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Archive for December 10th, 2015

FBI Agent Shot and Wounded During Drug Raid in Detroit

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT – An FBI agent was shot and wounded Thursday morning during a drug raid on Detroit’s west side, the FBI said.

Jill Washburn, a spokesperson for the Detroit FBI, said the agent was shot once while executing a warrant at a home around Dacosta and Fenkell. The gunshot wound was considered non-life threatening.

Four people were detained after the shooting, but one was a juvenile who was later released, the FBI said. Charges had yet to be filed in the shooting as of early Thursday evening.

The raid was part of a two-day, multi-agency operation targeting heroin and crack cocaine dealers and distributors in Southeast Michigan on Wednesday and Thursday.

Charles Kable IV Named SAC of Counterintelligence Division at D.C. Field Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Charles H. Kable IV has been named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office.

Kable most recently served as the chief of the Counterespionage Section at FBI Headquarters, overseeing field offices engaged in espionage, economic espionage and insider threat investigations, an FBI press release said.

Kable started his career with the FBI in 2000 and was first assigned to the San Francisco Field Office, Oakland Resident Agency, where he worked on counterespionage investigations and counterintelligence operations.

From there, he became program manager and acting unit chief in the Chinese Counterespionage Unit within the Counterespionage Section at FBI headquarters. In 2007, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of a counterintelligence squad in the San Antonio Field Office, Austin Resident Agency, the FBI said.

In 2009, he became the Chief of the Civilian Intelligence Officers in the Operations and Investigations Unit at headquarters. In 2011,  Kable served as the assistant section chief of the Counterespionage Section, and in 2012 he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Branch of the Los Angeles Field Office, according to a press release.

Before joining the FBI, Kable was a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy in the Pacific.

Governor: Connecticut to Ban People on No-Fly List from Buying Guns

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Connecticut is about to become the first state to ban people on the federal no-fly list from buying guns, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today.

The New York Times reports that Mally plans to sign an executive order that would prevent people on federal terrorism watch lists from buying firearms.

“Like all Americans, I have been horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris,” Malloy said. “This should be a wake-up call to all of us. This is a moment to seize in America — and today I’m here to say that we in Connecticut are seizing it.”

Connecticut stiffened its gun laws after 20 children and six adults were killed in the 2013 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton.

President Obama said on Sunday that he supports a similar ban on the federal level.

“What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon?” Obama said. “This is a matter of national security.”

Feds: San Bernardino Couple May Have Plotted Massacre for Years

San Bernardino, Calif., via Wikipedia.

San Bernardino, Calif., via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The San Bernardino couple responsible for the massacre that killed 14 people at a holiday party may have been planning an attack for years, New York Magazine reports.

Two federal officials said Tuesday that Farook may have planning an attack with someone else at a specific location in California in 2012.

“They got spooked,” one of the officials said, referring to a series of terror-related arrests in the area.

The attack at the Inland Regional Center may have been planned for three years, the federal sources said, adding that the couple likely took at least a year to prepare.

Clearly they were equipped and they could have done another attack,” San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan said.

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FBI Director: Encrypted Communications ‘Big Problem’ in Fight Against Terrorism

Smart PhoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Encrypted communications are making it difficult for federal investigators to detect terrorism, FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee on Wednesday, Business Insider reports. 

Comey called encryption a “big problem” that is thwarting investigators and pointed to the Garland, Texas shooting as an example.

“In May, when two terrorists attempted to kill a whole bunch of people in Garland, Texas, and were stopped by great local law enforcement … that morning before one of those terrorists went to attempt mass murder, he exchanged 109 messages with an overseas terrorist,” Comey said.

“In May, when two terrorists attempted to kill a whole bunch of people in Garland, Texas, and were stopped by great local law enforcement … that morning before one of those terrorists went to attempt mass murder, he exchanged 109 messages with an overseas terrorist,” Comey said.

ISIS often communicates using encrypted communications.

“Terrorists are using encrypted communications and … very solid cryptography standards that haven’t been broken yet,” said David Kennedy, the CEO of TrustedSec who has worked with the Marine Corps’ cyberwarfare unit and the National Security Agency, in November.

Two Men Convicted of Murdering Border Patrol Agent Were Sentenced to Life

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men convicted of murdering Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, ABC News reports.

Terry’s death revealed the bungled gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious when weapons purchased during the probe ended up at the scene of the shooting that left him dead.

Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, Ivan Soto-Barraza and three others planned to rob marijuana smugglers in southern Arizona when a shootout occurred, killing Terry.

“They knew someone could or would get hurt, but that did not stop them because their greed was much more powerful than having a conscience,” Terry’s sister, Kelly Willis, said.

Two members of the robbery crew are still fugitives, and another pleaded guilty to murder.

“Obviously, he’s very remorseful,” defense attorney Ramiro Flores said of Sanchez-Meza.

Mercury News: Secret Service ‘Is a Mess’ in Need of Drastic Reform

secret serviceBy San Jose Mercury News
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Given the apparently bottomless divide separating Republicans and Democrats in Washington these days, anything the two parties agree on must be painfully obvious. One such truth, apparently, is that the U.S. Secret Service is a mess and needs an immediate and drastic culture change.

This is the overarching conclusion of a scathing report issued Thursday by the bipartisan congressional probe of the inner workings of the Secret Service.
 The arm of government charged with protecting the president, the people who want to be president and other top officials was described by House investigators as an “agency in crisis.” That’s an understatement.
Secret Service was once considered an elite protective force, but it has suffered a number of black eyes in the last few years, including humiliating security lapses and the exposure of scandalous and wildly inappropriate behavior by agents on duty.

If all of this “crisis” talk rings a bell, it’s understandable.

In 2014 Joseph P. Clancy was sent in to direct the agency and to facilitate the needed culture shift. Clancy made promises, but the report indicates House investigators could not see much progress toward reform.

In fact, the report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform detailed security breaches since 2013 that hadn’t been previously disclosed.

For example, at an awards dinner last fall, a man pretending to be a member of Congress walked into a secure backstage area without being properly screened and spoke with President Barack Obama. Five days later, a woman walked backstage unchecked at a gala dinner where Obama was a featured guest. And the list goes on.

Previous reports, and this one, say one of the major problems with is that the Secret Service is understaffed. Clancy vowed to address that, yet the agency has 52 fewer employees than it did in September 2014, now at its lowest point in a decade.

To read more click here. 

Ex-Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Impersonating DEA Agent to Help Friend Win Back Wife

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former sheriff’s deputy in Florida is accused of posing as a federal drug agent in a bizarre plot to help his friend win his wife back, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

Authorities said Don Wheeler, a former Seminole County Sheriff’s deputy, called friends of his buddy’s wife, posing as a DEA agent and informing them that the woman’s new boyfriend was under investigation for drug trafficking.

Wheeler and his friend, Michael Maine, were charged with falsely impersonating an officer, conspiracy, extortion and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.

They face up to 30 years in prison.

Wheeler told investigators that he became involved because Maine loved his ex “with all his heart and just wanted her back.”

“The defendants allegedly created counterfeit DEA credentials to pass Wheeler off as a federal agent,” a news release states.

“According to court documents, Wheeler also called associates of Maine’s wife claiming she was involved in drug trafficking and that the DEA had an active criminal investigation into her involvement.”