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FBI Received Multiple Warnings about Man Who Killed Transit Official

Suspect Joshua Cummings

Suspect Joshua Cummings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of shooting and killing an armed transit security official in downtown Denver late Tuesday night was on the federal terrorism watch list and kicked out of a mosque in Texas.

Local law enforcement warned federal authorities, including the FBI, that Cummings was in Colorado and staying at a hotel, CBS4 reports. 

Cummings, 37, was arrested Tuesday night after authorities say he shot and killed Scott Von Lanken, a 56-year-old Regional Transportation District security guard.

About a month ago, local police alerted the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Colorado to Cummings’ presence.

It’s unclear whether federal authorities did anything with the information.

FBI: White Supremacists, Domestic Extremists Infiltrated Law Enforcement

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has found that “white supremacists and other domestic extremists” have been getting jobs with law enforcement agencies across the country.

“Domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers,” reads a classified FBI counterterrorism policy guide obtained by The Intercept.

Although law enforcement was aware of the threat posed by right-wing extremist, the agencies have failed to properly combat the infiltration of domestic extremists or even address the systemic issue.

“No centralized recruitment process or set of national standards exists for the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, many of which have deep historical connections to racist ideologies. As a result, state and local police as well as sheriff’s departments present ample opportunities for white supremacists and other right-wing extremists looking to expand their power base,” The Intercept wrote.

Trump May Bring Back Secret CIA ‘Black Site’ Prisons

torture photo By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump may bring back so-called CIA “black site” prisons where terrorism suspects are held and were once tortured.

President George W. Bush used the black sites to combat the “war on terrorism” following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but former President Barack Obama closed them.

In the next few days, Trump is expected to sign an executive executive order to call for a high-level review into “whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States” and if the CIA should run the facilities, Reuters reports. 

The information comes from a copy of a draft published by the Washington Post.

But Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the document did not come from the White House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed.

“My understanding is this was written by somebody who worked on the transition before who’s not in the Trump administration. This is not a product of the administration,” Ryan said in an interview with MSNBC.

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Secret Service Worried About Possible Violence at Trump Inauguration

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is on edge as it prepares for one of the most contentious inauguration days in U.S. history.

Protesters plan to converge in Washington D.C. to rally against Donald Trump, while tens of thousands of his supporters are expected to gather for the event, WTOP reports. 

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said he’s worried about potential violent acts.

“I think people today are willing to do things they may not have been willing to do in the past,” Clancy said.

Clancy pointed out other incidents during the campaign, “where people jumped over those bike racks or security zones into our buffer. In the past, it was very rare for somebody to do that. Today, in this past campaign, people were willing to do it.”

Among the concerns are terrorist attacks.

“We know that this (Washington region) is a high-profile [terror] target. It’s been attacked in the past, historically,” said Paul Abbate, the FBI’s executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.

The Blade: ‘This Is No Time to Fall Down’ on Border Security

Border PatrolBy Editorial Board
The Blade 

This is no time to fall down on security.

A New York Times investigation documented incidents of bribery and other ethical lapses involving 200 Department of Homeland Security officers and contract workers during the past 10 years. While that number represents less than 1 percent of the DHS workforce, even one compromised officer can do tremendous damage to the nation’s safety. There’s also the question of how many incidents the newspaper, or DHS leadership, doesn’t know about. There are bound to be more out there.

In some cases, officers let immigrants and drugs into the country illegally, sabotaged investigations into criminal activity, and passed confidential government information to drug cartels. The ethical lapses are blamed, in part, on increased overtures from drug dealers and human traffickers frustrated with tighter border security. One wonders whether ethically challenged officers would also help terrorists who need intelligence information or documents to get into the country. Where does a bad egg draw the line?

To read more click here. 

Paul Abbate, Head of FBI’s Washington Field Office, Going to Headquarters

Paul Abbate

Paul Abbate

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Paul Abbate, assistant director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, is moving several blocks over to headquarters.

Abbate, who was assigned to the Washington field office in September 2015, will assume the new post of executive assistant Director for the Criminal Cyber Response and Service Branch at headquarters after  the presidential inauguration in January.

Abbate jointed the FBI in March 1996 and was assigned to the New York City Field Office, where he worked in the Criminal Division and served as a member of the SWAT team.

In December 2003, Abbate transferred to the Counterterrorism Division as a supervisory special agent in the Iraq Unit, overseeing FBI counterterrorism operations and personnel deployments in Iraq. In October 2005, Abbate deployed to Iraq, serving as senior FBI liaison officer to the U.S. Department of Defense and leading a group of FBI personnel conducting counterterrorism operations in theater, according to the FBI.

From February 2006 to December 2009, he served as a supervisory special agent within the Newark Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, and in February 2008, he headed to Afghanistan to serve as FBI deputy on-scene commander.

In December 2009, Abbate returned to the Counterterrorism Division as assistant section chief.

In July 2010, Abbate he served as assistant special agent in charge for counterterrorism matters in Los Angeles, and the following year, he returned to the Counterterrorism Division, where he served as section chief.  In 2012,  he was named special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division. During that time, he also served as the FBI on-scene commander in Libya.

From October 2013 to September 2015, Abbate headed up the FBI Detroit Division.

FBI Found No Evidence to Support Terrorism Threat to LA Metro Stations

Los Angeles Metro

Los Angeles Metro

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fears of a terrorist attack targeting Los Angeles Metro stations on Tuesday were eased after the FBI found no evidence that the threat was credible.

Authorities believe the tipster has made similar unsubstantiated claims, ABC News reports. 

“Based on significant similarities, law enforcement partners also believe the anonymous caller may have, on a previous occasion, reported threats that did not materialize,” an FBI official said.

“The Joint Terrorism Task Force will continue to investigate to determine the identity of the caller and will continue to evaluate information developed from investigative efforts.”

The anonymous tip came from Australia, causing heightened security on Tuesday.

FBI Investigating Imminent Terrorist Threat Against Los Angeles Metro System

Los Angeles Metro

Los Angeles Metro

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating what it’s describing as a potentially imminent terrorist threat against the Los Angeles Metro system.

Authorities received specific information about the threat, but investigators are trying to determine whether the threat is credible, ABC News reports.

The FBI received a tip from an international partner that the threat was for this morning against the red line Metro.

The international partner received an anonymous call reporting a threat.