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State Department: Powell, Rice also Received Classified Info via Personal Email

collin powell

Colin Powell

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton was not the only former secretary of state who received classified information through private e-mail accounts, according to a review by the State Department.

Politco reports that former Secretary of State Colin Powell was contacted by the FBI about using a personal e-mail account while he was on the job.

The State Department inquire revealed that Powell and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice also received sensitive information through private accounts.

Powell, however, insisted none of the e-mails he received though his personal e-mail were classified.

“The FBI has come to us,” Powell said, adding that two agents visited him late yeast year to discus e-mail practices while he was SOS from 2001 to 2005

Holdouts at Wildlife Refuge: Only Contact with Outside World is FBI-Provided Phone

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The four remaining armed militants occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon said their only contact to the outside world is an FBI-provided cell phone, The Oregonian reports. 

The holdouts have declined to surrender, even after five militants were arrested and another killed in a clash with law enforcement.

“One of the FBI guys put a cellphone, one of the FBI cellphones, in a car up here that I picked up,” David Fry, 27, said. “They’re going to cut off all our personal cellphones soon.”

Law enforcement officials declined to discuss whether FBI-provided phones were the only way for occupiers to reach the outside world.

“The FBI’s investigation is ongoing so it would not be appropriate to provide details at this time,” a written statement from the Joint Information Center said. “We cannot comment regarding any operations about the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Border Patrol Agents Shoot Suspect Accused of Gunning Down a Man in El Paso

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agent shot a man near a Greyhound bus station in downtown El Paso.

KFOX 14 reports that agents heard gunshots near the bus station Thursday evening and rushed to the scene, where a man had been shot dead by another man.

Agents said they spotted the shooter running with a gun. He then pointed the gun at the agents, forcing them to open fire, according to a Border Patrol spokesman.

The suspect was taken to the hospital, where his condition was not immediately known.

“At this point it is a multiple agency investigation,” said El Paso Detective Mike Baranyay. “We are trying to identify additional witnesses. So until we get that all coordinated and conducted it will be a little premature for us to know exactly to know what caused the altercation.

Meet Randi, an ATF Bomb-Sniffing Dog Who Will Help with Super Bowl Security

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

She has four legs and a powerful sense of smell.

Randi, an ATF canine, will be working security during the Super Bowl in California this weekend, Guns.com reports. 

Randi is a trained explosive-sniffing dog with three-a-half years on the job

The canine also was used to detect explosives outside of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.

CIA Refuses to Discuss Large Art Collection inside Its Headquarters

CIA Headquarters

CIA Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA isn’t exactly open about its operations for obvious reasons.

But the intelligence agency has another secret – a large collection of art inside its headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

CNN reports that an Oregon artist has been trying to finding out what paintings are on the walls of the fortified building for seven years, but she hasn’t been able to get any answers.

“My interest in the project began in 2008,” 42-year-old Joby Barron told CNN via e-mail. “I came across a Taryn Simon photograph from her series ‘American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar.’ The photo was of two abstract paintings in the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA. I was instantly intrigued — why did the CIA have these pieces? I wondered what other art they might have and if it was available to the public.”

What Barron knows is that an art-collected named Vincent Melzac offered to loan his collection to the CIA during secret discussions.

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NFL, FBI Leaders Identify ‘No Credible Threats’ to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday

super bowl 50By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and NFL security leaders said they’ve identified “no credible threat” to Super Bowl 50 – so far, the Associated Press reports. 

Security will continued to examine the perimeter of Levi’s Stadium to assess any terrorism risks.

Jeffrey Miller, NFL senior vice president of security, expressed satisfaction with the joint effort between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to address any issues that arise.

“It gives the NFL a great deal of confidence in the safety of our premiere event, our teams and our fans,” Miller said at a news conference Wednesday. “I can speak for Commissioner (Roger) Goodell in saying that we are deeply appreciative of the leadership, resources and attention to detail put forth by our public safety partners.”

Officials said the lessons from recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have been helpful.

“Every year is different. The world situation, the threat picture is different every February,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. “We are, with the NFL, with our federal partners, and state and local law enforcement, focused on layered security, seen and unseen. We learned from events of the past but we have to protect against events of the future. So, we try to anticipate things that can happen from multiple different directions. But we’re always informed by recent events and what we see in the world situation.”

FBI-Produced ‘Chasing the Dragon’ Tackles Heroin Abuse Among Young People

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To tackle the alarming increase in heroin and opiate abuse that is reaching every demographic, the FBI has produced a “searing film” with testimony from overdose survivors, the Washington Post reports. 

The documentary, “Chasing the Dragon,” was produced at the request of FBI Director James Comey, who has taken personal interest in the film.

Comey also plans to meet with school officials in the Washington region today to discuss the rise in prescription opiates among young people.

The rise in heroin use is linked to the increasing number of people who have access to prescription painkillers.

About 46,000 people die annually from drug abuse, about a quarter of which are related to heroin.

“The numbers are appalling and shocking — tens of thousands of Americans will die this year from drug-related deaths and more than half of these deaths are from heroin and prescription opioid overdoses,” said Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “You will see in ‘Chasing the Dragon’ opioid abusers that have traveled a remarkably dangerous and self-destructive path. I hope this will be a wakeup call for folks. Please pay close attention to this horrific epidemic. Help reverse it. Save a life. Save a friend. Save a loved one.”