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Archive for June 30th, 2014

Veteran FBI Agent, a Pennsylvania Native, Becomes Director of Office of National Counterintelligence Executive

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Agent William Evanina, who helped investigate the anthrax attacks in 2001 and the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, is moving to a new job, Citizens Voice reports.

Evanina has been appointed director of the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, giving him a important role in the country’s security.

“The office of the national counterintelligence executive leads the entire US government in protecting America from counterintelligence threats,” Evanina said.

Evanina, a Pennsylvania native, worked 25 years in the U.S. government and 18 years for the FBI. He worked on organized crime and was a trained sniper.

“Working on violent crimes is beyond dangerous,” he said. “It showed me how violent and dangerous a country and a city could be but that there (are) a good people out there.”

Jason Bateman to Star In, Direct FBI Wedding Comedy at Universal Pictures

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jason Bateman has been named the star and director of an upcoming FBI wedding comedy from Universal Pictures, Time reports.

This will be Bateman’s third time as a director.

The studio has not yet released a movie title or release time for the movie.

Universal purchased the rights for the movie from Warner Bros in 2011, when Steve Carell was expected to be the star.

Attorney Finds Errors in Report by Director Freeh on Penn State Abuse Scandal

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An attorney charged with challenging a landmark report on the Penn State University investigation slammed the findings, saying they are inaccurate and misleading, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports.

The attorney, Michael L. Bangs, criticized the author of the report, former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

Bangs questions every page of the 267-page review that was used in the investigation and helped shape public opinion.

Bangs said the report grossly overstated the number of times Sandusky was compensated by the university.

The “use of this remarkably incorrect statistic by the Freeh report, which was then relied upon to form the basis for a number of its other conclusions, calls

into question the accuracy and veracity of the entire report,” Bangs wrote.

Freeh’s law firm could not be reached for comment.

New York Times Reporter, Author Faces Jail Time If He Refuses to Testify About Book Leak

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New York Times reporter may face jail time if he refuses to testify about who leaked information to him for a book he wrote on the botched CIA operation in Iran.

The New York Times reports that James Risen, author of “State of War,” has steadfastly refused to testify, but he has run out of legal challenges, leading up to “the most serious confrontation between the government and the press in recent history.”

Reporter James Risen

Risen faces the possibility of prison time if he refuses to testify.

The government’s handling of the case will set a precedent, experts said.

“If the government proceeds and pursues the subpoena, especially if Mr. Risen goes to jail or is fined at some intolerable level, it will deal a withering blow to reporting that runs against the government’s wishes,” said Steven Aftergood, who studies government secrecy for the nonprofit Federation of American Scientists.

New York Times journalist Judith Miller was jailed for 85 days for refusing to testify about a CIA leak in 2005, the last time a reporter was imprisoned for not divulging information.

AP: Border Patrol Has Plenty of Agents During Crisis, But They Are in Wrong Places

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol may have enough employees to handle the flood of immigration, but the Associated Press found that the agency places too many agents in the wrong places.

The AP report indicates that many agents are stationed in areas where crossing activity is slow because of the “constantly shifting migration patterns.”

For example, the San Diego sector has about 2,500 agents, who detained 97 immigrants illegally crossing the border on June 14. On the same day, 1,422 immigrants were captured in the Rio Grand Valley, where 3,200 agents are stationed.

The mismatched border protection comes as President Obama plans to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to address a growing crisis on the Texas border where an increase of Central Americans crossings is causing cramped, squalid conditions.

Border Patrol officials said immigrants often shift migration routes depending on the abundance of agents on the border.

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FBI Handed British Prosecutors Mountain of Emails from Murdoch’s News Corp.

Rupert Murdoch

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI gave British prosecutors access to about 80,000 emails from Robert Murdoch’s News Corp. as part of the ongoing phone-hacking scandal involving the media giant, the New York Daily News reports.

The news came Thursday as Murdoch was in London dealing with the conviction of one of his former star editors, Rebekah Brooks.

The FBI copied the emails from servers at News Corp.’s Midtown headquarters. The messages include emails that Brooks sent up the chain of during the scandal.

Although the emails were shared with British prosecutors, the messages were never used during the trial of Brooks and former News of the World editor Andy Coulson.

It’s unclear what the FBI plans to do with the emails.