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Archive for April 28th, 2016

Matt Gorham Named Special Agent in Charge of Counterterrorism at the Washington Field Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com 

Matt Gorham, deputy assistant director for the Critical Incident Response Group for the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division at the bureau’s Washington Field Office.

Gorham joined the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the Pittsburgh Division, where he worked a variety of cases including violent crime, drugs and on counterterrorism matters.

In 2009,  he was assigned to the International Operations Division directing all FBI operations and deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since joining the bureau, he’s held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division, the Pittsburgh Division, the Richmond Division and the Cyber Division, according to a press release.

He begins his job at WFO in May.

Ex-FBI Agent Accused of Committing Perjury Plans to Plead Guilty

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Supervisory Agent Robert Fitzpatrick plans to plead guilty to unspecified charges after testifying on behalf of James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston Globe reports. 

Fitzpatrick, 76, plans to plead guilty on May 5. He’s currently facing six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice.

Fitzpatrick, who wrote “Betrayal, Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down, is accused of falsely holding himself “out as a whistleblower who tried to end the FBI’s relationship with Bulger.

Prosecutors also allege Fitzpatrick lied about finding the rifle used to murder Martin Luther King Jr.

Supreme Court to Decide Whether to Help FBI Hack into More Computers

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in favor of a Justice Department request that would allow judges to issue search warrants so that law enforcement agencies have the access to computers in any jurisdiction.

Currently, magistrate judges are limited to ordering searches within the jurisdiction of their court, Reuters reports. 

The change would help federal agencies like the FBI hack into more computer networks, a concern of some tech companies and the ACLU

If a judge approves the change, both chambers of Congress would have to approve it.

Secret Service Launches Plan to Prevent Fence Jumpers at White House

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

People have been having no trouble jumping the White House fence over the past few years, and now the Secret Service is about to do something about it.

The agency plans to make the security fence about 5 feet taller and add a concrete foundation, News4 I-Team reports.

“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in the briefing to federal officials.

“(The fence) is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances. And we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres,” Daugherty said in the briefing. 

The current wall is 6 feet tall.

DEA Helps Investigate Prince’s Death After Prescription Painkillers Found

Prince, via Wikipedia.

Prince, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has been called to help investigate the death of pop superstar Prince after authorities allegedly found prescription painkillers when the musician died.

Newsweek reports that the drugs were found in Prince’s possession at his Paisley Park recording facility and at his home near Minnesota.

It’s still unclear whether the prescription medication played a role in the singer’s death.

The DEA is being asked to determine where the drugs came from and whether Prince had prescriptions for the medication.

Prince’s longtime lawyer L. Londell McMillan insisted the musician was “not on any drugs that would be any cause for concern.”

He said: “Everybody who knows Prince knows he wasn’t walking around drugged up. That’s foolish. No one ever saw Prince and said: ‘He looks high.’ It wasn’t what he was about.”

TSA Whistleblower Says He Was Ordered to Racially Profile Somali-Americans

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA employee testified before Congress Wednesday that his superiors instructed him to racially profile Somali-Americans.

Andrew Rhodes, the current TSA assistant federal security director art Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, laid out the allegations in testimony at the House Oversight Committee, CNN reports. 

One of the largest Somali populations likes in Minneapolis.

“Not only does the TSA mistreat its employees, it alienates entire communities,” Rhoades testified. “On April 8, 2016, my supervisors asked me profile Somali imams and other Somali community members. I refused.”

Rhodes said he received very specific instructions: “With our current world affairs that we need to be mindful of those we interact with and advised that employee should check with the field intelligence officer on potential visitors to determine if we want them in our office space or meet elsewhere.”

The TSA said in a statement that it “does not tolerate racial profiling.”

“TSA takes allegations of racial profiling seriously,” the statement read. “We are reviewing this complaint and will take appropriate action if there is evidence that any TSA officer acted inappropriately.”

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