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Here are 5 Fascinating Facts about the FBI

The History Channel listed 10 fascinating facts about the FBI. Here are five of them.

1. J. Edgar Hoover served 48 years as director of the FBI, spending 62% of his life at the helm. FBI directors are now restricted to 10-year terms.

2. The FBI went through a variety of names in the early 20th century. Then-Attorney General Charles Bonaparte recruited a group of federal investigators in 1908 and dubbed it the “special agent force.” The following year, Bonaparte’s successor name it the Bureau of Investigation. In 1933, the name was changed to Division of Investigation. Finally, in 1935, the name was changed to Federal Bureau of Investigations.

3. Hoover was not a fan of female agents. In fact, no women were hired during his tenure. When he arrived three women were agents. They were required to wear skits or dresses and were barred from smoking at their desks.

4. The oldest former FBI agent alive today is 106. Walter Walsh was a skilled marksman who famously participated in a shootout with killed notorious gangster Al Brady in 1937.

5. FBI agents spent two years investigating the Kingsmen’s hit pop song, “Louie Louie.” Parents were concerned the garbled verses contained sexual language. The bureau ultimately released a 120-page report that concluded the song was “unintelligible at any speed.”

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FBI Reduces Time Spent on White Collar Crimes by 7%

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ever wonder why no one on Wall Street was charged in connection with the 2008 financial crisis?

The FBI will have even less time investigating Wall Street after the bureau reduced the amount of time its agents spend on white-collar crime, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The FBI has reduced its recommendation for white-collar criminal prosecution by 7%.

The new recommendation is 2,001, according to a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearance.

The reduction continues a years-long drop in white-collar crime investigations, the LA Times reported.

Eighth Case Dropped in ATFs Botched Gun-Buying Sting in Milwaukee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF’s botched gun-buy sting in Milwaukee took another turn for the worse, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Karen Loebel said two more cases related to the sting need to be dismissed because the lead agent cannot be called as a witness.

The case is the eighth of 18 that Loebel dismissed.

It’s unclear why the lead agents can’t be called as a witness because of “the manner in which I received the information,” Loebel said.

The cases stem from a sting that went seriously wrong. Guns were stolen. A brain-damaged man was promoted to set up drugs in the case. And evidence was lost

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Ex-FBI Bomb Expert Who Leaked Information Played Vital Role in Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Before he was charged with child pornography and leaking classified information, Donald Sachtleben was an important expert on bombs for the FBI, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Sachtleben collected evidence after the attack on the Word Trade Center, 10 years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He found bomb-making notes and other evidence in the Unabomber’s Montana cabin.

He led the team probing the bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building, the Start wrote.

Sachtleben also trained cops how to identify and handle bombs.

Now he’s headed to prison.

Public Corruption Expert Selected to Head FBI’s Connecticut Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patricia Ferrick, who served as the FBI’s public corruption chief, was selected Monday to run the bureau’s Connecticut office, the Connecticut Post reports.

Ferrick, who began her career with the New York Police Department, is now in charge of about 100 agents in three offices.

Outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III made the announcement Monday.

Ferrick replaces Kimberly Mertz, who became deputy director of the bureau’s Critical Incident Response Group in Washington.

FBI Turns Focus on Cyber Attacks in US

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is combating a surge in cyberattacks on corporate America, trying to stop a growing number of people from hacking websites and disturbing commerce, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In just the past month, a group called the Syrian Electronic Army crippled the New York Times website for several hours. Hackers also have attacked other well-known sites.

Combating the hackers is a new challenge for the FBI and underscores how vulnerable digital information is.

Leading that battle is Austin Berglas, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s cyber branch in New York. Berglas has responsibility over agents who handle major cyber cases, the LA Times wrote.

To read his interview with the Times click here.

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Ex-FBI Bomb Technician Pleads Guilty to Disclosing National Defense Info to Associated Press

By Sari Horwitz
Washington Post

WASHINGTON –– A former FBI bomb technician who later worked as a contractor for the Bureau has agreed to plead guilty to disclosing national defense information about a disrupted terrorist plot to the Associated Press, according to the Justice Department.

Donald John Sachtleben, 55, of Carmel, Ind., who previously had agreed to plead guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography in a separate investigation, provided information to an Associated Press reporter relating to the disruption of a plot to conduct a suicide bomb attack on a U.S.-bound airline by the Yemen-based terrorist organization al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and the recovery by the U.S. of a bomb in connection with that plot, according to court documents filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

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FBI: Were Americans Involved in Terror Attack at Kenyan Mall?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether as many as five Americans were part of a team of terrorists who took over a Kenyan mall over the weekend, unleashing an attack that led to the death of at least 68 people, NBC News reports.

The probe comes after a group purporting to be behind the attacks, Somali al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab, indicated Americans were involved and listed their names and home states.

At least two of them came from the St. Paul-Minneapolis area in Minnesota, which has a large Somali population, the group claimed, according to NBC News.