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FBI Director Comey to Celebrate Opening of New Offie in Williston, North Dakota

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 8.32.31 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey is headed to North Dakota today to celebrate the opening of the bureau’s newest office.

The Associated Press reports that Comey will lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new office in Williston.

Also on hand will be the state’s congressional delegation and U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers.

The Williston location will be the fifth office in the state. The other locations are in Fargo, Bismark, Grand Forks and Minot.

Comey also plans to meet with tribal officials at the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Ex-Secret Service Officer Writes Book Depicting Hillary Clinton As Temperamental, Unpredictable

crisis of characterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new book written by an ex-Secret Service officer depicts Hillary Clinton as a confrontational, temperamental personality who scared many people around her.

Page Six  received advanced promotional materials on the book, “Crisis of Character.”

Byrne is a retired US Secret Service Uniformed Division Officer, not an Agent or Special Agent.

His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, And How They Operate.”

The author, Gary Byrne, protected Bill Clinton when he was president. Payne wrote that Hillary Clinton was “erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent.”

It wasn’t just White House staffers who were afraid of Hillary Clinton, who often screamed obscenities at her husband, the book claims.

The author reports one “violent” encounter between the Clintons.

“Hillary Clinton is now poised to become the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, but she simply lacks the integrity and temperament to serve in the office,” he writes.

Ex-Senator: TSA ‘Is Locked in a Time Warp’ As Lines Get Longer

Airport crowdBy Ex-Senator Judd Gregg
The Hill

The Transportation Security Administration is an agency that really is lost.

The TSA was created in the immediate wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when everything was a bit chaotic.

As a government and as a nation, we were desperate to take actions — and put in place systems — that would avoid a repeat of that horrific day.

Since the attacks had come through the air, air security was one of the obvious and necessary places to begin. Thus the TSA arose.

But like so many things that are created in haste to address an immediate need or threat, reforms are needed. The threat changes over time and the manner of addressing that threat also needs to change.

In the world of government and bureaucracy such adjustments tend to be problematic, however. This is what has happened with the TSA. The agency is locked in a time warp and people who need to get on airplanes are locked in absurdly long lines.

It is appropriate in trying to understand the depth of this problem to review a few facts that were there at the start, when the TSA was born.

First and most important is the event of 9/11 itself.

What made this attack so devastating was something that should have been obvious to anyone interested in how terrorists might try to harm us.

Specifically, it was the use of a commercial airplane filled with fuel as a missile, guided by individuals who were fanatical enough to be willing to sacrifice their lives to deliver this weapon to its target.

Novels had been written using this premise.

But, for reasons never fully explained, no one in the business of protecting our nation had ever come up with a serious strategy to neutralize this threat.

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FBI Has Recovered At Least 2,650 Missing Pieces of Art And Artifacts Since 2004

This Charles Darwin letter was stole in the 1970s and was recently recovered.

This Charles Darwin letter was stole in the 1970s and was recently recovered.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has found at least 2,650 missing art pieces or historical artifacts since 2004, according to a review by News4 Washington. 

The bureau’s Art Crime Team, a specialized unit to combat art fraud and theft, recovered the pieces.

Agents recently found a stolen historic letter authored by Charles Darwin in 1870s. The letter was stolen from the Smithsonian Archives in Washington D.C. in the 1970s. It was recovered on May 26.

“It is an important part of our heritage,” FBI Special Agent Marc Hess said. “It may not be worth a lot monetarily, but it’s worth a lot to scholars.”

Other cases involve artifacts, paintings and other valuable works of art and history.

The FBI says art theft and fraud is on the rise.

FBI Developing Database to Track, Sort People Base on Their Tattoos

TattooBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is working on technology that would allow law enforcement to track and sort people based on their tattoos.

Gizmodo reports the database would help determine “affiliation to gangs, sub-cultures, religious or ritualistic beliefs, or political ideology.”

The system would be based on an algorithms and big datasets.

The technology would “map connections between people with similarly themed tattoos or make inferences about people from their tattoos,” according to a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Secret Service Agents Rush Stage to Protect Bernie Sanders for Second Time This Week

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agents rushed to protect Bernie Sanders on a stage for the second time in a week.

Sanders was delivering a speech Thursday in Modesto, Calif., when animal-rights protesters shouted at the senator and unfurled a black banner that read, “Animal Liberation is Social Justice.”

Two Secret Service agents jumped on the stage, and the protesters were escorted out.

Secret Service agents also rushed the stage on Monday when at least four people ran toward Sanders.

DEA Arrests Nogales Police Officer on Allegations of Buying, Possessing Narcotics

Danzita Hernandez

Danitza Hernandez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA arrested a Nogales, Ariz., police officer for allegedly buying and possessing narcotics.

Tucson News Now reports that Danitza Hernandez was arrested while she off duty on Wednesday.

She was charged with two felony counts of illegal possession of narcotic and use of an electronic device during a drug transaction.

The Nogales Police Department has placed Hernandez on administration suspension.

The police department said it is cooperating with the DEA.