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FBI Will Once Again Give Test on Domestic Operations

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
The FBI soon plans to give its employees a test on bureau policies for conducting surveillance on Americans. The test, if you recall, is called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide. (DIOG)

Last time the test was given for the DIOG, things didn’t go so well. In fact, a scandal developed. The Justice Department’s Inspector General last year found that a number of employees cheated on the open-book test on the DIOG. Some agents passed around the answers. Some finished in such short time it was obvious they cheated. Some folks got in trouble.

This time agents, analysts and other employees are going to take a test focusing just the revisions made on the DIOG. It will be much shorter.

Paul Bresson, spokesman for the FBI, said he expects the test to be introduced in the coming weeks.

“Prior to implementation of the revised Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG), all FBI special agents and appropriate professional staff will be required to successfully complete a training course and assessment,” Bresson said in a statement to the ticklethewire.com

“This requirement, to include the assessment, is designed to review important concepts (including items focusing on respect for civil rights and privacy concerns) and to ensure that FBI employees understand the changes that are being made in the revised DIOG.”

“Much like other web-based training regularly provided by the FBI, the DIOG assessment will be part of the educational program.”

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FBI Agents Say Hijacker D.B. Cooper Probably Died During His Jump

fbi photos

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The mystery man known as D.B. Cooper, who parachuted from a plane in 1971 with $200,000 in ransom money, probably died during his jump, according to FBI agents on the case, Ronald Kessler of Newsmax reports.

FBI agent Ralph Himmelsbach was the case agent on the case, reported Kessler, who just authored the book “The Secrets of the FBI.” The case gained renewed interest when a woman claiming to be Cooper’s niece recently came forward, claiming she had heard her uncle talk about the heist. She has reportedly passed a polygraph test.

Kessler reports that Himmelsbach was the agent from the get go when Cooper boarded the Northwest Orient plane in Portland, Ore. He claimed to have a bomb and had the plane fly to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he got the ransom money. He subsequently parachuted from the plane.”

“I chased his plane in an Army helicopter just for a while until the weather was so bad that they called us back, and then I continued working the case,” Himmelsbach told Newsmax.“Then when the money was found on a river bank, it was turned in to me, and five years to the day after the skyjacking I testified before the grand jury, and they indicted him for aircraft piracy.”

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Feds Make Big Stink; Bust 2 Chinese Men for Counterfeit Perfumes

authentic Polo Black

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Apparently the feds wanted to make a big stink out this case.

Two men from China — Shaoxiong Zhou, 42, and Shaoxia Huang, 33 — have pleaded guilty U.S. District Court in Brooklyn — to trafficking in counterfeit perfume. Zhou pleaded guilty Friday. His co-defendant pleaded on Aug. 3.

Authorities said the two admitted offering to supply counterfeit perfume to prospective buyers at a Las Vegas trade show in August 2010. The counterfeit perfume included the brands Lacoste, Polo Black and Armani Code.

Authorities said ultimately a cargo shipment containing counterfeit perfumes was purchased and shipped to the United States in 2011 and was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents upon arrival.

New Mexico Gun Dealer Files Suit to Stop ATF Regulation of Reporting Sales in Border States

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The push back continues against an ATF regulation that would require gun dealers in four Mexican border states to report multiple gun sales of semi-automatic rifles.

An Albuquerque gun store has become the latest to file suit against the U.S. government to try and block the practice from taking effect on Aug. 14, the Associated Press reported. The states effected include New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Calif.

Ron Peterson Firearms Peterson filed a lawsuit last week, AP reported. The news service reported that it was the third lawsuit to be filed to try and block the regulation from taking effect.

ATF spokesman Drew Wade told The Associated Press on Friday that his agency will vigorously defend the regulation.

Another lawsuit has been filed by National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents the firearms industry, AP reported.

Hollywood Hacker Anthony Pellicano Breaks His Silence

Anthony Pellicano/youtube

By Christine Pelisek
Newsweek

Inmate No. 21568-112 settles into a blue plastic chair inside the gymnasium-size visitor center at Big Spring Federal Correctional Institution, clad in a beige jumpsuit that matches the color of the dead grass surrounding the prison.

Beyond the barbed wire lies the town of Big Spring, Texas (population: 25,000), a dusty, godforsaken former Air Force town pockmarked with shuttered businesses, fast-food joints, and four other detention and correctional facilities. The town’s biggest claim to fame was its supporting role in the 1969 best picture, Midnight Cowboy: this is the place Jon Voight’s character calls home, until he heads off to Manhattan to become a hustler.

And now it’s home to the hustler named Anthony Pellicano, self-styled Detective to the Stars, whose Soprano persona and win-at-any-cost tactics made him the No. 1 guy that Hollywood actors, suits, and their attorneys turned to whenever they had a problem. A big problem. The kind of problem where big bucks and bigger egos were at stake. With a Louisville Slugger in the trunk of his car and a computerized phone-hacking system in his Sunset Boulevard office, Pellicano dug up dirt on his clients’ enemies and helped make those problems go away—whether it was the embittered spouse of a mogul, an inconvenient gay lover, or a nosy journalist. That is, until he allegedly hired someone to intimidate the wrong nosy journalist—Anita Busch of the Los Angeles Times—and the FBI got involved, blowing the lid off the biggest wiretapping operation this side of Watergate.

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Underwear Bomber Wants Change of Venue

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The man known as the “underwear bomber” isn’t going down without a fight — despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

The Detroit News reports that  Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is asking a federal judge to change his trial to another state, saying he can’t get a fair trial in Michigan because the media coverage created an “inflamed commuity atmosphere.”

Attorney Anthony Chambers, who is assisting Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab  with his defense, also asked a judge on Friday to suppress statements made Abdulmutallab when he was in the hospital on painkillers, the Detroit News reported. Trial is set for Oct. 4.

Abdulmutallab, 24, is accused of trying to detonate a bomb in his underwear during a Christmas day flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in 2009.

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FBI Offers Child ID App for Parents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There’s apps for everything from shopping to games like Angry Bird. Now the FBI has an iPhone App for parents called Child ID.

The app allows parents to store photos and vital information about their children. That way parents can immediately share the info with police or security, for instance, at a mall, the FBI said. The information can also be emailed immediately.

The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing, the FBI said.

The app is currently only available on iPhones, but the FBI said it expects to expand the offerings for other mobile phones.

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