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Stay-at-Home Mom Exposes Culture of Secret Service Corruption

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A stay-at-home home in Dallas forked over $100,000 in legal fees for thousands of Secret Service records that “expose a culture of corruption,” The Dallas Morning News reports. 

Malia Litman filed 89 request for records, and the information she received was shocking.

Here are some of the highlights, as reported by the Dallas Morning News:

  • A culture of “wheels up; rings off” meant even married agents could party on foreign trips.
  • Secret Service K-9 units brought their dogs into their hotel room, which the dogs trashed. The agents made payoffs so the incident wouldn’t be reported.
  • A agent who missed his flight later showed up drunk with two prostitutes. He was not disciplined.
  • Agents “engaged” with prostitutes in Amsterdam’s red-light district during an advance team trip.
  • A supervisor choked a female subordinate because she rejected his sexual advances.
  • A supervisor offered a subordinate a larger office in return for sex.

Former Head of Dallas FBI Wants to Use Airport Security Breach As Training Video

Footage of the security breach.

Footage of the security breach.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was too easy.

Damarias Cockerham of Garland, Tex., was able to slip past security and walk through an unused metal detector at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport a year ago.

It was all caught on video, and the former head of the Dallas FBI, Danny Defenbaugh, wants to use it as a training video, CBS Local reports. 

Defenbaugh was able to board a flight without a ticket to confront his girlfriend before being removed.

Cockerham said the chilling video could provide a powerful lesson to security agents around the globe.

“It not only would be a training video, but I would think that every security personnel within the entire air world, both for airport and the airplane security, would want to use this.” he said.

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Law Enforcement Organizations Issue Statements on Dallas Shootings

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

National law enforcement organizations issued statements Friday in wake of the shootings of Dallas Police Office.

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association National (FLEOA):

In response to the tragic incident in Dallas last night, where five police officers lost their lives in a targeted attack, The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association National (FLEOA) President Nate Catura issued the following response:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, their murdered and wounded officers, and their families.  

We stand with Chief Brown and offer our full support to the arrest and prosecution of the criminals who planned and committed this heinous crime. On a daily basis, police officers risk their lives in support of the public and we condemn the recent anti law enforcement rhetoric.

During times of social upheaval, society should unite, not divide, and let the investigative process work before judging police officers and departments. All lives matter and we grieve for the loss of these brave police officers.”

FBI Agents Association’s President Reynaldo Tariche:

“Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect the public from criminal and terrorist threats.  These brave men and women do so at great risk to themselves and great sacrifice to their families. Tragically, we are all reminded of this sacrifice with the shooting of 11 Dallas law enforcement officers last night, five of whom were killed in the attack.  The FBI Agents Association stands with the courageous law enforcement officers in Dallas, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed or injured.

Police officers play an essential role in safeguarding our Constitutional rights to assemble and speak. The Dallas shootings occurred while officers were protecting these very rights, and they are an attack on the foundations of our democracy.

Law enforcement officers and the communities we protect are inseparable.  United we stand, divided we fall.”

  International Association of Chiefs of Police President Terrence M. Cunningham:

Heartbroken, saddened, sickened, appalled – none of these words are strong enough to express how I feel about the tragic and senseless deaths of the five officers in Dallas and the seven others that were wounded. Last night, we witnessed the deadliest attack on law enforcement in the United States since 9/11.

As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, our entire membership grieves with the brave men and women of the Texas law enforcement community. We stand ready to assist their agencies in the days and months ahead.

Law enforcement officers put their lives in harm’s way on a daily basis, to protect our freedom and democracy, confront crime and ensure the safety of our communities. We do this because we took an oath to safeguard our fellow citizens. We believe in that oath, and we feel an allegiance to and pride for the citizens we protect and the communities we serve. The officers in Dallas were acting as guardians and protecting the protestors.

Law enforcement officers, like the people they serve, are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons. Despite the passions aroused by recent events, we must realize that violence is never the solution.

Rather than letting this tragedy divide us, this is a time for us to come together as a community and share our grief and look for solutions.

As this situation continues to develop, we will communicate with our membership, and I urge you to work with your communities. Please stay safe.

 

 

FBI Assists Investigation of 11 Police Officers Shot at Rally in Dallas

Dallas police departmentBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigate the shooting of 11 people officers during an anti-violence rally in Dallas on Thursday evening.

President Obama described the attacks as “a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement,” CNN reports. 

