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Ammunition Found in Wealthy Dallas High School; Where Are the Metal Detectors?

Pamela Kripke

By Pamela Kripke
Huffington Post

Earlier this month, a student at my daughter’s public high school found a pile of .22 caliber bullets on the floor of a boys’ bathroom. A day before, a threatening note was discovered in the same restroom, inside a stall. On top of the tissue dispenser. In February, three similar notes were found, three days in a row, in the same place. All talked of bombs.

When the bullets surfaced, FBI agents were called to the school to assist local police officers. The next day, someone dropped another handwritten note at the top of a stairwell. Then, after a $10,000 reward was announced, someone emailed a seventh threat to the organization that receives the tips. Twice this week, a person sent intimidating messages to individual students’ telephones. One was two paragraphs long. It said that the situation is “not a hoax,” we will see, but has been “building.” Finally, today, while writing this piece, another round of messages hit students’ phones.

When something happens, the school administrators send a text message to parents. They started doing this after the first round of notes. Numbers show up on the screen and you know there is trouble. We rush to the school to pick up our kids, in pajamas, in the middle of work. My stomach pangs when the phone rings. The morning of the bullets, it was my mom. I should tell her not to call.

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Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: A 1960 FBI Film on Defense Tactics

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U.S. Senator Harshly Criticizes FBI for Handling of Mob Informant Mark Rossetti

Mark Rossetti/ from Fox video

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Sen. Charles Grassley, a longtime critic of the FBI, issued some harsh words for the agency in the case of  FBI informant Mark Rossetti, a big-time Boston mobster, who was sentenced last week in Suffolk Superior Court to 12 years in prison.

Grassley said the Boston FBI hasn’t learned its lesson since FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger ran amuck and continued to commit crimes while working as an FBI informant, according to MyFox Boston. He said the Boston office needs a major shakeup.

“I thought it was pretty clear after Bulger as an example, now Rossetti coming out and not having learned any lessons. There needs to be big changes. I’m not running the FBI but this has been going on too long. There have to be big changes,” Grassley told FOX Undercover.

Fox wrote on its website:

Rossetti is a mob captain and suspected murderer who was charged in 2010 with running an organized crime ring including heroin trafficking, loan sharking and extortion. A State Police wiretap on Rossetti that gathered evidence used to indict and ultimately convict him also recorded conversations with his FBI handler, showing he was committing crimes while acting as a paid informant.

“It’s very difficult with the use of a Rossetti or a previous person that they wouldn’t know it’s going on and there wasn’t some knowledge of it. And if there isn’t knowledge of it there ought to be, otherwise the FBI is not doing its job,” Grassley said.

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FBI Searches Home of Former Reagan Aide Robert McFarlane for Evidence of Sudanese Relationship

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents searched the apartment of a national security adviser under former President Reagan on suspicions that he violated federal law by lobbying on behalf of the Sudanese government, according to an Associated Press story in the Washington Post.

Agents searching the apartment of Robert McFarlane found classified White House documents and handwritten notes about Sudan, the Post reported. The search warrant was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.

Federal law bars Americans from doing business with Sudan because of human rights violations and its alleged support for terrorism, the Post wrote.

Email obtained by the FBI show communication between McFarlane and the Sudanese government

“I believe that these emails are evidence that McFarlane was entering into an agreement with the government of Sudan to lobby the U.S. government officials on behalf of Sudan and to provide it advice during negotiations with the United States,” FBI agent Grayden R. Ridd wrote, according to AP.

More Than 100 Members of Congress Urge FBI to Expand Tracking of Hate Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Support for tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arab-Americans gained traction Thursday after more than 100 members of Congress sent a letter urging the FBI to take action, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports.

The letter urging the FBI to begin tracking hate crimes against those groups comes after the Department of Justice also asked the FBI to do the same.

The desire to expand tracking for hate crimes follows the massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in August 2012.

“Unfortunately, there is a specific, demonstrated need for hate crime data for each of these three categories,” the letter said. “We understand that, at present, the FBI does not collect specific information about these categories of hate violence, which may at times be recorded as anti-Muslim bias motivation. However, evidence suggests that all too many crimes are committed against these groups because of their religious or national identity, and not because they are confused with Muslims.”

FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’ List Celebrates 63 Years of Existence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

One of the most popular weapons against criminals, the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” recently turned 63 years old.

The list of most-wanted fugitives has helped nab 153 most-wanted fugitives from people tipped off by pictures on the list, About.com reports.

Of the 495 people who have been on the list, 465 have been apprehended.

J. Edgar Hoover hatched the idea with reporters at the end of Word War II and published the first list on March 14, 1950, About.com wrote.

The FBI’s deputy director chooses the list of fugitives after getting recommendations from field offices, About.com reported.

The list is prioritized by length of criminal history, severity of the crimes and their potential threat to the public, About.com wrote.

Congress Blasts Homeland Security for Failing to Produce Better Method to Assess Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democrats and Republicans expressed frustration this week that Homeland Security officials never made good on a promise two years ago to produce more reliable standards to assess border security, the New York Times reports.

Not only did Homeland Security fail to devise an accurate method to evaluate the border, it isn’t even close producing one, the New York Times wrote.

“We do not want the Department of Homeland Security to be the stumbling block to comprehensive immigration reform for this country,” said Representative Candice Miller, a Republican from Michigan who is the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security.

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Secret Service Calls “Inaccurate” a Report in The Atlantic About an Agent Discharging His Gun and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service on Thursday issued a statement, calling “inaccurate” a story in The Atlantic entitled “How the Secret Service Almost Shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, stated:

“In September of 2007, one of our personnel assigned to the Iranian presidential protective detail accidentally discharged one round from a Heckler & Koch MP-5 into the floorboard of a Secret Service vehicle while conducting an equipment inspection. At the time of the discharge the vehicle was parked in a motorcade staging area at the United Nations. There were no protectees or foreign security personnel in the vicinity of the vehicle at the time of the discharge. There were no injuries sustained by anyone as a result of the incident.”

“The Secret Service takes weapons handling and safety very seriously and a full investigation was conducted by our Inspection Division at that time. This matter was handled internally and in an appropriate manner.”

The Atlantic reported that President George Bush’s daily intelligence brief contained this: “A U.S. Secret Service agent, in an apparent accident, discharged his shotgun as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading his motorcade at the InterContinental Hotel yesterday.”

The Atlantic wrote:

The agent was adjusting the side-mounted shotgun on one of the motorcade’s armored follow-up Suburbans when it discharged. “Everyone just stopped. The Iranians looked at us and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car.” And that was it.