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Lawmakers Propose Changes To Close Gap When Terror Suspect Enters U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawmakers are trying to expand the surveillance powers of intelligence agencies to make spying more seamless when a terror suspect enters the U.S., the Associated Press reports.

The idea is to close the gap between NSA and FBI electronic surveillance, which occurs because of different legal standards between the two agencies.

That gap poses challenges in keeping surveillance uninterrupted as suspects enter the U.S.

The AP reports:

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told The Associated Press that her committee is drafting a bill that would amend the law’s Section 702 provision, which authorizes targeting non-Americans outside the U.S., to allow uninterrupted spying on a suspect for “a limited period of time after the NSA learns the target has traveled to the United States, so the government may obtain a court order based on probable cause.”

 

The proposed changes will include testimony from top intelligence officials.

 

 

FBI Releases Chilling Footage of Navy Yard Gunman Stalking the Building

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has released footage of the Navy Yard gunman stalking the corridors in search of victims.

The shooter, Aaron Alexis, 34, believed he was being controlled by low frequency radio waves, an FBI spokeswoman said, BBC reports.

“At this point I can confirm that there are multiple indicators that Alexis held a delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by extremely low frequency, or ELF, electromagnetic waves,” spokeswoman Valerie Parlave said.

Alexis, who killed 12 people and was shot fatally by police, appeared calm when he entered the complex in Washington D.C.

On his gun, Alexis had written, “Better off this way!”

Authorities don’t believe Alexis was looking for anyone in particular.

Young Somali Americans Continue to Join Terror Group in Africa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The stream of young Somali Americans joining terrorists in Somalia continues to flow despite an attempt by authorities to cut off money to support terrorism, the Associated Press reports.

The population is concentrated in Minnesota, where Somali Americans have been leaving to join al-Shabab in Somalia for six years. At least 22 young men have left Minnesota for Somalia in that period, the AP reported.

The Somali community is worried about reports that allege Somali Americans were involved in a deadly attack at a mall in Nairobi, the AP wrote.

“One thing I know is the fear is growing,” said Abdirizak Bihi, whose nephew was among at least six men from Minnesota who have died in Somalia, the AP wrote.

 

 

ATF Misplaced 420M Cigarettes, Misuses $162M in Profits

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Bad news continues to follow ATF.

This time, the federal agency lost 420 million cigarettes, misused $162 million in profits from stings and conducted dozens of unauthorized investigations of illegal tobacco sales, the inspector general said, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators were unable to locate 2.1 million cartons because of shoddy documentation and poor oversight over the span of 20 tobacco stings, according to the AP.

The audit also found that the ATF gave a confidential informant $4.9 million from the sale of $15 million in cigarettes.

“ATF’s guidance regarding churning investigations lacked breadth and specificity, and managers at ATF headquarters as well as managers and special agents at ATF field offices often disregarded it,” Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz wrote in the 53-page audit.

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FBI Works Around Carnage to Investigate Nairobi Mall Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI began the grueling process of investigating a bullet-riddled Nairobi mall where more than 60 people were killed by terrorists, the Associated Press reports.

Agents were working along bodies crushed by rubble as they began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis to determine the identities of the terrorists.

The FBI believes Americans may have been involved.

Al-Shabab, a Somali Islamic extremist group, took credit for the attack.

Here are 5 Fascinating Facts about the FBI

The History Channel listed 10 fascinating facts about the FBI. Here are five of them.

1. J. Edgar Hoover served 48 years as director of the FBI, spending 62% of his life at the helm. FBI directors are now restricted to 10-year terms.

2. The FBI went through a variety of names in the early 20th century. Then-Attorney General Charles Bonaparte recruited a group of federal investigators in 1908 and dubbed it the “special agent force.” The following year, Bonaparte’s successor name it the Bureau of Investigation. In 1933, the name was changed to Division of Investigation. Finally, in 1935, the name was changed to Federal Bureau of Investigations.

3. Hoover was not a fan of female agents. In fact, no women were hired during his tenure. When he arrived three women were agents. They were required to wear skits or dresses and were barred from smoking at their desks.

4. The oldest former FBI agent alive today is 106. Walter Walsh was a skilled marksman who famously participated in a shootout with killed notorious gangster Al Brady in 1937.

5. FBI agents spent two years investigating the Kingsmen’s hit pop song, “Louie Louie.” Parents were concerned the garbled verses contained sexual language. The bureau ultimately released a 120-page report that concluded the song was “unintelligible at any speed.”

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FBI Reduces Time Spent on White Collar Crimes by 7%

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ever wonder why no one on Wall Street was charged in connection with the 2008 financial crisis?

The FBI will have even less time investigating Wall Street after the bureau reduced the amount of time its agents spend on white-collar crime, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The FBI has reduced its recommendation for white-collar criminal prosecution by 7%.

The new recommendation is 2,001, according to a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearance.

The reduction continues a years-long drop in white-collar crime investigations, the LA Times reported.

Border Patrol to Reveal 18 Months of Traffic Stop Records After ACLU Lawsuit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The U.S Border Patrol, as part of a lawsuit alleging the agency racially profiles people, has agreed to share records of each traffic stop in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula for 18 months, ABC News reports.

The ACLU has alleged in a lawsuit that Border Patrol agents were pulling over people without reasonable suspicion because of the way people look.

The agency also pledged to retrain its Olympic Peninsula agents on the Fourth Amendment, ABC News wrote.

Still, the Border Patrol has admitted no wrongdoing.

“This agreement confirms that Border Patrol can’t pull over a vehicle because of the driver’s race or ethnicity or simply because the person lives in proximity to the border,” said Matt Adams, legal director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. “We hope that the reporting requirements and the additional training will ultimately provide greater accountability, and restore a measure of dignity for folks who live in this region.”