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Archive for October 12th, 2015

FBI Director: Agents Can’t Monitor Communication Between ISIS And Dozens of Americans

Smart PhoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that agents are unable to monitor communication between ISIS and dozens of American supporters.

Comey told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that Americans are encrypting software to block the FBI’s ability to monitor the communication, NBC reports.

“ISIS is sending a poisonous message that buzzes in the pockets of troubled souls, unmoored people, all day long,” Comey told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “The challenge we face is finding those needles in a nationwide haystack, assessing where they are on a spectrum between consuming this poison and acting on it, and disrupting them before they act.”

Comey has been pressing lawmakers to require the technology industry to make it more difficult for encryption software to be used.

Man Who Posted Fake Craigslist Sex Ad about FBI Agent Ordered to Undergo Psych Exam

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of stalking and harassing an FBI agent with a fake Craigslist ad has been ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the Associated Press reports. 

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak ordered a competency hearing after expressing concerns about 47-year-old Frederick Banks’  mental health.

The 47-year-old is accused of posting a fake Craigslist sex ad with an FBI agent’s phone number and address on Jun 25.

The agent helped build a case against Banks in 2003. Banks spent five years in prison.

Border Parol Supervisor Charged with Trying to Set Up Man Helping with Sex Crimes Case

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol supervisor was so bent on protecting his brother-in-law from sexual assault allegations that he created bogus alerts in the agency’s database to prompt traffic stops of the man whose son and step-son were allegedly victimized, AOL.com reports. 

Martin Rene Duran, the supervisor of the San Diego Border Patrol station, was charged with falsifying records, illegal transportation of firearms and depriving the victim of his civil rights.

Duran’s brother-in-law has been charged with sexually abusing the son and stepson of the legal U.S. resident who was targeted.

Secret Service Agent Credited with Saving President Reagan’s Life Died

President Reagan assassination attempt, via Wikipedia.

President Reagan assassination attempt, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent who helped save President Ronal Reagan from a 1981 assassination attempt, has died at a hospice in Washington, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

He died Friday of congestive heart failure at the age of 85.

Parr shoved the president into a limousine after John Hinckley Jr. unloaded five shots – one of which struck Reagan – outside the Washington Hilton.

“Jerry Parr was one of my true heroes,” Nancy Reagan said in a statement Friday. “Without Jerry looking out for Ronnie on March 30, 1981, I would have certainly lost my best friend and roommate to an assassin’s bullet.”

Parr was born in Montgomery, Ala., in September 1930 and was thrust into the spotlight after being credited with saving the president’s life.

Father of Mass Shooting Victim in Oregon Said He Was Denied Access to President Obama Meeting

Father James Cooper

Father James Cooper

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of an 18-year-old who was fatally shot during the mass shooting at an Oregon community college said the Secret Service and FBI blocked him from meeting with President Obama while in town to comfort the victims’ families.

Biz Pac Review reports that the father, James Cooper, was upset after being denied access to the meeting at Roseburg High School.

“I cannot believe the president of … the whole United States has denied a grieving father the right to see what’s going on and the right to see,” the father said.

It’s unclear why Cooper was blocked access, but he was vocal about his opposition to gun control.

“All I hear is gun control, gun control… hell with gun control, that’s not the issue,” Cooper added. “The issue is we are grieving, we are hurting and he won’t see me, that’s wrong.”

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