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ATF Tries to Boost Low Morale By Building Store at Washington D.C. Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It’s no secret that ATF employees are struggling with morale problems.

In hopes of turning around that morale, the federal government is opening a store inside ATF headquarters in Washington D.C., Townhall reports.

“Currently the Office of the Director is in the process of coordinating the opening of an ATF store, which will be located in ATF HQ,” ATF Chief of Strategic Management Ron Humphries wrote in an email to employees on October 28, 2013. “The mission of the store is to serve current and former employees of ATF, Task Force Officers, and family members by promoting the general welfare and morale of the employees of ATF by providing, encouraging and supporting social, educational, and recreational activities of interest to its employees. In the coming weeks, more information will follow about the ATF HQ store.”

It’s unclear exactly what would be sold in the store.

Not everyone is sold on the idea.

“At a time when our Bureau is plagued by years of mismanagement, lack of oversight and abuses directed at its agents, it’s very disheartening to the field that headquarter priorities have nothing to do with correcting the broken policies and practices or even relate to strengthening our mission capability,” ATF Special Agent and whistleblower Vince Cefalu told Townhall. “The best they can come up with is selling ATF SWAG. For a Bureau suffering such huge divisions between the field and management, this does nothing to rebuild confidence in our leadership by either the agents or the American public.”

ATF’s Undercover Hit Men Cause Big Problems for Would-Be Criminals

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Angry at a cheating spouse or jerk boss?

While most of us would handle our issues without violence, others look for “hit men” for payback.

Enter undercover ATF agents, who bust people who pay to have someone killed or injured, GQ reports.

Reporter Jeanne Marie Laskas tagged along with one agent, who took orders to cut up a man’s ex-girlfriend’s face. As the agent appears to go along with the plan, feds swoop in and bust the customer.

FBI Weighs Use of Video Technology to Help Identify Suspects, Crime Scenes

Courtesy of RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is considering video recognition technology that would help quickly identify suspects, even when a portion of the suspect is captured on camera, NextGov.com reports.

“Think of it as automated police lineups for the YouTube generation,” NextGov.com wrote.

The idea is to match up footage with a technology called, “motion picture pattern-matching.” It would look for known people and locations.

“The FBI is currently undertaking a major issue study of video and digital image processing and video/digital image analytic capabilities to identify current capabilities, assess gaps, and develop a roadmap for the FBI’s future video analytics architecture,” a contracting notice read, according to NextGov.com.

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Did Secret Service Agent Kill JFK? New Documentary Explores the Questions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new documentary, “JFK: The Smoking Gun,” explores the theory that an under-qualified Secret Service agent delivered the shot that killed President John F. Kennedy, the Toronto reports.

The documentary, which aired Sunday on Discovery, is based on the work of retired Australian police detective Colin McLaren, who said, “This is not conjecture, this is all based on evidence and forensic study.”

It’s just the latest programming marking the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

LAX Gunman a “Pissed-Off Patriot” Who Wanted to Kill TSA Officers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The gunman behind the deadly rampage at Los International Airport planned to kill multiple TSA officers to “instill fear in your traitorous minds” when he unloaded his .223-caliber assault rifle, the Associated Press reports.

Gunman Paul Ciancia, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic, is heavily sedated after he was shot several times. But he told the FBI in a handwritten note that he is a “pissed-off patriot” upset over what he considered the constitutional violations of invasive TSA searches, the AP reported.

Ciancia also said he was angry at former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Ciancia could be sentenced to death.

Michigan Man Says He’s Owed $25 Million Reward for Tip About Bin Laden’s Whereabouts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Michigan man claims the FBI owes him $25 million because he provided a tip that led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden, Yahoo news reports.

Tom Lee, 63, of Grand Rapids, said he deserved the reward for bin Laden’s capture because he told authorities in 2003 about the terrorist’s whereabouts.

Yahoo News reported that Lee maintains he pointed the FBI to the same compound where bin Laden was found.

Lee said he got the information from a Pakistani intelligence agent.

But in 2011, the U.S. said bin Laden’s whereabouts were discovered via electronic surveillance, not a tip.

Border Patrol Agents Make About 420,000 Arrests Last Budget Year – a 15% Increase

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents arrested more than 420,000 people – a 15% increase – in the past budget year that ended in September, the Associated Press reports.

This is the second consecutive year for an uptick in arrests following a 40-year low in apprehensions in 2011, the AP wrote.

The arrests represent about 320,000 different people.

Largely to blame for the increase are arrests from people in countries other than Mexico, the AP reported.

Off-Duty FBI Agent Prompts Debate about Guns in Nebraska Schools

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty FBI agent’s decision to take a gun into an elementary school in Nebraska has prompted debate about addressing the state’s gun law, Omaha World-Herald reports.

A parent at a Papillion elementary school spotted the gun and asked the school board to clarify the law on plainclothes officers carrying weapons.

Nebraska law, which bars weapons from school grounds, makes an exception for on-duty law enforcement, Omaha World-Herald wrote.

What’s unclear is whether off-duty offices can possess guns on school property.

Now local officials are calling on state lawmakers to clarify the law.