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FBI Wants to Hire Someone to Score Media Coverage of Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wants to know how it’s perceived in the media.

The Washington Times reports that the FBI is hiring a contractor to categorize news stories as “positive,” “neutral” or negative.”

But what the FBI plans to do with the information remains unclear. The FBI also wouldn’t divulge why it wants the information.

During the five-year contract, the winning bidder would “use their judgment” to score news coverage every day.

The Times wrote that President Obama’s administration also gave grades to measure media coverage of the BP oil spill.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Shot, Killed During Robbery While On Vacation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent vacationing with his family was shot and killed during a robbery in Texas, the Border Patrol said Sunday.

“Another one of these typical robbery things,” Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said. “People fishing, people drive by, turn around, come back, pull weapons and rob them.

“In this case, someone got shot.”

Investigators combed the area overnight into this morning.

“If this is the scene, we’re just going to babysit it until daylight,” Spence said in the southeaster part of the county.

The agent has not been identified.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Said Humanitarian Crisis at Mexico Border is ‘Side Issue’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The crippling influx of migrant children escaping violence in Central America is a “side issue” to tackling the wave of crime from undocumented immigrants, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday.

While most politicians in Washington expressed concerns about the 62,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border, Perry said he is “substantially more concerned about” the criminals coming into the state.

“That’s the real issue here, and one that all too often gets deflected by the conversation about unaccompanied minor children,” Perry said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Perry said last week that he plans to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to “combat” crime.

“We’ll continue to do what we have to do to keep our citizens safe,” he said.

 

 

TSA Administrator John Pistole Opens Up About Lessons Learned, Future of Agency

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

TSA Administrator John Pistole knows his agency has made some mistakes after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In a candid interview with the Los Angeles Times, Pistole said the TSA’s policies are constantly evolving to protect U.S. travelers.

Last year, the TSA announced that it would allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes, but you rescinded that decision. Will you allow small knives on planes in the future?

Given the lobbying efforts against it and members of Congress weighing in against it, I decided to take it off the table as something that was not furthering our efforts to transform from a one-size-fits-all to a risk-based [system].

European airports are testing devices to analyze liquids carried by passengers for explosives. When will travelers in the U.S. be able to fly without having to toss away bottles of water, soda or other liquids?

We have over 900 what we call bottle liquid scanners that we use for such things as mother’s milk and certain medicines that are larger than 100 milliliters. We could allow any liquids to fly, but it’s a time-consuming process so we don’t have an efficient way of doing that. One of the options that we looked at is to have a dedicated lane for people who wanted to bring liquids aboard, but that might be a long line.

The TSA announced a contest recently to find new ideas to speed the passenger-screening system. Why is that such a big challenge?

Each of the 450 airports where we provide screening is unique. Most airports were built and designed pre-9/11 and security is kind of an afterthought. So we’ve tried to cobble our way into some pretty tight spaces.

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The 23rd Anniversary Involving the Arrest of Luchese Mafia Boss Comes and Goes

Vittorio (Vic) Amuso, (Gang Land News Photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As anniversaries go, July 28 came and went with little notice.

But Jerry Capeci, a mob expert who runs Gang Land News, noted in a story that the date marked the 23d anniversary of the day “when two young FBI agents standing at a shopping mall outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania made one of the great collars in mob history.”

“The target was Vittorio (Vic) Amuso, the fugitive boss of the Luchese crime family who had been on the lam for more than a year,” Capeci writes.

Now, Capeci writes that the 79-year-old wiseguy has been locked up ever since, but remains  the undisputed boss of his crime family.

 Gang Land News is a paid subscription news site, but well worth it.

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: The Mafia Crime Families

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FBI, Police Stop Cars Entering, Leaving Michigan Village During Murder Investigation of Teen Girl

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An investigation into the murder of a 14-year-old girl in suburban Detroit has prompted FBI agents and police to stop cars that leave or enter the village of Armada, the Free Press reports.

The body of April Millsap was discovered near a trail as her dog stayed with her. Two joggers discovered her body.

Police have declined to say how she died but the medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

FBI agents and police raided a home about 15 miles northeast of Armada and arrested two people on marijuana charges.

It’s unclear how investigators believe they may have been involved.

On Thursday, agents and police were questioning drivers and checking their IDs.

FBI Dubs Bank Robber ‘Good Grammar Bandit’ for Error-Free Demand Note

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of robbing banks wrote error-free demand notes that prompted the FBI to dub him the “good Grammar Bandit,” the Associated Press reports.

He’s accused of robbing four banks in metro Denver in less than a week.

His letters were “perfectly typed, spelled and punctuated,” the AP wrote.

The suspect is described as black, short, slender and in his 30s.