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Archive for December 16th, 2013

FBI Intervenes in Cases Before Mass Shootings by Getting Mental Health Professionals Involved

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is known more for combating crime than preventing it.

But behind-the-scenes, the FBI has been busy trying to prevent mass shootings and violent attacks by getting mental health professionals involved, the Associated Press reports.

Behind the effort is the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, which has worked for years with state and local law enforcement to identify potential threats. A division of that unit, the Behavioral Threat Assessment Center, has handled 148 of these cases since January of this year, the AP wrote.

“The people around that subject often become fearful that that outcome is catastrophic act of violence, such as an active shooting or some type of mass attack,” said Andre Simmons, unit chief of the center.

 

Iranian Official: No Trace of Ex-FBI Agent Who Vanished in Country 6 Years Ago

 

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The case of the former FBI agent who went missing in Iran six years ago remains a mystery.

There’s no evidence that Robert Levinson is in Iran, the country’s Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Associated Press.

“What we know is that he is not incarcerated in Iran,” Zarif said. “If he is, he’s not incarcerated by the government and I believe the government runs the, pretty much, good control of the country.”

It was revealed last week that Levinson was actually working for the CIA when he disappeared.

Study: Active Shooting Incidents Triple in 3 Years, But Go Largely Unnoticed Nationally

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More people are opening fire on crowds with the intent of mass murder, Scripps News reports.

The disturbing trend was revealed, in part, by a Texas State University researcher exclusively retained by Scripps News.

Click here to see the interactive map of active shooters.

According to the data, active shooter incidents have tripled in the past recent years.

“There is a higher number of people being shot and a higher number of people being killed,” said special agent Katherine Schweit, head of the FBI’s active shooter team which formed after last year’s rampage in Newtown.

What’s more, these incidents often go unnoticed outside of the communities where they occur, leaving the impression that they aren’t as common as they are, Scripps reported.

Few Border Patrol Agents Are Ever Disciplined for Using Deadly Or Questionable Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents rarely face repercussions for using deadly force, even when the shootings are questionable, the Arizona Republic reports.

At least 42 people, including 13 Americans, have been killed by on-duty Border Patrol agents and CBP officers since 2005.

The deaths range from justifiable to highly questionable, the Republic wrote.

Although CBP official insist agents are disciplined when they use excessive force, they won’t provide any details.

What’s concerning, according to the newspaper, is that none of the 42 deaths appears to have yielded consequences for offenders.

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