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FBI: Evidence Stacking Against Five Suspects in Benghazi Attacks, But Not Enough for Civilian Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents have enough evidence against five men accused in the Benghazi attack to seize them by military force as suspected terrorists, the Associated Press reports.

But the AP reported that the agents don’t have enough evidence to charge the men in a civilian court, which is the Obama administration’s preference.

In the meantime, the men remain at large while the FBI continues to investigate.

The AP wrote that the probe is being complicated by the reduction in U.S. investigators in the region and the restrictions of helping Libyan law enforcement.

Obama has been shifting away from holding terrorists as enemy combatants and holding them at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Two FBI Agents Killed in Virginia Plunged to Their Deaths from a Helicopter

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two FBI agents who were part of an elite rescue team were killed in Virginia when they plunged to their deaths during a counter terrorism exercise, CBS News reports.

Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, who are members of the bureau’s hostage rescue team, were killed when the helicopter involved in the exercise encountered problems.

“The FBI agents were participating in a maritime counterterrorism exercise involving helicopters and a ship,” Special Agent Ann Todd, an FBI spokeswoman, wrote in an email to CBS News on Monday. “The agents were in the process of fast-roping from the aircraft onto the ship when the helicopter encountered difficulties. The agents tragically fell a significant distance and suffered fatal injuries.”

The rescue team is highly trained and is often compared to the FBI version of the Navy Seals, CBS News wrote.

Prosecutors Refuse to Reveal Confidential Informant in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors said they will not release the name of the confidential informant involved in the case against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston Herald reports.

The defense attorneys maintain the informant helped the FBI determine what others may say during testimony.

Prosecutors dismissed the allegations as ” street talk” and “rumors.”

“The FBI has advised that the informant had no first-hand knowledge of any of this information, and indeed had no direct contact with the relevant individuals discussed in the FBI report: Kevin Weeks, John Martorano, Pat Nee, Jack Curran, Patrick Linskey, Michael Linskey, Richard Buccheri and Kevin Weeks’ former girlfriend,” prosecutors said in court papers filed Monday.

The prosecutors added that the defense is “free to impugn government witnesses’ credibility through vigorous cross-examination, and may ask witnesses about prior inconsistent statements.”

GSA to Soon Begin Taking Proposals to Relocate FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The General Services Association soon will begin accepting proposals to relocate FBI headquarters beginning this summer, the Kingstowne-Rose Hill Patch reports.

The FBI has received numerous preliminary proposals from surrounding cities to be home to the new FBI headquarters.

The current headquarters in Washington D.C. is outdated and crumbling, the GSA has said.

The FBI is looking for land that is close to the metro station and Beltway.

Protesters Arrested After Trying to Storm Justice Department Building in Washington D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Protesters furious over foreclosure attempts tried to storm the entrances of the Justice Department on Monday, leading to 17 arrests , the Washington Post reports.

About 100 protesters participated, and some were tased during the event.

After the arrests, about half the protesters stuck around as police prepared to make additional arrests.

Law enforcement blocked the entrance while a police helicopter flew overhead.

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FBI Agents Association Issues Statement on Deaths of 2 Agents

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI Agents Association issued a statement on the deaths of FBI agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, who died in an accident while training off the coast of Virginia Beach. The two were members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team.

FBIAA President Konrad Motyka stated:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lorek and Shaw families during this very difficult time. The bravery and dedication of Special Agents Lorek and Shaw will not be forgotten, and FBIAA and our 12,000 members stand with the families and send our condolences for their loss.”

FBI’s Reliance on Polygraph Testing During Job Interviews Is Challenged

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Critics are questioning why the FBI still relies on polygraph tests to determine whether job applicants are fit to be agents, The Sacramento Bee reports.

Many experts have concluded polygraph testing is not an accurate way to determine whether someone is lying, especially during a job interview, the Bee wrote.

Records examined by the Bee found that 30% of about 13,000 annual job applicants fail the job screening. Of those, 40% failed because of the polygraph test.

Polygraphs are especially prone to errors when questions are vague, like they are in job interviews.

“I was called a lazy, lying, drug dealing junkie by a man who doesn’t know me , my stellar background or my societal contributions,” wrote one black applicant in Baltimore, who said he was told he qualified for a job except for his polygraph test failure. “Just because I am young and black does not automatically denote that I have ever used any illegal drugs.”

FBI Joins Probe of Alleged Campaign Violations in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Presidential Campaign

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining an investigation into violations in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign fund, MinnPost reports.

Authorities are focusing on alleged campaign finance violations from Bachmann’s failed bid for presidency last year.

State and federal ethics committees have been reviewing whether the presidential campaign fund, MichelePAC, was used to pay an Iowa state senator, MinnPost wrote.

The FBI plans to interview Bachmann’s former chief of staff and a director of her Iowa GOP presidential campaign, according to MinnPost.