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Could Loretta Lynch Become First Black Woman to Become Attorney General? She’s a Top Candidate

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The leading candidate to replace Attorney General Eric Holder appears to be Loretta Lynch, the head prosecutor in Brooklyn, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The news comes after another top candidate withdrew her name.

Others being considered are General Donald Verrilli and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, according to the sources.

Lynch, 55, may not be as difficult to gain confirmation because Reuters says she has caused little controversy during her two tenures as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

If she’s confirmed, she would become the first black woman to head the Justice Department.

The White House declined to comment.

“We don’t have any personnel updates, and are certainly not going to speculate on any decisions before the president makes them,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

 

 

Forget Edward Snowden; FBI Investigating Second Leaker Accused of Providing Security Info to Media

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Edward Snowden has become a household name after leaking eye-opening information to the media.

Now the FBI is investigating a second suspected leaker who also was government contractor, Yahoo News reports.

Agents have searched the Northern Virginia home of Michael Isikoff, who is accused of disclosing details of the government’s terrorist watch list.

The leak went to the Intercept, which reported in August that about half of the 680,000 people on the terrorist database kept by the U.S. “are not connected to any known terrorist group.”

The source was “in the intelligence community,” Intercept reported.

“Without commenting on any purported sources: Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux’s reporting for The Intercept on the federal watchlisting program brought crucial information about this preposterously overbroad and inefficient system to light, and has been repeatedly cited by civil liberties groups and civil rights attorneys who are seeking the intervention of federal courts to reign in its excesses,” Intercept editor-in-chief John Cook said in a statement.

Latest White House Jumper Deemed Incompetent to Stand Trial in Federal Court

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
The latest person to jump the fence of the White House was found incompetent for trial following a psychiatric screening, MSNBC reports.

The 23-year-old suspect’s behavior was odd in a U.S. district courtroom where he shouted “help me” and claimed he was a “targeted individual.”

Dominic Adesanya was arrested last week after he was tackled by Secret Service K-9s.

Adesanya is due back in court on Dec. 22.

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FBI Director James Comey Warns of The Prospect of a Terrorist Diaspora out Of Syria or Iraq Haunting U.S.

Director James B. Comey speaking in Orlando.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ORLANDO, Fla. — FBI Director James B. Comey delivered the key note address Monday at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Orlando, warning of  the potential dangers of the  “travelers” from around the world who are joining ISIS in battle. He also raised concerns domestically about the challenges of getting information from devices like smartphones for investigations, despite court-authorization.

“We as a country, with our allies around the world, have done a great job over the last 13 years of taking the fight to core al Qaeda in the Afghanistan, Pakistan region,” Comey told thousands of local, state, federal and foreign law enforcement agents and officers and chiefs gathered in a cavernous auditorium at the Orange County Convention Center.

“In the course of that we have shrunk that tumor. I think of terrorism as a cancer. We have shrunk that tumor significantly. At the same time, the lightly governed or ungoverned spaces that have popped in a lot of different parts of the world, especially in wake of the Arab Spring,  in Northern Africa, around the Gulf and around the Mediterranean, have allowed a metastasis of that tumor. So we’ve seen popping virulent strains that are the progeny of al Qaeda…And most recently the Islamic state, or ISIL.”

“What’s happened is that those lightly governed spaces have allowed these secondary tumors to root and to offer safe havens and to attract to those…people from around the world, seeking meaning in their lives in some incredibly misguided way, looking to wage jihad.”

He said the travelers who come from the U.S. and around the world to fight in Syria and Iraq pose a great danger.

“Them going there is very worrisome. Because they get the worst kind of relationships, they get the worst kind of training. It’s actually their coming out at some point that worries me even more. There will come a terrorist diaspora out of places like like Syria and Iraq. Those of us who are old enough to remember can remember the terrorist diaspora out of Afghanistan after the war with the Soviets. And we can draw a line from that diaspora to 9/11.”

“All of us in this business are determined, I know to ensure that a future diaspora does not lead to a future tragedy. So we’re focused together on the traveler phenomena.”

Comey also touched on the issue of “going dark,” the inability of investigators to tap into communication devices like tablets and smartphones, even with a judge’s order.

He said it has been a problem ever since the 1990s, but it has only gotten worse as the number of devices has increased.

He’s been hammering away at the issue of late. In a speech in D.C. earlier this month, he brought up the issue, saying that some companies have not developed products so that communications can be intercepted, or in other instances, companies have resisted court orders to turn over information. He said it’s hindered investigation at times.

On Monday, he said:

“Before we get to the place where good folks, victims of crimes come to us and say, ‘What do you mean, you can’t, I thought a judge said you, with a search warrant, could warrant could get this information.  What do you mean you can’t find the information that may help you locate a missing child, find the information that will help you break up a terrorist cell, find the information that will identify and root our pedophiles.’ Before we get to a place where our answer is, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t,’ we need to have a conversation.”

 

New York Times: The Horror Before the Beheadings

James Foley

 By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
New York Times

The hostages were taken out of their cell one by one.

In a private room, their captors asked each of them three intimate questions, a standard technique used to obtain proof that a prisoner is still alive in a kidnapping negotiation.

James Foley returned to the cell he shared with nearly two dozen other Western hostages and collapsed in tears of joy. The questions his kidnappers had asked were so personal (“Who cried at your brother’s wedding?” “Who was the captain of your high school soccer team?”) that he knew they were finally in touch with his family.

It was December 2013, and more than a year had passed since Mr. Foley vanished on a road in northern Syria. Finally, his worried parents would know he was alive, he told his fellow captives. His government, he believed, would soon negotiate his release.

To read the full story click here.

 

Man Who Jumped White House Fence Charged with Assaulting Four-Legged Officers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who jumped the White House fence and kicked a Secret Service K-9 in the snout and punched another of the agency’s dog was charged with felonies in the attacks.

The New York Times reports that felony charge were filed against Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Maryland, for assaulting law enforcement officers. In this case, the victims were Jordan and Hurricane.

“All that’s hurt on the dog is its pride,” a uniformed Secret Service officer said Thursday afternoon as he stood guard outside the White House. “If you got kicked in the snout, your pride would be hurt too.”

The dogs stopped the fence jumper after some embarrassing security blunders in the past few months.

The dogs were taken to a veterinarian for treatment of minor injuries.

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One Person Killed by Border Patrol During Shootout on Edge of Arizona Reservation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One person was killed following a shootout between Border Patrol agents and suspects on the edge of a Native American reservation near Tucson, the Arizona Republic reports.

Another suspect fled after the shootout about 10 miles southwest of Tucson.

Border Patrol spokesman Vic Brabble said the suspects were armed and that agents were searching for anyone else involved.

According to the Arizona Republic, the Tohono O’odham Reservation is a popular smuggling corridor for marijuana.

At least three people have been killed by Border Patrol agents this year, the Republic reported.

House Homeland Security Chairman McCaul Says ISIS ‘Winning’ Propaganda War

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, expressed concern Sunday with attacks in Canada and New York City by alleged Muslim radicals.

The self-radicalized Muslims are “one of the greatest threats” to the U.S., he said.

The Islamic State is trying to radicalize Americans using the Internet, he said.

Islamic terrorists “are waging a campaign of war against the West and the United States, and these are three examples, just last week, of where they’re winning,” he said.