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FBI Has ‘High Confidence” That Russian Government Hacked Democratic Party

hacker-istock-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has found more evidence that the Russian government hacked America’s Democratic Party and the personal e-mails of political operatives, Bloomberg reports. 

The FBI said it has “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the attack.

“This is an electronic Watergate,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday. “This is a break-in. And I think that we have to recognize what is happening here.”

Russia has denied playing a role.

Donald Trump even encouraged Russia to turn over any additional documents that may have been obtained under the hacks. 

Head of Seattle FBI Office Retires, Replaced by Jay S. Tabb Jr.

Frank Montoya Jr.

Frank Montoya Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frank Montoya Jr., the head of the FBI office in Seattle, announced Thursday he’s retiring.

He will be succeeded by Jay S. Tabb Jr., a former Marine who served as deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, the Seattle Times reports. 

Montoya had served as the special agent in charge in Honolulu before he took over the Seattle office in 2014.

“The FBI’s exceptional mission is near to my heart, and I’ve been immensely proud to contribute to our law enforcement and national security efforts,” Montoya said in an FBI news release. “I am honored to have spent the final years of my FBI career with the exceptional agents and professional staff of the Seattle Division, and the extraordinary law enforcement leaders in Washington state.”

Montoya came under fire after he allowed one of his agents to use a fake Associated Press story to capture a bomb-hoax suspect.

Tabb was first assigned to the Dallas office when he joined the FBI in 1997. He has focused on violent crime, counterterrorism and drug-trafficking.

Border Patrol Agent Killed While Riding Dirt Bike on Duty

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was killed while riding a dirt bike while on duty for the Tucson Sector.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Agent Manuel Alvarez, 37, on the dirt bike on the Tohono O’odham reservation south of Sells.

The 13-year veteran of Border Patrol was assigned to the Casa Grande Station of the Tucson Sector and is survived by ahi wife and four children.

The agency declined to release details of the accident.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Agent Alvarez,” CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said in a statement posted to Facebook.

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FBI Seeks Audio, Video App for Agents, Informants to Use for Evidence

cellphone-tower-photo2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is hoping to find a cell phone app that allows undercover agents and informants to secretly record audio and video that would be streamed back to government servers.

FedScoop.com reports the app will be used for “covert, evidentiary audio collection from smartphones” and will be streamed in courtroom-ready format.

“The basic capability will be audio, but GPS location information is also desired and eventually video capability,” reads a request for information’s draft technical requirements from the FBI.

The app would work on phones that run Android, iOS or Windows systems.

The FBI hopes to make the purchase by the end of next year.

Strip Searches, Racial Disparities Among Problems with Baltimore PD

baltimore police departmentBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department’s investigation into the Baltimore Police Department revealed a number of alarming findings.

The Washington Post examined the report and highlighted these excerpts from the investigation:

“BPD Conducts Unconstitutional Strip Searches”

“Numerous Baltimore residents interviewed by the Justice Department recounted stories of BPD officers ‘jumping out’ of police vehicles and strip-searching individuals on public streets. BPD has long been on notice of such allegations: in the last five years BPD has faced multiple lawsuits and more than 60 complaints alleging unlawful strip searches.

“BPD Ignored Prosecutors’ Warnings Against Problem Officers”

“Even where prosecutors have provided BPD with specific information on problematic officers who routinely make improper arrests, searches, or seizures, the Department has failed to meaningfully investigate the information or take appropriate action.

“BPD’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Strategy Focused on African American Neighborhoods”

“In some cases, BPD supervisors have instructed their subordinates to specifically target African Americans for enforcement.

“Racial Disparities in Arrests”

The racial disparities in BPD’s stops and searches are further reflected in BPD’s arrest practices. From November 2010 – July 2015, BPD charged African Americans with 280,850 criminal offenses, constituting over 86 percent of all charges filed for which the race of the offender is known.

Border Patrol Agent: ‘I Was Shot at by State Trooper’ in Texas

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Texas state trooper fired his weapon near a federal agent because of poor communication between the Border Patrol and Texas Department of Public Safety.

Records obtained by CBS 4 News raise questions about the Department of Public Safety’s decision to increase its presence at the border, even though many troopers aren’t familiar with the area and don’t speak Spanish.

“When you bring DPS officers from other parts of the state who aren’t really familiar with the border, it’s like going into a strange area or an unfamiliar area,” said state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen. “You’re prone to be a lot more cautious and possibly make some mistakes.”

On June 21, a game warden and Border Patrol agent were monitoring the Rio Grande when they said a trooper shot in their direction.

“I was shot at by a trooper,” the Border Patrol agent said.

Report: Secret Service Contacted Trump’s Campaign After Second Amendment Comments

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service has tried to contact Donald Trump’s campaign after his suggestion that “Second Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton from making Supreme Court picks if she’s elected, according to a CNN report. 

But Trump maintains no one tried to contact him and said the CNN report was “a made up story” for ratings.

The Secret Service said the information did not come from the public affairs office, but could not confirm whether someone else in the agency made the statement.

“Those statements did not come from our public affairs office,” said Joseph Casey, a spokesperson for the Secret Service.

This is what Trump said that caused concerns that he was promoting violence against a presidential candidate: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Secret Service Rushed to Clinton’s Aid After Protester Breaks Past Barricades

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agents surrounded Hillary Clinton Wednesday afternoon when a protester broke past barricades at a rally and nearly reached the stage where she was speaking.

Video shows the agents tackling the protester, who was an animal-rights advocate. It wasn’t clear why Clinton was targeted at the campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

The protester has been identified as Kelsey Atkinson of Chicago.

Clinton continued to deliver the speech as the protester was removed.

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