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Former FBI Director Freeh Nearly Struck 3 Motorists Before Crashing Car in Vermont

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh nearly struck two cars and a motorcycle head-on at a high rate of speed, one of the drivers told police, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Van Coleman said the drivers took evasive action to avoid a collision after Freeh’s SUV swerved into the left lane of Vermont 12.

Coleman told the Free Press that Freeh was  “was doing about 60 to 65 miles per hour and was on the left side of the road.” The speed limit was 50 mph.

Freeh’s car swerved off the road and into a tree. He was seriously injured.

“His head was down, so I thought he had fallen asleep,” Coleman said.

Where Should FBI Open New Headquarters? Federal Government to Take Public Input

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government wants to hear your concerns about the location of the new FBI headquarters.

The General Services Administration scheduled public hearings next month to gather feedback on an Environmental Impact Statement on each of the three sites, the Washington Business-Journal reports. 

The first meeting is Sept. 22 near the potential new site in Springfield. The other sites under consideration are the Greenbelt Metro and the former Landover Mall.

Here is the schedule:

  • Springfield site: Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Robert E. Lee High School, main lobby, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield;
  • Greenbelt site: Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Greenbelt Branch Library auditorium, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt;
  • Current FBI site: Oct. 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., District Architecture Center, Hickok Cole Room, 421 7th St. NW;
  • Landover site: Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, Town Hall, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover.

Inspector General: FBI Routinely Delays Investigations by Failing to Turn Over Records

Michael Horowitz

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is routinely denying federal investigators timely access to documents for audits and reviews, the Justice’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz complained to members of Congress on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI’s failure to cooperate has caused delays in investigations, so much so that Attorney General Eric Holder has had to intervene.

They only way to ensure compliance, he said, may be through congressional action.

Under a 1978 law, inspectors general are entitled to government records to investigate mismanagement and fraud.

The FBI denied delaying investigations.

TSA Astonished That People Continue to Bring Guns to Airport in Carry-On Bags

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has become almost too common: Travelers are caught with guns in the carry-on bags.

Even after Sept. 11, when much more innocuous objects were banned from flights, people bring guns to airports, often because they forgot they had the weapon on the them.

WCIV reports that a South Carolina man was arrested after a loaded pistol was found in his carry-on bag.

TSA officials found the Glock .40 caliber pistol at the security checkpoint.

Just this year, the TSA has discovered five firearms at the airport.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman in a prepared statement. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

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FBI Investigating Body Donor Program in Portland Following Similar Probes in Detroit, Arizona

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI is investigating a body donor program in Portland following similar probes in Detroit and Arizona.

Oregonlive.com reports that the FBI launched an investigation into Legacy Health.

But authorities are tightlipped about the probe of Legacy Health.

“Other than confirming that there is an FBI investigation into the Legacy Body Donation Program, there isn’t much more I can say,” said FBI special agent David Porter, a spokesman in the bureau’s Detroit field office.

The investigation involves health screenings of the bodies and failure to notify families of how bodies were being used, Oregonelive.com reports.

Rumors have put a negative light on body donation services.

“People are confused. They just want to verify that we’re not one of those organizations they’ve read about,”  Corrina Patzer, director of business services for Lions VisionGift, said. “It impacts transplants, it impacts donations.”

The investigation appears to have its roots in two similar cases in Detroit and Arizona.

FBI, CDC Investigating After TSA Agent Attacked with Syringe in Nigerian Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI and CDC launched an investigation after someone attacked a federal air marshal with a syringe inside the Lagos, Nigeria airport on Sunday, Fox News reports.

The air marshal, who was on the public side of the airport, was injected with an unknown substance.

He and his team were whisked back to the U.S. with the syringe.

“The [air marshal] reported that the subject stuck him with a syringe and it is believed he was injected with an unknown substance,” according to an alert from the TSA. “After consultation with the consulate and physicians, the [federal air marshal] was given precautionary medication.”

An FBI spokesman added: “Out of an abundance of caution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted an on-scene screening of the victim when United Flight 143 landed in Houston early Monday morning. The victim did not exhibit any signs of illness during the flight and was transported to a hospital upon landing for further testing. None of the testing conducted has indicated a danger to other passengers.”

Lawsuit Seeks to Name Border Patrol Agent Who Shot, Killed 16-Year-Old in Nogales

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Civil rights lawyers are suing federal government to force the disclosure of the name of the Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a 16-year-old teen in the back.

“This is an extraordinary request by the government and just one more example of how the Border Patrol attempts to shield its unlawful actions from the public. The rule of law demands transparency—that’s all we’re asking for,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s national Immigrants’ Rights Project in a news release.

The body of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was found about 40 feet from the border near the port of entry in Nogales.

Border Patrol said the agent was responding to rock throwers, but a witness disputes that.

CBP has agreed to release the name of the agent, but only if the identity is kept hidden from the public.

“The public interest in knowing the identity of a federal agent sued for the use of deadly force during his official duties is paramount,” attorneys wrote.

Internal Report: Homeland Security Fails Adequately Prepare for Potential Pandemics

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although Homeland Security has received $47 million to prepare for potential pandemics, federal authorities are far from ready and properly trained, according to a federal audit, the Washington Post reports.

The Homeland Security inspector general found numerous problems, including the imminent expiration of antiviral drugs and a failure to find personal protective gear.

“A severe influenza pandemic presents a tremendous challenge, which may affect millions of Americans, cause significant illnesses and fatalities, and substantially disrupt our economic and social stability,” the report said. “It is DHS’s responsibility to ensure it is adequately prepared to continue critical operations in the event of a pandemic.”

The audit found that 81% of the department’s antiviral drugs are set to expire next year.

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