“There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement,” Obama said, speaking from the NATO summit in Poland that he is attending. “Anyone involved in the senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.”

The shootings left five officers dead.

Obama said he would comment further once the killers’ “twisted motivations” were known.

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Jealous Lover Who Disappeared after Murder Makes FBI’s Most Wanted List

Brenda Delgado, 33.

Brenda Delgado, 33.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 33-year-old Dallas woman who disappeared after authorities said she arranged the murder of a dentist who was dating her ex-boyfriend has been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list, the Dallas Morning News reports. 

Brenda Delgado, who was indicted on capital murder charges, is accused of giving Kristopher Ledell Love drugs and money in exchange for killing Kendra Hatcher on Sept. 2. A drug cartel allegedly helped provide the money and drugs.

Authorities said Delgado was motivated by jealousy of Hatcher, who was dating Delgado’s ex-boyfriend.

Love was arrested and faces a state capital murder charge and a federal weapons charge.

Dallas Morning News: Garland Flaps Illustrate Shifting Terror Focus

By the Dallas Morning News
Editorial Board

As terror attacks go, the charge of the jihadi wannabes in Garland will not be remembered as textbook. Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi had desire and tools, but their execution was lacking.

Their goal was to crash an American Freedom Defense Initiative meeting, Pamela Geller’s Muhammad cartoon contest. They arrived as it was ending May 3 but advanced no closer than the Curtis Culwell Center parking lot. Confronted by security officers, they tried to shoot their way in; a Garland police officer, with SWAT backing, put them down.

That might have been that, except for the lessons that would spill out. It’s unfortunate that so much attention has been paid to these terrorists’ incompetence. The next ones — and there will be more — may well prove more accomplished. And even Simpson and Soofi’s failure emphasizes how difficult these attacks are to stop.

Geller’s group had paid for private security and extra police. It wasn’t an unsuspecting soft target, like a shopping mall, baseball stadium or sports arena. The FBI had an investigative file on Simpson, based on past jihadi suspicions.

So how does this guy — with a partner, assault rifle and body armor — get so close? FBI Director James Comey said the bureau sent a bulletin alerting Garland police, among others, about Simpson before the Geller event. However, the FBI also said it had no reason to believe that Simpson intended to attack or that he had even left home base in Phoenix.

Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates said his department “had no information from the FBI or anyone else that Elton Simpson posed a threat to our event.” Yet Bates did concede that an assistant chief was on the distribution list for the FBI notice but didn’t see it.

So the FBI sent email that a terrorism suspect over in Arizona might have an interest in a Texas event but, as far as anyone knew, wasn’t headed to Texas. And Garland police missed the message. All things considered, several dozen people at the conference were quite fortunate that Garland officers had their range training in.

To read more click here. 

 

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Thomas M. Class Is Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Dallas Division

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Thomas M. Class Sr., who served as a police officer before joining the FBI and becoming an expert in terrorism, has been named the new special agent in charge of the Dallas Division, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Class is replacing Diego Rodriguez, who left in December to become assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Class began his career as a police officer and detective in St. Petersburg before joining the FBI in 1990. Most recently, Class served as section chief of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group in the National Security Branch at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. That position placed him in charge of a multi-agency group tasked with providing resources to interrogate terrorists in custody.

Class also has worked in FBI offices in the Midwest, Atlanta and Alabama.

Diego G. Rodriguez Named Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office

Diego Rodriguez /fbi photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Diego G. Rodriguez, who headed up the FBI’s Dallas office, has been named the assistant director in charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Rodriguez succeeds George Venizelos, who is retiring after 24 years in the FBI, the agency said.

Rodriguez joined the FBI in 1990 at the New York Field Office and was a member of the SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.

In 1997, he headed to San Juan Division, where he was a SWAT team member. He was also assigned to a drug/money laundering task force with the Puerto Rico Police Department.

In 1999, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters.

In 2001, he transferred to the Miami Division, where he supervised a multi-agency drug squad under the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative.

Rodriguez returned to FBI headquarters in 2003 as chief of the Field Oversight Unit in the Directorate of Intelligence.

Shortly after, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office in April 2006 as the criminal, counterterrorism, and intelligence program manager, according to a press release.

He was then promoted to chief of the Domain and Collection Management Section in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters.

In July 2010, he was named a special agent in charge in New York where he oversaw the Criminal Division. In June 2012, he headed up the Dallas Division.

 

 

Before his FBI career, Mr. Rodriguez was a teacher in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1988 from St. John’s University in New York.