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Autopsy: Border Patrol Agent Died from Gunshot to Head During Suspected Friendly Fire Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A long-awaited autopsy has revealed that a U.S. Border Patrol agent died of a gunshot wound to the head by what federal authorities describe as friendly fire along the Arizona-Mexico border, CNN reports.

The report, released Wednesday, shows that Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, of Provo, Utah, died Oct. 2 by a “penetrating gunshot wound of the head involving the brain.”

Ivie was responding to an alarm at the border when he became involved in a shootout that also wounded another agent.

In a preliminary investigation, the FBI said evidence suggests the shooting was between Border Patrol agents who had become confused.

President Obama Sets Up Federal Partnership to Combat Homeland Security Challenges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama has assembled a feral partnership among law enforcement agencies to improve homeland security, Courthouse News Service reports.

The White House Homeland Security Partnership Council and Steering Committee will include the Justice Department, State Department and Homeland Security.

A total of 19 agencies will be represented, the Courthouse News Service wrote.

The idea is to “enhance our ability to address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources,” Obama said.

He added, “We must tap the ingenuity outside government through strategic partnerships with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and community-based organizations.”

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County Sheriff Asks FBI to Take Over Search for Victims of Serial Killers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Saying the FBI is more equipped to search for human remains, the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office in California is asking for federal help in the hunt for victims of the so-called Speed Freak Killers, the Stockton Record reports.

Sheriff Steve Moore said Tuesday his office is inviting the FBI to take over the search after some county officials and the mother of a murder victim said federal agents should handle excavating sites, the Stockton Record wrote.

The serial killer duo of Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine are believed to have killed as many as 15 people. The’ methamphetamine-fueled killers ended their murder spree 1999 after authorities caught the childhood friends, the paper reported.

The FBI and local authorities recently identified locations where they think more bodies of victims may be found.

Opinion: High-Traffic Texas Border Secured with Deer Cameras

By Kelly Holt 
The New American

Texas has a problem. It is incumbent on the Lone Star State, along with New Mexico, Arizona, and California, to secure the nation’s southern border when federal resources fail. Of these states, Texas has the lion’s share — over 1,200 of the border’s total of nearly 2,000 miles. It is the most frequently crossed border in the world with nearly 350 million annual crossings. Protection of the border has become a political prize, with all sides claiming to have the answer, and the will, to get the job done. But Texans on the front line aren’t buying it. Take border cameras, for instance.

In Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2006 run for re-election (Perry is the longest-running Texas governor ever, assuming the office when Governor George Bush resigned to become president in 2000), border security played a key role in his campaign. He promised an expensive and complex plan that included hundreds of additional surveillance cameras.

After several incarnations of Perry’s plan, the promised cameras didn’t materialize as expected. Fox News reported in October 2011 that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) introduced “a new high-tech, low-cost camera system [that] is helping to detect illegal immigrants.” The report pictured a high-tech and very visible camera set-up, suggesting that the new system was comprised of such cameras.

It turns out that the cameras are simple wildlife cameras.

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FBI: Couple Accused of Trying to Steal Technology Secrets from GM Shredded Documents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former General Motors engineer and her husband, both accused of trying to steal secrets from the domestic automaker and pass them on to a Chinese competitor, threw out bags of shredded documents at a suburb in Detroit, FBI agents said Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit began Monday in the case of former GM employee Shanshan Du, 53, and her husband Yu Qin.

During testimony Tuesday, FBI agents described watching the defendants dump bags of shredded documents, Reuters reported.

Qin’s lawyer maintains the documents were not trade secrets.

The pair is accused of passing along confidential GM information on hybrid technology to China’s Chery Automobile.

New Special Agent in Charge Named to FBI’s Birmingham Division

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI’s Birmingham Division has a new special agent in charge to replace Patrick J. Maley, who retired in August to become the South Carolina Inspector General, the Birmingham News reports.

Richard D. Schwein, Jr., who most recently served as a member of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, will oversee the northern judicial district of Alabama.

During Schwein’s 24 years at the FBI, he worked on criminal and national security issues and served on the SWAT team as an assaulter and tactical medic, the Birmingham News wrote.

Schwein received the FBI Director’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Counterterrorism Investigation in 2003.

Schwein also supervised the manhunt for serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, who was captured.

Before joining the FBI, Schwein was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and served in combat in the Middle East as part of a special operations force, the Birmingham News reported.

Schwein is married with twin daughters.

Attorney: Four Men Who Intended to Blow Up Synagogues Were Entrapped By Undercover FBI Sting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four men imprisoned for plotting to blow up two synagogues in Riverdale, N.Y. were entrapped by a paid FBI informant posing as an Islamic extremist, their attorneys told an appeals court Monday, the New York Daily News reports.

The attorneys of the men – James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payan – argue the convictions and 25-year sentences should be overturned because the FBI preyed on vulnerable, poverty-stricken Muslims who otherwise would not have committed a crime, the Daily News wrote.

Prosecutor Adam Hickey argued the defendants could have walked away without intending to blow up two synagogues in 2009.

No decision has been made yet by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Memorial Set for Border Patrol Agent Who Died on Duty

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Funeral services are set today for a 44-year-old U.S. Border Patrol agent who died while on duty in west Texas, the agency said this morning.

David Delaney died while installing a camera at Big Bend National Park.

Foul play is not suspected.

Authorities are awaiting results from an autopsy to determine exact cause of death.

Delaney’s viewing is today from noon until 2 p.m. at the Civic Center in Fort Stockton, Texas.

The memorial service begins at 2 p.m.

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