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USA Today Investigation Finds Glaring Omissions in FBI’s Murder Data

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lot of criticism has surrounded the FBI’s database that is supposed to track all U.S. murders.

Now a USA Today investigation has raised more serious questions about the accuracy of the database after discovering only a 57% accuracy rate for recording the killings of four or more people in a single event in the past decade.

Missing, for example, is the widely publicized Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, which killed 26 teachers, students and administrators. Also missing is Aurora Colo., movie shootings.

The FBI responded that each of the states, which voluntarily submit the information, asked that the incidents be deleted.

According to criminologist James Alan Fox, about 90% of the homicides are included in the data.

Border Patrol Agent Cleared of Wrongdoing in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Man

istock photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting an unarmed man accused of smuggling drugs in southern Arizona, the Associated Press reports.

Agent Daniel Marquez’ actions appeared to be “justified under the circumstances,” the Pima County Attorney’s Office said.

The shooting came after a 15-mile chase on May 30, when Marquez shot 31-year-old Jose Luis Arambula.

According to reports, Marquez firef nine shots at Arambula before striking him once in the head.

Arambula’s car was later found with about 500 pounds of marijuana.

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Terry Wade Named Special Agent in Charge of Criminal Division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office

FBI Agent Terry Wade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Terry Wade has been named special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, the agency announced Wednesday.

Wade most recently served as section chief of the executive development and selection program in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters, a press release said.

Wade began his career with the agency in 1996, and was first assigned to the Helena, Montana office of the Salt Lake City Division. He focused on domestic terrorism cases.

After that, he headed to the Oklahoma City division, where he primarily worked violent crimes and drug and white-collar crime matters.

After that, he was promoted to a supervisor in the Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters. In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of the Flagstaff Resident Agency of the Phoenix Division.

In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Division, where he was responsible for the counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, intelligence programs and the crisis management program and SWAT team.

He also served as the deputy on-scene commander in Baghdad, Iraq, from December 2008 to April 2009.

 

Former FBI Director Freeh Nearly Struck 3 Motorists Before Crashing Car in Vermont

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh nearly struck two cars and a motorcycle head-on at a high rate of speed, one of the drivers told police, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Van Coleman said the drivers took evasive action to avoid a collision after Freeh’s SUV swerved into the left lane of Vermont 12.

Coleman told the Free Press that Freeh was  “was doing about 60 to 65 miles per hour and was on the left side of the road.” The speed limit was 50 mph.

Freeh’s car swerved off the road and into a tree. He was seriously injured.

“His head was down, so I thought he had fallen asleep,” Coleman said.

Where Should FBI Open New Headquarters? Federal Government to Take Public Input

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government wants to hear your concerns about the location of the new FBI headquarters.

The General Services Administration scheduled public hearings next month to gather feedback on an Environmental Impact Statement on each of the three sites, the Washington Business-Journal reports. 

The first meeting is Sept. 22 near the potential new site in Springfield. The other sites under consideration are the Greenbelt Metro and the former Landover Mall.

Here is the schedule:

  • Springfield site: Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Robert E. Lee High School, main lobby, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield;
  • Greenbelt site: Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Greenbelt Branch Library auditorium, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt;
  • Current FBI site: Oct. 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., District Architecture Center, Hickok Cole Room, 421 7th St. NW;
  • Landover site: Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, Town Hall, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover.

Inspector General: FBI Routinely Delays Investigations by Failing to Turn Over Records

Michael Horowitz

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is routinely denying federal investigators timely access to documents for audits and reviews, the Justice’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz complained to members of Congress on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI’s failure to cooperate has caused delays in investigations, so much so that Attorney General Eric Holder has had to intervene.

They only way to ensure compliance, he said, may be through congressional action.

Under a 1978 law, inspectors general are entitled to government records to investigate mismanagement and fraud.

The FBI denied delaying investigations.

TSA Astonished That People Continue to Bring Guns to Airport in Carry-On Bags

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has become almost too common: Travelers are caught with guns in the carry-on bags.

Even after Sept. 11, when much more innocuous objects were banned from flights, people bring guns to airports, often because they forgot they had the weapon on the them.

WCIV reports that a South Carolina man was arrested after a loaded pistol was found in his carry-on bag.

TSA officials found the Glock .40 caliber pistol at the security checkpoint.

Just this year, the TSA has discovered five firearms at the airport.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman in a prepared statement. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

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FBI Investigating Body Donor Program in Portland Following Similar Probes in Detroit, Arizona

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI is investigating a body donor program in Portland following similar probes in Detroit and Arizona.

Oregonlive.com reports that the FBI launched an investigation into Legacy Health.

But authorities are tightlipped about the probe of Legacy Health.

“Other than confirming that there is an FBI investigation into the Legacy Body Donation Program, there isn’t much more I can say,” said FBI special agent David Porter, a spokesman in the bureau’s Detroit field office.

The investigation involves health screenings of the bodies and failure to notify families of how bodies were being used, Oregonelive.com reports.

Rumors have put a negative light on body donation services.

“People are confused. They just want to verify that we’re not one of those organizations they’ve read about,”  Corrina Patzer, director of business services for Lions VisionGift, said. “It impacts transplants, it impacts donations.”

The investigation appears to have its roots in two similar cases in Detroit and Arizona.