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Border Patrol Prepares More Monitoring of Canadian Border in Detroit with New Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — In an effort to prevent terrorists from crossing the Canadian Border into the U.S., Border Patrol agents are gearing up for a new $17 million facility in Detroit, WWJ reports.

Agents gathered for a groundbreaking this week.

“We share intelligence, anything that’s got a nexus to the border and through the sharing of this intelligence we’re not working in silos so can coordinate efforts and basically maximize operations (and) security as a result of that,” Serge Cote, the officer in charge of the Windsor Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told WWJ.

The new building will offer more office space and parking and will provide new training facilities.

About 100 Border Patrol employees are expected to work there.

ATF Holds Seminars to Avoid Errors on Paperwork That Jeopardizes Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Make a mistake on paperwork for a gun purchase can prevent authorities from tracking down a killer, the ATF warns, according to WDIO.com.

To avoid mistakes made in the past, the ATF is hosting a series of seminars starting in Minnesota.

ATF Senior Special Agent and Public Information Officer Robert Schmidt the idea is to “get the word out about proper documentation of firearm transactions.”

Improper documentation can kill a case, the ATF warned.

“We may not be able to get correct trace results,” Schmidt said to WDIO.com. “We may not be able to find out who the original purchaser of the firearm was,”

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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.

Tucson Sector of Border Patrol Gets New Leader from Washington D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Felix Chavez, who served as deputy division chief of operations for Border Patrol at Washington  headquarters, is returning to the Tucson Sector to take the job as deputy chief patrol agent, Tucson News reports.

As an added bonus, Chavez is intimately familiar with the development and implementation of the 2012-16 National Border Patrol Strategic Plan. He’s also familiar with the challenges along the Southwest border, Tucson News wrote.

Chavez began his Border Patrol career in July 1985 at what is now the Sierra Blanca Station – or the El Paso Sector, as it was previously called.

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.

U.S., Mexican Authorities Search for Former Drug Lord, DEA Killer Who Was Released From Prison Early

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

So outraged by the early release of a 60-year-old former drug lord from a Mexican prison, U.S. and Mexican authorities are scrambling to track down the man who brutally killed an American DEA agent, Fox News reports.

The U.S. has expressed outrage that a Mexican court would allow Rafael Caro Quintero to be released shortly after midnight on Aug. 9. He was convicted of killing DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

The Mexican government planned to follow Quintero after his release but lost him after just 20 minutes, Fox News reported.

The release also threatens to damage relations between the two countries, according to Fox News.

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.