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Number of Officers Slain in 2011 is Up, FBI Says

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There 72 law enforcement officers slain nationwide in 2011, up from 56 in 2010, according to the FBI preliminary stats released Monday.

Of the total, 19 officers were killed during ambushes (14 during unprovoked attacks and five due to entrapment/premeditation situations); five were slain while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances; 11 were killed during traffic pursuits/stops; five of the officers interrupted robberies in progress or were pursuing robbery suspects; and four died while responding to disturbance calls (one being a domestic disturbance).

Six officers died during tactical situations; one died while conducting investigative activity; one officer died while handling or transporting a prisoner; and 20 officers were killed while attempting other arrests.

Of the 72 victims, 49 were wearing body armor at the times of their deaths. Seven of the slain officers had their service weapons stolen.

Search Continues for Missing Calif. FBI Agent

Stephen Ivens/police photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Authorities have described him as suicidal and possibly armed with a handgun.

That’s how they described missing FBI agent Stephen Ivens, 35, from Burbank, Calif.

Authorities continued the search Monday. “There is no evidence of foul play right now, but that is why we still have a robust effort to locate him,” Burbank Police Capt. Dennis Cremins told CNN affiliate KCAL over the weekend.  To read more click here.

 

 

Kidnapped Girls Saw Fugitive Adam Mayes’ Suicide

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Details continue to roll in about the kidnapping-murder-suicide of Adam Mayes, who had just been placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.

Mayes in April had abducted a mother and her three daughters. The mother, Jo Ann Bain and the eldest daughter were found dead.

The FBI says that the two surviving daughters saw their kidnapper shoot himself as authorities approached, according to CNN.

FBI spokesperson Jason Pack said the 8 and 12 year-old sisters were found with their captor out in the open.

“There was no shelter or anything.” Pack told CNN. “They were dehydrated and dirty, like they were here for several days…They gave them water and we drove them out right away.”

The girls were released back to their grateful father from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, Friday.

There are several players in this case, including Mayes’ wife Teresa, who family characterizes as another fearful victim of Mayes’ abuse. Teresa Mayes was charged along with Adam Mayes on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.

To read more click here.

Column: The FBI’s Struggle to Transform Into an Intelligence Agency

Henry Crumpton served as U.S. coordinator for counterterrorism from 2005 to 2007.

Henry Crumpton/ charlie rose show

 
By AMB. HENRY A. CRUMPTON
Politico

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI, the world’s leading law enforcement agency, has labored to transform itself into an intelligence organization — while preserving its policing pre-eminence. This challenge has proved difficult.

There are major cultural and structural differences between law enforcement and intelligence. I saw how different when I was a senior CIA officer on loan to the FBI, as the deputy chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section from 1998 to 1999. I retired from government service — but recent conversations with knowledgeable government officials suggest that this remains true today.

The FBI is still measuring success, according to one well-informed confidant, based on arrests and criminal convictions — not on the value of intelligence collected and disseminated to its customers.

To read more click here.

 

Mutilated Human Remains Dumped on Mexican Highway

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

A staggering aftermath of violence met authorities on a Mexican highway Sunday morning, on the road between Monterrey and Reynosa. Forty-nine bodies were found at the entrance to San Juan, missing their heads, hands, and feet.

The Associated Press reports that “100% Zeta” was tagged with spraypaint on a nearby archway. While the first suspects are the brutal warring drug cartels, state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza told AP that he did not rule out the possibility that the victims, discovered 75 miles southwest of the Roma, Texas, border crossing, were U.S.-bound migrants.

Authorities are conducting DNA tests to identify the unrecognizable victims, who are thought to have been killed within 2 days before they were discovered.

To read more click here.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Ad Campaign Seeks Public Support Against Economic Espionage

Billboard from new awareness Campaign FBI photo

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI PR campaign seems to emphasize that spies in the modern age ain’t your Coldwar Commie.

The campaign includes billboards in major cities like the one pictured here, asking the public to be vigilant against spies who may be insiders, like the two Dupont employees charged this year for divulging trade secrets to China. China wanted the recipe for Dupont’s TiO2 white pigment for coloring paint, plastic and paper.

FBI Director Mueller just made a pitch to congress to renew FISA which allows the agency to conduct electronic surveillance on foreigners without a warrant, and CNET reports that the FBI is pushing for legislation to force social networks like Facebook and Twitter, email providers and peer-to-peer networks to become “wiretap friendly”.

Now the FBI is asking the public to pitch in. Perhaps you might spend your lunch break surveilling your cubicle mate for shenanigans.

The FBI’s press release for the new campaign offers warning signs to look for in your shifty coworkers.*

  • They work odd hours without authorization.
  • Without need or authorization, they take proprietary or other information home in hard copy form and/or on thumb drives, computer disks, or e-mail.
  • They unnecessarily copy material, especially if it’s proprietary or classified.
  • They disregard company policies about installing personal software or hardware, accessing restricted websites, conducting unauthorized searches, or downloading confidential material.
  • They take short trips to foreign countries for unexplained reasons.
  • They engage in suspicious personal contacts with competitors, business partners, or other unauthorized individuals.
  • They buy things they can’t afford.
  • They are overwhelmed by life crises or career disappointments.
  • They are concerned about being investigated, leaving traps to detect searches of their home or office or looking for listening devices or cameras.

If you suspect someone in your office may be committing economic espionage, report it to your corporate security officer and to your local FBI office, or submit a tip here.


Bitcoin Bumble: Leaked FBI Doc Could Help Hackers Protect Their Virtual Loot

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

An internal FBI report that was leaked and made its way onto the Internet this week may unfortunately help some folks with illegal activity.

The website WIRED reports that that an FBI report called “Bitcoin Virtual Currency: Unique Features Present Distinct Challenges for Deterring Illicit Activity,” raises concerns about the anonymous Bitcoin payment network as an alarming haven for money laundering and other criminal activity — including as a tool for hackers to rip off fellow Bitcoin users.

The leaked report unfortunately provides advice for Bitcoin users looking to further protect anonymity. Oops.

That advice: let the FBI help you out:

  • Create and use a new Bitcoin address for each incoming payment.
  • Route all Bitcoin traffic through an anonymizer.
  • Combine the balance of old Bitcoin addresses into a new address to make new payments.
  • Use a specialized money-laundering service.
  • Use a third-party eWallet service to consolidate addresses. Some third-party services offer the option of creating an eWallet that allows users to consolidate many bitcoin address and store and easily access their bitcoins from any device.
  • Individuals can create Bitcoin clients to seamlessly increase anonymity (such as allowing users to choose which Bitcoin addresses to make payments from), making it easier for non-technically savvy users to anonymize their Bitcoin transactions.

To read more click here.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Announces a Whole Lot of High-Level Appointments

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There were a whole lot of new appointments announced at the FBI this week.

Andrew G. McCabe was named assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. He last served as deputy assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division.

Robert Holley/fbi photo

Jennifer R. Sanchez was named assistant director of the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD). Her most recent post was that of the division’s deputy assistant director.

Dean C. Bryant was named special agent in charge of the St. Louis Field Office. He most recently served as the chief of the Critical Incident Response Group’s Hazardous Devices Operations Section near Quantico, Virginia.

Robert J. Holley was named deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, Operations Branch I. Holley most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Division.

John Perren

Steven M. Martinez was named executive assistant director of the Science and Technology Branch.He most recently served as the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

Ralph Boelter

Ralph S. Boelter was named assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division, the top post in that office. Boelter most recently served as the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division.

John G. Perren was named  the assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. He most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division. Ticklethewire.com first reported this in March.