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Archive for May 15th, 2014

Secret Service Searching for Media Relations Trainers to Combat Negative Press

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service, which has been beset with negative news over agent misconduct, is looking for some experts to help handle the media, the Washington Post reports.

After an embarrassing spate of bad news – misconduct, poor leadership, congressional investigation, the agency is looking to improve its reputation.

The agency is looking for a media relations training course for up to 30 top agency leaders.

Here is the posting:

“The Media Relations course prepares executives for television and radio interviews, and encounters with the media on routine matters as well as during crisis situations. The executive becomes more comfortable as they learn how to conduct themselves during interviews and press conferences and giving speeches, and deal with both positive and negative subjects as they learn the fundamentals of media and techniques. The course exposes the executive to the media environment – microphones, lights, cameras, tape recorders, news media personalities and their questions, so that they become more accustomed to that scene. In turn, they become more confident and less apprehensive in addition to becoming better prepared for an event with what they can say, and how they should say it.”

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FBI Offers $20,000 Reward for Missing Wife of Beheaded Man in Georgia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to help solve a gruesome murder and abduction case in Georgia, the FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for leading to the discovery of the wife of an 88-year-old Georgia man who was found decapitated, CNN reports.

The FBI said it will pay “up to $20,000 for information leading to the location of Shirley Wilcox Dermond and/or the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for her disappearance,” according to Special Agent Stephen Emmett of the FBI’s Atlanta office.

The search also continues for the man’s head after authorities said he was killed between May 2 and May 4.

The FBI posted at least 100 billboards with Dermond’s description throughout Georgia.

FBI Takes Offensive in New Crackdown on Cyber Crime Under New Leader

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to crank up its efforts against cyber crime.

Over the next few weeks, the bureau is expected to announce new searches, charges and arrests of cyber criminals, Reuters reports.

“There is a philosophy change. If you are going to attack Americans, we are going to hold you accountable,” the FBI’s Robert Anderson told the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington. “If we can reach out and touch you, we are going to reach out and touch you.”

Anderson, who took over the cyber program in March, said the FBI will exhibit “a much more offensive side.”

The result will be more arrests of more serious cyber criminals, he said.

Letter by Jail Inmate Prompted Wide-Sweeping Investigation of L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What turned into the largest mass arrests of L.A. County sheriff’s officials in decades began with a single letter from a jail inmate, the Los Angeles Times reports.

FBI Agent Leah Marx testified that the probe began in June 2010 when a county jail inmate detailed a pattern of violence by deputies.

The letter prompted a joint civil rights and public corruption investigation after more inmates began describing excessive force, Marx said on the stand for one of the deputy’s trials.

One inmate told the FBI that deputies were offering contraband for a bribe.

Ex-Former Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Second Time Over Proceeds from Cocaine Operation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted – for the second time in a superseding indictment.

Raimundo Borjas was issued with a revised indictment that charges whim with 10 counts of money laundering on top of the original charges of trying to avoid detection of deposited funds, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Originally indicted in April 2013, Borjas is now accused of making nine cash deposits totaling $61,600 in 2012 from proceeds of a cocaine distribution operation.

“He disputes the entirety of the allegations made against him,” Borjas’ attorney, Stephen G. Ralls, said.

Secret Service Agent to Receive Lifetime of Civic Leadership Award After Harrowing Account with JFK’s Assassination

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although Clint Hill was one of the closest witnesses to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the former Secret Service agent said he would never divulge the harrowing account publicly, especially not in a book, the Marin Independent Journal reports.

Hill, who is now 82 and lives in Tiburon, Calif., said he changed his mind after all of these years when he was assured any book he worked on would not include gossip.

After all, he had quite a compelling story to tell: As Jackie Kennedy’s guard, he is widely known for climbing into the president’s car just after the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination.

Hill, who has written two New York Times best-sellers with co-author Lisa McCubbin, is to receive a Lifetime of Civic Leadership award from the Concord-based JFK University’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership on Friday.

Their most recent book, “Five Days in November,” hit book stores in November.

“I’m glad we did (the books), because it provides information to people that is quite persuasive about what happened that day,” Hill said.

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