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Lawsuit: FBI Has Video of Oklahoma City Bombing That Shows Another Person Involved

Timothy McVeigh/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Salt Lake Security attorney is suing the FBI to release what he says is a video that shows a second person was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, the USA Today reports.

But the FBI has maintained it lost the surveillance video from the 1995 blast that killed 168 people.

Jesse Trentadue says his brother, who died in a federal holding cell after being transferred to Oklahoma several months after the bombing, bore a striking resemblance to a second bombing suspect.

“I did not start out to solve the Oklahoma City bombing, I started out for justice for my brother’s murder,” Jesse Trentadue said. “But along the way, every path I took, every lead I got, took me to the bombing.”

Despite records that indicate the FBI has surveillance video, the bureau said it can’t find them, and it would take more than 18 months to conduct a thorough search.

New Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s San Antonio’s Office Busy with Immigration Issues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Special Agent Chris Combs has been busy since taking over the FBI’s San Antonio office in April.

Combs, who opened the San Antonio office for a media tour on Monday, covers a large area of South Texas and also works out of offices in Austin, Waco and along the border, KSAT 12 reports.

With a immigration crisis brewing at the border, the FBI has been investigating a scheme in which people masquerading as U.S. officials are asking for thousands of dollars from families to reunite with their children.

“It was a fraud, the United States government does not ask for money to bring these children back to their family members,” Combs said. “It’s hard to believe that somebody would take advantage of children and their families that have been separated to make a couple hundred bucks, so we take that very seriously and we have a nationwide investigation going now.”

Combs said his office is working closely with Border Patrol.

“We work very closely with them, as they’re in charge of protecting the border,” Combs said. “As they gather people who have come across illegally, there’s a good information flow there. If there are people they are concerned about, they contact the FBI and we work with them.”

Before coming to San Antonio, Combs was the lead agent to respond to shootings across the country.

FBI to Media: Please Stop Identifying Mass Shooters

Media coverage of Newton, Connecticut shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken the unusual step of urging the media to stop identifying mass shooters, KSAT.com reports.

The campaign, called “Don’t Name Them,” comes after researchers at Texas State University found that fame and past mass casualties often motivated shooters.

“When the media covers it, it unfortunately puts ideas in people’s heads,” said Chris Combs, special agent in charge of the San Antonio FBI field office.

Dr. Pete Blair, a researcher with TSU, said reporters are often focused on identifying the shooters and sharing their personal information.

“We understand that the events have to be covered, but it shouldn’t be a glamor piece making this person the center point of the story,” Blair said. “We’d much rather see stories about the heroes and the victims and those sorts of things.”

Blair said people should call out news organizations on social media for naming shooters.

TSA Offers $15,000 for Ways to Improve Frustrating Screening Lines at Airports

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Security comes at a cost.

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, passengers have complained about long wait times and intrusive searches.

Now the TSA is offering $15,000 for the best ideas for improving those frustrating screening lines, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The challenge, said TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein, “is about leveraging innovation and out-of-the-box thinking to find solutions to TSA’s most challenging issues.”

The person with the best idea will receive at least $5,000, while others with good ideas will get at least $2,500.

Harold Shaw Named SAC of Intelligence in FBI’s New York Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Harold H. Shaw has been named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the New York Field Office.

Since April 2013, he has served as a section chief and deputy director for law enforcement at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC) as a liaison between the FBI and the CIA, the FBI said in a press release.

Shaw joined the FBI in 1999 and was first assigned to the New York Field Office where he worked as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and investigated international and domestic terrorism cases, including the USS Cole bombing.

In 2003, he was promoted to FBI Headquarters as a supervisory special agent detailed to the CTC. In this role, he served as one of the first liaison officers between the FBI and CIA,the FBI press release said.

He later served as the deputy director for law enforcement for the CTC-International Terrorism Department.

In 2005, Shaw was promoted to field supervisor in the New York Field Office and oversaw a JTTF squad responsible for international terrorism tied to the Middle East.

In November 2011, Shaw was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the FBI New York Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division.

 

FBI Agent Who Combats Child Porn Charged with Assaulting Teen at Missouri Home

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who works on a task force to combat child porn in Missouri has been charged with assault for allegedly choking a 13-year-old boy until he became unconscious, the Riverfront Times reports.

Special Agent Scott Armstrong, 37, is due back in court Tuesday after pleading not guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault charges.

Armstrong works with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force to combat child porn.

It’s unclear why the child was at Armstrong’s home, but police said Armstrong strangled  the boy until “temporary unconsciousness.”

In his probable cause statement, Armstrong admitted to “placing his arm around” the teen’s neck until he lost consciousness.

Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey said the FBI never contacted him about the assault.

“The FBI never did contact me,” Carey said. “I wasn’t happy about that.”

Man Who Killed 6, Seriously Injured Rep. Giffords Planned More Serious Follow-Up Attack

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man who killed six people and severely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords planned a second attack that could have been more deadly, according to newly released FBI records obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

FBI agents searching the Tucson, Ariz., residence of Jared Lee Loughner found a small safe containing bomb-making components. Agents found batteries, a circuit board, wires and a numeric keyboard system.

Loughner was not captured on the morning of the 2011 attack.

The new records suggest Loughner had an even more violent attack planned, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Republicans Blame Environmental Protections on Curtailing Flow of Illegal Immigration

Rep. Ted Cruz

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republicans are complaining that environmental laws intended to protect land and wildlife are hampering efforts to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, The Hill reports.

About 800 miles along the Mexico-U.S. border – or 40% of the land – is controlled and protected by the Interior Department.

The federal land protections are restricting CBP’s access to the border and its ability to build infrastructure or install surveillance equipment.

“There is no doubt that the restrictions on accessing land along the border have made it more difficult for the Border Patrol to do their job,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Republicans said smugglers exploit areas they know are protected.

“It seems a commonsense reform to say that the border patrol should be able to fully access and patrol the border,” Cruz said.

Democrats disagree with the assessment that CBP’s work is hampered by environmental laws.

“If they’re talking about the most recent influx, it’s happening in areas that have nothing to do with protected federal lands,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee. “So I think it’s a specious argument to continue their anti-conservation agenda.”