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Archive for September 4th, 2013

It’s Official: James B. Comey Becomes the 7th FBI Director

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Wednesday marked the start of a new era for the FBI.

After 12 years at the helm, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was replaced by James B Comey.

As noted on the FBI website, Attorney General Eric Holder administered the oath of office at 4:32 p.m., making Comey the seventh director.

“I know Jim brings an impeccable sense of judgment, a commitment to innovative methods and tools, and a lifetime of experience to this new role—which is critical to the protection of our nation and its citizens,” said Attorney General Holder. “As a seasoned prosecutor, a proven leader, and a faithful advocate for the American people—and for the rule of law—I am confident that Jim Comey will continue to uphold the standards of excellence and integrity that the FBI’s outgoing Director, Bob Mueller, helped to establish.”

 

Boetig, Expert in Cyber Threats, Named Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Buffalo

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An expert on cyber threats will serve as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI office in Buffalo, reports Buffalo News.

Brian P. Boetig, former director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, was named Tuesday as the new head of the Buffalo office.

Boetig’s career with the FBI began in 1998. He worked as an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and as an FBI Counterterrorism Division Liaison Officer to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, Buffalo News wrote.

Before joining the FBI, Boetig served as a police officer in Auburn, Alabama.

Boetig replaced Christopher Piehota, who departed in April to take the position of director of the Terrorist Screening Center in Washington D.C.

FBI Warns of Phone Hackers Calling 911 to Draw SWAT Teams to Homes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is warning local law enforcement about a hoax called “swatting.”

Using technology to hack a phone, prank callers are pretending to be shooters or victims of a shooting to draw SWAT teams to a house of unsuspecting people.

“The FBI looks at these crimes as a public safety issue,” said Kevin Kolbye, an assistant special agent in charge in our Dallas Division. “It’s only a matter of time before somebody gets seriously injured as a result of one of these incidents.”

The FBI cited close calls, including one in which a police offer was injured in a car crash while responding to a “swatting” incident. Some unsuspecting victims even suffered mild heart attacks, according to the FBI.

The emergency responders “believe they have a violent subject to apprehend or an innocent victim to rescue,” Kolbye said. “It’s a dangerous situation any way you look at it.”

The FBI has made some “swatting” arrests, including of 18-year-old Matthew Weigman.

Life Continues, Slowly at First, for Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Katherine Russell is trying to return to a normal life.

That’s no easy task when you’re the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a firefight with police in April.

Russell is caring for her toddler daughter and working for a family friend in New Hampshire, The Providence Journal reports.

Her lawyer dispelled rumors that Russell converted to Christianity.

“She remains a Muslim and still wears a hijab,” lawyer Amato A. DeLuca, of DeLuca & Weizenbaum said.

Columnist Excited About Attending 2013 FBI Citizens Academy This Fall

By Capi Lynn
Statesman Journal

For lack of a better description, this is going to be cool. Way cool. I have been accepted to the 2013 FBI Citizens Academy being held this fall in Salem.

I’ve done my share of research about the academy, which was started in 1993 and today is offered at 56 field offices nationwide. The Portland Division, one of those field offices, has organized more than 20 academies since 2000, and more than 700 citizens statewide have graduated.

The highlight of the seven-week training program for many is the final session. That’s when attendees get to play with some of the FBI’s toys — as in the guns and gear and things that go boom.

“You’re going to get hands-on experience that is way too cool,” said graduate Art Bobrowitz, a retired public information officer and training supervisor for Oregon State Police. “I’m not going to tell you what all it is, but you’re going to have an absolute blast.

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FBI, Police Crack Missouri Murder Mystery After Nearly 30 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paul A. Moses cruised through the last three decades while the Missouri family of a murdered woman desperately sought the killer.

On Tuesday, FBI agents arrested the 64-year-old suspected murderer on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, the FBI reports.

A Jasper County arrest warrant also charges Moses with murder.

Moses was transported to the San Diego FBI Field Office to be photographed and fingerprinted.

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