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Former Special Agent in Charge of Oregon Office Lands New Job

Greg Bretzing

Greg Bretzing

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Oregon office, Greg Bretzing, wasted no time finding a new job after retiring after 22 years with the FBI.

Willamette Week reports that Bretzing is the new director of global security and special projects for the Lake Oswego-based Greenbrier Companies. 

At Bretzing’s new job, he will involve overseeing security at the barge and railcar manufacturing operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Brazil.

“We are fortunate to have a seasoned individual of Greg’s caliber join the Greenbrier team,” Furman said in a statement. “As a proven leader in the security field, he is a valuable addition to our team as we continue to execute on our international strategy and expand our geographic footprint.”

President Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze Could Hurt TSA

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump has pledged to make airports and planes safer, but his federal hiring freeze could impact TSA’s ability to adequately staff airport security lines.

“It’s our understanding that there is a hiring freeze for TSA and other departments inside of Homeland Security,” J. David Cox, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), said at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Thursday, The Hill reports. 

Trump signed an order last week freezing the hiring of federal employees, except for military personnel.

“I think some type of correspondence should go out to the administration in terms of maybe looking at that freeze in this area,” said Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.) “Making sure that the traveling public is safe should not be something that’s curtailed. I really think that’s something that needs to be addressed.”

Cox said the TSA has lots a lot of security officers.

The TSA still has “5,000 less transportation security officers today than… several years ago,” Cox said. “So we have less people doing more screening. That 5,000 that’s been lost needs to be returned.”

Restaurant Goers Patted Down, Scanned Because Trump Was Eating Inside

 21 Club in New York City.

21 Club in New York City.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customers waiting to get into a restaurant in New York City were searched because Donald Trump and his family were eating inside.

While the president-elect dined at 21 Club on Monday night with Melania, Ivanka, Eric, Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner, police and the Secret Service patted down customers and checked them with a metal-detecting wand, TMZ reports, showing videos from outraged customers. 

The videos show hungry customers facing intense security just to eat.

Trump has drawn the ire of New Yorkers because of traffic snarls outside of Trump Tower.

Secret Service to Boost Security Around Trump Tower Amid Protests

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service ad NYPD are boosting security around Trump Tower, where Donald Trump lives, because of protests targeting the building.

The tower all is expected to be the president-elect’s base of operations to prepare for his transition to the White House, NBC New York reports. 

NYPD said the department is “assisting the Secret Service with security measures for the President-elect.”

The Secret Service also will handle Trump’s personal security.

The extra security is intended to help with crowd control as protests continue to break out in New York.

Ex-Secret Service Agents Give Kim Kardashian Protection Worthy of a President

Kim Kardashian, via Wikipedia

Kim Kardashian, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former members of the Secret Service are protecting reality star Kim Kardashian after she was robbed in Paris, a source told TMZ. 

Kardashian isn’t playing around after she was tied up and gagged at her Paris residence.

Former members of the Secret Service will join her security team, and they will be armed. She also will be transported in an “armored” car.

TMZ also reports that she met with former CIA agents and special force members of the Israeli army.

Kardashian also is planning to hire security for her daughters, but it’s unclear whether former Secret Service agents will be part of that detail.

Ex-CIA Official to Lead New National Background Investigations Bureau

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The new National Background Investigations Bureau will be led by the CIA’s former security director.

Charles Phalen Jr., who was working in the private sector after 30 years as a government employee, will start next week as the new bureau’s first director.

The NBIB was established last year to handle the massive government data breach at the Office of Personnel Management, the Associated Press reports. 

Phalen brings a lot of experience. He worked at the FBI and CIA.

The AP wrote:

The break-in at the OPM exposed security clearances, background checks and fingerprint records of more than 21 million current, former and prospective federal employees. That intrusion was widely blamed on China and led to the resignation of the OPM director and drew outrage over changing explanations about the severity of the hack.

The bureau will be part of OPM, but the Defense Department will design and operate the computer system that houses and processes people’s personal information.

Beth Cobert, acting director of OPM, told reporters that the bureau also is working to reduce the time it takes to investigate and issue or deny security clearances. Currently, it takes an average of 170 days to investigate a top-security clearance request, far exceeding the goal of 80 days, she said.

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Guardian: Internet Security Becomes Huge, Growing Problem

hacking By Editorial Board
The Guardian

The phone in your pocket gives you powers that were hard to imagine even five years ago. It can talk to you, listen, and give sensible answers to questions. It knows your fingerprint and recognises your face and those of all your friends. It can buy almost anything, sell almost anything, bring you all the news you want, as well as almost all the books, films and music you might want to look at. What’s more, it will even allow you to talk to your friends and to communicate with almost anyone.

The problem is that these powers are not yours – at least they don’t belong to you alone. They belong to whoever controls the phone and can be used to serve their purposes as well as yours. Repressive governments and criminal gangs are all contending to break into phones today, and this kind of hacking will increasingly become the preferred route into all of the computer networks that we use – the ones we don’t call “phones”.

Apple’s sudden forced upgrade to the iPhone operating system last week was a response to these anxieties. A dissident in the UAE appears to have had his iPhone hijacked by a very sophisticated piece of malware produced by a security company and sold legally, if in secret, to regimes that want to spy on their enemies. This offers its controllers complete knowledge of anything the infected phone is privy to: that’s all the contacts, all the messages of any sort, whether chats, texts or emails, all the calendars and even, potentially, any voice conversation that it overhears. It’s difficult to imagine a more assiduous or intimate spy. And once one phone has been subverted, it becomes a tool for spying into all other the networks to which it or the owner has access.

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Former Head of Dallas FBI Wants to Use Airport Security Breach As Training Video

Footage of the security breach.

Footage of the security breach.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was too easy.

Damarias Cockerham of Garland, Tex., was able to slip past security and walk through an unused metal detector at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport a year ago.

It was all caught on video, and the former head of the Dallas FBI, Danny Defenbaugh, wants to use it as a training video, CBS Local reports. 

Defenbaugh was able to board a flight without a ticket to confront his girlfriend before being removed.

Cockerham said the chilling video could provide a powerful lesson to security agents around the globe.

“It not only would be a training video, but I would think that every security personnel within the entire air world, both for airport and the airplane security, would want to use this.” he said.

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