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FBI Abandoned System to Alert Agents When Multiple Gun Purchases Are Made

tsa gunsweek_in_review_0511_0517_2012By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI debated establishing an alert system seven years ago to determine who is making multiple gun purchases.

But the Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI abandoned the idea over legal concerns.

Such an alert system would have tipped off the FBI when the Orlando nightclub shooter made several gun purchases.

Mass shooters often make multiple gun purchases before carrying out a massacre.

The FBI and Justice Department are also considering an alert system to warn investigators when people who were once investigated for terrorism buy firearms.

Former Secret Service Agent Accused of Stealing More Bitcoins

bitcoin_bigBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent who stole money seized during the Silk Road investigation is now accused of stealing money in two other cases.

Fortune reports that former agent Shaun Bridges is accused of stealing about $700,000 worth of bitcoin from a Secret Service account.

The theft appeared to occur three months after the agency was told to block the agent’s access to the bitcoin account.

Bridge was sentenced to nearly six years in prison in December for stealing more than $800,000 in bitcoins during the Silk Road investigation.

The department was told to move the funds somewhere else.

“Unfortunately, the U.S. Secret Service did not do so and the funds were thereafter stolen, something the U.S. Secret Service only discovered once it was ordered by a court to pay a portion of the seizure back to affected claimants,” a team of prosecutors wrote in an accompanying motion.

Border Patrol Agents Cleared of Wrongdoing After 4 Shootings

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol officials have concluded that agents acted properly while opening fire while on duty on four different occasions, The Los Angeles Times reports. 

An internal panel for Customs and Border Protection reviewed the cases after concerns about a pattern of agents using deadline force.

CBP also is investigating 14 other shootings.

In one of the cases where agents were found to have acted properly, they repeatedly fired at the engine of a boat smuggling immigrants near Solana Beach in San Diego County in June 2015.

After the shooting, the boat crashed with the agent’s boat and capsized. One woman drowned.

Two other cases involve agents opening fire on people throwing rocks at them.

In the fourth shooting, an agent shot a suspect who was clutching a rifle and fleeing local police.

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Congressman Calls for Hearing on FBI’s Response to Florida Nightclub Shooter

Rep. John Mica

Rep. John Mica

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, is demanding to learn more about the FBI’s response to Omar Mateen, the man who opened fire at a nightclub, killing 49 people.

Mica said he wants to know whether the FBI missed clues before the shooting and what the bureau knew about Mateen when he was previously investigated, WFTV reports. 

Mica is calling for a congressional hearing to get those answers.

Mica suggested that the FBI should have done more earlier but didn’t because of political correctness.

Why FBI Gives Bank Robbers Funny Nicknames

A robber dressed as Santa Claus robbed a metro Nashville bank.

A robber dressed as Santa Claus robbed a metro Nashville bank.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ever wonder why the FBI gives bank robbers nicknames, like “Thug in a Rug,” “Snowbird Bandit,” and “Sabbatical Bandit?”

It’s quite simple, the FBI said.

“The Safe Streets Task Force comes up with nicknames for bank robbers, first of all, so we can internally refer to them easily,” Seattle FBI spokesperson Ayne Deitrich-Williams said. “There are a lot of bank robbers, and when somebody stands out with the same MO, then it’s easy to slap a name on them. In this case, somebody wearing a wig.”

“We also like to use the nickname when we talk to the public because we want something to stand out in the public’s mind,” she said. “If they are a witness to one of these robberies, they would know it’s not just any person acting suspiciously, it’s a known bank robber so pay attention to note any details.”

The FBI said it’s effective.

Homeland Security Wants Permission to Ask Travelers for Social Media Accounts

passport1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection may ask travelers for more than their passports as America looks to tighten its vetting process.

CBP submitted a proposal that would enable official to requests that travelers voluntarily disclose their social media account information, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. 

“It will be an optional data field to request social media identifiers to be used for vetting purposes, as well as applicant contact information,” the CPB said in the proposal.

Citizens from 38 countries are allowed to travel to the U.S. for business or tourism for no longer than 90 days without a visa.

The social media information would help officials assess “potential risks to national security,” Homeland Security said.

New Video Shows How Secret Service Stopped Man from Shooting at White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge said the “only thing” that prevented a Pennsylvania man shooting people at the White House last month was a Secret Service agent who shot the assailant in the chest.

ABC News said U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Harvey said reviewed video of the shooting this week before making his conclusion.

Authorities said Jessie Olivieri drove from his home in Scranton, Pa.,  and to a park near the White House.

The judge said Olivieri fired a shot before passing through a security gate on the perimeter of the White House, ignoring orders to stop by the Secret Service.

“The agent, standing behind the gate and in [Olivieri’s] path, ordered [him] to halt and drop the gun. He did neither, even seeming to wave off the commands with the hand not holding the gun. Moments later, the agent shot him in the chest,” Harvey wrote in a court document.

According to authorities, Olivieri  “came here to shoot people” and wanted to commit “suicide by police.”

Border Patrol Agent Punched by Suspect, But Still Apprehends Him

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Honduran man punched a Border Patrol agent in the face, but that wasn’t enough to stop the agent from capturing him.

The FBI said Ssahil Jose Lainez-Fugon was hiding under a bush near the Rio Grande in the La Paloma Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

The agent saw the suspect’s legs poking out of the bush.

Lainez started running, but the agent was able to grab his short. That’s when authorities said Lainez punched the agent in the jaw, cutting the inside of his mouth.

Nevertheless, the agent was still able to capture and apprehend the man.

Lainey has been charged with assaulting a federal officer and is in the custody of U.S. Marshals.

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