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Feds Investigate Online Posting of Personal Information about U.S. Military Members

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether an Islamic group illegally obtained personal information of 100 U.S. military members  before posting it publicly.

A group called the Islamic Hacking Division posted the information online, urging its “brothers residing in America” to attack, The USA Today reports.

One investigator said it appears so far that the information was culled from social media sites, which has prompted the Army last month to rewrite its social media guidelines.

Now questions are being raised about changing the guidelines for officials in the Justice Department and FBI, The USA Today wrote.

Army Sniper Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Murder DEA Agent, Informant

Sniper rifle

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Army sniper has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder a DEA agent and an informant.

Joseph Hunter, 49, and five others were arrested in September 2013 after they were recorded plotting to kill a DEA agent and informant in Liberia for $800,000, International Business Times reports.

Hunter was snared in a sting operation in which he thought he was working for a Columbian drug cartel.

Hunter faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in May.

He also pleaded guilty to firearms charges and conspiring to import cocaine into the U.S.

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Retired DEA Agent Supervisor, Walter Flalkewicz, Dead at 86

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Walter S. “Bud” Flalkewicz, a retired DEA agent supervisor, died of a heart attack Aug. 28, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Flalkewicz, who was 86, died at his grandson’s house in Florida.

A former Army reserve who obtained the rank of major, Flalkewicz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore 1948 and landed a job as an agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, working in Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo and Washington, among other places, according to the Sun.

After a stint with the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, Flalkewicz became a DEA agent supervisor in 1978.

Flalkewicz retired in1981, the Sun reported.

FBI Faces Lawsuit in Ft. Hood Shooting

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan/dod photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI could be in for a big legal battle — and a costly one at that —  as more than 80 claimants seek damages of $750 million from the bureau, the US Army, the Justice Department and the Department of Defense for a 2009 incident at Ft. Hood  that left 13 dead, reports Safety BLR.com.

Beside the deaths, dozens were left wounded when Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas in November of 2009 in the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center.

Despite “clear knowledge and warnings that Hasan posed a grave danger” to soldiers and civilians, claims the suit, government agencies did not respond accordingly. “On the contrary, bowing to ‘political correctness,’ the DOD, DOA, DOJ, and FBI in wanton disregard of the safety of military and civilian personnel, intentionally ignored the threat he presented,” says the suit.

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FBI Turns to West Point for Counterterrorism Training

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has turned to the Army for help with its counterterrorism training.

After a troubled past with their understanding and interactions with Islam, reports Wired Magazine’s The Danger Room blog, the Bureau will begin working with the Army’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point.

The center at West Point is known among experts for its rigorous, practical scholarship on terrorism and Islamic Extremism, according to Danger Room. “It’s researchers consider themselves to be the opposite of analysts like William Gawthrop,” writes the Danger Room’s Spencer Ackerman, “the FBI intelligence analyst who compared Islam to the Death Star and Mohammed to a ‘cult leader.'”

“At CTC, there’s an ethos of education,” Brian Fishman, a researcher at the New America Foundation and former research director at the center, told the Danger Room. “When you have that, you inherently recognize that you need to illustrate that, for example, the practice of Islam around the world isn’t monolithic.”

According to the Danger Room, all new FBI agents go through a CTC-prepared class on international terrorism, but it is not yet certain how thoroughly the CTC will revamp the Bureau’s curriculum.

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James F. Yacone Who Was Portrayed in Movie “Black Hawk Down” to Head FBI’s Denver Office

James Yacone/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — James F. Yacone, a decorated Army combat veteran who was portrayed in  the movie “Black Hawk Down”, and who last served as section chief in the Critical Incident Response Group for the FBI, has been named head of the bureau’s Denver office, the FBI and the Denver Post reported.

Under his post as section chief, Yacone was involved in managing the national tactical program, crisis negotiation program and a variety of mobility and crisis response assets, the FBI said.

A West Point graduate, the Denver Post reported that he served eight years in the U.S. Army and flew a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Somalia in 1993. The paper reported that he later became the subject of a book and film.

The New York native joined the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the Philly office where he worked violent drug trafficking organizations, organized crime and financial institution fraud.

In 2006, he was appointed as the chief of the FBI’s Aviation and Surveillance Branch.

In 2007 to 2009, he became assistant special agent in charge of the FBI Richmond Division’s National Security Branch.

FBI Arrests Man in MLK Day Bomb Incident in Spokane

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI on Wednesday announced the arrest of an ex-soldier with ties to White Supremacists in connection with a bomb that was placed along the parade route at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March in Spokane, Wa., on Jan. 17.

Kevin William Harpham, age 36, of Colville, Wa. was arrested and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device. The Spokesman Review reported that Harpham served from 1996 to 1999 as a fire support specialist with the Army’s 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment.

The Spokesman Review reported that the Southern Poverty Law Center confirmed that Harpham in 2004 was a member of the White Supremacist group, the National Alliance.

“What to me this arrest suggests is that the Martin Luther King Day attack is what it always looked like: A terror-mass murder attempt directed at black people and their sympathizers,” Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project told the paper.

But Erich Gliebe, chairman of the National Alliance, based in Hillsboro, W.Va., told the paper that Harpham is not a member of the group.

“We have a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal activity and anyone committing those acts – even hinting or joking — would not be welcome in our organization,” Gliebe said.

FBI Busts Md. Man for Fake Teaching Credentials; Law Enforcement Among Those He Taught

William Hillar

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who the heck is William G. Hillar?

Well, if you read his online bio you’d see that he had some darn impressive credentials in the military, had a Ph.d and he’s been raking in cash teaching, conducting workshops and giving speech.

Problem is, federal authorities say, he’s a fraud.

On Tuesday, the FBI arrested the 66-year-old at his Millersville, Md. home for fraud for his alleged tangled web of lies to gain employment for teaching and training people, including members of the law enforcement community, the Baltimore U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“The complaint alleges that William G. Hillar was living a lie and basing his entire career on experience he did not have and credentials that he did not earn,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “He was never a colonel, never served in the U.S. Army, never was deployed to exotic locales and never received training in counter-terrorism and psychological warfare while in the armed forces.”

Richard A. McFeely, head of the Baltimore FBI said the fraud was brought to the FBI’s attention by “concerned citizens, including former members of the Special Forces community. This investigation is an example of the difficulty the public faces trying to verify the accuracy of information on the Internet.”

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