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Elite FBI Surveillance Squads Are Tracking At Least 48 ISIS Suspects in U.S.

NYC Terror ColoradoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is using elite surveillance squads and more than 500 FBI agents to track 48 high-risk ISIS suspects in the U.S., the Daily Mail reports. 

The agents are working around-the-clock in the event that a terrorist attack is planned.

“There is a very significant number of people that are on suspicious watch lists, under surveillance,” Republican Senator Dan Coats, who is on the Select Committee on Intelligence, said.

Coats added that it “takes enormous amounts of manpower” to follow the suspects constantly and is costing the authorities dear.

“It is a big resource drain. Yes it is. Almost overwhelming,” Coats said.

“There will be a lot of people over the Thanksgiving weekend that will not be enjoying turkey with their family. They’ll be out there providing security for the American people and the threat is particularly high during this holiday period,” he added.

FBI Issues Alert about Gun-Toting Phoenix Man En Route to Confront Muslim Group

Jon Ritzheimer, via Facebook.

Jon Ritzheimer, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken the unusual step of warning New York law enforcement about an anti-Muslim protester who has driven from Arizona to the east coast to confront a group of Muslims, the New York Daily News reports.

Jon Ritzheimer, 32, of Phoenix, posted a video on Nov. 18 with a gun, saying he was going to confront the Muslims.

The FBI was in contact with the former Marine until he became angry and shut off communication while in Scranton, Pa.

Investigators believe he is en route to Hancock, N.Y., where the Muslims of America is located.

Border Patrol Struggles to Find Enough Agents to Protect U.S.-Mexico Border

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is struggling to hire enough agents to protect the U.S.-Mexico border, KTAR News reports. 

The difficulty of hiring entry-level agents means the Border Patrol is short-staffed.

“The process to get very good people is time consuming,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said.

“If you are a talented Border Patrol officer, you have a college degree (and) you are fluent in Spanish, there are a lot of other opportunities out there for you,” he said.

CBP officials have expanded their recruiting efforts, targeting veterans and speeding up the hiring process.

“With the Border Patrol, we are losing more people than we are actually able to hire,” he said.

Man Draped in American Flag Jumps White House Fence on Thanksgiving

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s family was celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday afternoon when a man draped in an American flag jumped over the White House fence, the Washington Post reports. 

Joseph Caputo was taken into custody soon after scaling over the north fence line at 2:45 p.m.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Caputo jumped the fence.

The Secret Service is concerned because Caputo made it over the fence despite the installation of “pencil point” spikes added to the White House perimeter.

A witness said she saw the man drape himself with a flag and then said, “Alright, let’s do this.”

Sex Offender Slips Past Airport Security in Salt Lake City Using Stolen Boarding Pass

Michael Salata.

Michael Salata.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A registered sex offender was able to pass through airport security at Salt Lake City using a stolen boarding pass, the New York Post reports. 

Michael Salata didn’t make it on the flight, however, after checking into a Southwest Airlines flight to Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 5.

Airport police said Salata stole a boarding pass that had accidentally been left on a kiosk.

But once the woman who lost the pass checked in using a replacement ticket, security moved in on Salata.

The TSA acknowledged it made an identification mistake but properly screened Salata.

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Retired Cop Claims in Lawsuit That Border Patrol Assaulted Him in Southern California

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired police officer claims that Border Patrol agents arrested him on bogus charges after assaulting and macing him in southern California, Courthouse News Service reports. 

Donald Lumn, who retired from the Chula Vista Police Department, filed suit in federal court against Border Patrol Agent Alejandro Martinez and his supervisor Pete Burgos.

“He used to like the Border Patrol before all this happened,” Lumb’s attorney Mary Prevost told Courthouse News in an interview.

Lumb said he was traveling on Interstate 8 with his fiancé’s son when he was motioned to stop at a checkpoint.

Lumb said he was obeying orders.

“Supervisor Burgos began yelling at Lumb to get back in the vehicle,” the complaint reads. “Lumb attempted to comply but as he placed his hand on the car door handle to open it – and without warning – he was sprayed with a chemical agent. Lumb was shoved from behind and slammed against the car, and then slammed to the ground. Approximately four to five sets of hands were grabbing at Lumb and one agent was kneeling on his back.

“Lumb began pleading that he wasn’t resisting. The agent on his back (Doe 1) was screaming ‘Shut up! Shut the fuck up!’ The agents forced Lumb into a single set of handcuffs causing instant pain to Lumb’s shoulder. Another agent was yelling for agents to take Lumb’s watch, and another screamed, ‘He’s got a gun.’ As this was happening, the agents were causing more pain to Lumb’s wrist and shoulder by rolling him side to side on the ground.”

About 90 minutes later, Lumb was arrested for assaulting a federal agent and resisting arrest, which Lumb says are bogus charges.

ATF Agent Accused of Gambling with Government Funds While on Duty

Via Wikipedia.

Via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent is accused of using a government-issued credit card to gamble at the casino while on duty.

But the Washington Free Beacon reports that the agent was later promoted and is now a special agent in charge, according to an investigation by the inspector general.

The investigation revealed that the agent “gambled on duty, misused his government travel card to facilitate his gambling, and misused his assigned government vehicle by using it to travel to casinos.”

“By gambling while on duty, the [Special Agent in Charge] SAC violated federal regulations that prohibit federal employees from gambling while on duty,” the agency watchdog said in a summary of the investigation posted Monday. “In addition, the SAC violated ATF policy by, among other things, misusing his government travel card to obtain cash advances to gamble, and using his assigned government vehicle to travel to casinos to gamble, which is not an ‘official purpose’ for which use of the government vehicle is authorized.”

Still, the inspector general reported, the agent was never prosecuted.