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FBI Agents Association Backs Bill Authorizing Feds to Help Probe Mass Shootings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI Agents Association is supporting a bill that would authorize federal agents to respond and help local authorities during mass shootings and other violence at a public place, the Washington Times reports.

The association, which announced its support Wednesday,  said the bill would make it easier for feds to help local officials during any violent crime in a public area, the Washington Times wrote.

Association President Konrad Motyka said the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crime Act of 2012 would avoid unnecessary confusion and lift bureaucratic hurdles.

“FBI agents have a long history of working closely with state and local law enforcement officials to investigate crimes,” Motyka said. “However, the FBI must often find indirect grants of authority in order to assist with state and local investigations. This is because of the current ambiguous statutory language granting authority to the FBI and other federal law enforcement officers to provide investigative assistance for certain nonfederal crimes, such as mass killings.

Record Number of Background Checks Performed on Prospective Gun Owners in 2012

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI performed a record number of background checks on people who wanted to buy guns in December and all of 2012, CNN reports.

The spike this month – 2.8 million background checks – occurred during two high-profile mass shootings.

The number of background checks for the years totaled more than 19.5 million, an increase of more than 3 million, according to CNN.

Federal law requires background checks of anyone who wants to buy a gun.

The search is to ensure prospective owners don’t have a criminal record or a serious mental illness.

New Orleans’ Top DEA Agent Jimmy Fox is the Target of an Internal Probe Over Possible Ethical Lapse

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jimmy Fox III, head of the DEA in New Orleans, is the subject of an internal investigation, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The paper reports he may have violated some ethics laws when he put in a bid to oversee sweeping reforms in the police department that had been ordered under a consent decree with the Justice Department.

The paper reported that he may have violated the federal government’s “revolving door” laws that deal with fed officials seeking new jobs.

“This matter is currently under internal review and I cannot comment further,” Dawn Dearden, a U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman, said in a statement published by the paper.

The paper reported that last summer  Fox  launched a businesses, Fox Security Services.  He uses his home as the business address.

To read the full story click here.

FBI Lists Most Significant Cases of 2012

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

From espionage to cyber hacking, the FBI has taken on a lot of significant cases in 2012.

The following list was posted by the FBI.

Insider trading: Charges against seven investment professionals were announced in New York in January alleging an insider trading scheme that netted nearly $62 million in illegal profits. Details

California gang takedown: A total of 119 defendants were charged in San Diego in January with federal racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking violations, and federal firearm offenses in one of the largest single gang takedowns in FBI San Diego history. The target was the Mexican Mafia gang and its affiliates.Details

Economic espionage: In February, a federal grand jury in San Francisco charged five individuals and five companies with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets in connection with their roles in a long-running effort to obtain U.S. trade secrets for the benefit of companies controlled by the People’s Republic of China. Details

Cyber hackers charged: Several hackers in the U.S. and abroad were charged in New York in March with cyber crimes affecting over a million victims. Four principal members of the hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec were among those indicted; another key member previously pled guilty to similar charges. Details

Anchorage man indicted for murder: In April, Israel Keyes was charged with the kidnapping and murder of an Anchorage barista. Keyes is believed to have committed multiple kidnappings and murders across the country between 2001 and March 2012. In December, after Keyes committed suicide in jail, the FBI requested the public’s help regarding his other victims. Details

Financial fraudster receives 110-year sentence: In June, Allen Stanford—the former chairman of Stanford International Bank—was sentenced in Houston to 110 years in prison for orchestrating a 20-year investment fraud scheme in which he misappropriated $7 billion to finance his personal businesses.Details

Nationwide sweep recovers child victims of prostitution: The FBI and its partners announced the results of Operation Cross Country, a three-day law enforcement action in June in which 79 child victims of prostitution were recovered and more than 100 pimps were arrested. Details

International cyber takedown: Also in June, a two-year FBI undercover cyber operation culminated in the arrest of 24 individuals in eight countries. The investigation focused on “carding” crimes—offenses in which the Internet is used to steal victims’ credit card and bank account information—and was credited with protecting over 400,000 potential cyber crime victims and preventing over $205 million in losses.Details

Health care fraud: In July, global health care company GlaxoSmithKline pled guilty to fraud allegations and failure to report safety data and agreed to pay $3 billion in what officials called the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history. Details

Russian military procurement network: In October, 11 members of a Russian military procurement network operating in the United States and Russia, as well as a Texas-based export company and a Russia-based procurement firm, were indicted in New York and charged with illegally exporting high-tech microelectronics from the U.S. to Russian military and intelligence agencies. Details

Behind-the-Scenes Look at FBI Providing Counterterrorism Security at Times Square

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

While more than one billion people tuned in to watch the ball drop at Times Square on New Year’s eve, a massive counterterrorism operation was underway.

CBS News went behind the scenes to see how the FBI keeps the city safe during one of the busiest nights of the year.

“It’s a nice target – a lot of media, a lot of cameras – to expose the world to whatever some insane person has got planned. It’s a target,” said Randall Derouin of the FBI.

A SWAT team was position in an underground garage. More than 100 FBI agents helped with security. And a bomb squad was on hand.

FBI Launches Another Investigation Involving Trenton City Hall

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Trenton, N.J. housing projects started under former Mayor Douglas Palmer are the subject of an FBI corruption investigation, the Trenton Times reports.

Developer Robert Kahan, who was involved in all five projects, is named in the subpoena obtained by the Trenton Times.

Palmer, who often used Kahan as a developer, told the Times he has not been contacted by the FBI and believes the probe is directed at Kahan and not the city or him.

The investigation appears to be unrelated to another investigation that led to the indictment of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, who pleaded not guilty to six corruption charges in December.

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