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Zombie Battleground Included in Counter-Terrorism Summit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities and police will take on fictional zombies at a 44-acre training site in San Diego as part of a security summit next month, 5 NBC Chicago reports.

Sound silly?

The HALO Corp., which set up the hands-on demonstration, said the idea is to prepare more than 1,000 police officers, medical workers and government employees for anything.

The so-called Zombie Apocalypse is to feature actors who will attack participators in a realistic combat setting, 5 NBC Chicago reported.

Man Accused of Taking Someone Captive in FBI Office Building in Salt Lake City

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Of all the places to try and pull something like this off.

Police say a man walked into a building that houses the FBI in Salt Lake City and took another man captive in an elevator Monday, reports Fox 13 News

“It was reported that someone was being held in the elevators here,” Salt Lake City Lt. Josh Scharmann told reporters outside the office building.

Scharmann said federal agents arrested 42-year-old Robert Hibbard in the building.

The motive behind the kidnapping is unclear, but the victim was uninjured, according to Fox 13 News.

Border Patrol Agents Accused of Assault, Groping Each Other Near Child

Border fence along Juarez-El Paso border/istock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A trial date has been for a pair of Border Patrol agents accused of assault and groping each other in a sexual manner in front of a child at a circus-like show in California, the DelMar-Carmel Valley Patch.

Agents Gerald Torello and Kallie Helwig are to stand trial Jan. 28 on misdemeanor charges of battery, annoying or molesting a child and performing lewd acts in public.

A witness, a Navy psychiatrist, told police the couple high-fived a child as they groped each other May 27, according to the Patch.

Prosecutors say the female agent, Hewig,  punched the witness in the face while the male agent Torello grabbed the victim’s arms.

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FBI Says it Did Nothing Wrong by Monitoring Occupy Movement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI defended its decision to monitor the Occupy movement in Northern California, saying it “respects liberty and privacy and avoids unnecessary intrusions into the lives of law-abiding people,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union brought the surveillance to light under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

“Why does a political protest amount to a national security threat?” ACLU attorney Linda Lye asked Monday.

According to the documents, the FBI kept surveillance on a November protest at the Port of Oakland, which protestors succeeded in closing, the Chronicle reported.

Former FBI Cybersecurity Official Steven Chabinsky Thinks FBI is Doing Great Job, But Government Could Do Better

The FBI’s former top attorney for cybersecurity, Steven Chabinsky, who stepped down this month, thinks the FBI is doing a great job battling the problem, but told the Washington Post that the “federal government” has taken a “failed approach” by focusing on reducing vulnerabilities rather than actively deterring attackers.

Ticklethewire.com, in summing up the Washington Post article, mistakenly wrote that Chabinsky criticized the FBI’s efforts, when in fact he was referring to the country’s overall defensive approach to cybersecurity, which he believes does not focus enough on identifying and deterring the adversary.

The article also mistakenly said that the “bureau focuses too heavily on setting security standards,” when in fact the Washington Post story reported that the security standards have been a goal of Congress and the Obama administration, not the FBI.

In an email to ticklethewire.com, Chabinsky said of the bureau’s cybersecurity efforts: “They’re doing a great job.”  He added, “The next step is to determine how the private sector can play a more active role in defending themselves against hackers, with the assistance of law enforcement.  If cybersecurity remains a game of constant defense, it will not end well for the good guys.”

Here’s the Post story:

By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post

The federal government has taken a “failed approach” to cybersecurity, with efforts that focus on reducing vulnerabilities rather than actively deterring attackers, according to one of the FBI’s top former cyber officials.

Steven Chabinsky, a 17-year bureau veteran who stepped down this month as the FBI’s top cyber lawyer, argued that the movement to set security standards for companies — which has been a goal for the Obama administration and the focus of congressional debate — is useful only “in the margins.”

More important is to enable companies whose computer networks are targeted by criminals and foreign intelligence services to detect who’s penetrating their systems and to take more aggressive action to defend themselves, Chabinsky said in his first interview since leaving office.

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Police: Former DEA Agent Posed as Law Enforcement to Rip Off Suspected Scofflaws

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former DEA agent was arrested with three others Monday on charges that he was robbing homes by impersonating law enforcement officials, the New York Post reports.

Marco Perez, 45, is accused of joining three other crooks who posed as NYPD detectives and federal agents to steal from suspected drug dealers and cigarette smugglers in The Bronx.

One robbery in November 2011 netted about $200,000 and a untaxed cigarettes, according to a federal court indictment, the Post reported.

Authorities believe Perez, who was being held without bail, is responsible for about 10 other robberies, according to the Post.

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