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FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in Its Facial Recognition Database by 2015

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If all goes as planned, the FBI’s facial recognition database will include 52 million photos by 2015, the Verge reports.

That’s an increase of more than three-fold from the 16 million that were in the database in the middle of 2013.

Of those, 4.3 million images were for “non-criminal purposes,” according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

What remains unclear is where the non-criminal photos derived and why the FBI is using them.

“Facial recognition technology has the potential to improve services for consumers, support innovation by businesses, and affect identification and authentication online and offline,” the National Telecommunications and Information Administration said in a statement this past February. “However, the technology poses distinct consumer privacy challenges.”

FBI Video Warns American Students of Efforts to Recruit Them as Spies in 28-Minute Video

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has released a 28-minute video intended to warn American students preparing to study abroad about the dangers of being recruited by foreign intelligence agencies.

The video is a dramatization of Glenn Duffie Shriver, an American who accepted money from Chinese intelligence officers while living in China.

Shriver was convicted in 2010 of  “conspiring to provide national defense information to intelligence officers of the People’s Republic of China” and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Scott S. Smith Named As New Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Pittsburgh Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Pittsburgh office has a new special agent in charge.

On Monday, the FBI named Scott S. Smith, a veteran agent with ties to northern Ohio, as the office’s new leader, replacing Doug Perdue, a two-year veteran of the post who is embarking on an assignment in Washington D.C., the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Smith most recently served as chief of the Employee Services Section in the Human Resources Division in Washington D.C.

Before becoming an agent in Cleveland, Smith was a deputy sheriff in Lake County, Ohio.

Since arriving at the FBI, Smith has had several roles. He worked the violent crimes desk in Cleveland, did a sting in the bureau’s International Terrorism Operations Section and organized a group of agents, analysts and language specialists in Iraq in 2005.

Ex-Homeland Security Supervisor Suspected of Using Government Credit Card to Gamble

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Homeland Security supervisor is accused of using his government-issued credit card to gamble at a West Virginia casino.

WHAG News reports that Gene Protogiannis, 55, of Virginia, has been indicted on 45 counts of wire fraud for allegedly using his card in 2013 to obtain cash advances at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Officials said Protogiannis withdrew $115,853.

Protogiannis is expected to be formally charged Wednesday and will face up to 20 years in prison.

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Secret Service Agent Who Shot Protecting Presidential Candidate George Wallace Died at 79

George Wallace

George Wallace

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former secret service agent who was shot protecting presidential candidate George Wallace in May 1972 has died.

Nicholas J. Zarvos was 79. He died Wednesday after a fight with leukemia, the Kansas City Star reports.

“That came as such a shock to all of us, because he had always been such a strong and able-bodied person,” said his wife, Rose Zarvos of Katy, Texas, near Houston.

Zarvos was assigned to Wallace when a gunman opened fire at a shopping in Laurel, Maryland, leaving the presidential candidate paralyzed from the waste down.

Zarvos was struck in the jaw and underwent more than seven hours of surgery before returning to work later that year.

Zarvos grew up in Kansas City, served two years in the Army and attended the University of Denver.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on the Kansas City Area Shooting: “I Was Horrified”

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The shooting in the Kansas City area on Sunday at Jewish facilities that killed three was a horrifying reminder of the dangers some hate groups pose.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Monday morning issued a statement on the matter.

“I was horrified to learn of this weekend’s tragic shootings outside Kansas City. These senseless acts of violence are all the more heartbreaking as they were perpetrated on the eve of the solemn occasion of Passover.

“Justice Department prosecutors will work with their state and local counterparts to provide all available support and to determine whether the federal hate crimes statute is implicated in this case.

“No matter what, we will do everything in our power to ensure justice is served in this case on behalf of the victims and their families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these heinous acts.”

FBI Investigating After Agents Fatally Shoot Man in SUV in Busy Shopping Area in Maryland

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents fatally opened fire on a man in his SUV in a busy shopping area in Maryland, the Associated Press reports.

The Friday shooting occurred near Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in Owings Mills during rush hour while agent were conducting a drug investigation.

The SUV was riddled with bullet holes.

The FBI and Baltimore County Police Department are investigating the shooting.

Former KKK Leader Accused of Killing 3 People in Jewish Center Attacks in Kansas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former KKK leader is suspected of killing three people at two Jewish centers Sunday afternoon in Kansas.

Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., 73, is accused of shooting to death a 14-year-old Eagle Scout and his grandfather in the parking lot at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus in Overland Park, NBC News reports.

Authorities said he then went several blocks to Village Shalom, a retirement community, and shot a woman.

The suspect, who is from Missouri, was taken into custody and placed in a police car, where he reportedly yelled “Heil Hitler.”
Cross was no stranger to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which said Cross was a former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the KKK.