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TSA Administrator John Pistole Opens Up About Lessons Learned, Future of Agency

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

TSA Administrator John Pistole knows his agency has made some mistakes after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In a candid interview with the Los Angeles Times, Pistole said the TSA’s policies are constantly evolving to protect U.S. travelers.

Last year, the TSA announced that it would allow passengers to carry small knives onto planes, but you rescinded that decision. Will you allow small knives on planes in the future?

Given the lobbying efforts against it and members of Congress weighing in against it, I decided to take it off the table as something that was not furthering our efforts to transform from a one-size-fits-all to a risk-based [system].

European airports are testing devices to analyze liquids carried by passengers for explosives. When will travelers in the U.S. be able to fly without having to toss away bottles of water, soda or other liquids?

We have over 900 what we call bottle liquid scanners that we use for such things as mother’s milk and certain medicines that are larger than 100 milliliters. We could allow any liquids to fly, but it’s a time-consuming process so we don’t have an efficient way of doing that. One of the options that we looked at is to have a dedicated lane for people who wanted to bring liquids aboard, but that might be a long line.

The TSA announced a contest recently to find new ideas to speed the passenger-screening system. Why is that such a big challenge?

Each of the 450 airports where we provide screening is unique. Most airports were built and designed pre-9/11 and security is kind of an afterthought. So we’ve tried to cobble our way into some pretty tight spaces.

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The 23rd Anniversary Involving the Arrest of Luchese Mafia Boss Comes and Goes

Vittorio (Vic) Amuso, (Gang Land News Photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As anniversaries go, July 28 came and went with little notice.

But Jerry Capeci, a mob expert who runs Gang Land News, noted in a story that the date marked the 23d anniversary of the day “when two young FBI agents standing at a shopping mall outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania made one of the great collars in mob history.”

“The target was Vittorio (Vic) Amuso, the fugitive boss of the Luchese crime family who had been on the lam for more than a year,” Capeci writes.

Now, Capeci writes that the 79-year-old wiseguy has been locked up ever since, but remains  the undisputed boss of his crime family.

 Gang Land News is a paid subscription news site, but well worth it.

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: The Mafia Crime Families

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FBI, Police Stop Cars Entering, Leaving Michigan Village During Murder Investigation of Teen Girl

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An investigation into the murder of a 14-year-old girl in suburban Detroit has prompted FBI agents and police to stop cars that leave or enter the village of Armada, the Free Press reports.

The body of April Millsap was discovered near a trail as her dog stayed with her. Two joggers discovered her body.

Police have declined to say how she died but the medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

FBI agents and police raided a home about 15 miles northeast of Armada and arrested two people on marijuana charges.

It’s unclear how investigators believe they may have been involved.

On Thursday, agents and police were questioning drivers and checking their IDs.

FBI Dubs Bank Robber ‘Good Grammar Bandit’ for Error-Free Demand Note

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of robbing banks wrote error-free demand notes that prompted the FBI to dub him the “good Grammar Bandit,” the Associated Press reports.

He’s accused of robbing four banks in metro Denver in less than a week.

His letters were “perfectly typed, spelled and punctuated,” the AP wrote.

The suspect is described as black, short, slender and in his 30s.

FBI Looks to Hire Hundreds of Special Agents for Various Positions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is on the hunt for a few hundred special agents.

Buffalo Business First reports that the FBI is searching for people who speak foreign languages, people with accounting, computer science or IT skills or people with law degrees.

“From Aug. 1 to Aug. 15, posting for special agent positions will be open,” said Buffalo field office special-agent-in-charge Brian Boetig. “These are gun-toting, badge-carrying investigators, and we’ll get hundreds of thousands of applicants, who will be assigned to one of the agency’s 56 U.S. field offices, or one of 60 overseas offices.”

Boetig said a lot of help is needed.

“We’re always looking for accountants and those with law backgrounds because of the amount of health-care fraud,” he said. “People with computer and technology backgrounds are helpful because of cyber threats we face.”

Applicants must be between the ages of 23 and 37.

Mexican Man Extradited in Connection to Slaying of Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent has been extradited to the U.S., Reuters reports.

Ivan Soto-Barraza is accused of killing Agent Brian Terry in 2010 during a gun battle near the Mexican border in Arizona.

Soto-Barraza and five others have been charged in the death. Two remain on the loose.

“This marks another step forward in our aggressive pursuit of those responsible for the murder of Agent Brian Terry, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement.

The death of Terry drew outrage after it was discovered that one of the guns recovered at the scene was traced back to a botched trafficking probe by the ATF.

Texas Braces for Arrival of Hundreds of National Guard Troops Over Protests

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com

Not long from now, hundreds of Texas National Guard troops will descend on border towns in an unusual show of force.

The USA Today reports that some cities are welcoming the troops, who will arrive sporting camouflage and guns.

“If anything, [the guardsmen] will send a strong message that our border will be secure,” Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said. “We’ll have the manpower necessary to finally secure this area.”

Critics, including the federal government and state lawmakers, have said the troops’ presence could worsen the problem and even cause unnecessary deaths.

Gov. Rick Perry announced last week that he plans to bring in up to 1,000 troops.

 

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