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Archive for April 6th, 2017

FBI Considers Special University to Train Cyber Security Agents

Cyber crime expert, via FBI.

Cyber crime expert, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As cyber crime continues to rise, the FBI is caught in a pickle: It can’t recruit enough agents who can hack a computer.

Now FBI Director James Comey is considering loosening some training requirements on physical fitness or marksmanship, the Associated Press reports. 

Comey has floated the idea of creating a special university for training cyber security agents who won’t need a firearm. The university would focus on the technical skills needed on the job.

“Our minds are open to all of these things because we are seeking a talent – talent in a pool that is increasingly small,” Comey said.

Another idea is ditching the requirement that agents who have left the service for more than two years most re-enroll in the difficult training academy in Quantico, Va.

“Our people leave, go to the private sector, discover it’s a soulless, empty way to live – and then they realize, ‘My life is empty, I need moral content in my work,'” Comey said to laughter during a recent speech at the University of Texas at Austin.

Americn in Custody Again After Threatening to Join ISIS, Kill an American

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An 18-year-old South Carolina man who was accused of hatching a plan to kill soldiers as revenge for American military action in the Middle East was granted early release last May.

Now Zakaryia Abdin is back in custody after a grand jury indicted him Tuesday on a charge of providing material support to a terrorist organization, the Associated Press reports. 

This time he is accused of telling an undercover agent, whom he thought was an Islamic State recruiter, that he wanted to join the terrorist organization and torture an American on video.

Authorities arrested Abdin as he tried to board a plane to Jordan last week.

He’s accused of telling an undercover FBI agent that he wanted to be show on video torturing an American hostage because “I want to be the one to send the message because they know who I am.”

Border Patrol Credits Trump’s Administration for Sharp Declines in Border Arrests

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

File photo of a Border Patrol vehicle, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border from Mexico has declined dramatically this year.

Following a burst of apprehensions at the end of last year, arrests have sharply dropped. In February, the arrests dropped to the lowest number in years.

The apprehensions continued to plummet in March to 16,600 people, which was a 30% decrease from February and a 64% decline from the same month in 2016.

“Since the Administration’s implementation of Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws, the drop in apprehensions shows a marked change in trends,” agency officials said in a statement.

Homeland Security Secretary Concedes Full Border Wall Is ‘Unlikely’

Border fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s homeland security secretary conceded Wednesday that it was doubtful that a full border wall with Mexico will be built.

The statement from John F. Kelly is in stark contrast to Trump’s oft-repeated pledge to build a wall along the entire border with Mexico, the New York Times reports. 

“It is unlikely that we will build a wall from sea to shining sea,” Mr. Kelly told senators on the Homeland Security Committee.

Instead of a “beautiful wall” that Trump has promised, the federal government likely will build fencing and concrete walls in places that make the most sense.

Congress has yet to act on Trump’s request for funding for the wall.

Trump’s budget calls for $1.4 billion to begin building the wall.

Justice Department May Reopen Investigation into 1955 Killing of Emmett Till

Emmett Till

Emmett Till

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is considering reopening its investigation into the brutal 1955 killing of Emmett Till.

The infamous case took a new turn recently when a witness, Carolyn Bryant Donham, admitted she lied during the murder trial when she testified that the black teenager touched her.

Till’s killers were not convicted.

“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him,” Donham was quoted as saying in a new book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.”

“The Department is currently assessing whether the newly revealed statement could warrant additional investigation,” Acting Assistant Attorney General T.E. Wheeler II wrote U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson in a letter, the Clarion-Ledger reports. 

But Wheeler warned that historic cases such as this are difficult to prosecute.

“We caution, however, that even with our best efforts, investigations into historic cases are exceptionally difficult, and there may be insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers to bringing federal charges against any remaining living persons,” he wrote.

Till was only 14 when two brothers abducted him on false claims that he wolf-whistled at Donham. Till was brutally beaten and shot in the head.

His death was a major impetus for the civil rights movement.

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