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Archive for July 8th, 2014

W. Jay Abbot Named Head of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division

W. Jay Abbott

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
W. Jay Abbott has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division. He last served as as the acting special agent in charge of the Seattle Division.

Abbott began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1987 at the Washington Field Office where he worked on a variety foreign counterintelligence and international terrorism matters.

He was also a part of the FBI’s first Cold Case Homicide Task Force, which partnered with the D.C. Police, an FBI press release said.

In 1997, he was assigned to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters.

In 2000, he was named an assistant legal attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

In 2005, he transferred to the El Paso Division to supervise the public corruption squad.

Three years later, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge over the division’s Criminal and Administrative Programs. .

In March 2012, he was appointed chief of the Global Operations Sections in the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, the press release said. He then was named acting deputy assistant director of the Information Services Branch of the division.

Border Patrol Union: Central American Immigrants Bringing Scabies to U.S. , Exposes Agent

Itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei)

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol union said at least one agent has contracted scabies, a mite-borne skin infection that is coming into U.S. via illegal immigrant minors, Fox News reports.

“Border Patrol management is aware of the scabies outbreak but continue to ignore recommendations,” Ronald Zermeno, health and safety director for the San Diego chapter, wrote to a top California Border Patrol official in a July 4 letter.

The union is worried about a larger infection as Central American families continue to flood the border.

The agent who contracted scabies was doing medical screening despite having no experience as a medical professional.

“He observed several people with open sores and which he recorded on the questionnaire,” Zermeno said. “He was not told about any precautions to take such as decontamination of himself and uniform. This demonstrates that we are not properly trained to identify infectious disease and to properly respond when we suspect a disease.”

New Jersey Senator Says He’s Victim of Cuban Plot to Smear Him with False Allegations about Prostitutes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sen. Robert Menendez is urging the Justice Department to investigate what he claims was an elaborate smear campaign by Cuban operatives to destroy his reputation with lies about prostitutes, the Washington Post reports.

The New Jersey Democrat, a vociferous critic of Castro’s regime, said Cuban officials created a fake tipster to claim that Memendez was partying with underage prostitutes while vacationing at his Dominican Republic home of a friend.

According to officials familiar with the case, the CIA found evidence that Cuban agents fabricated a tipster.

The allegations came out publicly in November 2012, when a conservative website quoted two Dominican women who claimed to have sex with Menendez.

Armed Militia Leader Urges Americans Citizens in Video to Confront, Intimidate Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An armed militia leader drew criticism for urging U.S. residents in a video to confront and intimidate illegal immigrants who come across the border.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Chris Davis has since removed the 21-minute YouTube video.

“You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot,'” Chris Davis says in the video.

Davis, who said he belongs to two militias, said he wanted to clarify his message.

“We’re here to supplement and be where law enforcement is not and help them support the border,” Davis told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. “There’s nothing malicious, there’s no malicious intent — every person is vetted. We’re just here to serve freedom, liberty and national sovereignty.”

 

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FBI Director Comey Visits Miami, Highlights Dangers of U.S. Extremists Traveling to Syria

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey warned Monday of the dangers of Americans traveling to Syria to fight in a “misguided jihad,” the Miami Herald reports.

During his first visit with the Miami bureau, Comey said he’s concerned with Americans traveling to Syria, receiving terrorism training and returning to the U.S.

Comey estimates more than 100 Americans have joined Syrian fighters.

“This is not a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon,” said Comey, who served as deputy attorney general in the George W. Bush administration. “It’s an everywhere thing because the travelers come from anywhere in the United States and they return to any part of the United States.”

Facebook’s Facial Recognition System Is Superior to FBI’s Next Generation Identification

RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI’s facial recognition system becomes operational this summer, it won’t be as accurate as Facebook’s system, the Verge reports.

The Next Generation Identification, which will store millions of photos, lists a ranking of 50 possible faces with an 85% chance of being correct, according to Verge.

Facebook’s new DeepFace system, by comparison, is more accurate. Give it two photos and it will identify the person with 97% accuracy.

“What will kill these systems is the false-accept rate,” said Shahar Belkin, CTO of FST Biometrics. “I don’t believe we’ll see a solution for that in the next five to ten years.”

Part of the problem is that the FBI is using poor quality photos that don’t show the face straight-on.