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Report: FBI Could Have Prevented Fort Hood Massacre Had It Acted on Alarming Messages

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI could have prevented the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood if agents acted on alarming messages between the shooter and a radical cleric with ties to the 9/11 hijackers, Mother Jones reports.

FBI agents intercepted the messages nearly a year before Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, according to an unclassified report that suggests agents could have prevented the deadly rampage.

The messages, which the FBI maintained were “fairly benign,” were anything but, Mother Jones described.

After reviewing an unclassified report the shooting, Mother Jones reported that the messages “offer a chilling glimpse into the psyche of an Islamic radical.”

The report also reveals how the bureau bungled the investigation of Hsasan.

NYPD Labels Entire Mosques As Terror Groups to Investigate Them and Their Followers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The New York Police Department has identified entire mosques as terrorism organizations, allowing police to record sermons, spy on imams and use surveillance on those who attend prayer service, CBS News reports.

Although the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organization, local police have launched at least a dozen so-called “terrorism enterprise investigations” targeting mosques, according to CBS News.

Documents obtained by CBS News show that many innocent New York Muslims were investigated and their names added to a secret police file.

By contrast, the FBI has not opened an enterprise investigation on a New York City mosque, CBS reports.

Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Says Parting Words Before Leaving Office

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After more than four years of as the head of the Homeland Security Department, Janet Napolitano defended her tenure in one of the government’s newest departments, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“Some have said that being the secretary of DHS is the most thankless job in Washington,” Napolitano said at the National Press Club in the capital. “That’s not true. No doubt it is a very big and complex job. It is literally a 24/7 job,” she said. “Yet, as my successor will soon learn, it is also one of the most rewarding jobs there is. What you do here matters to the lives of people all across our great nation, and your decisions affect them in direct, tangible ways.”

No doubt, Napolitano had a storied tenure. The agency has responded to a wide range of disasters following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

During her tenure, the department responded to one major terrorism strike – the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Dream’ Speech Prompted FBI to Launch Spying Campaign

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech inspired African Americans in 1963, the FBI was worrying aloud whether the civil rights leader was gaining too much influence and popularity, Bloomberg reports.

Two months after the speech, then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy approved a campaign to spy on King in an attempt to smear his reputation.

“The FBI’s program to destroy Dr. King as the leader of the civil rights movement entailed efforts to discredit him with churches, universities and the press,” read a 1976 U.S. Senate report nicknamed, “Church Committee.”

The urgency was clear, Bloomberg reported.

“Personally, I believe in the light of King’s powerful, demagogic speech” that “he stands head and shoulders over all other Negro leaders put together when it comes to influencing great masses,” said William Sullivan, head of the FBI’s domestic intelligence division during the King surveillance program. “We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro and national security.”

The campaign also included an investigation into “community influence on the Negro,” an Oct. 1, 1963 memo read.

“FBI officials viewed the speech as significantly increasing King’s national stature,” Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Garrow told Bloomberg. King was viewed as “measurably more ‘dangerous’ in the FBI’s view.

FBI Agent Faces Trial After Shooting His Wife During an Alleged Confrontation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

A second-degree murder trial is scheduled for Arthur “Art” Bernard Gonzales to begin on Oct. 16, Frederickburg.com reports.

Gonzales, who has been working as a supervisory special agent-instructor at the bureau’s National Academy at Quantico, is accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife at their Stafford County home in Virginia during what he said was an argument.

Gonzales, 43, called 911 on April 19 and blamed the confrontation on his estranged wife, Julie Serna Gonzales, 42.

“My wife just attacked me with a knife and I had to shoot her,” he was recorded telling the Virginia 911 dispatcher. “She cut me on the arm.”

 

Justice Department Launches Probe into Report That NSA Supplied DEA with Domestic, Non-Terrorism Intelligence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal lawmakers are calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to respond to a Reuters report that showed the NSA was supplying the DEA with surveillance information about domestic, non-terrorism cases, Reuters reported Monday evening.

Five Democrats in the Senate and three congressmen want to know if the DEA – as reported – passed NSA intelligence to other agencies, including the FBI, IRS and Homeland Security. The instructions: Never reveal your source, even in court, according to Reuters.

“These allegations raise serious concerns that gaps in the policy and law are allowing overreach by the federal government’s intelligence gathering apparatus,” wrote the senators – Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

The Justice Department confirmed it is investigating.

 

 

Federal Agent Returns Home After Hung Jury in His Second-Degree Murder Trial

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A monthlong trial for a federal agent accused of murder in Hawaii ended in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict, ABC News reports.

State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy is headed home to Virginia, but he most likely will face another trial, ABC News wrote.

“Mr. Deedy does need to go back home and back to work,” defense attorney Brook Hart told the judge.

The 29-year-old agent from Virginia is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kollin Elderts, 23.

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Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller III Breaks Tradition, Speaks Out About Challenges Facing Bureau

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Since taking the helm at the FBI just a week before the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, Robert Mueller has managed to avoid the limelight.

But now that he’s retiring after 12 years with the bureau, the FBI director is opening up about his service.

Most recently, NPR reports, the decorated former Marine spoke out about changes in the FBI following the attacks.

“I had been a prosecutor before, so I anticipated spending time on public corruption cases and narcotics cases and bank robberies and the like, and Sept. 11 changed all of that,” he said, NPR wrote.

But Mueller didn’t waste his time.

“He directed and implemented what is arguably the most significant change in the FBI’s 105-year history,” said John Pistole, Mueller’s former deputy and right-hand man.