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Archive for October 24th, 2014

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement: Richard Nixon Talks to LBJ About the Death of the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover

FBI Warns News Agencies That Islamic State Extremists Plan to Kidnap More Journalists

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ISIS.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned Thursday that it has “credible information” that extremists from an Islamic State-affiliated group plan to kidnap journalists in the region, the Washington Post reports.

The kidnappings are meant to be retaliation against the U.S. for attacks on Iraq and Syria.

Journalists have been called “desirable targets.”

The Islamic State has already beheaded three people, including two American journalists.

Top-Level Vacancies in Justice Department Are Significant Challenge, Opportunity for President Obama

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama is faced with a significant challenge and opportunity.

The top three jobs at the Justice Department will soon be vacant, and just four of Obama’s 11 choices for assistant attorney generals have been confirmed, CBS News reports.

The vacancies leave a power vacuum at an agency that has been very active in law enforcement issues.

“It’s always a challenge because the senior-level positions require Senate confirmation, and it can be difficult to move these nominees through a confirmation vote,” Thomas Dupree, who served as deputy assistant attorney general during the George W. Bush administration, told CBS News. At the same time, he said, “It’s an opportunity for [the president] to identify new people who will bring new energy and new ideas into the administration.”

The vacancies also offer a good opportunity for the administration “to look at the whole matrix” of skills and experience that fit the needs of the country, said Robert Raben, an assistant attorney general in the Clinton administration.

Expert Criminal Profiler Weighs in on How to Find Cop-Killing Suspect Eric Matthew Frein

Eric Frein

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So how do you capture a cop-killing survivalist who has managed to elude police in Pennsylvania for 42 days?

Not many people would know more than Gregg O. McCrary, a retired criminal profiler for the FBI who spoke to the Scranton Times-Tribune in a report published Friday.

“He may be in one of those situations as ‘this is what we’re down to,'” McCrary said. “What places are he comfortable and familiar with? Eventually, they can flush him out into areas he’s not familiar with and that could be the end of the hunt.”

Eric Matthew Frein has been on the run after being accused of killing Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, 38, of Dunmore, and wounding of Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant.

Authorities believe he has disappeared in the thicket of the Pocono Mountains.

Other Stories of Interest

Why ICE agents Raided a Lingerie Shop Over Kansas City Royals panties

Via birdiespanties.com

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Raiding a lingerie shop may seem like an odd task for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, but it’s a part of their responsibilities.

News of the underwear seizures raised some questions about the involvement of ICE.

So what prompted the raid?

IJReview reports that the panties included a trademarked logo: The Kansas City Royals’ initials and a copyrighted phase, “Take the Crown.”

The federal agency handles those issues, among many others not directly involving immigration.