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JFK’s Assassination Transformed Secret Service into Heavy-Weight Agency

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When JFK was assassinated, the Secret Service was in store for major changes.

The Warren Commission, which was formed to investigate the Nov. 22 shooting, found what it called “certain shortcomings and lapses from high standards which the Commission believes should prevail in the field of Presidential protection.”

The ill-prepared Secret Service, which neglected to check buildings along the motorcade route, transformed the small agency into a $1.6 billion service that has counter-sniper units and assault teams, NPR reports.

“Not criticizing what happened in 1963, but I think it’s fair to say that protections changed quite a bit, and how we do things on a day-to-day basis,” says Special Agent Brian Leary, who serves as a spokesman for the agency.

Thief Swipes 2 High-Powered Rifles from FBI SWAT Vehicle

Colt M16-A1

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

You never know what you’ll find when breaking into a car.

For one thief, it was two high-powered rifles.

The Boston Globe reports that a Colt M16-A1 Rifle and an HS Precision Pro-Series 2000 Sniper Rifle were stolen from an FBI SWAT vehicle parked in a residential area, where the agent wasn’t working, the Boston Globe reports.

The bureau didn’t disclose the identity of the agent.

The theft may be connected to others in the area, the FBI said in a statement.

“During that same time, items were stolen from other vehicles parked at nearby homes in Andover.”

FBI Fears Gangs Are Targeting North Carolina Police in Retaliation for Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gang in Wilmington, N.C., appears to be retaliating against police for fatally shooting one of its members in October, the Star News reports.

Police shot Brandon Devone Smith on Oct. 13 after he allegedly fired at a sheriff’s detective. A state investigation concluded the fatal shooting was justified.

“Low-ranking gang members have committed to engage in shooting in the City of Wilmington for the next 52 days in retaliation for Smith’s death,” an FBI memo reads.

The FBI and local police have witnessed a spike in violence among gang members who are showing a “blatant disregard for authority and for life,” according to the Star News.

Thrown Rock Downs Border Patrol Helicopter in Lower Rio Grande Valley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A rock launched from the ground struck a Border Patrol helicopter, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in a vacant lot, the Associated Press reports.

Whoever threw the rock could not be found, CBP said in a statement.

The two-member crew of the American Eurocopter AS350 were not injured when they landed safely in the border town of Roma.

The crew was helping Border Patrol agents in Roma when the incident happened, the AP reported.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Former Secret Service Agent Recalls the Day JFK Was Shot 50 Years Ago

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Clint Hill remembers running toward the back of the limousine where President John F. Kennedy was just shot.

Hill was a Secret Service agent who was in the motorcade surrounding the president and first lady on Nov. 22, 1963.

“I think about it every day,” Hill told a crowd Tuesday night at Bismarck State College, the Bismark Tribune reports. “It never goes away.”

Hill said he took off his suit jacket and covered the president’s body at the hospital so the first lady wouldn’t have to see the gruesome results.

Hill also had the unfortunate job of telling Robert Kennedy that his brother was dead.

“I didn’t want to tell him that his brother was dead,” Hill said.

“It’s as bad as it could get,” Hill remembers telling Robert Kennedy.

Illicit Drug Site Silk Road Has Relaunched and Pokes Fun at Federal Law Enforcement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just a month after the FBI arrested its founder, the black market site Silk Road is back up, the Daily Caller reports.

The notorious site, where people could buy drugs, guns and even hit men, relaunched Wednesday with more protections for its customers, who use a currency called Bitcoin to avoid being traced.

“You can never kill the idea of Silk Road,” the new Dread Pirate Roberts tweeted just before the new site’s launch.

The Daily Caller wrote that the encrypted website cannot be easily dismantled by the feds.

After the FBI took over the site, it read “This hidden site has been seized.” On the relaunched site, the phase “seized” was replaced with “risen again.”

Former College Student on FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ List for Spying on Suspected Cheating Lovers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For just $89, a former San Diego college student has been selling malicious software that spies on suspected cheating lovers.

Although Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara likely didn’t make a lot of money, he was one of five people recently added to the FBI’s list of most wanted cyber-criminals, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

According to the FBI, Perez-Melara would send an electronic greeting card via email to the subjects of his surveillance. Once the card was opened, the software would begin capturing emails and instant messages, the AP explained.

Border Patrol May Ignore Recommendation to Stop Shooting Rock-Throwers

Steve Neavling
tickleticklethewire.com

Despite a government-commissioned review recommending an end to the practice of shooting rock-throwers, Border Patrol agents may continue anyway, the Associated Press reports.

CBP responded that the recommendation was “very restrictive.”

The review came from the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit that advises law enforcement agencies, the AP wrote.

Border Patrol agents are currently told they can use deadly force if they have a reasonable belief that their lives are in danger.

Concerns were raised after eight people since 2010 were killed in rock-throwing incidents with Border Patrol agents.