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To Combat Hackers, Homeland Security Hires New Experts in Cybersecurity

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is facing an increasing threat from hackers.

To combat the challenge, Homeland Security held its first-ever Cyber and Tech Job Fail July 27-28 in Washington D.C.

The Federal Times reports positive results: 14,000 applicants, 2,500 walk-in candidates, 842 on-site interviews, 400 prospective job offers and 120 new employees.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made the announcement as part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month celebrations.

“We thank Congress for new legal authorities in support of our cyber recruitment and retention efforts,” Johnson said. “The department is maximizing its use of these authorities to build our cyber workforce. We also thank the Office of Personnel Management for granting DHS the authority to hire 1,000 cyber professionals this calendar year.”

Justice Department Shakeup Seeks to Jumpstart Probe into Eric Garner’s Death

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In an unusual shakeup, the Justice Department has dumped a New York team of agents and lawyers investigating the death of Eric Garner, who was killed when a police officer placed him in a chokehold over selling untaxed cigarettes.

The Justice Department is replacing the agents and lawyers after the case has been stymied over a dispute between federal prosecutors and FBI officials about whether to file charges, the New York Times reports.

Prosecutors with the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department have been in favor of filing charges, saying there is sufficient evidence in the case.

Recently FBI agents were replaced with agents outside of New York. Federal prosecutors were taken off the case.

It’s not yet clear whether the civil rights prosecutors will work solo to present evidence to a grand jury.

The Justice Department and FBI declined to comment.

The shakeup was criticized for the attorney of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed Garner, 43, in a chokehold.

“If it is true that the Justice Department is rejecting the recommendations of seasoned F.B.I. agents and assistant United States attorneys, this is a gross miscarriage of justice,” the attorney, Stuart London, said. “In our system of justice, politics should never take the place of the rule of law.”

Federal Prosecutors Ask for Life Sentence for Convicted LAX Shooter

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to impose a life sentence on Paul Ciancia, the man killed a TSA officer and wounded there other people when he opened fire inside a Los Angele International Airport terminal, MyNewsLA.com reports. 

Ciancia “plotted to commit mass murder at one of the nation’s foremost transportation hubs, murdered a beloved public servant in cold blood, seriously injured two other federal officers whom he shot and was attempting to kill, shot and injured a passenger who was traveling to attend a wedding, and terrified hundreds of other passengers and employees at LAX who feared for their lives and the safety of their families,” according to the document filed in advance of Ciancia’s Nov. 7 sentencing hearing in downtown Los Angeles.

TSA Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez was killed and two additional TSA officers were wounded. Also injured was a teacher, Brian Ludmer.

“This decision will require the Bureau of Prisons to balance several important factors, including considerations of facility security and the safety of federal prison workers in light of defendant’s mental condition and the fact that he continues to subscribe to the belief structure that contributed to the commission of his crimes,” the prosecutor wrote.

Ciancia pleaded guilty to 11 counts of murder and other charges on Sept. 6. He dodged the death penalty by entering into a plea agreement.

Other Stories of Interest

Glock Donates $30,000 to DEA Survivors Benefit Fund

sbf-dea-badge-web

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Survivors Benefit Fund (DEASBF) received a donation of $30,000 from GLOCK, Inc.  at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in  San Diego last week.

“GLOCK is proud to help honor those who have laid down their lives to serve and protect,”  GLOCK National Director of Sales, Bob Radecki Radecki, said in a statement.  “By assisting in providing their children with a college education, GLOCK is able to contribute to this meaningful cause.”

Since 2011, GLOCK has donated nearly $150,000 to the DEASBF.

Retired DEA agent Richard Crock, who is chairman of the fund, said:

“The fund would not exist without donors and partners like GLOCK. We can never replace a lost mother or father but with GLOCK’s help we can make the lives of the surviving family members, especially the children, a little easier. Currently, the Benefit Fund pays line of duty death and continuing education benefits to the families of DEA Agents and Task Force Officers killed in the line of duty.”

To learn more about the survivors benefit fund and to donate click here.

ICE Special Agent Charged in Alleged Pay-to-Stay Immigration Scheme

ICE Special Agent Clifton Divers.

ICE Special Agent Clifton Divers.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent is accused of a pay-to-stay immigration scheme.

Clifton L. Divers, 48, of Detroit, has been charged with bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, the Detroit News reports.

Divers, who also is a local attorney, is accused of providing deferrals of deportation and other immigration benefits for non-citizens in exchange for free legal services and more than $5,000.

Divers has been charged with conspiring to impair, obstruct and defeat the lawful function of Homeland Security by dishonest means. In addition, he has been charged with destruction and falsification of records to obstruction an official investigation by the Office of Inspector General of Homeland Security.

Divers is accused of committing the crimes between 2009 and 2015.

If convicted, he faces between five and 20 years behind bars.

Wife of High-Ranking FBI Official Received Campaign Cash by Clinton Allies

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe played a major role in the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state.

Turns out, McCabe’s wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, received nearly $500,000 in donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has longstanding ties to the Clintons, for her campaign to run for a state Senate seat, the Wall Street Journal reveals.

The Virginia Democratic Party, over which McAuliffe has considerable influence, donated an additional $207,788 worth of campaign mailers to Dr. McCabe’s senate campaign, which she eventually lost.

The governor’s spokesman said he “supported Jill McCabe because he believed she would be a good state senator. This is a customary practice for Virginia governors… Any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous.”

In a statement, the FBI responded that Andrew McCabe, who is now the deputy director of the bureau, “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”

Dr. McCabe defended her husband.

“Once I decided to run, my husband had no formal role in my campaign other than to be a supportive husband to me and our children. As a federal official…everyone who participated in our campaign understood and respected that he could not participate.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: More Deplorable Revelations Surface of Clinton Probe

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
Richmond Times-Dispatch 

More deplorable revelations about Hillary Clinton have hit the news.

The FBI released more documents related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and a letter from the inspector general for the national intelligence community was made public. The dismal revelations are not surprising; they merely reinforce the judgment much of the public has formed about the Democratic presidential nominee.

The most alarming news is contained in the letter from intelligence IG Charles McCullough III. He informed two Senate committees that Clinton’s server contained emails about special access programs.

Certain classified information rises to a level above top secret. Some of it is classified as SCI, or secure compartmentalized information. Information about special access programs is deemed even more sensitive than that.

This news rebuts, once again, Clinton’s false claim that she never sent or received classified information over her private server. To the contrary, information on it was highly classified. It also calls into question FBI director James Comey’s decision not to bring charges against her — a decision that appears to have troubled a number of career FBI agents as well.

The FBI’s own documents show that hackers attacked Clinton’s server numerous times — and were able to gain control of one email account belonging to a staffer who worked for Bill Clinton. The agency was unable to say whether hackers were able to penetrate the entire server.

The agency’s data dump include other information that, while less alarming, is no less embarrassing. Members of the security detail assigned to Clinton while she was secretary of state say she frequently violated both security and diplomatic protocol “without regard for the safety of her staff and protection detail, in order to gain favorable press.”

To read more click here. 

NTSB to Investigate Bus Crash That Killed 13, Injured 31 in California

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tour bus crash that killed 13 people and injured 31 others in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., early Sunday.

NTSB made the announcement on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The bus was returning from the Red Earth Casino near Salton Sea when it collided with a big rig on the 10 Freeway.

According to officials, the truck was traveling slowly because workers were strangling power lines across the freeway. That’s when investigators say the bus slammed into the back of the trailer at a high rate of speed.

It’s unclear why the bus didn’t slow down.