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“60 Minutes” Correspondent Mike Wallace Was Trailed by FBI During Cuba Visit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI kept a close eye on late “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace during a 1970 trip to Cuba, recently released files show, CBS News reports.

The documents detail the luggage and travel information of Wallace and “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt, according to CBS News.

The FBI also investigated a threatening letter sent to Wallace in 1977 by a World War II veteran. The letter “claims to have solid proof that” Wallace is “a pro-communist anti-American traitor.

Charges were never filed because the FBI said there was no criminal intent, the CBS News wrote.

FBI Changes Firearm Training to Adapt to Close-Quarters Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s firearm training has begun focusing on close-quarters combat after a review found that most agent-involved shootings are within point-blank range, the USA Today reports.

The new training protocol is a dramatic shift for an agency that has relied on long-range marksmanship training.

After reviewing about 200 shootings during a 17-year period involving FBI agents, the bureau found that 75% were within 3 yards when gunfire was exchanged, the USA Today reported.

“The thing that jumps out at you from the (shooting incident) research is that if we’re not preparing agents to get off three to four rounds at a target between 0 and 3 yards, then we’re not preparing them for what is likely to happen in the real world,” FBI training instructor Larry “Pogo” Akin told the USA Today.

The new training also requires agents to draw their guns from holsters shielded by jackets or blazers to replicate real-life scenarios.

FBI Agent Adrian Johnson Gets 18 Months in Fatal Drunk Driving Crash in Suburban D.C.

Adrian Johnson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

Ex-FBI agent Adrian Johnson was sentenced Friday in suburban D.C. to 18 months in prison for the 2011 drunk driving crash that killed one person and seriously injured another, the Washington Post reported.

Johnson, 39, who had been assigned to Attorney Gen. Eric Holder’s security detail, was convicted  of motor vehicle manslaughter in connection with a 2011 drunken driving crash that killed one teenager and seriously injured another was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison, authorities said. The prosecution had recommended a 10-year sentence, saying Johnson was speeding and driving drunk when the crash happened in Prince George’s County.

Records: FBI Knew American-born Muslim Cleric Provided Sept. 11 Hijackers Airline Tickets

al-Awlaki

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

At least three of the hijackers on Sept. 11, 2011, received advance airline tickets from an American-born Muslim cleric killed in 2011 by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, Fox News reports, citing newly released FBI records.

The cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, likely purchased the tickets within days of the terrorist attacks, likely to test security and surveillance, Fox reported.

Fox said the records suggest the FBI had evidence linking Al-Awlaki to the hijackers about two weeks after the attacks, much sooner than expected.

“We have FBI documents showing that the FBI knew that Al-Awlaki had bought three tickets for three of the hijackers to fly into Florida and into Las Vegas, including the lead hijacker, Mohammad Atta,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Fox on Thursday.

FBI: Hammers, Clubs More Deadly Than Rifles, Shotguns

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite all the attention paid to gun violence, hammers and clubs kill more people each year than rifles and shotguns, FBI records indicate, CBS DC reports.

Nearly 500 people were killed by hammers and clubs, compared to 323 with rifles and 356 with shotguns.

The statistics are deceptive, though, because other types of guns weren’t counted, CBS DC wrote.

Still, deaths by hammers, clubs and other blunt objects are on the rise, as is gun ownership.

Editorial: ATF Left Without Teeth to Enforce Gun Laws

San Francisco Chronicle
Editorial

One of the gun lobby’s favorite mantras is that the nation doesn’t need any more laws to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals; it needs to start by enforcing those that are on the books.

But that argument evaporates upon closer inspection of the federal government’s systems for tracking and restricting gun sales. Congress, under pressure from the gun lobby, has made it about as cumbersome as possible for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to do its job.

As the New York Times reported last week, ATF has been operating without a permanent director for six years, mostly because the Senate has stalled confirmation proceedings. ATF’s budget has remained stagnant throughout a post-9/11 period in which almost all other law enforcement and national security endeavors have been showered with resources.

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Former FBI Agent Faces Up to 13 Years for Fatal Drunken-Driving Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who killed a teenager in a drunken-driving crash in Maryland could be sentenced to up to 13 years in prison today, the Associated Press reports.

Adrian Johnson was convicted in October of motor vehicle manslaughter and homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated after crashing his car into another vehicle while drunk in Brandywine on Feb 7, 2011, the AP wrote.

The driver of the other car, Lawrence Garner Jr., was killed, and his friend was seriously injured.

The AP wrote that Johnson’s lawyers argued his client wasn’t responsible because the crash was unavoidable.

Alabama Releases Over-the-Top Instructional Video on Mass Shootings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security released an unusual instructional video on how respond to a mass shooting, Gawker reports.

With haunting music and blood spatter, the six-minute video “scares the shit out of everyone who watches it,” Gawker reported.

The video, produced originally by the Houston Police Department, depicts an office shooting in direct response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

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