting hundred of families who fled to the United States since the beginning of 2014, the Washington Post reports. 

As early as January, ICE agents will embark on its first large-scale deportation of families who came from violence-torn Central America.

The deportation targets adults and children who already have been ordered removed from the U.S. by an immigration judge.

At least hundreds of immigrants will be targeted.

“It would be an outrage if the administration subjected Central American families to even more aggressive enforcement tactics,” said Gregory Chen, director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “This administration has never acknowledged the truth: that these families are refugees seeking asylum who should be given humanitarian protection rather than being detained or rounded up. When other countries are welcoming far more refugees, the U.S. should be ashamed for using jails and even contemplating large-scale deportation tactics.”

Netflix Series ‘Mindhunter’ Will Focus on Elite FBI Unit Tracking Down Serial Killer

David Fincher, via Wikipedia.

David Fincher, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Executive producers David Fincher and Charlize Theron are developing a crime drama involving the FBI for Netflix called “Mindhunter,” TV.com reports. 

The movie is based on a 1996 book, “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former special agent John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

Netflix and Fincher are responsible for the largely successful show, “House of Cards,” which won an Emmy for directing the show’s pilot.

The show will involve the “pursuit-of-a-serial-killer” genre, which Fincher used in his films “Se7en” and “Zodiac.”

Playwright Joe Penhall will write the series.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Calls for Investigation of Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the House Oversight Committee is calling for an investigation into Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson because of the “deep-seeded cultural problems” at the Secret Service, Newsmax reports. 

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said the problems are too frequent to ignore.

“Three times in a row we have had directors that have provided false or misleading testimony to Congress,” the Utah Republican told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. “Cultural problems have not improved. I think we need to elevate that.”We need to look at the secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson,” Chaffetz added. “We have the same problems happening with director after director.

“The question needs to go to the secretary and the president himself,” he said.

The call for an investigation follows the theft of a Secret Service agent’s gun, badge, radio, flash drive and handcuffs from his personal car near the agency’s headquarters.

Harrisburg Man Indicted for Allegedly Aiding ISIS, Supporting Violence Against Americans

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Pennsylvania teenager accused of helping people travel to the Middle East to join ISIS was indicted Tuesday, Reuters reports. 

Jalil Ibn Aziz, 19, of Harrisburg, was charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a militant group.

Investigators said Aziz used at least 57 Twitter accounts to show his support for violence against Americans and to spread ISIS propaganda. He also posted the names of U.S. military members as potential targets.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether he acted alone or was in contact with other extremists.

Border Patrol’s Shooting Range in Nogales is Contaminated with Lead, Arsenic

gun rangeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol’s target shooting range in Nogales is contaminated with lead and arsenic and will soon undergo a $3.7 million cleanup to mitigate the environmental and health hazards, the Associated Press reports.

Border Patrol leases the privately owned shooting range and has used it from 1992 to 2010.

Now crews will remediate the contamination by digging it out of the soil and sending it to a landfill.

“It’s definitely the right thing to do, and it’s something they should have done, and I’m glad they’re doing it. It’s not unexpected,” said Cyndi Tuell, a Sierra Club volunteer with expertise on how Border Patrol policies affect the environment.

A report from the Corps of Engineers said there was a risk of contamination at the location.

“The remedial approach is protective of human health and the environment, complies with legally applicable federal and state requirements, and is moderately cost-effective,” the report states.

FBI Releases Suspicion Man Taking Photos Outside a High School in Florida

Lake County, Fla.

Lake County, Fla.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was called to a Florida school after officials saw him acting suspiciously and taking photos of students outside Umatilla High School in Lake County.

But after talking with the man, who appeared to be nervous and sweating, the FBI released the photographer because there was no evidence of criminal activity, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

The man had inconsistent stories, saying his girlfriend attended the high school, but none of the three names he gave were found in school records.

Part of his car was smeared in sunscreen, and divorce papers were found in his vehicle.

“We did everything we possibly could, to include identifying him, running him for a warrants check, interviewing him, searching his vehicle, trespassing him, and notifying the school district, FBI, and FDLE,” Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman John Herrell said. “His behavior, while extremely odd by any standard, didn’t violate any laws.”

FBI’s Art Crime Team Recovered Record Number of Stolen Items in Second Half of 2015

ArtCrimeTeamLogo1-300x280By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Art Crime Team reported a record number of art and cultural items were returned to their rightful owners in the second half of the year, Courthouse News Service reports. 

The New York-based Art Crime Team was created in 2004 and currently has 16 agents assigned to it.

Since then, the team has recovered more than 2,650 art and cultural items with a value of more than $150 million.

The team has been especially successful in the second half of this year, recovering items such as a Chilean tapestry stolen from a house in Chile and the “Bark Washington” painting that was stolen in 2001.

The FBI compiles a Stolen Art Database.

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