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FBI’s Top Cyber Cop Shawn Henry Joining Calif. Computer Security Firm

FBI's Shawn Henry/ file photo fbi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shawn Henry, the FBI’s top cyber cop up until his recent retirement, is putting his FBI skill to use in the private sector.

The Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett reports that ex-FBI official Shawn Henry is joining an Irvine, Calif. upstart computer security firm called CrowdStrike Inc.

The Journal reports that Henry will lead a unit “that will provide vulnerability assessments and instant response for hacking incidents.”

 

FBI Needs Long Term Strategy to Fill Counterterrorism Vacancies

By Amanda Palleschi
Government Executive

The FBI needs to develop a long-term strategy for filling counterterrorism division vacancies, a government watchdog found.

Although the FBI has made some progress addressing a 40 percent vacancy rate — first reported in 2005 — in certain parts of its counterterrorism division, the bureau has yet to establish sufficient plans for recruitment moving forward, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Monday.

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Secret Service Looking into Rocker Ted Nugent’s Rant Against the Prez

Ted Nugent/ nugent website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service has an interest in rocker Ted Nugent, and not for his music.

Yahoo News! is reporting that the Secret Service is looking into his violent rant at the NRA convention in St. Louis over the weekend.

“I’ll tell you this right now: If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said. “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”

He also urged to “get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”

 

FBI Crime Lab Chemist Testified That He Was Told to Ignore Real Findings

By Spencer S. Hsu, Jennifer Jenkins and Ted Mellnik
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The bombshell came at the most inopportune time.

An FBI special agent was testifying in the government’s high-profile terrorism trial against Omar Abdel Rahman, the “blind sheik” suspected of plotting the first attack on the World Trade Center.

Frederic Whitehurst, a chemist and lawyer who worked in the FBI’s crime lab, testified that he was told by his superiors to ignore findings that did not support the prosecution’s theory of the bombing.

“There was a great deal of pressure put upon me to bias my interpretation,” Whitehurst said in U.S. District Court in New York in 1995.

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Sen. Grassley: Secret Service Director Taking Scandal Seriously

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

UPDATE, Wed, 8 a.m.:  CBS News  is reporting that there were up to 20 prostitutes involved with the Secret Service agents and military aides, and that the Secret Service wants to polygraph the people involved.
 
 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Under the category of “He better be taking this seriously if he wants to keep his job” comes the conversation Sen. Chuck Grassley had with Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan.

Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican member, issued a press release Tuesday saying that he was briefed by Sullivan about the latest scandal involving allegations that 11 Secret Service employees hired prostitutes in Colombia before President Obama arrived for a summit.

And guess what? Sullivan is taking this seriously. Really. Does he have a choice?

Here’s what Grassley had to say:

“Director Sullivan called me today to provide the latest on the incident with Secret Service agents and prostitutes in Colombia.It sounds like he’s taking the situation very seriously.

“It was welcome news that he has called on the Inspector General for an independent review. The allegations against a few agents in the Secret Service have given the entire agency a black eye, and a transparent, independent review should help the agency regain some respect from the American taxpayers and from people around the world.”

 

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Blogger Suggests FBI Has More Info on Decades-old Cop-Killer Case

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Blogger Micah Morrison seeks justice in a decades old cop-killer case, and wants the FBI to reveal any hidden cards.

Last weekend marked 40 years since Police Officer Phillip Cardillo was shot and killed in Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam Mosque No. 7 in Harlem, reports Micah Morrison for the NY Daily News. Morrison, who is working on a book about the incident, is calling on the feds to reopen the recently re-examined, and re-closed, case.

Morrison suggests that the only suspect in Cardillo’s murder, Lewis 17X Dupree,  may have been an FBI informant, and that the whole case, including the fact that it was closed without a conviction, reeks of “betrayal and coverup.”

He reports that in 1976 then-FBI Director Clarence Kelly wrote a letter to Nation of Islam General Counsel Saad El-Amin, declaring “neither the FBI nor any FBI source or informant was in any way connected with the confrontation or events leading up to the confrontation.”

However, FBI docs regarding the case have 6 prominent black-outs under the heading “Sources,” suggesting to Morrison that the FBI has more info that could illuminate the unresolved case.

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3 Convictions for Violation of Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Fourteen years after its namesake’s murders, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is being used to hold three men accountable for hate-fueled violence in Houston.

Three defendants flush with white-supremacist tattoos were convicted Monday in Texas of hate crimes for the violent beating of an African-American man. The assault, which involved kicking and punching in the face, head and body, occurred while the victim waited for a bus in Houston in 2011, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Under Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, enacted in 2009, the assailants face up to 10 years in prison.

“We hope today’s convictions send a powerful public message,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris. “The Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is a tool the FBI will use to aggressively investigate and prosecute hate crimes as felony offenses.”

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