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Defiant NYT Reporter James Risen Dodges Testimony in CIA Leak Case After Years of Wrangling

Reporter James Risen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Risen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who pledged to go to jail before revealing a government source, won’t be called to testify in the case of the former CIA officer suspected of being the leak, the Washington Post reports.

Since the ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was charged with leaking the information to Risen, the New York Times reporter was the star witness.

It’s unclear whether enough evidence exists to convict Sterling without Risen’s testimony.

The 2010 case has stalled for years as Risen fought efforts to subpoena him.

The information gathered from the source was used in Risen’s 2006 book, “State of War,” which documented what Risen depicted as a heavily flawed effort to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapon.

Prosecutors announced their decision not to pursue Risen’s testimony in a court filing Monday.

Homeland Security Beefs Up Security After Terrorist Attacks in Paris

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The terrorist attacks in Paris have prompted Homeland Security officials to ramp up security at federal buildings and airports, the USA Today reports

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the move was “precautionary.”

“We have no specific, credible intelligence of an attack of the kind in Paris last week being planned by terrorist organizations in this country,” he said in a statement.

Johnson declined to provide specifics and said that the Federal Protective Service would “enhance its presence and security at various U.S. Government buildings.”

Security also tightened after a shooting at the Canadian Parliament building.

Friend of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Plans to Plead Guilty to Lying to FBI

Scene following Boston Marathon Explosions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is expected to plead guilty soon to charges of lying to the FBI and deleting information from his computer, the Associated Press reports.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Khairullozhon Matanov plans to enter guilty pleas as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors to testify against the only surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Jury selection has already begun in the trial.

Prosecutors declined to comment.

Other Stories of Interest


FBI Director Names 2 New Special Agents in Charge: Scott Bean and Roger Stanton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James B. Comey made two announcements Monday involving new assignments.

Scott Bean has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Administrative Division of the Washington Field Office. He most recently served as section chief for the Technical Surveillance Section of the Operational Technology Division at FBI headquarters. He began his career with the FBI in 1997.

Comey also announced that Roger C. Stanton has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Birmingham Division. Stanton most recently served as section chief of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) section in the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG). He began his career with the bureau in 1995.

FBI Uses E-mail Communications Collected by NSA without Warrants

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has been quietly using information gathered during warrantless NSA surveillance to comb through emails belonging to foreigners to assist in investigations, the New York Times reports.

The Times discovered the FBI was gathering copies of unprocessed communications that were received without a warrant.

The Inspector General report commended the FBI for assuring that no Americans were targeted in the warrantless collection of communications.

Much of the report was redacted, making it impossible to gauge the extent of the communication gathering, the Times wrote.

The records were released after The Times filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

Former FBI Agent Reveals Tricks of Influencing People in Everyday Life

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A good FBI agent can make friends with just about anyone. 

Now a former agent, Jack Schafer, is sharing the tricks of the trade in a new book, “The Like Switch,” which is written for people to use in their everyday lives.

Schafer, who worked as behavioral therapist for the bureau for seven years, said people are too caught up in themselves and don’t have a lot of the skills to make friends.

“We are too busy focusing on ourselves and not the people we meet,” he writes.

“We put our wants and needs before the wants and needs of others. The irony of all this is that other people will be eager to fulfill your wants and needs if they like you.”

Schafer shows how nonverbal cues impact how people see us.

FBI Records: Radical American-Born Muslim Spent Thousands on Prostitutes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A radical American-born Muslim who trained to fight the “evil” ways of western civilization spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes in the U.S., the Daily Mail reports, citing leaked FBI records. 

Anwar al-Awlaki, a married father of five who the Daily Mail says inspired the terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks at a training session in Yemen, hired prostitutes at least seven times in Washington D.C. area between 2001 and 2002, according to the documents.

He also was arrested twice in San Diego for soliciting.

The Daily Mail pointed out that reports placed some of the 9-11 hijackers at strip clubs for lap dances before the attacks.

Newsday Editorial: Now Is No Time to Play Political Games with Homeland Security

By Newsday
Editorial Board

The massacre in Paris last week by homegrown French terrorists and the ensuing dragnet to find those responsible have dramatically underscored the need for unstinting vigilance to keep the United States safe. But the Department of Homeland Security will run out of money by the end of next month if additional funding is not approved. Congress must not let that happen.

Republicans insisted on that short leash for the department in December when the lame-duck Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the rest of the government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

The GOP wanted to hold the Department of Homeland Security hostage as leverage to block President Barack Obama’s executive orders allowing temporary legal status for 5 million immigrants in the country illegally. The short-term funding ensured Congress would revisit the volatile immigration issue after November’s election, when many expected the Republicans to win control of the Senate.

But the violent carnage that claimed at least 17 victims in France last week has the American public on edge about the threat of homegrown terrorism in this country. People who feel vulnerable won’t look kindly on a party threatening to cripple the department whose job is to keep them safe.

So congressional Republicans are looking for a way to thread the needle. They want to withhold funding for Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is in the Department of Homeland Security, without defunding the entire department. It won’t be easy.

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