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FBI to Test New ‘Rapid DNA’ Testing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI hopes to soon test new technology that would analyze DNA almost instantly, Network World reports.

The so-called Rapid DNA machine is designed to pinpoint someone’s identity with a simple cotton swab of saliva, according to Network World.

While authorities have been using DNA tests to help solve crimes since the 1980s, the analysis has been notoriously slow.

The FBI has received devices to evaluate, according to Network World.

FBI Team Arrives in Libya to Investigate Deaths of Four Americans

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A team of FBI agents is in Libya to investigate the killings of four Americans during an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the Washington Post reports.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday an undisclosed number of agents arrived in Libya following delays fueled by concerns about continued violence, according to the Post.

“The FBI has joined the investigation on the ground in Libya and we will not rest until the people who orchestrated this attack are found and punished,” Clinton told reporters, the Washington Post reported.

The attack on the consulate, which was spurred by an anti-Muslim video, killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other State Department employees.

Renoir Painting Stolen at Gunpoint Makes FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI has added a stolen Renoir painting to its global gallery of most wanted art pieces, the bureau announced Tuesday.

Last year an armed man with a ski mask swiped the painting, “Madeleine Leaning Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair,” from a private Texas home.

“We hope that adding the Renoir to the FBI’s Top Ten list and publicizing the reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of the painting will prompt someone to come forward,” said Peter Schneider, a sergeant with the Houston Police Department and a member of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force in Houston.

Schneider said the theft is among the most high-profile art heist he’s encountered.

Click here to read the FBI’s press release.

Justice Department: Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina Routinely Violated Rights of Latinos

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A two-year probe by the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies targeted and arrested Latinos without probable cause, the Associated Press reports.

An 11-page report issued Tuesday says Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson and his deputies trampled on the constitutional rights of Latinos with the intent on increasing deportation.

But the department found that many of those targeted were U.S. citizens and legal residents, according to the AP.

The Justice Department lists recommendations to end discrimination. If they are ignored, the department may take the county to federal court, the AP reported.

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Man Accused of Taking Someone Captive in FBI Office Building in Salt Lake City

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Of all the places to try and pull something like this off.

Police say a man walked into a building that houses the FBI in Salt Lake City and took another man captive in an elevator Monday, reports Fox 13 News

“It was reported that someone was being held in the elevators here,” Salt Lake City Lt. Josh Scharmann told reporters outside the office building.

Scharmann said federal agents arrested 42-year-old Robert Hibbard in the building.

The motive behind the kidnapping is unclear, but the victim was uninjured, according to Fox 13 News.

Border Patrol Agents Accused of Assault, Groping Each Other Near Child

Border fence along Juarez-El Paso border/istock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A trial date has been for a pair of Border Patrol agents accused of assault and groping each other in a sexual manner in front of a child at a circus-like show in California, the DelMar-Carmel Valley Patch.

Agents Gerald Torello and Kallie Helwig are to stand trial Jan. 28 on misdemeanor charges of battery, annoying or molesting a child and performing lewd acts in public.

A witness, a Navy psychiatrist, told police the couple high-fived a child as they groped each other May 27, according to the Patch.

Prosecutors say the female agent, Hewig,  punched the witness in the face while the male agent Torello grabbed the victim’s arms.

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FBI Says it Did Nothing Wrong by Monitoring Occupy Movement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI defended its decision to monitor the Occupy movement in Northern California, saying it “respects liberty and privacy and avoids unnecessary intrusions into the lives of law-abiding people,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union brought the surveillance to light under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

“Why does a political protest amount to a national security threat?” ACLU attorney Linda Lye asked Monday.

According to the documents, the FBI kept surveillance on a November protest at the Port of Oakland, which protestors succeeded in closing, the Chronicle reported.

Former FBI Cybersecurity Official Steven Chabinsky Thinks FBI is Doing Great Job, But Government Could Do Better

The FBI’s former top attorney for cybersecurity, Steven Chabinsky, who stepped down this month, thinks the FBI is doing a great job battling the problem, but told the Washington Post that the “federal government” has taken a “failed approach” by focusing on reducing vulnerabilities rather than actively deterring attackers.

Ticklethewire.com, in summing up the Washington Post article, mistakenly wrote that Chabinsky criticized the FBI’s efforts, when in fact he was referring to the country’s overall defensive approach to cybersecurity, which he believes does not focus enough on identifying and deterring the adversary.

The article also mistakenly said that the “bureau focuses too heavily on setting security standards,” when in fact the Washington Post story reported that the security standards have been a goal of Congress and the Obama administration, not the FBI.

In an email to ticklethewire.com, Chabinsky said of the bureau’s cybersecurity efforts: “They’re doing a great job.”  He added, “The next step is to determine how the private sector can play a more active role in defending themselves against hackers, with the assistance of law enforcement.  If cybersecurity remains a game of constant defense, it will not end well for the good guys.”

Here’s the Post story:

By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post

The federal government has taken a “failed approach” to cybersecurity, with efforts that focus on reducing vulnerabilities rather than actively deterring attackers, according to one of the FBI’s top former cyber officials.

Steven Chabinsky, a 17-year bureau veteran who stepped down this month as the FBI’s top cyber lawyer, argued that the movement to set security standards for companies — which has been a goal for the Obama administration and the focus of congressional debate — is useful only “in the margins.”

More important is to enable companies whose computer networks are targeted by criminals and foreign intelligence services to detect who’s penetrating their systems and to take more aggressive action to defend themselves, Chabinsky said in his first interview since leaving office.

To read full story click here.