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Terrorists Still Fixated on Bombing Planes Despite Successful Attempts to Thwart Them

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Terrorists remain stubbornly fixated on targeting airplanes and creating better bombs, the Indiana Business Journal reports.

Although it has been 13 years since a successful terrorist attack – the Sept. 11, 2011 – terrorists seem committed to bombing a plane, said John Pistole, the departing head of the TSA.

“The threats continue,” Pistole, 58, said in an interview at the agency’s Arlington, VA, office. “They are persistent. The terrorists are innovative in their design, construction and concealment of devices.”

During Pistole’s four-year tenure, authorities have thwarted to attacks on planes.

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Bill Would Require Every Police Killing to Be Tallied by Justice Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Without a federal requirement to disclose police killings, it’s impossible to know how many cops kill civilians in any given year.

That could change under new legislation that would require all police departments to report law-enforcement killing to the Justice Department, Essence reports.

Currently the FBI keeps a tally on the number of police killings, but local departments aren’t required to produce the information. A Wall Street Journal analysis found that the FBI’s tally of law-enforcement killings between 2007 and 2012 was missing 550 deaths.

“What we know is that some places have chosen not to report these, for whatever reason,” Cooper told the Journal.

Under the new legislation, introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN, all police agencies would be required to disclose every death during police custody.

“Before we can truly address the problem of excessive force used by law enforcement, we have to understand the nature of the problem, and that begins with accurate data,” Rep. Cohen said in a statement.

Called the “National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act of 2014,’ the bill likely will have to be reintroduced in January.

 

FBI Agents Raid County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Chief in Indiana

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal agents raided a county sheriff’s office and fire chief’s home in Indiana on Monday, the Indy Star reports.

Agents conducted the raids at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the home of a Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department.

It’s believed the raids are connected, but the FBI declined to discuss any details.

 

 

Customs And Border Protection Officer Arrested for Allegedly Helping Smuggle Drugs into U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 38-year-old Customs and Border Protection Officer is accused of helping drug smugglers cross into the U.S., Fox News reports.

Jose Luis Zavala, who works in Brownsville, Texas, was arrested on charges of drug smuggling and corruption.

He was arrested Dec. 12 and placed on administrative leave. An initial story incorrectly stated that he was a Border Patrol agent.

“CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission,” CBP said in a statement. “The overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigation of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off duty.”

Diego G. Rodriguez Named Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office

Diego Rodriguez /fbi photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Diego G. Rodriguez, who headed up the FBI’s Dallas office, has been named the assistant director in charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Rodriguez succeeds George Venizelos, who is retiring after 24 years in the FBI, the agency said.

Rodriguez joined the FBI in 1990 at the New York Field Office and was a member of the SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.

In 1997, he headed to San Juan Division, where he was a SWAT team member. He was also assigned to a drug/money laundering task force with the Puerto Rico Police Department.

In 1999, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters.

In 2001, he transferred to the Miami Division, where he supervised a multi-agency drug squad under the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative.

Rodriguez returned to FBI headquarters in 2003 as chief of the Field Oversight Unit in the Directorate of Intelligence.

Shortly after, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office in April 2006 as the criminal, counterterrorism, and intelligence program manager, according to a press release.

He was then promoted to chief of the Domain and Collection Management Section in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters.

In July 2010, he was named a special agent in charge in New York where he oversaw the Criminal Division. In June 2012, he headed up the Dallas Division.

 

 

Before his FBI career, Mr. Rodriguez was a teacher in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1988 from St. John’s University in New York.

Border Patrol Agent Shot at While Pulling Over Car in Texas, Returns Fire As Suspects Fled

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent came under fire Sunday morning while pulling over a car during a routine traffic stop, KFOX14 reports.

The incident happened around 7:25 a.m. when the suspect opened fire on the agent as he approached the car in Hudspeth County, which borders Mexico in Texas.

The agent returned fire but the driver and occupants were able to run away into the brush. Authorities were still searching for the suspects at the end of the weekend.

The agent didn’t sustain any serious injuries.

Secret Service Investigates Creed Frontman’s Alleged Plot to Assassinate President Obama

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Secret Service is investigating claims that Creed singer Scott Stapp was on a mission to assassinate President Obama on the delusional belief that he was working for the CIA, People reports.

The singer’s wife told a 911 operator last month that Stapp was having a schizophrenic episode, riding shirtless on his bicycle carrying a backpack with what he believed were papers and hard drives from the CIA.

“He thinks he’s part of the CIA. He thinks they’re trying to kill him and he has a bunch of paperwork in his backpack that [says] he’s a CIA agent and he was supposed to assassinate Obama,” Jaclyn, 34, said during the call.

The Secret Service said it is investigating.

“We are well aware and we’ll take appropriate action,” Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said.

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Border Patrol Seeks to Diminish Gender Gap to Address Influx of Female Migrants

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The gender gap among Border Patrol agents is significant, even as more women are crossing the border illegally.

The Los Angeles Times reports a 173% in the number of apprehended female immigrants, yet just 5% of the agency’s 21,000 agents are women.

Border Patrol hopes to correct the disparity by aggressively recruiting women.

“Other federal law enforcement [agencies] were at 16% female. We’ve stayed at 5%,” said Shevannah Wray, a spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection in the Tucson sector. “We need to increase that number in order to have females to search females that we arrest. And then just to reflect the workforce of the U.S.”

While Border Patrol rules do not prohibit male agents from searching female migrants, the agency prefers women for that role.

Another perk of female agents is having someone that women can trust. According to Amnesty International, three of every five female migrants are sexually assaulted during their trek.

“There are females that have been abused along their journey,” Wray said. “So I imagine that they may feel more comfortable talking to a female agent.”