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State, Local Officials to Show Support for Bringing FBI Headquarters to Maryland

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI headquarters in Maryland would inject an estimated $2 billion and 11,000 jobs into the economy, the Associated Press reports.

Top officials are scheduled to promote moving the FBI office to Prince George’s County.

Scheduled to attend are Gov. Martin O’Malley, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

Several areas are competing to land the FBI headquarters, saying it would boost the economy.

FBI Agent to Be Cleared in Shooting of Ibragim Todashev’s Death in Florida

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Justice Department investigation is to reveal this week that the FBI used appropriate force by fatally shooting Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen man tied to one of the brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Washington Post reports that the report will clear the agent, but a Florida prosecutor warned that the probe is not concluded.

The investigation is to indicate that Todashev 27, a mixed martial-arts fighter, used a metal pole to attack an FBI agent after implicating himself in the unsolved 2011 triple murder, the Post reported, citing anonymous sources.

The agent acted in self-defense, the report is to conclude.

What remains unclear is whether the agent was alone during the shooting.

First Openly Gay State House Speaker to Resign After FBI Raids in Rhode Island

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A popular Rhode Island state lawmaker is resigning from his leadership role and won’t run for re-election after the FBI raided his home and public office, the Associated Press reports.

Gordon Fox, a 52-year-old Democrat who has been House speaker since 2010, said he will step down from his leadership post but will serve out the remainder of his term.

“My personal focus going forward will be on my family and dealing with the investigation,” Fox said.

Fox became the nation’s first openly gay House speaker.

‘‘Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I am resigning as Speaker,’’ Fox said in a written statement emailed to reporters. ‘‘The process of governing must continue and the transition of leadership must be conducted in an orderly manner.’’

Where Have All of the Bank Robbers Gone in California? State Sees Huge Reduction Since 1990s

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

California may no longer be the nation’s bank robbery capital.

The Latin Post reports that the FBI’s L.A. office, which includes seven counties, is handling far fewer bank robbery cases than in the past.

Robberies peaked in the early 1990s, with as many as 28 bank robberies a day in the counties of  Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo.

That has dropped to 212 robberies a year – or fewer than one a day.

FBI officials said they were surprised.

“I was flabbergasted when we broke 400. Then we broke 300,” FBI Special Agent Stephen May, who works as the bureau’s bank robbery coordinator for the region, said.

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FBI Arrest Two Men Accused of Conspiring to Commit Acts of Terrorism in U.S. or Abroad

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is accusing two men of conspiring and training to fight alongside terrorists in Syria or Yemen, the News & Observer reports.

The charges were the result of a one-year undercover investigation into the actions of Marsalis Brown, 21, and Akba Jihad Jordan, whose age was not disclosed in court records.

The suspects told undercover agents that they supported terrorism.

According to the FBI, Jordan wanted to commit violent acts in the U.S. or abroad. Brown had more specific plans and was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday en route to Turkey, where he’d then travel to Syria, investigators said.

FBI Director Comey Delivers Good News – More Staff, Training, Resources in Beefed-up 2014 Budget

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey sought to assure agents and local law enforcement that the bureau plans to increase staff, training and resources in what will be a much less frugal 2014.

The Times-Picayune reports that Comey, during his visit to the bureau’s New Orleans Field Office on Thursday, said the beefed-up budget will mean a stronger focus on violent crimes, terrorism, human trafficking, cyber crimes and public corruption.

“As of six weeks ago, the FBI became adequately funded again,” Comey said. “We’re going to invest in the personnel, training and technology we need to face the challenges before us.”

The good news came in January when Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill.

“We had been forced to eliminate over 2,000 positions because of the budget Armageddon of the last 18 months,” he said. “I plan to fill those positions again and then some, ranging from field agents to (support personnel). We also need to resume investing in new technology and training after those things came to a halt.

“We got an enormous budget increase, which I think is something the FBI deserved. We need to explain to the taxpayers how we’re going to spend that money, and I’m going to do that.”

IRS Hires Former Cop Convicted of Illegally Accessing FBI Info, Sharing with Terrorism Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Weiss Russell, a former cop convicted two years ago of illegally accessing an FBI database and sharing it with the subject of an investigation, managed to land a job at the IRS.

The Washington Times reports Mohammad Weiss Rasool, or as the IRS knows him, Wiess Russell, was sentenced to two years of probation after being convicted of accessing the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Database in 2008.

Rasool was running license plate numbers for a friend, who happened to be the subject of a terrorism investigation, the Times wrote.

Now critics want to know how Russell managed to get a job at an agency that handles so much private information.