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FBI Re-Evaluating Terrorism Cases, Leads to Ensure Nothing Was Missed

FBI file photo

FBI file photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is re-evaluating prior terrorism cases and tips to ensure that nothing was overlooked during the previous investigations.

A top official told the Associated Press that the review of tips of terrorism cases over the past three years is an effort to “err on the side of caution. 

The idea is to “refine and adapt to the threat, and part of that is always making sure you cover your bases,” the official said.

One eye-opening revelation over the past several years is that people under investigation for terrorism ended up committing acts of extremism.

One of the was the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was known to the FBI as a potential terrorist.

Republican Congressman Introduces Bill to Eliminate the ATF

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner gets his way, the ATF will be dissolved and its responsibilities dished out to other federal agencies.

Sensenbrenner introduce the ATF Elimination Act, which would hand over alcohol and tobacco cases to the DEA, while the FBI would handle firearms, explosives and arsons, the Daily Caller reports. 

“Common sense budgeting solutions are necessary, and the ATF Elimination Act is one measure we can take to reduce spending, redundancy, and practice responsible governance,” said Sensenbrenner. “The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that has been branded by failure and lacks a clear mission. It is plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges, and a lack of leadership.”

Sensenbrenner maintains that eliminating the ATF would help “bring draining the swamp” and be in the “best interest” of taxpayers.

The Daily Caller wrote:

The bill would require the DEA and FBI to provide congress a plan for incorporating the ATF’s responsibilities, field offices, buildings and assets.

In addition to cutting the ATF, the bill would place a hiring freeze on the ATF and would require the Department of Justice, the ATF’s parent agency, to “eliminate and reduce duplicative functions and waste.”

CIA Releases Declassified Files of Investigations into UFO Sightings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA released declassified files of never-before-seen footage of investigations into reported UFO sightings.

The investigations were posted  on the CIA’s website.

Conspiracy theorists have long claimed that the CIA was involved in a massive coverup of UFO sightings to hide evidence of aliens.

The declassified documents are from the late 1940s and 1950s.

The documents include a sighting in New Jersey, where a resent said he and a friend spotted and captured footage of a disc-shaped object in the sky.

“Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity,” the CIA wrote.

The documents show no hard evidence of UFOs, but the records do reveal that the CIA was interested in sightings from around the globe.

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FBI Tries to Manage During Government Shutdown, Hopes for the Best

FBI Director: James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is worried about the impact the government shutdown will have on investigating crime.

Already hammered by budget cuts and sequestration, the FBI is operating without employees deemed “non-essential,” the Washington Times reports.

A month ago, the FBI Agents Association said in a report that it’s concerned about budget cuts that already froze new training and the hirings of new agents.

“Trying to save money by undermining the FBI’s ability to protect the public is likely to be far more costly to our country in the long run,” the group said.

FBI Director James Comey said he’s shocked by the impact on budget cuts.

“I was very surprised to learn how severe the required cut is and the potential impact on this organization,” he said. “Frankly, as a taxpayer and as an American I was surprised, and it didn’t make any sense to me that the FBI director would be asked not just to cut 3,000 positions but, given what’s on our plate, to send folks home for a couple weeks without pay.”

FBI Reduces Time Spent on White Collar Crimes by 7%

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ever wonder why no one on Wall Street was charged in connection with the 2008 financial crisis?

The FBI will have even less time investigating Wall Street after the bureau reduced the amount of time its agents spend on white-collar crime, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The FBI has reduced its recommendation for white-collar criminal prosecution by 7%.

The new recommendation is 2,001, according to a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearance.

The reduction continues a years-long drop in white-collar crime investigations, the LA Times reported.

FBI Casts Wide Net Under Relaxed Rules for Terror Probes

By Charlie Savage
New York Times

WASHINGTON — Within months after the Bush administration relaxed limits on domestic-intelligence gathering in late 2008, the F.B.I. assessed thousands of people and groups in search of evidence that they might be criminals or terrorists, a newly disclosed Justice Department document shows.

In a vast majority of those cases, F.B.I. agents did not find suspicious information that could justify more intensive investigations. The New York Times obtained the data, which the F.B.I. had tried to keep secret, after filing a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act.

The document, which covers the four months from December 2008 to March 2009, says the F.B.I. initiated 11,667 “assessments” of people and groups. Of those, 8,605 were completed. And based on the information developed in those low-level inquiries, agents opened 427 more intensive investigations, it says.

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Inspector Gen. Report Says FBI and ATF Still Feuding Over Bomb Investigations

As Rodney King once said: “Can we all get along?” There has been a tradition of tension between the FBI and ATF. In Washington alone, there have been high-profile cases in which agents have from both agencies have had their differences. This report will only validate what’s already been reported, including a May 2008 report in the Washington Post.

Burning car

By Devlin Barrett
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Agents of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are feuding over bomb investigations — racing each other to crime scenes, failing to share information and refusing to train together, according to a draft report obtained by The Associated Press.

The report says Justice Department bosses have repeatedly failed to fix the problem.

The Justice Department’s Inspector General, Glenn Fine, has drafted a preliminary report on the two agencies’ repeated squabbles to claim jurisdiction in investigations of explosives incidents across the country — from Times Square in New York City to Arizona and the West Coast.

The most recent documented spat came last December when the FBI protested a local prosecutor’s request to use the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to investigate a blast that killed a state bomb technician and a police officer in Woodburn.

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