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3 Airports Test Less Intrusive Body Scanners

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Las Vegas Sun newspaper wrote Tuesday that “airline passengers won’t have to worry about airport security officers getting high-tech peep shows.”

Those words were in reference to the Transportation Security Administration unveiling of a new body scanner being tested at three of the nation’s airports, including the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, that shows a generic image of a person and no anatomical details.

The paper reported that the new scanning technology is also being tested at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

“We think the public will prefer this because the image is less intrusive and anybody can view it, including the passenger,” said Dwayne Baird, a TSA spokesman.

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Retired FBI Agent John Wills Publishes Third Novel

John Wills

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired FBI agent John M. Wills keeps cranking out the books.

He’s just penned this third suspense novel “Targeted” as part of his “Chicago Warriors Thriller” series.

The ex-FBI agent and former Chicago cop has written a novel about a sniper who targets and kills cops in Chicago, rocking the Windy City.

As a part of the complex tale, a Catholic priest is arrested for child molestation, but flees Chicago after being freed on bond. The two story lines collide.

The book was published by TotalRecall Publications, Inc. and is set to go on sale April 6.

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Sen. Grassley Accuses ATF of Being “Careless” in Gun Running Sting

Sen. Grassley/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) is voicing concern that guns purchased in an ATF sting in Arizona may have been used by bandits in a gunfight that resulted in the death in December of  border patrol agent Brian Terry near the border town of Nogales, the Arizona Republic reported.

Grassley fired off a letter to the head of ATF Kenneth Melson on Thursday suggesting ATF was being negligent by letting criminals circulate the weapons after they purchased them during a sting.

“There are serious concerns that the ATF may have become careless, if not negligent, in implementing the Gunrunner strategy,” he wrote, according to the Arizona Republic.

The paper reported that Grassley said he had information that the AK-47s recovered at the shooting scene of the agent were traced to Project Gunrunner, a much touted gun-program aimed at curbing the flow of weapons to Mexico.

“Members of the Judiciary Committee have received numerous allegations that the ATF sanctioned the sale of hundreds of assault weapons to suspected straw purchasers, who then allegedly transported these weapons throughout the southwestern border area and into Mexico,” the senator wrote in the  letter, according to the paper.

“According to the allegations, one of these individuals purchased three assault rifles with cash in Glendale, Arizona, on January 16, 2010. Two of the weapons were then allegedly used in a firefight on December 14, 2010, against Customs and Border Protection agents, killing CBP Agent Brian Terry,” he wrote.

Tom Mangan, an ATF spokesman in Phoenix, told he Arizona Republic that he was “unaware of any guns allowed to go south of the border,” either intentionally or inadvertently. “I am not aware of any internal investigation that’s going on regarding Project Gunrunner.”

Manuel Johnson, an FBI agent in Phoenix, declined to comment, as did the U.S. Border Patrol, the Republic reported.

al Qaeda in Yemen Might be Plotting Attacks on Wall Street

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI officials are warning major Wall Street banks that al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen may be plotting to attack their institutions or top executives, NBCNewYork reported.

The TV station reported that intelligence officials stressed that the threats were general in nature and there was “no indication of a targeted assassination plot” against any Wall Street executives.

At the same time, NBCNewYork.com learned that authorities fear some executives names have popped up in discussions by terrorist.

The station reported that some of the information authorities gathered came from al Qaeda writings in places like “Inspire” magazine.

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Ex-Head of Miami FBI Paul Philip to Evaluate Miami Police Dept.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The former head of the Miami FBI has been hired by the city to evaluate its police department on issues including morale, policy and emails written by the police chief, the Miami Herald reported.

Paul Philip, 63, who led the FBI office in the 1990s, has agreed to work 20 hours a week and get paid $33.50 an hour as a special advisor on public safety, the Herald reported.

Philip had also worked as an anti-corruption czar for then-Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas.

Philip is a partner at the security and consulting company Gaffney, Gallagher & Philip in Plantation, Fla.

FBI Involved in About 800 Violations in National Security Investigations


By Ken Dilanian
Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — The FBI disclosed to a presidential board that it was involved in nearly 800 violations of laws, regulations or policies governing national security investigations from 2001 to 2008, but the government won’t provide details or say whether anyone was disciplined, according to a report by a privacy watchdog group.

The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation sued under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain about 2,500 documents that the FBI submitted to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board.

The board was created in 1976 to monitor U.S. intelligence gathering. Intelligence agencies are required to submit reports to the board about suspected violations of civil-rights-related laws or presidential orders.

The nonprofit foundation said it obtained documents from a variety of intelligence agencies, but most of the records were so heavily censored that they couldn’t be properly evaluated.

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“Geezer Bandit” Continues to Frustrate FBI and Locals in Calif.

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He’s back.

As serial bank robbers have done over the the many decades, the man dubbed the “Geezer Bandit” continues to frustrate the FBI and local authorities.

On Friday, the “Geezer Bandit” held up his 13th bank in southern California, this time on Friday at a Bank of America branch in the town of Goleta in Santa Barbara County, the La Times reported.

The bandit got his name because he appears to be about 70 or so. He started holding up banks in August of 2009. Most of the robberies have been in San Diego County, but he’s also done stick ups in Kern County and Riverside County.

Recently, authorities have raised the possibility that the man has been using a Hollywood-quality mask to appear older than he actually is.