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CIA Director Says U.S. Knew ISIS Was Planning Attack on France Days Before Attack

CIA Director John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CIA Director John Brennan said U.S. intelligence knew ISIS was planning an attack “just in the days before” terrorists killed 130 people in a series of mass shootings.

In an interview on 60 Minutes, which was aired Sunday, Brennan said his agents were thwarted by the “sophisticated” use of encrypted Internet communication.

“We knew the system was blinking red,” Brennan said “We knew just in the days before that ISIL was trying to carry out something. But the individuals involved have been able to take advantage of the newly available means of communication that are walled off from law enforcement officials.”

Brennan said his agents have to “work harder” to prevent similar attacks.

“We need to have the capabilities, the technical capabilities, the human sources,” Brennan said.

“Believe me, intelligence security services have stopped numerous attacks, operatives that have been moved from maybe the Iraq to Syria theater into Europe,” he added. “They have been stopped and interdicted and arrested and detained and debriefed because of very, very good intelligence.”

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FBI to Step Up Wiretaps, Other Surveillance After Terrorist Attacks in Paris

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After Islamic State supporters attacked Paris, killing more than 125 people, the FBI plans to use more wiretaps and other monitoring techniques on suspected sympathizers of the terrorist organization, The Week reports. 

The FBI emphasized, however, that the increased surveillance is out of caution, not a specific threat.

The idea is to determine whether new information would warrant more monitoring.

FBI Director James Comey previously said it’s a drain on resources to monitor suspected ISIS supporters 24/7.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Calls President Obama ‘Petulant Child’ in Paris Explanation

Daniel Bongino

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former Secret Service Agent Daniel Bongino bashed President Obama for blaming the Secret Service on his decision to bail out on the anti-terrorism rally in Paris, the Daily Caller reports

Bongino, who has become an outspoken conservative, said the president was “acting like a petulant child” for not just admitting he didn’t want to go.

Bongino said the president went to Mandela’s funeral where many more dangers were present.

“If the president wants to go he goes,” Bongino said. “The Secret Service doesn’t tell him he can’t go. That’s only in movies.”

Homeland Security Beefs Up Security After Terrorist Attacks in Paris

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The terrorist attacks in Paris have prompted Homeland Security officials to ramp up security at federal buildings and airports, the USA Today reports

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the move was “precautionary.”

“We have no specific, credible intelligence of an attack of the kind in Paris last week being planned by terrorist organizations in this country,” he said in a statement.

Johnson declined to provide specifics and said that the Federal Protective Service would “enhance its presence and security at various U.S. Government buildings.”

Security also tightened after a shooting at the Canadian Parliament building.

Republicans Use Paris Terror Attack to Go After Obama’s Immigration Plan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Not even six hours passed before politicians began injecting the terrorist attack in Paris into budget debates. 

CNN reports that Republicans are trying to add ammunition to their upcoming budgetary battle with Democrats by claiming President Obama’s new immigration policies hamper Homeland Security’s fight against terrorism.

Republicans are expected to unveil their bill Friday.

President Obama has threatened to veto any efforts by Republicans to limit his immigration reforms.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Republicans may resort to a Homeland Security funding bill.

“There are terrorists around the world who are intent on killing Americans and other freedom loving individuals around the country. I believe that the President’s executive action with regard to immigration are outside of the Constitution and outside of his power and I believe that we can deal with that issue in the Department of Homeland Security bill without jeopardizing the security of our country.”

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Are ISIS Militants Plotting to Strike NYC Subway? Security Increases After Threats Disclosed

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Claims by Iraq’s prime minister that ISIS militants have been planning to attack U.S. subways prompted officials in New York to increase surveillance and bag inspections at subways, the Associated Press reports.

But Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo emphasized that the threats are not verified. To show they are not afraid, they both rode trains Thursday.

“We have received information which, in the eyes of the United States government and the NYPD, is not verified. So what we’re doing is taking precautions until we have more information,” de Blasio said at a news conference after riding a subway under Manhattan.

Added Cuomo: “New York is more prepared than it has ever been.”

Iraq Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told journalists Thursday that militants planned to attack subways in New York and Paris.

W. Jay Abbot Named Head of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division

W. Jay Abbott

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
W. Jay Abbott has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division. He last served as as the acting special agent in charge of the Seattle Division.

Abbott began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1987 at the Washington Field Office where he worked on a variety foreign counterintelligence and international terrorism matters.

He was also a part of the FBI’s first Cold Case Homicide Task Force, which partnered with the D.C. Police, an FBI press release said.

In 1997, he was assigned to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters.

In 2000, he was named an assistant legal attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

In 2005, he transferred to the El Paso Division to supervise the public corruption squad.

Three years later, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge over the division’s Criminal and Administrative Programs. .

In March 2012, he was appointed chief of the Global Operations Sections in the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, the press release said. He then was named acting deputy assistant director of the Information Services Branch of the division.

Woman Tells United Airlines Boyfriend is Terrorist; FBI Arrests Her

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a good reminder for jilted lovers who feel the great need for revenge: DON’T ever Do this.

The New York Daily News reports that a woman called the United Airlines shortly before her ex-boyfriend boarded an international flight on Sept. 25 from Las Vegas to Paris and suggested he was a terrorist.

The FBI arrested Lizet Sariol , 45, the Daily News reported. She was behind bars on Wednesday.

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