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Archive for May 14th, 2014

FBI Agent Who Fatally Shot Chechen in Florida Apartment Has Troubled Law Enforcement Past

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI agent who fatally shot Ibragim Todashev in his small Orlando apartment last year has a troubling, controversial history as a former officer for the Oakland Police Department in California, the Boston Globe reports.

Not much was known about the agent who killed the Chechen friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev because the FBI declined to identify him. But the Globe has discovered that the agent’s name is 41-year-old Aaron McFarlane.

According to the Globe, McFarlane retired from the department at the age of 31 after he was the subject of two police brutality lawsuits and four internal affairs investigations.

Authorities have said the agent was justified in shooting Todashev because he lunged at the investigators inside his apartment.

 

Two Democrats Criticize Obama Administration for Handling of NSA Spying

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Democratic senators are accusing the Obama administration of trying to “ignore or justify” factual misrepresentations to the Supreme Court about warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency.

The New York Times reports that the senators, Mark Udall of Colorado and Ryan Wyden of Oregon, complained in a letter to Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. that the Obama administration was contributing to a “culture of misinformation.”

The issue is over the legality of permitting warrantless NSA surveillance.

The Justice Department is reviewing the complaints.

Hundreds of People Contact FBI about Teacher Suspected of Drugging, Molesting Boys

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities aren’t certain how many children have been victimized by a teacher who has been accused of drugging and molesting boys over four decades at schools worldwide.

But the FBI is beginning to get a better idea after hundreds of people have contacted the bureau since investigators announced last month that William Vahey molested at least 90 boys whose photos were kept on a memory drive, the Associated Press reports.

On Tuesday, the FBI said it has “been contacted by several hundred individuals from around the globe wishing either to reach out as potential victims or provide information in the ongoing investigation.”

Vahey, 64, committed suicide after a maid stole his memory drive that contained the images.

Book by FBI Specialist Offers Good Advice on Building Rapport with Suspects, People

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Looking to build a better a rapport with people or suspects?

Robin Dreeke, head of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program, offers a breakdown of his methods in a book called, “It’s Not All About ‘Me:’ The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone.”

His methods include establishing artificial time restraints, using aligned, non-threatening body language, speak slowly, ask for help and suspend your ego.

To read more about his book, click here.