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Archive for February 11th, 2015

Republicans in Congress Reach Impasse on Funding for Homeland Security

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is within two months of running out of money, and Republican Congressional leaders acknowledge they don’t have the votes for their budget plan for the department.

The New York Times reports that Republicans have reached an impasse after failing three times to pass a bill to finance Homeland Security.

“I think it’s clearly stuck in the Senate,” said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader. “We can’t get on it, we can’t offer amendments to it. And the next step is obviously up to the House.”

 

The budget impasse follows attempts by the GOP to prevent President Obama from carrying out his immigration policies.

GOP leaders said the Republican have not started working on an alternative.

FBI Investigates Hacking Attempt Targeting Jacksonville International Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating what appears to be a hacking attempt from a “foreign party” targeting Jacksonville International Airport, First Coast News reports.

Investigators said the hacking attempt was unsuccessful.

“There was an incident that occurred around Thanksgiving and the FBI is investigating,” JAA spokesperson Michael Stewart said in a statement.

The FBI declined to provide further details.

The hacking attempt underscores the dangers of hacking.

Richard Frankel Becomes Agent in Charge of Newark Division in New Jersey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Richard Frankel, who began his FBI career as a special agent in the New York Field Office in 1995, is the new agent in charge of the bureau’s Newark Division, MyCentralJersey.com reports.

Comey named Frankel to the position after serving in several different positions in New York. He fought organized crime and terrorism and served as assistant special agent in charge of the New York Field Office.

Frankel also served as associate director of national intelligence in the Office of the Director of National intelligence beginning in 2011.

In addition, Frankal worked in the Inspection Division at FBI’s Headquarters as a team leader.

“Throughout his career, Frankel has served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan and led a team who supported U.S. Special Forces components,” MyCentralJersey.com wrote. “He was also the on-scene commander for FBI personnel that investigated the bombing of the Rugby Club in Uganda during the World Cup and he led the team that arrested the surviving pirate involved in the Maersk Alabama incident off the coast of Somalia and investigated the terror attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya.”

ACLU Sues Border Patrol for Records on Questionable ‘Roving Patrols’

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU sued Border Patrol to get more insight into the use of “roving patrols,” Reuters reports.

The suit comes after the CBP ignored a July 2014 request under the Freedom of Information Act to release information on the patrols, which lead to people being stopped more than 100 miles from the Mexico border.

“The Border Patrol operates as a rogue agency, claiming extra-constitutional powers that extend far from any border, and operating with no effective oversight,” said Adrienna Wong, attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California in a statement.

The request seeks records from the San Diego and El Centrol sectors. The ACLU wants to know how many people are stopped, what the policies are and what the complaints are.

“Roving patrols have long been associated with civil rights violations, and abuses are not limited to the Southwest, as prior FOIA lawsuits have shown,” the statement said.

 

ATF Investigates Alleged Affair Between Agent, Prosecutor During Storefront Investigations

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent and a prosecutor had a secret affair while working together on controversial storefront operations in Georgia and are under investigation following allegations they illegally helped in informant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. 

The storefront investigations were the subject of intense scrutiny following alarming reports by the Journal Sentinel that showed numerous problems.

ATF said it is investigating the relationship between Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Ippolito and ATF Special Agent Lou Valoze.

“The department takes these allegations seriously and is taking active and appropriate steps with regard to the employees involved,” said ATF spokesman Patrick Rodenbush, who declined to elaborate further because it is a personnel matter.

According to the Journal Sentinel, the ATF is investigating whether Valoze and Ippolito presented false information to Homeland Security for a visa for an informant.

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