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FBI Brings Heat on Small Indiana Town over Questionable Bid Awards

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

City officials in a small Indiana town were served grand jury subpoenas as part of an investigation involving loans and grants since 2007, FOX 19 reports.

The mayor, city council president and treasurer were served in what a city councilman described as illegal bid-awarding deals.

FOX 19 wrote that state police and IRS investigators were on hand.

The news agency was unable to reach the city officials for comment.

FBI: Guns Killed More Than 550 Children Between 2006-2010

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Firearms killed more than 550 children ages 12 and under between 2006 and 2010, the Associated Press reports, citing FBI records.

The number of deaths which do not include accidental shootings, have been relatively consistent throughout the five-year period – about 112 annually.

Those deaths are getting closer scrutiny following the shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders this month, the AP reported. The total number of shooting deaths of small children won’t be known for another two years.

“This happens on way too regular a basis and it affects families and communities — not at once, so we don’t see it and we don’t understand it as part of our national experience,” Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told the AP.

Man Impersonates Cop in Wake of Connecticut Elementary School Massacre

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What is it with people impersonating FBI agents?

Usually it’s a scam to get personal information or money.

But in a case out of Williamsburg, VA, the motive is a lot less clear.

WAVY.com reported Wednesday that Joseph Wilson was going door-to-door, saying he was examining the area in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting – hundreds of miles away.

Suspicious residents called authorities, who eventually captured Wilson and issued him a summons for impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Montgomery County Joins Other Areas in Bid for New FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The competition for a new FBI headquarters and thousands of new jobs now includes Montgomery County, a suburban D.C. County in Maryland, the Washington Post reports.

Montgomery joins Prince George County in Maryland and  Fairfax County and Alexandria in Virginia to the list of places soliciting developers and consulting with federal officials about potential new sites to replace the aging J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Virginia.

“Any jurisdiction which has the opportunity to have the FBI in it would be crazy not to figure out how to get the job done,” Steven A. Silverman, Montgomery’s economic development director, told the Post.

Feds are looking for up to 55 acres and 2.1 million square feet of office space, the Washington Post reported.

FBI Was Monitoring Occupy Wall Street Before Protests Began in New York City

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents were monitoring the Occupy Wall Street movement before the first protesters set up camp in Zuccotti Park in New York City, the New York Daily News reports, citing new documents.

Records show the FBI tipped off officials about potential protests at the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall and the Museum of American Finance, the Daily News wrote.

One of the tips came as early as Aug. 19, 2011, about a month before the movement began.

Investigations continued nationwide as the movement spread, the Daily News reported.

The heavily redacted documents show the FBI overreached its legal bounds, the head of the civil-rights group, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, said.

“(It’s) a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the partnership’s executive director told the Daily News.

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FBI Agent Christine Oliver Who Helped Lead Probe in Ohio Public Corruption Probe Moving to New Assignment

By James F. McCarty
The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND — FBI Agent Christine Oliver’s introduction to Cleveland, where she would play a significant role in the biggest public corruption case in Ohio history, began inauspiciously.

Before graduating from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., Oliver and the rest of the class of 1997 participated in the traditional listing of preferences for their first assignments, ranking the nation’s FBI offices from one to 56. A lifelong resident of the East Coast, Oliver ranked the Cleveland office 39th. No classmate received a lower-ranked assignment.

“The only thing I knew about Cleveland was that it was cold and I had never been there,” Oliver recalled last week. “I wanted to work closer to home.”

Oliver feels much differently about the city now as she prepares for an out-of-state transfer. This past week, her last in the Cleveland office, she agreed to talk about her 15 years in Northeast Ohio and her work on the region’s highest-profile investigations of corruption in Cuyahoga County government and elsewhere.

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Retired FBI Official Michael Mason: Arming Teachers? Dumbest Idea Ever Proposed

Michael Mason is a retired Executive Assistant Director of the FBI.

Mike Mason/fbi photo

By Michael Mason
For ticklethewire.com
The recent mass shooting in Connecticut was an act of incomprehensible evil.

However, in the wake of this tragedy we need to ensure we come together to present thoughtful and effective ideas to reduce the probability of such an act ever occurring again. Arming teachers is categorically not a recommendation that should enjoy any consideration at all.

The probability of having an active shooter incident at any particular school is infinitesimally small. The ridiculous suggestion of arming teachers would actually increase that probability simply by virtue of putting thousands of guns in schools which today have none.

There is a huge difference between handing someone a gun and ensuring they receive the proper training to effectively engage that gun when required to do so.

Training is not a once and done endeavor, it must be continuous, and be required.  It is difficult enough to hit a paper target that is not shooting back at you.

Imagine the average teacher having to use that gun under the most adverse circumstances imaginable. We expect Ms. Jones, a great, compassionate, effective teacher, to now become an extension of the police department’s SWAT team?

We expect her to run to the sound of gun fire, through all the chaos and noise and effectively use that gun that has been locked in her drawer for the past 11 years? Really, can there be a more absurd notion circulating around the country.

Owning a gun and genuinely being prepared, psychologically and physically, to use it are two entirely different concepts.

I carried a gun for 23 years and in that time only experience one occasion during which I thought I was going to have to shoot another man. I did not think, “Go ahead…make my day.”

I clearly remember thinking, “Please don’t make me shoot you.” Although I was committed to doing so, I remain grateful to this day I did not have to shoot that individual. My point is that the concept of going from teacher one moment to effectively deploying deadly force in the next moment goes far beyond simply having access to a firearm.

The mass shooting in Connecticut absolutely demands that we address the issue of gun control. It is equally important that we not simply react, but rather engage in intelligent, thoughtful discussions to develop solutions that will genuinely impact this horrendous situation. Arming teachers is simply a dumb idea which deserves not a second more of serious consideration.

 

 

FBI, Local Police Track Down 1 of 3 Escaped Chicago Inmates

Steve  Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A brazen jail escapee was arrested in Chicago Thursday without incident but a fellow inmate remains at large, the Huffington Post reports.

Joseph “Jose” Banks, 37, and Kenneth Conley made a daring escape from a high-rise jail in Chicago and hopped a taxi shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Local police and agents from the Chicago FBI’s Violent Task Force tracked down Banks at 11:30 p.m. but are still on the hunt for Conley, 38, the Huffington Post reports.

Both are serving time for bank robberies.