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Archive for November 16th, 2015

FBI Investigating Theft of Weapons from Army Reserve Center in Worcester

WorcesterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the theft of weapons from the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Worcester over the weekend, the Boston Globe reports.

Authorities didn’t say what was taken or what motivated the theft.

“There is no indication that these missing weapons are connected to any kind of terrorism threat whatsoever,” agency spokeswoman Kristen Setera said in a statement. “Nevertheless, every effort will be made to recover these weapons immediately.”

The weapons were added to the National Crime Information Center so that law enforcement agencies can be on the look out.

The FBI is working with Massachusetts State Police and Worcester Police.

Washington State to Remove Paintings by Inmate Who Killed 2 FBI Agents

fbi-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four pieces of art painted by a man in prison for murdering two FBI agents are being removed by a Washington state agency.

The Retired FBI Agents Association complained about the paintings, which are hanging near the front doors of the state Department of Labor and Industries’ headquarters in Tumwater, Washington, Capital Justice reports. 

Leonard Peltier, 71, a Native American activist, created the paintings while in prison for murdering two FBI agents during a standoff on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.

“He’s nothing but a thug,” said retired FBI agent Ray Lauer. “He’s an unrepentant cop killer.”

“For the state of Washington to use taxpayers’ dollars to basically offer a free art gallery to somebody who is a convicted cop killer, I find it, as a law enforcement officer, appalling and quite frankly disgusting as taxpayer also,” Lauer said.

The paintings were part of an exhibit to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month.

FBI to Step Up Wiretaps, Other Surveillance After Terrorist Attacks in Paris

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After Islamic State supporters attacked Paris, killing more than 125 people, the FBI plans to use more wiretaps and other monitoring techniques on suspected sympathizers of the terrorist organization, The Week reports. 

The FBI emphasized, however, that the increased surveillance is out of caution, not a specific threat.

The idea is to determine whether new information would warrant more monitoring.

FBI Director James Comey previously said it’s a drain on resources to monitor suspected ISIS supporters 24/7.

New York Post: Justice Department Needs to Let Local Authorities Take Smaller Cases

department-of-justice-logoBy Editorial Board
New York Post

The Justice Department is increasingly jumping into smaller criminal matters so it can look good while “playing daddy” to local authorities — but its efforts are a waste of manpower and tax money, several current and former law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Under the Obama administration, the agency’s Civil Rights Division has been readily opening more federal investigations shortly after violent encounters in municipalities across the country instead of allowing local cops and prosecutors to do their jobs first, the souces said.

The latest example came three weeks ago, when the department announced within 24 hours that the FBI would investigate a South Carolina school-resource officer caught on video dragging a female student across the floor of a classroom.

“The notion that [the] DOJ would jump in so quickly where the offense was so slight on a federal scale is ridiculous,” said retired FBI Deputy Assistant Director Ronald Hosko. “They’re just playing daddy when no daddy is needed.”

A federal source agreed, saying Sunday, “In light of what just happened in Paris, I think more than ever we need to allocate our resources to fighting terrorism instead of worrying about crimes that take place on the local level.”

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Head of House Homeland Security Committee Warns of ‘Gaping Holes’ for Terrorism

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. is vulnerable to attack on the scale of the one in Paris because of “gaping holes” in security, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee warned Sunday, The Hill reports. 

“There are a lot of holes — gaping holes,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“We have hundreds of Americans that have traveled” to Iraq and Syria, he added. “Many of them have come back as well. I think that’s a direct threat.”

McCaul said he is concerned with how easily Europeans and Americans can travel to Iraq and Syria.

He also expressed concerns about terrorists slipping into the U.S. by posing as Syrian refugees.  t

“This causes a great concern on the part of policymakers, because we don’t want to be complicit with a program that could bring potential terrorists into the United States,” McCaul said.

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