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Pennsylvania Survivalist Finally Captured After 7-Week Manhunt

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Matthew Eric Frein, 31

A Pennsylvania survivalist managed to elude capture during a massive manhunt since he was accused on Sept. 12 of killing a state trooper in an ambush.

That was until Thursday,

when he was captured in the Pocono Mountains, Reuters reports.

The ambush killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31.

Frein was captured about 45 miles south of the ambush.

“Eric Frein had a mission and that was to attack law enforcement,” Frank Noonan, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, told a news conference. “If he got out of those woods, we were very concerned he would then kill more law enforcement, if not civilians.”

Authorities hope to learn how Frein managed to stay undetected for seven weeks.

He was finally tracked down after U.S. Marshals service officers found him at an abandoned aircraft hangar at a vacant resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.

He was arrested without incident.


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Washington Post Criticized for Story About Prostitution Scandal Because of Source

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Washington Post published a story in October that revealed White House aides knew of a possible link between Columbia and prostitution.

But since then, some questions have been raised about the credibility of one of the story’s sources, The Huffington Post reported.

The report suggested that David Nieland, one of the sources, was a troubled employee who may not be trustworthy.

But the Post still stands behind the story.

“We fully stand by our story, which relied on multiple investigative records and multiple sources,” Baron said in an email Thursday to The Huffington Post. “It is false to suggest that the story relied disproportionately on any one individual.

“The story focused on what the White House knew and the thoroughness of its investigation,” Baron continued. “Absolutely nothing in the story needs to be corrected. The story was perfectly clear about what was known and not known.”

What wasn’t clear was whether Baron knew about Nieland’s credibility issues.


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Union Recommends Terrance Gainer As Next Head of Embattled Secret Service

Terrance Gainer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Who should replace the leader at the embattled Secret Service?

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the nation’s largest police union is recommending former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer, the USA Today reports.

The recommendation follows the resignation of Julia Pierson, the agency’s first female leader.

The interim chief is Joseph Clancy, a retired special agent in charge of the Secret Services’s Presidential Protective Division.

Franternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury said Gainer has “the respect and admiration of those who worked for him and those who worked with him.”


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Former Secret Service Agent Believes He’s Going to Pull Off Upset in Congressional Race

Daniel Bongino

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
A former Secret Service agent for President Obama is expressing optimism that he is going to win Maryland’s Sixth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in what he characterizes “a huge upset,” WND.com reports.

Daniel Bongino, the Republican candidate, said he’s feeling good about his chances.

“I can comfortably tell you right now there is nothing we could have done to work harder,” Bongino said. “I just got back yesterday from Montgomery County, in the pouring rain. It was 40 degrees. I’m sick as a dog right now, and I’m driving in the western Maryland mountains, getting ready to wash, rinse and repeat, so there’s no more effort we could have given.”

His biggest issue is tax-and-spend policies.

“Our economy is being suffocated right now by a government that absolutely thinks it can spend your money better than you can,” he said.

Bongino is known for writing a 2013 New York Times bestselling book “Life Inside the Bubble.”

He’s still up against a fierce challenge. Incumbent Democrat Rep. John Delaney won the district by 21 points just two years ago, WND wrote.

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It Ain’t Over Yet: ATF Appeals Judge’s Ruling Favoring Ex-Agent Jay Dobyns

Jay Dobyns/his website

By Paul Giblin
The Arizona Republic

The ATF is headed back to court in a long-running legal battle with a former undercover agent who infiltrated the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives filed a notice of appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on Friday, to overturn a judgment against the ATF earlier this year. The single-sentence notice of appeal does not explain the basis of the appeal.

An ATF spokeswoman said shed was unfamiliar with the details of the matter and unable to comment further. An attorney for the Department of Justice did not immediately return messages left late Friday afternoon.

Retired agent Jay Dobyns of Tucson sued the ATF for reneging on previous agreements to respond to death threats against him following the Hells Angels case.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting FBI Agents at Gas Station in Las Vegas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of ramming his truck into a car carrying two FBI agents pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. 

Yatnier Gonzalez, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of assault on a federal officer.

He will be sentenced on March 12.

The two agents are members of the Las Vegas Criminal Apprehension Team, which searches for fugitives. They were not injured but the car was damaged.

The incident happened on June 2 when the agents tried to block in Gonzalez’s car at a gas station in Las Vegas. Gonzalez was a home invasion suspect at the time.


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FBI Seeks New Authority to Hack into Computers, Spy on Users Anywhere

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is seeking new authority to hack into computers and spy on their users, the Guardian reports.

The Justice Department is requesting that an obscure regulatory advisory board change the rules of searches and seizures. The two will meet Nov. 5.

Civil liberties groups claim the new rules would violate the first and fourth amendments and are questioning why the Justice Department is seeking the permission without public debate or congressional oversight.

“This is a giant step forward for the FBI’s operational capabilities, without any consideration of the policy implications. To be seeking these powers at a time of heightened international concern about US surveillance is an especially brazen and potentially dangerous move,” said Ahmed Ghappour, an expert in computer law at University of California, Hastings college of the law, who will be addressing next week’s hearing.

The proposed changes involve court-approved warrants, which currently require surveillance to occur in the same district as the judge who approves the warrant.

The proposed changes would eliminate that requirement and allow the FBI to hack into any computer.

The FBI has been having troubles tracking some hackers because their locations are hidden by tools such as Tor.

 


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