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Former Discount Furniture Salesman Becomes Foremost Expert in Cyber Crime for FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before becoming a leading expert on cyber crime, J. Keith Mularski sold discount furniture.

Now he’s a supervisory special agent for the FBI, heading the Pittsburgh field office’s cyber squad, the Associated Press reports.

After graduating from college, Mularski spent about five years selling furniture before joining the FBI.

“I was in private industry beforehand. But I’ve kind of always liked computers,” Mularski said during a recent interview.

Mularski’s status has risen because of some recent cases, including one in which five Chinese Army intelligence officers were charged with stealing trade secrets from U.S. steel companies.

“Keith Mularski is not without technical ability, but his real talent lies in convincing experienced cybercriminals that he is one of them and not a law enforcement officer,” said Misha Glenny, a British journalist who specializes in cybercrime.

Two Florida Cops Accused of Being KKK Members Were Forced to Step Down

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Florida police officers are without a job after a confidential FBI report showed they were members of a local branch of the KKK, the Daily Mail reports.

Fruitland Park Police dismissed Officer George Hunnewell, while Deputy Chief David Borst, 49, resigned. Borst also was the city’s fire chief.

While Fruitland Police Chief Terry Isaacs acknowledged it’s not against the law to be in the KKK, he said the allegations affect the officers’ credibility.

Isaacs launched an internal investigation Friday.

‘I’ve read the report, and it’s convincing,’ Isaacs said of the FBI report.

Texas Gov. Perry to President Obama: Send in 1,000 National Guard Troops to Avert Immigration Crisis

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gov. Rick Perry urged President Obama to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to southern Texas in a show of force designed to dissuade more Central Americans from crossing the Mexican border the American-Statesman reports.

Perry said the solution should not be spending an additional $3.7 billion in taxes to address the crisis.

“Pick up the phone, be a leader, make a difference,” Perry said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Perry said the problem could have been avoided had Obama heeded the governor’s warnings about the influx in May 2012.

“I gave the President a head’s up on what was happening with these unaccompanied children, these alien children who were coming in on the tops of trains,” Perry told “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. “And we laid out exactly what we felt was going to happen if we didn’t address that, and now we’re seeing that become reality with literally tens of thousands of these young children, making this long, arduous, very dangerous trip, being separated from their parents, and it could have been stopped years ago, had the administration listened, had the administration been focused on the border with Texas.”

President Obama’s Unscheduled Forays from White House Testing Nerves of Secret Service

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s unscheduled forays from the White House are causing some stress among the Secret Service, the Hill reports.

Obama has been slipping from the safety of his office and taking impromptu walks.

“I don’t get a chance to take walks very often,” he told a crowd in New York earlier this year. “Secret Service gets a little stressed. But every once in a while I’m able to sneak off.”

Obama joked about testing the agents’ nerves and recounted an unscheduled walk along the river.

“I got about probably a mile, mile and a half, and then some people started spotting me so that by the time — Secret Service got nervous, and then by the time we got back, there was a big rope line and there was all the fuss,” Obama said.

The Secret Service expressed some concerns.

“Any time the president leaves the White House complex, there are risks involved,” said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donvoan.

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Utah Man Accused of Plot to Bomb Police Station, Assassinate Cops to Begin Revolt

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 47-year-old Utah man has been arrested on allegations he was plotting to kill police officers and bomb a police station to instigate an uprising against the government, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI said John Huggins, who was arrested Thursday, is expected to return to federal court Tuesday after he was charged with possessing an unregistered destructive device.

Huggins faces up to 10 years in prison.

The investigation began on a tip that Huggins had buried bombs around the city of Ogden, which turned out to be true. But investigators said Huggins threatened to blow up the Tremonton Police Department with the intention of assassinating two police officers before the bombing.

The AP wrote that Huggins said be believed the attack would trigger an uprising against the government.

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Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Strongly Opposes Proposal to Eliminate ATF

 

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) on Thursday denounced  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s proposal to eliminate ATF and have it absorbed by another agency.

“Violent gangs, gun traffickers and active shooters will not take pause while Congress attempts to engage in an unwarranted bureaucratic maneuver that would waste taxpayer dollars and leave the public at risk,” said FLEOA President Jon Adler in a statement. ” Any bill that calls for dismantling  ATF would simultaneously dissolve a critical layer of enforcement and protection for the American public. We cannot afford to diminish ATF’s Frontline Strategy, nor the dedicated Special Agents.” and Inspectors who enforce it.”
 
The Milwaukee Journal reports that Sensenbrenner has a bill in the works to eliminate ATF. The Congressman cites recent operational failures and ATF’s  overlap with other federal law enforcement agencies, the paper reports.
“By absorbing the ATF into existing law enforcement entities, we can preserve the areas where the ATF adds value for substantially less taxpayer money,” Sensenbrenner said. “While searching for its mission, the ATF has been plagued by decades of high-profile blunders….We cannot afford to ignore clear changes that will greatly enhance the government’s efficiency.”

 

FBI Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Opening of Civil Rights Office in Mississippi

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As violence against black people continued after signing the Civil Rights Act in July 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson turned to the FBI for help.

The New York Times reports that Johnson urged then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to open the first office dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Americans.

The FBI on Thursday celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening.

Officials and civil rights leaders said a lot has changed in the bureau since then.

“We saw the F.B.I. only as an institution set to keep people of color down,” said Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Medgar Evers, the Mississippi civil rights leader killed the summer before the office opened said. “One that was not a friend, but one that was a foe. And I stand before you today saying that I am proud to say I see the F.B.I. as playing the role they did, and finally in my mind, and my heart reaching the point where I can say, friend.”