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Army Veteran Who Jumped White House Fence Previously Found with Weapons, Map to White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Army veteran who climbed over a White House fence and made a mockery of security was twice interviewed by Secret Service agents earlier this summer in Virginia and Washington, the Associated Press reports.

Yet during those interviews, the Secret Service determined Omar J. Gonzalez was not a security threat.

The first encounter came during a traffic stop when police found a sawed off shotgun and a map of Washington with a circle around the White House, the AP wrote.

Agents contacted him again after being found near the White House with a small hatchet,

Despite those findings, the Secret Service did not find him a threat.

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Disgruntled Ex-Cop Gains Access to FBI Office Carrying Gun, Fake Badge, Inactive ID Card

Steve Neavling
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A disgruntled ex-cop with a loaded gun managed to bypass metal detectors and enter an FBI office using a fake police badge and inactive ID card, ABC News reports.

The ease with which the man entered the building has concerned federal authorities.

“He could’ve shot up half the office by that point,” one law enforcement expert told ABC.

Still, the Justice Department insists no one was in danger.

Lawmakers aren’t convinced.

“This latest report of a security breach at a federal building is concerning,” the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., told ABC News in a statement. “After our committee’s close review of the security practices and procedures at federal facilities in the wake of the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard [last year], it became clear that the quality of the physical security at our federal buildings is in need of improvement, and this incident underscores that finding.”

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Secret Service Investigates Massive Breach of Credit Cards at Target During Holidays

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Just as the holidays kick into high gear, Target is reporting a security breach involving stolen credit card and debit card information for millions of customers, the New York Times reports.

The Secret Service is investigating a breach that apparently occurred on the day after Thanksgiving and may still be happening.

Authorities worry that cybercriminals are creating counterfeit cards and may even be able to withdraw cash through an ATM, the Times reported.

Target and major credit card companies also are investigating.

FBI Probing Security Breach of Ipads

ipadBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The creators of the iPad — the mini computer that seems to be today’s hot item in the gadget world — may be getting a little more attention then they want.

This time it’s from the FBI.

The FBI on Thursday said it was investigating a security breach of AT&T’s wireless network, the Washington Post reported. The problem: email addresses and network numbers of iPad users were exposed.

The website Gawker reported that some high-level government officials, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, were among those affected.

The Post reported that FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a e-mail: “The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and is looking into it.”

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