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Archive for June 15th, 2016

Orlando Shooter Was Armed Security Guard for Major Homeland Security Contractor

G4S Secure Solutions

G4S Secure Solutions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About a decade before Omar Mateen opened fire on an Orlando nightclub, killing more than 50 people, he worked for a global security firm that was one of the biggest contractors for the federal government after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mateen began working as a security officer for G4S Secure Solutions in 2007, The Week reports.

The job required Mateen to carry a weapon and obtain a license as a security guard.

“Mateen underwent company screening and background checks when he was recruited in 2007 and the check revealed nothing of concern,” G4S North America CEO John Kenning said in a statement. “His screening was repeated in 2013 with no findings. We were not made aware of any alleged connections between Mateen and terrorist activities.”

Although Mateen cleared company screenings, G4S reportedly was aware of an FBI investigation targeting Mateen. But the company said it was unaware of “alleged connections between Mateen and terrorist activities.”

Mateen recently worked as a security guard at a gated community.

FBI Increases Scrutiny of Wife of Orlando Nightclub Shooter

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people inside an Orlando nightclub is facing tough questions from the FBI to determine whether she knew the attack was going to happen.

The Washington Post reports that Noor Z. Salman, 30, went to the club at least once with her husband, Omar Mateen, before the attack.

One federal law enforcement official said Salman accompanied Mateen as “reconnaissance.”

Salman has not been arrested, but the FBI is trying to determine how much she knew about the attack and whether she had advance knowledge.

The FBI also has discovered that Mateen made at least one phone call to an acquaintance during the standoff. Details of that conversation weren’t immediately clear.

FBI Warned Chicago Police of Plans by Gang Members to Ambush Officers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A reliable informant warned the FBI of plans to ambush officers in retaliation for the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot by police.

The Chicago Tribune reports the FBI alerted the Chicago Police Department that officers may be shot with the release of the video of the shooting.

“Violent rhetoric is high,” the FBI wrote in a Nov. 24 email to the Chicago police. “Due to the recent media spotlight on officer-involved deaths of minorities, there is a lot of anger in the neighborhood served by the Chicago Police Department.”

No attacks occurred.

The informant said gang members planned to ambush police outside of the 14h District headquarters on Chicago’s Wet Side.

“In addition to being unarmed and unprotected, these employees will likely be in either small groups or by themselves, which would make them targets of opportunity,” the FBI said. “(Confidential human source) states that shooters may lie-in-wait, and then conduct an ambush.”

Senator: FBI Is Down 6,000 Agents Despite Increasing Threats of Terrorism

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Budget cuts have left the FBI with too few agents to properly address the terrorism threat, Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

“The FBI has lost 6,000 agents due to budget cuts. The Army is going to be at 1940 levels – the Navy at 1950 levels. I want to restore our defense cuts and our intelligence cuts so we can fight a war we can afford to win,” he told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney

On Monday, House Democrats supported legislation that would give the FBI authority to reject gun purchases to people on the terror watch list. The GOP rejected the measure in December.

Hillary Clinton called on a national ban on assault-style weapons, while Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the country.

Homeland Security Agent Injured Before Fatally Shooting Violent Suspect

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security official suffered minor injuries before fatally shooting a suspect who became combative Tuesday afternoon in Chula Vista, Calif., officials said.

CBS8 reports that members of a federal law enforcement task force were taking part in an undercover narcotics sting at a shopping center.

Mike Carney, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in San Diego, was taken to the hospital for treatment for minor injuries after the suspect allegedly became violent. Carney said he feared for his life before he pulled the trigger.

Federal authorities took several people into custody.

Homeland Security officials have not divulged details of the shooting or the man who was fatally shot.

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