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Two Democrats Criticize Obama Administration for Handling of NSA Spying

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Democratic senators are accusing the Obama administration of trying to “ignore or justify” factual misrepresentations to the Supreme Court about warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency.

The New York Times reports that the senators, Mark Udall of Colorado and Ryan Wyden of Oregon, complained in a letter to Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. that the Obama administration was contributing to a “culture of misinformation.”

The issue is over the legality of permitting warrantless NSA surveillance.

The Justice Department is reviewing the complaints.

Hundreds of People Contact FBI about Teacher Suspected of Drugging, Molesting Boys

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities aren’t certain how many children have been victimized by a teacher who has been accused of drugging and molesting boys over four decades at schools worldwide.

But the FBI is beginning to get a better idea after hundreds of people have contacted the bureau since investigators announced last month that William Vahey molested at least 90 boys whose photos were kept on a memory drive, the Associated Press reports.

On Tuesday, the FBI said it has “been contacted by several hundred individuals from around the globe wishing either to reach out as potential victims or provide information in the ongoing investigation.”

Vahey, 64, committed suicide after a maid stole his memory drive that contained the images.

Book by FBI Specialist Offers Good Advice on Building Rapport with Suspects, People

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Looking to build a better a rapport with people or suspects?

Robin Dreeke, head of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program, offers a breakdown of his methods in a book called, “It’s Not All About ‘Me:’ The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone.”

His methods include establishing artificial time restraints, using aligned, non-threatening body language, speak slowly, ask for help and suspend your ego.

To read more about his book, click here.

Secret Service Director: Full Investigation Needed After Agents Forced to Abandoned White House Posts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service wants a full investigation launched into claims that agents were forced to leave their posts protecting the White House complex in 2011 so they could monitor a friend of the agency’s former director.

The Washington Post reports that Director Julia Pierson is calling for Homeland Security’s new inspector general to thoroughly investigate.

Those agents were ordered to abandoned their posts for at least two months in 2011 to protect a Maryland home an hour’s drive away in La Plata, Md., where the then-director’s administrative assistant lived.

Critics argue the new assignments increased security risks at the White House.

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FBI Agents Part of U.S. Team to Help Nigerian Government Search for Abducted Schoolgirls

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. are sending nearly 30 experts to from the FBI and State and Defense departments to help the Nigerian government track down nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls, the Washington Post reports.

Among those helping are four FBI officials specialize in recovering kidnap victims, negotiations and preventing future cases.

About 276 girls are still missing after a terrorist group, Boko Haram, kidnapped them from their school in remote northeastern Nigeria.

A video from the group’s leader said the girls won’t be returned until some of his detainees are freed by the government.

“We have no reason to question its authenticity,” State Department spokesman Jay Carney said. “Our intelligence experts are combing over every detail of it for clues that might help in the ongoing efforts to secure the release of the girls.”

FBI Reports New Scheme in Texas in Which Callers Are Told Loved One Was Kidnapped

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are dealing with a sick new scheme in Texas called “virtual kidnapping.”

Victims get a call, usually in the middle of the night, from someone who says they’ve kidnapped a loved one and wants ransom money wired immediately, KSAT.com reports.

The callers usually doesn’t have any contact with the person they say they have kidnapped.

“The person will say, ‘I’m being held here in Mexico and they are going to kill me if you don’t [send] money right away.’ They always request you wire the money,” said FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee.

The scheme is playing out four to five times a week in the Rio Grand Valley, the FBI said.

“They’ll collect information about the family beforehand. They may call again and do social engineering (or) look at your Facebook site,” said Lee.

Border Patrol Reports Alarming Number of Sex Offenders Apprehended in South Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alarming number of immigrants who are sex offenders are captured in South Texas.

Since October 2013, Border Patrol has apprehended nearly 180 immigrants who have prior convictions for sex offenses, KZTV Action 10 reports.

A majority of the offenders sexually assaulted children in the U.S.

Just this weekend, Border Patrol arrested three people with warrants related to sex crimes in Forth Worth, Virginia and Austin.

They are awaiting extradition.

California Police Officer Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison for Lying to FBI About Extortion Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A police officer in California who lied to the FBI about an extortion scheme was sentenced Monday to two-and-a-half years in federal prison.

Burbank police officer Anthony Valento admitted he lied to FBI agents about dating Gayle Bassett, a victim of a crime for which he was the reporting officer.

Bassett was the alleged victim of domestic violence involving her estranged husband.

Valento was accused of offering to get charges dropped if the man paid his estranged wife more than $100,000.