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Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Threatened to Kill Officers, FBI Agents

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A man who threatened on a video to kill police and FBI agents was fatally shot by police after they said they feared for their lives, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said police were planning to executive a search warrant after the video surfaced. Police spotted the man near his suburban Philadelphia home in Upper Darby and tried to pull him over.

Instead, police said he accelerated and tried to ram into officers.

Police Supt. Michael Chitwood said the officers feared for their lives and “did what they had to do.”

No officers were injured.

Border Patrol’s Recruitment of Women Gets 5,500 Female Applicants for Jobs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A recruitment effort to hire more women into Border Patrol is paying off as CBP announced recently that it received applications from 5,500 female applicants, Federal News Radio 1500 AM.

The agency’s ranks of 21,000 agents only include about 5% women.

CBP wants more female agents, partly because more women are crossing the border.

“As a police chief for a long time, I know that women in law enforcement bring a huge amount of positive to any law enforcement agency, and increasing those numbers for the border patrol will do exactly the same thing,” CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said.

“The real goal, of course, is that we needed to increase the numbers at all the levels, all the ranks, and throughout the border patrol of women, because of all of the skills that they bring to the job,” he said.

Adviser: President Obama Would Block 2015 Homeland Security Spending if Amnesty Order Cut

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama said he won’t hesitate to block 2015 funding for Homeland Security if Republicans try to tinker with his executive amnesty along the border, The Huffington Post reports.

Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the president would “absolutely not” sign a 2015 spending bill if there are limits on the amnesty spending.

Pfeiffer said the president would veto the spending cuts.

Whether Republicans plan to curb the amnesty spending is another question after top GOP congressional leaders went silent in early December.

”I think the Republicans know they have little to no leverage,” he said. “Are they going to shut down the Department of Homeland Security to undo our executive action? I don’t think they are going to do that.”

“There is an array of little things they can do. … I mean it is possible that insanity will prevail upon the House Republican caucus as it did last October during the [2013] shutdown,” he said.

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FBI Agents Briefed on Theory That Disgruntled Sony Workers Staged Cyberattack – Not North Korea

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents investigating the cyberattack on Sony Pictures were brief Monday on an alternative theory that points the finger at disgruntled, laid-off staff – not North Korea – as the culprits of the devastating hack, Politico reports.

Security firm Norse provided the information and said the U.S. jumped the gun by blaming North Korea without conducing a proper investigation.

“When the FBI made the announcement so soon after the initial hack was unveiled, everyone in the [cyber] intelligence community kind of raised their eyebrows at it, because it’s really hard to pin this on anyone within days of the attack,” Kurt Stammberger said in an interview as his company briefed FBI investigators Monday afternoon.

The meeting didn’t change the FBI’s suspicions that North Korea was behind the attack.

“The FBI has concluded the Government of North Korea is responsible for the theft and destruction of data on the network of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Attribution to North Korea is based on intelligence from the FBI, the U.S. intelligence community, DHS, foreign partners and the private sector,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “There is no credible information to indicate that any other individual is responsible for this cyber incident.”

FBI Looking for Computer-Savvy Agents to Combat Growing Threats of Cyberattacks

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

This isn’t J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.

A new criminal – a far more elusive one – is attacking companies, governments and personal computers.

The rising number of cyberattacks has prompted the FBI to look for more computer-savvy agents who can “keep pace with the evolving threat” of hackers, the Boston Herald reports.

“Although this wasn’t in response to the Sony hacking, investigating cyber crimes and widespread intrusions is a top priority for the FBI,” said Kristen Setera, spokeswoman for Boston’s FBI office. “This push to hire new people is an effort to keep pace with the evolving threat.”

This year has been been especially damaging for hacking victims like Sony and the customers of stores like Target, Neiman Marcus and Home Depot.

“We are completely understaffed and under attack from Iran, Russia, China and now North Korea — if that was actually them,” said Gary Miliefsky, a cybersecurity expert. “We’re bombarded, whether it’s our business or our critical infrastructure, and I think the FBI is going to have to find gems, and it’s hard to find talent.”

Man Accused of Threatening, Stalking FBI Agent to Appear in Court in Pittsburgh

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Ron Bergrin bragged in an e-mail that he could easily destroy an FBI agent for her role in getting his cousin convicted and then sentenced for racketeering and homicide, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

“She thinks she’s living in a safe place, a place where nobody can find out where she lives and where nobody could get to her,” the e-mail says. “I’m going to teach her that I could crush her like the bug she is, if I wanted to. She will never sleep at night again. She will have nightmares. I’m going to investigate her neighbors — like she did to mine.”

Bergrin is scheduled to appear in court today on accusations of threatening the lead investigator in the case, FBI Agent Shawn Brokos, who was transferred to the Pittsburgh office from the Neward office.

Bergrin’s cousin is Paul Bergrin, a former assistant U.S. attorney who got six life terms for arranging to have a witness murdered, among other charges.

Apart from writing the e-mail, Bergrin is accused of repeatedly calling Agent Brokos at her office and sending her Easter cards.

Head of FBI’s Birmingham Office to Retire, Spend More Time with Family

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

After 31 years of federal service, Richard D. Schwein Jr. is retiring as the head of Birmingham’s FBI office, AL.com reports.

Schwein said he wants to spend more time with his family in North Carolina, where his wife and twin girls live.

“I have decided my family needs me more than the FBI,” Schwein said.

No replacement has been announced.

Retirement for Schwein doesn’t mean he won’t be working. He’s taken a job as director of Safety and Security at Mars Hill University near Asheville, AL.com wrote.

Schwein had a successful career, supervising the manhunt for serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph and taking a leading role in FBI operations in Iraq.

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Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch Named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2014

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Loretta E. Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, has been named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2014.

Lynch, who was appointed to the post by President Obama in 2010, is known as a solid leader with strong management skills. She has shown a steady hand in leading the office, which has indicted a number of high-impact cases without worrying about generating media publicity.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lynch’s skill set and professionalism made her a natural pick for President Obama, who has nominated her to replace Eric Holder Jr. as Attorney General.  She’s gotten the endorsements of law enforcement including the the FBI Agents Association, which said in a statement in November:

“The FBIAA appreciates the importance of Attorney General leadership, and we look forward to working with Ms. Lynch, who has been a strong supporter of FBI Agents from her days as a trial attorney to her time as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York”

This is Lynch’s second tour of duty as head of the office in Brooklyn. She headed the office from 1999 to 2001 under President Clinton.

Her office is known for its steady flow of indictments ranging from mob cases to public corruption to stock fraud.

She is the second U.S. Attorney to receive the award since it was first given in 2008. The first year, the award went to then-Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Besides Fitzgerald, previous recipients have included:  Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010) and Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011) and David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterrorism in Los Angeles. Bowdich was just named assistant director in charge of the LA office.