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FBI Director Comey Says Lack of Diversity Among Agents Is ‘a Crisis’

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said the bureau has “a crisis” because of the decline of minorities working for the bureau.

Speaking at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., Comey said the FBI’s agents are 83% white, The Wall Street Journal reports.

“We have a crisis in the FBI and it is this: Slowly but steadily over the last decade or more, the percentage of special agents in the FBI who are white has been growing,’’ he said without saying why that occurred.

Comey’s comments come after high-profile shootings of black men by white police officers. Comey said he worries that the controversies around race and policing may prevent younger people from joining the FBI.

FBI to Turn Over Clinton’s E-Mails to State Department for Investigation

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to hand over to the State Department thousands of work-related emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server.

The FBI agreed to return the emails Tuesday and said it would cooperate, the Washington Post reports.

“In accordance with our policies and procedures, the FBI will be providing this information to your Department for review and determination of record status pursuant to the Federal Records Act and subsequent [Freedom of Information Act] processing as appropriate,” FBI General Counsel James A. Baker wrote in a letter dated Tuesday and filed in federal court in Washington.

The disclosure may help the federal government hand over email records as part of dozens of pending public records lawsuits, including one filed by Judicial Watch.

“If State obtains additional State Department records, it intends to search them for records” that would respond to requests from Judicial Watch, Justice Department senior trial counsel Caroline Lewis Wolverton wrote in a court filing.

Clinton’s attorneys are suggesting the records are private because her email account “has never been the property of or possessed by the State Department.”

FBI: No ‘Credible’ Security Threats at RNC in Cleveland – Yet

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local, state and federal authorities are bracing for what could be violent clashes outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.

As thousands of protesters plan to gather in Cleveland, federal agents have learned of some plans to disrupt the event.

But still, FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said there’s no evidence too a large-scale attack at the convention, Cleveland.com reports. 

“That’s not to say there aren’t things that concern us everyday, regardless of whether the RNC is here or not,” Anthony said at a Tuesday morning security briefing.

Authorities held a briefing Tuesday to discuss security with the media.

Local police and federal authorities feel confident about their security plan.

One concern is a “lone-wolf” attack, like the one in Orlando or Dallas.

Authorities Arrest 3 Suspects in Alleged Plan to Shoot Cops in Baton Rouge Area

baton rouge mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local and federal authorities believe they’ve foiled a plot to shoot police officers in the Baton Rouge area.

Authorities are investigating four suspects who stole eight guns from Cash America Pawn on Saturday before 2 a.m., ABC News reports. Three of the four suspects are in custody.

One of the suspects told police he planed to harm police officers.

Police called the threats credible.

Six of the right guns were recovered.

The suspects range in age from 13 to 23.

Second Homeland Security Employee Arrest in Month for Possessing Gun

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Homeland Security employees have been arrested in the past month for taking a handgun inside the secured grounds of the department’s headquarters.

Security officers arrested Thomas Pressley for allegedly possessing a 9-millimeter handgun in a leather handbag while inside the complex, News4 reports. 

Pressley, who has been jailed, is a contractor for information technology. He is charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

“The weapon appeared to be fully functional, capable of being fired by a single hand, and designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive,” according to a police report.

About a month ago, another Homeland Security was accused of carrying a loaded .22-caliber handgun with five hollow point bullets.

Judge: DEA May Not Track Cell Phones without a Warrant

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge delivered a major blow to the DEA’s use of Stingrays, which enable law enforcement to collect evidence by using fake phone masts.

U.S, District Court Judge William Pauley III said the use of Stingrays would violate the Fourth Amendment unless a warrant is granted, the Register reports. 

The decision comes after a Maryland judge made the same ruling in 2015.

“Absent a search warrant, the Government may not turn a citizen’s cell phone into a tracking device,” the judge said.

Stingrays enable authorities to listen to conversations and access information on phones.

Other Stories of Interest

 

FBI No Longer Investigating Case of Infamous Hijacker D.B. Cooper

D.B. Cooper

D.B. Cooper

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head-scratching mystery of D.B. Cooper may never be solved.

The lone agent assigned to the case has been switched to other mysteries, “effectively shuttering the 45-year-old case after the FBI – and troves of tipsters – failed to identify the infamous hijacker,” the New York Daily News reports. 

Cooper was a passenger on a Northwest Orient Airlines plane when he showed what appeared to be a bomb, put on a parachute and jumped from the jet with a bag of $200,000 in stolen cash.

“Unfortunately, none of the well-meaning tips or applications of new investigative technology have yielded the necessary proof,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement late Monday.

Many theories have surfaced about Cooper’s whereabouts, but none have been proven.

House GOP Continues to Pressure FBI Director Over Clinton Case

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republicans aren’t backing down.

On Monday, 200 House Republicans demanded answers from FBI Director James Comey after he decided not recommend federal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified material, The Hill reports.  

The lawmakers said Comey created “ cloud over our nation’s justice system” and urged him to disclose additional details about his decision.

“No one is above the law and the American people deserve a more robust explanation for your decision to not recommend criminal charges against the former secretary,” the 204 GOP lawmakers told Comey.