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Man Who Slammed Through Gates of FBI Pittsburgh Office Was Struggling Emotionally

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who rammed a dump truck into the gates of the FBI building in Pittsburgh was looking for emotional help, family and neighbors told WTAE.

“He’s been crying out for help, a lot of help, and he asked me if I could find someone for him to talk to,” a neighbor said of Thomas Richard Ross. 

The neighbor added that Ross was taking painkillers after he had fallen off a roof more than 20 years ago.

“I don’t know what kind of pills they gave him but he got addicted and he’s still in pain,” the neighbor said, adding Ross had been paranoid the government was after him. 

His son, Tommy Jr., also said his father had problems with drugs.

Chicago Woman Says FBI Raided Her House by Mistake, Left Without Explanation

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Chicago woman was at home with her fiancé when she said the FBI stormed into her home, failed to show a warrant and left without an explanation.

“They were banging at first and they said ‘put your hands up,'” Rachel Rodriguez told NBC Chicago. “I was frightened cause I didn’t know if they were going to shoot me or not.” 

Rodriguez, who has some of the raid captured on video, said the SWAT team raided the wrong home.

Chicago police said they have no records of the raid.

“They got inside, they had us sit down on the floor, they pointed guns at us,” she said. “They were looking for a guy, I don’t even know his name, I don’t even know this guy.”

Rodriguez said no one has answered her questions.

“They just left, they said they didn’t find the guy, the guy’s not here,” she said. “I almost had a panic attack, I was crying … I want to know why my house, and I’m hoping not just cause I’m Latino.”

Homeland Security Director Warns Against Divisive, Political Rhetoric about Muslims

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson warned against political rhetoric that “vilifies Muslims,” saying the federal government depends on relationship of trust form Muslim Americans.

Johnson was speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum and did not mention Donald Trump by name, but said the anti-Muslim rhetoric “is a setback to our homeland security efforts,” the Gazette reports. 

“Overheated rhetoric that fans the flames of fear and prejudice has consequences,” he said.

Democrats have accused Trump of inflammatory rhetoric that is making it more difficult for Muslims to trust federal law enforcement.

“In our world good news is no news and nobody seems to be interested in the good news and the good work of Homeland Security employees every day,” Johnson said.

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Dump Truck Driver Claims He Has Bomb, Smashes into FBI Office in Pittsburgh

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A dump truck driver slammed into a security gate at the FBI offices in Pittsburgh, saying he had a bomb.

Authorities arrested the driver, Thomas Richard Ross, and found no bomb or connection to terrorism, the Associated Press reports.

The New Waterford, Ohio, man was pulled over by Pittsburgh police late Thursday after running red lights and driving erratically. While pulled over, the man said he had a bomb.

The man floored the gas pedal and smashed into the gate, but the security barriers prevented him from going far.

Ross suffered minor injuries and faces numerous charges, including recklessly endanger another person, aggravated assault and fleeing and eluding.

FBI Investigating Whether DNC Hackers Also Targeted Clinton Aides

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether the Russia hackers who gained access to the Democratic National Committee’s computer networks also targeted aides and organizations close to Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times reports that there’s evidence that hackers attempted to gain access to some Clinton associates through “spear-phishing attacks.”

The DNC has said its system was hacked by Russian hackers, which several private cybersecurity firms have confirmed.

Last month, FBI Director James Comey said hackers tried to tap into Clinton’s private e-mail server but were likely unsuccessful.

Insane Clown Posse Plans Rally Over FBI Labeling Fans as ‘Gang’

Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown Posse

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After the FBI called them a gang, the Insane Clown Posse and their “Juggalo” fans have furiously fought back against what they consider unfair character assassination.

The horror-rap duo is leading a march on Washington D.C. next year to protest the “gang” label.

“In 2017, the weekend of September 17th, we need you,” rapper Violent J told an audience at what The Detroit News described as a “seminar discussion” at the Gathering of the Juggalos. “We’re gonna do a [expletive] march on Washington. They call the Juggalo World a movement, right? Well, let’s move!”
The march is scheduled for Sept. 16 and will begin at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the Washington Monument.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Violent J said. “We could totally embarrass ourselves, and there could be 25 people [who show up to protest].”

The FBI in 2011 described Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”

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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Editorial: Why FBI Whistleblowers Should Be Protected, Not Mistreated

whistleBy Editorial Board
Post and Courier 

Whistleblowers perform an essential role in providing government accountability. Just consider the array of life-threatening problems that agency employees brought forth at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

But for what they do for the taxpayers and people who are served by the bureaucracy, whistleblowers are routinely mistreated by the federal government.

Surprisingly, perhaps, the FBI’s record on that score is among the worst.

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office, amplified by hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, found that the nation’s premier, elite law enforcement organization routinely discourages employees who want to report fraud, waste and abuse.

Worse, it often retaliates against those that do, ruining careers and taking as long as a decade to resolve whistleblower complaints.

And unlike most other government agencies, FBI employees are not protected by the Merit Systems Protection Board or the Office of Special Counsel whose main mission is to help whistleblowers.

To read more click here. 

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