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Terry Wade Named Top FBI Agent in Albuquerque

Terry Wade

Terry Wade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Terry Wade, a special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the Los Angeles FBI, has been named the top FBI agent in the Albuquerque Division.

Wade joined the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to Helena, Mont. He transferred to the Oklahoma City division, where he worked violent crimes, drug and white-collar violations.

In 2001, he was promoted to a supervisory position in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters in  D.C. In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of the Flagstaff Resident Agency of the Phoenix Division, according to an FBI press release.

In 2007, Wade was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Division, where he was responsible for the counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, and intelligence programs, as well as the crisis management program and SWAT team.

Between December 2008 and April 2009,  Wade served as the deputy on-scene commander in Baghdad, Iraq.

Before joining the FBI, he began his law enforcement career  as an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation,

 

Lawmakers Demand Guarantees to Prevent Terrorists from Slipping into U.S. As Refugees

Syria mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. officials sought to assure skeptics that refugees settling in the U.S. are properly vetted to ensure terrorists don’t slip through.

MassLive reports that federal officials said the process involves in-person interviews and a myriad of other security checks by Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State.

Lawmakers have expressed concern about how refugees from Syria and Iraq are vetted and want guarantees that “would in essence stop the relocations of refugees,” MassLive wrote.

Concerns have been heightened following the Paris attacks.

Head of House Homeland Security Committee Warns of ‘Gaping Holes’ for Terrorism

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. is vulnerable to attack on the scale of the one in Paris because of “gaping holes” in security, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee warned Sunday, The Hill reports. 

“There are a lot of holes — gaping holes,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“We have hundreds of Americans that have traveled” to Iraq and Syria, he added. “Many of them have come back as well. I think that’s a direct threat.”

McCaul said he is concerned with how easily Europeans and Americans can travel to Iraq and Syria.

He also expressed concerns about terrorists slipping into the U.S. by posing as Syrian refugees.  t

“This causes a great concern on the part of policymakers, because we don’t want to be complicit with a program that could bring potential terrorists into the United States,” McCaul said.

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ISIS Uses Koran to Justify Raping Non-Muslim Girls in Iraq

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ISIS has established a bureaucracy of sex slavery in Iraq and is using the Koran to justify the outrageous practice of raping girls and women who are not Muslims, The New York Times reports.

The extremists are targeting non-Muslims, specifically from the Yazidi religious minority, and have used a network of warehouses to house the victims, who are marketed like livestock and shipped off on buses.

More than 5,200 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still imprisoned by ISIS, which “has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts,” The Times wrote.

“And the practice has become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.”

ISIS has even published a how-to manual on slavery, using selective readings of the Koran to “celebrate” rape as a “beneficial” and “virtuous” practice.

“Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,” a 15-year-old girl told the Times. “He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him, ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal.'”

Boston Police Captain Faced Dilemma When Dealing with Son’s Growing Extremism

Terror Plot Officer's Son

Alexander Ciccolo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Boston Police Captain Robert Ciccolo faced a dilemma when he became concerned that his son may pose a danger because of his growing extremism.

His son, Alexander Ciccolo, was mentally ill and began talking about joining ISIS and fighting in Iraq and Syria, WBUR reports. Although his son hadn’t committed a crime, Capt. Ciccolo took the news to the FBI.

Now his son is charged with plotting to detonate a bomb at an unknown university following an FBI sting.

“Obviously, he struggled with him, and he couldn’t set him straight,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “So maybe getting locked up was the best thing. Maybe now he’ll get the medical care he needs.”

The son’s attorney thinks the father had a better alternative.

“This is a kid who should have been involuntarily committed in a mental hospital,” said defense attorney Harvey Silverglate, of Cambridge, Mass. “He would have been no danger to society. He would have been no danger to himself.”

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Former FBI Agent Defends Torture Following Scathing Senate Report

James Davis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI who headed the Denver office and served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said the brutal interrogation techniques outlined by the Senate’s torture report were appropriate to keep the U.S. safe.

“In the FBI, we build relationships on a rapport with the detainees that’s built over a long period of time,” Davis told KDVR.com in Denver. “After 9/11, we didn’t feel like we had much time. I think that the guys that were using those techniques believed them to be legal and believed them to be necessary to keep the country safe.”

Davis dismissed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report as partisan and disagreed with the findings.

“I’ll never say never, but to say that this never produced actionable intelligence is probably not true,” Davis said. “Starting those interviews, the people they were talking to were not providing information so something had to happen to get them to start providing that information.”

FBI Warns News Agencies That Islamic State Extremists Plan to Kidnap More Journalists

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ISIS.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned Thursday that it has “credible information” that extremists from an Islamic State-affiliated group plan to kidnap journalists in the region, the Washington Post reports.

The kidnappings are meant to be retaliation against the U.S. for attacks on Iraq and Syria.

Journalists have been called “desirable targets.”

The Islamic State has already beheaded three people, including two American journalists.

FBI Reports Positive Leads in Search for Americans Who Joined ISIS Fighters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s appeal for more information on Americans joining ISIS has led to strong leads, ABC News reports.

“The FBI tips website that was announced yesterday has received a substantial number of web visits, some of which have generated leads,” another FBI official said Thursday. “We continue to call on the public to report suspicious activity of travelers in support of a terrorist organization or information about the subject speaking with a North American accent in the video issued by ISIL on September 19.”

The news comes after the FBI announced a new tip line devoted to capturing Americans involved with ISIS. Among those under investigation is a man who is featured in an ISIS video called “Flames of War.”

“In the video, a man whose face is obscured by a mask alternates seamlessly between English and Arabic in pro-ISIL [ISIS] pronouncements intended to appeal to a Western audience,” the web post Tuesday said. “Dressed in desert camouflage and wearing a shoulder holster, the masked man can be seen standing in front of purported prisoners as they dig their own graves and then later presiding over their executions.

“The FBI needs your help identifying the individuals in this video as well as anyone traveling abroad to join terrorist groups,” said the FBI post.

U.S. authorities estimate roughly 100 Americans have joined militant groups in Iraq and Syria.