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CNN Analyst: Michael Flynn May Be Cooperating with FBI’s Probe of Russia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser who resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his relations with Russia, may be talking with the FBI, a CNN national security analyst believes.

Citing sources, Juliette Kayyem said “Mike Flynn is the one who may have a deal with the FBI.”

He added, “That’s why we have not heard from him for some time.”

But Kayyem later walked back some of her claims, writing on Facebook, “I did not say on this segment that I have any confirmation that he is actually cooperating or that I have talked to anyone who does.”

Kayyem said her sources “are increasingly wondering” whether Flynn is cooperating with the FBI investigation into Russian interference during the presidential election.

Lawmakers: Leak of Sensitive CIA Documents Compromise National Security

cia-lobby-sealBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The release of sensitive CIA documents by Wikileaks may have compromised national security, national officials said.

“This alleged leak should concern every single American in terms of its impact on national security,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at Wednesday’s Press Briefing, Sinclair Broadcast Group reports. 

Senators from both sides of the aisle condemned the leaks.

“For anybody who’s been under the illusion that Wikileaks is some kind of public service operation, this is a propaganda arm of the Russian government – that’s what they’re doing,” said Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, added: “This is a devastating blow and we should have learned from the last leaked where an employee leaked reams of classified information.”

Several national security agencies are investigating the leak in hopes of identifying who provided the documents to Wikileaks.

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FBI Turns to Propaganda in Faux News Report to Pump Up Triumphs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is promoting itself using a faux journalism report on the radio that is intended to sound like a real new agency, the Daily Signal reports.

One new cast begins, “In a move demonstrating the FBI’s valuable role of protecting national security, Director James Comey creates a separate Intelligence Branch…”

Instead of using a real news anchor, the FBI is using a public affairs specialist.

The program is called “FBI This Week” and is aired regularly on the radio.

“[T]he programs that we produce are ultimately designed to aid and assist the public in protecting itself against crime,” says Susan McKee, the FBI’s chief of investigative publicity and public affairs.

New Generation of FBI Agents Adds Youth, Passion to Fight Global Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It hasn’t been long since the FBI’s primary focus was putting away bank robbers, kidnappers and gang members.

That focus has dramatically shifted in the post-9/11 era, creating a new generation of counterterrorism experts who know the ins and outs of al Qaeda and Hezbollah, Newsweek reports.

Most of the counterterrorism experts are in their mid- to late-40s – a relatively young age for agents with their responsibilities.

“The last generation was more reactive,” an intelligence expert said, “and the current guys are extremely proactive. I think they will initiate things just to find out if there’s something there, as opposed to waiting and seeing.”

Leading the group of experts is Andrew McCabe, head of the FBI’s National Security Branch. He’s 45 and rose to the top by acquiring in-depth knowledge of terrorism, Newsweek wrote.

New FBI Chief Comey Picks 25-Year Veteran to Become Deputy Director

Mark Giuliano/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the most important jobs at the FBI is the position of deputy director.

On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey named 25-year bureau veteran Mark Giuliano to the job, which makes him responsible for overseeing all domestic and international investigations, the Washington Post reports.

He’ll begin his new duties when the current deputy Sean Joyce retires on Dec. 2.

Giuliano started his career as a special agent at the Washington Field Office and has plenty of experience in national security and counterterrorism, the Post wrote.

Tech Companies Urge Congress to Shed More Light on Secret Information Requests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

More than two dozen companies and numerous trade groups are endorsing bills that would open more light on the government’s secret information requests, the Verge.com reports.

The businesses and trade groups are showing their support for bills that would allow them to reveal when they receive requests for national security-related data.

Among those who signed the letter to Congressional members are Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Those same companies have been forced to turn over information without the ability to disclose it.

The argument is that barring the disclosure of information to users violates free speech rights.

Co-Chairmen of 9/11 Commission: U.S. Needs to Improve Oversight of Homeland Security

Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton
New York Times Op-Ed
 
No single event in the last half-century has had a greater effect on American national security policy than the terrorist attacks that occurred 12 years ago today. When we co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, which was set up in 2002 and issued its report on the attacks in 2004, we investigated the failures that left our country vulnerable and recommended 41 actions to correct them and strengthen our national security.

Nine years after the 9/11 Commission made its case, our country is still not as safe as it could and should be. Though the vast majority of our recommendations have been followed, at least in part, Congress has not acted on one of our major proposals: to streamline the way it oversees homeland security.

In a cumbersome legacy of the pre-9/11 era, Congress oversees the Department of Homeland Security with a welter of overlapping committees and competing legislative proposals. The department was created in 2002 out of 22 agencies and departments. More than 100 congressional committees and subcommittees currently claim jurisdiction over it. This patchwork system of supervision results in near-paralysis and a lack of real accountability.

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Congressman Wants New FBI Director to Reveal Information about Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

Rep. Keating/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

With a new FBI director in place, at least one influential Congressman is pressing for more answers in the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reports.

Rep. William Keating, D-Massachusetts, wants to know about blunders in the investigation, including the failure to properly follow up Russia’s warning about one of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“It has been three and a half months since the terror attack in Boston, and the FBI has yet to answer the pressing questions that would help law enforcement and legislators better prepare against threats in the future,” Keating wrote.

Keating, a former district attorney, dismissed FBI concerns that the disclosures would compromise the case against the alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“As a former District Attorney, I understand the sensitivities surrounding an ongoing investigation; however, none of the questions I have would compromise the integrity of the investigation into the bombings,” Keating said. “I’m not looking to place blame. What I am looking to do is identify our security shortcomings and change them. Without forthright information from the FBI, we are prevented from taking the critical steps needed to protect the American public.”