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Archive for October 16th, 2014

One of FBI’s Oldest Special Agent Dies Following Long Battle with Cancer

John "Jack" Sullivan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John “Jack” Sullivan, 95, was one of the agency’s oldest special agents when he died on Sept. 23 following a long battle with cancer.

During his three decades with the FBI, Sullivan worked in multiple locations.

Masslive.com repots that Sullivan, who was characterized as a long grandfather, storyteller and admirer of poetry, will have visiting hours Friday from 4 p.m. to 7  p.m. at Sampson Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home in Springfield, Mass.

The Funeral is scheduled for Saturday at St. Cecilias Church in Wilberham.

Burial with military honors is scheduled for Saturday.

Click here to read his obituary.

TSA Cleans Up Checkpoints After Nurse with Ebola Travels Through Cleveland Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A passenger with the Ebola virus traveled through the security checkpoints at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, prompting TSA to disinfect the areas, the Plain Dealer reports.

The patient, Amber Joy Vinson, walked through the central security checkpoint while en route to Dallas/Fort Worth.

Individual lanes to the checkpoints will be closed for cleanup, the TSA announced.

“It’s nothing official,” TSA spokesman Mark Howell said, noting that the precaution wasn’t undertaken at the direction of the Centers for Disease Control. “It’s just something that our folks wanted to do, in an overabundance of caution.”

The TSA discovered which checkpoints Vinson went through using closed circuit television system.

Officials also are cleaning the jet in which the patient was a passenger.

Vinson is the second Texas nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola.

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Border Patrol Wants Futuristic Dog Collars to Help Track Down Terrorists, Drugs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is considering using futuristic dog collars to improve security at the border, Nextgov.com reports.

“The U.S. government is exploring the possibility of outfitting its border-protecting canines with futuristic collars that can, for example, translate a dog’s stress level through its bark and relay that data in real-time to a handler through a mobile device,” the author wrote.

CBP’s canine teams are one of the agency’s best tools in tracking potential terrorists or drugs.

If dogs are wearing collars with “stress-detection sensors,’ officials said agents would be able to translate the dog’s bark. That would enable agents to know whether there dog was stressed, threatened or finding valuable information.

The collars also could add an audio and video stream.

FBI Joins Investigation into Who Threatened ‘Deadliest School Shooting’ if Feminist Spoke

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI joined an investigation into who sent an email threatening “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if Utah State University hosted a speech by feminist writer Anita Sarkeesian, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Sarkeesian, a critic of how women are portrayed in video games, said she canceled the speech because of the threat and a state law that allows people to carry concealed permits at events in public venues.

The email purportedly came from an anonymous USU student, who claimed to “have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs” that he would use to ensure Sarkeesian would “die screaming like the craven little whore that she is.”

Campus police said they were prepared to protect Sarkeesian.

“She was worried about Utah law preventing police from keeping people with legal, conceal-carry permits from entering the event,” USU spokesman Tim Vitale said. “But our police were prepared and had in place extra security measures. It was her decision to cancel.”

 

President Obama Chooses New Head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

Vanita Gupta

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A top lawyer for the ACLU is President Obama’s choice to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department, a position that has been without a permanent leaders for more than a year, the Washington Post reports.

Vanita Gupta, 39,will become the acting head of the division Wednesday.

A longtime civil rights lawyer, Gupta brings a lot of experience with her. She is the deputy legal director for the ACLU.

The Post reports that Obama plans to nominate Gupta to be the permanent assistant attorney general for civil rights.

It’s an important position that oversees voting and civil rights investigations.

Born in the Philadelphia area to immigrant parents, Gupta has been lauded for her civil rights work, especially on prison reform, the Post wrote.