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FBI Investigates Hacking Attacks Targeting Law Enforcement Handling Ferguson Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating hacking attacks targeting the personal computers and accounts of law enforcement involved in the Ferguson investigation, CNN reports.

Authorities believe the attacks are coming from hackers affiliated with the group Anonymous.

Investigators are trying to determine the extent of the breach.

Included in the attacks are personal computers of investigators.

The hacking attacks are one reason police aren’t wearing their names on their uniforms, officials said.

FBI Promotes Eric Velez-Villar to Executive Assistant Director of Bureau’s Intelligence Branch

Eric Velez-Villar, FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com 

 Eric Velez-Villar, a 29-year FBI veteran who has fought organized crime, terrorism and drugs, has been promoted to executive assistant director of the bureau’s intelligence branch, the bureau announced.

Velez-Villar most recently served as assistant for the intelligence directorate.

Velez-Villar joined the FBI in 1985 and began working on organized crime and drugs. In 2000, he relocated to FBI headquarters as a supervisory special agent and worked at the DEA’s special operations unit.

In addition, Velez-Villar worked as assistant special agent for the counterterrorism program in Los Angeles.

Opinion: Justice Department Needs to Oversee Substantial Reforms in Ferguson

Michael Brown

 By William Yeomans
Reuters 

The tragic killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson has brought to the surface long-simmering tensions between the Ferguson Police Department and the Missouri community it serves. In the shooting’s immediate aftermath, the focus has been on whether Wilson will be prosecuted criminally and convicted for the shooting. In the longer term, however, the focus must ultimately turn to a broader agenda, including substantial reforms in the Ferguson Police Department if it is to regain the full trust and confidence of the community.

After Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday, he vowed that the Justice Department would stay involved to help heal the relationship between the police department and the public.  While many of the essential facts of the encounter between Brown and Wilson remain unknown, we do know that criminal convictions of police officers for shooting people are few and far between. The killing of Brown may turn out to be the rare incident that results in a criminal conviction by state or federal prosecutors, but statistics suggest that outcome is unlikely.

So what more can Holder and the Justice Department do?  Fortunately, whatever the outcome of the criminal process, they still have important tools at their disposal.

One crucial order of business will be to identify any credible allegations that the Ferguson Police Department used excessive force or other unconstitutional practices in responding to the demonstrations. The department’s frightening display of heavy weaponry established that it overreacted to peaceful protests, as did itsheavy-handed treatment of the press.  It will be essential to launch investigations into the credible allegations and pursue criminal prosecutions if any are appropriate.

The collection of these incidents, as well as incidents in the relatively recent past, will serve a second purpose. The attorney general has authority to investigate and file suit against a police department that has engaged in a pattern of conduct that violates the Constitution or federal laws. The investigation leading to such a suit can include an in-depth examination of the Ferguson Police Department’s use of force, its conduct in searches, surveillance and making arrests (including allegations of racial profiling and other bias) and its procedures for training, supervising and disciplining officers.

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Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: Archival Footage of the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover

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DEA Office Evacuated, Employees Quarantined After Suspicious Letter Found

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A threatening letter containing black powder prompted the evacuation of the DEA’s office in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood Thursday, the New York Daily News reports.

The DEA evacuated a floor of its offices and quarantined three employees after the letter was opened at 9:15 a.m.

Police, firefighters, medics and the FBI responded to the scene.

“Right now, the area is being investigated and analyzed,” Mulvey said Thursday afternoon. “The three individuals exposed look to be fine, but we are still evaluating.”

The DEA said the letter was not addressed to anyone in particular.

 

 

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Attorney General Eric Holder Expresses Sympathy for Black Americans Who Distrust Law Enforcement

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder understands why many black Americans distrust police , he said in Ferguson where protesters have been rallying since an officer shot an unarmed black teen, Fox News reports.

Holder met with about 50 community members to talk about law enforcement issues.

Holder said his trip was meant to reinforce that the federal government is concerned about civil rights issues.

“I understand that mistrust,” Holder said. “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”

Holder relayed a story of being stopped twice and having his car searched.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” Holder said.

 

AG Eric Holder Pledges to Bring Justice in Case of Beheaded Journalist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The extremist from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will be held accountable for beheading American journalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, CBS DC reports.

“Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something,” Holder said. “We have long memories and our reach is very wide and we will not forget what happened. People will be held accountable one way or another.”

What remains unclear is whether the U.S. will change its approach to handling American kidnappings.

“The president’s rhetoric was excellent, but he didn’t outline steps to stop the slaughter,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of Obama’s harshest foreign policy critics, said in a telephone interview. “The strategy should be to launch all-out air attacks in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIL,” he said.

CBP Offers Citizens Up-Close Look at Monitoring Border, Keeping U.S. Safe

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What’s it like protecting the border?

The U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona is hosting a Citizens Academy beginning Oct. 15 to give residents and community leaders an inside look at the agency. The idea is to provider a greater sense of Border Patrol’s mission and its duties.

Leaders warned that participants should be in good physical condition because the five-week class includes trek’s on unstable terrain.

For more information, call the Yuma Sector Border Community Liaison Office at (928) 341-6559, or Supervisory CBPO Reggie Smith at (928) 627-8854 Ext. 347.