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Royce Curtain Who Led Fort Hood Investigation is New Head of FBI’s Norfolk Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Royce E. Curtin, who led the FBI’s Fort Hood shooting investigation in 2009, has been tapped to head up the agency’s Norfolk Field Office.

Curtin last served as chief of staff and special assistant to a high-ranking executive who oversees all FBI criminal, cyber, crisis response, and international operations.

Curtin joined the FBI in 1996 and investigated complex financial crimes in the Dallas Field Office.

In 2001, he joined a security detail to protect Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Two years later, he was promoted to the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), where he served as a program coordinator responsible for the pre-deployment processing and training of all FBI and federal law enforcement personnel conducting investigative, intelligence, and force protection operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an FBI press release.

In October 2005, Curtin reported to the Las Vegas Division to serve as the Technical and Surveillance program coordinator and squad supervisor.

In 2007, he was named program coordinator and squad supervisor of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force programs.

In February 2009, he was named assistant special agent in charge of the Austin, Tex.

He served as on-scene commander and led the Fort Hood shooting investigation, and managed on-scene and bureau resources during the deliberate airplane attack into the IRS Building in Austin in February 2010, the FBI said in its release.

Before he joining he FBI, he served as a U.S. Army Aviation Officer; Apache attack helicopter pilot in command; Aviation Platoon Commander; Aviation Squadron Operations Officer; and Aviation Brigade Liaison Officer with the 1st and 3rd Infantry Divisi

FBI Probing Suspicious Trading of Heinz Options Just Before Purchase Announcement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a series of suspiciously well-timed trades just before the $23 billion acquisition of H.J. Heinz Co., the New York Times reports.

The probe comes as the Security and Exchange Commission froze a Swiss account tied to possible insider trading.

The New York Times wrote that the well-timed options trades were purchased a day before Berkshire Hathaway and the investment firm 3G Capital agreed to buy Heinz.

Shares and the values of options soared after the announcement.

‘‘The FBI is consulting with the SEC to see if a crime was committed,’’ an FBI spokesman said in a statement.

FBI Destroyed Files It Kept on ex-New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

Arthur Ochs-Sultzberger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI kept files on former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger but destroyed them about 10 months before his death, the New York Times reports.

Sulzberger was heading the newspaper during the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which traced the U.S.’s doomed involvement in Vietnam.

The discovery was made by John R. Bohrer, a 28-year-old writer who is working on a book about the FBI’s former director, J. Edgar Hoover.

The National Archives destroyed the records on Dec. 11, 2011 – not long after Sulzberger died on Oct. 4.

“Had the actual file been kept and disseminated, it would have drawn a lot less attention than the eye-popping news that it was destroyed,” Bohrer told the Times. “Personally I am doubtful that there was anything about the Pentagon Papers.”

FBI Agent, Fugitive Injured in Shootout in Las Vegas Over Arrest Warrant

FBI stock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent and fugitive were both wounded in a frantic shootout in Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The agent, whose identity has not yet been released and who was wearing a protective vest, suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote.

The suspect, whose name also wasn’t released, was seriously injured.

The FBI said a task force was executing an arrest warrant when a foot chase ensued for about a mile before the shootout.

Terrorism Suspect in Tampa Bay Was Under Watch by Sophisticated FBI Equipment

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Hundreds of federal agents used sophisticated surveillance to investigate a 25-year-old terrorism suspect in Tampa Bay, ABC Action News reports.

Sami Osmakac, who is accused of plotting to blow up several locations in Tampa Bay, was arrested in January 2012 and is awaiting trial.

For more than a year before the arrest, the FBI had kept tabs on Osmakac using airplanes, cameras on poles and recorded audio interception, ABC Action News said.

“The most sophisticated intelligence gathering techniques available in the world are used in these investigations whether it be wiretapping, electronic bugs. photographic surveillance from above,” local defense attorney John Fitzgibbons told ABC Action News.

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FBI Investigates 6 Philadelphia Cops Accused of Planting Drugs, Stealing Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Hundreds of people may be unjustly behind bars because of six Philadelphia cops accused of planting drugs and stealing money, NBC 6 Philadelphia reports.

The FBI is investigating the former narcotics officers who were transferred to other duties pending the outcome of the investigation, NBC 6 reported, but the details are unclear.

The cops’ behavior led to the dismissal of 270 cases, according to NBC 6.

“We made the FBI task force, which is made up of FBI and Philadelphia Police, aware of what’s going on,” Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. “That is continuing at this time. We’ve taken them from narcotics pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Opinion: Automatic Budget Cuts Would Hamper Progress on Immigration Reform

Opinion
The Bakersfield Californian 

The prospect for real bipartisan progress on immigration reform may take a serious hit if sequestration, the automatic cuts scheduled for March 1, take place.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano informed the Senate Appropriations Committee last week the cuts will result in a workforce-hours reduction equivalent to 5,000 Border Patrol agents, or about 25 percent of the workforce. That kind of reduction will almost surely impact current efforts and future plans to secure the U.S. border with Mexico, which happens to be one of the key components of the immigration reform proposal forwarded by a bipartisan panel of senators last month. In fact, those senators are demanding that the border be secure before proceeding with opening paths to U.S. citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. In other words, no matter which side of the immigration debate you’re on, you can’t be happy with that kind of hit to the Border Patrol.

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FBI Warns Parents About Growing Trend to Exploit Girls on Social Media

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It usually starts out as a friendly message to teen girls on Facebook or Twitter.

But once the perpetrator gains the trust of the girl, he encourages her to send a nude picture, KCTV 5 News reports.

If she doesn’t, he threatens to show their messages to the principal.

Christopher Patrick Gunn, 31, of Montgomery, AL, used the ruse on hundreds of girls between the ages of 9 and 16 and recently was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The FBI advises teens against making contact with anyone they don’t know online and recommend that parents talk to the children about the dangers, KCTB reported.