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Archive for June 23rd, 2015

FBI Struggles to identify culprit in Houston Astros’ Hacking Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is accusing the St. Louis Cardinals’ front office of illegally gaining access to another team’s computer to steal information about players and potential trades.

But there’s one problem, the New York Times reports: Agents are having trouble determining who specifically did the deed.

The investigation has narrowed in on a group of Cardinals employees whose expertise is statistics and computer programming.

According to the Times, at least four employees of baseball operations for the Cardinals have hired defense lawyers.

Agents have determined that the digital intruders had access to a computer near the team’s complex in Jupiter, Fla.

Was FBI Director Right When He Said Charleston Shooting Not Terrorism?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey came under fire after he said the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, was not terrorism.

Dylann Roof, who is white, has been charged in the killings and has a history of racism. He even posted a manifesto espousing his hatred for black people.

“Terrorism is an act of violence done … in order to try to influence a public body or citizenry so it’s more of a political act and again based on what I know so more I don’t see it as a political act,” Comey said during a press conference in Baltimore on Sunday.

According to the FBI, “domestic terrorism” is committed if it appears the person “intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.”

In Detroit, the police chief called the culprits of a mass shooting over the weekend “urban terrorists.”

 

Ex-FBI Criminal Profiler: Church Shooter Dylann Roof Was Paranoid, Narcissistic

Dylann Roof

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What compels someone to open fire at a church, taking life after life?

In the case of Dylann Roof, the man accused of murdering nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, paranoia and narcism were the contributing factors, according to Joe Navarro, a former FBI criminal profiler and veteran counterterrorist agent.

“We don’t know a lot about him just yet,” Navarro told Business Insider. “But we definitely would put him first in the paranoia box.”

Roof also held extreme feelings of racism, which he expressed on an online manifesto.

“What happens is, with paranoid ideation, the only way they see how to fix things is through violence,” Navarro said.

The comes narcissism.

“I’m not talking about the narcissism that would make you label a hotel chain after yourself,” Navarro said. “I’m talking about narcissism where even though you lead a rather unfulfilled life you still see yourself as superior and somebody else as inferior.”

Embattled TSA Gets New Leader After Senate Approves Obama

Peter Neffenger

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The embattled TSA has a new leader.

The Senate confirmed Peter Neffenger on Monday with an 81-1 vote, hoping that strong leadership can improve nagging security problems at the nation’s airports, USA Today reports.

Neffenger used to serve as vice admiral of the Coast Guard.

The Senate criticized President Obama for taking too long to name a successor.

“I wish the White House hadn’t waited six months to send us a nominee to lead this troubled agency,” McConnell said. “The American people will be counting on Mr. Neffenger to validate the trust their elected representatives place in him tonight by pursuing every necessary reform in the wake of such troubling findings.”

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